Biofuel Firm Novozymes Wins Research Contract In China
Posted June 28, 2006 5:17 a.m. EDT
FRANKLINTON, N.C. — Novozymes
, a developer of biofuels technology, has won a three-year contract for research and development of biofuels in China.
Novozymes and China Resources Alcohol Corporation (CRAC) have agreed to a three-year contract under which the two firms well set up a pilot factory in Zhaodong, China. An ethanol factory is already located in that city.
Novozymes is developing enzymes needed for cellulosic-based ethanol, or biofuel, processes.
"I am very confident that with our knowledge of enzyme technology we can help CRAC to develop commercially viable processes for producing second-generation biofuel," said Humphrey Lau, marketing director at Novozymes. "At the same time, the project is important because the whole of this industry is still in its infancy. A project as comprehensive as this one has good prospects of leading to new technologies within the energy arena, particularly with respect to converting cellulose-based biomass."
Unlike ethanol based on corn, second-generation biofuels rely on cellulose-based ethanol