Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds visited the site of the first commercial cellulosic ethanol production in the state of Iowa at Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) on Tuesday.

QCCP recently passed the one-million gallon milestone for cellulosic ethanol production using Cellerate process technology. Cellerate is a collaboration between Syngenta and Cellulosic Ethanol Technologies, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of QCCP.

Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds met with QCCP and Syngenta representatives, including QCCP CEO Delayne Johnson, to discuss renewable fuels policy and see first-hand the innovative process technology that has enabled QCCP to become a leader in cellulosic ethanol production.

According to Gov. Branstad, renewable fuels are key to the state’s economic development, as well as U.S. energy independence.

“Renewable fuel is something I’m very passionate about,” Branstad said. “I would like to congratulate QCCP on the development of a technology that will help make ethanol more sustainable. Renewable fuels are important for Iowa and they are important for America. A robust Renewable Fuel Standard can diversify our nation’s transportation fuels, add value to commodities grown in rural America, reduce emissions, and provide consumers low-cost choices at the pump.”

Last fall, QCCP achieved EPA certification to generate D3 Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) for cellulosic ethanol. According to Johnson, the emergence of D3 RINs is significant as biofuels opponents are no longer able to use their absence as a strategy to weaken the RFS.

“The biofuels industry now has the technology available to create two billion gallons of cellulosic ethanol – with no more corn,” Johnson said. “QCCP is proud to be one of the first companies to issue D3 RINs. We look forward to higher D3 RIN requirements as new production comes on.”

In 2014, Syngenta announced an agreement with Cellulosic Ethanol Technologies to license Cellerate process technology to ethanol plants.

“Ethanol plants can easily integrate Cellerate process technology into their existing production process,” said Jack Bernens, head of Enogen corn enzyme technology for Syngenta. “We believe that not only will Cellerate process technology help make advanced and cellulosic ethanol a reality, but the combination of Cellerate and Enogen could represent the next leap forward for ethanol production.”

For more information about Enogen corn enzyme technology, visit www.Enogen.net.

For more information on Cellerate process technology, click here.