Hoosier State Increases Ethanol Production

September 11, 2008 07:00 PM

Sara Muri, AgWeb Business & Crops Online Editor
Indiana welcomed another ethanol plant Sept. 11. The $130 million plant, located in North Manchester, Ind., is owned by POET, the world's largest ethanol producer.
Details of the Plant
The ethanol plant will use 22 million bushels of corn from the area to produce 65 million gallons of ethanol and 178,000 tons of Dakota Gold Enhanced Nutrition Distillers Products™ annually.
The facility employs 42 people, which receive an annual payroll above $2 million.
Environmentally Friendly Ethanol
POET says its plant is equipped with technology that reduces environmental harm. The technology, POET's patent-pending BPX™ process, eliminates the need for heat in the cooking process of producing ethanol, reducing energy usage by 8 to 15%, compared to conventional plants.
It will also be outfitted with a regenerative thermal oxidizer that eliminates up to 99.9% of air emissions.
The Manchester plant moves POET's total operating plants to 24, with three plants in Indiana. According to the Renewable Fuels Association, the state currently has seven operating ethanol plants.

You can e-mail Sara Muri at smuri@farmjournal.com.

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