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MYOB – The New Ethanol Mantra: Modularity, Yield, Octane, Bolt-Ons

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by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Minnesota, the US ethanol industry is descending upon Minneapolis this week for the annual Fuel Ethanol Workshops, and the theme is efficiency, efficiency, efficiency.  You can feel the “get back to business” vibe, a steel-eyed “if you want a friend for ethanol, you can count on, get a puppy” perspective.

The industry knows that growth must come from better economics that open entry to export markets, decrease reliance on the Renewable Fuel Standard to open and power market access, and allow for increased market share within what has become a large, 15 billion gallon, a $25+ billion economic sector for the US economy.

What’s powerful in modular technology right now? Fox River Valley Ethanol LLC confirms that it is installing a Whitefox ICE modular bolt-on system at its plant in Oshkosh, WI.

Why is yield critical now? For one.  $4.33 per gallon value for cellulosic fuels, here.  Speaking of cellulosic, what’s My Feedstock Worth?, here.

But it can be yield enhanced in the conventional ethanol business. Late  last month,  ICM Inc. and NUVU Fuels LLC announced the adoption of ICM’s patented Selective Milling Technology V2 (SMT V2) at both Carbon Green BioEnergy in Lake Odessa, Michigan and Iroquois BioEnergy in Rensselaer, Indiana. These two 55 MGPY production facilities are scheduled to be the first commercial scale adopters of ICM’s new advanced designed SMT V2.

SMT V2 allows plants to produce increases of up to 3 percent ethanol yield and up to 15 percent distiller’s oil recovery, and ultimately, increased revenues.

We looked in Depth in Livin La Vida Octane, here. In that article we noted:

But the special beneficiary of high-ethanol blends are higher-compression engines.

Happily, high-compression engines are better for the environment, because they promote fuel economy through higher work efficiency. 

Try this Thought Leadership column from Joel Stone and Daniel Lane for size, Opportunities to Transition Ethanol Facilities to Biochemical Refineries. The authors observed:

With bolt-on technologies, ethanol producers need to look at facility and energy infrastructure to see whether there is existing capacity to install these technologies. For example, even a small bolt-on fermentation process may require more cooling capacity than available, especially during summer months. Producers also need to consider what upstream modifications may be required to produce a clean feedstock for the bolt-on process. These upstream modifications to produce clean sugar streams for renewable chemical production are available today. Downstream separations and purification processes will likely be needed for the bolt-on, and there are numerous proven technologies available.  READ MORE

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