Securing an Ethanol Future

Katie Schroeder of Ethanol Producer Magazine discusses articles from the October issue, which include measuring ethanol in corn lint, CARB’s latest LCFS scoping plan, how factories are dealing with supply chain and maintain corn quality assurance.

The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act was a landmark event for the ethanol industry. Signed into law on August 16, the bill addresses immediate issues within the biofuels industry, such as restoring and expanding tax credits and allocating $500 million in funds for the development of biofuels infrastructure, as well as the consolidation of a base for new fuels and decarbonisation. efforts, including sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and carbon use and sequestration. In this issue, Ethanol Producer Magazine explores developments in the policy arena, supply chain challenges as well as changing ethanol plant laboratory practices.

The regulatory landscape surrounding corn fiber ethanol is complex. In “Measuring Corn Fiber Ethanol,” we explore the markets available for corn fiber ethanol, the role of measurement, and the monetary value of this product. Mark Yancey, CTO of D3MAX, sees corn fiber as a great opportunity for growers. “I think the ethanol industry really needs to look at corn fiber, whether it’s in-situ or separate processing like D3MAX, because it’s extremely cost effective,” Yancey says, adding that he thinks these cellulosic gallons will be in great demand for SAF. in the future.

In August, CARB approved a rule that requires all new cars in California to be zero-emission vehicles by 2035. In the meantime, the state is moving toward E15 approval and potentially ramping up its low carbon fuel standard targets. In “Within Clear Sight,” Ethanol Producer Magazine talks with policy experts about what these developments could mean for the industry. Brian Jennings, CEO of the American Coalition for Ethanol, highlights the role of ethanol in a low-carbon future, saying “ethanol has an extremely important role to play in light-duty vehicles.”

Another must-see feature is “Staying Stocked”, which examines ongoing supply chain issues and ways to manage them, with insights from stakeholders in many different aspects of the supply chain industry. ethanol, including a plant manager, agricultural economists, equipment specialist and benchmarking. expert.

Finally, check out “Elevating Quality Control,” for a deep dive into a vital part of any ethanol plant’s system: the lab. The story explains how the labs do more than just “testing to help production” and have evolved into ensuring the quality of inputs and outputs from an ethanol plant. One of the quality issues growers may have during harvest season is the presence of mycotoxins in corn, which is discussed in the story.

We hope you enjoy exploring the topics above, and we look forward to reporting on the progress and impacts of the landmark Inflation Reduction Act as it is rolled out.

Author: Katie Schröder
Writer for Ethanol Producer magazine