ZeaChem gets grant to expand demo plant for jet fuel

September 29, 2011

The USDA announced the award of more than $136 million in grants through its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative on Sept. 28, all focused on developing regional, renewable energy markets and expanding domestic advanced biofuels production. Five regional research projects were announced—two in Washington and one each in Iowa, Louisiana and Tennessee. University teams will lead the five-year research projects but a number of private companies will collaborate on the research.

In Washington, ZeaChem Inc. is part of a coalition led by the University of Washington which received $40 million to develop biogasoline and renewable jet fuel production from hybrid poplar trees. ZeaChem will lead the research and development and will test the process at its 250,000 gallon per year demonstration-scale plant in Boardman, Ore., which is scheduled to begin producing biochemicals by the end of this year. 

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