Vertically designed plant breaks ground in Illinois

By Staff | September 23, 2013

Goodfield, Ill.-based Chip Energy recently broke ground on a biomass recycling and pelletizing plant. Once complete, the prototype plant will be capable of producing 100 tons per day of condensed biomass in the form of pellet, briquette and log products. The plant is designed to take in a variety of feedstock sources, including wood waste, energy crops and agricultural residues. According to Paul Wever, president of Chip Energy, the plant is expected to be operational during the third quarter of this year.
The plant is being constructed using recycled shipping containers configured in a vertical fashion. The footprint of the plant spans only 70 feet by 104 feet, but reaches 70 feet high. Wever said the design increases the efficiency of the facility.

In addition to owning Chip Energy, Wever also operates a construction equipment company that prototypes and constructs specialized tools for the off-highway equipment industry. He has leveraged that experience to design and develop the pellet plant, with the goal of supplying the equipment and technology to a range of customers, particularly those in the power and cellulosic fuels industries.