AGP Corn Processing is Saving Natural Gas
By Holly Jessen, Ethanol Producer Magazine
June 9, 2010
A 52 million gallons per year ethanol plant in Hastings, Nebraska recently received a $275,000 grant from the Nebraska Energy Office. AGP Corn Processing will use the money, plus $50,000 of its own matching funds for a project that will offset a portion of the plant's natural gas usage.
The company recently completed a renovation of its anaerobic wastewater digester, said John Campbell, senior vice president of Ag Processing Inc., which operates the ethanol plant. The grant money will be used to capture methane gas and pipe it over to a regenerative thermal oxidizer, or RTO. That means reduced pollution as well as using less natural gas, which is what is currently powering the RTO. "We'll start it in the very near future and hopefully have it done in the next six months, Campbell told EPM.
AGP is a farmer-owned cooperative that works in the areas of procurement, processing, marketing, and transportation of grains and grain products, such as corn and soybeans. The bulk of the company's work is with soybeans, which includes two biodiesel facilities. In addition, AGP operates nine soybean processing plants, six of which are located in Iowa. The remaining three are in Minnesota, Missouri and Nebraska.
Information about other renewable energy projects funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act can be found at the Energy Office website.