Fremont Industries creates Biofuels Group

By Kris Bevill | March 10, 2008
Web exclusive posted April 7, 2008 at 10:45 a.m. CST

A new division of Fremont Industries has been designed with biofuel producers in mind. The Minnesota based water treatment company has been working for years with the biofuels industry to provide the best water treatment programs possible for biofuel plants. Recently, the company determined that a division devoted entirely to the biofuels industry was needed and so Biofuels Group was created. The new division will help an ethanol plant further reduce its solid discharge levels from the water used during ethanol production.

"The biofuels industry has been a significant market for Fremont for almost 20 years," said Phillip Maloy, director of strategic marketing for the Biofuels Group. "And the recent formation of the new division provides even more focused and committed resources to the unique needs of the [biofuels] industry."

The Biofuels Group, created Jan.1, will provide any type of biofuels facility with the technology and equipment needed to recycle and reuse its wastewater streams. Chris Robbins, national sales manager for the Biofuels Group, said the first step is to optimize a plant's current water use, then focus on recycling and reuse options. Those things, combined with "creative equipment applications" will reduce the environmental impact of a plant's discharged water, according to Robbins.

The cost of a specialized water treatment program varies depending on the size of the plant and the quality of water being used at the plant. However, the Biofuels Group said it has developed a cost competitive zero-liquid and, in some cases, zero-solids discharge technology that is worth the investment. More information on the program can be found online at

Fremont Industries, which has been a leading provider of water treatment programs and equipment for over 50 years, has been a supporter of the biofuels industry for years. Its 40-vehicle fleet is the only water treatment fleet in the country fueled by E85.