Biology for Better Business

Today, we look to a future powered by nature where biological wonders produce new transformations including more and better food, renewable fuel for transportation, access to clean water, and longer, healthier lives. Ultimately, it will be you and millions of others that demand it.

Novozymes Zymobile

The Novozymes Zymobile

Our rolling ambassador, takes the science of renewable biofuels to the streets

Welcome to the home page of the Zymobile — a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro owned and operated by Novozymes, the world leader in bioinnovation.

This vehicle is our way of communicating with you about the science and sustainability of conventional and advanced biofuels—fuel made from clean, renewable plants and waste. The car serves as a conversation starter to answer questions and talk about the benefits of biofuels for everyday Americans. Biofuels today are supporting our farmers and 400,000 other American jobs, contributing $42 billion to the U.S. economy and keeping fuel prices lower at the pump.

It is our goal to keep the Zymobile on the road attending events, conferences, meetings, parades and other venues across the continental U.S. A big part of being on the road is meeting people like you. We hope that after seeing the Zymobile, talking to our employees and visiting this site, you will learn something new about biofuels, and possibly even be inspired to take action to help bring renewable fuels to your community.

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For more information on the Zymobile (including reservations for events) please contact Paige Donnelly at pagd@novozymes.com.

Keep abreast of the Zymobile’s travels and developments in biofuels technology by following our Twitter feed @NovozymesNA.
 

The 7 Most Common Biofuels Myths—Busted

  1. E15 will harm my engine Ethanol is a high-performance fuel that improves performance while keeping your engine clean. Because ethanol has a high octane of 113, Indy cars run on 100% ethanol and NASCAR runs on a blend of 15% ethanol. E15 has undergone more extensive testing designed by the auto companies than any other fuel additive in the history of the EPA. The tests included more than 100 vehicles, 85 vehicle and engine types and 33 fuel dispensing units. E15 is approved for use in 2001 model year vehicles and newer, which is 9 out of 10 cars on the road today.  Bobby Likis is an automotive technician expert, owner and operator of an award-winning car service shop and host of a national car talk radio program. In 44 years as a shop owner, over 200,000 cars and light trucks have rolled through his doors. “Of all the vehicles that have rolled into my service bays,” says Likis, “none has ever been damaged by ethanol blended fuels, not one!
  2. Biofuels make my gasoline cost more Biofuels keep fuel prices lower at the pump. A Louisiana State University study credits the mix of renewable fuel in our gasoline with lowering the average price per gallon by $0.79, and Iowa State University estimates the savings to be $1.09. Either way, that’s a significant savings. Higher blends of 15% ethanol help you save even more—between 5-10 cents per gallon on average vs. regular gasoline.
  3. Biofuels impact food prices                                                                                                                                     The reason food prices go up is simple: they are driven by oil prices. The World Bank demonstrated that there is a near-perfect correlation between oil and food prices since 2000. Ethanol production, on the other hand, helps drive down energy costs and also results in more feed for livestock. The corn used for biofuel production is feed corn – not the sweet corn humans eat – and a third of every bushel used for ethanol is returned to the market as animal feed rich in protein and fat. This is America’s second largest source of animal feed. As a result, the average U.N. Global Food Price Index in 2016 is lower than it was when the Renewable Fuel Standard was implemented in 2007. Corn prices have fallen too, from $4.20 per bushel in 2007 to $3.60 in 2015.
  4. Biofuels can’t compete without subsidies                                                                                                 Conventional biofuel is already competing without subsidies. Renewable Fuels put $42 billion into American pocketbooks instead of foreign oil suppliers each year. Conventional and advanced biofuels are competing against oil which has enjoyed subsidies for decades, and still does today. 
  5. Biofuels have worse lifecycle CO2 emissions than gasoline Today’s modern biofuel production processes are more efficient than ever before. Ethanol burns 43-100% cleaner than gasoline when including the entire product lifecycle from planting, growing, and collection of crops to burning the fuel in your car or truck.
  6. Biofuels get significantly worse gas mileage The cheapest way to make gasoline and meet US air quality standards is by using 10% ethanol (E10). An average car that gets 30 mpg on gas alone would get 29.7 mpg on E10. Thus, vehicles driving on E10 see virtually no difference in gas mileage.  Higher blends of ethanol do have lower energy content, but this is made up for with the reduced price of the fuel at the pump, allowing for more miles of travel per dollar.
  7. Biofuels take more oil to make than they save
    In fact, biofuels’ energy output is far better. It takes almost twice as much crude oil to drive the same distance on gasoline versus ethanol—even with the 1% mileage loss for E10.

 

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