Groundwork begins on Florida sweet sorghum-to-ethanol plant

Site preparation has begun and plans are being finalized for a formal groundbreaking ceremony to be held in the next few weeks at the country's first sweet sorghum-to-ethanol plant being built by Southeast Renewable Fuels LLC in Hendry County, Fla.
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New owners solicit sealed bids for Indiana ethanol plant

Biditup Auctions and Appraisals Worldwide Inc. and Maynards, the new owners of the former New Energy Corp. ethanol plant, are accepting sealed bids for the South Bend, Ind., facility through July 15.
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Heron Lake sale terminated, lender signs new agreement

A 50 MMgy ethanol plant located in Heron Lake, Minn., won't be sold after all. Instead, Heron Lake BioEnergy LLC has signed a new debt forbearance agreement with AgStar Financial Services, its main lender.
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TMO, Usina form joint venture for Brazilian cellulosic plant

TMO Renewables and Usina Santa Maria Ltda have entered into an agreement to form a joint venture to build the first commercial production plant in Brazil to convert sugar cane waste (bagasse) to cellulosic bioethanol.
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USDA proposes to simplify REAP application process

The USDA has proposed a series of changes to make it easier for agricultural producers and rural small businesses to apply for renewable energy and energy efficiency funding.
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EPA releases RIN data for March

The U.S. EPA has published data on renewable identification numbers (RINs) generated in March. While no D3 cellulosic biofuel RINs were generated during the month, 8,332 D7 cellulosic diesel RINs were generated.
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IEA says global biofuel capacity must double by 2020

The International Energy Agency has made its annual report to the Clean Energy Ministerial, reporting that renewable technologies are one of the few bright spots in an otherwise bleak assessment of global progress towards low-carbon energy.
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Differing RINs estimates creates confusion, market spikes

Confusion remains over how to interpret and compare various estimates of renewable identification number availability, said Nick Paulson, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois.
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NexSteppe launches biomass crops for biofuel, biopower

NexSteppe, a company dedicated to pioneering the next generation of sustainable feedstock solutions for the biobased industries, has announced the launch of its first sorghum hybrid products in the U.S.
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Researchers turn corn stover into amylose starch

A team of Virginia Tech researchers have adapted existing technologies to make a new product, transforming cellulose into amylose. One target market for the amylose would be functional foods, said lead researcher Y.H. Percival Zhang.
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DSM, Rostekhnologii to cooperate on biotechnology

Royal DSM has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a strategic partnership with Rostekhnologii (Rostec), a Russian State corporation, in the fields of biotechnology and functional materials.
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New catalysts to convert ethanol to butanol fuels

Researchers from U.K.'s University of Bristol reported the development of new catalysts that are able to convert ethanol to butanol at the national meeting and exposition of the American Chemical Society.
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Flint Hills Resources Renewables supports nearly 1,000 jobs

In 2012, Flint Hills Resources Renewables LLC directly employed 280 full-time employees throughout Iowa and Nebraska and supported an additional 661 full-time jobs in the region according to a recent study by Harrah Analytics.
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Ceres releases Q2 financials, reports progress with sweet sorghum

Ceres Inc. has released financial results for the second quarter of its 2013 fiscal year, which ended Feb. 28. The company also provided an operational update, noting progress with its sweet sorghum and switchgrass varieties.
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Enzymes from horse feces could streamline biofuel production

University of California, Santa Barbara scientists have described the discovery of a potential treasure-trove of candidate enzymes in fungi thriving in the feces and intestinal tracts of horses that could aid in cellulosic biofuel production.
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Gevo, Butamax continue battle in patent office, courts

The patent battle between Gevo Inc. and Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC is continuing with recent action in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Unsurprisingly, the two companies had different views on the event.
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Industry Events

International Fuel Ethanol
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June 10-13, 2013
America's Center
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National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

September 10-12, 2013
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September 30-3, 2013
Hilton Orlando
Orlando, Florida

International Biomass Conference & Expo

March 24-26, 2014
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida

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