Thursday, September 9, 2010

Algae Aqua-Culture Technology to Use Stimulus for Biodigester Plant

Algae Aqua-Culture Technology (AACT), a Whitefish, Mont., company, has received $350,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to stimulate the development of Montana’s algae-to-fertilizer industry. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) granted the award.

The company will immediately begin building a wood chip-to-energy and fertilizer processing plant in Columbia Falls that will initially employ about nine people. The proprietary process uses a greenhouse-based algae growth system and an anaerobic biodigester to transform a blend of the wood waste and algae into high-value methane for power generation, as well as into significant amounts of highly valuable organic fertilizer, according to Kathi Montgomery, Montana DEQ public education specialist.

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