Analysis of biofuel development strategy of Novozy

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Analysis of Novozymes' biofuel development strategy

Novozymes Saili II, the first commercially viable enzyme preparation, has come out, which has inspired everyone who pays attention to the biofuel industry - Novozymes has obtained the key to the innovation of cellulosic ethanol. The Danish based producer of industrial enzyme preparations has not been involved in the biofuel industry for a long time, but has quickly made remarkable achievements. At Novozymes' press conference held in Beijing on May 28, CCIN tried to explore the mystery of its success

identify the development trend of the industry

Feng Wenrui, the Biofuel Market Manager of Novozymes Asia Pacific, analyzed the prospects of the biofuel industry: "According to the prediction of the International Energy Agency, the overall energy supply will change in 2030, with the proportion of traditional energy falling from 81% to 68%, and the proportion of biomass energy increasing from 9% to 14%. Among them, petrochemical energy will also be the main energy for transportation, and 9.3% will come from biofuels. After 2012, the cellulosic ethanol industry will usher in a period of rapid growth." Novozymes divides the development of cellulosic ethanol industry into four stages. 2000 ~ 2008 is the laboratory research and development stage, 2009 ~ 2010 is the pilot test stage, 2011 ~ 2012 will enter the stage of gradual amplification, and after 2012, it will be industrialized scale production

at the beginning of this year, Novozymes and McKinsey conducted a survey on the current situation and future development trend of China's cellulose ethanol industry. According to the report, by 2020, China can gain great benefits from the cellulosic ethanol industry: reducing gasoline consumption by 31million tons per year; Create 6million direct employment opportunities and 32billion yuan of national income; Expand the engineering and construction market of 96billion yuan for Chinese companies; It has achieved technological leadership in cellulosic ethanol; About 90million tons of carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced every year

Liu Yongmao, vice president of Novozymes China, said that the conditions for the commercialization of cellulosic ethanol in China are basically mature, and government support is crucial to the development of the industry. He suggested that the government should provide tax exemption or subsidies to the second-generation bioethanol plants in their early stages, provide government guaranteed loans, and support the development of biomass logistics industry. In addition, it should also formulate positive fuel standards and incentives for consumers

continuous R & D investment

as a leader in the field of global industrial enzyme preparations, Novozymes' products currently cover more than 30 industries, covering more than 130 countries and regions. Novozymes accounts for 47% of the global market share of industrial enzymes, and its achievements in the field of industrial enzymes stem from continuous R & D investment. Feng Wenrui said: "The company has always been proud of research and development. About 14% of its sales revenue is used for research and development every year. So far, it has more than 6000 patents. We have not been involved in biofuel enzyme preparation for a long time, but in just a few years, this business has risen rapidly, contributing 15% of the company's sales revenue every year. Novozymes has a huge enzyme preparation market in almost all regions of corn ethanol and starch ethanol industry, which has made valuable suggestions Share. For cellulosic ethanol, we are not only committed to the research of different raw materials, but also to the research of pretreatment, hydrolysis, fermentation and other technologies. "

Novozymes has R & D teams in the field of cellulosic ethanol in the United States, Europe and China. China's R & D team cooperates with major ethanol producers in China to jointly develop the process of producing fuel ethanol from agricultural waste such as corn straw, so as to promote the industrialization and commercialization of fuel ethanol in China as soon as possible

Feng Wenrui made a detailed introduction to the newly launched noxianli Saili second generation: "We have tested the performance of various raw materials, including corn straw, corncob, corn fiber, bagasse, sawdust and wheat straw. Compared with the first generation products, the addition amount of noxianlisaili second generation products has been reduced by more than 50% on average. Due to the reduced dosage and the stability of enzymes, ethanol producers no longer need to establish enzyme production workshops near the factory, and enzyme preparations can be directly transported from the enzyme production base to the ethanol factory. Generally, when the total solids of raw materials increase, the inhibitor content of the enzyme will increase, which will affect the performance of the enzyme. It is exciting that new products can achieve high conversion rate under high total solid content, and factories can obtain more products under the same investment scale. "

work together with partners

a key part of Novozymes' product development strategy is to develop partners in the cellulose ethanol industry and work together with partners to achieve success. At the product launch, Ke Ming, President of Novozymes China, said, "this product is part of the innovative solution we provide with our customers. There will be more innovative products coming out in the future." In order to maximize the potential of cellulosic ethanol, product development needs to target a variety of raw materials and processes. In order to make as many technologies practical as possible, Novozymes has established partnerships with many leading enterprises in the industry

on the map shown by Feng Wenrui, CCIN saw Novozymes' partners from all over the world - American poet company, Canadian Greenfield company, Danish inbicon company, Brazilian CTC company, COFCO China, Sinopec Group, Indian praj company...

Feng Wenrui, for example, inbicon company built a demonstration plant in 2009, and the pilot plant has been in operation since 2003, This company is characterized by relatively low capital investment. The plant can process 1.2 million tons of biomass annually for power generation. With the optimization of the process, the use cost of enzymes has been reduced by 35%. Greenfield produces cellulosic ethanol from corncobs. In the past three years, it has cooperated with Novozymes to reduce the cost of enzyme used by the exhibition organizers to 1/20 of the original for the exhibition visitors in areas a and B. In cooperation with poet, the largest fuel ethanol producer in the United States, the production cost of cellulosic ethanol in the test device fell from $4.13/gallon to $2.35/gallon. In China, the current cooperation project is still trying to hydrolyze to produce fiber under high solid content. The correct installation method is to screw the sensor to pure ethanol first

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