Company gets $9M DOE boost for biorefinery feedstock systems

Source: By Amanda Peterka, E&E • Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Department of Energy today awarded a Maryland-based company $9 million to build up systems to grow and collect plant inputs for biofuel production.

Antares Group Inc. will use the funding to develop feedstock systems for large-scale cellulosic biorefineries in Iowa and Kansas, according to DOE. The company will work with agricultural residue, switch grass and other types of perennial grasses that can be converted to ethanol.

DOE said that the company will collaborate with landowners and establish field trials to design a feedstock collection system for biorefineries while working to boost the sustainability of planting the crops for energy production.

Antares is headquartered in Lanham, Md., and has a regional office in the heart of ethanol country in Moravia, Iowa.

DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy is administering the award.