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Biotech firms go after smart enzymes to fuel energy sector

23 December 2011

AHMEDABAD: BIOTECH companies producing industrial enzymes are gradually moving to cellulosic enzymes that help in bio-fuel generation. Enzymes are biological catalysts and when added to agriculture residue speed up the process of producing bio-fuel. 

The companies say, there is a spurt of enquiries for these energy converting enzymes as conventional energy sources are getting expensive. 

In last one year, at least four enzymes makers in India are flooded with enquires for cellulosic enzymes. 

Ahmedabad-based Maps Enzymes is busier after its recent foray into enzymes for renewable energy sector. Mapz Enzymes entered into an agreement with National Institute of Interdisciplinary Science & Technology (NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram, for preparing two cellulosic enzymes – P Janthinellum and Beta Glucosidase. The enzymes when used with biomass or agricultural residues, can produce bio-fuel and bio-gas, usually methane gas…..

Read  more: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/healthcare/biotech/biotech-firms-go-after-smart-enzymes-to-fuel-energy-sector/articleshow/11220703.cms

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Written by csirindia

December 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm

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