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Cellulosic biofuel demonstration in China

By Gerald Ondrey |

Novozymes A/S (Bagsvaerd, Denmark: www.novozymes.com), COFCO Ltd. (www.cofco.com/en) and Sinopec Corp. (both Beijing, China; english.sinopec.com) signed a Memorandum of Understanding covering the next steps towards commercialization of cellulosic biofuel in China. As part of the agreement, COFCO and Sinopec will build a cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant for which Novozymes will supply with enzymes. The new plant comes online in the third quarter of 2011 and will produce 3-million gal/yr of bioethanol made from corn stover a year. In February, Novozymes launched new Cellic CTec2, an enzyme product enabling the biofuel industry to produce cellulosic ethanol at a price competitive with gasoline and conventional ethanol. “In 2009, we forged this partnership in China to develop biofuel from agricultural waste; today, we are one step closer to producing commercial quantities,” said Michael Christiansen, president, Novozymes China. “With gasoline prices hovering around $4/gal in China, companies across the country are reaffirming their commitment to investing in development of clean, alternative fuel sources.” The new plant will be the largest demonstration facility converting agricultural waste into…
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