The National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) has agreed to license and support a Controlled Flow Cavitation (CFC) system from Arisdyne Systems, Inc. Arisdyne’s CFC system will be offered as an adjunct test feature of NCERC’s pilot scale ethanol test facility on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SUIE).
Arisdyne’s patented cavitation methods and devices were originally tested at NCERC in June and July of 2009 and early trials demonstrated ethanol yield improvements of 2-3% under low flow rate, 5 GPM, conditions. Since 2009, over five full-scale plants have installed and are testing CFC systems at flow rates of 600 -1800 GPM. These commercial tests have shown potential yield improvements of 3-5% using corn, milo, or a mix of both feedstocks.
“Arisdyne is extremely pleased that NCERC provided opportunities to advance ethanol’s position as a clean, alternative energy,” said Dr. Peter Reimers, president and CEO of Arisdyne. “We are most grateful to the many industry participants and to NCERC for the support they have provided in helping to verify the effectiveness of our technology in the laboratory and at full commercial scale. Further research involving the CFC system is expected to help the ethanol industry secure better margins, reduce energy consumption per gallon of fuel produced, and provide a pathway to hybrid production of ethanol from grain and other related fiber materials.”
“It’s small, it’s simple, it’s durable,” said John Caupert, managing director of NCERC. “That is what this industry needs. We are working on solutions that convert current starch-based ethanol plants into ‘Generation 1.5’ ethanol plants that convert not only starch but also cellulosic feedstock.”
Leading technologies like Arisdyne’s significantly reduces energy consumption, minimizes reliance on foreign-sourced oil, results in higher nutrition DDGS, and opens the doors for other related savings. With recent process enhancements, NCERC’s ethanol plant can get more ethanol from the same bushels of input grain.