VERBIO launches first cellulosic RNG plant within the USA

VERBIO launches first cellulosic RNG plant within the USA


VERBIO just lately formally launched the primary cellulosic RNG plant within the US. The VERBIO Nevada (Iowa) Biorefinery started producing renewable pure gasoline (RNG) on an industrial scale in December 2021. The ability is on observe to realize full-scale manufacturing of seven million ethanol gallons equal (EGE) of RNG yearly by mid-summer 2022.

In early 2023, the location will start working as a biorefinery, producing 19 million EGE of RNG and 60 million gallons of corn-based ethanol, yearly. The mixing of RNG and ethanol manufacturing, distinctive to VERBIO, incorporates superior operational know-how to construct on the corporate’s profitable experiences in Europe.

Collaboration between VERBIO and Alliant Power led to the opening of the ability, which Alliant Power serves with each pure gasoline and electrical service. Renewable pure gasoline from the VERBIO Nevada Biorefinery is injected into an Alliant Power pipeline earlier than being distributed throughout the nation.

Alliant Power delivers the power from the manufacturing on the facility to its pure gasoline prospects in Iowa. Additional, the corporate helped to develop requirements and rules for RNG in addition to constructed interconnection choices for the location, permitting VERBIO to adjust to necessities established for the sale of RNG in different states.

VERBIO introduced it is a “good begin“ because the RNG manufacturing from this primary plant will equal 3.3% of complete US manufacturing final yr, however there are nonetheless alternatives for development. Whereas the Renewable Gas Customary (RFS) has been a terrific success, the portion from the Superior Biofuels class associated to Cellulosic Biofuels, together with RNG, has tremendously underperformed.

By 2022, the RFS envisioned 16 billion gallons of superior biofuels. Nonetheless, manufacturing to this point has not exceeded 0.6 billion gallons, lower than 4%. VERBIO sees its mission as working with all related events to shut this hole as shortly as doable.

Right this moment, there are greater than 200 ethanol vegetation working within the US that might profit from the efficiencies supplied by VERBIO’s working know-how. The corporate expects to be working 5-10 biorefineries throughout the subsequent 5 years, producing 15-30% or extra of the overall RNG produced in 2021.

The plant in Nevada (Iowa) is our first plant within the USA. Till summer time 2022, we’ll obtain full-scale manufacturing. Then we’ll course of as much as 100,000 tons of corn stover into renewable pure gasoline (RNG) yearly and make it out there for the market as a climate-friendly, renewable biofuel. By 2023, we’ll broaden the VERBIO biorefinery primarily based on the mannequin of the German vegetation to an built-in RNG and bioethanol manufacturing. Our superior and permitted know-how units new requirements within the US biofuels market. Nevada is just the start. We need to set up one other 5 to 10 biorefineries in North America over the subsequent 5 years.

—VERBIO CEO Claus Sauter

VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergie AG is without doubt one of the main impartial bioenergy producers, and can also be the one large-scale producer of biodiesel, bioethanol and biomethane in Europe. The Group has roughly 900 staff at its places in Germany, India, the USA, Canada, Poland, and Hungary. VERBIO concentrates on the usage of internally developed revolutionary and environment friendly energy-saving manufacturing processes. VERBIO’s biofuels obtain CO2financial savings of as much as 90% in comparison with gasoline or diesel.

VERBIO North America Holdings Company (VNAH), with headquarters in Livonia, Michigan, is creating and can personal, function and finance a number of RNG and ethanol vegetation in the US utilizing VERBIO’s know-how and financing. RNG produced by VERBIO Nevada will likely be injected into the pure gasoline distribution/transmission system and offered to CNG/LNG filling stations or fleet operators to be used as transportation gas. Ethanol manufacturing is scheduled to grow to be operational within the 1st Quarter 2023.


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September 2022