Multipressure Distillation

Exceptional energy-efficiency.

Vogelbusch Multipressure column systems

The system saves energy by recovery and re-use of secondary energy without impacting the overall plant performance.

Introduced by Vogelbusch in the 1990s and since continuously improved, multi-pressure column systems are used in alcohol production for an efficient use of process energy.

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Steam saving features

The advanced Vogelbusch Multipressure system operates a number of columns at different steam pressure levels, so to reuse the heat input multiple times which brings about a significant reduction in steam consumption. 

The system uses considerably less steam than conventional technologies, thus generating equivalent savings in the energy required to produce it.

Top product quality and low energy demand

Raw alcohol is distilled from the fermentation mash and through further separation steps rectified and concentrated. The careful design of the distillation and rectification (D/R) ensures not only the desired product quality, but considerably cuts the energy consumption of the system.

This benefit is generated by the finely-balanced use of several distillation columns with different operating pressures.

In the Vogelbusch Multipressure system, the plant’s ground-breaking energy-saving properties are boosted further still by thermal integration with other process units.

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Supply of distillation equipment

In addition to our engineering services we supply equipment ranging from trays - as a process-critical component - to complete distillation/rectification facilities set up on EPC basis.

Showcase projects including multipressure distillation units

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Neutral Alcohol Plant in Verinsko
ALMAGEST AG - Verinsko, Bulgaria

Almagest opted for Vogelbusch in 2009 to produce top quality extra neutral alcohol with the highest purity and organoleptic demands, to be used in the production of alcoholic beverages. The excellent alcohol quality convinced Almagest to commission Vogelbusch again in 2011 to expand the plant capacity to 80,000 liters per...

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Bioethanol Plant in Alejandro Roca
PROMAÍZ S. A. - Alejandro Roca, Córdoba Province, Argentina

With a nameplate capacity of 420,000 liters per day, Promaíz is the largest bioethanol production facility in Argentina. The plant processes bioethanol from corn which is used as fuel additive in the local markets. Besides the technology package for the complete plant and detailed planning of piping and vessels, Vogelbusch has...

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Bioethanol Plant in Madison
ABENGOA BIOENERGY (now GREEN PLAINS) - Madison, Illinois, USA

Abengoa Bioenergy reached sustained capacity at their 88 million gallon per year (950,000 lpd), state-of-the-art fuel ethanol facility located in Madison, Illinois in February 2010. This is the third Abengoa Bioenergy plant in the U.S. that utilizes technology licensed by Vogelbusch USA, including the Vogelbusch Multicont continuous fermentation process. The facility...

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Neutral Alcohol Distillation in Lidköping
LANTMÄNNEN REPPE - Lidköping, Sweden

Renowned starch manufacturer Lantmännen Reppe is one of the largest Swedish alcohol distillers too. The distillation unit in Lidköping, commissioned in 2010, can produce some 50,000 liters of high quality alcohol that add to the company's beverage alcohol supply. The alcohol production is based on wheat starch. The distillation was set...

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Bioethanol Plant in Mt. Vernon
ABENGOA BIOENERGY (now GREEN PLAINS) - Mt. Vernon, Indiana, USA

Abengoa Bioenergy reached sustained capacity at their 88 million gallon per year (950,000 lpd), state-of-the-art fuel ethanol facility located in Mt. Vernon, Indiana in January 2010 after 18 month engineering/construction time. This is the second Abengoa Bioenergy plant in the U.S. that utilizes technology licensed by Vogelbusch USA, including the Vogelbusch...

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Bioethanol Plant in Casselton
THARALDSON ETHANOL LLC - Casselton, North Dakota, USA

Tharaldson Ethanol started up their state-of-the-art fuel ethanol facility located in Casselton, North Dakota in 2009. The plant utilizes technology licensed by VOGELBUSCH USA, including the VOGELBUSCH Multicont continuous fermentation process, and is currently operating at a capacity of 1,300,000 liters per day, making it one of the largest dry corn...

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2G Demonstration Plant in Kalundborg
INBICON A/S - Kalundborg, Denmark

Inbicon, a subsidiary of DONG Energy, has developed a proprietary process for the conversion of wheat straw. Complementing this biomass conversion process Inbicon has opted for sound and energy efficient technology from Vogelbusch for part of ethanol fermentation as well as the distillation, dehydration and stillage evaporation. The 17,000 liter per...

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Bioethanol Plant in Cedar Rapids
PENFORD Products Company - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA

Penford Products Company successfully started up their state-of-the-art fuel ethanol facility in May 2008. The plant utilizes technology licensed by VOGELBUSCH USA and has a nameplate capacity of 450,000 liters per day. Corn hydrolysate from the company’s existing wet corn milling operation is used as feedstock. Tom Malkoski, Penford’s President and...

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Distillation|Dehydration in Norrköping
LANTMÄNNEN AGROETANOL AB - Norrköping, Sweden

The bioethanol plant of Lantmännen Agroetanol AB utilises process technology licensed by Vogelbusch for distillation and dehydration. The proprietary Multipressure system considerably reduces the steam consumption compared to traditional distillation systems and optimum thermal integration further improves the energy-saving properties of the plant.   The facility, which is Agroetanol’s second production...

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Bioethanol Plant in Coverdale
ALTRA INDIANA (now POET Biorefining) - Coverdale, Indiana, USA

Altra Indiana LLC reached design capacity in June 2008 at its facility in Coverdale, Indiana. The plant was built using know-how provided by VOGELBUSCH USA, including the VOGELBUSCH Multicont continuous fermentation process, and has a nameplate capacity of 908,000 liters per day. The facility uses 32 million bushels (813,000 metric...

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Bioethanol Plant in Ravenna
ABENGOA BIOENERGY OF NEBRASKA, LLC (now KAPPA ETHANOL) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA

Abengoa Bioenergy successfully started up their state-of-the-art fuel ethanol facility located in Ravenna, Nebraska in September 2007. The plant utilizes technology licensed by Vogelbusch USA, including the Vogelbusch Multicont continuous fermentation process, and has a nameplate capacity of 88 million gallon per year (950,000 lpd). The facility uses 32 million...

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Bioethanol Plant in Hastings
CHIEF ETHANOL FUELS, Inc. - Hastings, Nebraska, USA

The Chief Ethanol Fuels facility is utilizing Vogelbusch-licensed technology. In 2007, a third molecular sieve drying system was designed and installed, raising operating capacity to 832,000 l/d. The cooperation first started in 1983 when Chief Ethanol Fuels set up af 120,000 l/d plant. Vogelbusch process design included continuous fermentation, multi-pressure distillation,...

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Neutral Alcohol Plant in Ahwaz
RAZI YEAST & ALCOHOL Co. - Ahwaz, Iran

The plant now operated by Razi (formerly Sugar Cane By-Products Corporation) was designed for a daily capacity of 110,000 litres of high quality pharmaceutical alcohol from cane molasses complying with EU standards. A special challenge was designing the plant for the extreme climatic conditions (0°C to 50°C) and the highest...

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Bioethanol Plant in Lexington
CORNHUSKER ENERGY (now CHIEF ETHANOL FUELS, Inc.) - Lexington, Nebraska, USA

Vogelbusch USA Inc started up this bioethanol plant, with a production capacity of 450,000 litres/day of bioethanol from corn, in spring 2006. The plant employs a state of the art Vogelbusch continuous fermentation process. An energy integrated distillation, evaporation and dehydration system ensures maximum efficiency. In 2016, Chief purchased the Cornhusker Energy...

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Bioethanol plant in Zeitz
CROPENERGIES BIOETHANOL GmbH - Zeitz, Germany

The 800,000 litre/day plant of CropEnergies,  a unit of German Südzucker group,  is designed for multiple grain sources together with by-products of beet sugar processing. The plant and is highly advanced in terms of energy saving and environmental protection. Vogelbusch contributed process design for the raw material processing, continuous fermentation,...

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Bioethanol Plant in Pekin
PACIFIC ETHANOL, Inc. (former AVENTINE RENEWABLE ENGERY) - Pekin, Illinois, USA

In March 2004 the molecular sieve unit at the Aventine Renewable Energy plant was brought on stream. With a rated capacity of 1.2 million liters per day (110 mm gallons/year) anhydrous alcohol, at that time the largest capacity molecular sieve alcohol dehydration unit in the world. The molecular sieve unit replaced...

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Bioethanol Plant in Jilin
JILIN FUEL ALCOHOL Co. - Jilin Province, PR China

This production line for bioethanol was officially commissioned in Jilin in November 2003 after an implementation period of 22 months. The plant produces 300,000 tonnes of fuel alcohol annually from maize. The product is used as a 10% petrol additive.  Process design by Vogelbusch provided for the raw material processing, continuous...

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Neutral Alcohol Plant in Harbin
HARBIN WINERY - Harbin District, PR China

The fine alcohol plant of Harbin Winery, a Chinese producer of potable alcohol from corn, was upgraded by Vogelbusch in several steps. The client required specifically high alcohol quality in terms of organoleptic and analytical criteria and in particular with regard to methanol separation. The facility was designed to set...

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Extra Neutral Alcohol D|R in Leopoldov
SLOVENSKE LIEHOBARY À LIKÉRKY AS - Leopoldov, Slovakia

The plant in Leopoldov produces extra neutral alcohol for beverage alcohol. In the destillation and rectification unit designed by Vogelbusch 30,000 liters of alcohol per day are distilled from alcoholic mashes from molasses and grain. Vogelbusch supplied key equipment for the plant which was commissioned in 2002.

News

United States: Startup at ABBK in Kansas
15 Sep 2014

Vogelbusch USA provided process design for distillation and dehydration und supplied critical equipment for cellulosic ethanol plant.