The NCERC Analytical Research Laboratory provides the ability to achieve consistency -- and then improve on it. This is crucial to successful biofuel production. A key component in making improvements is finding and validating new ideas. By facilitating and offering groundbreaking research across all agri-product processing markets, the Center has a real and lasting impact on the shaping of the renewable fuels industry.
Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometer/Mass Spectrometer (LC/MS/MS) testing, High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Near Infrared (NIR) analysis and other analytical testing of the ethanol process is offered at the NCERC. Quality Assurance and Quality Control experts work closely with clients to ensure superior results that meet and exceed industry standards.
Clients also benefit from customized services, offered in a supportive, developmental or investigative environment and tailored to fit their individual needs. The analytical lab at the Center is managed by experienced industry experts with proven experience and a keen understanding of the future of renewable fuels.
The NCERC Fermentation Laboratory offers a state-of-the-art environment for the evaluation of potential fermentation products at flask-scale and in 5-liter fermentors. The lab provides testing of ideas, products and technologies to determine their potential incorporation into the ethanol industry. Ideas, products and technologies are tested for the best inputs, the most efficient processes and the most valuable outputs.
Serving a clientele that consists of individuals, and small and large companies, the Center tests processed corn, alternative feedstocks and other products that could potentially improve process efficiency and reduce and/or remove the limitations experienced by the ethanol industry. Fermentation lab personnel work closely with clients to set up an experimental design and methodology to optimize product evaluation. Fermentations are carried out under conditions that closely simulate plant operations.
Biofuels producers from around the world use the Center's fermentation lab to find ways to increase feedstock-to-ethanol yields. They also use the lab to review the composition -- and corresponding value -- of ethanol co-products.
Now more than ever, efficiency and optimization matter in moving the renewable fuels industry forward.