New Generation expands to Puerto Rico, Atlantic Canada

By Susanne Retka Schill | September 18, 2009
Posted October 14, 2009

New Generation Biofuels Holdings Inc. is expanding the reach of its emulsification-based biofuel technology. The company announced a letter of intent has been signed with Ace Biofuels of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to license its technology for a proposed facility in the U.S. territory.

"The whole of Puerto Rico is in the process of exploring a number of alternative and renewable energy options to decrease dependence on fossil fuels and help to decrease the impact that global warming could have on the island," said Edgardo Fabregas Rios president of Ace Biofuels. "With NGBF's unique biofuel technology we can help not only our customers, but our country as well." Ace Biofuels is a subsidiary of the Caribbean engineering firm, Ace Engineering & Management Ltd. Initial targets for the biofuel are boiler applications in locations with no access to natural gas and limited opportunities beyond fossil fuels for a renewable energy source.

Under the terms of the agreement, a successful completion of a biofuel test in a Cleaver-Brooks boiler at a Puerto Rico manufacturing firm is required before work will begin on the facility. Production is expected to begin early in 2010.

In September, the New Generation announced a New York firm has signed letter of intent to license the technology for a plant to be located in the Atlantic Canada region. Eden Renewable Energy LLC will pay a licensing fee of 10 cents per gallon of biofuel produced and sold, with Eden given the exclusive rights for the Maritime provinces of Newfoundland, Novia Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

New Generation brought a 5 MMgy plant on line in Baltimore at the beginning of the year. The plant uses an Italian emulsification process that combines vegetable oil, water and additives into a biofuel that can be used as a replacement for diesel and fuel oil. The company has targeted industrial boilers and heating as its initial market, along with developing licensees for the technology. New Generation holds a license for development in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
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