Beyond Corn Oil Extraction
A new corn oil technology developed by a fluid purification company offers multiple coproducts, improved ethanol yield and water balance, and other benefits. By Holly Jessen
Valicor Separation Technologies LLC has developed a new modular system that doesn’t just extract one coproduct, it fractionates multiple coproducts, including more distillers corn oil as well as fiber and high protein animal feed.
The company announced in late February that it had received a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office notice of allowance for its Valicor Stillage Fractionation Technology, known as VFrac. Valicor already has Corn Oil Separation Systems, its first-generation corn oil separations technology, installed at 40 ethanol plants. As of March, the company was building its VFrac modular system at its Dexter, Mich., facility in advance of instillation at two dry mill ethanol plants. “Following midyear startup, we should have some good operating data on both the ICM plants as well as the Delta Ts,” says Chris Mahoney, director of Valicor’s advanced separations group.
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