World largest cellulosic ethanol plant

I received an email from enzyme producer Danisco announcing the start-up of one of the world’s first and largest cellulosic ethanol demonstration biorefineries located in Kalundborg, Denmark.

The facility is a joint venture of DONG Energy and Inbicon. Danisco’s enzyme business, Genencor, supplies the Accellerase¬© enzymes, which are used to convert the feedstock straw to ethanol (for E85 fuel use).

The facility is expected to use 30,000 tonnes/year of straw to produce 5.4 million litres of bioethanol (1.5 million gallons); 13,000 tonnes of lignin pellets; and 11,100 tonnes C5 molasses. DONG Energy said the bio pellets can be used as fuel at CPH plants, and the C5 molasses can be used for animal feed and other purposes.

“Our bioethanol plant will demonstrate that we are capable of producing so-called second generation bioethanol on the basis of waste products. If our technology is well received by the global markets, new opportunities of export will evolve”, said Anders Eldrup, CEO of DONG Energy.

The projects costs about EUR 54m ($80.3m). DONG Energy said about 30 jobs are created for this facility.

Here’s an unedited clip of the plant’s inauguration: (see how much straw they need?!?!)

One Response to World largest cellulosic ethanol plant

  1. Martin 21 November, 2009 at 5:51 pm #

    FYI: Borregaard Industries Ltd. in Norway yearly produces about 20 million liters of 2. generation bioethanol from a lignocellulosic feedstock (spruce).

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