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

Cascade Grain purchased by creditor

JH Kelly LLC Ethanol (Kelly), a joint venture between TIC - The Industrial Company and JH Kelly Holdings LLC, confirmed that it was the successful bidder at the Dec. 9 U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chapter 7 auction of the ethanol plant previously owned by Cascade Grain Products LLC. Kelly will take ownership of the facility and officially close the court-approved sale in the next few weeks. Kelly representatives are now evaluating a wide range of alternatives for the facility including a potential phased restart or a complete sale to a third party.READ MORE

ICM builds new energy center for Tharaldson Ethanol

ICM Inc. recently announced it intends to meet a tight Feb. 1 deadline to rebuild the energy center at Tharaldson Ethanol's 110 MMgy facility in Casselton, N.D. The quad-dryer, dual RTO system ICM will install will replace original equipment that proved too limiting and did not allow the plant to reach its maximum production rate. According to Kory Wilson, ICM project manager, the timeline doesn't allow for much variation, so ICM must make sure it uses time wisely.READ MORE

WASDE: corn exports drop, total supply unchanged

As the first big snow storm of the season ended any lingering corn harvest, the USDA provided its latest update on the U.S. and world corn crop in its Dec. 10 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. World corn stocks were unchanged, but the USDA lowered its projections for U.S. corn exports by 50 million bushels based on the slow pace of shipments to date and increased competition from larger supplies in Ukraine.READ MORE

DOE announces fellows program for advanced research energy projects

The U.S. DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) announced today the creation of the ARPA-E Fellows Program at an event with Massachusetts Institute of Technology's students. ARPA-E Director, Dr. Arun Majumdar, made the announcement during a presentation to the MIT Energy Club and called on the next generation of energy leaders to join ARPA-E. Today's announcement follows US Energy Secretary Steven Chu's announcement that the Department is making $100 million in Recovery Act funding available to accelerate innovation in green technology, increase America's competitiveness and create jobs.READ MORE

ACE lobbies for clarification of E85 pump tax credit

The American Coalition for Ethanol is asking federal lawmakers to alter the language of the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit, clarifying the credit to allow multi-product and blender fuel pumps to claim the full value of the credit. On Dec. 2, ACE sent a letter to leaders of the Senate Committee on Finance and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means. In the letter, ACE described how clarifying the credit could have a positive impact on the establishment of E85 fueling infrastructure nationwide.READ MORE

Cellulosic producers react to DOE funding boost

The Dec. 4 joint U.S. DOE/USDA advanced biorefinery grant announcement was a delight to the 19 companies receiving the funding and many company leaders said it validates their technologies and provides the boost they will need to get their projects off the ground.READ MORE

California company sees potential in its miscanthus trials

California-based Mendel Biotechnology Inc. has more than 2,000 varieties of miscanthus under development on several different plots and hopes to have significant plantings for biomass power generation in the next two to four years. Fifteen research and development plots have been planted across the eastern U.S. and Canada to identify genetics and breeding materials, according to Mendel CEO and President Neal Gutterson, along with nine pilot locations to help understand the different varieties and their yields, as well as the best locations to plant them in order to work with off-take partners.READ MORE

Inbicon advances US cellulosic plan

Inbicon A/S recently announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with two U.S. companies to collaborate on the licensing, development and construction of a biomass refinery that will produce 20 MMgy of cellulosic ethanol at the Spiritwood development park in Jamestown, N.D. Inbicon will serve as the technology provider and will provide support and quality assurance through the facility's projected 2012 start-up date. Renewable energy company Otoka Energy will be owner/operator of the facility, which will be co-located with a 62 megawatt coal-fired power plant owned and operated by Great River Energy.READ MORE
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