German Company Buys DuPont Cellulosic Plant

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VERBIO North America Corporation (VNA), the U.S. subsidiary of leading German bioenergy producer VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergie AG (VERBIO), has agreed to acquire the DuPont cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa that was shut down and put up for sale last year. VNA also purchased a portion of the plant’s corn stover inventory and intends to install facilities to produce renewable …

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ND Plant to Turn Straw into Cellulosic Ethanol

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NewEnergyBlue is about six months away from breaking ground on a cellulosic ethanol refinery that will turn North Dakota straw into low carbon fuel for California drivers. New Energy Spirit Biomass Refinery is forecast to turn 280,000 tons of North Dakota wheat straw into 16-million gallons a year of some of the lowest carbon auto fuel selling in California, the …

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CARB Internship Focuses on Cellulosic Ethanol

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The Renewable Fuels Foundation (RFF), Pacific Ethanol, and Aemetis co-sponsored a new internship this year at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for a college student to learn more about low-carbon cellulosic biofuels and their potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The RFF is the research and educational arm of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). Diamond Coleman, a senior biology …

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House Subcommittee Hearing on Advanced Biofuels

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The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment held its fourth hearing this year aimed at addressing issues related to fuels and vehicles, this time focusing on advanced biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Among those who testified at the hearing on Friday were Advanced Biofuels Association president Mike McAdams, National Association of Truck Stop Operators representative Robin Puthusseril, …

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Enogen-Enhanced Cellerate Technology Advancing Biofuels

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The Advanced Biofuels Conference ran in conjunction with the 2018 Fuel Ethanol Conference last week in Omaha and several sessions were sponsored by Cellerate® process technology, enhanced by Syngenta Enogen corn. Miloud Araba, Technical Services for Enogen, participated in two panels to discuss how Enogen and Cellerate are helping move advanced biofuels forward. “Cellerate allows producers to get more ethanol, …

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Purdue Tackles Biorefinery Blockage Issues

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A team led by Purdue University scientists is receiving a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office to solve the problem of biomass flow for biorefineries. Lignocellulosic biomass, often made up of materials such as corn stover and soybean hulls, often accumulates and compacts while moving through augers, forcing costly shutdowns for cleaning and repairs. …

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Intellulose is New Name for Edeniq Pathway Technology

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Intellulose is the new name for Edeniq’s Pathway technology in a rebranding effort that includes a new logo and company-related materials. “Our mission is to help our customers lead in cellulosic ethanol production,” said Brian Thome, president and chief executive officer of Edeniq. “Our vision is for Intellulose to be implemented into every existing ethanol production facility, and for this …

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Groups Urge EPA to Move on Pathway Approvals

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As the Environmental Protection Agency has been approving small refinery exemption requests at a record pace, dozens of ethanol plants have been waiting for months to receive approvals for new pathways to produce cellulosic ethanol, including from corn kernel fiber. Five state biofuels organizations sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt this week asking him to “shift administrative time …

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Advanced Biofuels Interest in Post Tax Bill Hearing

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The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and more than 50 member organizations are urging Congressional leaders to extend the biodiesel tax credit as soon as possible for at least 2018. In a letter to House and Senate leadership sent in advance of a hearing Wednesday morning, the biodiesel stakeholders said, “We believe that if the tax credit is extended through at …

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ICM and The Andersons Collaborate on New Bio-refinery

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ICM, Inc., and The Andersons, Inc., are partnering to own and construct a state-of-the-art bio-refinery in Colwich, Kansas. ELEMENT, LLC will be a 70 MGY bio-refinery combining ICM’s next-generation technologies, with the merchandising, risk management and logistics expertise of The Andersons. “The Andersons and ICM share a common vision. We strive to utilize our combined experience and expertise to build …

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