Business

June 06, 2018

NREL finds easier ways to deconstruct biomass

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessScientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory are working to develop a one-step process to deconstruct biomass. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

DuPont Industrial Biosciences launches 3 new ethanol products

BY DuPont Industrial Biosciences Found In:Operations, BusinessBuilding off the launch of its fuel ethanol platform DuPont Xcelis, DuPont Industrial Biosciences unveiled the first three products from the innovation hub—designed to increase yields, speed fermentation and reduce energy and chemical consumption. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

Bill aims to increase E15 labeling requirements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyIn mid-May, Reps. Austin Scott, R-Ga., and Lois Frankel, D-Fla., introduced legislation that aims to introduce more stringent labeling requirements for E15. The bill was introduced May 16 and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

Researchers hope better technology produces less costly biofuel

BY University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessUniversity of Florida scientists wondered how cheaply cellulosic ethanol can be made from inedible plant material using currently available technology. They found the cost of feedstock and size of the biorefinery are key factors in lowering costs. READ MORE

June 04, 2018

Ag committee members advocate for Farm Bill energy title programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn June 4, a group of eight members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry sent a letter to committee chair Sen. Pat Roberts and ranking member Sen. Debbie Stabenow expressing support for the Farm Bill energy title programs. READ MORE

June 04, 2018

Growth Energy announces Rutter’s as newest E15 retailer

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, BusinessGrowth Energy and Pennsylvania-based Rutter’s announced June 4 that the convenience store chain will begin selling E15—a fuel with 15 percent biofuel—at seven of its locations in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. READ MORE

June 04, 2018

Farm and biofuel coalition demands EPA account for lost RVOs

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyA coalition of biofuel and agriculture groups have petitioned the U.S. EPA to change its regulations to account for lost volumes of renewable fuel resulting from the unprecedented number of retroactive small refinery exemptions from RFS obligations. READ MORE

June 01, 2018

RFA: Poll shows consumers agree that E15 barrier is ‘ridiculous’

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyStarting June 1, gas stations across much of the nation will be forced to cease sales of E15, a fuel blend that is cleaner and cheaper than regular E10 gasoline. The summertime ban on E15 comes at a time gas prices are reaching a four-year high. READ MORE

June 01, 2018

ACE: Despite Trump’s repeated pledge, E15 barrier still in place

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyDespite repeated public endorsements from the White House to allow the sale of E15 unleaded gasoline year-round, EPA has taken no action to lift the outdated regulatory barrier prior to the June 1 start of the low Reid vapor pressure (RVP) season. READ MORE

June 01, 2018

DOE seeks nominations for biomass R&D advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy is seeking nominations for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Nominations are due June 30. READ MORE

June 01, 2018

Iowa official, IRFA ask Pruitt to lift E15 restrictions

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyIowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, recently called on U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to remove an unnecessary barrier to summer time sale of E15. READ MORE

June 01, 2018

New machine learning approach could accelerate bioengineering

BY Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessScientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a way to use machine learning to dramatically accelerate the design of microbes that produce biofuel. READ MORE

May 31, 2018

UNICA: Ethanol sales up in first half of May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced mills in the south-central region of the country sold 1.13 billion liters (289.51 million gallons) of ethanol during the first half of May, up 17 percent from the same period of 2017. READ MORE

May 31, 2018

Growth Energy: RVP period to begin at time of high fuel costs

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyJune 1 marks the beginning of the RVP restriction on E15 sales across most of the country during the summer driving season—June 1 to September 15. The ban on E15 comes at a time when American drivers would most benefit from relief at the pump. READ MORE

May 31, 2018

Purdue wins $1.8 million from DOE to solve biorefinery blockages

BY Purdue University Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyA team led by Purdue University scientists will receive a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to solve one of the biggest problems facing biorefinery operations—the flow of biomass into and throughout the facilities. READ MORE

May 30, 2018

USGC: Ethanol Summit of Asia Pacific held in Minneapolis

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyIndustry and government officials from 17 countries in Asia and Oceania met in Minneapolis the week of May 21 to take part in the Ethanol Summit of the Asia Pacific, an event sponsored by the USGC, Growth Energy and the RFA. READ MORE

May 30, 2018

Valicor divisions set to become Trucent

BY Trucent Found In:BusinessIn 2017, the environmental services divisions of Valicor Inc.and the Valicor brand name were spun off and purchased by Wind Point Partners. The Dexter, Michigan-based portions of Valicor Inc. that were not sold are now operating at Trucent. READ MORE

May 30, 2018

Ethanol coalition sues EPA over small refinery exemptions

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyThe RFA, NCGA, ACE and NFU, with support of Farmers Union Enterprises, filed suit May 29 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit to challenge several waivers from the RFS that the U.S. EPA granted in secret to profitable refining companies. READ MORE

May 30, 2018

In Depth: Well-Fed, Stress-Free Yeast Required

BY Jim Miers Found In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: The best way to minimize issues from stress or contamination and maximize yield is to cultivate healthy, actively growing yeast. READ MORE

May 30, 2018

Opinion: A Bit of Everything

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Managing Editor Lisa Gibson previews this issue of the magazine, including features about Brazil's ethanol market, U.S. ethanol industry job market, progress on ethanol plants under construction and more. READ MORE

May 30, 2018

In Depth: All Eyes On Ethanol

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Brazil’s ethanol industry continues to grow with the help of renewable fuel goals and international partnerships. READ MORE

May 29, 2018

Rex American Resources reports increased ethanol sales in Q1

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessOn May 23, Rex American Resources Corp. released first quarter financial results, reporting increased ethanol sales volumes and gross profit when compared to the same period of 2017. READ MORE

May 29, 2018

RFA announces $1 million Fuel Your Knowledge campaign

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, BusinessThe Renewable Fuels Association has launched a new $1 million consumer-focused educational campaign that will educate consumers about the proper use of ethanol-blended fuels in boats, motorcycles, lawn and garden equipment and other off-road engines. READ MORE

May 29, 2018

UTIA wins DOE grant to advance biofuels, bioenergy

BY University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessResearchers with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture continue to be at the forefront of the development of commercial applications for biofuels as well as biobased energy and biobased products. READ MORE

May 29, 2018

In Depth: Settled In

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Success and lack of turnover have created a shortage of open positions in the ethanol industry. READ MORE

May 29, 2018

In Depth: Ethanol: The Renewable Naphtha

BY Luca Zullo Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: With existing capabilities, chemical coproducts represent a low-hanging fruit for the industry. Ethanol, in fact, is a better feedstock for some chemicals than oil-based sources. READ MORE

May 29, 2018

Opinion: Ethanol and Boats: A Perfect Summer Combination

BY Bob Dinneen Found In:Markets, BusinessFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen dispels misinformation about E10 being used in boats. READ MORE

May 28, 2018

In Depth: Integrated Innovation

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Element LLC employs ICM’s new process technologies, coproduct systems and efficiency improvements in one state-of-the-art facility. Construction is underway. READ MORE

May 28, 2018

Opinion: Need for Global Adoption of Transport Biofuels is Pressing

BY Bliss Baker Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Global Renewable Fuels Alliance President Bliss Baker says global adoption of transport biofuels is a pressing matter in order to combat climate change. READ MORE

May 25, 2018

In Depth: On The Front Lines

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: The old battle between ethanol and oil takes center stage with the RFS. Ethanol Producer Magazine recaps the many recent attempts to hinder the policy, and looks beyond 2022. READ MORE