Novozymes signs deal with Canada’s Lignol to make biofuel from wood

15 June 2010 20:49  [Source: ICIS news]

ST LOUIS, Missouri (ICIS news)--Danish biotech firm Novozymes on Tuesday announced a research agreement with Canadian cellulosic ethanol maker Lignol Energy to make biofuel from wood chips and other forestry residues.

“Novozymes’ goal is to enable commercial production of cellulosic biofuel from a wide range of feedstocks,” said Claus Crone Fuglsang, the company's senior director of bioenergy research and development.

Lignol has a pilot plant in Burnaby, British Columbia, which uses forestry waste as a feedstock for ethanol production.

The companies plan to optimise that unit to make cellulosic ethanol at a production cost of around $2/gal, a value Novozymes said was competitive with gasoline and corn ethanol in the US.

Cellulosic ethanol differs from corn ethanol, as it does not use edible crops as a feedstock.

But cellulosic ethanol is more expensive to make than corn ethanol and costs are usually cited as an obstacle for commercial-scale production of that type of biofuel.

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