Alcohol Plants

Cutting edge technology for alcohol production plants.

Technology for Alcohol Production

Alcohol, also referred to as ethanol or ethyl alcohol, is a valuable base material for varied industries and is used as a solvent for many substances. Besides alcoholic beverages, it has applications in chemicals, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, and is also used as a transport fuel additive.

On this page you can find out how ethanol is produced and how Vogelbusch can contribute to setting up an alcohol plant.

How is alcohol made?

By fermentation using yeast, alcohol is obtained from various agricultural materials that contain sugar, starch or cellulose. In additional process steps it is refined and concentrated to obtain the highest and purest possible quality.

Alcohol know-how and technology

Vogelbusch has introduced many ground-breaking improvements in alcohol plant design and offers first class, worldwide proven technology for every stage of alcohol production: from raw material preparation and fermentation through to subsequent separation by distillation/rectification and dehydration as well as by-product treatment and auxiliary installations.

We design complete greenfield installations and are also available to upgrade or revamp your existing plant to increase capacity, improve yield and/or product quality and save energy and water.

Your benefits at a glance
  • Highly specialized custom solutions
  • Expert for system integration of production units
  • Cost-effective, energy saving features throughout the plant
  • Surplus energy adds to power export generated from CHP
  • Experienced process provider for EPC project execution
Product types

Depending on the end use, ethanol quality grades differ in purity and concentration

Organoleptic and purity demands

Neutral alcohol needs to comply with most comprehensive analytical requirements of national standards, pharmacopeia or producer specifications ...

Neutral Alcohol Plants
Practically free of water

Bioethanol - also called fuel ethanol - requires an ethanol concentration of up to 99.5 % and in many countries is subject to regulations for sustainable production ...

Bioethanol Plants

Ethanol production facilities designed by Vogelbusch

Neutral Alcohol Distillation in Lidköping
LANTMÄNNEN REPPE - Lidköping, Sweden

Renowned starch manufacturer Lantmännen Reppe is one of the largest Swedish alcohol distillers too. The MultiPressure 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...

Distillation|Dehydration in Norrköping
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...

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 Inc., 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...

Combined production of neutral alcohol and ethanol
Confidential Client, USA

VOGELBUSCH USA Inc. integrated an Annex Distillery into an existing fuel ethanol plant and supplied equipment for a molecular sieve unit to produce either 378,000 liter per day of Grain Neutral Spirits (GNS) or dehydrated GNS out of a stream of the existing fuel ethanol plant that uses fermented mash...

Alcohol Plant in Alejandro Roca
PROMAÍZ - Alejandro Roca, Cordoba, Argentina

The Promaíz plant produces 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...

Ethanol dehydration in Sarpsborg
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...

D|D for Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Hugoton
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 Inc. provided process design for the distillation and molecular sieve dehydration areas and also...

DRD for bioethanol plant in Zhaodong
COFCO Bioenergy - Zhaodong, PR China

Vogelbusch was employed by COFCO Bioenergy Zhaodong to build an energy efficient distillation, rectification and dehydration system with the aim to replace two existing old and energy intensive units. The order's scope included the basic engineering of the unit as well as technical assistance during procurement of critical items such as...

Bioethanol Plant in Mount Vernon
GREEN PLAINS (Abengoa) - Mount Vernon, Indiana, USA

Abengoa Bioenergy reached sustained capacity at their 88 million gallons per year (950,000 liters per day), 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 Inc.,...

Additional Annex Distillery
CONFIDENTIAL CLIENT

VOGELBUSCH USA Inc. contributed to the existing ethanol plant an additional distillation unit (Annex Distillery) to produce high quality alcohols. It allows the plant to manufacture more than 216,000 liter per day (20 million gallons per year) of Grain Neutral Spirits (GNS) from a stream of 190 proof ethanol from...

Services

We license our alcohol technology and provide engineering services from initial process design through to the start-up of the plant:

Relevant processes

From the feedstock to the final product we offer all process steps for the production of alcohol: 

Project Development

ProductIdea1
How to turn your idea into a modern industrial bioprocessing facility

Find some guidance for the development of a manufacturing plant illustrating the steps to be taken from the initial product idea to the operational facility

MINDMAP Project Development
Services offered by Vogelbusch are marked with orange bars.

Questions? Check out our FAQs on the product pages

FAQ Neutral Alcohol Plant

FAQ Bioethanol Plant

Complete our design questionnaire to enable us to give a professional opinion on your project 

QUESTIONNAIRE Neutral Alcohol Plant (.doc) 

QUESTIONNAIRE Bioethanol Plant (.doc)  

Calculation of  bioethanol greenhouse gas emissions in Europe

BIOGRACE is a GHG calculation tool for biofuels in compliance with the emission saving requirments of the European Union

More information on bioethanol

The True Story Of European Ethanol - YouTube viodeos with background information on the use of bioethanol in the transport sector

Ethanol Facts - Production, use, sustainability and importance of ethanol as a renewable fuel - provided by ePURE

 

What our clients say...

"The plant, which was commissioned in the spring of 2005, is outstanding thanks to its efficient continuous fermentation method coupled with an integrated, optimized energy concept."

Press Release 1.9.2006, Südzucker AG, Bioethanol Plant, Zeitz, Germany

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Contact us

VOGELBUSCH Biocommodities GmbH

Blechturmgasse 11
1051 Vienna, Austria

Tel +43 1 54 661-0
Fax +43 1 545 29 79
vienna@vogelbusch.com

VOGELBUSCH USA Inc.

1826 Snake River Road, Suite C
Katy, TX 77449, USA

Tel +1 713 461 7374
Fax +1 713 461 7377
houston@vogelbusch.com
www.vbusa.com

VOGELBUSCH Hong Kong Ltd.

Flat A, 6/F, Beauty Mansion,
69-71 Kimberley Road
Tsimshatsui, Kowloon
Hong Kong, PR China
Tel +852 2314 3030
Fax +852 2314 0369
hongkong@vogelbusch.com