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ICM, Inc.’s Selection of EISENMANN’s Emission Abatement Technology

ICM, Inc.’s Selection of EISENMANN’s Emission Abatement Technology Strengthens Commercial Deployment of its Biomass Gasifier System
 
(Colwich, Kan. –August 23, 2011) –ICM is pleased to announce that it has coupled its feedstock-flexible gasification system with EISENMANN Corporation’s dual-field WESP (wet electrostatic precipitation) to further enhance ICM’s ability to deliver cleaner waste-to-energy applications. ICM chose this emission abatement technology based on the successful operation of ICM’s commercial-scale demonstration gasifier located adjacent to the Harvey County municipal solid waste transfer and recycling facility in Newton, Kan.
ICM’s gasifier in Harvey County was configured to demonstrate the system’s performance by testing multiple feedstocks including refused-derived fuel (RDF), tire-derived fuel mixed with RDF, wood chips, wheat straw, switchgrass, and corn stover, among others. Combined with an ICM thermal oxidizer and heat sink, the WESP 2-F system provides the flexibility essential to clean the emissions from a multitude of fuel sources. Combining the gasifier and emission abatement systems illustrates a confluence of state-of-the-art technologies that can meet the most stringent emission control requirements. The WESP-2F meets the critical requirements of both Best Available Control Technology (BACT) and Lowest Achievable Emission Rate (LAER) standards by ensuring a nearly continuous removal of large and small particulate matter, as well as acid gases. Unlike traditional wet electrostatic precipitators, the selected WESP-2F Dual Field technology guarantees the strictest level of emissions control across the broadest range of potential feedstocks. BACT is required on major new or modified sources in clean areas (i.e., attainment areas), and LAER is required on major new or modified sources in non-attainment areas.
Dave Vander Griend, president and CEO of ICM said, “We’re thrilled with the recent commercial deployment of our biomass gasifier technology, as it allows us to offer our waste-to-energy system on a global level. Recognizing the strength of collaborative partnerships, ICM is pleased to work with EISENMANN and their WESP technology to enhance our biomass gasifier applications.”
 

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ICM Takes On New Wichita Habitat House Plans

(Wichita, Kan. – July 17, 2014) For its twelfth Wichita Habitat for Humanity house
sponsorship, ICM employees were given a challenge. They were asked to build a 1,600
square foot, five-bedroom home for the Lopez family of nine. It’s the first home built with
Wichita Habitat’s new floor plans and design specifications that include a brick façade and
a garage. Homeowners are now also able to choose from different elevation options.

Ann Fox, Wichita Habitat Executive Director lauded the company, “ICM holds its Christian
faith as a core value, and that value is demonstrated in the commitment they make to work
side by side with Habitat partner families to build a home. This year over 135 employees
volunteered over 890 hours to ensure the Lopez family an affordable, energy efficient
home. That alone is remarkable; more humbling is their track record of support; this is the
12th home built and fully funded by the company. Their goodness is without question for
the pure purpose of service with no expectation of return.

Chris Mitchell, President of ICM, Inc. says, “The Habitat build is something ICM and our
employees look forward to each year. It’s a great way for our employees to give back while
also learning more about themselves and co-workers. We believe in the mission of Habitat
for Humanity and the importance of giving families like the Lopez’s a place to call their
own. We are honored to be involved and look forward to more builds in the future.”

Just over two months after the walls went up on the Lopez family’s home, it is ready for
move in. After closing on their mortgage, the family will receive their keys at a dedication
ceremony on July 30 at 11:30am at 18th & Jeanette. The public is welcome to celebrate
with the family and tour the house.

Contact:
Jill Clavin
Development Associate
Wichita Habitat for Humanity
785-248-1336
jill@wichitahabitat.org

Pellet Technology USA Forms Technology Collaboration and Exclusive EPC Relationship with ICM, Inc.

(Gretna, NE – March 18, 2014)

Pellet Technology USA (PTUSA) has entered into an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) joint development agreement with ICM, Inc. (ICM) that will see it become the exclusive contractor for PTUSA in the United States and abroad.

PTUSA identified Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Texas and California as states likely to present EPC contract opportunities in the immediate future.

Just recently, PTUSA announced that ICM had been awarded the EPC contract for PTUSA’s Commercial Demonstration Facility in Gretna, Nebraska, a project that has now been completed by ICM. The Commercial Demonstration Facility is a one-of-a-kind R&D facility that allows PTUSA to develop, test and modify feedstock inputs, blends and finished products for their industry clients, using PTUSA’s patented technology.

PTUSA founder and COO Russ Zeeck said, “The addition of ICM to the PTUSA team adds additional expertise in construction and equipment fabrication that will be invaluable. The collaboration of PTUSA and ICM is the ideal relationship for the expansion of our Midwest projects." he said.

ICM CEO, Dave VanderGriend said, “ We are excited to be involved with a company whose novel technology will add value to agriculture. We see the collaboration as a compliment to ICM’s skillsets and current product line of sight.”

As well as the ICM relationship, PTUSA has also announced that it has also begun discussions with several equipment, feed and energy producers, which will extend the two companies' agreement to work together to provide EPC contracts for new facilities in the near-term.

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About Pellet Technology USA, LLC: 
Pellet Technology USA is a Particle Sizing, Biomass Densification & Technology Licensing Company that provides consistent output, improved production and more value to its client industries.

About ICM, Inc.:
Established in 1995 and headquartered in Colwich, Kan., ICM, Inc., puts its energy into 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 6.8 billion gallons of annual ethanol production, ICM has become a world leader in biorefining 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 has been conducting 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.

Media contact:
Joe Luna
(402)509-8776
www.pellettechnologyusa.com

 

ICM plans to continue work on gasifier technology

By Ashley Bergner
The Kansan - Newton, KS
Feb. 8, 2013 
  • KS_Newton  --  Although ICM will be taking down its prototype gasifier at the Harvey County Transfer Station, the company said the technology won't be going away.

    The gasifier technology — which the Colwich-based company has been testing in Harvey County — didn't prove to be a viable option in Harvey County at this time, but ICM plans to continue marketing the project in other areas and still hopes to return to Harvey County someday.

    "We are fortunate to look ahead and see what other opportunities are here in the United States and even abroad," said Monique Pope, government affairs with ICM.

    ICM’s Biomass Gasification System, also known as a “gasifier,” burns trash and converts it to synthesis gas, which can be used to generate power in industrial and commercial settings. ICM tested thousands of tons of different types of waste, which are referred to as “feedstocks.” Feedstocks tested included wood chips, wheat straw and refuse-derived fuel (this includes junk mail, cardboard and other paper products thrown away).

    Jon Orr, capital sales manager in gasification at ICM, said ICM was disappointed they were unable to attract sufficient investments from interested financial partners due to the lower projected returns, based on limitations of available feedstocks. Limitations of developing off-take agreements to facilitate renewable power capabilities also was a factor, the company said. The project would have needed to operate closer to the gasifier's capacity of 150 tons of material per day, while Harvey County officials estimated supplying only about 90 tons per day.

    The gasifier still is sitting at the Harvey County Transfer Station, but ICM has begun to remove some of the pieces. The company's lease will expire at the end of June. ICM plans to leave some of the structures and buildings at the site for Harvey County to use.

    The company reports it continues to market its technology throughout North America and the Caribbean. Orr said the technology is attractive to areas with greater constraints on landfill space who are looking for better solutions to deal with waste.

    Orr anticipates the need for technology like the gasifier will continue to increase in the future. Some areas have only a short time space left before their existing landfills are filled to capacity.

    Both Pope and Orr thanked Harvey County officials for partnering with ICM on the project and making the gasifier's test run a success.

    "None of this would have been possible without the opportunity to do the work that we did at the Harvey County site," Orr said. "... What we learned and the data that we collected, there's just a tremendous value there."

    "I was always just so impressed with the vision of the commission," Pope agreed. "You guys are light-years ahead of other communities. ... It's always been a privilege to be a part of this project."

    The plan is to continue working on scaling down the technology so it will be more feasible for areas the size of Harvey County.

    "We're excited for potential collaboration again in the future," Pope said.