Breakthrough for cellulosic ethanol

”   On Wednesday, Danish industrial enzyme maker Novozymes, unveiled a new high-efficient enzyme – called Cellic CTec3 – it says will break down corn husks, switchgrass and other feedstocks into sugars to make cellulosic ethanol at a lower cost.“The enzyme had been one of the key hurdles in this as they had been too costly,” Poul Ruben Anderson, a Novozymes vice president, said in an interview. “With Cellic CTec3 we cracked the code. It’s one-and-a-half times better and you will only need one fifth the amount compared to competing enzymes.”That means cellulosic ethanol could be produced for as little as $2 a gallon, Anderson says, making the renewable fuel competitive with corn ethanol and gasoline.” Source:http://www.forbes.com/sites/toddwoody/2012/02/22/new-enzyme-could-make-cellulosic-ethanol-competitive-with-fossil-fuels/

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