Oregon company to turn dairy waste into biofuel

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by By Associated Press

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 6 at 1:22 PM

SALEM, Ore. -- An Oregon business hopes to become the first company to turn dairy and wood waste into a renewable biofuel called butanol.

Diesel Brewing of Salem plans to burn either dairy or wood waste to create liquid butanol through a process called gasification.

Butanol is a form of alcohol that could completely replace gasoline rather than be blended with it, like ethanol.

CEO Jeff Raines and his business partners are planning to open a pilot plant in Salem by the end of the year.

The test plant would use from about half a ton to one ton of wood and dairy waste per day. If the process proves workable, Raines and his team hope to build commercial-scale plants that use 100 tons of waste per day and produce a couple million gallons of butanol per year.

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