Germany's biofuels firm Verbio to start producing biomethane

28 August 2009 17:05  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--German biofuels firm Verbio plans to soon start producing biomethane at two of its bioethanol plants to help reduce environmental impacts, it said on Friday.

The company would convert a by-product - called slop (Schlempe), also known as distillers dried grain with solubles (DDGS) - from plants in Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg states into biomethane, Sandra Haaker, a spokeswoman for the Leipzig-based producer told ICIS news.

The project, believed to be the first of its kind in Germany, was part of Verbio’s integrated production concept to minimise carbon dioxide (CO2) and related impacts from its plants, Haaker said.

Some competitors were converting the by-product into animal feed, but that was a very energy-intensive process that Verbio chose not to adopt, she added.

The initial biomethane production from the two plants, set to begin in late 2009/early 2010, would be equivalent to about 30 megawatts (MW), she said. Production would later be expanded to 125 MW.

Verbio plans to market the biomethane as biogas, Haaker said, adding that negotiations with partners were ongoing.

Verbio has production capacities for 300,000 tonnes/year of bioethanol and 450,000 tonnes/year of biodiesel.

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