Helius Energy plc, the biomass to power company, and Veolia Water Outsourcing Ltd, both in the UK have formed a strategic alliance to use Helius' innovative GreenFields® technology to turn distillery by-products into organic fertiliser, animal feed and biomass fuel.
Under the terms of the alliance, Veolia Water will jointly fund existing and future GreenFields development costs and projects with Helius.
Traditionally, distillery by-products such as wet grain, draff and pot ale have been dried for use as animal feed using an energy-intensive process.
GreenFields membrane technology takes these by-products and produces a highly effective organic soil condition, animal feed and biomass fuel for a renewable energy plant, whilst significantly reducing carbon emissions.
In terms of carbon savings, GreenFields animal feed (Distillers Wet Grains with solubles, DWGs) also uses less energy to produce than animal feed from Dried Distillers Grains (DDGs).
For example, production of 200,000 tonnes of GreenFields DWGs a year would displace the use of 66,000 tonnes of DDGs, saving some 44,000 t CO2 per year.
GreenFields units can be configured in a number of ways and can produce organic soil conditioner, animal feed and/or biomass fuel. They also process water. The exact proportion of each product will be determined when a unit is operational.
Going forward, Helius will continue to develop the markets for GreenFields products, which include organic soil conditioner and animal feed, and Veolia Water will operate the relevant projects.
Helius and Veolia
Group was established to develop, install and operate biomass fired renewable electricity generation plants. The company has successfully developed a 65MWe power plant at Stallingborough, South Humberside, UK which was sold at pre-construction stage to RWE Innogy.
manages the whole water cycle and meet the challenges associated with the providing and reusing water. The company specialises in delivering high quality, integrated and sustainable solutions, from drinking water supply and wastewater treatment, to bespoke design solutions for commerce and industry.