In Minnesota, Syngenta has signed a trial agreement with Pacific Ethanol to begin using Enogen at the company’s 40 million gallon per year ethanol plant in Madera, California. The company will adopt the technology following the 2015 harvest. Enogen corn enzyme technology offers ethanol plants an alternative to traditional liquid alpha amylase by providing the enzyme directly in the corn kernel.
“We are confident that Enogen corn enzyme technology will add value to Pacific Ethanol’s operations and help them reduce their carbon footprint,” said David Witherspoon, head of Enogen for Syngenta. “In a 100-million gallon plant, for example, Enogen corn can help save: 350 billion BTU’s of natural gas; 10 million KWh of electricity; 68 million gallons of water; and 106 million pounds of CO2 emissions.”