Hairy Hill Integrated bioRefinery™ Project Prepares for Intensified Construction Period in 2010
October 19, 2009
For Immediate Release
Hairy Hill, AB. Growing Power Hairy Hill (“GPHH”) is developing Canada’s first Integrated bioRefinery, a $100+ million facility that will produce Green Power, bioFertilizer and Fuel Ethanol in a food PLUS fuel way.
Integrated bioRefinery Prepares for 2010
The GPHH Integrated bioRefinery project is preparing for an intensified period of construction in 2010, contingent on final financing from both private and government sources. The GPHH facility, made up of an ethanol production plant and one of the world’s largest Anaerobic Digestion plants, will be on line in 2011, producing the most energy efficient fuels commercially available.
The construction schedule will see the existing Anaerobic Digestion plant on the GPHH site shut down for an extended period of time while it is expanded 400% and updated with the latest technology.
During the construction period, across all full-time and part-time, direct and indirect jobs, GPHH will generate over 2,000 person-months of employment for tradespeople, engineers, and corporate personnel. Before construction is completed, the new facility will also hire over 20 ongoing full time, skilled staff into the area. It will also deliver more training/skills in plant operations and maintenance for existing staff as well as at the adjacent feedlot. Naturally, given that this project is over $100 million in value, the Counties of Two Hills and Minburn will enjoy the spin-off benefits of having more activity. During this time of economic doom & gloom, GPHH will be a shot in the arm for local restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, supply depots and tool vendors—among others—not only during construction but well into the lifetime of the community.
What’s Under the Hood
The GPHH facility will produce 40 million liters of fuel ethanol annually from 4 million bushels of locallly grown wheat which is purchased through Providence Grain Group Inc. who is also an investor in the project. The ethanol plant is powered by almost 100% renewable energy made from over 400 tonnes of feedlot cattle manure each and every day. This is a triple-win made possible by the patented technology of Highmark Renewables Research L.P., a Canadian renewable energy success story. Using Highmark’s IMUSTM (Integrated bioMass Utilization System) know-how, trade secrets, and patented science, GPHH reduces the odor and nutrient loading issues associated with stockpiling and land-applying manure.
Other Highmark technologies apply to municipal sewer systems and landfills in towns ranging from the size of Two Hills to millions of people, converting sewage and green waste to renewable energy.
GPHH turns ‘waste’ into a resource that produces a truly renewable vehicle fuel. Doing it this way reduces greenhouse gas and other pollution in a very significant way. Then, at the end of the process, all that is good about manure (a natural, soil enhancing fertilizer) is preserved in a nutrient-stabilized, odor-free, bio-based fertilizer.