Denmark Sets High Goals for Renewables
by Roger Moore (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Leifmark LLC) …If you’re Denmark, and practically surrounded by the North Sea, global warming and the anticipated rise in the ocean level tend to focus the national mind. To thrive economically, as well as survive geographically, it makes sense to concentrate the country’s scientific and engineering talents on creating green energy technology for commercial export. And, to demonstrate it on an unprecedented scale.
Located on a 247-acre site in northwestern Jutland, Denmark’s Maabjerg Energy Concept is, to use the technical term, huge. The project’s centerpiece is a biomass refinery using Inbicon technology that will produce 12 times more renewable energy—including 12 times more cellulosic ethanol—than Inbicon’s first refinery at Kalundborg.
The new proposed refinery is one of three large waste-to-energy plants, integrated with one another and with three smaller-scale processing technologies. They’re designed to convert an estimated 400,000 tons of wheat straw and 770,000 tons of livestock waste into a variety of clean energies and renewable products. Outputs will include about 19.3 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol, 1.7 billion cubic feet of fossil-free natural gas, green electric power for 25,000 households and heating for 20,000.
What’s more, the complex will produce 565,000 tons of renewable fertilizer for farmers and sell 56,000 tons of excess solid biofuel. READ MORE