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More than a FEW at the FEW Expo

Posted on June 17, 2008

Ethanol and it's expansive support industry at the FEW Event have rushed the gates at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.   They are talking everything from filter bag systems, mixers, bacteria issues, biodiesel, fermentation and thermal oxidizers....   The conversation even dipped into the area of CIP (Clean in Place), posing the question, "Should the Ethanol fermentation process move toward the sanitary guidelines similar to the food and beverage industry?"  This was driven by the co-product "Distillers Grain" entering into the food stream through the animal feed.

 

The Expo opened Monday evening, breaking the ice with a Grand Opening and massive social in the expo arena.  The spirit in the room was an interesting mix of excitement, passion and commitment to all the good aspects and value of Ethanol as a clean and renewable fuel energy source.  That doesn't mean that there aren't questions and concerns about the interdependency with the other uses of corn, and the economic complexities as the ethanol industry grows....  It sounds like these folks are aware of all of this, and are committed to being good stewards of the resources they consume and at the same time looking for additional Sugar & starch sources to balance the demand for corn.  One alternate fermentation product being discussed is ALGAE!  Now that's being creative!

 

More later from on the Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo and the passionate folks in attendance.

 

What are your thoughts and concerns about Ethanol...  Click the comment button above and tell us your thoughts.

 

Chuck´┐Ż

1 Comment(s)

Passion at its best... I am humbled by the desire to support the ethanol process in a way that helps ensure effectiveness and efficiency. It seems everyone is concerned about those interactions and interdependencies between what they do and other industries and the economy.
It's a beautiful thing.
Caring people trying to do the right thing!

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