ZeaChem to get $12m in US biofuel grant funding

23 February 2012 20:06  [Source: ICIS news]

ORLANDO, Florida (ICIS)--ZeaChem will get $12m (€9m) in federal money to help commercialise biofuels and other bio-based products, the US biorefinery developer said on Thursday.

The $12m is part of $40m in grant monies from the US Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Regional Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP).

The USDA project will establish regional systems for the sustainable production of bioenergy and bio-based products, ZeaChem said during the National Ethanol Conference in Orlando.

ZeaChem will implement the project at its 250,000 gal/year (946,250 litre/year) demonstration biorefinery near Boardman, Oregon.

ZeaChem chief executive Jim Imbler the funding would also allow the company to use its demonstration facility to develop advanced biofuels beyond cellulosic ethanol, including bio-based jet, diesel and gasoline.

Production of bio-based jet and diesel is expected to begin in 2013 and production of bio-based gasoline will follow in 2015.

The project is led by the University of Washington and includes GreenWood Resources, Oregon State University, Washington State University, the University of California, Davis, University of Idaho, and the Agricultural Center for Excellence.

The National Ethanol Conference in Orlando runs 22-24 February.

($1 = €0.76)

By: Brian Balboa
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