June 18, 2008

Ethanol Industry Refining Process

Finding new revenue streams and increasing efficiency are the main attractions at this week's International Fuel Ethanol Workshops in Nashville.

On Tuesday, Cereal Process Technologies shared the results of tests conducted last week on its dry fractionation technology at its Renew Energy facility in Jefferson, Wis.

The technology is similar to a new process rolled out on Monday by Colwich-based ICM Inc., in that it more completely uses corn components to produce more ethanol. It also uses less energy and provides new high-value byproducts.

"What we are trying to do is re-energize the ethanol industry with technology that improves profitability and increases efficiency," said Cereal Process Technologies spokesman Reg Ankrom.

The company's new technology further develops the separation of the oil-rich germ from the bran and starch of the corn kernel.

The germ is marketed by Cereal Process Technologies through a partner company in California that produces corn oil for the human food market.

Renew Energy is marketing a higher-protein animal feed called Renew Meal, which it believes will be competitive with soybean meal as an animal feed ingredient.

The company does not plan to produce protein for human consumption. That is a component of the ICM process being developed in partnership with Lifeline Foods at their plant in St. Joseph, Mo.

David Vander Griend, president of ICM, said his company will be able to work with ethanol plants that want to use Cereal Process Technologies' new technique to make the conversion.

ICM has installed its dry milling equipment at the plant it owns with Lifeline Foods and has at least one other installation planned in the immediate future. Vander Griend said the goal is to begin a dry fractionation conversion in at least nine existing plants in 2009.

Ankrom said Cereal Process Technologies plans to build four additional fractionation plants, working with a building partner.

The International Ethanol Fuels Workshop concludes today.