Ever Cat Opens Revolutionary Biodiesel Plant
Isanti, Minn. — Ever Cat Fuels opened a biodiesel processing facility this fall that could eventually turn algae into fuel. Featured in the April 2009 issue of Ag Innovation News, Ever Cat’s patent-pending Mcgyan® process turns low-cost feedstocks, such as waste oils, into biodiesel.
Feedstock is run through 6-foot long, 6-inch diameter reactors and catalyzed to fuel in seconds. The process doesn’t use water or chemicals and doesn’t produce waste.
The Isanti facility employs 20 people and has a 3-million-gallon annual capacity. The plant’s grand opening was held September 28, hosted by WCCO news anchor Don Shelby.
BY DAN LEMKE Founders of the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) in Benson were among the first to ride Minnesota’s growing ethanol wave. CVEC formed in 1995 and began processing corn into ethanol in 1996, becoming just the fifth enterprise in a state that now boasts 21 corn ethanol plants. CVEC’s Benson facility has the […]
Minnesota has long been a leader in the development and acceptance of biodiesel. AURI scientists were among the first to research biodiesel’s potential back in the early 1990s. After decades of work, biodiesel became accepted as a viable alternative fuel and was designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the nation’s first advanced biofuel. It’s currently blended at a 10 percent level with diesel sold in Minnesota during the summer months and 5 percent year round. While its primary focus in the Midwest has been as a transportation fuel, home heating is potentially an equally exciting biodiesel opportunity.
–by Liz Morrison photos by Rolf Hagberg Start with good ideas. Research their commercial potential. Get that research into the hands of entrepreneurs who can run with it. Follow up with hands-on technical assistance to bring innovations to market. For 25 years, this has been AURI’s approach to commercializing new value-added agricultural products. It starts […]
Hemendra Basu, Ph.D., who passed away on October 27 in California at the age of 80, patented a process for creating esters (found in essential oils) from a feedstock that includes a fat or an oil, such as soybeans. This discovery and the subsequent work were instrumental in the development of biodiesel. In 2011, approximately […]
A July 31 MPR story looks at the possibility of camelina as a crop for biofuels. Ever Cat Fuels biodiesel plant in Isanti, Minn., is crushing the camelina seeds using a patented technology that can handle any plant-based feedstock. AURI Senior Project Development Director Dennis Timmerman was interviewed for the article: “It’s a great place […]