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In chemical terms, bioethanol is an alcohol which is produced by fermenting raw materials containing sugar and starch. The idea of driving on alcohol isn’t actually that new. In fact, Nikolaus August Otto ran prototypes of his combustion engine on ethanol back in 1860!

verbioethanol is produced from 95% of the grain, rye and corn. The grain is purchased from regional partners near the production facilities in Zörbig and Schwedt. Ethanol is produced from the corn of the whole plant, distillery slop is made from the residual of ethanol. Biomethane and bio-fertilizer are produced from the slop and the straw. As a result of this process, the energy yield per hectare of agricultural land is increased by 50% and therefore the domestic agriculture will be strengthened. In contrast to petrol, there are up to 80% carbon dioxide savings.

Ethanol fuels are now used all over the world as biofuel in internal combustion engines. In particular, its use as a fuel substitute or additive in motor vehicles has increased in recent years. In Brazil, many cars already run on petrol containing 85% ethanol, while some even use 100% ethanol. In Germany, E10 fuel containing up to 10% ethanol has been sold at petrol stations since early 2011, replacing premium fuels containing 5% ethanol (E5).

Production of verbioethanol

The production of verbioethanol begins with the cleaning, sieving and grinding of the grains.

The next step is mashing, in which flour is mixed with water at a ideal ratio. Enzymes are then added to the mixture. This results in the mash.

This is followed by the cold mashing process – an energy-saving production method in which the mash is heated to a slightly increased temperature. The starch in the grain is disintegrated with the aid of a special enzyme mixture.

In the fermentation process, alcohol is finally created by adding yeast. Subsequent distillation and dehydration raise the alcohol level from around 10% to 99.8%, the end product being bioethanol.

The main buyer of bioethanol is the oil industry, which processes it at its refineries into fuel additives (ETBE or TAEE) for use in conventional fuel or adds it to fossil fuels in the form of either E5 (up to 5% bioethanol in petrol) or E10 (up to 10% ethanol in petrol).

Under EN 228, petrol may contain up to 5% bioethanol without having to be declared as such. The new E10 fuel has been available at petrol stations in Germany since early 2011.

Another marketable item is the E85 blend, which contains 85% ethanol. Alcohol-free mash also known as distillery slop continuously arises during the bioethanol production process. Containing up to 90% water and valuable grain fractions, for a long time it was used for fertilizer in agriculture. Since 2010, VERBIO has been able to refine distillery slop at its unique bio-refinery to produce biogas and organic fertilizer. This enables VERBIO to effectively make dual use of the raw material, 90% of which is converted into energy in the form of bioethanol and biogas. The residual ammonium sulphate solution is recycled in farming as high-quality organic fertilizer.


Your contact person

Peter Johne
Vertrieb / Handel

Verbio SE
T: +49 341 308530-0
E-Mail: vertrieb@verbio.de