25 March 2013 21:41 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US-based fertilizer technology firm AGREBON announced Monday it has signed an agreement with Progressive Nutrient Systems (PNS) to build nitrogen fertilizer plants in North Dakota that will reutilise ethanol by-products to create a low-carbon version of the crop nutrient.
AGREBON said that initially, its technology advancements will be incorporated into two plants to be built adjacent to ethanol production facilities in the towns of Hankinson and Casselton.
The goal is to take the waste material created by the manufacturing of ethanol and convert it to a steady supply of nitrogen-based fertilizers.
Officials said the primary goal of the project is to reduce the carbon footprint of corn-based ethanol production.
“AGREBON offers a disruptive technology to drastically improve how ethanol is produced and how farmers gain access to fertilizer. It has global potential to change the way we live. That’s why we like to call it the iPad of the industry,” said Justin Eisenach, company CEO.
For its part, PNS plans to embrace the new technology and if successful, expand it into other future operations as it plans on constructing more fertilizer plants throughout North Dakota.
“AGREBON’s technology is key to the PNS business model,” said Dan Olson, PNS CEO. “Together we can improve the environmental aspects of ethanol production and help ensure the industry’s sustainability.”
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