November 27, 2018
A recent trial evaluating the use of Enogen® corn enzyme technology with ICM’s Selective Milling TechnologyTM and Fiber Separation TechnologyTM successfully demonstrated that the technologies work well together, providing synergies that can bring higher ethanol yield and more robust starch-fiber separations. The technologies were tested at Corn Plus, a Minnesota-based dry grind ethanol plant.
Enogen corn is an in-seed innovation available exclusively from Syngenta and features the first biotech corn output trait designed specifically to enhance ethanol production. Using modern biotechnology to deliver best-in-class alpha amylase enzyme directly in grain, Enogen corn eliminates the need to add liquid alpha amylase. The product is rapidly gaining widespread acceptance 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.
“Enogen grain works across a broad range of pH and temperatures, facilitating an unparalleled break in viscosity through unique enzyme activity and unmatched dosage rates,” said Dr. Miloud Araba, head of technical services for Enogen at Syngenta. “Breakthroughs in viscosity reduction can lead to unprecedented levels of solids loading, which directly contribute to increased throughput and yield, as well as significant cost savings from reduced natural gas, electricity and water use.1”
“SMTTM and FSTTM are two of ICM’s value-added, patented technology platforms,” said Steve Hartig, ICM VP of Technology Development. “Both technologies are designed to help maximize production and minimize operational expense. SMT maximizes the amount of starch exposed for conversion to ethanol and oil available for recovery while preserving fiber for higher value platform applications. FST is a progressive pre-fermentation system that removes fiber prior to fermentation, allowing more fermentable carbohydrates to be loaded into each batch for fermentation."
“Using Enogen corn, with its mode of action and high amount of expressed enzyme, brings a lower viscosity to the corn mash. The lower viscosity provides improved separation capability, leading to increased efficiencies when working in tandem with the SMTTM and FSTTM systems,” Hartig added.
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1 Based on Enogen trial and commercial results at Midwest ethanol plants.
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Established in 1995 and headquartered in Colwich, Kan., with a regional office in Brazil, ICM provides innovative technologies, solutions, and services to sustain agriculture and to advance renewable energy, including ethanol and feed technologies that will increase the supply of world protein. By providing proprietary process technologies to over 100 facilities globally with a combined annual production of approximately 8.8 billion gallons of ethanol and 25 million tons of distiller grains, ICM has become a world leader in bio-refining technologies. For additional information, please visit http://www.icminc.com.