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Fluid Quip Technologies achieving record distillers corn oil yields at Ace Ethanol

Fluid Quip Technologies achieving record distillers corn oil yields at Ace Ethanol
Ace Ethanol is a 30 million (US) gallon (≈ 114 million litre) per annum corn ethanol plant in Stanley, Wisconsin (photo courtesy Brian Thorp).

In the United States (US), ethanol plant process technology developer Fluid Quip Technologies LLC (FQT) has announced that its patented Distillers Corn Oil (DCO) Technology is achieving record distillers corn oil yields for Ace Ethanol in Stanley, Wisconsin (WI), with increases of over 20 percent above historical rates.

FQT is a leading provider of proprietary technologies and engineering solutions to the food, beverage, biofuel, and biochemical production industries.

FQT’s innovative solutions enhance grain-to-ethanol dry grind processes, create alternative feed products, and cater to the growing demand for carbohydrate feedstocks in the biochemical market.

Mechanical separation

FQT’s “DCO Technology” mechanically separates more oil from whole stillage into the thin stillage stream and then clarifies the stream to reduce fine solids going to evaporation and oil recovery systems.

The mechanical separation can reduce the need for additional chemicals or enzymes, helping to lower operational expenses, even while achieving higher distillers’ corn oil yields.

Ace Ethanol is a high-performing plant with a cellulosic ethanol system and FQT is excited to announce that our DCO Technology has helped them push their distillers’ corn oil to their highest yields to date, and among the highest in the industry. Ace has been a long-term customer partner, and these results confirm that the DCO system can achieve significant oil increases at plants with different technologies installed, even those starting with high oil yields already, said Michael Franko, VP of Fluid Quip Technologies.

Integrated system

The DCO Technology is integrated into FQT’s patented “Maximized Stillage Co-products” (MSC) protein systems, making the technology a building block to adding MSC and higher-value protein production in the future.

We are excited to see oil yield increases with the FQT DCO Technology at Ace. We have worked hard to keep Ace at the forefront of industry technologies, and we see FQT’s DCO Technology as an integral step in achieving that goal, said Neal Kemmet, President of Ace Ethanol.

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