Thank you for your interest in Valero Energy. We do not currently extract corn oil at out ethanol plants, but this technology is under consideration and may be implemented in the future.
Well, it seems the future is now for Valero. Late last week, the Fortune 500 oil conglomerate announced it will install a patent-pending, next-generation corn oil extraction system at four of its ethanol production sites in the Midwest by March of 2012. The four facilities are all in Iowa: Albert City, Charles City, Fort Dodge and Hartley.
This unique oil-extracting system will allow Valero to recover one-half pound of oil per bushel of corn, generating additional revenue from the processed maize. Jim Gillingham, Valero's senior vice-president of alternative energy and project development, states:
In the basic dry mill ethanol process, all of the corn oil ends up in distillers grains, which is used as livestock feed. The new equipment will allow us to recover corn oil so that it can be sold into higher-value markets for use in animal feed and as a feedstock for biodiesel production.
And that, perhaps, is a biofuel breakthrough.Permalink | Email this | Comments