Reducing Enzyme Costs Increases the Market Potential of Biofuels (Fact Sheet)

Sara Havig

    Research output: NRELFact Sheet


    Cellulosic ethanol prices depend heavily on the cost of the cellulase enzymes used to break down the biomass into fermentable sugars. To reduce these costs, NREL partnered with two leading enzyme companies, Novozymes and Genencor, to engineer new cellulase enzymes that are exceptionally good at breaking down cellulose. Genencor is now part of DuPont Industrial Biosciences.
    Original languageAmerican English
    StatePublished - 2013

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/FS-6A42-59013


    • beta-glucosidase
    • cellulases
    • cellulose
    • costs
    • Dupont Industrial Biosciences
    • endoglucanase
    • enzyme companies
    • enzymes
    • exoglucanase
    • Franklinton, North Carolina
    • Genencor Energy
    • hydrolysis
    • Novozymes
    • Palo Alto, California
    • R&D 100


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