VeraSun to start getting biodiesel oil out of corn ethanol "waste"

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    VeraSun to start getting biodiesel oil out of corn ethanol "waste"

    Corn ethanol plants take corn kernals and squeeze the sugar out. The sugar is fermented into ethanol. The left-over part is called "distiller grain", which really is junk food fed to cows. VeraSun (a very big corn ethanol company) is building a factory to take the distiller grain and squeeze the oil out of it. It then will use the oil to make biodiesel fuel. This is another example of the corn ethanol industry realizing that you must constantly become more efficient or you will go out of business.

    VeraSun Gets Two For One
    VeraSun Energy Corporation, one of the nation’s largest ethanol producers, today announced that it began work on an oil extraction facility at its 120 million-gallon-per-year (MMGY) ethanol biorefinery located near Aurora, S.D. The facility will utilize a technology designed to extract corn oil from distillers grains, a co-product of the ethanol production process.

    Production is targeted to begin in the fourth quarter of 2008 and the process is expected to yield 7-8 million gallons of corn oil annually from 390,000 tons of distillers grains. The corn oil will be made available for sale to the biodiesel market. One gallon of corn oil yields approximately one gallon of biodiesel, increasing the production of renewable fuels without creating additional feedstock demand.

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    Re: VeraSun to start getting biodiesel oil out of corn ethanol "waste"

    Smart company. My question is now, "What happens to the waste from THAT process?"
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    Re: VeraSun to start getting biodiesel oil out of corn ethanol "waste"

    Quote Originally Posted by ColinOpseth View Post
    Smart company. My question is now, "What happens to the waste from THAT process?"
    My guess is that it will be burned to create steam for electric power generators.

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    Re: VeraSun to start getting biodiesel oil out of corn ethanol "waste"

    Moment! Hold on a second!

    Correct me if i'm wrong. But does this procedure aply to the energy intensive destilation only. And not to the far more efficent celulosic methode?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GM LS-X View Post
    Moment! Hold on a second!

    Correct me if i'm wrong. But does this procedure aply to the energy intensive destilation only. And not to the far more efficent celulosic methode?
    You are correct. Of course, since there isn't a cellulosic ethanol facility in the world producing more than 1 million gallons of ethanol per year, and the VeraSun facility produces 120 million gallons of ethanol per year, it was a pretty safe guess.

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    Re: VeraSun to start getting biodiesel oil out of corn ethanol "waste"

    I wonder if we could exterpt some biodiesel if the ethanol is extracted from others sources like forest/agricultural waste? If the cellolosic ethanol will grow in popularity, could we see one day some "cellulosic biodiesel"?

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    Re: VeraSun to start getting biodiesel oil out of corn ethanol "waste"

    i still think there needs to be something more suitable for ethanol than corn. it makes food costs rise, and in this day and age that's a big deal.

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    Re: VeraSun to start getting biodiesel oil out of corn ethanol "waste"

    Quote Originally Posted by SUPERBADD75 View Post
    i still think there needs to be something more suitable for ethanol than corn.
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    Re: VeraSun to start getting biodiesel oil out of corn ethanol "waste"

    I like this type of news. I love how we can continue to reuse waste to something even more useful then the initial intended product.
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    Quote Originally Posted by asim View Post
    I like this type of news. I love how we can continue to reuse waste to something even more useful then the initial intended product.
    Now if only oil companies would think along these lines...
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