GraalBio start production advanced biofuels in Brazil

GraalBio to start production of advanced biofuels in Brazil

7:50 AM, 24th May 2012
GraalBio to start production of advanced biofuels in Brazil
Peder Holk Nielsen, Executive Vice President, Novozymes.

ALAGOAS, BRAZIL: Brazilian bioenergy company GraalBio plans to start production of 82 million liters (22 million gallons) of advanced biofuels per year at a new factory in Alagoas, Brazil in December 2013. The plant will produce cellulosic ethanol from sugarcane bagasse and straw, and Novozymes will supply the necessary enzyme technology while Beta Renewables and Chemtex, both part of Italian chemical group Mossi & Ghisolfi (M&G), will provide other process technologies and engineering.

As the advanced biofuels industry in Brazil scales up over the coming years, demand for enzymes is expected to follow and Novozymes has therefore begun searching for locations for new enzyme manufacturing plants in Brazil. The demand for ethanol is growing both in Brazil and globally. Brazil expects to double its output of ethanol by 2020 to meet the growing demand from both domestic and export markets.

“The advanced biofuels industry is taking off in Brazil and we remain confident that cellulosic ethanol will play a significant role in Brazil’s energy future. To support this, we are looking to establish new enzyme production facilities in Brazil, dedicated to making enzymes for the biofuels industry. The location of new plants will, among other things, depend on where the industry is expected to scale up, where Novozymes’ partners are located, and where the best framework conditions exist,” said Peder Holk Nielsen, Executive Vice President, Novozymes.

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