ETHANOL is helping America reduce its dependence on foreign oil, lowering gas prices, improving the environment with lower emissions and growing the economy with jobs that can’t be outsourced. In 2014 alone, the ethanol industry created and supported nearly 400,000 new jobs across the country. And a University of Wisconsin/Iowa State University study found that, in 2011, ethanol saved consumers an average of $1.09 per gallon.
Now, new technologies are helping make ethanol more sustainable. Enogen corn enzyme technology, available only from Syngenta, is the industry’s only corn bio¬engineered specifically to enhance ethanol production. By incorporating Enogen grain into its existing production process, an ethanol plant can reduce its carbon footprint.
In a 100 million-gallon plant, for example, Enogen corn can help save 350 billion BTUs of natural gas; 10 million kWh of electricity; 68 million gallons of water; and 106 million pounds of CO2 emissions.
Savings across ethanol industry would generate enough natural gas to homes for a year and enough electricity to light 1.5 million more, while saving water equal to 140 billion eight-ounce glasses. The reduction in CO2 emissions would be equivalent to removing approximately 630,000 passenger cars from the road each year.
More ethanol from the same kernel of corn
Last year, Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) helped kick off a new era for the biofuels industry when it opened its 2 million-gallon cellulosic ethanol facility in Galva, Iowa. QCCP employs Cellerate, a revolutionary process technology, to produce cellulosic ethanol from corn kernel fiber. Cellerate is licensed exclusively by Syngenta and will be marketed along with Enogen. Dry grind ethanol plants can integrate Celle¬rate into their existing production process.With Celle¬rate, the biofuels industry now has the technology to create 2 billion gallons of additional cellulosic ethanol—all from the same kernel of corn.
During 2013, Syngenta announced six commitments to address the global food security challenge. The Good Growth Plan has specific, ambitious and measurable targets that focus on boosting resource efficiency, rejuvenating ecosystems and strengthening rural communities. Enogen and Cellerate are examples of how Syngenta is bringing “The Good Growth Plan” to life by helping ethanol plants increase production efficiency and make ethanol more sustainable.
Ethanol is a fuel for today and tomorrow. Ethanol is making a significant contribution to the U.S. economy, helping to drive down gasoline prices for consumers and reduce carbon emissions for a cleaner environment.
North American Precis Syndicate