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

GPRE forms joint venture for algae project

BioProcess Algae LLC, a joint venture formed by Nebraska-based Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc., Tennessee-based filtration products manufacturer Clarcor Inc., Rhode Island-based photobioreactor and filtration system developer BioProcessH20 LLC and Ireland-based NTR PLC, was announced Nov. 18. BioProcess Algae plans to build a pilot-scale facility at GPRE's ethanol plant in Shenandoah, Iowa.READ MORE

Coskata advances Florida sugarcane project

Coskata Inc., an ethanol technology company based in Warrenville, Ill., has entered into an agreement with Clewiston, Fla.-based United States Sugar Corp., the nation's largest producer of cane sugar, to explore building a 100 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant in Clewiston that would annually convert 1 million tons of sugarcane waste and bagasse into ethanol.READ MORE

SunEthanol changes name

Hadley, Mass.-based SunEthanol has raised $25 million from a consortium of investors in a Series B round of financing meant to further the advancement of its novel Q Microbe. Concurrent to raising the funds, SunEthanol also officially changed its name to Qteros, reflecting the company's signature breakthrough.READ MORE

Despite layoffs, Mascoma continues project plans

Massachusetts-based Mascoma Corp. announced it has laid off five to 10 employees, including its President Colin South and two vice presidents. The company employs approximately 120 people. A spokeswoman said the layoffs were due to the economy and challenges in capital markets.READ MORE

BBI launches social networking Web site

BBI International Inc. has officially launched its ePlantSpace Web site, a social networking platform dedicated to connecting plant managers and other members involved in the ethanol industry.READ MORE

Aventine delays construction of Nebraska facility

Pekin, Ill.-based ethanol producer and marketer Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings Inc. has temporarily suspended construction at its 113 MMgy facility in Aurora, Neb., to preserve capital and shore up its liquidity. Aventine attributed "disappointing economics surrounding ethanol production" as the main reason for the delayed construction schedule.READ MORE

VeraSun posts $476 million third-quarter loss

VeraSun Energy Corp., the second-largest U.S. ethanol producer, reported a third-quarter net loss of $476.1 million for its three months ending Sept. 30, compared with a net income of $7.8 million during the same quarter last year, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Nov. 19.READ MORE

IndyCar Series, APEX-Brasil partner; RFA objects

Beginning with the 2009 Indy Racing League season, trade organization APEX-Brasil will be the official ethanol supplier for the IRL and Indianapolis 500. However, in a Nov. 21 letter, the Renewable Fuels Association urged the IRL to reconsider the decision and use American ethanol.READ MORE

Waxman to chair House energy committee

The U.S. House of Representative's Democratic caucus voted 137 to 122 to appoint Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., as chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, unseating veteran chairman Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich. The committee holds jurisdiction over many of the energy and climate change issues that directly affect renewable fuels.READ MORE

EPA announces 2009 RFS changes

The U.S. EPA has announced that the 2009 renewable fuels standard (RFS) blending requirement will be set at 10.21 percent to ensure that at least 11.1 billion gallons of renewable fuels are blended into transportation gasoline.READ MORE
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