15 July 2008 22:13 [Source: ICIS news]
NEW YORK (ICIS news)--Flambeau River BioFuels will receive up to $30m (€19m) from the US Department of Energy to build and operate a first-in-class biorefinery at a pulp and paper mill in Park Falls, Wisconsin, company officials said on Tuesday.
“With this funding, we will be able to accelerate the retrofitting of this mill from a pure pulp and paper plant to a broader production facility that will produce biofuels within the same facility, thus sharing key infrastructure elements and costs,” said Bob Byrne, president of Wisconsin-based Flambeau River BioFuels.
The total cost is estimated at $87m, the company reported.
The bio-refinery will produce at least 6m gallons (22.7m litres) of sulphur-free diesel from forest residuals and agricultural waste - materials that would otherwise go unused, officials said.
Unlike bio-refineries that produce ethanol by fermentation, Flambeau River BioFuels will not depend on sugars derived from food-based feedstocks or the enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulosic materials, said Flambeau officials.
The process will generate at least 1,000bn Btu/year of process heat, which will be sold to Flambeau River Papers, making it the first integrated pulp and paper mill in
Once operational, the bio-refinery will serve to validate the technology while offering a new business model for pulp and paper mills throughout the
“This grant will help meet our government’s goals of creating new jobs, stimulating remote areas, repositioning traditional industries for a new world era, and, most importantly, producing clean fuels from renewable resources abundantly found in the US,” said Byrne.
($1 = €0.63)
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