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August 28, 2001

Pilot Plant Breaks Ground at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

Plant Will Speed Commercialization of New Technologies for Producing Ethanol

WASHINGTON, DC - The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today congratulated the Illinois congressional delegation and the State of Illinois for working to successfully develop a national research facility designed to test and
commercialize new technologies and processes to reduce the costs of producing ethanol and to add value to a bushel of corn. Dr. James Walker, president of Southern Illinois University, joined Governor George Ryan,Senator Dick Durbin, Congressman John Shimkus, and Congressman Jerry Costello at today's groundbreaking ceremony in Edwardsville, Illinois.
"This is an important project for the continued growth of the ethanol industry," said Bob Dinneen, president of the RFA. "Senator Durbin,Congressmen Shimkus and Costello, and Governor Ryan worked tirelessly to make the Illinois Corn Growers' vision of a world class ethanol research facility a reality. It is important to pursue and implement cutting edge technology as ethanol use continues to expand throughout the country."
The National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Pilot Plant (NCERPP) will be a state-of-the-art, 23,000 square foot facility that includes both a wet and
dry mill ethanol pilot plant located in University Park at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Its modular construction will allow efficient tests of new equipment, technology, processing and feedstocks. In addition to testing new technologies for producing ethanol, it will also develop new value added byproducts. The $20 million plant is expected to be completed by January of 2003.
"The ethanol industry is committed to increasing the role for clean, renewable fuels in our nation's gasoline supply," said Dinneen. "The NCERPP will help make that a reality by reducing production costs and increasing efficiency. That's good news for farmers, consumers, and the environment."


To learn more about ethanol, please visit our web page at:

Monte Shaw
Communications Director
Renewable Fuels Association
202-289-3835 phone
202-289-7519 fax



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