Matt Thompson

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October 27, 2020

Low-Carbon Connections

As sustainability and low-carbon commodities become increasingly sought out, several companies are working to connect grain buyers—like ethanol plants—and growers who practice sustainable farming. It's a promising trend for biofuels and agriculture. READ MORE

October 04, 2020

Keeping Ethanol Labs 'Between the Lines'

Control charts, a statistical tool used to monitor complex operations, can help ethanol plants visualize variability and fine-tune their operations. And while these statistical tools rely on mathematical equations, they can be relatively easy to use. READ MORE

August 27, 2020

Narrower Access Into Brazil

On top of the slowdown, the world’s No. 2 ethanol nation is holding strong on policies that check robust U.S. imports. In addition to its tariff rate quota, tough feedstock traceability requirements place another roadblock in front of U.S. ethanol. READ MORE

August 14, 2020

Reality Check: Examining the Future of Ethanol and EVs

An issue brief by the Clean Fuels Development Coalition advocates for increased ethanol use and a realistic look at the role electric vehicles can play in decarbonization. The report also calls into question the variable environmental costs of EVs. READ MORE

July 14, 2020

Piping Pros, Shutdown Specialists

Last year, Midwest Ironworks completed the largest job in its history, and the scale of the achievement has inspired its founder to keep thinking big. Despite an industrial piping background, the company has developed superb shutdown services. READ MORE

July 13, 2020

Doubling for Diesel

A novel engine technology could make it possible for ethanol to be used in compression-ignition engines, opening up a potential multi-billion-gallon market. With $3 million in financing secured, Clear Flame Engines is poised for commercialization. READ MORE

July 13, 2020

Sukup: Steel, Bolts and Relentless Innovation

For the largest family-owned and operated grain bin manufacturer in the world, success is measured through customer and dealer satisfaction. That responsiveness, coupled with ingenuity, has earned the company a reputation for innovation and safety. READ MORE

May 02, 2020

Midwest Low-Carbon Biofuels Standard Pitched

A coalition assembled by the Great Plains Institute is working to bring a policy like California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard to the Midwest. With an inclusive approach, the group asks states to support credit generation for an array of clean fuels. READ MORE

April 30, 2020

Ethanol Plant Puts Smart Sensors to Work

Commonwealth Agri-Energy in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, is using bearings coupled with sensors to monitor vibrations and temperature, giving the ethanol plant yet another cloud-connected, easy-to-install predictive maintenance tool. READ MORE

April 01, 2020

Rutter’s continues operations during crisis

As the coronavirus crisis forces people to stay at home and fuel prices plunge, retail stations remain open and are doing their best to weather the storm. Rutter's is being impacted by the outbreak, but plans to continue to add E15 in the future. READ MORE