Project Development

IR1 Group personnel have developed Midwest and destination corn-based ethanol plants. We are currently developing a wheat-based plant in Alberta, Canada an energy-beet based plant in Mendota, California and a biomass gas-to-liquids plant in Colorado. We have extensive experience at each stage of the project development process and across multiple first-gen and next-gen process technologies and fuels:

  • Project feasibility/conceptualization
  • Feedstock selection and contracting
  • Final product offtake
  • Financial modeling
  • State and federal grant applications
  • Site selection
  • Permitting
  • Project finance


IR1 Group personnel have constructed over $650 million of biofuels plants spanning multiple process technologies. We have an industry leading understanding of corn-based ethanol process engineering and apply that technical knowledge to next-gen biofuels processes. We have led design-build and self-build projects and performed owner’s rep, owner’s engineer, construction manager and general contractor roles. Our capabilities include:

  • Owner's rep/owner's engineer
  • Technology review/transfer
  • Capital project and program management
  • Process engineering
  • Process safety management
  • Construction management
  • General contracting


IR1 Group has world class plant operations personnel. We currently manage the operations of a corn-based wet mill. Our plants have all run at approximately 20% above nameplate capacity, the result of many years of experience and a deep understanding of the underlying plant processes, equipment and biology. Specific capabilities include:

  • Fermentation optimization
  • Distillation & sieve reprogramming
  • Commercial plant debottlenecking
  • Pilot/demo plant optimization
  • Process engineering
  • Plant crisis/turnaround management
  • Full service contract plant management
  • Management and operator training and SOPs

Expert Advisory

We built expert advisory services around our core competence of project development, construction and operations. Banks, private equity firms, law firms, insurance professionals and others retain IR1 to provide specific technical expertise related to plant valuation, plant repair, plant management, and process technology. We have performed technical, onsite due diligence of approximately 20 plants over the past several years for M&A purposes. Specific capabilities include:

  • Legal expert opinion
  • Insurance repair management
  • Root cause analysis
  • Plant evaluation for repair/retrofit
  • Technical and economic due diligence for M&A
  • Financial modeling and advisory
  • Third Party Evaluation