Welcoming Sidharth Arora of Fermentech Labs to CLIMAFIX Summit 2022, India’s largest summit for climate tech startups, 200+ startups – https://lnkd.in/gNnGzhG5
The true value of
biomass – be it the main crop or the so called agricultural
waste – is slowly but steadily being deciphered. And what is being realized is that there is really nothing that can be termed biomass waste. Any type of biomass has value embedded in it, and it is even quite possible that what we consider as agricultural residues or waste could be even more valuable than the main crop!
Agri waste disposal is currently being pursued in many ways. In the worst case approach, such residues are
burnt at the farm, preventing farmers from monetizing the true potential for such biomass and resulting in significant air pollution as well as
In a more productive approach, agri waste is converted into
fuel – be it as a
heating fuel or into liquid transport fuels such as
But could agricultural “waste” be converted into more valuable products? Textile
fibers for instance? Or even more valuable industrial products, such as
Fermentech Labs is a promising startup that is investing efforts to explore the last mentioned approach – converting agricultural residues to industrial enzymes. In their process,
microorganisms are grown on the solid agro waste and they secrete enzymes.
The company’s enzyme portfolio finds wide applications ranging across fruit juice and wine clarification, textile processing, biofuel production, pharmaceuticals, animal feed supplement, pulp, and paper processing.
For such a large country comprising diverse crop residues and also having fast growing industrial and commercial segments where a variety of enzymes could find applications, we require more such startups as Fermentech Labs that can help us derive the highest value from agricultural residues.
I look forward to Sidharth sharing his insights at the CLIMAFIX Summit 2022, organized by EAI Energy Alternatives India and Energy Consortium – IIT Madras Madras , and held at the IIT M Research Park, Nov 25 & 26, 2022. More about the summit from here – https://lnkd.in/gNnGzhG5
See my LinkedIn post on this topic