An Illinois-based technology services company recently unveiled a new set of “2nd Generation” technologies aimed at increasing the sustainability and profitability of corn-based ethanol plants.
According to MOR Technology, the MOR-Frac Plus+ Milling System in combination with their supercritical CO2 corn oil extraction technology can help plants “increase and diversify revenues by producing premium, value-added food-grade products, while also decreasing operating costs and environmental footprint.”
The company says its MOR-Frac™ Plus+ Milling System combines both dry and wet milling technology to offer the product purity and product yields achieved in wet milling, but with the energy efficiency, environmental impact, and capital/operating costs much closer to those of dry milling.
MOR is currently working with a number of customers, design-build firms and financing institutions to install the technology in corn-based ethanol plants around the country.
In addition, MOR Supercritical – an affiliate of MOR Technology based in Allentown, Pennsylvania – has started construction on a state-of-the-art plant that will showcase the company’s breakthrough supercritical fluid extraction technology for low-cost, high-volume commodity products. The 15 tonne-per-day plant will be located in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, and officials expect to complete construction in the third quarter of 2009.
MOR Supercritical has developed a corn oil and commodity oilseeds extraction system that uses proprietary breakthroughs in supercritical CO2 technology allowing for operating costs and energy use below that of hexane or mechanical extraction while also producing an all-natural, hexane-free corn oil for human consumption.