July 2010

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Business and People



President Obama's April 28 visit to the Poet Biorefining plant in Macon, Mo., wasn't just good news for one ethanol producer. Many believe the whole industry can glean hope from that event.

Barley-based Appamatox Bioenergy is nearing completion in Hopewell, Va. PHOTO: FREDERIC WIGGINS, MUNRO PHOTOGRAPHY

U.S., Canadian Project Roundup

By Holly Jessen and Luke Geiver

The North American ethanol industry has had its share of bumps in the road, yet a dozen plants came online the past year, a handful are still under construction and some intriguing projects are proposed.

Cellulosic Snapshot

By Anna Austin

EPM reviews the status of U.S. cellulosic ethanol projects.

Ethanol to Drink

By Holly Jessen

Anyone working in the ethanol industry has heard the joke about drinking their work. For a few, however, ethanol for human consumption is no laughing matter.

A Boost to the System

By Luke Geiver

A team of engine developers from Ricardo Inc. has downsized a standard engine using ethanol-infused technology. The result: a smaller engine with huge gains.

Beating Bankruptcy

By Luke Geiver

For ethanol plants in financial distress, the way out can seem almost impossible, but several plants this year have negotiated a path through reorganization.

International Ethanol Report: 2010

By Luke Geiver and Holly Jessen

EPM takes a look at international developments with a special focus on Brazil.

As the chief lobbyist for the Advanced Biofuels Association, Michael McAdams advocates for many different technologies, pathways and products, which are all seeking federal support to help get a foot in the door of the fuel market.

Jetting on Biofuels

By Lisa Gibson

ClearFuels and Rentech are integrating their technologies for a demonstration facility that will produce drop-in renewable fuels, one of several developments taking shape in the advanced biofuels industry.

Dauenhauer?s ternary diagram illustrates the ?teardrop? zone where the reaction is optimal. SOURCE: PAUL DAUENHAUER

Double Down

By Lisa Gibson

A team of researchers has developed a high-temperature catalyst biomass gasification system they say can double the amount of biofuel that can be produced with an acre of biomass, and with no char byproduct.

Funded in part by Natural Resources Canada's National Renewable Diesel Demonstration Initiative, forest research institute FPInnovations just completed a multiphase investigation looking at the performance of biodiesel blends in various off-road applications.

Industrial fires and explosions represent only six percent of all fires but can have lasting effects on employees and businesses. The key to fire prevention is to follow the plant's hot work permit system and proper coordination.


Captured CO2 from the fermentation process can be used for pH control in cooling water, reducing scale formation.

A systematic approach incorporating operating history with financial and statistical methods helps in forecasting liquidity needs in volatile markets.

Feedstock sharing, cost savings and regulatory compliance are among the benefits in co-location.

Anaerobic digestion is an effective system to treat waste streams and produce renewable energy for ethanol plants.

The University of Missouri is creating initiatives to help develop biomass market in the state.

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