D3MAX signs contract for design of first commercial plant

Pilot testing of D3Max LLC's patented corn fiber-to-ethanol process has been successful and is allowing D3MAX to move to the next stage of commercial deployment, the design of a full-scale D3MAX plant at Ace Ethanol LLC.
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RFS comment period closes, more than 44,000 comments submitted

The comment period on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel, closed Aug. 31. More than 44,000 comments were filed.
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Vietnam to lift suspension of US DDGS imports

The U.S. Grains Council has announced that Vietnam is lifting its suspension of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) imports and easing fumigation requirements for U.S. corn and wheat imports.
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Trump nominates Northey to serve as USDA under secretary

President Donald Trump has announced his nominations for three USDA posts, including the nomination of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey to serve as under secretary for farm production and conservation.
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RFA: Hurricane Harvey fuel waiver should relax E15 restrictions

In a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the Renewable Fuels Association said the full potential of the agency's Aug. 30 fuel waiver "can only be realized if EPA relaxes certain additional regulatory requirements related to the sale of E15.”
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Rex expects improved corn prices, ethanol demand in third quarter

Rex American Resources has released financial results for the second quarter ended July 31, reporting net sales and revenues of $108.7 million, down 6 percent compared to the $115.7 million reported during the second quarter of last year.
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Japan considers allowing US ethanol to meet biofuel mandate

Japan recently filed a report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, noting the government plans to maintain its 500 million liter (132.09 million gallon) mandate for biofuels through at least 2022.
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EPA expands Hurricane Harvey fuel waiver

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has expanded its Reid vapor pressure waiver to avoid fuel supply disruptions in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The waiver is effective immediately.
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SIRE releases fiscal third quarter financial results

Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy recently released financial results for its third fiscal quarter of 2017, the three months ended June 30. The company reported net income of $1.9 million for the quarter, or $144.74 per basic unit.
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Spinning plant waste into carbon fiber for cars, planes

Using plants and trees to make paper or ethanol leaves behind a residue called lignin that often gets burned or tossed into landfills. Now, researchers are transforming lignin into carbon fiber that can be use to build car or aircraft parts.
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Japan’s ag ministry director visits Guardian Energy

The Deputy Director for Food Security at Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Kimihiko Eura, recently toured Guardian Energy in Janesville to learn about renewable fuel production in Minnesota.
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American Ethanol Mystic Team wins Top Gun honors

Last weekend, Don Onken’s American Ethanol Mystic Powerboat recorded the fastest time at the 2017 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, earning “Top Gun” honors for the third year in a row.
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USGC Nutrition Conference in Peru addresses DDGS

Industry experts and end-users shared technical knowledge and practical experience using U.S. corn, distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and sorghum during a Regional Nutrition Conference conducted in August in Peru.
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BETO evaluations presented at 2017 program management review

Following Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office’s annual conference, BETO held its 2017 Program Management Review in Arlington, Virginia.
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