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FROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: US Grains Council announces new hire, RFA welcomes new member, Marquis Energy to use FQPT Selective Grind Technology, and sale of DuPont's ethanol plant complete,
By Ethanol Producer Magazine | December 28, 2018

US Grains Council hires new ethanol programs coordinator
Turquoise Adams joined the U.S. Grains Council on Nov. 5 as the ethanol programs coordinator at the organization’s Washington, D.C., headquarters.

In this role, Adams will support the ethanol and economics team by facilitating program planning, managing correspondence and reports, and handling information management and contracting.
“We are excited to have Turquoise join us and bring her prior experience coordinating seminars and handling travel arrangements with her,” says Mike Dwyer, USGC chief economist and lead on ethanol programs. “She is a welcome addition to our team.”

Before joining USGC, Adams worked for the National Association of Surety Bond Producers as an education specialist. In this capacity, she assisted with logistics and execution of meetings, coordinated biweekly virtual seminars and provided oversight of administrative tasks regarding continuing education credits. Adams also previously served as a coordinator for the nonprofit First Book, where she resolved customer issues and assisted in transmitting orders to warehouse fulfillment and supplier partners.

Ametis joins RFA
California-based advanced renewable fuels company Aemetis Inc. has joined the Renewable Fuels Association.

Aemetis, which has more than 140 employees worldwide, operates a 60 MMgy ethanol and animal feed production facility in Keyes, California. The company also operates a 50 MMgy biorefinery on the east coast of India producing distilled biodiesel and refined glycerin for customers in India and Europe. Additionally, the company operates a research and development laboratory and holds granted patents on technology related to the production of renewable fuels and renewable chemicals.

“Aemetis is pleased to join the RFA, which provides invaluable industry expertise and will help amplify our voice on Capitol Hill and throughout the world,” says Eric McAfee, Aemetis chairman and CEO. “Exports of renewable fuels such as high-octane, low-carbon ethanol are increasing, helping countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meeting the growing demand for cleaner transportation fuels. With our international footprint, Aemetis is uniquely positioned to supply low-carbon biofuels under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard in California, as well as countries around the globe seeking to meet expanding clean fuel targets. We look forward to working with the RFA to ensure the ethanol industry continues to innovate and grow.”

RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper says, “We are excited to welcome Aemetis to the RFA, and we value the unique perspective, experience and leadership the company brings to the table. RFA is proud to provide industry-leading technical, research, government relations, regulatory and public relations expertise to Aemetis and the rest of our membership. We look forward to working with the Aemetis team and other RFA members to chart the future course of America’s vibrant renewable fuels industry.”

FQPT to install SGT System at Marquis Energy
Marquis Energy in Hennepin, Illinois, is installing the Fluid Quip Process Technologies Selective Grind Technology at its facility.  The Hennepin FQPT SGT system will be the largest installation to date at an ethanol facility worldwide.

“The Marquis ethanol facilities are world class,” says Neal Jakel, vice president of strategy and technology for FQPT. “After completing a rigorous analysis and testing protocol with FQPT, the Marquis technical team determined the SGT system could take their high-performing plant to even higher yields.”

FQPT has installed 15 SGT systems producing more than 1.2 billion gallons of ethanol annually worldwide and has shown an average increase of more than 3 percent in ethanol yields and more than 25 percent in oil yields. 

“FQPT’s custom SGT systems and collaboration with customers help to realize the full benefits from FQPT’s secondary milling technology, resulting in the ability to take high-performing plants to even higher performance levels,” Jakel says.  “That’s why we are excited to partner with an industry leader like Marquis.”

Verbio completes sale of DuPont plant
DuPont’s 30 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa, is now under new ownership. Verbio North America Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of German bioenergy producer Verbio Vereinigte BioEnergie AG, completed its purchase of the plant on Nov. 20 and will soon move forward with plans to convert the facility to produce renewable natural gas (RNG).

Verbio first announced plans to purchase the former DuPont facility and a portion of its corn stover inventory on Nov. 8, roughly one year after DuPont put the plant up for sale.

DuPont broke ground on the Nevada ethanol plant in November 2012. The facility celebrated its grand opening in late October 2015. Just over two years later, on Nov. 2, 2017, the company announced plans to sell the plant.

In a statement released Nov. 20, Greg Northup, president of VNA, says his company will now finalize its plans to install facilities to produce RNG made from corn stover and other cellulosic crop residues at the site. The first phase of construction is expected to begin as soon as all appropriate permits have been obtained.

The RNG conversion project will be supported by Iowa Economic Development Authority. On Nov. 16, the IEDA announced approval of Verbio’s application for the High Quality Jobs program in support of the company’s plans for creating new jobs. Verbio indicates a strong partnership with the IEDA was a critical factor in the company’s decision to redevelop the former DuPont site. The company says it looks forward to working with local growers, vendors and Nevada officials.

In a statement, the IEDA says its board has awarded Verbio tax benefits via HQJ for the proposed $35 million project. IEDA said the investment is in addition to, and separate from, the facility acquisition cost and will go toward converting the plant to utilize Verbio’s RNG technology. The project is expected to create 44 jobs, including 28 that are incented at a qualifying wage of $24.95.