Ethanol / Bio Diesel

Ethanol can be produced from a variety of raw materials such as corn, sugar cane, soy beans, switchgrass, corn stover, and cellulosic materials.   Corn can be processed in a dry or wet mill to produce ethanol.  Advances and research in ethanol continues to find new and more energy efficient ways to produce ethanol and biofuels and new raw materials for production.

Methyl esters, or biodiesel, uses vegetable oils or animal fats instead of petroleum as the basis for diesel fuel.  These oils and fats go through a transesterification process with alcohol, catalyst, and feed oils which include sunflower, soybean, peanut, rapeseed, fish, and palm.  Biodiesel fuels must meet ASTM D6 to be used in diesel engines.

Chemineer agitators and Kenics static mixers are utilized throughout all of the ethanol and biodiesel production processes.   High efficiency impellers and lower pressure drop static mixers help reduce the energy footprint.  Research and development initiatives in ethanol and biodiesel processing usually start with a small pilot scale analysis.  Chemineer Application Engineers can assist with laboratory and pilot plant agitator and mixer designs, then follow with scale up to production facilities.  

Ethanol Applications

Bio Diesel Applications

Mash Slurry Degumming
Mash Cooker Neutralization
Conversion Tank Wet Soap Storage
Saccharification Tank Glycerine Processing
Flash Tanks Oil Storage
Stillage (Thin, Intermediate, Whole) Blend Tanks
Prefermenter/Fermenters Alcohol Storage
Beer Well Methanol Recovery
pH Adjust Bleaching
Alpha Amylase Transesterification Reaction
AMG Enzyme Washing
Cellulosic Ethanol  


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