Aqua-Culture receives grant for biodigester plant
Algae Aqua-Culture Technology (AACT), a Whitefish,
Montana company, announced its receipt of a $350,000 government
grant to stimulate the development of Montana’s algae-to-fertilizer
industry. The grant, offered under the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009, was awarded by the Montana Department
of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
AACT will use its grant money to immediately
begin building a wood chip to energy and fertilizer processing
plant in Columbia Falls that will initially employ about nine
people. AACT’s process uses a greenhouse-based algae growth system
and an anaerobic biodigester to transform a blend of the wood
waste and algae into high-value methane for power generation,
as well as into significant amounts of highly valuable organic
fertilizer, according to Kathi Montgomery, Montana DEQ public
The DEQ awarded the grant based on the determination
that AACT would be able to adapt its computerized biomass processing
technology to the existing mill operation and forest products
found at Stoltze Lumber Company mill in Columbia Falls, Montana.
AACT currently operates a demonstration site
at Stoltze Mill and the Recovery Grant money will allow it to
begin building a full-scale 5,550 square-foot Green Power House
and to begin gearing up to meet an accumulating demand for both
its organic fertilizer and its Green Power Houses.