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

Global RFA: UN should reveal oil impact on food

The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance is challenging the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to reveal the true impact that crude oil prices have on food pricing and recognize that our heavy reliance on crude imports is one of the leading causes of food inflation and price spikes. The Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN is holding an extraordinary meeting of the Intergovernmental Group on Grains and Rice in response to recent surge in wheat prices and rising concerns of wheat shortages as a result of drought in the Russian Federation.READ MORE

GlycosBio develops new microbial platform

Texas-based Glycos Biotechnologies Inc. recently announced it has created a microbial technology platform that can convert fatty acids into ethanol and biochemcials. The new platform is similar to GlycosBio's glycerin conversion technology, but targets a different, low-value feedstock.READ MORE

Fiberight, TMO to build 15 plants in 5 years

Cellulosic ethanol company Fiberight LLC and U.K.-based TMO Renewables Ltd. have entered into an exclusive agreement that includes plans to design and build 15 commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol production facilities across the U.S. within the next five years. Fiberight's 5 MMgy Blairstown, Iowa, facility will serve as the initial collaborative effort. Sites in the Mid-Atlantic and Florida areas have been identified for the next five plants.READ MORE

Alchem plant up for grabs at Sept. 29 auction

A 10.5 MMgy ethanol plant in Grafton, N.D., which will be auctioned off Sept. 29, has been sitting idle for several years. However, millions of dollars in upgrades completed after it was shut down make it an attractive buy for someone looking for a sweet deal, according to Scott Steffes, president of Steffes Auctioneers Inc. "That property is going to sell for pennies on the dollar just on the upgrades alone," he told EPM.READ MORE

Researchers in midst of E15 engine study

Several months into a year-long study on the effects of E15, researcher Craig Hoff just doesn't see how the U.S. EPA can make a decision on higher ethanol blends by this fall. "Too many technical questions have not been answered," he said, "and it takes time to organize and run the studies." Hoff and Greg Davis, both professors of mechanical engineering at Kettering University, are using a $125,000 U.S. DOE grant to study the effects of E15 on mid-1990 era vehicles. Testing started in May, with a minimum goal of 800 hours.READ MORE

Report calls for development of advanced combustion engines for success of biofuels

Although it's frequently overlooked, research and development of next-generation fuels should be done in conjunction with development of engines, according to a Sandia National Laboratories report released Sept. 15.READ MORE

EPA ponders biogenic emissions reporting

The U.S. EPA is in the process of evaluating comments it received in response to a call for information regarding the inclusion of biogenic emissions when accounting for a facility's total amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Hundreds of comments were submitted to the EPA offering opinion and technical information regarding this decision. Many comments were from concerned citizens, some who support exempting biogenic emissions and others who believe there is no such thing as a carbon-neutral emission. Representatives from affected sources, including landfills, wastewater treatment facilities, livestock management facilities and ethanol production facilities, also filed comments to argue that biogenic emissions have been historically excluded from GHG emission calculations and deviating from that standard would disrupt an internationally acceptable protocol.READ MORE
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