Author: CEA

Europe’s ethanol CEOs at a crossroads

Europe’s Big 4 ethanol CEOs (Tereos, Cristal Union, Alco Group, Crop Energies) are in a curious situation. (Original Article 2016) Together with their smaller peers they produce about 6 million tonnes of the fuel commodity annually, with combined revenues of around 4 billion euro. The product gets blended into petrol accounting for 4% of the energy needs of petrol vehicle owners. Ethanol is made by fermenting starch and sugar crops such as maize, wheat and beet – very like beer and whiskey – and the vast majority of it is made from the produce of European farmers. If Germany’s Crop...

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The Socio Economic Impact of a Biorefinery on Rural Renaissance

Pannonia Ethanol operates a biorefinery in Dunaföldvár, Tolna County, Hungary with feed grade corn as the biomass used in processing. Animal feed, bioethanol and corn oil are produced from this feedstock. Farms in the region supply over one million tons of corn to the plant each year. From this, the refinery produces 325,000 tons of animal feed, 450 million litres of bioethanol and 10,000 tons of corn oil. Local processing of the corn for export adds considerable monetary and nutritional value to the raw material. The animal feed is exported by barge on the Danube to countries all over...

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Ethanol and Transport – It’s Role in Climate Action

  By Eric Sievers, Climate Ethanol Alliance at COP 23 Transport is the second biggest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the world, accounting for more than one fifth of all emissions. Progress in reducing these emissions is among the slowest of all sectors. Road transport is over 90% reliant on fossil oil and transport CO2 emissions are still growing.  They grew by 2.5% annually between 2010 and 2015 globally and are on track to become the largest GHG emitting sector, especially in developed countries. Transport needs to do a lot more in combating climate change. However, transport...

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