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Fueling Green Growth and Innovation

Minnesota is changing the way the country is producing and consuming energy, food and health products through biomaterials and biotechnology.

The state was the first in the country to require a 5 percent biodiesel blend in most diesel fuels. Minnesota ranks first in the number of gas pumps (378) offering E85 (2018) and fourth in ethanol production capacity with 1.2 billion gallons (2017).

The state is also home to internationally known biomaterials superpowers such as Cargill and 3M – as well as a deep bench of smaller companies developing and selling innovative products.

Biofuels and Biomaterials Companies

In addition to fuels, our companies produce everything from clothing, bottles, films, packaging and textiles made from renewable polymers to isobutanol, a versatile chemical for the liquid fuels and petrochemical market.

Biofuels and biomaterials companies include:

  • 3M
  • Advanced BioEnergy
  • Al-Corn Clean Fuel
  • Archer Daniels Midland
  • BioAmber
  • Cargill
  • Central MN Renewables/Green Biologics
  • Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co.
  • Corn Plus
  • Gevo
  • Granite Falls Energy
  • Green Plains
  • Highwater Ethanol
  • Minnesota Soybean Processors
  • NatureWorks
  • Valero Renewable Fuels

Sources: Hoovers Database, company websites

R&D Partnership Opportunities

The potential for collaboration and partnership in the research, development and commercialization of biomaterials and biofuels is tremendous.

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is a research leader when it comes to the production of bioenergy and biobased products that will lead to the development of sustainable regional systems. The university’s department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering’s research and academic programs are at the forefront of discovery. Core areas include bioprocessing, environmental and ecological engineering, food production and advanced building systems, and energy efficiency.

Biofuels Incentives

The Bioincentive Program offered through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture provides production payments to encourage commercial-scale production of advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals, and thermal energy production from biomass.

For More Information

Learn more about the Bioincentive Program.

Contact us to find out more about biofuels and biomaterials in Minnesota.

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