Ethanol & Biofuels

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Technology

Scientists Find Less-Intensive Way to Make Ethanol

If there ever was a suitable disclaimer for the novel technology Matthew Kanan and his research team at Stanford University (Calif.) came up with for making liquid hydrocarbons from carbon monoxide (CO), it would likely read as follows: “No food crops were harmed during the making of this ethanol.”

Industry & Facility

Appellate Judges Grill U.S. EPA, Refiners in RFS Suit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard oral arguments recently in an ongoing suit by oil industry groups against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the agency’s delays in implementing the 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard and the problems associated with refiners purchasing costly Renewable Identification Number credits to comply with the federal mandate.

Technology

Syngenta Making Inroads in Cellulosic Ethanol

The corn-ethanol industry seemingly never rests on its laurels. For years, the industry has continuously optimized operating efficiencies to get as much as it can out of a bushel of corn. Taking a page out of the industry’s book, Switzerland-based Syngenta AG has been looking at how new technologies will contribute to the future success of the ethanol industry, and the global firm is optimistic about the opportunities that are emerging.

Prices

Volatile Ethanol Futures, Spot Weigh on RIN Prices

Front-month May ethanol futures gained 1.2% last week on the Chicago Board of Trade as traders remained attentive of rail car availability for shipping product out of the ethanol-rich U.S. Midwest and return times from major hubs for repeat delivery to key consuming markets.

Technology

Siluria's Quest to Succeed Where Others Have Failed

Natural gas is the most abundant pure-source hydrocarbon in the world; however, between 5% and 10% of it is typically flared or massively underutilized.Enter: Siluria Technologies. The San Francisco, Calif.-based gas-to-liquids technology developer plans to change that practice by enabling an economical and practical way for converting methane – the principal ingredient in natural gas – into liquid fuels and chemicals.

Industry & Facility

Cool Planet Funding Garners Significant International Investor Interest

Greenwood Village, Colo.-based Cool Planet Energy Systems recently secured $100 million in Series D funding. All of Cool Planet’s current strategic and venture investors supplemented their prior investments, and the company significantly broadened its investor base with more than 50% of equity funds from new investors coming from outside the U.S.

Policy

Iowa Senate Unanimously Approves Biofuels Bill

The Iowa Senate on April 1 unanimously voted (48-0) to pass Senate File 2344, which will extend the state’s biodiesel production tax credit that’s set to expire at the end of this year for five years and enhance the state’s E15 retailer tax credit to help alleviate extra costs to Iowa retailers who want to offer the biofuel blend as a registered fuel during the summer driving season.

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