Best Energies seeks carbon credits

By Anduin Kirkbride McElroy | February 11, 2008
Wisconsin biodiesel producer Best BioDiesel Cashton LLC, a subsidiary of Best Energies Inc., is investigating carbon credits for its fuel production technologies through an agreement with Chicago-based Carbon Green LLC and Ithaca, N.Y.-based Environmental Credit Corp. The companies wouldn't give details at press time because the related protocol is still under development. However, they did confirm that Best BioDiesel Cashton could be the first biodiesel producer to receive carbon credits, if the protocol is approved.

Last year, Carbon Green and Environmental Credit developed a protocol through the Chicago Climate Exchange that gave the first carbon credits to an ethanol producer. Corn Plus LLLP in Winnebago, Minn., received carbon credits for reducing its natural gas consumption by 52 percent through the use of a biomass-fueled fluidized bed boiler.

Best BioDiesel Cashton started production in December. It expects to produce 10 MMgy from a range of feedstocks, including corn oil removed from distillers grains, a coproduct of ethanol production. The company said its proprietary technology platform will allow ethanol producers to secure additional revenue from their existing coproducts while decreasing the ethanol plants' overall greenhouse gas emissions and improving their net energy profiles.

Best Biodiesel Cashton's technologies feature fast phase separation; higher efficiency; smaller, skid-mounted equipment; enhanced methanol recovery; and glycerin combustion. Best Energies is focused on developing essential technologies that will add value to all new and existing biofuel production facilities. In addition to biodiesel, the company is also developing projects using biomass pyrolysis and gasification. Its technology platforms are committed to the continued use of metrics, like carbon credits, to demonstrate the proficiency of the fuel.
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