Poet-DSM Project Liberty marks an energy milestone

After a decade of hard work, one of the world's largest ethanol producers is making cellulosic fuel a reality. Under a cloudless sky on a cool, September morning, Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels celebrated the grand opening of Project Liberty.
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USDA awards loan guarantee to Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels

The USDA has awarded a $105 million loan guarantee to Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels LLC to support the development of an 11 MMgy facility to convert municipal solid waste into jet fuel. The $266 million project is planned for development near Reno, Nevada.
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STB hearing features testimony from S.D. ethanol producers

On Sept. 4, the Surface Transportation Board held a hearing to discuss rail service issues and delays. Among those offering testimony were two Midwest ethanol producers.
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EPA: Cellulosic RINs were generated in July

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation for July, reporting that nearly 1.27 billion RINs were generated during the month. Cellulosic RINs were among those generated in July.
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FAPRI releases updated agricultural, ethanol projections

The University of Missouri's Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute has published a mid-year update to its baseline agricultural report, which was prepared in January. The update includes revised forecasts for ethanol and corn production.
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DDGS exporters/importers to gather in Seattle Oct. 20-22

International buyers for distillers grains are making plans to attend Export Exchange 2014 scheduled for Oct. 20-22 in Seattle, Washington. The event is put on by the U.S. Grains Council and the Renewable Fuels Association.
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Study: E15 would reduce smog, cancer risk

Using E15 gas rather than regular gas will reduce cancer-causing pollutants and smog in Chicago's air, says a new report that reviews and aggregates the results of independent research several institutions.
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Summit Group to develop 50 MMgy corn ethanol plant in Brazil

Iowa-based Summit Group has announced it will construct a corn ethanol production facility in Brazil. Groundbreaking on the $140 million project is expected within six months, with production beginning in early 2016.
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Protec Fuel to open 28 stations offering E15, E85

Florida-based Protec Fuel has announced plans for a multi-phase rollout of E15 and E85 in the southern portion of the U.S. The company will initially open 28 stations offering both E15 and E85 across the South and Southeast regions of the country.
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Poet-DSM's Project Liberty goes from fantasy to reality

The grand opening of Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels LLC's Project Liberty is the start of what Jeff Broin, founder of Poet and executive chairman, believes will be a complete transformation of the energy supply.
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Eco-Energy develops ethanol unit train facility in Georgia

Eco-Energy has announced the development of an ethanol unloading, storage, and outbound truck loading facility in Augusta, Georgia. This facility will serve the Augusta and Savannah markets in Georgia.
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Stora Enso to build demonstration plant in Louisiana

Following its recent acquisition of the U.S.-based biotechnology company Virdia, Stora Enso is investing EUR 32 million ($43 million) in a demonstration and market development plant to be built at Raceland, Louisiana.
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DOE 'Knowledgebase' links biologists, computer scientists

Brookhaven National Laboratory has announced the launch of the U.S. Department of Energy's Systems Biology Knowledgebase, a new computational platform to help the biological community analyze, store, and share data.
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Going to extremes for enzymes

In the search for enzymes that can break lignocellulose down into biofuel sugars under the extreme conditions of a refinery, a University of California Berkeley researcher has prospected for extremophilic microbes and engineered his own cellulases.
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EIU to reap research opportunities through land use partnership

For some students at Eastern Illinois University, the traditional, enclosed classroom will soon be replaced with acres of wind-blown native grasses. Local landowners have agreed to allow Eastern to use nearly 120 acres of their property for research.
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Bioenergy research continues march toward energy independence

In September, October and November the Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems will take to the road to show off research progress of the regional partnership, which is focused on biofuels production centered in the Southeast.
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