BDI opens largest waste-based biodiesel plant in Belgium
The global company Cargill engaged the Styrian plant manufacturer BDI to build a biodiesel plant of the newest generation in Ghent in 2020.
The tailor-made plant in Belgium is the largest to produce sustainable biodiesel using BDI’s patented RepCAT process technology. It offers very flexible feedstock, thus enabling maximum economic operation. More than 115,000 tons of biodiesel can be produced from residual and waste materials, which means that more than 155,000 vehicles may be operated carbon-neutrally every year.
The patented RepCAT (Repeatable Catalyst) technology ensures maximum feedstock flexibility as well as a highly efficient biodiesel production. Therefore, Cargill can make an important contribution to decarbonizing the European transport sector.
Markus Dielacher, CEO of BDI-BioEnergy International, said: “Since day one of its existence, BDI has been committed the research and development of eco-friendly technologies.
“Our involvement in this project represents the largest quantity of orders in the corporate history – the produced top-quality biodiesel is an essential contribution to a sustainable circular economy.”
The positive deal of BDI’s largest order coincided with the transfer of business to the new executive office of BDI Holding.
Kurt Ternegg, who has already been CEO of BDI-BioLife Science since 2020, now takes managerial responsibility of BDI Holding (subsidiaries: BDI-BioEnergy International, BDI-BioLife Science) as the new CEO.
He said: "Financial independence, strong partnerships and highly motivated employees are essential components of our DNA. In addition, we have a unique capability, namely that if technologies and methods for upgrading waste streams are not yet available, we have the competence and strength to develop them.”