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ICM to Build Showcase Biorefinery Next to Its Kansas Headquarters
(Ethanol Producer Magazine) ICM Inc. will build a new state-of-the-art biorefinery—dubbed ICM Element—next to its headquarters in Colwich, Kansas. The facility will showcase the company’s cutting-edge technologies.
Elements are nature’s building blocks and the world is searching for cleaner, sustainable, renewable fuels. ICM President Chris Mitchell stated, “Element will strive to be one of the most energy efficient manufacturers of ethanol in the industry with the deployment of multiple new technologies including our ICM gasification unit.”
The ICM patented gasifier technology is capable of fully converting biomass and forestry feedstocks into producer gas or syngas, while cogenerating a biochar product that has many applications in agriculture and other industries. Producer gas, derived from air-blown gasification platforms, is ideal for local combined heat and power applications, industrial power and heating/drying applications. “As a result, we will produce one of the lowest cost, highest value ethanol gallons on the market while bringing increased revenue to one of America’s most essential elements—the U.S. ag industry,” Mitchell said.”
Element will also be the first full-scale deployment of ICM’s patent-pending Generation 1.5 Grain Fiber-to-Cellulosic Ethanol Technology (Gen 1.5) process producing up to five million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year.
The cellulosic gallons produced will be eligible to capture D3 RINs, cellulosic tax credits and California Low Carbon Fuel Standard Credits, which can result in an added value as high as $4.00 per gallon above corn ethanol prices. This process also produces a high-protein DDGS which has been demonstrated in extensive feed trials to bring added value in poultry and swine rations.
This planned plant will add an expected 50-plus new jobs to the Colwich community as well as numerous indirect jobs and significant construction employment during its construction. At full rate, this plant will purchase over 22 million bushels of corn and sorghum sourced primarily from the local area. READ MORE