Configurations

​At the centre of the Inbicon technology lies know how and experience in integrating energy producing facilities. This comes from years of building, owning and operating power plants, biogas facilities and second generation bioethanol plants. This results in many different commercial configurations that eventually can become Inbicon biomass refineries.

Depending on market conditions, customer needs and potential existing energy producing assets, it often pays to integrate further out in the value chain.
 

 

 

ExampleExample

​​Below is shown one of many examples of a commercial configuration where lignin and vinasse is used for on-site energy production in an on-site CHP unit. This builds on the concept from above where ethanol is produced from both C6 and C5 sugars. Another typical configuration would be to integrate Inbicon with existing first generation ethanol plants.

Concept - C5+C6 mixed sugar fermentation
Commercial configuration - Integration with WWTP/biogas plant and CHP

Commercial configuration

After lignin separation, vinasse is used for biogas production instead of going directly to evaporation as above. Biogas is then used for power and heat production at an on-site CHP unit. The remaining liquid fraction from the waste water treatment plant (WWTP) is evaporated to recycle process water.

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Energy production

​We often find value in co-locating a WWTP and a small CHP unit to produce power and heat on-site. This makes the biomass refinery a net energy producer which covers the refinery's own energy demand. Excess electric power can be sold to the grid.

As an added benefit, the integration reduces total water consumption for the entire installation and lowers waste water treatment costs.

Key to future Inbicon biomass refineries is the Inbicon core technology and know-how but applied in the specific concept that makes the most sense.

This is just one example. The final configuration of each Inbicon biomass refinery will depend on concept, customer and project needs, and the optimal level of integration.