ZeaChem partners with Chrysler
By Christina Williams
Editor, Sustainable Business Oregon
ZeaChem's demonstration facility in Boardman is nearing completion.
ZeaChem Inc., the Colorado company building a biorefinery in Boardman, announced Monday that the company formed an alliance with Chrysler Group LLC to develop and promote the adoption of cellulosic ethanol.
The stated areas for collaboration under a memorandum of understanding signed by the two companies include:
- Educate regulators and consumers to improve the credibility of cellulosic ethanol — a biofuel made from wood, grasses or other plants — as a cost-effective green transportation alternative.
- Try to mitigate the "food vs. fuel" debate that has sprung up as farmers question the use of agricultural land for biofuel feedstock.
- Bring cellulosic ethanol to market.
"Chrysler Group has long been committed to promoting the consumption of alternative fuels and to delivering flex-fuel vehicles to our customers," said Reg Modlin, director of regulatory affairs for Chrysler Group, in a press release.
ZeaChem announced in May it would work with Procter & Gamble to develop bio-based chemicals using the same feedstocks used for biofuel. The company is working with GreenWood Tree Farm Fund to supply woody biomass for biorefinery operations.
Colorado-based ZeaChem is nearing completion of its demonstration refinery in Boardman, which will have the capacity of 250,000 gallons per year. That facility will employ about 25 people. ZeaChem is also planning a commercial-scale refinery that would have the capacity to produce 25 million gallons per year.
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