Vereinigte BioEnergie AG (VERBIO) plans to build a bioethanol facility in the seaport of Rostock, Germany in 2007 with an annual capacity of 200,000 tonnes (67 million gallons US) of ethanol. The total investment is expected to be around €100 million (US$131 million).
VERBIO is one of the leading producers and suppliers of biofuels in Europe and currently has capacity to produce around 400,000 tonnes of biodiesel and 300,000 tonnes of bioethanol per year. The new plant thus represents a significant increase in its ethanol capacity.
Production launch is scheduled for the 4th quarter of 2008. As with each of the company’s existing ethanol plants, the new facility will be able to process all common crop types.
The required crop quantities (approx. 680,000 tonnes/year) can be sourced either in the direct vicinity of the plant or received by ship or rail. Rostock is an ideal location with regard to transporting ethanol within Germany, as well as exporting it to northern Europe.
VERBIO currently primarily uses rye to produce bioethanol on a large scale for the fuel industry.
The company uses the byproduct alcohol-free mash as fertilizer for agriculture. In the future, however, VERBIO plans to use the distilling waste in its own biogas plants to generate energy.