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September 06, 2006

Biofuel Companies Use Alternative Energy for Production and Delivery

Panda Ethanol announced on August 29th that it plans to build a fuel-efficient ethanol plant in Sherman County, Texas, that will be capable of producing 100 million gallons of ethanol each year. This new plant will use 1 billion pounds of cattle manure to generate the steam used in ethanol production. Construction of the plant will take approximately 18 months, but the completion date will depend on financing. The plant will be equal in size to Panda's Hereford plant, which will be the largest biomass-fueled ethanol plant in the United States when it goes online in the second half of 2007. See the story about Panda's Hereford plant in the May 25, 2005 issue of EERE Network News and the press release from Panda Energy (PDF 126 KB). Download Adobe Reader.

Panda uses manure to produce its ethanol, but SeQuential Biofuels is taking advantage of other renewable energies and energy-efficient technologies to distribute its alternative fuels. SeQuential Biofuels has opened a new fueling station in Eugene, Oregon, that offers biofuel blends approved for use in all gasoline and diesel vehicles. Among the station's design innovations are 244 solar panels that will provide 30 percent to 50 percent of its annual electricity and 4,800 plants installed in a "living roof" to control rainwater runoff and help cool the building. See the press release from SeQuential Biofuels.