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Monsanto, Cargill team up for pilot next-generation ethanol facility

Agriculture.com Staff 01/20/2006 @ 3:07pm

Working toward more efficient ethanol production and improved co-product values, Renessen LLC is planning to build a pilot-scale facility at Cargill's Iowa BioProcessing Center campus in Eddyville, Iowa. Renessen is a joint venture between Cargill and Monsanto. The facility will test a system in which corn hybrids specially engineered for increased energy and nutrient levels will be combined with a novel dry corn separation technique designed for ethanol facilities.

A limited number of bushels of corn will be contracted with Iowa farmers for the 2006 growing season to ensure a ready supply in time for the pilot plant's expected opening in January 2007.

Michael Stern, CEO of Renessen noted there recently has been a concerted market push for new technologies that will enhance ethanol production and improve co-product values.

"Our process does both, and also will greatly reduce the need for natural gas to dry the non-fermentable material," he said in a release.

The system would allow a standard dry-grind ethanol plant to produce several products on site, including:

Corn oil for food and biodiesel

A nutrient-rich feed ingredient for use in swine and poultry production

A more easily fermentable ethanol medium

An enhanced form of distiller dried grains with solubles (DDGS), the standard cattle feed co-product of today's ethanol dry milling process

Renessen says the new production process is expected to be more profitable because the nutrient-rich feed ingredient, the corn oil, and the enhanced DDGS produced all have potentially greater value than today's traditional dry-grind ethanol co-products.

The pilot plant will provide engineering data to help Renessen refine specifications for building a full-scale commercial plant and developing livestock feed markets. Assuming successful testing of the process at the Eddyville pilot facility, Renessen says it plans to actively seek ethanol partners for commercialization of the technology.

Working toward more efficient ethanol production and improved co-product values, Renessen LLC is planning to build a pilot-scale facility at Cargill's Iowa BioProcessing Center campus in Eddyville, Iowa. Renessen is a joint venture between Cargill and Monsanto. The facility will test a system in which corn hybrids specially engineered for increased energy and nutrient levels will be combined with a novel dry corn separation technique designed for ethanol facilities.

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