Twenty-five students from West Central Area Secondary School in Barrett visited Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company Tuesday to learn about about renewable energy production.

The students, grades 10 to 12, toured the various stages and processes of ethanol production at CVEC, which produces 50 million gallons of ethanol a year.

During the tour, the students learned about including incoming grain grading, grain handling, fermentation, grain storage, distiller’s dried grains with solubles production and storage, ethanol storage and shipment.

Students also learned how ethanol boosts the economy in rural Minnesota, reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions, saves consumers at the pump and makes America more energy independent.

The tour was organized by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association and sponsored by Novozymes, a global microbe and enzyme provider, and supporter of Minnesota’s ethanol industry. CVEC and Novozymes are members of Minnesota Bio-Fuels.