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Retirement of Gunter Brodl

We announce the retirement of our longtime President, Gunter Brodl.  Gunter has been with Vogelbusch for 37 years, 25 years as President of Vogelbusch USA.

Gunter Brodl has been involved in the ethanol industry for 50 years and came to live in the U.S. when the ethanol industry was in its infancy.  He was instrumental in getting some of the first fuel ethanol plants operational 35 years ago and helped introduce the Vogelbusch “Multicont” continuous fermentation process as a state-of-the-art technology for ethanol fermentations.  Since then, Gunter has played a major role in developing and improving grain-to-ethanol technologies and has been an innovator for the energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly designs for which Vogelbusch is known.

Gunter established Vogelbusch USA over 25 years ago and under his dedicated leadership grew the company into one of the premier suppliers of process engineering packages for the fuel ethanol industry.  Today, Vogelbusch-designed facilities in North America produce over 1.5 billion gallons of ethanol annually.

Gunter will continue as a member of the Vogelbusch USA Board of Directors and will serve as an advisor and consultant to the company.

We are pleased to announce that Anthony Varnas has been named as Gunter’s successor.  Tony has been with Vogelbusch USA for over 20 years, most recently as Vice President of Engineering.

April 2015

     
ABBK 2G plant in Hugoton, Kansas  

Vogelbusch assist with Startup at ABBK in Kansas

The Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas (ABBK) commercial-scale, cellulosic ethanol facility is in the final stages of commissioning and is scheduled to be fully operational later this fall.  The state-of-the-art plant will utilize Spain-based Abengoa Bioenergy’s own proprietary, enzymatic hydrolysis technology to produce 25 million gallons of ethanol and 21 megawatts of electricity from 300,000 tons of biomass per year.

Vogelbusch USA provided process design for the distillation and molecular sieve dehydration areas and also supplied critical equipment for the molecular sieve unit.  In advance of the startup, Vogelbusch USA personnel are currently participating in commissioning activities for both areas and will be on-site to assist with the startup.

More on the 2G Hugoton project on Abengoa Website

September 2014

     
 

Vogelbusch USA to Provide Distillation and Dehydration System to INEOS Bio JV BioEnergy Center

The project uses INEOS Bio’s feedstock-flexible BioEnergy technology, a unique combination of gasification and fermentation technologies, to turn different types of waste materials, including municipal solid waste, into advanced biofuels and renewable power. At capacity, the facility will manufacture 8 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol under the new Renewable Fuel Standard and provide power for 1400 homes in the area.

“We chose Vogelbusch’s distillation and dehydration systems for their proven capabilities, which are vital as we commercialize our advanced bioenergy technology,” said Mark Niederschulte, COO of INEOS Bio.

The facility began producing renewable power for export to the local community in October and is the first large-scale project in the United States to receive registrations from the EPA for a facility using non-food vegetative waste materials (vegetative and yard waste) to produce cellulosic ethanol. INEOS Bio has plans to run municipal solid waste at the Center after the initial start-up.

November 2012

 

     
 

First Commercial Use of Innovative Waste-to-Bioenergy Technology

Vogelbusch USA has been awarded a contract to supply the ethanol distillation and dehydration equipment for INEOS Bio’s first-of-its-kind waste-to-bioenergy facility near Vero Beach, Florida. 

News release

October 2011

     
Start-up of Cosmo Oil dehydration system  

Start-up of Cosmo Oil dehydration system

In February, Cosmo Oil successfully started up its ETBE production unit at its Sakai Refinery in Japan. Japan's oil industry prefers ETBE, made from ethanol and isobutylene, over pure ethanol as a fuel oxygenate, because it does not require distribution network modifications.

Very dry ethanol (maximum 300 ppm water) is required for the ETBE process. Vogelbusch USA supplied technology, critical equipment, and startup assistance for the 52,000,000 LPY ethanol dehydration system.

For more images see Projects

March 2011

     

Gunter Brodl

 

Award of Excellence goes to Gunter Brodl

Gunter Brodl, president of Vogelbusch USA, received the 2010 FEW Award of Excellence for Trailblazer Leadership and Engineering Distinction in the Global Ethanol Industry.

Gunter Brodll has been involved in the ethanol industry for 45 years and came to live in the U.S. when the ethanol industry was in its infancy.  He was instrumental in getting some of the first fuel ethanol plants operational nearly 30 years ago and helped introduce the Vogelbusch “Multicont” continuous fermentation process as a state-of-the-art technology for ethanol fermentations.  Since then, he has played a major role in developing and improving grain-to-ethanol technologies and continues to be an innovator for energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly designs that provide the most value for the investment and avoid shortcuts which, inevitably, affect long-term profitability.

Gunter established Vogelbusch USA over 20 years ago and, under his dedicated leadership, grew the company into one of the premier suppliers of process engineering packages for the fuel ethanol industry.  Today, Vogelbusch-designed facilities in North America produce 1.5 billion gallons of ethanol annually.

“The ethanol industry got its start with the goal of replacing oil. Today, people are being asked to wear boots on the beach because there is too much oil,” said Gunter. In the time that he has been a part of the industry, he has seen ethanol face many accusations, many of them uncalled for and untrue. “It’s so important,” he said, “that the industry educates the public that ethanol is a good thing for the U.S. and for the environment. We’ve got to do more to change public perception.”

Gunter joins a list of previous winners that goes back to 2000. Given by BBI International and Ethanol Producer Magazine, the award honors individuals whose work and efforts in the industry deserve notice and celebration.

June 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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