D3MAX pilot test results at Ace Ethanol even better than expected
This February, D3MAX LLC announced the completion and shipment of its pilot plant employing the patented cellulosic ethanol technology. Installed at ACE Ethanol LLC in Stanley, Wisconsin, the testing of the patented D3MAX corn fiber-to-ethanol process and technology is underway with testing to be complete by June.
After analyzing pilot test data, the D3MAX process has demonstrated better-than-expected results. Based on the latest information, the pilot test results indicate that the yield of xylose sugar from the xylan in corn fiber routinely exceeds 90 percent of the theoretical maximum yield, and overall sugar production in the pilot plant is better than the target yields.
“We’ve always been excited about developing the D3MAX technology based on our original projections,” said Mark Yancey, chief technology officer for D3MAX. “Now that we’ve seen the actual pilot facility begin to exceed our expectations, we’ve become even more confident that the D3MAX process can produce higher yields from corn fiber at lower costs.”
“I am very encouraged by preliminary results of the pilot test,” said Neal Kemmet, president and general manager at ACE Ethanol. “Based upon the testing we have done to date, D3MAX may very well be the best option available for dry mill ethanol plants and will be able to be installed without significant downtime or interruption of ethanol production.”
Because the pilot test results have been so positive to date, D3MAX plans to begin designing the first commercial-scale D3MAX plant this summer with construction expected to begin by the fall. See the latest D3MAX presentation and test results by clicking here.
To learn more about D3MAX visit: www.D3MAXLLC.com.
D3MAX is a technology company formed by BBI International to license its patented cellulosic ethanol technology to dry mill ethanol plants in the U.S. and Canada. Its cutting edge technology converts corn fiber and residual starch in distillers grains to cellulosic ethanol. This is a 1.5 billion gallon per year market and BBI intends to capture a significant portion of the market by licensing its D3MAX technology to existing ethanol plants.