Copenhagen, Denmark [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected Novozymes’ Project DECREASE (Development of a Commercial-Ready Enzyme Application System for Ethanol) to receive DOE funding. The project aims to improve performance of the company’s advanced cellulase system which could help to bring down the cost of cellulosic ethanol production.
The DECREASE project will be carried out as a global collaboration between Novozymes researchers in California, North Carolina, Denmark and China and other external partners. The project plans and level of funding will be determined in negotiation with the DOE over the next few months.
“Our goal is to have the best commercial enzymes ready for the demand driven by the DoE-funded pilot and demonstration cellulosic ethanol plants slated to open in 2010 and beyond. The continued support and commitment of the U.S. government is important to the development of a second generation of renewable fuels, and we are grateful for the opportunity to contribute,” said Joel Cherry, senior director of biofuels biotechnology for Novozymes.