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Published July 16, 2010, 10:16 AM

Novozymes tests turning grease to fuel in NC plant

PITTSBORO, N.C. — A Danish company testing better ways to ramp up America’s supply of motor fuels derived from plant and animal byproducts is taking a new step in North Carolina.

PITTSBORO, N.C. — A Danish company testing better ways to ramp up America’s supply of motor fuels derived from plant and animal byproducts is taking a new step in North Carolina.

Novozymes is pairing with Piedmont Biofuels in Pittsboro on a new operation to be un-veiled Friday that aims to improve the production of biodiesel. Biodiesel is made from fats and oils and can be used in existing diesel engines without modification.

The pilot plant turns low-quality waste grease into biodiesel through the action of enzymes made by Novozymes. The company’s enzymes are catalysts in many natural and man-made processes, including making ethanol from corn stalks.

Novozymes employs about 350 at a plant in Franklinton and is building a plant in Nebraska to supply enzymes to ethanol makers.

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