Tuesday, September 14, 2010

BioStar Systems awarded $3 million in grants to develop biofuel production plants in California and Missouri

BioStar Systems, LLC has been awarded grants totaling over $3 million to develop production plants for alternative energy and organic agri-waste management facilities in two states. BioStar’s processes for converting waste to energy are earning the company a reputation as an emerging leader in the biotechnology industry. The firm focuses on renewable energy, organic waste management and organic fertilizers. The California Energy Commission and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources awarded the grants. “We are pleased to have two state authorities validate two different BioStar projects and provide financial assistance moving them forward,” said Bill Love, BioStar systems principal and CEO in announcing the grants.

The California Energy Commission awarded the Kansas City-based biotechnology firm a $2,632,480 grant to develop a biomethane production plant in Sonoma County to produce transportation fuel. The grant was awarded under the commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The program is designed “to provide funding and financial assistance for the development of new, California-based biofuel production plants and enhance the operation of existing ethanol production plants to increase statewide biofuel production and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources awarded BioStar a $450,000 sub-grant to assist in the installation of anaerobic digesters for biogas production on Johnson County Egg Farm in Johnson County. The sub-grant was made available by the department through funding received from the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. BioStar’s project is one of five in Missouri supported by the funds designed to “support agricultural and industrial projects that use anaerobic digestion-to-energy systems and landfill biogas-to-energy projects to produce biopower, bioheat or other forms of bioenergy.” “Developing Missouri ’s bioenergy potential when it offers energy and environmental benefits offers us a host of advantages,” said Department Director Mark N. Templeton in a release by the department. “Using these Missouri-based renewable resources to generate heat and electricity creates jobs, boosts local economies, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and bolsters our energy security.”

Source : Press Release

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