BioBIGG visit at the sugar factory in Anklam

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 of a sustainable sugar production, where the whole sugar beet is utilised for production of white sugar and bio ethanol. The production is flexible and can thereby be adjusted to the current marked prices for white sugar and bioethanol.

The byproducts from the main production is utilized in many ways. The beet-pulp or ‘schnitzel’ are used as feed pellets, pressed and sold for silage or directly as fodder. The leftover amount is used in a 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 focuses on economical, sustainable and environmental supply chains – from beet supplier to the end user. 

Sugarbeets

In 2019 the sugar factory handled approx. 1.4 million tons of sugar beets collected within a 120-day campaign. The sugar beets was processed into approx. 130.000 tons of white sugar, 70.000 m3 of bio ethanol, 25.000 tons of melasse, 20.000 tons of vinasse,  30.000 tons of pellets and 90.000 tons of beet pulp for biogas and animal feed. The sugar beets had a sugar content of 17.9%, whereof approx. 52 % of the sugar content was extracted and processed into white sugar.

Beetpulp or ‘schnitzel’ after the extraction of sugar

Read more about the sugar factory in Anklam here: https://zuckerfabrik-anklam.de/

Annual Event of the Interreg South Baltic Programme 2019

BioBIGG was represented at the annual event of the Interreg South Baltic Programme. The conference was held on the 24-25 of September at Ostróda, Poland. There were participants from Poland, Lithuania, Germany, Denmark and Sweden. The headline of the annual event was “Let’s share and learn” and the conference was focused on knowledge sharing, networking and future aspects of the South Baltic Programme.

On the first day of the conference, Manuel Gonzalez from the Interreg Programme held an interesting presentation about capitalization on the knowledge gained from Interreg projects and how to communicate the results from the different projects.

On the second day of the conference, there were three parallel workshops. The topics were:

  • Post 2020 – Challenges and expectations in the South Baltic Region

A workshop about challenges and expectations of new Interreg projects

  • Durability of projects – Long-lasting sustainability of results

A workshop about the durability of Interreg projects and sustainability of the results

  • Communication and cooperation – projects’ networking and results

A workshop about capitalization of the projects that discussed some of the points from the capitalization presentation from the day before.

It was a great conference with interesting presentations.

You can read Manuel Gonzalez presentation and papers about capitalization on Interreg projects here