With the Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo underway, Novozymes made an announcement about their bioenergy offerings and we take a look back at highlights from the first day of the industry event in Minneapolis.

Novozymes developing yeast for starch-based ethanol

Novozymes, the Denmark-based world leader in industrial enzyme development, is expanding its bioenergy offerings to include yeast. For the ethanol industry, the yeast line is expected to increase efficiency and boost yield, according to Peter Halling, Novozymes’ vice president of commercial biofuels.

“We have a very strong foundation in biotechnology, and yeast was a natural area for us to expand,” he said. “We’ve been developing yeast from the bottom up. It’s our own, unique yeast.” The expansion allows more options for Novozymes’ customers, including combining yeast with its patented enzymes.

Read more about this news at Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Industry professionals Geoff Cooper, Dennis Bayrock lauded for contributions

During the opening session of FEW 2017, Geoff Cooper, senior vice president of the Renewable Fuels Association, received the High Octane Award.

The nontechnical award is given to those who spend their career advancing the ethanol industry, growing the market and advocating for ethanol.

“I sincerely believe in this industry’s mission and everything it stands for,” Cooper said. “I am just honored to be part of the effort and share a foxhole with all of you.”

This year’s Award of Excellence winner was Dennis Bayrock, global director of fermentation research in the Phibro Ethanol Performance Group. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the fuel ethanol industry through their research, technical advisory and/or development activities.

“This year, I’m going to be a part of a select group,” Bayrock said. “I’m grateful to everybody who has helped me steer my vision for the future.”

Bob Dinneen discusses growing the industry in keynote address

Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen discussed both opportunities and challenges facing the ethanol industry in his FEW keynote address.

“The people in this room have a passion for what you do,” Dineen said. “The people in this room are driving innovation. The people in this room are helping the industry to evolve.”

Dinneen spoke of the success of the Renewable Fuel Standard as an environmental energy policy, and noted that there are opportunities outside of the U.S. as well, such as Mexico and Brazil. Included in the challenges he addressed was the effort to allow E15 to be sold in the summer months. But he remained optimistic.

“You’re doing your job,” he told the crowd of ethanol producers and industry professionals. “We need Washington to do its job.”

Are you attending FEW 2017?

If so, be sure to stop by Novozymes’ booth, #1021, at the Expo’s Coffee Bar and Lounge — refuel, and feel free to chat up the on-hand Novozymes representatives about our newest products, services and training solutions!

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Geoff Hayward

Communications Writer 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.

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