German dairy products group Theo Müller announced that it will start to produce bio ethanol from whey (lactoserum), a byproduct from cheese production. The group, located in Leppersdorf near Dresden, will start the construction of a dedicated ethanol plant this month.
The lactose present in whey is yeast fermented and the resultant ethanol is distilled off and then purified to one of eight grades depending on its intended end use. For the German dairy products group, whey is a low cost bio fuel feedstock. “For this reason, we are very competitive and independent of the price developments on the bio fuels market”, says Müller.
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