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

Bioethanol Plant in Jilin

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...

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)...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Extra Neutral Alcohol D|R in Leopoldov

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...

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...

Neutral Alcohol Plant in Ahwaz

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...

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...


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

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

YouTube videos on bioethanol

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

What our clients say...

"Our expectations have been totally satisfied. It's been three years working at full capacity and we are very pleased with the work done on this plant."

Lic. Adrián Urquía, Promaiz S. A., Bioethanol Plant, Alejandro Roca, Cordoba, Argentina


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Starch Convention & Bioethanol Technology Meeting

April 10 - 11, 2018 in Detmold, Germany

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