St1 Completes Waste-to-Ethanol Etanolix Project in Sweden
by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Sweden, St1 Biofuels Oy delivered its first Etanolix plant to North European Bio Tech Oy (NEB) in Gothenburg, which recycles feedstocks such as biowaste and process residue from local bakeries and bread from shops that is past its sell-by date into ethanol for transport fuel. The ethanol plant is fully integrated into the functions and logistics of St1 oil refinery in Gothenburg and has an annual production capacity of 5 million litres of advanced bioethanol. The refinery staff will operate the Etanolix plant.
The Gothenburg project was selected for inclusion in the Life+ programme of the European Commission, which provides funding for projects for instance on energy, the climate, environmental management, industry and production, waste management and environmental policy. This project is the first in which an ethanol production plant has been integrated at an existing oil refinery to produce waste- and residue-based ethanol on a sustainable basis.
For the near-term, St. 1 was targeting three to five cellulosic biofuels locations, to complement five already-completed projects that use food-industry residues and biowaste.
The project uses about one-third of the energy value in lignin to provide process heat and power for the project; the remainder isused by a local utility, presumably in place of coal, which is imported currently into Finland. READ MORE and MORE (Biofuels International) and MORE (Ethanol Producer Magazine) and MORE (St1)