Next week, thousands of ethanol industry professionals from more than 30 countries will gather at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) in Milwaukee, WI. And for many, the focus of the event will be on the world-class presentations related to commercial-scale ethanol production.

This year, Novozymes will be giving three presentations—chosen by an abstract rating committee of nearly 40 industry experts—and we’ll be previewing each in a three-part series leading up to the event.

Nicholas Giffen: Creating optimized fermentation solutions

In an era of extremely tight profit margins, it’s more important than ever to optimize your fermentation processes, no matter what kinds of process conditions you’re working under.

“The biggest reason to attend this session in particular is because, at Novozymes, we’re taking a new approach to matching technology with plant conditions,” said Novozymes Senior Data Scientist Nicholas Giffen. “In the past, it hasn’t been done that way in the biofuels industry. We’re definitely using a scientific approach to matching enzymatic technology with process conditions to give the best fermentation performance.”

On Wednesday, June 22, Giffen will present his topic, “Optimizing Fermentation with Enzyme Activity Across a Wide Range of Process Conditions,” at FEW 2016. There, he’ll describe how Novozymes’ technical service efforts—including the development of neural network modelling—can help match an enzyme solution to your plant’s specific needs.

“As a data scientist, I do a lot of predictive modelling. So I’m really excited about the new urea model in conjunction with one of our products, Avantec Amp,” Giffen added. “The nitrogen needs to be tweaked in certain ways, and now we have a model that predicts just how much it needs to be tweaked based on specific plant conditions.”

The talk will take place as part of Track 1 in Ballroom B from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

This will be Giffen’s sixth consecutive year speaking at the workshop. Click here to watch last year’s presentation about flexible enzymatic solutions for an ever-changing market. Or, to learn more about Novozymes’ enzyme solutions for ethanol producers, check out Giffen’s interview with AgWired.

Will you be attending FEW 2016?

If so, be sure to stop by Novozymes’ booth, #323, at the Expo’s Coffee Bar and Lounge — refuel, catch up on the day’s news, and enter to win a four-ticket NASCAR prize package!

In the meantime, follow along on Twitter using #FEW16, and check back here for daily updates. Read our recent post to see how we’ll be participating at this year’s event.

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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.