Operations

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

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