Minneapolis, March 21- Thirty-seven students from Medford High School visited Guardian Energy in Janesville yesterday to gain a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable energy.
The students were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at the plant, which produces 130 million gallons of ethanol a year.
“We appreciate the students and teachers taking time out of their schedule to learn more about biofuels and the advantages they provide as a source of fuel. It is important for the students to learn the facts about producing fuel from renewable feedstocks like corn. As a country, this helps to expand our energy independence while contributing to the rural economy and improving our environment,” said Jeanne McCaherty, CEO of Guardian Energy.
The students, from grades eight to 12, are from Medford High’s small engines and Ag 8 classes.
During the tour, they learned about several different components of ethanol production including incoming grain grading, grain handling, liquefaction, fermentation, distillation, distiller grain drying, corn oil separation, product storage and product shipment.
The tour was organized by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association. Guardian Energy is a member of Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association.
“The ethanol industry plays a vital role for Minnesota’s agricultural industry and through these tours, students are given a chance to see and understand the process of converting a homegrown renewable ingredient into clean energy,” said Tim Rudnicki, executive director of the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association.
Medford High School Agriculture Education instructor, Tim Larson, who accompanied his students on the tour, said it was important for his students to learn about renewable fuels and the latest technologies used in ethanol production.
“Anytime we can show the students a view from the world of employment and new technologies is a positive for their future career explorations,” he added.