American Ag Fuels readies for start up

By | July 01, 2005
American Ag Fuels was set to begin testing its first batch of biodiesel in early July when Biodiesel Magazine talked with CEO Steve Lankenau in mid-June.

"We are hoping to be producing to see how the product quality is and what issues we have left to address," Lankenau said. Construction of the plant has gone smoothly since it began in October, he said.

The plant will have an initial capacity of 3 mmgy, but is expandable to 13 mmgy. "We're going to ramp up systematically but not until we know we're making ASTM 6751," Lankenau said. "We are adamant that we will not move anything but quality out of our facilities. Once that has been achieved and established, we can look at producing more."

American Ag Fuels will utilize two separate process technologies to produce biodiesel. The group is working with Minneapolis-based Superior Process Technologies and Mason, Ohio-based JatroDiesel. The JatroDiesel system is smaller and expected to begin processing sooner, according to Lankenau. He said the JatroDiesel system could eventually become a backup to the larger Superior Process system. "We started [the JatroDiesel system] to start small and get into production sooner," Lankenau said.
Both systems use a batch process and are capable of using multiple feedstocks. Initially, both will rely primarily on soy oil.
American Ag Fuels is also working with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to help local distributors understand the impact of the federal biodiesel tax credit. Lankenau said his group is looking to facilitate seminars for distributors and having IRS representatives speak to the distributors.

More information on American Ag Fuels can be found online at
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