Pacific Ethanol raises $11 million in public stock offering

For the second time in three months, Pacific Ethanol Inc. raised more than $10 million in a public offering of common stock. Both times, the company raised the amount in less than a week. The latest public stock offering was announced Sept. 20.
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Dyadic, SEKAB: Enzyme research project concludes in Sweden

A research project at a demonstration plant in Sweden has concluded, successfully verifying an enzyme for use in the production of biofuels and bio-based chemicals.The enzyme is AlternaFuel CMAX, a trademarked product of Dyadic International Inc.
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NREL produces ethylene via photosynthesis

Scientists at the U.S. DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have demonstrated a better way to use photosynthesis to produce ethylene, a breakthrough that could change the way materials, chemicals, and transportation fuels are made.
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NSF grants support UNH ethanol fuel cell research

Xiaowei Teng, assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of New Hampshire, has received two National Science Foundation grants totaling nearly $1 million to improve the efficiency of ethanol oxidation fuel cell reactions.
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EIA releases ethanol stats for first half of 2012

The U.S. Energy Information Administration published its most recent monthly statistics on the ethanol industry on Sept. 26. The report is part of the EIA's Monthly Energy Review. The data shows a slight increase in production over last year.
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New Fuels America coalition launches campaign to defend RFS

The advanced biofuels community is taking the threat seriously of a possible waiver or opening the renewable fuel standard for amendment. A new coalition, Fuels America, has been announced along with the launching of a new advertising campaign.
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Qteros equipment to be auctioned off

Production equipment, lab equipment and other office furnishings and equipment owned by Massachusetts-based Qteros Inc. is set to be auctioned off on Sept. 28. The public auction is being handled by auctioneer and appraisal firm Aaron Posnik & Co.
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Renmatix opens new research and development facility

Cellulosic sugar manufacturer Renmatix Inc. has opened a new research and development center at its headquarters in King of Prussia, Pa. The facility will enable the company to expand its scope and investigate the use of additional feedstocks.
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Valero restarts 2 idled plants as harvest improves corn supply

Not long after conducting an executive swing through five of the 10 communities where it owns ethanol plants, Valero Corp. announced that the two plants that had been temporarily idled had been restarted at Albion, Neb., and Linden, Ind.
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Fuel Freedom Foundation announces video competition winners

The Fuel Freedom Foundation has announced the winners of its first college video competition. The winning films are short segments produced by Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts students. Ethanol is mentioned in all three videos.
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Biofuel Energy idles Minn. plant

BioFuel Energy Corp., an ethanol production company, announced today that it has decided to idle its Fairmont, Minn., ethanol facility until further notice. The plant ceased ethanol production as of the end of last week.
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Switching to ethanol production a luxury for Gevo's Luverne plant

Gevo Inc. is taking advantage of a design feature to temporarily switch back to ethanol production after 17 weeks of isobutanol production while it corrects some technological issues identified during typical startup growing pains.
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Ethanol cook stove project gains $9 million in funding

The Soros Economic Development Fund and the Industrialization Fund for Developing Countries recently announced investments of nearly $9 million in CleanStar Mozambique, with the option to invest more in potential pan-African expansion.
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Algae Biomass Summit: Producers say commercialization is close

Small American companies are directing the global algae industry's commercialization approach. With Big Oil, Big Food and big money behind them, U.S. algae startups continue to scale up, build out, and tap into the infrastructure of industrial hosts.
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Congress fails to pass farm bill before adjourning, clock ticking

With Congress adjourned, fears that a 2012 farm bill wouldn't pass before the Sept. 30 deadline have now become a reality. Although there's no guarantee, lawmakers could still get it done after Election Day, commonly called the lame duck session.
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Presidential candidates respond to AFBF questionnaire

During each presidential campaign, the American Farm Bureau Federation asks the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees to address issues that concern the farming and ranching communities. Responses to this year's questions are now available.
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Student scholarships available for National Ethanol Conference

The Renewable Fuels Association and Renewable Fuels Foundation will be offering six scholarships for students to attend the 18th Annual National Ethanol Conference: Driving Forward in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 5-7, 2013. Applications are due Nov. 23.
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