Case Study

Energy Efficient Ethanol Production with CO2 capture, Morocco

SOTRAMEG, established in 1975, is the Moroccan leader on ethanol production for chemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and vinegar industry. The company is largely supplying to the domestic market. 
The company contacted MorSEFF for financing and advisory package to reduce its energy bill and stay competitive.
CO2 emissions is another intrinsic feature of this type of production. Technical ethanol is produced through fermentation of beet molasses and sugar cane. As a result, ethanol and carbon dioxide wastes (CO2) are released in the process.
The MorSEFF investment project included two components:
  1. Replacement of the current compressor to reduce the plant’s energy consumption; and
  2. Equipment to extract methane from the liquid wastes. Methane will further be reused in the current steam boiler to produce steam, thus reducing the fossil energy consumption.
The €920,000 investment allowed the company to reduce its energy consumption by 590 MWh per year, leading to high cost savings. The investment will repay out of energy savings only in less than four years, turning the future cash-flows into company's income for the years to follow. In addition, the company could reduce its CO2 emissions by substantial 3,900 tonnes per year, making a valuable input to mitigation of the negative effect of human activity on climate.
The project combines energy efficiency, waste minimisation and carbon capture components, demonstrating the multi-faceted success of investments into energy efficiency.
The EBRD through MorSEFF supports the sustainable financing and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects by the private sector. Together, the private, residential, and public sectors can make a change in the energy consumption patterns and contribute to environmental protection.


17 Aug 2015