In addition to Italy, Brazil, Malaysia and China, also Slovak Republic will have a biorefinery to produce second-generation bioethanol, which will use Proesa technology developed by the Mossi Ghisolfi Group. Biochemtex and Beta Renewables signed a definitive agreement with Energochemica SE – a Slovakian chemical and power industry holding company – for the construction of a 2nd Generation Ethanol plant and the annexed Energy Block for the generation of power and steam.
The plant, that will be built in Strazske, Slovak Republic, will deliver 55,000 metric tons per year of cost-competitive cellulosic ethanol while using non-food biomass as its feedstock. The start-up of the plant is expected in the first half of 2017. The plant will apply Beta’s Proesa technology. Biochemtex will provide basic engineering, key equipment and technical field services.
“We look at our deal with Energochemica SE as an important step to develop second generation bioethanol activities in Europe,” said Guido Ghisolfi, Ceo and President of Beta Renewables and Biochemtex. “We believe that Proesa technology will let producers see superior returns on their investments, while meeting the EU targets of 10% renewable energy in transport by 2020.”
The plant will use enzymes from Novozymes and yeast from Leaf Technologies. Novozymes and Leaf Technologies are long-term partners of Beta Renewables and their role is crucial for Proesa technology. The Energy Block, by using the lignin produced as a by-product of the Proesa technology, will generate all power and steam necessary to the plant and will sell the additional energy to the grid.