Like many of our ethanol-industry friends, we’re busy getting ready for the upcoming Fuel Ethanol Workshop. This year’s event will be held June 1-4 in Minneapolis, Minn., and the Novozymes team is excited to connect with other folks in the industry and share our latest innovations.
This past week, Novozymes held its biannual Capital Markets Day (CMD) event. These events are a chance for investors, analysts, and the media to meet face-to-face with Novozymes’ executive management and other senior leadership to understand progress with the business. We’ve also recently launched a new purpose and strategy – “Partnering for impact” – so this CMD event had a new twist, with some of our most important partners joining our business unit leaders to discuss business, partnership and the road ahead.
Spring and summer months mean rising ambient temperatures and humidity levels, which have a negative impact on the efficiency of cooling towers and ethanol plants in general. To operate smoothly in higher temperatures, proper planning and process adjustments are necessary.
In December 2014, Novozymes launched our first ever enzymatic process using a liquid lipase – Eversa® Transform – for the production of biodiesel. Extensive research and development has shown that the enzymatic process enables biodiesel producers to be flexible when choosing feedstock, as low quality oils, or waste oils, with high free fatty acids (FFA) can now be processed. These waste oils are typically cooking oils generated by commercial canteens, factories and fast-food restaurants, and other lower grade oils.