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Canadian company showcases closed-loop ethanol plant

Dec. 15, 2011 - Atlantic BioEnergy Corp. expects to be producing ethanol at its new $6.2 million demonstration plant in Cornwall, Prince Edward Island by the end of January. The 79,000 gallon a year ethanol plant will use beets as a feedstock and the leftover pulp as a feedstock for an anaerobic digester that will power the facility.

The Ethanol Producer magazine reports that earlier this month, the Canadian government announced almost $2 million in funding for the project, along with the government of Prince Edward Island, through Innovation PEI, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

“This new facility will be active in the production of ethanol from sugar beets and will serve as a working model to demonstrate the ethanol-making process to future customers interested in Atlantic BioEnergy Corporation’s ability to deliver industrial-scale facilities,” said the Honorable Allen Roach, minister of innovation and advanced learning.

Atlantic BioEnergy has been conducting feedstock trials since 2007 and has operated a pre-commercial processing facility in Milford, Nova Scotia, since 2010. The Prince Edward Island facility will give customers a place to see the technology at work.

Atlantic BioEnergy’s technology produces a low carbon fuel and the anaerobic digester will produce thermal heat and electricity for the facility. And, at the end of the process, the company can extract nutrients and excess water for its crops.


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