During our latest BioBIGG conference in Anklam, Germany, we had the opportunity to attend a great tour at the Anklam sugar factory. The factory is an excellent example on a sustainable sugar production that utilize the whole sugar beet for production of white sugar and bio ethanol. The factory has the possibility to change the production from white sugar to bio ethanol, depending on the marked prices for both. The byproducts from the production is utilized in many ways. The pulp residuals are used for feed pellets for animals, pressed and sold for silage or fodder and the remaining’s are used for biogas production at the sugar factories own biogas plant. Both the bio ethanol and bio methane are used and sold as sustainable fuels. The sugar factory’s company policy is focused on an economical, sustainable and environmental supply chain – from beet supplier to the end user.
The sugar factory process about 1.4 million tons of sugar beets during the 120-day campaign (approximately 12.000 tons of sugar beets daily). The beets has a sugar content of 17.9%, which turns into 130.000 tons of white sugar, 25.000 tons of melasse, 20.000 tons of vinasse, 30.000 tons of pellets, 50.000 tons of carbokalk, 70.000 m3 of bio ethanol and 120 GWh of bio methane during the processing campaign. The sugar beets has a 17.9% sugar content, and around 47% of the sugar content is made into white sugar.
Read more about the sugar factory in Anklam here: https://zuckerfabrik-anklam.de/