Closed Loop Ethanol Plant Goes Bankrupt



The highly touted “closed loop” ethanol plant in Nebraska shut its doors last week and filed for bankruptcy. E3 BioFuels used biogas generated from cattle manure, provided by a nearby feedlot containing 25,000 head of feeder cattle. Distillers grain, a byproduct of ethanol production, was fed to the cattle and the process started all over again. As a result, the plant used almost no fossil fuels and carbon emissions from the manure were minimized. Mechanical problems are blamed for the shutdown. Plant officials said they couldn’t reach full production and lost money. There’s no word on whether the plant will open again. In the meantime, E3 BioFuels is expected to file lawsuits against construction contractors.

Source:  Domesticfuel 

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My home state is Illinois, and my hometown a little railroad/farming community named Galesburg.We lived on a small farm during my high school years and I became very aware of nature and it's wonders. I loved the out of doors, working with animals, plowing fields and harvesting crops. Those were very good years.After a stint in the Army during the Korean war my broadcasting career took off at the local radio station, a 250 watt "teapot" as it was called in those days. My first job was as an engineer, then the ham came out and I became an announcer/newsman, graduating after several years to a larger market and a stint as a TV journalist/photographer. Cold, wet weather led me to the southwest where I've lived for most of the last 40 years, with a couple of years out to have fun working as a private investigator in San Francisco, and a few years working in Las Vegas hotels and casinos. In all, its been a real ride.After retiring a few years back I became fascinated with the efforts being made to find alternative energy sources. I've watched our environment deteriorate during my lifetime, and now it's my chance to join the chorus of intelligent and caring individuals making a difference one day at a time.