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ICM, Inc. Announces U.S. Patent No. 8,192,627 for its Advanced Oil Separation (AOS) System

(Colwich, Kan. –June 5, 2012) – ICM is pleased to announce the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 8,192,627 on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 for its Advanced Oil Separation (AOS) System. This patented method, which employs both mechanical and chemical separation, delivers significant economic value to an ethanol plant by dramatically increasing the volume of non-food grade oil recovered from the plant’s process streams. ICM’s AOS uses the centrifuge as a mechanical dewatering device to deliver a targeted emulsion concentrate stream for further processing through the addition of a polar solvent, ethanol, as the emulsion breaking-agent. The ethanol liberates oil trapped in the emulsion concentrate that would not be recovered through other conventional methods.

Kurt Dieker, ICM’s Director of Product Development, said: “ICM’s patented Advanced Oil System provides our customers with an immediate and significant advantage over competitors’ systems. ICM’s AOS processes a smaller product stream post-centrifuge, giving ICM’s solution a competitive advantage on processing costs. Customers are seeing an operational cost of less than one half cent per pound of oil recovered, which is roughly one-tenth the operational cost per pound experienced by plants that operate processes utilizing precentrifugation additives that recover oil directly from the centrifuge by skimming off the oil product. AOS is another example of a unique ICM platform technology that ICM is making available to our customers to enable them to immediately increase revenues from their existing plants. We are continually looking at how we can improve and add value to ICM's oil separation platform."

Brock Beach, ICM’s Capital Sales Manager for Oil Solutions, stated: “ICM’s patented AOS eliminates the need for expensive additives, and uses the ethanol product already being manufactured in the plant to break the emulsion and free the trapped oil. The ethanol used to break the emulsion is recaptured in AOS which further enhances the value of the system. Our customers are experiencing an ROI of six months or less on ICM's oil separation solution. We expect customer demand for AOS to increase significantly with the issuance to ICM of this new patent.”

ICM has installed nine AOS systems at customer plants, has seven additional installations either in process or scheduled prior to year-end, and has several pending contracts under negotiation.

ICM is demonstrating its patented AOS method this week at Booth #715 at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW) in Minneapolis, MN, where ICM’s Product Sales staff are available for discussions.

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 7 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.

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Contact:
Monique Garcia
ICM, Inc.
Direct: 316.977.6508
Cell: 316.239.8152

ICM, Inc. Announces Commercial Installations of its Selective Milling Technology

ICM, Inc. Announces Commercial Installations of its Selective Milling Technology (SMT)™ to Early Adopter Plants

As an ICM Platform Technology, SMT Frees More Starch Critical for Enzyme Conversion to Sugar, While Also Positioning Customers for New Technologies in the Development Pipeline
 
(Colwich, Kan. –May 31, 2012) – ICM, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has completed full-scale commercial installations of its Selective Milling Technology™ at LifeLine Foods LLC, Kansas Ethanol LLC, Green Plains Shenandoah, LLC and Lincolnland Agri-Energy LLC.
Formerly known as Fine Grind Technology, ICM is unveiling its new product name of Selective Milling Technology™, because it more accurately describes what the technology is doing. According to ICM Technical Director for Product Development Dr. Scott Kohl, Ph.D., “The process of using energy to free more starch for enzyme conversion to sugar can involve breaking larger starch particles into smaller ones; or breaking/rolling starch away from fiber, protein, or fats.  Our SMT™ allows plants to maximize this added energy by targeting the particles that can benefit from it most.”
 
ICM has worked collaboratively with Fluid-Quip, Inc. to develop the technology and deliver it to the marketplace; Fluid-Quip is ICM’s equipment provider for the SMT™ systems. In addition, ICM has obtained the rights to license the SMT™ technology to commercial plants from Lee Tech, LLC.
Customer provided data from operations of ICM’s SMT™ illustrate the various benefits that are derived from this revolutionary platform technology, including: increased ethanol yields of 1.5% – 3.0%, increased oil recovery yields of 11% – 18%, and ultimately, increased revenues. Reflecting on the positive SMT™ data analysis to date, Kansas Ethanol Operations Manager Thane Combs said, “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 President Chris Mitchell said, “We continue to focus our efforts on developing solutions that deliver value-added product steams to the renewable energy industry. We believe our competitive advantage comes from providing our customers with products that deliver immediate returns for them coupled with our expanding platform technologies that we’re excited to launch.”
 
A full-scale SMT™ disc mill, paddle screen and time-lapse photos/video of the technology being installed will be on display at ICM’s booth (#715) at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW), June 4-7 in Minneapolis, MN. In addition, SMT™ product literature and opportunities for discussion with product sales staff will be available.
 
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 7 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.
 
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Contact:
Monique Garcia, ICM, Inc.
316-977-6508/316-239-8152 (Cell)

ICM, Inc. Signs Contract with Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC

ICM, Inc. Signs Contract with Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC (SIRE) for
Full Plant Advanced Process Controls (APC) System to be Deployed at its Council Bluffs, IA plant
 
(Colwich, Kan. –May 30, 2012) – ICM is pleased to announce that Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE) has purchased ICM’s  Advanced Process Controls (APC) system to be installed and commissioned at the 110 MGY plant in Council Bluffs that ICM designed and built; SIRE began producing ethanol in February 2009.
ICM’s APC package is an advanced hardware and software integrated solution designed to maximize plant efficiency by eliminating variability in operational parameters in critical areas such as slurry solids, water balance, beer column/evaporators, molecular sieves, dryers, fermentation, and stillage/centrifuges. The benefits provided by applying APC include: increased profitability, improved operability by reducing variance, and enhanced visibility of key performance indicators (KPIs). The KPIs provide the ability to track process performance and long-term sustainability through ongoing performance, monitoring and reporting. ICM’s APC package includes software support provided by Honeywell International, Inc.
ICM President Chris Mitchell said, “We’re thrilled to continue working with SIRE as we embark upon installing the full plant APC system at its Council Bluffs, IA facility. We’re especially proud to support SIRE’s efforts by providing value-added opportunities such as deploying the APC System which will improve plant performance through reduced variability, increased production and decreased energy use.”
 
SIRE General Manager and CEO Brian Cahill stated, “SIRE is excited to add the ICM APC System to our process as we continue to make improvements to our plant efficiencies and performance.”
 
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 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.
 
Contact:
Monique Garcia, ICM, Inc.
316-977-6508/316-239-8152 (Cell)

ICM, Inc. Announces Commercial Deployment of its Biomass Gasifier Technology

ICM, Inc. Announces Commercial Deployment of its Biomass Gasifier Technology
Technology to Process Various Feedstocks, Produce Valuable Co-Products & Provide Cleaner Energy Alternatives
 
(Colwich, Kan. –May 2, 2011) – After the successful completion of infrastructure development, research, testing, and an independent engineering review, ICM is pleased to announce it is beginning commercial deployment of its biomass gasification system. Since its inception in 1995, ICM has proven its ability to serve as a technology solutions provider to the renewable energy industry.  

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