Trio invests €10 million in Belgium CO2 recovery unit

Biorefinery Alco Bio Fuel (ABF), industrial gas supplier Messer Benelux and IJsfabriek Strombeek are adding a second CO2 recovery unit at Alco Bio Fuel at North Sea Port (Ghent).

The second line will be operational in the spring of 2022 and will bring the annual capture of green CO2 at the facility to 160,000 tons – an increase of 60% compared to current capacity.

The CO2 will be released when ABF processes biomass into bioethanol. This biomass is organic material that extracts CO2 from the air during the growth process. In addition to bioethanol and CO2, the biomass also produces proteins for animal feed and corn oil. After capture and treatment, the CO2 can be reused in the food and beverage industry, greenhouse horticulture, water purification, refrigerated transport or as a chemical raw material.

Including initial investment made five years ago, a total of €25 million will eventually have been invested to capture, process and use 160 thousand tons of CO2 to replace CO2 of fossil origin. This is said to be equivalent to taking 117,000 cars off the road in Belgium

‘We are taking up the European challenge of being climate neutral by 2050,’ said Charles-Albert Peers, CEO of Alco.

‘However, as a company we already want to achieve this aim by 2030.’ For Alco, this project is a fantastic example of effectively taking CO2 out of the air,’ and according to Peers, ‘absolutely necessary to achieve climate neutrality’.

Daan Schalck, CEO North Sea Port, also commented: ‘North Sea Port puts its shoulders to the wheel in the pursuit of a climate-neutral world. The fact that the new investment by Alco Bio Fuel is not limited to the production process, but also produces consumer products, is quite special.’

Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes