Another cellulosic project in the spotlight
Just days after the big grand opening of POET-DSM’s cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa, another Iowa-based cellulosic ethanol project will take its turn in the spotlight.
On Tuesday, September 9th, ethanol producer Quad County Corn Processors of Galva will host a grand opening event for its new “bolt-on” biorefinery that is turning corn kernel fibers into cellulosic ethanol. Delayne Johnson, CEO of the Quad County plant, says the new process stretches the production capacity of each and every corn kernel that passes through their plant.
“We’re converting the corn kernel cellulose into cellulosic ethanol. When we do that it also releases more of the corn oil that becomes available for separation and recovery,” Johnson says, “and by taking those two products out, the third thing it would do is increase the protein content of our DDG feed product that we’re selling into the feed marketplace.
“So it’s kind of a three-pronged event—just becoming more efficient with the kernel we’re already buying.”
Johnson says the process increases the ethanol output of that corn kernel by six percent. Quad County hopes to license the technology to other ethanol plants.