Transportation & Fuel Source Technology
Veridium Receives Order from South African Ethanol Producer for Corn Oil Extraction Technology
Veridium Corporation today announced its receipt of an order from Ethanol Africa for the use of Veridium's patent-pending Corn Oil Extraction System at Ethanol Africa's new Bothaville, South Africa ethanol production facility.
Veridium's proprietary new Corn Oil Extraction Systems extract high grade corn oil from an ethanol by-product called distillers dried grain ("DDG"). Veridium's technology has the capability of removing up to 75% of the corn oil from within the DDG in two stages.
The first stage extracts 1.1 to 1.3 million gallons per year and corresponds to about 30% of the corn oil in the DDG for a 40 million gallon per year facility. The second stage of the Veridium technology recovers another 30% to 45% of the corn oil in the DDG, corresponding to another 1.2 to 2.2 million gallons of corn oil per year out of a 40 million gallon per year ethanol facility. 3 million gallons per year of high grade corn oil converts to 3 million gallons per year of biodiesel. This equates to a 7% increase in fuel production out of a 40 million gallon per year ethanol facility, and a significant increase in plant productivity out of the plant's existing infrastructure.
The new Ethanol Africa order is for the first stage of Veridium's technology and the system is expected to be installed in line with the onset of operations at Ethanol Africa's new Bothaville, South Africa ethanol production facility later this year. Ethanol Africa is headquartered in Bothaville, South Africa, and intends to build eight 40 million gallon per year ethanol production facilities.
"Rising fuel prices and greenhouse gas emissions are global issues, and we are hopeful that this order will be our first of many such international orders for our ethanol process technologies," said David Winsness, chief executive officer of Veridium's industrial design division. "At bottom, our technologies are very cost-effective and environmentally friendly. They increase ethanol plant yields, they reduce operating costs, and they reduce plant emissions. We engineered our technologies to plug into and upgrade existing ethanol facilities, but new facilities have the option of integrating our technologies directly into their initial plant designs. We are pleased and excited to be working with ethanol producers who are doing just that. Ethanol Africa is progressive company and we are grateful for the opportunity to work with them on their first and future ethanol facilities."
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