Fortune 100 technology and engineering group Honeywell has began construction on a demonstration facility in Hawaii that will convert forest residues, algae and other cellulosic biomass into fuel for transportation.
The project is backed by a $25m US Department of Energy grant and will create renewable gasoline, diesel and jet fuel with initial production scheduled for next year and full operation expected by 2014. It is also supported by the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative which ahs an aim of producing 70 per cent of energy from green sources by 2030.
Jim Rekoske, vice president and general manager of renewable energy and chemicals for Honeywell, said, ‘Biomass is abundantly available today, and it is an important opportunity to consider as we seek alternatives that will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and improve our environmental footprint. Our Integrated Biorefinery will illustrate these benefits as well the potential that biorefineries have to enhance the local economy and provide new green jobs.
Daniel Inouye, US Senator for Hawaii, added, ‘Our island home is far too dependent on imported fossil fuels, and I am very pleased that this alternative energy initiative has the support of the federal government. Hawaii will play a critical role in helping the domestic biofuel industry thrive and this project will create much needed jobs in Kapolei. I will do all I can to ensure that Hawaii continues to serve as the laboratory for renewable energy initiatives in the Pacific.’
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