Ventura to put $2m fund into biofuel power

Biodico subsidy, Ventura, has been given a $2m grant from the California Energy Commission and is to use the funds to produce renewable energy and biodiesel at Biodico’s 10 million gallon a year facility which is being built in Port Hueneme, California.

At the facility, process heat and power will be generated through the use of solar energy, which will produce 20kW of electricity and 80kW of heat. A gasifier will generate 20kW from inedible oil seeds and solids, and algae biomass will also be used to produce 20kW of power and 19kW of heat, reports Biofuels International.

In addition, an anaerobic digestion system will be used to turn biodiesel glycerin into 20kW of power and 19kW of heat through a cogeneration system.

If these technologies are scaled up then they will be able to produce 25 times more electricity and nine times more heat than what is required for the biorefinery operations, so this will be fed onto the grid.

Biodico president, Russell Teall, says: ‘The objective is to produce all of our process heat and energy on site from renewable resources, and to use innovative approaches to cultivate low impact feedstocks for biodiesel production.  This will substantially reduce our carbon footprint.’

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