"First there is the question of the environmental impact - the byproducts of ethanol are soap and water. An ethanol spill results in complete evaporation - unlike an oil spill - and it is not flammable, reducing the risk of explosion. The same goes for biodiesel; the byproducts are glycerin and soap stock," Hoffman said in a press release. SSOE stands for Samborn, Steketee, Otis & Evans, partners in the firm in the 1950s.
In other biofuel plant news, Panda Ethanol Inc. announced last week it will build a 100 mgpy ethanol facility in Sherman County, Texas. The plant will use about 40 million bushels of corn and milo a year and will generate the steam it needs to make the ethanol by gasifying more than one billion pounds of cattle manure a year.
[Source: SSOE, Inc., Panda Ethanol Inc.]