11 Oktober 2005

Enzyme Production Could Boost Biofuels Production

Dyadic International secured a patent on a process that manufactures enzymes in bulk. Enzymes, biodegradable and safe catalysts for chemical processes, could allow farmers to cost effectively and cleanly produce glucose from corn, soy, other carbohydrate and cellulose-rich plants and waste – such as cornstalks, wheat straw and sugarcane bagasse, even paper (cellulose).

“Enzymes can be used to reduce demand for energy and help produce alternatives to petro-based products.” – Mark Emalfarb, Dyadic’s CEO. Glucose can then be used to create gasoline substitutes and other products.

Glucose is carbon-based like petroleum and is a base for a many energy-efficient products, including ethanol, a gasoline substitute or additive. Glucose is used to make monomers, polymers, polyesters, and plastics.

“The time has come for America to find its own solutions and lessen its dependence on other countries – while we clean up the environment. The way to do that is to have American farmers become American heroes by helping our nation meet its energy needs inside its own borders,” said Mark Emalfarb. “Enzymes can be used to reduce demand for energy and help produce alternatives to petro-based products.”

Dyadic’s enzyme products are sold in 50 countries, where they help reduce dependency on fossil fuels, save old-growth forests, reduce energy consumption, improve food products and animal feed without hormones, and reduce pollution. Dyadic enzymes and processes already help the paper and pulp industry safely save energy – successfully reducing pollutants and driving energy costs down by 20-60 percent.

“Our science is sound and its impact on the environment and economies of our planet can be very real, if implemented on grand scale by American industry. With it, we can help manufacturers create clean, cost-efficient fuels and products,” said Emalfarb.

Source: Renewable Access.com Oct. 08, 2005.

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