COPENHAGEN, July 16 World no.1 industrial
enzymes maker Novozymes (NZYMb.CO) said on Friday it and
Brazil's Dedini would join ranks in the development of biofuel
based on sugarcane residue.
The Danish firm said it and Dedini, a global leader in
equipment for the sugar and ethanol sector, had signed a
partnership deal "aiming at continuing to develop a
technological route to produce cellulosic ethanol in Brazil".
Cellulosic ethanol, or second-generation ethanol, is made
from wood, grasses or the non-edible parts of plants -- which
overcomes problems associated with making fuel from food crops.
"Considering the demand for ethanol in Brazil and the amount
of bagasse available, there is considerable opportunity for
further growth in this market," Novozymes Chief Executive Steen
Riisgaard said in an emailed statement.
"The objective of this partnership is to develop a process
using the enzymatic hydrolysis route from sugarcane residues.
This would result in the implementation of a demonstration
plant, integrated into sugarcane mill refineries," the firm
Brazil is the world's largest producer of sugarcane,
crushing more than 600 million tons per year, from which 27
billion liters of ethanol is produced, Novozymes said.
Novozymes in February commercially launched the first enzyme
for the production of second-generation fuels.[ID:nDKT004853]
(Reporting by Anna Ringstrom)