AB Sugar has joined forces with BP and DuPont to build and operate a world scale Bioethanol facility in Hull. Vivergo provides home grown, renewable energy to support the UK economy, agriculture and all of us in our everyday lives – producing a greener, more sustainable fuel for cars (bioethanol) and a protein rich animal feed for cows (and other animals).
The plant has started production and will be fully operational over coming months. Once fully operational, the plant will be one of the largest Bioethanol producers in Europe - producing around a third of the UK's Bioethanol demand for blending with petrol. In addition it produces enough protein, through animal feed, for over 340,000 dairy cows every single day, which is the equivalent of almost 20% of the national dairy herd.
Bioethanol is produced by the fermentation of starch or sugars in a very similar way to the method used to produce beer and wine. Fermentation is followed by distillation to remove the water and impurities and produce a pure alcohol.
Bioethanol can be added to petrol to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from road transport which account for 25% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. Using bioethanol will offer greenhouse gas savings in excess of 50% over standard petrol, the equivalent of removing 180,000 cars from the road.
A blend of up to 5% Bioethanol can be used in any unleaded petrol car on the road in the UK today and in the longer term, there is potential for ordinary cars to use higher blends.
Although the process of production, which includes crop cultivation and harvesting, the use of fertiliser and pesticides, fermentation, distillation and use, does produce GHG emissions, using biofuels delivers an overall reduction in GHG emissions compared with the production of conventional petrol and diesel from crude oil.
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