Inbicon technology to be centerpiece of low-carbon, high-profit platform
Patriot Renewable Fuels announced that Leifmark has been hired for the first stage of a plan for co-locating a Biorefinery on the site of Patriot’s 130 million gallon per year grain-ethanol plant in Illinois.
“Leifmark’s analysis will give us a clear picture of the overall technical and economic factors,” says Griffith from Patriot Renewable Fuels. “Their study will provide a sound basis for deciding whether Patriot should go ahead with the engineering phase of the project.” Paul Kamp from Leifmark said, “Patriot has a history of innovation ; adding cellulosic ethanol production is a natural next step.” At the centerpiece of the technology platform is the Inbicon biomass conversion technology, which Denmark’s DONG Energy has demonstrated for over 15,000 hours at its Biorefinery in Kalundborg, where it typically processes 4.4 tons an hour of wheat straw.
The commercial model in Patriot´s plans will process about 1320 tons per day of corn stover using Inbicon’s technology and cellulose/hemicellulose fermentation. Annual production will be 25-30 million gallons per year of cellulosic ethanol and up to 175,000 tons of high-purity lignin, which has BTU value similar to coal and can provide more than enough base-load electric power to run the operation without fossil fuels.