Arisdyne adds mobile lab, announces Valero licensing agreement

By Sue Retka Schill | May 22, 2014

Arisdyne Systems Inc. has added a mobile validation laboratory to its toolkit as it continues to introduce its Controlled Flow Cavitation system to the industry. Most recently, Arisdyne announced a licensing agreement has been signed with Valero Energy Corp. to use the system in Valero’s ethanol production facilities.

Arisdyne has been gearing up operations in the past year. Last week, the company announced Russell Abarr, a 30-year ethanol industry expert and technology consultant, will be working in an advisory role with Arisdyne Systems as a senior business development executive. Earlier this spring, the company announced three other hires: Nick Berchtold as chief financial officer, Andrea Wearsch as marketing and business development associate, and James Wolfe, field service engineer.

Wolf and Bill Herdt will be staffing the mobile lab. “The new lab is a lot more efficient and will give us a higher level of confidence in the results we get,” said Fred Clarke, executive vice president. The 220 square foot lab is fully equipped with incubator and water baths for control of both temperature and environment, a centrifuge for separation and HPLC prep capabilities, in addition to a convection oven and autoclave for sample drying and sterilization. Other features include analytical / loading balances, caframo mixers and computer stations. The lab’s design and equipment configuration was developed at Arisdyne under the supervision of director of operations Scott Incorvia, based on early test guidance from the National Corn-to-Ethanol and Ohio State’s Agricultural Research & Development Center regarding validation test protocols.

Arisdyne’s technology is based on its patented controlled flow cavitation (CFC) process. With a relatively small footprint of about 8 by 10 feet, the unit “tucks in alongside the slurry tank,” Clarke said. The CFC systems generates an enormous energy peak in the form of a shockwave that serves to reduce particle size, disrupt cell structures and disperse agglomerates. The process increases ethanol yield from starch by about 3 percent by improving the availability of starches.

The technology is also being applied to fiber pretreatments for cellulosic ethanol, as well as for vegetable oil degumming and improved reactions in the biodiesel process. The company has also found an application for its technology in anaerobic digestors, where the system increases methane gas yield up to 30 percent and reduces sludge.

Since introducing its technology in 2009, Arisdyne has tested and installed its system at several ethanol plants. Producers currently using the technology include Pinal Energy in Arizona, Illinois Processing Inc., Glacial Lakes Energy in Mina, S.D., and Valero. In addition, the company expects to announce another producer in the next few weeks. A couple of other installations are pending, according to Clarke.