TechConnect Innovation Program

Novel Cellulase Enzyme

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

NREL scientists have made a discovery based on a microorganism that was found in 1990 on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia. It has now been found that this microorganism can digest cellulose almost twice as fast as the current leading component cellulose enzyme on the market.

Primary Application Area: Biotech & Biological Sciences

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 3

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: CelA performs best at elevated temperatures on various biomass: switchgrass, corn stover and xylan from switchgrass. CelA activity is applicable with several biomass pretreatment schemes (alkaline peroxide, dilute-acid and ammonia fiber expansion) but actually performed better on untreated substrate.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Showcase Booth #: 612

Website: www.nrel.gov

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: DOE Bioenergy Technology Office and BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) funded.

Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant

Looking for: Development / License Partners