Tag: Illinois

Falling corn prices and stronger ethanol prices spell out good news on margins

Falling corn prices and stronger ethanol prices spell out good news on margins

July 14, 2020 |

In Illinois, ethanol producers are getting an extra boost to their margins as Platts reports lower corn prices saw the margin jump to 34.41 cents/gal, more than 5 cents higher than last week. Corn prices have eased after concerns that a heat wave could negatively impact the bumper corn crop expected in the autumn when […]

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Researchers look at corn and miscanthus energy efficiency

Researchers look at corn and miscanthus energy efficiency

June 30, 2020 |

In Illinois, in a recent study published in Frontiers in Plant Science, where researchers from the University of Illinois and the University of Oxford worked with maize and the bioenergy crop Miscanthus to find that the decline in the efficiency of leaves at the bottom of the canopy was not due to their age but […]

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Chicago Park District trialing B100

Chicago Park District trialing B100

June 29, 2020 |

In Illinois, as Chicago residents begin to resume outdoor activities, they can expect to breathe a little easier. That’s because the Chicago Park District (CPD) is working to improve air quality by fueling park refuse haulers with 100 percent biodiesel (B100). It’s all part of a pilot program in partnership with the Illinois Soybean Association […]

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Area around Pekin ethanol plant sees improved air quality following collaboration with EPAs

Area around Pekin ethanol plant sees improved air quality following collaboration with EPAs

June 25, 2020 |

In Illinois, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Illinois EPA announced the formal redesignation of the Pekin area to attainment of the federal air quality standard for sulfur dioxide. The Pekin area now meets the 2010 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for sulfur dioxide and all other federal air quality standards set to […]

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ADM shifts ethanol production to industrial at Clinton, Iowa facility

ADM shifts ethanol production to industrial at Clinton, Iowa facility

June 23, 2020 |

In Illinois, ICIS reports that Archer Daniels Midland has further expanded its industrial alcohol production, first at its Peoria, Illinois facility and now at its Clinton, Iowa facility in an effort to meet continued demand for hand sanitizers and other industrial uses. The company said that the additional production capacity will be available on demand, […]

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Northwestern University researchers launch iPROBE platform

Northwestern University researchers launch iPROBE platform

June 22, 2020 |

In Illinois, Northwestern University synthetic biologists have developed a new rapid-prototyping system to accelerate the design of biological systems, reducing the time to produce sustainable biomanufacturing products from months to weeks. The new platform, called in vitro Prototyping and Rapid Optimization of Biosynthetic Enzymes (iPROBE), provides a quick and powerful design-build-test framework to discover optimal […]

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Chicago Argo ethanol prices highest since early March

Chicago Argo ethanol prices highest since early March

June 9, 2020 |

In Illinois, Platts reports that Chicago Argo ethanol prices have reached $1.2710/gal, the highest seen since early March when the COVID-19 pandemic was starting to ramp up worldwide. It reached an all-time low of 81.05 cents on April 1 but the benchmark indicator for Midwest ethanol prices has increased in six of the last trading […]

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LanzaJet launched with Suncor Energy and Mitsui & Co with $25M in equity

LanzaJet launched with Suncor Energy and Mitsui & Co with $25M in equity

June 2, 2020 |

In Illinois, LanzaTech has successfully launched LanzaJet, Inc., a new company that will produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for a sector requiring climate friendly fuel options as it starts to recover from the impacts of COVID-19. With its approach to commercialization of SAF, LanzaJet is creating regional jobs while enabling global decarbonization of the aviation […]

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CABBI researchers develop quick way to evaluate microbes for renewable fuels

CABBI researchers develop quick way to evaluate microbes for renewable fuels

May 20, 2020 |

In Illinois, scientists engineering valuable microbes for renewable fuels and bioproducts have developed a fast, efficient way to identify the most promising varieties. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign developed a novel mass spectrometry-based screening technique to rapidly profile medium-chain fatty acids produced in yeast — part of a larger group of free […]

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Chicago ethanol swaps slip into largest backwardation in six months

Chicago ethanol swaps slip into largest backwardation in six months

May 19, 2020 |

In Illinois, Platts reports that with the slow ramp up of mothballed ethanol production compared to increasing demand, the backwardation between front and second-month Chicago ethanol swaps has reached a six-month high at 4.75 cents. Similarly, crush margins became positive for the first time in three months, further indicating tight supplies amid increased demand. Estimates […]

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