On Tuesday, June 2, Novozymes Senior Research Associate Derek Payne will present the topic “Yield Maximization: Propagation and Fermentation Optimization” at the 2015 Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo (FEW) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Payne’s presentation highlights laboratory-scale fermentation – one of the tools from Novozymes’ service portfolio.

“When the industry hears the phrase ‘running fermentations,’ a lot of individuals instantly think of large-scale fermenters,” says Payne. “At Novozymes, our team thinks about beakers and flasks.”

Laboratory-scale fermentations offer a number of advantages over large-scale or even pilot scale fermentations. The methods involved are a cost effective way of determining the efficacy of process changes, enzyme changes, corn quality changes, and the like without having to invest resources in lengthy plant modifications. All the variables we can test within a week at the lab, would take a year in an ethanol plant,” reiterated Payne.

During his talk, he’ll discuss the value of laboratory-scale fermentation, the challenges of scaling, and the predictive quality the method can have when you overcome said challenges. It will be useful for plant managers, lab managers and other decision makers who wish to predict the impact of large-scale process modifications before undertaking anymore lengthy and sometimes costly changes to your plant.

The talk will take place in Room 200 DEFG (Track 1) from 1:30-3:00PM.

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If you’d like to learn more about how Novozymes will be participating at the event, read Join Novozymes at the 2015 Fuel Ethanol Workshop. To learn more about FEW, visit fuelethanolworkshop.com.

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