Fulcrum BioEnergy breaks ground on Sierra BioFuels Plant
Sierra will be the nation's first commercial-scale plant converting a municipal solid waste feedstock, or household garbage, that would otherwise be landfilled, into a low-carbon, renewable transportation fuel product.
Sierra, located in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center approximately 20 miles east of Reno, will utilize Fulcrum's proprietary thermochemical process to convert household garbage into low-carbon transportation fuels.
Fulcrum's process has numerous social and environmental benefits, including extending the life of landfills and reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
Compared to the use of traditional petroleum transportation fuel, Fulcrum's process will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80%.
When the plant begins commercial operations in the first quarter of 2020, Sierra will convert approximately 175,000 tons of household garbage into more than 10.5 million gallons of fuel each year.
Through Sierra, Fulcrum will create hundreds of well-paying jobs including approximately 500 during construction, 120 permanent plant operations jobs and many more indirect jobs throughout Northern Nevada. ■