Novozymes opens world's largest bioenergy solutions facility in the world. Yes, in China!

November 24 2008 / by Garry Golden
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Here is a recipe for the future of biofuels that avoids the conflict of ‘food versus fuel’ and the politics of corn derived ethanol.

Organic waste plus bio-enzymes = cellulosic ethanol (bioethanol)

Tap the molecular machine power of Mother Nature’s enyzmes that convert raw organic waste into usable forms of fuel. How do we get there? First we need to lower the costs of enzymes and bio-manufacturing facilities that make next generation biofuels possible.

What happened?
Denmark-based bio-solutions firm Novozymes continues to expand its global partnerships for delivering next generation biofuel solutions that can convert agricultural and organic waste into fuel. The company’s technologies are now supporting the world’s largest enzyme fermentation facility in the world.

Where? China.

The Suzhou Hongda Enzymes Co. facility is located in Taicang, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province just north of Shanghai. The expanded capacity will primarily focus on products for the bioethanol industry.

“We believe bioethanol is a good example how biotechnology can make more from less, decoupling economic growth from the use of natural resources” (e.g. food crops) according to EVP Peder Holk Nielsen, “The Suzhou facility is one of Novozymes’ strategic manufacturing locations, and this new expansion will enable us to accomplish more.”

Why is this important to the future of energy?

Investments in Next Generation Biofuels & China’s Cleantech sector

First it is another signal that corn and food crops are not going to win the biofuels marathon race. While corn derived fuels are not going away soon, the smart money- has shifted towards enabling next generation biofuels derived from non-food crop resources (non food plants and organic waste) driven by cellulosic conversion and algae.

Bioenergy companies must continue to lower costs while scaling up their technologies, but this new sector facility is good news for start ups that go beyond corn feedstocks- Mascoma, Iogen, Verenium, Bluefire Ethanol Fuels, Pacific Ethanol, Novozyme, RangeFuels, Ceres, Coskata

Second, it is another signal that China is not going to sit back idling and waiting as ‘green collar’ and ‘cleantech’ industries start to grow. We expect Asia to launch the electric vehicle age, and they are fully capable of dominating cleantech manufacturing associated with thin film and traditional solar.

Why not advanced bioenergy solutions and biomaterials?

Cleantech is going global

Activists and political leaders in the US and European Union might have louder voices to support new ‘green collar’ job growth, but China has cheaper labor and more established supply chains.

And cleantech manufacturing processes are not entirely clean. So China’s regulatory framework and pro-industry policies could be a key factor for investors.

If business leaders in the US and Europe wonder if it’s too early to accelerate next generation biofuels, Chinese industrialists might worry that it’s too late.

Where will investors place their bets?

It’s time to talk about the globalization of cleantech!

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