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FROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: Green Plains to use Enogen corn; RICanada launches new campaign; and United Ethanol will employ the Whitefox membrane system.
By Ethanol Producer Magazine | January 17, 2018

Green Plains to use Enogen corn from Syngenta
Syngenta has announced a partnership with Green Plains Inc. to expand its use of Enogen corn enzyme technology across its 1.5 billion-gallon production platform. 

Green Plains purchases more than 500 million bushels of corn each year. Using Enogen corn as a portion of the feedstock enables alpha amylase to be delivered directly in the grain, eliminating the need to add a liquid form of the enzyme and significantly reducing the viscosity of the corn mash.
Using Enogen corn gives Green Plains the opportunity to enhance production and invest locally, according to Green Plains President and CEO Todd Becker. “We have been using Enogen corn at a number of our locations for the past several years and have noted significant benefits, including enhanced yield and reduced energy costs,” Becker said. “Combining our focus to buy more corn directly from farmers and purchasing alpha amylase locally, in the form of high-quality grain for all of our plants, we believe Enogen will create value for our shareholders, growers and the communities where we do business.”

Enogen corn enzyme technology is an in-seed innovation available exclusively from Syngenta and features the first biotech corn output trait designed specifically to enhance ethanol production. “Enogen is rapidly gaining popularity because of the value it delivers to ethanol producers and the opportunity it provides corn growers to be enzyme suppliers for their local ethanol plants,” said Jeff Oestmann, head of biofuels operations – Enogen at Syngenta. “Enogen corn enzyme technology creates increased profit potential for ethanol producers and corn growers while adding significant incremental value at the local level for communities that rely on their ethanol plant’s success.”

Renewable Industries Canada unveils 'Facts Don’t Lie' campaign
Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) recently announced the launch of a public awareness campaign on the environmental and economic benefits of biofuels mandates. Dubbed “Facts Don’t Lie,” the campaign is designed to educate the public on the role of biofuels in reducing carbon emissions from transportation and calls for the federal government to increase mandates for renewable fuels.

The campaign’s key points include:
• Ethanol can reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) by 62 percent compared to gasoline.

• Biodiesel can reduce GHGs by over 100 percent compared to diesel.

• Canada’s biofuels mandates reduce annual GHG emissions to the same extent as taking 1 million cars off the road.

• Each year, Canada’s biofuels mandate removes as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as 21 million trees.

• Increasing the federal biofuels mandate could add 31,000 jobs and $5.6 billion to Canada’s economy.

• Canada was once a world leader in implementing renewable fuel requirements. Today, over 40 countries require higher levels of biofuel blends in transportation fuels than Canada requires.

The RICanada campaign will feature print and digital ads in Ottawa and key markets across Canada.

United Ethanol to install Whitefox ICE bolt-on membrane system  
United Ethanol LLC will install a Whitefox ICE membrane system at its plant in Milton, Wisconsin. The modular bolt-on system frees up capacity in the distillation-dehydration section, which enables the plant to increase its annual production capacity to more than 60 million gallons.

“The Whitefox system allows us to expand and at the same time reduce natural gas, power and cooling water usage,” said David Cramer, United Ethanol president and CEO. “This helps us to achieve our overall mission of being a low-cost producer of fuel ethanol, enabling United Ethanol to maximize the returns for our shareholders while providing economic benefits to our local Wisconsin communities.”

Paul Kamp, Whitefox vice president of business development North America, said, “A Whitefox ICE installation is a non-disruptive, integrated bolt-on solution that dehydrates the recycle streams from the molecular sieves to finished, in-spec fuel ethanol product. We are very pleased to be working with United Ethanol and look forward to delivering a fourth Whitefox ICE installation in the U.S. in 2018.”