Top Shelf Tequila Brand Adds Biomass to its Harvest
- March 4, 2017
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Mexico's second-largest tequila maker, Herradura plans to add the thousands of metric tons of agave biomass that would otherwise go to waste each year to its harvest and convert it to fuel for power generation.
Herradura typically produces some 150 metric tons of agave biomass daily in the process of producing its brands of tequila at plantations in the state of Jalisco. The company is in the process of sourcing equipment to extract the water from the fibrous agave biomass left behind, which will then be converted into fuel to power the huge boilers used to steam the plants.
A subsidiary of Brown Forman, the company is already converting residue stillage left behind in the process of producing tequila into biogas. The process meets about 20 percent of the company's energy needs. Management expects to have the agave biomass fuel production system up and running within a year, according to a Yucatan Times' news report: