Pacific Ethanol to Install 5 MW Solar Energy System

Lizzy Schultz

Pacific Ethanol, Inc. has announced the purchase and installment plans for a new 5 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) power system at its Madera, California biorefinery that produces ethanol, wet distiller grains and corn oil. The solar plant will be located adjacent to the Pacific Ethanol industrial facility, which currently sits on 137 acres in Madera County, California. The 5 …

Ag group, Clean Energy, Ethanol, Facilities, Solar

Louis Dreyfus Adding Glycerin to Biodiesel Plant

Cindy Zimmerman

Louis Dreyfus Commodities plans to add a glycerin refinery to its soybean crushing and biodiesel plant in Claypool, Indiana, with construction expected to be complete by the end of the year. The new refinery will be the second largest in the nation producing USP-grade Kosher refined glycerin, with a capacity of 80 million pounds per year. “The refinery in Claypool …

Biodiesel, Facilities, Processing, Production

Badger State Ethanol Hosts Foreign Ag Guests

Cindy Zimmerman

Badger State Ethanol in Monroe, Wisconsin had the honor of hosting the 2014 Foreign Agricultural Attaché Tour this week. The group is part of the USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service and is made up of 26 representatives from more than a dozen countries including Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Spain, Switzerland, Finland, France, Angola, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Philippines, New Zealand, Nigeria, Ghana, United …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Facilities, International

Ohio Ethanol Plant Signs up for Enogen

Cindy Zimmerman

Corn featuring the Syngenta Enogen trait designed for ethanol production will soon be used at an Ohio biorefinery. Syngenta has signed a commercial agreement with Three Rivers Energy, LLC of Coshocton, Ohio, to use grain featuring Enogen trait technology following the 2014 corn harvest. “We are thrilled to announce this agreement with Three Rivers Energy, as we extend our Enogen …

corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Facilities

Green Plains to Buy Nebraska Ethanol Plant

Cindy Zimmerman

Green Plains Renewable Energy has signed a purchase agreement to acquire the membership interests of Choice Ethanol Holdings, owners of the former NEDAK Ethanol ethanol plant in Atkinson, Neb. The purchase also includes an ethanol storage and loading facility located near the plant. The dry-mill ethanol plant will add approximately 50 million gallons of operating capacity to Green Plains’ current …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Facilities

Oilseed Processing Facility Foreclosure Auction

Chuck Zimmerman

Maas Companies of Rochester, MN will liquidate the former Northwood Mills Oilseed Plant, a state of the art oilseed processing facility located outside of Grand Forks, North Dakota at a Sheriff’s Foreclosure Auction on November 27. The auction will be conducted on-site at the plant, 530 35th Street NE, Northwood, North Dakota. Here is some more information: Northwood Mills opened …

Facilities, Processing

Agri Process Innovations Starts Up 22nd Biodiesel Plant

Ann Marie Edwards

In Louisiana, Agri Process Innovations has announced the startup of Oswalt Bioenergy of Lake Providence, Agri’s twenty second biodiesel plant opening. Chemical engineer Brian Mattingly led the startup for the Louisiana company. Mattingly said that this startup, which was completed in only seven days, went smoothly, largely due to good planning and coordination between APInnovations and Oswalt Bioenergy. The facility …

Biodiesel, Facilities

Oregon Governor Tours ZeaChem Biorefinery

Cindy Zimmerman

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber took a tour of the ZeaChem 250,000 gallon-per-year biorefinery in Boardman Monday as the company announced it has begun construction on the Department of Energy-funded project for the production of cellulosic ethanol. Earlier this year, the company announced the start of operations of the core facility for the production of intermediate chemicals acetic acid and ethyl …

advance biofuels, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Facilities

The Andersons, Inc. to Purchase Iowa Ethanol Plant

Ann Marie Edwards

Ohio-based company, The Andersons, Inc., will aquire an ethanol production facility in Denison, Iowa from Amaizing Energy Denison LLC and Amaizing Energy Holding Company, LLC. The transaction, which remains subject to several contingencies, is anticipated to close in the second quarter. If acquired, the plant would be owned by The Andersons Denison Ethanol LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Andersons, …

Ethanol, Facilities, Production

USDA Funds Two Renewable Energy Programs

Ann Marie Edwards

Two key programs that will encourage the use of renewable biomass and production of advanced biofuels is available through the FY 2012 USDA budget, according to the Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. About $25 million will be made available through each program. First, the Repowering Assistance Program provides approximately $25 million in funding to biorefineries that have been in existence on …

biofuels, biomass, Facilities, Production, USDA