Saturday, March 7, 2009

KL Process Design Group Goes Public and Changes Name to KL Energy Corp.

Rapid City, SD—KL Energy Corp. (OTCBB: KLEG) announced October 8 that it has acquired KL Process Design Group (KLPDG), a leading process design and engineering firm and a pioneer in the commercialization of second generation cellulose-based ethanol (CBE) production.

This acquisition and accompanying funding will allow KL Energy Corp. to develop its second commercial scale CBE production facility.

Ethanol produced from cellulose is an alternative energy source highly-anticipated globally as a means of generating energy production through various waste materials and biomass and therefore does not come into competition with food sources.

In connection with the transaction, $6.1 million in notes made in anticipation of the transaction and held by European institutional investors Fair Energy (through affiliate company Niton Capital) and The Green Fund, were converted into common stock in KL Energy Corp.

KL Energy Corp. (previously KLPDG) was formed early in 2000 to focus on the design and production of bio-ethanol plants, with projects focused on efficient construction, process optimization, and industry leading energy-efficiencies.

Applying their advanced engineering skills and knowledge gained in petrochemical process design, the Company has become a leader in the design and optimization of grain-based ethanol (GBE) plants.

Simultaneously KL worked to design, build and operate the first small commercial scale 2nd generation cellulose-based ethanol (CBE) plant in the United States.

Since January of 2008, the Company has been successfully producing cellulosic ethanol using waste wood as feedstock, at its commercial scale facility near Upton, Wyoming.

The first facility of its kind in the country, the new plant was completely designed, engineered, constructed and is being operated by KL Energy (KL).

The current success is the result of six years of development efforts between KL and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

KL's cellulosic ethanol plant is supplying fuel grade ethanol today, which is being used in traditional and high performance motor-sport applications (ALMS).

KL's "zero radius" design concept technology has proven its adaptability to other biomass feedstock based on the geographic availability of feedstock and local economic drivers.

Randy Kramer, KL Energy's President and Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, said, "We are at a major inflection point for our company, as we transition to the public markets as the leader in engineering, design, and production of cellulose ethanol.

"The interest we have developed not only in the United States, but globally since beginning production at our Upton, WY facility has been astounding.

"As world economies continue searching for feasible alternatives to carbon-based fuels relying on non-food feedstock, we believe KL Energy is a leading solution provider having already proven our technology on a commercial scale.

"Our company has the expertise and experience required to address the needs of the United States and International markets with a wide variety of new projects," continued Mr. Kramer.

Dave Litzen, KL Energy's Vice President of Process Engineering, and co-founder, stated, "We have combined our experience of energy efficient corn based ethanol process design with tried and tested petrochemical optimization and design methodologies as our foundation.

"Concentrating our teams combined multi industry experience on the most economic way to design, build and operate CBE plants we have dramatically reduced the development and implementation time lines and economics, enabling us to offer to the market financially viable commercial scale CBE production today.

"We have established what we believe are the most environmentally friendly methods of extraction and production of cellulose ethanol currently available for commercial implementation."

For more information, call 605-718-0372, Ext. 16.

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