Inside October 2006

Features

Food and Fuel: A Lifeline of Innovation

BY Ron KotrbaFor a company that's already a lynchpin to the U.S. ethanol industry, some might think ICM's innovation has peaked. LifeLine Foods, ICM and the city of St. Joseph, Mo., know differently. READ MORE

Silicon Valley, Meet Ethanol

BY Nicholas ZemanAs billionaire Vinod Khosla announced the formation of Cilion, a new company which plans to build eight ethanol plants—three in California—within the next two years, it becomes apparent that the cutting-edge technologies involved in ethanol production have attracted the interest and the deep pockets of the Silicon Valley. READ MORE

Forecasting the Future

BY Lindsey IrwinWhile no one can predict for sure what the biofuels industry will look like in the next generation, the renewable fuels market is growing by leaps and bounds each year. Models suggest that the United States is headed for significant change over the next 50 years in the areas of technology, efficiency and production. Experts warn against moving too quickly into new territory, but the ethanol and biodiesel push continues to move full speed ahead. READ MORE

Agency of Progression

BY Dave NillesAfter 35 years in existence, the Nebraska Ethanol Board has reason to boast about its state's success in the ethanol industry. However, the board's leader and his partners continue to roll up their sleeves and look ahead. READ MORE

Potential Players

BY Nicholas ZemanThere are crops—unlike corn or soybeans—that have few food applications and low environmental impacts in their lifecycles. These dedicated energy crops may be part of the next generation of biofuels processing, and the future of agriculture. Work must continue on the feedstock development front—where research is sparse and experience is thin—to achieve a wide and dynamic portfolio of raw materials. READ MORE

Green Package Policy

BY Ron KotrbaBefore last summer, ethanol was still a rather elusive subject to the public. The August 2005 signing of a federal energy bill changed that. A year after the new Energy Policy Act was passed, EPM considers what has taken place since that fateful day in Albuquerque. READ MORE

Running Dry?

BY Nicholas ZemanThere have been stories surfacing across the United States that say city planners and other municipal authorities are taking the initial steps to change bulk water rates and treatment permitting, largely to manage the ethanol construction boom. While the coverage has verged on the sensational at times, water supply has stopped some plants. READ MORE

Protecting the Property of Intellect

BY Ron KotrbaAn array of intellectual property protections—including patents, trusted partners and an abundance of prudence—is what established tech providers recommend for new ideas in the ethanol industry. Such a portfolio could offer enough freedom to foster new advances and provide a concerted effort to deter piracy. READ MORE

Expanding Fractionation Horizons from Food to Fuel

BY Holly JessenCereal Process Technologies LLC hasn't just tested its fractionation technology—it's an everyday reality at three corn processing plants producing food-grade or industrial products. Now, the company is making headway in its quest to bring its brand of fractionation technology to the ethanol industry. READ MORE

Quality Traits: Linking the Chain from Farmer to Producer

BY Holly JessenAfter seven years of research and development, Renessen is on the verge of big things with its Corn Processing System. In addition to fractionation, what really makes Renessen's technology stand out is a focus on value-added corn, creating products that go beyond the run of the mill. READ MORE

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