Inside September 2007


Testing the Mettle of Maintenance

BY Bryan SimsMaintenance teams are taking on more responsibilities as existing ethanol plants are being expanded and new larger plants are coming on line. EPM zeroes in on maintenance experts and the systems they offer to help lift some of the burden. READ MORE

Is an Ethanol Glut Inevitable?

BY Nicholas ZemanA year ago, ethanol industry talk centered on shortages. Now the hot topic is a possible surplus and what needs to be done to amplify demand as the ominous E10 wall approaches. On the other hand, there's a contingent who believes demand is picking up. However, without the proper infrastructure or a dedicated pipeline, will the renewable fuel be able to penetrate new markets? READ MORE

Bracing for a Bin Buster

BY Susanne Retka SchillThis year's corn crop promises to be the biggest ever. To prepare, farmers and grain handlers are scrambling to build more grain storage and learning how to meet ethanol industry quality parameters. READ MORE

Celebrating Safety

BY Jerry W. KramRunning an ethanol plant safely is no easy task. The hard work has paid off for White Energy Holding Co. LLC, whose Russell Kan., ethanol plant has been recognized by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. The plant is the first in the nation to be included in the federal agency's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program. READ MORE

Sunshine Summit: A Review of Florida's Farm-to-Fuel Conference

BY Ron KotrbaAmidst the swaying palm trees, the Florida agriculture department hosted government and promising renewable energy project representatives in St. Petersburg, Fla., during the 2007 Farm-to-Fuel Summit. READ MORE

A Research Revolution

BY Jessica EbertThree new U.S. DOE-funded research centers will house multidisciplinary teams of scientists from across the country with the aim of coordinating the basic research needed to accelerate the promise of cellulosic ethanol as a renewable, sustainable, secure and cost-competitive biofuel. READ MORE

Producing Greener Ethanol

BY Roger MooreDelta-T unveils a new dryer technology that company leaders expect will cut emissions, and reduce energy and water use. READ MORE

Alfalfa's Bioenergy Appeal

BY Jessica EbertIt's becoming increasingly clear that corn-based ethanol alone won't make a definitive dent in the nation's fuel needs. Instead, a diversity of materials from corn to crop residue will be needed to produce significant amounts of ethanol. A perennial plant that is gaining attention for this purpose is alfalfa. READ MORE

Making Sense of RINs

BY Anduin Kirkbride McElroyThe key to demonstrating compliance with the renewable fuels standard, which goes into effect this month, is a 38-digit Renewable Identification Number. EPM explains what's behind all those digits and why they are necessary. READ MORE


Optimizing Tank Cleaning Operations

BY Christine Pagcatipunan

Distilled - Ethanol News & Trends

Corn Plus joins Chicago Climate Exchange

BY Anduin Kirkbride McElroy