Siemens Energy and Automation Inc. announced its 100th alternative fuels plant installation in the United States. The 100th U.S. installation was completed at the Center Ethanol plant in Sauget, Ill., and includes the Simatic PCS 7 process control system, as well as Siemens transmitters, analyzers, drives, motors and electrical infrastructure products. The plant has the capacity to produce 54 million gallons of ethanol and 172,000 tons of dry distiller grain annually.
Many of the employees at the Center Ethanol plant were trained at another Siemens installation — the National Corn to Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The 35,000 square-foot NCERC facilitates the commercialization of new technologies for producing ethanol more effectively, resulting in improved yields and reduced costs. It also plays a key role in filling the growing need for qualified personnel to operate and manage biofuel refineries across the country. Delta-T Corporation, an ethanol technology firm based in Williamsburg, Va., provided the process design and execution support for the Center Ethanol installation.
Siemens continues to support research into emerging feedstock technologies and options, including non-food crops (wood, switch grass, landfill gas, algae and municipal solid waste) that will increase ethanol, other alternative fuels and biochemicals production. For more information, log on to www.sea.siemens.com/biofuels or call (800) 964-4114.