Small-scale Step Forward

Allard inks distributorship deal with Synenergy
By Holly Jessen | March 05, 2012

Allard Energy Inc., a Farmersville, Texas-based company that has developed small-scale modular ethanol refineries, is now working with Synenergy Limited LLC. At of the end of January, the two companies announced that Synenergy now holds the exclusive license to distribute Allard technologies as well as provide ethanol production services in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Synenergy will work with Allard Energy to provide services in the areas of venture feasibility, business models, plant layout, feedstock analysis, installation of system modules as well as assistance with training and start-up, the company says. Worldwide, the Michigan company can also sell Allard refineries nonexclusively.

Tom Burgess, general manager of Synenergy, called Allard’s ethanol production technologies cutting edge. “Keeping feedstock, ethanol production and ethanol distribution local is the future of a sustainable fuel production model,” he says. “Allard Energy’s advanced technologies and product line provides an opportunity for the small- to medium-sized entrepreneur to transform waste management-related issues into a profit center.”

Allard’s refineries range in size and output from the 2 gallon-per-hour/21,000 gallon-per-year model to the 200 gallon-per-hour/1.6 MMgy model. Although there’s no limit on the number of modules that can be networked,  Allard has said the optimal plant size for one location is about 200 to 500 gallons per hour of ethanol output.

Allard’s emphasis is on producing ethanol from organic and industrial waste rather than food or commodity-based products. The company works to turn ideas into workable products cost effectively in a short period of time. “One of our goals is to promote an ‘open source’ approach to our products, which means that we intend on making an open system approach available to everyone,” according to information on the company’s website. “We don’t believe in building an inventory of intellectual property and then leveraging patent protection against others, nor do we want to evolve into a company that spends more on legal fees protecting its ‘proprietary’ works ahead of actually investing to producing products that reach the market and solve problems today.”  —Holly Jessen