Novozymes supply enzymes new St1 Biofuels bio-refinery

Novozymes to supply enzymes for new St1 Biofuels bio-refinery

10:17 AM, 5th May 2015
Novozymes to supply enzymes for new St1 Biofuels bio-refinery

BAGSVAERD, DENMARK: Biotech company Novozymes A/S said it will supply enzyme technology to a new bio-refinery to be built by St1 Biofuels Oy in Kajaani, Finland. Total investment is expected to be €40 million of which an investment grant will cover 30 per cent. The plant will initially produce 10 million litres (2.7 million gallons) of cellulosic ethanol per year, but can be scaled up to annual output of 50 to 100 million litres, it said.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the second half of 2015, with production expected to start in 2016.

The facility will be co-located at a sawmill site and will be the first facility in the world to use sawdust from softwood as feedstock to produce cellulosic ethanol at commercial scale. The process uses steam-explosion to open up the cellulosic structures of sawdust, followed by enzymatic hydrolysis to extract sugars for ethanol fermentation.

“It marks an important step for Finland and other countries around the world that have ample softwood supplies,” said Sebastian Soderberg, vice president, biomass conversion, Novozymes.

“I am pleased to have Novozymes as enzyme technology supplier. The collaboration is key in optimizing our production costs that is one of the key elements in commercial cellulosic ethanol production,” said Mika Aho, managing director, St1 Biofuels.

The new plant marks the potential for commercial scale production of cellulosic ethanol in regions where plenty of softwood is available, notably the Northern hemisphere.

Moreover, the plant will be constructed and operated by St1 Biofuels using the company’s proprietary pre-treatment and process technologies called Cellunolix®. It is owned by North European Bio Tech Oy (NEB), and the production capacity of the plant will be leased to North European Oil Trade Oy (NEOT).

© Worldofchemicals News

0 Comments

Login

Your Comments (Up to 2000 characters)
Please respect our community and the integrity of its participants. WOC reserves the right to moderate and approve your comment.

Related News


A. Schulman to move European shared service centre to Poland

AKRON, US: A. Schulman Inc said it plans to move its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) shared service centre to Poznan, Poland from Londerzeel, Be ...

Read more
Another key funder of Ecuador litigation fraud removes support - Chevron

SAN RAMON, US: Oil and gas company Chevron Corporation said it has reached a settlement agreement with Woodsford Litigation Funding Limited, a UK-base ...

Read more
Enterprise prices $2.5 billion of senior unsecured notes

HOUSTON, US: Oil and gas pipeline company Enterprise Products Partners LP said its operating subsidiary, Enterprise Products Operating LLC (EPO), has ...

Read more
Solvay divests German-refrigerant activities to Daikin

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Chemical company Solvay SA has completed sale of its German-based refrigerant activities and pharma propellants to Daikin, as its s ...

Read more
FMC elects Cheminova CEO Gomez-Arnau as vice president

PHILADELPHIA, US: Chemical company FMC Corporation said its board of directors has elected Jaime Gomez-Arnau as vice president of FMC Corp. Most recen ...

Read more
Sika says FINMA rejects appeal against Swiss takeover board decision

BAAR, SWITZERLAND: Specialty chemicals company Sika AG said FINMA has issued a decision rejecting the appeal lodged by the shareholder group of Willia ...

Read more
www.worldofchemicals.com uses cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By using this site, you agree to our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use. X