Operations

February 21, 2017

Iowa ethanol plant boosts capacity with new technology

BY Whitefox Technologies Ltd. Found In:OperationsPine Lake Corn Processors has installed Whitefox’s Integrated Cartridge Efficiency membrane solution to increase production capacity and improve overall plant efficiency. After early success with ICE, an expansion of the modular system is underway. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

Opinion: Blending the Rules

BY Tom BryanFound In:Operations, Markets, PolicyThe March edition of EPM answers questions about RVP and E30, says EPM's editor-in-chief. Other articles cover reconditioning of key back-end equipment, along with a new DDGS treatment. READ MORE

February 13, 2017

In Depth: The Inside Story

BY Susanne Retka Schill Found In:Operations, BusinessExamining the state of affairs with repairs for three critical pieces of equipment in the back end of the ethanol process -- centrifuges, dryers and RTOs. In-depth reporting from the March print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

February 10, 2017

In Depth: Adding Flowability

BY Debbie Sniderman Found In:Operations, CoproductsNew DDGS additive saves ethanol plants energy and improves flowability. In-depth reporting profiles a new technology in the March print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

February 09, 2017

Green Plains reports Q4, 2016 profits, good prospects for 2017

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyGreen Plains Inc. reported profitable fourth quarter and year-end results, with earnings before taxes and depreciation of $174.4 million and a net income of $10.7 million, or 28 cents per diluted share. READ MORE

February 08, 2017

EIA revises 2017, 2018 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the February edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting U.S. fuel ethanol production will average 1.01 million barrels per day in 2017 and 2018, up slightly from 2016. READ MORE

February 07, 2017

ADM corn processing performs well in Q4; annual earnings down

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyArcher Daniels Midland Co. reported a strong fourth quarter, making up for what was described as difficult marketing conditions for much of 2016. ADM reported Q4 net earnings of $424 million. For the year, earnings before taxes were at $1.82 billion. READ MORE

February 07, 2017

RFA: New report shows 2016 ethanol exports reached record high

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, Markets, PolicyNet exports of ethanol from the United States set a new record of 1.01 billion gallons in 2016, according to a new eight-page summary of 2016 ethanol trade data published today by the Renewable Fuels Association. READ MORE

February 06, 2017

USDA: Corn consumed for fuel ethanol up in December

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, CoproductsThe USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service has released the February edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, noting corn use for fuel alcohol reached 477 million bushels in December. READ MORE

February 03, 2017

BETO publishes new strategic plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyIn January, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office released a new strategic plan that serves as a blueprint on how it will tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in building a sustainable bioeconomy in the U.S. READ MORE

February 01, 2017

US ethanol producers experience another record-breaking week

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessThe U.S. ethanol industry set another new record for production the week ending Jan. 27, with production averaging 1.061 million barrels per day. The industry set new records three out of four weeks in January. READ MORE

January 31, 2017

Valero reports improved operating income for ethanol segment

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyValero Energy Corp. has released financial results for the fourth quarter of 2016, reporting the company’s ethanol segment achieved $126 million in operating income for the quarter, compared to a loss of $13 million for the same period of 2015. READ MORE

January 31, 2017

EPA approves Little Sioux Corn Processors for cellulosic ethanol

BY Edeniq Inc. Found In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyEdeniq Inc. and Archer Daniels Midland Co. recently announced that the U.S. EPA has approved Little Sioux Corn Processors’ registration of its 150 million gallon per year Marcus, Iowa, ethanol plant for cellulosic ethanol production. READ MORE

January 30, 2017

UNICA reports ethanol sales, production for first half of January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced plants in the south-central region of the country processed 1.18 million tons of sugarcane during the first half of January, producing 67.81 million liters of ethanol. READ MORE

January 24, 2017

In Depth: Water: Lifeblood of the Process

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, BusinessSuccessful water reduction and recycling require close attention to treatments and system impacts in ethanol production. This feature appears in the February print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

January 23, 2017

EPA: 1.84 billion RINs generated in December

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for December, reporting more than 1.84 billion RINs were generated during the final month of last year, including nearly 16.83 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

January 20, 2017

UNICA: Most Brazilian sugarcane mills wrap up 2016-’17 harvest

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released a crop update for the second half of December, reporting ethanol production reached 24.91 billion liters (6.58 billion gallons) from the start of the current season through Jan. 1. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

US ethanol production breaks record for third consecutive week

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessThe U.S. ethanol industry has broken production records for three consecutive weeks. Production reached a new record the week ending Jan. 13, averaging 1.054 million barrels per day, according to data released by the U.S. EIA. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

In Depth: Reverse Osmosis System Operation and Monitoring

BY Wes Byrne Found In:OperationsCleaning RO systems when fouling solids are most easily removed maintains membrane life, restores performance. This contribution appears in the February print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

January 18, 2017

Senators question Pruitt on biofuels, RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn Jan. 18, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works held a hearing on the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Biofuels were among the topics discussed. READ MORE

January 18, 2017

Flint Hills Resources to upgrade Fairmont ethanol plant

BY Flint Hills Resources Found In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessFlint Hills Resources plans to invest more than $50 million in its Fairmont, Nebraska, ethanol plant to install a new technology that will produce a high protein animal and fish feed ingredient from a portion of the plant’s distiller grains. READ MORE

January 13, 2017

EIA: Ethanol production expected to increase slightly in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released the January edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting ethanol production will average 1 million barrels per day in 2017, increasing slightly to 1.02 million gallons in 2018. READ MORE

January 13, 2017

Crushings analysis shows increases in corn oil, DDGS production

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, CoproductsCorn distillers oil production was up a whopping 15 percent in the first 10 months of 2016 compared to the same period a year earlier, according an analysis of the USDA Grain Crushing and Co-Products Production report. READ MORE

January 13, 2017

Dual-purpose biofuel crops could extend production

BY Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Found In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessToday many biofuel refineries operate for only seven months each year. However, current research shows dual-purpose biofuel crops could produce biofuels nine months of the year, increasing profits by as much as 30 percent. READ MORE

January 12, 2017

USDA report demonstrates GHG benefits of corn ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyOn Jan. 12, the USDA released a report showing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with U.S. corn ethanol are currently approximately 43 percent lower than gasoline when measured on an energy equivalent basis. READ MORE

January 12, 2017

RDA set to deliver affordable ethanol for Australia

BY Renewable Developments Australia Pty Ltd. Found In:Operations, Markets, BusinessRenewable Developments Australia Pty Ltd. is fast approaching the delivery of the first of its planned five large scale bioethanol farms and production facilities to supply ethanol for the Australian and export markets. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

US ethanol industry opens 2017 with record-setting production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessThe U.S. ethanol industry opened 2017 with a new weekly production record. Production reached an average of 1.049 million barrels per day the week ending Jan. 6, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

Corn prospects from ethanol production appear strong for 2017

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyCorn consumption for ethanol production is very likely to surpass the most recent USDA projection of 5.3 billion bushels and the prospect already is impacting the corn market, according to the weekly outlook by Todd Hubbs published in FarmDoc Daily. READ MORE

January 10, 2017

Gevo releases operational update, achieves EPA pathway approval

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyOn Jan. 9, Gevo Inc. published an update describing fourth quarter operations at its Luverne, Minnesota, biorefinery. In addition, the U.S. EPA recently approved a fuel pathway for the plant regarding the production of butanol from corn and sorghum. READ MORE

January 10, 2017

USDA: November corn consumed for fuel ethanol up compared to 2015

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA recently published the January edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, indicating total corn consumed for fuel alcohol was at 452 million bushels in November. READ MORE