(Colwich, Kan. –June 5, 2012) – ICM is pleased to announce the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 8,192,627 on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 for its Advanced Oil Separation (AOS) System. This patented method, which employs both mechanical and chemical separation, delivers significant economic value to an ethanol plant by dramatically increasing the volume of non-food grade oil recovered from the plant’s process streams. ICM’s AOS uses the centrifuge as a mechanical dewatering device to deliver a targeted emulsion concentrate stream for further processing through the addition of a polar solvent, ethanol, as the emulsion breaking-agent. The ethanol liberates oil trapped in the emulsion concentrate that would not be recovered through other conventional methods.
Kurt Dieker, ICM’s Director of Product Development, said: “ICM’s patented Advanced Oil System provides our customers with an immediate and significant advantage over competitors’ systems. ICM’s AOS processes a smaller product stream post-centrifuge, giving ICM’s solution a competitive advantage on processing costs. Customers are seeing an operational cost of less than one half cent per pound of oil recovered, which is roughly one-tenth the operational cost per pound experienced by plants that operate processes utilizing precentrifugation additives that recover oil directly from the centrifuge by skimming off the oil product. AOS is another example of a unique ICM platform technology that ICM is making available to our customers to enable them to immediately increase revenues from their existing plants. We are continually looking at how we can improve and add value to ICM's oil separation platform."
Brock Beach, ICM’s Capital Sales Manager for Oil Solutions, stated: “ICM’s patented AOS eliminates the need for expensive additives, and uses the ethanol product already being manufactured in the plant to break the emulsion and free the trapped oil. The ethanol used to break the emulsion is recaptured in AOS which further enhances the value of the system. Our customers are experiencing an ROI of six months or less on ICM's oil separation solution. We expect customer demand for AOS to increase significantly with the issuance to ICM of this new patent.”
ICM has installed nine AOS systems at customer plants, has seven additional installations either in process or scheduled prior to year-end, and has several pending contracts under negotiation.
ICM is demonstrating its patented AOS method this week at Booth #715 at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW) in Minneapolis, MN, where ICM’s Product Sales staff are available for discussions.
About ICM, Inc.: Established in 1995 and headquartered in Colwich, Kan., ICM, Inc., provides innovative technologies, solutions, and services to sustain agriculture and advance renewable energy, including food and feed technologies that will increase the supply of world protein. By providing proprietary process technology to 102 facilities with a combined production capacity of approximately 7 billion gallons of annual ethanol production, ICM has become a world leader in biorefining technology. The full-service provider also offers a comprehensive line of more than 100 products and services tailored to make biofuels production more efficient and more profitable. ICM is further upholding its responsibility as an industry leader by heavily investing in the continued advancement of renewable energy technologies. In an effort to speed that advance, ICM has been conducting research and testing at its state-of-the-art research facility in St. Joseph, MO, in conjunction with a growing list of strategic partners spanning multiple industries. For more information, please visit icminc.com.
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