Germany biofuels producer Verbio investing in biogas - CEO

08 November 2011 16:19  [Source: ICIS news]

BARCELONA (ICIS)--Biogas is the best way to reach European renewable energy directive (RED) targets and address negative public attitudes to biofuels, Verbio’s CEO Claus Sauter said on Tuesday.

The Germany-based biofuels producer has a biodiesel capacity of 430,000 tonnes/year and a bioethanol capacity of 300,000 tonnes/year, but is now focusing on biogas as an alternative, renewable fuel.

Verbio uses agricultural waste products such as straw, slop, manure and slurry to produce biomethane, which Sauter says can be used for both heating and power.

Biogas can be used in existing infrastructures and removes both the food versus fuel and indirect land use change (ILUC) debates from the equation by using agricultural waste as a feedstock instead of food crops, he said at the FO Licht World Ethanol and Biofuels conference.

According to Sauter, not only does biogas have a positive impact on agricultural waste disposal, it boasts a nearly unlimited feedstock with European grain production of 273m tonnes/year providing 225-270m tonnes/year of waste feedstock.

This means it will likely be better received by consumers than the recent implementation of E10 (10% ethanol blended gasoline) fuel in Germany, the popularity of which was hindered by the food versus fuel debate, among other issues.

Furthermore, Sauter adds that biomethane has a greenhouse gas reduction of 90% when compared to gasoline.

Although the CEO admits that for biogas to be successful there needs to be further investment in gas driven vehicles and a departure from liquid fuels, he ascertains that “all arguments are in favour of biogas”.

($1 = €0.73)


By: Sarah Trinder
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