On Tuesday May 3, 2016, Clean Fuel Partners, LLC (Clean Fuel) unveiled its newly improved biodigester facility in Dane, Wisconsin.
Since purchasing the Dane Facility from Clear Horizons in December 2015, Clean Fuel has enhanced operations and environmental safeguards. Company leadership showcased major investments that are enhancing operations including the installation of a new, state-of-the-art centrifuge. Clean Fuel also unveiled exterior upgrades, including new roofing on one of the digester tanks, fresh paint on the buildings and plans for a new receiving building.
Clean Fuel Founder and CEO, John Haeckel was joined by Clean Fuel Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Jessica Niekrasz, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and local dairy farmer Chuck Ripp, whose farm is one of three that provides manure to the facility.
“When we purchased the Dane Facility in December, our initial focus was getting the facility back to normal operations,” said Haeckel. “Now that we have achieved that goal, we are focused on the tremendous potential of this facility to implement the latest innovations and become an industry leader in anaerobic digestion.”
The Dane Facility was launched to address a great need in the community: removing phosphorus in manure from local farms to prevent it from entering runoff into the Yahara chain of lakes. The facility accomplishes this through anaerobic digestion and removal of phosphorus from manure.
“By removing phosphorus, this facility is ensuring families will be able to enjoy the Yahara chain of lakes for generations to come,” said County Executive Parisi. “I am encouraged by the progress we’ve seen under Clean Fuel’s leadership and I look forward to continued success as we work to support Dane County farmers and protect the environment.”
“This facility represents a victory for family dairy farms, and for our lakes,” said Ripp. “I believe it will help us keep Dane County’s economy and environment vibrant well into the future.”