New biomass plant in works near Marquette

AP News
Posted: Nov 13, 2009 12:15 PM

A company has announced plans to manufacture biomass energy cubes at a technology park near Marquette.

The venture is called renewaFUEL, a subsidiary of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc., which operates two iron ore mines in Marquette County.

Company officials said Friday the renewaFUEL plant will produce 150,000 tons a year of high-energy, low-emission biofuel cubes. They will be made with wood and agriculture feedstocks supplied by local farmers and loggers.

The company plans to operate in two hangar buildings that once housed B-52 bombers at the former K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base, which has been converted to Telkite Technology Park.

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William Brake, chairman of renewaFUEL, says the plant will employ about 25 people. It should begin production by the middle of next year.