FCStone Carbon LLC (FCO2) has announce that Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) has engaged with FCO2's engineering and construction partner Agri Process Innovations of Stuttgart, Arkansas, to design and build the Quick Germ Quick Fiber Modified Wet Milling corn fractionation process at QCCP's ethanol plant near Galva, Iowa.



"We have been very impressed with how QCCP has evaluated the broad field of fractionation technology and are extremely pleased that upon completing their due diligence process they have chosen our package" comments Mike Kinley, chief operating officer, FCO2.



"We have evaluated multiple options within the field of fractionation and we are convinced this patented technology is far superior to the alternative methods of corn fractionation," says Mike Jerke, QCCP general manager.



"FCO2 has assembled a very compelling portfolio of technology and services as well as a financial offering, and it's all those things included in a package that makes this decision to move forward a logical next step in our quest to be one of the most productive plants in the industry," Jerke notes. "In less than two years, we will not only be one of the most efficient ethanol producers, but we'll also participate in the food-supply chain as we market our food-grade corn oil germ fraction to the industry."



"Ethanol producers must find ways to increase the value they get out of every bushel of corn they process and that's why our technology suite is in high demand" says Mike Knobbe, president FCO2. "We have multiple customers who can significantly benefit from installing this process and in doing so will ensure their competitiveness in the future."



The QQ patented fractionation technology was developed at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and exclusively licensed to Maize Processing Innovators, Inc., based in Champaign, Ill. Information about the technology is available at MPI's Web site: www.maizepi.com. MPI awarded FCO2 the commercialization arrangement and Agri Process Innovations was chosen as the EPC contractor in February 2008. It offers significant benefits to ethanol plants who wish to separate the corn kernel's component parts for further downstream processing.



The QQ process utilizes a short soaking step and generates a more pristine germ and fiber fraction, minimizing the starch loss found with alternative dry fractionation techniques. "This proven technology is very straight forward in that it utilizes the process backset water at the plant and is much more efficient to operate than alternative fractionation technology," says Steven Danforth, president, API.