When the United Nations stages the 2009 Climate Summit in Copenhagen, Inbicon – the technology company of Dong Energy – will showcase its biomass-to-ethanol conversion and energy integration at the new 1.4 million-gallons-per-year demonstration plant. Anhydro has delivered the plant’s drying system.
Project manager Henrik Boye Jørgensen, of Inbicon, said: “In mid 2008 we designed the first second-generation bioethanol demonstration plant for the production of bioethanol, biofuel and molasses.”
Inbicon is to establish its own second-generation bioethanol production on a future demonstration plant in connection to the Asnæs Power Plant in Kalundborg, Denmark. The production is based on the Inbicon technique of using wheat straw as feedstock.
The plant will produce 5.4 million litres of bioethanol annually, on the basis of 30,000t of straw. It will also produce 8,250t of biofuel and 11,100t of animal feed.
Mr Jørgensen said: “The first bioethanol will be ready in connection with the climate summit at the end of 2009.”
To evaluate the best and most reliable solution for the drying system, Inbicon initiated a tender and invited, among others, Anhydro.
Mr Jørgensen said: “We invited Anhydro because Anhydro offers the possibility of engineering as well as supplying almost all drying technologies and therefore has credibility for the selection of the best drying technology for individual processes.
“Anhydro has a proven track record in drying and evaporation technology for starch and ethanol over the past 30 years. During the tender Anhydro fulfilled our expectations and won because it offered the best drying system solution, combined with an environmentally friendly concept.”
For the Inbicon project, Anhydro will deliver a drying system for the drying of the lignin fraction. Following close co-operation between Inbicon and Anhydro, a complete integrated dryer system has been designed to meet lowest energy consumption and offer the highest environmental protection.
Mr Jørgensen said: “The integrated filter system, the back mixing and recycling system and the motor control cabinet and control system are completing the dryer to a package unit system. The system is pre-manufactured and tested in the workshop.”
Thomas Holst, vice president EMEA for Anhydro, said: “At Anhydro, we see the agreement as a clear indication that our expertise is state-of-the-art. We have the know-how to deliver sustainable solutions for Inbicon, and this will affect today and tomorrow’s generation.”