Inside July 2008

Features

Minnesota's Innovative Ethanol Man

BY Ron Kotrba / Photos By John CrossNovel energy sources and coproduct streams abound at Corn Plus LLLP, an average-sized ethanol plant in southern Minnesota that functions in a far-from-average way. That's because the man at the helm, industry pioneer Keith Kor, is willing to take chances. This is his story. READ MORE

Promoting Positive Perceptions

BY Susanne Retka SchillAs the world grapples with the weighty issues of energy independence, climate change and food versus fuel, corn ethanol and palm oil's roles are often unfairly criticized or misunderstood. EPM takes a look at how palm oil and corn producers deal with negative publicity. READ MORE

China to Host World Biofuels Symposium

BY Craig A. JohnsonChina's energy needs are expected to increase by nearly 50 percent in the next 12 years. Because much of this energy will be used by the country's burgeoning middle class to fuel its cars, keeping up with new demand for transportation fuel is going to be challenging. READ MORE

National Forest Biomass Off-Limits for RFS

BY Hope DeutscherIn national forests from Arizona to Montana, thousands of slash piles left by the timber industry could be used to produce cellulosic ethanol. Before that can happen, the language in the Energy Independence & Security Act must be changed. READ MORE

What Comes First?

BY Hope DeutscherIn the past five years ethanol plants have popped up across the countryside, but the vast number of employees required to run those plants has not materialized as quickly. That has led renewable energy companies, ethanol plants, technical colleges and universities to collaborate and provide the much-needed training of tomorrow's ethanol producers. READ MORE

Sweet Harvest

BY Timothy Charles HolmsethMany years have passed since sweet sorghum made its debut in the 1800s as a possible substitute for sugarcane. The crop is now back by popular demand, this time as a potential ethanol feedstock. READ MORE

Ethanol Takes to the Skies

BY Rona JohnsonEthanol is the fuel of choice for Greg Poe but rather than use it in his flexible-fuel vehicle he uses it to fuel up his high-performance aerobatic Fagen MX-2 airplane. READ MORE

Workforce Future

BY Tom Bryan and Craig A. Johnson / Photos By Craig AGrowth projections in the ethanol industry are being scaled back in response to the slowdown in new plant construction. As the current generation of ethanol companies mature, locating highly-skilled employees may be challenging. READ MORE

Poetry in Motion

BY Kris BevillWith 23 plants in operation and three under construction there's no doubt Poet LLC has been growing constantly since it first began producing ethanol from corn 20 years ago. EPM takes a look back at the company's early years and explores its future. READ MORE

Blame it on Price-Distorting Agriculture and Trade Policies

BY Anduin Kirkbride McElroyThe latest controversy over food versus fuel started in February when two different studies theorized that demand for corn to make ethanol would not only increase food prices but also alter global land-use patterns and could have a devastating affect on climate change. But some researchers say the recent hike in food prices is the product of agriculture and trade policies that have caused global land-use patterns to shift over several decades. READ MORE

Anaerobic Organisms Key to Coskata's Rapid Rise

BY Jessica SobolikNot many people were familiar with Coskata Inc. when General Motors Corp. announced its partnership with the Chicago-based ethanol technology company in January. Since then, Coskata's business has accelerated at a rapid pace, making thermochemical ethanol production from biomass a near-term reality. READ MORE

Cellulosic Ethanol Path is Paved With Various Technologies

BY Jessica EbertIn the midst of rising oil prices, the economics of producing cellulosic ethanol are becoming increasingly favorable and several companies are steadfastly moving to commercialize various process technologies. It would be easy to view this development as a race pitting one technology against the other but is that really the case? Is one approach better than another? READ MORE

Grass: NOT JUST ANOTHER PLOT

BY Susan AldridgeWe know cows like it—and by eating certain varieties, they give more milk. So do these grasses' higher sugar content also mean greater ethanol output? READ MORE

Fresh-Squeezed Ethanol Feedstock

BY Kris BevillSeventy-five percent of U.S. oranges are grown in Florida. The Sunshine State's citrus processing industry produces nearly all of the orange juice consumed in the country, resulting in up to 5 million tons of citrus waste each year. Options for turning that waste into something useful are limited, so the possibility of using citrus waste as a feedstock for ethanol plants is being closely monitored. READ MORE

Pipeline Projects On Hold

BY Elizabeth EwingBrazilian ethanol pipeline projects are budding, but not all will bloom. READ MORE

Contributions

Plant-Wide Optimization of Sterling Ethanol LLC

BY Srinivas Budaraju, Maina Macharia and Dave Kramer

Distilled - Ethanol News & Trends

RINSTAR releases RIN validation study

BY Anduin Kirkbride McElroy

Biobytes