Carbon Pipeline to Improve Ethanol Plant and Ag Profitability, Developer Says

By RHONDA BROOKS March 31, 2022

A new initiative underway by Summit Carbon Solutions is being developed to lower the carbon intensity score of ethanol plants and, thereby, increase their competitiveness and profitability. 

The goal is to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the exhaust stream of 31 ethanol plants in a five-state region in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska, according to Jimmy Powell, chief operating officer for the Ames, Iowa-based company.

To accomplish this, the company plans to capture the carbon dioxide from the fermentation process of the plants, compress it into liquid form, then move it by pipeline to North Dakota. There, it will be permanently stored underground in what the company calls deep geologic storage locations. 

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