Danish enzyme company Novozymes is investing between $160-200 million on a new facility in Nebraska in preparation for the expected demand for enzymes for first and second generation bioethanol.
“We expect strong growth for first and second generation fuel ethanol, and we have to be ready to deliver the required quantities of enzymes to support such growth. We are therefore building a much larger production plant than initially announced,” said Lars Hansen, president of Novozymes North America.
The new facility, expected to be operational in two years, will bring about 100 jobs to Blair, Nebraska. The company said it was on track to deliver the first commercially viable enzymes for the production of second generation ethanol by 2010.
In order to produce bioethanol, enzymes are needed to break down the starch or the cellulose in the raw materials.