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

Ethanol company partners to produce renewable diesel

Amyris, a California-based technology company, and Crystalsev, one of Brazil's largest ethanol distribution and marketing companies, are joining forces to produce renewable diesel from sugarcane on a commercial-scale by 2010. Once production begins, the companies plan to produce 1 billion gallons of renewable diesel worldwide within five years.READ MORE

Gateway Ethanol defaults on $53 million note

Six weeks after Kansas-based Gateway Ethanol shut down to restructure its finances it has defaulted on a 2006 note acquired to fund its 55 MMgy dry mill plant in Pratt, Kan. The company's latest setback was announced in a quarterly U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing April 17.READ MORE

Bankrupt Illinois ethanol plant sold; Chapter 11 case continues

Senior secured creditors of Central Illinois Energy Co-op. were awarded the bankrupt ethanol refinery in a bid approved April 23 by a federal bankruptcy judge. The $80 million credit bid, roughly the amount of the lenders' outstanding debt, does not end the Chapter 11 case, however.READ MORE

DOE to provide $4 million for university biofuels research

The U.S. Department of Energy will provide up to $4 million for university research to improve the conversion of biomass to advanced biofuels through biochemical, thermochemical and chemical processes while also focusing on lowering production costs and increasing yields and productivity. In its April11 funding opportunity announcement (FOA), the DOE said it anticipates selecting 12 projects from among the applications which are due June 2.READ MORE

DOE funds three cellulosic ethanol demonstration plants

Three small-scale cellulosic biorefineries in Maine, Tennessee and Kentucky received a total of $86 million in a second round of U.S. Department of Energy funding announced April 18 at the DOE conference, Biomass 2008: Funding Our Future, in Alexandria, Va. Expected to be operational within four years, the small-scale biorefinery projects selected will produce liquid transportation fuels, such as cellulosic ethanol, as well as bio-based chemicals and bio-based products used in industrial applications.READ MORE

Research shows U.S. ethanol facilities use less energy, water

Statistics compiled at Argonne National Laboratory from 2001 through 2006 reveal that American ethanol facilities are using less energy and water than they had just a few years ago. According to the analysis: water consumption is down 26.6 percent; grid electricity use is down 15.7 percent; and total energy use is down 21.8 percent.READ MORE

Research concludes ethanol isn't responsible for high food costs

A new report released by researchers at Texas A&M's Agricultural and Food Policy Center titled The Effects of Ethanol on Texas Food and Feed addresses common questions raised in the food versus fuel debate and it comes to the conclusion that ethanol producers already knew - the price of corn has little to do with rising food costs.READ MORE

Oklahoma to seed over 1,000 acres to switchgrass

Oklahoma's panhandle will be home to the first large planting of switchgrass. The Oklahoma Bioenergy Center, a state initiative championed by Gov. Brad Henry, announced the establishment of 1,100 acres of production-scale demonstration fields on April 24. The largest track of 1,000 acres near Guymon, Okla., will be planted to switchgrass this spring with smaller acreages of sorghum and switchgrass to be planted near Chickasha and Maysville in central Oklahoma.READ MORE

U.S. Congress, President Bush pass fifth farm bill extension

Despite urgings from U.S. President Bush to extend the current farm bill for one year, the U.S. Congress passed another one-week extension on April 24. President Bush signed the extension on April 25, giving Congress until May 2 to pass new legislation. Hours after Bush had signed off on the extension, farm bill negotiators reached a tentative agreement on the agriculture policy, utilizing the $10 billion above baseline has been worked out among key farm bill negotiators.READ MORE

Coskata names cellulosic ethanol plant site

Coskata, Inc., announced April 25 that its pilot cellulosic ethanol plant would be built northeast of Pittsburgh at the Westinghouse Plasma Center, which is currently the site of a pilot plant gasifier owned and operated by Westinghouse Plasma Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Alter Nrg Corp.READ MORE
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