In a collaboration under Innovate UK’s industrial biotechnology catalyst for late stage feasibility projects, the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has joined with UK-based SME, Fiberight Ltd, to research and develop solutions for producing sugar through industrial biotechnology.
The project will, at demonstration scale, show the optimised enzymatic hydrolysis of Fiberight’s high performance cellulose, which is extracted from municipal solid waste, into a repeatable cellulosic sugar that is capable of replacing cereal crops for non-food applications.
The 12 month project, lead by Fibreright Ltd, will address the challenges of the supply chain for commodity sugar - a platform feedstock component for industrial biotechnology. The availability of a novel supply chain feedstock which is outside of the food vs fuel and ILUC debate will mitigate climate impact as well as easing supply chain bottlenecks and dependency on foreign import. MSW derived sugar supports UK-IB by offering security of supply from indiginous resources and at a stable price point.
This is a great example of UK innovation, turning a problem into a solution by addressing supply chain issues for the UK chemicals sector; helping to meet Government targets on climate change; and stimulating the bio-economy.Dan Noakes
Business Development Manager, CPI
This project will enable Fiberight’s route to commercialisation in the UK and will overcome the few remaining technical challenges that allow us to demonstrate complete valorisation of mixed wastes such as municipal solid waste. We intend to build on this project with CPI and validate the Fiberight process at scale.Nick Thompson
Chief Executive Officer, Fiberight Ltd