In the UK, Naturally Scientific unveiled its patented solution which converts waste CO2, water & light in a photosynthetic reaction to grow palisade layer plant cell culture that produces low-cost sugar – glucose and sucrose. This natural sugar can be sold in crystallised or concentrated liquid syrup form or alternatively it is used in the second process as the necessary carbon source for vacuole cells of rapeseed (or other oil seeds) to produce pure vegetable oils (PVO) and their valuable derivatives.
Naturally Scientifics’ technology absorbs and fixes more than 90% and up to 100% of the CO2 passed through it. Plant cell cultures are used to convert CO2 into natural sugars and vegetable oils, producing these scarce and valuable commodities in a safe and sustainable way that results in no indirect land use change or deforestation. Naturally Scientific has constructed a demonstration plant in Nottingham, UK which will be fully operational by the end of May 2010, producing both sugars and oils.
The plant is a scaled down version of a 500,000 gallon plant proving the technology, automated process control systems, yields and unit economics at commercial-scale. The company will license its technology.
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