FEW: BBI doles out awards, scholarships

By Hope Deutscher | June 02, 2008
Web exclusive posted June 17, 2008 at 9:33 p.m. CST

Businesses and individuals were honored for their achievements and research in the ethanol industry during the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo general session June 17.

DAK Renewable Energy Chief Executive Officer Dave Kolsrud of Brandon, S.D., received the 2008 BBI International High Octane Award, which acknowledges by peoples' choice a person who has helped the ethanol industry mature and progress over the years. According to BBI Chief Executive Officer Mike Bryan, Kolsrud "was doing ethanol before ethanol was cool."

The 2008 Award of Excellence was given to Jay Shetty of Palo Alto, Calif., who is senior director of global applications and grain processing at Genencor, a division of Danisco. The Award of Excellence recognizes an individual who has published papers and/or made significant research, technical advisory and development contributions in the industry.

Three students interested in ethanol industry careers each received $5,000 scholarships, sponsored by American Stainless & Supply. The 2008 scholarship program winners were: Nancy Bawa of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who is attending the University of Saskatchewan to acquire a master's degree in applied science; Colin Sorenson of Missoula, Mont., who is attending the University of Montana where he is combating the food-versus-fuel debate through research and is earning a master's degree in economics; and Hugh Howe of Chariton, Iowa, who is attending Indian Hills Community College and will transfer to William Penn University to earn a master's degree in biology.

Also during the FEW awards ceremony, Poet LLC and East Kansas Agri-Energy LLC received the Energy Star Award, which was presented by the U.S. EPA. The award recognizes commercial projects that reduce emissions and use 5 percent less fuel through combined-heat-and-power (CHP) generation.

Poet was the second plant in the United States to install a CHP system at its ethanol plant in Ashton, Iowa. The 56 MMgy ethanol facility generates up to 7.2 megawatts of electricity and uses 16 percent less fuel than a conventional process. As a result, Poet saves almost 19,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

Garnett, Kan.-based East Kansas Agri-Energy LLC uses a CHP system designed by ICM Inc. that recovers heat from oxidizers.