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ETHANOL

Our network of ethanol experts collaborate on client projects to deliver a valuable solution or advice. Below is a short list of our typical ethanol engagements.  Click here for a complete list of all our services.

Plant Optimization   Complete an independent evaluation of plant operations and identify opportunities for process improvements or deployment of newer technologies to improve plant cost structure

Third Party Technology Evaluation  Perform independent evaluation of new technologies that could be deployed in existing operations to yield new or higher value products including renewable chemicals or higher value feed coproducts.

Due Diligence   Perform analysis and evaluation of design, business plans, and contracts to meet the requirements for approval of debt financing for new facilities or expansion of existing.

Cellulosic Options   Complete an independent evaluation of cellulosic (2G) conversion options including technology readiness or commercial readiness.

M&A support   Perform evaluation of acquisition targets including due diligence required for transaction, contract negotiations, and interim transition management.

Project Management   Serve as owner or engineering firm project manager for new construction or facility modifications.

Feedstock Evaluations    Provide logistics, risk assessments, feasibility studies, and procurement evaluations for various feedstocks related to ethanol production within a region.

Feasibility Studies    Conduct feasibility studies, grant searches and grant applications, including Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), and Rural Development Grants and U.S.D.A. feasibility studies for alternative fuels and biomass based feedstocks.

 

REPRESENTATIVE ENGAGEMENTS:

EPA and IRS Plant Registrations – Ethanol – U.S. and Canada – Assisted renewable fuels plants in fulfilling the requirements for, and filing the appropriated documentation for, required IRS, EPA and state registrations.

Executive Recruiting – U.S. – Specialized recruitment to source professionals (plant managers, chemists and other professionals) at various locations in U.S.

Expert Witness Evaluation and Testimony – Worldwide – Many of our experts have evaluated matters within their specialty and testified as expert witnesses on a wide variety of biomass and bioenergy projects.

Feasibility Study – Bioenergy & Biofuels –U.S. – Conducted a wide variety of feasibility studies, grant searches and grant applications, including Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), and Rural Development Grants and U.S.D.A. feasibility studies many types of alternative fuels and biomass companies.

Feasibility Study – Enzymatic Biofuels – U.S. – Reviewed the feasibility of the use of enzymatic biofuels production for U.S. producer.

Feedstock Evaluation – U.S. – Evaluated the costs, benefits and risks of feedstock for international company to allow for informed decisions as to best and highest use.

Feedstock Procurement & Financing – Ethanol – U.S. – Provide feedstock procurement, financing and hedging to biodiesel and ethanol plants. We can lock in forward margins via hedging instruments and can assist plants with working capital by offering feedstock finance programs where feedstock is funded until it is converted to fuel.

Insurance – Distillers Grain Solvent Extraction – U.S. – Provided construction related and operational insurance program providing continuity during transitioning and testing phase.

Insurance – Ethanol & Anaerobic Digesters – U.S. – Placed insurance program for all lines at significant savings in a special biofuels insurance program. Provided coverage enhancements.

Insurance – Ethanol Plant – U.S. – Replaced insurance program on recently remodeled facility showing significant savings and coverage improvement.

Insurance – Logistics – U.S. – Designed and developed insurance program for railroad physical damage with broadened coverage, terms and conditions built for railcar and locomotive equipment at significant reduction of pricing, Can choose deductibles and valuation method. Credits available for loss experience.

Marketing – Biodiesel U.S. and Canada – Assisted renewable fuels plants in securing long term off take agreements and negotiating resulting contracts.

OSHA PSM – Ethanol – U.S. – Performed Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) on the equipment processing, transporting and storing alcohol above 20% Alcohol By Volume (ABV) and transporting and storing Highly Hazardous Chemicals (HHCs) to obtain compliance with 29 CFR 1910.119(j)(4)(iii), OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) Mechanical Integrity (MI) testing and inspection standard.

OSHA PSM – Ethanol  – U.S. – Conducted a comprehensive review of facilities’ compliance with Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Assisted client in building a foundation for meeting the requirements of OSHA’s Code of Federal Regulations 29 CFR 1910 and EPA’s Code of Federal Regulations 40 CFR.

Plant Design – Corn Wet Fractionation – U.S. – Designed corn fractionation facilities for ethanol plants in the U.S.

Plant Optimization – Ethanol – Worldwide – Maximized the yields, efficiency, energy use, labor use, and implementation of procedures to minimize waste at biodiesel and ethanol plants worldwide.

Project Management – Ethanol – Worldwide – Oversight of the planning, coordination and execution all aspects of the design, fabrication, installation, staffing, startup and training of various plants worldwide.

Project Management & Financing – Biorefinery – U.S. – Developed a commercial scale integrated cellulosic ethanol biorefinery project. Project elements included selection of Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) companies, development of Basic and Detailed Engineering package, site selection, coordination of feedstock and off-take agreements; project financing package development, identification and structuring of project financing. Negotiation and securitization of $100 million bond was accomplished. A 67 acres’ site for the project was secured under a 100-year lease from the local county with zero cost to the project owners.

RFS Evaluation – Ethanol – U.S. & Canada – Provided government required engineering reviews for numerous biodiesel and ethanol plants.

RFS Evaluation – U.S. & Canada – Assessment of the fuel supply outlook and regulatory changes to the LCFS and similar programs that have the potential to impact the growth and sustainability of opportunities for renewable fuel producers looking to participate in both Pacific Coast and the RFS marketplaces.  Assisted with fundamental price modeling for fuels and credits.

RIN Marketing – Ethanol – U.S. – Consulted to find buyers for RINS for production plant prior to construction

RIN Training – Ethanol – U.S. and Canada – Consulting and training of plant personnel in the registration for and production of Renewable Identification Numbers as required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Safety Training – Ethanol – U.S. – Developed and implemented a comprehensive safety program specific to the facility’s operations that includes, policies, forms, training, self-audit checklists and implementation guide.

Start-up Training – Ethanol – U.S. – Developed and implemented an online operations training program for fuel ethanol production facilities that utilizes process flow diagrams, process control diagrams, block flow diagrams and 3D models to educate ethanol production facility operators on the role of each piece of equipment in the process, identify equipment locations, describe process flows, state the equipment processing functions, describe basic process controls and identify the main equipment internal components.

Tax Credit Consulting – Ethanol – U.S. & Canada – Assisted various clients in U.S. and Canada with applying for and securing state and federal biodiesel tax credits.

Technology Vetting – Cellulose to Ethanol Technology – U.S. – Provided lead consulting support to one of the largest tire manufacturing companies in the world on the identification and selection of a compatible cellulosic ethanol technology for integration with natural rubber manufacturing process. A detail evaluation of both technical and economic feasibility was conducted and recommendations were made for technology selection and deployment.

United Nations Study of Pyrolysis Oil Markets – Europe and Japan – At the request of the United Nations, we developed a study of potential pyrolysis oil markets in several EU countries and Japan. Study was of liquid pyrolysis oil, made from biomass, to be used to replace fossil oil in many industrial, commercial and residential applications. At $50/bbl oil, the combined the market size in the EU and Japan exceeds 120 million tonnes, essentially limitless. Some of these markets are very lucrative, and IRRs of investment are high.

Water Permitting – Ethanol– U.S. – Worked with facility owner and management understand facility operations and submit appropriate information and applications to local, state and federal jurisdictions to obtain National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.