VeraSun, a large ethanol producer says is developing a process to squeeze biodiesel out of distillers grains as well as extracting ethanol from them in technology which seems to complement that unveiled by people like Abengoa Bioenergy, Dyadic International , Broin, DuPont and Novozymes. The firm looks to be squeezing as much as possible from the grains VeraSun says taking oil from distillers grains both increases the value of the oil for fuel use, and enhances the resulting distillers grains as a livestock feed by concentrating protein and reducing fat content
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currently evaluating locations for a 30-million-gallon-per-year biodiesel production facility, with plans to commence construction in 2007 and begin production in 2008. The Company has contracted with Lurgi PSI for design and engineering services for the biodiesel facility and with Crown Iron Works for oil extraction equipment. As a result of the exclusivity provisions in these contracts, VeraSun expects to be the first to develop large-scale facilities using this technology. The Company has also filed a provisional patent application with the U.S. Patent Office for the production process.