DuPont Industrial Biosciences, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Bock UK Ltd., UK, announced a strategic partnership where Bock will demonstrate DuPont’s biogas enzyme technology at commercial scale in the U.K. market. The enzyme technology, OPTIMASH AD-100, is designed to help biogas producers in the agricultural sector improve yields and process robustness, which ultimately increases offerings in renewable energy.

DuPont intends to provide its OPTIMASH AD-100 enzyme biotechnology to Bock for distribution of the biogas enzymes to customers across the United Kingdom.  

The biotechnology works by accelerating the breakdown of various materials such as maize silage, grasses, straw, as well as manures and some food wastes, resulting in sugars more suitable for conversion into biogas. DuPont launched 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,” says Jaclyn DeMartini, global business director of biogas enzymes, 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,” adds Will Wilson, business development manager, Bock UK. “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.”

Bock UK provides silage storage solutions, including patented sloping wall silage clamps and silage clamp covers and accessories, to over 50 AD plants in the U.K.