Biofuels Production

From the Field to the Road

Biofuel processing

Plant-Derived Ethanol and Biodiesel

The continuously evolving biofuels industry reduces dependence on fossil fuels with various forms of renewable biomass. Meeting sustainability challenges, abiding by EPA rules and regulations, and fulfilling other environmental controls provides firms with a path to commercial success.

The Solution

Governments and enterprises worldwide are actively pursuing alternatives to traditional hydrocarbon based fuels such as coal, oil and gas.  Unfortunately, this is no easy task. Any alternative source of fuel must compete head-to-head with the costs and benefits of fossil fuels. Creating a viable alternative and/or renewable fuel source requires serious innovation, commitment, and investment. Major corporations such as ADM and Cargill have done just that. By developing sophisticated processes to convert plant based raw materials to viable biofuel products, these companies continue to change our thinking with respect to the viability of biofuels. NovaTech’s D/3 Distributed Control Sysytem (DCS) is used to control some of the largest and most successful biofuels plants in the world, providing the digital infrastructure to support sophisticated process control strategies, and helping customers achieve success in the biofuels industry.  NovaTech is proud to be a part of this transition through its partnerships with several of the largest biofuels producers in the world, and the training of the next generation of biofuels plant operators. Facilities controlled by D/3 include those that supply approximately 35% of the ethanol production in the United States, as well as several soybean-based biodiesel facilities in Europe.

“NovaTech’s Ethanol Training Simulator is the most valuable tool we have for training. I’ve never seen anything that comes close in six years of looking.” – Duane Carrow, Director of Renewable Energy Program at MinnWest Community and Technical College

The NovaTech Ethanol Training Simulator  is a state-of-the-art process simulation of a working ethanol plant intended to help Ethanol producers and academic institutions familiarize operators with the real-time dynamics and process fundamentals of dry mill ethanol plant processes in a classroom environment. Included is an award-winning Ethanol Operations curriculum created by Minnesota West Community & Technical College in partnership with the industry’s leading experts on distillation, fermentation, and other aspects of ethanol production. Provided to plant management, engineers, operators, and students, this is a powerful and cost-effective tool for optimizing production performance.

Related Processes and Experience

Grain Receiving and Elevation, Grain Storage and Inventory Management, Preparation/Steeping/Cooking, Grinding/Milling, Enzyme Addition and Management, Liquefaction, Separation/Centrifuge Control, Fermentation, Distillation/Stripping, Evaporation, Molecular Sieves, Ion Exchange, Refining, Drying, DDG Storage/Management, Blending/Finishing/Filtering, Tank Farm Management, Product Load-Out, Boilers/Steam Generation & Management, Refrigeration/Chillers/Cooling Towers, Water/Wastewater/Air/Vacuum, HVAC

Related Solutions

Distributed Process Control, Operator Training Simulators, Recipe-Driven State Based Control, S88 Batch Management & Control, S106 Procedural Automation & Control, Electronic Batch Reporting, ISA 18.2 Alarm Management, Data Historian, Trend Visualization, Process Analytics, Process Simulation, Asset Management, Control Loop Performance Monitoring & Optimization, Energy & Asset Management, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) Analytics, Regulatory Compliance & Validation, System Hardware & Custom I/O Cabinet Design, Product Lifecycle Services

  • D/3® Distributed Control System Overview Brochure  

    The D/3® Distributed Control System (DCS) is a leading edge process control system that includes a comprehensive suite of software applications, networks, and computing hardware. D/3 features system-wide redundancy and the ability to upgrade without stopping plant operations.

    October 28, 2016

  • It is fair to say that without a fully functional distributed control system (DCS), a modern plant cannot operate safely and efficiently and in some cases, cannot operate at all. Therefore, it is vital to ensure the integrity of all DCSs and protect them from malicious attacks, accidental corruption, and data breaches that may jeopardize safety or production or may compromise the end user’s competitive advantage in the marketplace.

    This paper describes the philosophy and guidelines for keeping your D/3® DCS secure from cyberattacks.

    August 1, 2016

  • PCM5 — D/3 Process Control Module 5 Series  

    The NovaTech D/3® Process Control Module 5 Series (PCM5) represents a leap forward in the development, virtualization, and Cyber Security capabilities of the D/3 PCM family. The upcoming PCM5™ will deliver even higher levels of agility and performance to the DCS with the longest life cycle support and lowest total cost-of-ownership in the industry: the D/3.

    June 7, 2016

  • D3v15: Futureproof of Automation  

    D/3® Version 15 (D3v15) includes an array of valuable enhancements to the most adaptable and powerful DCS on the market. D3v15 delivers the highest lifetime value by preserving investments in applications, hardware, and I/O while incorporating the latest advancements.

    March 21, 2016

  • ARC View: NovaTech Continues as Trusted Partner  

    In partnership with NovaTech, the ARC Advisory Group recently produced a 5-page ARC VIEW article promoting NovaTech as a long-term, viable, and trusted partner with a strong product offering. 

    February 18, 2016

  • Additional Datasheets, Application Notes, Customer Success Stories and other documents in our documentation library

    D/3® SABL® [#S456]

    A five-day course, using D/3® software, covering the steps involved in developing and using the SABL® package.

    June 20, 2017 – June 24, 2017
    Aiken Training Office

  • D3v15 Webinar

    The latest release of the D/3 Distributed Control System includes new configuration tools that make the system easier for new and existing users. The webinar covers building tags with MDL Builder, writing automation code with D3Edit, web-accessible History and Reports, features to facilitate migration to High-Performance HMI, and OSIsoft PI integration.

    March 24, 2016

  • D/3 Distributed Control System Overview

    This video introduces the D/3, the Distributed Control System trusted by many Fortune 100 companies to keep their global operations’ continuous and batch processes running smoothly and efficiently. Part one reviews the system architecture and configuration tools.

    November 21, 2014

  • Ethanol and Biofuels Plant Simulator

    Developed in partnership with Minnesota West Community and Technical college, the NovaTech Ethanol & Biofuels Training Simulator provides a state-of-the-art DCS simulation of a working ethanol plant to speed operator training and improve overall process knowledge.

    October 15, 2014

  • Biofuels Classroom Simulator

    Developed in partnership with Minnesota West Community and Technical college, the NovaTech Ethanol & Biofuels Training Simulator provides a state-of-the-art DCS simulation of a working ethanol plant to speed operator training and improve overall process knowledge.

    June 4, 2012

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