The Throughput Blog

April 30, 2012

Recruiting nominees, scholarship apps for 28th FEW

BY Susanne Retka SchillDeadlines are looming for the Fuel Ethanol Workshop. The first is for award nominations, due today, and we’re also looking for scholarship applications by May 7. Both can be done online by following the links at READ MORE

April 23, 2012

Earth Day and recycling

BY Susanne Retka SchillHas Earth Day always been focused on our trash problems? The first Earth Day happened when I was in college, but I can no longer remember the main messages of that era – just the name. And frankly, I can’t remember the messaging from recent years. READ MORE

April 16, 2012

Ethanol 101 returns

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe Fuel Ethanol Workshop is bringing back Ethanol Industry 101, a one-day, preconference seminar covering the history, the process, the economics and politics of ethanol. READ MORE

April 09, 2012

Q&A, Twitter-style

BY Susanne Retka SchillUSDA had another historic first – “virtual office hours” April 5 with live Q&A with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack – 140 characters at a time on Twitter. READ MORE

April 02, 2012

Name an industry champion, professional

BY Susanne Retka SchillPeople are the heart and soul of any industry, and the drivers behind progress. Each year at the FEW we present the Award of Excellence and the High Octane Award to two individuals. READ MORE

March 26, 2012

Promoting E15 with Retailers

BY Susanne Retka SchillGetting E15 deployed in as many locations as quickly as possible is a critical task for the ethanol industry. READ MORE

March 19, 2012

Bugging the Bugs

BY Susanne Retka SchillResearchers are trying to harvest energy from insects to be used to power things like tiny cameras or sensors and communications devices. They could be sent where people dare not tread – tiny places perhaps or into nasty environments. READ MORE

March 12, 2012

Ruminations on viral fame and telling ethanol's story

BY Susanne Retka SchillYou know you live in a small town when the fact somebody went viral makes front page news. READ MORE

March 05, 2012

Hitting the blend wall

BY Susanne Retka SchillGasoline consumption in the U.S. is down. The double edge sword is that while the ethanol industry trumpets the need to replace foreign oil imports by using renewable fuels, if overall gasoline consumption goes down, so does ethanol blending. READ MORE

February 27, 2012

Conference observations

BY Susanne Retka SchillThough it may seem the ethanol industry has plenty to worry about with surplus ethanol supplies depressing prices, tight margins and the looming blend wall – one didn’t hear much about those issues at the National Ethanol Conference last week. READ MORE

February 20, 2012

In support of cellulosic ethanol

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe Union of Concerned Scientists is applying some energy to supporting ethanol. Well, not corn ethanol, I doubt they’ve made an about face there. But they are coming out in support of cellulosic ethanol. READ MORE

February 13, 2012

Tight margins drive search for efficiency

BY Susanne Retka SchillThere’s plenty of anxiety in the ethanol world. The ethanol/corn crush margin dipped into the negative recently, although the last I saw, it was a few cents on the positive side again. READ MORE

February 06, 2012

100 down, and a lesson from grain washing

BY Susanne Retka SchillWriting a weekly blog goes with the job of editing Ethanol Producer Magazine, and this week marks my 100th blog. READ MORE

January 30, 2012

Looking for FEW presentations

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe deadline is quickly approaching on Feb. 10 to submit presentation ideas for the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. Being held in Minneapolis this year, the FEW is June 4-7, a bit earlier in June than normal. READ MORE

January 23, 2012

Women in biofuels

BY Susanne Retka SchillWomen are represented in the biofuels industry, though sparingly, I would guess. It was interesting to read about a select few, named by the founder of a networking group for women in cleantech and sustainability. READ MORE