New York, New York [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Xethanol Corporation has announced that its subsidiary, Southeast Biofuels LLC, has received a $500,000 grant from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Xethanol will use the grant to expand its work on converting waste to energy, using citrus waste as the raw material and converting it into cellulosic ethanol. The company plans to build a demonstration plant for converting citrus peel waste into ethanol and is negotiating an agreement to locate the plant at an existing citrus facility in Florida. The cost for the two-year build-out of the demonstration plant will be approximately $5.9 million.“We are delighted to have received the grant from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which we believe validates our research efforts to convert waste to energy. Xethanol is extremely enthusiastic to take this project forward with the USDA and the state of Florida,” said David Ames, President and CEO of Xethanol.