ICM to build $175 million biorefinery called ICM Element next to HQ

March 2, 2017 |

In Kansas, ICM Inc. will build a new state-of-the-art biorefinery—dubbed ICM Element—next to its headquarters in Colwich, Kansas. The facility will showcase the company’s cutting-edge technologies.

According to the company, ICM’s success is derived from the passion, commitment, and expertise of people that work together for a common goal. “We see every individual as an integral element to the success of the planned 70 MMgy revolutionary plant estimated at a cost of $175 million to build,” a company press release stated. “ICM plans to be the majority owner and is in current discussion with investors who also see the vision and value of the project to the industry.”

The ICM patented gasifier technology is capable of fully converting biomass and forestry feedstocks into producer gas or syngas, while cogenerating a biochar product that has many applications in agriculture and other industries. Producer gas, derived from air-blown gasification platforms, is ideal for local combined heat and power applications, industrial power and heating/drying applications.

Element will also be the first full-scale deployment of ICM’s patent-pending Generation 1.5 Grain Fiber-to-Cellulosic Ethanol Technology (Gen 1.5) process producing up to five million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year. This process has been proven in large scale, up to 585,000 gallons fermentors in runs greater than 1000 hours increasing ethanol yield up to 10 percent and increasing corn oil yield up to 20 percent. The cellulosic gallons produced will be eligible to capture D3 RINs, cellulosic tax credits and California Low Carbon Fuel Standard Credits, which can result in an added value as high as $4.00 per gallon above corn ethanol prices. This process also produces a high-protein DDGS which has been demonstrated in extensive feed trials to bring added value in poultry and swine rations.

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