Iowa ethanol plant breaks ground on new ethanol project
JOHNSTON – The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association attended the Quad County Corn Processors’ formal ground breaking event to celebrate the start of construction on Quad County’s Adding Cellulosic Ethanol project. The new “bolt-on” process will add the capability to convert corn kernel fiber into cellulosic ethanol at Quad County’s existing 35 million gallon per year ethanol plant in Galva, Iowa.
“The greatest benefactors will be the Galva community, our shareholders, the ethanol industry, and the consumer,” stated Quad County General Manager Delayne Johnson. “Investing $8.5 million in our new process will add several jobs here at the plant, allow us to produce more ethanol from the same amount of corn, help us contribute to the nation’s supply of cellulosic ethanol, and will continue to lower prices at the pump for consumers.”
The add-on cellulosic ethanol technology will increase the plant’s 35 million gallon annualized capacity by about 6 percent. Johnson also noted that the new technology will improve the plant’s distillers grains co-product. “As a result of the new process, the DDGs will be much more similar to a corn gluten meal. It will increase the protein content by about 40 percent,” added Johnson. “We also expect to see a boost in corn oil extraction by about 300 percent.”
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