Grant of up to $30 million for biorefinery
Alltech received a grant of up to $30 mln from the US Department of Energy
(DOE) to be used towards the establishment of its rural community biorefinery.
The plant will be located in Springfield, Kentucky, US, and is estimated to
employ 93 people when operating at full capacity.
As part of the DOE proposal, the company's rural community biorefinery will
be one of the first in the US to utilise cellulose, such as switch grass, corn
cobs and corn stover, at raw material levels of up to 30%. This will be
converted to ethanol and other value-added products.
â€œThe rural community biorefinery is truly a missionary of new technologies.
Cellulosic ethanol utilises raw materials which are readily available and which
alleviate the current demand for grain for ethanol production. With commodity
prices reaching an all time high and with ethanol production forecast to account
for 30% of the US corn harvest by 2010 we must focus our attention on a
sustainable path to alternative energies,â€ said Dr Pearse Lyons, Alltech
In addition to the above grant, the project has received an incentive to
the value of $8 mln from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority
The biorefinery will have an impact on Kentucky's agricultural production
by housing dairy and beef cattle to be branded under the Kentucky Proud label.
Such actions could be a significant step toward addressing Kentucky's $250 mln
milk deficit and this concept has already drawn interest from the Netherlands,
Ireland, South Africa and China.
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