DuPont, Bock partner on biogas enzyme distribution in U.K.

Under strategic partnership, Bock will demonstrate DuPont's biogas enzyme technology at commercial scale in U.K. market.

DuPont Industrial Biosciences and silage storage specialists Bock UK Ltd. announced a strategic partnership under which Bock will demonstrate DuPont's biogas enzyme technology at commercial scale in the U.K. market.

The enzyme technology, OPTIMASH AD-100, has been shown to help biogas producers in the agriculture sector improve yields and process robustness, which ultimately can increase customers' revenue and profitability while simultaneously increasing offerings in renewable energy, the announcement said.

DuPont intends to provide its OPTIMASH AD-100 liquid enzyme product -- which has been shown to increase biogas yields by up to 13% in anaerobic digesters -- to Bock for distribution of the biogas enzymes to customers across the U.K.

The biotechnology works by accelerating the breakdown of various materials, such as maize silage, grasses, straw, manure and some food waste, resulting in sugars more suitable for conversion into biogas. DuPont entered the growing biogas sector with the launch of OPTIMASH AD-100 in July 2016.

“Since the launch of DuPont's enzyme biotechnology OPTIMASH AD-100, we have been confident that our biogas enzymes can help rural and farm communities around the world,” said Dr. Jaclyn DeMartini, global business director of biogas enzymes for DuPont Industrial Biosciences. “This strategic partnership with Bock UK brings our biotechnology to those customers in the U.K. and improves biogas production and economics through the use of DuPont enzyme technologies.”

"We are very proud to form this strategic partnership with DuPont and are eager to bring this biogas enzyme technology to our network of consumers in the United Kingdom,” said Will Wilson, Bock UK business development manager. “With our expertise in silage storage across the U.K. anaerobic digestion (AD) industry and DuPont's track record as a world-leading industrial biotechnology company, I am confident that this partnership will produce great results and bring customers an exceptional product that will ultimately increase the financial performance of U.K. AD plants.”

The strategic partnership was announced ahead of the U.K. AD & Biogas & World Biogas Expo 2017, hosted by The Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Assn. at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on July 5-6.

On July 5, DuPont senior scientist Sandra Hinz will speak on a panel — titled “Innovation in Biomethane Production: Latest Technologies & Market Opportunities” — about how enzyme technology drives profits in biogas production. Hinz will discuss DuPont's contribution to the continued growth and improvement of the biogas industry and how partnerships with industry manufacturers like Bock will enhance the biogas process.

Bock is a U.K. leader in silage storage, supplying more than 50 anaerobic digestion plants in the U.K. with patented sloping-wall silage clamps and many more plants with silage clamp covers and accessories. Bock's goal is to help customers achieve the best possible silage quality and efficiency within their anaerobic digestion plants through design, experience and innovation.

DuPont Industrial Biosciences works with customers across a wide range of industries to make products and industrial processes more efficient and sustainable. Through a combination of agriculture, biotechnology, chemistry and material science capabilities, the company advances market-driven, bio-based solutions to meet the needs of a growing population while protecting the environment for future generations.

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