Hawaii BioEnergy Firm Looks at Renewable Fuel

The Hawaii BioEnergy, a recently formed international consortium, will join forces to research the viability of renewable energy crops, products and services in the state of Hawaii.

In addition to Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Grove Farm Company, and Kamehameha Schools, consortium members include the co-founder of Sun Microsystems, Vinod Khosla. The consortium invites participation by Hawaii’s other companies and major landowners as well as state and county agencies. Two Brazilian companies are also participating in the consortium: Brasil Bioenergia and Tarpon Investments, with expertise in Brazil’s energy sector. Brazil is expected to become energy independent this year, the release states. Hawaii BioEnergy will identify potential fuel crops, processing techniques, and distribution channels for biofuels within the state. The consortium will explore a variety of new enzymatic and advanced processing technologies that allow ethanol to be refined from switchgrass, pineapple byproducts and other crops in addition to sugarcane. “From the Hawaii Sugar Planters Association to the Pineapple Research Institute,” said David C. Cole, Chairman, President & CEO of Maui Land & Pineapple Company, “our State has pioneered agricultural advancements of enormous international impact. Hawaii BioEnergy continues this tradition by focusing our collective resources on integrating emerging oleo-fuels technologies with our vast, solar, land and water resources.”

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