His Royal Highness Prince Joachim inaugurates Inbicon

By | November 11, 2009
Press release posted Nov. 18, 2009, at 11:25 a.m. CST

On Nov. 18, HRH Prince Joachim inaugurated one of the world's first and largest bioethanol plants in Kalundborg in Denmark, where ethanol will be produced on the basis of straw.

HRH Prince Joachim was accompanied by Chairman of the Supervisory Board of DONG Energy, Fritz H. Schur, and CEO of DONG Energy, Anders Eldrup. Also Chairman of the EUPD-programme under the Danish Energy Agency, Torkil Bentzen, and a representative from the EU Commission, Kyriakos Maniatis, both providing financial support to the plant, attended the inauguration.

"We aim to offer a solution to help solve the carbon emission challenge facing the transport sector. Our bioethanol plant will demonstrate that we are capable of producing so-called second generation bioethanol on the basis of waste products. If our technology is well received by the global markets, new opportunities of export will evolve", said Anders Eldrup, CEO of DONG Energy.

The bioethanol plant is being built by Inbicon, a DONG Energy technology company. In addition to bioethanol, the plant will also produce lignin biopellets and C5 molasses. The biopellets can be used as fuel at combined heat and power plants, and the C5 molasses can be used for animal feed and other purposes. Thus, all elements in the biomass are being utilized.

"Already at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December, we will be able to showcase our technology. Part of the fleet of cars that will be used for transporting delegates around Copenhagen during the conference will be running on Inbicon's bioethanol mixed with petrol. Moreover, five million litres have been sold to Statoil", said Niels Henriksen, CEO of Inbicon.