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Efficient Ethanol Production Seminar

June 11, 2018 ~ Omaha, NE

The Efficient Ethanol Production Seminar is an intensive, day-long workshop looking exclusively at technologies and production approaches that look to drive down the total energy expended per gallon of ethanol produced. With panels dedicated to process heat, ethanol dehydration, on-site power production and the efficiencies available within a plants water use and re-use program this seminar is a must for plant teams charged with reducing energy expenditures or meeting EPA Efficient Producer targets.

General Registration

If you have any questions on registration or rates please give us a call at 866-746-8385.

Seminar Registration $495.00
Producer Rate Call for rates - 866-746-8385

Not included with FEW registration, separate registration required
*Price includes admission, food and beverage, to the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo's Grand Opening & Welcome Reception on Monday night

Program Agenda
Junior Ballroom 201

Monday, June 11

7:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast
Junior Ballroom Lobby
8:30 am – 10:00 am Surveying the Untapped Potential for Energy Savings via the More Efficient Use of Process Heat
The ethanol production process requires enormous amounts of process heat. Saccharification, fermentation, distillation and downstream evaporation all bring with them heat load requirements. This panel will examine technologies and O & M disciplines that can ease these demands, driving down not only overall energy expenditures, but also the carbon footprint per gallon of produced ethanol enabling producers to access low-carbon fuel markets and to obtain Efficient Producer status.

Moderator: Lisa Gibson, Managing Editor, Ethanol Producer Magazine
  • Tim Kuznetsov, Technology Director - Water, Buckman International
    Increasing Thin Stillage Evaporator Efficiency using Improved Control of Organic Fouling
  • Evan Almberg, Analysis Engineer, HRST Inc.
    Improving Thermal Oxidizer HRSG Reliability and Performance to Maximize Steam Production
  • Bill Schafer, CEO, Energy Integration Inc.
    Reducing Plant Energy Usage by Half through Integrated MVR
10:00 am – 10:40 am Exploring the Efficiencies Available in Ethanol Production by Leveraging Membranes for Dehydration
The momentum to deploy membrane technologies to more efficiently dehydrate ethanol continues to accelerate as the results of the industry’s earliest installations begin to accumulate. This panel will look closely at the success of the first installations of the technology and help attendees understand how membranes can drive down overall energy expenditures while also debottlenecking production, allowing other yield enhancement investments to flourish.

Moderator: Tim Albrecht, Associate Editor, Ethanol Producer Magazine
  • Stephan Blum, Head of Research, Whitefox Technologies Limited
    Cut Steam and Cooling Water Consumption with Membranes: Improving Margins for Every Gallon of Ethanol Produced
  • Steve Hartig, Vice President Technology Development, ICM Inc.
    Innovations in Ethanol Dehydration with Zebrex™ Membranes
10:40 am – 11:00 am Networking Break
Junior Ballroom Lobby
11:00 am – 12:00 pm The Energy Efficiency Argument for On-Site Power Production at Ethanol Plants
Presenters in this panel will assert that because of their massive heat load and electrical demands ethanol plants are great candidates for combined heat and power installations. This discussion promises to help attendees understand why these technologies weren’t deployed at ethanol plants during the industry’s build-out, but why changes in key energy commodity marketplaces and downstream ethanol markets have created an environment where CHP deployments deserve a second look.

Moderator: Tim Albrecht, Associate Editor, Ethanol Producer Magazine
  • Sam Musset, Regional Sales Manager, Gas & Steam Turbines, Siemens Energy Inc.
    Combined Heat and Power Solutions for Ethanol Plants
  • Bernie Hoffman, CEO, TotalGEN Group
    Combined Heat & Power: Transforming Ethanol Plants' Profitability, Carbon Intensity and Value
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Networking Lunch
Junior Ballroom Lobby
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Wringing the Energy Waste from Your Plant’s Water Program
As plant operational teams continue to drive efficiencies into their facility and ramp up production, enormous pressure is placed on installed water cooling infrastructure. For some facilities, summertime water cooling can constrain overall production. This panel will offer attendees a number of strategies to resolve this production bottleneck, reduce overall water cooling demand and allow for increased production.

Moderator: Kyle Althoff, President, Equinox
  • Jeff Prochaska, Biofuels Industry Technical Consultant, Nalco Water, an Ecolab Company
    Cooling Water System Optimization and Expansion Considerations
  • Kent Martens, Chief Technical Advisor, SPX Cooling Technologies Inc.
    Cooling Tower Fundamentals
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Networking Break
Junior Ballroom Lobby
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Towards the More Efficient Delivery of Common Process Heat Loads at Ethanol Plants
The financial rewards for plant teams that can deliver heat loads throughout their process with real precision are enormous. Presentations in this panel will highlight technologies with the potential to drive millions of dollars to the bottom line via decreased expenditures and increased ethanol production. Featuring presentations in both process control and hardware deployments, this panel will provide attendees with deployable strategies to drive excessive heat production out of their operation.

Moderator: Kyle Althoff, President, Equinox
  • Hank Brittain, Director of Optimization & Advanced Control, OpX Control Inc.
    Fermenter Temperature Staging done in your DCS, without Costly APC? Yes!
  • Jim Fraser, Senior Industry Sales Manager, Hydro-Thermal Corporation
    Beer Column Heating using Direct Steam Injection Technology
  • John Kwik, President, Fluid Quip Process Technologies LLC
    Dryer Optimization and Integration
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo Opening Reception
Exhibit Hall BC
Registered attendees to the Efficient Ethanol Production Seminar receive a complimentary pass to the Grand Opening & Welcome Reception

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