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

Biotechnology Industry Organization seeks full funding for cellulosic biofuel reverse auction

Funding the existing cellulosic biofuel reverse auction program is a targeted, affordable way to assist pioneer cellulosic biofuel producers in the United States. The Biotechnology Industry Organization released a letter April 5 to House and Senate appropriators asking them to fund Section 942 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Production Incentives for Cellulosic Biofuels, at the $25 million level in fiscal year 2011.READ MORE

Brazil drops 20 percent ethanol tariff

The U.S. ethanol industry is continuing to call for an extension of this country's tariff on imported ethanol, following an announcement by the Brazilian government that it is eliminating its 20 percent tariff on imported ethanol. The Brazilian Chamber of Foreign Trade said the temporary reduction will become official this week and will remain at zero until the end of 2011.READ MORE

Verdezyne, Lallemand to create GM yeast

Verdezyne Inc., a biotechnology developer, and Lallemand Ethanol Technology, a yeast provider to the ethanol industry, have partnered to develop a commercial, genetically modified yeast for use in ethanol production. To produce the yeast, Lallemand will provide a yeast strain, and Verdezyne will use its metabolic engineering tools to create a new metabolic pathway for the yeast.READ MORE

SDSU studies corn stover pretreatment

Using a high shear bioreactor (extrusion) pretreatment process can help prepare corn stover as a feedstock for making cellulosic ethanol, a South Dakota State University study finds.READ MORE

UPDATED: Minnesota ethanol plant shuts down

Minnesota Energy, an 18 MMgy corn ethanol plant in Buffalo Lake, Minn., has laid off workers and suspended production of ethanol, confirmed Buffalo Lake's Mayor Joyce Nyhus. The person answering the phone at the ethanol plant on April 7 said the company is not releasing any information to the press.READ MORE

Ethanol use, weak margins impact USDA report

Ethanol use and demand figured strongly in the April 9, USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. Though January ethanol production hit a record again, projected 2009-'10 corn use for ethanol was unchanged from the previous month's report. "Poor margins for ethanol producers and rising ethanol stocks limit near-term growth in production, despite strong price incentives for blending with a large discount for ethanol compared with gasoline," the report said. "The lack of growth in gasoline consumption is likely constraining ethanol usage."READ MORE

Report: Plant size not a factor in profitability

Over the last two years, ethanol plants smaller than 60 MMgy were slightly more profitable than large plants, according to "Biofuels Benchmarking," an annual report released by Christianson & Associates. That might be surprising news for an industry that has been, in recent years, constructing larger plants, reaching for lower capital cost per gallon and operating efficiencies.READ MORE
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