Leader in the production and marketing of ethanol

The core competences of the CropEnergies Group are the processing of agricultural raw materials into high-quality products on an industrial scale and their marketing. We have extensive know-how covering the entire value chain in ethanol production - from crop-growing, through production, to transportation and providing consulting services for users, as well as in process optimization, research into potential future applications, quality assurance and the marketing of food and animal feed products.
Sustainable production of ethanol
All CropEnergies ethanol plants have been certified as sustainable. An independent expert confirmed, that the ethanol CropEnergies produces there fulfills all sustainability criteria. This includes greenhouse gas savings of at least 50 percent compared to fossil fuels across the entire value chain. Our plants clearly exceed this quota.
Partner of choice for the agricultural sector
As a member of the Südzucker Group, we have extensive know-how in agricultural matters. This makes us an attractive partner for our raw material suppliers and animal feed customers. This knowledge is also of benefit to us in the processing and marketing of the food and animal feed products arising in the ethanol production process.
In our ethanol plants in Germany, Belgium and the UK all raw materials are utilized completely. In Zeitz, Germany, and in Wilton, UK, the non-fermentable residues, for instance, are dried and pelletized, and the resulting high-grade protein animal feed (DDGS) is marketed throughout Europe.
CropEnergies as technology leader
CropEnergies is setting standards in terms of technology and innovation, and is one of the leading players in Europe in the production of ethanol for the fuel sector. Our ethanol plants in Zeitz, Germany, and in Wilton, UK, are two of the largest in Europe. The plant in Wanze, Belgium, features an innovative, sustainability-orientated operating concept that delivers a unique combination of environmental and cost-efficiency benefits. In doing so, we are building on the wealth of experience accumulated within the Südzucker Group, which had already launched a pilot plant for the production of sustainable ethanol back in 1983.
The continuous, year-round production of ethanol demands a high level of efficiency. We are constantly optimizing and further developing our products and production processes.
Our plants in Zeitz and Wanze are designed to operate with a variety of raw materials. Another feature of these plants is that the thermal and electrical energy required for the manufacturing process is produced at low cost in an own modern energy generating plant with a highly efficient combined heat and power generation. A further factor is the exemplary energy efficiency of our production processes, above all due to the fact that energy is re-used at various stages of the process. In Wanze, the combination of high efficiency and innovative fuel technology results in a reduction of 70% in CO2 emissions compared to fossil fuels.
Success through closeness to the customer and flexibility
CropEnergies operates in a number of European markets and is perfectly attuned to the specific requirements of the individual countries and the special needs of our customers, who value us above all as a reliable partner.
It goes without saying that we meet all logistical and quality requirements. Here, we benefit from our detailed knowledge of the national and international markets for our products. Our subsidiary in France, Ryssen Alcools, is a specialist in accommodating the diverse wishes of its customers. Whether it's product quality, specification or package size - Ryssen has the flexibility to meet all its customers' needs.
Driving force in research
In its research and development activities CropEnergies is not only focusing on optimizing its existing production processes but is also, within the project Bio-refinery 2021, for example, developing technical concepts for new sustainable ethanol plants, for instance for processing of lignocellulosic raw materials.
CropEnergies is working for example on the use of ethanol in fuel cells for electricity supply together with the central research and development unit of Südzucker AG and a number of member institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

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