Oct 27, 2021

Novozymes Launches New Yeast for Ethanol Producers

Innova Quantum allows facilities to realize higher ethanol yields

source: Novozymes

Novozymes is introducing Innova Quantum, a new addition to its powerful Innova yeast platform.

The new yeast enables ethanol plants with longer fermentation times of more than 60 hours to realize higher ethanol yields and processing efficiencies than ever before. And, most importantly, plants can achieve this industry-leading yield without trade-offs which put their operation at risk.

“Innova Quantum is the most advanced yeast available and sets a new industry benchmark for the highest yielding, most robust yeast to maximize producer yield and fermentation reliability,” says Rene Garza, Novozymes’ vice president for Agricultural & Industrial Biosolutions, North America.

“With its launch, we are redefining fermentation and operational performance, as new yeast strain and enzymatic developments unleash additional performance capabilities. Our primary goal is to help our customers protect their plant while enabling the highest level of conversion – and Innova does not require this trade-off.”

A boost for ethanol producers

Innova Quantum has significant robustness and works particularly well under differing processing conditions. This means that ethanol producers can maintain consistency in challenging conditions, maximize the fermentation process towards optimal starch conversion, and achieve the highest ethanol yields in the industry.

Producers can increase ethanol yield by 2% to 3% with the new yeast, which for a 100 million gallons/year plant translates to an additional $1 to $2 million in revenue. Designed to operate in fermentations greater than 60 hours, Quantum with new strain development is capable of converting the most sugar to ethanol while significantly lowering fermentation by-products such as glycerol up to 40% – all without the trade-off and risk of robustness loss experienced with competing yeasts. And, Quantum expands plant flexibility fermenting to greater than 16% w/v ethanol concentrations, while eliminating the need for expensive nutritional supplements.

“Innova Quantum is a boost for ethanol producers that enables them to realize greater profitability without trade-offs that rob plants of reliability and consistency. Quantum delivers higher ethanol yields without risking robustness,” adds Garza. “They can pursue greater yields while safeguarding their plant, yields, and profit."

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