Operations

April 16, 2018

RFA, Pinnacle host webinars on combustible dust hazards

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, BusinessThe Renewable Fuels Foundation, the education and research arm of the Renewable Fuels Association, has teamed up with the experts at Pinnacle Engineering Inc. to host two webinars on educating facility personnel about the hazards of combustible dust. READ MORE

April 12, 2018

Draft 2018 Farm Bill reauthorizes Energy Title programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn April 12, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K Michael Conaway, R-Texas, released a draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. The legislation reauthorizes many bioenergy-related programs, but provides them with only discretionary funding. READ MORE

April 02, 2018

Gevo: ASTM subcommittee approves additional route to ATJ fuel

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Operations, Markets, BusinessGevo Inc. announced April 2 that an ASTM International subcommittee has voted in favor of revising specification D7566 to include ethanol in addition to isobutanol and to increase the approved blend levels from 30 percent to 50 percent. READ MORE

March 30, 2018

Aemetis discusses plans to upgrade Keyes plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessAemetis Inc. released fourth quarter 2017 financial results on March 29, highlighting progress with the development of its proposed 12 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant and discussing plans to upgrade its existing corn ethanol plant. READ MORE

March 29, 2018

Gevo discusses financial status, market development activities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, BusinessGevo Inc. released 2017 financial results on March 28, providing an overview of its financial status, production and sales, and market development activities. The company's Minnesota biorefinery is expected to focus on ethanol production in 2018. READ MORE

March 28, 2018

UNICA: Hydrous ethanol sales up in first half of March

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that production units in Brazil’s south-central region processed 3.34 million metric tons of sugarcane during the first half of March, producing 182.79 million liters of ethanol. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

Rex releases 2017 financial results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessRex American Resources Corp. released financial results for the fourth quarter of 2017 on March 22, reporting reduced net sales, revenue and gross profit. The company, however, indicated conditions are improving in the first quarter. READ MORE

March 22, 2018

In Depth: New Expectations

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessFROM THE APRIL ISSUE: With the release of Innova Drive, well-known enzyme developer Novozymes has entered the yeast market for corn ethanol production. READ MORE

March 22, 2018

Opinion: Spring Swing

BY Tom BryanFound In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Editor in Chief Tom Bryan previews the features this month. Among other topics, our stories profile a new yeast on the market, explore asset management techniques and discuss cleaning services. READ MORE

March 21, 2018

Enerkem produces a new high-octane biofuel

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessEnerkem Inc. recently announced that it has produced a new high-performance biofuel that could improve the octane rating of fuels sold on the market and reduce their carbon footprint. The fuel has a research octane number (RON) of up to 112. READ MORE

March 21, 2018

In Depth: The Integrity Initiative

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Predictive maintenance, active management and proper use of inspection results keep a plant on track. READ MORE

March 21, 2018

Opinion: Ethanol Education Begins in the Classroom

BY Bob Dinneen Found In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE APRIL ISSUE: RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen writes about the organization's Ethanol in the Classroom program. READ MORE

March 20, 2018

RFA congratulates Show Me Ethanol on 10 years of success

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, BusinessThe Renewable Fuels Association has congratulated member company Show Me Ethanol on its 10th anniversary in operation. The dry mill ethanol facility in Carrollton, Missouri, broke ground in March 2007 and began commercial production in May 2008. READ MORE

March 20, 2018

In Depth: Biting the Bullet on Major Replacements

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Ten-year inspections, and sometimes outright failures, focus attention on needed capital investments in long-term assets. READ MORE

March 20, 2018

Opinion: Thoughts on Brazil’s Temporary Tariff-Rate Quota for Ethanol

BY Leticia Phillips Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyFROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Leticia Phillips of UNICA offers details on the rationale behind Brazil's limit on ethanol imports. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

2018 International FEW releases technical sessions agenda

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe 2018 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo has released its highly anticipated agenda featuring more than 150 speakers and four comprehensive tracks. The event will be held June 11-13 in Omaha, Nebraska. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

In Depth: Cleanliness is Quality

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessFROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Ignoring proper bin maintenance, such as cleaning and full material removal, reduces storage capacity and product quality. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

Opinion: Regulatory Fixes Will Open the Market to Ethanol Quickly

BY Adam Gustafson Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Adam Gustafson, attorney with Boyden Gray and Associates, explains how EPA could easily remedy issues with RINs. READ MORE

March 16, 2018

UNICA: Domestic sales of hydrous ethanol up in February

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced domestic sales of hydrous ethanol remained high in February, up nearly 38 percent when compared to the volume sold during the same period of last year. READ MORE

March 14, 2018

Aemetis validates yields at cellulosic demonstration plant

BY Aemetis Inc. Found In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessAemetis Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Aemetis Advanced Products Keyes Inc., has received third-party validation from Leidos Engineering of ethanol and protein yields produced its integrated demonstration unit. READ MORE

March 09, 2018

EIA increases 2018, 2019 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the March edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, increasing its ethanol production forecasts for 2018 and 2019. Ethanol consumption is also expected to grow through 2019. READ MORE

March 07, 2018

Positive US ethanol margins are driving ethanol production growth

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyEstimated ethanol production margins at U.S. corn ethanol plants averaged 22 cents per gallon (gal) in 2017. Last year was the fifth consecutive year that margins have averaged more than 20 cents/gal. READ MORE

March 06, 2018

Aemetis cellulosic demonstrate unit meets USDA loan requirements

BY Aemetis Inc. Found In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessAemetis Inc. has successfully built and operated an integrated demonstration unit for more than 120 days of continuous operations with 94 percent uptime, meeting the requirements for a USDA Biorefinery Assistance Program guaranteed loan. READ MORE

March 05, 2018

UNICA: Hydrous ethanol sales up in first half of February

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced mills in the south-central region of Brazil sold 614.3 million liters (162.28 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol during the first half of February. READ MORE

March 02, 2018

Pacific Ethanol releases 2017 results, reports improved margins

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Cellulosic, BusinessOn Feb. 28, Pacific Ethanol Inc. released fourth quarter and 2017 financial results. During an investor call, Neil Koehler, president and CEO of the company, provided an update of plant operations and said product margins are currently improving. READ MORE

March 02, 2018

Whitefox ICE installation at Fox River exceeds expectations

BY Whitefox Technologies Ltd. Found In:Operations, BusinessFox River Valley Ethanol LLC completed the installation of its Whitefox ICE bolt-on solution at its ethanol plant in Oshkosh in December and is already seeing a positive impact at the gas meter and improvements to its operations. READ MORE

February 21, 2018

FS Bioenergia to develop second corn ethanol plant in Brazil

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessFS Bioenergia has announced plans to develop a second corn ethanol plant in Brazil. The proposed project is currently in the licensing stage. Once constructed, the facility is expected to have a nameplate capacity of 680 MMly (179.64 MMgy). READ MORE

February 19, 2018

USDA releases 10-year forecasts for ethanol, biodiesel production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe USDA Economic Research Service has released updated 10-year agricultural projections through 2027. The report predicts ethanol production will increase for several years, before declining to 2016 levels toward the end of the projection period. READ MORE

February 16, 2018

The Andersons reports increased E85 sales

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe Andersons Inc. has released fourth quarter financial results, reporting net income of $68.4 million, or $2.42 per diluted share, for the three-month period, up from $10.1 million, or 36 cents per share, during the fourth quarter of 2016. READ MORE

February 15, 2018

In Depth: Next-Level Nanoscience

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessFROM THE MARCH ISSUE: The accidental discovery that a carbon, nitrogen and copper-based catalyst can convert carbon dioxide to ethanol shows potential. READ MORE