In Washington DC, the Danish enzymes manufacturer Novozymes and the US company Fiberight have demonstrated a vehicle partly fuelled by bioethanol manufactured from government waste paper, reports professional journal Ingeniøren (The Engineer).
At the Washington Convention Center, a flex-fuel Chevrolet HHR tanked with a waste paper-based E85 biofuel (85% bioethanol/15% gasoline) was put on display, with government VIPs and members of the media being given the opportunity to take a test drive. Novozymes provided the enzymes to break the paper down into sugars that could be converted to ethanol, while Maryland-headquartered Fiberight produced the actual fuel itself.
According to a news release on Novozymes' website, president of Novozymes North America, Adam Monroe, said at the event: "The advanced biofuels showcased here today demonstrate that the enzyme technology is ready for market. What we need now is commercialization and deployment of advanced biofuels in order to help meet our country’s most pressing energy and environment challenges.”
Novozymes is no stranger to the government spotlight in the US. In February 2007 President Bush made a well publicised visit to the company's Franklinton NC facility, which resulted in part of the plans for the Renewable Fuels Standard. Novozymes has also received US Department of Energy (DoE) contracts to research into improving biofuel process efficiency and reducing the cost of enzymes.
As a result of this work, Novozymes has been able to achieve significant reductions in enzyme costs, notably a 50% reduction announced in 2009.