Nebraska awards grant to Enginuity for BioCoal project

By Enginuity Worldwide | July 12, 2016

Enginuity Worldwide, a Missouri-based biotechnology company, recently announced that Nebraska’s Department of Environmental Quality has awarded the company a $250,525 grant to develop BioCoal Fuel using its patented rotary compression technology. The grant comes as the DEQ seeks to reduce Nebraska’s waste streams while expanding its renewable energy portfolio.

“Through its innovative biotechnology, Enginuity Worldwide has provided Nebraska with an opportunity to introduce biomass as an alternative fuel source using the state’s current waste stream and vast agriculture industry,” said Jim Macy, director of the DEQ. “As the DEQ develops its plan to meet waste management targets, we look forward to working with Enginuity to help us reach this goal.”

Enginuity’s patented rotary compression technology transforms abundant waste streams such as eastern red cedar, corn stover, sorghum stover, animal manure and woody waste, into energy-dense, easily transportable biomass—better known as BioCoal Fuel. The product can be used as a cost-effective solution for existing coal-fired power plants to meet carbon emission targets by simply cofiring the product alongside current coal supplies without making expensive facility alterations.

“BioCoal Fuel can help make a cleaner, more sustainable energy for consumers without raising electricity rates,” said Nancy Heimann, founder and CEO of Enginuity Worldwide. “This grant can ultimately help build on Nebraska’s $22.6 billion agriculture industry, and further provide a solution for the state’s 15 coal-fired power plants to meet emission targets. We are proud to work with the DEQ, who understands the economic and environmental potential of our technology, and is willing to lead in the country as an early adopter.”

The multi-phase grant will begin on July 1 and will end June 30, 2017.