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Iowa's first commercial cellulosic ethanol made

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 2 2014 9:38AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A farmer-owned ethanol plant in northwest Iowa is the first commercial facility in the state to make the fuel additive from something other than corn starch.

Ethanol made from plant fiber is called cellulosic ethanol. It's been in research for decades but production is expected to expand significantly this year.

Several plants are in construction capable of turning corn leaves and stalks, wood scraps and even garbage into the fuel additive.

The Quad County Corn Processors plant in Galva has made Iowa's first commercially produced gallons of cellulosic ethanol from corn kernel fiber. The plant, which has the capacity to make 35 million gallons of ethanol the traditional way from corn starch, has added equipment to make an additional 2 million gallons a year in cellulosic ethanol.

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07/02/2014 9:40AM
Iowa's first commercial cellulosic ethanol made
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