Aemetis receives $14 million in CEC grants for Keyes ethanol plant

January 28, 2020 |

In California, Aemetis announced that its subsidiary Aemetis Advanced Fuels Keyes, Inc. has received from the California Energy Commission two grants for a combined total of $14 million to implement upgrades that would reduce natural gas use, lower greenhouse gas emissions, decrease operating costs, and reduce the carbon intensity (“CI”) of fuel grade ethanol produced at the Keyes plant. The cost reduction and revenues increase associated with the upgrades are expected to improve the operating cash flow of the Keyes plant by $13 million each year. 

Aemetis plans to install a 1.56-megawatt photovoltaic micro grid solar array with integrated battery energy storage and an AI-driven power distribution control system, which is expected to significantly reduce the natural gas currently used in generating on-site electricity. In addition, Aemetis plans to upgrade the facility’s evaporation and distillation units with a mechanical vapor recovery system (“MVR”) to further reduce the use of natural gas, lowering CI and increasing expected plant production capacity by approximately 25%.

The new AI-driven distribution control system is expected to improve operational efficiency, assist data collection and analysis, and support employee training.  The upgrades are also expected to create new construction and regular full-time jobs at the Keyes plant and the surrounding communities.  

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