GRAPEVINE, Texas — In recognition of their achievements in advancing the use of cellulosic ethanol technology, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) presented Delayne Johnson and his Cellerate team at Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) with the RFA 2015 Industry Award today at the 20th Annual National Ethanol Conference. The Industry Award is bestowed annually to individuals or groups that demonstrate great dedication and innovation within the industry.
“Delayne and his team have worked tirelessly toward making the production of cellulosic ethanol a reality,” said Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the RFA. “Since taking over as CEO, Delayne has presided over one of the most transformative periods in the history of Quad County. The company helped officially kick off a new era, not only for the company but for the entire biofuel industry, when it opened its 2-million-gallon cellulosic bolt-on facility in Galva, Iowa, last September. Their breakthrough technology reflects their leadership in the industry and their commitment to innovation.”
Cellerate process technology is a collaborative effort between Syngenta and QCCP’s subsidiary company Cellulosic Ethanol Technologies LLC that QCCP licenses to other ethanol plants. Cellerate, which was previously known as the Adding Cellulosic Ethanol process, was invented by QCCP plant engineer Travis Brotherson. Combined with current production levels of conventional ethanol, QCCP is on track to produce 35 million gallons of ethanol annually. Extra hands were hired upon the opening of this state-of-the-art facility, bringing the total number of employees at the company to 40.