Water technology company develops corn oil extraction aid

Ashland Hercules Water Technologies, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc., now has a back-end corn oil extraction aid it says will help ethanol producers capture up to three times more corn oil while also producing a higher quality oil.
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Enerkem raises $60 million in financing, Valero joins as investor

Valero Energy Corp. is a new investor in Enerkem Inc., the company said in a June 1 press release. The Canadian waste-to-biofuels and chemicals company announced it had raised $60 million in financing in its latest equity round.
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Louisiana ethanol plant could be sold whole or in pieces

South Louisiana Ethanol LLC, which has been sitting idle for years, will be sold at bankruptcy auction.
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Inhofe makes his move on the RFS

Holding true to promises made earlier in the year, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., introduced legislation on May 26 aimed at allowing individual states to opt out of the corn ethanol portion of the renewable fuel standard.
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Alltech revives plans to construct the 'farm of the future'

Alltech opened one of the largest algae production facilities in the world in April, and now the company has revived its plans to build the farm of the future. The farm would truly be a closed-loop system, said Alltech's Becky Timmons.
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Pellet Technology targets cellulosic ethanol producers

Nebraska-based Pellet Technology LLC is teaming up with CPM to offer second-generation biofuels producers a solution to the logistical issues surrounding the use of bulky biomass as feedstocks.
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California studies present conflicting views on ethanol

Two studies examining California's future energy needs are aimed at evaluating methods to reduce the state's overall emissions, but reach differing conclusions regarding ethanol's contribution to a lower-emission environment.
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Gevo starts isobutanol retrofit of Minnesota ethanol plant

The retrofit of the Agri-Energy LLC ethanol plant started on May 31, with a groundbreaking ceremony. The ethanol plant is expected to be converted to full isobutanol production by June 2012.
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November 1-3, 2011
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