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Minnesota Department of Agriculture grants to expand biofuels access

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The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has awarded four grants totalling over $500,000 (€446,888) to expand biofuel access and production.

Under its Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) programme, the MDA awarded grants to four recipients through two competitive review processes.

A bioenergy/biochemical pilot project grant worth $150,000 (€134,060) was awarded to Plasma Blue to scale up its plasma technology plant at the University of Minnesota for use in biodiesel production.

Three separate biofuel blending infrastructure grants were awarded to Kwik Trip, Renewable Energy Group and Denco II.

Kwik Trip was awarded $185,465 (€165,741) to expand the company’s existing biofuel blending facility in Eyota, while Renewable Energy Group in Albert Lea received a grant worth $113,050 (€101,027) for the installation and upgrade of tanks and dispensers at fuelling locations and a conversion system to fleet vehicles enabling them to operate on 100% biodiesel blended fuel (B100).

Denco II will use the $82,685 (€73,888) grant to upgrade its Morris site to offer E15 fuel to the local market and to create an E85 product using regular gasoline.