Argus Biofuels & Feedstocks 2016
October 18-20, 2016 - London UK

USDA funds available for biofuel production

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced March 12 that Fiscal Year 2009 funding is available again through three USDA programs to promote increased production of biofuel and bioenergy. The programs are authorized under the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill).READ MORE

Research looks at feedstock pest

Miscanthus and switchgrass, two of the leading cellulosic ethanol feedstock contenders, like any other crops, are threatened by pests that need to be studied and carefully mitigated. Researchers at the University of Illinois Energy Biosciences Institute have recently identified potential pathogenic nematodes—microscopic, wormlike organisms—of both crops and at what levels they are present in different areas.READ MORE

Furan-degrading bacterium discovered

Researchers at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have discovered that the bacterium Cupriavidus basilensis breaks down furans and other harmful byproducts generated when sugars are released from wood. The discovery holds the potential to remove harmful compounds during the production of second-generation chemicals and fuels from waste wood, avoiding the current expensive and environmentally unfriendly production methods.READ MORE

Canada invests in GreenField ethanol

Over the next seven years, the GreenField ethanol plant in Varennes, will receive up to $79.75 million from the Canadian government's ecoENERGY for Biofuels program.READ MORE

Biofuels course based on industry needs

The view just outside of Harrisburg, Ill., is pretty typical for the area, corn and soybean fields for miles. In the fall of 2010, Southeastern Illinois College located in Harrisburg, will share the view with anyone capable of using a computer, offering multiple biofuels themed courses online. Dr. Jonah Rice, interim president of Southeastern, explained that after taking a scan of the environment the school was in, it seemed natural to offer courses dealing with what the region had to offer. "We've determined there is a market out there for our classes," Rice said.READ MORE

Fuel dispenser UL approved for E25

Dresser Wayne announced March 15 that its Ovation Eco Fuel dispenser is now certified by Underwriter Laboratories for blends up to E25. The dispenser is a product the company has already been selling.READ MORE

Aventine emerges from bankruptcy

Good news for ethanol plants in Aurora, Neb. and Mt. Vernon, Ind. that were near completion before construction ceased in 2009. Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings Inc., has announced its successful emergence from a Chapter 11 bankruptcy and reorganization process. Included with the announcement, Aventine said it would resume construction at both plants.READ MORE
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