Wisconsin entrepreneur Joe Van Groll makes ethanol and biodiesel from cheese waste. That’s right, no corn and no soybeans.

Grand Meadows Energy LLC, Stratford, Wis., buys permeate from nearby cheese plants and blends it with a customized yeast culture to produce ethanol at a fraction of the cost as ethanol made from corn.  And when raw canola oil is added to the process, the result is bio-diesel.

Van Groll developed the customized yeast culture with the help of a grant from the Wisconsin Agricultural Development and Diversification grant program. And now that is has perfected the process, he tells the Oshkosh Northwestern that he is ready to grow. He is looking for another former cheese plant to purchase and turn into a plant that creates fuel from waste.

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