Inside October 2007


Bigger & Stronger

BY Ron KotrbaThe American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) held its 20th annual conference and trade show at St. Paul's Rivercentre, in the heart of Minnesota's capital city. READ MORE

Intermodal Opportunities

BY Nicholas ZemanAs distillers grains production increases, producers and marketers are finding inventive ways to distribute the ethanol coproduct. Existing intermodal trade is providing a convenient opportunity to meet the demand in growing export markets. READ MORE

Ethanol Plants Get Sick Too

BY Jessica EbertBacteria can cause big problems for ethanol producers. These microbes interfere with the vitality of yeast and reduce ethanol yields. Plant managers and so-called ethanol plant doctors talked with EPM about proactive ways to keep ethanol plants healthy. READ MORE

Paving the Way for Higher Blends

BY Dave NillesIn light of the massive growth in ethanol production projected for the next 18 months, establishing markets for higher blend levels and managing distribution is critical. Experts at the American Coalition for Ethanol's 20th annual conference and trade show discussed what the future holds. READ MORE

Ready for Prime Time

BY Jerry W. KramFor years researchers have strived to lower the cost of enzymes needed for cellulosic ethanol production. It appears they are finally zeroing in on that elusive goal. Cost-effective enzymes are now just part of a larger economic, technical and logistical puzzle representing the industry's next phase. READ MORE

Coproducts Energy Value is Rising

BY Nicholas ZemanThe use of distillers grains as a biomass power source could impact more than just the feed and energy markets. The ultimate deciding factor may be its effect on ethanol producers' bottom lines. READ MORE

The Power of Concentration

BY Jerry W. KramWhitefox Technologies is a newcomer to the ethanol fuel market. However the company has been working with European industrial alcohol producers for years to make their production facilities more efficient through the use of its innovative permeable membrane ethanol dehydration technology. READ MORE

Miscanthus versus switchgrass

BY Susanne Retka SchillSwitchgrass has hogged the spotlight as a perennial grass suitable for cellulosic ethanol production in the United States. In Europe, however, miscanthus takes center stage. EPM looks at how the two compare. READ MORE

A Sweet Proposition

BY Bryan SimsWith biofuels incentives in place to encourage local production, Hawaii's largest sugar producers intend to decrease the state's dependence on imported oil and stimulate economic growth. READ MORE

300-Bushel Corn is Coming

BY Susanne Retka SchillIf a seed industry representative's forecasts come to fruition, corn used for ethanol production will stay ahead of demand. Average corn yields have doubled in the past 30 years, and new biotechnology traits and research techniques may lead to similar advancements in the next 25 years. READ MORE


Troubleshooting the Plant Process

BY Garth Whiddon and Steve Westra

The Role of the Tank Subcontractor

BY Jim Clay and Scott Roark

Improving Operations with a Thermal Oxidizer Retrofit

BY P. Melton, M. Lorra and C. Baukal

Distilled - Ethanol News & Trends

RIN tracking systems gain interest

BY Anduin Kirkbride McElroy

Abengoa to relocate headquarters

BY Susanne Retka Schill