Avebe saves energy with new factory

08 Mar 2016
Member of the Provincial Executive Tjisse Stelpstra opened today Avebe's new ‘Inline Protastar’ factory in Gasselternijveen.

This factory will make it possible for the Protastar protein to be produced at a single location. This investment represents an important step in the execution of Avebe’s strategy that focuses on sustainability.

Protastar is a top quality protein – derived from starch potatoes – for the animal feed industry. The standard protein used to be dried at the production facility in Gasselternijveen and then transported to the facility in Foxhol for further processing. At the new factory in Gasselternijveen this process takes place at a single location, connected to the existing processes.

CO2 reduction

With this investment Avebe will be saving a drying step that corresponds to an annual reduction of 10,000 tons of CO2. We are also reducing the annual number of transport kilometres by 40,000. Avebe’s overall CO2 emission is thus being reduced by 3 percent, which corresponds to the CO2 emission of about 1250 households.

Drenthe Green Deal

The provincial authority and the national government are supporting the energy-saving project together with a Drenthe Green Deal of € 1.5 million. As well as the energy saving, this new factory may also make it possible for Avebe to extend the protein production for food for human consumption in the future. This is a rapidly growing international market. This investment will enable us to make better use of these opportunities.

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