|Dynamotive to Produce Liquid Biofuel from Wood Residues
|Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 05 December 2007 -- Dynamotive Energy Systems Corporation (OTCBB: DYMTF), and its subsidiary, Dynamotive USA, Inc., announced its plans to invest USD 24 million to build the first fully commercial industrial biofuel plant in the United States.
The facility will be located on a site in Willow Springs, Missouri, approximately 180 miles southwest of St. Louis. The site was chosen for its ready access to rail transport, proximity to biomass, and the potential to host up to four additional facilities.
The modular, second-generation biomass-to-biofuel plant is designed to use Dynamotive’s proprietary “fast pyrolysis” process to convert 200 tons per day of wood by-products and residues from nearby sawmills into 34,000 gallons per day of BioOil®. Commercial terms have been agreed and signed with local feedstock providers to supply the plant.
Development and construction of the plant will be implemented by Dynamotive’s U.S. management, supported by Dynamotive’s engineering team and its partners. Opportunities exist for a significant expansion of Dynamotive’s operations, with more than 1.1 million dry long tons of biomass per year in Missouri alone. As a result, similar projects in the state are under review. The BioOil produced at the Willow Springs complex is expected to be sold to commercial and industrial users in the region through a major local distributor of renewable fuels.
An initial burn of BioOil from Dynamotive’s commercial plant at Guelph, Ontario, is being scheduled at a major industrial facility with this distributor.
The initial burn would be preparatory to its adoption of BioOil as a primary fuel, and the opening of the Midwest market for the product. It is expected that up to 5000 tons of BioOil will be made available to Midwest consumers over the next year from Dynamotive’s and Evolution Biofuels’ plant while the Willow Springs facility is under construction. The fuel provided is expected to be priced competitively to #2 heating oil, a light industrial fuel.
William C. Holmberg, chairman of the Washington-based Biomass Coordinating Council and a pioneer of the renewable fuels industry, hailed the plant announcement as “an important step towards releasing America from the bonds of foreign oil, and achieving a sustainable energy future.” Holmberg pointed out that “the commercialization of BioOil adds another element to our arsenal of renewable fuels that can help address a previously neglected segment of our oil use: industrial boiler fuels. As such it complements, rather than competes with, fuel ethanol and biodiesel.”
Andrew Kingston, Dynamotive’s president and chief executive officer, noted: “This first U.S. project will demonstrate the viability of our technology in the U.S. market and the enormous potential of BioOil to help America make the transition to clean, renewable fuels that do not depend on food crops for their production...We are committed to this project and look forward to developing further plants in the near future.”
All of the above transactions currently remain subject to negotiation and execution of definitive agreements and to securing sufficient project capital. Accordingly, there can be no certainty in respect of the company’s ultimate participation rights in the project, nor of actual completion of them at this time.
About BioOil® Biofuel
BioOil® is an industrial fuel produced from cellulose waste material. When combusted it produces substantially less smog-precursor nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions than conventional oil and little or no sulfur oxide gases (SOx), which are a prime cause of acid rain.
BioOil® and BioOil Plus™ are price-competitive replacements for heating oils #2 and #6 that are widely used in industrial boilers and furnaces. They have been awarded the EcoLogo in Canada, meaning that they are certified, as meeting the stringent environmental criteria for industrial fuels as measured by Environment Canada’s Environmental Choice Program. BioOil® can be produced from a variety of residue cellulosic biomass resources and is not dependent on food-crop production.
Dynamotive Energy Systems Corporation is an energy solutions provider headquartered in Vancouver, with offices in the USA, UK, and Argentina. Its carbon and greenhouse-gas-neutral fast pyrolysis technology uses medium temperatures and oxygen-free conditions to turn dry, waste cellulosic biomass into BioOil® for power and heat generation. BioOil® can be further converted into vehicle fuels and chemicals. For further information, visit the company’s website at www.dynamotive.com.