Denco II in Morris was one of four recipients to be awarded grants from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to expand biofuel access and production to advance renewable energy efforts around the state. The MDA’s Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) Program recently awarded grants totaling more than $500,000 to four recipients, through two separate competitive review processes.
Denco II was awarded an $82,685 Biofuel Blending Infrastructure Grant to upgrade its Morris site to offer E15 fuel to local marketplace and create an E85 product using regular gasoline. Other awardees included $185,000 to Kwik Trip to expand their existing Biofuel blending facility in Eyota, and $113,000 for the Renewable Energy Group in Albert Lea to install and upgrade tanks and dispensers at fueling locations. A Bioenergy/Biochemical Pilot Project Grant for $150,000 was awarded to Plasma Blue to scale up its plasma technology pilot plant at the University of Minnesota toward real-world use in biodiesel production.