The next scale-up from the Inbicon Biomass Refinery at Kalundborg will be a commercial-size operation that will produce 20 million gallons a year of The New Ethanol from about 460,000 tons of biomass, probably wheat straw or corn cobs and stover. We have also successfully tested our technology at pilot scale on soft biomass such as sugar bagasse, miscanthus grass, and empty fruit bunches.
Regardless of the crop residue chosen, the biomass handling poses an enormous logistics challenge. For wheat straw, the plant owner will need an annual supply gathered from nearly a quarter million acres. For corn stover, about 150,000 acres. Gathering, transporting, storing, insuring, and handling this much biomass day after day requires a comprehensive system involving extensive collaboration with farmers, equipment makers, and government agencies.
To expedite the licensing of our technology at commercial-scale, we can tap DONG Energy’s 15 years of expertise and experience handling over a million tons of biomass a year in Denmark. This knowledge and hands-on experience will be invaluable to the biomass refinery owner and puts Inbicon several years ahead of the competition.