The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) 34th annual conference coming up Aug. 18-20, in Minneapolis, offers a variety of breakout sessions covering the latest in technology updates, strategic planning advice and ways to make ethanol plants more profitable.
The breakout sessions will be held concurrently in three rounds on the afternoon of Thursday, Aug. 19, following the morning general session panels.
“Our conference theme is ‘Accelerate,’ which aligns with the membership initiative we launched this year that builds upon ACE’s work to increase demand and value through new clean fuel policies, protect and support existing policy-driven markets, and develop domestic and international markets,” said ACE Senior Director of Operations and Programming Shannon Gustafson. “This year’s breakout sessions will explore a variety of technologies, strategies and practices that complement these efforts to help producers accelerate this industry to the next level.”
Breakout Session Breakdown
Planning for the Future Boards, Employees, Products – K·Coe Isom: What does strategic planning really mean and ways to be successful, including ideas ethanol producers can incorporate and not have it feel like such an undertaking.
Insights on Carbon: Navigating Verification and Measuring Project Value – Christianson PLLP: Best practices to help the ethanol industry understand how to set up and monetize projects that capitalize on carbon-focused incentive programs and tax credits.
Destination Biocampus – Fluid Quip Technologies: Paths to a biocampus and a sustainable, future proof strategy every ethanol facility can use to find the niche of sustainable products and technologies that provide diversification and revenue generation.
Leading in an Era of Exponential Change — K·Coe Isom: How to address changes in the workplace and in leadership needed to navigate our new reality.
Developing a Carbon Strategy — P&E Solutions LLC, Bioleap Inc., Whitefox Technologies: Unique approaches to reducing an ethanol plant’s carbon intensity (CI) score, allowing producers to take advantage of current and future carbon markets.
Efficient Operational Strategies for Feed Diversification and Lower Carbon Intensity Score for Ethanol Biorefineries — ICM Inc.: Sustainable strategies that translate into operational savings, lower energy consumption and CI improvements while producing of high-quality feed.
Cutting Through the Noise With Compelling Communication Strategies — WriteOH, ACE: Practical tips on positive public relations tactics with an emphasis on what can be done at the local level.
Calculating Your Carbon Intensity — Ron Alverson, ACE Board Member/Director, Dakota Ethanol: A walkthrough of how to use a new, online “Carbon Intensity Calculator,” a tool developed by ACE to help ethanol producers calculate their plant’s CI score and why it’s important for plants to know their CI score.
Balancing Efficiency and Economics Through Optimization and Process Improvements – Phibro Ethanol, CTE Global: Approaches to optimizing an ethanol plant’s potential; Phibro through a holistic approach to microbial management, and CTE through the application of their data-driven strategies platform to inform process optimization for improved starch conversion.
To register for the event and learn more about these sessions and others, visit ethanol.org/events/conference. Make hotel reservations by Monday, July 19 to receive the discounted ACE conference group rate.