Novozymes informs President Clinton about rural jobs potential from biorefineries at Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Chicago

Novozymes displayed its waste-to-fuel technology at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America meeting in downtown Chicago June 30, 2011, where former President Clinton made a 45-minute visit to the green vehicle display with participating companies.

The Zymobile, Novozymes’ colorfully-wrapped Ford Fusion E85 flex-fuel vehicle was stationed outside the event as one of six fuel-efficient vehicles on display. 

Clinton-looks-at-display-credit-Barbara-Kinney-CGIClinton discussed the impact that full commercialization of advanced biorefineries will have on the U.S. economy with Novozymes North America President Adam Monroe. 


Photo Courtesy: Barbara Kinney, CGI

Brought by new CGI member company Novozymes, the car can run on cellulosic ethanol blends up to 85%.  Samples of the various feedstocks that can be used to make the fuel and information about the process of turning municipal solid waste into fuel were on display.

Clinton-leans-on-ZymobileNovozymes’ decade of research and development efforts have resulted in an enzyme cocktail that can now be used to make advanced biofuel from agricultural residues, municipal waste and energy crops. The biofuel demonstrated at the event was produced by Fiberight, a Maryland-based company with a demo plant in Blairstown, IA.  After a sequence of pulping, pre-treatment and wash, enzymes from Novozymes turn the paper and cardboard waste into sugars that are then fermented into biofuel.

Industry projections show that the U.S. advanced biofuel industry can produce more than 100,000 jobs by 2012 and an estimated 800,000 by 2022.  Many of these jobs are in small, rural communities where job losses have been considerable.

Novozymes representatives also took part in the following aspects of the event:
Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations, Thomas Nagy participated in a working group entitled ‘Infrastructure Growth: Leveraging Technological and Regional Assets’, and North American President Adam Monroe participated in a working group entitled ‘Made in America: The Future of Manufacturing’ and an Action Network panel on the topic ‘Waste to Energy.’