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

Zeachem breaks ground on demo plant

Zeachem Inc. broke ground today on its 250,000 gallon-per-year cellulosic ethanol and ethyl acetate demonstration plant in Boardman, Ore., and is still on track with previously mapped-out commercialization plans despite tough economic conditions that have hampered or halted other biofuels projects across the country.READ MORE

Shell, Iogen to accelerate commercialization of cellulosic ethanol

Royal Dutch Shell plc and Iogen Corp. announced on June 4 a further investment in Iogen Energy, their jointly owned subsidiary, for the purpose of accelerating the commercial deployment of Iogen Energy's process for making cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residue. As part of the ongoing joint development agreement between Shell, Iogen Corp. and Iogen Energy, Shell has made a significant incremental commitment to fund research and development activities at Iogen Energy until mid-2012.READ MORE

Tate & Lyle won't complete Fort Dodge plant

For the past year, the Tate & Lyle ethanol plant in Fort Dodge, Iowa, has sat idle, with only a skeleton crew. The company announced recently that it doesn't plan to complete start up. "The continuing depressed and volatile outlook for ethanol, and uncertain conditions in industrial starch and corn gluten feed markets, do not provide any basis to complete and commission the plant," said Javed Ahmed, executive officer for Tate & Lyle.READ MORE

New System detects aflatoxins

Charm Sciences Inc., a food and feed safety diagnostics company, has created a new system for aflatoxin detection in corn. The trademarked Rosa Best Aflatoxin P/N Test for Corn uses an aqueous-based, alcohol-free solution and has attained the USDA's Certificate of Performance for alflatoxin detection in corn at 10 parts per billion (ppb). Starting with 50 grams of ground corn that creates a diluted extract when mixed with the Rosa solvent, the process involves placing a strip with the solvent and extract in a Rosa incubator for testing. A Rosa-M Reader then indicates the levels of the toxin on a pH strip used in the test.READ MORE

CRFA releases biofuels impact report

The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association has released the first-ever third party economic impact assessment of renewable fuels investments in Canada. Conducted by econometric firm Doyletech Corp., the assessment reported that ethanol and biodiesel use added $2 billion to Canada's annual economy. The 28 operating renewable fuels plants in Canada produced roughly 660 MMgy and provided a net benefit of $1.473 billion to the economy. The operating facilities also created 1,038 direct and indirect jobs while the plants under construction created 14,177 jobs.READ MORE

Mansfield Oil adds Western Ethanol

Mansfield Oil Co. has acquired California-based ethanol fuel distributor, Western Ethanol Co. LLC. Mansfield who also owns C&N Co., a biofuels distribution and marketing company, will now have access to Western Ethanol's customer base which includes major gasoline refiners and large gasoline blenders as well as retailers throughout California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii.READ MORE

Ethanol production gains efficiency

Research published in the scientific journal <em>Biotechnology Letters</em> shows that today's U.S. dry mill ethanol plants are using less thermal energy, electricity and water while producing more ethanol. Dr. Steffen Mueller at the University of Illinois at Chicago compared 2008 dry mill production statistics to statistics gathered in 2001—the last comprehensive survey of energy use by corn ethanol plants.READ MORE

FEW opens next week in St. Louis

Over 500 ethanol plant employees representing 11.7 billion gallons, 170 plants and 80 percent of installed capacity are registered to attend the 26th annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo that opens next week in St. Louis. A total of 716 companies are participating in the event.READ MORE
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