E3 BioFuels First Closed-Loop Ethanol Plant
MEAD, NB--The Genesis plant will begin production in December
2006 at Mead, Nebraska, as the first-ever closed-loop system for distilling
commercial quantities of ethanol using methane gas recaptured from cow
manure, instead of fossil fuels. This virtually eliminates the need for
fossil fuels in the production of ethanol.
The closed-loop system -- derived from an exclusive patent co-owned by
an affiliate of E3 BioFuels -- combines a 25-million-gallon ethanol
refinery, beef cattle feedlot, and anaerobic digesters to maximize energy
efficiencies unavailable to each component on a stand-alone basis. This
system eliminates the potential for manure to pollute watersheds, and it
enables the wet distillers grain from ethanol production to be fed on-site
to cattle without energy-intensive drying and transportation costs.
"The Genesis plant at Mead will be the first to market ethanol produced
from closed-loop, self-sustaining ethanol technology by at least a year or
two, in comparison to any other competitors," Dennis Langley, Chairman and CEO of
E3 BioFuels said. "This plant
will make ethanol more than twice as energy-efficient as any other method
of producing ethanol or gasoline."
E3 BioFuels website: http://www.e3biofuels.com