Alliance BioEnergy: CTS, CoProMax processes can improve economics

By Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. | March 08, 2016

Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. is pleased to announce after additional testing at a 55 MMgy ethanol plant in Illinois, the Harvesting Technology CoProMax process when combined with the ALLM CTS process, offers an opportunity to add more than $17 million to the bottom-line of an existing 55 MMgy corn ethanol plant, without bringing in outside cellulosic feedstock.

The CoProMax system eliminates the production of thin stillage and utilizes a unique method to extract nearly three times the high value distillers corn oil (DCO) other than what is typical with average production practices. In addition, it provides both a high protein distillers grain (with protein levels in excess of 45 percent), as well as a high fiber distillers grain, which contains three quarters of the available corn kernel fiber. The distillers grains with high levels of corn kernel fiber can be converted through the CTS unit, extracting even more DCO and adding millions of gallons of cellulosic ethanol output.

The logistical challenges and costs usually associated with transporting thousands of tons a day of a cellulosic feedstock to a central location is eliminated because no outside feedstock is needed. Most importantly, without the feedstock there is no need to add expensive material handling or pretreatment processes.

The combined CTS/CoProMax system allows an existing corn ethanol plant entry into the mandated cellulosic ethanol market by offering both low capital and operating expenses while retaining the ability to expand and add outside feedstocks for even more cellulosic ethanol output.

Working together, ALLM and Harvesting Technology are in advanced discussions with several large ethanol producers and will seek to license/sell a bolt-on solution for existing ethanol plants around the globe. This will allow corn ethanol producers the option, for the first time to increase output, recover additional high-value coproducts and begin to transition off food sources without having to radically retool or drastically change operations in the process.  The combined process will allow not only large producers, but also provide smaller-to-mid-size independent ethanol producers a path to profitability irrespective of low oil, or high grain prices.

With more than 200 ethanol plants in the U.S. alone the company can expect to see significant revenues and royalties from its exclusive territories while working with its joint venture partners in shared areas of the world.