October 2, 2008
Great Plains – The Camelina Company and the EERC Poised to Produce 100 Percent Renewable Jet Fuel From Camelina
Great Plains - The Camelina Company entered into an agreement with the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota to utilize its proprietary technology to produce advanced fuels from the next generation biofuel crop, Camelina sativa.
Great Plains has studied the science and agronomy of camelina for over 10 years and for the past three years has contracted with growers throughout the United States and Canada to grow the crop. Currently, the company is processing camelina seed to create biodiesel, but the EERC technology will maximize the biofuels potential for the crop.
The EERC has developed a feedstock-flexible process that can utilize various crop oils to produce combinations of jet fuel, diesel, gasoline, and propane that are identical to petroleum-derived fuels, enabling direct substitution with these fuels and providing renewable options across the spectrum of fuel needs.
"The EERC has strategically positioned itself to be the first to produce a truly sustainable renewable fuel that can be used the same way as traditional fuels with no special requirements," said EERC Director Dr. Gerald Groenewold.
Camelina is a non-food oilseed that shows tremendous potential for the EERC's process and exhibits highly desirable traits for fuel conversion. Camelina is a cost-effective feedstock, and quantities of the crop are presently available to begin fuel production. The EERC and Great Plains will utilize camelina oil for upcoming testing and are planning to develop an initial full-scale refinery focused on renewable jet fuel production.
"This is an exciting opportunity for us and we can't wait to hit the ground running," says Sam Huttenbauer, CEO of Great Plains. "Not only is camelina a non-food crop, but it will also provide for an identical replacement of the traditional petrochemicals with the technology that the EERC has pioneered. Camelina-derived fuels will be 100 percent produced within North America and will be both environmentally sustainable and high performing without disrupting the current fuel supply infrastructure. Together, we will supply America with the next generation of biofuel."
Great Plains - The Camelina Company is the world's leader in camelina production and development. As a vertically integrated renewable energy company founded with the purpose of manufacturing and marketing biofuels produced from Camelina sativa (camelina), a low-input feedstock, the Company is establishing a growing base and production facilities from which it will produce and supply camelina oil with its partner, one of the leading biofuel producers in the world, INEOS Enterprises (www.ineos.com). Expansion of the camelina growing and production program will vitally contribute to the availability of alternative fuels in North America. Visit www.CamelinaCompany.com for more information.
The Energy & Environmental Research Center is recognized as one of the world's leading developers of cleaner, more efficient energy and environmental technologies to protect and clean our air, water, and soil. The EERC is a high-tech, nonprofit branch of the University of North Dakota. The EERC operates like a business; conducts research, development, demonstration, and commercialization activities; and is dedicated to moving promising technologies out of the laboratory and into the commercial marketplace. Visit www.undeerc.org for more information.