Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Ethanol Produced from Corn Cobs

POET, the largest dry-mill ethanol producer, recently announced that they have produced cellulosic ethanol from corn cobs. The company announced the results of successful testing along with their intentions to make cobs and corn fiber the feedstock for their commercial cellulosic ethanol production facility.

The company said that for a host of reasons they are focusing on corn fiber and cobs as the first cellulosic feedstock for their production facilities. They also stated that the corn cob has several advantages from an ethanol production perspective. According to POET, "The cob has more carbohydrate content than the rest of the corn plant, giving us the ability to create more ethanol from the cob". "In addition, the cob has higher bulk density than the other parts of the corn stalk, so it is easier to transport from the field to the facility."

Source: POET


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