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ICM To Purchase Abengoa Bioenergy Plant in Colwich, Kansas

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ICM To Purchase Abengoa Bioenergy Plant in Colwich, Kansas

 

(Colwich, Kan. – August 23, 2016) – ICM announced today that it was the successful bidder on the Colwich, Kan., ethanol facility for sale by Abengoa Bioenergy conducted under the provisions of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The company will purchase the shuttered Colwich ethanol facility and property for $3.1 million.

“ICM values this location in Colwich, Kan., and we are evaluating the best way to exercise that opportunity,” said Dave VanderGriend, founder and CEO of ICM, Inc. “We continue to focus our efforts on developing solutions that deliver value-added product streams to the renewable energy industry.”

The company's acquisition agreements are subject to review and approval by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri at a hearing currently scheduled for Aug. 29, 2016. The acquisitions are expected to be complete no later than Sept. 30, 2016, subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions, at which time the asset will be offered to ICM, Inc.

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About ICM, Inc.
Established in 1995 and headquartered in Colwich, Kan., ICM, Inc., provides innovative technologies, solutions, and services to sustain agriculture and advance renewable energy, including food and feed technologies that will increase the supply of world protein. By providing proprietary process technology to 106 facilities globally with a combined production capacity of approximately 8.8 billion gallons of annual ethanol production and 25 million tons of distiller’s grain feed co-products annually, ICM has become a world leader in bio-refining technology. The full-service provider also offers a comprehensive line of more than 100 products and services tailored to make biofuels production more efficient and more profitable. ICM is further upholding its responsibility as an industry leader by heavily investing in the continued advancement of renewable energy technologies. In an effort to speed that advance, ICM conducts research and testing at its state-of-the-art research facility in St. Joseph, MO, in conjunction with a growing list of strategic partners spanning multiple industries.

 

For more information, please visit icminc.com.

ICM, Inc. Advances Pathway to Cellulosic Ethanol

 

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ICM, Inc. Advances Pathway to Cellulosic Ethanol

In Collaboration with DSM and Novozymes

 

(Colwich, Kan. – June 17, 2016) With clear application of science and engineering principles, ICM, Inc. (ICM) continues to create advancements in the development and optimization of ethanol technology by creating a  stepping stone for future generations of advanced biofuels.  Serving as a cost-effective technology in today’s marketplace, ICM’s patent-pending Generation 1.5 Grain Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology™ (Gen 1.5), integrates a process for converting corn fiber to cellulosic ethanol with existing ethanol plants. This pathway to cellulosic ethanol is accomplished by combining mechanical, chemical, and biological processes with ICM’s extensive experience in integrating advanced technologies into existing corn ethanol plants.

It starts with ICM’s patented technologies, Selective Milling Technology™ (SMT™) and Fiber Separation Technology™ (FST™).  ICM's SMT™ selectively grinds corn slurry to make the starch and oil more accessible in the entire process. SMT™ provides a high financial return to plants by increasing ethanol and corn oil yields.  With the further addition of ICM’s proprietary Fiber Separation Technology™, the fiber is separated from the stream by counter flow washing steps. FST™ provides a dual benefit—eliminating the fiber from the fermentation stream allows for higher corn ethanol production and increased corn oil yield.  These value-added platform technologies separate a fiber stream at the front end of the plant, which is a starting point of the Gen 1.5 process to cellulosic ethanol.

The Gen 1.5 process sends the fiber stream to a dilute acid pretreatment that breaks down the fiber and makes the cellulose stream accessible for further processing.  This pretreatment was selected based on extensive evaluations considering multiple pretreatment technologies and has been optimized based on all process parameters.

Exit pre-treatment, the Gen 1.5 process sends the stream to a simultaneous saccarification and fermentation, whereby the cellulose stream is converted to sugars with a state of the art enzyme cocktail and then the C5 and C6 sugars are converted to cellulosic ethanol with advanced proprietary yeast.  Key to ICM’s success has been working closely with partners to optimize the biotechnology steps with the mechanical and chemical steps.

Following fermentation, the Gen 1.5 process sends the stream into the production fermentor of the corn ethanol plant and then to distillation and final separation.  ICM has vast experience in providing technologies to more than half the ethanol plants in the U.S.  Thus, ICM provides unique technology development capabilities to integrate the energy and material flows while reducing risks.

ICM’s Gen 1.5 process has been proven in both pilot (up to 35,000 gallons) and production (585,000 gallons) fermentors in runs greater than 1000 hours increasing ethanol yield up to 10% and increasing corn oil yield up to 20%.  The cellulosic gallons produced will be eligible to capture D3 RINs, cellulosic tax credits and California Low Carbon Fuel Standard Credits, which may result in an added value as high as $3.00 per gallon above corn ethanol prices.  This process also produces a high protein DDGS mix.  ICM is presently conducting feed trials to demonstrate the added value of this animal feed as compared to standard DDGS.  Capex for the Gen 1.5 process is expected to be $3-5 per cellulosic gallon depending on scale and balance of plant requirements.

The ICM Gen 1.5  process does not require additional feed stock collection of agricultural residues and the fiber stream is clean and more consistent allowing easier processing. In comparison to alternative approaches, the process maximizes the output of cellulosic gallons with the lowest risk and Capex investment.

An important aspect of the Gen 1.5 process was developed through collaborations with two world-leading biotechnology companies, DSM and Novozymes.  It would not have been possible without the seamless cooperations of these two companies.

Novozymes provides the enzyme cocktail which converts the cellulose stream into accesible sugars.  Novozymes’ extensive experience in developing and providing enzymes to both the corn and cellulosic ethanol markets has been crucial to ICM’s development success.

DSM’s development of specific yeasts that ferment both the C5 and C6 sugars in cooperation with ICM’s scientists has allowed ICM to maximize ethanol yields, which are critical to the technical and financial success of this project.  DSM is continuously working on advances of yeasts that  further increase cellulosic ethanol yield.

Chris Mitchell, President of ICM, Inc. said, “This is an important step forward. It brings a sustainable benefit to the entire ethanol industry by maximizing the value of each acre of corn and supplying the market with cellulosic ethanol, at a low cost option and low carbon fuel solution.”

Atul Thakrar, President of DSM Bio-Based Products & Services stated, “DSM is committed to making all biofuels as efficient and sustainable as possible. Gen 1.5 is a great way for ethanol producers to further improve on sustainability and staying competitive by making everything in the corn kernel useful and productive. Through providing our unique yeast competences to ethanol plants, we  underline our  drive to continuously deliver solutions to make the industry more profitable and therefore financially sustainable.”

Peter Halling, Vice President at Novozymes said, “This technology allows ethanol producers to extract more value out of the fiber fraction of the corn. It is another example of how continuous new innovation improves profit margins and sustainability by making the industry more and more efficient.”

ICM is currently in discussion with a short list of those interested in being selected as an early adopter of the Gen 1.5 technology.  We anticipate construction of the first commercial cellulosic plant of its kind built next to an existing grain ethanol plant in the near future. This will be a major step forward in providing an innovative, capital efficient process solution for production of cellulosic ethanol.   The cellulosic answer: ICM Gen 1.5.

The ICM technologies will be on site at ICM’s booth (#1023) at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW), June 20 -23 in Milwaukee, WI. In addition, product literature and opportunities for discussion with product staff will be available.

 

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About ICM, Inc.
Established in 1995 and headquartered in Colwich, Kan., ICM, Inc., provides innovative technologies, solutions, and services to sustain agriculture and advance renewable energy, including food and feed technologies that will increase the supply of world protein. By providing proprietary process technology to 106 facilities globally with a combined production capacity of approximately 8.8 billion gallons of annual ethanol production and 25 million tons of distiller’s grain feed co-products annually, ICM has become a world leader in bio-refining technology. The full-service provider also offers a comprehensive line of more than 100 products and services tailored to make biofuels production more efficient and more profitable. ICM is further upholding its responsibility as an industry leader by heavily investing in the continued advancement of renewable energy technologies. In an effort to speed that advance, ICM conducts research and testing at its state-of-the-art research facility in St. Joseph, MO, in conjunction with a growing list of strategic partners spanning multiple industries.

 

For more information, please visit icminc.com.

 

About DSM

Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials.  By connecting its unique competences in life sciences and material sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholder simultaneously. DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global markets such as food and dietary supplements, personal care, food, medical devices, automotive paints, electrical and electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials. DSM and its associated companions deliver annual net sales of about 10 billion with approximately 25, 000 employees.  The company is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.

 

For more information, please visit www.dsm.com

 

About Novozymes

Novozymes is the world leader in biological solutions. Together with customers, partners and the global community, we improve industrial performance while preserving the planet’s resources and helping build better lives. As the world’s largest provider of enzyme and microbial technologies, our bioinnovation enables higher agricultural yields, low-temperature washing, energy-efficient production, renewable fuel and many other benefits that we rely on today and in the future. We call it Rethink Tomorrow.

 

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ICM’s Selective Milling Technology™ Reaches Milestone

 

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ICM’s Selective Milling Technology™ Reaches Milestone

This proven yield enhancing technology enables ethanol plants

to produce an added 300 million gallons of ethanol

 

(Colwich, Kan. – May 31, 2016) – ICM’s patented Selective Milling Technology™ (SMT™) has shifted from a new technology to a proven process at approximately 15% of the ethanol plants in the U.S. and has allowed them to produce more than 300 million gallons of ethanol since the original installations.  From our earliest adopters to our current customers, the SMT™ process produces an increase yield of over 45 million gallons per year of ethanol production as well as an increase of over 30 million pounds per year of corn oil.  At current values for ethanol and corn oil, the SMT™ process generates over $85 million of additional revenue annually for ICM SMT™ customers. 

We continue to install SMT™ process in ethanol plants with expectations of four to five more installations this year.  In some cases, replacing competitive milling technologies that use colloid mills, which did not prove to be as effective as SMT™.

ICM’s platform technology, SMT™ frees more starch critical for enzyme conversion to sugar.  The process of using energy to free more starch for enzyme conversion to sugar can involve breaking larger starch particles into smaller ones; or separating starch away from fiber, protein, or fats.  SMT™ allows plants to maximize this added energy by targeting the particles that can benefit from it most.

Plant data from operations of ICM’s SMT™ illustrate the various benefits that are derived from this revolutionary platform technology, including: increased ethanol yields up to 3.0%, increased oil recovery yields up to 25%, and ultimately, increased revenues.  Reflecting on the positive SMT™ data analysis to date, plant managers continue to state, “After running the SMT™, we are pleased with how it boosted our ethanol yield, lowered residual WDGS starch and most importantly, improved our bottom line.”

ICM’s SMT™ technology offers tremendous value in itself, and ICM’s bolt-on technologies are the leading upgrades to position your corn ethanol plant for the next technological innovation.  ICM has a cellulosic answer and it is within your reach – patent-pending Generation 1.5: Grain Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology™ which is a low risk solution to cellulosic ethanol. 

ICM President Chris Mitchell said, “We continue to focus our efforts on developing solutions that deliver value-added product streams to the renewable energy industry. We believe our competitive advantage comes from providing our customers with technologies that deliver immediate returns for them coupled with our expanding platform technologies that we continue to launch.”

A model-scale SMT™  will be on display at ICM’s booth (#1023) at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW), June 20 -23 in Milwaukee, WI. In addition, SMT™ product literature and opportunities for discussion with product sales staff will be available.

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About ICM, Inc.
Established in 1995 and headquartered in Colwich, Kan., ICM, Inc., provides innovative technologies, solutions, and services to sustain agriculture and advance renewable energy, including food and feed technologies that will increase the supply of world protein. By providing proprietary process technology to 102 facilities with a combined production capacity of approximately 8.8 billion gallons of annual ethanol production and 25 million tons of distiller’s grain feed co-products annually, ICM has become a world leader in bio-refining technology. The full-service provider also offers a comprehensive line of more than 100 products and services tailored to make biofuels production more efficient and more profitable. ICM is further upholding its responsibility as an industry leader by heavily investing in the continued advancement of renewable energy technologies. In an effort to speed that advance, ICM conducts research and testing at its state-of-the-art research facility in St. Joseph, MO, in conjunction with a growing list of strategic partners spanning multiple industries.

 

For more information, please visit icminc.com.

 

 

ICM, Inc. Collaboration with Fournier Industries Inc. Creates Success

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ICM, Inc. Collaboration with Fournier Industries Inc. Creates Success

 

(Colwich, Kan. – May 18, 2016) – As an industry-leader in the development and optimization of ethanol technology, ICM, Inc. continues to create advancements with itspatent-pending Fiber Separation Technology™ (FST™) now being operated at four major commercial plants in North America.  FST™ is part of  ICM’s EPA-approved pathway to cellulosic ethanol and is a value-added platform technology that removes fiber from the Generation 1.0 ethanol process.  FST™ increases ethanol and corn oil throughput and creates options for diversified co-products of high-protein livestock feed and high-energy livestock feed.

 

An important aspect of the FST™ process was developed through a joint partnership with Fournier Industries Inc., an equipment manufacturer headquartered in Quebec, Canada.  ICM began working with Fournier around their world class rotary press design in early 2013, leading to a proprietary design of a Fournier Rotary Press for the global biofuels industry.  The joint team incorporated improvements that lead to an increased throughput, a more dry cake, improved automated controls, and improved handling of the process stream temperatures required in this new application.  The proprietary rotary pressdesign provides significant advantages to the FST™ process through design optimizations as it uses approximately 1/10 the horsepower which reduces the carbon footprint.  It also requires less maintenance than other dewatering devices. 

 

Dave VanderGriend, Founder and CEO of ICM, Inc. said, “This partnership has been a tremendous success.  Fournier is a wonderful partner that we believe our joint work has led to a major proprietary advancement for use in the biofuels industry.”

 

Harold Roy, President and CEO of Fournier Industries Inc. comments “ICM’s knowledge and vision of how the Rotary Press could be adapted and utilized in their process demonstrates why ICM is achieving the outstanding results they are, in increasing efficiency in the biofuel industry.”

 

As North America’s leading biofuels process technology provider, ICM, Inc., is focused on delivering innovative technologies, solutions, and services to sustain agriculture and advance renewable energy throughout the world. 


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About ICM, Inc.
Established in 1995 and headquartered in Colwich, Kan., ICM, Inc., provides innovative technologies, solutions, and services to sustain agriculture and advance renewable energy, including food and feed technologies that will increase the supply of world protein. By providing proprietary process technology to 102 facilities with a combined production capacity of approximately 8.8 billion gallons of annual ethanol production and 25 million tons of distiller’s grain feed co-products annually, ICM has become a world leader in bio-refining technology. The full-service provider also offers a comprehensive line of more than 100 products and services tailored to make biofuels production more efficient and more profitable. ICM is further upholding its responsibility as an industry leader by heavily investing in the continued advancement of renewable energy technologies. In an effort to speed that advance, ICM conducts research and testing at its state-of-the-art research facility in St. Joseph, MO, in conjunction with a growing list of strategic partners spanning multiple industries.

 

For more information, please visit icminc.com.

 

About Fournier Industries Inc.

Founded in 1960, Fournier Industries Inc. has become, with its subsidiaries, a leader in services required for the smooth running and success of projects from design to start-up, through engineering, drawing, project management, fabrication, painting and installation.Their expertise covers both local and international customers from various fields of activity such as mining, hydroelectricity, aluminum smelters and foundries, grain handling, sludge dewatering, soil decontamination, biomass boilers, pulp and paper, as well as industries in general

 

For more information, please visit www.fournierindustries.com