Austrian biodiesel technology provider wins award for BTL process

By Ron Kotrba | April 05, 2016

BDI-BioEnergy International AG received an innovation award for its biomass-to-liquid technology, called BioCrack, March 29 during Austria’s State Awards Innovation 2016 ceremony held by the Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Industry. BDI was awarded the prestigious VERENA award, which is an acronym for Verbund E-Novation Award. Verbund AG is Austria’s leading electrical company and sponsor of this particular award.

“As the leading electricity company in Austria, we make every effort to dynamize the efficiency and greening of the energy system,” said Verbund CEO Wolfgang Anzengruber, who presented the award to Edgar Ahn, a member of BDI’s management board. “The VERENA Prize also sets 2016 clear signs of a promising future and energy-efficient mobility solutions. In the awareness that our future cannot unconditionally be dependent on a steady increase in consumption of fossil fuels, we have for many years E-mobility projects, which increase efficiency and protect the environment. All projects are excellent innovations … for future energy supply.”

With its BioCrack process, BDI was honored with the award out of more than 300 nationwide submissions.

The technology was developed through years of research in cooperation with the OMV Schwechat Refinery and the Technical University in Graz. The process incorporates solid biomass with a high-boiling-point byproduct of crude oil refining to produce a diesel fuel with more than 10 percent renewable content. The fuel meets the European diesel fuel quality standards and can be used in diesel engines without modification. 

“We are very pleased that with our BioCrack process we have succeeded to develop a simple, cost-efficient BTL technology, which verifiably allows greenhouse gas reductions of more than 80 percent by only using feedstock that does not conflict with the food industry,” Ahn said. “We have successfully completed the pilot stage and are now looking internationally for a suitable strategic partner for a technology application—mainly for the construction of a demonstration plant.”

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