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Novozymes Touts New Liquefaction Platform (New Prod. & Tech.)
Novozymes
Date: 2019-06-12
Biofuel technology provider Novozymes reports the launch of Fortiva, a new alpha-amylase technology that helps customers avoid having to choose between maximizing enzyme performance and operational efficiency. In yeast, Force continues to deliver on the promise to quickly bring innovative, robust, and reliable biological solutions to the market from the Innova yeast platform established last year.

Fortiva is added into liquefaction the same as traditional alpha amylase technologies, but once introduced, it solubilizes more difficult starch than all other amylases on the market

  • It does this through both the efficient operational use of temperature, as well as the enzyme itself, leading to the highest conversion of starch to dextrins in the market and creating the highest returns on investment. Novozymes sees this proven time and again through an average 20 pct reduction in ethanol plants' residual starch.

  • Fortiva advances plant efficiency. The fuel ethanol industry initially operated at high liquefaction temperatures (195F/91C) known to better solubilize starch to dextrins, but during this time, enzyme efficiency was limited and required excessive use of chemicals to enable the high operational temperature. Novozymes advancements in enzyme technology (Liquozyme SC) allowed for the removal of unnecessary chemicals (lime) required but required an operational change to more typical operating liquefaction temperatures seen in the fuel ethanol industry today (185F/85C)

  • Fortiva again allows the ethanol industry to engage very efficient, high temperature liquefactions (195F/91C) while also bringing to market the most advanced alpha amylase to work in this ideal environment, solubilizing more starch without the need for additional chemicals, yielding the highest ethanol production in the market (+1 pct ethanol yield).

    Novozyme's Innova Force targets ethanol plants seeking flexibility to achieve operational targets without sacrificing performance. It allows producers to achieve throughput and yield targets without losing ethanol yield to common stressors, such as high temperature and organic acids. Force gives producers the flexibility to push for yield without compromise, and to choose the format that best fits their operation, dry or cream.

  • Innova Force expresses multiple starch-degrading enzymes for tailored substrate activity, ensuring solubilization and conversion for the lowest residual starch and most optimal fermentation kinetics. Paired with novel glucoamylases, the result is the lowest stress and high performing yeast kinetics and fermentations for exceptional efficiency.

  • Force is proven to handle tough challenges: Exceptional robustness to high ethanol concentrations, high dry solids -- up to 38 pct temperature excursions up to 104 degree F, and lactic acid excursions up to 0.6 pct. Force expresses multiple enzymes to maximize substrate and starch conversion, and is available in two formats (cream and dry) making it the most advanced dry yeast on the market.

  • Force eliminates the need for yeast food (100 pct) required by other yeasts, a $300,000 savings (100+MGY plants). Based on plant trials to date, there is potential for significant urea reduction, up to 75 pct depending on individual plant conditions. For every 500lbs of urea reduced, plants can save approximately $130,000 (100+MGY plant). Innova Force eliminates these hidden costs with its flexibility, robustness, and opportunity to run a plant as needed (high throughput or yield): $500,000 savings in nutrients (urea reduction, and 100 pct elimination of yeast nutrients); $280,000 cost reduction related to poor performing fermentations caused by lack of robustness; 33 pct DS -- plants using advanced yeasts struggle running high dry solids, according to the Novozymes release. (Source: Novozymes, Trade Release, 10 June, 2019) Contact: Novozymes, Brian Brazeau, VP, Biofuels Commercial North America, Peder Holk Nielsen, Pres. and CEO, Tina Sejersgard Fano, VP Bioenergy, +45 44 46 00 00, www.novozymes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes,  Ethanol,  Yeast,  


  • ICM Announces Brazilian Ethanol Plant Supply Contract (Int'l)
    ICM
    Date: 2019-01-21
    Colwich, Kansas-headquartered agricultural and biofuels process technology provider ICM Inc. reports the inking of an agreement with Usimat Destilaria de Alcool Ltda (Usimat) to implement ICM's proprietary technologies at Usimat's plant in Campo de Julio, Mato Grasso (MT) in Brazil. ICM will provide an ethanol process improvement package, and a distillation, dehydration and evaporation (DD&E) package system to improve the plant's overall efficiency and biomass usage.

    Usimat will also deploy ICM's Selective Milling Technology (SMT) and Base Tricanter System (BTS) to improve ethanol and corn oil recovery yields while reducing enzymes and chemical usage. In total, the ICM technologies packages will increase ethanol, corn oil, and DDG yields, and provide operational efficiencies. (Source: ICM, Bioenergy, 18 Jan., 2019) Contact: Usimat, Marcos Altenburger, CEO, www.novacana.com/usinas_brasil/fabrica/usina-usimat; ICM Inc., David VanderGriend, CEO, (316) 796-0900, www.icminc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ICM,  ICM Ethanol,  DDGs,  


    Attis, Novozymes Collaborate on Biorefinery Technologies (Ind. Report)
    Attis Industries,Novozymes
    Date: 2019-01-18
    Milton, Georgia-based Attis Industries Inc. reports it has inked an agreement with Copenhagen-headquartered Novozymes A/S under which Novozymes will supply enzymes to Attis' planned cellulosic ethanol biorefineries.

    Attis has successfully converted the pulp extracted from its patented biomass processing into high yields of sugar using Novozymes' proprietary enzyme cocktails.

    Initially, Attis and Novozymes will focus on optimizing the value of the biotechnology utilized in the Attis process. (Source: Attis Industries, Chemical Engineering, Jan., 2019) Contact: Attis Ind., Jeff Cosman, CEO, 678-580-5661, www.attisind.com; Novozymes, Peder Holk Nielsen, President and CEO, Tina Sejersgard Fano, VP Bioenergy, +45 44 46 00 00, www.novozymes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Attis Industries,  Novozymes,  Biofuel,  


    Imperial College London Researchers Enhance Bioprocessing for Biofuels Production (Int'l Report)
    Imperial College London
    Date: 2018-11-26
    In the UK, according to an Imperial College London study aimed at enhancing bioprocessing for cheap and environmentally friendly production of biofuels, plant-based biomass can be broken down 30 times faster than it is usually done.

    In the study, the glucosidase enzyme that helps break down the complex carbohydrates present in biomass was modified the chemical structure of the enzyme to let it withstand heat of up to 137 degree C so that it can be used in ionic liquids instead of the usual water. The scientists found that the combined effect of heat resistance and solubility in ionic liquids increased the glucose output 30-fold. If the technique is taken up on a large scale, fuel-related carbon emissions could fall by 80-100 per cent.

    According to researcher Dr. Alex Brogan, "We've made bioprocessing faster, which will require less equipment and will reduce carbon footprint. One major advantage of this will be increased biofuel production -- potentially helping biofuels become more widespread as a result. Furthermore, this alteration can be applied to a wide variety of enzymes, for various applications such as making fuels from waste and recycling plastics, thereby making bioprocessing more efficient." (Source: Imperial College London, Coherent Times, 24 Nov., 2018)Contact: Imperial College London, Department of Chemical Engineering, Dr. Alex Brogan, +44 (0) 20 7594 9028, www.alexbrogan.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Imperial College London,  Biofuel,  


    Novozymes Reports Growing Bioenergy Segment Sales (Ind. Report)
    Novozymes
    Date: 2018-10-26
    Further to our August 15th coverage, in its just released Q3, 2018 financial report, Novozymes reports significant growth in demand for enzymes in the conventional biofuel market. Overall, the company reported 5 pct organic sales growth for Q3, when compared to the same period of 2017. For the first nine months of the year, sales grew by 4 pct organically. Sales in bioenergy were up 14 pct, while agriculture and feed sales grew by 5 pct. Bioenergy accounted for 19 pct of the company's sales during the first three quarters of 2018. (Source: Novozymes, Various Media, 24 Oct., 2018)Contact: Novozymes, Peder Holk Nielsen, President and CEO, Tina Sejersgard Fano, VP Bioenergy, +45 44 46 00 00, www.novozymes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes,  


    Univ. of Arkansas Awarded $800,000 for Biofuel R&D (R&D, Funding)
    University of Arkansas
    Date: 2018-08-31
    In Fayetteville, the University of Arkansas reports biological sciences assistant professor Ruben Michael Ceballos has been awarded $800,000 over four years in grant funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to research methods to improve the efficiency and environmental soundness in the production of biofuel,

    The research is intended to create a way to protect and enhance enzymes in the process to turn organic material into fuel. Ceballos will use a protein derived from microorganisms that live in acidic geothermal pools and springs to enhance the conversion process. (Source: University of Arkansas, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: University of Arkansas, Prof. Ruben Michael Ceballos, 479-575-5643, ceballos@uark.edu, https://ceballoslab.uark.edu; National Science Foundation, www.nsf.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Science Foundation,  University of Arkansas,  Biofuel,  


    Novozymes Touts Bioenergy Segment Growth (Ind. Report)
    Novozymes
    Date: 2018-08-15
    In a just released financial report for the first half of 2018, Novozymes reported 14 pct organic sales growth for its bioenergy segment which accounted for 19 pct of the company's sales during the first half of the year. The company also noted its newly launched Innova Drive yeast product posted good growth in the second quarter. Novozymes also reported that sales of enzymes for biomass conversion declined during the first half of 2018 when compared to the same period of last year.

    Novozymes also noted that organic sales growth for the bioenergy segment is expected to be driven mainly by new product launches and innovation. (Source: Novozymes, AgraNet, Various Media, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: Novozymes, Tina Sejersgard Fano, VP Bioenergy, +45 44 46 00 00, www.novozymes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes ,  Enzymes,  Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  


    Syngenta Ready to Expand in Bangladesh (Int'l Report)
    Syngenta
    Date: 2018-08-10
    Basel, Switzerland-headquartered agrochemical specialist Syngenta International reports it is seeking investment opportunities, partnerships and knowledge sharing opportunities with suitable partners worldwide, including Bangladesh where it holds a 60 pct stake in Syngenta Bangladesh Limited. The state-run Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation holds the remaining 40 pct.

    Syngenta's patented Enogen corn has enzymes genetically engineered into the kernels. Ethanol plants normally purchase enzymes to help turn corn starch into sugar as part of the fermenting process. Enogen is classified as an "identity preserved crop" and must either go to the ethanol plants that contract for it or be used as livestock feed. The product is presently being used or tested in over 30 ethanol plants nationwide, including Tharaldson Energy at Casselton, N.D., and Midwest AgEnergy Group plants at Spiritwood, N.D., and Underwood, N.D.

    Syngenta International, which was acquired by China's state-run enterprise ChemChina in 2017, operates research and development facilities in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina and in Beijing. (Source: Syngenta, New Age Business, United News of Bangladesh, 8 Aug., 2018) Contact: Syngenta, Eric Fyrwald, CEO, +41 61 323 11 11, www.syngenta.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Syngenta,  Biouel Feedstock,  Enogen,  


    Yokohama Touts Isoprene from Biomass Tech. (New Prod & Tech)
    Yokohama Rubber
    Date: 2018-08-06
    Tokyo-headquartered tire manufacturer Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., working with RIKEN and Zeon Corporation, reports it has developed a technology for efficiently producing isoprene from biomass.

    The new process utilizes an artificial pathway and highly active enzymes to create cells which have excellent isoprene-synthesizing capability. The new technology is used to make cells which have the capability to generate isoprene from a biomass (sugar) that serves as the starting material. The in-vivo generated isoprene is then polymerized to achieve synthesis of polyisoprene rubber. The research project effectively leveraged the cell design and plant science technologies of the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS) to develop this new technology.

    The technology can be used for butadiene-based synthetic rubber and other diene rubbers, according to a Yokohama release. (Source: Yokohama Rubber Co., Tires & Parts, Aug., 2018) Contact: Yokohama Rubber , www.y-yokohama.com/global

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Sugar Biomass,  


    ADM, DuPont Collaborate on Cellulose Enzymes (Ind. Report)
    Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM), DuPont Industrial Biosciences
    Date: 2018-06-22
    Chicago-headquartered Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) and DuPont Industrial Biosciences report they are collaborating to develop, produce and market cellulase enzymes for grain-based ethanol production.

    Cellulase enzymes assist in hydrolyzing the corn kernel fiber which, broken down, releases more sugars to be fermented into ethanol.

    Ethanol from corn kernel fiber may qualify for D3 RINS under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) which encourages producers to utilize non-starch components of grains and other waste products in the production of biofuels. Initial product prototypes have proven successful in both laboratory and ethanol plant scale testing, and more evaluations are planned, the companies say. (Source: ADM, DuPont, World-Grain, 21 June, 2018) Contact: DuPont Industrial Biosciences, Troy Wilson, www.biosciences.dupont.com; ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, Collin Benson, VP Bioactives, Jackie Anderson, ADM Media, (217) 424-5413, media@adm.com, www.adm.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland ,  DuPont Industrial Biosciences,  Cellulosic,  Enzyne,  


    White Dog, AdvanceBio Collaborate on Clostridia Technology (R&D)
    White Dog Labs
    Date: 2018-06-13
    Rehovot,Israel-based White Dog Labs Israel, a subsidiary of New Castle, Delaware-based White Dog Laboratories (WDL) and AdvanceBio are reporting receipt of grant funding from the Israel-US Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation BIRD Energy to further develop CelZyme™, a cellulosic hydrolysis technology developed by WDL Israel using the microorganism Clostridium thermocellum ( Ctx ).

    In the wild, Ctx is nature's best cellulosic degrader, and since it is anaerobic, the technology has the potential of lowering enzymes costs via onsite CelZyme production, using part of the biomass as its feedstock.

    WDL has developed a core competency for the isolation, selection, cultivation and engineering of Clostridia, a long known but less understood class of bacteria, with promising applications in biochemicals and fuels.

    Cincinnati, Ohio-headquartered AdvanceBio provides renewable chemical and fuel process technology development and design services globally to first generation producers as well as companies developing second-generation, cellulosic ethanol processes. (Source: White Dog Lab, PR, Business Wire, June, 2018) Contact: White Dog Lab., Bryan Tracy, (302) 220-4763, btracy@whitedoglabs.com, www.WhiteDogLabs.com; White Dog Labs Israel, Alon Karpol, akarpol@whitedoglabs.com; AdvanceBio, Dale Monceaux, monceaux@advancebio.com, www.AdvanceBio.com; BIRD Foundation, Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, Executive Director, +972 3 698 8300, (650) 752-6485, www.birdf.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News White Dog Labs,  BIRD Energy,  ,  


    BASF, Lallemand Report US Ethanol Market Collaboration (Ind. Report)
    BASF Enzymes, Lallemand Biofuels
    Date: 2018-06-13
    In San Diego, BASF Enzymes and Montral-headquartered Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits (LBDS) report they've formally entered into a marketing and sales collaboration agreement with the aim to maximize value to customers in the US ethanol market.

    In the collaboration, BASF's enzyme portfolio will be used for applications in liquefaction and fermentation to improve fermentation performance. LBDS will use its TransFerm yeast product line which it claims provides increased ethanol yields and reduces the need for glucoamylase addition.

    The BASF company portfolio is organized into five segments -- chemicals, performance products, functional materials & solutions, agricultural solutions and oil & gas.

    LBDS supplies fermentation ingredients and 'value creating services' to the global fuel ethanol and distilled beverage industries. (Source: BASF, LBDS, PR, Biofuels Int'l, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Lallemand, Jim Steele, CEO, Angus Ballard, Pres., (815) 721-6165, www.lallemandbds.com; BASF Enzymes, Dirk Daems, Drector of Operations, (858)451-8500, https://www.bloomberg.com/profiles/companies/VRNM:US-basf-enzymes-llc, www.basf.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BASF,  Enzymes,  Lallemand Biofuels,  Ethanol,  


    DuPont Launches New Products for Fuel Ethanol (New Prod & Tech)
    DuPont Industrial Biosciences
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Building off the recent launch of its fuel ethanol platform DuPont™ XCELIS™,Wilmigton, Delaware-based DuPont Industrial Biosciences has unveiled three new products designed to increase yields, speed fermentation and reduce energy and chemical consumption:
  • DuPont™ SYNERXIA® THRIVE GX: Next Generation in Yeast for the Fuel Alcohol Industry;
  • DuPont DISTILLASE DXT: Advanced Glucoamylase Blend;
  • DuPont OPTIMASH AX: Xylanase for Enhanced Liquefaction

    The new XCELIS platform also will feature an online partner community for the industry, GRAIN CHANGERS. This online community and innovative product offerings represent a new age for DuPont's XCELIS biorefinery team. By improving performance, efficiency and fuel ethanol yields, XCELIS helps ethanol producers reach their goals with new products, tools and technologies. "These three products are -- quite simply -- game-changers for the fuel ethanol market. Our team has done it once again -- listened to customer needs, engineered cutting-edge enzyme and yeast technologies and worked hand-in-hand with ethanol producers to bring products to market that provide the best possible yields and new options for efficiency," the release says. (Source: DuPont Industrial Biosciences, PR, June, 2018) Contact: DuPont Industrial Biosciences , Judy Underwood, Global Marketing Leader Grain Processing, Wendy Rosen , (650) 284-6429, www.dow-dupont.com, http://biosciences.dupont.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DuPont Industrial Biosciences ,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Enzymes,  


  • Novozymes Eying Chinese Enzymes Market Opportunities (Int'l)
    Novozymes
    Date: 2018-05-28
    The Chinese news agency Xinhua is reporting Danish industrial enzymes specialist Novozymes expects its products to play a major role in the world's third-largest ethanol market, China's ambitious goals for sustainability and development. Novozymes opened its first facility Chine 20 years ago in the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area.

    Novozymes said ethanol fuel is one of the major opportunities the company sees in China, which plans to push nationwide use of bioethanol-gasoline blends by 2020 to cut emissions and fossil fuel consumption.

    With a 48-pct market share in industrial enzymes, Novozymes provides biological solutions for producers of ethanol, bread, detergent and textiles in 130 countries. (Source: Xinhua, Novozymes, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Novozymes, Sara Dai, Asia Pacific Regional Pres., +45 44 46 00 00, www.novozymes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes,  Enzymes,  Ethanol,  


    N.D. Ethanol Plants Testing Syngenta's Enogen Corn (Ind. Report)
    Tharaldson Energy,Syngenta,AgEnergy Group
    Date: 2018-05-21
    AgWeek is reporting corn ethanol producers in North Dakota are at different stages of incorporating Minnetonka, Minnesota-based Syngenta's patented Enogen corn into their mix. Enogen corn has enzymes genetically engineered into the kernels. Ethanol plants normally purchase enzymes to help turn corn starch into sugar as part of the fermenting process.

    Enogen is classified as an "identity preserved crop" and must either go to the ethanol plants that contract for it or be used as livestock feed.

    The product is presently being used or tested in over 30 ethanol plants nationwide, including Tharaldson Energy at Casselton, N.D., and Midwest AgEnergy Group plants at Spiritwood, N.D., and Underwood, N.D. (Source: INFORUM, AgWeek, 20 May, 2018) Contact: Syngenta, Jack Bernens, Enogen Technology Leader, (202) 737-6520, www.syngenta.com; Enogen, (877) 436-0436, www.enogen.net; Tharaldson Energy, www.tharaldsonethanol.com; MidwestAgEnergy Group, www.midwestagenergygroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tharaldson Energy,  Syngenta,  Enogen,  Corn,  Ethanol Corn Ethanol,  AgEnergy Group ,  


    Indian Ag Waste-to-Ethanol Demo Touts Success (Int'l, Report)
    DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences
    Date: 2018-04-02
    In Mumbai, Indian scientists under the leadership of Prof. Arvind Lali from the DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences are touting the successful operation of the country's first agricultural waste-to-ethanol demonstration facility in the town of Kashipur in Uttarakhand.

    The plant processes as much as 10 tpd of agricultural waste in a single day using a pre-treatment phase that converted the waste into a form that was more digestible by microbial enzymes which can be reused for over 50 cycles. (Source: DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences, The Hindu, 1 April, 2018)Contact: DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences, Prof. Arvind Lali, +91 22 2414 5616, www.dbt-ceb.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Ethanol,  AgWaste-toEthanol,  


    Enzyme Enables First-time Microbial Production of Aromatic Biofuel (R&D, New Prod & Tech)
    Department of Energy Joint BioEnergy Institute
    Date: 2018-03-26
    Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have discovered a new enzyme that will enable microbial production of a renewable alternative to petroleum-based toluene, a widely used octane booster in gasoline that has a global market of 29 million tpy..

    A major focus of research at JBEI, and in the broader community of biofuel researchers, is the production of industrially and commercially relevant fuels and chemicals from renewable resources, such as lignocellulosic biomass, rather than from petroleum. The enzyme discovered in this study will enable the first-time microbial production of bio-based toluene, and in fact, the first microbial production of any aromatic hydrocarbon biofuel.

    The enzyme discovery resulted from the intensive study of two very different microbial communities that produced toluene. One community contained microbes from lake sediment, and the other from sewage sludge. Since microbes in the environment are a reservoir of enzymes that catalyze an extraordinarily diverse set of chemical reactions, it's not unusual for scientists working in biotechnology to source enzymes from nature.

    The toluene-synthesizing enzyme discovered in this study, phenylacetate decarboxylase, belongs to a family of enzymes known as glycyl radical enzymes (GREs). The radical nature of GREs allows them to catalyze chemically challenging reactions, such as anaerobic decarboxylation of phenylacetate to generate toluene.

    In fact, metagenome analyses revealed that these microbial communities each contained more than 300,000 genes - the equivalent of more than 50 bacterial genomes. Another challenge was that the anaerobic microbial communities and many of their enzymes were sensitive to oxygen, forcing the scientists to manipulate cultures and enzymes under strictly anaerobic conditions.

    The discovery process combined protein purification techniques used by biochemists for decades, such as fast protein liquid chromatography, with modern metagenomic, metaproteomic, and associated bioinformatic analyses, some of which were carried out in collaboration with the Joint Genome Institute, a DOE Office of Science User Facility. An important component of the discovery process was to validate the researchers' predictions of the toluene biosynthesis enzyme with experiments using highly controlled assays involving purified proteins.

    The researchers believe that their study results have implications for fundamental and applied science. From a biochemical perspective, the study expands the known catalytic range of GREs, and from a biotechnological perspective, it will enable first-time biochemical synthesis of an aromatic fuel hydrocarbon from renewable resources. (Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 26 Mar., 2018) Contact: DOE Joint BioEnergy Institute, www.jbei.org; LBNL, Harry Beller, Snr. Scientist, JBEI scientific lead, (510) 486-7321, HRBeller@lbl.gov, www.lbl.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News JBEI,  LBNL,  Enzyme,  Biofuel ,  


    Novozymes Intros Yeast for Ethanol Producers (New Prod & Tech)
    Novozymes
    Date: 2018-02-07
    Danish enzymes and microbes specialist Novozymes reports the unveiling of its new yeast platform for starch-based ethanol production. designed to help ethanol producers ‘get more’ from their raw materials. The first product in the new yeast platform is Innova Drive, a new yeast strain designed to reduce fermentation time by up to two hours compared to current yeasts, according to Novozymes.

    Novozymes claims that during fermentation, Innova Drive produces a higher-performing glucoamylase enzyme. Apparently, this enzyme is twice as effective as glucoamylases produced by other yeast products when it comes to converting sugar into ethanol. (Source: Noovozymes, Feb., 2018) , Contact: Novozymes, Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America, Peter Halling, VP Biofuel, (919) 496-6926, www.novozymes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes,  Yeast,  Enzymes,  Biofuel,  


    BRD, Alkol BioTech Ink EUnergyCane Supply LoI (Ind. Report)
    Bio Refinery Development,Alkol BioTech
    Date: 2018-01-19
    Bio Refinery Development BV (BRD) reports the signing of a letter of intent (LOI) with London-based Alkol Biotech for the supply of up to 500,000 tpy of EUnergyCane, a sugarcane variety, to be used as feedstock at a proposed biorefinery.

    Alkol Biotech adapts plant varieties to grow in colder and drier climates, offering better resistance to pests and diseases, along with higher productivity. The first crop it is developing is EUnergyCane, a sugarcane variety.

    BRD is a commercialization partner in Bioforever (BIO-based products from FORestry via Economically Viable European Routes), a consortium of 14 companies in Europe that aims to build a biorefinery to produce products normally sourced from oil. The consortium includes Avantium, Borregaard, Royal DSM, Green Biologics and MetGen. The consortium is addressing several pre-treatment technologies for the production of intermediates, such as cellulose, C5 and C6 sugars, lignin and humins. The consortium aims to create conversion routes from the intermediates to a variety of building blocks and end products, such as carbon binders, butanol, resin acid, enzymes and furan dicarboxylic acid (FDCA), and to demonstrate lignocellulosic value chains at pre-industrial scale for some final products.(Source: BRD, PR, Alkol Biotech, Jan., 2018) Contact: Bio Refinery Development BV, Anton Robek, CEO, +31 62 00 16964, amfrobek@brdbv.com, www.brdbv.com; Alkol BioTech Ltd., +44 20 3475 8387, www.alkolbiotech.co.uk; Bioforever, www.bioforever.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio Refinery Development,  Biomass,  Alkol BioTech,  Bioforever,  Biomass,  


    POET DSM Claims Cellulosic Biofuels Commercialization Breakthrough (Ind. Report)
    POET DSM
    Date: 2017-11-08
    Emmetsburg, Iowa-based ethanol producer POET DSM reports the company has achieved a breakthrough in cellulosic biofuels that has been their biggest hurdle toward commercialization. According to POET DSM Spokesman Matt Merritt, the breakthrough was in pretreatment which is the first stage of cellulosic biofuel production. He says their next step is to get that licensed and out to other biofuel plants.

    Merritt says by taking the cellulosic feedstock -- corn stover, cobs, leaves, husks -- and processing it so that enzymes and yeast can access the cellulosic sugars, it then ferments them into biofuel. The process benefits biofuel plants as well as farmers and the environment, according to Merritt. (Source: POET DSM, WNAX Radio, 6 Nov., 2017)Contact: POET LLC, Jeff Broin, CEO, Jeff Lautt, Pres., COO, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET DSM,  Cellulosic,  Ethanol,  Corn stover,  


    VTT to Develop New Indian Enzymes for Biorefineries (Ind. Report)
    VTT
    Date: 2017-11-03
    Micro-organisms found in the wildfire-prone rainforests of India are an exciting prospect for biochemical production, as they are accustomed to the challenging conditions following a forest fire. The enzymes they produce are likely to also have a higher-than-normal resistance to the substances released from biomass in high-temperature industrial processes. An EU and nationally funded project led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, called IndZyme, is looking to study whether they are capable of breaking down agricultural waste better than commercial enzymes.

    The Indian research partner in IndZyme, VINSTROM, has collected microbial cultures from wildfire-prone areas of Indian rainforests and proven that they have a higher-than-normal resistance to inhibitor chemicals. During the project, these microbial cultures will be screened for new, more inhibitor-resistant cellulase enzymes as well as LPMO enzymes, whose activity may even be boosted by inhibitor chemicals. The next step will be studying the efficiency of these new enzymes in breaking down agricultural waste, such as straw, into fermentable sugars. The project will involve developing new enzyme screening methods and producing new information about compounds that inhibit or promote enzyme activity.

    Lignocellulosic agricultural waste is among the most common renewable biomass resources. In Europe, wheat straw is one of the most abundant agricultural waste products. India has ample stocks of bagasse, the fibrous matter that remains after sugar cane stalks are crushed to produce sugar, but it is currently disposed of by incineration, causing considerable local emissions.

    The three-year IndZyme project consortium consists of VTT (Finland), VINSTROM (India), RWTH (Germany) and the University of Tartu (Estonia). VINSTROM will screen the microbial cultures, after which VTT will analyse them for the enzymes they produce. RWTH will fraction the inhibitor compounds generated by biomass processing, after which VTT and the University of Tartu will characterise the enzymes and study their interactions with inhibitors. The project The VTT coordinated project has a total budget of approximately €1 million. VTT and the Academy of Finland have together allocated €400,000 towards the project . (Source: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, PR, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Kristiina Kruus, Research Prof., +358-50-520-2471, kristiina.kruus@vtt.fi, www.vtt.fi

    More Low-Carbon Energy News VTT news,  Enzymes news,  


    Clariant Announces Romanian Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Plans (Int'l)
    Clariant
    Date: 2017-11-01
    Swiss specialty chemical developer Clariant reports it will invest in a new commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues using its Sunliquid® technology.

    The new 50,000 tpy plant will be constructed in southwestern Romania. technology at commercial scale thus supporting Clariant's Sunliquid® licensing business strategy. To further focus on the commercialization of bio-ethanol, licenses and enzymes, the company has established a new Business Line Biofuels & Derivatives, as part of the Business Area Catalysis. The new plant is expected to break ground in 2018 for startup and production in 2020when it will process approximately 250.000 tpy of locally sourced wheat straw and other cereal straw into fuel.

    Clariant's Sunliquid® technology offers a completely integrated process using already established process technology. In order to achieve a strong commercial performance, feedstock production is integrated into the technology, alongside process specific enzymes and simultaneous C5 and C6 fermentation. (Source: Clariant, NewsWire, Nasdaq, 31 Oct., 2017) Contact: Clariant, Markus Rarbach, Head of Start-up Business Biofuels & Derivatives, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, Anja Pomrehn, Inv. Relations, +41 61 469 67 45 anja.pomrehn@clariant.com, www.clariant.com

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    Center for Low-Cost Biofuels, Biochemicals Funded (R&D Funding)

    Date: 2017-10-23
    Northwestern-led center receives $12 million grant from US Department of Energy Northwestern Engineering will lead a new center dedicated to accelerating the production of sustainable, low-cost bio-fuels and chemicals. Called Northwestern University is reporting the multi-institutional Clostridia Foundry for Biosystems Design is being awarded a five-year, $12 million grant from the US Department of Energy. The center's researchers from Northwestern, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and waste-gas-to-fuel clean-energy specialist LanzaTech, will focus on clostridia, a bacterium that metabolizes carbon to produce fuel.

    The center's work will identify the enzymes and computationally predict biosynthetic pathways within clostridia that are necessary to produce biofuels, develop a technology platform for accelerating testing and pinpoint which iterations produce the highest yields, then demonstrate a Biosystems design approach to engineer clostridia for improved production of next-generation biofuels and bioproducts. (Source: Northwestern University Center for Synthetic Biology, Oct., 2017) Contact: Northwestern Center for Synthetic Biology, syntheticbiology.northwestern.edu; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com; ORNL Center for Bioenergy Innovation, (865) 576-8141, www.ornl.gov

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    Clariant Inks Slovakian Cellulosic Ethanol Tech Agreement (Int'l)
    Clariant,Enviral
    Date: 2017-09-18
    Swiss specialty chemical developer Clariant and Slovakia's first and largest bioethanol producer Enviral, report they have inked a sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology licensing agreement. Under the terms of their agreement, Enviral will use Clariant's sunliquid technology to help construct a 50 tpy cellulosic ethanl from agricultural waste plant in Leopoldov, Slovakia.

    Clariant’s sunliquid technology will be used alongside starter cultures from its proprietary enzyme and yeast platform to process Enviral feedstock into cellulosic ethanol. The sunliquid technology offers a completely integrated process using already established process technology. In order to achieve a strong commercial performance, feedstock production is integrated into the technology, alongside process specific enzymes and simultaneous C5 and C6 fermentation. (Source: Clariant, Biofuel Int’l. 18 Sept., 2017) Contact: Enviral, Matej Sabol, CEO, +421 33/735 2411, www.enviral.sk/en; Clariant, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, www.clariant.com

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    NIU Scores $911,000 NSF Bioinformatics Funding (R&D, Funding)
    National Science Foundation,Northern Illinois University
    Date: 2017-09-08
    In Dekalb, Northern Illinois University (NIU) reports it has received $911,000 in National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) grant funding over five years in support of biological sciences professor Yanbin Yin bioinformatics research. The research could contribute to the making of lower-cost biofuels, help prevent crop loss due to microbial pathogens and illuminate how algae evolved to land plants.

    Yin specializes in bioinformatics, a blending of biology and computer science for analysis of highly complex biological data. He specifically seeks to shed light on enzymes known as carbohydrate active enzymes, or CAZymes, which are responsible for the synthesis, degradation, modification and recognition of all carbohydrates. Microbes use CAZymes to break down plant carbohydrates into simple sugars, which can be further converted into biofuels and other biomaterials.

    Yin's research team will develop computer tools to better identify CAZymes from newly sequenced microbial genomes, sequence the genome of a green alga (Zygnma circumcarinatum) and peer into the evolutionary processes within early plants. Yin will collaborate with Scott Grayburn, director of biology's Molecular Core Lab, on the algal genome sequencing work. (Source: NIU News, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: NIU, Professor Yanbin Yin, Prof. Scott Grayburn, (815) 753-0638, sgrayburn@niu.edu, www.niu.edu; National Science Foundation, www.nsf.gov

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    Novozymes Reports Rising Bioenergy Division Sales (Ind. Report)
    Novozymes
    Date: 2017-08-18
    Following-up on our April 28th coverage, in its recently released Q2 report, Copenhagen-headquartered bioscience giant Novozymes reports increased yeast for ethanol production and bioenergy division sales during the first half of 2017 grew by 7 pct organically, and by 9 pct in Danish krones (DKK) when compared to the same period in 2016.

    According to the report, Novozymes' bioenergy division generated 18 pct of company's sales during the first six months of 2017. The company currently supplies enzymes to five biomass conversion facilities. (Source: Novozymes, Various Media, Aug., 2017) Contact: Novozymes, Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America, Peter Halling, VP Biofuel, (919) 496-6926, www.novozymes.com

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    Rutgers, Mich. State Study Enzymes for Biofuel Production (R&D)
    Rutgers University, Michigan State University
    Date: 2017-07-07
    Researchers at New Jersey's Rutgers University and Michigan State University report they have demonstrated how to design and genetically engineer enzyme surfaces so they bind less to corn stalks and other cellulosic biomass, and thus reduce enzyme costs in biofuels production, according to a study published this month in Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

    According to study senior author Shishir P. S. Chundawat, an assistant professor in the Rutgers Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering , "The bottom line is we can cut down the cost of converting biomass into biofuels." Typically, the enzymes tapped to help turn switchgrass, corn stover and poplar into biofuels account for 20 pct of production costs. Enzymes cost about 50 cents per gallon of ethanol, so recycling or using fewer enzymes would make biofuels more inexpensive.

    "The challenge is breaking down cellulose (plant) material, using enzymes, into sugars that can be fermented into ethanol. So any advances on making the enzyme processing step cheaper will make the cost of biofuel cheaper. This is a fairly intractable problem that requires you to attack it from various perspectives, so it does take time," according to Chundawat. (Source: Rutgers Univ., AAAS, EurekAlert, Public Release, 5 July, 2017) Contact: Rutgers Univ., Prof. Shishir Chundawat http://www.rutgers.edu

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    Indian Cellulosic Ethanol Technology Touted (New Prod & Tech)
    P.K. Sinha Centre for Bioenergy
    Date: 2017-06-07
    In India, the Indian Institute of Technology's P.K. Sinha Centre for Bioenergy, Kharagpur, reports the development of a patent-pending "soil-to-soil" enzymes technology for cellulosic biofuel production. The enzymes process is reportedly pollution-free, faster and less costly than chemical pre-treatment processes. (Source: P.K. Sinha Centre for Bioenergy, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, June, 2017) Contact: P.K. Sinha Centre for Bioenergy, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Prof. Rintu Banerjee, Director, +91 3222 283104, rb@agfe.iitkgp.ernet.in, www1.iitkgp.ac.in

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    Integrated BioChem Wins Managed Ecosystem Fermentation Biomass Patent (New Prod & Tech)
    Integrated BioChem
    Date: 2017-06-02
    Raleigh, North Carolina-based Integrated BioChem (IBC) has announced that it has received a Canadian patent for its Managed Ecosystem Fermentation (MEF) process. The United States Patent and Trademark Office already has issued three patents on the process for converting biomass into industrial chemicals.

    MEF is a new manufacturing process that biologically converts cellulose and other organic materials into protein and industrial chemicals. It is a continuous, self-sustaining fermentation process that is focused on economics, resulting in a significant reduction in the energy required, thereby making the process environmentally and economically sustainable, according to IBC.

    The MEF process takes inbound organic waste, such as food waste, paper and other food processing waste streams, and converts 95 pct of this material into saleable products. Using MEF, 3 to 10 tpd of waste can be processed in a plant the size of several 40-foot containers. Industrial chemicals created by the MEF process include enzymes, protein, lipids and phospholipids. These products are suitable for use in the paper, animal feed, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, lubricant, sealant and adhesive industries. (Source: Integrated Biochem, WasteToday, June, 2017) Contact: Integrated BioChem, http://integratedbiochem.com

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    Novozymes Investing $36Mn to Increase Capacity (Ind. Report)
    Novozymes
    Date: 2017-05-19
    Copenhage-headquartered bioscience giant Novozymes reports it plans to invest another $36 million in its Blair, Nebraska plant in anticipation of the ethanol industry's continued growth. The investment in new tanks and related appurtenances is expected to increase the plant's enzyme production capacity by half.

    While Novozymes does not produce ethanol, its enzymes -- molecules that act on other molecules to unlock chemical reactions -- allow ethanol plants to produce more ethanol per kernel of corn. (Source: Novozymes, Omaha Herald, 17 May, 2017) Contact: Novozymes, Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America, Peter Halling, VP Biofuel, (919) 496-6926, www.novozymes.com

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    Novozymes Expects Increased US Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
    Novozymes
    Date: 2017-04-28
    Danish biotechnology and enzymes specialist Novozymes reports it had boosted sales of its enzymes to US bioethanol producers in the first three months of this year, helping grow sales of its bioenergy segment to 681mn kroner ($100mn) up by 9 pct compared with January to March 2016. Novozymes said this was the result of estimated US ethanol output rising by 4 pct in the first three months of this year, set against the first quarter a year ago. The company said it expects US ethanol output this year to be "on a par or slightly up on 2016." It also expects second generation ethanol output to increase by an unspecified amount.

    According to Novozymes, its increased bioenergy enzymes sales reverses a decline in 2016 when US ethanol producers were looking to cut costs, as profits remained thin. The company has been aided in the last year by the launch of new products and in part by the decline in the oil price, which supported gasoline demand in the US, into which ethanol is blended. But the firm said today US ethanol consumption had declined slightly in the first quarter and inventories were building. The company supplies enzymes to cellulosic ethanol plants in the US, Brazil and China, all of which have faced similar issues. (Source: Novozymes, Argus, 26 April, 2017) Contact: Novozymes, Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America, Peter Halling, VP Biofuel, (919) 496-6926, www.novozymes.com

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    POET-DSM Plans Enzyme Manufacturing at Project Liberty (Ind. Report)
    POET-DSM,Project Liberty
    Date: 2017-02-17
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels reports it will construct an on-site enzyme manufacturing (OSM) facility in Emmetsburg, Iowa, pending state and local approvals. The facility will be integrated into the Project Liberty technology package, replicable in future facilities. For Project Liberty, a cellulosic ethanol production from corn stover facility, the OSM will directly pipe enzymes into the Liberty production process without requiring downstream processing, stabilizers and other chemicals required for enzyme transportation.

    New enzymes developed by DSM are also expected to improve effectiveness of the enzyme mix, further reducing costs for the process. CRB has been awarded the contract for the design, engineering and construction management. Basic engineering is complete, and construction is expected to begin in late spring or early summer.

    POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels, LLC, is a 50/50 joint venture between Royal DSM and POET, LLC. Based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the company is a cooperative effort of two innovators that provides a key to unlocking the opportunity of converting corn crop residue into cellulosic bio-ethanol. an integrated technology package for the conversion of corn crop residue to cellulosic bio-ethanol. (Source: POET-DSM Various Media, EIN, 16 Feb., 2017) Contact: POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels, Steve Hartig, General Manager, (630) 780-8171, steve.hartig@dsm.com, www.poetdsm.com

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    CO2 Solutions Scores Algae Enhancing Enzymes Order (Ind. Report)
    CO2 Solutions
    Date: 2017-02-15
    Quebec City-headquartered enzyme-enabled carbon capture technology specialist CO2 Solutions Inc. is reporting receipt of a $37,500 purchase order from a third party for carbonic anhydrase enzyme (CA) for use in CO2 capture and enhanced algae growth for biofuel products. Order details were not disclosed.

    Algae cultivation and processing is considered an environmentally attractive method to produce biofuel and other value-added bio-products. (Source: CO2 Solutions Inc., PR, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: CO2 Solutions, Evan Price, CEO, (418) 842-3456, evan.price@co2solutions.com, www.co2solutions.com

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    DuPont Ind. Biosciences Scores Biogas Enzymes Grant (Int'l)
    DuPont Industrial Biosciences
    Date: 2017-01-30
    DuPont Industrial Biosciences is reporting receipt of grant funding from the European Commission's Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program to demonstrate high-efficiency enzyme production to increase biogas yields as part of the DEMETER project.

    The funding will be used to improve and scale-up the enzyme-producing fermentation process to achieve a 15 pct or more cost reduction and to demonstrate the efficiency of the enzymes in biogas field trials in Europe.

    The DEMETER project includes an entire value chain of biogas experts including: DuPont (enzymes), Miavit (biogas ingredients distributor), BioBase Europe (pilot plant), OWS (anaerobic digester expertise), DBFZ (biogas research centre), Ciaotech (economic and environmental evaluation), and Biomoer (biogas farm). The project is expected to be completed within 3 years. (Source: DuPont Industrial Biosciences, 26 Jan., 2017 Contact: DuPont Industrial Biosciences, biosciences.dupont.com

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    Novozymes Cites Markets, Policy Uncertainty for Cutbacks (Int'l)
    Novozymes
    Date: 2017-01-20
    In Copenhagen, enzymes specialist Novozymes reports it will cut 198 jobs and invest more in emerging markets. The company cited uncertainty over US renewable energy policy, low oil prices and the takeover of Monsanto as key factors in the cutback, according to Reuters.

    According to the company, the US market for biofuels is facing uncertainty as the incoming Trump administration could cut back the Obama Clean Power Plan designed cut utility greenhouse gas emissions as well as the Renewable Fuels Standard ethanol and biodiesel- gasoline blend program. (Source: Novozymes, 18 Jan., 2017) Contact: Novozymes. Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America, Peter Halling, VP Biofuel, (919) 496-6926, www.novozymes.com

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    Leaf, Novozymes Tout Biomass Collaboration (Ind. Report)
    Leaf Resources, Novozymes
    Date: 2016-12-09
    In the Land Down Under, Queensland-headquartered Leaf Resources has announced a collaboration with industrial enzymes specialist Novozymes to further increase the yields and efficiency associated with Leaf Resources' Glycell biomass conversion technology.

    Glycell is a combination of established process engineering and advanced chemistry. The Glycell technology operates at low temperature and pressure, and uses crude glycerin as a low cost, recyclable reagent. The process efficiently deconstructs plant biomass and produces a high-yield of high-quality, concentrated cellulose and hemicellulose sugars, which in turn enables cost competitive production of renewable chemicals.

    As part of the collaboration, Novozymes will customize its portfolio of high-yielding enzymes to the Glycell process. The goal is to design an enzyme package that allows the Glycell process to achieve superior performance, quality, and reliability for the production of high-value renewable chemicals. Leaf and its development partner, Claeris LLC, will then incorporate Novozymes’ tailored enzyme package into the biomass pretreatment section of integrated biorefineries. (Source: Leaf Resources, December 07, 2016) Contact: Leaf Resources, Ken Richards, Managing Director, www.leafresources.com.au; Novozymes, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America, Peter Halling, VP Biofuel, (919) 496-6926, www.novozymes.com

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    CDP Keeps Novozymes on Climate Change "A" List (Ind. Report)
    CDP,Carbon Disclosure Project,Novozymes
    Date: 2016-11-02
    The international not-for-profit CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) reports that Copenhagen-headquartered enzymes specialist Novozymes is again included on the "A" List of companies committed reducing carbon emissions and mitigating the business risks of climate change.

    According to Novozymes, it implemented 40 different energy-saving and process optimization projects in 2015, helping reduce CO2 emissions in the company’s own operations by 7 pct, as compared with 2014. Last year, Novozymes claims its customers avoided an estimated 60 million tons of CO2 emissions by applying the company's products. The savings achieved are said to be equivalent of removing approximately 25 million cars off the road.

    Novozymes claims its biological solutions save customers 100kg CO2 for every 1kg of product applied, on average.

    CDP's Out of the starting blocks: Tracking progress on corporate climate action report presents carbon emissions and climate change mitigation data from 1,089 companies. The data is disclosed to CDP at the request of 827 institutional investors with assets of $100 trillion. These companies account for 12 pct of total global greenhouse gas emissions. Some 5,800 companies, representing close to 60 pct global market capitalization, disclosed environmental information through CDP in 2016. (Source: CDP. 31 Oct., 2016) Contact: CDP, +44 (0) 20 3818 3946, www.cdp.net; Novozymes, www.novozymes.com

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    Ames Lab Granted $3Mn for Biomass Instrumentation (R&D)
    Ames Laboratory
    Date: 2016-10-19
    A team of scientists led by principal investigator Emily Smith at the U.S. DOE Ames Laboratory at reports it has been granted a total of $3 million over 3 years from the DOE's Office of Science to develop a subdiffraction Raman imaging platform that will provide an unprecedented look at the specific chemical structures of plant cell walls and then determine how best to deconstruct plant biomass as a source of biofuels.

    To build such a complex instrument, Smith is working with pulsed laser spectroscopy expert Jacob Petrich, as well as computational and theoretical expert Xueyu Song, both Ames Laboratory scientists and ISU chemistry professors.

    The instrument has its origins in the class of super-resolution imaging methods known as as stimulated emission depletion (STED).

    The group will also eventually investigate what happens as microbial action breaks down the plant cell walls. Ames Laboratory scientist and ISU assistant professor of Chemical and Biological engineering Zengyi Shao will provide a variety of microbes and enzymes, to identify and possibly tailor the ones that provide the best pathways to break down the cell wall structures into the most advantageous materials for biomass conversion. (Source: US DOE, Ames Laboratory, PR, 17 Oct., 2016) Contact: Ames Lab, Iowa State Univ., Emily Smith, (515) 294-1424, esmith1@iastate.edu, www.ameslab.gov

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