Iowa Renewable Fuels “Unrelenting”

Cindy Zimmerman

The 2017 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit highlighted the challenges and opportunities facing the industry this year. “The state of Iowa’s renewable fuels industry is uncertain but unrelenting,” said Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) Executive Director Monte Shaw. “We are ready to expand and bring cheaper, cleaner, home-grown fuels to US and world consumers.” Concerning federal policy, Shaw foresees unrelenting progress …

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Iowa RFA

GM and Honda Join for Fuel Cell Production

Cindy Zimmerman

General Motors and Honda are teaming up to mass produce an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system in the auto industry’s first manufacturing joint venture. Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, LLC will operate within GM’s existing battery pack manufacturing facility site in Brownstown, Michigan, south of Detroit. Mass production of fuel cell systems is expected to begin around 2020 and create nearly …

automotive, Car Makers, Hydrogen

RFA Course to Help #Ethanol Plants Meet FDA Regs

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is offering a training course to help ethanol plants meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The class is scheduled for March 8–10 in St. Louis and is designed for personnel overseeing a facility’s food safety plan. RFA Regulatory Affairs Director and FSPCA Lead Instructor Kelly Davis will team with Ralco Nutrition’s …

enzymes, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Processing

General Motors Pleased to Take Biodiesel Lead

Cindy Zimmerman

General Motors was very pleased to announce its expanded portfolio of B20-capable vehicles during the recent 14th National Biodiesel Conference in San Diego, taking the lead among auto makers with 20 trucks, cars and crossovers able to use 20% biodiesel. “We listen to what our customers are asking us for,” said John Schwegman, GM Director of Commercial Product and Medium …

Audio, Biodiesel, Biodiesel Conference, Car Makers

Ethanol Report on Crappie Masters and FFVs

Cindy Zimmerman

Participants in the 2017 Crappie Masters Tournament Trail will be getting an education about ethanol while reeling in the whoppers around the country this year. In this Ethanol Report, Robert White with the Renewable Fuels Association tells us about this new sponsorship while attending the first tournament on the trail in central Florida, and also updates us on a new …

Audio, Boats, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Ethanol Report, RFA

Two Students Receive Scholarships to #RFANEC

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association and the Renewable Fuels Foundation are proud to announce two students are receiving scholarships this year to attend RFA’s 22nd annual National Ethanol Conference: Building Partnerships, Growing Markets next month in San Diego. Daehwan Kim is a Ph.D. candidate at Purdue University, pursuing biofuel research in the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering and the Department of …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, National Ethanol Conference, RFA

Program Improving Sorghum for Food and Fuel

Cindy Zimmerman

A plant breeding program to improve sorghum varieties for biofuel production could now help meet growing food demands in Africa. The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has announced a three-year $6.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand and accelerate the development and deployment of advanced sorghum phenotyping and breeding technologies in support of improved varieties …

biofuels, Research, sorghum

Crappie Masters Helping Educate Boaters about Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

The 2017 Crappie Masters Tournament Trail gets underway today in Florida with a new addition this year – ethanol as a co-title sponsor with Bass Pro Shops. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White says the purpose of the sponsorship is to help spread the word about ethanol to boaters. “It was an excellent opportunity to …

Audio, Boats, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA

Biodiesel Fueling Future from Coast to Coast

Cindy Zimmerman

The closing session of the 14th National Biodiesel Conference & Expo last week provided a look back at the accomplishments of the past year and how biodiesel is fueling a low carbon future. Led by Don O’Connor, a Vancouver-based international expert on greenhouse-gas emissions, the panel discussed biodiesel opportunities from coast to coast. From the west coast was Simon Mui, …

Biodiesel, Biodiesel Conference, National Biodiesel Conference, NBB

FS Bioenergia Names CEO

Cindy Zimmerman

FS Bioenergia has announced that international agribusiness executive Henrique Ubrig will serve as the chief executive officer for the corn ethanol production facility being built in Brazil as a collaboration between Brazilian agribusiness Fiagril and U.S.-based Summit Agricultural Group. “This is an exciting opportunity to make a significant difference in agriculture and renewable energy here in Brazil,” Ubrig said. “FS …

Brazil, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, International