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December 31, 2012
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  • IRFA is hopeful more Iowa gas stations will sell E15 next year
    The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association is hoping that 100 filling stations in the state will sell E15 by this time next year, up from just one today, says the group's executive director, Monte Shaw. "We think there are 50 to 100 stations with equipment in place already that would make it relatively easy to offer E15 now, and a couple of hundred more that could offer it with minor investment," Shaw says. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Update 
  • Corn advances; oil, ethanol futures retreat
    March corn closed at $6.94 per bushel on Friday, up 0.4%, on the Chicago Board of Trade. February light sweet crude dropped 7 cents to end at $90.80 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. January denatured ethanol slipped 0.9 cents to its lowest settlement price since June 26, at $2.194 per gallon on the CBOT. Bloomberg (12/28), MarketWatch (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Filling station in Hartington, Neb., adds 2 blender pumps
    The Stop N Go filling station in Hartington, Neb., has opened two new ethanol blender pumps, bringing the number of such dispensers in the state to about 80. The pumps were installed with the help of a grant from the Nebraska Corn Board. "When drivers fill up on E85 and other ethanol blends, they're strengthening Nebraska's economy, making our country more energy independent and going easier on the environment," said Nebraska Ethanol Board Administrator Todd Sneller. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kan. ethanol plant to shift to sorghum-based production
    The Western Plains Energy ethanol plant in Oakley, Kan., is set to begin operating its anaerobic digester system this week, as part of a plan to switch over to sorghum-based ethanol production and eventually have its output qualify as an advanced biofuel. Once the digester is running at capacity, it will produce methane for the plant's thermal oxidizer and boiler, eliminating the need for natural gas, CEO Steve McNinch says. (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends 
  • JBEI researchers find ways to tweak xylan, lignin in plants
    Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute are genetically modifying the xylan and lignin in selected plants to make crops that are easier to process for cellulosic biofuel production, according to studies published in Plant Biotechnology Journal and Biotechnology for Biofuels. The researchers found ways to limit the xylan and lignin content without impeding plant growth, the studies showed. "We got the idea to try to remove lignin or xylan from all the other cell types, but not from the vessels," said Henrik Scheller, vice president of JBEI's feedstocks division. (12/28)
  Global Agenda 
  • Indian state aims to make ethanol from cashew, coffee pulp
    The Karnataka State Biofuel Development Board in India is planning to establish pilot plants for the production of ethanol from cashew apple and coffee pulp, said Y.B. Ramakrishna, the board's executive chairman, at the opening of the Dakshina Kannada biofuel information and demonstration facility. Concerns about state tax rules must be addressed before the plan can proceed, said A.K. Monnappa, the board's managing director. The Hindu (India) (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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