Louis Dreyfus Commodities LLC has become the latest ethanol producer to purchase patent-pending Selective Milling Technology from ICM Inc ., based in Colwich.
Dreyfus will use the technology in both of its North American ethanol plants: Louis Dreyfus Commodities Grand Junction, located in Grand Junction, Iowa, and Elkhorn Valley Ethanol, located in Norfolk, Neb.
SMT is a value-added technology, developed by ICM researchers, that increases ethanol yield, reduces viscosity and increases oil recovery.
Yield enhancement potential
Chris Mitchell, president of ICM, Inc., said, "ICM is very pleased to continue offering SMT as a yield enhancement solution for our ethanol plant customers. SMT is ICM's platform technology to our proprietary Fiber Separation Technology and Generation 1.5 Technology. We appreciate the opportunity to work with Louis Dreyfus Commodities, a global merchandiser of commodities and processor of agricultural goods."
Bruce R. Chapin, Vice President – Chief Operating Officer, North American Region, said, "Our ethanol plants are both located in areas of high feedstock production and we are committed to responsibly investing in these assets to give them further strategic advantages in the industry. We are excited to choose Selective Milling Technology as a value-added technology not only because of its proven ability to increase ethanol and oil recovery yields, but also because of the potential we see with ICM's line of sight that buildings on the SMT platform.
Established in 1995 and headquartered in Colwich, ICM, Inc., provides innovative technologies, solutions, and services to sustain agriculture and advance renewable energy, including food and feed technologies that will increase the supply of world protein. By providing proprietary process technology to 102 facilities with a combined production capacity of approximately 6.8 billion gallons of annual ethanol production, ICM has become a world leader in biorefining technology.
The full-service provider also offers a comprehensive line of more than 100 products and services tailored to make biofuels production more efficient and more profitable. ICM invests heavily in the continued advancement of renewable energy technologies. In an effort to speed that advance, ICM has been conducting research and testing at its state-of-the-art research facility in St. Joseph, Mo., in conjunction with a growing list of strategic partners spanning multiple industries. For more information, please visit the ICM website.