Starch

Utilizing starch containing crops.

Processing of grains

Grains are utilized for a full range of products and ingredients for various industries. In dry milling plants the whole kernel is fed to the bioprocess. Wet milling facilities - as illustrated above - separate the components of the kernel such as germs, gluten and starch into single products. (Vogelbusch proprietary processes in orange)

Pretreatment of starch based feedstocks

After cleaning and sieving to remove dirt and other foreign matter, agricultural raw materials are crushed and ground in a milling section.

Starch (milk) from wet milling plants does not require any special treatment and can be fed directly to hydrolyzation, which is the next step of processing to convert the starch to sugar molecules.

  • Dry milling

    Crushing of grains and tubers.

    Concepts

    Grains such as corn, wheat or milo and tubers such as cassava are milled before they are sent to starch conversion (hydrolyzation).

    Applications

    Appropriate milling or grinding methods are selected depending on the specific process requirements and our specification of particle size distribution of the flour.

    Equipment options include hammer mills, roller mills and combinations of both, and in some cases the recycle of oversized fractions.

     

    Reference for Dry milling
    4-almagest
    Neutral Alcohol Plant in Verinsko
    ALMAGEST - Verinsko, Ihtiman, 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...

    4 promaiz
    Bioethanol Plant in Alejandro Roca
    PROMAÍZ - 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...

    4 cropernergies
    Bioethanol plant in Zeitz
    CROPENERGIES - 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,...

    4-Jilin2003
    Bioethanol Plant in Jilin
    JILIN FUEL ALCOHOL COMPANY - Jilin Province, PR China

    Located in Jilin City in Northeast China, this production line for bioethanol was officially commissioned 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...

  • Liquefaction / Saccharification

    Breaking down of macromolecules.

    Concepts

    To derive the sugar which is required for our bioprocesses, starch is processed ("hydrolyzed") in a two-step conversion process using dedicated types of enzymes as catalysts. In the liquefaction step, the long chains of starch molecules are broken into smaller fractions (dextrins). During saccharification, single glucose monomers are released from starch or dextrins. Another kind of enzyme is used to gain maltose from dextrins.

    Applications

    The resulting hydrolysate can 

    • serve as a feedstock in the production of alcohol, yeast, organic acids and other fermentation products
    • be converted to specific starch sugars such as dextrose anhydrate/monohydrate/syrup, high fructose syrups and maltodextrin

    Vogelbusch has unique expertise with liquefaction and saccharification from its proprietary technologies and has energy saving solutions to reuse the energy (steam) necessary for the process by thermal integration with other plant sections.

    Reference for Liquefaction / Saccharification
    4-rosva
    Biotechnological Complex in Kaluga
    BIOTECH ROSVA - Kaluga, Russia

    The biotechnological complex put up by JSC «Biotech Rosva» uses wheat as a feedstock to produce speciality goods such as starch, gluten and various starch sugars, which are intended as ingredients for the food industry. A by-product will be used as animal feed. VOGELBUSCH is responsible for the planning and delivery...

    4 ishim0
    Glucose plant for processing compex in Ishim
    AMINOSIB - Ishim, Tyumen Region, Russia

    ZAO Agroholding «Yubileinii» sets up a wheat processing complex -  AminoSib - in Ishim in the Tyumen Region. VOGELBUSCH has been assigned by the general contractor, Talmax Engineering s.r.o., with the supply of a glucose plant to produce a fermentation substrate. The order includes the process design as well as the supply of...

    4-almagest
    Neutral Alcohol Plant in Verinsko
    ALMAGEST - Verinsko, Ihtiman, 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...

    4 promaiz
    Bioethanol Plant in Alejandro Roca
    PROMAÍZ - 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...

    4-abengoa1madison
    Bioethanol Plant in Madison
    GREEN PLAINS (Abengoa) - 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...

    4-mtvernon4
    Bioethanol Plant in Mount Vernon
    GREEN PLAINS (Abengoa) - Mount 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...

    Tharaldson distillation dehydration
    Bioethanol Plant in Casselton
    THARALDSON ETHANOL - 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...

    4roquette2008
    Bioethanol Plant in Beinheim
    ROQUETTE - Beinheim, France

    As part of a wet milling complex, this plant is designed to utilize wheat starch and optionally milled grain. It has a daily capacity of 400,000 liter ethanol and was put into operation in 2008. Vogelbusch provided the know-how and technology package for the process plant and supplied key equipment for distillation...

    4 penford2008
    Bioethanol Plant in Cedar Rapids
    INGREDION (Penford) - 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...

    4-altra
    Bioethanol Plant in Cloverdale
    POET BIOREFINING (Altra Indiana) - Cloverdale, Indiana, USA

    Altra Indiana reached design capacity in June 2008 at its facility in Cloverdale, 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 tons)...

    4-ravenna2007
    Bioethanol Plant in Ravenna
    KAAPA ETHANOL (Abengoa) - 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...

    Chief Ethanol Hastings
    Bioethanol Plant in Hastings
    CHIEF ETHANOL FUELS - 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,...

    4 lexington0
    Bioethanol Plant in Lexington
    CHIEF ETHANOL FUELS (Cornhusker) - Lexington, Nebraska, USA

    Vogelbusch USA Inc started up the ethanol plant of Cornhusker Energy in spring 2006, with a production capacity of 450,000 litres/day of bioethanol from corn. 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 Ethanol...

    4 cropernergies
    Bioethanol plant in Zeitz
    CROPENERGIES - 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,...

    4 pekin
    Bioethanol Plant in Pekin
    PACIFIC ETHANOL (Aventine) - 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...

    4-Jilin2003
    Bioethanol Plant in Jilin
    JILIN FUEL ALCOHOL COMPANY - Jilin Province, PR China

    Located in Jilin City in Northeast China, this production line for bioethanol was officially commissioned 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...

    4-Harbin2009
    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...