Abengoa has built the Hugoton facility (Kansas, USA), the first commercial plant with the capacity to produce 100 million litres a year of second generation bioethanol from vegetable biomass (wheat straw, corn and herbaceous plants). The biorefinery has been designed to use mixes of lignocellulosic materials in variable proportions: corn stover, wheat straw, grass, waste wood and other locally available waste. This will result in greater operational flexibility and make the plant easy to replicate in other locations.
Abengoa, a worldwide leader in the development of new technologies for the generation of leading edge biofuels, chose Hugoton (Kansas) as the ideal location to implement the proprietary technology the company has being working on for over ten years, a technology that enables second generation bioethanol to be obtained from vegetable biomass, lumber waste and other waste.
The new Abengoa plant has a capacity of almost 95 million litres per year and is expected to be in full production by the end of this year. The facility, which is 100% fuelled by biomass, will achieve the aforementioned maximum output of 95 million litres per year from almost 350,000 tonnes of biomass.