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Beyond Boats To China
January 19, 2015 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

…e resilience and American traders remained buoyant through it all. “Our product’s global market is larger, more distributed and more stable than it used to be,” Ives says. “We have buyers in 80 countries now, so when China stepped out last fall, customers in other nations stepped in and have stayed. On top of that, we knew China would come back. We just didn’t know when.” … Still, the end of the MIR 162 ban does mean that DDGS exports in 20…

Eight under $70: Which Biofuels Ventures Can Beat out Cheap Oil?
January 13, 2015 – 11:40 am | No Comment

…h (FT) microchannel reactor technologies for the efficient, economical and environmentally friendly small scale distributed production of biofuels via biomass to liquids (BTL) and liquid fuels from gas via gas to liquids (GTL). … Renmatix Cost: $0.04 per pound (industrial sugars) Stage: Developing first commercial plant  … If Renmatix’ technology works at scale, it’s a new game,” we commented a year ago. “Those are 4-cent per pound su…

Rising Capacities, Shift to Distributed Models and Policies Are Top Advanced Biofuels Trends, Says E2 Report
January 8, 2015 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

…, operating costs, capital costs, and scaling up demonstrated processes. … The New Model: A shift towards distributed models E2 reports that it has “noticed a trend towards distributed models in recent years, since smaller-scale facilities offer the opportunity for biofuel producers to overcome some of the commercialization challenges associated with larger facilities, and matching production to economically available biomass supply..” They…

E2 Report: North America’s Advanced Biofuel Industry Produced 800 Million Gallons in 2014
January 7, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

…The new E2 report found that nationwide, the private sector has since 2007 invested $4 billion in active advanced biofuel producers and companies along the advanced biofuel value chain, with more than $200 million of that coming in the past year. An additional $848 million in grants have been distributed to advanced biofuel producers since 2007.  READ MORE…

New Information on the Environmental Impacts of Stump Wood Energy through 3D Modelling
January 5, 2015 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

…s on the amount of sturdy stump wood aboveground. Meanwhile, the impact on soil structure depends on how widely distributed and deep the roots are.The new method, which combines laser scanning and 3D modelling, makes it possible to quickly produce an accurate image of the structure of stumps and roots. In the stump wood recovery area studied, over half of the total mass of tree root systems consisted of tree stumps, while small roots under 5 cm i…

Backers Say Factory Will Buy $26 Million from Farm Sector
December 30, 2014 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Sean Ellis (Capital Press)  The head of a proposed ethanol and food-processing facility near Greenleaf, Idaho, says the plant would purchase $26 million worth of farm commodities from Idaho farmers each year. He also says it would be the first of several such facilities in the region. … A group of local citizens trying to stop the facility is concerned about the impacts of the proposed ethanol part of the project. A public hearing on De…

Forget “Policy Reform”, “Messaging” Says Industry: Surprises Abound in the 2015 Bioeconomy Agenda Poll Results
December 29, 2014 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Instead, you pointed to “bolt-ons”, “policy stability”, “financing”, “supply chain” and  “focusing on winners” as the advanced bioeconomy imperatives for 2015. You’ve told us, in many communications, that the industry needs focus — and needs, specifically, to focus in on key areas for development Seeking highly-feasible, high-impact strategies … Your top five strategies were: Settling the controversy…

Biofuels Program under Review
December 29, 2014 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

…ts in biofuels as officials review a current program mandating the blending of biodiesel and ethanol in locally distributed diesel and gasoline. There has been market buzz that local biofuel suppliers are still unable to meet required demand, nearly a decade since the Biofuels Act of 2006 started creating a market for plant-based fuel additives. The measure aims to curb the country’s fuel imports, bring value-added income to farmers, and lessen v…

USGC Ethanol Assessment Team Finds Potential in the Philippines
December 22, 2014 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

…ns for downstream gasoline distributors. Then the spread between the 10 percent mandate and local production is distributed across the industry based on historic market share, and blenders obtain import permits to make up the shortfall. … Currently, molasses and sugar syrup are the feedstocks of choice for ethanol producers in the country, which are less cost effective for ethanol producers. As a result, locally-produced ethanol is actually…

USDA Announces Support for Producers of Advanced Biofuel
December 3, 2014 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

…almost 1.8 million gallons of biodiesel from almost 2 million gallons of waste vegetable oil. The biodiesel is distributed throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy, LLC of Phillipsburg, Kan., produced 6.9 million gallons of ethanol from almost 2.6 million bushels of sorghum and received $18,128. View the list of producers receiving payments here. (Payments of $500 or less are not listed.) President Obama’s historic…

Help the Algae Biomass Organization Illustrate How Far the Industry Has Come.
November 19, 2014 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

…all over the U.S. The book has become one of the ABO’s most valuable educational tools–hundreds are distributed on Capitol Hill and to investors, analysts and the media. To submit a company facility for consideration please send a short description to info@algaebiomass.org with the subject line “Project Book Nomination.” We will be in touch with more details. Project Book participation is open only to ABO Corporate, Gold a…

New Versatile Process Efficiently Converts Biomass to Liquid Fuel
November 13, 2014 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

…uid fuel and chemicals,” Agrawal said. “Furthermore, we envision that the process can be built on a distributed scale for widespread use. Ultimately, with proper design, this concept is amenable to providing mobile plants that could be transported from one biomass-available site to another.” The H2Bioil reactor is capable of processing all kinds of available biomass including wood chips, switch grass, corn stover, rice husks and…

Can Biofuels Make A Comeback?
November 12, 2014 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

…t their technology to market. Many say they will deliver modular processing units to market that will allow for distributed production. Many are also probably also better categorized as alt feedstock fuels rather than biofuels because they rely on methane or CO2 from any source. XT, for instance, won’t even try to build plants. It plans on licensing its technology, mostly to people who can incorporate it into existing facilities. A former VC, Ra…

Energy Department Announces New Grant Topics to Help Small Businesses Develop Clean Energy Technologies
November 12, 2014 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

…h include: Carbon fiber production processes Solid-liquid separations for algal systems Integrated storage and distributed generation for buildings Technology transfer opportunity for fuel cell quality control devices Technology transfer opportunity for geothermal co-produced applications Concentrating solar thermal desalination Silicone-carbide Schottky diodes for electric drive vehicle power electronics Innovative small, low-head hydropower tu…

Ensyn Initiates Generation & Sale of Cellulosic RINs Under the RFS2 Program; Ensyn RINs Are Awarded QAP Status
November 10, 2014 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

…ting fuel requirements with Ensyn’s RFO. Deliveries are targeted to commence by April, 2015. RFO is being distributed in the US market by Ensyn Fuels Inc., Ensyn’s wholly-owned subsidiary responsible for RFO and RIN sales and distribution. “We are pleased to have generated and sold our initial D7 cellulosic RINs,” stated Dr. Robert Graham, Chairman and CEO. “Now that we have the mechanisms, pathways and qualification…

A View of Biofuels History in the US from the Mountains of Tennessee: An Interview with Genera Energy’s Dr. Sam Jackson (Part 1)
November 6, 2014 – 9:29 pm | No Comment

…re and how you can best manage that on a commercial supply chain. “We (also) wanted things to be geographically distributed in different soil types, different counties, different areas. We wanted to make sure the land was suitable.  Was it too steep or did it have other considerations; and we wanted a diverse array of that. So, some of our switchgrass stands were planted right into fescue pasture; whereas some were planted in land that had been i…

How Can We Get Power to the Poor without Frying the Planet?
November 5, 2014 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

…s whether energy can do what cell phones did. Leapfroggers tend to be fans of addressing energy poverty through distributed low-carbon energy solutions that do not require a centralized grid — solar panels, solar hot water heaters, biodigesters, batteries, microhydro, microgrids, and the like. They are skeptical that the grid will be extended to poor rural areas any time soon and believe that distributed energy can provide an initial and substant…

Mascoma Catches Its Wascaly Wabbit, as Lallemand Acquires the Mascoma Yeast Business
November 5, 2014 – 11:49 am | No Comment

…roducers. Both TransFerm and TransFerm Yield+, which are currently commercially available, are manufactured and distributed by Lallemand and jointly marketed and sold by Mascoma and Lallemand through their exclusive partnership. … TransFerm Yield+ works by expressing GA enzymes, similar to TransFerm, and by significantly reducing the amount of glycerol production during fermentation via an alternative ethanol pathway that has been inserted…

DOE Highlights Algae for Targeted Research Grants
October 31, 2014 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

…h include: Carbon fiber production processes Solid-liquid separations for algal systems Integrated storage and distributed generation for buildings Technology transfer opportunity for fuel cell quality control devices Technology transfer opportunity for geothermal co-produced applications Concentrating solar thermal desalination Silicone-carbide Schottky diodes for electric drive vehicle power electronics Innovative small, low-head hydropower tu…

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

…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&#82…

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 small-scale modular gas to methanol plants. From there we will vertically integrate into additional feedstocks and converting methanol to higher value products. … Nothing will advance the industry like success. The…

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

…ic Compounds. Cenergy (Little Rock, Arkansas) specializes in the development and financing of renewable energy, distributed generation and energy efficient projects. Cenergy won for its development of Magic Dirt,TM a recycled co-product of generating renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Bioproducts Innovation of the Year Award criteria require that candidates be a biobased product that has been introduced into the market in the…

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

…s back.” Gulf Racing Fuels has returned to the track with its new racing fuels designed for the legendary vintage and historic racing cars as well as the latest racing and street cars. Gulf Racing Fuels include high octane unleaded and leaded fuels as well as marine and small engine fuels featuring isobutanol. All fuels are distributed nationally by HYPERFUELS based in Houston, Texas.    READ MORE    …

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

…ns are a primary contributor to the state’s air quality problem. Previous  proposal requests, in 2013 and 2014, distributed over $ three million  to 30 public and private entities for a variety of projects including natural gas powered trucks and refueling infrastructure, propane refueling equipment and vehicle conversions, electric vehicle charging stations, on-board telematics equipment and biodiesel refueling equipment. Project managers antici…

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

…s gut bacteria E.coli to generate renewable propane”. Reuters, Gizmodo, the UK’s Daily Telegraph, the massively distributed HuffPost, the Guardian, even stately NBC News have picked up the story. And it’s great in a way — the science of the bioeconomy reaches major media. Woo-hoo! Too bad it’s four years late. The newsfeeds all dial back to a spunky PR release that floated out on Science Daily on September 2nd, highlighting a new research effort…

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

…logy 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 Challenge will be distributed in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, we hope you mark your calendars and plan to attend! The event will also feature a special presentation from the Center for Equine Recovery for Veterans Program at MTSU….

US Biodiesel Supply Kings
August 5, 2014 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

…ent agencies, utilities and companies seeking to support energy independence and clean air policy. “Product was distributed in a decentralized system, via truck or rail, which was not cost-effective,” Levy says. “Fuel bulk terminal capacity was scarce, if at all. Biodiesel blending was done loading a delivery truck with diesel and loading biodiesel from a transport or rail car on top of the distillate fuel or vice versa, of which the two product…

Heard on the Floor at the DOE’s Biomass 2014 conference: US Navy, Abengoa, INEOS Bio, LanzaTech in the Newsmix
July 31, 2014 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

…ess right away, don’t wait for DOE. Stage-gate, use an experienced team, get lots of data from the pilot, engage early with stakeholders, be transparent, and continue to educate. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech:  Complexity is free in biology. The future is in complexity, molecular diversity and flexibility. The future is distributed, and biology allows us to build at small scale. Make you organism tolerant and adaptable.  READ MORE…

U.S. DOT Announces Comprehensive Proposed Rulemaking for the Safe Transportation of Crude Oil, Flammable Materials
July 24, 2014 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

…d be operated with either electronic controlled pneumatic brakes (ECP), a two-way end of train device (EOT), or distributed power (DP). Enhanced standards for both new and existing tank cars. Proposes new standards for tank cars constructed after October 1, 2015 (and that are used to transport flammable liquids as part of a HHFT) (e.g., thermal, top fittings, and bottom outlet protection; tank head and shell puncture resistance).  PHMSA is reque…

Advanced Drop-In Biofuels for Commercial Aviation, Marine Shipping, and Military Applications: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts
July 18, 2014 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

(Navigant Research)  Viewed as a game changer in the race to commercialize advanced biofuels, aviation and marine biofuels represent a very significant opportunity for emerging producers in the advanced biofuels industry. Demand for advanced biofuels produced from sustainable, non-food feedstocks is largely driven by a need to hedge against increases in fuel costs, compliance with emerging emissions regulations, and certification of advanced bio…

Questions and Answers on the Outcome of the Second Call for Proposals under the NER 300 Programme
July 10, 2014 – 10:47 am | No Comment

…reserve (NER) set up for the third phase of the EU emissions trading system. The funds from the sales are to be distributed to projects selected through two rounds of calls for proposals. Grants under the first call were awarded in December 2012. … The Commission has awarded €1 billion to 19 innovative renewable energy projects and the first carbon capture and storage (CCS) project under the NER 300 programme. The projects cover a wide rang…

Aurora Algae Farm Throws Down Green Guantlet in Oil State
July 9, 2014 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

…ion system all over the world, including several other US locations, so the company clearly has its sights on a distributed, global market. … That brings up one of our ideas about the attraction of the US market. With all the focus on “energy independence,” domestically (and sustainably) sourced biofuel is a killer app, and if the Rio Hondo algae farm is a success, Aurora will get a twofer… READ MORE and MORE (Biofuels Digest)  …

Voluntary BQ-9000 Programs Pay Off for Participants, Industry
June 17, 2014 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

…e BQ-9000 quality assurance programs are designed to help ensure that the biodiesel fuel produced, blended, and distributed throughout the U.S. meets and is maintained against the appropriate ASTM specifications. There are currently three voluntary programs developed for producers, fuel marketers and independent laboratories. While these are not product quality certification programs, they ensure the individual companies follow the necessary poli…

Pyrolysis of Biomass for Fuels and Chemicals: NEWBio Webinar Report
June 13, 2014 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

…in order to address some of the aforementioned issues. The research project headed by Kwesi Boateng is titled “Distributed on-Farm Bioenergy, Biofuels & Biochemicals (Farmbio3) Development & Production via Integrated Catalytic Thermolysis.” The project which started on the first of October 2012 is scheduled to be completed by May 31, 2015. [1] According to USDA-ARS, the objectives of the research projects are two-fold “(i) to leverage th…

All-Renewable Plastic Bottles Creep Closer: Gevo Shipping Renewable PX to Toray
June 2, 2014 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

…roduced the first-generation Plant Bottle in 2009, with up to 30 percent renewable content. The company has now distributed more than 10 billion first-generation PlantBottle packages in 20 countries worldwide, and is bullish on reaction from customers. Why the limit at 30% renewable content? That’s where PX comes in. It’s PET is produced from renewable MEG (ethylene glycol) and PTA (purifiedterephthalic acid). PTA in turn is produced from paraxyl…

Fermentable Cellulosic Sugars for Capex of 6.5 Cents per Gallon? Freakishly Low-Cost Venture Still at Early-Stage.
May 19, 2014 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s a capex figure so low that it sounds like a decimal point is missing.   Though early-stage and just developing data out of its pilot — it’s well worth seeing what Sustainable Ethanol Technologies is up to, in its aim to drive down the capital costs of extracting cellulosic sugars from biomass. … Systems usually run into the millions, even at small-scale, for the front end saccharification — that biomass…

RFA Announces Availability of New Training Materials
May 14, 2014 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

…ues to respond to an ethanol-related emergency. The training guide has been used at Ethanol Safety Seminars and distributed to more than 10,000 responders worldwide. RFA and TRANSCAER began offering Ethanol Safety Seminars in 2010 and have since held more than 100 Safety Seminars in 21 states. RFA is a national sponsor of TRANSCAER, a national outreach effort focused on helping communities prepare and respond to possible incidents involving the t…

New Gift Helps Caltech Address Global Challenges in Clean Energy and Sustainability
May 6, 2014 – 11:45 am | No Comment

…ons in energy science and technology. Support from the Resnick Sustainability Institute has enabled advances in distributed wind-energy systems, batteries and fuel cells, smart grid systems, record-breaking solar photovoltaics, pioneering technologies for deriving fuels from sunlight, and chemical catalysts that convert waste materials to biofuels. “Securing a sustainable source of energy for future generations is the most fundamental issue…

SANDAG Awarded $300K Grant for Alternative Fuels Plan
April 24, 2014 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

…grant from the California Energy Commission on Tuesday. The goal of the two-year project is to identify the San Diego region’s key needs to prepare for the deployment of alternative fuels, which generally include compressed natural gas, biodiesel, ethanol and electric power, among others. The grant was part of $20.5 million in funds distributed by the commission this week for clean transportation projects throughout the state.  READ MORE…

On a More Positive Note at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference
April 22, 2014 – 11:07 pm | No Comment

…iofuels and Barry S. Wortzman of GreenField Specialty Alcohols discussed variations on the “follow-the-crop” or distributed/centralized theme; Yenne describing a hub-and-spoke system potentially converting methane from dairy manure into high value products via thermo-chemical conversion and Wortzman talking about a prototype mobile skid-mounted pretreatment process that is on its way to a pulp/paper mill and which could be used at harvest sites o…

Iowa Economists: 2014 Ethanol Prices Drop to 58% of Retail Gas
April 15, 2014 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

…on of the ethanol market may impact the profitability of the ethanol supply chain, and how these profits may be distributed between corn farmer and ethanol producer. Robert Wisner examines the question of the changing relationships among ethanol, gasoline, crude oil and corn prices.  “Corn supplies, barring another period of adverse weather, appear ample for both feed and fuel needs for the next few years if the corn-starch ethanol industry capac…

Frost & Sullivan: Hydrogen Unlikely to be 21st Century’s Chief Alternative Energy Source
April 1, 2014 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

…;s related studies include: Grid-scale Energy Storage in Europe—Lessons from Global Pilot Projects, Small-scale Distributed Generation Opportunities from Renewable Energy, Analysis and Outlook of the Global Biofuels Industry, and The Future of Building Energy Management Solutions. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.  READ…

Making Silk Purses from Sows Ears: Converting Waste Into Energy and Biofuels, Pt 1 and 2
March 27, 2014 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

…fuel cells. This strategy implies that renewable hydrogen produced at each transfer station will not have to be distributed to thousands of gas stations at great cost, and these gas stations would not have to install hydrogen storage tanks or “pumps”. Sierra Energy contends that in a state like California with its many transfer stations, it would only pose a modest inconvenience to owners of fuel cell vehicles. Unfortunately, such a strategy coul…

SDTC Looking for Canada’s Next Cleantech Innovators
March 25, 2014 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

…ith a focus on industrial water use efficiency. Clean energy: Technologies that enable clean energy production, distributed power generation and energy storage as well as technologies related to carbon capture and storage, integrated energy systems, and biorefinery/biochemical production. Agriculture: Technologies that increase yield and improve temperature and drought resistance of agricultural crops, mitigate land-use changes and biodiversity l…

Study: Rural Economies to Benefit from Bioenergy
March 17, 2014 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

…f Missouri professors, rural regions are poised to benefit from bioenergy. While remoteness is a penalty in the centralized petroeconomy, due to high power transmission and fuel transportation costs, those expenditures could be erased with development of a distributed bioeconomy. “This is a prediction of impacts if, when and where rural regions become net producers of energy,” said co-author Thomas Johnson, Frank Miller professor of Agricultural…

Methes Energies Starts Manufacturing Process of One Denami 600 for Aruba Client
March 11, 2014 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

…utilize locally collected waste cooking oil to produce biodiesel that will then be blended with diesel fuel and distributed to clients across the island. Nicholas Ng, President of Methes Energies, said, “We’re very excited about this project as it fits well with our business model. I believe that this is the first of many more manufacturing orders we will receive this year. We have been working with several clients that are, just like…

Big Oil to Ethanol: Build Your Own Dang Distribution, If You Think E85 Has Blend-Wall Busting Potential
February 20, 2014 – 11:31 am | No Comment

…Now, one of the problems we have is that, although we have 14.6 million flex fuel vehicles they are most widely distributed in Texas, California, and Florida — wheras the vast majority of E85 ethanol is distributed in the Midwest. … RIN prices increase the cost of producing gasoline, and incentivize producers to reduce the supply of gasoline. That makes sense in terms of how markets operate. But does that translate to a retail impact at the…

XTRM Announces Mobile Cannabis/Hemp To Biodiesel Unit
February 7, 2014 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(Baystreet.CA/AccessWire)  Extreme Biodiesel, Inc. (PINK:XTRM) today announced that the Company wholly owned subsidiary XTRM Cannabis Ventures has just completed assembly of its first Mobile Hemp To Biodiesel Production Unit. XTRM Cannabis Ventures will begin marketing and posting specs for the Mobile Hemp to Biodiesel unit shortly on its new website being constructed at http://xtrmcannabisventures.com. … A problem for the biofuel industry…

Vilsack; POET, LanzaTech, Beta Renewables, Genomatica, DuPont, Solazyme, KiOR, Raizen, REG Execs Win Top 100 People in the Bioeconomy poll for 2013-14
December 31, 2013 – 10:58 am | No Comment

…t recognized a complete Top 300 for the first time, in recognition of the vast number of write-in votes and the distributed nature of the voting, in which more than 400 individuals received votes in the poll.   READ MORE The Complete Top 100 Poll; PLUS, the complete Top 300. Editor’s note:  Advanced Biofuels USA executive director placed 90th in the Top 100, achieving recognition for the work of Advanced Biofuels USA in this international l…

Universities Receive $10M to Study Biofuels
December 26, 2013 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Martiin Kidston (Missoulian)  If 1 ton of woody debris can produce 50 gallons of fuel, how many gallons of fuel could 42 million acres of dead and dying forests produce? Funded by a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a consortium of five universities, joined by research labs across the Northern Rockies, is looking for ways to turn that mass of dead timber into a carbon-neutral fuel source. Known as the Bioenergy Allian…

Energy Self-Sufficiency in Brazil
December 9, 2013 – 11:30 am | No Comment

…he production of diesel (due to the high consumption of diesel oil in trucks, buses and, even more, for small decentralized electricity generation in Brazilian Amazon which is mainly based on small thermoelectric power plants fueled with highly subsidized diesel oil[4]) and therefore generates a deficit in the supply of gasoline and the consequent increase of imports. Therefore, pure diesel oil has to be imported by Petrobras, also affecting the…

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 4th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts June 15-18, 2014 Santa Fe, New Mexico DEADLINE: February 14, 2014
November 19, 2013 – 11:36 am | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  4th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts June 15-18, 2014 Santa Fe, New Mexico   DEADLINE:  February 14, 2014

…, which should be quoted in all correspondence. Allow at least 2 hours for your receipt to be returned to you. Once the paper is accepted, at least one of the authors must register for the conference and present the paper at the conference. Abstracts of all accepted contributions will be included within the abstract CD which will be distributed to all registered conference participants.  Deadline:  February 14, 2014  READ MORE…

Rebalancing Clean Energy Debate, ACORE Launches EnergyFactCheck.org, @EnergyFactCheck
August 9, 2012 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

…kers and members of the public engaged in the energy debate. The site and Twitter feed represent the first-ever centralized and regularly updated platform for facts and data on every major renewable energy industry, as well as fact-based answers to major controversies. Admiral McGinn noted that ACORE chose to launch EnergyFactCheck.org and @EnergyFactCheck before the more than 600 investors, financiers and industry executives attending REFF – Wal…

Investment Shift for Algae Biofuels, Market to Grow 43.1% Annually Through 2015: SBI Bulletin
July 31, 2012 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

…ch were a major funding source in 2009 when over $100 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy was distributed, is being replaced by strategic partnerships and slowly growing internal company revenues. According to the Bulletin, strategic partnerships include a range of industry sectors such as oil & gas, biofuels & agricultural processing, chemicals & plastics, biotechnology, power utility and wastewater management. &#82…

REAP Funding Announced for Blender, Flex-Fuel Pump Projects
July 17, 2012 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

…une 25, four were for blender pumps or flex fuel pumps. In all, projects in Florida, Georgia, Missouri and South Dakota received a total of $112,214 in funding out of more than $6.9 million distributed. They are: * ATJ Corp., $15,551, blender pump, Florida * Down to Earth Retail #1/Rick Huszagh, $29,927, blender pump, Georgia * Hometown Fuel Inc., $59,040, blender pumps, Missouri * Martins Inc., $7,696, flex-fuel pump, South Dakota.  READ MORE…

Unleaded Avgas Transition Aviation Rulemaking Committee Final Report Now Available
July 4, 2012 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

…p for avgas readiness levels that identifies milestones in the aviation gasoline development process. Establish centralized testing of candidate unleaded fuels which would generate standardized qualification and certification data. Establish a solicitation and selection process for candidate unleaded aviation gasolines for the centralized testing program. Establish a centralized certification office to support unleaded aviation gasoline projects….

Energy Independence Day
July 4, 2012 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The entropy problem in feedstocks   In bioenergy, it’s the chief reason, for example, that otherwise perfectly acceptable fruit waste from citrus harvest is a difficult feedstock for energy production. The process for cellulosic conversion was discovered in the 1990s – so what’s the hold up?  Just not enough fruit waste in a given target area, and the proposed stand-alone refineries are limited so far to an…

“End Fossil Fuel Subsidies” Emerges as Rio+20 Theme; PANGEA Says Focus on “Best Practices” for Biofuels
July 4, 2012 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

…ubsidies that they said posed a significant barrier to the adioption of clean energy. …Meanwhile,  PANGEA distributed its position paper, “Encouraging sustainable bioenergy to ensure energy access in developing countries”, …  READ MORE and MORE  (ThinkProgress.org/The Huffington Post)  Download PANGEA paper   Excerpt from PANGEA paper:  At the same time, care should be taken to understand why some biofuels projects have not been…

Ethanol Report Visits Bobby Likis
July 3, 2012 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

…ort” features comments from Bobby Likis of the Bobby Likis Car Clinic Network, a radio, television and internet distributed automotive talk show that recently partnered with the Renewable Fuels Association to help educate both consumers and automotive technicians about ethanol. Likis recently visited Argonne National Labs and the Detroit Technical Campus of Ricardo Engines to find out more about new research to produce engines that use ethanol mo…

EnergyPath 2012 Full of Inspiration
June 28, 2012 – 11:39 pm | No Comment

…teers. As is true of every opportunity for public interaction, we gained insights and understandings as well as distributed materials and information.  Some conversations at the booth and during meals went on for an hour or more as people pulled up chairs to discuss complex questions about the roadblocks to commercialization of advanced biofuels, research they are engaged in at a variety of universities, and a desire of many to do work that has a…

Official: Future of BCAP Could Impact Future of Energy Crops
June 25, 2012 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

…warded by the USDA’s Farm Service Agency to three energy crop project areas on June 13 will be the only funding distributed through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program this year and it’s unclear whether the program will be reauthorized by Congress as part of the next Farm Bill or if legislators will allow it to expire on Sept. 30. BCAP was created by Congress in the 2008 Farm Bill to assist farmers and land owners in establishing energy crops for…

Barley’s Biofuel Bang
June 22, 2012 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

…nergy-rich product called bio-oil. Bio-oil offers several advantages. It can potentially be refined, stored and distributed with the current infrastructure of the United States to carry petroleum fuel.  There’s also the possibility that consumers filling up their tanks with gas or diesel derived from bio-oil wouldn’t need special adaptations to their fuel systems. The ARS scientists have evaluated yields of bio-oil from all three byproducts of ba…

State’s Investment in Alternative Energy Showing Progress, Officials Say
June 12, 2012 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

…Department of Agriculture, which oversees the incentive program for biofuels development, said “the state has become more of a player, which we weren’t before.” He said his agency has distributed about $8.3 million through the state Alternative Fuels Development program for construction, modification or retrofitting of feedstock facilities and to alternative fuels producers and biodiesel distributors.  READ MORE…

IEA Bioenergy Invites Feedback on Sustainability Certification of Biomass, Biofuels, and Bioenergy
June 8, 2012 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

…ergy. You are invited to provide feedback before Friday, June 15, 2012. A first analysis of the results will be distributed to participants in July. The full study reports will become available in the second half of 2012 at the websites of the participating IEA Bioenergy Tasks: • IEA Bioenergy • IEA Bioenergy Task 40, Sustainable International Bioenergy Trade • IEA Bioenergy Task 43, Biomass Feedstocks for Energy Markets • IEA Bioenergy Task 38,…

Gasification May Convert Mesquite and Juniper Wood to a Usable Bioenergy
June 8, 2012 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Kay Ledbetter (Texas AgriLife/Southwest Farm Press)   Biomass gasification is being considered as a possible technology for converting 60 million acres of Texas brush into biofuel, according to Dr. Jim Ansley, Texas AgriLife Research rangeland ecologist in Vernon. A study using an adiabatic bed gasifier to convert mesquite and redberry juniper species foundin the Southern Great Plains into usable bioenergy gases was conducted by Ansley and Dr…

DSM Enzymes for Cellulosic Ethanol Qualified by DONG Energy
June 6, 2012 – 11:44 am | No Comment

…on. The plant has a capacity of 1.5 million gallons a year and produces cellulosic biofuel for Statoil which is distributed via gasoline stations throughout Denmark. DSM’s enzyme cocktail is particularly effective at breaking down cellulosic biomass to component sugars while having a very high thermal stability. Because of this the hydrolysis step can be performed at higher temperatures, while decreasing the risk of product loss. Higher operating…

Cellulosic Developers Make Case for Integrated Ethanol Production
June 6, 2012 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Corn ethanol and cellulosic ethanol have previously been viewed as entirely separate products which will be manufactured by two unique types of producers, but the concept of integrating cellulosic production into corn ethanol plants is gaining popularity as producers begin to consider the benefits of integrated production models. …Dwight Anderson, bioconversion manager Catchlight Energy LLC, said…

Sugar Rush: The Race Is on to Commercialize Low-Cost, High-Quality Sugars from Nonfood Sources
May 2, 2012 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

…ugh ready-to-use sugar feedstock volumes enter the market to meet high demand, its developers understand that a distributed, modular approach is the most practical avenue to achieve economies of scale. … “We see not only supplying the technology to produce sugars, but also the modules to produce them because when you talk about small, distributed plants, they need to be very low in capital cost,” (Comet CEO and founder Andrew) Richard says….

An Analytic Advantage: A New Model Developed by University of Illinois Researchers Can Help Increase Biomass Supply Chain Efficiencies
May 2, 2012 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

…regions and production methods. …“I anticipate that we will find ways to publish it in a way that can be distributed, but working with BP right now there are, of course, some intellectual property concerns,” Rodríguez says. “It’s not something that we’ll be rushing out the door with, but given the commercial interest, I think we are looking into that now.” Shastri says the team is working to develop a Web-based interface that would connect…

Innovation Turning Wood Waste into Bio-Fuel for Transportation
May 1, 2012 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

…t the biomass – in this case rejected wood chips. …“This has been specifically developed for small scale, distributed implementation. We’re not trying to mirror the petroleum industry here. Rather, we are looking at the economic advantages of collocating smaller systems with nearby biomass sources. Because it is small, it can easily be deployed in combination with other activities, so you don’t have to drag materials great distances for pro…

North Dakota Research Center Demos Methanol from Wood for Off-Grid Power
April 24, 2012 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

…or John Hurley. “The wood-to-fuel technology provides a renewable, nearly carbon dioxide neutral method to fuel distributed power generators.” The largely automated system uses a unique gasifier to convert the wood waste into a blended gas, which is cleaned and compressed and then passed through a gas-to-liquids reactor to convert the gas to a liquid fuel—methanol. Methanol is one of the simplest alcohol types, which even preceded ethanol for veh…

New NSF Research Grants for Bioenergy, Renewable Fuels and Energy, Bio-Based Chemicals and Renewable Chemical Process Technology
April 10, 2012 – 8:12 pm | No Comment

…ine, plant, algal, and microbial bio-energy sources; microbial fuel cells; hydrogen production; and methods for distributed bio-energy production. (Cognizant Program Officer: Prakash Balan;pbalan@nsf.gov) ET3 – Renewable Fuels and Energy: Proposed projects might include development of commercially viable renewable fuel options, but are not limited to drop-in replacements to petroleum-based transportation fuels that also reduce SOx, NOx, par…

Free Ethanol Safety Seminar April 18, 2012 Chattanooga, TN
March 29, 2012 – 12:06 pm | No Comment
Free Ethanol Safety Seminar   April 18, 2012    Chattanooga, TN

…m 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. This course was developed to give first responders, hazmat teams and safety personnel an in-depth look at proper training techniques needed when responding to an ethanol-related emergency. Lunch and dinner will be provided. The Ethanol Safety Seminar is recognized as a state training program by the state of Tennessee. Certificates of participation will be distributed following the completion of the seminars.    READ MORE…

The Distributed/Centralized BioProduction Approach: Sustainable Biofuels and Bioproducts Are Possible Through the Significant Reduction of Biomass Transportation Costs
March 27, 2012 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

…rries produce a product with enough value to justify medium to long-range transport. Design Principles :  The Decentralized/Centralized concept embraces two general concepts: Follow-the-Crop and Depot systems. Follow-the-Crop: Developed by Atlantic Biomass Conversions, this portable system is based on the model of combines that follow the harvest season, “Follow-the-Crop” modules would be deployed nationwide as energy grasses and crops are harves…

Rail Plan to Ship Ethanol Is Decried
March 9, 2012 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

…stamped with the message: Ready for ethanol in Chelsea? The deliberately shocking image is being used in fliers distributed by Chelsea Green Space, the environmental justice component of the nonprofit Chelsea Collaborative, to sway public opinion against a proposal by Global Partners LP to ship ethanol to its petroleum storage terminal in Revere by way of a commuter rail line used by the MBTA. The Waltham-based company applied for a waterways per…

Nigerian Government Agency Launches Microdistillery and Stoves to Provide Sustainable Ethanol Fuel for Household Cooking, Lighting and Small-Scale Power Generation
February 28, 2012 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

…roach for fuel pricing has made this an urgent priority. The NABDA EMD will serve as a model for small-scale, distributed clean energy production in Nigeria. It will be available for widespread replication. A growing reliance on fuel ethanol will help to stabilize cassava prices. New markets for the by-products of ethanol production will be created. The solids from fermentation and distillation, enhanced by yeast and enzymes, will go to livesto…

Up and Running: Retailers Respond Positively to SD Blender Pump Incentive
February 23, 2012 – 10:01 am | No Comment

…’s Energy Policy Director Hunter Roberts, leaving little doubt that the entire $950,000 budget would be quickly distributed to future blender pump retail locations. …South Dakota’s blender pump program is a five-year, $3.5 million grant program and was initiated by the state’s ethanol producers, who volunteered to redirect a portion of the state’s Ethanol Producer Payments Program to fund the initiative. Dana Siefkes-Lewis, president of the…

Update on a Mobile Indirect Biomass Liquefaction System
February 1, 2012 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

…mp; Environmental Research Center has developed and tested at small scales much of the technology necessary for distributed indirect liquefaction systems. With funding provided by customers of Xcel Energy through a grant from the Renewable Development Fund, and the U.S. Department of Energy through the EERC Centers for Renewable Energy and Biomass Utilization, the EERC designed and built a mobile, demonstration-sized indirect wood waste liquefact…

Synenergy Limited LLC and Allard Energy, Inc. to Revolutionize Medium-Scale Distributed Ethanol Fuel Refineries
January 25, 2012 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

…ibute Allard Energy’s world-class refineries and cutting edge technologies with capacities that support a distributed fuel model.  Keeping feedstock, ethanol production, and ethanol distribution local is the future of a sustainable fuel production model.”  “Allard Energy’s advanced technologies and product line provides an opportunity for the small to medium sized entrepreneur to transform waste management related issues i…

The New Biofactories
January 20, 2012 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

…fossil fuels to biological feedstocks like sugar, starch, and cellulose. Bio-manufacturing is less likely to be centralized, like petroleum refineries and ethanol plants, and will instead be more evenly distributed, like beer breweries. Cars themselves might actually become the producers of the very fuels they consume. In the spring of 2007, researchers reported the successful construction of a synthetic pathway consisting of 13 enzymes from diff…

From Field to Biorefinery: Computer Model Optimizes Biofuel Operations
January 19, 2012 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

…hod of storage, but a system that works together to achieve a given goal.”  READ MORE Abstract: Impact of distributed storage and pre-processing on Miscanthus production and provision systems; Abstract:  “Optimization ofMiscanthus Harvesting and Handling as an Energy Crop: BioFeed Model Application;” Abstract: “Development and Application of BioFeed Model for Optimization of Herbaceous Biomass Feedstock Production;”…

Partnership Facilitates Grease Recycling for Biodiesel Production
January 12, 2012 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

…ified both the most cost-effective and best use for wastewater materials, eliminating confusion and headaches for kitchens and waste-haulers.” …BlackGold’s receiving facilities process the material into an intermediate product, which is then converted into biodiesel at centralized facilities, allowing waste to be aggregated from a broad geographic area while minimizing environmental and financial freight costs.   READ MORE…

Boosting Biofuels for Sustainable Energy and Environment
December 28, 2011 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

…cus their efforts on concentrating the energy, as the residual biomass (e.g. straw) materialises in a spatially distributed manner and contains a tiny amount of energy. Biogenous residues are converted into coke and oil at decentralised facilities; this is performed via pyrolysis or carbonisation. The products are mixed to form energy-rich intermediate products containing up to 90% of the energy stored in the biomass. These energy carriers can be…

Alta Vista Securities Announces a Joint Venture for a Bioenergy Venture in the Philippines
December 27, 2011 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

…ntain part of the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Qurino, Nueva Ecija, and Quezon on Luzon Island in in the Philippines, jatropha plantation will be organized and placed under the integrated production and processing arrangement. The biodiesel processing facilities will be centralized for every 10,000 hectares. The jatropha seeds harvested by farmers will be collected from the farmer cooperators and will be processed.  READ MORE…

Pact Deepens FuelCell’s Reach to Europe, S. America
December 13, 2011 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

…a 300-kilowatt fuel cell at the Abengoa headquarters in Palmas Altas, Spain, using a FuelCell module and Abengoa plant design and manufacturing. FuelCell said the Abengoa deal announced Monday expands its reach further by allowing the company to attract customers such as municipalities, large industrial power users and biogas facilities in Europe and Latin America. The focus is on customers who want clean distributed generation.   READ MORE…

Ethanol-Injection Systems Explained
December 8, 2011 – 10:26 am | No Comment

…gasoline, enabling much higher compression ratios. (Unleaded, 100-octane racing gas is expensive and not widely distributed. Readily available premium gas tops out at 94 octane.) And when ethanol changes from ­liquid to gas on the way to combustion, it absorbs 2.6 times more heat than gasoline, a highly beneficial cooling effect. So how do we take advantage of those attributes to optimize ­ethanol’s role in modern transportation? …But the m…

FAA Announces Alternative Energy Investments For Cleaner, More Sustainable Jet Fuel
December 2, 2011 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

…ce alternative, environmentally-friendly, sustainable sources for commercial jet fuel.  The FAA funds are being distributed by the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) John A. Volpe Center. “These new green aviation fuels will use energy sources right here at home,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.  “This type of innovation will create good-paying jobs in the airline and energy industries and help protect the environment at the s…

Honeywell and AliphaJet Commit to Commercialize Renewable Drop-in Jet Biofuels at a Dinner Hosted by Former President Jimmy Carter
December 2, 2011 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

…ss simulators and field instrumentation. “AliphaJet’s ability to produce drop-in jet fuel on a small and widely distributed basis is the perfect complement to our own in-house technologies,” said Tracey Haslam, Americas vice president, Honeywell Process Solutions. “We are very happy that Honeywell has joined our team and is investing in the commercialization of this technology,” said Jack Oswald, CEO of AliphaJet. “Honeywell’s vote of confidence…

Bio-Ethanol from Norwegian Timber in Statoil Fuel
November 28, 2011 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

…rst delivery of bio-ethanol today. The ethanol will then be blended with transport fuel at Sjursøya in Oslo and distributed to Statoil-stations in the eastern region of Norway. “By mixing bio-ethanol with regular transport fuel, most of our customers will be able to use environmentally-friendly, Norwegian bio-ethanol,” says Dag Roger Rinde. All transport fuel from Statoil stations in the eastern region of Norway contains five percent…

Solar Energy Consultant Partners with Advanced Biofuel Developer
November 17, 2011 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

…s Australia Pty, a niche consultancy specializing in the development and deployment strategies for large-scale, centralized energy parks that feature solar infrastructure, according to Jason Hague of Energy Parks Australia. The first site on the Sunshine Coast has already been chosen, and although Hague said it will take time (a couple of years) to arrange the feedstock waste streams needed for Aquaflow’s technology, which is based on advanced py…

Raleigh Gets E85 Ethanol Station
November 15, 2011 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

…ation that sells E85 ethanol fuel – the 18th such facility in the state built in recent years. The Crown Express Mart on New Bern Avenue began selling the 85 percent-ethanol blend last month. The station, which also sells biodiesel made from plants. …The Crown Express Mart financed the E85 pump with a $104,000 federal grant channeled through the N.C. Department of Transportation and distributed by the N.C. Solar Center.  READ MORE…

LanzaTech Makes Its First Commercial Sale
November 8, 2011 – 9:45 am | No Comment

…sale in a key strategic market and a very critical waste segment,” Dr Holmgren says. “It is estimated that global generation of MSW has risen 37% since 2007. With developing countries spending a significant portion of their available budget on solid waste management, using this waste as an energy source and deploying distributed MSW systems means we could have a real material impact on energy democratization.”   READ MORE and MORE…

3rd Biomass Trade & Power February 23-24, 2012 Brussels, Belgium
October 25, 2011 – 3:21 pm | No Comment
3rd Biomass Trade & Power      February 23-24, 2012  Brussels, Belgium

…omass/Pellets Producers, Traders & Importers – Biofuels Producers Importers – Utilities, Power, Distributed Power – Agriculture/Forestry/Plantation Companies – Commodity Brokers & Analysts – Wood Processing Companies – Shipping & Brokers (Dry Bulk, Biomass/Pellets) – Government/Regulators – Pulp & Paper – Pelleting Equipment/Technologies – Biomass Pretreatment Technologie…

New Fuel Might Mean Higher Gas Prices for Chicago
October 17, 2011 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

…d that it’s not that simple. E15 still needs the green light from the federal government before it can be distributed at all in Illinois. Pro-ethanol groups project that E15 could be on the market in early 2012. “Let’s wait for regulations on how we’re supposed to (distribute E15),” Sykuta said. “Because over our dead bodies are we going to sell a fuel that doesn’t have a specification it’s supposed…

Primus Green Energy Produces Drop-In Fuel with 25% Longer Runtime; Proprietary Thermal Chemical Process Successfully Tested In Pilot Production
October 13, 2011 – 8:03 am | No Comment

…for converting biomass into gasoline produces a “drop-in” fuel that can immediately and without modification be distributed, sold and consumed in exactly the same way as standard petroleum-based gasoline using existing infrastructure. The resulting drop-in fuel is cost-competitive with fossil fuels without subsidies utilizing carbon-efficient and high fuel-yielding non-agricultural biomass that does not compete with foodstocks. The company’s ther…

The Need for a Real Domestic Alternative Energy Policy in the USA
October 4, 2011 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

…anking institutions who are not a new industry, but only for infant industries. Nor does it mean remaining with centralized power plants that lose 6.5-7.5% of energy due to long distance transmission. Those things would be fallacious to the argument. What it means is that the government has a duty to utilize tax revenue in order to secure American economic competitiveness and not, to use the words of Ha-Joon Chang, “kicking away the ladder”, at s…

A Call for Statutory Clarity
October 3, 2011 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

…urance that there will be no unnecessary delay or cost in the fuel waiver process to get their product sold and distributed into the fuel infrastructure. …Another issue at the forefront of discussion by advanced biofuel developers like Gevo and supporting organizations such as the ABFA is specific language found in the CAA that prohibits the blending of biobutanol in E10 gasoline. Currently, fuel that contains between 9 and 10 percent ethan…

CSX, Kinder Morgan Team up for Ethanol Hub at Port of Tampa
September 20, 2011 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

…il track and support infrastructure to handle 100-car unit train deliveries and a multi-product unit train offloading yard at Hooker’s Point. The new rail facilities will allow CSX (NYSE: CSX) to transport ethanol from Midwest producers to central Florida in 100-car unit trains capable of being offloaded within 24 hours to Kinder Morgan’s Tampa Terminal. It will be distributed to blend terminals and new markets via pipeline.  READ MORE…

Powered by Seaweed: Polymer from Algae May Improve Battery Performance
September 16, 2011 – 8:13 am | No Comment

…sed in foods, pharmaceutical products, paper and other applications — are attractive because of their uniformly distributed carboxylic groups. Other materials, such as carboxymethyl cellulose, can be processed to include the carboxylic groups, but that adds to their cost and does not provide the natural uniform distribution of alginates. The alginate is extracted from the seaweed through a simple soda-based (Na2CO3) process that generates a unifo…

Primus Green Energy Expands Drop-In Fuel Development Plant in N.J., Increases Total Production Capacity
September 10, 2011 – 9:56 am | No Comment

…for converting biomass into gasoline produces a “drop-in” fuel that can immediately and without modification be distributed, sold and consumed in exactly the same way as standard petroleum-based gasoline using existing infrastructure. ”With a scalable process, technology and feedstock models and a sizable gasoline market, our opportunities for growth through additional plants and technology are virtually unlimited,” said Yom Tov Samia, Chairman,…