Claremont, May 16 - Seventeen students from Blooming Prairie High School visited Al-Corn Clean Fuel on May 12 to learn about ethanol production.
During the tour, the students learned about the different stages of the ethanol production process such as incoming grain grading, grain handling, fermentation, grain storage, dried distillers grain production and storage, ethanol storage and shipment.
“By getting a first-hand look at our operations, students are given a chance to see and understand the process of converting a homegrown, renewable ingredient into clean energy. The ethanol industry not only contributes to savings at the gas pump, it improves air quality by reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions, strengthens our local farm economies and increases energy independence,” said Randall Doyal, CEO of Al-Corn Clean Fuel.
The students that participated in the tour were from grades 11 to 12.
The tour was organized by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels). Al-Corn Clean fuel is a member of MN Bio-Fuels.
“The students that visited Al-Corn Clean Fuel were from the school’s agriculture science class and this tour showcased the important role science plays in the ethanol production process,” said Tim Rudnicki, executive director at MN Bio-Fuels.
Bill Rinkenberger, agriculture science teacher at Blooming Prairie High School, accompanied his students during the tour.
“Students learned first-hand how corn is turned into fuel. Most, if not all, students don’t know how this happens,” he said.