This week’s news roundup looks at a few recent global advances for the ethanol industry, from enzyme technology to aviation biofuel. Plus: a new corn ethanol plant in a place you might not expect.

Novozymes launches new enzyme for European market

Novozymes has announced the launch of Spirizyme 2.0 T and Spirizyme Ultra T for the European ethanol market. The two products are part of the Spirizyme T Portfolio, an advanced suite of glucoamylase enzymes with trehalase that deliver yield enhancing activities documented to provide the highest total sugar conversion in the industry.

“Reducing residual sugar, such as trehalose, through better conversion, generates up to EUR 850,000 more ethanol revenue for the plant,” says Thomas Schrøder, Vice President, Biorefining Commercial for Novozymes. “Extensive plant trials of the Spirizyme T products have shown that they reduce the amount of residual DP2 sugars by up to 70%.”

Trehalose, a type of sugar that is normally left unfermented in a standard ethanol plant, is targeted by the trehalase enzyme to produce glucose, which is then fermented to ethanol.

Read more at 4 Traders or at Novozymes.

Brazil opens first corn ethanol plant

Brazilian company FS Bioenergia has opened a corn ethanol plant, the first in the country, to produce 210 million liters per year.

Brazil is the biggest sugarcane ethanol producer globally. The U.S., meanwhile, is the top ethanol producer, relying mainly on corn as feedstock.

Located in the municipality of Lucas do Rio Verde, Mato Grosso state, Brazil’s first corn ethanol plant will also generate power and make other corn products like oil and bran. The plant will use fiber-removing technology during the ethanol production process, improving yield and efficiency by creating co-products rich in essential nutrients, the ministry noted.

President Michel Temer, present during the inauguration, said that this is just the first of other projects in line with Brazil’s targets under the Paris Climate Accord. For more on this story, visit Renewables Now.

New report confirms financial viability of aviation biofuel at Seattle airport

A new report has confirmed the financial viability of supplying advanced biofuels to all airlines at a Seattle airport.

The collaborative study – carried out by the Carbon War Room (CWR), SkyNRG and the Port of Seattle – details the funding mechanisms needed to support such a transition at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac). It argues that overcoming the higher costs of the fuel would require “combining a number of funding tools” but that a cost-effective outcome is achievable.

It backs up another study released earlier this year, which revealed why Sea-Tac is well placed to deliver on its ambition to power every flight which leaves its runways with sustainable aviation biofuel.

And aviation biofuel is beginning to make an impact across the industry. It has been used to power a fighter jet, and a number of airlines, including Cathay Pacific, Air Canada and KLM, are using or have plans to use them. NASA has also vouched for the environmental benefits they provide.

Learn more at Innovators Magazine.

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Geoff Hayward

Communications Advisor at Novozymes
Geoff writes about Bioenergy for the Communications team at Novozymes. When he isn’t advocating for an industry that’s changing the world for the better, he can be found on a North Carolina bike path or playing slide guitar.