Ethanol plant pursues corn fractionation technology

By | May 09, 2008
An unnamed ethanol plant has agreed to install Quick Germ Quick Fiber, a corn fractionation technology patented by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and offered by FCStone Carbon LLC and Maize Processing Innovators Inc. Mike Kinley, vice president of technology for FCStone Carbon, said construction at the plant should begin in early summer and take approximately 12 months. The companies say the technology gives dry-grind ethanol plants the flexibility of a wet mill. It utilizes a short soaking step to generate a more pristine germ and fiber fraction. This allows for the use of food-grade corn oil and minimizes the starch loss that accompanies many dry-fractionation techniques. "We also offer a financial package, so plants can make it work with their current debt structure," Kinley said. Other plants are also considering the technology, he added.