Cellulosic ethanol

Novozymes leads the way in cellulosic ethanol through broad partnerships that employ many feedstocks and processes. We provide the industry’s best enzyme solutions and process optimizations to enable commercialization with partners and in our own labs.

cellulosic ethanol through broad partnerships

Novozymes takes a holistic approach in developing next-generation bioinnovations to meet your company’s ever-changing needs. Along with our unprecedented R&D efforts, we also work closely with our partners to bring different competencies together in an effort to fully understand the critical relationship between process mechanics and enzymes. Together we can create solutions that realize the promise of renewable energy.

Cellulosic ethanol can be a major source of sustainable energy. Many feedstocks – including corn cobs, wheat straw, woody biomass, and municipal waste – are readily available, and it is estimated that cellulosic ethanol will reduce CO2 emissions by 90% compared to petroleum-based fuels. Its potential is so well recognized that US federal mandates require 16 billion gallons of cellulosic ethanol use by 2022.

The complex structure of biomass is more difficult to convert into ethanol than traditional starch substrates. This has presented unique technical and economic challenges in bringing cellulosic ethanol to market. Enzymes are vital in the conversion of biomass to ethanol, and our state-of-the-art Cellic® solutions make the technology available at a commercially viable cost. Our groundbreaking innovation proves our commitment to creating sustainable solutions that improve the environment and enhance your business. We are working every day to develop technologies that enable more types of biomass to be turned into commercially viable biofuel.