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

Purdue to lead second-generation biofuels impact analysis

Purdue University has been awarded a $933,000 U.S. DOE grant to conduct analysis of the global impacts of second-generation biofuels. According to Tom Hertel, ag economics professor at Purdue University and project co-investigator, the team's research will be a continuation of previous work conducted on policy alternatives and global land use impacts of first-generation biofuels. The two-year project, titled "Analysis of the Global Impacts of Second Generation Biofuels in the Context of Other Energy Technologies and Alternative Economic and Climate Change Policy Options," will be jointly conducted by Purdue, the University of Illinois and Brookhaven National Laboratory.READ MORE

Difficult Brazil sugarcane harvest conditions continue

According to the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA), sugarcane farmers in the country continue to struggle against wet harvest conditions and low sucrose content in the harvested crop. This has resulted in greater use of sugarcane for ethanol production over sugar production. During the first half of November, 56.55 percent of the total amount of cane processed had been used for ethanol production, yielding approximately 321 million gallons of ethanol.READ MORE

Ethanol from winter barley generates useful byproducts

In the process of developing winter barley as an ethanol feedstock, the USDA Agricultural Research Service's Eastern Regional Research Center, Wyndmoor, Pa., and its partners realized that biomass byproducts generated in the process can be used to manufacture biomass-derived fuels and coproducts. The resulting barley straw, hulls and the ethanol coproduct distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) can be used to make bio-oil and biochar through pyrolysis, according to Kevin Hicks, research leader at the Crop Conversion Science & Engineering Research Unit at the ERRC.READ MORE

MGP to resume operations

MGP Ingredients Inc. has entered into a joint venture agreement with Illinois Corn Processing Holdings Inc. that will allow distillery operations to resume at MGPI's 90 MMgy Pekin, Ill-based facility. The facility will now be owned and operated by a new entity, Illinois Corn Processing LLC. According to information provided by MGPI, Illinois Corn Processing Holdings Inc. is an affiliate of Seacor Energy Inc., which paid MGPI $15 million for a 50 percent ownership interest in Illinois Corn Processing LLC.READ MORE

Renew Energy to sell Wisconsin plant

In a notice filed with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development on Nov. 20, Renew Energy LLC said it intends to sell its Jefferson, Wis.-based ethanol plant. According to EPM's plant list, the 130 MMgy facility originally began operations in mid-2007, before filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January 2009.READ MORE

Fiberight to produce MSW-based cellulosic ethanol

The former Xethanol LLC ethanol production facility in Blairstown, Iowa, has been purchased by Fiberight LLC and will soon be producing cellulosic ethanol at a demonstration scale. The company recently acquired the shuttered plant for a mere $1.65 million and is in the process of converting it to become municipal solid waste (MSW)-to-ethanol capable, marking another milestone in U.S. cellulosic ethanol achievements. Fiberight has been operating a pilot-scale cellulosic facility in Virginia for the past three years and has developed a proprietary conversion process to produce cellulosic ethanol and biochemicals from MSW.READ MORE
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