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ICM’s Selective Milling Technology™ - New and Improved!

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Contact:
Debbie Harding, ICM, Inc.
316.977.6790
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ICM’s Selective Milling Technology™ - New and Improved!

Reducing energy required to free more starch for enzymes conversion to sugar

(Colwich, Kan. – March 15, 2017) – With a significant decrease in the electrical load requirement, same production yields and new opportunities for improved operations, ICM is proud to announce a new advanced design of ICM’s Selective Milling Technology™ (SMT™).

This proven technology allows plants to produce increases of up to 3% ethanol yield and up to 15% distiller’s oil recovery, and ultimately, increased revenues. Now with this technological advancement, ICM’s new design provides up to a 50% reduction in SMT™ system connected horsepower, while providing an opportunity to dramatically change the grind profile and to reduce suspended solids throughout the plant.

SMT™ is a platform technology that frees more starch critical for enzyme conversion to sugar by selectively targeting and flaking larger starch particles into smaller ones; or separating starch away from fiber, protein, or fats. Using a newly designed proprietary milling device, the new and improved SMT™ allows plants to take advantage of these benefits while also maximizing efficiencies by reducing the added energy needed. ICM’s Technology Development team developed this latest upgrade by evaluating various equipment designs available that can perform the necessary processes, and by leveraging ICM’s ability to partner with multiple equipment manufacturers.

“ICM’s new and improved SMT™ process 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,” stated Steve Hartig, Vice President, Technology Development. As a platform technology SMT™ is a starting point, with the next step being ICM’s patented Fiber Separation Technology™ (FST™), where the fiber is separated from the stream through counter flow washing steps. FST™ provides a dual benefit—eliminating the fiber from the fermentation stream allows for higher corn ethanol production and increases corn oil yield. These value-added platform technologies separate a fiber stream at the front end of the plant, which are the starting points of the Generation 1.5 Grain Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology™, ICM’s answer to a low risk solution to cellulosic ethanol.

Brock Beach, Vice President, Sales and Marketing said, “Advancement of the new and improved SMT™ process is based on customers’ feedback to provide process improvement opportunity, while also considering ongoing operating expenses and customers’ desires to focus on being high efficiency producers.” Beach continued, “ICM is committed to offering solutions that consider the entire business picture of our customers.”

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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 111 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.

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ICM, Inc. Accelerates Innovation with ICM ELEMENT™

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Contact:
Debbie Harding, ICM, Inc.
316.977.6790
debbie.harding@icminc.com

ICM, Inc. Accelerates Innovation with ICM ELEMENT™

A state-of-the-art bio-refinery showcasing ICM’s cutting-edge technologies

(Colwich, Kan. – March 2, 2017) – ICM, Inc. is proud to announce ICM ELEMENT to be built in Colwich, KS, co-located next to ICM’s headquarters. ICM ELEMENT will be a state-of-the-art bio-refinery showcasing our cutting-edge technologies; technology being the driving element that continues to push ICM to be a world leader in renewable fuels. With this vision the name ICM ELEMENT was selected for the new plant.

ICM’s success derives from the passion, commitment, and expertise of people that work together for a common goal. We see every individual as an integral element to the success of the planned 70 MMgy revolutionary plant estimated at a cost of $175 million to  build. ICM plans to be the majority owner and is in current discussion with investors who also see the vision and value of the project to the industry.

Elements are nature’s building blocks and the world is searching for cleaner, sustainable, renewable fuels. ICM President Chris Mitchell stated, “ELEMENT will strive to be one of the most energy efficient manufacturers of ethanol in the industry with the deployment of multiple new technologies including our ICM gasification unit.” The ICM patented gasifier technology is capable of fully converting biomass and forestry feedstocks into producer gas or syngas, while co-generating a biochar product that has many applications in agriculture and other industries. Producer gas, derived from air-blown gasification platforms, is ideal for local combined heat and power applications, industrial power and heating/drying applications. Mitchell continued, “As a result, we will produce one of the lowest cost, highest value ethanol gallons on the market while bringing increased revenue to one of America’s most essential elements: the U.S. ag industry.”

ELEMENT will also be the first full scale deployment of ICM’s patent pending Generation 1.5 Grain Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology™ (Gen 1.5) process producing up to five million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year.   This process has been proven in large scale, up to 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 can result in an added value as high as $4.00 per gallon above corn ethanol prices.  This process also produces a high protein DDGS which has been demonstrated in extensive feed trials to bring added value in poultry and swine rations.  Steve Hartig, Vice President, Technology Development, ICM, Inc., said, “Showcasing this technology at ELEMENT is an important step forward. We see this technology bringing a sustainable benefit to the entire ethanol industry by maximizing the value of each acre of corn and supplying the market with cost competive low carbon cellulosic ethanol.”

“In comparison to alternative approaches, the Gen 1.5 process maximizes the output of cellulosic gallons with the lowest risk and capex per gallon,” stated ICM CEO Dave VanderGriend. “Leading us into the future we envision the scientific element continuing to evolve which will position ICM ELEMENT to build upon our foundation and to pursue future opportunities. ELEMENT will be an industry leader now and well into the future,” stated VanderGriend.

Beyond the breakthrough technologies of gasification and Gen 1.5, ELEMENT will also have the latest versions of ICM’s proven technologies for corn ethanol such as Selective Milling Technology™ (SMT™) and Fiber Separation Technology™ (FST™), along with several new technologies under development. ICM’s patented SMT™ and FST™ will drive the project, allowing ICM ELEMENT to increase throughput, decrease cost per gallon, and create the ability to produce high-value streams from traditional DDGS, all while increasing ethanol yield and increasing distiller’s corn oil recovery. ICM’s SMT™ is the industry leader, with 26 current installations, representing over 2 billion gallons of annual ethanol production.  With the further addition of ICM’s proprietary Fiber Separation Technology™, the fiber is separated from the stream by counter flow washing steps. FST™ enables a higher corn ethanol production,  increased corn oil yield and the separated fiber provides the feedstock for the Gen 1.5 process.

The ethanol industry was built by many visionaries, a key element of that growth has and will continue to be ICM and our most precious element: employees.  This planned plant will add an expected 50+ new jobs to the Colwich community as well as numerous indirect jobs and significant construction employment during its construction.  At full rate, this plant will purchase over 22 million bushels in corn and sorghum sourced primarily from the local area.

As a 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.  ICM ELEMENT encompasses all of these concepts.

The construction of this plant places ICM in an environment naturally suited to or doing what we enjoy – we are in our ELEMENT.


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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 111 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 considers investment to create technology showcase plant

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ICM considers investment to create technology showcase plant

(Colwich, Kan. — November 10, 2016)  ICM, Inc., the leader in biofuels technology, is pleased to announce today that the company commenced a process to explore the feasibility of revitalizing the recently purchased Abengoa Bioenergy plant in Colwich, KS to a larger scale state-of-the-art energy efficient biorefinery plant. If it proceeds, the plant will encompass all of ICM's latest technology innovations with the goal to have one of the lowest carbon indexes of any grain ethanol plant in the world. This venture would be a showplace that ICM's global customers can visit.

The process for building the plant will require the raising of additional capital, as well as procuring engineering studies and acquiring the necessary permits, licenses and consents to proceed. This assessment process is currently being undertaken by ICM.

In making this announcement, ICM's CEO, Dave VanderGriend stated, "We continue to focus our efforts on developing solutions that will bridge grain-based facilities of today to the cellulosic facilities we envision in the future. Sustainable agriculture is a key part of ICM's mission and this plant will provide an added market for corn and sorghum in the local market while also producing high quality distillers grains for animal feed and corn oil." VanderGriend went on to say, "We strongly support ethanol as a clean burning high octane fuel that reduces emissions and improves the air we breathe."

This project would be a boon to the local Colwich economy bringing in around an additional 50 new jobs, as well as numerous indirect jobs and significant construction employment. "We are assessing this opportunity to build a new plant next to our headquarters in Colwich. It will require working closely with the community and stakeholders to bring this concept to a reality," stated Chris Mitchell, president of ICM.

ICM has pioneered technologies for corn ethanol such as Selective Milling Technology™ and Fiber Separation Technology™ and these technologies, along with several new technologies under development would be included into this showcase plant. "Our desire is for this to serve as a demonstration of the next generation of ethanol plants. We see this as an important opportunity to showcase our advanced technologies in one spot that brings both financial and environmental benefits," stated Steve Hartig, vice president of technology development at ICM.

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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.

 

GS CleanTech patents held Unenforceable due to misconduct before the U.S. Patent and Trademark office

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Contact:

Debbie Harding, ICM, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                  316.977.6790

debbie.harding@icminc.com

 

 

GS CleanTech patents held Unenforceable due to misconduct
before the U.S. Patent and Trademark office

 

(Colwich, Kan. – September 16, 2016) – On September 15, 2016, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana issued an Order finding problems with certain of GS CleanTech patents subject to multiple lawsuits filed by GS CleanTech against many ethanol plants and technology providers.  Specifically, GS CleanTech's corn oil separation patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 7,601,858; 8,008,516; 8,008,517; and 8,283,484, are unenforceable because of the inequitable conduct of the inventors and their attorneys in prosecuting the patents before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This ruling is in addition to the Order issued in October 2014 which found these patents and others to be invalid and not infringed. In a separate Order also issued on September 15, 2016, Judge Larry J. McKinney also dismissed with prejudice all cases against all ethanol plants and other defendants filed by GS CleanTech. 

 

"ICM is very pleased with the new rulings by the federal court. ICM identified early in the litigation that the inventors filed a false declaration before the USPTO and failed to correct it properly. We believed that GS CleanTech and their attorneys also withheld material information from the USPTO in the prosecution of certain patents. Obviously, the Court agreed with us." said Brian Burris, attorney for ICM, Inc.  "ICM will vigorously defend any appeal that may be filed by GS CleanTech," Burris concluded.

 

Chris Mitchell, president of ICM, stated "This is a big win for those in the ethanol industry who purchased oil extraction technology and the technology providers. The perseverance of ICM and the codefendents in defending this case was resolute.  We are pleased in the positive outcome for us and the plants that purchased our Base Tricanter Systems™ and Advanced Oil Systems™. 

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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.