Vivergo was formed in 2007 to develop a world-scale wheat-fed bioethanol plant in Hull. Originally a joint venture between AB Sugar, BP and DuPont, Associated British Foods aquired BP's stake in May 2015 to become the majority shareholder.
Vivergo is a world scale Bioethanol facility based in Hull, which provides home grown, renewable energy to support the UK economy, agriculture and all of us in our everyday lives. Vivergo produce a greener, more sustainable fuel for cars (bioethanol) and a protein rich animal feed for cows (and other animals).
The plant started production in 2012, and became fully operational in December 2014. The plant is one of the largest Bioethanol producers in Europe – producing around one third of the UK’s Bioethanol demand for blending with petrol. In addition to this, the plant produces up to 400,000T per year of a co-product high protein animal feed. That’s enough to feed over 340,000 dairy cows per day – 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 offers greenhouse gas savings in excess of 50% over standard petrol, the equivalent of removing 180,000 cars from the road.
Presently, a blend of up to 5% Bioethanol is used in unleaded petrol cars on the road in the UK today. In the longer term, there is potential for ordinary cars (built since 2000) to use up to a 10% blend (E10), without the need for any modification to the car.
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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