Lignol Energy, Novozymes successfully produce cellulosic ethanol from wood chips, forestry waste at pilot-scale refinery; companies to focus on enzyme, substrate optimization to reduce overall costs in next phase
VANCOUVER, British Columbia
March 17, 2011
Lignol Energy Corporation (TSX-V: LEC) ("Lignol" or "the Company"), a leading technology company in the advanced biofuels and renewable chemicals sector, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Lignol Innovations Ltd., has recently completed a major body of work with Novozymes in producing cellulosic ethanol at Lignol's pilot-scale biorefinery.
Lignol and Novozymes had previously announced a joint research and development agreement to make biofuel from wood chips and forestry waste with the aim of producing biofuel (cellulosic ethanol) at production costs competitive with gasoline and corn ethanol. The first phase of the project, which included producing cellulosic ethanol from hardwood at Lignol's pilot-scale biorefinery, has been successfully completed. These joint efforts have resulted in the achievement of interim targets, establishing baseline production costs for the next phase of the project which will focus on enzyme and substrate optimization with the objective of achieving the overall cost reduction targets.
"The achievement of this operational milestone with Novozymes is an important accomplishment and puts us one step closer to meeting our operating cost targets for a commercial biorefinery," said Ross MacLachlan, President and CEO of Lignol. "Over the coming months we will continue to work closely with Novozymes with the objective of further reducing the cost of producing cellulosic ethanol from hardwoods and laying the foundation for large scale commercial deployment," he added.
Lignol (TSX-V: LEC) is a Canadian company undertaking the development of biorefining technologies for the production of advanced biofuels and renewable chemicals from non-food cellulosic biomass feedstocks. Lignol's modified solvent based pre-treatment technology facilitates the rapid, high-yield conversion of cellulose to ethanol and the production of value-added biochemical co-products, including high purity HP-L™ lignin. HP-Lts core technologies on a commercial scale. Lignol also intends to invest in, or otherwise obtain, equity interests in energy related projects which have synergies with its biorefining technology. For more information about Lignol, please visit our website at www.lignol.ca.