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Biodiesel Separation, Washing and Polishing: Upstream and Downstream Considerations
March 6, 2014 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Several methods to cleanse and polish biodiesel are utilized, but the story on how well these work begins upstream. Therefore, the cost-effectiveness of biodiesel purification methods should be evaluated based on …

Idea Leads to Cellulosic Ethanol, Scholarship
March 6, 2014 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (  An idea that started back when he was just an elementary school student has led a Tennessee high schooler to picking up a substantial scholarship that he says will help him …

Cellulosic Ethanol Requires Efficiently Collecting Corn Stover Bales
March 6, 2014 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Andrea Johnson (Midwest Producer) Corn stover experts have found ways to reduce the cost of bringing corn stover from the field to cellulosic ethanol plants.
A study conducted by DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol and Iowa State University …

This American Land – Emmetsburg, Iowa Video
March 6, 2014 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

(POETTV)  A story of spirit and ingenuity in Emmetsburg, Iowa.  WATCH VIDEO

Camelina Refinery Seeks to Jump-Start Jobs in Delta
March 6, 2014 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Green Guide Staff (   In the sleepy town of DeWitt, past a wooden sign labeled “ArcoFeed,” within the walls of a half-ruined filling station, there sits a metal box about the size of a …

Springboard Biodiesel Opens Buyer’s Club for Local Biodiesel Consumption
March 6, 2014 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

(Springboard Biodiesel/PR Web)  Chico-based biodiesel equipment manufacturer, Springboard Biodiesel, continues to diversify with launch of local fuel sales.
Springboard Biodiesel, a leading provider of small-scale biodiesel processing systems, has announced the creation of a local biodiesel …

Petrixo to Invest $800 Million in Fujairah Bio-Fuel Refinery
March 6, 2014 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(Arab News)  Dubai-based Petrixo Oil & Gas has decided to invest $800 million in bio-fuel refinery in Fujairah. The company, which has been investing in the green fuels for several years, has plans to be …

2013 Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office Peer Review Report Released
March 5, 2014 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  In 2013, BETO implemented a comprehensive external review of its project portfolio through a Project Peer Review and Program Management Review. Results of this peer review process inform the Office’s strategic …

Mackay Could Be Port of Call to Refuel Australian and US Navy
March 5, 2014 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Kim Waters (Daily Mercury)  MACKAY has been flagged as a potential location to supply the Australian and US Navy with biofuel.
Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning’s Lindsay Pears said if an investor jumped …

Edo Signs MoU Worth N85.5 Billion to Develop Agricultural Projects
March 5, 2014 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The Edo State government has signed a Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) worth N85.5 billion (€380 million), with four investors from the agricultural sector.  Keen to expand and develop their agricultural practices, two of …

Zimbabwe: Another Ethanol Plant for Zimbabwe
March 5, 2014 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by George Maponga (  Zimbabwe Bio-Energy has announced plans to set up the country’s third ethanol plant at Nuanetsi Ranch in Mwenezi, where the firm wants thousands of locals to start sugarcane plantations using water …

The 10 Hottest Trends in Algae
March 4, 2014 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algae has been touted as the ultimate platform for fuels, chemicals, nutraceuticals, proteins — even cancer therapies.
There’s been a rate of progress that would impress any devotee of Moore’s Law …

Legislative Committee Supports Biodiesel as Clean Air Tool
March 4, 2014 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Amy Joi O’Donoghue (Deseret News) A company in the northern reaches of Box Elder County is churning out 10 million gallons of biodiesel fuel each year, crafting the product from the used vegetable oil generated by …

Bio Fuel Project in the North
March 4, 2014 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(Fiji Broadcasting Corporation)  Fiji could soon reduce fuel imports if a new bio fuel project takes off in Vanua Levu.  Biofuel International has a quarter million Pongamia trees growing in the province of Bua.  Chief …

POET-DSM Says Iowa Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Running by June
March 4, 2014 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  An Iowa ethanol plant that will be one of the first producers of biofuels made from crop waste will be operating by June, a general manager of the plant said in …

Seeing beyond Ethanol
March 4, 2014 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Al Costa (Biofuels Digest/Alkol)  … So, the idea I’m spreading here is that we should produce ethanol from many sources? No, that is only PART of the idea. And a small one, in fact. The …

Arming for a Fact-Based Fight Over Ethanol
March 4, 2014 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (  It’s not always fact-based arguments proponents of ethanol are up against when battling Big Oil. But that’s why it’s all more important to make sure you have good facts on your …

UPM BioVerno Diesel Works Exactly Like Any Regular Diesel
March 3, 2014 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

(   The first fleet tests of UPM’s renewable diesel proved that UPM BioVerno works in cars just as well as any regular diesel. The fleet tests were conducted by the VTT Technical Research Centre of …

Feedstocks, Techniques, and Enzymes: The Critical Trio in Any Cellulosic Ethanol Project
March 3, 2014 – 8:07 pm | No Comment

(Global Business)  It may be surprising to know that, strictly speaking, there is no such thing as “cellulosic ethanol”. Instead, there is cellulosic “sugars”. That because it is often forgotten that the cellulosic process (also …

CEO Todd Becker Has Faith in the Future of Ethanol Producer Green Plains
March 3, 2014 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by John Lppert and Mario Parker (The Washington Post/Bloomberg)  … Political challenges are piling up, too. Big Oil lists minimum ethanol requirements as its top policy concern for 2014 and wants to eliminate them. Government officials …

Cool Planet Breaks Ground on Commercial Facility
February 28, 2014 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

(Cool Planet/Biomass Magazine)  Cool Planet Energy Systems, a technology company producing green fuels and biochar products, has broken ground on the company’s first commercial facility in Alexandria, La., dubbed Project Genesis. Permits have been received …

Farmers: On-Farm Biofuel Production a Viable Option
February 28, 2014 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Massey (The Country Today)  The idea of producing biodiesel or running straight vegetable oil through his farm machinery came to Jake Wedeberg about nine years ago in the form of a truck.
“A truck …

Ethanol Industry Enjoying Resurgence
February 28, 2014 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

(NACS) Higher corn prices in 2012 forced the industry to “discipline” itself, which led to strong earnings in last year’s final quarter.
Biofuel producers reported strong earnings for last year’s final quarter, attributing the gains to lower …

Advanced Ethanol Here at Last
February 28, 2014 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  During the National Ethanol Conference, representatives of four leading companies talked about how advanced ethanol is here at last. Moderated by Advanced Ethanol Council Executive Director Brooke Coleman, the panelists included Chris …

Amyris: Out of the Doghouse, But Can the Stock Rally Continue?
February 28, 2014 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In April, International Flavors & Fragrances and Amyris announced a collaboration to develop and commercialize a specific set of renewable fragrance ingredients. Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, IFF …

RPT-EU Policy Gap Choking off Next Generation Green Fuel-Industry
February 28, 2014 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Barbara Lewis (Reuters)  * New research underlines benefits of new generation biofuel    * Commission 2030 policy outline omits transport goals   * Research has questioned credentials of first-generation fuels
Projects to deliver a next generation …

Sale of Ethanol Plant’s Waste Heat Will Eliminate Smokestack
February 27, 2014 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Peter Epp (QMI Agency/Chatham Daily News) It might not happen this year, but plans are in place for GreenField Ethanol’s smokestack at its Bloomfield Road production facility to be removed once the energy company starts …

Proterro Wins Key Notice of Allowance for its Photobioreactor from USPTO
February 24, 2014 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Photobioreactor is a key innovation in Proterro’s patented sugar-making process now deployed at the company’s pilot plant in Orlando, Florida
In New Jersey, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has …

2014 Farm Bill Provides New and Expanded Funding for Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program
February 24, 2014 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Chris Groobey and Taite McDonald (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati) … Since the changes surrounding the Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program of Title IX (9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program or the program) are the most substantive and have been …

Greenbelt Resources: Why Small Is the New Big
February 20, 2014 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  … Greenbelt’s strategy is working with local communities to convert their waste to biofuels that are then used locally. And for a small community, a “small-scale,” system can range between 500,000 gallons …

Ethanol Is Asset to State, Nation
February 20, 2014 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Bill Jones (Fresno Bee/Pacific Ethanol)  The Bee published a commentary on Feb. 14 by Tom Tanton titled “Making Ethanol is Wasting California’s Water.” The premise of the opinion piece was that the nation’s Renewable …

Capacity for Bio-Based Materials and Chemicals Nearly Doubles to 13.2M Tons in 2017
February 20, 2014 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massacusetts, Lux Research reports its forecast that bio-based material and chemical (BBMC) technologies “have reached an inflection point with companies scaling to commercial production levels and growing revenues”, according to …

Algae Research Gives Hope for Renewable Carbon-Negative Source of Food and Medicines
February 20, 2014 – 11:56 am | No Comment

(University of Greenwich)  Bright pink-orange microalgae found in salt lakes and coastal waters could become a renewable source of food, plastics, health products and fuel as a result of new research announced this week.
The University …

National Ethanol Conference Panel Affirms 2014 is the Year of Cellulosic Ethanol
February 19, 2014 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Tim Portz (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Chris Standlee, executive vice President at Abengoa Bioenergy New Technologies, began his remarks on the “Advanced Ethanol: Building Plants, Coming Online” panel at the National Ethanol Conference by stating, …

Global Bioenergies Partners with AUDI on Drop-In Biofuel
February 19, 2014 – 11:01 am | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies)  Global Bioenergies announces the signature of a collaboration with the German car-manufacturer Audi on the development of isobutene-derived isooctane, a high performance biofuel for gasoline engines.
Global Bioenergies, a NYSE Alternext Paris listed company (ALGBE), is …

Firefighters Turned Chemists: Rio Rico Fire Leading Charge on Biodiese
February 18, 2014 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

by Rikki Mitchell (KGUN 9 News)  … ”There’s a lot of technical processes to go through and there’s a few of us that know how to do it,” said Patrick McCarthy, public information officer for Rio Rico Fire.
The …

Indian Oil Firms’ Record Ethanol Purchase to Boost Blending Goal
February 18, 2014 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Rajendra Jadhav  (Reuters)  Indian oil marketing companies (OMCs) have bought a record 720 million litres of ethanol from the country’s cash-strapped sugar mills for blending, in an attempt to curb fossil fuel imports, industry …

American Ingenuity Will Help Meet Climate Goals
February 18, 2014 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Adam Monroe (Novozymes/The Hill) …In our view, the fuels of the future are biofuels and they are already here.  There’s only one problem: The very institution that set the wheels in motion to create …

Bio-Oil Co-Processing: Expanding the Refinery Supply System Workshop April 3, 2014 New Orleans, LA
February 18, 2014 – 11:17 am | No Comment
Bio-Oil Co-Processing: Expanding the Refinery Supply System Workshop     April 3, 2014   New Orleans, LA

The US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is hosting a Bio-Oil Co-Processing: Expanding the Refinery Supply System Workshop on April 3, 2014, in New Orleans, Louisiana. This workshop will explore the potential to partner …

DuPont: “Future Fuel” Cellulosic Ethanol Here Today
February 13, 2014 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by John Davis and Joanna Schroeder (  Cellulosic ethanol is not just a fuel of the future; it’s here today. And at the recent 8th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit held in Altoona, Iowa, Steve …

2013 Pacific Rim Biofuels and Biotechnology Summit Report: the Golden Age of Advanced Biofuels Is Coming
February 13, 2014 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Dan Quadros (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Good news for mankind worried about getting a more sustainable world: it is expected that the next few years will be decisive for the future of advanced biofuels and …

Iogen Announces New Drop-In Cellulosic Biofuel
February 12, 2014 – 11:13 am | No Comment

(Iogen)  Iogen Corporation today announced it has developed and patented a new method to make drop-in cellulosic biofuels from biogas using existing refinery assets and production operations.
The company estimates there is refining capacity in place to incorporate …

Crimson Renewable Energy Wins $5 Million Award for Expansion of Ultra-low Carbon Biodiesel Production
February 11, 2014 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(Crimson Renewable Energy)  Crimson Renewable Energy LP (Crimson) of Denver, the largest producer of ultra-low carbon biodiesel fuel in California, announced today that it has been awarded a $5 million grant from the California Energy …

Westin Singapore Uses Old Cooking Oil to Power up Limousines
February 11, 2014 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(Channel News Asia)  Newly-opened hotel The Westin Singapore is using old cooking oil to power up its limousine service under a pilot programme.   It is the first hotel in Singapore to convert waste cooking oil …

Search Is Underway for Site of First Industrial Sugarbeet Plant
February 11, 2014 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Dale Hildebrant (Minnesota Farm Guide)  Tuesday, Jan. 28, marked the beginning of a five-city tour for the steering committee of BeetsAll Biofuel in their search for a site for the first industrial beet plant …

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 …

Pathfinder: Sierra Energy Heads for a World beyond Garbage, Traditional Power, Fuel
February 6, 2014 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …One of these days, someone might make a commercial in which the protagonists find a detour around some methane-reeking Mt. Garbage, crowning peak in a range of towering landfill mountains. …

European Fleet Test for Biofuels Kicks Off
February 6, 2014 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)   A partnership between Clariant, Haltermann and car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz is to road test biofuels in Germany.  Haltermann takes cellulosic ethanol produced from wheat straw by Clariant and mixes it with conventional fuel components …

Why the Promise of Cheap Fuel from Super Bugs Fell Short
February 6, 2014 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by Martin LaMonica (MIT Technology Review)  The sell-off of synthetic biology pioneer LS9 goes to show that making biofuels from genetically engineered microbes has yet to deliver economically.

LS9 had hoped to be selling diesel to …

12 MMgy Ultrasonic Biodiesel Facility Planned for Saudi Arabia
February 6, 2014 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Portugal-based biodiesel technology provider Incbio announced it has signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia-based Bio Renewable Energy Factory to supply a 40,000 ton per year (12 MMgy) ultrasonic biodiesel refinery. …

Students and Companies Worldwide Invited to Join Open-Source Embry-Riddle Project to Develop Renewable Jet Fuel
February 6, 2014 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  Senior students at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Prescott, Arizona are taking part in an open-source project to develop jet biofuel. The ‘CapStone’ project is also inviting the participation of students and academics …

The Problem with Corn Oil Biodiesel
February 5, 2014 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

by Shashi Menon (EcoEngineers/Biodiesel Magazine)  Over the past two years, the use of nonfood-grade (NFG) corn oil for biodiesel production has grown tremendously. Corn oil biodiesel is eligible for a D4 RIN under the renewable fuel …

BDI Completes Retrofit of 10 MMgy Biodiesel Plant in Greece
February 5, 2014 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A biodiesel plant remodeled by BDI-BioEnergy International AG in Volos, Greece, owned by Elin Biofuels S.A., was officially opened at a ceremony attended by representatives of the local political and …

Biodiesel Manufacturing Facility Coming to Temple
February 5, 2014 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Shane Ersland (FME News Service/Killeen Daily Herald)  Thomas Biodiesel LLC will construct a 25,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on a 7-acre tract at the Temple Economic Development Corporation’s North Industrial Park in the coming months.
The company …

Ennovor Secures Tolling Contracts With Specialist Biodiesel Refineries Across Europe
February 5, 2014 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

(Ennovor Group/PR NewsWire)  Ennovor Group, a global sustainable biofuels company, is pleased to announce that it has signed a rolling tolling contract with one of Spain’s largest biodiesel refiners.
An innovator of feedstock procurement, supply chain development and …

Aemetis Announces Commissioning of Biodiesel Distillation Unit at India Plant
February 5, 2014 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (OTCQB: AMTX), an advanced fuels and renewable chemicals company, announced today that its 50 million gallon per year capacity biodiesel and refined glycerin production facility in Kakinada, India has been upgraded to …

Novozymes Says India Biofuel Interest Doubled
February 4, 2014 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Natalie Obiko Pearson  (Bloomberg)  Novozymes A/S (NZYMB), the biggest producer of enzymes used for biofuels, says Indian interest doubled in the past year as costlier oil spurs demand for alternatives.
“India could be one of …

Nonsugar Sugar Beet Promo Prompts Interest
February 4, 2014 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (AgWeek)  “Industrial beets” is now the preferred moniker for beets being promoted for growing outside the Red River Valley to make things such as industrial sugar components or “green” ethanol, but not …

Info Meetings on Energy Beets Set around North Dakota
January 31, 2014 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

(Bismark Tribune)  Informational meetings are being held in several North Dakota cities this week to update farmers on the effort to develop a biofuel sugar beet industry in the state.
The development of beets as a …

France’s Largest Multifeedstock Biodiesel Plant Opens
January 15, 2014 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) BDI-BioEnergy International AG announced that it has completed commissioning of the largest multifeedstock biodiesel plant in France, Estener’s 75,000 ton (22.5 MMgy) plant in Le Havre. The plant processes used cooking …

Commercializing Enzymatic Biodiesel Production
January 15, 2014 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Hobden (Biodiesel Magazine)  Viesel Fuel, in collaboration with Novozymes and Tactical Fabrication, has developed and implemented a biodiesel production process using enzymes to produce at a rate of 5 MMgy. The company says …

Low-Cost Biodiesel Production
January 15, 2014 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  As federal biodiesel policy uncertainty rises, low-cost biodiesel production with new technologies to allow processing of cheaper, lower quality feedstocks, is paramount. Biodiesel Magazine provides a cross-section of new technologies …

GranBio’s Alagoas Cellulosic Ethanol Project, in Pictures and Video
January 15, 2014 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Down in the northeast of Brazil, a signature cellulosic biofuels project nears completion.  What does it look like? Here’s our biggest picture set ever. It’s the GranBio first commercial project …

The Renewable Energy Academy Program’s Farm Energy Day Crawford County Feature: Perennial Grass Energy February 5, 2014 Meadville, PA
January 14, 2014 – 5:43 pm | No Comment
The Renewable Energy Academy Program’s Farm Energy Day Crawford County Feature: Perennial Grass Energy   February 5, 2014     Meadville, PA

This Farm Energy Day program, to be held on February 5 at Ernst Conservation Seeds in Meadville, PA, will provide overviews of a sampling of sustainable and renewable (“green”) energy issues as they relate to …

Local Company Uses Biofuel for Transport
January 14, 2014 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

(Nelson Star)  For the first time since the horse and carriage, BC organic fruit is again being delivered without fossil fuels.
Kootenay foodies and entrepreneurs Paul and Clare Kelly of Winlaw are helping shoppers at organic …

2013 Report on the International and Chinese Biodiesel Industry
January 14, 2014 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Research and Markets)  Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “2013 Report on the International and Chinese Biodiesel Industry” report to their offering.
“2013 Report on the International and Chinese Biodiesel Industry”, provides an overview of …

Commercializing Enzymatic Biodiesel Production
January 6, 2014 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Hobden (Viesel Fuel LLC/Biodiesel Magazine)  Viesel Fuel, in collaboration with Novozymes and Tactical Fabrication, has developed and implemented a biodiesel production process using enzymes to produce at a rate of 5 MMgy. The …

US Secretaries of Defense, Agriculture and Energy Push for Cost-Competitive, Drop-In Advanced Military Biofuels Program
January 6, 2014 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Agriculture, and Secretary of Energy delivered four co-signed letters to the heads of key House and Senate committees and subcommittees, in support …

The Digest’s Bioeconomy Achievement Awards for 2013-14
January 3, 2014 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Beta Renewables, Abengoa, Enerkem, Proterro among the winners for Project of the Year — as residues and waste are keys to the big wins.  For Fuel of the Year, Renewable …

Ethanol’s Story
January 2, 2014 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (   The Missouri Corn Growers Association has produced a video that tells “the greatest story never told” – Quiet Revolution: The Ethanol Story. READ MORE    WATCH VIDEO

Ethanol Plunges Most in Two Weeks as Cheaper Corn Reduces Costs
January 2, 2014 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Ethanol futures plunged the most in two weeks as cheaper prices for corn, the worst-performing commodity this year, made it more profitable for distillers to increase output. … Ethanol’s discount to gasoline …

Purti Signs Pact with Praj Industries for Ethanol
December 31, 2013 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Ramu Bhagwat (Times of India)  Pune-based Praj Industries which is a pioneer in developing new technology for ethanol production from agricultural waste has signed an agreement with Nitin Gadkari-promoted Purti Sugar to set up a new generation …

GTL Resources, QTI Partner to Develop NextGen Frac Technology
December 30, 2013 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

(GTL Resources/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  GTL Resources USA Inc., owner of Illinois River Energy LLC, and Quality Technology International Inc., through its subsidiary, QTI-AMG LLC, announced that they have formed a partnership to collaborate on a …

DOE Pulls Funding for Bluefire Mississippi Project over Financing Woes; BFRE to Appeal
December 30, 2013 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The following notice was filed Friday with the SEC by Bluefire Renewables:  On December 23, 2013, Bluefire Renewables received notice from the Department of Energy indicating that the DOE would …

Special EU Biofuels Report: The Top 10 Stories of the Year, and More
December 27, 2013 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The technology is there. Demand for alternative fuels, chemicals and materials is there. Feedstock is expensive.   In so many of the signature developments announced around the world this year, there’s …

Time for Rebranding: We Are Protein Producers!
December 26, 2013 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Rob Vierhout (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  At the yearly F.O.Licht’s World Ethanol Conference, two speakers spoke about ethanol as a coproduct, focusing on front-end separation of high-value protein from the corn, or recovering the yeast to …

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 …

Community Fuels Awarded $4.9 Million Grant for Expansion
December 26, 2013 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(Community Fuels/Biodiesel Magazine)  Community Fuels was awarded a grant from the California Energy Commission of more than $4.9 million to support the expansion of Community Fuels’ advanced biorefinery at the Port of Stockton, Calif. The …

Gevo Biofuel Produced in Luverne, Minn., Passes Army Helicopter Test
December 26, 2013 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  Gevo Inc., which produces an alternative alcohol in a former ethanol plant in Luverne, Minn., said Monday that the Army has successfully flown a Black Hawk helicopter using a 50-50 …

Special Asia Biofuels Report: The Top 10 Stories of the Year, and More
December 26, 2013 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Asia looks at petroleum reserves and exploration and concludes: our future is in biomass.
As we wrote in 2012: “There’s only one complete region for biofuels where abundant feedstock, lack of oil …

Ethanol is a Win for Illinois, A Win for Agriculture
December 26, 2013 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Illinois State Representative Donald Moffitt knows agriculture. He grew up on a family farm, on which his son still farms (and Don occasionally helps). This has been a huge asset for …

Ethanol Plant Being Prepped to Open
December 26, 2013 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Leah Small (Progress-Index)  A plan by Vireol Bio-Industries PLC to open the ethanol plant instead of shipping it overseas was unofficially announced at a meeting of city industrialists, sparsely attended by the public. Larry …

KiOR Provides Operational Update on Columbus Facility
December 26, 2013 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(MarketWatch/KiOR)  KiOR, Inc., provided today (December 23, 2013) an update on the operations at its Columbus, Mississippi, facility.
KiOR expects that, given current and anticipated operations through the remainder of the year, the Columbus facility will …

Amyris Meets Funding Milestones and Announces $28 Million Private Placement With Participation From New and Existing Investors
December 26, 2013 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

(Amyris)  First Purpose-Built Industrial-Scale Plant Completes First Year of Successful Operation in Brazil.   Amyris announced today an agreement to sell senior convertible promissory notes in a private placement for $28 million in cash proceeds.
Under the …

A Q&A with JatroDiesel
December 23, 2013 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  JatroDiesel’s technology has been selected by Patriot Renewable Fuels for its 4-5 million biodiesel facility under construction next to its ethanol plant in Annawan, Illinois. The biodiesel plant, when it goes into operation in September 2014 …

Record Season for Ethanol in Brazil Unlikely to Be Repeated
December 23, 2013 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Brazil ethanol industry saw record supplies for the 2013/2014 crush season just being wrapped up, and got a welcome boost from auto executives who said ethanol-powered cars …

ICM, IGPC Ethanol Sign Letter of Intent
December 23, 2013 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(ICM/Ethanol Producer Magazine) ICM Inc. has announced that IGPC Ethanol Inc. of Ontario, Canada, has signed a letter of intent to be the first Canadian adopter of ICM’s Generation 1.5 technology. Today’s milestone announcement will enable …

Sweetwater Energy Gets $2.5M Award from NY State
December 23, 2013 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

(Democrat & Chronicle) Sweetwater Energy Inc. has won a $2.5 million award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to pay for five facilities in New York state to produce sugar from various types of …

Iowa City to Negotiate with Trash-to-Ethanol Company
December 20, 2013 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Gregg Hennigan ( Iowa City will enter into negotiations with a company that says it could turn most of the city’s garbage into ethanol.
But residents, environmentalists, representatives from the recycling industry and labor union officials …

Hot Sugar! Sweetwater Energy to Supply Pacific Ethanol with Industrial Sugars for Cellulosic Ethanol
December 20, 2013 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New York, Sweetwater Energy and Pacific Ethanol announced a project to supply customized industrial sugars for the production of cellulosic ethanol. The agreement supports the construction of a cellulosic …

Cassava-Based Ethanol Set to Boom in 2014 Tied to Crop Income Guarantee Scheme
December 20, 2013 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

(Bangkok Post)  The amount of cassava used in producing ethanol will nearly double to 3 million tonnes next year, driven by Commerce Ministry moves to push up the price of the crop. At present, 38% …

U.S. Invalidates 33.5 Million Renewable Credits After Fraud (1)
December 20, 2013 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem   (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it has invalidated 33.5 million renewable-fuel credits sold by an Indiana company for biofuel it didn’t produce, the fourth time the agency has alleged …

POET-DSM’s Project Liberty Cellulosic Ethanol Plant, in Pictures
December 20, 2013 – 10:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …As POET-DSM’s folk advise: “The communication to the local, regional and national community is critical as we face challenges to the RFS with grain ethanol.  Our educational efforts, updated construction …

BASF, Renmatix Sign Joint Development for Industrial Sugars from Biomass
December 18, 2013 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In Pennsylvania and Germany, BASF and Renmatix signed a non-exclusive joint development agreement to scale up the Renmatix Plantrose process for the production of industrial sugars based on lignocellulosic biomass. …

A Concern with the EPA
December 18, 2013 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (Marshall Democrat News) … I am very concerned with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent decision to reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirement for next year. It would be lowered by almost …

Neste Oil Achieves Palm Oil Certification Target Two Years Early
December 18, 2013 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

(Neste Oil/Biodiesel Magazine)  Neste Oil has achieved its long-term target of using only certified palm oil as an input for its renewable diesel production process. The original target, set in 2009, was that 100 percent …

Renewable Energy Group Agrees to Acquire Syntroleum Corp.
December 18, 2013 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Group/Biodiesel Magazine)  Renewable Energy Group Inc. and Syntroleum Corp. announced Dec. 17 that they have entered into an asset purchase agreement pursuant to which REG would acquire substantially all of the assets of Syntroleum …

Amyris Continues Successful Commercialization
December 17, 2013 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

(Amyris/MarketWatch)  Amyris increased to 400 the number of São Paulo city buses running on a blend of Diesel de Cana(TM)
In 2014, Amyris plans to produce its fragrance oil molecule from its own manufacturing facility in …

China New Energy Limited Agreement to Provide Specialist 2nd Cellulosic Generation Biofuel Technology
December 17, 2013 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

(China New Energy)  The Board of CNE (AIM:CNEL), the AIM quoted engineering and technology solutions provider to the bioenergy sector, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an contract with Jilin Province New …

Ineos Bio Announces Operational Progress at Florida Plant
December 16, 2013 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

(Ineos Bio/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … ”INEOS Bio’s Vero Beach facility has made significant operational progress and we are steadily moving towards stable operations in 2014 with a focus on improving performance metrics throughout next year,” said …