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

DENCO temporarily shuts down

Citing compressed profit margins, DENCO LLC temporarily shut down operations at its 24 MMgy corn-based ethanol plant in Morris, Minn. According to the general manager, the facility stopped accepting corn deliveries Jan. 12.READ MORE

Italian university to assess ethanol fuel cell

Helbio SA, a hydrogen and energy production systems company based in Rio, Greece, has received an order from the University of Milano in Milan, Italy, for a GH2-5000 Energy System fuel cell that will operate using ethanol. The university will evaluate the power system for a group of Italian investors.READ MORE

Enerkem syngas-to-ethanol plant starts up

Quebec-based Enerkem Inc. has initiated start-up operations at its commercial-scale syngas-to-ethanol/methanol plant in Westbury, Quebec. The 1.3 MMgy plant is collocated with a saw mill and will utilize waste materials, such as treated wood from used electricity poles, as feedstocks.READ MORE

Study: Global feedstock yields are overestimated

A recent study conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the University of Minnesota found that global yields of most biofuels crops have been overestimated by 100 percent to 150 percent.READ MORE

UK rail company studies effects of E5 in tank cars

VTG Rail UK Ltd., based in Birmingham, U.K., recently completed a one-year study in partnership with tank car lining manufacturers to determine the effects of ethanol on tank car components and interiors. According to VTG, E5 blended with petroleum gasoline has no adverse effect on tank cars parts and lining materials.READ MORE

RFA: 2009 will present challenges, opportunities

The Renewable Fuels Association hosted a teleconference Jan. 13, titled "Ethanol: Prospects and Policy in 2009." According to the RFA, the ethanol industry will need to modernize current fuel regulations in 2009 and the U.S. EPA will need to complete rulemaking for the federal renewable fuels standard established in the Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007.READ MORE

NextStep Biofuels finds partner for cellulose project

Omaha, Neb.-based cellulosic ethanol development company NextStep Biofuels Inc. has signed a 20-year feedstock procurement contract with Arkansas-based wood processor The Price Cos. for up to 500,000 tons of wood-based residues annually that will be converted into cellulosic ethanol.READ MORE

USDA: 2008 corn yield is second-highest

As a result of lower demand for ethanol and feed, the USDA increased its projected corn ending stocks by 316 million bushels in this month's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released Jan. 12.READ MORE

Pilot-scale Poet facility starts up smoothly

Poet held a grand opening event Jan. 12 for its pilot-scale cellulosic plant in Scotland, S.D. The 20,000-gallon-per-year facility, which utilizes corn cobs as a feedstock, began operating in late November.READ MORE

Verenium to build Florida cellulosic ethanol facility

Massachusetts-based Verenium Corp. recently announced plans to build its first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol facility in Highlands County, Fla. The 36 MMgy plnat will be the first in the state of Florida to use next-generation cellulosic ethanol technology to convert renewable grasses to fuel.READ MORE
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