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March 04, 2015

DOE updates announcement for biomass advisory committee meeting

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy updated its notice for the recently announced meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The meeting will now take place as a webinar on March 5. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

Metabolic path to improved biofuel production

BY Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Researchers with the Energy Biosciences Institute have found a way to increase the production of fuels and other chemicals from biomass fermented by yeast by introducing new metabolic pathways into the yeast. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

Corn crush, DDGS production down slightly in January

BY Susanne Retka SchillCorn consumed for fuel ethanol was 445.7 million bushels in January, down 2 percent from December, but up 3 percent from November. Dry mills used 89.3 percent of that, while wet milling fuel production consumed the remaining 10.7 percent. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

Beta Renewables CEO Guido Ghisolfi dead at age 58

BY Susanne Retka SchillGuido Ghisolfi, 58, leader of Mossi & Ghisolfi Group died March 3. "He was suffering from severe depression and yesterday this resulted in his untimely passing close to his home in Tortona, Northern Italy," said a statement from the company. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

USDA announces $8.7 million BRDI funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA announced it is now accepting applications for research and education grants through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative. Approximately $8.7 million in grants are expected to be awarded through the program. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

Economists examine recent trends in ethanol production, policy

BY Susanne Retka SchillA decline in ethanol prices has accompanied the decline in gasoline prices, yet ethanol production has been at record levels for much of the current corn marketing year, biofuels economist Robert Wisner noted in a recent analysis. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

Total invests in Renmatix, signs joint development agreement

BY Renmatix Inc. Renmatix has announced an investment by the New Energies Division of Total, and the signing of a joint development agreement. Under the agreement, the companies will utilize Renmatix's Plantrose process with specific feedstocks. READ MORE

March 02, 2015

USDA publishes final BCAP rule

BY Anna Simet The USDA has released the final rule for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. Although the general scope of BCAP is not changing, there are some key changes being made to several components of the program. A public comment period is now open. READ MORE

March 02, 2015

GLBRC files 100th patent application

BY Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, one of three bioenergy research centers established in 2007 by the U.S. Department of Energy, recently celebrated the filing of its 100th patent application. READ MORE

February 27, 2015

Growth Energy gathers for 6th leadership conference in Phoenix

BY Susanne Retka SchillFor the ethanol industry, 2015 is about "moving ahead and moving faster," Growth Energy co-chairman Jeff Broin told attendees in his opening remarks at Growth Energy's sixth annual Executive Leadership Conference Feb. 26-27 in Phoenix. READ MORE

February 27, 2015

Vilsack calls for ethanol industry support of trade negotiations

BY Susanne Retka SchillSecretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asked for the ethanol industry's support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership in his keynote address at the 2015 Growth Energy Executive Leadership Conference held in Phoenix Feb. 26-27. READ MORE

February 27, 2015

DOE announces biomass advisory committee meeting

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee will be held March 5-6 in Washington, D.C. Members of the public are welcome to observe the business of the committee. READ MORE

February 27, 2015

Pigs can regulate sulfur retention when DDGS is included in diet

BY University of Illinois Researchers at the University of Illinois are investigating the impact of sulfur levels on pigs fed a diet that includes distillers grains with solubles (DDGS). Results show pigs fed DDGS did not have elevated sulfur levels in their organs. READ MORE

February 26, 2015

Biofuel industry criticizes Toomey, Feinstein RFS bill

BY Erin VoegeleOn Feb. 26, Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015. The bill, which is cosponsored by Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., aims to alter the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

February 26, 2015

California GHG reporting obligations extend to ethanol

BY Graham Noyes, Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP Graham Noyes, an attorney with Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP, discusses California's Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions program and its impact on ethanol producers and others who do business in the state. READ MORE

February 26, 2015

Byogy Renewables, Gen 2 Energy enter partnership agreement

BY Byogy Renewables Byogy Renewables, a biofuels producer based in San Jose, California, has executed a strategic partnership agreement with Gen 2 Energy, an alternative energy company from Ames, Iowa, to develop a more cost-effective biofuel production process. READ MORE

February 26, 2015

Comet Biorefining secures funding led by Sofinnova Partners

BY Comet Biorefining Inc. Comet Biorefining Inc. announces the closing of a funding round led by Sofinnova Partners. Comet will use the proceeds to complete the design of its commercial facility, expand the team and continue to develop commercial partnerships. READ MORE

February 26, 2015

Novel pretreatment could cut biofuel costs by 30 percent or more

BY University of California, Riverside Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing the amount of enzymes needed. READ MORE

February 26, 2015

Ethanol plants, growers partner with Syngenta

BY Syngenta Because higher quality corn means higher ethanol yields, Syngenta is working with ethanol plants to help growers improve grain quality and earn a premium for doing so. READ MORE

February 26, 2015

Superior Oil granted corn oil extraction patent

BY Superior Oil Superior Oil, a national full line manufacturer and distributor of chemical and solvents, was awarded a U.S. patent for its innovative approach to extracting corn oil from the ethanol production processes. READ MORE

February 26, 2015

Growth Energy announces new partnership with Mycogen Seeds

BY Growth Energy Growth Energy has welcomed Mycogen Seeds, the national retail seed company of Dow AgroSciences, as a premiere associate member. READ MORE

February 25, 2015

Aventine installs corn oil system at Nebraska plant

BY Aventine Renewable Energy Inc. Aventine Renewable Energy Inc. has announced the successful installation of a $2.4 million Valicor corn-oil separation system at its Nebraska Energy LLC plant in Aurora, Nebraska. The system began operations in early January. READ MORE

February 25, 2015

Report provides overview of European biobased economy

BY Erin VoegeleA report published by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Information Network provides an overview of the EU biobased economy and estimated biomass requirements for the production of biofuels, bioplastics, biochemicals and other products. READ MORE

February 25, 2015

RFA acquires E85prices.com

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association recently announced that it has acquired E85prices.com, which is a crowdsourced website that offers updated prices for E85 and other ethanol flex-fuels, including E15, from thousands of stations across the country. READ MORE

February 25, 2015

Growth Energy's Buis speaks at Energy Independence Summit

BY Growth Energy At the 2015 Energy Independence Summit, Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis participated in the "Strategies for Advancing Alternative Fuels Policies" panel. He discussed the critical role the renewable fuel standard plays in achieving energy independence. READ MORE

February 25, 2015

Greenbelt Resources offers commercial-scale feedstock testing

BY Greenbelt Resources Corp. Greenbelt Resources Corp. has launched an innovative program offering use of its operating commercial-scale facility to third parties for feedstock feasibility testing services. The services are available confidentially. READ MORE

February 25, 2015

Deinove strengthens its position in the United States

BY Deinove Deinove recently announced it has has been granted a U.S. patent. The patent covers the biofuel production process from cellulosic or hemicellulosic material by a consolidated bioprocess of degradation and fermentation based on Deinococcus bacteria. READ MORE

February 24, 2015

EU committee votes to cap first-generation biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleOn Feb. 24, the Environment Committee of the European Parliament approved a draft law to cap the production of traditional biofuels and accelerate the shift to alternative feedstocks, such as seaweed and waste. READ MORE

February 24, 2015

All eyes on China for DDGS market impacts

BY Sean Broderick, CHS Inc. The DDGS market is still waiting to see what China is going to do in the container markets. As many as 35 boats having been reported as traded for the upcoming March through September time frame. READ MORE

February 24, 2015

Abengoa reports top year for biofuel business

BY Anna Simet Abengoa's biofuels segment experienced the best year in its history in 2014 due, in part, to high margins and increased ethanol production and sales, company CEO Manuel Sanchez Ortega reported during the company's 2014 fiscal year financial results. READ MORE

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