Joint ventures promises to convert dairy waste to power for proposed ethanol plant

A Palo Alto, Calif. bioenergy firm has formed a joint venture with a central valley based dairy development group to develop energy from dairy waste to power an ethanol plant in the san Joaquin Valley.

HBS BioEnergy (HBSE), has joined with Visalia based Dairy Development Group and Agrimass Enviro-Energy to build a facility in the San Joaquin Valley which will utilize waste from surrounding dairies to provide the power needed to fuel the proposed ethanol plant to be located on site.

“The joint venture involves developing and operating an innovative agricultural waste-to-energy park,” explained Len Chapman, of Agrimass Enviro-Energy and Dairy Development Group. “This is the perfect model for agricultural production because it takes a problem – manure – and turns it into power, which then powers the ethanol plant that produces cleaner-burning fuels. This is the kind of green industry we need in the valley.”

“This model for a complete vertically integrated project has never been implemented in the renewable fuel business to our knowledge,” noted Claude Luster, president of HBS BioEnergy.

“This model pairs expertise from closely related but diverse industries, with the end result that the biomass fuels could provide energy cost savings of 50 to 80 percent,” Luster explained. “This project will benefit the Valley, and help address the environmental issues here, by processing the waste to reduce emissions and practically eliminating water quality concerns normally associated with dairies.”

Agrimass Enviro-Energy blends technology, engineering and dairy expertise to help Valley dairymen implement systems that help them meet increasingly stringent environmental regulations.

Dairy Development Group assists dairymen in planning, permitting, building and operating their dairies, with a focus on environmental mitigation and compliance.

HBS BioEnergy is in the business of bio-fuel production, with a team focusing on locating, constructing and operating bio-fuel facilities.The company has offices in Fresno, California.

“We believe that this dairy energy park will put the San Joaquin Valley on the map for the entire nation – setting a new standard for integrated technologies,” Chapman noted. “Dairying is an economic powerhouse in the Valley, but now we can show the nation how dairying can also be a sustainable industry.”

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