Luke Geiver

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Dec 11, 2023

Watching Over Plant Hygiene

Specialized hygiene strategies, increasingly layered with automation, are helping today’s ethanol plants stay healthy. Consistent, accurate monitoring is the key.

Sound leak detection and repair practices are essential to modern ethanol plant operations. Both procedural and high tech, LDAR is rooted in compliance, but closely tied to everyday maintenance and project planning.

May 11, 2023

Going for Gold

From CI-score reduction to back-end feed ROI, a growing number of ethanol plants are in pursuit of the multi-part benefits of ICM's trademarked Advanced Processing Package. It should come as no surprise that ICM Inc. has made its Advanced Processing Package system—an innovative suite of bolt-on technology systems for ethanol plants looking to diversify revenue streams and lower carbon intensity (CI) scores—seem so simple. The Kansas-based ethanol process technology pioneer first unveiled its APP system in 2019. Since then, multiple ethanol plants have acquired APP and are currently in various stages of implementation.

A growing number of U.S. ethanol producers have found a way—and a reason—to produce biogas, often upgraded to renewable natural gas, at the same complex or in close proximity.

While nuts-and-bolts ethanol plant improvements typically don't make national headlines, facility enhancements and capacity-boosting installations are always happening. Here's a look at some of the work recently completed or still underway.

Mar 9, 2023

Similarity Sells

Three recent plant acquisitions and a pertinent joint venture reveal how ethanol producers, when investing, often seek facilities that resemble or bring balance to their existing assets.

With carbon capture and sequestration taking ethanol towards net-zero, a rising CCS developer is focused on working with producers that are uniquely positioned to sequester near their plant.

E30 has the octane value automakers want, the emissions numbers policymakers need and the price consumers look for. But is it the future?

With its engineered membrane systems for dehydration, Whitefox Technologies is helping the ethanol industry in its quest to achieve ultra-low—ultimately zero—net carbon emissions.

Jan 18, 2023

A Lot On The Lines

After averting a national labor strike and starting to address declines in speed and service, the rail industry appears ready to roll past a rough stretch—and that's good for U.S. ethanol.

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