Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Local company turns wine-production waste into grape-seed oil

Finger Lakes business Seneca BioEnergy is using the remains from wine-making to create grape seed oil.  The  oil tastes slightly nutty, is relatively low fat, has a high smoke point, and can be used in recipes that call for olive oil.

"This is the first Finger Lakes grapeseed oil, harvested from Finger Lakes grapes, processed in the Finger Lakes, and sold in the Finger Lakes," said CEO Michael Coia in a recent article about the project
(and this article provides more background).

Based in Romulus, NY, the company is also working on biodiesel and biomass energy from agricultural waste.

The following youtube video explains the transition from an Army Base into Seneca BioEnergy.

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