ICM Inc., headquartered in Colwich, will begin construction in August on a $31 million cellulosic ethanol pilot and demonstration facility in St. Joseph, Mo.
ICM will modify its existing dry fractionation grain-to-ethanol pilot plant at LifeLine Foods to produce fuel ethanol from captive corn fiber and two high-impact cellulosic feedstocks, switchgrass and energy sorghum.
ICM is contribution $6 million of its own funds, along with a $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, to implement its new technology.
The new technology is expected to be scalable for commercial applications. ICM will be testing pretreatment, hydrolysis and fermentation processes which are the critical unit operations necessary for making ethanol from cellulosic feedstocks cost effective.
As a leading designer and builder of ethanol plants, ICM has technology in use at more than 102 biorefineries across North America.
The demonstration phase of the St. Joseph plant is expected to begin in January of 2011 with full integration anticipated by fourth quarter of 2011.