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

Council offers first Brazil-US short course in biofuels

Just months ago a new network of researchers and institutions from Brazil and the U.S. was developed by the Brazil-U.S. Higher Education Council under the auspices of the U.S. State Department through the Fulbright Commission in Brazil. Now, the network is offering a free short course in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on July 27-Aug. 7. The objective of the conference is to provide interdisciplinary education in bioenergy and biofuel technology, as well as improve communication among institutions of higher education, science, and other public and private organizations in Brazil and the U.S.READ MORE

Khosla Ventures, Burrill & Co. invest in cellulosic conversion company

Khosla Ventures and Burrill Co., two U.S. venture capital funds, recently announced they are investing in HCL CleanTech to further development of converting cellulosic materials into low cost fermentable sugars. HCL CleanTech, a technology development company based in the U.S. with an Israeli subsidiary, has developed a proprietary technology to convert lignocellulosic biomass to fermentable sugars, which are considered the gateway to advanced biofuels and biochemicals.READ MORE

World ethanol leaders meet in Brazil to discuss the industry's future

Ethanol industry leaders discussed the present and future of biofuels in São Paulo, Brazil, on June 1-3 as part of Ethanol Summit 2009. The biofuels conference is organized by the Brazilian sugarcane growers' association UNICA. Around 130 delegates from various countries attended the three day summit, which included speeches from Brazil President Lula da Silva, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and U.S. Renewable Fuels President Bob Dinneen.READ MORE

Report: Ethanol policies support domestic fuel, American farms

Researchers at the University of Missouri's Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute warn that if the U.S. allows the 54-cents-per-gallon tariff on imported ethanol to expire as scheduled at the end of 2010, imported Brazilian ethanol will displace domestic ethanol production and, due to decreased demand for corn, American farmers will suffer lost revenue. This is just one scenario outlined in a report from FAPRI titled "Impacts of Selected U.S. Ethanol Policy Options." The report was published in response to a request from several members of Congress.READ MORE

Biomass Workshop will address ethanol-related issues

North Dakota's Agriculture Commissioner, Doug Goehring, will deliver the keynote address at Biomass '09: Power, Fuels, and Chemicals Workshop on July 14-15 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D. "The program is particularly intriguing this year because of the pressure on biofuels to compete economically," said Chris Zygarlicke, EERC deputy associate director for research. "For example, the American Coalition on Ethanol will update us on corn ethanol, which has come under heavy scrutiny lately, and both Poet and Abengoa will give a status report on the development of non-corn-based cellulosic ethanol technologies.READ MORE

Iogen signs LOI for proposed cellulosic ethanol plant at former pulp mill

The government of Saskatchewan has signed a letter of intent with Iogen Corp., an Ottawa enzyme manufacturer and cellulosic ethanol producer, and Domtar Corp., which owns the Prince Albert Pulp Mill, to develop a first-of-its kind cellulosic ethanol plant and bioenergy facility at the mill. The Prince Albert Pulp Mill and associated facilities have not operated since April 2006.READ MORE

EBI researchers to expand scope of lifecycle emissions study

With the recent introduction of EPA's proposed rulemaking for the renewable fuels standard (RFS2) as enacted in the Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007 and California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard, many in the ethanol industry have been focused on research that seeks to determine the effects of lifecycle fuel emissions on climate change. However, researchers at the Energy Biosciences Institute are working to expand the scope of that study into the areas of water quality, human health and ecological damage.READ MORE

RFA requests more transparency in EPA's RFS2 rulemaking process

On June 1 Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson requesting more transparency in the agency's calculations of indirect land use. According to the letter, various models and data sets used by the EPA to calculate key aspects of the proposed rulemaking for the renewable fuels standard as enacted in the Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007 are not publicly accessible and have not been added to the docket as of May 29.READ MORE
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