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Cargill to Build New German Biodiesel Plant

German biodiesel capacity in 2006.

Cargill is investing in a new 200,000 tonnes/year (60.4 million gallons US) biodiesel facility in Mainz in Germany. The output will be equivalent to approximately 10% of the currently projected biodiesel production capacity of 2,033,000 tonnes in Germany in 2006, according to figures from the German Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants.

The new plant will complement Cargill’s existing oilseed crushing and refining operations in the region and is expected to commence production in Q3 2006.

In January of this year, Cargill announced that the company’s oilseed crushing capacity in Germany is being extended. This extension will enable Cargill to maintain vegetable oil supplies to food customers while meeting the increasing demand for vegetable oils for biodiesel. The extension will result in an increased capacity of around 50% across the Salzgitter, Mainz and Riesa sites.

Also earlier this year, Cargill announced that it will build a 37.5-million-gallons-per-year biodiesel plant and 30-million-pounds-per-year glycerin refinery in Iowa Falls, adjacent to its existing soybean crush facility. (Earlier post.)

Cargill, which is the third-largest producer of ethanol in the US, also has a biodiesel joint venture with Agravis Raiffeisen AG in Wittenberge, Germany. Cargill is a US$ 63-billion (revenue) international provider of food, agricultural and risk-management products and services.


Lance Funston

As a major facilitating stakeholder of an intiative called SEED, we're excited to see Cargill taking a leadership role in the bio-economy. Their work in bio-plastics (PLA) may seem very different from this, but it is an overall strategy to move these important technologies forward in the marketplace while reducing GHC and reliance on petroleum.

Shirley E

The national average daily driving range of passenger vehicles in the U.S. is less than 20 miles. A plug-in hybrid with a 60 mile electric range could probably satisfy 90+% of typical miles driven while consuming little or no liquid fuels. Such a vehicle, then, could probably get by on an average of 5 gallons of liquid fuel per month. To be conservative let's say such a vehicle requires 10 gallons of liquid fuel, such as biodiesel, per month. (This works out to 100 mpg for the typical vehicle driven 1000 miles per month, so is in line with technology CalCars is already demonstrating today.)

The plant in Germany is to produce 5 million gallons of biodiesel per month. This single plant, then, could supply the liquid fuel needs for some 500,000 plug-in hybrids. And this is only 10% of Germany's projected capacity for 2006, meaning next year they'll make enough biodiesel to conservatively support 5 million plug-in hybrids. This biodiesel technology is just getting started; what's the capacity going to be ten years from now?

Personally, I believe this approach is the world's best hope for the future transportation sector.


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Ayorinde Ilori-Faboro

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