December 6, 2009Alpena Biorefinery Awarded DOE Grant
American Process, has been awarded an $18M DOE grant for the development of the Alpena Biorefinery to be built at the Decorative Panels International mill in Alpena, Michigan. The project has also received a $4M state grant from the Michigan Center of Energy Excellence.
Alpena, Michigan biorefinery project gets $18M in stimulus grant to establish pilot plant
An Atlanta-based energy engineering firm has won a $17.9 million Department of Energy grant to establish a pilot biofuel refinery in Alpena.
American Process Inc. was among the 19 projects that won $564 million in federal stimulus grants in 15 states.
The project will produce cellulosic ethanol fuel and potassium acetate – a de-icer – using processed wood made by hardboard manufacturer Decorative Panels International in Alpena.
"This grant, in support of one of our Centers of Energy Excellence, will bring 160 jobs to the Alpena area and strengthen Michigan’s efforts to be a leader in the development of the next generation of advanced biofuels" , Gov. Jennifer Granholm said in a statement.
The state in June approved a 28.6-acre site in the city as a tax-exempt Renewable Energy Renaissance Zone for 15 years effective Jan. 1, 2010.
The project has also received a $4M state grant from the Michigan Center of Energy Excellence. The plant is expected to create 10 direct new jobs and have an annual capacity of 890,000 gallons of ethanol and 690,000 gallons of potassium acetate annually when production starts in 2011.