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

Industry mourns Russo's passing

Larry Russo Jr., with the U.S. DOE Biomass Program, suffered a massive heart attack and died Saturday, March 20. He was 54. Russo had a strong industry background in the ethanol industry. He worked for both corn-to-ethanol and cellulosic ethanol. "He was an integral part of our integrated biorefinery team for the biomass program. He was a valued friend and colleague," said Valri Lightner, DOE team leader, in a brief notice informing friends and associates.READ MORE

NABC drop-in project focuses on filtration

The National Advanced Biofuels Consortium (NABC) has added Pall Corp., a filtration, separation and purification technology developer, to the list of participants working on a U.S. DOE funded biofuels project. The project's goal is to produce a fungible biomass-based hydrocarbon "drop-in" fuel available for existing infrastructure. The project will evaluate six processes: fermentation, catalytic conversion, catalytic fast pyrolysis, hydropyrolysis, hydrothermal liquefaction and a syngas-to-distillates process.READ MORE

Qteros receives patent based on Q Microbe

Qteros Inc. and University of Massachusetts Amherst announced March 23 that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued U.S. Patent titled "Systems and Methods for Producing Biofuels and Related Materials" describing the novel creation of products, including biofuels, through the fermentation of biomass by a unique, naturally-occurring anaerobic microorganism.READ MORE

New diesel NOx control system uses E85

Engineers with Tenneco Automotive have developed a new hydrocarbon lean NOx catalyst (HC-LNC) system for diesel NOx control using E85 as a reductant. Unlike urea selective catalytic reduction (SCR), which employs diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) comprised of ammonia and water, Tenneco's HC-LNC system will use both diesel fuel and E85 dosing in the exhaust stream to help catalyze NOx emissions into tailpipe-out nitrogen and water.READ MORE

Ferrari race fuel uses cellulosic component

The working group between Iogen Corp. and Shell Co. has gained another member in Scuderia Ferrari. In March, Shell supplied Ferrari with a Formula One race fuel, Shell V-Power, that contained an advanced biofuel component derived from cellulosic ethanol. Produced at Iogen's Canadian demonstration plant in Ottawa, Ontario, from a wheat-straw feedstock, the use of an advanced biofuel is the first for Ferrari.READ MORE

UL confirms certification of first E25 dispensers

A week after two companies put out press releases about Underwriters Laboratory (UL) certified fuel dispensers, UL confirmed that the dispensers are the first fuel dispensers UL-certified for anything above E10. John Drengenberg, a UL consumer safety director, told Ethanol Producer Magazine that Dresser Wayne and Gilbarco Veeder-Root now both have UL-certified dispensers for E25.READ MORE

Cutting VEETC would mean lost jobs

If the ethanol tax incentive isn't extended at the end of the year it will have serious consequences to jobs, ethanol production and more, according to a report that came out late last week.READ MORE

House legislation calls for extension of VEETC

Reps. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., and John Shimkus, R-Ill., announced legislation to extend ethanol tax credits and the ethanol tariff at a March 25 press conference. The bipartisan bill has 27 co-sponsors and would, if passed, extend the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) and tariff on imported ethanol through 2015. It would also extend the Cellulosic Ethanol Production Tax Credit and the Small Ethanol Producers Tax Credit until Jan. 1, 2016.READ MORE
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