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New enzyme cuts chemical use at ethanol plants by more than 70%


<span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 11.5pt;">“Avantec Amp enables yield improvements and chemical reductions that were previously impossible,” says Peter Halling, Vice President – Biofuel, at Novozymes. “It will boost our customers’ bottom line and give them flexibility to adjust their various revenue streams based on market conditions. Ultimately, it will give them a competitive advantage in a challenging market.”

<span style="color: rgb(45, 0, 40); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 11.5pt;">Simpler and more profitable, with fewer chemicals<span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 11.5pt;">
Avantec Amp continues the success of the original Avantec®, introduced in 2012, by adding significant new benefits. It combines multiple enzyme activities into one product, and surpasses competing enzyme solutions by squeezing more ethanol from each kernel of corn and enabling increased output from the ethanol plant, thus saving energy and water and increasing return on invested capital. It can also boost corn oil production, an increasingly important revenue stream in the industry, by freeing up oil bound in the corn germ.

<span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 11.5pt;">In addition, Avantec Amp reduces the need for a number of chemicals used to control and accelerate production processes at ethanol plants. Urea, which is used to improve the fermentation of ethanol, can be cut by more than 70%. Surfactants and ammonia, used to extract corn oil and adjust pH levels, can also be significantly reduced. Avantec Amp is the first enzyme product to replace urea and surfactants.

<span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 11.5pt;">“By replacing these chemicals with enzymes you get greater safety for workers and lower costs,” says Peter Halling. “When you simplify the recipe, you reduce the risk of errors associated with handling multiple different compounds and you also have less need for storage.”

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