Secretary Bodman Announces $114 Million in Biorefinery Investment by DOE
January 29, 2008
January 29, 2008 - Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman announced today that DOE will invest up to $114 million over four years (Fiscal Years 2007-2010) for four small-scale biorefinery projects in Commerce City, Colorado; St. Joseph, Missouri; Boardman, Oregon; and Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
Building on President Bush's goal of making cellulosic ethanol cost-competitive by 2012, these ten-percent of commercial-scale biorefineries will use a wide variety of feedstocks and test novel conversion technologies to provide data necessary to bring full-size, commercial-scale biorefineries online. On average, commercial-scale biorefineries input 700 tons of feedstock per day, with an output of approximately 20-30 million gallons a year (MMGY). These small-scale facilities will input approximately 70 tons of feedstock per day, with an estimated 2.5 MMGY.
Secretary Bodman made today's announcement while delivering keynote remarks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Biofuels Dialogue Series, "Outlook for an Emerging Global Biofuels Market."