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

Viaspace increasing Giant King Grass production

Alternative energy company Viaspace Inc., plans to expand production of Giant King Grass, a proprietary grass feedstock that can be used to produce low-carbon biofuels, such as cellulosic ethanol, methanol and "green" gasoline. Over one million Giant King Grass seedlings were planted in the Guangdong Province of China in October 2008. The company is negotiating to lease more land and expects to have 300 acres of the cellulose-based product growing by September.READ MORE

MSU studies E20 effects on fuel pumps, sending units

A study recently conducted by the Minnesota Center for Automotive Research at Minnesota State University, Mankato has found that increasing the amount of ethanol blended into gasoline from 10 to 20 percent causes no significant change in performance of automotive fuel systems. The study, which examined the impact E20 had on the endurance, wear and performance of automotive fuel pumps and sending units, is fourth in a series of research projects conducted to determine the effect of E20 on fuel system components.READ MORE

Senators introduce renewable fuel pipeline legislation

Legislation being considered by the U.S. Senate would encourage the construction and use of pipelines to transport renewable fuels. The Renewable Fuels Pipeline Act of 2009 would amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to provide loan guarantees for projects to construct renewable fuel pipelines. More than 70 percent of the U.S. gasoline supply is currently delivered to local terminals through pipelines; however, renewable fuels are currently transported primarily by truck, barge and rail.READ MORE

WASDE: U.S., global corn supplies down, exports up

In the April 9 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, the USDA said U.S. corn ending stocks and global coarse grain supplies for 2008-'09 are projected lower this month, while world corn exports for 2008-'09 are projected higher.READ MORE

Ethanol plants to operate at 67 percent through 2010

Management consulting firm HighQuest Partners LLC is projecting that regulated parties are on track to meet the 2009 and 2010 goals of the renewable fuels standard. However, due to reduced ethanol production those goals may be more difficult to meet in 2011. According to Hunt Stookey, HighQuest Partners' managing director, the U.S. ethanol fleet is expected to operate at approximately 67 percent nameplate capacity through 2010.READ MORE

FDA becomes ethanol regulator, Phibro files petition

Phibro Animal Health Corp. is in the process of filing a petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve its trademarked brand of the antibiotic virginiamycin as an animal feed additive. However, the filing has nothing to do with an associated risk of antibiotic resistance or human consumption of the drug according to division president Michael Giambalvo. The real reason is much less exciting: it's simply a matter of regulatory procedure.READ MORE

EIA: Biofuels will meet increased U.S. fuel use

The U.S. DOE's Energy Information Administration predicts that American consumption of liquid fuel will increase by a mere one million barrels per day through 2030 and that biofuels will provide enough supply to meet the demand.READ MORE

Aventine files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings Inc. and its subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the District of Delaware. The company and certain holders of its 10 percent senior unsecured notes have agreed to a first priority secured debtor-in-possession (DIP) term loan totaling $30 million, which enables the company to continue to satisfy customary obligations associated with its ongoing operations.READ MORE
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