Department of Defense contract awarded to Red Rock Biofuels

By Chris Hanson | June 26, 2013

Red Rock Biofuels LLC, a subsidiary of IR1 Group, secured a $4.1 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense for drop-in jet fuel created from woody biomass.

Terry Kulesa, president and cofounder of Red Rock Biofuels, explained the award will be used towards getting one of the company’s sites “shovel ready” for development. Once construction is completed, the site will consume 175,000 dry tons of woody biomass each year to produce 16 million gallons of products, such as drop-in jet fuel, biodiesel and naphtha.

Kulesa indicated under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program, there are multiple rounds of grant availability for past contract winners. He added after the next round, RRB is planning to move to commercial development.

Red Rock is only one of four biofuel projects by IR1 Group. The parent company is also a co-developer of Alberta Ethanol and Biodiesel, a lead developer for Mendota Bioenergy LLC, and manages the Amaizeingly Green plant in Collingwood, Ontario.

Developing biobased jet fuel is a vital topic to Kulesa. “I just think jet fuel will be very important in the future as carbon emissions become more of an issue for countries,” he said.