Fair Oaks Dairy Farms and Bion Environmental Technologies announced a joint venture that will enable environmentally sustainable expansion of animal agriculture in concert with ethanol production.

The joint-venture project will create an ethanol plant that runs on renewable energy from the dairy cows’ waste stream. It will be a balanced, closed-loop system. Research indicates that the waste stream from 1,000 dairy cows should create sufficient renewable energy to support one million gallons of ethanol production. In addition, early results indicate that this system using Bion’s technology will improve the net energy balance in the production of ethanol from corn from 1.4 to 1 up to 2.5 to 1. 

The two-stage joint venture provides for the construction of a research center in Stage I to determine the economic and environmental sustainability of utilizing sand bedding in conjunction with Bion’s technology platform. Based upon that evaluation, Stage II will include a Bion treatment system for Fair Oaks’ dairy herd and potentially other local dairy herds, along with an ethanol plant of a size to be determined by the number of participating dairy animals. Stage I construction is expected to commence shortly; Stage II is projected to begin in 2007.

For more information, go to: http://www.biontech.com/news/pressreleases/release20060620.asp

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