Phibro Ethanol Performance Group Knows FDA

Chuck Zimmerman

For those of you not familiar with an FDA, Food Additive Petition (FAP), the folks at Phibro Chem’s Ethanol Performance Group can help you understand what it means to ethanol producers. They market the antimicrobial product, Lactrol. We normally think of the EPA when it comes to governmental regulations in this industry but FDA is getting more involved. That’s why …

Agribusiness, Audio, Ethanol, FEW

Growth Energy CEO Optimistic About Ethanol Industry

Cindy Zimmerman

The 25th annual Fuel Ethanol Workshop was the first for Growth Energy, the ethanol industry organization formed late last year, and CEO Tom Buis was impressed with the turnout at the conference despite current economic conditions. “I think everyone is really interested in moving forward,” Buis said. “Obviously we are going through some rough spots, economically, but I think people …

Ethanol, FEW, Growth Energy

Discussing Future of Ethanol Industry

Chuck Zimmerman

At this week’s Fuel Ethanol Workshop we had a very large panel discussion titled, “Research, Technology and the Future of Ethanol Production.” This was a pretty serious group of industry leaders and thinkers that was introduced by Tom Bryan, BBI International. Included were: * Moderator: Per Falholt, Executive Vice President-Head of R&D, Novozymes * Dave Vander Griend, CEO, ICM Inc. …

Audio, Ethanol, FEW

FEW The Place For An Update From ACE

Chuck Zimmerman

I’ll be leaving the Fuel Ethanol Workshop soon but have several interviews to post over the next several days. Today’s a travel day back home after a week on the road that included working with biodiesel in Nashville and ethanol in Denver! In the trade show last night I ran into Brian Jennings and Ron Lamberty, American Coalition for Ethanol. …

ACE, Audio, Ethanol, FEW

POET Announces POET Biomass

Chuck Zimmerman

POET CEO, Jeff Broin, announced a new division for the company this morning at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop. POET Biomass will be “a division of POET devoted to managing harvest and transportation logistics for corn cobs – POET’s cellulosic feedstock – as well as waste wood and other feedstocks to be used for cellulosic ethanol and alternative energy projects at …

Audio, Cellulosic, Ethanol, FEW, POET

Kathy Bryan Receives High Octane Award at FEW

Chuck Zimmerman

This morning, Kathy Bryan, BBI International, was presented with the FEW High Octane award for a lifetime of commitment to the industry. Unfortunately, due to health reasons, she could not be with us. It was an emotional scene as her son Tom accepted the award for her. We got to see a short slide show of photos of Kathy from …

Audio, FEW

General Wesley Clark Keynotes Fuel Ethanol Workshop

Chuck Zimmerman

Gen. Wesley Clark, Growth Energy, provided the keynote speech this morning at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop. He gave a very “rouse the troops” speech which shows his ability to motivate our military troops when he was in active duty. I would characterize the theme of his remarks as targeting the importance of ethanol for our national security. He also hammers …

FEW, Growth Energy

Mike Bryan, BBI CEO, Opens FEW 2009

Chuck Zimmerman

Mike Bryan, CEO, BBI International, opened the general session this morning. He was very focused on the image of ethanol in his remarks. He says that the problems in the industry aren’t really the kinds of things that a lot of people are attributing them to but that the image of ethanol is what has hurt the industry. He issued …

Audio, Ethanol, FEW

Fuel Ethanol Workshop Underway

Chuck Zimmerman

The 25th Annual Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo is underway in Denver, CO and I’m on location for the next couple days to bring you news, interviews and photos. I attended the opening reception this evening and met with many industry friends in a great social setting in the trade show. I saw Mike Bryan, CEO, BBI International, as I …

Ethanol, FEW