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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.

Construction completed at Hungarian ethanol plant

By Holly Jessen | April 09, 2012 | Ethanol Producer Magazine
Pannonia Ethanol, a corn-ethanol plant in Dunafoldvar, Hungary, is now producing ethanol. Pannonia Ethanol Zrt., a special purpose subsidiary of Ethanol Europe, hired Fagen Europe LLC as the project’s design builder for the facility, which will produce up to 240 MMly (63.4 MMgy) of ethanol in central Hungary, said Eric Sievers, CEO of Ethanol Europe.
Although Sievers pointed to a cumbersome permit process in Europe, the development company had what he described as a fantastic experience in Hungary. The country has room to expand its corn crop yield and local markets for corn are needed. “The local town that we are in, is 100 percent supportive of what we are doing and they understand what we are doing,” he said. In all, the plant will utilized about 575,000 tons of corn and produce about 175,000 tons of DDGS annually.
The ethanol produced at Pannonia is expected to be some of the “cleanest” ethanol produced in the European Union. The fuel shows a significant greenhouse gas reduction compared to fossil fuels, according to independent verification. “[It’s] well in excess of the reduction required for sustainable ethanol under the Renewable Energy Directive,” the company said at its website.
Ethanol Europe wants to build a series of ethanol plants in Europe and has already announced its second project. Construction is set to begin on an ethanol plant of the same size in Mohacs, Hungary, in June. The company feels its partnership with Fagen Inc. is a key part of its strategy to succeed. “There’s no better partner in the world for your ethanol business than Ron Fagen,” Sievers said.
Hungary has two other ethanol plants. One is a large wet mill that primarily produces isoglucose for human consumption. Ethanol production was added on at that plant a few years ago. There’s also an old distillery that produces high quality industrial ethanol as well as some fuel ethanol. “Even though it does make fuel ethanol it’s not really in the same category,” Sievers said.


WICHITA, Kan. (April 19, 2012) — The project that kicked-off Wichita Habitat for Humanity’s (WHFH) 2012 construction season is now complete. The home, sponsored by ICM, Inc., was completed in just 20 days thanks to the labor of company employees and community volunteers. This is the tenth home for which ICM has provided both volunteer labor and financial support. The finished home will be dedicated to the Clingerman-Draper family in a special home dedication ceremony including a ribbon-cutting, key presentation and house tour that will take place April 25th at 8:30 a.m. in Wichita Habitat for Humanity’s Stewart Village. Chris Mitchell, President of ICM, Inc. and company employees will be on hand at the event.
The home dedication marks the hard work that Latisha Clingerman-Draper put forth in order to sign her 20-year 0% mortgage, which included completing 250 hours of sweat equity, taking part in the construction of her home, and completing mandatory homebuyer education courses. “Latisha partnered with us in April of 2011, and although buying a home is stressful for any of us, Latisha stayed positive the whole year,” said Family Services Director, Shawna Dennett. “Raising children and working full-time is hard enough, but on top of that she worked her sweat equity and attended classes, all the while she was supportive and encouraging to the other partner families. We are so proud of the work she has done and excited that the day is almost here when she will finally have the keys to her own home!”
“Providing stability for my kids is the most important thing” said Clingerman-Draper. “Going to school with kids they will grow up with and forming long lasting friendships with neighborhood kids is something that I never had, but will be something that they will have a chance to experience thanks to us becoming homeowners. Thank you to ICM for sponsoring this home, it’s meant a lot to my family!”
Who: Wichita Habitat for Humanity and ICM, Inc.
What: Home Dedication Celebration
Where: 4405 South Victoria, Wichita, KS
When: Wednesday, April 25th at 8:30 a.m.
About ICM, Inc.
Established in 1995 and headquarter in Colwich, Kan., ICM, Inc. provided 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 6.6 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 productions 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 two state-of-the-art research facilities in Colwich and St. Joseph, MO, in conjunction with a growing list of strategic partners spanning multiple industries. For more information, visit icminc.com.
About Wichita Habitat for Humanity
Wichita Habitat for Humanity (WHFH), an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit Christian organization dedicated to building homes, communities, and hope. Habitat for Humanity brings together people with resources and people in need to build affordable houses. The houses are sold to those in need at no profit. Founded in 1986, WHFH has served 175 families in the Wichita community. For more information visit www.wichitahabitat.org
About Habitat for Humanity International Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 400,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than two million people.
For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit Habitat.org.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS 121 Habitat Street Americus, GA 31709-3498 USA (800) 422-
4828 fax (229) 928-8811 publicinfo@habitat.org www.habitat.org
For more information contact:
Ann M. Fox, Executive Director
Wichita Habitat for Humanity