Stinkweed Smells of Potential

Alberta project works to make pennycress biodiesel a reality
By Erin Voegele | January 12, 2011

Field pennycress, also known as stinkweed, may be an ideal biodiesel feedstock in Canada due to its superior cold flow capabilities and ability to grow on marginal cropland. A project initiated by All Peace Industries and its owner Stan Peacock aims to relocate an existing idle 17.5 MMgy biodiesel plant from Warren, Mich., to a location in the High Prairie region of northwestern Alberta for the production of pennycress biodiesel.

The Michigan-based plant is currently owned by The Power Alternative Inc. According to TPA President Jim Padilla Jr., his company not only intends to sell its plant to All Peace, but will also serve as a partner in the Alberta project. “We’re already in partnership with All Peace as far as developing the pennycress feed and the potential for it,” Padilla said.

While All Peace is still working to secure necessary funding, Padilla estimates the plant could be up and running in Alberta by the third or fourth quarter of 2011. That timeframe is based on TPA’s initial experience installing the plant in Warren. “Having been through the launch curve and everything else with our facility here, we’re going to bring that capacity online quickly for them,” Padilla says.

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