Pounds, Petroleum and Promotion

FROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about improved corn oil yield, an update on ethanol exports to Mexico, and a recap of the first Global Ethanol Summit.
By Lisa Gibson | November 20, 2019

At The Alcohol School earlier this year, I heard a presenter say some ethanol plants were extracting 1.2 pounds of distillers corn oil per bushel. That was news to me. I thought the leaders were tapped out at 0.9 pounds. That presenter asked her audience to raise their hands if they were getting 0.5 pounds, 0.7, 0.9 and up to 1.2. By 1.2, no hands were in the air. And we were all curious.

Digging into that topic, freelance writer Susanne Retka Schill presents some details on how those extraction yields are being reached. Marquis Energy has implemented its own protein extraction technology and is achieving that elusive 1.2 pounds per bushel. Similarly, Trucent has strategies and equipment to maximize corn oil extraction at its customers’ plants. It’s the cover story and it starts on page 22.

Next, we zero in on Mexico’s ethanol market. Since the country approved E10, that market has been a bit slow to develop. Three cities—Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterey—still aren’t cleared to use it, infrastructure development is taking time, and the country faces the same misinformation about ethanol that we grapple with here in the U.S. But it’s coming together. Pemex, Mexico’s government-owned petroleum supplier, has asked for funding in its 2020 budget to upgrade infrastructure to handle ethanol. Pemex has had a powerful monopoly over Mexican transportation fuel, so this move is significant. But it’s also predictable. Retailers in Mexico are learning more about ethanol from our trade groups, retailers, farmers and ethanol producers here in the U.S., and they’re asking Pemex for ethanol. It’s certainly an interesting development. Get the full story, starting on page 28.

Finally, we bring you coverage of the Global Ethanol Summit. The event took place in Washington, D.C., in October, the first of its kind. The idea, organizers say, is to discuss ethanol worldwide, help promote its use in foreign markets, teach and learn, and connect industries. Find out about the event, its topics and featured speakers, starting on page 32.

As we wrap up 2019, we’re heading into the 2020 conference season. Several events greet us in the first few months of the year, offering ample opportunity for coverage, travel and learning for our editorial staff here at EPM. We expect to continue covering our relevant wins and battles, such as the Reid vapor pressure waiver and small refinery waivers, respectively, but we’re always listening for the other stories, too—the 1.2-pound stories.

We’ll be here for it. See you in 2020.

Author: Lisa Gibson