Cool Planet Gasoline and Biochar Refinery
Cool Planet Locates Their First 10 Million Gallon Renewable Gasoline Refinery in Alexandria, Louisiana, USA
“Louisiana is known for its substantial oil interests, but now will also have the distinction of being home to the first, of what is planned to become many, production facilities for Cool Planet’s renewable, high-performance gasoline and soil enhancing biochar,” said CEO Howard Janzen. “Our goal for the Alexandria facility is to be economically competitive with conventional fuels made from non-renewable crude oil.”
I have been watching this company/project for a while now and I have even spoken via skype meeting directly to their biochar team as they wanted access to some who has real biochar industry experience. =) It will be interesting to see how this develops and how the fuel and biochar balance is met. It will also be interesting to see what sort of biochar they end up creating as I have seen some pretty toxic carbon by-products produced from pressure and flash fuel carbonisation technologies. I have been privileged to see more biochar and biomass energy systems than most, from continuous rotary hearth gasifiers, auger firebox systems, pressurised auger systems, large scale retorts to complex high pressure flash carbonisation technologies. They have some big business backing them up (BP, Google Ventures, Energy Technology Ventures (GE, ConocoPhillips, NRG Energy), and the Constellation division of Exelon.) It will be interesting to see if they can pull off this first operation and produce a quality fuel, biochar and make money from the operation.