Abengoa Begins Operations at Demo Plant

By Staff | August 12, 2013

Abengoa has inaugurated a 1.5 MMly (396,258 gallon per year) demonstration facility in Babilafuente, Salamanca, Spain.

The plant features Abengoa’s Waste-to-Biofuels (W2B) technology, which produces cellulosic ethanol from municipal solid waste (MSW) via a fermentation and enzymatic hydrolysis treatment. The plant has the capacity to treat up to 25,000 tons of MSW. During the fuel production process, the organic matter that enters the facility is treated to produce organic fiber rich in cellulose and hemicellulose, which is subsequently converted into ethanol. According to Abengoa, the technology can help prevent more than 80 percent of waste from being landfilled.

 “This plant once again highlights Abengoa’s commitment to technological research and innovation, which has enabled it to maintain a competitive advantage in its sectors, leading projects with huge technological potential and programs that involve world-leading research centers and strategic partners,” said Abengoa CEO Manuel Sánchez Ortega.