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

Kor Ethanol site may revert to state

The Minnesota Department of Revenue and the City of Dundas are at odds over the disposition of a 2.7 acre parcel where Kor Ethanol's plant was to be built. At issue is the city's use of the land in accordance with state law, which mandates the property be used for a municipal center or other authorized public use. The Kor property was forfeited to the state for nonpayment of taxes. According to state law, the city has three years to make use of the forfeited property for a public purpose. In April 2008, that window would close and the city would be compelled to either purchase the property or convey it back to the state.READ MORE

Verenium, VPP partner to evaluate feedstock

Cambridge, Mass.-based Verenium Corp. recently announced it has entered into an agreement with Value Prior to Pulping (VPP), an organization created by the Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance, which is a special project of the American Forest and Paper Association and CleanTech Partners Inc. VPP is funded by the U.S. DOE, Wisconsin and several large forest products companies. Under the agreement, Verenium will test the effectiveness of its C5 cellulosic ethanol production technology on hemicellulose feedstock generated by the pulp and paper process.READ MORE

GreenShift receives second patent

GreenShift Corp. announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will issue a patent titled "Method of Freeing the Bound Oil Present in Whole Stillage and Thin Stillage" on Oct. 27 to GS CleanTech Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GreenShift. According to Greenshift, by extracting the corn oil before the grains are dried, an ethanol plant can realize an added benefit from selling the corn oil. In addition, an efficiency improvement is created by removing the oil, which acts as an insulator during the drying process. GreenShift estimates an ethanol plant's savings at roughly 13 cents per gallon of ethanol.READ MORE

UN study provides biofuels research overview

The United Nations Environmental Programme's International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management recently released its first report, titled "Towards Sustainable Production and Use of Resources: Assessing Biofuels." The report is designed to provide an overview of some of the key issues associated with the sustainable production and use of biofuels, including ethanol and biodiesel. Rather than showcasing primary research, the report is based on an extensive literature review in which the authors took into account recent major reviews of research and aimed to consider a wide range of views from experts around the world. According to the study's introduction, the research focuses primarily on first-generation biofuels. This is attributed primarily to the availability of current data.READ MORE

Former VeraSun plants continue to come online

Gears are set to finally begin turning at the Guardian Energy LLC ethanol plant in Janesville, Minn., nearly two years after its projected start-up date. VeraSun Energy Corp. broke ground for the 110 MMgy facility in January 2007; production was set to begin in December 2008. Unfortunately, the company filed for bankruptcy before the plant was put into operation. Fortunately, the plant's location in the heard of Minnesota corn country served as its savior. Janesville is surrounded by small communities and several other ethanol production facilities. A group of those producers, including Al-Corn Clean Fuels, Central Minnesota Ethanol, Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co., and Heartland Corn Products, decided to chip in and purchase the facility.READ MORE

Technology, design firms partner to build modular ethanol plants

New Jersey-based ChemPro Group LLC recently announced the formation of an alliance with Missouri-based Mo-Fuel (Rural Bio-waste) to commercialize a patented feedstock-flexible cellulosic ethanol process. Ted Lewis, president of Mo-Fuel (Rural Bio-waste) and owner and holder of the technology's patent rights, said the process is unique. "According to an independent study done by the [U.S. DOE], the process has the potential for considerable economic savings, as well as reducing the U.S.'s dependence of foreign oil." According to ChemPro, Mo-Fuel (Rural Bio-waste)'s technology is a continuous catalytic hydrolysis process that lends itself to modular construction. "ChemPro's modular expertise makes the company an ideal partner for designing and building the units," Lewis said.READ MORE
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