Beta Renewables, Novozymes opensworld’s largest advanced biofuels facility

Novozymes, Beta Renewables open advanced biofuels facility in Italy

7:38 AM, 10th October 2013
Beta Renewables, Novozymes new  advanced biofuels facility
Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Novozymes.

BAGSVAERD, DENMARK: Beta Renewables, a global leader in cellulosic biofuels, and Novozymes, the world’s largest producer of industrial enzymes, opened world’s largest advanced biofuels facility in Northern Italy. Situated in fields outside the city of Crescentino, it is the first plant in the world to be designed and built to produce bioethanol from agricultural residues and energy crops at commercial scale using enzymatic conversion. The two companies formed a strategic partnership in October 2012, making Novozymes the preferred enzyme supplier for Beta Renewables’ current and future cellulosic biofuel projects.

The plant uses wheat straw, rice straw and arundo donax, a high-yielding energy crop grown on marginal land. Lignin, a polymer extracted from biomass during the ethanol production process, is used at an attached power plant, which generates enough power to meet the facility’s energy needs, with any excess green electricity sold to the local grid.

“The opening today presents a leap forward and is truly the beginning of a new era for advanced biofuels. Here, at this plant, enabled by Novozymes’ enzymatic technology, we will turn agricultural waste into millions of liters of low-emission green fuel, proving that cellulosic ethanol is no longer a distant dream. It is here, it is happening, and it is ready for large-scale commercialization,” said Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Novozymes.

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