October 2017

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Business Briefs


Business Briefs

By Lisa Gibson


ETHANOL EDUCATION: Megan Grimes, with the Nebraska Ethanol Board, mans an ethanol information booth at the 2016 Nebraska State Fair. The NEB has multiple programs, contests and events that help attract young people to the ethanol industry.

The “Cool” Fuel

By Ann Bailey

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Multiple trade groups and ethanol companies offer internships, contests and events to get young people interested in biofuels. The next generation is drawn to ethanol's environmental and economic benefits.

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Advancements in yeast optimization are gaining momentum. New companies are entering the space and veterans are improving their processes.

LAB WORKHORSE: Ethanol labs run multiple samples through HPLCs each day, monitoring fermentation to spot potential problems early, but also to optimize the process.

Innovation in the Lab

By Susanne Retka Schill

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Ethanol laboratories use HPLCs to find issues early in fermentation, but increasingly have been using the data for process optimization.

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Funding options are generally best-suited to specific types of projects. The money is out there –– producers just need to figure out which source is the right fit for them.

LAYING THE LOOP: Glacial Lakes Energy LLC in Watertown, South Dakota, installed a $19 million ­rail loop — with a tank farm and dual loadout station  —  earlier this year to expedite ethanol loading. The rail loop also allows the plant to switch

It's All in the Risk

By Lisa Gibson

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: The ethanol industry has been conservative on risky investments since its most recent downturn, experts say. But innovating, expanding and diversifying are important and can be done prudently.


FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Alliance Bio-Products' chairman provides a detailed account of hurdles cleared and decisions made in the development of the company's cellulose-to-sugar process.

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