Founded in Dresden in 2007, Green Sugar has developed a proprietary process for the seperation of arbitrary lignocellulosic biomass. The energy self-sufficient process enables the exploitation of the world’s most common biomass as a source of raw materials for industrial biotechnology and green chemistry and is not in conflict with agriculture, world food, climate change and biodiversity.
Based on the work of the German Nobel laureate Friedrich Bergius, the process represents a platform technology for the global bioeconomy and enables the sustainable production of industrially relevant products, such as: Bioplastics, bioethanol, biosurfactants and amino acids.
The company currently operates a pilot plant at its Meißen site, on the basis of which the technology has been validated in recent years by several well-known market participants. Due to its innovative strength and social and industrial relevance, the company is currently supported by the Federal Ministry of Research and Development as well as the Saxon Development Bank (SAB) and was able to win leading chemical companies Linde Engineering Dresden and SGL Carbon as technology partners. In addition, the corporate strategy was honored by the IQ Innovation Award Central Germany.
As a next step in the company’s development, Green Sugar now plans to build an industrial pilot plant as the basis for national and international commercialization of the technology.
Peter Schroeder serves as the CEO since 2015. Previously he has established the process consultancy Cyramid AG with a focus on strategy consulting and developed and implemented several corporate strategies for large companies globally. Mr Schroeder holds a doctorate degree in natural sciences with a specialisation on wood science.
Matthias Schmidt is a chemical engineer and has developed and implemented biorefinery systems and improved biomass hydrolysis processes before he co-founded Green Sugar GmbH in 2007.
Before his retirement in 2011 Dr. Jürgen Puls was Director and Professor of the Thünen-Institute of Wood Research in Hamburg/Germany. He has published 225 papers, mainly in refereed journals.
He is specialized in the following fields: Chemical characterization of lignocellulosic materials, enzymology of lignocellulose biodegradation, pretreatment of lignocellulosic materials, optimization of component separation processes, biodegradation of cellulose acetate, lignocellulose biorefineries, lignin utilization.
Green Sugar entered into a technology partnership with world leading engineering and contracting specialist Linde Engineering Dresden.
For the scale-up of the hydrochloric acid recycling, Green Sugar has formed a cooperation with SGL Carbon.
In order to supply the growing global biopolymers market, Green Sugar teamed up with Platon Solutions, an innovative German bioplastics design and bioplastics solutions provider.