Arkalon Ethanol, LLC based in Liberal, Kansas has signed an agreement with Syngenta to use corn that features Enogen trait technology. The ethanol plant will begin to use the trait, replacing its liquid alpha amylase, following the 2014 corn harvest.
“We are excited to announce this agreement with Arkalon Ethanol and we’re confident that Enogen technology is a solution that can add tremendous value to its operation,” said David Witherspoon, head of renewable fuels for Syngenta. “We have collaborated with Arkalon throughout this entire process and this agreement is a true example of our commitment to our customers, and the types of partnerships we want to form within the ethanol industry.”
According to Syngenta, Enogen grain delivers alpha amylase enzyme in the corn kernel, eliminating the need for an ethanol plant to use liquid alpha amylase. The alpha amylase enzyme found in Enogen grain helps an ethanol plant reduce the viscosity of its corn mash. This breakthrough reduction can lead to better levels of solids loading, which directly contributes to increased ethanol yields and throughput, as well as cost savings from reduced natural gas, energy, water and chemical usage.
Arkalon’s sister plant, Bonanza BioEnergy, LLC, is currently wrapping up its first year of contracting with local growers to produce Enogen grain. Syngenta collaborated with Bonanza BioEnergy on a three-month Enogen technology trial that ended in July 2012. A commercial agreement followed in November that same year. Arkalon Ethanol and Bonanza BioEnergy are two of three ethanol plants operated by Conestoga Energy Partners, LLC.
“After seeing the value that Enogen corn can create at our Bonanza plant, we naturally wanted to explore implementing the technology at the Arkalon plant,” said Tom Willis, CEO of Conestoga Energy Partners. “We have full confidence in the technology and in Syngenta as a partner, and we are eager to begin working with our local farmers to supply Enogen grain.” Continue reading