Columbia, MO, Dec 03, 2013 -- On December 3, 2013, USDA Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning announced a Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grant award of $500,000 to Enginuity Worldwide (EWW). Funds will be used to produce eCARB™ engineered fuel for testing and market commercialization. The REAP Grant will be combined with a minimum of $1.5 million in private funds from EWW.
"Fuel security and reduced dependence on foreign sources of fuel are priroites of President Obama and USDA Secretary Vilsack. Projects involving the generation of biofuels from agricultural products, by-products or waste respond to the reaching of the goal of decreased dependence,” Dunning said. “This project has the potential to benefit agriculture and electrical power producers and consumers. EWW’s process will offer agriculture producers another source of revenue from their fields. Power producers using coal to generate electricity will benefit by reducing fuel consumption costs and easier compliance with environmental standards for their plants. Consumers will reap benefits through decreased electric power costs and additional protection of the environment. Rural Development is proud to be a partner with EWW in finding solutions to our country’s energy needs.”
EWW is looking at several sites in central Missouri for their production facility where the funds will be applied to outfit the facility for the assemblage, storage, shredding and processing of bio-mass into the eCARB™ engineered fuel. In small-scale, but rigorous testing, the eCARB™ fuel has been modeled to be a cost-effective supplementation or augmentation to the coal used in legacy generation coal plants. eCARB™ fuel is designed to be used just like coal and with a minimum of retro-fitting of the legacy generation plants. Equally exciting, eCARB may extend the life of legacy generation plants that are being required to meet increasingly stringent emission standards, while producing home-grown energy from farmer’s fields.
Nancy Heimann, CEO and President of EWW stated, “Enginuity Worldwide continues to receive validation and affirmation of eCARB™ engineered bio-fuels. Plant operators, engineers and energy experts continue to express excitement and optimism about how eCARB can usher-in a paradigm shift in energy independence, sustainability and home-grown power generation. This is private sector innovation at its finest and we are proud that the USDA has recognized the potential of our work by awarding us this grant. We will put the grant to work and we will bring home-grown biopower to Missouri.”
Anyone seeking more information about Rural Development’s REAP Program or any other USDA Rural Development program may visit the Missouri Rural Development homepage at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo. The Missouri Rural Development Business Program Director can be contacted at (573) 876-9321.
This use of USDA Rural Development funding is another reminder of the importance of USDA programs for rural America. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stresses that a comprehensive new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill would further expand the rural economy. He said that’s just one reason why Congress must get a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill done as soon as possible.
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.
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