Cellerate is a collaboration between Syngenta and Cellulosic Ethanol Technologies LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of QCCP
. Cellerate process technology is designed to increase an ethanol plant's production by allowing the corn kernel fiber to be converted into cellulosic ethanol.
"Enogen grain has helped our plant conversion, and we are getting more out of every bushel of corn," says QCCP's production manager, Charlie Voss.
QCCP will soon be entering its third year of using Enogen grain commercially, and Delayne Johnson, QCCP CEO, believes that switching to the alpha amylase enzyme in Enogen grain was a good business move.
Earlier this year, Syngenta collaborated with Cellulosic Ethanol Technologies, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of QCCP, to successfully produce commercial-scale quantities of cellulosic ethanol--the first of its kind in Iowa.
Thirteen years later, QCCP
employs 35 people who operate the plant 24 hours a day, producing up to 100,000 gallons of ethanol daily.
Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) in Galva, Iowa, has broken ground on an $8.5 million biorefinery that will use new technology it developed to process corn kernel fiber into cellulosic ethanol.
The co-op is using ACE (Adding Cellulosic Ethanol) pre-treatment and fermentation process technology, developed by Travis Brotherson, plant engineer at QCCP. The company hopes to add 2 million gallons of ethanol production per year with the plant expansion.
QCCP received $4.25 million from USDA and the Department of Energy as part of the Biomass Research and Development Initiative to develop the technology.