Novozymes opens world’s first advanced biofuels facility in Italy

On October 9, 2013, Novozymes and Beta Renewables officially opened the world's largest, second-generation biofuels facility in Crescentino, Northern Italy, estimated to produce 75 million liters of cellulosic ethanol annually, from agricultural waste .


The newly opened biofuels facility in Crescentino, Northern Italy

Beta Renewables is a leader in producing cellulosic biofuels and a part of the Mossi Ghisolfi Group, and Novozymes. Chairman and CEO, Beta Renewables, Mr Guido Ghisolfi said, "The advanced biofuels market presents transformational economic, environmental and social opportunities, and with this opening, we pave the way for a green revolution in the chemical sector."

He further added, "We will continue to commercially expand Beta Renewables' core technology throughout the world, and we are very confident at this stage given the demand we see around the globe."

The company said that this will be the world's first plant designed and built to produce bio-ethanol from agricultural residues and energy crops at commercial scale using enzymatic conversion.

The plant is claimed to make use of 'green electricity' for all its energy demands, generated from Lignin, which is a polymer extracted from biomass during ethanol production. Since 2011, more than US $200 million were invested in R&D of the technology to produce cellulosic ethanol at the Crescentino facility said the press release.

Mr Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Novozymes, expressed that the opening of the plant presents a leap forward and is truly the beginning of a new era for advanced biofuels. He said, "Here at this plant, enabled by Novozymes' enzymatic technology, we will turn agricultural waste into millions of liters of low-emission green fuel, proving that cellulosic ethanol is no longer a distant dream. It is here, it is happening, and it is ready for large-scale commercialization."

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