Novozymes, the world leader in industrial biotechnology, and Xergi A/S, a Danish contractor and operator of energy and environmental plants, have entered a government-backed partnership aimed at optimizing the extraction of energy from agricultural manure for use in the production of electricity, heat, fuels and high-quality fertilizer.
Novozymes has the technology for developing microorganisms to optimize biogas production, while Xergi has close contact with the market and knows how to optimize the technology where it will be installed and used. By promoting and distributing both green energy and manure management technologies globally, the two companies can strengthen Denmark’s competitive advantages in this field.
Novozymes vice president Rasmus von Gottberg comments: "We see the possibility of a new business area in manure management. Biotechnology has the potential to create increased value in this exciting new field, where energy production is combined with an environmentally friendly process to re-use manure for fertilizer."
Denmark itself provides a useful illustration of the gains a country can make by realizing the full energy potential of manure. Today, Denmark converts less than 5% of its agricultural manure to energy in the form of biogas. Of this 5%, only 50% of the energy is extracted. The Danish Board of Technology estimates that if all the energy stored in Danish manure could be extracted, it would supply 25% of the energy consumed by the entire Danish transport sector.
The news was reported on Novozymes' and Xergi's websites.