Alcosac™ yeast is for Ethanol Producers who want to increase production efficiency
and, thus, revenue from an ethanol industry that is experiencing narrow profit margins.
Unlike other fermentative agents, Alcosac™ is the only product offering up to 15%
increase in efficiency because it uniquely uses more than one carbon source.
Alcosac™ offers this opportunity and addresses the following four keys factors when
considering such a retrofit to maximize the potential payout:
Production Efficiency. Will the production efficiency be improved? Current II.
technologies on the market provide modest improvement of yield in the single digit
percentage range. The Renewable Fuels Standard for corn ethanol has been
capped so the pressure on the industry is to increase output using technologies
that produce cellulosic and/or advanced ethanol. With very thin or even negative
profit margin, an increase in gross revenue of about 15% would be a competitive
advantage in the industry currently undergoing consolidation.
No Integration Cost. Will the investment payback period be reasonably short? III.
Technologies used to produce cellulosic or advanced ethanol have not been cost-
effective to integrate. The current systems are expensive because of the
complexity of converting corn fiber into ethanol. Alcosac™ yeast uses sugars and
proteins as carbon sources for ethanol production and requires no fiber
conversion; thus, users enjoy a reduced capital cost. As a result the timing is good
for the industry to advance Alcosac™, which affords all producers a relatively quick
profit return on capital investment.
Feedstock Requirement. While current technologies on the market require corn IV.
feedstock, the Alcosac™ yeast can produce ethanol from any feedstock based
process. Alcosac™ is synergistic not only with corn based systems but also with
every other system whether they are cellulosic or sugarcane, in either new or
retrofitted ethanol plants.
RINS Benefit. In 2014, the RFS mandate for advanced ethanol was 2.2 billion V.
gallons but only 0.1 billion gallons was actually produced in the US, which is a very
small percentage of the total ethanol produced in the United States unlike Brazil’s
sugarcane ethanol, which has enjoyed the recent high prices of D5 RINS because
of the increase in EPA’s mandate. According to a Congressional report, by 2022,
the EISA requires the use of 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels. Of those, at least
21 billion gallons must be advanced biofuels.
Tax Credit. Does the integration system produce advanced ethanol with tax
credit? The current tax credit is $1.01 per gallon.