Industry  |  Successes  |  05.07.2011

BIOWERT Industrie GmbH

Founded in 2005, Biowert Industrie GmbH based in southern Hessen, Germany operates an industrial grass-refinery that is unique throughout the world. The company is geared towards the principles of green biorefinery.

The company developed the patented principle of “Green Biorefinery”, in which moist, fiber-containing biomass is fractionated into a liquid and a solid phase. This separation runs completely mechanical without any application of chemicals or organic solvents. Waste materials are reused or supplied back to the production cycle.

The high degree of automation of the process allows a production on an industrial scale. Stockpiling of raw material (grass silage) allows year round production. The required process energy is provided by an affiliated biogas plant that runs on waste from the grass-refinery and sanitized food waste from the region. The result of this process is a purified and very high-quality cellulose fibre that is suitable for a variety of industrial applications.

The company is particularly suited for the Green New Deal because it is the world's first company that developed new ways of producing plastic, insulation and fertilizers made of grass fertilizer. There is a new industry that uses renewable resources, produces no waste and energy-neutral cultivated. A risk in the spread of this technology, however, may be the competition with agricultural land.

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