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 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,...

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...

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...

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...

Extra Neutral Alcohol D|R in Leopoldov
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...

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...

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,...

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 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...

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 provided process design for the distillation and molecular sieve dehydration areas and also supplied...

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

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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...

"We chose Vogelbusch’s distillation and dehydration systems for their proven capabilities, which are vital as we commercialize our advanced bioenergy technology."

Mark Niederschulte, INEOS Bio JV Bioenergy Center, 2G Bioethanol Plant, Vero Beach, Florida

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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.

1810 Snake River Road
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