July 7, 2021 – After a challenging time during the pandemic, for the first time in over a year the ethanol industry will gather at large in Iowa, hoping also to welcome innovations that provide a substantial boost in efficiency and counteract other production challenges. At the Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW), the world’s largest ethanol event, Novozymes will be introducing two advanced technologies, in yeast and fiber, that have significant potential to achieve this and more.

“By continuing to combine the biological synergies and sustainability of our enzymes, yeast, and technical service platforms, Novozymes is establishing new performance expectations for ethanol production,” says Brian Brazeau, Novozymes’ President for North America and Vice President, Agricultural & Industrial Biosolutions, Americas. “We love taking on tough challenges to create something meaningful and sustainable for our customers and the world – and we cannot wait to bring these two new innovations to FEW this year after such an extraordinary time for the industry.”

A new “power yeast”

Innova Element is the latest addition to Novozymes’ ambitious Innova yeast platform that was launched less than three years ago and has met a clear need for better performance and reliability. Element specifically targets ethanol plants seeking the highest level of starch and glucose conversion.

“Innova Element seeks to lead the industry in ethanol yield without sacrificing robust performance – delivering the most trusted performance in starch accessibility and conversion,” says Brazeau. “Through yeast engineered for today’s ethanol production needs, Element really takes advantage of its environment to maximize producer opportunity.”

Delivering Innova’s industry-leading robustness, Element is tolerant of high ethanol concentrations, powers through high organic acid and fermentation temperature excursions – delivering the lowest residual starch. This allows producers to push for new ethanol yield targets while minimizing losses to common stressors such as high temperature and organic acids. 

Starch and glucose are fully consumed for on-time, clean, reliable fermentations. And, Element enables plants to improve throughput by raising solids and improving plant efficiency – or finish fermentations as needed because of its flexibility in speed.

Advanced fiber-degrading technology

In addition to the new yeast, and just a few months after establishing a brand-new fiber platform, Novozymes will also introduce Fiberex F2.5 – continuing to advance its fiber-degrading technology based on full-scale plant trial results and fiber analysis. For plants seeking to access lower carbon fuel markets for diversification, Fiberex F2.5 unlocks next-generation biofuel production while expanding plant profitability.

“In fiber conversion, we are continuing to respond to customers’ needs for diversification and business sustainability,” adds Brian Brazeau. “By combining the synergistic power of hemi-cellulase and cellulase enzymes, with Fiberex F2.5 the fiber matrix is more efficiently and completely broken down into its value-add components, including cellulosic ethanol and corn oil, which can generate up to $2.5 million dollars in additional revenue at a 100 million gallons-per-year facility.”

Novozymes has been the market leader in corn fiber conversion – with technologies that customers trust to support their goals. As a testament to its technology and collaborative approach, the company supports over 80% of the corn fiber-to-ethanol production in North America using in-process, drop-in enzymatic solutions. 

Moreover, Novozymes goes beyond biology and collaborates with analytics and engineering partners to seamlessly bring fiber conversion technology to customers.


Better together: Taking a holistic approach 

By leveraging the biological synergies and sustainability of Novozymes’ enzymes, yeast, and technical service platforms all together, ethanol producers can truly unlock more of their inputs to generate the highest levels of ethanol, expand diversification, lower their input costs, and achieve significant process efficiency gains. Together, these offerings realize significant, additional value when enabling their strengths to maximize production. 

“By adopting a holistic approach in developing technology platforms, broad biotechnology toolsets, and consistently launching breakthrough solutions, we aim to maximize opportunities for bioenergy producers,” finishes Brian Brazeau. “The launches of Innova Element advanced yeast, Fortiva Hemi, our newest liquefaction solution, and Fiberex F2.5 for fiber-to-low-carbon ethanol production, together deliver the most holistic, sustainable, and advanced approach to ethanol production – all based on customer needs and our commitment to a better tomorrow.”


    Innova Element

  • Increases ethanol yield by 2% on average.
  • Operates in a wide variety of fermentation times and excels in fermentations greater than 54 hours.
  • Innova Element is a drop-in solution that converts most sugar to ethanol compared to all other yeasts, enhancing the profitability of ethanol production.
  • Powers through high temperature excursions without sacrificing yield. It can achieve higher yields during fermentation temperature excursions, up to 36⁰C/98⁰F, reducing variability and process upsets.
  • Enables producers to expand throughput by fermenting high dry solids. Developed to withstand the rigor of heavy-duty, hard-running plants, Innova Element can ferment up to 36% of dry solids, while tolerating high ethanol titers (>15% w/v) in fermentation.
  • Innova Element may significantly reduce the need for yeast nutritional supplements, such as urea.
  • Novozymes’ Innova yeast products are the result of a dedicated development partnership with Microbiogen to bring new yeast technology to the market.

  • Fiberex F2.5

  • Access low-carbon fuel markets with Fiberex F2.5; on average 3% of total ethanol production qualifies as cellulosic ethanol for low-carbon fuel markets*.
  • F2.5 enhances corn oil recovery, unlocking up to 15% more corn oil yield from the fiber matrix, enabling it to be used for animal feed or sustainable biodiesel production.
  • Reduces residual starch by 18% to gain further performance on ethanol generation.
  • At more than one third lower dose than competitive products currently on the market, Novozymes provides concentrated enzymatic activity for the most efficient corn fiber conversion today.
  • Novozymes has been at the forefront of supporting the fiber ecosystem working with stakeholders like EPA, CARB, analytics companies, and engineering companies.

  • *Producer’s results vary. Fiberex F2.5 will provide increased cellulosic gallons above Fiberex F1 levels.

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