Matt Thompson

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December 26, 2021

Pouring on Improvement

New and improved yeasts—more robust and effective than ever—are helping ethanol producers optimize today while adapting for tomorrow. With input from producers, these enhanced fermentation products are being designed for superior fit and flexibility. READ MORE

October 12, 2021

Export Expectations

Early in the pandemic, U.S. exports of ethanol and DDGS declined. While exports haven’t quite reached pre-pandemic levels, they're back up, and growing demand for low-carbon fuel and protein should support increased use of both products worldwide. READ MORE

August 23, 2021

Instructor and Innovator

2021 Award of Excellence recipient Kurt Rosentrater has had a meaningful impact on the evolution of distillers grains through research and education. Both a university professor and coproducts association leader, he finds synergies in his dual roles. READ MORE

August 19, 2021

For the Team Around Him

Steve Markham, this year’s High Octane Award recipient, credits his career success to past and present colleagues, trade groups and family. He accepted the accolade in July at the 37th annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. READ MORE

July 24, 2021

Branching Out

Aemetis’ refinery will produce renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel from almond orchard and forest wood waste, which will also yield a negative carbon sugar source for ethanol. The Keyes, California, plant is also ditching fossil-based power. READ MORE

October 27, 2020

Low-Carbon Connections

As sustainability and low-carbon commodities become increasingly sought out, several companies are working to connect grain buyers—like ethanol plants—and growers who practice sustainable farming. It's a promising trend for biofuels and agriculture. READ MORE

October 04, 2020

Keeping Ethanol Labs 'Between the Lines'

Control charts, a statistical tool used to monitor complex operations, can help ethanol plants visualize variability and fine-tune their operations. And while these statistical tools rely on mathematical equations, they can be relatively easy to use. READ MORE

August 27, 2020

Narrower Access Into Brazil

On top of the slowdown, the world’s No. 2 ethanol nation is holding strong on policies that check robust U.S. imports. In addition to its tariff rate quota, tough feedstock traceability requirements place another roadblock in front of U.S. ethanol. READ MORE

August 14, 2020

Reality Check: Examining the Future of Ethanol and EVs

An issue brief by the Clean Fuels Development Coalition advocates for increased ethanol use and a realistic look at the role electric vehicles can play in decarbonization. The report also calls into question the variable environmental costs of EVs. READ MORE

July 14, 2020

Piping Pros, Shutdown Specialists

Last year, Midwest Ironworks completed the largest job in its history, and the scale of the achievement has inspired its founder to keep thinking big. Despite an industrial piping background, the company has developed superb shutdown services. READ MORE