GPRE hosts algae bioreactor grand opening at Iowa ethanol plant

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited Shenandoah, Iowa, April 15 for the official grand opening of BioProcess Algae LLC's commercial-scale algae bioreactor project, located at Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc.'s 65 MMgy ethanol plant.

Applications being accepted for USDA blender pump funding

The USDA has opened its application window for Rural Energy for America Program funding, which can now be used to help finance blender pump installations. Applications must be filed with the state office in which the project is located by June 15.

USDA, DOE to fund $30 million in biomass R&D initiative

The USDA and DOE jointly announced up to $30 million over three to four years that will support research and development in advanced biofuels, bioenergy and high-value biobased products.

Ethanol groups unite in response to anti-ethanol policy forum

Food and environmental lobby groups took their anti-ethanol message to the Capitol Visitors Center April 14, staging a "Corn Ethanol Policy Forum." The ethanol industry responded with a rare joint statement.

Industry to Inhofe: Don't mess with the RFS

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held an oversight hearing initiated by Ranking Member Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., on April 13 to examine the entire domestic renewable fuels industry, "from ethanol to advanced biofuels."

USDA's Canales visits ICM cellulosic plant under construction

USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator Judith Canales stopped by Tuesday to check out the progress on the ICM Inc. cellulosic ethanol pilot and demonstration plant under construction in St. Joseph, Mo.

Ineos Bio plant in Florida to utilize cell separation technology

The Indian River BioEnergy Center ethanol plant under construction near Vero Beach, Fla., will utilize a solids separation system developed by SmartFlow Technologies, which results in a high concentrate of solids as well as pure ethanol and water.

World's largest cellulosic ethanol plant breaks ground in Italy

Italy-based chemicals and plastics firm Mossi & Ghisolfi Group broke ground for its 13 MMgy cellulosic ethanol facility in northwestern Italy. The project is the largest cellulosic ethanol project in the world to date.

Industry Events

International Biomass
Conference & Expo

May 2-5, 2011
America's Center
St. Louis, Missouri

International Fuel Ethanol
Workshop & Expo

June 27-30, 2011
Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, Indiana

International Biorefining
Conference & Trade Show

September 14-16, 2011
Hilton Americas - Houston
Houston, Texas

Northeast Biomass
Conference & Trade Show

October 11-13, 2011
Westin Place Hotel
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Algae Biomass Summit

October 25-27, 2011
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Southeast Biomass
Conference & Trade Show

November 1-3, 2011
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia

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