Treutlen County, Georgia, will be home to a new cellulosic ethanol production facility. Owned by Colorado-based Range Fuels, Inc., the plant will use wood waste from millions of acres of indigenous Georgia Pine to produce ethanol through a two-step thermo-chemical conversion process. The company uses a modular system that brings the conversion process directly to the biomass source, thereby eliminating the extra transportation costs and any additional fuel consumption.
Range Fuels, Inc. has developed their own technology, the K2 System, that eliminates the costly use of enzymes in the production of cellulosic ethanol. The K2 System uses an anaerobic thermal conversion process to turn just about any imaginable waste product into fuel, including wood chips, agricultural wastes, grasses, cornstalks, hog manure, municipal garbage, sawdust, and paper pulp. The company calls this process “waste to value,” proving one man’s trash can be treasured by an entire nation! Representatives of Range Fuels, Inc., estimate that cellulosic fuel prices could be less than one dollar per gallon within ten years.
Range Fuels, Inc. expects to produce more than 1 billion gallons of ethanol a year from this plant and similar plants to follow. The company was recently awarded grants from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), totaling up to $76 million to build a commercial-scale plant in Georgia.
“Ultimately, success in producing inexpensive cellulosic ethanol could be the key to eliminating our nation’s addiction to oil. By relying on American ingenuity and on American farmers for fuel, we will enhance our nation’s energy and economic security,” Bodman said in a statement.
“The State of Georgia has provided us with an excellent opportunity to use its abundant renewable natural resources to help solve fuel issues for the country,” said Mitch Mandich, Range Fuels CEO.
“The production of cellulosic ethanol represents not only a step toward true energy diversity or the country, but a very cost-effective alternative to fossil fuels. It is advanced weaponry in the war on oil,” said Vinod Khosla, managing partner of Khosla Ventures, which privately funds Range Fuels, Inc.
To further explore the technology offered by Range Fuels, Inc., visit its Web site (www.rangefuels.com/technology).