Tag: Illinois

University of Illinois researchers says economics favor corn for food over ethanol

University of Illinois researchers says economics favor corn for food over ethanol

June 20, 2017 |

In Illinois, researchers at the University of Illinois have quantified and compared these issues in terms of economics of the entire production system to determine if the benefits of biofuel corn outweigh the costs. Civil and environmental engineering professor Praveen Kumar and graduate student Meredith Richardson published their findings in the journal Earth’s Future. As […]

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Ethanol production rises again, adding to stocks

Ethanol production rises again, adding to stocks

May 18, 2017 |

In Illinois, ethanol production rose again last week to 1.027 million b/d, 21,000 b/d higher than the previous week and more than 8% higher than during the same period last year. Demand remains stagnant, however, so increased production led to an increase in stocks for a total of 23.414 million barrels contrary to the market’s […]

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University of Illinois researchers integrate technologies to enhance yeast productivity

University of Illinois researchers integrate technologies to enhance yeast productivity

May 16, 2017 |

In Illinois, in a new article in Nature Communications University of Illinois researchers describe how their successful integration of several cutting-edge technologies—creation of standardized genetic components, implementation of customizable genome editing tools, and large-scale automation of molecular biology laboratory tasks—will enhance our ability to work with yeast. The results of their new method demonstrate its potential to […]

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Kinder Morgan diverting ethanol from Argo terminal for second time this year

Kinder Morgan diverting ethanol from Argo terminal for second time this year

May 15, 2017 |

In Illinois, Kinder Morgan began diverting ethanol trucks away from its Argo terminal on Thursday for the second time this year due to lack of storage availability. Supplies were directed towards nearby Stony Island facility. The diversion also took place in February when storage facilities were similarly at capacity. Though Midwest stocks fell during the […]

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Soy oil futures strengthen on ITC biodiesel dumping stance and could go higher

Soy oil futures strengthen on ITC biodiesel dumping stance and could go higher

May 10, 2017 |

In Illinois, soy oil futures rose late last week in response to the US International Trade Commission’s determination that Argentina and Indonesia may be dumping biodiesel on the US market. Rabobank expects a significant tariff similar to the one implemented by the European Union in 2013 will eventually be lobbed on those imports, which will […]

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ADM sees strong ethanol exports continuing to Brazil in Q2

ADM sees strong ethanol exports continuing to Brazil in Q2

May 2, 2017 |

In Illinois, despite the Brazilian government contemplating a 20% import tariff on ethanol, the CEO of Archer Daniels Midland expects US ethanol exports to remain strong during Q2 and Brazil to continue to be a key export destination during that period. With US ethanol demand seen at around 14.7 billion gallons this year, he expects […]

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Chicago ethanol market at four-month high thanks to maintenance season

Chicago ethanol market at four-month high thanks to maintenance season

April 17, 2017 |

In Illinois, the front-month Chicago ethanol swap soared to a four-month high last week at $1.6850/gal thanks to shrinking supplies due to some producers shutting down for maintenance, finally falling below an average of 1 million gallons per day at 986,000 b/d. That was the lowest production seen in six weeks and more of a […]

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Boho continues slide, hits 71-week low

Boho continues slide, hits 71-week low

April 6, 2017 |

In Illinois, the Boho factor between heating oil blendstock and soybean oil prices fell to a 71-week low, falling more than 25% during the last nine sessions alone. With more than 55% of US biodiesel produced from soy oil, futures prices are a key factor in calculating biodiesel margins. A record soybean harvest mixed with […]

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SIUE ethanol facility names new research director after national search

SIUE ethanol facility names new research director after national search

April 6, 2017 |

In Illinois, following an extensive national search, the NCERC (National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has announced the hiring of Yan Zhang as the director of research/associate research faculty. Zhang will provide scientific and technical excellence for all client-and grant-funded research projects at the center’s pilot plant and laboratories. Zhang started at […]

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University of Illinois researchers demo GM sugarcane can produce oil for biodiesel in leaves and stems

University of Illinois researchers demo GM sugarcane can produce oil for biodiesel in leaves and stems

April 4, 2017 |

In Illinois, a multi-institutional team led by the University of Illinois have proven sugarcane can be genetically engineered to produce oil in its leaves and stems for biodiesel production. Surprisingly, the modified sugarcane plants also produced more sugar, which could be used for ethanol production. The dual-purpose bioenergy crops are predicted to be more than […]

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