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

India approves biofuel policy

The government of India recently announced that its Union Cabinet has approved a national biofuels policy. This includes the establishment of a national biofuel coordination committee and a biofuel steering committee. According to information released by the Indian government, the biofuel policy will seek to facilitate, optimize, develop and utilize indigenous biomass feedstocks for the production of biofuels.READ MORE

Proteins in soil bacteria could aid cellulosic ethanol production

Researchers at Newcastle, U.K.-based Northumbria University are collaborating with Nonlinear Dynamics Ltd., a company that develops proteomics analysis software, on a project that may have important implications for the production of cellulosic biofuels. During the three-year project, researchers will apply traditional laboratory analysis techniques along with advanced data analysis software in proteomics, which is a branch of molecular biology that studies the full set of proteins encoded by a genome, to identify key proteins produced by a cell or organism.READ MORE

DOE scientists create lignin-fighting enzyme

Scientists at the U.S. DOE's Brookhaven National Laboratory have successfully engineered an enzyme that can be used to break down the lignin in plant cell walls, making it easier to convert the plant material into cellulosic ethanol. Biochemist Chang-Jun Liu said that while the research is in its early stages, the ultimate goal is to apply the enzyme to feedstocks such as poplar in order to make the plants more easily digested and fermentable at an industrial level.READ MORE

NC solicits grant proposals for biofuels projects

The North Carolina Board of Science & Technology is currently accepting proposals for the state's 2009-'10 Green Business Fund grant program. The fund, developed to promote environmentally friendly economic growth in North Carolina, will award grants to small- and medium-sized businesses (those with 100 or fewer employees) in three priority areas, including the biofuels industry, the green building industry and the renewable energy industry. Pre-proposals are due by Jan. 19. The solicitation period closes March 15.READ MORE

Lawsuit: LCFS violates US Constitution

In a case that will be closely watched throughout the country, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association recently filed suit in federal district court alleging that California's low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) violates the federal Constitution. Specifically, the lawsuit claims that the LCFS is preempted by the Supremacy Clause, and violates the Commerce Clause. Adopted by the California Air Resources Board in 2009, the LCFS is intended to reduce California greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuels used in California by an average of 10 percent by the year 2020. Carbon intensity is a measure of the direct and indirect GHG emissions associated with each step of a fuel's full life cycle - the "well-to-wheels" for fossil fuels and "seed-to-wheels" for biofuels.READ MORE

Valero partners for Georgia ethanol project

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue recently announced that a demonstration-scale cellulosic ethanol plant is under development near Thomaston in Upson County. The project, which is the result of a partnership between Valero Energy Corp. subsidiary Diamond Alternative Energy and American Process Inc., is expected to be operational in early 2010. According to Valero spokesman Bill Day, Diamond Alternative Energy's primary role in the project is financing. A representative of API could not be reached to comment on the status of the plant.READ MORE
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