DONG Energy plans regarding constructing a second-generation bioethanol
demonstration plant at Kalundborg is supported by a DKK 22.5 million grant from
the Government's Programme for Energy research - EFP, which supports research
and technological development in the energy area.
DONG Energy has for the past ten years, been working on developing new
bioethanol generation technologies based on straw and other types of biomass,
and the technology is now ready to be researched in a large-scale environment.
With the grant of EFP funds for the initial stage of the project DONG Energy
will start the planning of the demonstration facility.
“We are pleased to receive this energy research grant and will now start
planning the facility. This plant holds great potential and we plan to
commission it in 2009”, said DONG Energy CEO Anders Eldrup.
Constructed close to the Asnæs power plant, the facility will generate annual
volumes of 17,600 m3 of bioethanol, 24,000 tons of animal feed and 10,500 tons
of solid bio fuel from 30,000 tons of straw and 30,000 tons of feed wheat. The
intention is to sell the bioethanol to Statoil's refinery at Kalundborg as a
petrol additive. The solid bio fuel will be transported to the Asnæs power
plant and used to generate power and heat for the bioethanol plant, making the
bioethanol process energy self-sufficient. Enzymes for the plant will be
supplied by Danisco Genencor.
“With this plant we expect to demonstrate that it is possible to convert
residual biomass - waste - into ethanol and also show how many existing
first-generation plants could successfully be combined with second-generation
technology to exploit the residual biomass. The plant will thus demonstrate how
to improve energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. Our technology will
facilitate an increased involvement by the transport sector in the solution”,
said Anders Eldrup.
For further information, please contact:
+45 2484 9725
Steen Juul Jensen
+45 3057 8882