~ (08 U.S. EtOH)/4 = D/3 [Approximately One Quarter of U.S. Ethanol Production in 2008 will be Controlled by a D/3 DCS]

PUBLISHED ON Feb 09, 2007

The recent State of the Union address outlined a national energy policy that will include a sevenfold increase in domestic ethanol production in the coming decade. A combination of economic incentives, newly refined and standardized industry practices, and cellulose conversion technologies (among others) will make this ambitious undertaking possible. Though the hurdles of transition are never easy, it is clear that ethanol (and other fuels such as biodiesel) will form a growing component of American energy strategy for the foreseeable future.

To help meet this challenge, two NovaTech Automation customers made substantial investments in renewable fuels, and are building new ethanol and biodiesel facilities and expanding existing ones. The ethanol facilities use both dry grind and wet mill production methods, and will be controlled by the D/3® Distributed Control System (DCS). These new facilities, combined with existing ethanol plants operating on D/3, will control approximately 25% of U.S. ethanol production in 2008.*

“The economic, environmental and geopolitical forces driving ethanol growth are substantial and unlikely to diminish,” notes NovaTech Automation Chairman Volker Oakey. “NovaTech Automation has taken a leadership position in this important growth industry. The Configurable Ethanol Application software leverages a decade of industry experience to minimize application development time. The flexibility and guaranteed migration path of D/3, unmatched for twenty five years, provides power and peace of mind.”

The ethanol industry has already created nearly 200,000 jobs in America, and a growing number of the operators for those plants will have received their training on a D/3 Ethanol Plant Simulator. The Renewable Energy Technology program at Minnesota West Community & Technical College incorporates D/3 workstations to train their students on ethanol plant operation. Students begin training on the D/3 system by following SOP start-up and shut down procedures. Instructors can trigger process malfunctions and evaluate a student’s ability to maintain optimal plant conditions in the classroom environment. This results in a reduction of on-the-job training time, particularly for those students who go to work at a D/3-run facility.

NovaTech Automation VP Dwight Wood summarizes, “ethanol and biodiesel are fast becoming major components of a multi-faceted, dynamic approach to American energy independence. NovaTech Automation is proud of its ongoing contributions to the technical and educational leadership of the renewable fuels industry.”

* source: ethanolproducer.com December 2006