ICM has received a U.S. Patent for its Advanced Oil Separation System, which employs both mechanical and chemical separation to dramatically increase the volume of non-food-grade oil recovered in the process streams of ethanol plants.
ICM's system uses the centrifuge as a mechanical dewatering device to deliver a targeted emulsion concentrate stream for further processing through the addition of a polar solvent, ethanol, as the emulsion breaking agent. The ethanol liberates oil trapped in the emulsion concentrate that would not be recovered through other conventional methods.
The additional recovered oil provides significant value to the ethanol plant's bottom line.
Kurt Dieker, ICM's Director of Product Development, said the patented Advance Oil System provides customers with an immediate and significant value over competitive systems.
"ICM's AOS processes a smaller product stream post-centrifuge, giving ICM's solution a competitive advantage on processing costs. Customers are seeing an operation cost of less than one-half cent per pound of oil recovered, which is roughly one-tenth the operational cost per pound experience by other plants."
The process also eliminates the need for expensive additives by using the ethanol already being manufactured at the plant to break the emulsion and free the trapped oil, said Brock Beach, ICMS's Capital Sales Manager for Oil Solutions. The ethanol used to break the emulsion is recapture in AOS which further enhances the value of the system, he said.
ICM has installed nine AOS systems at customer plants and has seven additional installations either in process or scheduled prior to year-end and has several pending contracts under negotiation.
ICM was established in 1995 and is headquartered in Colwich. The company provides technologies, solutions and services to sustain agriculture and advance renewable energy, including food and feed technologies that will increase the supply of world protein.
ICM provides proprietary technology to 102 ethanol facilities with a combined production capacity of about 7 billion gallons of annual ethanol production.