The first bioethanol production plant in the United Kingdom will be installed in Henstridge in Somerset, in the south-west of England. This plant will be built and operated by Green Spirit Fuels, the leading bioethanol company in the United Kingdom.
This refinery will produce bioethanol from grains of local origin and will supply the biofuel to the authorities of the region, who will complete their fleet of vehicles with the Ford Focus Flexi-Fuel Vehicle, the first car manufactured to run on Bioethanol in Europe, in as part of the Somerset Biofuel Project.
The bioethanol is mixed with petrol to be used in Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFV), which can work with a mixture comprising up to 85% bioethanol.
This technology is in line with the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) which requires all road fuels to contain 5% biofuel in 2010.
Other products such as animal feed and CO2 (stored in bottles for industrial applications) are also synthesized during the refining of the grains into bioethanol. Green Spirit Fuels is looking for partners to distribute its bioethanol more widely.