BioGasol, a Danish engineering and technology company originating from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), plans to build a DKK 275 m (USD 49.5 m) 2G bioethanol demonstration plant on the Danish island of Bornholm. If things go according to plan, by 2009 the plant will start producing bioethanol from slurry fibres from the island's biogas plants, as well as from grass, cardboard, paper, garden waste and other biomass.
Birgitte K. Ahring, co-founder and managing director of BioGasol says: "The plant will cover 50% of fuel consumption for transportation on Bornholm, and we will get the opportunity to demonstrate production from a large number of biomass sources. We will also see the impact on the environment in a society which corresponds to about 1% of Denmark."
BioGasol will invest about 50% in the DKK 275 m (USD 49.4 m) project, which is also supported by BI New Energy Solutions, Østkraft and Bornholm's agricultural sector. Birgitte K. Ahring says she expects that the project will gain a substantial part of the remaining sum from the Danish state, which last year allocated DKK 200 m (USD 36 m) to 2G bioethanol technology.
The demonstration plant on Bornholm will convert approx. 100,000 tons of wet biomass into 10 million litres of bioethanol and 10,000 tons of solid fuel annually. BioGasol's technology originates from research at DTU and Risø, and the method has been tested over the past year in a DKK 25 m (USD 4.5 m) pilot plant at DTU. The Danish enzyme producer, Novozymes, has collaborated on developing the new process. The news was reported by financial daily newspaper Børsen.