Cargill joint venture to install FQPT systems in Brazilian plant

By Fluid Quip Process Technologies | May 07, 2015

SJC Bioenergia, a joint venture between Cargill and Group USJ, has purchased Fluid Quip Process Technology’s systems to integrate corn ethanol production at its sugar-cane ethanol facility located in Quirinopolis, Brazil.

SJC Bioenergia will utilize FQPT’s SGT milling, BOS front-end corn oil, Fiber Separation, and MSC Protein Recovery technologies.  The combined patented and patent-pending systems produces a corn based starch slurry stream which gives high yields of ethanol and coproducts while allowing the sugar cane mill to utilize existing fermentation, distillation, and evaporation.

All of the technologies are in full scale operation at various corn ethanol plants in the U.S.  The SJC system will be the first colocation (cane and corn) to remove corn fiber before fermentation making the switch over from cane to corn seamless throughout the crop year.

“This is a very exciting development for sugar cane ethanol industry,” says John Kwik, president of FQPT.  ‘Currently these facilities only operate during the cane growing season.  The FQPT system allows a facility to blend a corn starch feedstock into the plant while running sugar cane, thus allowing the plant operating capacity to be maximized year-round with the added benefit of the coproduct revenue streams which are significant,’ adds Kwik.

The full system is currently under construction and scheduled for startup in December.