Tag: Illinois

UofI researchers lead $5 million switchgrass study

UofI researchers lead $5 million switchgrass study

September 19, 2018 |

In Illinois, a University of Illinois crop scientist will lead a team of researchers on a five-year study of new crops that could contribute to the production of affordable, sustainable sources for market-ready fuels and other valuable products. They were awarded $5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for a study titled “Next-Generation […]

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Canadian National Railway embargo on Argo ethanol seen ending Friday

Canadian National Railway embargo on Argo ethanol seen ending Friday

September 13, 2018 |

In Illinois, Reuters reports that Canadian National Railway cited oversupply and traffic congestion as reasons for halting its ethanol deliveries to Kinder Morgan’s benchmark Argo terminal on September 5 but could lift the embargo as early as Friday. With the market oversupplied and prices at multi-year lows, the temporary embargo hasn’t had any impact on […]

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Ethanol plants cutting prices to make up for rising truck freight rates

Ethanol plants cutting prices to make up for rising truck freight rates

August 21, 2018 |

In Illinois, Platts reports that ethanol plants are having difficulty securing trucks to haul ethanol from plants in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and elsewhere to major hubs for blending and transportation due to competition for truck haulage. Near-record ethanol production has compounded the situation, making it difficult as storage units at facilities fill up without the […]

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Auction of Tenaska Commodities’ Iowa biodiesel plant to close August 3

Auction of Tenaska Commodities’ Iowa biodiesel plant to close August 3

July 31, 2018 |

In Illinois, Aaron Equipment Company, on behalf of Tenaska Commodities, LLC, opened bidding on the assets of a Clinton, Iowa biodiesel plant on May 7. The auction has been taking place in conjunction with Reich Brothers, LLC, which specializes in complex asset dispositions and liquidity enhancements for companies undergoing structural changes. The sale marks Aaron […]

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Argonne Lab researchers develop two-faced membranes for industrial use

Argonne Lab researchers develop two-faced membranes for industrial use

July 25, 2018 |

In Illinois, named for the mythical god with two faces, Janus membranes — double-sided membranes that serve as gatekeepers between two substances — have emerged as a material with potential industrial uses. Creating two distinct “faces” on these delicate surfaces, however, is a process fraught with challenges. By applying a common high-tech manufacturing technique in […]

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Argonne Lab researchers explore how bacteria collect, store and use information

Argonne Lab researchers explore how bacteria collect, store and use information

July 19, 2018 |

In Illinois, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Chicago are finding new computational ways to describe bacterial cognition, a concept that emerged in the 1940s. These methods enable scientists to quantitatively measure how bacteria collect information, store that information and use it to interact […]

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ADM and DuPont team up to develop, produce and market cellulase enzymes

ADM and DuPont team up to develop, produce and market cellulase enzymes

June 20, 2018 |

In Illinois, Archer Daniels Midland Company and DuPont Industrial Biosciences announced a collaboration to develop, produce and market cellulase enzymes for operators of grain-based ethanol plants. Cellulase enzymes assist in hydrolyzing the corn kernel fiber, which consists mostly of cellulose and hemicellulose carbohydrates. Once the fiber is broken down, more sugars can be liberated and […]

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Transition to Enogen slow for some but fast for others

Transition to Enogen slow for some but fast for others

May 22, 2018 |

In Illinois, when it comes to integrating Enogen into the supply chain, some ethanol producers in the Midwest are jumping in whole hog, like Tharaldson who did a six-month trial with the 2017 crop and will go 100% Enogen 2018-2020, while others like Midwest AgEnergy have done much smaller trials running 15% Enogen twice so […]

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Rising corn prices squeezing Midwest ethanol producers

Rising corn prices squeezing Midwest ethanol producers

May 22, 2018 |

In Illinois, Platts reports that it may be rising corn prices squeezing the already tight crush margin that begins to slow down ethanol production. Platts reported margins at just 2.96 cents/gal after corn futures soared nearly 14 cents in a week following China’s decision to drop an investigation into US sorghum exports that sent all […]

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St. Louis Biofuels’ $8 million biodiesel plant to be auctioned June 27

St. Louis Biofuels’ $8 million biodiesel plant to be auctioned June 27

May 21, 2018 |

In Illinois, Maas Companies of Rochester, MN will auction St. Louis Biofuels’ $8 Million/12 Million Gallon per year biodiesel plant. Maas Companies specializes in the liquidation of specialized and renewable assets for private companies, courts, banks and lenders nationwide. The assets will be sold via a sealed bid auction; the deadline for offers is Wednesday, […]

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