DIN – DalinYebo Innovation Nucleus


Innovation Nucleus

The essential technical challenge facing us, and the world in general, is the complete beneficiation of cellulosic material.

We are aware of many R&D facilities that are trying to convert lignocellulosic components into ethanol and using the residue as a coal-substitute fuel source.  We are not, however, aware of any R&D groups that are focusing on adding value to all the components of lignocelluloses as chemicals that are articles of commerce (as opposed to potentially saleable ones, or curiosities).

DalinYebo Innovation Nucleus

We have developed a business proposal, derived from successful research, and based on our novel approach to converting, chemically, all the parts of agricultural waste, crops and other such resources.  To do that we propose a versatile laboratory and pilot plant complex dedicated to research, development, innovation and business development.  This unique facility could be based at any University (in our case we envisage it to be the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)), so that the usual services such as workshops, libraries and access to public funds can be combined with student assistance, bursaries and higher degrees.  The convergence of highly skilled and competent experts is most important. Thus, the DalinYebo Innovation Nucleus will be a unique and highly productive national asset and over the next 5 to 10 years generate new employment as part of multi billion rand sustainable businesses and as a direct consequence of our innovations. [NB: For the foreign visitors to this website The DIN concept is adaptable to other  countries. We envisage becoming one of the hubs in an global network of bioresources related knowledge production.]

Biobased Chemicals and Energy

The DalinYebo Innovation Nucleus (DIN) is a world-class centre for the invention, development and implementation of industrial processes to convert bio-resources into energy and chemicals.  In the first instance it will focus on the Complete Conversion of Carbon to Commercial Chemicals, aka ‘C5’ and energy.  C5 infers using all the organic components of agricultural by-products or crops, such as sugars, cellulose, hemi-cellulose and lignin and metabolites derived therefrom to produce chemicals through unit processes that it will invent or apply. The remaining residue from such process will be converted to energy (steam/electricity). Conceptualising and executing such projects requires an interdisciplinary approach.  Conventionally, specialists are housed in discipline silos, speak different technical languages and as a result the three essentials of communication, cooperation and holistic project completion are often sub-optimal.  So, resulting partially from the experience of the DalinYebo team in successfully developing and commercialising the novel SupraYield® process over the last five years, it has become clear that project concept-to-market times need to be brought down to acceptable levels.  One-way of doing this is to encourage interaction by housing key discipline leaders together in a single facility: the DalinYebo Innovation Nucleus.


In February 2007, Prof. Prof. Ahmed Bawa (Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research Knowledge Production & Partnerships), University of KwaZulu-Natal) introduced DalinYebo to the CEO of the newly formed UKZN Innovation (Pty) Ltd with the following words:

“I met with Philipp Steiner (to whom I have copied this e-mail) who runs a technology development company in the furfural area and has been working with the University for some time now. I would deeply appreciate it if you would meet with him about the possibility of setting up a broader platform that he has some ideas on.

In addition I have chatted with him about the possibility of establishing an Innovation Fund grant proposal.

Best wishes


Today, we are pleased to present the business plan outlining a broader platform as a basis to align the interests of academic institutions for the production of intellectual property related to the beneficiation of bioresources. This document is intended to assist in indentifying the right partner(s) in order to develop a sustainable and successful relationship with an academic or R&D institution.

Business Plan

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DYI Business Plan

Table of Contents

DalinYebo Group


Table of Contents

Energy and Chemicals from Bioresources

Executive Summary

DalinYebo – Wealth Creation

Beyond Energy™: Bioresources and DalinYebo

Bioresources Fundamentals

Bioresources are Repositories For Solar Energy

Beyond Energy™: Platform Chemicals

Bioresources in South Africa

DalinYebo is Experience and Knowledge

DIN Vision

DIN Road Map

The Team – Key Personnel

Prof. Dave Arnold

Harvey Wilson

Brent McKeon

Prof. Mark Delmege Laing

Arnoud Wienese

Philipp Steiner

The Rest of the Team

The Boards

Systematic Focus

Strategy: Guiding principles

Proven Modus Operandi

Identification of Potential

Classification of Technology

More than Multidisciplinary R&D

Functional Areas

Design Basis

Ground floor

First Floor

Size and Costs

Business Model

Generating Wealth

Realisation of Wealth

Financial Headlines (Rev. 2)

Expected Outcome (Rev. 2)

Comments on Aspects of the Funding Model (Rev. 2)

Change Management and Growth Strategies


Global Cooperation

Medium to Long-term: Joint Ventures, Merger & Acquisitions



Phase 1 (Now)

Phase 2 (DIN Construction)

Phase 3 (M&A), JV’s

Table Of Contents (R&D Projects)




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