Novozymes has launched two new enzymes which it claims could reduce the amount of residual sugars in ethanol production by up to 70%
Less than five years after Novozymes opened a state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing facility in Blair, Nebraska, the company has selected the site for its most recent expansion efforts in North America. The company’s new US$36 million investment in the facility will increase the plant’s capacity.
The biotech start-up Leaf Resources recently announced a collaboration with Novozymes, to further increase the yields and efficiency associated with Leaf Resources’ innovative a patented biomass pretreatment process called GLYCELL, which uses glycerine to economically produce cellulosic sugars
The global biotech company Novozymes recently launched the Fermax enzyme protease that prevents foam development during sugarcane ethanol fermentation.
For an average size plant, trialling partners also experienced a cost reduction of up to 20% when using Fermax, as compared with use of chemicals, Novozymes reports.
Novozymes recently announced the acquisition of microbial research company Organobalance GmbH for an undisclosed amount.
By switching from standard enzyme technology to Avantec Amp, a typical ethanol plant with a capacity of 110 million gallons can net US$2.5 million a year in additional profits – an important selling point in current market margins have been squeezed due to low oil prices recently.