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Construction of first D3MAX cellulosic ethanol plant nears completion

In the United States (US), construction of the first commercial-scale D3MAX plant to convert corn fiber and residual starch in distillers grains to cellulosic ethanol at Ace Ethanol in Stanley, Wisconsin, is nearly complete.
“It has been a long haul since July of 2015 when we created D3MAX to commercialize the corn fiber-to-ethanol technology developed by BBI, to where we are today,” says Mark Yancey, Vice President of BBI International and CTO of D3MAX LLC.

In the US, construction of the first commercial-scale D3MAX plant to convert corn fiber and residual starch in distillers grains to cellulosic ethanol at Ace Ethanol in Stanley, Wisconsin, is nearing completion (photos courtesy D3MAX).

According to Yancey, record snowfall in Stanley last February and, this fall, record cold has delayed construction,

But we can now see the light at the end of the pretreatment reactor, so to speak, and we are looking forward to startup of the plant in December, said Mark Yancey.

Ace Ethanol will own and operate the plant under license from D3MAX. Construction of the plant began in October 2018.

Ace has been the perfect partner for this first-of-a-kind cellulosic ethanol plant. They have been a very active partner in this process, and we would not be where we are today without their leadership and dedication to the success of this first project. Startup will begin December and ramp-up to full production capacity throughout the first quarter of 2020, ended Mark Yancey

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