Quad County Corn Processes First Cellulosic Ethanol

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Quad County Corn Processors of Galva hit a milestone by becoming the first plant in Iowa to deliver commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol. CEO Delayne Johnson says plant is the first to use a new innovative “bolt-on” process that takes the fiber left after corn starch ethanol production and converts it into cellulosic ethanol.

He says the process will allow the farmer-owned plant which currently produces 35 million gallons of ethanol a year to produce an additional 2 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol. The process also improves DDG quality.

Johnson says he’s optimistic about the cellulosic ethanol industry, but points out political certainty is needed to advance production in the future….this includes the Renewable Fuels Standard.

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