December 03, 2010
Greenbelt Resources Corporation Conducts First Beverage Waste-to-Ethanol Conversion Study at Operational Pilot Plant
announced that the Diversified Ethanol Corporation (wholly-owned subsidiary) pilot plant for mid-scale ethanol production is in full operation and conducting feedstock conversions. The plant, located in Paso Robles, California, is currently converting waste to ethanol using wine and beer feedstocks from outside sources to generate data for customer pilot studies for beverage industry customers. Beginning in 2011 the plant will be available for testing a variety of other organic wastes.
The pilot plant has a capacity of 70,000 proof gallons per year. Energy efficient custom plants can be designed with capacities ranging from 50,000 to five million gallons per year. The company’s primary purpose for the plant is to pilot third party feasibility studies for customers including food and beverage waste generators, cellulosic enzyme developers, waste management companies, universities and other organic waste producers.
The plant processing equipment can process virtually any feedstock and extends its versatility with the load-in set-up to allow for varied physical requirements and source material. In addition to the success of the current beverage waste study, pilot studies can also be conducted on cellulosic feedstocks such as switchgrass or sorghum as well as starch-rich grains and fruits and vegetables. Future studies will continue to provide information instrumental in scaling-up efficient processing capacity.
See Also :
California Company to Produce Ethanol From Waste Sugars