June 10, 2010
Today, Novozymes, the world leader in the production of biofuel enzymes, announced the launch of a new enzyme that makes it possible to produce more ethanol from the same amount of corn. The product, Spirizyme Excel, converts more starch in corn, wheat, and other feedstocks into sugars which can be fermented to ethanol, thereby allowing producers to increase yields by more than one percent. Compared to other available solutions, a typical ethanol plant can gain $1 million or more per year using the enzyme.
Unlike other starch-converting enzymes, Spirizyme Excel breaks down the most difficult starch fractions in the feedstock to maximize biofuel production yields. The greater the starch conversion, the higher the output of ethanol.
”Novozymes is at the forefront of developing technologies that allow biofuel producers to make more from less,” says Poul Ruben Andersen, Biofuel Marketing Director of Novozymes. “Novozymes has achieved great breakthroughs in cellulosic biofuel recently, but this does not mean we have forgotten about corn ethanol. We have delivered market-leading innovation to this industry for a long time and we will continue to do so both for corn and cellulosic ethanol”.
Source : Press Release