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Third-Generation Biofuels Facility to be Built in Madelia

Third-Generation Biofuels Facility to be Built in Madelia

Local feedstocks will be used in the new facility that will add 20 jobs to the community.

A third-generation biofuels project using perennial and other agricultural feedstocks to produce gasoline, diesel and ammonia is scheduled to be built in Madelia

Prairie Skies Biomass Co-op, a local grower cooperative, will supply the feedstock and own a torrefaction facility as part of the first phase of the project. Two additional phases will provide a combined cycle power generation facility and fuels/ammonia facility.

The gasoline and diesel produced will be drop-in fuels, not an additive or blend stock. A mix of locally grown feedstocks will be converted to an energy-dense torrified material in this first phase.

The main feedstocks expected to be used include native grasses, alfalfa, wheat straw, corn stover and short rotation willow. The 300-ton per day facility will produce approximately 75,000 tons per year of torrified material and other co-products.

The project supports and advances the sustainability goals of the Madelia Model, a rural development concept developed by Rural Advantage, a Minnesota nonprofit corporation. The facility will employ 20 permanent fulltime positions plus additional positions throughout the feedstock supply value chain.

Questions about the project can be directed to Linda Meschke, spokesperson for the Prairie Skies Biomass Co-op at or 507.238.5449.

Engineers for the project are Gradient Technology, Inc., Elk River. Questions regarding the technology should be directed to Duane Goetsch at Gradient, or763-792-9990.

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