Operations

September 20, 2019

In Depth: Optimism in Onida

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: It’s a challenging time to bring an ethanol plant online, but June marked the beginning of operations at Ringneck Energy & Feed in South Dakota. READ MORE

September 18, 2019

UNICA: Hydrous ethanol production sets new record

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production was up more than 10 percent during the second half of August, with hydrous ethanol production setting a new record. READ MORE

September 18, 2019

In Depth: Validate and Calibrate

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:OperationsFROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Deploying best practices that include a regular schedule for equipment monitoring, as well as staff with eyes on the details, improves accuracy. READ MORE

September 17, 2019

In Depth: Off The Grid

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: From reducing energy costs to lowering carbon intensity scores, the benefits are many for ethanol plants that cogenerate. READ MORE

September 16, 2019

Siouxland Energy temporarily idles production

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, BusinessSiouxland Energy Cooperative, a 90 MMgy ethanol plant in Sioux Center, Iowa, has temporarily idled operations, according to Jeff Altena, Siouxland director of operations and controller. Production will resume when economic conditions improve. READ MORE

September 16, 2019

In Depth: Enhanced for Ethanol

BY Michael Raab Found In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: A one-step clean-in-place solution designed for ethanol plants decreases chemical usage while cleaning both inorganic and organic compounds. READ MORE

September 13, 2019

Alcohol School: Yancey delivers D3Max project update

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessMinimizing feedstock cost is one rule for a successful cellulosic ethanol project, according to Mark Yancey, chief technology officer for D3Max. Yancey spoke Sept. 13 at Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits’ Alcohol School in Montreal. READ MORE

September 12, 2019

Alcohol School: Innovations in ethanol

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, BusinessScott Kohl, chief technology officer for Franzenburg, discussed several innovations in ethanol production during Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits' Alcohol School on Sept. 12 in Montreal, including accelerated fermentation and GM yeast. READ MORE

September 12, 2019

Alcohol School: The case for fractionation

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessVijay Singh, professor in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, told his Alcohol School audience Sept. 12 that he was going to “make the case for fractionation.” READ MORE

September 11, 2019

EIA lowers 2020 ethanol production forecast

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessThe U.S. Energy Information Administration maintained its forecast for 2019 ethanol production in its latest Short Term Energy Outlook, released Sept. 10. The forecast for 2020 ethanol production, however, was lowered slightly. READ MORE

September 11, 2019

Alcohol School: Keys to process monitoring

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, BusinessCaleb Ogden, technical services manager for Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits, discussed the importance of process monitoring during Lallemand's Alcohol School on Sept. 11. His presentation also addressed lab instrumentation and calibration. READ MORE

September 11, 2019

Alcohol School: Tips to control contamination

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, BusinessFrancois van Zyl, director of technical services for Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits, discussed the importance of identifying and treating contamination in yeast during Lallemand's Alcohol School on Sept. 11. READ MORE

September 11, 2019

Alcohol School moves to the lab, addresses yeast modification

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, CellulosicEmily Stonehouse, research and development manager for Mascoma LLC, discussed yeast modification during Lallemand's Alcohol School in Montreal, Quebec. READ MORE

September 10, 2019

Report: Argentina ethanol production, consumption flat in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, PolicyA report recently filed with the USDA FAS's Global Agricultural Information Network predicts Argentina’s production and consumption of fuel ethanol will remain stable this year at approximately 1.1 billion liters (290.59 million gallons). READ MORE

September 10, 2019

Alcohol School speakers discuss yeast physiology, nutrition

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, BusinessSpeakers representing the Ethanol Technology Institute and Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits discussed yeast behaviors, physiology and nutrition during the second day of Lallemand's Alcohol School in Montreal. READ MORE

September 04, 2019

Rex: South Dakota plant negatively impacted by corn availability

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyRex American Resources Corp. has released second quarter financial results, reporting continued challenging conditions for its ethanol operations. Production at the company’s South Dakota plant has been interrupted due to corn availability. READ MORE

August 29, 2019

Oregon plant could produce ethanol from wheat

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessGlobal Partners LP recently filed for a renewal of its air quality permit at its Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery in Clatskanie, Oregon. The permit could allow the plant to use wheat as its feedstock in addition to the more traditional corn. READ MORE

August 29, 2019

Corn Plus to suspend operations at Minnesota ethanol plant

BY Corn Plus Found In:Operations, BusinessCorn Plus has announced plans to suspend operations at its ethanol plant in Winnebago, Minnesota. The company will work with stakeholders to determine next steps, which could include restarting operations or a future sale or other disposition. READ MORE

August 23, 2019

USDA: Corn use for fuel ethanol down slightly in June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report with data from June, reporting that corn consumed for fuel ethanol was down slightly from both the previous month and June 2018. READ MORE

August 20, 2019

Oil bailouts force Poet to lower production

BY Poet LLC Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyPoet announced today it will idle production at its bioprocessing facility in Cloverdale, Indiana, due to recent decisions by the administration regarding SREs. The company also said it has reduced production at half of its 28 biorefineries. READ MORE

August 15, 2019

Opinion: The Efficiency Issue

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about emissions control, pump design and technology, finances and risk management, and more. READ MORE

August 15, 2019

In Depth: Minding the Stack

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Maintaining compliance while optimizing costs and operations is a balancing act for ethanol producers. READ MORE

August 14, 2019

EIA maintains 2019, 2020 ethanol forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has maintained its forecasts for 2019 and 2020 ethanol production in its latest Short Term Energy Outlook, released Aug. 6. Short-term forecasts for ethanol consumption were also maintained. READ MORE

August 14, 2019

Opinion: More EPA Exemptions, Biofuel Plants Shuttered

BY Emily Skor Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Growth Energy's ad campaign part of an effort to curtail EPA's abuse of small refinery exemptions. READ MORE

August 14, 2019

In Depth: The Heart of the Matter

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:OperationsFROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Increasing efficiency by taking advantage of the latest pump designs and technology. READ MORE

August 13, 2019

In Depth: Reinvestment and Risk Management

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessFROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Plants that planned ahead when margins were better are leading the industry today. READ MORE

August 08, 2019

Aemetis cuts carbon score of Keyes ethanol plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyAemetis Inc. released second quarter financial results Aug. 8, reporting growth for its biodiesel business in India, outlining improvement projects underway at its corn ethanol plant, and discussing planned RNG and cellulosic ethanol production. READ MORE

August 07, 2019

The Andersons report profitable Q2 for ethanol group

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessThe Andersons Inc. released second quarter financial results Aug. 7, reporting that its ethanol group remained profitable during the three-month period. Ethanol earnings, however, were down significantly due to the poor margin environment. READ MORE

August 06, 2019

Green Plains reports positive impacts of improvement initiatives

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyDuring an Aug. 6 earnings call, Green Plains officials discussed progress with the Project 24 initiative, criticized Trump’s EPA and trade policies for harming the ethanol industry, and indicated the company continues to explore the sale of assets. READ MORE

August 02, 2019

Pacific Ethanol reports Q2 margins up slightly

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessPacific Ethanol president and said the company's second quarter crush margin improved, but the industry is still suffering from oversupply. READ MORE