Technology

Maximizing corn’s potential with ag tech innovations

The key to unlocking the corn kernel’s potential

As a leader in biorefining, Green Plains pursues innovative technologies and sustainable processes that can benefit both our company’s profitability and our planet’s health. We actively seek out opportunities to optimize our ingredients across a wider range of markets that support our local farmers, our customer partners and the environment. In addition to producing increasing amounts of sustainable Ultra-High Protein and novel feed ingredients, Green Plains is a leader in low-carbon biofuel production. Fluid Quip Technologies is the high-tech key to unlocking additional value. Their wide-ranging patent portfolio provides access to innovative, disruptive technology to continue our transformation.

Ultra-High Protein Technology

Our Ultra-High Protein, produced with Fluid Quip’s MSC™ system, captures the yeast and the high-value corn protein from the whole stillage stream at a biorefinery, resulting in 50% or greater protein concentration which is ideal for pet, aquaculture and dairy rations. This technology is crucial in our work to produce sustainable higher protein feed ingredients, enhanced distiller’s corn oil yields, optimal starch utilization and more – all without expanding crop acreage.

An important additional benefit of the MSC system is that it increases the distillers corn oil we capture by 50%. This renewable product serves as a valuable low carbon intensity feedstock for the production of advanced biofuels like renewable diesel.

Clean Sugar Technology

Developed by Fluid Quip Technologies, the CST™ system effectively transforms a dry milling facility into a clean sugar biorefinery where dextrose and glucose replace ethanol as the primary product while continuing to yield high-value co-products such as distiller’s corn oil and high protein feeds. This technology provides industrial quantities of carbohydrate feedstock for manufacturing applications in the growing biochemical, renewable chemicals and synthetic biology industries.

Consistent with our focus on ESG initiatives, the sustainable products and fuels produced using Fluid Quip’s CST system reduce carbon intensity scores compared to those produced from competing wet milling processes.

York Innovation Center

Green Plains’ York Innovation Center is a state-of-the-art laboratory for running commercial scale trials to improve the efficiency and sustainably of a modern biorefinery.

Located in the heart of Nebraska, the Innovation Center features a pilot fermentation train used to develop algae and yeast fermentation processes, and also features a world-class analytical lab, allowing for rapid testing of process yields and improved efficiency. Additionally, the Innovation Center has downstream separation equipment which is used for on-site pilot development of Fluid Quip’s CST™ and testing of process enhancements to the patented MSC™ protein recovery system.

Focused on Further Diversifying and Improving Products

At Green Plains, we never stop thinking about what is possible. Through sophisticated new technologies and key partnerships, we continue to explore best practices. With rapid testing and feedback of results at our world class Aqualab in Shenandoah and our York Innovation Center, the Green Plains team is constantly coming up with new ways to have a positive impact on the markets we serve and beyond.

A green plains employee inspects a sample at the York Innovation Center

Green Plains is a global leader in leveraging innovative technologies to make essential ingredients the world needs.

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