Feedstocks

June 29, 2018

Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn June 28, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with a strong bipartisan 86-11 vote. The legislation, titled “The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018,” includes mandatory funding for Energy Title programs. READ MORE

June 27, 2018

USDA: April corn use for ethanol up year-over-year

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, CoproductsThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for June, reporting that corn consumed for fuel alcohol reached 445 million bushels in April, down 6 percent from March but up 3 percent from April 2017. READ MORE

June 27, 2018

Forest Concepts wins DOE funding to improve biomass handling

BY Forest Concepts LLC Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessForest Concepts LLC has been awarded a $1.8 million cooperative agreement from the Department of Energy to address the critical issues of poor flowability, high friction, and highly variable physical properties that have plagued the biomass industry. READ MORE

June 26, 2018

In Depth: Zero to 10 Million in 5 years

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Slow to start and with fewer gallons than targeted through the Renewable Fuel Standard, cellulosic ethanol is showing signs of steady growth. READ MORE

June 26, 2018

In Depth: Sweet-Spot Search

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Cellulose molecules are more complex than starch molecules, so employing the proper enzymes in cellulosic ethanol production is vital. Optimization research is ongoing. READ MORE

June 25, 2018

In Depth: A Shift in Power

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Energy recycling technologies and changing market dynamics provide new options for electricity production, and revive opportunities for old ones. READ MORE

June 25, 2018

In Depth: Proof of Improvement

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessFROM THE JULY ISSUE: The energy efficiency push has achieved industry-wide results that experts hope can change outdated government and consumer perceptions of ethanol’s benefits. READ MORE

June 25, 2018

In Depth: Gallons Gained

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Energy efficiency projects in distillation, dryers and centrifuges are reducing expenses and natural gas usage, but also boosting plants’ capacities. READ MORE

June 25, 2018

Opinion: Energy, Enzymes and Eco-Friendly Efforts

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Managing editor previews this issue of the magazine including features about energy efficiency-boosting methods for plants, energy efficiency improvement data, how far combined-heat-and-power applications have come and more. READ MORE

June 19, 2018

DOE: 31 projects will advance fundamental science for bioenergy

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn June 18, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $40 million in funding for 31 projects to advance research in the development of microbes as practical platforms for the production of biofuels and other bioproducts from renewable resources. READ MORE

June 15, 2018

BASF invests in carbon recycling company LanzaTech

BY BASF Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessBASF Venture Capital GmbH has announced plans to invest in LanzaTech. Using special microbes, LanzaTech has developed a technology for gas fermentation that first enables ethanol to be produced from residual gases. READ MORE

June 14, 2018

EU reaches deal on REDII, sets new goals for renewables

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyOn June 14, negotiators from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council reached a deal on a revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) that sets new targets for renewables. READ MORE

June 13, 2018

Senate ag committee restores 2018 Farm Bill Energy Title funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Senate ag committee has approved its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with bipartisan support. The legislation includes an amendment offered by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., that restores mandatory funding to Farm Bill Energy Title programs. READ MORE

June 13, 2018

Syngenta: Enogen corn has agreements with more than 30 plants

BY Syngenta Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessSyngenta announced June 12 that it has agreements in place with more than 30 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of approximately 3 billion gallons. Production using Enogen corn is expected to reach 2.5 billion gallons this year. READ MORE

June 12, 2018

FEW general session focuses on RVP and RIN waivers

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyA panel of industry leaders discussed Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief and small refiner exemptions during the general session of the 2018 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo in Omaha on June 12. READ MORE

June 12, 2018

Skor to FEW: Battles ahead are tough, but we can win

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyGrowth Energy CEO Emily Skor delivered the keynote address at the 2018 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo in Omaha, telling attendees that no other industry can hold a candle to the pace of growth of the ethanol industry. READ MORE

June 12, 2018

FEW recognizes Moore, Walker for contributions to fuel ethanol

BY Tim Albrecht and Erin Voegele Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyKristin Moore and Graeme Walker were recognized June 12 for their contributions to ethanol industry during the 2018 Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo in Omaha. Moore was presented with the High-Octane Award and Walker received the Award of Excellence. READ MORE

June 08, 2018

Senate’s 2018 Farm Bill reauthorizes Energy Title programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry released its version of the 2018 Farm Bill on June 8. The bill reauthorizes Energy Title programs, but provides insufficient funding to ensure their success, according to the AgEC. 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 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 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

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 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 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

May 24, 2018

USDA: Corn use for fuel ethanol up in March

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for May, reporting that corn use for fuel alcohol reached 473 million bushels in March, up 9 percent from February and up 3 percent from March 2017. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

In Depth: Down to the Details

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: EcoEngineers’ Director of Engineering Jim Ramm details Kernel Fiber Now, a service that helps producers navigate their options with corn kernel fiber-to-ethanol technologies, RINs and more. READ MORE

May 22, 2018

UNICA reports record production of hydrous ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently announced that mills in the south-central region of Brazil produced a record 1.3 billion liters (343.42 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol during the second half of April. READ MORE

May 18, 2018

House votes down 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn May 18, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 198 to 213 to defeat the 2018 Farm Bill. One day prior to the vote, members of the House defeated a proposed amendment by a vote of 75 to 340 that would have repealed the Farm Bill’s Energy Title. READ MORE