Biofuels Production

From the Field to the Road

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

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    October 15, 2014

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