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Cheryl Anderson DTN Staff Reporter

Wednesday 12/12/12

S.D. Company Receives Funding for DDG Project

A South Dakota company will receive a loan from the South Dakota Railroad Board for its plans to produce better distillers grains for livestock and dairy cows, according to an article by The Daily Republic (…).

The new company, Novatis Aurora, plans to ship in distillers grains from area ethanol plants, then use a solvent process to remove the corn oil from the distillers grain. The corn oil reduces feed efficiency, and also lowers milk yield and quality, Novatis CEO Don Endres explained.

Endres said the project's long-term plan is to develop a new market for the ethanol industry.

Construction is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2013, with production one year later. The plant will be able to process about 1,300 tons of distillers grains daily.

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Posted at 12:56PM CST 12/12/12 by Cheryl Anderson
Comments (2)
This seems to be akin to closing the barn door after the cows are lost. Recovering corn oil after the mash has been cooked and fermented to ethanol causes excessive oxidation of the oil rendering it fit only for industrial uses. The University of Illinois has already proven that one can economically remove the germ and the bran (coarse fiber) from corn prior to fermentation. This process not only produces a food grade corn oil, and a very low starch bran, but also produces additional ethanol since the non fermentables have been removed prior to fermentation. And the DDGS produced not only has a low oil content, but also a reduced fiber content, resulting in a higher protein ration that is more suitable for mono-gastric diets (humans, pets, pigs, and chickens). And this process is done on site in a modified conventional dry grind corn to ethanol facility. See US patents 6254914 and 6899910. Robert Lawler
Posted by Robert Lawler at 8:13AM CST 12/14/12
My guess is that Novatis Aurora is looking to produce industrial corn oil to be used in bio-diesel. The process to be used is also covered by a US patent granted to Mr. Endres et al. Perhaps lost cattle and closed barn doors are not material to the situation.
Posted by Steve Simons at 7:08PM CST 12/26/12
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