Ethanol Gets Boost in Nebraska from Novozymes

Corn in Illinois

photo by Rachel via flickr

More from the business side of renewable energy in the US today: first wind industry manufacturing expands, now ethanol production receives further investment...even if the corn won't be knee-high by July and corn prices skyrocket.Enzymes for Ethanol
Danish firm Novozymes has announced that it will be opening a new plant in Blair, Nebraska to produce enzymes for use in ethanol and cellulosic ethanol production. The plant will require an $80-100 million investment and will bring approximately 100 jobs to the state. Construction will begin later this year and production is expected to begin in 2010.

Peder Holk Nielsen, head of Novozymes' enzyme business describes the project: "Initially the focus of the new plant will be to supply enzymes for corn-based ethanol start-ups," though, "The plant in Blair will be designed for later expansions to ensure Novozymes can meet demands for enzymes for cellulosic ethanol."

Corn, Corn Syrup, Ethanol, Diabetes
Ah the tangled web of corn: Novozymes is controlled by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, which a leading diabetes researcher and producer of insulin. Considering that high-fructose corn syrup is linked to diabetes, I just find it all humorous in a strange-synergies sort of way.

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