DTU inaugurates pilot plant for production of second generation bioethanol  

2006.09.14
The Technical University of Denmark yesterday inaugurated a pilot plant, MaxiFuels, for production of second generation bioethanol

The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) yesterday inaugurated a pilot plant, MaxiFuels, for production of second generation bioethanol. Maxifuels can convert waste products such as garbage, straw and wood chips into bioethanol, while first generation biofuel is made from crops such as sugar beet, maize and corn.

Professor Birgitte K. Ahring, head of the MaxiFuels project says: "The aim of the pilot plant is to prove to potential investors that the method functions outside the laboratory. We will demonstrate in practice that it is possible to make bioethanol which even with the current duties [in Denmark] is cheaper than petrol."

The pilot plant is the first step to commercialise the technology. The next step will be to build a large demonstration plant which can produce up to 10 million litres of ethanol annually and so prove the cost effectiveness of large scale production.

"The potential is enormous because most countries are currently very conscious of the need to break away from oil dependency. Naturally there are competitors in all places, but most of them do not have the technology. We have the world's best technology at the moment, so it is the right time to prioritise it", says Birgitte Ahring. The news was reported by financial daily newspaper Børsen.

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