Process Management

News last update:6 Aug 2012

New enzyme improves DDGS for feed

Genencor, unveiled a new enzyme product which, says the company, significantly improves the process of converting corn to ethanol by increasing throughput and the value of its by-product, distiller's dried grain with solubles (DDGS) used as a component in formulating animal feed.

Called Maxaliq™ ONE, the new enzyme product offers the next generation technology that continues to advance the production of biofuels. The product contains a thermostable enzyme that is used as a processing aid to  reduce viscosity of the liquefact and break down phytic acid in grains to create a higher value by-product DDGS.

"The enzyme offers a variety of plant processing benefits to ethanol producers and contributes to a more sustainable environment by reducing non-digestible, phosphorous containing phytic acid in DDGS," said Brian Carter, vice president for grain processing. "Our partnership with the biofuels industry has created a demand for constantly improving technology. We're pleased to offer a second generation product to respond to that need."

According to Carter, the new enzyme blend used in conjunction with Genencor's Phytase Amylase Liquefaction System (PALS), reduces viscosity and reduces mash phytic acid in the dry-mill process.  The addition of a simple step at the beginning of the process therefore results in efficient liquefaction. "Maxaliq™ ONE improves the sustainability values of two industries, ethanol and animal nutrition," said Brian Carter.

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