March 2010

Issue CoverView Full Print Edition

Business Briefs

Business and People

By BBI Staff


A three-way partnership in North Dakota aims to utilize one of the state's top crops for the development of sugar beet-to-biofuel plants in five regions.

China Trade Explodes

By Susanne Retka Schill

China promises a tantalizingly big market for U.S. DDGS, but numerous issues may prevent it from ever being fully realized.

Western Plains Energy in Oakley, Kan., is one of 14 plants in Kansas and Texas using sorghum.

Sorghum Surges

By Holly Jessen

Nearly one-third of U.S. sorghum production is going into ethanol—and there's room for growth.

Given the immense challenges faced by the ethanol industry over the past 18 months, it isn't surprising that some may be inclined to view biobutanol as competition. However, future biobutanol producers adamantly describe themselves as allies of ethanol production.

E15: Beyond the Waiver

By Erin Voegele

The expected EPA approval of E15 later this year will be only the beginning. In order to bring E15 to market, the ethanol industry needs to support petroleum marketers in addressing the issues that impact their willingness and ability to sell higher ethanol blends.

Pork and Ethanol Face Off

By Craig A. Johnson

A longstanding "beef" with pork producers is the competition for corn with ethanol. The causes of the pork producers' painful losses are myriad. Are biofuels really to blame?

DDCE?s demonstration plant in Tennessee began production in January. PHOTO: DDCE

Energy Crop Conundrum

By Lisa Gibson

Dedicated energy crops hold massive potential as a renewable energy resource, but hurdles remain in the path of their large-scale utilization.

Genetic improvements and advancements in growth and harvest techniques are moving miscanthus closer to becoming a commercial energy crop.

Show Me Energy processes biomass into pellets that it sells to a local utility, poultry producers in the area, who use it to heat their chicken and turkey barns, and for home heating.

It's Show Time

By Rona Johnson

The nation's first grower-owned biomass cooperative has shown the world that the cooperative model can be successful and is ready to build on that success.

Crop residue is abundant and a good source of renewable energy, as long as its removal doesn't cause soil nutrient depletion and erosion.

Pink Sheet Persuasion

By Nicholas Zeman

For many start-up companies in the clean energy sector, success means seeing its stock trade on the floor of a major stock exchange such as NASDAQ or the New York Stock Exchange. Until they have the revenue and profits, they must build their identities and persuade investors to their base with big statements and even bigger dreams.

Paul Argyropoulos

Seeking Answers

By Nicholas Zeman and Ron Kotrba

Biodiesel producers and industry stakeholders attending the 2010 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo sought answers to the status of the expired biodiesel tax credit as well as to many confusing elements in the RFS2 final rule. While some producers found clarification, others left the event puzzled, concerned and even discouraged by the enormous amount of red tape required to participate in the program. Despite this, the conference provided a healthy mix of biodiesel information and announcements.


Thoroughly understanding the EPA's greenhouse gas reporting rules will be critical for ethanol producers in 2010 and beyond.

The cleaning and hygiene of fermentation tanks is directly related to the characteristics of the tank's inner surface. Grinding and polishing as mechanical methods of working the surface help to remove the passive layer and to reconstruct it with atm

Efficient Ethanol Production

By Karsten Deuringer and Sven Fleischer

The two most important factors affecting ethanol production are conditioning of the yeast and plant hygiene. Ziemann Group emphasizes easy operation and maintenance in the design of effective fermenters.

Problems with corrosion, fouling, and poor heat transfer can be helped with properly designed filtration.

A company in Uruguay is successfully using specially adapted bulldozers and the application of hydrated polymers to protect tree seedlings and develop plantations on marginal lands.

Sign up for our e-newsletter!
BBI International Logo

@ Copyright 2024 - BBI International - All rights reserved.