May 2009

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Ford/PHOTO: Susanne Retka Schill, BBI International

Temporing the Ethanol Industry

By Susanne Retka Schill

The finest steel is made with the hottest fire, Renewable Fuels Association's Bob Dinneen told ethanol industry representatives at the 14th annual National Ethanol Conference, in describing the challenges the industry has faced.

The longest running and most popular ethanol industry event in the world is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. EPM previews this year's FEW and flashes back to how the conference and the industry have evolved in the past quarter century.

In some areas of the world, feed grains are more viable for ethanol production than corn. EPM evaluates feedstock options, including a Canadian wheat variety called AC Andrew and barley, and some projects where feed grains are being used make fuel and feed products.

Fuel for the Economy

By Erin Voegele

As the U.S. employment rate continues to rise and policymakers work to repair the economy and create jobs, leaders in the ethanol industry are working to underscore the industry's potential to create jobs and reinvigorate rural areas.

Grain sorghum's genome is about a fourth the size of man's, and much less complex than other related grasses. Now that its genetic blueprint has been published, EPM asks scientists and sorghum experts what this means for science, agriculture and advanced ethanol production.

Barges laden with rubbish-filled containers destined for landfills elsewhere are a common sight on the Thames River in London./PHOTO: MATT SEPPINGS

Her Majesty's Biogas

By Ryan C. Christiansen

With natural gas production and landfill capacity declining, the U.K. is looking at converting waste to biogas and synthesis gas for heat, power, and fuels on a large scale

Ontario, Canada-based StormFisher Biogas is ready to cause a whirlwind of activity with its plans to develop up to 30 anaerobic digestion plants in North America within the next five years.

What started as a light bulb idea is now trademarked by EnerTech as the SlurryCarb Process and could become the future of biosolids management.

In addition to typical produce wastes, the ORRS also accepts meat and dairy products, flower shop wastes, liquid beverages, waste fats and drippings from in-store food preparation./PHOTO: ORGANIC RESOURCE MANAGEMENT INC.

The Value of Waste

By Khalila Hammond

In 2007, only 2.6 percent of the nearly 29.2 million metric tons of organic waste generated in North America was recovered, due to inefficient collection processes. Organic Resource Management in Ontario, Canada, is on a mission to make sure that waste doesn't go to waste.

As biodiesel production trends more toward smaller-scale units and variable feedstock supplies, the idea of using smaller sized modular production units placed very close to feedstock sources becomes more attractive. Biodiesel Magazine spoke with modular unit manufacturers to learn more about this emerging arm of the industry.

Long-term storage and aviation applications require stable biodiesel. To meet those needs, researchers are developing new antioxidant technologies.

James Garton, head of corporate finance

Mission: Jatropha

By Susanne Retka Schill

High-tech meets traditional agriculture in Mission NewEnergy's extensive feedstock procurement program, which goes deep and local among India's small farms.


Enzymes can be used to overcome the nutritional challenges of distillers dried grains with solubles for use in swine and poultry diets.

Ken's Foods' upgraded wastewater treatment facility efficiently reduces chemical oxygen demand and total suspended solids in challenging food processing wastewaters, and supplies 200,000-plus cubic feet of biogas per day, providing 100 percent of the heat required for the treatment plant's operation.

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