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First Commercial-Scale Cellulosic Ethanol Produced At NW Iowa Plant

Spencer, IA: (Jul 02, 2014) – Galva, Iowa-based Quad County Corn Processors is the first commercial facility in the state to produce ethanol fuel from something other than corn starch.

Quad County CEO Duane Johnson called the accomplishment “a very proud moment.”

Ethanol made from plant fiber is called cellulosic ethanol. Several plants – including POET’s Project Liberty in Emmetsburg – are in construction capable of turning corn leaves, stalks and other plant material into ethanol.

The plant, which has the capacity to make 35 million gallons of ethanol the traditional way, added a “bolt-on” component to make an additional 2 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol a year.

The Quad County Plant is producing cellulosic ethanol from corn kernel fiber, a feedstock already onsite.

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