Site is State’s First Certified Renewable Energy Renaissance Zone
Adrian, Mich.—Biofuel Industries Group, LLC, a privately owned holding company that provides resources and strategic direction to its alternative energy affiliates, recently began construction of Michigan’s largest biodiesel manufacturing plant in Adrian. The plant will produce NextDiesel™, a trademark brand of biodiesel that exceeds governmental ASTM requirements.
The 25-acre site will contain a $20 million dollar state-of-the-art facility that will produce 20 million gallons per year of NextDiesel™ with the capability of expanding to 80 million gallons per year. The plant is expected to commence production of this renewable and sustainable fuel in June 2007. It is the state’s first biodiesel manufacturing plant to be built in a designated Renewable Energy Renaissance Zone. This facility will create as many as 30 new jobs.
NextDiesel™ is an advanced ASTM compliant commercial B100 biodiesel fuel, which is manufactured using a highly automated process that does not emit greenhouse gases and uses only recycled water during its production process.
“We are proud to create a first-class product that is environmentally friendly,” said Terry Nosan, one of the founders of Biofuel Industries Group, LLC. “At the same time, we are also excited to help provide new jobs, markets and opportunities in Michigan and throughout the Midwest. The location in Adrian was selected because of its strong, agricultural-based community, its easy accessibility by truck or rail and its close proximity to our suppliers and distributors in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.”
Biodiesel is a clean-burning fuel made entirely from renewable, carbon dioxide absorbing, resources such as vegetable oils, waste oils and greases and animal fat. Accepted throughout Europe as a viable alternative and enhancement to petro-diesel, biodiesel has several advantages:
- Blends are compatible with modern diesel engines without mechanical modifications or adjustments;
- It can be used in pure form (B100) but will most likely be blended with petroleum diesel at various concentrations (e.g., B20 contains 20% biodiesel);
- Biodiesel eliminates dependency on foreign oil; In Michigan, for example, 1 billion gallons of diesel fuel are used each year. By using as little as B2, or a 2% blend, our NextDiesel™ brand would displace 20,000,000 gallons of foreign oil with fuel primarily grown by farmers here at home;
- It provides excellent lubricity, which reduces wear and tear on diesel engines and increases the life of engine components; and
- Biodiesel is environmentally friendly, biodegradable, low in sulfur emissions, and non-toxic.