Novozymes venture opens cooking fuel plant in Mozambique
May 17, 2012 - CleanStar Mozambique, a joint venture between Danish biotech company Novozymes A/S (CPH:NZYM B) and CleanStar Ventures, today opened a plant in Mozambique that will produce ethanol-based cooking fuel, Novozymes said.
The facility, described as the first sustainable cooking fuel plant in the world, is located in Dondo, Sofala province. The fuel to be produced will be sold in Mozambique's capital Maputo together with CleanStar's NDZiLO cookstoves. The company has started pre-sales of the products which are designed to provide Mozambican households with a cleaner and safer form of cooking than charcoal. CleanStar is expanding its shop network across the city as it prepares for full launch later in 2012.
The plant has an annual capacity of 2 million litres (528,300 gallons). The ethanol-based cooking fuel will be produced from surplus cassava sourced from local farmers.