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Abengoa Celebrates Grand Opening of Its First Commercial-Scale Next Generation Biofuels Plant
October 17, 2014 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(Abengoa/GlobeNewswire)  U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Kansas Senator Pat Roberts offer remarks during on-site event commemorating landmark occasion for advanced biofuels industry.

Abengoa’s proprietary enzymatic hydrolysis technology turns crop residue (stalks, stems and leaves) into a sustainable fuel source – cellulosic ethanol.

Abengoa (MCE:ABG.B/P SM) (Nasdaq:ABGB), the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, today announced the official grand opening of its second generation cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas, located about 90 miles southwest of Dodge City. The opening was attended by U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Kansas Senator Pat Roberts, Mayor of Hugoton Jack E. Rowden and CEO of Abengoa Manuel Sánchez Ortega.

Abengoa’s new industry-leading biorefinery finished construction in mid-August and began producing cellulosic ethanol at the end of September with the capacity to produce up to 25 million gallons per year. The plant utilizes only “second generation” (2G) biomass feedstocks for ethanol production, meaning non-edible agricultural crop residues (such as stalks and leaves) that do not compete with food or feed grain. The state-of-the-art facility also features an electricity cogeneration component allowing it to operate as a self-sufficient renewable energy producer. By utilizing residual biomass solids from the ethanol conversion process, the plant generates 21 megawatts (MW) of electricity – enough to power itself and provide excess clean renewable power to the local Stevens County community.

The Hugoton plant opening also marks the first-ever commercial deployment of Abengoa’s proprietary enzymatic hydrolysis technology, which turns biomass into fermentable sugars that are then converted to ethanol. Among the first wave of commercial-scale ethanol plants in the country, Hugoton builds on recent industry momentum showcasing cellulosic ethanol as a sustainable alternative fuel source that significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions and increases energy independence.

In addition to the plant’s crucial role in proving the commercial viability of cellulosic ethanol, its success provides a platform for the company’s future development of other bioproducts that reduce petroleum use, such as bioplastics, biochemicals and drop-in jet fuel.

“The Hugoton plant opening is the result of 10 years of technical development, roughly 40,000 hours of pilot and demonstration plant operation, and the support of the DOE,” said Manuel Sánchez Ortega, CEO of Abengoa. “This is a proud and pivotal moment for Abengoa and for the larger advanced bioenergy industry and further demonstrates our longstanding commitment to providing sustainable energy alternatives in the United States. This would have been simply impossible without the establishment of the Renewal Fuel Standard.”

Abengoa received a $132.4 million loan guarantee and a $97 million grant through the Department of Energy to support construction of the Hugoton facility.

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At full capacity, the Hugoton facility will process 1,000 tons per day of biomass, most of which is harvested within a 50-mile radius each year – providing $17 million per year of extra income for local farmers whose agricultural waste would otherwise have little or no value. Of that biomass, more than 80 percent is expected to consist of irrigated corn stover, with the remainder comprised of wheat straw, milo stubble and switchgrass.

Abengoa plans to offer licenses and contracts to interested parties covering every aspect of this new industry – from process design, to engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), supply of exclusive enzymes, as well as operations and marketing of the completed products from the facility.

The proprietary enzymatic hydrolysis technology utilized commercially at Hugoton is also a focal point in Abengoa’s efforts to diversify the range of raw material feedstocks from which biofuels and bioproducts can be produced. For example, for more than a year the company has been operating a demonstration-scale facility that is capitalizing on the same technology and enzyme cocktail used at Hugoton to extract cellulosic sugars from municipal solid waste (trash), thereby allowing expansion of the renewable fuels industry from rural to urban areas.

Legacy of Innovation

With a biofuels presence on three continents, Abengoa is an international biotechnology company – one of the largest ethanol producers in the United States and Brazil, and the largest producer in Europe with a total of 867 million gallons of annual installed production capacity distributed among 15 commercial-scale plants in five countries.

Abengoa’s overall presence in the United States – including its solar, water desalination, biofuels and engineering and construction businesses – has grown exponentially since the company expanded its business more than a decade ago. Some 26 percent of the company’s assets are currently in the United States, which is Abengoa’s largest market in terms of sales.   READ MORE and MORE and MORE (Bloomberg) and MORE (Triple Pundit)

 

Excerpt from Triple Pundit:  But as Standlee (Chris Standlee, Abengoa’s executive vice president of global affairs) explained to me, advancements in enzymes are proving to be the big difference. Four years ago, enzymes accounted for about $1.85 of the cost per gallon of cellulosic ethanol, which is why costs hovered between $6 and $8 per gallon. Albengoa manufactures their own enzymes, hence one reason why those costs have gone done as much as 30 percent since 2010. And Standlee claims the cost of enzymes per gallon of production could hit as low as 50 cents in a few years. The result: a gallon of cellulosic alcohol costing $2.30 a gallon in 2016 is not unrealistic—and could be very attractive considering fossil fuel’s price volatility.

The results are higher yields: in 2010 a ton of agricultural waste yielded about 55 gallons of fuel. Now that amount is up to 75 gallons, and Standlee sees that figure increasing to 85 gallons within two years.  READ MORE

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CALL FOR PAPERS: European Biomass Conference and Exhibition June 1-4, 2015 Vienna, Austria DEADLINE: October 27, 2014
October 17, 2014 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

CALL FOR PAPERS: European Biomass Conference and Exhibition    June 1-4, 2015  Vienna, Austria   DEADLINE:  October 27, 2014

The Call for Papers for the upcoming EUBCE 2015 in Vienna is open. Be part of this leading international Biomass Conference and present your latest results to specialists and decision-makers from around the globe. Submit your abstract by 27 October 2014!

Covering the entire range of the biomass value chain, including research, technologies and applications, the Call for Abstracts focuses on the most recent scientific, technological and market-related developments.  READ MORE

 

  • Apply for Student Awards 2015
    To encourage high-quality work amongst young researchers, the EUBCE Student Awards are granted every year in recognition of the most remarkable and outstanding research work in the field of Biomass
  • Industry presentations
    Following the successful launch of the industry sessions in 2014, we continue with industry presentations in the 23rd EUBCE. Submit you industry-oriented abstracts with the latest biomass innovation and progress results in an industrial context


Abengoa Celebrates Grand Opening of Its First Commercial-Scale Next Generation Biofuels Plant
October 17, 2014 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(Abengoa/GlobeNewswire)  U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Kansas Senator Pat Roberts offer remarks during on-site event commemorating landmark occasion for advanced biofuels industry.
Abengoa’s proprietary enzymatic hydrolysis technology turns crop …

European Biomass Conference and Exhibition June 1-4, 2015 Vienna, Austria
October 17, 2014 – 6:58 pm | No Comment
European Biomass Conference and Exhibition    June 1-4, 2015  Vienna, Austria

The European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) is a world class annual event which, since 1980, is held at different venues throughout Europe.  It is Europe’s largest international conference focused on biomass combining a highly-respected international …

India, Finland Agree to Double Bilateral Trade
October 17, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Thomas K. Thomas (The Hindu Business Line)  India and Finland have agreed to double bilateral trade to $2 billion over the next three years. To achieve this target the two countries signed as many …

Virginia Releases New Energy Plan
October 17, 2014 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Oct. 14, Gov. Terry McAuliffe officially unveiled the 2014 Virginia Energy Plan, which aims to provide a strategic vision for energy policy within the state. According to information …

Read DoD report: 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap
October 17, 2014 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

(The Hill)  The Pentagon is integrating climate change threats into all of its “plans, operations, and training” across the entire Defense Department, signaling a comprehensive attempt to tackle the impacts of global warming.
In a 20-page …

RFA Hammers CARB on ILUC Analysis
October 17, 2014 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)   Renewable Fuels Association’s (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen has submitted a letter to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) where he expresses concern over their analysis of indirect land …

Balancing Birds and Biofuels: Grasslands Support More Species than Cornfields
October 17, 2014 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Kelly April Tyrrell (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  In Wisconsin, bioenergy is for the birds. Really.  In a study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) …

CRFA Member Brings E30 Ethanol to Niagara Region
October 17, 2014 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(MarketWatch/Canadian Renewable Fuels Association)  The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) congratulates Gale’s Gas Bars on its debut of E30 gasoline in Ontario. Gale’s has sixteen sites throughout Niagara and E30 will be offered at 143 …

CPO Biodiesel to Help Lower State Expenditure by US$2.43 bln
October 17, 2014 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Kamis (AntaraNews.com)  The use of crude palm oil (CPO) as biodiesel fuel can reduce the state expenditure by US$2.43 billion, according to the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin).
“The state expenditure could be …

Is the Next “Green Revolution” Right Around the Corner?
October 17, 2014 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Caitlin Kennedy (Biotech NOW)  National Geographic’s October issue contains an in-depth article, “The Next Green Revolution” on how plant biotechnology will be one part of a multifaceted solution to feeding a rapidly growing population in the face of …

Breaking the Cycle of “Agricultural Landfill”: Can Cellulosic Ethanol Offer a Path to More No-Till Farming?
October 17, 2014 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Could diverting agricultural residues for cellulosic ethanol solve the problem of tilling agricultural residues into the topsoil — and help provide a path towards pristine soils not seen since the …

4 Minutes With…Joanne M. Ivancic, President, Advanced Biofuels USA
October 17, 2014 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (W)e hope to publish an updated version of an easy-to-read engaging quick “Guide to Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts” which we will present to the new Congress this winter. We …

DuPont, Ethanol Europe Renewables Ink Pact for Cellulosic Ethanol in Macedonia
October 17, 2014 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Macedonian government joins as signatory for MOU. 100 million liter cellulosic refinery could start construction in 2016.
… (N)ews arrives from Skopje, Macedonia that the Republic of Macedonia today joined a MOU …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Alternative Clean Transportation Expo May 4-7, 2015 Dallas, TX DEADLINE
October 16, 2014 – 7:14 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Alternative Clean Transportation Expo  May 4-7, 2015  Dallas, TX  DEADLINE

Nearly 200 transportation industry leaders will present throughout the four-day program on the key fueling, equipment, technology, and policy advancements driving the future of sustainable transportation. Are you interested in joining the speaker roster?
Real-world fleet …

ACT Expo May 2-5, 2016, Long Beach, CA
October 16, 2014 – 7:11 pm | No Comment
ACT Expo May 2-5, 2016,  Long Beach, CA

May 2-5, 2016, as the sixth annual ACT Expo returns to the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California.
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Alternative Clean Transportation Expo May 4-7, 2015 Dallas, TX
October 16, 2014 – 7:03 pm | No Comment
Alternative Clean Transportation Expo  May 4-7, 2015  Dallas, TX

Join us at North America’s largest clean fleet event May 4-7, 2015, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, for a closer look at how alternative clean transportation can lower your fleet’s …

GranBio Planing Second Brazil Site for Cellulosic Ethanol
October 16, 2014 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Vanessa Dezem and Gerson Freitas Jr. (Bloomberg)  GranBio Investimentos SA, the Brazilian biotechnology company that opened the southern hemisphere’s first cellulosic ethanol plant last month, is close to announcing a partner for its second facility.
The …

Manchin, Whitehouse Tour Algae Facility, Discuss Role of CO2 Utilization
October 16, 2014 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  In a sign of growing awareness among policy makers of carbon utilization as a climate change mitigation platform, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) today paid a joint visit to …

Large-Scale Algal Cultivation, Harvesting and Downstream Processing November 3-7, 2014 Mesa, AZ
October 16, 2014 – 3:24 pm | No Comment
Large-Scale Algal Cultivation, Harvesting and Downstream Processing     November 3-7, 2014   Mesa, AZ

This November 3-7, ATP3 in Arizona is hosting a workshop for those interested in learning algae cultivation and processing techniques. These workshops are a must for any company or individual that wants to make the …

EPA Honors the Winners of the 19th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards/ Winning Technologies Tackle Climate Change and Promote Energy Efficiency
October 16, 2014 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk into business opportunities, spurring innovation and economic development.
“From …

Tips for Biofuel Investment In Turbulent Times
October 16, 2014 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  … Insights were given by Mike Jerke, CEO, Guardian Energy Management LLC; Brian Kletscher, CEO/General Manager, Highwater Ethanol; and Randall Doyal, CEO/General Manager, AL-Corn Clean Fuel who all run currently operating …

RFA Unveils New Mobile App
October 16, 2014 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association) Today (October 15, 2014), the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) announced a new mobile app titled “RFA Advocacy.” The app is free of charge and available to download on all iPhones and Android-powered …

Study: Natural Gas Surge Won’t Slow Global Warming
October 16, 2014 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Seth Borenstein (AP/SFGate.com)  Cheap and plentiful natural gas isn’t quite a bridge to a brighter energy future as claimed and won’t slow global warming, a new study projects.  Abundant natural gas in the United …

REUTERS SUMMIT-U.S. Gas Station Constraints Complicate 2014 Biofuel Mandate -Officials
October 16, 2014 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Ayesha Rascoe (Reuters)  The Obama administration is trying to balance its support for renewable fuels with awareness of infrastructure constraints at gas stations as it finalizes targets for 2014 biofuel use, agency officials said …

Michigan State Discovery Boon for Biofuels and Even Cancer Treatment
October 16, 2014 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Michigan, discovery of a cellular snooze button has allowed a team of Michigan State University scientists to potentially improve biofuel production and offer insight on the early stages of …

4 Minutes with…Ray W. Miller, Chief Business Officer, Verdezyne
October 16, 2014 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Our technology is based on a proprietary yeast that is selectively engineered to use a variety of plant oil by-products, such as fatty acids, to produce dodecanedioic acid (DDDA), adipic …

Global Biofuels Market to Grow at 9.6% CAGR from 2013 to 2019: Transparency Market Research
October 16, 2014 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Transparency Market Research)  Transparency Market Research, in its latest report, says that higher investments will be seen in the global biofuels market on account of the rising demand for energy.
Biofuels is a class of fuels …

Use of Advanced Biofuels in Petrol Made Compulsory in Italy
October 16, 2014 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(The Green Optimistic)  Advanced biofuels will have to make up 0.6% of all types of petrol and diesel used to power cars and trucks in Italy as of 2018. With this new regulation, the country …

Seaweed Shortage Sets Back Dunbar Biofuel Plans
October 16, 2014 – 11:29 am | No Comment

(East Lothian Courier)  A Study involving seaweed washed up at Dunbar has been delayed – due to a lack of seaweed! Earlier this year, it was announced a project could be created to use the …

Junk or Treasure? Looking at Carbon Monoxide and LanzaTech
October 16, 2014 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) A blogger levels an explosive set of charges at LanzaTech: “Khosla’s latest gangrene venture”, “thermodynamic junk”, “gangrene fake company”.  Alleges that US Secretaries of Energy Moniz, Chu and Bodman were …

Thermotolerant Yeast Can Provide More Climate-Smart Ethanol
October 15, 2014 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(Science 20)  The yeast has not been gene modified by the researchers; rather, they have used adaptive laboratory evolution to produce it. The method allows new characteristics to be produced without knowing which mutations are …

California Low Carbon Fuels Coalition to Launch Amidst Recent Policy Losses
October 15, 2014 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest) In California, the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition will be launching to obtain continuous funding for the low carbon fuels industry through California legislation until 2016. The target legislation would establish multiple …

Cool Planet Takes Big Steps toward Scale for Waste-to-Gasoline, Soil Amendment
October 15, 2014 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) USDA issues $91M loan guarantee conditional commit to Cool Planet.  Obama Administration back building of the company’s first commercial plant in Louisiana, as it opens its first commercial-scale Cool Terra …

4 Minutes With…Sam Yenne, CEO, Maverick Synfuels
October 15, 2014 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Maverick Synfuels is about converting low value feedstocks into petroleum replacing chemicals and fuels. What makes Maverick unique is our Spoke and Hub deployment model. First we focus on …

BIB Receives $9.9M Biobased Education Grant
October 15, 2014 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  The Building Illinois’ Bioeconomy (BIB) consortium has received a $9.9 million grant to create an Illinois network of biobased training and employment pathways that can be completed in two years or …

Mechanics See Ethanol in Action at NASCAR
October 15, 2014 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder  (DomesticFuel.com)   Mechanics in Kansas had the opportunity to learn about NASCAR first hand when they attended the Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the Kansas …

Minnesota Ethanol Producer Named Chairman of the Renewable Fuels Association
October 15, 2014 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  (October 1, 2014) DES MOINES, Iowa — Today, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) announced the election of Randall Doyal, General Manager and CEO of Minnesota-based Al-Corn Clean Fuel, as the next Chairman …

ePURE Calls for Long-Term Policy Support of Biobased Economy
October 15, 2014 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

(ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Brussels–On the occasion of a high-level Policy Conference in Brussels, ePURE is calling for European policy makers to introduce a long-term policy framework to support the broadening of Europe’s network of biorefineries …

ACCESS II Confirms Jet Biofuel Burns Cleaner
October 15, 2014 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Flying high above the California desert, NASA researchers recently took to the skies for the second year in a row with a DC-8 and other aircraft to study the effects …

4 Minutes With…John Williams, President, Scoville Public Relations
October 15, 2014 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … I serve as the chief communications strategist for early stage clean technology companies, with a focus on bio-based fuels and chemicals. I work closely with clients to align their communications …

Two Forestry PGP Programmes Completed
October 15, 2014 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand)  Work by two recently completed Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programmes will pave the way for future efforts towards a potential biofuels industry in New Zealand from forestry residues and …

EPA Announces Winning P3 Student Teams for Pioneering Projects to Solve Environmental Problems
October 15, 2014 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(US Enviromental Protection Agency)  “Each year, the projects and designs created by the P3 teams surpass expectations,” said Lek Kadeli, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “These students are creating sustainable …

Brighter Brights and More Sustainable Whites
October 14, 2014 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Broadening the sources and uses for cellulosic ethanol.
As we reported yesterday (October 6, 2014)  in the Digest, DuPont and Procter & Gamble, announced a collaboration to use cellulosic ethanol in …

Energy Department Announces $13.4 Million to Develop Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts
October 14, 2014 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department announced today (October 9, 2014) up to $13.4 million for five projects to develop advanced biofuels and bioproducts that will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, …

4 Minutes With…John Reilly, Managing Director, WestPark Capital
October 14, 2014 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We finance alternative energy companies especially in biofuels and chemicals. … In the next twelve months would like to finance $100 million into alternative energy companies with breakthrough proven technology.

You must …

Don’t Wait for the Next War by Wesley K. Clark
October 14, 2014 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(Amazon.com) … War is a poor substitute for strategic vision, and decisions made in the heat of imminent conflict are often limited by the emotions of the moment. In Don’t Wait for the Next War, …

Airlines Fly the Skies on a Sugar High
October 14, 2014 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Amy Yee (The New York Times)  The red-and-white Boeing 737 looked like any other plane on the tarmac at Orlando International Airport. But on a clear day last July, the plane became the first …

Biofuel Leaders Says EPA Has Treated Industry Unfairly
October 14, 2014 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  In Minneapolis, industry officials say federal government erred in setting low targets for biofuels delivered at the pump.   Leaders of the nation’s biofuels industry on Monday accused the Obama administration …

It’s Not about Subtraction, It’s about Addition
October 14, 2014 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Is grain ethanol chemically the same as cellulosic ethanol? The short answer is, “yes.”  …
“Chemically, there is no difference between grain and cellulosic ethanol,” she (Sabrina Trupia, assistant director …

ExxonMobil to Invest $1 Million in Iowa State University Biofuels Research
October 14, 2014 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register)  Oil and gas giant ExxonMobil Corp. is investing $1 million over two years to establish an advanced biofuels research program at Iowa State University, the partners said today.
The ExxonMobil …

Letter: Extensive EPA Testing Found New Ethanol Fuel E15 Safe for Commercial Use
October 14, 2014 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/The Roanoke Times) … What about the auto industry? How did it respond to E15? More than 70 percent of new cars sold today are warrantied for E15 use. In fact, …

SynBioBeta Issues Report on Biofeedstock Company Proterro
October 14, 2014 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(SynBioBeta/BusinessWire) Proterro, the only biofeedstock company that makes sucrose instead of extracting it from crops or deconstructing cellulosic materials, is featured in a series of 2014 SynBioBeta industry reports.
“The importance of sugar as an industrial …

Research Teams Collaborate on Unique Biodiesel Study
October 14, 2014 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(Keene State University)  … And, combusting biodiesel fuel produces less particulate pollution than does petroleum diesel. That’s true even with B-20, the standard ratio of 20% biodiesel, 80% petroleum diesel.
Efficient, renewable, healthier for the environment, …

4 Minutes With…Svitlana Kroll, Senior Research Scientist, Southwest Research Institute
October 14, 2014 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … With more than 65 years of experience in automotive and fuels research and development, SwRI is uniquely positioned as an international expert in the research, development and testing of renewable …

Research Shows up to 20% Biodiesel OK for Home Heating
October 14, 2014 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

(National Oilheat Research Alliance)  Research conducted by the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) on blending ASTM D6751 biodiesel with both standard and low sulfur heating oil confirms that blends up to 20 percent biodiesel can …

Where Are We with Algae Biofuels? Parts 1 and 2
October 14, 2014 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The state of R&D so far. 4 NAABB advances  have brought the cost of algae biocrude oil down to $7.50 per gallon.  3 roadblocks remain between today’s cost and $3.00.  In our …

People Near ‘Fracking’ Wells Report Health Woes
October 14, 2014 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Wendy Koch (USA Today)  People living near natural-gas wells were more than twice as likely to report upper-respiratory and skin problems than those farther away, says a major study Wednesday on the potential health …

New Report Sheds Light on the Old “Food Vs. Fuel” Bioenergy Debate
October 14, 2014 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Runyon (RenewableEnergyWorld.com) There was never any conflict between using corn for food or for ethanol since corn growers send most of their product to animal feedlots. That product isn’t even meant for human consumption …

Argonne Lowers Land Use Change GHG Emissions for Corn Ethanol
October 10, 2014 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The estimation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions due to land use change (LUC) for corn ethanol has been ratcheted down by Argonne National Laboratory. The recently published manual …

“Pump”: An In-Depth Look at the Effects of Big Oil’s Monopoly—and How America Can Break It
October 10, 2014 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association) … “Pump” explores the history of the American fueling infrastructure, how it has led to today’s oil-dominated market, and what we can do to break petroleum’s stranglehold.
Americans have long …

EPA Unveils Improved RFS Pathway Petition Process
October 10, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA has posted a notice to its website announcing it has taken action to improve and streamline the pathway petition process under the renewable fuels standard (RFS).
In …

Advanced Ethanol Makers Are Trying To Give Big Oil A Run For Its Money
October 10, 2014 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Ken Silverstein (Forbes)  Big Oil can’t put the brakes on a new renewable fuels factory in Iowa — one that will seek to supplement petroleum with next-generation cellulosic ethanol. The “Project Liberty” facility will …

California Approves $12 Million for Energy Efficiency and Alternative Fuel Programs
October 10, 2014 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

(Imperial Valley News)  … During its monthly business meeting, the five-member Commission also approved more than $5.1 million in grants to Community Fuels, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, and the South Coast Air Quality Management …

4 Minutes With…Tim Hughes, Director of Biofuels, Department of Energy Development and Independence, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet
October 10, 2014 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … It is imperative that several of the commercial advanced and cellulosic ethanol and renewable fuel projects succeed in being cost competitive and returning dividends to their shareholders. While most businesses …

Baker Commodities Acquires New Leaf Biofuel
October 10, 2014 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

(Feedstuffs.com)  Baker Commodities, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has acquired a controlling interest in San Diego, CA-based New Leaf Biofuel. Baker Commodities, Inc., a leader in the rendering and recycling industry since 1937, …

BIO Welcomes Release of USDA Report on the Economic Benefits of the Bioeconomy
October 10, 2014 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Industry Organization)  USDA’s new report “Why Biobased?” is the first comprehensive federal quantification of the job opportunities and other economic benefits of the growing biobased products and renewable chemical industry. The Biotechnology Industry Organization …

Brownwashing: The Bashing of Green Products
October 10, 2014 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  According to MarketingDegree.net, “Greenwashed” is the way to describe up to 95 percent of “so-called green products”. The organization notes that a 2010 study by Terrachoice revealed that only 265 …

New RFA Case Study: Evidence of E85 Price Gouging?
October 10, 2014 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  E85 retailers in the St. Louis area may be purposely price gouging Missouri drivers, according to an in-depth case study released today by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). During the 2014 summer …

MEDIA ADVISORY: Grand Opening of New Entrepreneurial Teaching Laboratory at MU
October 10, 2014 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

(University of Missouri)  WHAT: The grand opening of the Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Center for Agricultural Development at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). The ADM Center for Agriculture …

4 Minutes With…Chris Groobey, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
October 10, 2014 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Our energy practice focuses solely on renewable and other advanced forms of energy, including fuels and chemicals. … We in this industry absolutely must finance and complete a handful of successful …

Neste Oil to Refocus Its R&D Aimed at Increasing Its Use of Renewable Inputs
October 10, 2014 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

(Neste Oil)  Neste Oil is to realign its long-term R&D and switch its emphasis from microbial oil research to other areas of technology for using forestry and agricultural waste. This type of waste will continue …

Ex-Cofounder at KIOR Claims Technology not Working
October 10, 2014 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

(Global BioBusiness)  A former cofounder of biofuel maker KiOR says he tried to warn other board members about problems with KiOR’s technology. The claims come from Mr. Paul O’Connor, who cofounded the company and worked …

Bioethanol Plant Fuelling CHP Facility
October 10, 2014 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

By David Appleyard (Co-Generation and On-Site Power Production)  A new bioethanol production plant that has been commissioned in Brazil is helping to fuel an adjacent cogeneration facility that supplies process steam, as well as electricity …

Earth to Cellulosic Ethanol: Glad You’re Here, Buddy, What Took so Long? Parts 1 and 2
October 10, 2014 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Cellulosic ethanol arrives at scale — “The five years away forever” put to rest — but are there troubling waters still ahead? For whom, and why?
Part I of II
There’s a …

DuPont’s $500 Million Ethanol Bet Panned by Peltz to Pay Off
October 9, 2014 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by Patrick Winters and Jack Kaskey (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  DuPont Co. (DD:US) said a $500 million bet on producing ethanol from corn crop waste, singled out by activist investor Nelson Peltz as lavish, will pay off …

Novozymes Looks beyond the ‘Fantasy Fuel’ It Helped to Turn into Reality
October 9, 2014 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Sabina Zawadzki (Reuters)
* Three of four advanced biofuel plants use Novozymes enzymes
* Biomass conversion could transform Novozymes in future
* Biofuel sector in continuing U.S. regulatory battle
 
When Denmark’s Novozymes first wondered in 2000 how its …

Ethanol Reduces Use of Imported Oil, Is Sustainable
October 9, 2014 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Douglas Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/DelMarVa Now)  A recent column from Dan Ervin is so wholly lacking in facts, the author does himself a disservice.   The renewable fuel requirement supports U.S. agriculture and …

What I Can Do to Lessen Our Addiction to Oil? Advanced Biofuels USA Publishes Some Suggestions
October 9, 2014 – 11:41 am | No Comment

What I Can Do to Lessen Our Addiction to Oil?
George W. Bush urged the US to “get off our addiction to oil.”  He talked about biofuels made from switchgrass as one solution.  So, how are …

Teknor Apex Company Named Commercial Bioproduct Innovation of the Year award winner and Cenergy USA, Inc. Names Consumer Bioproduct Innovation of the Year
October 7, 2014 – 8:29 am | No Comment

(OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center)  Bioproduct Innovation of the Year Awards Announced at Bioproducts World Showcase and Conference
The inaugural Bioproducts Innovation of the Year awards were announced today (October 6, 2014) at the Bioproducts World 2014 Showcase and …

Press Release: “Should Corn Land Be Used for Bioenergy/Biomaterial Crops?” Advanced Biofuels USA Publishes Thought-Provoking New Approach to Food, Feed, Fuel and Fiber Crop Land Use
October 6, 2014 – 8:00 am | No Comment

October 6, 2014—Columbus, OH —  Robert Kozak of Atlantic Biomass Conversions contributes his thoughtful approach to answering these questions* posed by Biofuels Digests’s Jim Lane: “As the first wave of cellulosic biorefineries launch — is …

Sweet Sorghum Production Guide Released
October 3, 2014 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Nikki Henderson (ArkLaTex Homepage)  Sweet sorghum is not currently grown as a commercial crop in Louisiana, but in the future, producers may consider growing it for use as a biofuel feedstock.
To help guide commercial production …

New Approach to Boosting Biofuel Production
October 3, 2014 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Anne Trafton (MIT News Office)  Different environment helps yeast tolerate high levels of ethanol, making them more productive.   Yeast are commonly used to transform corn and other plant materials into biofuels such as ethanol. …

Valero Officials Say Ethanol Business Is Booming
October 3, 2014 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Steve Sharp (Watertown Daily Times)  Valero Renewables officials from San Antonio, Texas, presented an update Wednesday afternoon to the Daily Times during what has become a fairly frequent media briefing and visit to their …

4 Minutes with…Steven Fabijanski, President and CEO, Agrisoma
October 3, 2014 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … What do you feel are the most important milestones the industry must achieve in the next 5 years?
1.) Regulatory harmonization, agreeing to the price and value of lower carbon fuels …

LowCVP Collaborates with DfT to Establish Task Force to Determine Future of Energy for UK Transport
October 3, 2014 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership)  Building on the LowCVP’s recent studies on fuels decarbonisation a new Transport Energy Task Force has been established. The Task Force will help the Government to examine and formulate options for meeting the …

Gulf Racing Fuels Selling High Performance Fuels Using Gevo’s Renewable Isobutanol
October 3, 2014 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(Gevo)  Initial Focus on Marine and Off-Road Fuel Markets — Gevo, Inc.(Nasdaq:GEVO), the world’s only commercial producer of renewable isobutanol, announced that it is selling renewable isobutanol to Gulf Racing Fuels for their new line of marine and …

Madagascar Energy Starts the Race by Domestic Biofuel Ethanol
October 3, 2014 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

(Agence Ecofin) … “It is an ecological project to reduce deforestation by reducing the use of wood as fuel,” noted Roland Jules Etienne, Minister of Industry and private sector development, while unveiling the vision Malagasy government …

Ford Hauls Bad Guys Away with Biodiesel and E85
October 3, 2014 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  Ford is doing its part in helping clean up the streets while also cleaning the environment. The automaker has introduced its new 2015 Ford Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle, or Transit PTV, capable …

Many Vehicles Flex Fuel-Capable with Simple Hack
October 3, 2014 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Adam Balkin  (Time Warner Cable News)  A man is showing a crowd in Times Square how he can, in just a few seconds with a software upgrade, convert this gasoline powered Chevy Cruze into …

US Homeland Security Moves to Tackle Climate Change Risks
October 3, 2014 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Anderson (Reuters)  Protecting the infrastructure of American cities from the effects of climate change is rising on the agenda of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to a top agency official.
“Increasingly, we’ve …

Looking at Fermentalg and Its 4th-gen Algae Premise and Promise
October 3, 2014 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … First generation. Those are the raceway ponds — at commercial scale with companies like Earthrise and Cyanotech, and at demo scale with some companies such as Sapphire or Cellana to name …

Critical Dialogue on Adapting to a Changing Climate Underway
October 3, 2014 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  … UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon brought government, finance, business and civil society leaders to New York because it is recognized that climate change is not a theory or a concept, but is, in …

Don’t Cut the Line on Biofuels
October 2, 2014 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) (The Hill)  Ethanol and biodiesel are important to the national economy and U.S. energy independence. It’s frustrating when a powerful agency and top executive branch leaders in Washington, D.C., don’t …

Exclusive Interview With RFA CEO/President Bob Dinneen at RFA Annual Membership Meeting in Des Moines, IA
October 2, 2014 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Jerry Perkins  (BioFuels Journal)  … RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen outlined the issues facing the Washington, DC-based ethanol advocacy organization which has 172 members, including 50 producer members, 79 associate members, 31 supporting members, and 12 …

Genscape Suggests 75 Million Xellulosic RINs Possible in 2014
October 2, 2014 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Cellulosic ethanol production could contribute up to 9 million cellulosic D3 renewable identification numbers (RINs) in 2014, if active plants achieve full capacity in the last four months …

Commodities: DDGS Value Comes Down to Logistics
October 2, 2014 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Sean Broderick (CHS/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Chinese MIR 162 (Syngenta trait corn) issues are still not resolved, leaving significant amounts of contracted tonnage that needs to move a different direction.  River logistics are still an …

Ethanol Industry Pushes Back on Rail Safety Improvements
October 2, 2014 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Curtis Tate (McClatchy News Service/Star Tribune)  The industry disputes finding that ethanol is more volatile than crude.
Ethanol producers are pushing back hard against new rail safety rules after a federal study found that ethanol …

U.S. Biodiesel Industry Challenges EU Trade Barriers
October 2, 2014 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) on Tuesday filed comments with the European Commission challenging unfair trade duties that have blocked U.S. biodiesel from being exported to Europe since 2009.
NBB urged the commission …

4 Minutes With…Timothy D. Lebrecht, Lead Engineer Refinery and Bio-fuel Applications, Air Products and Chemicals
October 2, 2014 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Right now our knowledge of H2 for hydrotreatment of Renewable Diesel, knowledge of O2 for Gasification, and knowledge of N2 for inerting are key areas where I and Air Products …

Biofuels Make Record Contributions to UK Energy
October 2, 2014 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(The Crop Site)  UK – The Government’s quarterly Energy Trends publication reveals a record contribution from bioenergy for keeping the lights on and our cars moving whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Over the same period, sustainable …