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

Protec to supply E85 for EcoCAR Challenge

Protec Fuel, a Florida-based corporation specializing in turnkey ethanol programs for U.S. retailers, fleets and fuel distributors announced it is a sponsor and the official E85 supplier for the EcoCAR Challenge. The EcoCAR competition, along with its headline sponsors General Motors (GM) and the U.S. DOE, challenges 16 universities across the U.S. and Canada to redesign and reengineer a GM-donated vehicle to further minimize energy consumption and reduce emissions.READ MORE

Climate bill calls for review of biomass definition

The American Power Act, which was rolled out May 12 by Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., calls for a review of the definition of renewable biomass and provides for studies into the current and future impacts of biomass combustion and production of biomass-derived gas or liquid fuels. The bill also contains the language that appears in the House climate bill passed late last June that would require a scientific evaluation by the NAS of indirect land use effects .READ MORE

DOE, USDA announce biomass funding

The U.S. DOE and USDA jointly announced up to $33 million in funding for research and development of technologies and processes to produce biofuels, bioenergy and high-value biobased products, subject to annual appropriations. These projects will support the Obama Administration's comprehensive energy strategy of increasing the nation's energy, economic and national security by reducing our reliance on foreign oil and reducing greenhouse gases.READ MORE

RFA tackles E15 volatility concerns

Ahead of the U.S. EPA decision on approving the use of ethanol blends up to 15 percent (E15), the Renewable Fuels Association urged EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to approve a volatility tolerance of 1 pound per square inch (psi) for Reid Vapor Pressure standards. Currently, such a waiver exists only for fuels blended with up to 10 percent ethanol.READ MORE

Novozymes, Royal Nedalco develop yeast

Royal Nedalco, a yeast developer and ethanol producer based in Europe, and Noyozymes have partnered to develop a new process to ferment C5 and C6 sugars. The fermentation process of the C6 (glucose) sugar is considered more easily accomplished than the C5 (xlylose and arabinose) sugars, but producing cellulosic ethanol requires the fermentation of both. "Nedalco has successfully addressed the challenges of C5 sugar fermentation," said Ger Bemer, CEO of Royal Nedalco. "This partnership will aim to widen and speed up the commercial availability of C5 fermentation technology to cellulosic biofuel producers all over the world."READ MORE

Finishing cattle on DDGS more efficient

A study from the University of Illinois (UIUC) indicates that feeding cattle DDGS during the finishing stages can produce a high marbling characteristic in the beef in shorter period of time while improving the per-head profits. The study, "Effects of Source of Energy on Performance, Ultrasonic, Carcass, and Economic Characteristics of Early-Weaned Heifers," was performed by a group from UIUC animal science department.READ MORE

Leading enzyme maker sues over patent

Novozymes A/S has sued Danisco A/S, claiming patent infringement by Danisco over an enzyme used in biofuel production. The case, filed in Wisconsin, claims Danisco's use of the enzyme alpha-amylases violates Novozymes U.S. patent for the enzyme. During the court hearing, a spokesman for Novozymes said the company and its U.S. division, "have suffered and will continue to suffer irreparable injury and damages," from Danisco using the patented technology. Novozymes has not released the amount of damages it is seeking in the case.READ MORE

GreenShift adds to list of companies it's suing

GS CleanTech Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of GreenShift Corp., is now suing 15 ethanol producers and two technology/manufacturing companies for allegedly infringing on its patented corn oil extraction technology. In addition, the company has filed a motion to transfer and consolidate all pending suits to one federal court.READ MORE
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