The Annual ACE Conference

The 34th Annual ACE Conference | August 18-20, 2021 | Minneapolis, Minnesota

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General Session

  • Accelerate: Updates from ACE Leadership
    • ACE leadership will discuss our game plan for accelerating ethanol demand and positioning our members for future success.

      • Speaker: Dave Sovereign, ACE President (representing Golden Grain Energy)
      • Speaker: Brian Jennings, ACE CEO
      • Speaker: Ron Lamberty, ACE Senior Vice President & Market Development Director
  • Accelerating Demand for Ethanol
    • New demand and value for ethanol will require innovation, investment, and collaboration. We take a look at ClearFlame Engine Technologies’ unique approach to replacing high-carbon, petroleum-based fuels with decarbonized, renewable, liquid fuels to significantly reduce CO2 and particulate matter emissions from diesel-style engines to meet increasingly stringent industry regulations.

      • Dr. BJ Johnson, CEO, ClearFlame Engine Technologies
  • From Net-Zero to Net-Negative Carbon: Accelerating Ethanol's Advantage
    • Ethanol is the only clean energy transportation fuel that can achieve both net-zero and net-negative carbon emissions. Hear from speakers who are working on carbon sequestration strategies that will achieve incredible GHG reductions and provide significant return on investment for low carbon producers.


Breakout Sessions 

  • Planning for the Future: Boards, Employees, Products
    • Strategic planning is something a board of directors might undertake every 3-5 years. However, effective planning should involve more than the board and happen more frequently. This presentation will cover what planning really means and ways to be successful, including ideas you can incorporate and not have it feel like such an undertaking.

  • Insights on Carbon: Navigating Verification and Measuring Project Value
  • Destination Biocampus
    • Biocampuses are the ultimate destination of the Gen 1.0 biofuels facility. The path to a sustainable biocampus can be long or short depending on the route chosen and the desired outcome.  Biofuels facilities are positioned to enable and lead the creation of sustainable and low CI products the marketplace is asking for.  Join Fluid Quip Technologies as we unwind the paths to a biocampus and lay out a sustainable, future-proof strategy every facility can use to find the niche of sustainable products and technologies that provide the diversification and revenue generation they need today and tomorrow. 

      • Neal Jakel, Partner, Strategy & Technology, Fluid Quip Technologies
      • Timothy Bauer, General Manager of Growth Ventures, Fluid Quip Technologies
      • Dustin Schulz, VP Operations, Optimal Aquafeed
  • Leading in an Era of Exponential Change
    • Change is perpetual, pervasive and exponential. In this interactive session, participants will learn how to address changes in the workplace and the changes in leadership needed to navigate this new reality. Participants can expect to have their current mindsets about leadership challenged to look beyond the traditional ways of thinking and leading. 

      • Speaker: Shaunna Jones, ACC, HR Success Strategist, KCoe Isom
  • Developing a Carbon Strategy - Now
    • New clean fuel policies provide opportunities for U.S. ethanol plants to monetize with low carbon strategies. Now is the time for plants to assess those carbon strategies and take action.

      Join P&E Solutions, Whitefox, and Bioleap as they share their unique approaches to reducing your plant’s carbon score (“CI score”), allowing you to take advantage of current and future carbon markets. This session will use real plant data and modeling to demonstrate the carbon benefits available to today’s plants, with P&E Solutions demonstrating the carbon benefits and direct energy savings derived from the implementation of combined heat and power, Whitefox illustrating how membrane dehydration can reduce natural gas use and CI score while increasing plant rate and improving plant cooling and overall operations, and Bioleap detailing how it’s DEER System has cut natural gas usage at seven ethanol plants by about 20%, helping those plants achieve some of the lowest CI scores in the country.  This panel will naturally delve into how these technologies, in combination with additional process upgrades and methods such as on-farm CI scoring, can help plants continue down the path to achieving an ultra-low or zero carbon footprint. 

  • Efficient Operational Strategies for Feed Diversification and Lower Carbon Intensity Score for Ethanol Biorefineries
    • Product diversification continues to be an important strategy for ethanol plants looking to position their operations for future success. While implementing technologies for diversification is of the utmost importance, the adoption of them must also translate into sustainable approaches that allow plants to lower their carbon intensity score.

      The process technologies developed by ICM, Inc. provide ethanol plants with the flexibility to efficiently create animal feed products based on market demands, while improving operational efficiencies and reducing their overall CI score.

      From evaluating and reducing energy consumption in the production process to designing new approaches that allow continuous dewatering throughout the process and optimized dryer performance, this  presentation will focus on sustainable strategies that translate into operational savings, lower energy consumption and CI improvements while producing of high quality feed.

      • Speaker: Matt Durler, Vice President of Feed Development, ICM, Inc.
  • Cutting Through The Noise with Compelling Communication Strategies
  • Calculating Your Carbon Intensity
    • Using Ron Alverson’s customized simplified GREET model tool, ACE recently published the “Carbon Intensity Calculator” to equip farmers and ethanol producers with the ability to use their unique data to better understand their current carbon score. Join Ron as he walks you through how to use this calculator, and why knowing your CI score is so important.

      • Moderator/Speaker: Nick Fosheim, Director of Member & Industry Relations
      • Speaker: Ron Alverson, ACE Board Member/Director, Dakota Ethanol
  • Balancing Efficiency and Economics Through Optimization and Process Improvements
    • Join Phibro Ethanol and CTE Global as they present approaches to optimizing your plant’s potential; Phibro Ethanol 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.

      Phibro Ethanol offers a holistic approach that encompasses all aspects of successful microbial management. They will introduce their novel approach to CIP, discuss bacterial infection impact along with successful identification of bacterial “hot spots”, and relay best practices in selecting an antimicrobial agent.  Economic models and operational plant data will be shared to support the program. They will also share information on preventative treatment to negate fouling, and advances in automation.

      CTE’s comprehensive approach combines industry-wide benchmarking of process operations and in-depth lab analysis of enzymatically accessible starch and resistant starch, which allows for uniquely crafted strategies tailored for each individual plant and their goals. These strategies allow for faster troubleshooting, consistent production, and potential yield improvement. They will explore data to show how a better understanding of the parameters involved in effective starch conversion can lead to novel approaches to both solubilize more starch in liquefaction and reduce residual starch in fermentation. In a dynamic industry with very high standards for performance, expanding our collective ability to continuously improve through relevant data has the potential to make a significant impact.




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