Organization in western Japan builds plant to create ethanol from shochu

Organization in western Japan builds plant to create ethanol from shochu

A condominium management organization in Kagawa Prefecture, western Japan, has assembled a plant to create fuel ethanol from the waste liquid produced during the time spent making the refined Japanese spirit shochu.

Anabuki Housing Service Co. built up the plant in Miyazaki Prefecture, where shochu is broadly produced when the expense of treating waste liquid has been an issue for small and medium-sized breweries.

Little and medium-sized sake breweries produce many huge tons of waste liquid per day, and a significant number of them ask waste disposal organizations to dump it, which costs around 10,000 yen ($92) per ton.

A subsidiary of the organization began teaming up with the University of Miyazaki in 2014 to build up the technology to use the waste and it will be placed into full-scale operation this May.

Ethanol is produced by mixing the waste liquid with starchy food waste, for example, from potatoes, fermenting it, and refining it.

The plant can process 15 tons of waste liquid per day and produce 1.2 tons of ethanol. The disposal cost is about half that of the conventional technique.

The ethanol produced is utilized as fuel to run the plant. Likewise, the buildup left in the wake of refining the waste liquid can be recycled into pellet fuel.

The plant will likewise be utilized as a model plant, and the organization desires to acquaint the innovation with neighborhood distilleries.

The factory has a site space of around 2,060 square meters and a complete floor space of around 360 square meters.