Access to innovative technology for the utilization of waste and residues for the production of 2nd generation biofuels
Mannheim, 9 June 2022 – CropEnergies AG, Mannheim, has acquired a stake in LXP Group GmbH, Teltow (Germany), at the end of May 2022. For approx. EUR 2 million, CropEnergies secured just under 20 percent of the Brandenburg-based biotech startup as part of a capital increase.
LXP Group GmbH has developed a patented, energy-efficient process that enables mild digestion of lignocellular biomass, in particular residual and waste materials such as cuttings, as well as wood residues such as sawdust or straw. Advanced biofuels and biobased chemicals can then be produced from the cellulose and hemicellulose contained. In addition, the LXP process produces a high-purity, natural lignin that can be used to manufacture numerous products such as 3D printer ink, carbon fibers or phenolic resins.
For CropEnergies, the investment in LXP is a further step in implementing the company’s strategic realignment launched in 2021. Up to now, CropEnergies has primarily produced renewable ethanol from agricultural raw materials as a climate-friendly, domestic fuel substitute, as well as food and animal feed products. For some years now, ethanol has also been produced from residual materials. This branch of the business is to be further expanded. Dr Stephan Meeder, CEO of CropEnergies AG: “The investment in LXP with a patented, state-of-the-art process opens up further opportunities for CropEnergies to expand its raw material base for the production of 2nd generation biofuels.” Of particular interest to CropEnergies is that the LXP technology can also be integrated into existing biorefineries for the production of renewable ethanol. “The production of 1st and 2nd generation biofuels are not contradictory. On the contrary, they go hand in hand. The new technologies benefit from the existing infrastructure of production plants and the already existing expertise,” Meeder added. The investment also opens up new opportunities for the new biobased chemicals division planned at CropEnergies. In January 2022, CropEnergies had reported plans to build a plant for renewable ethyl acetate.