General Systems Research is pleased to announce details of our advanced biofuel project in
partnership with VT Fuel Dealers Association, USDA, Nordic Farms, Fiddlehead Brewery, and
Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative to assess the feasibility of Algae-based
Advanced Biofuels production facility utilizing farm & industrial wastes in Vermont. See draft
press release below.
We would like to invite you to the announcement. Please RSVP if you are able to attend. Thank
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Imagine if we could take waste from dairy farms and breweries and convert it into a fuel that can heat our homes— or power cars
and planes. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) wants to see if it can be done here in Vermont. The Vermont Fuel Dealers
Association (VFDA) has received a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) to assess the feasibility of a sustainable
distillate fuel production facility that utilizes farm waste materials.
VFDA is working with General Systems Research (GSR), the Nordic Dairy Farm, Fiddlehead Brewery, and the Commercial
Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative on an advanced biofuel technology project that will focus on sustainability. According to
project director Dr. Anju Dahiya of GSR, the dairy and brewery waste streams offer nutrient rich, organic carbon content that can
grow oleaginous algae. “This algae can produce fuel molecules that create a product that is fully interchangeable with home heating
oil, diesel and jet fuel,” said Dr. Dahiya. In addition, the process will potentially produce a valuable byproduct— an organic
fertilizer which could serve as a home grown alternative to imported synthetic phosphorus fertilizers.
The research is the first step toward proving that advanced biofuel technology can provide an economic
benefit for local dairy farmers while producing a sustainable fuel that will reduce the carbon footprint of
heating, flying, and driving. “Many Vermonters want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by heating
their homes with renewable fuel. This research offers an opportunity to produce the fuel here in Vermont
while providing an economic boost for local farmers,” said Matt Cota, Executive Director of VFDA.
“The Vermont Fuel Dealers advanced biofuels project provides a real opportunity for USDA to invest in
new technology that could reduce our reliance on fossil fuels,” stated Ted Brady, State Director for
USDA Rural Development in Vermont. “President Obama and Secretary Vilsack have made investing in
projects that support the expansion of the national bioeconomy, like this one, a top priority.”
Visit us on the farm and learn more about this project and the possibilities for fueling our future.
Visit us on the farm and learn more about this research and possibilities for fueling our future.
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Where: Nordic Dairy Farm, 1211 Ethan Allen Hwy, Charlotte, VT
When: Tuesday, October 01, 2013 at 2:00pm
Dr. Anju Dahiya, General Systems Research
Clark Hinsdale, Nordic Dairy Farm
Matt Cota, Vermont Fuel Dealers Association
Richard Altman, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI)
Ted Brady, USDA, State Director for Rural Development