Four grants from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will expand biofuel access and production to advance renewable energy efforts around the state.
The MDA’s Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) Program recently awarded grants totaling more than $500,000 to four recipients, through two separate competitive review processes.
A Bioenergy/Biochemical Pilot Project Grant was awarded to:
- Plasma Blue ($150,000) to scale up its plasma technology pilot plant at the University of Minnesota toward real-world use in biodiesel production.
Three Biofuel Blending Infrastructure Grants were awarded to:
- Kwik Trip Inc. ($185,465) to expand their existing Biofuel blending facility in Eyota.
- Renewable Energy Group in Albert Lea ($113,050) to install and upgrade tanks and dispensers at fueling locations and a conversion system to fleet vehicles that will allow them to operate on B100 fuel.
- Denco II ($82,685.40) to upgrade their Morris site to offer E15 fuel to local marketplace and create an E85 product using regular gasoline.
The AGRI Bioenergy/Biochemical Pilot Project Grant provides funding that would advance a bioenergy or biochemical production technology beyond the bench scale/proof-of-concept scale toward commercial scale, through construction and operation of a pilot plant.
The AGRI Biofuel Blending Infrastructure Grant provides funding for biofuel blending infrastructure equipment to promote economic growth and environmentally friendly practices in Minnesota’s biofuel industries.
Larry Schumacher, MDA Communications