Novozymes, Lignol Partner to Make Biofuel

Novozymes, the world’s leading producer of industrial enzymes, and Lignol Energy Corp., a leading company in the cellulosic ethanol sector, today signed a research and development agreement to make biofuel from wood chips and other forestry residues. The partners aim to develop a process for making biofuel from forestry waste at a production cost down […]

Novozymes, the world’s leading producer of industrial enzymes, and Lignol Energy Corp., a leading company in the cellulosic ethanol sector, today signed a research and development agreement to make biofuel from wood chips and other forestry residues. The partners aim to develop a process for making biofuel from forestry waste at a production cost down to $2 per gallon, a price competitive with gasoline and corn ethanol at the current U.S. market price.

“Novozymes’ goal is to enable commercial production of cellulosic biofuel from a wide range of feedstocks,” says Claus Crone Fuglsang, Senior Director of BioEnergy R&D in Novozymes. “Our enzymes have the unique ability to turn wood residues and plant waste into fuel for our cars. Lignol is an industry frontrunner and our work together over the past couple of years has reinforced a shared vision to produce energy and value from wood waste. We look forward to continued improvement under this partnership.”

Lignol’s pre-treatment technology has established them as a leader in dealing with woody biomass and in February 2010, Novozymes launched enzymes that enable commercial production of biofuel from plant waste. The enzymes convert cellulose in biomass into sugars that can then be fermented into ethanol. The parties plan to use Lignol’s industrial pilot plant in Burnaby, B.C. to optimize both Lignol’s process and Novozymes’ enzymes on different types of forestry waste. Later, Lignol plans to construct large-scale biorefineries for the production of cellulosic biofuel from wood chips and forestry residues.

“The progress we have achieved to date with enzymes from Novozymes is extremely promising and a successful outcome of this collaboration should position us to produce cellulosic ethanol from woody biomass profitably and without the need for long term government subsidies,” says Lignol President and CEO, Ross MacLachlan.

The agreement between Lignol and Novozymes formalizes a Memorandum of Understanding between the partners from February 2010.

Tags: , , , ,

POST A COMMENT

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

*
*

Subscribe

Looking to subscribe to Wood Bioenergy magazine? It's simple, just follow the link to our online subscription form and complete the required fields and submit. If you'd rather talk to a real live human being, feel free to give us a call at (800) 669.5613'

Contact

To contact Wood Bioenergy magazine, either call (334) 834-1170 or email us at [email protected]

TAG CLOUD