Inside March 2009


Sugarcane Economics

BY Erin VoegeleAlthough the sugarcane-based ethanol industry is booming in Brazil, only a handful of companies are developing processing plants in the U.S., where market conditions in most parts of the country can't support them. A few projects are poised to thrive in unique pockets of the country, but the crop's real potential will rely upon the commercialization of cellulosic technologies. READ MORE

The Importance of Environmental Risk Protection

BY Kris BevillEthanol is an environmentally friendly fuel, especially compared with petroleum-based fuels, but that doesn't mean there are no environmental risks involved in the production process. For a variety of reasons, environmental insurance should be considered when determining how best to protect a company's investment. READ MORE

Catalysts of Efficiency

BY Susanne Retka SchillGenencor shares an inside view of the ethanol process, with a focus on optimizing enzyme use. READ MORE

Tackling Indirect Land Use

BY Susanne Retka SchillIf a tree falls in the Amazon should American biofuels be held responsible? READ MORE

Pushing Back: Biofuels Industry

BY Ron KotrbaBig Food's sustained assault on biofuels has spurred the industry to take a new, more assertive stance. READ MORE

Craving Corn and the Cob

BY Ryan C. ChristiansenThe ethanol industry's declaration of energy independence for the U.S. is leading producers to generate more energy from an acre of corn. READ MORE

DDGS: Supplying Demand

BY Ryan C. ChristiansenThe success of the dry-mill ethanol production process means that in the near future, the ethanol industry could produce more distillers grains than the domestic livestock feed market and the fledgling export market will bear. Distillers dried grains with solubles is already considered by many to be an undervalued co-product of ethanol production. How will the ethanol industry expand the market and how will they move it all from here to there? READ MORE

A Shocking Ethanol Enhancer

BY Anna AustinSqueezing more ethanol from a bushel of corn is one way for an ethanol producer to stay on top of his game. California-based OptiSwitch Technology has developed a process that could increase ethanol production by 5 percent or more, using high-power silicon switches to apply voltage to the cell walls of the corn kernel. READ MORE


The Ethanol, Corn Relationship: A Silver Lining

BY Hunt StookeyThe ethanol industry was hit hard in 2008 with a steep rise in corn prices. However, the episode should provide a risk management advantage in 2009. READ MORE

The 2009 Corn Market Outlook

BY Darin NewsomThe ethanol industry faced steep challenges in 2008 as corn prices touched record highs. 2009 is providing a fresh start and the possibility of a return to normalcy. READ MORE

Initial RFS Audits, Updated Rules Require Comprehensive Evaluations

BY Wade WatsonTracking the Renewable Identification Numbers required by the renewable fuels standard is a daunting task. The first full year of the system provided experience that will pay off in the future. READ MORE

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