The fast-paced biofuels industry continued to expand in 2015, and through all of new technological developments, regulatory announcements and industry news, Novozymes’ experts shed light on a number of issues. Here, we present our favorite posts from 2015 in chronological order:

Fueling a Low-Carbon Transport Sector with Sustainable Bioenergy

In order to achieve a peak in global energy-related emissions by 2020, the fossil fuel industry must be told that “dirtying the world” will no longer be rewarded. We also must clean up the transport sector by lowering C02 emissions through the use of readily available biofuels, and institute policies that decouple mobility from emissions. There is a dire need for sustainable bioenergy, and support from governments and their policies are crucial to achieving this goal.

Biofuels in India – A Unique Opportunity

The International Energy Agency’s Energy Technology Perspectives 2015 stressed the crucial role of emerging economies in reducing CO2 emissions. The Indian government has seized this opportunity to create a biofuels industry. In order to bolster this effort, the government needs to play a key role in targeting climate change and enacting coherent and innovative policies. Government action combined with the creation of a common platform to express concerns will help cut emissions and stimulate the local rural communities through job creation. The outcome will have a positive impact at a global, national and local level.

The Role of Enzyme Technology in Developing Our Industry

Once a prohibitive cost, enzymes for cellulosic ethanol have dramatically improved in the last decade to be cheaper, more efficient and offer the ability to reduce the use of acid in pretreatment and operate at a broader range of pH and temperature profiles. The optimal enzyme composition needed to hydrolyze the C5 and C6 sugars varies from feedstock to feedstock and process to process. Novozymes’ customized Cellic® enzyme products are tailored to our strategic partners’ specific feedstocks and process technologies.

Innovating Our Way to a Carbon-Free 22nd Century

The campaign to end fossil fuel use by the end of the century is a notable cause in need of a helping hand. Five recommendations must go into effect to achieve decarbonization:

  1. Develop a vision for a clean energy future;
  2. Enact stable policies to reduce investors’ risk;
  3. Include the expected progress on clean energy technologies in future emissions reduction ambitions in international negotiations;
  4. Make private and public support measurable and
  5. Support actions in emerging economies.

Turning Agriculture Waste into Gold in the Philippines

The Asian Clean Energy forum hosted by the Asian Development Bank has supported the promotion of clean energy in Asia and poverty alleviation for the past 9 years. The Bank aims for an Asia and Pacific free from poverty through sustainable economic development and ethanol mandates. In order to meet these mandates it is important that the Philippines increase their supply of ethanol by mobilizing agricultural residues and spurring local interest. Such action would produce befits locally and on a global scale.

Ethanol is the Fuel of the Future, Prophesied Henry Ford

Inspired by his love for the American farms and a German alcohol fuel program, Henry Ford envisioned a transportation industry fueled by ethanol. Ford created the ethanol-fueled and revolutionary Model T, and one of the largest auto manufacturers in the world. Since the 1970 oil crisis, there has been a renewed interest in biofuels. Supporters believe that biofuels can boost rural development, satisfy energy needs with minimal environmental impact and keep the petroleum industry’s influence at bay.

Are Second-Generation Biofuels a Solution to Indonesian Haze?

In September and October, large pulp, paper and palm oil plantations in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia burned surrounding forests and biomass to clear space for expansion, causing hazardous air pollution that lead to school closings and public health concerns. One solution to the annual burning would be to use the biomass as feedstock for second generation biofuels.

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Evan V.

I'm a Social Media Specialist for Novozymes currently managing the Bioenergy team's social media presence. I like digital marketing, dark roast coffee, and disc golf.