Verenium Corporation, a developer of next-generation cellulosic ethanol technology and high-performance specialty enzymes, is introducing Xylathin, a highly active enzyme designed to significantly improve the economics of fuel ethanol production from cereal grains. Xylathin rapidly breaks down xylan, a compound found in cereal grains such as wheat, rye and barley and significantly reduces mash viscosity.
The faster acting enzyme allows producers to shorten retention times and reduce enzyme dose. Xylathin also reduces grain water retention lowering grain drying energy requirements. Xylathin is effective over a wide temperature and pH range allowing ethanol producers greater operational flexibility and significant reductions in processing costs, according to Janet Roemer, Verenium’s Executive Vice President, Specialty Enzymes Business.
The main markets for Xylathin are Europe and Canada, which are the largest global regions that process wheat into fuel ethanol. Verenium and its distribution partner, Add Food Service GmbH, began selling Xylathin directly to wheat ethanol producers in the first quarter of 2010.
Verenium Corporation is a leading developer of cellulosic ethanol, as well as high-performance specialty enzymes for applications within the biofuels, industrial, and animal health markets. It possesses integrated, end-to-end capabilities and technology in pre-treatment, novel enzyme development, fermentation and project development for next-generation biofuels.
Vercipia, a 50-50 joint venture with BP, is moving to commercialize cellulosic technology for the production of ethanol from a wide array of non-food feedstocks, including dedicated energy crops, agricultural waste, and wood products. Earlier this month, Verenium Corporation extended the initial 18-month joint development program established in August 2008 with BP. (Earlier post.)