Inbicon inaugurates its 2G bioethanol plant in time for COP15  

The DONG Energy subsidiary has officially opened its multi-product plant which will produce 5.4 million litres of cellulosic bioethanol per year, as well as molasses and biopellets
HRH Prince Joachim of Denmark was in attendance when Inbicon, a subsidiary of Denmark's leading energy concern DONG Energy, officially inaugurated its new second generation (2G) bioethanol demonstration facility in Kalundborg, writes the Danish Energy Association in its daily newsletter.
The DKK 400m (USD 80.6m) cellulosic ethanol plant, which uses straw as the feedstock, has a nameplate capacity of 5.4 million litres (1.4 million US gallons) of bioethanol per year. According to reporting by the Cleantech Group on, Inbicon has already sold its first year of production to Statoil, which plans to blend the ethanol into the Danish fuel supply early next year.
Inbicon's multi-product plant, which besides bioethanol will also annually produce 1,500 tons of pentose molasses for animal feed and 13,000 tons of biopellets, uses waste steam from DONG Energy's nearby Asnæs Power Station in the preliminary phase of the process which cooks the straw to make its cellulose content more accessible to the enzymes which convert it into sugars ready for fermentation to ethanol. The biopellets from the Inbicon plant are sent to Asnæs to be used as fuel, which in turn produces more waste steam for Inbicon to use.
Bioethanol from the Inbicon plant will also find its way into use at the forthcoming UN Climate Change Conference being held in the Danish capital Copenhagen from 7-18 December. A part of the enormous fleet of vehicles that will ferry the delegates around during the conference will run on petrol blended with Inbicon's bioethanol.
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