Local energy firm delivers ethanol distillation unit to university
Diversified Ethanol Corp. of Paso Robles announced this week delivery of a ethanol producing distillation module to the University of Florida.
Diversified Ethanol uses technology invented by Floyd Butterfield of Paso Robles to convert crop or waste containing alcohol, sugar, and starch into ethanol.
The distillation module is installed as part of a $20 million Stan Mayfield Bio Refinery Pilot Plant at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences laboratory at the Buckeye Technology facility in Taylor County, Florida. The bio refinery plant is pioneering the use of advanced technology and processes for proving that cellulosic biomass can be converted to usable byproducts such as fuel ethanol.
The University of Florida selected Diversified for their technology solution to validate that fuel ethanol would result from the plant process. The distillation module arrived ready for operation following an onsite system test and commissioning to confirm its full working condition. Acceptance of the distillation portion of the system marks the first completed commercial system sale for Greenbelt Resources and Diversified Ethanol.
“Installing the distillation solution as part of our innovative and ground-breaking system helps ensure that we meet requirements of our grant funding to achieve viable biofuel as one of the byproducts of our process,” said esteemed scientist Lonnie Ingram, PhD and Director at the Florida Center for Renewable Chemicals and Fuels at the University of Florida. “Greenbelt and Diversified have proven to be solid partners with us in our quest and we look forward to equal success with the remaining system installation.”
“Supporting the work of the University of Florida places our technology in a project that is highly visible in the industry and our system is proving to be a perfect fit for their needs,” said Darren Eng, CEO of Greenbelt Resources Corporation. “It is a tremendous validation of our technology to be selected by Dr. Ingram, and a privilege to contribute to his world-renowned advances in biofuel production.”
The distillation module is an innovative system with intelligent automation controls for onsite and remote monitoring and support. Greenbelt will also supply the dehydration module for the plant to round out the technology required to complete the waste-to-fuel ethanol process.
Diversified Ethanol is a subsidiary of Greenbelt Resources.