Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP), Galva, Iowa, hosted a grand opening of its cellulosic ethanol facility this week. The ethanol plant’s new “bolt-on” refinery turns corn kernel fibers into cellulosic ethanol using Cellerate™ technology. A collaboration between Syngenta and Cellulosic Ethanol Technologies, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of QCCP), Cellerate is designed to boost an ethanol plant’s production by allowing the corn kernel fiber to be converted into cellulosic ethanol.
Ethanol plants can integrate Cellerate process technology into their existing production process. In conjunction with Enogen corn enzyme technology, Cellerate is expected to increase ethanol yields by six percent, increase corn oil removal by three times and create a feed product that is high in protein and low in fiber. Syngenta is licensing the bolt-on process to other ethanol plants.
QCCP Plant Engineer Travis Brotherson said that at the Galva facility, the technology will help create 2 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol out of the corn kernel cellulose that is already on site.
The grand opening ceremony featured speeches by Lillian Salerno, administrator of USDA’s Rural Business Cooperative Service; Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey; Bob Dinneen, president and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association. Also addressing the audience were Monte Shaw, executive director, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association; Brian Jennings, executive vice president, American Coalition for Ethanol; Jan Koninckx, business director, Biofuels, DuPont; David Witherspoon, head, Renewable Fuels, Syngenta; and Kelly Manning, vice president, development, Growth Energy.
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