Novozymes and India's PRAJ in biofuel collaboration  

2009.12.14
World-leading enzyme manufacturer Novozymes has announced a collaboration with PRAJ, one of India's leading companies in biofuel technology and plants
World-leading enzyme manufacturer Novozymes has announced on its website a collaboration with PRAJ, one of India's leading companies in biofuel technology and plants. The two companies will optimize certain enzymes and enzyme processes in the production of second generation bioethanol, which is made using cellulosic residues from agriculture and forestry. The two companies have worked together for several years on conventional biofuels.

The collaboration agreement was signed in Copenhagen by PRAJ chairman Pramod Chaudhari and Novozymes president and CEO Steen Riisgaard to mark the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, which both are attending.
 
Mr Chaudhari comments in the news release: “We [PRAJ] have been working with various agri-residues, including sugarcane bagasse, corn cobs, straw, wood chips, and grasses. Our progress in cellulose-to-ethanol processing combined with the experience of Novozymes in this area is a significant development which will enable a significant reduction in the cost of enzymes for the production of cellulosic ethanol.”
 
Mr Riisgaard adds: “Novozymes has a strong commitment to sustainable biofuels and not least to develop the enzyme technology needed for a successful commercialization of cellulosic ethanol. We believe this collaboration with PRAJ will be instrumental in ensuring rapid deployment of cellulosic ethanol in India as well as in other parts of the world.”
 
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