Advanced Biofuels

CHOREN Makes Progress at Biomass BTL Plant in Freiberg, Germany

Date Posted: March 24, 2011

Rainer Bomba, Undersecretary of State in the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, visited CHOREN's Beta plant at Freiberg in the German state of Saxony.

In addition to reviewing progress so far in the commissioning of the plant, Mr Bomba was particularly interested in the potential of this fuel, which can be blended in any ratio, for achieving climate protection targets.

"Last year, the Beta plant completed several campaigns of synthesis gas trial production, successfully producing from wood a synthesis gas that is free of tar and aromatics on an industrial scale", said CHOREN's CEO Marcell Ulrichs.

Undersecretary of State Rainer Bomba was very impressed by CHOREN's continuous development work: "Industrial-scale BTL production may turn into a milestone in the future use of bioenergy.

"Therefore I very much hope that the development work of recent years will be rewarded and that the plant will run smoothly", said Bomba.

"We are planning to make greater use of renewable energies in the transportation sector, too.

"That includes biofuels – and BTL has particularly high potential in this respect, because far more biological material can be used than is currently the case", he added.

Significant CO2 reduction, no competition with food production, and an excellent compatibility with existing drive systems are key features of this biosynthetic fuel.

Professor Dr. Jürgen Leohold, Head of Group Research at Volkswagen AG and a member of the CHOREN supervisory board, explained the benefits of BTL for car manufacturers: "BTL is a key technology in reducing greenhouse gas emissions sustainably in the transportation sector."

The Beta plant in Freiberg has an annual capacity of 18 million litres of BTL (biomass to liquid) fuel.

There is a great need for this sustainable fuel, produced from renewable raw materials.

This is why CHOREN is active in various projects for the construction of BTL plants around the globe, as a technology partner for synthesis gas production.

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