Aug 15 2013
Welcome to IGPC Ethanol Inc.
IGPC Ethanol Inc. began producing fuel ethanol in October 2008. Located in the town of Aylmer, we are right in the middle of Ontario’s corn country. We produce 150 million liters of ethanol annually and our distillers grains are marketed and trucked out to area beef, dairy and pork operations.
IGPC Ethanol Inc. is wholly owned by Integrated Grain Processors Co-operative Inc., one of the largest agricultural co-operatives in Ontario. The co-operative was founded in 2002 by a group of farmers and agri business people looking to add value to Ontario’s agricultural production.
The plant is staffed by a dedicated team of nearly 50 full-time employees and incorporates an automated process control system. This system monitors some 8000 separate parameters throughout the entire process.
The staff at IGPC has been successful at keeping the plant running efficiently since it came online in the fall of 2008. The ICM plant (the technology used is supplied by ICM inc.) uses between 400,000 and 420,000 tonnes of corn per year, or an average of 35,000 tonnes per month. That volume of corn produces approximately 175 million litres of ethanol on an annual basis. That volume also produces an additional 170,000 tonnes of DDGS and WDS each year.
We partner with Cargill who buys all of our corn, Eco Energy who markets the ethanol and Furst McNess who markets the DDGS.
Selective Milling Technology (SMT)
There are two additions being made to the IGPC facility the summer 2013 thanks to technology provided by ICM: Selective Milling Technology (SMT) and corn oil extraction technology.
Work is being done on both the addition of the SMT system and the new corn oil system at the same time, with both expected to come online in the next few months.
Selective Milling Technology will allow IGPC to grind the same amount of corn but make more ethanol. SMT provides more thorough shearing of the ground grain particles, making more starch available for conversion to sugars. Starch that is not made available to yeast can pass through fermentation untouched, exiting the plant as lost potential in distillers’ grain. These residual starches are not only lost ethanol, potential, they also add increased load on downstream equipment such as centrifuges and dryers.
The additional ethanol yield created by the addition of the SMT system is targeted at 2-3 per cent, which in the case of the IGPC plant’s current production, should result in an increase of 3.5-5.25 million litres in ethanol yield.
Corn oil extraction technology
Adding corn oil extraction technology provides another salable product that can be produced as part of the ethanol extraction process. The ICM Advanced Oil Separation System is built to provide maximum recovery of bio-oil from emulsion concentrate after the centrifugal phase of separation. IGPC have during the summer 2013 signed a Letter of Intent with a biodiesel manufacturer The Letter of Intent has been signed with Biox, a Hamilton, Ont.-based company, which currently produces approximately 67 million litres of biodiesel per year.