December 2013

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Business Briefs

Jon Wellinghoff

Business Briefs

By Staff


Mike Bryan

Fuel vs Fuel: Heading for Divorce Court

By Mike Bryan

Andrew Anderson

Buying, Selling Ethanol Facilities

By Andrew Anderson, Michael Abbott, and Adam Hertzke


Although China is the big story in distillers grains exports this year, many growing markets are helping support this crucial outlet for U.S. producers. Experts believe that 2013 could top 7.42 million metric tons, the amount exported last year.

China has quickly recovered its place as the top importer of U.S. distillers grains after dropping the dumping investigation in May 2012. Through July of this year, the country has imported 1.72 million metric tons of distillers grains.

The domestic market adjusts to lower oil levels, higher prices and protein demand as it anticipates lower fiber content ahead. Another unusual year is expected, with protein as the big story.

Decades of experience has allowed the Matlack brothers to recognize baling and stacking inefficiencies, thus inspiring them to develop some of the most leading-edge equipment on today's market.

For electricity generators, pipeline quality or compressed natural gas producers, biogas equipment manufacturers are readying themselves to demands of the fast-growing, multi-faceted industry.

Biomass equipment manufacturers are striving to provide top-of-the-line feedstock-sizing equipment. Inspired by customer feedback and demand, several companies made upgrades to their products this year.


New and innovative technologies can mean significant energy, labor and parts savings for ethanol facilities aiming for greater profitability. Heat exchanger maintenance is one area producers can work to be more cost efficient.


A three-party collaboration between Drax, Lloyd's Register Rail U.K. and WH Davis has yielded the world's first pellet rail wagon, which maximizes the efficiency of each train load that rolls out of Britain's ports.

Lockheed Martin's army of engineers has expanded its expertise to bioenergy and biofuels.

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