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FQT installs DCO Technology at Chippewa Valley Ethanol

FQT installs DCO Technology at Chippewa Valley Ethanol
Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) is a 50 million (US) gallon (≈189 million litre) per annum corn ethanol plant in Benson, Minnesota (photo courtesy CVEC).

In the United States (US), ethanol plant process technology developer Fluid Quip Technologies LLC (FQT) has announced the integration of its groundbreaking Distillers Corn Oil (DCO) Technology at the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) in Benson, Minnesota (MN).

According to the company, this innovative technology promises to deliver an average 20 percent increase in distillers’ corn oil yields and reduce energy costs through enhanced solids control in evaporators.

CVEC has been a dedicated partner for many years, and we are excited to implement our DCO Technology at their facility. This advancement will enable CVEC to achieve unprecedented oil yields, further establishing its role as a leader in the ethanol and distilled spirits industry, said Neal Jakel, President of Fluid Quip Technologies.

FQT’s “DCO Technology” enhances the mechanical separation of distillers’ corn oil from whole stillage, directing it into the thin stillage stream and clarifying the stream to reduce fine solids before reaching the evaporation and oil recovery systems.

This process not only increases corn oil yields but also improves the efficiency of evaporators, leading to lower energy consumption and reduced operational costs.

We are eager to see the substantial benefits of FQT’s DCO Technology in action. At CVEC, our goal is to remain at the forefront of industry innovations, and this technology is a crucial part of that mission, said Chad Friese, General Manager of CVEC.

The integration of DCO Technology is part of FQT’s broader “Maximized Stillage Co-products” (MSC) protein systems.

This strategic addition positions the technology as a foundational element for future advancements, including the production of high-value proteins.

Fluid Quip Technologies and Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company remain committed to pushing the boundaries of efficiency and innovation in the ethanol industry.

This partnership underscores their dedication to operational excellence and sustainable technological advancements.

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