Green Plains was an early adopter of corn oil technology at each of our biorefineries, as we continuously look to extract more renewable resources from each bushel of feedstock. The majority of our corn oil co-product is used to produce low-carbon biodiesel and renewable diesel. As the renewable diesel market continues to expand, corn oil will be a key feedstock for its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions. On average, corn oil’s carbon intensity (CI) value is more than 20 points lower than soybean oil, which ultimately reduces the overall CI value of renewable liquid fuels.
Corn oil can also be supplemented as a valued ingredient in livestock and poultry diets. Its high energy content can be used in place of animal fats or other vegetable-based oils.
Green Plains generally transports corn oil by truck, rail or barge to locations near our biorefineries, primarily in the southeastern and midwestern regions of the United States. With continuous yield improvements, it is possible to recover approximately 300 million pounds of corn oil across the Green Plains platform on an annual basis. The high protein technology being installed at each location will increase corn oil recovery by as much as 50%, growing our total corn oil capacity to approximately 450 million pounds upon completion of our protein expansion projects.
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