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DoE grants build Colorado biorefinery

Hawaii-based ClearFuels Technology has signed a letter of agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) to build a biorefinery in Colorado.

ClearFuels will receive an initial $7.7 million (€5.6 million) toward the construction of the Colorado refinery as part of an overall $22.6 million DoE grant.

The ClearFuels-Rentech biorefinery in Colorado is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2011. It will serve as a test facility to evaluate the commercial scalability of converting biogas and biomass mixtures to fuels before ClearFuels builds commercial biorefineries planned for Hawaii. ClearFuels has begun development on a total of five US commercial biorefineries to be completed by 2015.

The biorefinery will contain a biomass gasifier capable of producing diesel and jet fuel from clean biomass, and be installed at Rentech's Energy Technology Center in Commerce City, Colorado.

Rentech has a 25% investment in ClearFuels and is partnering with it to develop commercial biorefineries.