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Scientists develop 'green' pretreatment of miscanthus for biofuel 05/17/2013
Two University of Illinois scientists have developed an environmentally friendly and more economical way of pretreating miscanthus in the biofuel production process. The technique uses butadiene sulfone, which can be recovered.
Maize growers form international alliance 05/17/2013
The U.S. Grains Council, along with the National Corn Growers Association, MAIZAR, representing Argentina producers and the maize supply chain and ABRAMILHO (Brazilian Association of Corn Producers) have formed an alliance.
Financing complete on Brazil's first commercial 2G ethanol plant 05/17/2013
Financing is now complete on GranBio's 22 MMgy cellulosic plant in Brazil using BetaRenewables conversion technology. Vonnie Estes appointed managing director of new U.S. office.
Artificial forest for solar water-splitting: First fully integrated artificial photosynthesis nanosystem 05/16/2013
Researchers have created the first fully integrated artificial photosynthesis nanosystem. While "artificial leaf" is the popular term for such a system, the key to this success was an "artificial forest."
Moniz confirmed as secretary of energy 05/16/2013
The Senate has unanimously confirmed Ernest Moniz as the Secretary of Energy by a vote of 96 to 0. Moniz was nominated by President Obama in March. He will replace former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, who announced his resignation on Feb. 1.
House Ag Committee approves Farm Bill 05/16/2013
The House Committee on Agriculture has approved its version of the Farm Bill, H.R. 1947, by a vote of 36 to 10. The bill, titled the Federal Agricultural and Reform and Risk Management Act, includes nearly $40 billion in spending cuts.
Western Biomass up for sale; Blue Sugars files bankruptcy 05/16/2013
Months after receiving the first cellulosic renewable identification numbers for a shipment of cellulosic ethanol to its Brazil partner Petrobras, Western Biomass Energy LLC filed for bankruptcy and is now up for sale with bidding closing May 20.
Bill aims to open RFS to natural gas-based ethanol 05/16/2013
Reps. Pete Olson, R-Texas, and Jim Costa, D-Calif., have introduced legislation that would allow ethanol produced from domestic natural gas to meet the volume requirements of the renewable fuel standard (RFS).