November 2021

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Business Briefs

Business Briefs

By Ethanol Producer Magazine

Business Briefs

By Ethanol Producer Magazine



POET Founder and CEO Jeff Broin reflects on the growth of his company, its pledge to explore new technologies, discover new products and lead the industry toward ultra-low carbon bioethanol.

Early in the pandemic, U.S. exports of ethanol and DDGS declined. While exports haven't quite reached pre-pandemic levels, they're back up, and growing demand for low-carbon fuel and protein should support increased use of both products worldwide.

As the ethanol industry sets its sights on net-zero CI, it is calling for an accurate reconciliation of corn production's CO2 balance. Finally, it appears that both growers and biofuel producers may soon be rewarded for climate-smart practices.

Rail safety and compliance are issues ethanol producers can't afford to ignore. Whether on private property or moving down the track, even small errors can be costly. Meanwhile, the ethanol industry's transition to DOT-117 rail cars is on schedule.

Most ethanol plant upgrades require the installation of new tanks or vessels. The carbon and stainless steel they're made from is super expensive right now, but fabricators are still getting orders.

With a third of U.S. ethanol plants producing 100 MMgy or more, and most wanting at least 30 days of feedstock capacity, onsite grain storage has evolved. Sukup Manufacturing Co. is leading the big bin movement, and sees more giants to come.

Having just landed $17 million in funding, ClearFlame is poised to make ethanol-powered diesel engines a reality—and putting trucks on the road to prove it.


Ethanol Producer Magazine talks with Phibro Ethanol's Dr. Andrew Hawkins about the essentials of top-tier LQM, including good training, recordkeeping, SOPs and more. Like its customers, Phibro also relies on laboratory quality management internally.

As the industry evolves, those willing to face the challenge of finding a market for fiber-rich products in order to produce more high-protein feed will reap the most benefits. ICM's Solbran is poised to be a competitive source of digestible fiber.

Evidence shows that effective drug combinations decrease the risk of bacterial contamination and antimicrobial resistance. Using antibiotics with two modes of action can provide wider microbe coverage and longer lasting fermentation activity.

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