Iowa Power Fund approves $4.1 Million investment for renewable energy


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KCAU-TV reports that the Iowa Power Fund Board awarded $4.1 million to four renewable energy projects in Iowa. Since its inception, the Power Fund has invested over $69.4 million in energy-related projects. The newly funded projects will potentially lead to an increase in ethanol production, transform farm waste into useable energy, promote the use of solar panel technology, and determine if prairie biomass can be used for energy production.

Read a detailed description of the projects here:

  • Quad County Corn Processors received a grant of $1.45 million to construct a full-scale plant at its Galva, Iowa ethanol facility to demonstrate its patent pending cellulosic ethanol process. The process could be applied at existing corn starch ethanol plants to increase ethanol production, create a high-value protein feed product and recover more corn oil than a conventional ethanol plant. With commercial-scale demonstration, the project has the potential of replication at Iowa’s 35 dry-grind ethanol plants. Quad County Corn Processors will provide $5 million in funding for a total project cost of $6.5 million.
  • PL Energy, LLC of Des Moines, received a grant of $2 million to install a demonstration scale on-farm poultry litter gasification system at Denyon Farms near Webster City. The system will use the poultry litter waste stream to produce electricity, process heat for the barns, biochar to use as a soil amendment, and ammonia fertilizer. PL Energy will leverage $3 million in matching funds for a total project cost of $5 million.
  • Power Film, Inc., in Ames, received a grant of $220,000 to develop manufacturing automation and solar panel test equipment to supply production quantities in their building integrated product line. Building Integrated Solar, or Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), are thin film solar panels that are integrated with building materials to offer an alternative power source direct from the structure. In addition, Power Film will install two solar array projects and produce marketing materials to demonstrate the product line to prospective customers and produce an informational kit for commercial, community and civic groups for educational purposes. Power Film will match $228,000 in funding for a total project cost of $448,000.
  • The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) received a grant of over $436,000 to verify research findings that mixtures of perennial prairie species produce significantly greater biomass for use in energy production while balancing the impact on the environment. UNI will provide over $438,000 in funding for a total project cost of over $874,000.

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