DEINOVE produces 9% ethanol with its Deinococcus: A world first for a bacterial process that paves the way for 2nd generation biofuels

January 16, 2014
  • These results put DEINOVE at the forefront of the international competition for 2nd generation biofuels derived from non-food biomass.
  • With alcohol content over the threshold the company had set and high yields, DEINOVE demonstrates the technological and economic viability of its production process based on Deinococcus bacteria.
  • DEINOVE has initiated a test campaign in medium-sized bioreactors up to 300 liter capacity; one of the last two validation steps before moving to the industrial stage in 2015.


DEINOVE Alternext Paris: ALDEI, a cleantech company that designs and develops new industrial production processes based on the exploitation of Deinococcus bacteria has managed to produce 9% ethanol with unparalleled performance thanks to its exclusive production process.

For several years now, the global biofuels industry has resolutely turned towards 2nd generation biofuels, i.e. from non-food biomass. So far, no process has been able to harness lignocellulosic biomass in an economically competitive way (see glossary in appendix). DEINOVE shows that its bacterial process is suitable for converting this type of biomass to biofuel and should offer industrial production costs fall in line with market expectations. With the DEINOL project initiated in 2009 and partly financed by Bpifrance (French Innovation Bank), DEINOVE paves the way for a renewable, responsible and profitable alternative to oil and gas fossil fuels.