ARC Awards $1.5 Million to Support Biorefinery Center at ASC
by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The Appalachian Regional Commission recently awarded a $1.5 million grant to New York-based Alfred State College to support its Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center project, which aims to help private and public partners leverage wood resources to create sustainable business using advanced manufacturing processes.
The award was part of $15.7 million in grants made to 18 projects by the APC in mid-June. The projects aim to help grow the economies in coal-impacted communities in seven Appalachian states. The awards were made through ARC’s Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization Initiative (POWER), a congressionally funded multi-agency strategy bringing federal resources directly to help communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America’s energy production.
According to information released by the ARC, the BDCC is a prototype facility that will develop and commercialize a process that extracts valuable chemical assets from wood and uses them to manufacture basic commodities and advanced materials, energy and biofuels. The facility will be used by ASC, The State University of New York, universities from other ARC states, and private-sector bioenergy and biochemical companies. ARC also indicated ASC and its network will also provide training and technical services to coal-impacted companies as they seek to enter new markets, diversify their manufacturing base and adapt their workforce. The facility is expected to contribute to the creation of 15 new businesses and help 125 workers gain skills or retain or gain employment. READ MORE