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Boeing, South African Airways Look to First Harvest of Energy-Rich Tobacco to Make Sustainable Aviation Biofuel
December 11, 2014 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

…rican Airways (SAA) announced today that South African farmers will soon harvest their first crop of energy-rich tobacco plants, an important step towards using the plants to make sustainable aviation biofuel. Boeing and SAA, along with partners SkyNRG and Sunchem SA, also officially launched Project Solaris, their collaborative effort to develop an aviation biofuel supply chain with a nicotine-free tobacco plant called Solaris. In Limpopo provin…

In Terms of Revenues, Glycerol Demand Is Set to Hit USD 2.1 Billion by 2018, Growing at a CAGR of 7.7% from 2012 to 2018
November 19, 2014 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(Transparency Market Research/Digital Journal)  Glycerol Market By Source (Biodiesel, Fatty Acids & Fatty Alcohols), By Applications (Personal Care, Alkyd Resins, Polyether Polyols, Others), Downstream Opportunities (Propylene Glycol, Epichlorohydrin, 1, 3 Propanediol And Others) – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Trends, Growth And Forecast 2012 – 2018 According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Resea…

Appalachian Biofuels LLC to Invest $3.5 Million in Headquarters and New Biodiesel Production Facility
October 30, 2014 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

…ed a $200,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Russell County with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $210,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for the project. The company qualifies for rail access funding from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, and will also be eligible for Sales and Use tax exemptions on equipment. Funding and service…

Boosting Biomass for Bioenergy
October 1, 2014 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by  Katie Fletcher (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Many dedicated energy crops hold promise as feedstocks for next-generation ethanol. Extensive R&D is still needed, however, to overcome the challenges in making these plants viable for commercial applications. … This year, $12.6 million was awarded to 10 projects developing new cultivars of regionally adapted bioenergy feedstock crops, and in researching the complex interactions between b…

Hoke Refinery to Reopen Using Tobacco to Make Ethanol
June 3, 2014 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Matthew Burns (WRAL)   A Virginia company plans to reopen an ethanol refinery in Hoke County, using tobacco as its primary feedstock, officials said Monday.  The former Clean Burn Fuels biorefinery in Raeford has been idle for more than three years.  Tyton BioEnergy Systems wants to restart the plant as part of its strategy to convert its proprietary tobacco, to be grown regionally, into ethanol. The new operation will generate 79 jobs and in…

Guest Blog: Fossil Fuel Company Divestment & Renewable Energy Reinvestment
March 27, 2014 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Fran Teplitz (Green America/Town Creek Foundation)  The fossil fuel divestment movement continues to grow nationally and internationally as individuals and institutions — including pension funds, institutions of higher learning, and philanthropic endowments –recognize the importance of ridding their portfolios of fossil fuel companies. As we see time again, whether the issue is divestment from apartheid South Africa, divestment from the Sudan…

Tobacco, Alcohol And … Seaweed? Three Innovative Methods For Producing Biofuels
June 14, 2012 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Max Frankel (ThinkProgress)   …But in the world of science, researchers around the world are working on some very innovative ways to produce gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from more sustainable feedstocks. Here’s a look at three cool recent developments in biofuels: Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em: Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in California are working on converting tobacco plants into fuel powerhouses. …Bottoms up: T…

Oxford Biodiesel Plant Commissioned
June 5, 2012 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  The Oxford Biodiesel Plant is capable of converting virgin or recycled fats and oils from multiple sources into 35,000 gallons of high quality biodiesel per year. The plant was constructed on North Carolina’s Biofuels Campus and commissioned in May 2012. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Oxford Tobacco Research Station will operate the plant to produce a significa…

Smoking Out Potential: Repurposing Tobacco for Biofuels
May 2, 2012 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biorefining Magazine)  …According to LBNL, the work focuses on transferring a hydrocarbon-synthesizing gene from cyanobacteria into a tobacco plant. The resulting plants would be able to produce fuel molecules within their leaves. Rather than undergoing a typical biorefining conversion process, the leaves would simply have to be crushed to extract the fuel.  READ MORE…

Initiation of the Biofuels Company Accelerator, the Biodiesel Plant, and North Carolina’s Biofuels Campus May 3, 2012 Oxford, NC
April 30, 2012 – 5:20 pm | No Comment
Initiation of the Biofuels Company Accelerator, the Biodiesel Plant,  and North Carolina’s Biofuels Campus  May 3, 2012   Oxford, NC

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  A new sector and a new technology, biofuels necessarily requires places for discovery, interaction, and assistance to new companies and projects. Newly upfitted in spaces and equipment, the Biofuels Company Accelerator provides the labs, support resources, intelligence, and connections required to move ideas and research from promise to outcome. The Accelerator is the first project of North Carolina’s Biofuel…

Commission to Decide if Farms Allowed to Produce Ethanol
April 27, 2012 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Diane Wagner   (Rome News Tribune)  The Floyd County Commission is expected to decide at its May 8 meeting if it will allow local farmers to make a limited amount of ethanol onsite, for use as fuel for their equipment. No opposition surfaced during the hearing that was required by law to be conducted Tuesday, the date that had been publicly advertised. …Under the proposed ordinance, as much as 10,000 gallons a year of ethanol could be m…

Hemingway’s Cats and Tobacco Road
February 29, 2012 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  New ideas on growing hydrocarbons directly in the field tap ancient ideas of agriculture, and ancient capabilities trapped deep in the genome …A good part of the work of modern genetics is to uncover the existing possibilities within the existing genome, which after all is like a series of lights in a house, some switched on and others switched off – each combination producing a slight variation. Whether it i…

Transcriptional Changes Related to Secondary Wall Formation in Xylem of Transgenic Lines of Tobacco Altered for Lignin or Xylan Content which Show Improved Saccharification
December 9, 2011 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Charis M. Cook, Arsalan Daudi, David J. Millar, Laurence V. Bindschedler, Safina Khan, G. Paul Bolwell, Alessandra Devoto (Science Direct)  In this study, an EST library (EH663598–EH666265) obtained from xylogenic tissue cultures of tobacco that had been previously generated was annotated. The library proved to be enriched in transcripts related to the synthesis and modification of secondary cell walls. The xylem-specific transcripts for most…

Department of Energy Awards $156 Million for Groundbreaking Energy Research Projects
September 30, 2011 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

…t biomass through distillation.  READ MORE *** Lawrence Berkeley National Lab $4,839,877 Berkeley, CA Developing Tobacco as a Platform for Foliar Synthesis of High–Density Liquid Biofuels The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and its team will develop tobacco plants with leaves that contain fuel molecules. The team will engineer tobacco with traits conferring hydrocarbon biosynthesis, enhanced carbon uptake, and optimized light utiliza…

A.I.M. Interview: OriginOil’s Paul Reep
June 6, 2011 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

…and it isn’t so quick to adopt and change. For something like converting farms to algae cultivation, I think the tobacco producers might have a more symbiotic relationship. There is more opportunity for them to move away from the production of tobacco into energy crops. But, in the Midwest, production is likely to stay the same for the foreseeable future. …I think what we’ve been able to do is attract partners that recognize that we’re not…

Tobacco Funds Give Danville Boost
June 1, 2011 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Tara Bozick (  …Other projects receiving tobacco commission money: …• The commission approved $490,000 for Piedmont BioProducts in Gretna to improve its biofuel-making process, which will lead to the company’s first commercial bio-refinery in Gretna Industrial Park.  READ MORE and MORE and MORE…

Company Studies Tobacco for Biofuels
May 16, 2011 – 7:34 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  A start-up company, Tyton BioSciences, is looking for a new outlet for tobacco – biodiesel and ethanol. The company is developing genetically modified tobacco that will, according to their website, “produce both ethanol and biodiesel at yields that far surpass the traditional crops of corn and soy.” The company’s tobacco will also be easier to grow than those grown for smoking-grade tobacco and although st…

University/College Programs in US by State/Territory
April 12, 2011 – 8:11 am | No Comment

…r research to create efficient production of biofuel using the plant leaves and stems. The rapid growth of the tobacco plant and the leaf content can result in efficient biofuel production. Through research, the program has been able to adjust the plant metabolism to significantly increase the oil accumulation in the leaves and stems of the tobacco plants. The tobacco engineering project should double the amount of biodiesel produced per acre o…

2011 Miscanthus Acres to Mushroom
December 30, 2010 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Miscanthus will see a giant leap in acreage in 2011, thanks to Soperton, Ga.-based Repreve Renewables LLC. The company currently has 500 acres planted in five locations in the Southeast, which Craig Patterson, manager of commercial operations, says is equal to the total of all other miscanthus plots being grown now in the U.S. and Canada. In 2011, Repreve has committed to getting 10,000 acres…

Danville Center Aims to Grow Biofuel Industry
October 18, 2010 – 10:31 am | No Comment

(  …On Friday, state and local leaders celebrated the groundbreaking of SEnTeC — a research and development facility that would commercialize bio-energy projects for the region through contract research, developing licensed technologies or creating spin-off businesses. Construction should be completed by November 2011. …Piedmont BioProducts is already working with the Institute for Sustainable and Renewable Resources a…

‘Energy Beet’ Crop Grown Here is Called a Success
October 6, 2010 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Ad Crable  (Lancaster Online)  Proposed plant in Rapho would use them. The results are in: Special sugar beets can be grown in and around Lancaster County to produce the alternative fuel ethanol. What’s more, farmers in the region should be eager to grow a crop that will be more valuable than such traditional crops as corn and tobacco. So said Penn State researchers who recently grew and tested an experimental “energy beet&#8221…

Switchgrass Highlighted at Farm and Field Day
August 12, 2010 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

by Carlton Purvis  (   Native grass burns cleaner than coal and promotes wildlife. The Pee Dee Research and Education Center announced the next step in its study of switchgrass as an alternative energy source during its annual Pee Dee Farm Field Day on Tuesday. Later this year, the center will introduce a torrefaction system that will turn switchgrass into a product similar to coal, but clean burning with twice the energy output, as we…

Project Jatropha
May 20, 2010 – 7:57 am | No Comment

…Karnataka’s Hunsur County, India. There, they became aware that poor farmers need an alternative to cultivating tobacco for income because tobacco production in rural India requires ongoing wood fires to cure the leaves which contributes to greenhouse gases and deforestation. To address the problem, they conducted research and learned that the biofuel produced from the Jatropha seeds provides an alternative source of energy. The biofuel can powe…

Jatropha: Mozambique’s New Biofuel Hope
April 19, 2010 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Jeffrey Barbee (Global Post)  …Sun Biofuels, a British company, has been planting thousands of acres of jatropha at a former tobacco farm here and in other sites in Africa. The company hopes the jatropha oil will help it cash in on the high price of fuel as well as offer an alternative fuel for companies that want to clean up their emissions and their image by investing in green energy. …Mozambique has massive unemployment and it&…

Scientists Look to Tobacco as a Potential Biofuel
March 29, 2010 – 11:04 am | No Comment

…in Philadelphia.Andrianov recently co-wrote a paper on how researchers have found a way to genetically engineer tobacco to boost the oil in the plant’s leaves. Researchers found that modifying the plant produced as much as 20 times more oil, according to the report published online in December and featured in a special biofuels edition of the Plant Biotechnology Journal. “Certainly tobacco could work; any plant is a potential source…

Food, Feed, Fiber, Fuel and Fun
February 9, 2010 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  I’ve taken to adding “fun” to the quartet sung by many when speaking of the uses served by our crop land and forests:  food, feed, fiber and fuel.  The song began as a duet (food vs. fuel) and moved to a trio when people realized that much of that corn “food” was for protein-producing animals (hogs, beef, chickens; milk cows, lambs, goats, etc.), not humans.   As people continued to think about it, they…

Engineered Tobacco Plants Have More Potential as a Biofuel
January 4, 2010 – 8:55 am | No Comment

…ndation Laboratories at Thomas Jefferson Universityin Philadelphia  have identified a way to increase the oil in tobacco plant leaves, which may be the next step in using the plants for biofuel. Their paper was published online in Plant Biotechnology Journal. According to Vyacheslav Andrianov, Ph.D., assistant professor of Cancer Biology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, tobacco can generate biofuel more efficiently tha…

Verde Biofuel Building One-of-a-Kind Mobile “Seed to Fuel” Biodiesel Processor
December 15, 2009 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

North Carolina’s traditional tobacco farms are switching to other crops, so the state’s Southeastern Community College in Whiteville, has initiated a program to educate farmers on the ins-and-outs of biodiesel manufacturing, anticipating producers will be growing more oilseeds in the future. Southeastern Community College will be using a mobile biodiesel processor built by Jerome, Arizona-based Verde Biofuel for this program. While the pro…

Medicago to Work with U.S. Army on Biofuel Enzyme Study
October 12, 2009 – 10:02 am | No Comment

(Reuters)  Medicago Inc., a small Canadian biotech company, said on Thursday it will work with the U.S. Army to study ways of creating fuels from plants, sending its shares up more than 20 percent.  The Quebec City-based company, known for its work with tobacco leaves, will work with the army’s research arm to investigate production of industrial enzymes in the field of biofuels.   READ MORE…

Researchers Study Jerusalem Artichoke for Ethanol
May 5, 2009 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

The Institute for Sustainable and Renewable Resources, in Danville, Va., is studying the potential to use the Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosis), a perennial native sunflower species, as a feedstock for producing ethanol.  The institute is a research center jointly affiliated with the departments of horticulture and forestry at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) ( that’s focused on devel…

Feedstock R&D
March 4, 2009 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

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