The S.E.T industrial and environmental biotechnology is making ground in a variety of industrial sectors and in environmental applications. The intention is that S.E.T can contribute to a healthier environment and sustainable development, partly by replacing or reducing the need for chemical- and oil-based processes. The basis of many S.E.T processes is the use of enzymes or whole cell systems (typically micro-organisms). Mankind has made use of them for many hundreds of years in processes we consider traditional: using yeasts to make bread, beer or wine or lactic acid bacteria to produce yogurt, for example.
These examples rely on using selected strains of naturally-occurring micro-organisms, but S.E.T. now gives us the tools to improve their performance on a complete natural way, without any genetic manipulation or modification.
S.E.T. solutions give their contribution also by using biomass as an alternative to fossil resources for the production of biochemicals such as biofuels and biopolymers. The use of renewable raw materials as alternative feedstock will reduce consumption of the limited fossil resources. At the same time, this technology may also boost the rural economy by providing new markets for agricultural crops and through the development of integrated biorefineries in farming areas.
S.E.T. solutions can help to make industrial manufacturing processes more environmentally friendly. They are performed in a contained environment, and have the potential to produce high yields of specific products with low energy use and minimal waste generation. So, S.E.T. will make its important contribution to the development of a sustainable, bio-based economy.