|Hereford, Texas||100 million gallon||corn and milo||cattle manure and cotton gin waste to bio-gas|
|Yuma, Colorado||100 million gallon||corn||cattle manure|
|Haskell County, Kansas||100million gallon||corn||cattle manure|
|Sherman County, Texas||100 million gallon||corn and milo||cattle manure|
Panda to Build $120
Million Fuel Ethanol Plant in Texas
Cattle Manure Used To Fuel Plant
The Panda Group announced
today that it would build a 100 million gallon per year fuel ethanol plant in Hereford, Texas. The plant will refine US grown corn and milo(ミロ◆モロコシの一種
) into a clean burning auto fuel
that will replace the equivalent of 2.4 million barrels of
imported gasoline per year. The $120 million project will break
ground summer 2005 and become operational late 2006.
The Hereford plant will be the most energy efficient fuel ethanol facility to be built in the nation. Instead of using natural gas in its boilers, the plant will utilize technology that converts cattle manure and cotton gin 綿繰り waste into clean burning bio-gas to power the plant, realizing an energy savings equivalent to 1,000 barrels of oil per day.
“The community's support and can-do attitude was a major factor in our decision to build the plant in Hereford," stated Panda Development Group President Todd Carter. “The United States imports about 60% of the crude oil it refines and by blending fuel ethanol with gasoline it will help the US move away from foreign oil. This is one of several renewable energy projects for Panda, which will help secure our country’s energy needs."
"Great things happen when folks put their heads together for innovation and community development," said Texas Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs. "Using manure to fuel the plant helps the livestock industry, while the ethanol production helps Texas grain producers.
Renewable energy products will help our country meet our future energy needs. Kudos to Hereford for its role in making this happen."
"We are excited that Panda has chosen Hereford for this renewable energy project," stated Hereford Mayor Robert Josserand. "The community will not only benefit from new jobs and increased tax base created by the plant, the use of cattle manure as a fuel to make steam for the facility will also benefit the local feed lots. We are looking forward to the plant's start-up and to Panda becoming a part of Hereford's business community."
Governors from 33 states are pushing to expand a government mandate for increased fuel ethanol use in cars. Every car manufactured since 1978 can use 10% fuel ethanol-blended gasoline, which reduces harmful carbon monoxide emissions by 25%. Major car manufacturers are now producing Flexible Fuel Vehicles known as E85 vehicles that can run on a blend 85% fuel ethanol and 15% gasoline thereby reducing harmful carbon monoxide emissions by 40%.
The US fuel ethanol production in 2004 was 3.4 billion gallons while the US used 140 billion gallons of gasoline per year.
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, The Panda Group is a privately held company that has built over 9,000 MW of electric generation capacity at a cost of $5 billion. Panda is currently developing fuel ethanol plants, biomass electric generating facilities, bio-diesel plants and is also actively working on next generation clean coal projects throughout the United States.