- QCCP invests $8.5m for cellulosic addition.
- Technology turns corn kernel fiber into ethanol.
- ACE project to produce 2m gal. of ethanol.
QUAD County Corn Processors (QCCP) broke ground last week on its new cellulosic "bolt-on" ethanol plant in Galva, Iowa.
Community leaders, industry representatives and politicians joined QCCP general manager Delayne Johnson in celebrating this milestone for the ethanol plant.
"I applaud Quad County for proving that the first and second generations of ethanol are literally 'bolted' together," Bob Dinneen, Renewable Fuels Assn. president and chief executive officer, said. "The future is now, and the present is future. Cellulosic production will soon begin side by side with conventional ethanol. Delayne Johnson and his team are to be congratulated for their vision, determination and innovation."
The Adding Cellulosic Ethanol (ACE) project in Galva — an $8.5 million investment — will turn corn kernel fiber, a cellulosic feedstock, into high-octane, clean-burning ethanol. QCCP has been working on the technology for the past four years.
"This technology will create 2 million gal. of cellulosic ethanol out of the corn kernels, a feedstock that we already have on site," Johnson explained. "With the addition of this new cellulosic process, we will stretch the production capacity of each and every corn kernel that passes through our plant.
"We will increase our ethanol yields by 6%, increase our corn oil extraction three times over while also creating a higher-protein livestock feed. This is value-added agriculture at its best," Johnson continued.
As part of the Biomass Research & Development Initiative, QCCP received a $4.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy. The ACE project is a direct result of receiving the funding.
"I have consistently said we should work to add value as close to the corn stalk as possible, and that is exactly what is happening in Galva," Rep. Steve King (R., Iowa) said at the groundbreaking ceremony. "They have found new ways to squeeze even more out of a bushel of corn, and this is paving the way for new technology both here in Iowa and across the country."
Since 2000, QCCP has operated a 35 million gal.-per-year corn ethanol biorefinery with 35 full-time employees. The ACE project will create 55-75 construction jobs as well as five additional full-time jobs, which will bring the company's total to 40 employees.