New Bryan Plant to Turn Garbage Into Gas

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Bryan will soon be home to a new type of biofuel technology that could some day have a dramatic effect of the price you pay for fuel.

Houston-based Terrabon announced Wednesday it is opening a new facility in Bryan that converts items like garbage and sewer into chemicals that can then be made into ethanol and gasoline. The trademarked technology, known as MixAlco, also uses non-edible crops and paper to produce its fuel components.

Testing has been underway for three years at the company's pilot plant in College Station. The new Bryan facility, expected to be operational by September will have a loading capacity of 400 dry tons biomass.

The MixAlco technology was developed over the last 15 years by Dr. Mark T. Holtzapple, professor of Chemical Engineering, and Dr. Cesar B. Granda, Research Engineer, Texas A&M University.

"With construction of this facility, we are one step closer to bringing cost effective renewable energy products to consumers," said Gary W. Luce, Terrabon's Chief Executive Officer. "Using municipal solid waste as a feedstock at a price of $10 per tonne, we believe this technology can produce fuel-grade ethanol for $1 per gallon and renewable gasoline for $1.65 per gallon for a facility processing around 300 tons per day of municipal solid waste"