CropEnergies restarts the bioethanol plant in Wilton, United Kingdom


CropEnergies' bioethanol plant
CropEnergies’ bioethanol plant

CropEnergies is restarting the bioethanol plant in Wilton, UK. The goal is to intensively test the modifications to increase reliability and improve energy efficiency which were implemented during the standstill and to regulate production according to market conditions.

In the medium term, CropEnergies expects the resolutions passed at the climate summit in Paris and the EU resolutions for the increase of the share of renewable energies also in the transport sector to result in market growth.

As a leading producer in Europe, CropEnergies is well prepared for the subsequent increase in demand. To reach the goals, however, it is important to define mandatory targets for the use of renewable energies and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector for the time beyond 2020. According to the German company, in the foreseeable future, biofuels are the only alternative to fossil fuels which is cost-efficient and available on a large scale. They make an essential contribution to climate protection in the transport sector.

At Wilton, the CropEnergies subsidiary Ensus Ltd operates one of the largest European bioethanol plants. Besides bioethanol, the plant also produces the valuable, high-protein animal feed DDGS (Distillers’ Dried Grains with Solubles) from feed wheat. It has an annual production capacity of 400,000 m³ of bioethanol and 350,000 tonnes DDGS. Ensus also delivers up to 250,000 tonnes of CO2 annually to a nearby partner company to be liquefied for use in the food and drinks industry.

Founded in Mannheim, Germany, in 2006, the young and dynamically growing member of the Südzucker Group is one of the leading European manufacturers of sustainably produced bioethanol for the fuel sector today. With its four modern production facilities in Germany, Belgium, the UK and France as well as trading offices in Brazil, Chile and the USA, CropEnergies produces approximately 1.3 million cubic meters of bioethanol per year.

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