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Novozymes joins Maabjerg Energy Concept biorefinery project

Novozymes and Maabjerg Energy Concept have entered into an agreement making Novozymes a partner in the consortium alongside national energy giant DONG Energy A/S and local utility companies Vestforsyning A/S, Struer Forsyning A/S and Nomi I/S. The consortium will use Novozymes’ biotech expertise to design a new biorefinery which will generate biogas, advanced bioethanol, electricity and heat.

We invited Novozymes to join the consortium because we’re keen to have the company participate in the phase of the project leading up to the decision to press ahead with the plant. Novozymes’ enzymes and biotech expertise are crucial for stable and profitable production of biogas and bioethanol from household waste and straw.

—Jørgen Udby, CEO of Maabjerg Energy Concept

Maabjerg Energy Concept brings together a variety of different technologies for making use of waste products and biomass. Each year the plant will be able to produce around 94 million cubic meters of biogas, much of which can be upgraded to natural gas, and 73 million liters (19 million gallons) of bioethanol, as well as district heating for 20,000 households and electricity for several thousand homes.

The Maabjerg plant is located in western Denmark near the cities of Struer and Holstebro in Jutland.

Biogas production is already being phased in, and it is the synergies from producing both biogas and bioethanol that differentiate the Maabjerg Energy Concept.

We’ve joined the consortium to help perform a pilot study of the technical and financial possibilities. Maabjerg Energy Concept is a concrete example of how waste biomass can replace fossil fuels in various ways, and the plant has the potential to become a true biorefinery, an important step along the road to a bio-based economy. Plants like this could be built all over the world, because they can use many different types of waste as inputs and produce many different kinds of outputs.

—Poul Ruben Andersen, Vice President for Bioenergy at Novozymes

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