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Effort to create renewable oilheat from Charlotte dairy farm may help protect lakes and streams from farm runoff

On September 3, 2015, GSR Solutions announced a pilot program in partnership with Nordic Farm in Charlotte, Vermont. The pilot uses breakthrough technology to protect Vermont’s lakes and streams from runoff by harnessing the power of farm waste to produce a liquid biofuel that can be used to heat our homes, power our vehicles, and fly our planes.

The Vermont Fuel Dealers Association recently received a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant to assess the feasibility of a sustainable distillate fuel production facility that utilizes farm waste materials. GSR Solutions conducted the research at the Nordic Dairy Farm in Charlotte. 

“The potential for protecting the lake, helping farmers and creating renewable fuels for home heating and diesel vehicles is enormous,” said Anju Dahiya, President of GSR Solutions.

GSR Solutions’ breakthrough technology feeds nutrient-rich agricultural and other industries’ waste streams to high performance algae, converting and recycling it into useful products such as fertilizer and fuels while it captures phosphorous and nitrogen that could otherwise runoff into lakes and streams.

This method of growing oleaginous algae from the nutrient rich, organic carbon waste streams found on Vermont dairy farms produces a distillate biofuel that can be blended into the existing oilheat supply. In this closed loop system, dairy farmers can create a granular organic fertilizer that will reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus flowing into Vermont’s lakes and streams. Farmers can sell the algae derived biofuel to their local fuel dealer or use it on the farm. The process also shows promise of boosting the output of methane digesters to create renewable electricity. The technology piloted at the 300-cow Nordic Farm will produce 20,000 to 30,000 gallons of sustainable jet, diesel and home heating oil per year, according to studies completed last year in cooperation with USDA Rural Development.

For more information about this project, contact VFDA.

Watch news coverage of the project here.