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New Fuel:Bio 50 MMGY Biodiesel Plant Goes Online in Elizabeth, NJ

Date Posted: May 1, 2007

by Myke Feinman, BioFuels Journal Editor

ELIZABETH, NJ – A 50-million-gallon-per-year biodiesel plant went online Feb. 10 with plans to eventually use algae as a feedstock.

Fuel:Bio is currently using soy and palm oil to produce ASTM D6751 B100 biodiesel.

“At present, Fuel:Bio is the largest commercial producer of biodiesel in the northeast, as determined by production volume,” according to John Borruso, government affairs liaison for Fuel:Bio.

Borruso said that Fuel:Bio Holdings, LLC, headquartered in Elizabeth, NJ, plans to eventually have 10 production facilities located along the east coast of the United States. The company is privately-owned by a consortium of individual investors, Borruso said. He added that the plant was designed by Fuel:Bio. The $15 million, fully-automated plant, situated on a two-acre site on the New York Harbor waterway, offers distribution by truck, rail, or barge, he added. It employs 12 full-time people.

Borruso said the company is exploring using algae as a feedstock to preserve farmland for food crops.

“Some people have expressed concern over the amount of land required to grow crops needed to produce biodiesel,” Borruso said. “As a result, researchers are looking for more productive, and sustainable sources of biofuel—including algae. The Elizabeth facility will be the first and only production facility to develop algae tubes to grow future feedstock supply.”

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