BeetsAll Biofuel is committed to developing sustainable advanced biofuel facilities that use energy beet feedstock to create ethanol through a simple, direct process – benefiting our earth, local growers, and rural economies.

Benefits

BeetsAll Biofuel is good for North Dakota growers. By raising energy beets, growers could realize greater farm income as well as soil and crop rotation benefits.

BeetsAll Biofuel is good for the earth. Beets produce double the ethanol per acre than corn and beet-based ethanol produces half the greenhouse gasses than petroleum fuel. And its processing facilities have a low carbon footprint.

BeetsAll Biofuel is good for rural North Dakota economies. The processing facilities will create dozens of quality jobs and support local farm production.

Organization

BeetsAll Biofuel is the result of a formal partnership between the Green Vision Group (GVG) and Heartland Renewable Energy (HRE) with key research provided by North Dakota State University (NDSU).

The journey began in 2007 when the principals of the GVG considered the possibility of creating advanced biofuel facilities in North Dakota, where they are based. They initially began researching European sugar beet feedstock for biobutanol. GVG was organized in 2008 and the objective switched from considering biobutanol to researching sugar-based ethanol.

HRE, which is based in Muscatine, Iowa, was organized in 2007. It held a private offering and completed a BBI feasibility study, which found positive results for an advanced biofuel facility based on energy beet feedstock in Iowa. HRE then completed a tabletop burn test for leftover stillage waste, built and operated a fermentation pilot plant, and produced 40 tons per acre beets on yield trial plots. In 2009, HRE secured a patent on the stillage waste process and compiled table top burn tests for the stillage.

In 2009, GVG partnered with HRE and initiated phase one of the plan, which included economic feasibility tests and energy beet yield trials in various locations across North Dakota.

In 2010, GVG and HRE formally came together to form BeetsAll Biofuel. The group is working on the demonstration-scale facility to make an advanced biofuel and high-value chemicals using locally grown energy beets. They have partnered with NDSU on an economic feasibility study, energy beet yield trials, and juice storage research that enables year-round processing. They are also working to attain EPA approval of beet-based ethanol as an advanced biofuel.

Lloyd Anderson

Lloyd Anderson is a partner in the Green Vision Group, a Fargo-based company that has been studying sugar-based fuel production in North Dakota since 2008.

His professional career has included positions in manufacturing engineering, food processing plant management, and as a principal (owner) and director of consulting in a multi-state CPA/business consulting firm.

For the last 11 years, he has served as CEO or project manager for new ventures primarily aimed at rural development. These projects include the recently completed 170 MW Luverne wind farm. Anderson, a registered professional engineer, also was involved in bringing the potato processing plant to Jamestown.

Maynard Helgaas

Maynard Helgaas is the president of Green Vision Group, a Fargo-based company that has been studying sugar-based fuel production in North Dakota since 2008.

He has an extensive agricultural, business and financial management background as a former potato producer, John Deere dealership owner, and longtime manager of Midwest Agri-Development Corp. He was president and chairman of Central Dakota Growers in the early ‘90s that brought a potato processing plant to Jamestown.

Helgaas has earned NDSU’s Outstanding Agriculturist Award, Agribusiness Achievement award, and Outstanding Contributions to Agriculture award.

Rick Whittaker

Rick Whittaker is co-founder, president and CEO of Heartland Renewable Energy of Muscatine, Iowa, a company formed to produce ethanol using alternative feedstocks.

Whittaker has worked in the corn wet milling and distilling industry for 30 years and has extensive experience in construction management and alcohol plant design. He holds an associate civil engineering degree.

He has performed project management and construction duties for multiple projects including a waste treatment facility in Muscatine and a new 100 MGY alcohol plant in Washington, Iowa.

Rod
Holth

Rod Holth is a partner in the Green Vision Group, a Fargo-based company that has been studying sugar-based fuel production in North Dakota since 2008.

He has a strong background in financial lending and institutional management, and is the founder of several value-added agribusinesses including an early pioneer potato farm that contracted potatoes with the plant at Jamestown.

Holth is the founder of the Commercial Vegetable Growers of North Dakota as well as Northern Plains Market Development Company.