Genencor has introduced a new enzyme product—Accellerase TRIO—that it says will enable biofuel producers to more cost-effectively manufacture cellulosic ethanol from a wide range of renewable nonfood feedstocks such as switchgrass, wheat straw and corn stover as well as from municipal solid waste.
With Accellerase TRIO, Genencor provides a combined cocktail of enzymes all in one product to breakdown the glucan (C6) and xylan (C5) in the biomass feedstock into fermentable sugars, thus increasing the ethanol yield per unit of feedstock.
Accellerase TRIO works with a wide variety of renewable feedstocks, allowing producers to select nonfood crops and municipal solid waste that are abundant in their region to convert to ethanol or biochemicals. In addition, Accellerase TRIO can help boost total production by lowering viscosity and enabling producers to process more biomass.
DuPont acquired a majority stake in Danisco A/S, which includes its Genencor division, in May 2011. Genencor enzymes and enzyme production will now operate within DuPont Industrial Biosciences.