Fulcrum BioEnergy, based in Pleasanton, California, has selected Gary, Indiana, as the location of its Centerpoint BioFuels Plant, which will convert municipal solid waste into low-carbon, renewable transportation fuel.
Sierra BioFuels Plant (Fulcrum)
"Launching our business in Indiana is an important next step in expanding Fulcrum's capabilities to new cities rich in innovation and opportunity," said Jim Macias, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fulcrum. "Fulcrum's municipal solid waste-to-fuels process will help reduce the impacts from climate change and boost the economy by producing low-carbon transportation fuel as well as bringing high-paying jobs and investment to northwest Indiana."
Construction is expected to begin in 2020 and will take approximately 18-24 months to complete. Once operational, the Centerpoint plant will divert and process approximately 700,000 tons of waste from the Greater Chicago area. The plant will process the waste, which will be converted offsite into a prepared feedstock, and will produce approximately 33 million gallons of fuel annually. Centerpoint will deploy Fulcrum's proprietary process which reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80 percent when compared to conventional fossil fuels.
Fulcrum's Centerpoint plant will be the company's second waste-to-fuels plant. In late 2017, Fulcrum began construction on the Sierra BioFuels Plant located near Reno, Nevada. When the Sierra plant begins operations in early 2020, it will be the first commercial-scale waste-to-fuels plant in the United States.