The first dairy-based ethanol plant in the U.S. will break ground later this year.
The Michigan Milk Producers Association and Canadian Dairy Distillery are partnering to turn a dairy byproduct, milk permeate, into ethanol for the biofuels sector.
Dairy Distillery CEO Omid McDonald tells Brownfield he helped create a method to process the milk sugar into a carbon-neutral vodka that’s marketed as VodKow.
“Very early on in the project, I got to learn how there’s an imbalance in dairy where people are drinking less fluid milk and eating more cheese and yogurt, there’s a lot of lactose leftover and different byproducts,” he says.
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