Finnish company St1 Biofuels Oy becomes a pioneer in producing bio-ethanol from food waste. The company’s new bio-ethanol plant in Finland is run by ABB’s 800xA automation system and frequency converters.
Biofuel and food challenges
The debate among environmentalists around the topic of biofuels has much to do with sugar cane and corn, the main sources of ethanol in the US. How allocating optimum farmland to their harvesting for biofuel purposes diverts agricultural production away from food crops in a hungry world, or lead to the escalation of food prices, especially in developing countries, is another major issue.
But what if bio-ethanol is made without food crops?
What if residues of food production, which are classified as organic wastes, rejects or nonfood by-products, are instead used to produce bio-ethanol?
This breakthrough in producing the next-generation of biofuels is at hand, starting in Finland. ABB’s System 800xA is the automation system running the seven plants manufacturing bio-ethanol using food wastes.
Finland’s pursuit of responsible alternative energy production