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Dong Energy Funds First Power Plant Using Bugs to Clean Up Waste

  • REnescience plant in U.K will use Novozymes enzymes in process
  • Plant due to come online in 2017, costing about $80 million

Novozymes A/S, the world’s largest supplier of enzymes, won a contract for the first full-scale power plant that will use the bugs to clean up household waste. 

Dong Energy A/S’s REnescience plant in northern England will use enzyme technology to “wash” organic matter from unsorted waste, creating a slurry that can be turned into a gas for use in power generation or motor fuels, said Thomas Schroder, vice president of commercial bioenergy at Novozymes.