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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) and MORE (Huffington Post) and MORE/MORE (Biofuels Digest) and MORE (The New York Times)

 

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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EPA Moves Goalposts with New Definition for Cellulosic Biofuels
October 21, 2014 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(Institute for Energy Research)  Congress and President Bush determined that the United States should be producing specified amounts of cellulosic biofuel as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The trouble with the approach in 2007, which is still a problem today, is that a technology to produce cellulosic biofuel economically does not exist to the extent that the legislation requires. So, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has lowered the requirement for cellulosic biofuel every year. However, its lower requirement is not low enough because despite mandates, industry still cannot produce the lowered amount. So, now EPA has decided to change the definition of what constitutes cellulosic biofuels so that it can still require larger numbers than are feasible. The new definition allows an energy product that is 75 percent cellulosic to count as if it is 100 percent cellulosic.[i]

The Expanded Definition

The EPA has expanded the definition, called a pathway, of cellulosic and advanced biofuels to include liquefied and compressed natural gas produced from biogas and landfills.[ii]

The statutory definition of cellulosic biofuel includes “renewable fuel derived from any cellulose, hemicellulose, or lignin that is derived from renewable biomass and that has lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions, as determined by the Administrator, that are at least 60 percent less than the baseline lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions”. Although the renewable fuel standard enacted in 2007 has so far been used to boost the ethanol and advanced biofuels sectors, because the standard applies broadly to biomass-derived transportation fuel, EPA has determined that renewable electricity made out of biogas from landfills, municipal wastewater treatment and solid waste digesters, and agricultural digesters meets the 60 percent greenhouse gas reduction threshold needed to qualify as a cellulosic biofuel.

How EPA intends to ensure that the qualified biofuels producing electricity are powering electric vehicles, and not the coal, natural gas, or nuclear energy that are also generating electricity, is clearly a question in determining what qualifies under this new pathway.  READ MORE



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 …

Major Indo-U.S. Advanced Bioenergy Consortium Launches
October 21, 2014 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Martin (Washington University in St. Louis)   The government of India’s Department of Biotechnology, Indian corporate leaders and Washington University in St. Louis have invested $2.5 million to launch the Indo-US Advanced Bioenergy …

4 Minutes With…Sebastian Scaparro, Business Developer and Administration Manager, ALS Bioenergy
October 21, 2014 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … ALS Bioenergy is a company that develops and commercialize technologies for biofuels, agroindustrial and bioproducts. Our technology is multifeedstock, glycerin free and has a much lower cloud point then the …

Biodiesel Companies Want Stricter Regulation on Waste Oil
October 21, 2014 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Elaine Yau (South China Morning Post)  The recent gutter oil scandal leads to calls to set up a licensing system
Last month’s scandal over sales of tainted lard from Taiwan has been a source of …

New Fueling Permit Brings Biodiesel Back to Maalaea Harbor
October 21, 2014 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(Pacific Biodiesel Technologies/Biodiesel Magazine)  Divers and crew aboard Aqua Adventures Maui are no longer breathing petroleum exhaust when they begin their diving experience from the swim step of the vessel. In a demonstration of its …

Industrial Biotechnology’s 2014 in Pictures: The Year of Steel
October 21, 2014 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  When we think of the past 12 months and the remainder of 2014, we’re going to look back on it as the Year of Steel for the advanced bioeconomy.  Click …

Robust Economic Opportunities in the U.S. Biobased Economy
October 21, 2014 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/Biotechnology Industry Organization)  A report released a couple of weeks ago by the USDA’s BioPreferred Program, “Why Biobased?,” provides a very positive overview of economic opportunities in the emerging biobased economy. …

DE-FOA-0001179: Landscape Design for Sustainable Bioenergy Systems and Webinar
October 21, 2014 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  EERE is seeking interdisciplinary projects that apply landscape design approaches to integrate cellulosic feedstock production into existing agricultural and forestry systems while maintaining or enhancing environmental and socio-economic sustainability including ecosystem …

RFA’s 20th Annual National Ethanol Conference (NEC): Going Global February 18-20, 2015 Grapevine, TX
October 20, 2014 – 6:17 pm | No Comment
RFA’s 20th Annual National Ethanol Conference (NEC): Going Global      February 18-20, 2015     Grapevine, TX

Come celebrate the RFA’s 20th Annual National Ethanol Conference (NEC): Going Global, being held February 18-20, 2015 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.  Started in 1996, the NEC continues to …

Turning Food Waste into Feed
October 20, 2014 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

(Balkans.com)  Global demand for food is expected to increase by 70% by 2050, while a steep increase in biomass use will also put pressure on agriculture. Feeding the world without damaging the environment is the …

Military Mobile Power Summit January 13-14, 2015 Alexandria, VA
October 20, 2014 – 5:21 pm | No Comment
Military Mobile Power Summit    January 13-14, 2015   Alexandria, VA

DSI’s Military Mobile Power Summit is a senior level, educational “Town Hall” forum that will bring together selected technology, engineering, and requirements offices, along with thought leaders to key policy-makers across military and civilian offices in …

SOY Scholarship Application DEADLINE: November 20, 2014
October 20, 2014 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

The 2015-16 Secure Optimal Yield (SOY) Scholarship is a $5,000 one-time scholarship award presented to a high school senior who is going to pursue agriculture as an area of study at any accredited college or …

2013-2014 Student Chapter Green Chemistry Award Winners
October 20, 2014 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by amandanurmi (ACS Green Chemistry: The Nexus Blog)  Throughout the 2013-2014 school year 97 undergraduate ACS Student Chapters achieved their goals to complete different green chemistry activities. To recognize their achievements, ACS Green Chemistry Institute® in …

19th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E) July 14-16, 2015 N. Bethesda, MD
October 20, 2014 – 4:12 pm | No Comment
19th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E)    July 14-16, 2015    N. Bethesda, MD

The 19th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E), will be held July 14-16, 2015 in the Washington DC area. As the longest running green chemistry conference in the United States, GC&E invites scientists, decision-makers, …

Open Workshop on Microalgae Market November 12, 2014 Brussels, Belgium
October 20, 2014 – 4:08 pm | No Comment
Open Workshop on Microalgae Market     November 12, 2014   Brussels, Belgium

Venue: Scotland House – Rond Point Schuman, 6, B1040, Brussels.
Date: Wednesday 12th November 2014
The participation is free for all the participants
This Event aims to present the new EUBIA approach to microalgae and to show the …

Golden Opportunity To Take Dealership Of Renewable Oil & Gas Manufacturing Machines Summit 2014 November 8, 2014 New Delhi, India
October 20, 2014 – 4:03 pm | No Comment
Golden Opportunity To Take  Dealership Of Renewable Oil & Gas Manufacturing Machines  Summit 2014         November 8, 2014   New Delhi, India

DISCOVER THE ART & SCIENCE OF CONVERTING SUSTAINABLE  Feedstocks To Renewable Crude Oil ​
Organized by Growdiesel, representing renewable oil & gas organization.Golden opporunity to take dealership of renewable oil &gas manufactures machines summit 2014 is world’s first summit in this sector. As we know in …

Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo (FEW) June 1-4, 2015 Minneapolis, MN
October 20, 2014 – 3:55 pm | No Comment
Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo (FEW)   June 1-4, 2015  Minneapolis, MN

Now in its 31st year, the FEW provides the global ethanol industry with cutting-edge content and unparalleled networking opportunities in a dynamic business-to-business environment. The FEW is the largest, longest running ethanol conference in the …

BioPlastics: The Re-Invention of Plastics via Renewable Chemicals January 28-30, 2015 Miami, FL
October 20, 2014 – 3:50 pm | No Comment
BioPlastics: The Re-Invention of  Plastics via Renewable Chemicals     January 28-30, 2015   Miami, FL

It’s Time…to Refresh our Understanding of BioPlastics!!!
After decades of slow development & commercial acceptance, the last 5-10 years have witnessed the spirit of innovation in the field of chemicals/polymers in a manner similar to the …

International Biomass Conference and Expo April 20-22, 2015 Minneapolis, MN
October 20, 2014 – 3:40 pm | No Comment
International Biomass Conference and Expo    April 20-22, 2015   Minneapolis, MN

The 8th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo will take place April 20-22, 2015, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This dynamic event unites industry professionals from all sectors of the world’s interconnected …

Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Auditor Course December 1-3, 2014 Miami, Florida
October 20, 2014 – 3:27 pm | No Comment
Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Auditor Course  December 1-3, 2014    Miami, Florida

Are you interested to learn how biomaterial sustainability certification works? Or do you want to become an RSB auditor to go out and verify the sustainability of any feedstock world-wide? Then join us for the upcoming …

ACI’s The Future of Aromatics 2015 January 14-15 Amsterdam, Netherlands
October 20, 2014 – 3:04 pm | No Comment
ACI’s The Future of Aromatics 2015     January 14-15    Amsterdam, Netherlands

ACI’s The Future of Aromatics 2015 will be taking place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 14th & 15th January 2015. The two day event will bring together key industry stakeholders from the aromatic and petrochemical  industry …

Food, Fuel and More Will Be Produced in Sea Farms of Future
October 20, 2014 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(Phys.org)  Meet the farm of the future, where common seaweed is being upgraded from an environmental problem to a valuable natural resource and raw material.

“The fact is that algae can absorb nitrogen from the water …

ACI’s Annual Lignofuels Americas Summit March 25-26, 2015 Milwaukee, WI
October 20, 2014 – 2:51 pm | No Comment
ACI’s Annual Lignofuels Americas Summit   March 25-26, 2015    Milwaukee, WI

Opportunities for Cost-Competitive Liquid Fuels from Lignocellulosic Feedstocks in the Americas
ACI’s Annual Lignofuels Americas Summit will be taking place in US on March 2015.  The two day conference will offer a series of informative formal …

EABA Global Conference and 8th International Algae Congress December 1-3, 2014 Florence, Italy
October 20, 2014 – 2:37 pm | No Comment
EABA Global Conference and 8th International Algae Congress    December 1-3, 2014    Florence, Italy

EABA, the European Biomass Association, and the International Algae Congress, organized by DLG BENELUX, announce today that the EABA Global Conference and 8th International Algae Congress (IAC) will be jointly organized. The meeting will be …

8th International Undergraduate Research Symposium (IURS 8) January 5 – 9, 2015 Goa, India
October 20, 2014 – 2:27 pm | No Comment
8th International Undergraduate Research Symposium (IURS 8)  January 5 – 9, 2015       Goa, India

An encounter to advance international scientific interaction and collaboration between undergraduate students, faculty and the local science community and to increase cultural understanding and peace.  READ MORE and MORE and MORE

CALL FOR PAPERS: Southern Crossroads: Progress In the Science & Technology of Biomass Production, Processing and Use February 2-4, 2015 Auburn, AL DEADLINE: December 1, 2014
October 20, 2014 – 2:16 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS: Southern Crossroads: Progress In the Science & Technology of Biomass Production, Processing and Use February 2-4, 2015 Auburn, AL   DEADLINE:  December 1, 2014

The Southeastern Sun Grant Center invites you to participate in the Regional Conference on Southern Crossroads: Progress In the Science & Technology of Biomass Production, Processing and Use.
The Conference will focus on the scientific progress …

Southern Crossroads: Progress In the Science & Technology of Biomass Production, Processing and Use February 2-4, 2015 Auburn, AL
October 20, 2014 – 2:12 pm | No Comment
Southern Crossroads: Progress In the Science & Technology of Biomass Production, Processing and Use    February 2-4, 2015   Auburn, AL

The Southeastern Sun Grant Center invites you to participate in the Regional Conference on Southern Crossroads: Progress In the Science & Technology of Biomass Production, Processing and Use.
The Conference will focus on the scientific …

21st International Symposium on Alcohol Fuels (The 21st ISAF) Marc 10-14, 2015 Gwangju, Korea
October 20, 2014 – 2:04 pm | No Comment
21st International Symposium on Alcohol Fuels (The 21st ISAF) Marc 10-14, 2015  Gwangju, Korea

The 21st International Symposium on Alcohol Fuels(The 21st ISAF) is being held from March 10 to March 14 2015 in Gwangju, Korea. ISAF is a non-profit international organization which gathers together specialists, technologists, executives and …

Joint Venture Formed to Develop Cellulosic Biorefinery in China
October 20, 2014 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A joint venture of an M&G Chemicals subsidiary and China-based Anhui Guozhen Co. Ltd. has been created to develop a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Fuyang City, Anhui Province, China. …

Indian Chemical Industry Says Ethanol Blend Creating Local Shortage
October 20, 2014 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(economictimes.indiatimes) NEW DELHI: Chemicals & Fertilisers Ministry has written to the Petroleum Ministry conveying concerns of chemical industry that compulsory blending of ethanol has led to rise in its prices and reduced availability.

“The chemical industry apprehends …

IAB Report – Scania Delivers First Metrolink Bus in Chennai; Inaugurates Dealership
October 20, 2014 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(IndianAutosBlog)Volkswagen-owned Scania Commercial Vehicles India has delivered its first Metrolink bus in Chennai, to Parveen Travels…


The Metrolink bus variant which was delivered to Parveen can seat 53 passengers and has a speed limiter at 90 …

Egypt Proposes $490 Million in Ethanol Investments to UAE
October 20, 2014 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Digest) In Egypt, the government has proposed the UAE invest $250 million in a 100,000 ton per year molasses-based ethanol plant as well as a $240 million ethanol plant that would use 100,000 tons per …

Indian Government Stings Company Cheating Investors with Jatropha
October 20, 2014 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

(BiofuelsDigest) In India, the government regulator Sebi has found Sunshine Global Agro Limited (formerly known as Sunshine Forestry Private Ltd) cheated 40,000 investors who were told that by investing 1,000 rupees in a jatropha seedling, they would …

CALL FOR PAPERS: National Algae Association Algae Production Workshop Fall 2014 DEADLINE: October 30, 2014
October 20, 2014 – 1:40 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  National Algae Association Algae Production Workshop  Fall 2014  DEADLINE:  October 30, 2014

We will be focusing on five (5) areas of interest:
Commercial cultivation, harvesting and extraction of haematococcus pluvialis for astaxanthin
Algae for feeds
Spirulina for food
CO2 sequestration at coal-fired power plants, cement plants and refineries.
Using sterilized wastewater
If you …

National Algae Association Encourages US Algae Producers to Label Algae-based Products “Made in the USA”.
October 20, 2014 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(National Algae Association) The National Algae Association is pleased to see commercial algae production taking place in the US, and is encouraging all US-based algae producers to label their algae products made in America “Made in …

Missing Link Awarded Four Patents for Algae Biomass Technology
October 20, 2014 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Texas, Missing Link Technology has been awarded patents for its deep water growth, harvesting, oils extraction, and biocrude extraction integrated suite of solutions. The patents focus on algae technology, …

4 Minutes With…Joost Dubois, Director Branding & Communications, Bio-based Products, DSM
October 20, 2014 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  I am responsible for developing the communication & branding approach to ensure delivery of DSM’s messages on the bio-renewable age to all internal & external stakeholders, including marketing communications …

Embrapa, Evogene Ink Research Collab to Improve Castor Oil Cultivation in Brazil
October 20, 2014 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), and Evogene signed a joint research agreement for the advancement of castor cultivation in Brazil. The cooperation will primarily focus on technologies …

ZeaChem, Leaf Resources Sign Collaboration Agreement for Leaf Glycell
October 20, 2014 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Colorado, ZeaChem has signed a Collaboration Agreement with Leaf Resources. The agreement covers ZeaChem’s evaluation of the Leaf Glycell process for the production of fermentable sugars at ZeaChem’s demonstration plant at …

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 …

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 December 5, 2014
October 16, 2014 – 7:14 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Alternative Clean Transportation Expo  May 4-7, 2015  Dallas, TX  DEADLINE December 5, 2014

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 …

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 …