About 22 trucks arrive daily at Koda Energy delivering agricultural byproducts, like chaff, seeds, oat hulls and wood chips. On this day, a sawdust-like material is unloaded into the receiving hopper. It takes about 20 minutes for a truck to unload. - Shakopee, Minnesota photos
Koda Energy, a partnership between Rahr Malting and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota Community, is turning biomass waste into environmentally friendly energy. Fully operational since late May, the $60 million-plus energy plant is the first biomass facility in the state that burns only natural, non-man made materials. It turns leftover agricultural products, like chaff, seeds, wood chips and eventually prairie grasses, as well as waste from Rahr Malting into energy to fuel your home.