According to the company, the pilot test results indicate that “the yield of xylose sugar from the xylan in corn fiber routinely exceeds 90% of the theoretical maximum yield, and overall sugar production in the pilot plant is better than the target yields.”
“We’ve always been excited about developing the D3MAX technology based on our original projections,” says Mark Yancey, Chief Technology Officer for D3MAX. “Now that we’ve seen the actual pilot facility begin to exceed our expectations, we’ve become even more confident that the D3MAX process can produce higher yields from corn fiber at lower costs.”
“I am very encouraged by preliminary results of the pilot test,” says Neal Kemmet, president and general manager at ACE Ethanol, LLC. “Based upon the testing we have done to date, D3MAX may very well be the best option available for dry mill ethanol plants and will be able to be installed without significant downtime or interruption of ethanol production.”
D3MAX now intends to begin designing the first commercial scale D3MAX plant this summer with construction expected to begin by Fall 2017.