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The Aviation Biofuels Partnership Kings: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Boeing
November 23, 2016 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Whether it is partnering with COMAC to research aviation biofuels, launching a biojet program with Aeromexico and Mexico’s Airports and Auxiliary Services, or with the Port of Seattle and Alaska Airlines — or launching a Canadian aviation biofuel project using forest waste, it’s clear. Where there are sustainable aviation fuels, probably Boeing is in the picture. Boeing exec Elizabeth Wood gave this overview of…

Who’s Got Hot Lignin? The Digest’s 2016 Guide to Lignin Production and Prospects
November 15, 2016 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Lignocellulosic sugars and lignin have become necessary intermediates for advancing research towards economically producing biofuels and bioproducts. Recently, the US Department of Energy issued a Request for Information: Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities. The result is this compendium of suppliers who are willing and able to produce and sell cellulosic sugar and/or lignin for use by the research…

Who’s Got the Hot Sugars? The Digest’s 2016 Guide to Lignocellulosic Sugars and Their Producers
November 14, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Lignocellulosic sugars and lignin have become necessary intermediates for advancing research towards economically producing biofuels and bioproducts. Recently, the US Department of Energy issued a Request for Information: Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities. The result is this compendium of suppliers who are willing and able to produce and sell cellulosic sugar and/or lignin for use by the research…

Oxfam Report Exposes EU Lobby Firepower of Biofuel Industry behind Destructive Bioenergy Policy
November 7, 2016 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

…rful market forces that are leaving a trail of destruction around the planet.” The policy has fed a forceful machine behind the scenes also. The lobby of European biofuel producers alone is now as financially powerful as the tobacco lobby and employs 121 lobbyists. That means for every civil servant within the European Commission working on the EU’s new bioenergy sustainability policy, the industry has seven lobbyists working to water it down….

Get the Results of the Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities Request for Information!
November 6, 2016 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

…VIDUAL CAPACITY/QUANTITY, PURITY, AND COMPOSITION) ~GRAMS ~KILOGRAMS ~METRIC TONS American Science and Technology Corporation Wausau, Wisconsin Hardwood, softwood, and agricultural wastes such as corn straw, wheat straw, and tobacco stalk Proprietary Organosolv fractionation Yes Yes Yes AVAPCO LLC Thomaston, Georgia Softwood (Southern pine), mixed hardwood chips, agricultural residues Fractionation (sulfur dioxide and ethanol), hydrolysis,…

First Local Seed Selection to Take Place at Project Solaris
October 19, 2016 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Anine Kilian (Engineering News) South African seed selection for research and development company Sunchem’s solaris crop – a nicotine-free tobacco variety that yields significant amounts of sustainable oil for biojet fuel feedstock – has started taking place locally for the first time since the launch of Project Solaris in 2014. “Solaris is an Italian crop and, up until now, all of the seed selection was done in Italy,” Sunchem South Africa…

Ag Field Days Are Always about Learning–We Were So Sure, Then We Found We Were Wrong!
October 1, 2016 – 11:03 pm | No Comment

…their hands at making their own fuel. So, they planted some acres of sugar beets and harvested them to make ethanol for fuel. Eventually, the threat of fuel shortages diminished, and, I imagine, the likely threat of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms interference with their operation increased; so they abandoned the project. For Others, Something New Most visitors had never seen a sugar beet, let alone an energy beet before. They were amazed at the…

Can the Aviation Industry Finally Clean up Its Emissions?
September 30, 2016 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

…pilots would have noticed any difference between that flight and any other. But instead of the usual petroleum-based jet fuel, the plane was burning thousands of litres of a clear liquid derived from the oil of nicotine-free tobacco plants grown by farmers on acres of under-used land in the country’s Limpopo province. Boeing, KLM, South African Airways, the Dutch government and others who partnered in the trial were cock-a-hoop with the results,…

It’s Time To Rethink The Value Of PhD: Distrusting the “Other” Doctors Advice on Engine Fuels
September 12, 2016 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

…obert K. Jackler, MD, Sewall Professor and Chair, otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at Stanford University Medical Center, “Cigarette companies also wanted doctors to smoke their brands.”* To this end, tobacco companies participated in medical conventions by sponsoring doctors’ lounges and giving away free cigarettes. At least one cigarette manufacturer created an internal Medical Relations Division to find medical…

Unlocking the Potential of Next Generation, World Changing Biomaterials — October 13, 2016 — Johannesburg, South Africa
September 11, 2016 – 6:18 pm | No Comment
Unlocking the Potential of Next Generation, World Changing Biomaterials    —   October 13, 2016   —   Johannesburg, South Africa

After the successful landing of the first biofuelled flights in South Africa – South African Airways and Mango flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town powered by biofuels made from high-energy Solaris tobacco grown in Limpopo – the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and WWF-SA invite you to learn more about our plans to scale biofuels and biomaterials in the region, help us identify challenges, and ultimately discuss the…

API-Funded Study Obscures Lifecycle Emission Benefits of Biofuels
August 25, 2016 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

…f plant physiology. “Just like Prof. DeCicco’s last study, this work was funded by the API, which obviously has a vested interest in obscuring and confusing accepted bioenergy carbon accounting practices. It’s a bit like the tobacco industry funding a study that says bubble gum is worse for the human body than cigarettes. While it’s flattering that API has taken such an interest in the climate benefits of biofuels, the public would be better…

Mitigating Risk in Cellulosic: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Genera Energy’s Portfolio Approach
July 22, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Genera Energy “leads the nation in the commercialization of integrated biomass supply chain solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biochemicals markets.” Initially formed in 2008, Genera works with leading technology providers and strategic investors to develop and deliver customized biomass supply chain solutions tailored to specific process technologies and geographic regions. The company offers services that…

New Documents Reveal Denial Playbook Originated with Big Oil, Not Big Tobacco
July 20, 2016 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

…, recognized by both tobacco companies and Justice Department prosecutors as one of tobacco’s most important scientific assets for two decades, did similar work for oil companies fighting lead regulation before his work with tobacco. Tobacco companies closely monitored research and developments on smog, lead, and other petroleum-linked air pollutants. … What others are saying about our research: “We’ve had a year to get used to the idea…

South African Airways Operates Flight with Nicotine-Free Tobacco-Based Biofuel
July 17, 2016 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International) Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and low-cost carrier Mango have operated Africa’s first sustainable-fuelled flights powered with tobacco-based biofuels. The SAA and Mango flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, operated by a Boeing 737-800, used sustainable biojet fuel produced from Sunchem’s nicotine-free tobacco plant Solaris, refined by AltAir Fuels and supplied by SkyNRG. Project Solaris, launched in 2014, is an…

Meet the US Farmers Turning Their Tobacco into Airplane Fuel
July 6, 2016 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

…ts are mechanised and the entire plant, including leaves and stems, are cut with a silage chopper and tossed into metal bins. All of the tobacco plants harvested are turned into biofuel. On Briar View Farms, first-generation tobacco grower Robert Mills hopes tobacco-based biofuel can spark a profitable future for tobacco growers. “With the uncertainty of tobacco, growers are always looking for new opportunities,” he says. … Since 2009, the…

Wassup, ARPA-E? The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to ARPA-E’s AgroEnergy projects
May 6, 2016 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

…by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) What’s up at the DOE’s ARPA-E unit — the Advanced Research Projects Agency? Technology to Market advisor Krishna Doraiswamy answered the question in this update, given at the Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee meeting. In this deck, he looks at milestones ahead, programs, goals and challenges. READ MORE…

Key Enzyme Discovered in Botryococcus braunii
April 7, 2016 – 10:24 am | No Comment

…g to understand is how Botryococcus braunii makes the liquid hydrocarbons – what genes and pathways are involved – so the genes can be manipulated to make more oil, possibly by transferring those genes into a land plant like tobacco, or maybe other algae that grow very quickly, Dr. Devarenne said. “One of the issues with Botryococcus is that it grows very slowly. You just don’t get a lot of biomass and on an economic scale that means it would…

Report Quantifies Employment, Turnover Impacts of EU Bioeconomy
March 21, 2016 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

…turnover, 19 percent is created by agriculture, 2 percent by forestry, 0.6 percent by biofuels, 4 percent by bioenergy, 8 percent by forest-based industry, and 2 percent by chemicals and plastics. Food production, beverages, tobacco products, textiles and textile products, paper and paper products and pharmaceuticals make up the balance. Regarding employment, the report shows bioenergy accounts for 1 percent of the 18.3 million jobs, while…

Life As We Might Have Known It: What If Ethanol Was Our Primary Engine Fuel
March 16, 2016 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

…ed by the U.S. Congress to fund the Union’s military efforts. Ramifications of these bills included the first Federal income tax statute and the levying of excise taxes (often referred to as “sin taxes”) on tobacco and ethyl alcohol (ethanol). Alcohol’s tax rose to more than $2 per gallon, regardless of whether the alcohol was intended for consumption or industrial purposes. In today’s money, that’s purchasing…

Tyton BioEnergy Systems Announces Technology Breakthrough, New Method for Turning Plant Oils into Jet Fuel
March 15, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

…ral biotechnology company that has developed unique tobacco technology to efficiently and economically produce green chemical, cosmetic, agricultural feed, and biofuel products. One acre of Tyton’s patented non-smoking tobacco outperforms corn, soy, and other cellulosic feedstocks. Through its tobacco technology platform, Tyton is committed to delivering cost-competitive products while protecting the planet. The Company is headquartered in…

Biodiesel: Fightback Needed against the Merchants of Doubt, says NBB Chief
February 8, 2016 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

…up for the truth. The biodiesel industry has always relied on science-based facts to support sustainable growth. Now the truth has come under attack. Intentional strategies of deception, modeled after those pioneered by the tobacco industry, are working to spread doubt about climate change and the need for action. “The strategy of disinformation is now being deployed to attack renewable energy and climate change science. Our opponents will…

Always Something to Learn at the Keystone Farm Show
January 8, 2016 – 9:24 pm | No Comment

…dy areas and lands that aren’t good for producing higher value products. Some are also just exploring potential options. Tobacco and Hemp One group of young men mused about “doing something else” with their tobacco. I could tell them about research on tobacco related to biofuels feedstock. Another group wondered about hemp, initiating a conversation that encompassed understanding that nothing that has greater value would be…

Bio-on: World First Facility for Producing Bioplastic from Biodiesel Co-Product Glycerol
December 23, 2015 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

…Industriale Maccaferri is part of the family holding company, S.E.C.I., which operates in various business areas through its controlled companies: Officine Maccaferri (environmental engineering), Manifatture Sigaro Toscano (tobacco), Eridania Sadam (food and agro-industry), Samp (mechanical engineering), Seci Real Estate (construction), Seci Energia (renewable energy). The group, chaired by Gaetano Maccaferri, has 57 plants around the world,…

Elon Musk Calls for Carbon Price to Halve the Transition Time to Clean Energy
December 4, 2015 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

…ttery pack, just like mobile phones, a lot of countries just didn’t do the landlines, they skipped right over landlines.” … The businessman and inventor warned that getting rid of the “hidden carbon subsidy … of enormous size, $5.3tn a year according to the IMF” would continue to encounter tactics by fossil fuel companies similar to those used by the tobacco industry for many years. READ MORE…

New York Is Investigating Exxon Mobil for Allegedly Misleading the Public about Climate Change
November 6, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

…ther energy companies could also face scrutiny. … Naomi Oreskes, a professor of the history of science at Harvard University who has been a critic of the company, likened the investigation to past investigations of the tobacco industry in a statement Thursday. “We are not physiologically addicted to oil, but we live inside a highly developed infrastructure that fosters fossil fuel dependency and discourages alternatives. We could have…

Democratic Presidential Contenders Join Calls To Investigate Exxon
October 30, 2015 – 11:06 am | No Comment

…they support an investigation of oil giant ExxonMobil for concealing research on fossil fuels’ contribution to climate change, following a call by two House Democrats for a Justice Department probe into the matter. “We held tobacco companies responsible for lying about cancer. Let’s do the same for oil companies & climate change,” former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) tweeted on Friday, linking to an article about the House…

8 Wonder Crops & Residues: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to The Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials’s Emerging Feedstock Primer
October 26, 2015 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

…(Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials/Biofuels Digest) Camelina sativa; Carinata; Pongamia; Macauba palm tree; Gliricidia sepium; Starchy wastewater; Industrial waste gases; Seed tobacco READ MORE…

Tyton BioEnergy Systems and Sunchem Announce Research and Commercial Partnership
October 22, 2015 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

…utside relationships to further the use of tobacco for green chemicals. Tyton is collaborating with Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, French chemical company Deinove, a green chemicals leader, and a global tobacco company that is developing nonsmoking uses for tobacco. Sunchem is collaborating with SkyNRG, RSB, South African Airways, Boeing, ENI and Alitalia-Etihad to make jet fuel from Solaris together with other green…

Bernie Sanders Calls For Federal Investigation Of Exxon
October 21, 2015 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

…risks of its carbon-intensive product. … Sanders, like many, compared the allegations against ExxonMobil to the DOJ’s massive and successful lawsuit against the tobacco industry. That action found that a number of big tobacco companies engaged in racketeering by conspiring to hide the harmful impacts of smoking from the public. In an interview with ThinkProgress on Monday, the attorney who prosecuted that case against the tobacco industry…

Biofuel Digest’s Complete 2015 8-Slide Guides to Date
October 16, 2015 – 9:40 am | No Comment

…ech Revolution Algae Roadmap Algenol American Process Amyris BASF BioAmber BIOFAT consortium Butamax California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Cellana Champagne-Ardenne Clariant Coca-Cola Plant Bottle Cool Planet Corbion CSIRO’s tobacco oil project DOE QTR -energy R&D DOE QTR – engine R&D DOE’s BETO DOE Algae Program DuPont Industrial Biosciences Earth Partners: Changing the Biomass Dialogue ElectroFuels Enerkem Farmatic and renewable…

First Flight Imminent as South African Tobacco Crop to Jet Biofuel Project Earns RSB Sustainability Approval
September 30, 2015 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(Green Air Online) The South African ‘Project Solaris’ initiative that is developing an energy-rich tobacco crop for use as a feedstock for producing aviation biofuel has been awarded certification by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). The project, formally launched in late 2014, has involved RSB from the start so as to ensure its standards have been incorporated into all aspects of the supply chain to ensure environmental and…

Scientists Ask Obama For RICO Investigation To End Climate Debate
September 17, 2015 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

…to one of the largest tobacco settlements in U.S. history. READ MORE and MORE (Climate Depot) Download letter   Excerpt from the letter: The methods of these organizations are quite similar to those used earlier by the tobacco industry. A RICO investigation (1999 to 2006) played an important role in stopping the tobacco industry from continuing to deceive the American people about the dangers of smoking. If corporations in the fossil fuel…

The New Tobacco Road: A Path beyond Smoking for America’s Traditional Cash Crop
September 10, 2015 – 10:11 am | No Comment

…Tyton BioEnergy Systems put together a research partnership to establish field trials with non-smoking tobacco using hog manure as fertilizer. In addition, the companies are pursuing the development of ethanol products using tobacco as raw material rather than corn. Smithfield and Tyton said they will develop applications for Tyton’s tobacco-based biochar and activated carbon products, which can be used for a wide-range of filtration, land…

Tobacco’s New Road: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Tyton Bio
September 10, 2015 – 10:00 am | No Comment

…by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Tyton BioEnergy Systems is manipulating the DNA of standard tobacco to boost its sugar and oil content, allowing the plant to be used as feedstock for both ethanol as well as biodiesel. The company is collaborating with local farmers on test plots to monitor the various production and harvesting methods that will lead to improved use of the crop for biofuels. READ MORE…

DEINOVE and Tyton Forge Partnership to Commercialize Unique Solutions in the Green Chemicals Sector
September 9, 2015 – 11:22 am | No Comment

…acco technology combines advancements in plant sciences, agronomics, and processing to produce cost-competitive sugars, oils, proteins and other green chemicals at high profits. One acre of Tyton’s patented non-smoking tobacco outperforms corn, soy and other cellulosic feedstocks. Tyton’s tobacco technology platform achieves significant environmental improvements through enhanced crop production techniques and clean, fast industrial…

Project Solaris in South Africa Earns RSB Certification
September 2, 2015 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) – Project Solaris in South Africa, has earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification for the production of the energy rich tobacco crop “Solaris” in the Limpopo region of South Africa. Solaris is a nicotine-free and GMO-free crop variety that yields significant amounts of sustainable oil that can be used as feedstock for bio jet fuel. Project Solaris has involved the RSB from the…

Smithfield Foods’ Hog Production Division and Tyton BioEnergy Systems Announce Research Partnership
August 25, 2015 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

…hog production processes. The companies are pursuing mutual goals of protecting the environment while improving economic efficiency through this collaboration. The two companies are establishing field trials with non-smoking tobacco using hog manure as fertilizer. High absorption rates of hog-fertilizer by non-smoking tobacco would enhance environmental outcomes and assist Tyton in obtaining lower-cost fertilizer for its industrial crop. In…

CSIRO’s Tobacco Oil Project: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide
July 28, 2015 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) A game-changing new platform — in tobacco? Controversial by its feedstock role for the cigarette industry, tobacco’s been unjustly overlooked. Yet, according to Australia’s CSIRO, “tobacco can greatly expand global capacity for renewable oil production.” In addition, “Leaf oil composition can be engineered for specific purposes (food, nutritional, industrial FA, fuel)” which “enables intensification of oil…

Sustainable, Available, Reliable Affordable Bioeconomy Feedstocks: The Hottest Slides from ABFC 2015
June 11, 2015 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In the advanced bioeconomy, the question for some time has been “how do you fund it?” or “how do you make it?”. But now, feedstock is becoming the key variable, it’s a case of “where do you find it?” “Feedstock is Key,” says Verdezyne CEO Bill Radany. Dr. Harry Baumes, Director of the USDA’s Office of Energy Policy and New Uses agrees. “Now that I have been involved with bioenergy/bioeconomy for almost a decade I…

8 Hot Targets in Advanced Bioeconomy R&D
May 30, 2015 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Fuels, chemicals, pathways, and microbes that could shake it all up … (H)ere are 8 Hot Targets that we can point to that could be game-changers in the world of making fuels, chemicals and biomaterials from pleasant alternatives to petroleum. The one you’ll note that is missing is the opportunities in depolymerizing lignin. We are hopeful to include significant progress on that front in a future update. 1….

Tobacco Plants May Boost Biofuel and Biorefining Industries
April 13, 2015 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

…as a green enzyme factory. The goal is to replace energy demanding fermenter-based systems. … Liu Clarke does not see any major ethical dilemmas regarding the application of GM (genetically modification) technology on tobacco plants. “First of all, we do not eat the tobacco plant, and it does not grow naturally in Norway because the climate is too cold. The plants are cultivated in a confined greenhouse, with the permission of the…

University of Wisconsin Study Based on Shaky Foundation of Faulty Data and Conclusions
April 13, 2015 – 11:29 am | No Comment

…lanted crops (barley, beans, canola, corn, cotton, flax, hay, haylage, hops, lentils, millet, mustard, oats, peanuts, peas, potatoes, rapeseed, rice, rye, safflower, sorghum, soybeans, sugarbeets, sugarcane, sunflower, taro, tobacco, and wheat. [3] See NASS, Statistics by Subject: Crops: Field Crops.http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_Subject/index.php?sector=CROPS [4]…

What’s New, Different and Hot in Military and Aviation Biofuels
February 20, 2015 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

…steady-state operations for a novel processing technology using novel feedstocks. … In December, Boeing and South African Airlines announced 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. … In November, SAS along with the Lufthansa Group, and KLM, signed an agreement with Statoil Aviation for a regular…

DOE Accepting Comments on Engineered High-Energy Crop Proposal
February 6, 2015 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the Engineered High Energy Crop (EHEC) Programs Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (draft PEIS), which evaluates the potential environmental impacts associated with the DOE’s proposal to implement one or more programs to catalyze the development…

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

…, 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: The Scotch Wiskey Association of Scotland is currently constructing a nearly $100 million combined heat and power plant capable of generating up to 7.2 megawatts of…

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

…0 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 significant portion of its annual diesel fuel needs using recycled cooking oil from the State Fair, other smaller events, and from crops grown and crushed at North…

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

…lities, and public education. The Campus also contains a newly constructed biodiesel plant capable of converting virgin or recycled fats and oils into 35,000 gallons per year of high-quality biodiesel. The NCDA&CS Oxford Tobacco Research Station will operate the plant to produce a significant portion of its annual diesel fuel needs, using recycled cooking oil from the North Carolina State Fair. The facility has 15,000 gallons of storage…

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

…uld be made on property zoned for agricultural use and — with a special use permit — on suburban residential tracts. No retail sales would be allowed, and the ordinance would not apply within the city of Rome. Assistant County Manager Noah Simon said the production process is regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. READ MORE…

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

…t inside the crop. …An even more far-out technology is based on work at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in Berkeley, California. A $4.9 million ARPA-E project led by LBL scientist Christer Jansson. The goal? To engineer tobacco plants to directly produce hydrocarbon fuel molecules, which are them retrieved from the plant, when it is crushed for processing – no need for conversion at all – simply a matter of growing hydrocarbons, and…

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

…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 of the…

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

…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 utilization. The tobacco will be grown using…

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

…ne. The culture they live in, largely a monoculture, is driven by the corn and soybean industry in the Midwest, 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…

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

…by Tara Bozick (GoDanRiver.com) …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

…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 still in a test phase, the company has successfully extracted sugars for ethanol and oil for biodiesel. READ MORE and MORE (Richmond…

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

…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 of crops in comparison to the amount produced from soybeans (READ MORE) and (MORE). Contact Hilary Koprowski at…

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

…mature miscanthus. …Patterson believes Freedom miscanthus will be a good fit in the Southeast, where growing conditions and underutilized farm land will favor the long-lived perennial biomass crop. “All those that grew tobacco need something else,” he points out. The high-yielding miscanthus will compete well with sub-par corn and sub-par soybeans, provide a crop for land that has become overgrown, and even yield as well or better than…

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

…Advanced Learning and Research campus on developing better-yielding non-food plants for use in biofuels. SEnTeC will build on ISRR’s academic work to take the lead for developing a bio-based industry in Southern Virginia. The center’s projects would include conducting feasibility studies for installing bio-refineries in the region and engaging local farmers for plant trials. …The Virginia Tobacco Commission awarded $8 million for the…

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

…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” here and in State College. The beets’ solid report card boosts prospect for a $93 million ethanol plant…

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

…ld 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 well as adding a solar-powered tobacco curer this summer to the facility. …Raw product can be input to the torrefaction system and the output is a thermo-chemically treated coal substitute that can be used for energy-dense, water-repellant energy…

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

…in Southern India. Adarsha and Apoorva got the idea for this project while visiting their grandfather’s farm in 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…

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…

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

…ant is a potential source of biofuel,” said Matt Hartwig, a spokesman for the Renewable Fuels Association. “I know tobacco farms have been hit hard in recent years and this may be an opportunity for some of those tobacco farmers.” …While farming tobacco is an expensive task when high-quality leaf is needed for cigarettes, Andrianov said there is real potential in the golden leaf’s future. “You can grow tobacco

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

…result in “fun.” Think wine and beer to start, with due consideration for hard liquor made from rye, corn, potatoes, etc. You can move on to popcorn, cheese doodles (although I expect those are really petroleum products) and tobacco products. And don’t forget all the land and fish dedicated to producing food for household pets. Now, some of those “fun” products may have healthful benefits just as essential as those derived from grains, fruits…

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

…lants 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 than other agricultural crops. However, most of the oil is typically found in the seeds – tobacco seeds are composed of about 40 percent oil per dry weight. Although the seed oil…

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…

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

…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) (http://www.vt.edu) that’s focused on developing new opportunities for farming communities affected by declining tobacco and textile markets. READ MORE and MORE…

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

…Waste Camelina Agricultural Residues Flax Poplar/Aspen/Cottonwood Municipal Solid Waste Spartina Linoleic and Oleic Safflower Coffee Grounds Euglena cyanobacteria Tea Leaves Crambe Chuff Galega Chufa Sedge cyprus esculentus Tobacco pongamia pinnata Cup Plant Jojoba (Simmondsia chinesis) Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus L.) Kenaf Karanja (Pongamia pinnate) Kokum (Garcinia induce) Moringa oleifera Mahua (Madhuca induce) Neem (Azadirachta…