Bioenergy

Cow Manure Powered Ethanol Plant Saves Oil and Gas

Panda Energy will build a 100 million gallon fuel ethanol plant in Haskell County, Kansas that will use a billion pounds of cattle manure each year as a renewable fuel to power the plant’s operations.

The $120 million facility will refine US corn and milo into fuel ethanol that will be blended with gasoline to produce a clean, low cost fuel for America’s cars and trucks. The ethanol produced in this plant will replace the need to import 100 million gallons of gasoline each year. The Haskell project is Panda’s third fuel ethanol project announced this year. In May, Panda announced a 100 million gallon plant in Hereford, Texas, and in August the company announced that its second facility would be built in Yuma, Colorado. The combined production of the three announced Panda fuel ethanol plants will replace 300 million gallons of imported gasoline annually. These projects will use a total of three billion pounds of cattle manure a year as a renewable fuel. The manure is gasified and converted into a clean biogas used to power the plant. By using biogas produced from manure instead of natural gas, each facility will save the equivalent of 1,000 barrels of oil per day. “The ethanol produced by our Haskell facility will play a major role in securing America’s energy independence. By using manure instead of natural gas to power the plant, we conserve another of our country’s depleting natural resources,” said Todd Carter, Panda Development Group president. “We are very proud to be the future home of a facility that produces an environmentally clean fuel that will help lower gasoline prices while reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil,” said Bill Lower, Haskell County Commissioners chairman.