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

Report: Ethanol industry moving away from antibiotic use

According to a recent report by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, almost 45 percent of U.S. ethanol production facilities are not using antibiotics to control bacteria in fermentation tanks. Dozens of other facilities are running trials on antibiotic alternative treatments.READ MORE

A systems approach to biofuels sustainability

Biofuels sustainability can be addressed by considering the agricultural, energy and environmental sectors as one large system, according to "Biofuels, Land and Water: A Systems Approach to Sustainability," a recent study by researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory. A problem for one sector could be a resource for another. "We could find solutions to pressing problems of each [sector] that are not addressed while we keep the sectors compartmentalized," said M. Cristina Negri, an agronomist and environmental engineer at the lab.READ MORE

Government funding to support biofuels research

U.S. DOE Secretary Steven Chu and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced July 22 the joint selection of up to $6.3 million in awards towards fundamental genomics-enabled research to improve the use of plant feedstocks for biofuel production. The seven grants will be awarded under a joint DOE-USDA program that began in 2006 to conduct fundamental research in biomass genomics that will establish a scientific foundation to facilitate and accelerate the use of woody plant tissue for bioenergy and biofuel.READ MORE

Fiberight to construct waste-to-energy mini mills

Virginia-based waste fiber-to-fuel company Fiberight has been working quietly for the past three years, but may soon make a splash in the biofuel industry. The company has been developing technology that sorts and transforms municipal solid waste into cellulosic fibers, which are extracted into biofuel through an energy recovery system. The process chemicals and enzymes used for conversion of cellulosic fibers are recycled, and its transformational system divides organic and inorganic wastes and converts them according to type.READ MORE

Q Microbe achieves unprecedented ethanol outputs

Massachusetts-based Qteros achieved unprecedented lab results in the performance of its complete cellulosic conversion technology, the company announced July 21. Its Q Microbe can achieve outputs of 70 grams per liter, or 9 percent by volume, in a single-step process on industrially pretreated cellulosic biomass feedstocks such as corn stover, sugarcane and woody biomass, according to the company. The threshold for commercial production of cellulosic ethanol is considered to be 50 grams per liter. Qteros says this breakthrough makes its process the most economic to date.READ MORE

E15 comment period ends with rush of activity

Thousands of comments were received by the U.S. EPA in response to a waiver request submitted by Growth Energy and other ethanol industry representatives, asking the agency to increase the allowable ethanol content in gasoline to 15 percent. The public commentary period, initially set to expire May 27, was extended by the EPA for 60 days in order to allow Midwest farmers a fair chance to participate in the commentary process. The comment period closed July 20. The agency must now review the comments before issuing its final ruling by Dec. 1.READ MORE
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