Biofuels Novozymes Works with Sugarcane Crusher Raízen on Ethanol Project
Enzyme technology specialists Novozyme will collaborate with Brazil’s largest sugarcane crusher, Raízen Energia on a celluslosic ethanol project. The Denish company will supply enzyme technology for Raízen’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Brazil, scheduled to be operational by end 2014.
Copenhagen/Denmark – The plant will produce up to 40 million liters of cellulosic ethanol per year from sugarcane bagasse and straw at Raízen’s Costa Pinto sugarcane mill in the state of São Paulo. To support the project in its efforts to advance cellulosic ethanol, Novozymes will develop enzyme technology optimized for Raízen’s process.
Furthermore, Novozymes intends to establish new enzyme-manufacturing capacity in Brazil. “This first plant developed by one of the world’s largest sugarcane ethanol producers marks an important step in the commercialization of cellulosic ethanol in Brazil,” says Thomas Videbæk, Novozymes’ Executive Vice President of Business Development.