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ICM, Inc. Successfully Completes 1,000-Hour Run Proving Generation 1.5: Integrated Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology

(Colwich, Kan. –November 29, 2012) – ICM, Inc. announces that it successfully completed its 1,000-hour run of an integrated fiber campaign conducted at its pilot plant in St. Joseph, Missouri. ICM has developed and validated its proprietary Generation 1.5 Integrated Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology for the production of cellulosic ethanol at existing grain ethanol plants. Through its Generation 1.5 model, ICM has proved substantial operating and capital expense cost savings over a traditional approach of cellulosic ethanol production. To ICM’s knowledge, this run is the largest-scale fermentation integration of grain fiber to cellulosic ethanol technology to date.

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The 1,000 hours of continuous production is a significant achievement, as it qualifies these data for consideration of federal loan guarantee programs which can be utilized in the financing of new, advanced generation renewable energy technologies. ICM’s completion of the 1,000-hour run was achieved through the sequential completion of (24) 15,000 gallon pilot fermenters and (5) 585,000 gallon commercial scale reactors. Another critical achievement from the 1,000-hour run was to demonstrate that the dried distillers grains (DDGs) co-product of ICM’s integrated fiber cellulosic process has a significant concentration of protein-fat amounts that accompany the integrated fiber to ethanol process. Additionally, the standard DDGs market has indicated acceptance of the feed ingredient which enables diversification of the co-product and expansion into new feed markets.
 
From the mechanical operations and process perspectives, the 1,000-hour run performed continuously and exceptionally well as would be required in a commercial operation. Corn fiber yields greater than 100 gallons per ton were performed up to the 585,000 gallon fermentation scale with all inputs (enzymes, chemicals, organisms) utilized at an economically-feasible range. ICM believes that its success with the integrated fiber 1,000-hour run is because of dedicated individuals and extensive testing of various feedstocks at the pilot scale for next generation conversion technology including: corn stover, corn fiber, wheat fiber, barley fiber, switchgrass, energy sorghum and bagasse.

Commercial target achievements and competitive advantages in ICM’s Integrated Fiber cellulosic process testing to date include:

  • An additional 7-10% increase of ethanol yield/bushel showing an approximate 3.1 gallons per bushel equivalent. Production previously achieved at laboratory scale has been replicated and validated at both pilot and commercial scales in each reactor run.
  • >90% conversion of C6 sugars and >80% conversion of C5 sugars– establishing a pathway to Generation 2 – ability to produce clarified starch and cellulosic sugars to ethanol production and alternative chemicals.
  • Fermentation yields >90% (complete integrated process from feedstock to distillation, including backset, wastewater treatment, co-product recovery).
  • Co-product market diversification capabilities by delivering substantially higher oil recovery rates and protein concentration.
  • Reduced use of the energy center (fewer post –fermentation insolubles, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and reduced carbon emissions).
  • Ability to co-distill, utilize existing distillation capabilities.
  • The same quantity of ethanol can be produced with 10% less bushels, creating more efficiency per bushel. With an ethanol market capacity of 14 BGY, approximately 5 billion bushels of corn is utilized; not only can 1.4 BGY of cellulosic ethanol be produced – the same production amount could be produced with 10% less grain.


Over the course of the past eight weeks, ICM has demonstrated that its proprietary integrated fiber process design capably and efficiently produces fuel ethanol from cellulosic material as a bolt-on technology to a Generation 1 plant. It also reinforced the significance of incentives to exist for GHG reduction per gallon/ethanol, a more efficient use of Generation 1 feedstocks and enable a progression to Generation 2 production capabilities.  EPA’s denial of the waiver requests it received from governors of nine states on November 16 strongly affirms the critical importance of the next generations of advanced biofuels in meeting the Renewable Fuels Standards production requirements. Recent studies released by the Union of Concerned Scientists and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) most updated iteration of its “Billion Ton Study” both demonstrate  that the U.S. has plenty of available biomass feedstocks (54 billion gallons of biofuels capacity) to satisfy a substantial part of its energy needs.

“We are grateful for the tremendous efforts that our ICM employees performed to make the 1,000-hour run a remarkable success. We could not have achieved this major milestone without the collaboration of various personnel functions including outstanding efforts made by our research associates, scientists, pilot plant personnel, product development, construction management, engineering, automation, supply chain, accounting and many others,” said ICM Principal Scientist Jeremy Javers, Ph.D.

“We also extend thanks to personnel of the U.S. DOE, Biomass Program who have provided us with sound guidance and support since obtaining the U.S. DOE award (DE-EE0002875) for this project. We are thrilled with the results achieved in our first 1,000-hour run. Our Integrated Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology is designed as a bolt-on product which can be added to existing corn/milo (sorghum) ethanol plants. This successful run validates ICM’s ability to continually add value to the feedstock already being processed in existing U.S. ethanol plants,” said ICM CEO Dave Vander Griend.

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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 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.


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ICM, Inc. Announces Contract with Western New York Energy LLC on Purchase of its Selective Milling Technology (SMT)™


Full-Scale Commercial Installation Includes Technology License Fee, Equipment & Installation

(Colwich, Kan. – August 16, 2012) – ICM is pleased to announce that Western New York Energy (WNYE) LLC has purchased its Selective Milling Technology (SMT)™ which includes the license fee, equipment and installation of ICM’s platform technology.

Mike Sawyer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of WNYE stated, “As a locally-owned company, we strive every day to fulfill our mission of developing the full potential of Western New York’s renewable energy resources, utilizing industry best practices, and achieving the highest ethical standards to work with our community and business partners. Over the course of our collaboration, ICM has been a reliable partner. From providing their oil recovery solution last year, to giving us ample information to make decisions on both Selective Milling Technology™ and CO2 Scrubber Bottoms Ethanol Recovery this year, ICM continues to identify opportunities for us and facilitates the necessary steps to achieve them.”

ICM President Chris Mitchell said, “We’re thrilled to continue our collaborative relationship with WNYE by delivering innovative products from our platform technology package. We firmly believe in positioning our customers to fundamentally benefit from our new technologies in the development pipeline, and we will continue delivering value-added product streams to the renewable energy industry.”

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.

 

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ICM, Inc. Announces Contract with ACA BIO to Design a 40 MGY Fuel Ethanol Plant in Argentina

 
Greenfield Project Latest in ICM’s Global Expansion into South America and Abroad

(Colwich, Kan. – August 2, 2012) - ICM, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with ACA Bio Cooperative Limitada (ACA Bio), to design a dry-mill corn ethanol plant with a 40 MGY production capacity, located near the city of Villa Maria, in the central province of Cordoba, Argentina. Completion of the facility is estimated for the first quarter of 2014. This project will enable the region to benefit from the alternative use of corn in these production areas, as well as benefit from producing valuable co-products (wet distillers grains [WDGs] and dry distillers grains [DDGs]) in a country with robust feedlot and dairy industries. The ethanol production capacity for ACA Bio will focus primarily on the country’s domestic markets.

Last year, the government of Argentina announced that it had assigned an ethanol supply quota equal to 125 million liters per year to ACA Bio. According to a July 6, 2012 report published by the Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service, bioethanol production in Argentina for 2013 is projected to be at a record 400 million liters. In addition, the USDA GAIN reported that the Argentine biofuels sector continues to expand as a result of its strong competitiveness. The vast supply of feedstocks, the existing processing infrastructure, and policies continue to encourage large investment in both bioethanol and biodiesel plants.

ICM President Chris Mitchell said, "We’re thrilled to announce our latest global expansion project into Argentina, and we look forward to continued collaboration with ACA Bio to support the economic growth of the region by providing our process technologies and services to advance renewable energy."

"As the process design and technology company that has provided engineering, construction and operational services for 102 ethanol plants in North America, ICM is excited to expand into South America. We value the opportunity to collaborate with ACA Bio, and continue to expand our global business strategy in the Americas and beyond. ACA Bio’s strong farmer cooperative and leadership will promote the use of grains to increase ethanol production capacity in Argentina, and we look forward to supporting biofuels production and sustainable development in this region," added Kevin Endres, ICM Director of International Business Development.

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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 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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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