Inside November 2007


Finding Balance in a Volatile Market

BY Bryan SimsAlthough funding for new ethanol plants hasn't totally dried up, the same pitch developers made to banks last year probably won't produce the same results today. In the current lending environment only well-established producers with solid concepts, ideal sites and an experienced management team will bring home the bacon. READ MORE

Sweetening the Pot

BY Jessica EbertAs the U.S. Senate continues to haggle over its version of the Farm Bill, the counterpart legislation passed by the House holds a provision that has some ethanol producers and sugar processors talking. Under the provision, the government would be allowed to sell surplus sugar to ethanol producers. READ MORE

Higher Profits with Tighter Moisture Controls

BY Ron KotrbaEPM talks with Drying Technology Inc. about its Delta T Moisture Control System to save ethanol producers cash by gaining tighter moisture control in their distillers grains dryers. READ MORE

The Holy Grail of Consolidated Bioprocessing

BY Jessica EbertThe race to commercialize a scheme for producing ethanol from an array of biomass feedstocks that is cost-competitive with the fossil-based alternative is muddied by a labyrinth of expensive and time-consuming technologies. A new spin-off company, however, aims to commercialize a consolidated bioprocess that promises to create a renewable competitor for gasoline. READ MORE

Corn Marches On

BY Jerry W. KramU.S. farmers responded to higher corn prices by seeding record acres and harvesting a bin-busting crop. While the prospect of an unprecedented corn crop has eased price pressure somewhat, events overseas have kept prices higher than expected. READ MORE

Imperial County's Emerging Ethanol Empire

BY Ron KotrbaThe Imperial Valley in southeastern California is teeming with ethanol project activity. Beef and dairy operations are hefty in the valley, and agriculture thrives with diverted Colorado River water. EPM investigates why this county has attracted so much attention from would-be ethanol producers. READ MORE

Tall Texas Sorghum

BY Susanne Retka SchillSorghum is an old crop getting a new twist at Texas A&M University where researchers are working on two versions simultaneously—new tall hybrids for biomass and new sweet sorghum hybrids. READ MORE

The Blenders Are Back

BY Nicholas ZemanThe only way ethanol producers can keep increasing production capacity is to ramp up demand. South Dakota ethanol proponents believe blender pumps are an excellent tool to increase sales of the renewable fuel and to dispel the myth that E10 is the optimum blend rate for nonflexible-fuel vehicles. READ MORE

Research Reveals New Biofuels Link

BY Anduin Kirkbride McElroyCrude glycerin is a low-value byproduct of the growing biodiesel industry. But one company, Glycos Biotechnologies Inc., sees potential for the product as a feedstock for ethanol production. READ MORE


The Right Choice in Regulating Airflow

BY Jay Henderson and Tom Kuli

Distilled - Ethanol News & Trends

Expanded RFS may pass this year

BY Anduin Kirkbride McElroy