Quality control contributes to boost U.S. DDGS exports

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					                                                Quality control
                                                contributes to boost U.S.
                                                DDGS exports
                                                Ethanol facilities employ a variety of testing methods
                                                to maintain the quality and consistency of their
                                                co-products. The Chinese have recognized these efforts
                                                and are increasing use of U.S. DDGS as a result.
                                                By Elise Schafer

In the News
Coskata Inc. unveils feedstock flex-
ible ethanol facility
    Coskata Inc., a leading developer of
next-generation biofuels, announced
the successful start-up of their semi-
commercial flex ethanol facility located
in Madison, PA. The plant represents the
world’s first commercially viable flex etha-
nol process.
    “This facility is demonstrating that our
efficient, affordable and flexible conver-
sion technology is ready for commercial-
ization,” said Bill Roe, president and CEO
of Coskata. “The next step is to build
full-scale facilities and begin licensing our
technology to project developers, project
financiers and strategic partners.”
    Unlike other technologies and facilities    T   he popularity of using U.S.
                                                    dried distiller’s grain with
                                                solubles (DDGS) as a feed ingredi-
                                                                                        in early December 2009. According
                                                                                        to the U.S. Grains Council, China
                                                                                        imported 8,000 tons of U.S. DDGS
that may rely on one primary source of
feedstock, Coskata’s flex ethanol facility      ent in dairy, beef, swine and poultry   in 2008. By the end of calendar
will be producing ethanol from numerous         feeds has been increasing across        year 2009, DDGS imports into
feedstocks, including wood biomass, agri-       markets worldwide. From Morocco         China reached around 500,000
cultural waste, sustainable energy crops,       to Indonesia to Saudi Arabia, many      tons, reflecting more than a 6,000%
and construction waste.
                                                feed users are noticing the benefits    increase.
    Coskata’s technology will be able to
                                                of this economical, yet nutritional        There are many reasons why
reduce greenhouse gases by as much as
96% over conventional gasoline, while           ingredient, a co-product of the etha-   Chinese dairy, livestock and poultry
using less than half the water that it takes    nol- and alcohol-making process.        producers find the product appeal-
to get a gallon of gasoline. In addition, the      China is leading the way in          ing, ranging from its color and
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                                                imports, and received its second-       appearance to its affordability and
                                                ever bulk shipment of U.S. DDGS         nutritional value.

www.feedandgrain.com                                                                       JANUARY 2010| FEED&GRAIN            49
                                                      Perten’s DA 7200
                                                      NIR spectrometer
     In the News                                      simultaneously
     Continued from page 49                           analyzes several
     company’s ability to produce non-grain-          components, including
     based ethanol — that is as much as seven         pro
Description: "Now that some subsidies are no longer in place, ethanol producers are looking more into how to improve the efficiency of their processing," says Shadow. "An efficient, consistent process creates a consistent co-product. DDGS importers will continue to buy if they can consistently receive the same product and reduce the need to reformulate. Through testing you're able to increase the efficiency of the ethanol plant and the co-product quality and consistency."
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