Customer applications around the world are proof of our cutting-edge technology and outstanding plant performance. Founded in 1921, Vogelbusch can call on a wealth of process data, accumulated in the course of countless full-scale engineering projects. This experience allows us to respond to our clients' individual needs with specialized custom solutions.
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BORREGAARD - Sarpsborg, Norway
Borregaard replaced a decades old ethanol dehydration system by a state-of-the-art molecular sieve unit from Vogelbusch. The limited space in the biorefinery recommended a skid construction with minimum footprint. A special feature of the installation is an unusually wide capacity span, which was realized in a fully automated process.
The unit has a maximum output of 105,000 liters of dehydrated ethanol per day. Tailored plant automation allows the operator to perform the required capacity changes in a range of 30% to 100% with just one key stroke.
Prefabricated in Austria in three structural steel framings, the plant was shipped and ready for start-up in Sarpsborg within a few weeks, with guarantee runs successfully completed in April 2018.
DONBIOTECH - Volgodonsk, Rostov Region, Russia
OOO «DonBioTech», a joint venture of Russian Varshavsky group and German industrial group Evonik, sets up a grain processing facility for the production of L-lysine from wheat.
VOGELBUSCH has been awarded with the detailed design and the supply of the process plant for the conversion of starch milk to glucose solution which is used as fermentation feedstock. Further services include the system integration of the complete grain processing plant, which consists of several production units.
Commissioning is scheduled for 2019.
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 of the process plants for glucose monohydrate, high fructose syrup (HFS) and sorbitol, and for the system integration of dry milling, starch plant and drying of the by-products.
The start-up is scheduled for 2018.
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 key equipment and the complete automation and control system for the unit. The glucose plant was commissioned by Vogelbusch in 2016 and is started up after finalisation of the complete complex in 2017.
CEPSA - San Roque, Gibraltar
CEPSA (Compañía Española de Petróleos, S.A.U.) ordered a molecular sieve dehydration unit from Vogelbusch to purify ethanol which subsequently is to be processed to ETBE.
The 12,000 liter per day unit has been prefabricated and skid-mounted in Austria and transferred to Gibraltar by truck to be integrated in the San Roque oil refinery complex in 2016.
ALLTECH - Ontario, California, USA
Vogelbusch USA supplied a system for recovery of ethanol from brewery waste streams. The facility was designed as a PLC-controlled, two-stage process that consists of a two-column distillation, which produces an ethanol/water vapour that is then dried in the molecular sieve unit.
For easy installation, the system was prefabricated in two modular skids which were assembled and tested prior to shipment. On site, the components were reassembled, and utility and electrical connections were completed. The 10,000 liter per day unit was commissioned in 2016.
CANDY GOLD - Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Following a feasibility study on the production of baker's yeast, the pre-engineering for a yeast plant designed for a daily capacity of 10,000 kg based on molasses was carried out in 2015.
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 day.
Further services included the thermal integration of an existing dehydration unit (2013) and an upgrade of the product range (2016).
SYNATA BIO (Abengoa) - Hugoton, Kansas, USA
The commercial-scale, cellulosic ethanol facility in Hugoton utilizes Abengoa’s own enzymatic hydrolysis technology to produce 25 million gallons of ethanol and 21 megawatts of electricity from 300,000 tons of biomass per year.
Implemented in 2014, Vogelbusch USA provided process design for the distillation and molecular sieve dehydration areas and also supplied critical equipment for the molecular sieve unit. The unit was transferred to Synata Bio in 2017.
CEGRO / AYS - El Harrach, Algeria
SGP Cegro on behalf of AYS Algerian Yeast Society in 2014 ordered a feasibility study to investigate the production of 10,000 tons per year of baker's yeast to be made from imported molasses.
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 been assigned with the supply of equipment such as fermenter internals, distillation columns, molecular sieve dehydration and scrubber, as well as the programming of the control system.
The plant was implemented in 2013.
FRANKENS ENERGY (Ineos Bio) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA
Vogelbusch USA supplied the ethanol distillation and dehydration equipment for the 2G (second generation) demonstration plant of Ineos Bio’s , a first-of-its-kind waste-to-bioenergy facility near Vero Beach, Florida.
The project uses a feedstock-flexible biomass conversion technology. It's unique combination of gasification and fermentation technologies turns different types of waste materials, including municipal solid waste, into advanced biofuels and renewable power.
It can manufacture 8 million gallons per year (87,000 liter per day) of cellulosic ethanol under the new Renewable Fuel Standard and provide power for 1400 homes in the area. The plant was implemented by Ineos Bio in 2012 and is owned by Frankens Energy since 2018.
SIME DARBY | MITSUI ENGINEERING - Tennamaram, Malaysia
Local palm oil producer Sime Darby together with the Japanese company Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (MES) installed a pilot plant for second generation (2G) bioethanol in Tennamaram, Malaysia. Based on technology licensed from the Danish company Inbicon the plant produces bioethanol from empty fruit bunches that are left over from palm oil production.
The cellulosic mash is distilled and rectified in a unit supplied by Vogelbusch. This skid mounted facility was preassembled and tested in Austria, shipped to Malaysia in 2 containers and finally installed on site within only a few days in 2011.
ETHYLCHEM - Pointe-a-Pierre, Trinidad, West Indies
Hydrous ethanol imported from Brazil is the feedstock for a molecular sieve dehydration facility set up by EthylChem at the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery in Trinidad. It has a production capacity of 1,082,000 litres per day (100 MMGY) of fuel ethanol with a purity of over 99.9 per cent that is intended for export primarily to the US.
The facility was implemented by Vogelbusch USA in 2010.
COSMO OIL - Sakai-City, Osaka, Japan
Cosmo Oil produces 140,000 liters per day (12 MMGPY) of low moisture ethanol (300 ppm) utilizing process design by Vogelbusch USA. The skid-mounted unit was installed as part of a larger project to retrofit an existing MTBE production facility at their Sakai Refinery for ETBE production.
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 uses 32 million bushels (813,000 metric tons) of local corn and produces approximately 250,000 metric tons of distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) annually.
Since 2016, the plant is owned by Green Plains.
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 up next to a rectification unit which was provided by Vogelbusch back in 1996 to then plant owner Ceramyl.
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 Multicont continuous fermentation process. The facility uses 32 million bushels (813,000 metric tons) of local corn and produces approximately 250,000 metric tons of distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) annually.
Since 2016, the plant is owned by Green Plains.
RAZI YEAST & ALCOHOL COMPANY - Ahvaz, Iran
Razi Yeast & Alcohol Company, formerly Sugar Cane By-Products Corporation, assigned Vogelbusch with the process design, engineering and supply of a complete plant for the production of baker's yeast from cane molasses.
Production in the yeast plant started in 2009, since manufacturing 32,000 kg per day of high quality instant active dry yeast (iADY) which is marketed under the brand name Nabmayeh. The plant is located next to a neutral alcohol facility also supplied by Vogelbusch.
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 milling ethanol facilities in the world.
ØRSTED (Inbicon) - Kalundborg, Denmark
Inbicon 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 day demonstration plant served as a showcase project for second generation (2G) bioethanol production at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen in December 2009.
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 and dehydration.
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 CEO says, “The addition of ethanol will allow our Cedar Rapids plant to increase production and improve asset utilization, while providing us with new flexibility to maximize returns from multiple market opportunities.”
The plant is meanwhile owned by Ingredion.
MENDES GONÇALVES - Golegã, Portugal
Mendes Gonçalves, a well known Portuguese producer of vinegar and condiments ordered a vinegar fermenter from Vogelbusch. The new fermenter raised production capacity in Golegã, north of Lisbon by 15,000 litres to some 27,000 litres per day. We supplied the fermenter including IP-8 self priming aeration and process equipment such as pumps, control valves, instrumentation and MCC, and the process control system.
The preparations for the installation work were performed by the client using specifications for equipment, foundations and construction, and pipework layouts provided by Vogelbusch. The new fermenter was integrated with the existing plant and commissioned in June 2008. Since then nominal output has been running at about 20% above nameplate capacity, and the customer is fully satisfied with the performance of the equipment.
LANTMÄNNEN AGROETANOL - 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 line in Norrköping, processes wheat for the most part as well as rye and barley. With the experience of their first plant Agroetanol had decided to design the raw material preparation and the fermentation based on own know how, while other process groups were assigned to contractors. The plant has a design capacity of 470,000 liter ethanol per day and started operations in 2008.
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) of local corn annually and to produce approximately 250,000 metric tons of distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS).
In 2010 the plant was acquired by POET Biorefining.
KIMIA GHARB GOSTAR - Kermanshah, Iran
The plant of Kimia Gharb Gostar Industries Co. has a capacity of 36 tons per day and is the first citric acid plant set up in Iran. It is suitable for processing of raw sugar and sugar beet molasses. The process concept allows for a choice between production of either of the two commercially available forms of citric acid (monohydrate or anhydrate).
Process planning included the raw material preparation, fermentation and product processing stages, as well as the design of auxiliary plants such as the fermentation air system, the ammonia gas and the cooling water supply. Support services were carried out during the construction of the wastewater treatment plant. Almost all equipment and materials for the process plant was supplied by Vogelbusch. The facility was started up in 2007.
GREEN POWER - North Sitra, Kingdom of Bahrain
Some 400,000 lpd of crude industrial alcohol from a refinery in Saudi Arabia are processed in the Bahrain unit. After entering the plant, the feed is purified in a rectification column where low-boiling substances such as diethylether and acetaldehyde are separated before being dehydrated by molecular sieve technology to achieve a moisture content below 0.1% water.
The unit, comprising 12 skids, a rectification column with reboiler and the molecular sieve vessels, was erected in Austria, assembled and tested, and finally disassembled and shipped to Bahrain in containers, where it was reassembled and commissioned. A flare system for thermal oxidation of the separated low-boiling substances was also delivered.
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 bushels (813,000 metric tons) of local corn and produces approximately 125,000 metric tons of distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and 300,000 metric tons of wet distiller’s grains with solubles (WDGS) annually.
The plant was acquired by Kaapa Ethanol in 2016.
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, and azeotropic dehydration using cyclohexane as an entrainer. The dry milling process was designed to use corn (maize) and/or milo (grain sorghum) as feedstock. Co-products include DDGS (distillers’ dried grains with solubles) and DWGS (distillers’ wet grains with solubles).
In 1993, Vogelbusch technology was again featured in the expansion of the facility to a capacity of 325,000 l/d. Azeotropic dehydration was replaced with a PSA (pressure-swing adsorption), molecular sieve alcohol dryer that was fed directly with vapor from the rectifying column. In addition, 190 proof vapor off the top of the rectifying column was routed to the first effect of a two-stage stillage evaporator where it was condensed and returned to the rectifying column as reflux. This heat-saving design resulted in reducing thermal energy consumption by 25%.
Five years later, plant capacity was more than doubled to 670,000 l/d. In addition to providing technology, Vogelbusch also designed and supplied components for a second molecular sieve alcohol drying system.
RAZI YEAST & ALCOHOL COMPANY - 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 earthquake level UBC Zone 3.
The design and stress calculations in compliance with European standards for apparatus, tanks and pipelines were carried out at Vogelbusch and the assembly was performed in Iran under our supervision.
The following plant components were supplied: molasses reception and storage; continuous fermentation with untreated cane molasses including nutrient preparation and fermentation air supply; distillation with methanol separation and mash column under vacuum, (implemented as an energy saving multi-pressure system) alcohol storage and filling systems for trucks, rail tankers and barrels; central CIP system; cooling water unit; and laboratory. For those groups the complete piping material, the instrumentation and control as well as electrical components were supplied. Automation is based on a modern DCS system.
Following a four-year erection period and a short start-up phase in the first quarter of 2007, a test run was carried out, and the guaranteed product quality was achieved.
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 purchased the Cornhusker Energy ethanol plant.
EURO ETHYL - Alfatar, Bulgaria
Euro Ethyl’s molecular sieve system was supplied preassembled by Vogelbusch USA and the performance test was successfully completed in November 2006.
The plant has a rated capacity of 120,000 litres of dehydrated alcohol per day. The integration of the molecular sieve with the existing plant required additional distillation equipment to increase capacity, and Vogelbusch USA assisted Euro Ethyl with the procurement and installation of used equipment from US sources.
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, distillatiion, dehydration, stillage evaporation as well as DDGS drying and supplied key equipment (column trays and molecular sieve).
Start-up of the plant was in 2005 with an implementation period of 15 months.
SPECIAL YEAST - Malmö, Sweden
The utilization of a hydrolysate made from bakery waste was the object of the order by Special Yeast. The process for this novel feedstock was developed and implemented, including supply of the aeration system.
The unit has a capacity of 9,000 kg/d and was started up in 2006.
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 the ageing cyclohexane dehydration unit and resulted in significant energy savings, while maintaining additional evaporative capacity of the integrated Vogelbusch distillation/evaporation/dehydration plant.
Over more than 20 years Vogelbusch is associated with the facility of Aventine Renewable Energy in Pekin. In 1981 the original plant using Vogelbusch technology was the first continuous fermentation in the US. In 1993 the plant was expanded and later, step after step, a distillation, a molecular sieve for high quality potable and industrial alcohol and a vacuum distillation for yeast recovery were added.
In 2015 Aventine Renewable Energy Holding, merged with Pacific Ethanol, Inc. Its two production facilities in Pekin, IL and one in Aurora, NE are now operating as Pacific Ethanol, Inc.
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 the raw material processing, continuous fermentation, distillation and the molecular sieve dehydration process stages as well as DDGS processing. The column trays for the distillation plant were supplied by Vogelbusch.
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 standards in product quality and in energy saving.
The reconstruction was carried out between 1999 and 2003 and comprised the installation of a Multipressure distillation/rectification (capacity 62,000 liters/day), expansion of an existing D/R plant (to 140,000 liters/day), turnkey supply of a skid mounted molsieve dehydration (10,000 liters/day) and the process design for a continuous fermentation (140,000 liters/day).
The plant was later moved and reassembled by the client at a new site out of town and is producing neutral and dehydrated alcohol again there since 2009.
OHLY (Deutsche Hefewerke) - Hamburg, Deutschland
DHW of Hamburg decided to convert an existing fermenter to the Vogelbusch aeration system. The given situation required the redesign of the drive and included engineering and supply of the complete aerator system.
The reconstructed fermenter has a capacity of 27,000 kg per day of baker’s yeast made from beet molasses. Operation commenced in 2002.
LACTO-MISR - 10th of Ramadan City, Egypt
This plant for baby milk powder and protein drink concentrates was realised by Vogelbusch in 2002 with a process licensed from a German producer of infant formula. The enterprise is the first manufacturer of infant formula in the Middle East. The production capacity is 32 tons per day. The plant location, 19th of Ramadan City, is an industrial zone close to Cairo.
The process was adapted by Vogelbusch to local conditions with regard to raw material and climate, to allow simple handling and constant product quality as well. Individual process technologies sourced from third parties for drying, dry mixing, and packing have been integrated by Vogelbusch and the quality assurance system was developed together with the licensor.
SLOVENSKE LIEHOVARY À LIKÉRKY - Leopoldov, Slovakia
The plant in Leopoldov produces extra neutral alcohol for the company's well established range of beverage brands.
30,000 liters of high quality alcohol are distilled per day from alcoholic mashes from molasses and grain. Vogelbusch designed the distillation and rectification unit and supplied key equipment for the plant, which was commissioned in 2002.
DEUTSCHE HEFEWERKE - Nuremberg, Germany
DHW Nuremberg enhanced their manufacturing capacity by adding a fermenter which had to be placed outside the production building.
Vogelbusch engineered the expansion and supplied the key equipment (EB4 aerator system including drive, mash pumps and heat exchangers). The fermenter is designed for 25,000 kg of baker's yeast per day made from beet molasses. Start-up was in 2001.
ORIENTAL YEAST - Osaka, Japan
To raise the production capacity of Oriental Yeast in Osaka, Komatsugawa Chemical Engineering Co. assigned Vogelbusch with the engineering for an additional yeast fermenter and the supply of key equipment (aeration).
The unit is designed for the production of 20,000 kg per day of baker's yeast made from cane molasses. Start-up was in 2001.
CITRO MISR - 10th of Ramadan City, Egypt
Raw sugar from local production was the substrate of choice for Citro Misr Co. of Egypt. This raw material required a new approach in the fermentation process to assure the economic feasibility of the plant. The spore cultivation was adapted and the fructose utilization was optimized for the substrate.
Products include high grad citric acid monohydrate, anhydrate and trisodium citrate dihydrate with a daily capacity of 36.5 tons. Plant start-up was in 2000.
MAUTNER MARKHOF (Gsonek) - Vienna, Austria
Supply of a vinegar fermenter type 1200 including IP-8 self priming aeration with a daily capacity of 15,000 liter (10%) for processing pure ethanol and grape and apple wine.
The unit, originally set up for Gsonek in 1998 in Laa an der Thaya (Lower Austria), was later acquired by Mautner Markhof and integrated in their Vienna production facilities.