Operations

August 23, 2017

In Depth: Optimized Upgrade

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: The ethanol industry is evolving, equipment is aging and integrators are polishing their processes for complete distributed control system replacements. READ MORE

August 22, 2017

Report discusses future growth of Australian ethanol industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyA report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network predicts Australian biofuel production will reach 290 million liters (79.61 million gallons) this year, including 250 million liters of ethanol. READ MORE

August 22, 2017

Novozymes: Advanced enzymes increase ethanol yield, plant profit

BY Novozymes Found In:Operations, Markets, BusinessNovozymes has announces the launch of Spirizyme 2.0 T and Spirizyme Ultra T for the European ethanol market. The two products are part of the Spirizyme T Portfolio, an advanced suite of glucoamylase enzymes with trehalase. READ MORE

August 22, 2017

In Depth: Turning the Screws on Drying

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Rayeman Elements has introduced extrusion technology as a radically different means of drying distillers grains. READ MORE

August 21, 2017

EPA approves efficient producer pathway for Al-Corn Clean Fuel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has approved an efficient producer pathway for Al-Corn Clean Fuel, allowing the facility to generate renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard for non-grandfathered volumes of ethanol. READ MORE

August 21, 2017

CoBank: Increased ethanol production to outpace near-term demand

BY CoBank Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyA new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division predicts growth in U.S. ethanol output will exceed domestic and export demand as producers reinvest strong 2016 profits into facilities and additional production capacity. READ MORE

August 18, 2017

In Depth: Variety in Value

BY Ann Bailey Found In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessFROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Value-added components can be separated from the ethanol-production process at multiple stages. Technology developers continue to improve on their systems to expand markets and increase their customers’ revenues. READ MORE

August 17, 2017

Opinion: More is Less

BY Doug Durante Found In:Operations, Markets, BusinessFROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Doug Durante, executive director of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition, writes a column this month about myths surrounding the ethanol industry. READ MORE

August 17, 2017

In Depth: Computerized Management System Simplifies Repairs

BY Heather Wilkerson Found In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: For most ethanol plants, a CMMS could be an easy, cost-effective solution to maintaining equipment, ensuring regulation compliance and repairing broken machinery. READ MORE

August 15, 2017

Brazilian corn ethanol plant begins production

BY Summit Agricultural Group Found In:Operations, Markets, BusinessA grand opening was recently held for FS Bioenergia, a $115 million corn-only ethanol production facility in Lucas do Rio Verde, Mato Grosso, Brazil. The project collaboration between Brazil-based Fiagril and U.S.-based Summit Agricultural Group. READ MORE

August 15, 2017

Opinion: Seeking Progress? Ditch Comfort Zones

BY Donna Funk Found In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Donna Funk, principal at K-Coe Isom, outlines areas businesses often overlook when looking to improve efficiency. READ MORE

August 11, 2017

Aemetis discusses cellulosic ethanol plans during investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessAemetis Inc. has released second quarter financial results, providing an update on its efforts to acquire Edeniq and discussing plans to construct a 10 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant near its existing corn ethanol facility in Keyes, California. READ MORE

August 10, 2017

ACE congratulates member plants on 15-year anniversaries

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Operations, BusinessThe American Coalition for Ethanol congratulates member plants reaching anniversary milestones this summer, including Poet Biorefining - Big Stone in Milbank, South Dakota, and Glacial Lakes Energy LLC in Watertown, South Dakota. READ MORE

August 09, 2017

EIA maintains 2017, 2018 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Energy Information Administration maintains its 2017 and 2018 ethanol production forecasts in its August Short-Term Energy Outlook. Ethanol production is expected average 1.02 million barrels per day in 2017, falling slightly in 2018. READ MORE

August 09, 2017

Aemetis produces cellulosic ethanol from orchard waste

BY Aemetis Inc. Found In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessAemetis Inc. has announced it is producing cellulosic ethanol from orchard waste, utilizing technologies from Aemetis, LLanzaTech and InEnTec at a demonstration facility located at InEnTec’s Technology Center in Richland, Washington. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

USDA: June corn use for ethanol production up over last year

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, CoproductsThe USDA recently released the August edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, announcing fuel ethanol production in June was up when compared to the same month of last year. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

NDSU: Ethanol contributes $623.4 million to ND economy annually

BY Haley Olson Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyNorth Dakota’s ethanol industry contributes $623.4 million to the economy annually, according to a report from the North Dakota State University Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics. READ MORE

August 07, 2017

The Andersons reports a profitable quarter for ethanol business

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessThe Andersons Inc. recently released second quarter financial results, reporting its ethanol group earned $4.7 million of pretax income attributable to the company despite weaker year-over-year margins. READ MORE

August 07, 2017

UNICA releases ethanol production data for first half of July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sugarcane mills in the country’s south-central region processed 47.83 million tons of sugarcane during the first half of July. READ MORE

August 07, 2017

RFA, Pinnacle Engineering announce webinar series

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, BusinessThe Renewable Fuels Foundation has teamed up Pinnacle Engineering Inc. to sponsor a five-part webinar series that educates stakeholders within the renewable fuels industry about oil release planning, prevention and impact mitigation. READ MORE

August 04, 2017

Gevo discusses Luverne operations, Praj agreement

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessGevo Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting its Luverne, Minnesota, biorefinery exclusively produced ethanol during the period. The facility is expected to transition to isobutanol production following a future expansion. READ MORE

August 03, 2017

Pacific Ethanol provides update of plant improvement projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessOn Aug. 3, Pacific Ethanol Inc. released second quarter financial results, providing an update of plant improvement projects and reporting improving market conditions and margins moving into the third quarter. READ MORE

August 03, 2017

Green Plains explains Q2 decision to idle portion of its capacity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyGreen Plains Inc. recently released second quarter financial results, reporting it idled approximately 50 million gallons of production capacity during the quarter due to low margins, increased corn prices and other factors. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

ADM announces plans to reconfigure ethanol complex in Illinois

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessOn Aug. 1, Archer Daniels Midland Co. released second quarter financial results, reporting improved ethanol margins. During an investor call, the company also announced plans to reconfigure an ethanol plant in Illinois. READ MORE

July 31, 2017

Valero expects significant decrease in earnings for 2017

BY Haley Olson Found In:Operations, BusinessValero reports that adjusted operating income for its ethanol segment was $31 million in the second quarter of 2017, down from $49 million in the second quarter of 2016. Ethanol production averages 3.8 million gallons per day in 2017. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

Opinion: Closing In On Cellulosic

BY Tom BryanFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyTom Bryan, president and editor in chief of Ethanol Producer Magazine, discusses the U.S. EPA's recent RFS rule, the cellulosic biofuels industry, and the 2017 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. READ MORE

July 24, 2017

EPA: 22.94 million cellulosic RINs generated in June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for June, reporting 1.7 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 22.94 million cellulosic RINs. The EPA estimates 9.29 billion RINs were generated so far this year. READ MORE

July 20, 2017

CropEnergies has successful first quarter in 2018.

BY Staff Report Found In:Operations, Markets, BusinessGlobal bioethanol producer CropEnergies has increased its production by 38 percent in the first quarter of 2017, based on sales of bioethanol, food and animal feed products, as well as the reopening of a plant in Wilton, United Kingdom. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

UNICA: 7.61 billion liters of ethanol produced so far this season

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production in the country’s south-central region reached 1.78 billion liters (470.23 million gallons) during the second half of June. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

Glacial Lakes Energy celebrates 15 years, opens train facility

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, BusinessGlacial Lakes Energy is celebrating 15 years of operations at its 100 MMgy ethanol plant in Watertown, South Dakota, where it recently opened a unit train shipping facility. The company also operates a second 100 MMgy plant in Mina, South Dakota. READ MORE