Novozymes reports strong growth for bioenergy segment

Ethanol Producer - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 15:01
Novozymes has released first quarter financial results, reporting a significant growth in sales for its bioenergy segment. The increase is attributed, in part, to the recent launch of the company’s first yeast solution for conventional biofuels.

LLNL maps out deployment of CCS for ethanol production

Ethanol Producer - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 14:59
To better understand the near-term commercial potential for capturing and storing CO2, researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have mapped out how CO2 might be captured from U.S. ethanol biorefineies and sequestered underground.

Ace Ethanol to install D3MAX technology

Ethanol Producer - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 08:57
D3MAX LLC and Ace Ethanol LLC announced April 24 that Ace Ethanol will be the first ethanol plant to integrate the patented D3MAX technology with its existing corn dry mill. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer.

RFS Architects Question EPA Waivers

Domestic Fuel - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 07:12

Former Sen. Byron Dorgan at 2018 National Biodiesel Conference

Two former senators who played key roles in developing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) are calling on Congress to investigate the EPA’s recent waivers to major refiners and failure to follow the law.

Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Jim Talent (R-MO) say EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s granting of multiple small refinery hardship waivers skirts the law and threatens to undermine the renewable fuels industry.

“Lawmakers from across the heartland have already demanded the EPA stop abusing these waivers, but Congress can and should do more. The public deserves real answers from Administrator Pruitt about handouts granted under cover of night,” said the two Senators, who are active in energy policy roles. Dorgan is now a senior policy adviser at Arent Fox, whose clients include the National Biodiesel Board, and Talent currently serves as Chair of Americans for Energy Security and Innovation (AESI), which supports renewable energy to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Both helped write the RFS while serving in the Senate.

“The waiver provisions established by Congress provide flexibility in dealing with the smallest refining companies, producing fewer than 75,000 barrels per day, and only in unique cases presenting disproportionate economic hardship,” the senators say. “But the EPA has warped those provisions to grant tens of millions of dollars in regulatory handouts at the expense of farmers, biofuel workers, and American consumers.”

The National Biodiesel Board submitted a Freedom of Information Act Request to find out more from EPA about small refiner exemptions requested and issued. They also joined the American Soybean Association and the National Renderers Association urging President Trump to keep his promises to rural voters to uphold a strong RFS.

Perdue questioned on RFS, waivers, E15 during hearing

Ethanol Producer - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 15:56
The Renewable Fuel Standard, Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief and the U.S. EPA’s misuse of small refiner hardship waivers were among the topics discussed during a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing held on April 24.

ICM, KnipBio to create fermentation process for aquafeed

Ethanol Producer - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 15:55
KnipBio Inc., an animal feed firm, and ICM Inc. announced this week that they’ve entered into a joint development agreement to create a commercial fermentation process for KnipBio’s single cell protein aquafeed, KnipBio Meal.

Syngenta: Cellerate technology can benefit ethanol producers

Ethanol Producer - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 15:53
As ethanol plants seek new ways to be more competitive, advances in corn kernel fiber to ethanol processes have shown significant promise in adding value through the diversification of product streams, according to Syngenta.

Crafting Coproducts

Ethanol Producer - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 18:51
FROM THE MAY ISSUE: Editor in Chief Tom Bryan previews the magazine, including feature articles about coproducts, carbon capture, dryer safety, and a preview of the upcoming International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo.

EPA seeks nominations for MSTRS

Ethanol Producer - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 16:17
The U.S. EPA is seeking nominations for its Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee, which is designed to provide the Clean Air Advisory Committee with independent advice on programs related to mobile source air pollution and its control.

RFA: Small refiner waivers lowered 2016, 2017 RVOs significantly

Ethanol Producer - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 16:16
EPA’s recent actions in exempting small refineries from their Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations for 2016 and 2017 have effectively lowered the volumetric obligations by at least 1.6 billion gallons, according to an analysis by the RFA.

Growth Energy: American Ethanol partners with UTI

Ethanol Producer - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 16:14
Growth Energy has announced a new partnership between its American Ethanol program and Universal Technical Institute, the nation’s leading provider of technical training for automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians.

ACE returns to Mexico to address ethanol retail questions

Ethanol Producer - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 16:12
American Coalition for Ethanol Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty recently traveled to Mexico to speak at a meeting of Mexican petroleum equipment installers and retailers in Monterrey about switching over a station to offer E10 for the first time.

Hatching Higher Protein

Ethanol Producer - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 13:31
FROM THE MAY ISSUE: Technologies for feed coproducts are evolving, pumping out high-protein ingredient alternatives. Experts assure the market is ripe.

Ace Ethanol to install D3MAX technology

Ethanol Producer - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 11:27
D3MAX LLC and Ace Ethanol LLC announced April 24 that Ace Ethanol will be the first ethanol plant to integrate the patented D3MAX technology with its existing corn dry mill. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer.

UNICA: Ethanol production up nearly 2 percent in 2017-2018 season

Ethanol Producer - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 16:03
UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released final data for the 2017-2018 harvest, which ended March 31. The data shows ethanol production was up despite lower volumes of sugarcane processing.

Enhanced Oilfield Opportunities

Ethanol Producer - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 13:28
FROM THE MAY ISSUE: The amended 45Q tax credit makes selling carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery a viable strategy for some ethanol plants. With an interconnected pipeline infrastructure, the opportunity grows.

EPA: Biomass from managed forests is carbon neutral

Ethanol Producer - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 13:26
On April 23, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that in future regulatory actions biomass from managed forests will be treated as carbon neutral when used for energy production at stationary sources.

Research shows how genetics can improve 2G ethanol production

Ethanol Producer - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 13:25
A recent study by researchers in Brazil focused on three fungi species that produce enzymes with application in biomass degradation. The scientists reveal how these substances are regulated and how they can interact synergically.

Ethanol is Embraced Beyond US Borders

Ethanol Producer - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 07:49
FROM THE MAY ISSUE: Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor focuses on worldwide ethanol demand and acceptance in this month's column.

The Defense Is in the Details

Ethanol Producer - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 13:11
FROM THE MAY ISSUE: Proactive training, knowledgeable operators and even new technologies can mitigate fire risk.