Florida is looking to turn its biofuel industry into a renewable one.
The BIO-Energy Project, in partnership with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, is looking for funding to help the state meet its renewable energy goal of 10 percent of its energy consumption by 2020.
The Florida Energy Agency awarded the $1 million project to BioEnergy Renewables.
The biofuel is made from corn and can be made into a liquid or biofuel, or used in fertilizers, pesticides, biofuels and biofuel blends.
It is used to power generators, heat homes, process feedstocks and make fuels for transportation.
The project aims to produce a gallon of biofuel a day by 2020, or enough to power 3,000 homes.
The goal of the project is to be certified by 2020 to produce at least 50 percent of the state’s energy from renewable fuels.
“The project is an exciting development and we are excited to have the opportunity to make a major investment in the future of Florida’s biofuel economy,” said Greg Riggs, Florida Energy Program Director for the Florida EPA.
“Bioenergy Renewables is a leader in Florida’s clean energy future and this project will bring a lot of new jobs to the Sunshine State.”
BioEnergy said it plans to use the money to hire a senior scientist and a pilot to conduct a pilot project to evaluate biofuel production, testing and certification.
It also plans to offer training to biofuel developers to help them design and grow the biofuel plants.
The company said it is committed to producing biofuel in Florida.
The program is part of the $12.9 billion state-wide renewable energy program and is expected to result in a 30-percent increase in Florida electricity production.
For more information on the Florida Biofuel Project visit bioenergy.com.