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The process, first announced in November 2004, has proven an additional significant achievement of 20 percent ethanol concentration average by the 11 Broin-managed plants currently operating the technology and producing over 525 million gallons of ethanol annually.

“Enhancement of the BPX process and new technological innovations by our companies have led to major breakthroughs in processing efficiency never before achieved in full scale commercial production,” said Broin Companies CEO Jeff Broin. “We believe there is no other process available today yielding 20 percent ethanol concentrations.”

BPX is the process of converting starch to ethanol without cooking. It achieves efficient conversion of starch to glucose–without heat–directly to fermentation. Benefits of BPX technology include reduced energy costs, additional starch accessibility for conversion to ethanol (higher yield), reduced fermentation byproduct formation (higher yield), significant reduction in VOC emissions, increased nutrient quality in DDGS, and improved DDGS flowability and anti-caking properties.

In July 2005, the company announced Broin Fractionation, trademarked BFRAC™, a biorefining revolution that separates the corn into three fractions including fiber, germ, and endosperm. The endosperm is then fermented to created ethanol, while the remaining fractions are converted into new value-added co-products, including Dakota Gold HP™, Dakota Bran™ Cake, corn germ meal, and corn oil. In addition to these high value co-products, the process also results in decreased energy consumption.

In addition to the BPX and BFRAC processes being very important to ethanol production and biorefining, these processes are also synergistic in nature. “Our BPX process is a key enabler for the fractionation (BFRAC) of grain and efficient conversion of endosperm to ethanol in Broin-managed facilities,” said Jeff Broin.

To date, these proprietary technologies have only been available to Broin designed and managed plants in the U.S. “We are pleased to announce that we are now offering these world-changing technologies to all ethanol companies in the U.S., with opportunities for international companies in the near future,” said Jeff Broin.


Written by Casey McConnell

March 10, 2008 at 6:40 pm

Posted in Bioenergy

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