Renewable Fuels Summit Features Cellulosic Ethanol
January 30, 2017
By MARY HARTNETT, KWIT Radio
New corn fiber conversion technology could boost the number of gallons that Iowa ethanol plants can produce. That
will be one of the topics at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit tomorrow. Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw says a traditional ethanol plant turns the starch of a corn kernel into ethanol, while the rest goes to make other products.
Shaw says new technologies break down the much tougher molecular bonds in a kernel’s fiber to make cellulosic ethanol. He says state and federal programs support the fuel because it has low carbon standards. Shaw says it’s also a good use of corn fiber that cattle really don’t need.
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