My last biofuel news of the day are from enzymes producer Novozymes.
The company announced last week a new pilot plant in North Carolina that will demonstrate improved technological process for the production of high quality biodiesel from low quality waste grease. The technology was developed by Piedmont Biofuels and Novozymes.
The pilot plant is expected to produce 12,600 gal/year, and is said to be the first of its kind in the US. The pilot plant is a collaborative project between Chatham County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC), Novozymes, and Piedmont Biofuels.
“This new process of using enzymes to produce biodiesel will increase yields, decrease waste, and allows the producer to use lower cost feedstocks,” said Greg Austic of Piedmont Biofuels. “This groundbreaking technology will create more valuable co-products, and will allow existing producers to increase their biodiesel output.”
An estimated eight million gallons of brown grease are said to be available in North Carolina. The enzymatic biodiesel processing will reportedly produce cleaner glycerin co-product, reduces or eliminates the use of water and the associated disposal problem, and occurs at a lower temperature compared to competing catalysts.
In another announcement last week, Novozymes said it has signed a deal with Dedini S/A Industrias de Base to develope a technological route using enzymatic hydrolysis to produce cellulosic ethanol from sugarcane bagasse in Brazil.
The companies plan to implement a demonstration plant integrated into sugarcane mill refineries. No further information was stated in the press release except that Brazil is currently crushing more than 600m tons/year of sugarcane, producing 7.1bn gal/year of ethanol.
[Photo of biodiesel pilot plant opening in North Carolina]