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

Microbes make cellulose from sunshine

Cellulose is the feedstock of choice for a new generation of biofuels. However, if the work by researchers at the University of Texas in Austin pans out, that cellulose may not come from wood or other plants. R. Malcolm Brown and David Nobles Jr. have engineered a microorganism that not only makes cellulose and sugars from sunshine and the carbon dioxide in the air, but also does it faster than just about any other organism alive.READ MORE

Monsanto, Mendel partner on cellulosic biofuels research

Monsanto Co. and Mendel Biotechnology Inc. have partnered in a collaborative agreement to enhance the development of Mendel's BioEnergy Seeds & Feedstocks business.READ MORE

CleanTech Biofuels, Merrick to develop MSW-to-ethanol project

St. Louis-based CleanTech Biofuels Inc. and its Denver-based engineering firm Merrick & Co. are building a demonstration-scale municipal-solid-waste-to-ethanol plant at Hazen Research Inc.'s eight-acre research facility in Golden, Colo. CleanTech and Merrick will operate the facility.READ MORE

Golden Grains, Best Energies partnership receives $200,000

While biodiesel prices are trading at record highs, soybean oil and animal fat feedstock prices have also increased. Meanwhile, ethanol producers are looking for additional revenue opportunities and techniques to recover nonfood-grade corn oil from distillers grains, which, if separated, is worth more than three times its value. Mason City, Iowa-based Golden Grains and Madison, Wis.-based Best Energies Inc. have entered into a unique partnership to capitalize on these opportunities.READ MORE

Iowa Interstate Railroad prepares to move more ethanol

Iowa Interstate Railroad, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, plans to purchase 12 new locomotives to accommodate the production of five new ethanol plants that will begin shipping on its regional system next summer.READ MORE

Provista signs LOI to help build Alabama ethanol terminal

Provista Renewable Fuels Marketing, a limited liability company under CHS Inc., has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to partner with Birmingham, Ala.-based Trans Load Limited Inc. and Blendstar LLC based in The Woodlands, Texas, in the construction and operation of an ethanol terminal in Birmingham, Ala.READ MORE

Poet cancels plans for Minnesota plant

Sioux Falls, S.D.-based ethanol giant Poet LLC has canceled plans for a proposed 65 MMgy ethanol production facility near Glenville, Minn.READ MORE

Renewable fuels industry assesses impact of EISA 2007

DTN hosted a webcast April 29 featuring experts who shared insights into the impact that the Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007 has had on the renewable fuels industry.READ MORE

RFA counters misinformation on food price hikes

The role of oil prices in increasing food prices has been woefully underreported, said Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association, during a Washington, D.C., press conference April 30, called by the RFA to present facts on rising food prices.READ MORE

U.S. farm bill extended; President Bush criticizes Congress

Congress voted to extend farm programs once again May 1, this time extending the existing programs through May 16. U.S. President George W. Bush signed the legislation May 2 without comment. Last week during a press conference, Bush blasted Congress' work on the farm bill and defended biofuels, correcting a reporter who said 85 percent of the increase in corn prices since 2002 is due to increased demand for biofuels.READ MORE
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