News-Herald Staff Writer

CADIZ- A local native has designs on helping the economy and the environment by targeting Cadiz for a new renewable energy facility.
Ohio Energy Park plans to begin operation in 2013 at the Cadiz-Harrison County Industrial Park and a gathering was held Tuesday at the Jerry L. Stewart Mine Safety Training Center to demonstrate the process. Community leaders joined members of Ohio Energy Park LLC, Nex-Gen Renewable Fuels and Energy-Inc. to view a heat induction apparatus that converts waste and raw material into biofuel. The method uses use ground-up tires, municipal solid waste (MSW) or coal fines and runs them through a process that heats them up to 900 degrees. In turn, it produces a gas that would be condensed into oil for market. The machine is transportable, meaning it can be moved and in operation in relatively quick fashion and the resulting oil product is clean and environmentally sound.
Ohio Energy Park plans to move in this January and become operational going over the next few months. Representatives have eyed space at the Mine Safety Training Center and former W.C. Cardinal but a new site could be built to fit the need.
“The Ohio Energy Park will be based in Cadiz as of Jan. 1,” said Harrisville native Don Cullen, managing member of Ohio Energy Park LLC. “We will have an office at the industrial park with four [people] to start, and within the first two years there will be 100-200. We will bring the machine in the first of the year and be in operation within three months.”
He explained that the group is reclaiming the former Georgetown Prep Plant property, which contains several refuse piles of coal. The material will be recovered, cleaned and added with biomass before being turned into a clean-burning fuel. The land itself will also be used to grow energy crops for the process, while solar energy will be used to power equipment on-site and later sold to other companies that may come to the park. Meanwhile, Nex-Gen and Energy-Inc. would be responsible for creating coal waste briquettes and biodiesel fuel, respectively, while Quad City Innovations would purify discharged water from Cadiz’s wastewater facility, plus the village’s primary and secondary water sources. Cullen said fracking water used in the oil and gas industry would also be cleaned and used again at the well sites. Additionally, the county’s plans for an algae farm would be included to create biodiesel fuel.
“When we reclaim the land, we must grow green products for three years [under EPA guidelines], so we will plant energy crops for feedstock for Energy-Inc. for biodiesel fuel,” Cullen added, saying the energy park also looks to team with municipal waste collectors to take in household waste for recycling. “We would recycle 90 percent of it, and about 50-60 percent is biomass to generate biodiesel fuel. Everything feeds on itself and ties together.”

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