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Cellulosic biofuel plant opens in Munich

dry-grassSüd-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.

2 Comments

  • jane brook
    Posted June 1, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Cereal straw will need fertiliser, pesticides and fuel for cultivation, baling and transport so is not completely carbon neutral

  • George Brehm
    Posted May 11, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Does cereal straw require fertilizer, pesticides or herbicides to be produced?

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