Advanced Biofuels Facility Opens in Northern Italy

Beta Renewables and Novozymes marked on Oct. 9 the official opening in Northern Italy of an advanced biofuels facility. Situated in fields outside the city of Crescentino, the plant was designed and built to produce bioethanol from agricultural residues and energy crops at commercial scale using enzymatic conversion.

novozymes2The two companies formed a strategic partnership in October 2012, making Novozymes the preferred enzyme supplier for Beta Renewables’ current and future cellulosic biofuel projects.

The plant uses wheat straw, rice straw and arundo donax, a high-yielding energy crop grown on marginal land. Lignin, a polymer extracted from biomass during the ethanol production process, is used at an attached power plant, which generates enough power to meet the facility’s energy needs, with any excess green electricity sold to the local grid.

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