Mid-Missouri Energy, Arisdyne conduct fiber conversion test

By Arisdyne Systems Inc. | June 12, 2014

Following three years of successful continuous operations, licensing Arisdyne’s Controlled Flow Cavitation system, Mid-Missouri Energy LLC and Arisdyne Systems Inc. will be conducting innovative corn fiber conversion tests for greater ethanol production.

“In 2011, Mid-Missouri began to evaluate ways to improve ethanol yield and reduce the residual starch in the DDGS with Arisdyne technology and have successfully accomplished that objective. Along the way we discovered many other related benefits and economic flexibility while experimenting with the cavitation process,” said Chris Wilson, vice president of operations for Mid-Missouri Energy. “After improving our ethanol yield, we believe the CFC starch liberation step offers an innovative solution for going after both recalcitrant starch and more exposed corn cellulosic fibers with elegant simplicity and without complex plant investments.”

Mid-Missouri Energy has operated the Arisdyne system over the past three years with 100 percent up time since installation, which means no maintenance downtime. “We all know the challenges of smaller ethanol producers sustaining superior performance combined with the pressures cooperatives like MME face competing in rapidly consolidating industry,” said Ryand Utlaut, president and general manager of Mid-Missouri Energy. “Arisdyne has encouraged us to experiment with several ideas to improve our plants’ performance.”

Mid-Missouri Energy is a cooperative formed and owned by corn farmers. Their goals are to create economic prosperity for their communities, to foster a positive environment for their employees, and to maximize the return on investment for their members by adding value to area corn production.

“We are excited to have worked so closely over the past 3 years with Mid-Missouri team,” said Fred Clarke, executive vice president of Arisdyne. “As we start the next phase of testing for increasing ethanol yield from corn cellulosic fiber, we have seen lab test results that demonstrate the concept works.  Now we have the opportunity to show at scale our system effectively converts fibers to ethanol in a cost efficient way.”