Major environmental benefits of new carbon dioxide plant at Scandinavias largest Ethanol production plant
Since 2001, Lantmännen Agroetanol have produced ethanol in Händelö in Norrköping. Now they are taking it one step further and invest together with AGA on a brand new carbon dioxide plant in which a residue from ethanol production will become the business benefits of AGA.
The ethanol plant, which is the largest bioenergy unit, fermented grain to produce ethanol used as fuel. The process produces carbon dioxide and also a residual fraction used as protein feed. Carbon dioxide has until now been an untapped resource, but now you should then begin to utilize even on it.
Gas becomes liquid
The new carbon dioxide plant will purify the raw gas from the ethanol plant and converting it into liquid form, ie carbon dioxide. The reason to liqufie the gas is that it makes it more easy to handle. AGA is northern Europe’s leading companies for industrial gas, food and medical gases, provisions for the gas to its customers.
– Demand for carbon dioxide increases, said Jan Bäckvall, President AGA AB and Head of Region Europe North Linde Group.
The new facility will allow for a more cost-effective production while contributing to a better utilization of resources with less impact on the environment, he says.
Positive for the farmer
– This is not just business benefits for Lantmännen Agroetanol and AGA says Bengt Olof Johansson, CEO of Lantmännen Agroetanol.
Biggest winner is the environment. The new facility will increase ethanol’s GHG (green House gas) benefits from 70 per cent to 95 per cent according to the EU sustainability criteria for biofuels. This means that the ethanol will be an almost entirely carbon neutral biofuels.
– Almost as good as riding a bike, Johansson says jokingly.
– We welcome all applications where we can use raw materials from agriculture effectively, says Carl von Schantz, Head of Energy at Lantmännen.
– Carbon dioxide system is a way to raise the grain value. Now we make food, ethanol, food and gas, but in the future we even glancing at, for example, the packaging industry as a potential grain processing, he says.
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