DOE grants $7.7M Grant for Colorado Biomass Refinery
ClearFuels Technology has announced that they will receive a $7.7 million grant from DOE to build a biorefinery plant in Commerce City, Colorado, that will have a biomass gasifier to produce diesel and jet fuel from biomass. ClearFuels is teaming with Rentech's Energy Technology Center to have a biomass refinery completed late in 2011. This installation will also serve as a test facility to determine the scalability of commercial applications of biogas and the feasibility of adding biomass mixtures to fuels. This project is part of a White House directive to identify biofuel technology companies and award $726.5 million of grants through the DOE and DOA.
ClearFuels has already started developing five separate U.S. biomass testing refineries, and once the practical applications of biomass have been established, they plan to build commercial facilities in Hawaii where fuel is currently imported and biomass is available in abundance. Eric Darmstaedter, ClearFuel's CEO, said "We are especially anxious to build commercial facilities in our home state of Hawaii. The successful demonstration of our technology processing biomass feedstocks such as bagasse, wood waste, and mixtures thereof, will enable our commercial development here in Hawaii."