Category: Thought Leadership

Good Boiler Management Saves Money and Promotes Longevity

Good Boiler Management Saves Money and Promotes Longevity

July 23, 2019 |

By Dennis Zeedyk, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest Glycerin Traders LLC’s flagship operation, based in Defiance, OH, takes in waste raw glycerin from biodiesel companies and acidulates it to remove the fats, methanol and some water that is then further distilled to nearly 100% purity. This year the Defiance plant spent an average […]

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E10 in China and Potential Market Devastation in Store for MTBE: Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Fuel Pool

E10 in China and Potential Market Devastation in Store for MTBE: Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Fuel Pool

July 17, 2019 |

By Steven Slome, Ron Cascone, and Matthew Morton, Nexant Inc. Special to The Digest As of mid-2019, the Chinese government has only six months to make good on its 2017 pledge to roll out mandatory ten percent ethanol content in gasoline (E10) on a nationwide basis by 2020. While China’s unique economic and political structure […]

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NBB tells EPA, Stop Damaging the Biodiesel Industry

NBB tells EPA, Stop Damaging the Biodiesel Industry

July 10, 2019 |

By Donnell Rehagen, Chief Executive Officer at National Biodiesel Board Special to The Digest This year has been brutal for the biodiesel industry. As if the absence of the biodiesel tax credit wasn’t enough of a challenge, these unjust retroactive small refinery waivers are destroying the biodiesel market and devastating farmers and the workers we […]

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Importance of Sterile Design in Aseptic Fermentation – How to keep from getting burned

Importance of Sterile Design in Aseptic Fermentation – How to keep from getting burned

June 25, 2019 |

By Mark Warner, PE, Founder, Warner Advisors LLC Special to The Digest If you’ve spent any time in commercial fermentation facilities, then you already know it’s a hot bed of contaminants and has steam coming out all over the place. This is because heat (in the form of steam) is just one of the keys […]

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Bioprocessing in Iowa: Reflecting on our journey

Bioprocessing in Iowa: Reflecting on our journey

June 17, 2019 |

By Debi Durham, Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority Special to The Digest As we draw closer to the 2019 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, I can’t help but feel a bit nostalgic. Recently, I’ve been reflecting on all the hard work and dedication that led to Iowa becoming the first non-coastal or Canadian host of […]

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From feedstock to by-products:  Using blockchain to trace biofuels

From feedstock to by-products: Using blockchain to trace biofuels

June 4, 2019 |

By Peter Vincent, Chief Technology Officer, Grain Discovery Special to The Digest There has been a lot of buzz recently around blockchain, with most of the talk centering around Bitcoin and on cloak and dagger stories about collapsing cryptocurrency exchanges. But lost in this high-drama debate is the fact that blockchain’s most interesting use-case is […]

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Unfinished Tax Business for Congress is Causing American Companies to Shutter

Unfinished Tax Business for Congress is Causing American Companies to Shutter

May 27, 2019 |

By Hon. Kenny Hulshof, former Representative for Missouri’s 9th District, now vice chairman for Kit Bond Strategies in DC Special to The Digest  The 116th Congress is already in its fifth month, but there’s still some unfinished business lingering from the prior Congress—tax extenders. The new Democratic majority points the finger at Republicans and blames them […]

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Pushing Plants Harder Reduces Costs More Than We Thought

Pushing Plants Harder Reduces Costs More Than We Thought

May 22, 2019 |

By Dennis Zeedyk, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest  Introduction If a business has increased production, shouldn’t production costs increase? Over the course of the last four years Glycerin Traders has been fortunate to have a growing business. There is a notable increase in production and sales, but utility costs seem to be staying […]

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Innovative Foundation in Iowa

Innovative Foundation in Iowa

May 20, 2019 |

By Debi Durham, Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority Special to The Digest In Iowa, we work tirelessly to maintain our reputation as a bioscience epicenter with a continuous focus on innovation and collaboration. By capitalizing on our agricultural roots and research capabilities in plant, animal and human biosciences, the bioscience industry is thriving in our […]

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Owner’s Engineer – Help bridging the commercialization gap

Owner’s Engineer – Help bridging the commercialization gap

May 15, 2019 |

By Mark Warner, PE, Founder, Warner Advisors LLC Special to The Digest At a basic level, an owner’s engineer is an experienced consultant brought onto the project team with a deep understanding of both the industry being supported and experience working with engineering and construction firms, thus able to represent the company interest. Commonly, it […]

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