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Who will benefit from biofuel industry distress?

The question: Who will benefit from biofuel industry distress? will be answered in a webcast on Thursday 2 April at 1pm to 2:30 pm Eastern Standard Time. There is a fee.

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Algae biofuels at around $33/gal

A piece on Greentech Media puts the cost of biofuels from algae at around $33/gal(US). That leaves plenty of room for process/growth/yield optimisation then. 

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US ethanol overview

There’s an overview of the US market for ethanol, the state of plant building and possible directions for the corn price, over at the Agrilife Extension of the Texas A&M University website. The credit crunch might have been a good thing for the profitability of the US ethanol industry according to Bill Tierney, former Kansas […]

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London to get ring of biofuel power stations

London is to get a ring of veg oil fueled electricity generation stations, according to a report on the BBC. What is not clear from the report, which says the company planning to build up to eight stations, is the economics. At what price does veg oil become uneconomical and is there really enough used […]

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Ethanol doubts in the heartland

It is worth checking out a story in the Des Moines Register, posted on 17 October by Dan Piller Ethanol cos. hurt by prices may get help from USDA. Read the comments.

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Restaurants set to raise prices as corn cost feed through to plates

 A number of US restaurant chains look set to rise prices this year as higher corn prices ripple along the supply chain, according to Huffington post.The key paragraph is buried towards the end of the article…. Part of the problem stems from protein producers’ plans to cut back onproduction in the next year to avoid […]

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US almost out of corns stocks by harvest 09

The US will be almost out of corn stocks by harvest 09, according to Phil Brasher in the Des Moines Register. You must read the article it points up the complete failure of corn to ethanol as a sensible economic or fuel policy. Key quote 1 Corn supplies are projected to fall by one-third to […]

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Wall St shockwaves travel through ethanol: Updated

Wall St shockwaves are hitting a number of companies in the Ethanol business says Reuters in a report last Wednesday.The report looks at  Aventine and Verasun and the impact of a capital squeeze and rising corn prices. Management in those firms, and many more, will be working hard over the next few months. Verasun, is, […]

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Wall st shockwaves travel through ethanol

Wall St shockwaves are hitting a number of companies in the Ethanol business says Reuters in a report last Wednesday. Thereport looks at  Aventine and Verasun and the impact of a capitalsqueeze and rising corn prices. Management in those firms, and manymore, will be working hard over the next few months.

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Looking at the economics of distillers grains

Nice piece in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader looking at the way that sales of distillers grains is helping to support the ethanol industry in the US. Historically, distillers grain represented 10 percent of an ethanolplant’s revenue stream, said Jerry Shurson, an animal science professorat the University of Minnesota. Today, it’s closer to 20 percent […]

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