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D3MAX signs design contract for first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant

D3MAX LLC, a US-based company formed by BBI International to license patented cellulosic ethanol technology to dry mill ethanol plants in the US and Canada, has announced that it has signed a design contract with AdvanceBio Systems, LLC for a full-scale D3MAX design integrated with the Ace Ethanol plant in Stanley, Wisconsin.

The skid-mounted D3MAX cellulosic ethanol unit is being shipped to ACE Ethanol for pilot testing (photo courtesy AdvanceBio Systems).

The skid-mounted D3MAX cellulosic ethanol unit (photo courtesy AdvanceBio Systems).

Last February, D3MAX, LLC announced the completion and shipment of its pilot plant employing the patented D3MAX cellulosic ethanol technology to Ace Ethanol, LLC, in Stanley, Wisconsin. According to a statement, pilot testing of the patented D3MAX corn fiber-to-ethanol process has been successful allowing D3MAX to move to the next stage of commercial deployment – the design of a full-scale D3MAX plant at Ace Ethanol.

The D3MAX pilot process was able to meet or exceed our performance goals. Based upon the pilot testing, we believe D3MAX has the potential to significantly improve our companies’ financial performance. We are in the process of finalizing pilot testing and will be working to ensure that we can seamlessly integrate the technology into our existing process. Once we have all the pieces in place the final decision on installation will be made by our board of directors and the Ace membership, said Neal Kemmet, president and general manager at Ace Ethanol, LLC.

D3MAX has signed a contract with AdvanceBio Systems, LLC for a full-scale D3MAX design integrated with the Ace Ethanol plant in Stanley, Wisconsin and upon the completion of the commercial design, the Ace Ethanol board will decide if the process will be installed at the plant. This production facility is the same facility where the pilot plant was tested.

We are extremely pleased with the pilot test results and are very happy to begin the design of the first commercial D3MAX plant. We hope to have the first D3MAX plant under construction in the first quarter of 2018, said Mark Yancey, Chief Technology Officer at D3MAX.

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