The process utilizes a short soaking step and generates a more pristine germ and fiber fraction, minimizing the starch loss found with alternative dry fractionation techniques.
Biofuels plants recognized for energy efficiency
EPA has recognized POET Biorefining in Ashton, IA, and East KS Agri-Energy, LLC in Garnett, TN., for reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. ENERGY STAR awards were given to these facilities at the 24th annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo in Nashville, Tenn.
In April 2004, POET began full production at an ethanol plant in Ashton. Electricity is generated by a natural gas-fired turbine, which requires approximately 16 % less fuel than typical on-site thermal generation and purchased electricity. Based on this comparison, the system reduces carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 18,900 tons/year, which is equivalent to removing the annual emissions from 3,100 cars or planting 3,900 acres of forest.
The East Kansas Agri-Energy dry mill ethanol plant in Garnett, KS., began production in 2005. The steam turbine system generates approximately one-third of the facility’s electrical demands. It requires approximately 23% less fuel than typical on-site thermal generation and purchased electricity. Based on this comparison, the plant reduces carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 14,500 tons/year, which is equivalent to removing the annual emissions from 2,400 cars or planting 3,000 acres of forest.
Iowans vote to increase checkoff by 50%
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced that the state’s corn growers overwhelmingly voted to increase the state’s corn checkoff from a 1/2 to 3/4 cent/bushel. Preliminary results of the July 8 poll show 73% voted in favor of the increase and 27% voted against it.