Süd-Chemie AG and The Linde Group have launched the production of climate-friendly biofuels based on lignocellulosic biomass in Munich.
The two firm’s recently opened their pilot plant at Süd-Chemie’s research centre. The facility will use cereal straw to manufacture up to two tons of bioethanol fuel per year.
Compared with first-generation biofuels such as corn-based ethanol or biodiesel made from rapeseed oil, second-generation cellulosic biofuels offer improved climate and energy benefits, including higher potential for reducing carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, second-generation biofuels do not compete with the cultivation of either food or animal feed.
The European Commission expects second-generation biofuels to make a key contribution to its sustainable energy policy. In fact, new legislation specifically promotes second-generation biofuels.
In the near future, Süd-Chemie AG and The Linde Group expect to begin construction of a larger demonstration plant that will be able to produce several thousand tons of bioethanol each year.
Cereal straw will need fertiliser, pesticides and fuel for cultivation, baling and transport so is not completely carbon neutral
Does cereal straw require fertilizer, pesticides or herbicides to be produced?
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