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Lignol & Novozymes target wood ethanol

Feb. 18, 2010, Vancouver – Lignol Energy Corporation and industrial enzyme producer Novozymes have established the framework of a multi-year collaboration to optimize enzymes for cellulosic biofuel production.


February 18, 2010
By Canadian Biomass

Feb. 18, 2010, Vancouver – Lignol Energy Corporation, a cellulosic ethanol
technology developer, has announced a memorandum of understanding with
Novozymes, a producer of industrial enzymes. The parties have established the
framework of a multi-year collaboration agreement to optimize the latest
generation of Novozymes' enzymes for use in Lignol's cellulosic biofuel
process.

Lignol plans to construct large-scale biorefineries for the production of cellulosic
biofuel from wood chips and forestry residues. Novozymes supplies enzymes that
convert cellulosic biomass into sugars that can then be fermented into ethanol.
The parties plan to use Lignol's fully integrated industrial-scale pilot plant
in Burnaby, British Columbia, to optimize enzyme performance across a range of
cellulosic feedstocks in Lignol's process.

This
announcement follows progress between the parties that has brought significant
improvements in the conversion of woody biomass to ethanol. The collaborators will work to optimize the
enzyme technology to remove a critical cost barrier to commercializing
cellulosic ethanol production, comments Lignol president and CEO, Ross MacLachlan. 

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