Novozymes partners with US Piedmont to refine biodiesel

15 July 2010 22:15  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Dutch industrial enzyme producer Novozymes will partner with US biofuels refiner Piedmont Biofuels to open a biodiesel plant that will refine low-quality waste grease into high-quality biodiesel and glycerine, the companies said on Thursday.

The 12,600 gal/year plant in Pittsboro, North Carolina, will start initial production on 16 July and reach full-scale production after completing quality tests, Piedmont acting research director Shaine Tyson said.

The refining method will use Novezyme enzymes to process the waste grease at room temperature and result in a biodiesel with few impurities outside of methanol, the companies said. The co-product glycerine produced would be technical grade, meaning it could be used right away for some glycerine applications or be further refined to the specifications needed for high-quality glycerine consumption.

The post processing becomes inexpensive,” Tyson said. “We’re not using heat or excess energy and getting rid of post treatment technologies.”

No financial details were given for the partnership.

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