WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Renewable Fuels Association praised Quad County Corn Processors on the production of the first gallon of ethanol from their new cellulosic “bolt-on” ethanol plant in Galva, Iowa. The Adding Cellulosic Ethanol (ACE) project is turning corn kernel fiber, a cellulosic feedstock, into high-octane, clean-burning ethanol. The facility is expected to produce 2 million gallons per year of cellulosic ethanol from a feedstock already onsite.
RFA’s President and CEO, Bob Dinneen, said, “Quad County is to be congratulated. This first gallon of cellulosic ethanol represents just the beginning of a long, promising future. Delayne Johnson and his team are to be congratulated for their vision, determination, and innovation.”
Dinneen continued, “It is worth noting that Quad County is the perfect demonstration of first and second generation ethanol being produced side-by-side to bring more choice to America in the form of low-cost, high-octane, renewable fuel.”
Delayne Johnson, Quad County Corn Processors CEO, explained, “First is always exciting and being the first cellulosic ethanol producer in Iowa is a very proud moment for us. We have always taken pride in the fact that we are producing a fuel that is making America economically stronger, reducing our dependence on foreign oil and giving American drivers a cost-saving, octane-boosting, environmentally-friendly fuel choice. Now, thanks to the ACE project, we are able to get six percent more ethanol out of the same kernel of corn that we already process for conventional fuel.”
Since 2000, Quad County has operated a 35-million gallon a year corn ethanol biorefinery with 35 full-time employees. The ACE project added five additional full-time jobs, which will bring Quad County’s total employment to 40 full-time employees.
The technology that helped make today’s announcement a reality is a direct result of Quad County Corn Processors Cooperative receiving a $4.25 million investment from USDA and the Department of Energy as part of the Biomass Research and Development Initiative. Iowa Power Fund also provided a $1.45 million grant. The R&D process spanned four years.