Operations

May 18, 2017

In Depth: Optimizing Surfactants for Increased Corn Oil Yield

BY Min Wang Found In:Operations, Markets, BusinessEthanol will be used to produce bioethylene oxide as the base for oil extraction aides. This contributed article appears in the June print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

May 18, 2017

In Depth: Cleaning Comes with Choices

BY Mark Parenteau Found In:Operations, BusinessQuality service providers offer wide variety of techniques, mediums to meet plant needs. Spongeblasting and other techniques discussed in this contribution from the June print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

May 17, 2017

In Depth: Tube Bundle Cleaning Gets Automated

BY Terry Gromes Jr. Found In:Operations, BusinessShowcasing the benefits of safety and production in cleaning ethanol evaporators. This contributed article appears in the June print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

May 16, 2017

Biofuel groups ask EPA to ease regulatory burdens

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicySeveral biofuel trade groups have filed comments with the U.S. EPA asking for changes to regulations that are hindering the growth of U.S. ethanol production and use. READ MORE

May 12, 2017

Aemetis discusses current operations, future projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessAemetis Inc. has released first quarter financial results, reporting increased ethanol revenues but reduced gross margins. In addition, the company reported its biodiesel business in India is growing. READ MORE

May 12, 2017

SIRE reports improved net income

BY Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy Found In:Operations, BusinessSouthwest Iowa Renewable Energy LLC has reported net income of $7.7 million, or $577.55 per basic unit, for the six months ended March 31, compared to a net loss of $1.1 million, or $84.19 per basic unit, for the six months ended March 31, 2016. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

Perdue unveils plan to reorganize USDA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn May 11, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue released a plan to reorganize the USDA that creates an undersecretary for trade and agricultural affairs and eliminates the undersecretary for rural development. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

EIA increases 2017 ethanol production outlook

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the May edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting ethanol production will average 1.03 million barrels per day this year, up from 1 million barrels per day last year. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

BETO launches Bioenergy Career Map

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Argonne National Laboratory have developed an Bioenergy Career Map, an educational tool that helps users discover traditional and nontraditional career opportunities in the bioenergy industry. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Pacific Ethanol reports increased sales, improving margins

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyPacific Ethanol Inc. has released first quarter financial results, reporting increased net sales and improved margins. Financial performance, however, was impacted by falling ethanol prices. Conditions are expected to improve in the second quarter. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Gevo discusses future plans for Luverne plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessGevo Inc. has announced first quarter financial results. During an investor call, the company described plans to convert its Luverne, Minnesota, biorefinery to exclusively produce isobutanol and hydrocarbon products. READ MORE

April 26, 2017

Redfield Energy celebrates 10 years in operation

BY Renewable Fuels Assoc. Found In:Operations, BusinessThe South Dakota ethanol producer marks its 10th year, having produced 545 million gallons of ethanol, 1.5 million tons of distillers grains and purchased more than 194 million bushels of corn at an average price of $4.47 per bushel. READ MORE

April 20, 2017

In Depth: FEW Technical Sessions Planner

BY Tim Portz and Tom Bryan Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyWith 30 panels—five at a time—at the world’s largest ethanol conference, attendees must pick their spots. This guide to FEW technical sessions appears in the May print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

April 19, 2017

In Depth: DCO Extraction Optimization Adapts to Changing Properties of Stillage

BY Jennifer Aurandt Found In:Operations, CoproductsUnderstanding of the variables impacting corn oil extraction is needed as the ethanol industry adopts new process technologies. This contribution appears in the May print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

April 19, 2017

In Depth: Evaluating Alternative Diversification Options

BY Rob Sauer Found In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessEthanol plants need to go beyond calculating return on investment to consider risks and net present value when considering diversification strategies. This contribution appears in the May print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

April 12, 2017

RFA plans 4 ethanol safety seminars in South Dakota

BY Renewable Fuels Assoc. Found In:OperationsEthanol emergency response training sessions planned in South Dakota at Worthing, Redfield, Brookings and Watertown, during the last week of April. READ MORE

April 06, 2017

Military veterans make up nearly one-fifth of ethanol workforce

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyAbout 19 percent of people working in ethanol are U.S. military veterans, compared to a national average of 7 percent across all sectors of the workforce. Per 100 workers, the ethanol industry employs twice as many veterans as the oil and gas sector. READ MORE

April 05, 2017

California ethanol plant to build biodiesel refinery on site

BY Ron Kotrba Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessPixley, California-based Calgren Renewable Fuels has received a notice of proposed award from the CEC to help fund construction of a supercritical biodiesel plant on site. The ethanol producer is working with technology company Jatrodiesel Inc. READ MORE

March 30, 2017

Opinion: Energy at Work

BY Tom BryanFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyEthanol Producer Magazine editor-in-chief outlines the lineup of stories in the April print edition of the ethanol industry trade journal, which are also available for online viewing. READ MORE

March 29, 2017

RFA, Transcaer to host 2nd ethanol safety webinar April 11

BY Renewable Fuels Assoc. Found In:Operations, BusinessWebinar focuses on training trainers, equipping them with information to help communities acquire the knowledge necessary to respond to any potential ethanol-related emergency. READ MORE

March 28, 2017

In Depth: Shining Light on Energy Efficiency

BY Ann BaileyFound In:Operations, BusinessEthanol producers seek ways to reduce emissions and cut costs through energy efficient innovations. This feature article appears in the April print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

March 27, 2017

FEW announces technical sessions agenda

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessTechnical agenda announced for the 33rd International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, scheduled for June 19-21 in Minneapolis. The agenda includes more than 140 speakers in four comprehensive tracks. More than 2,000 attendees are expected. READ MORE

March 27, 2017

In Depth: Taming the Power-Hungry Beast

BY Ron Kotrba Found In:Operations, BusinessUpdated regulations, motor industry advances promise efficiency improvements in the full range of electrical motors used in ethanol operations. This feature story appears in the April print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

March 24, 2017

In Depth: Ensuring Pipeline Integrity Requires Multi-Tiered Approach

BY Lars Larsson Found In:Operations, BusinessPrevention of gas leaks comes first for pipelines supplying ethanol plants, relying on proper design, construction, operation, maintenance, training and education. This contribution appears in the April print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

March 23, 2017

In Depth: Two Case Studies in Motor Troubleshooting Part 1: Getting Grounded

BY Adam Willwerth Found In:OperationsProper shaft grounding solves motor bearing problems at Red Trail Energy's ethanol plant. This contributed article appears in the April print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

March 22, 2017

In Depth: Two Case Studies in Motor Troubleshooting Part 2: Testing, Testing

BY Mike Schneider Found In:OperationsTroubleshooting unexpected equipment issues at Cardinal Ethanol with a de-energized motor testing instrument. This contributed article appears in the April print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

March 15, 2017

Webinars planned to train the trainers for ethanol emergencies

BY Staff Report Found In:Operations, BusinessRFA/Transcaer webinars aim to teach individuals how to train others in ethanol emergency response tactics and procedures. The 2-hour, free webinars will take place in April, June and August. READ MORE

March 02, 2017

ICM to build showcase biorefinery next to its Kansas headquarters

BY EPM Staff Found In:Operations, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessThe 70 MMgy plant will cost about $175 million to build. ICM plans to be the majority owner and is in current discussions with investors who recognize the value of the project to the industry. The plant will house several cutting-edge technologies. READ MORE

March 01, 2017

Delaware refinery to move forward with ethanol infrastructure

BY Tom BryanFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessThe Delaware City Refinery's plan to expand its ethanol handling and blending capabilities has overcome a challenge from two community groups that claimed the new biofuels infrastructure would lead to disruptive rail and barge traffic in the area. READ MORE

February 21, 2017

Novozymes launches advanced enzyme to boost ethanol yields

BY Novozymes Found In:Operations, BusinessNovozymes' new trehalase enzymes convert residual sugars that would otherwise be wasted. An average 100 MMgy corn ethanol plant could make up to $1 million in additional revenue, the company says. READ MORE