The Throughput Blog

March 11, 2013

Extending corn supply with wheat not so easy

BY Susanne Retka SchillWheat isn’t going to be an easy substitution like grain sorghum. While it is, indeed, the dominant feedstock in several regions such as western Canada and the UK, those plants are designed to handle wheat. READ MORE

March 04, 2013

RFA video lays out 40 facts about ethanol

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe RFA has packed 40 facts about ethanol into a video that ought to be shared with your Congressional delegation. READ MORE

February 25, 2013

The battle to counter Big Oil's campaign

BY Susanne Retka SchillFuels America is redoubling its efforts to point the finger at the real beneficiaries should the RFS be weakened and E15 smeared and it's not consumers or the environment. READ MORE

February 18, 2013

Blizzard stories

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe camaraderie of epic storms includes telling your story. READ MORE

February 11, 2013

Brewing happy yeast

BY Susanne Retka SchillA paper from the American Academy of Microbiology on yeast is a good read, digging into the historical development of yeast, the science of good yeast production and outlining the basic steps of brewing good beer. READ MORE

February 04, 2013

What drives corn prices?

BY Susanne Retka SchillIn a nine-page paper, two Growmark analysts say the ethanol effect, while obviously dramatic, is not the only, and indeed, not the biggest factor in the increase in corn prices. READ MORE

January 28, 2013

FEW looking for presenters and posters

BY Susanne Retka SchillPlanning for the 2013 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, June 10-13 in St. Louis, is gearing up. Those interested in being part of a panel presentation are invited to submit their ideas. New this year will be a poster session. READ MORE

January 21, 2013

Energy innovations for developing nations

BY Susanne Retka SchillTwo London-based designers have created the GravityLight, an LED lamp that runs on gravity. Ethanol is the power source for another project aimed at replacing coal and wood, in this case for cooking. READ MORE

January 14, 2013

Neutralizing negativity with facts

BY Susanne Retka SchillOldtimers in the ethanol industry will tell you misinformation campaigns against ethanol are nothing new. That doesn't mean, however, that the current version of same can be ignored. READ MORE

January 07, 2013

Wrong, but lessons learned

BY Susanne Retka SchillLast week in this blog I asked fuel-techies out there to tell me if my hunch was right about problems with fuel left in gas tanks for long-term storage. Turns out I was wrong. READ MORE

December 31, 2012

What's the real problem?

BY Susanne Retka SchillWe got talking about ethanol during a holiday gathering and a longtime family friend, brought up a problem in starting his lawnmower last spring. READ MORE

December 20, 2012

Farming fun from PetersonFarmBros

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe Peterson Farm Brothers are at it again, having posted another video on YouTube. The videos are fun to watch, and would be a good thing to share over the holidays with family and friends. READ MORE

December 17, 2012

Facts to fuel holiday conversations

BY Susanne Retka SchillBefore the holiday gatherings with family and friends, take a moment to look a new website giving ethanol facts and supporting resources, particularly if you have one of those fancy phones. READ MORE

December 10, 2012

Ethanol myth busting

BY Susanne Retka SchillEthanol has a powerful defender in Bobby Likis. For 21 years, he's hosted a car-talk program, plus he's run an automotive repair shop for 41 years. READ MORE

December 03, 2012

Kudos to ICM and Dupont

BY Susanne Retka SchillMore developments for cellulosic ethanol last week that give a glimpse of the future. Dupont broke ground on its 30 MMgy plant in Nevada, Iowa, and ICM announced the successful completion of 1,000 hours of pilot testing for its cellulosic process. READ MORE

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