Inside June 2009


Perfecting the DDGS Pellet

BY Ryan C. ChristiansenPelletizing distillers dried grains with solubles can be more art than science. Past attempts at pelletizing 100 percent DDGS have fallen short. Rising to the challenge, Ag Fuel & Feed LLC says it has manufactured a pellet die that will extrude a 100 percent DDGS pellet without additives or binders. READ MORE

The Push for E15

BY Erin VoegeleGrowth Energy and other ethanol industry groups made the decision in March to officially file a fuel waiver request for E15 with the U.S. EPA, setting in motion the much-anticipated process to attempt to move the ethanol blend wall. The process is lengthy, but early hints of support from influential parties provide optimism for the industry. READ MORE

The Road to a Low Carbon Future

BY Erin VoegeleThe California Air Resources Board voted in April to adopt a low carbon fuel standard designed to lower the carbon content of transportation fuels used within the state. As biofuel producers continue to mount an effort to exclude indirect land use changes from the regulation, EPM examines the proposal and speaks with a representative of CARB to learn how ethanol producers may be affected. READ MORE

Wet Storage Strategies

BY Ryan C. ChristiansenDemand for wet distillers grains can dip during summer months when feedlots are less active, which allows feedlot owners to take advantage of lower wet coproducts prices. Proper storage techniques can help feedlots to stock up on WDGS and modified WDGS. READ MORE

The Forefront of Enzyme Production

BY Kris BevillAs important as enzymes are to the production of ethanol, only a handful of companies specialize in their production. EPM visits with Novozymes, one of the world's leading enzyme producers, to take a look at the future of enzyme production. READ MORE

The Economics of Distillers Grains

BY Hope DeutscherFor the past decade, as ethanol production has steadily increased so has the production of distillers grains. Now, despite some ethanol plants idling operations, the industry continues to see ethanol and distillers grains production increase. READ MORE

Doing the Math

BY Ryan C. ChristiansenAn Iowa State University sociologist has developed a tool to help rural communities and policymakers understand how volatile corn and ethanol prices might affect the fate of the ethanol industry. READ MORE

Generating Power at the Plant: CHP Boosts Efficiency

BY Susanne Retka SchillNext to corn, energy is the second most costly input for ethanol production. By using a combined heat and power system, an ethanol plant can produce electricity and steam with greater energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint. READ MORE

Cobs to Switchgrass to Gasoline Parity

BY Susanne Retka SchillPartners in a venture taking shape in eastern Tennessee hope to realize the promise of cellulosic ethanol. READ MORE


Ethanol in Armenia

BY Kendrick Wentzel and Areg GharabegianThe Renewable Resources and Energy Efficiency Fund of Armenia recently commissioned a feasibility study to determine the possibility of producing ethanol in Armenia. The study, financed by World Bank as a grant from the Global Environment Facility, was conducted by Enertech International Inc. and BBI International in cooperation with DHD Contact LLC of Armenia. READ MORE

Project Financing in Difficult Capital Markets

BY Sue WykaAcquiring financing for ethanol projects is more difficult now than ever before. Fortunately, there are many types of government grants and loans available to assist future producers. READ MORE

Protecting Distillers Grains from Sulfur Build-up

BY Tom SluneckaExcess amounts of sulfur in distillers grains could result in a less desirable product, affecting the company's bottom line and its reputation. READ MORE

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