Who we are
Future Fuel Ltd. is located in Two Hills County, close to Vegreville, Alberta. We are a producer of Fuel Grade Ethanol for the Western Canadian Market and Wet Distillers grain for cattle feed. We convert approximately 105,000 metric tonnes of locally grown, high-starch, wheat into 40 million litres of ethanol on an annual basis.
Ethanol is blended with gasoline to make a renewable transport fuel consisting of unleaded gas blended with up to 10% bioethanol. It can be used in gasoline-powered vehicles manufactured since the 1980s. Most gasoline-powered vehicles can run on a blend consisting of gasoline and up to 10 percent ethanol, which is available at some regular service stations across Canada.
• Ethanol burns more cleanly and completely than gasoline.
• Ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions because the high starch wheat varieties that are used to make the ethanol absorb carbon dioxide as they grow.
• In 2016, Clean Energy Canada calculated that biofuel use is 3.9 million m3, equivalent to 5% of all gasoline and diesel use in Canada.
To make animal feed, wheat is milled, heated and fermented. The starch converts to ethanol which is used for transport fuel. This leaves a mixture of protein, fibre, oil and minerals, called stillage.
The solids are separated out as a high protein cattle feed called wet distillers grain.Because the starch has been used to make ethanol, the concentration of fat, protein, fibre, phosphorous and sulfur are much higher than in the original wheat. This makes wet distillers grain an excellent source of protein and calories for ruminants, such as cows. Over a third of Canada’s cattle are in Alberta, therefore this rich food source is important to the Province.