World’s most advanced biofuels plant opens in Denmark

Opening of Inbicon plant is an important step in making bioethanol from plant residues a reality. Novozymes is contributing by supplying some of the most sophisticated enzymes it has ever produced.


Today, Inbicon inaugurates a new advanced biofuel demonstration plant in Kalundborg. The plant represents a break-through in the development of biofuels from plant residues, using wheat straw to produce bioethanol. Novozymes is supplying enzymes for the plant and the main goal is to prove that the Inbicon process is viable under industrial conditions.

“This is an exciting day for Danish green tech and we would like to congratulate Inbicon with the opening,” says Lars Hansen, President of Novozymes in Europe. “At Novozymes we have dedicated an unprecedented number of R&D resources on enzyme development for advanced biofuels. The results we're achieving in our labs substantiate that the first commercially viable enzymes will be ready by 2010.”

Significant green house gas savings

Advanced biofuels produced from agricultural waste and leftover residues such as wheat or corn straw reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90% compared with gasoline. Today, this technology is the most viable way to significantly reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector. With some 60% of the world's total oil consumption used by this sector, accounting for around 25% of the world's total CO2 emissions, this is much needed technology.

Delegates at COP15 to drive on wheat straw

Assisted by the Partnership for Biofuels, Inbicon, Novozymes, Danisco and Statoil have joined forces to deliver advanced biofuels based on wheat straw that will power half the official fleet at the COP15 climate conference this December. The cars, supplied by Volvo from their existing FlexiFuel Vehicle range, will be fueled with the new bioethanol produced at the new Inbicon plant in Kalundborg.