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Louisiana Entrepreneur Embodies Industry Switch from Emphasis on Biofuels to Bioproducts
September 23, 2014 – 9:04 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Golden Leaf Energy’s Troy A. Clark grew up in Louisiana. Studying chemical engineering at Tulane University brought him into contact with the oil industry. And yet, as his career progressed, he was drawn to renewables. Initially working as a dispatcher of ethanol for fuel, he forged relationships with companies from New Orleans to Detroit then explored building a cellulosic ethanol biorefinery using sugar cane bagasse.  Eventually, coming full circle, his company transitioned from using restaurant brown trap grease to manufacturing biodiesel along the West Bank’s Harvey Canal to producing high tech bio-based lubricants for the oil industry from the same funky mess, as Clark describes it.

His journey embodies a dynamic evident throughout the advanced biofuels industry.

Sadly for those who would like to see a speedy transition away from use of fossil fuels for transportation purposes, Clark’s story from oil industry to renewables and back to the oil industry reflects a not uncommon theme in the renewable fuels sector.  California’s Origin Oil followed a similar path with its algae-based lubricants marketed to the gas and oil fracking market.  And New Zealand’s Lanza Tech has taken a biogas fermentation-to-ethanol technology to China where smokestacks at steel mills feed the gas to the biological process.   Jim Lane of Biofuels Digest calls this merger of “green” bio-based feedstocks or technologies with “black” fossil fuel enterprises, the Olive Economy.

Clark is not giving up entirely on hope for bio-based fuels and materials to someday displace petroleum; but, he says, “The transportation fuel system that we have works; it’s hard to get people off it. It really is.”

He understands that from not only personal observation, but from participating in the markets as a consumer, dispatcher and entrepreneur.

From Dispatcher to Producer; Not without Set-Backs

Clark started as distributor of ethanol in the mid-west.  He matched product from smaller ethanol producers such as DART Disposal and Recycling Technologies, Inc. who fermented waste soda, beer, wine, pharmaceuticals, candy, mouthwash and such into ethanol; with buyers in the transportation fuels business.

But Clark wanted to do more.  He wanted to make something.  With partner Dr. Calvin Mackie and the Louisiana State University’s Audubon Sugar Institute, they explored making cellulosic ethanol from sugar cane bagasse.  At the time, they got stymied by the same biomass recalcitrance that has plagued other efforts and directed their attention to developing biodiesel refineries instead because they were relatively easy to build.

“We had a novel concept of a small facility that was modular and could take in any kind of feedstock,” Clark explains. They built a prototype facility in Harvey, Louisiana, using proprietary innovations that they developed to use brown grease, what Clark calls, “the bottom of the barrel” for biodiesel feedstock. Because their process could efficiently convert high levels (up to 90%) of free fatty acids (FFAs), what Clark calls “the enemy” of efficient biodiesel production, Golden Leaf Energy was able to hold down feedstock costs.

“We love FFAs because we know the more FFAs there are, the cheaper the product/feedstock is going to be. And because our facility is designed to take in up to 90% FFAs, we have no problem with that,” says Clark.  FFAs have to go through a couple of chemical processes to convert it for use in the biodiesel process.

Again, typically for many innovations in the biofuels industry, key processes and “secret sauce” recipes are held close to the vest.  “There’s some technology there; in our case it is cutting edge technology.  For us, we don’t talk about it.  It’s just a black box; it’s just magic.  We process it and take it all the way through after that,” is all Clark will say about Golden Leaf Energy’s proprietary conversion of the FFAs.

Eventually, however, also typical of many in this business, even that processing innovation wasn’t enough to overcome the low margins and policy uncertainty of the biodiesel industry particularly the on-again, off-again federal biodiesel production tax incentive and the threat to the value of Renewable Fuel Standard RINs posed by the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed downward adjustment to renewable volume obligations for the US transportation fuel market.  Clark notes that most biodiesel  is consumed as blendstock for diesel by the oil industry to comply with federal regulations, and to reap the RINs financial incentive.  “They play largely a RIN game; so their consumption of biodiesel is almost entirely because of the RIN issue, because they are obligated to use it.”

Considering these uncertainties, Clark says, “We found it (producing biodiesel) to be a bit of a challenge because the margins are low and it is almost completely dependent on whether or not the tax credit is in place. The companies that supply the raw materials have a lot of control over margins and have a lot of control over the marketplace in general.”

To limit feedstock expense, Golden Leaf Energy developed its own collection system with about 100 restaurants.  It wasn’t enough product for their entire production, but enough to reduce the overall cost of feedstock while they were making biodiesel for the transportation market.

“I’m lucky,” Clark says.  “I get to use brown grease, the bottom of the barrel.  Most people can’t use brown grease because their facility is not set up to manage it.  Brown grease is almost completely FFA.  You are talking 75-80% FFA.  Most facilities don’t have the pretreatment capabilities to manage it.  We wanted to use brown grease from the beginning, so we developed pretreatment capabilities that allow us to use it.”

Clark insists that there is a lot of opportunity to sell biodiesel in the region from New Orleans to Houston.  “You have about 43 % of the country’s refining capacity,” he explains.   He believes that when the economics are right, there’s a vast market.

From Biofuels to Bioproducts

For now, Golden Leaf Energy is taking a different tack.

“That market (transportation fuels) is not as attractive to us.  We had a small facility and because we were engineers and scientists, we felt we could do some more interesting things so we began to look for opportunities to use methyl ester in other chemistries.  We rarely even call it biodiesel.  We call it methyl ester because for us it is a chemical.

“And that chemical has certain advantages.  It is an excellent solvent.  What does that mean?  What is a solvent?  It can serve as a base for a bunch of other stuff.  You can mix methyl ester with a lot of things.  It combines well which means you can direct the chemistry toward solving various problems. And we’ve been able to direct it to solve the problem of lubricating metal-to-metal surfaces.

“Our lubricant has a lot of biodiesel in it, a lot of methyl ester in it.  We aren’t the only guys on the block using biodiesel in that capacity.  There are quite a few companies out there using it, but they don’t make/manufacture biodiesel the way we do; they don’t understand the product as well as we do.  They typically buy it.  But the opportunity for methyl ester to be used in any number of applications is through the roof.  And that’s what we are most excited about.”

As is also typical in the advanced biofuels and bioproducts space these days, Golden Leaf Energy has a patent on the recipe for the lubricant; but not a patent on the process for converting feedstock with high proportions of FFAs.  That information is too valuable to share with the world in a patent application.  Like many in this game, Golden Leaf Energy keeps that close to the vest.

Innovation and More Innovation

“What’s next for us are the opportunities for using methyl ester as a base for future products, future chemicals.  We’ll probably make some hydraulic fluids, more lubricants.  We’re going to make lubricants that are used in traditional metal working environments, metal shops, maybe big industrial places.

“We think that our next product will be a slideway oil. Slideways are inside metal making machines with a lot of metal-to-metal contact–big surface areas with metal-to-metal contact.  Methyl esters are very good in that environment. For us, the sky’s the limit in terms of opportunities for using methyl ester based chemistries for varied applications.”

Do customers care about being “green?”

Clark explains, “Yes, it matters to oil companies because they have to improve their narratives.  If you can provide an improvement to the narrative combined with product performance at cost, at what they are paying, you’ll get the sale every time.

“I think ultimately, that has to be the focus of anybody in this space.  That you are dealing with an entrenched product, petroleum.  And when you start pulling back, you start to understand how far out petroleum products go, you’re seeing, one, how successful it is; but, two, you also see all these opportunities.

“What can we develop to displace those products? What can we develop to compete with those products?  And if you can come up with chemistries that perform, and you aren’t too, too much more expensive, you have a legitimate opportunity to compete.

“Think about it from this standpoint.  You are talking about some of the richest guys on the planet.  They have absolutely no motivation to change.  Because, ‘I’ve already won. I’ve got the most money.’  Not only is it not broke, it’s not broke by a mile as far as we’re concerned.

“And then they are getting better at what they do.  They are getting better at finding oil and extracting oil.”

Petroleum Industry Psychology

Growing up in Louisiana with the prominent oil/gas/chemical industry enabled Clark to understand the psychology of this sector, to get a feel for what is important to this customer base.

“Where do they make their money?” he asks, as an introduction to sharing his take on his role in the oil industry and a key to his business model.  “What they are most concerned about is pulling it out of the ground and that’s where I interact with them.  And that’s where they spend the most money. ”

From conversations with oil executives, he says, he understands their priorities, “How efficiently and how successfully are (they) pulling oil out of the ground?”  Clark’s lubricants serve this effort.  And, his experience, similar to that of OriginOil’s, indicates that if he can compete with petroleum lubricants on price and performance, he can successfully compete.

With regard to any interest in transitioning from a petroleum-based world to a bio-based one, he emphasizes, “The scientists and engineers and businessmen in the world have to say we need to develop a renewable product that competes with petroleum products on price and performance.  If you can’t do that, then there is no way, there is no incentive to do anything different.

“So our model, what we are here to do is to compete with these products on price and performance.

“And when we do that, there’s no objection:  ‘Now you are on the list with everybody else and you’re just like everybody else: hey, give me a call. Your stuff worked for me.’”

Focus on Specialty Markets Provide Opportunity for Small Business

Founded in 2008, and still a start-up like many in this space, Golden Leaf Energy employs six people with four in production.  Clark anticipates hiring as they grow, adding a weekend and a third shift.  For every additional shift they will add two people.  As they expand into other products, he expects to add capacity to their existing 2.2 MMgy facility and that will mean more hires.

They are actively developing new products.  Clark repeats the word, “innovation.”  ”We have some interesting partnerships going.  We are just cranking up this partnership with Kraev (Laboratories),” he explains, introducing Dr. Kevin Roberson.  “He’s a scientist; we’re just contracting out brains, contracting out brain power,” he joked.  ”We are going to continue to do that (instead of hiring scientists at this time).”

Troy Clark has met each bump in the advanced biofuels road with persistence, belief in the potential of this sector and trust in thoughtful innovation.  Despite the deviations from a direct path to renewable fuels, Clark is encouraging, “Smart people who’ve got ideas, if they want to make a home in the alternative fuels space, there’s a lot of opportunity.”


*Joanne Ivancic, serves as Executive Director of Advanced Biofuels USA. She also served as a lobbyist promoting advanced biofuels research and production on Capitol Hill and with executive agencies.  She has observed the development of advanced biofuels’ research and financing for more than fifteen years. From 2010 to 2013 she was voted one of the Top 100 People in Bioenergy by Biofuels Digest readers and editors.

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Advanced Biofuels USA Officers Met with Brazilian Presidential Candidate, Marina Silva
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Marina Silva Kozak Ivancic October 2010

In the fall of 2010, Advanced Biofuels USA board member, Robert Kozak (in photo at left) and executive director, Joanne Ivancic (far right) met Marina Silva, currently a leading Brazilian Presidential candidate, at a presentation sponsored by the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.

In addition to supporting development of biofuels, Kozak, Silva and Ivancic shared a common bond as all three ran for office as Green Party candidates; Kozak for US Congress in Maryland’s 6th District; Silva for President of Brazil; and Ivancic as Alderman for the City of Frederick, Maryland.

Marina Silva Wilson Center presentationMarina Silva received an impressive 20% of the Brazilian presidential vote in 2010 when she first ran for president as candidate of the small Green Party, after leaving the Workers’ Party.

More recently, political analysts view Marina, as she is known, as the principal political beneficiary of massive street protests that erupted in June 2013 in dozens of Brazilian cities, to the surprise of the government, the opposition and the media; and as a leading candidate to win the current Brazilian presidential election. READ MORE (Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars) and  MORE (Biofuels Digest)and MORE (Bloomberg) and MORE (The Washington Post) and MORE (Forbes)

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In the fall of 2010, Advanced Biofuels USA board member, Robert Kozak (in photo at left) and executive director, Joanne Ivancic (far right) met Marina Silva, currently a leading Brazilian Presidential candidate, at a presentation …

Louisiana Entrepreneur Embodies Industry Switch from Emphasis on Biofuels to Bioproducts
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ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit February 9-11, 2015 Oxon Hill, MD
September 15, 2014 – 3:41 pm | No Comment
ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit      February 9-11, 2015   Oxon Hill, MD

The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit brings together the very best minds in business, academia, and government to advance cutting-edge technologies that could fundamentally change the way we generate, use and store energy.
The 2015 Summit will …

CALL FOR PAPERS: ACI’s 4th Annual Gasification Summit March 24-26, 2015 Prague, Czech Republic DEADLIINE: uncertain
September 15, 2014 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

ACI’s 4th Annual Gasification Summit, taking place on the first quarter of 2015 in Europe, will comprise two days of formal presentations, interactive roundtable discussions and excellent networking opportunities, providing an ideal setting to convene …

ACI’s 4th Annual Gasification Summit March 24-26, 2015 Prague, Czech Republic
September 15, 2014 – 3:32 pm | No Comment
ACI’s 4th Annual Gasification Summit    March 24-26, 2015   Prague, Czech Republic

ACI’s 4th Annual Gasification Summit, taking place on the first quarter of 2015 in Europe, will comprise two days of formal presentations, interactive roundtable discussions and excellent networking opportunities, providing an ideal setting to convene …

Carbon Accounting and Vehicle Fuels: A Research Update September 18, 2014 Washington, DC
September 15, 2014 – 3:27 pm | No Comment
Carbon Accounting and Vehicle Fuels: A Research Update     September 18, 2014   Washington, DC

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing examining recent research regarding the carbon dioxide (CO2) intensity of transportation fuels, such as crude oil and ethanol. The panel will also consider …

Richard Branson Failed to Deliver on $3bn Climate Change Pledge
September 14, 2014 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Suzanne Goldenberg  (The Guardian)  New book by Naomi Klein claims that Virgin founder gave less than a tenth of cash promised to develop low carbon fuel
Richard Branson has failed to deliver on his much-vaunted pledge …

The Absurdity of Zero GHG Formula-E Racing or Advanced Biofuel Racing is the Real Deal
September 13, 2014 – 11:48 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  This past weekend the first race of the much hyped Formula-E electric car series was run in Beijing, China.
The 45 minute race, which required two electric cars (with …

The Changing Course of the Brazilian Elections September 16, 2014 Washington, DC
September 12, 2014 – 11:30 am | No Comment
The Changing Course of the Brazilian Elections    September 16, 2014   Washington, DC

Viewed from the start by leading pollsters and analysts as the most difficult election to predict since the reinstatement of democracy in Brazil in the mid-1980s, next month’s presidential race will likely be resolved between …

USU Researchers Blazing Trails with Car Fueled by Algae, Safflower Seeds
September 12, 2014 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Mike Anderson (Deseret News)  Utah State University researchers are using the Bonneville Salt Flats to market what they believe is the fuel of the future: a biofuel made with algae and safflower seeds.
For some, salt is …

More Trouble Brewing at KiOR
September 9, 2014 – 7:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Key figure and company director Paul O’Connor resigns. Allegations relating to possible inside trading, suppression of 3rd party technology report laid by the Board against O’Connor.
O’Connor makes allegations concerning “KiOR’s …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2nd International Conference on Past and Present Research Systems of Green Chemistry September 14-16, 2015 Florida DEADLINE: Young Researchers Forum and General Presentations–Unclear;
September 9, 2014 – 7:38 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2nd International Conference on Past and Present Research Systems of Green Chemistry September 14-16, 2015 Florida  DEADLINE:  Young Researchers Forum and General Presentations–Unclear;

OMICS Group invites all the participants across the globe to attend the 2nd International Conference on Past and Present Research systems of Green Chemistry during Sep 14-16, 2015 Florida, USA.
Green Chemistry-2015 takes immense pleasure to invite you all to be a …

2nd International Conference on Past and Present Research Systems of Green Chemistry September 14-16, 2015 Florida
September 9, 2014 – 3:41 pm | No Comment
2nd International Conference on Past and Present Research Systems of Green Chemistry     September 14-16, 2015 Florida

OMICS Group invites all the participants across the globe to attend the 2nd International Conference on Past and Present Research systems of Green Chemistry during Sep 14-16, 2015 Florida, USA.
Green Chemistry-2015 takes immense pleasure to invite you all to be a …

Bio-Markets Asia – Biomass Supply Chain & BiofuelsWorld January 26-29, 2015 Jakarta, Indonesia
September 9, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment
Bio-Markets Asia – Biomass Supply Chain & BiofuelsWorld   January 26-29, 2015    Jakarta, Indonesia

Biomass Supply chain- 27th Jan 2015 
Maximizing the Potential of the Green Feedstock for Export or Domestic Power“
Key Highlights
·         Opportunities in Domestic Biomass Utilization in Power Generation
·         Global Market Dynamics for Biomass to Power & Demand …

ACI’s 4th Carbon Dioxide Utilization Conference 2015 February 25-26 San Antonio, TX
September 9, 2014 – 3:25 pm | No Comment
ACI’s 4th Carbon Dioxide Utilization Conference 2015     February 25-26     San Antonio, TX

ACI’s 4th Carbon Dioxide Utilization Conference 2015 will explore commercial aspects of carbon dioxide applications in several industries such as chemical, oil & gas, power and cultivation. The conference will evaluate potential benefits and challenges of investments …

World Future Energy Summit January 19-22, 2015 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
September 9, 2014 – 3:20 pm | No Comment
World Future Energy Summit    January 19-22, 2015    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) is the world’s foremost event dedicated to renewable energies, energy efficiency and clean technologies. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu …

6th Annual Next Generation Bio-Based and Sustainable Chemicals Summit February 3-5, 2015 New Orleans, LA
September 9, 2014 – 1:42 pm | No Comment
6th Annual Next Generation Bio-Based and Sustainable Chemicals Summit    February 3-5, 2015    New Orleans, LA

Infocast’s 6th Annual Next Generation Bio-Based and Sustainable Chemicals Summit debuts in New Orleans, LA, co-located with informEx for the first time to provide attendees with unparalleled networking capabilities  and access to exhibitors. Bio-based tech start-ups, brand owners, chemical majors, …

Fuels of the Future 2015 January 19-20 Berlin, Germany
September 9, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment
Fuels of the Future 2015   January 19-20    Berlin, Germany

On 19-20 January 2015, the biofuels industry from Germany and around the world will come together for the 12th edition of the “Fuels of the Future” conference, which will be held for the first time at …

South-East European Exhibition on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy March 11-13, 2015 Sofia, Bulgaria
September 9, 2014 – 1:06 pm | No Comment
South-East European Exhibition on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy      March 11-13, 2015   Sofia, Bulgaria

The 11th South-East European Forum and Exhibitions on Energy Eficiency, Renewables and Smart Cities will be held from 11 to 13 March 2015, in Sofia, Bulgaria. Taking the key role of the sustainable development into account, …

Is Algae the Future of Fuel?
September 9, 2014 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Chase Ezell (Earth911)  … Currently most of those emissions are being emitted directly into our outdoor environment. Now what if there was a way to capture those emissions, use photosynthesis and turn the byproduct into usable fuels? Still …

The President’s Biggest Enemy
September 9, 2014 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (The Hill/Biotechnology Industry Organization)  President Obama’s bold vision to transition the nation to a cleaner energy future is about to be derailed by one of his most potent adversaries: himself.
To the great …

USDA Develops Switchgrass with Bigger Yield, More Biofuel
September 9, 2014 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by John Davis ( Researchers working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have developed a variety of switchgrass that produces bigger yields and more biofuel. Rob Mitchell with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in …

Africa, ME, Asia to Drive Global Biofuels Demand to 115 mn Tonnes by 2018
September 9, 2014 – 11:27 am | No Comment

(Business Standard)  Growth in 2013-18 period likely to be moderate compared to 2008-13 period as demand from the US stagnates, says the Freedonia Group report.
Asia-Pacific region, Central and South America, and the Africa/Mideast region are …

Alabama Gets First-In-World Carbon-Negative Algae Biofuel
September 9, 2014 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Tina Casey (CleanTechnica)   …What you do is you take long, durable plastic bags, fill them with a nutrient-rich growing medium (wastewater, in this case), throw in some algae, and let sunlight work its magic. The …

Consumers: Economics Drives Buying Decisions on Alternative Fuels and Vehicles
September 9, 2014 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(  Consumers look at alternative fuels and vehicles the same way that they look at traditional fuels: economics drives the purchasing decision.
Consumers say that they consider fuel economy and the cost of the vehicle far …

Extending Ethanol Into the South: Protec Fuel Introduces E15 to Major Metro Areas, Adds more E85
September 9, 2014 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(CSP Daily News/  A multiphase rollout of ethanol blends is taking place over the next several months in the South, as ethanol distributor Protec Fuel seeks to bolster the availability of E85 and introduce E15 …

Braskem Joins Amyris and Michelin to Accelerate the Industrialization and Commercialization of Renewable Isoprene
September 9, 2014 – 11:09 am | No Comment

(Amyris)  Partnership aims to develop and produce renewable isoprene for production of tire and other rubber applications

Amyris, Braskem and Michelin announced today that Braskem is joining a collaboration already launched in 2011 between Michelin and …

EPA ‘Tier III’ Test Change May Complicate Achieving Fuel Economy Goals
September 8, 2014 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

by Lori Nicholson (IWP News)  EPA’s recent decision in its “Tier III” vehicle emissions rule to increase the amount of ethanol in certification fuel used to determine an automobile’s compliance with the standard could complicate …

What Progress is the USDA Making on Turning Farm Bill Funding into Program Action?
September 8, 2014 – 7:52 pm | No Comment

By Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Well, plenty. We reported on progress with Section 9003 loan guarantees earlier this week – today, we have a recap of the major other activities, including the Biodiesel Fuel Education …

Vietnam Province Widely Sells Biofuel Three Months ahead of Schedule
September 8, 2014 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

(TUOI TRE NEWS)  All filling stations in the central province of Quang Ngai on Monday began selling E5 RON 92, a biofuel intended to replace the commonly used RON 92 gasoline, three months ahead of …

What We Know about the Brazilian Presidential Situation and Ethanol Prospects?
September 8, 2014 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … It’s a long ways until October 5th — but here’s why ethanol-oriented stocks are already rising on the prospects. (President Dilma) Rousseff has been attempting to battle inflation by …

On the Mend: Why INEOS Bio Isn’t Producing Ethanol in Florida
September 8, 2014 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The INEOS Bio cellulosic ethanol plant in Vero Beach, Florida officially opened last year but has been reporting only spotty production of ethanol in the EPA’s EMTS transaction system for …

Fighting Va. Flooding Linked to Rising Seas Will Be Complicated, Costly
September 8, 2014 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Rex Springston (Richmond Times-Dispatch) Panel assessing rising seas holds first meeting, discusses action plan
Col. Paul B. Olsen, commander of the Army Corps of Engineers’ Norfolk District, showed a slide of Holland Island.
The once-populated spot in …

USDA Provides $328 Million to Conserve Wetlands and Farmland, Boost Economy
September 8, 2014 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Farm Bill program will benefit wildlife and outdoor recreation activity in California Bay Delta Region, Mississippi, Red River Basins and others
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that $328 million in conservation …

VIII Annual ISO DATAGRO New York Sugar and Ethanol Conference: Report
September 8, 2014 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Pamela Rockwell* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  It was fitting that the VIII annual ISO DATAGRO New York Sugar and Ethanol Conference took place in the Empire Room of the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
The …

$60M Biomass Plant to Tap into Lafourche Bagasse
September 8, 2014 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(New Orleans City Business)  A Lafourche Parish mill will be the site of a $60 million biochemical facility that will turn the waste product of the sugar refining process into a useable product.
Virdia Inc. announced …

Oberon DME Receives EPA’s First Biogas-Based Fuel Approval Under the Renewable Fuel Standard
September 8, 2014 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(Oberon DME/GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Oberon Fuels Inc. (“Oberon”), the first company to announce plans to commercialize biogas-based dimethyl ether (“DME”) fuel production in North America, announced today that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) …

A Global Warming President Presides Over a Drill-Baby-Drill America
September 8, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Michael T. Klare (Huffington Post)  … U.S. oil consumption is on an upward trajectory, climbing by 400,000 barrels per day in 2013 alone — and, if current trends persist, it should rise again both this year and next.

Accompanying all …

Funding Available for Projects Reducing Transportation-Related Emissions in North Carolina
September 8, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center ) Third call includes up to $1,300,000 available to award.
The North Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at N.C. State University has announced a final request for proposals for over …

New Study: E15 Would Reduce Smog & Cancer Risk
September 8, 2014 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(  Using E15 gas rather than regular gas will reduce cancer-causing pollutants and smog in Chicago’s air, says a new report that reviews and aggregates the results of independent research by the Department of Energy, …

Methes Energies Signs Catalyst Supply Agreement for Its New Pre-Treatment Process
September 8, 2014 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(Methes Energies)  Methes Energies International Ltd. (NASDAQ: MEIL), a renewable energy company that offers an array of products and services to biodiesel fuel producers, announced the introduction of Methes PP-MEC catalyst. Dorf Ketal Speciality Catalysts LLC (“Dorf Ketal”) …

E15 Expanding Across the Southern U.S.
September 8, 2014 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Protec Fuel)  Protec Fuel to Bring Dozens of E15, E85 Stations to Metro Areas
The South will soon welcome E15 to its part of the country, along with more E85. Protec Fuel is joining forces with …

Breakthrough or No Breakthrough? As UK Research Team Reports Progress toward Renewable Propane, Global Media Goes Gaga
September 8, 2014 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, If you look this week in your Google News alerts, you’ll see an awful lot of breathless headlines around a meme something like “Researchers have engineered the harmless …

USDA Announces Loan Guarantee to Help Innovative Company Turn Waste Into Renewable Jet Fuel
September 8, 2014 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  $105 Million loan guarantee provided through the Biorefinery Assistance Program
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has closed on a loan guarantee to Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels, LLC to build a biorefinery …

4 Minutes With…Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech
September 8, 2014 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you’ve known her as the globe-trotting CEO of LanzaTech — managing an enterprise based in Chicago, with lab operations (and historic ties to) in New Zealand, and progressing towards scale-up …

Virent to Expand Demo Plant Capabilities to Scale Plant-Based Paraxylene
September 8, 2014 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(Virent)  Virent announced today that The Coca-Cola Company is making an additional investment in the company’s development and commercialization of its bio-based paraxylene, BioFormPX™. This investment will enable Virent to scale up separation and purification …

POET-DSM’s Project LIBERTY Opens, as Fantasy Becomes Real
September 8, 2014 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) POET-DSM’s 20 million gallon cellulosic ethanol plant opens with hoopla, and heartfelt messages about the spirit of innovation, and a time for technology change and policy firmness.
“Once, we all lived …

2 New Type Ethanol Plants to Open in Iowa
August 29, 2014 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(AP/AgriNews)  A new era of ethanol fuel production will begin soon as Iowa refineries begin full operation using materials other than corn kernels.
Iowa has two major cellulosic plants under construction that will use corn plant …

New Orleans Entrepreneur Pushing Technology to Chemically Manufacture Oil: Meet Our Reader Vote Winner
August 29, 2014 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Mark Waller (New Orleans Times Picayune) For Brandon Iglesias, there wasn’t a specific moment of revelation. Unlike some entrepreneurs, he didn’t spot a glaring gap in an industry and move in to solve the problem. …

Do GMO Crops Foster Monoculture?
August 29, 2014 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

by Steve Savage (GMO Answers)  Do GMO crops “foster monoculture?” This is a frequent criticism of modern agriculture. I have three with problems it:

“Monoculture” isn’t the right term to use to describe the relevant issues …

The Three ‘F Words’ Repeated Again and Again
August 29, 2014 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Tim Rudnicki (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Just a few days ago the National Conference of State Legislatures convened policymakers from across the country in Minneapolis. Several thousand legislators, legislative committee staffers and other interested observers of …

Tennessee AgriTech Challenge November 11, 2014 Murfreesboro, TN
August 29, 2014 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

SAVE THE DATE This exciting event will feature presentations from agricultural technology start-ups, established companies, venture capitalists and thought leaders to support Governor Haslam’s Rural Challenge: A 10-Year Strategic Plan.
More information about the 2014 Tennessee AgriTech …

DOE Awards $3.5 Million to Cellana for Algal Biofuels
August 28, 2014 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) The U.S. Energy Department has announced $3.5 million for an algae project aimed at accelerating the development of sustainable, affordable algal biofuels…
Cellana, LLC, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, was selected to receive the $3.5 …