FEW 2021: First In-Person, Post-COVID Event for Many
The International Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW 2021) was held in Des Moines, Iowa, July 13 through July 15. Attendees experienced in-person interaction, networking, and education … many for the first time in more than 18 months. Des Moines offered a cozy and beautiful location for ethanol-minded folks to regather.
FEW 2021 Opening Session & Keynote
During the opening session, Tom Bryan, president of BBI International and editor of Ethanol Producer Magazine, presented two awards:
- The High Octane Award, which acknowledges a person who has helped the industry progress over time
- BBI’s Award of Excellence, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the fuel ethanol industry through their research, technical advisory and/or development activities
Steve Markham, director of risk at CHS Inc., was awarded the High Octane Award. Kurt Rosentrater, executive director and CEO of the Distillers Grains Technology Council and associate professor at Iowa State University’s Department of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering, received the Award of Excellence.
During his keynote, Geoff Cooper, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, detailed activities around ethanol by the Trump and Biden administrations. Both saw the benefits of ethanol. One benefit is that it releases up to 50% fewer emissions than gasoline. Cooper also discussed ethanol as a readily available energy source to reduce emissions as electric vehicle production ramps up.
During FEW 2021, the SEPCO team exhibited for this first time. The team networked with ethanol industry experts and fellow exhibitors.
In addition, the team featured its successful ethanol sealing system. The system includes a dual rotary pumper mechanical seal, high-performance synthetic barrier fluid, and a seal tank to provide cool barrier fluid to the seal. Part of this system’s success depends on the precision installation of the seal and its environmental controls.
Water in Ethanol Presentation
On the last day of the event, experts discussed the importance of water. The presentations included treatment, evaporation, and conservation within the ethanol industry.
One of the presenters, Terry Roberts discussed a systems approach to mechanical seal failures in evaporator pumps.
Other presenters included Suez WTS; Nalco, an Ecolab Company, and Barr Engineering.
The End of a Great Event
Looking forward to 2022, our team is excited to attend FEW again.