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People, Partnerships & Deals
By Ethanol Producer Magazine Staff | May 15, 2013

1. The Renewable Fuels Association has added three new members: Monroe, Wis.-based Badger State Ethanol, Plainview, Neb.-based Husker Ag, and Redfield, S.D.-based Redfield Energy LLC. Redfield Energy is a 55 MMgy facility with 43 full-time employees. The dry mill plant became operational in April 2007 and produced its 300 millionth gallon of ethanol in February. In addition to ethanol, the plant also produces approximately 162,000 tons of modified wet and dried distillers grains each year. The 70 MMgy Husker Ag plant is a farmer-owned cooperative with more than 600 members. The facility employs 50 full-time employees and produces 450,000 tons of modified wet distillers grains each year. The 57 MMgy Badger State Ethanol plant employs 47 people. In addition to ethanol, the facility produces 128,000 tons of dried distillers grains annually, along with 50 percent corn protein and corn oil. Carbon dioxide captured at the plant is used in the food industry.

2. CSX Corp. has announced winners of its 19th annual Chemical Safety Excellence Awards, which recognize customers for their commitment to the safe transportation of hazardous materials by rail. The awards are presented to customers that ship more than 600 car loads of hazardous materials during the year without a release due to factors such as not securing valves or closures properly. Several companies active in the ethanol industry were recognized with the award this year, including Buffalo Lake Energy Corp., Cardinal Ethanol LLC, Cargill, Eco-Energy Inc., Flint Hill Resources LLC, Granite Falls Energy LLC, Patriot Renewable Fuels LLC, Pioneer Trail Energy Corp., and Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy.

3. The Biotechnology Industry Organization has named Jay Keasling as the recipient of its 2013 George Washington Carver Award for innovation in industrial biotechnology. Keasling is a professor of biochemical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, an associate laboratory director at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute, and director of the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center. He was selected for the award due to its contributions to the field of synthetic biology promoting the use of engineering microbes to produce biofuels, medicines and cosmetic compounds from biomass, such as sugarcane and grasses. Past recipients of the award include Gevo Inc. CEO Patrick Gruber; Charles O. Holliday, Jr., chairman of DuPont’s board in 2009; Gregory Stephanopoulos, the Willard Henry Dow professor of chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010; Feike Sijbesma, CEO of Royal DSM in 2011 and Steen Riisgaard, president and CEO of Novozymes in 2012.

4. LanzaTech has appointed Ken C. Lai as vice president of its Asia Pacific operations. Based in Shanghai, he will oversee the development and commercialization of the company’s gas-to-advanced biofuel facilities and continued development of LanzaTech’s value chain partners in the region. Prior to joining LanzaTech, Lai served as general manager of licensing and sales for the Asia Pacific region at Shell Global Solutions International B.V. He has more than 30 years of experience in technology licensing, sales, account management and business development in the petroleum refining and petrochemcials industry.

5. Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, has appointed Christian Koolloos as business manager of bioethanol with DSM’s biobased products and services business unit. In his new position, Koolloos will be responsible for DSM’s involvement in cellulosic ethanol production outside of the Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels joint venture. His responsibilities include developing and managing DSM’s enzymes and yeast business in the field of cellulosic biomass-to-ethanol and other renewables. Koolloos joined DSM as the commercial manager of yeast in 2011 through the acquisition of C5 Yeast Co., which was created as a spin-off of Royal Nedalco.

6. RINAlliance, a cloud-based software utilized by renewable fuel blenders across the U.S., has won the 2013 Prometheus Clean Energy Innovation award. The award is sponsored by the Technology Association of Iowa and recognizes the state’s top technology innovators and entrepreneurs. Criteria for the award include market position, business impact, growth and positive impact on the environment. The RIN Alliance had a record year in 2012, experiencing a 104 percent increase in revenue, a 63 percent increase in the number of subscribers, and, in response to a satisfaction survey, 83 percent of respondents saying the organization exceeded expectations and 17 percent saying it met expectations. To date, RINAlliance subscribers have blended more than 1.5 billion gallons of renewable fuel.

7. Abengoa Bioenergy S.A. has joined the Fuels America coalition, a broad group of stakeholders representing the biofuels industry, national security interests, agriculture and other sectors. The group is focused on educating the both the public and policy makers on the benefits of renewable fuel. The group supports the continued implementation of the renewable fuel standard and the economic development and savings to consumers that result from its implementation. 

8. John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil Co. and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy, has joined the Fuel Freedom Foundation’s board of advisors. Fuel Freedom is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking America’s oil addiction by opening the fuel market to allow replacement fuels, such as ethanol, methanol, and others to fairly complete with gasoline.

9. Propel Fuels has been named the 2013 Green Innovator of the Year by the San Mateo County Economic Development Association in California. Propel was recognized for its pioneering approach to providing consumers with better access to renewable fuels and clean mobility options. 

10. The U.S. DOE has announced the selection of BioProcess Algae LLC to receive a grant of up to $6.4 million as part of a project related to the production of biobased hydrocarbon fuels that meet military specifications. The project will use renewable carbon dioxide, lignocellulosic sugars and waste heat through BioProcess Algae’s Grower Harvester technology platform, which is collocated with the Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. ethanol plant in Shenandoah, Iowa.


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