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ICM Successfully Completes Two 1,000-Hour Generation 2.0 Cellulose to Ethanol Performance Runs at St. Joseph, Missouri Pilot Plant


(Colwich, Kan. August 17, 2015) – ICM Inc. (ICM) proudly announces successful completions of its first and second 1,000-hour performance runs (1100 continuous hours each run) of its patent-pending Generation 2.0 Co-Located Cellulose Ethanol process. The runs, performed at ICM’s pilot plant in St. Joseph, Missouri, prove out the co-located technology design for the conversion of cellulosic biomass feedstocks, including energy crops such as switchgrass and energy sorghum, agricultural crop residues, and forestry residues, to cellulosic ethanol and co-products.

The first performance run, which ran from March to late April, focused on switchgrass, a perennial crop as its feedstock. The second performance run, which ran from early June to late July, focused on energy sorghum, an annual crop as its feedstock. Essentially, both runs were similar in nature, but with a few minor operational modifications included to allow for smoother operation between the two runs.

The 1,000+ hours of continuous production in each run are a significant achievement, as it qualifies these data sets for federal loan guarantee programs, which can be utilized in the financing of new, advanced generation renewable energy technologies.

From both mechanical and process operations perspectives, the two 1,000-hour Generation 2.0 (Gen. 2.0) runs performed continuously and exceptionally well on a 24/7 basis, as would be required in a commercial operation.

These runs also validate ICM’s co-located model that produces valuable boiler fuel and animal feed co-products in addition to cellulosic ethanol.

“This achievement is important because it provides operational confidence at a commercially relevant scale. We used all commercial-type equipment for these performance runs that processed 10 dry tons of feedstock per day. At that scale, we were able to achieve continuous operations throughout both performance runs to generate key data required to move forward to commercialization as the market provides demand for Gen. 2.0 Cellulosic Ethanol and co-products.” said Dr. Doug Rivers, ICM’s Director of Research and Development (R&D).


Previously in December 2012, ICM’s R&D team successfully completed a 1,000-hour run of an integrated cellulosic corn fiber campaign to prove out its patent-pending Generation 1.5 Grain Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology™ (Gen. 1.5), which resulted in substantial operating and capital expense cost savings over a Gen. 2.0 approach to cellulosic ethanol production. The 1,000-hour run for Gen. 1.5 was achieved through the sequential completion of twenty-four 15,000-gallon pilot fermentations and five 585,000-gallon commercial scale fermentations. In addition, this performance run demonstrated the production of high protein dried distillers grains (DDG) as a valuable co-product of ICM’s Generation 1.5 Grain Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology™ process.

ICM believes that the success with each of these three 1,000-hour runs comes from the dedicated individuals and extensive testing of various feedstocks at the pilot scale for next generation conversion technology to produce renewable fuels that meet low carbon fuel standards.

“We believe our novel approach to Generation 2.0 ethanol production will add value to both agriculture and the ethanol industry going forward. Our R&D staff has been able to achieve results that we believe will pave the way for expanded use of cellulose as a feedstock to produce low carbon fuels for America” said ICM Principal Scientist and Cellulose Team Leader Jeremy Javers.

“We want to thank the U.S. DOE Bio Energy Technology Office (BETO) for their ongoing support since obtaining the U.S. DOE award (DE-EE0002875) for this project. We are encouraged by the results achieved during these three 1,000-hour performance runs. Our patent-pending Generation 1.5 Grain Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology™ is designed as a bolt-on product, which can be added to existing corn/milo (sorghum) ethanol plants and our patent-pending Generation 2.0 co-located design will pave the way for expanded use of biomass as a feedstock for fuels and chemical production in the future. These successful runs validate ICM’s ability to continually add value to grain already being processed in existing U.S. ethanol plants, as well as biomass,” said ICM CEO Dave Vander Griend.


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Deborah Bolen, ICM, Inc.
316-977-6882 Office.



ICM, Inc. Celebrates 20 Years of Innovation as an Ethanol & Renewable Fuels Industry Leader

(Colwich, KS, March 19, 2015) — ICM, Inc. is proudly celebrating 20 Years of Innovation in the Ethanol and Renewable Fuels industries. ICM was founded on January 23, 1995 with only 20 employees, which made their mark by designing and manufacturing the industry’s most efficient distillers grain dryer. Through the years, ICM grew to employ hundreds of the industry’s brightest minds and to design more than 100 ethanol plants.

Throughout the industry’s highs and lows, the people of ICM have remained committed to its growth, always maintaining a passionate belief in its potential to positively impact agriculture, clean air, energy independence, local community, and economies around the world.

“I think 20 Years of Innovation is an appropriate way to describe the life of the company,” says ICM President Chris Mitchell. “It started out as a small group of people who had to come together and figure out what they were going to do when they started the business. Over the years, it transformed into a larger family of people who’ve had to come together and figure out how to best meet the needs of an evolving industry.”

Some of these needs have led to the development of key innovations such as improved dryers, greenfield plants, Corn Oil Separation, Selective Milling Technology™, Fiber Separation Technology™, and Gen 1.5 Grain Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology™.

Reflecting on the company’s history, ICM CEO Dave Vander Griend says, “There was kind of a defining moment in time when a lot of things -- like policy, public perception, and technology -- all came together to help ethanol find its place. I feel fortunate to have been there, to have the background I had at the time, and to be surrounded by a good group of people and industry partners who could rally together and really grab ahold of the thing and help it grow.”

“It’s been our privilege over the last 20 years to help the biofuels industry gain relevance,” says Mitchell. “We’re constantly looking for ways to improve. Innovation is a common theme for everyone at ICM, and it will remain so for the next 20 years.”

To learn more about the history of ICM, to view the 20th Anniversary video, or to sign the company’s anniversary guestbook, visit icm20years.com

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Deborah Bolen, ICM, Inc.
316-977-6882 Office.


ICM, Inc. Announces Contract of its Advanced Gasification Technology with JUM Global for the City of San José

(Colwich, Kan. – March 11, 2015) –ICM, Inc. is pleased to announce a signed contract with JUM Global, LLC, a global waste solution developer contracted with the City of San José, CA., for a gasification demonstration unit using ICM’s proprietary technology.

This gasification demonstration unit will be operated at the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility, which will process up to 10 short tons per day of urban waste biomass from the San José solid waste collection program, such as urban woody biomass, storm debris, yard waste, tree trimmings, as well as construction and demolition materials, blended with a small portion of biosolids from the wastewater facility. The gasification unit will help the region by demonstrating a process, which can be utilized in both the disposition and the application of these materials to produce a high quality syngas (i.e., producer gas), which can ultimately and efficiently be used to produce transportation fuels.

Jon Orr, ICM, Inc. Capital Sales Manager said, “This demonstration project, utilizing ICM’s gasification technologies, will help advance the path to renewable transportation fuels using waste biomass at a scale that makes economic sense.”

San José, a recipient of a California Energy Commission match funding grant under the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, contracted with JUM Global to partner with ICM, Inc. for this project scheduled for completion by the end of April 2015. “While gasification has been around for a long time, there is renewed interest in this process as a way to convert different types of waste to produce renewable energy,” said Kerrie Romanow, Director of San José Environmental Services Department. “This demonstration project will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and our dependence on others for transportation fuel.”

Dave McCarthy, JUM Global COO said, “We are very excited to be working with the gasification team at ICM as our technology partner for this San Jose project. Their technology and ability to swiftly react to changing project dynamics is second to none. Together with ICM and the City of San Jose, we feel we have the best team possible for this project.”

Chris Mitchell, President of ICM, Inc. said, “We’re pleased that our technology was chosen by JUM Global and San José for this project. We believe that our gasification solution is a significant next step in delivering valuable technology options to the renewable energy sector.”

In 2009, ICM, Inc. built and began operating a commercial-scale demonstration gasifier with the capacity to convert 150 tons of biomass per day. Over the next four years, ICM, Inc. successfully tested more than 16 feedstock types, processed over 8,400 tons of material, and logged more than 3,200 hours of operating time. Examples of the feedstocks tested include: refuse-derived fuel (RDF) generated from municipal solid waste, tire-derived fuel mixed with RDF, wood chips, pine bark, wheat straw, corn stover, chicken litter, switchgrass, automobile shredded residue mixed with RDF, and other biomass/energy crops.

To learn more about Advanced Gasification Technology, click here.

Deborah Bolen, ICM, Inc.
316-977-6882 Office.


ICM, Inc. Announces Contract with E Energy Adams LLC on Full-Scale Commercial Installations of its Selective Milling Technology™ (SMT™) and Fiber Separation Technology™ (FST™) Supporting a Plant Capacity Increase

(Colwich, Kan. –February 12, 2015) – ICM, Inc. is pleased to announce that E Energy Adams LLC has selected ICM as its partner for a multifaceted technology and capacity upgrade at its Adams, NE plant. ICM’s patent-pending Selective Milling Technology™ and patent-pending Fiber Separation Technology™ will drive the project, allowing E Energy Adams to increase throughput, decrease cost per gallon, and create the ability to produce high-value streams from their traditional DGS, all while increasing ethanol yield and increasing distiller’s corn oil recovery. ICM’s SMT™ is the industry leader in ‘fine grind’ technology, with 20 current or pending installations, representing over 1.4 billion gallons of annual ethanol production. FST™, the next step in ICM’s EPA-approved pathway to cellulosic ethanol, separates the corn kernel fiber for use in generating products with higher margin opportunities, or further processing it (using pre-treatment provided as a separate option by ICM) to produce cellulosic ethanol in an existing plant.

David VanderGriend, CEO for ICM, Inc., said, “ICM is pleased to partner with E Energy Adams as they fully adopt the next-generation “biorefinery” concept, allowing them to accomplish their mission of supporting the local economy while delivering profits to their investor owners, area grain producers, and livestock producers. E Energy is a leader in the ethanol industry, and we are proud to support them in their vision for continually improving operations and profitability.

Carl Sitzmann, CEO for E Energy Adams LLC, said, “We’ve been focused on the development of this project for the last two years, and we are pleased to be partnering with ICM. Their 20 years of experience in the ethanol industry, world-class research and development, and long-term vision of the future are perfect complements to our strategic vision involving competitiveness and new technologies. This project will not only give us the low-cost, energy-efficient base that we need to be an efficient producer, but also provide a platform for future development of cellulosic ethanol and differentiated co-products.”

E Energy Adams LLC was the second US ethanol plant to sign a commercial agreement for purchase, license to operate, and full-scale installation of Fiber Separation Technology™. At the time of publication, E Energy joins Redfield Energy of Redfield, South Dakota, Kansas Ethanol of Lyons, Kansas, IGPC Ethanol, Inc. of Ontario, Canada, and ICM Biofuels (formerly Lifeline Foods LLC) of St. Joseph, Missouri as an FST™ customer.

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Deborah Bolen, ICM, Inc.
316-977-6882 Office.