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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.

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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.

ICM to partner with CleanStar Mozambique

Newton Kansan.com | Oct 25, 2011
COLWICH — ICM has announced its role in supporting CleanStar Mozambique — a company founded by Novozymes and CleanStar Ventures — to protect forests, produce food, deliver energy, reduce air pollution and enrich lives.
“ICM shares the vision with CleanStar Mozambique to implement sustainable farming practices for smallholder farmers, and to integrate a food and energy production facility that will have profound impacts on improved health and economic benefits for the people of Mozambique,” a news release stated. “When presented with the opportunity to participate in the CleanStar Mozambique project, ICM was thrilled to lend its expertise and years of experience.”
Since its inception in 1995, the Colwich company has impacted the renewable fuels industry by providing process design on a number of biorefineries constructed throughout North America.
“Backed by the strength of several hundred of its employees, ICM is thrilled to support CleanStar Mozambique’s efforts to leverage innovation to drive social development and environmental restoration in the developing world,” a news release stated. “ICM looks forward to using its expertise to create similar solutions for future opportunities and partners all around the world.”
- Design and construction of ethanol plant for CleanStar Mozambique. ICM has designed and constructed equipment for a one-gallon-per-minute ethanol plant that is currently under construction in Mozambique. The ethanol from the plant will be produced using cassava that is sourced from the local rural communities, and the cooking fuel will be sold to the urban community in Maputo, Mozambique.
“It is critically important to provide the community’s people with the training and job skill opportunities to operate the plant, and enjoy the increased employment opportunities and economic benefits,” a news release stated.
The welders in the company’s manufacturing division have produced shop-fabricated and specialty equipment components for the ethanol plant, which is designed to convert 18 pounds of locally-grown cassava chips into a gallon of 185+ proof ethanol.
- Biomass boiler to create steam production and engine-generator for electricity. Also being provided is a custom-built, robust biomass boiler manufactured by Victory Energy for steam production, and an engine-generator for the plant’s electricity needs. The engine-generator contributed by ICM has been modified and tested by using hydrous ethanol.
- Cassava milling, cook process and distillation. ICM has sized the cassava milling and cook process to operate 10-12 hours a day, and the small plant will include three fermenters and a beer-well. The distillation is sized to operate continuously, 24 hours a day; the plant can begin and cease operations as needed.
- Operation of the ethanol plant by the local community. ICM is providing a graphic control panel that contains the essential basics for motor control and flow control.
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Ethanol Industry Pioneer Wants Higher Blends

Posted by Cindy Zimmerman | March 11th, 2012 | DomesticFuel.com
The president of one of the world’s largest ethanol plant engineering and construction firms is pleased with the progress made by the industry in the last 30 years, but frustrated by the barriers to higher ethanol blends. At the recent National Ethanol Conference, where ICM, Inc. founder Dave Vander Griend was honored with the Renewable Fuels Association 2012 Membership Award, he talked about how ethanol could replace some of the additives currently found in gasoline – called aromatics – which are used to help boost octane in gas. “We’re looking just to go from 10% ethanol to 15% ethanol with a clean, non-toxic product,” he explained. “The petroleum industry can go from 10 to 40% aromatic additions to their gasoline anytime they choose.”
He noted that Henry Ford’s Model T engine was originally designed to run on either gasoline or ethanol. “Actually, the first FFV was a Model T,” said Vander Griend. “That wasn’t something that set well with Rockefeller – he wanted everything to be gasoline, but at that time there was no octane additive to put into the gas so it wasn’t very good and cars would ping and knock. Taking that fuel they made then, if they would have added 20-30% ethanol, both parties would have won.” Instead, they got rid of ethanol through prohibition and used lead to increase octane. The creation of the EPA got the lead out of gasoline, which led to MTBE being used as a replacement until that was determined to be carcinogenic.
Vander Griend believes that ethanol could reduce tailpipe emissions by up to 50% with just a 30% blend. “Ethanol can replace aromatics on a 1-to-1 (basis) and actually give them more octane than they had from the aromatics,” he said.