02 March 2011 18:55 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS)--VERBIO has started up a biogas plant in ?xml:namespace>
The plant at VERBIO’s site in
The unit would produce biomethane and had an initial capacity of 30 megawatts (MW), but that could be expanded to 75MW, the company said.
“Our new technology will revolutionise biogas production,” CEO Claus Sauter said.
“Our ‘VERBIOgas’ is the solution for making biofuels a viable replacement for fossil fuels in environmental and economic terms,” he added.
Key feedstocks for the plant were a byproduct from ethanol production, “Schlempe” (distillers dried grain with solubles, or DDGS) and straw, the company said.
“No foodstuffs are used in [the biogas] production,” it added.
VERBIO said the integrated bioethanol production at
At the same time, VEBRIO’s biofuels achieved a greenhouse gas reduction of up to 90% compared with gasoline.
VERBIO planned to expand its biogas production at
A VERBIO spokesperson had told ICIS previously that some competitors were converting the DDGS byproduct into animal feed, but that was a very energy- and emissions-intensive process that VERBIO chose not to adopt.
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