Refinery To Convert Wood Waste To Chemical 4-20-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Refinery To Convert Wood Waste To Chemical 4-20-2011

Two companies have announced plans for a refinery in Alpena that will use waste wood from a local particle board plant to make a renewable industrial chemical called biobutanol.
Biobutanol is used widely in paints and other chemical products and can be converted into plastics and fuels.
Mountain View, Calif.-based Cobalt Technologies is teaming with American Process Inc. to develop the refinery. It will produce 470,000 gallons of biobutanol a year from sugars extracted from the woody biomass generated by Alpena Hardwood.
American Process has offices in Atlanta and overseas.
The venture received grants of $18 million from the U.S. Department of Energy and $4 million from the state of Michigan.
A spokeswoman says the refinery will provide at least 20 jobs.
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