June 14, 2010
The Corn Plus Board of Directors voted to license and acquire Arisdyne’s patented cavitation system, which will enable the plant to increase ethanol production by 4% or more over the yield produced previously on the same volume of corn consumed. Cavitation’s intense power assists ethanol plants with converting higher percentages of available starch from a bushel of corn without making investments in new capital, consuming large amounts of power, or degrading process capacities.
Arisdyne and Corn Plus have been working together to install a retrofit system at the Winnebago plant, which conducted a test at full capacity over a period of two months without any interruption. “The cooperation and team work of this project enabled us to install and start up the system in a week,” noted Fred Clarke, Executive Vice President of Arisdyne. “During the two-month test, both the operations and lab teams were invaluable in monitoring and measuring data and sharing results all along the way.” Corn Plus has been a respected pioneer in adopting new technologies over the past decade, which led the Arisdyne team to seek their cooperation in this test initiative.
“We continuously scan the industry for new ideas to increase revenues, reduce costs, and improve capital efficiency – all with a view toward improved profitability and a lower carbon footprint of our fuels and its production,” commented Keith Kor, General Manager of Corn Plus. “Accessing greater starch has been a challenge that many have tried to solve. We have looked at or tried most technologies available today and are convinced that Arisdyne’s cavitation technology is the most efficient and cost effective means of exposing more starch through particle size reduction.”
“Seeking ways to improve efficiency and reduce production costs are critical challenges to corn-based ethanol producers,” explained Dr. Reimers, President and CEO of Arisdyne. “Since today’s plants cannot expand their capacities for economies of scale, yield improvements must be implemented to improve margins. Making more starch available for fermentation is the first step. The second step will be to simultaneously convert cellulose from corn fiber to ethanol. Accomplishing both steps concurrently with the same equipment demonstrates the advance fuel potential for current corn-based plants within the existing infrastructure.”
Corn Plus and Arisdyne will continue to explore alternative methods and configurations of production, in conjunction with their collaboration partners Critical Path Management (CPM) and IntegroServices as well as others, to introduce the system to the industry and further enhance the ethanol production potential.
Source : Press Release
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