Flambeau River BioFuels, Verenuim To Receive DOE Grant Money

Flambeau River BioFuels announced that it received approval of its grant request from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to construct and operate a biorefinery at an existing pulp and paper mill in Park Falls, Wisconsin. The final award value will be subject to final negotiation with the Department of Energy.

When in full operation, the biorefinery will produce at least 6 million gallons of liquid fuels per year in the form of renewable diesel from non-food-based feedstock materials, such as by-products or residuals from forest and agricultural sources. The biorefinery will also generate at least 1 trillion BTUs per year of process heat that will be sold to Flambeau River Papers, which the company says will make it the first integrated pulp and paper mill in North America to be fossil fuel free. The biorefinery is expected to be operational in 2010.

The Flambeau River BioFuels biorefinery will employ two technologies to produce renewable energy and biofuels. It will gasify biomass resources (forest residuals and agricultural waste) into a synthesis gas, which will then be catalyzed by the well-established Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) process to generate renewable transportation fuels (sulfur-free biodiesel).

“This grant will help meet our government’s goals of creating new jobs, stimulating remote areas, re-positioning traditional industries for a new world era, and, most importantly, producing clean fuels from renewable resources abundantly found in the U.S.,” said Bob Byrne, President, Flambeau River BioFuels.

“We are proud to be a part of this important initiative by taking a leading position in the advancement of bioenergy technologies and the development of cellulosic biofuels.”


In related news, Verenium Corporation announced that it, too, was selected to receive grant money from the DOE under the Government’s US $40 million program to support the development of small-scale cellulosic ethanol biorefinery plants. The company will now begin discussions with the DOE to determine the amount of the award.

Verenium will use the funds to support ongoing activities at its Jennings, Louisiana-based 1.4 million gallon per year demonstration-scale facility that converts sugarcane residues, wood product residues, other agricultural wastes and dedicated energy crops into cellulosic ethanol.

“Government support such as this is a great help in advancing the development of commercially viable biofuels, and supports the rapidly emerging cellulosic ethanol industry in addressing America’s urgent need for alternative fuels,” said Carlos A. Riva, President and Chief Executive Officer at Verenium.


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