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Project Title: Low-Cost Production of Ethanol and Electricity Using Forestry Waste Products, Row Crop Residues and Municipal Solid Waste
Proposer: Liberty Industries
Contact Person: Ray Rodriquez, (850) 379-9366
Project Location: Hosford, Florida
Grant Funds Awarded: $4,000,000
Cost Share: $34,334,100
This $38 million project will initially produce 7 million gallons of ethanol and 5.4 Megawatts of electricity using predominantly forest waste products. That capacity is expected to be doubled in 2-3 years and subsequently expanded even more. The technology using gasification and fermentation has been successfully used in a pilot demonstration. The feedstock will include forestry waste, waste products from sawmills and to a lesser extent waste from nearby straw, peanut and cotton crops. In addition, the technology can use all carbon based materials and the company intends to also use discarded tires, plastics and municipal waste, reducing the amount of waste going into the landfill. Another environmental benefit is the plant’s waste product is ash, certified by the USDA as environmentally safe.