Ga. firm gets biofuels funds

Monday, Aug 31, 2009 1:36 PM
Last updated 4:53 PM
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A Georgia firm will receive up to $5 million under a U.S. Energy Department program to develop supply systems for cellulosic biofuels production.

Agco Corporation of Duluth, Ga., plans to use the supply system it is developing to fulfill the feedstock needs of bio-refineries in Iowa, Kansas and Texas, according to a news release issued today by Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

In all, five projects will share up to $21 million made available for such development programs. The others are Auburn University; FDC Enterprises Inc. of Columbus, Ohio; Genera Energy, LLC of Knoxville, Tenn.; and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry of Syracuse, N.Y.

The awards announced today are part of the department’s ongoing efforts to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, spur the creation of the domestic bio-industry and provide new jobs in many rural areas of the country.

“Biofuels will play an important role in America’s clean energy portfolio,” Secretary Chu said. “These projects will allow us to decrease our dependence on foreign oil, support the growth of the biofuels industry and create jobs here at home.”

Today’s announcement is in response to a funding opportunity announcement issued by DOE in March. The chosen awards were selected as the best projects to stimulate the design and demonstration of a comprehensive system to handle the harvesting, collection, preprocessing, transport, and storage of sufficient volumes of sustainably produced feedstocks.

Feedstocks or combinations of feedstocks that were considered include: agricultural residues, energy crops (e.g., switchgrass, miscanthus, energycane, sorghum, poplar, willow), forest resources (e.g., forest thinnings, wood chips, wood wastes, small diameter trees), and urban wood wastes.


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