LS9, a developer of renewable and sustainable products, has upgraded its demonstration facility in Okeechobee in Florida, US.
Set to open on 12 June 2012, the facility will initially be used to enhance the company's production capability to manufacture biodiesel and renewable chemical products and create large samples for testing and product qualification by key partners and prospective customers. The facility will also be used to test and optimise new process conditions.
The plant is equipped with variable speed drivers and advanced computer control technologies to reduce energy consumption.
The company said it envisions the plant as a long-term demonstration facility for all current and future products, with biodiesel being the first product at the facility. Production of renewable fuels and chemicals is expected to start in early third quarter 2012.
Ed Dineen, LS9 president and CEO, said the company appreciates the support of a $4.5m grant provided by the Florida Opportunity Fund for the project.
"We are honoured to have the support of Congressman Rooney for our Grand Opening event and believe this facility can be a magnet for attracting other advanced agricultural and bio-product technologies to the state," Dineen added.
"Our Florida location is ideal as it allows for prime access to the feedstocks required to produce our renewable products."