At the National Ethanol Conference (NEC) today, Novozymes announced the launch of its next yeast technology, Innova Fit. Fit is the most advanced non-GM yeast in the market – eliminating production constraints caused by conventional and basic yeasts.
“Conventional yeasts often cause plants to struggle with the rigors of today’s fermentation challenges and production demands – and producers are left without choices and hands are tied,” says Brian Brazeau, Novozymes’ Vice President, Bioenergy Commercial, and President, North America. “Our goal is to advance the entire industry through our microbial expertise; Innova Fit overcomes the major challenge of advancing and debottlenecking fermentation.”
Fit provides ethanol plants with flexibility to achieve operational targets, while improving performance with enhanced reliability. The advanced Innova yeast allows producers to maximize inputs, achieve throughput, and production targets, without losing ethanol yield to common stressors such as high temperature. Moreover, Fit enables plants to significantly improve throughput and plant efficiency.
Novozymes’ Innova platform: Customers vote for reliability, durability, performance
Since 2018, Novozymes has released four yeast solutions as part of its ambitious Innova platform. As the global leader in microbial solutions, the company has delivered on its promise to quickly bring new yeast and enzyme technology to a market longing for innovation.
“In less than two years, Innova yeasts have been widely adopted by the industry,” says Brian Brazeau. “Our focus remains on bringing Innova technology for improved reliability and trust, to debottleneck plants – freeing them up to improve plant performance and maximize input investment.”
Novozymes’ approach is through holistic yeast and enzymatic optimization. Yeast developed to excel through tough operating conditions enables producers to free up energy for optimal performance, whilst reducing costly variability. Paired with novel starch and glucose conversion solutions, plants maximize production and increase ethanol, by reducing residual starch by up to 25% and lowering expensive inputs.
The future of Innova yeasts
Looking ahead, Novozymes wants to deliver solutions customers need to reach their unique targets – such as starch, fiber, corn oil, protein, unique end markets and future biorefinery opportunities. The company seeks to illuminate and understand production challenges and needs that can be overcome with the power of biological solutions for sustainable, profitable production.
“The Innova launches together deliver the most holistic, sustainable, and advanced approach to ethanol production, all based on customer needs and our commitment to a better tomorrow using the power of biology,” concludes Brian Brazeau. “With the launch today, delivering Innova Fit to the industry enables another segment of producers to enjoy production technology advancements for fermentation never available before – meeting their market and production demands.”
Innova Fit – Convert. Push. Trust.
Powers through high temperature excursions without sacrificing yield: Higher yields during fermentation temperature excursions, up to 36⁰C/96⁰F, reducing variability and process upsets.
Developing Innova in partnership
Yeast and its development are a strategic growth area where Novozymes will continue working with innovation partners in the industry. Its Innova yeast products are the result of a dedicated development partnership with Microbiogen to bring new yeast technology to the market.
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Frederik Bjoerndal | Corporate Press Manager, Global | +1-646-671-3897 | TFBH@novozymes.com