TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/07/13 -- Solutions4CO2 Inc. ("S4CO2" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has executed a Project Development Agreement ("PDA") with Vir-Clar Farm Power, LLC ("Vir-Clar") to build an Integrated Biogas Refinery ("IBR").
Vir-Clar operates an anaerobic digester system at the Vir-Clar dairy farm in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The anaerobic digester uses a mixture of waste manure from 1,450 cattle and off-farm organic feedstock to produce approximately 300 cubic feet per minute of biogas, which is used to generate 750 kWh of electricity. S4CO2 and Vir-Clar have entered into the PDA to build an IBR that is integrated with the existing anaerobic digester system. The IBR upgrades the biogas by separating and removing carbon dioxide, which is utilized in an algae-based production system for high value co-products. Upgrading the biogas improves power production efficiency and extends equipment life while the separated carbon dioxide stream enables additional revenue sources from the sale of algal co-products.
Under the terms of the PDA, both S4CO2 and Vir-Clar will complete the site assessment, algae strain selection and economic feasibility study prior to entering into a final contract. In addition, the PDA sets out the principal terms that the final contract is currently expected to incorporate. In summary, those terms include the following:
1. Provide a site specific license to use the IBR technology for an annual fee of $250,000; 2. Provide the equipment for the IBR platform at a fixed margin of 40%; 3. Provide design, build, operate and maintain ("DBOM") support as required on a fee-for-service basis at a rate to be determined; and 4. Market the co-products globally on a fee-for-service basis at a rate to be determined.
1. Secure a qualified site, gas stream, power source and water in support of the IBR project and obtain the necessary permits; 2. Provide design, build, operation and maintenance support as required on a fee-for-service basis at a rate to be determined; and 3. Provide funding to design, build, operate and maintain a minimum 20- photo-bio-reactor-IBR project at an estimated capital cost between $2.3 million and $3.0 million, depending on the final project configuration.
Subject to the satisfactory completion of site selection, algae strain selection and economic feasibility assessment, S4CO2 and Vir-Clar intend to proceed to a final agreement by April 30, 2013.
North American dairy industry opportunity
According to the Innovation Center for US Dairy there are over 65,000 dairy farms in the United States with herds ranging in size from 50 to 42,000 head. There are over 2,000 farms the size of Vir-Clar or larger (greater than 1,500 head) with currently less than 250 anaerobic digester installations. These 2,000 larger dairy farms offer a sustainable supply of waste manure feedstock and represent the principal target market for the IBR. By reducing AD project payback periods to an estimated three years from the typical five to seven years, the IBR can enable the North American AD biogas industry to expand beyond the current 250 installations.
About Solutions4CO2 Inc.:
Solutions4CO2 Inc. develops industrial waste gas, water, biomass to high-value co-product solutions using proprietary and licensed technologies. Solutions4CO2 is focused on delivering these solutions to the agriculture, municipal and ethanol markets globally under the trademark "Integrated Biogas Refinery". Solutions4CO2 estimates that the IBR's high value revenue streams can result in reduced AD project payback periods of three years from the typical five to seven years.
About Vir-Clar Farm Power, LLC:
Vir-Clar Farm Power, LLC operates an anaerobic digester system at the Vir-Clar dairy farm in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The anaerobic digester uses a mixture of waste manure from 1,450 cattle and off-farm organic feedstock to produce approximately 300 cubic feet per minute of biogas used to generate 750 kWh of electricity.
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