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Construction on world’s largest biorefinery begins

Jan. 30, 2012 - Construction has officially begun on the $50 million Hairy Hill biorefinery, which will process plant material and manure to produce biogas and ethanol.

According to an article on The Bioenergy Site, once completed, the biorefinery will mill, cook and process 110,000 tonnes of grain feed to produce 40 million litres of ethanol. The biogas will be created through an anaerobic digester system, where about 120,000 tonnes of manure will be treated.

The facility already features a biogas plant that produces 1MW of electricity for the grid from manure and other agricultural wastes.

Approximately 10,000 tonnes of fertilizer will also be produced as a byproduct and the whole process is expected to generate about 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emission credits.

"The facility is expected to create about 25 new jobs when it comes online and was able to be built thanks to a round of funding that the project was given from Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) which gave $130 million to renewable developments being built in Alberta.

Under these grants, the Hairy Hill project was given $15 million and will help the world’s first large scale carbon neutral biofuels plant to get off the ground."