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

Greenshift claims patent infringement

GreenShift Clean Tech Corp. is getting serious about protecting its corn oil extraction technology, filing two suits in the same week that it gained a third patent. GS Clean Tech issued a complaint to United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana on Feb. 12, suing Cardinal Ethanol LLC for infringing on GreenShift's U.S. patent regarding corn oil technology. Four days later, GS Clean Tech issued a complaint to the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, against Big River LLC suing, again, for infringing on GreenShift's corn oil technology.READ MORE

Merger puts ETH Bioenergy production near top

Brazilian biofuel producers ETH Bioenergy and the Brazilian Renewable Energy Company (Brenco) have merged, putting the newly formed company's total ethanol capacity among the world's highest. After signing a memorandum of understanding to discuss the possibility of a joint venture in October, the new company under the existing ETH Bioenergy name will have roughly 790 MMgy of ethanol capacity while also producing 2,700 gigawatts of electricity from sugarcane bagasse by 2013.READ MORE

Genencor enzyme reduces dosing 3-fold

Genencor, a Danisco division, introduced its latest generation of cellulosic enzymes,Accellerase Duet, at the 15th Annual National Ethanol Conference in Orlando, Fla., Feb 15. The new enzyme builds on the advances in beta-glycosidase and cellulose activity previously created by the Accellerase 1500 model.READ MORE

Novozymes: enzyme cost drops to 50 cents

Novozymes Inc. unveiled a new commercial grade enzyme capable of producing cellulosic ethanol during the 15th annual National Ethanol Conference in Orlando, Florida, Feb. 15-17. The Cellic (CTec2) enzyme, when combined with the HTec2, will reduce current enzyme costs for cellulosic production down to approximately 50 cents per gallon according to Novozymes.READ MORE

CME to launch DDG futures contract

CME Group announced the launch of Distillers Dried Grain agricultural commodity futures contracts, scheduled to begin trading April 26. These contracts are listed with, and subject to, the rules and regulations of the CBOT.READ MORE

GM makes push for biofuel, infrastructure

General Motors Corp. has left bankruptcy, but not the biofuels industry. As a precursor to a speech at the 15th Annual National Ethanol Conference in Orlando, Fla., Tom Stephens, GM's vice chairman of global product operations, said during a conference call that the company remains committed to ethanol.READ MORE

RFS2 a hot topic at conference in Orlando

Just two weeks after the U.S. EPA released the final Renewable Fuels Standard rule (RFS2), it's not surprising that the final ruling was a hot topic at the National Ethanol Conference (NEC). That the RFS changed significantly from the proposed rule to the final rule was, in part, due to the Renewable Fuels Association and people attending the conference, said Sarah Dunham of the EPA. The EPA received real data during the comment period that helped shape the rule, including indirect land use change (ILUC). "I can safely say that this is the area where we got more comment than any other," she said.READ MORE

RINs improved as part of RFS2

The U.S. EPA has come up with a new system for renewable identification number (RINs) that should be easier to use as well as cut down on the possibility of human error. A group of hearty conference-goers learned about RINs during a 7 a.m. sunrise session Feb. 17 at the National Ethanol Conference in Florida. "This is very important for this industry," said Jim Redding, vice president of industry relations for the Renewable Fuels Association. "I think it will simplify the process."READ MORE
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