Strong 1Q 2014 sales for Novozymes Bioenergy

Strong 1Q 2014 sales for Novozymes Bioenergy

F O C U S Haldor Topsoe unveils new ammonia catalyst On 25 Feb 2014, Haldor Topsoe unveiled a new ammonia synthesis catalyst, KM 111, at the Nitrogen ...

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F O C U S Haldor Topsoe unveils new ammonia catalyst On 25 Feb 2014, Haldor Topsoe unveiled a new ammonia synthesis catalyst, KM 111, at the Nitrogen + Syngas 2014 International Conference and Exhibition in Paris, France. KM 111 is a magnetite-based catalyst developed for optimal performance in the lower beds of the ammonia converter. At the forefront of technology, the catalyst combination of KM1 in the top bed and KM 111 in the lower beds will outperform other catalysts on parameters such as energy efficiency, reliability, and onstream performance. Original Source: Haldor Topsoe, website: (25 Feb 2014) © HaldorTopsoe A/S 2014

Invista and LanzaTech to develop gas fermentation technologies Invista and LanzaTech are jointly developing gas fermentation technologies that convert CO2 and H2 into different industrial chemicals. Since 2012, the companies have been collaborating to produce butadiene out of industrial waste gases. Original Source: Chemical and Engineering News, 19 May 2014, 92 (20), 15 (Website: © American Chemical Society 2014. Original Source: ICIS Chemical Business, 19-25 May 2014, 285 (19), (Website: © Reed Business Information Limited 2014

Iogen’s new process turns biogas into hydrogen Iogen Corp has developed and patented a new process to produce drop-in cellulosic biofuels from biogas using present refinery assets and production operations enough to produce 5-6 bn gallons of fuel. The process involves using biogas to produce renewable hydrogen, which is then mixed with the finished transportation fuels in selected refinery hydrogenating units. The company plans to apply the technology at two large-scale ethanol facilities that it plans to build in Kansas and North Dakota, US. Original Source: Biomass Magazine, Apr 2014, 8 (4), 44 (Website: © BBI International 2014




LanzaTech receives investments of $60 M to further develop its gas fermentation platform LanzaTech received a $60 M investment from investors led by Mitsui & Co with a $20 M investment. The other investors include new investors Siemens via its Venture Capital unit (SFS VC), CICC Growth Capital Fund I LP, and existing investors Khosla Ventures, Qiming Venture Partners, K1W1, and the Malaysian Life Sciences Capital Fund. The investment will be used to extend LanzaTech’s core gas fermentation platform and further develop LanzaTech’s product portfolio. LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform enables the regional production of low-cost energy from local wastes and residues, including gases as varied as industrial flue gas, gasified biomass wastes and residues, biogas, and high-CO2 stranded natural gas. To date, products include fuels such as ethanol or jet fuel and commodity chemicals such as butadiene used in nylon production or propylene used in plastics manufacture. LanzaTech’s disruptive carbon capture and utilization technology provides a capital-efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional carbon capture and storage (CCS). Waste gas streams captured from industrial factories can be directly converted onsite to low-carbon liquid fuels and chemicals by adding a LanzaTech facility at the source, offering the potential to reduce global CO2 levels while accessing multi-billion dollar commodities markets. Original Source: Lanzatech, 2014. Found on SpecialChem Plastics and Elastomers Formulation, 16 Apr 2014, (Website:

Lanzatech and Evonik in three-year partnership Lanzatech and Evonik have established a three-year collaboration to develop sustainable methods for speciality polymer precursors. The deal will see the combination of Evonik’s biotechnology expertise with Lanzatech’s microbial process for fermenting ethanol and basic chemicals from synthesis gas derived from waste. At its site in Georgia, US, Lanzatech is installing a ‘non-

incineration reformer’ that will produce syngas from woody forestry waste and municipal solid waste and provide feedstock for its fermentation technology for chemicals and biofuels. In other news, in Germany, it was reported that Evonik utilized a biotech approach to convert syngas into pure 2-hydroxybutyric acid (2-HIBA) under industrial conditions. Original Source: Oils and Fats International, Mar 2014, 12 (Website: © Quartz Business Media Ltd 2014

Strong 1Q 2014 sales for Novozymes Bioenergy Sales of enzymes to the bioenergy industry increased by 34% as customers embrace new technology. Three enzymes that promise to improve profits for producers of corn ethanol are behind the strong growth in Novozymes’ 1Q 2014 bioenergy sales. Avantec, Spirizyme Achieve, and Olexa enable producers to squeeze up to 5% more ethanol out of corn while saving on energy and chemicals. In addition to increasing ethanol yield, the three enzymes can improve corn oil extraction by 13%, while saving 8% energy. This helps ethanol producers to improve profit margins and efficiency, and reduce their environmental footprint. Original Source: Novozymes, website: (24 Apr 2014) © Novozymes 2014

Materia & QAPCO to develop next generation of materials using breakthrough catalyst technology Materia Inc and Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) have forged a partnership through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further reinforce their collaborative RD efforts, and to study the development of the next generation of materials produced from Qatar’s existing feedstocks. Materia’s expertise and breakthrough catalyst technology combined with QAPCO resources will provide for the development of new products. Materia specializes in efficient feedstock utilization and the extraction of specific petrochemical and chemical compounds thanks to its unique and innovative technology. Together, they will explore the possibilities to further optimize the use JULY 2014