June 2020

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Business Briefs

Business Briefs

By Ethanol Producer Magazine



For ethanol producers, everyday business is now all but paperless. From mobile apps to cloud-based data storage, the smart plants of the future are here. Even in this challenging time, adoption of new technologies focused on efficiency carries on.

Positioning into the low-carbon biofuels marketplace, ethanol producers are moving forward with sequestration strategies. A more lucrative federal tax credit, along with a reduced minimum production requirement, is making the economics attractive.

The Standoff for E30

By Susanne Retka Schill

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy may be just a block or two apart on Independence Avenue in Washington, D.C., but they are miles apart on their long-term outlook for ethanol. Seemingly disparate objectives make E30s future less clear.

The U.S. ethanol industry saw a shift during the pandemic, as many plants sold or donated ethanol to be used in hand sanitizer production. While the temporary market provided cash flow for some, helping the nation in a time of need motivated all.


As the U.S. ethanol industry reduced production this spring, a vital supply of commercial and industrial carbon dioxide dwindled. It must return soon or buyers will be compelled to seek product from alternative sources, which could drive up prices.

In a recent trial, numerous process objectives where met when bulk caustic was replaced with a single acid cleaner. The change lowered CIP costs, cut the need for bulk caustic and sulfuric acid, and improved the overall cleanliness of the facility.

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