Novozymes to further develop 2nd-gen biofuel in Malaysia

Stakeholders in what may be the first 2nd generation biomass factory in Southeast-Asia – located in Sarawak – gathered in the Danish residence on Monday. The event was honoured by the presence of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department responsible for innovation, Dato’ Mah Siew Keong, as well as the President & CEO of Novozymes, Mr. Peder Holk Nielsen.

Photo: Embassy of Denmark in Malaysia

Photo: Embassy of Denmark in Malaysia

Novozymes is a world-leader in industrial biotechnology, including the production of enzymes which is critical for converting biomass into ethanol, which can be used as a biofuel additive in petrol.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the occasion between the Innovation Agency of Malaysia and Novozymes, co-signed by the Minister and the Ambassador as witnesses. While 1st generation biofuel is based on food crops, 2nd generation is based on non-edible residues (biomass) from for instance palm oil plantations, such as stems, leaves and husks.

Source: Embassy of Denmark in Malaysia

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