New advanced biofuel plant planned for Mason City
In the next few years, Mason City will be home to one of the most advanced biofuel and biochemical production facilities in the U.S., thanks to a plant now in development by Pennsylvania-based New Energy Blue.
The facility — dubbed New Energy Freedom — will produce about 20 million gallons of second-generation ethanol from renewable agricultural residue, specifically corn stover, the leftover part of the stalk after a field is harvested.
Products developed at the facility will go not only into traditional consumer-level ethanol, but also renewable jet fuel and numerous other so-called “green”...
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