Inside October 2008


In the Lab

BY Jessica EbertPhibroChem, the New Jersey-based supplier of antimicrobials for the ethanol industry worldwide, recently opened a new laboratory in St. Paul, Minn., dedicated to expanding its customer service diagnostic work, research and development for the next generation of products for the biofuels industry. READ MORE

Building Better Energy Crops

BY Kris BevillSeeds will play a vital role in the advancement of the crops needed to produce second-generation biofuels. EPM talks to Ceres Inc., a seed plant genomics firm, about its now widely available commercial energy crop seed and the switchgrass seed it is offering for the 2009 planting season. READ MORE

Staying on Track

BY Ryan C. Christiansen / Story & PhotosTransporting ethanol safely via rail begins at the ethanol plant or terminal. READ MORE

If You Build it …

BY Suzanne H. SchmidtTwo enzyme companies, Novozymes and Genencor, have made plans to branch out into the Midwest to better serve their ethanol producing customers in the Corn Belt. READ MORE

Rail-to-Truck Ethanol Terminals

BY Erin VoegeleLarge rail terminals that can handle ethanol unit trains are poised to be an integral part of transporting the fuel in the future. The ability to quickly and inexpensively move ethanol long distances becomes more important as our renewable fuel consumption increases. Several companies have recognized this opportunity and are adding ethanol capacity. READ MORE

A Taste of Victory

BY Anna AustinWhen John Viskup and Jim Sponder established Victory Energy Operations LLC in 1999, ambitions were high—but neither expected the company to hit the milestones it has in such a short time. In less than 10 years the company has grown from 3 to 320 employees. READ MORE

In Dynamic Pursuit of Efficiency

BY Ron KotrbaProduction efficiency is critical in this tough economic environment. A U.K.-based company is working toward commercial availability of its ethanol reactor tower, which uses atomized steam to release intracellular starch in the cook process to boost fermentation efficiency. EPM takes a look at this technology. READ MORE

Beefing Up Barley

BY Susanne Retka SchillIn the ethanol world barley may be corn's poor cousin, but research efforts have made it an attractive feedstock option in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region. READ MORE

Making the Most of Every Dollar

BY Bryan SimsDespite record-high corn prices, most ethanol producers have managed to stretch their dollars to keep operating at or near break-even. Now that corn prices have started to come down to a more manageable level, producers' margins could start to improve. READ MORE


Emerging Process Optimization Opportunities for Ethanol Facilities

BY Philip A. Marrone, Kenneth R. Liberty and David J.

Distilled - Ethanol News & Trends

U.S. ethanol production

BY Susanne Retka Schill