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GranBio delivers station that will serve the first 2G ethanol plant in Brazil

A pioneer in producing biofuel, GranBio is delivering today, in Alagoas, a technology center to develop energy cane

Barra de São Miguel, 28/05/2013 – GranBio, a 100% Brazilian biotech company, inaugurates on this day Tuesday, in the municipality of Barra de São Miguel (AL), its Experimental Station to develop energy cane and other sources of biomass.  The objective of the research station is to develop competitive raw material for the company’s future industrial units.  A good example is the second-generation (2G) ethanol plant in São Miguel dos Campos (AL), which will commence operations next year, and should increase the region’s installed capacity by 35%.

The station is now functioning with a focus on developing energy cane, a variety of cane developed by GranBio, which comes from genetically crossing commercial hybrids with ancestral types of sugarcane.  The result will be a more robust cane, with greater fiber content and productive potential, that can be planted in degraded pastureland.  In addition, the useful life of the canebrakes is three times longer, and harvesting can occur at any time of year.  The first commercial sowing of GranBio’s energy cane, called Cana Vertix, is scheduled for 2015.

“We are very satisfied with launching the first operations for GranBio, which started up in 2011,” affirmed GranBio’s president, Bernardo Gradin.  “Raw material is a key competitive factor for second-generation ethanol.  We believe that energy cane is the world’s best source of biomass for this industry,” he added.

With 60 hectares of space, GranBio’s Experimental Station received roughly R$10 million in investments, of which 90% was financed by the Financiadora de Estudos e Projetos (FINEP), a public enterprise linked with the Ministry of Science and Technology.

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About GranBio

GranBio is a 100% Brazilian company, founded in 2011 by Bernardo Gradin, with a focus on industrial pioneering in biofuels and biochemicals.  As a biotech company, GranBio is focused on developing proprietary technologies and strategic alliances to be scaled industrially in Brazil.  The 2G ethanol plant being built in Alagoas, one of the first to be announced worldwide, should begin operating in early 2014 with a nominal production capacity of 82 million liters per year.  GranBio, one of the 10 most innovative companies in South America according to the American magazine Fast Company, is investing R$350 million to build the unit in São Miguel dos Campos.


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