Paper sludge to biogas, 3D printed house, cocoa bean waste-to-fuel, vegan silk biopolymers, biobased adhesives, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of May 8th

May 7, 2019 |

The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of May 8th.

In today’s Digest, paper sludge to biogas, 3D printed house, cocoa bean waste-to-fuel, vegan silk biopolymers, biobased adhesives, paper and pasta straws — these and more, ready for you now at The Digest online.

#1 Enzymes help turn paper sludge into biogas

In Turkey, Episome Biotech is developing a fermentation technique that digests paper waste and turns it into useful products such as biogas, biofuel, and fertilizer, according to Labiotech.eu.

“At present, paper plants either use incineration facilities, or land-filling to dispose of paper sludge,” Murat Balaban, founder and CTO of Episome, told Labiotech.eu. “Nowadays, sustainability is a hot topic in the world and all big companies should have sustainable waste management systems.”

Episome is developing a technology that can process paper sludge into useful products such as biogas, biofuel and fertilizer. The company uses enzymes to break down tough cellulose fibers into smaller sugars, which microbes ferment into the final product.

Episome plans to expand its technology to the industrial scale this year, and is in talks with potential industrial partners to achieve this. The company also aims to raise a Series B round in 2020 to fuel the commercialization of its technology.
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