Inside April 2007


Of Mice, Men and in situ

BY Ron KotrbaThe means already exist for the production of biodiesel using low-value corn oil extracted from the back end of an ethanol plant. If science was content with existing technologies, however, we'd all be reading by candlelight and salting our meat well before we planned to eat. READ MORE

Growing Forests of Fuel

BY Nicholas ZemanArborGen LLC is a leader in the research and development of applications in genetics aimed to commercialize and reduce the cost of producing cellulosic ethanol from woody materials. Although controversial, ArborGen believes that the use of genetically modified stands of trees for industrial purposes will allow for greater conservation of native forests. READ MORE

Ethanol and the Farm Bill

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe outlook for ethanol in the 2007 Farm Bill is looking good—if the money to fund the energy proposals can be found. To get a better idea of what could come out of the Farm Bill discussions, EPM reviewed some of the proposals brought forth by the USDA and other stakeholders. READ MORE

FEW Returns to its Roots

BY Jan TellmannThe energy pulsing through the ethanol industry today is reflected in the sheer number of people expected to attend the 2007 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. The event will be held in St. Louis, where 23 years ago, just 40 people gathered to talk shop. Last year, the annual event drew more than 3,000, and this year it promises maintain its reign as the largest ethanol event on Earth with an anticipated attendance of nearly 5,000. READ MORE

Wide Depth of Field

BY Jan TellmannMascoma Corp. has set its sights on a variety of feedstocks to complete its mission—develop a simple, cost-efficient process to commercially produce cellulosic ethanol. The company is considering everything from grass and wood to agricultural and forestry waste to fuel its ventures, the first of which will be a demonstration-scale facility in New York. READ MORE

Redirecting Oil Subsidies

BY Anduin Kirkbride McElroyWhen gasoline prices were at record-high levels and oil companies were making record profits, as well as collecting billions in subsidies, consumers saw red. To show their constituents that they feel their pain, and to decrease the nation's dependence on foreign oil, some in Congress are proposing to redirect subsidies paid to gas and oil companies to support renewable energy. READ MORE

Moving Beyond Grain

BY Lindsey IrwinLansing Trade Group LLC is one of the five oldest, continuously active members of the National Grain and Feed Association and is well-established within the grain trading industry. The company's experience and reputation have allowed it to easily expand into the merchandising of ethanol and distillers grains. READ MORE

On a New Track

BY Michael ShirekWith tougher federal emissions standards on the horizon and an aging fleet of diesel-electric locomotives, could the ethanol-hybrid locomotive become the next American railroad workhorse? READ MORE

The Power of Partnering

BY Bryan SimsA trend toward mergers and joint ventures has emerged as the competition to be the first to commercially produce cellulosic ethanol heats up. Partnerships help companies obtain the necessary resources and spread out the risks associated with the building of a new industry. READ MORE


The New Math: Ethanol Production with Steam from Nuclear Plants

BY Samuel Rosenbloom, Charles W. Forsberg and Gregory

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