Novozymes on track with reducing bioethanol enzyme costs  

2009.02.26
Novozymes has announced in a press release that it has cut second generation bioethanol enzyme costs by more than half and is on track to deliver the first commercially viable enzymes by 2010
Danish industrial enzymes and bioinnovation concern Novozymes has announced in a press release that it has cut second generation bioethanol enzyme costs by more than half and is on track to deliver the first commercially viable enzymes by 2010.
 
Novozymes has chosen the National Ethanol Conference in Texas to present the results obtained with its latest second generation enzyme products. The company says that the new enzyme family is the highest performing and most cost-effective enzyme solution available today.
 
Novozymes' executive vice president Peder Holk Nielsen says in the press release: “After thorough testing by our partners in their processes, it's clear that our latest enzyme product family has the best absolute performance and cost/performance ratio in the industry to date.”
 
Unlike first generation bioethanol made from food crops, second generation bioethanol is made from cellulosic waste materials from agriculture such as corn stover, sugarcane bagasse and wood chips. The cellulose is broken down enzymatically into sugars which are then fermented into ethanol. Novozymes says that its latest enzyme product family has proven to work on many different feedstock types.
 
“The goal for cellulosic ethanol is to be on par with corn-based ethanol on a cost basis, which we think is feasible within a few years," says Holk Nielsen. "The cost of cellulosic ethanol production will go down as we and our partners go up the learning curve.”
 
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