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Sugar: Brazilian Model Producing More Ethanol and Reducing Output
November 27, 2013 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Jayashree Bhosale (Economic Times) … The sugar industry is exploring the possibility of adopting the Brazilian model. Brazil, which tops the world in sugar production, increases ethanol production if sugar prices rule low.
Ethanol is …

Can We Harvest Invasive Species for Biofuels?
November 27, 2013 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Quinn (University of Illinois/Renewable Energy World)  … “When the topic of potential invasion by non-native biofuel crops has been raised at conferences I’ve attended, the ecologists in the room have suggested we use biomass from …

Paper Mill in Maine, US Making Sugars for Biofuel from Wood Waste
November 26, 2013 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The paper industry in Old Town, Maine, US has been stuck in gradual decline for some years now. However, one company – Old Town Fuel and Fiber (OTFF) – is said to be …

Why Have Expectations for Sweet Sorghum Soured?
November 26, 2013 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Ceres points towards minimal plantings of its sweet sorghum hybrids in its key market of Brazil for next year, investors ask two questions.   Will sweet sorghum realize its vast …

Global Bioenergies Secures a $7M Grant to Proceed with Its Second Industrial Pilot in Germany
November 22, 2013 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies) Global Bioenergies announces its decision to construct its second industrial pilot on the site of the
Leuna refinery, close to Leipzig in Germany. This new pilot plant, to be supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education …

How Whisky Makers Could Soon Be Providing A Superior Biofuel
November 21, 2013 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Spross (  With any luck, future whisky fans may be able to enjoy their three fingers in the afternoon with the added knowledge they’ve contributed to a climate-friendly energy economy.According to E&E News, …

Hopes for Vonore Biofuel Refinery Remain Elusive
November 21, 2013 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Joel Davis (The Daily Times)  Nearly four years after the ribbon was cut on one of the world’s first cellulosic ethanol demonstration facilities in Vonore, hopes for a commercial-scale biorefinery being constructed in the …

Co-Location of Torrefaction, Power, Biofuel Plants Reduces Costs
November 21, 2013 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Douglas Tiffany, assistant extension professor at the University of Minnesota, discussed the economics of co-locating torrefaction, ethanol and coal power plants at the University of North Dakota on Nov. …

Corn Oil Extraction Examined from Several Angles during Webinar
November 21, 2013 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  During a webinar held Nov. 14 four experts talked about corn oil extraction from the viewpoint of animal nutrition, corn oil markets, its financial impact on ethanol plants and …

Illinois Ethanol Plant to Build Co-Located Biodiesel Plant
November 21, 2013 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Adkins Energy LLC, a 48 MMgy ethanol plant located in Lena, Ill., is poised to begin construction on a 2 MMgy co-located biodiesel plant, which will utilize the distillers …

Ceres Announces Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Results
November 21, 2013 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(Ceres)  - Plantings have commenced for the 2013-14 growing season in Brazil.
- Number of mills evaluating Ceres’ sorghum hybrids has increased over previous season.
- Lower expenses forecast for fiscal year 2014.
Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. (Nasdaq: CERE) …

Reshaping American Energy—A Look Back at BETO’s Accomplishments in 2013.
November 21, 2013 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  BETO recently published a new two-page overview document that highlights significant Office achievements from 2013. One noteworthy success was the demonstration of two cellulosic ethanol production processes at a cost of …

Bio Architecture Lab, EcoShift Make Waves with Seaweed-Based Biofuels
November 21, 2013 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Dustin Mulvaney (EcoShift Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … EcoShift Consulting ( recently conducted a GHG intensity analysis of a seaweed-based ethanol product that performs significantly better than gasoline as well as ethanol made from other feedstocks. The …

Tri-State, LARD Purchase Bridgeport Biodiesel; Upgrades Planned
November 21, 2013 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(Tri-State/Biodiesel Magazine)  New York City-based Tri-State Biodiesel and its parent company, The Sustainable Biodiesel Company, have partnered with New Jersey-based Lard-NABF LLC (LARD) to purchase and upgrade the Connecticut-based biodiesel production business, Bridgeport Biodiesel.
This partnership …

UK Firm to Add 200 Jobs at Eastman Business Park
November 20, 2013 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Tom Tobin (Democrat & Chronicle) Naturally Scientific Technologies Ltd., a business described as an anchor in the Eastman Business Park’s efforts to compete in the bioenergy field, will locate at the park to pursue a …

Unlocking the Universe of Biobased (and Not So Biobased) Materials
November 20, 2013 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … In Massachusetts, applied mathematicians Markos Katsoulakis and Luc Rey-Bellet of the University of Massachusetts Amherst will share a three-year, $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, with others, to develop …

Beta Renewables Technology to Make Ethanol, Bioglycols in China
November 19, 2013 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  M&G Chemicals announced its decision to construct a second-generation biorefinery in China to convert 1 million metric tons of biomass into ethanol and bioglycols. The project in the Fuyang …

U.S. Ethanol Output Could Reach 14 Billion Gallons in 2014: ADM Chief
November 15, 2013 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(Reuters/The Western Producer)  U.S. ethanol output could reach 14 billion gallons in 2014: ADM chief
U.S. production of corn-based ethanol could reach 14 billion gallons in 2014 because of positive margins for processors and demand from …

Biofuels, True North, Natural Gas, and Primus Green Energy
November 15, 2013 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Primus Green Energy recently completed a landmark technology demonstration — and heads off to scale with a catalytic technology for making $2.00 gasoline.  But, in shifting to natural gas as …

Next Generation of Biofuels Is Still Years Away
November 14, 2013 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Jonathan Fahey (Associated Press)  The first trickle of fuels made from agricultural waste is finally winding its way into the nation’s energy supply, after years of broken promises and hype promoting a next-generation fuel …

Cellulosic Ethanol, Once the Way of the Future, Is Off to a Delayed, Boisterous Start
November 13, 2013 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  The “now hiring” sign is up online for Emmetsburg, Iowa, where the nation’s largest maker of ethanol used for motor fuel is putting the final touches on a manufacturing …

Co-Location of Torrefaction, Power, Biofuel Plants Reduces Costs
November 13, 2013 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Douglas Tiffany, assistant extension professor at the University of Minnesota, discussed the economics of co-locating torrefaction, ethanol and coal power plants at the University of North Dakota on Nov. …

Ethiopia: Sugar Factory to Commence in January
November 13, 2013 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Addis Fortune (  The Tendaho Sugar Factory will commence production in January, according to the Ethiopian Sugar Corporation. Some 85 pc of construction of the first phase of the factory has so far been completed, …

Peyton Pace: As a Soap Opera Bubbles over KiOR’s Speed-to-Profits, Revenues and Production Triple
November 13, 2013 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Slow pace, low yields have depressed KiOR’s share prices, but tripled production and revenue has recently delighted the markets.   What’s up with the cellulosic biofuels leader? Good news, bad news?

You …

Sudanese Sugar Company to Begin Exporting Ethanol to the U.S.
November 12, 2013 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Grace Wanene (East Africa News)  Sudan’s Kenana Sugar Company (KSC) could soon begin exporting Ethanol to the U.S.  The trade is set to begin once the potential American buyer receives the necessary clearance from the …

Battelle Develops Mobile Technology to Produce Bio-Oil
November 8, 2013 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

(Battelle/Biomass Magazine)  Battelle engineers and scientists have developed a mobile device that transforms unwanted biomass materials such as wood chips or agricultural waste into valuable bio-oil using catalytic pyrolysis. As currently configured, the Battelle-funded unit …

Feds Launch CSU-Run Research into Tapping Forests for Liquid Fuel
November 8, 2013 – 10:17 am | No Comment

by Bruce Finley (Denver Post)   The federal government is launching a $10 million, five-year project to tap overgrown and beetle-ravaged Western U.S. forests as a new source of non-oil liquid fuel that could power cars, …

New Map Contains Data on Minnesota Corn Yield, E85 Stations
November 8, 2013 – 9:04 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Minnesota Corn Growers Association recently announced the creation of a new, interactive map that pulls together data that was previously tracked but not pulled together in one easy …

Sugarcane Diesel Tests Yield Positive Results in Brazil
November 7, 2013 – 11:38 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  It has been reported auto manufacturer MAN Latin America has completed tests on diesel made from sugarcane.
The company is believed to have performed over 500 hours of testing on Euro 5 engines within …

More Customers Can Benefit From Ennovor’s Premium Quality Sustainable Fuels Following $12m Cash Injection
November 7, 2013 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(Ennovor/PR NewsWire)  Customers seeking premium quality, reliable and sustainable biofuels will have greater choice. This follows a $12m investment in expanding the supply chain, production and feedstock capabilities of sustainable energy sector leader Ennovor Group.
The enhancements are …

Request for Information: Demonstration and Deployment Strategies
November 7, 2013 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Bioenergy Technologies Office seeks stakeholder feedback regarding bioenergy technology validation to accelerate the deployment of advanced biofuel, bioproducts, and biopower technologies. BETO is specifically interested in information technologies that are …

The Four Horsemen of the Financials: Gevo, Solazyme, Amyris Report for Q3
November 7, 2013 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In years gone by, it was not too hard to write up a summary of Gevo, Solazyme and Amyris — all aimed at fuels, all in the development stage, all …

Chennai Garbage Can Generate 12 Crore Litre of Aviation Fuel
November 6, 2013 – 11:09 am | No Comment

by C Shivakumar  (New India Express)  The 5,000 tonnes of garbage generated in the city per day has the potential to be converted to 12 crore litre of aviation fuel and 4.5 crore litre of …

Indigenous Group Gets Help to Expand Biodiesel Scheme
November 6, 2013 – 11:02 am | No Comment

(ABC Online Indigenous)  A Pilbara Aboriginal group has been granted Western Australian Government funding to expand its biodiesel program.
The Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation program, AshOil, processes used cooking oil from the Pilbara mining industry to produce …

Extreme Energy, Supercritical Water, Nanostuff and Biofuels
November 6, 2013 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At the frontier of exotic temperature and pressures, even everyday materials like water begin to act strangely in ways that can drive energy transformation.   New work in nanocatalysts may make …

Biofuel Seed Developer Ceres Looks to Cash in on 16 Years of R&D
November 5, 2013 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by  Ronald D. White (Los Angeles Times)  The road to a clean biofuels future is not easily traveled.

Ceres Inc. in Thousand Oaks has some highly regarded science on its side as a producer of genetically modified …

Future Valmet to Supply a LignoBoost Plant for the New Biorefinery at the Stora Enso Sunila Mill in Finland
November 5, 2013 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Metso)  Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, will supply a LignoBoost lignin separation plant to Stora Enso’s Sunila mill near Kotka in the south east of Finland. The order is one part …

US Producer Takes Trip to African Ethanol Plant
November 5, 2013 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A two-week trip to help out at an African cooking fuel ethanol plant yielded some interesting experiences.

Matthew Dutka, currently works as operations manager at Golden Grain Energy LLC, in …

Innovation in Feedstock Transport, Testing
November 5, 2013 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In August, Ernest Moniz, secretary for the U.S. DOE, announced more than $22 million in new investments to develop a more efficient feedstock supply chain for advanced biofuels, in …

10 Time Machines for Making Biofuels and Chemicals
November 5, 2013 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The new technologies that come along have to provide pressure, temperature and feedstock at their own cost. So it’s the cost of those three elements, competing against the cost of …

Carbon-Negative Biobutanol for $2 per Gallon? ITRI Says Its ButyFix Technology Has the Right Stuff
November 4, 2013 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Seeking low-carbon fuels, even negative carbon? Or, looking for a low-cost, cellulosic renewable fuel? Or, in search of a capital-light, bolt-on technology to drive better economics for first-yen ethanol plants? …

Why the New Biofuel Feedstocks Deserve Investment, Incentives
November 1, 2013 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/National Geographic Magazine)  …Biotechnology companies today are working to develop cyanobacteria, algae, and even municipal waste as feedstocks for advanced biofuels. But these promising abundant non-food sources lack either the …

Debunking the Myths of Biofuel
November 1, 2013 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Jackie Ward (  One Maine company is helping turn leftover restaurant grease into a valuable fuel that’s helping other businesses, and the environment, thrive. There are a lot of myths out there about the …

Ontario Plant to Recycle Beverages into Ethanol, Other Products
November 1, 2013 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Energentium Inc. is finalizing tests before entering into full production in a few weeks at its new 15 MMly (4 MMgy) plant in Brantford, Ontario, to recycle waste …

Chickens to Benefit from Biofuels Bonanza
November 1, 2013 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

(Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Chickens could be the unexpected beneficiaries of the growing biofuels industry, feeding on proteins retrieved from the fermenters used to brew bioethanol, thanks to research supported by the Engineering and …

CQ Biofuel to Fly
November 1, 2013 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

Inga Stunzer (Queensland County Life)  Instead of spending money on controlling regrowth, Central Queensland graziers could soon be profiting if a new biofuel project goes ahead.
The CSIRO is looking at ways to produce aviation fuel …

Biofuel Breaththrough
October 31, 2013 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

(KyivPost)  Ukraine’s government-owned ethanol producer Ukrspyrt and several smaller private producers announced on Oct. 29 that they’re prepared to produce enough bioethanol to meet the need for biofuel as of next year. In 2014, a …

Ethanol Plant Offering Blending Pump Grants
October 30, 2013 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Little Sioux Corn Processors (LSCP), a 110 million gallon per year ethanol plant based in Marcus, Iowa, is offering financial assistance to Iowa retailers who install blender pumps. The LSCP board …

Being Solid and Liquid: The Screwy, Upside-Down World of Renewable Fuels Financing
October 30, 2013 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …“Cowcookies”, the lost Marx Brothers script
Scene, an office on Wall Street. Enter a lender, Harold P. Cheesebreath — and his prospective borrower, Al Cohol.
Cohol: (confidently) See here, it’s a no-brainer. Mandated …

Safety From the School of Hard Knocks
October 30, 2013 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Lyle Estill (Piedmont Biofuels/Biodiesel Magazine)  At Piedmont Biofuels we came by our culture of safety the hard way. We’ve been making biodiesel since 2002 and we have lots of “thrills, chills and excitement” to show …

Cold Flow Treatment: FAME, HVO & Diesel Blends
October 30, 2013 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

By Werner A. Reimann and Bettina A. Siggelkow (Clariant OMS/Biodiesel Magazine)   … The major part of the biodiesel quota in Europe is still covered by first-generation fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) biodiesel, but recent fiscal …

Ceres and Syngenta Extend Market Development in Brazil
October 29, 2013 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Sacramento Bee/Ceres)  Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. (Nasdaq: CERE) and Syngenta announced today that they have extended a joint market development agreement in Brazil. The companies will move forward with their efforts to promote the …

Elevance Planning Another Biofeedstocks Plant
October 29, 2013 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Frank Esposito (Plastics News)  Less than a year after opening its plant in Indonesia, Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. has announced plans to open another bioplastics feedstock plant in Natchez, Miss., by 2016.
Current customer interest in …

Stanley Signs Draft Pact with Biomass Company
October 29, 2013 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Dohms (Chippewa Herald)  A draft developer’s agreement between Stanley and a biomass company out of New York has been approved by the city council and is expected to bring more jobs to the …

Declining Corn Prices Hurting South Dakota Farmers
October 29, 2013 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Natalie-Lees (Aberdeen News)  Corn is about one-half the price it was a year ago, a movement that will dramatically impact farmers’ bottom lines.
The cash price for corn at North Central Farmers Elevator in Ipswich …

Biofuel Maker Pushes Product Use in Market
October 29, 2013 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Eric Ng (South China Morning Post)  ASB Biodiesel seeks to jump-start market for cleaner fuel with fresh call for mandatory blending as it prepares to open plant in Tseung Kwan O
ASB Biodiesel, the developer …

New Winter Crop, Mini-Biorefinery to Launch in DeWitt
October 29, 2013 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Fischer (Stuttgart Daily Leader)  DeWitt became the first Community of Innovation after city leaders saw the opportunity in developing a biofuel resource.
A new winter crop and the technology to turn it into biofuel …

Re-Opening of Ethanol Plant Boon for Business
October 28, 2013 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

( Following the re-opening of the Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant run by Green Fuel in the poverty-stricken Lowveld, major investments are taking place at Checheche Growth Point with several top banks, retail outlets and other big companies …

Wood Completely Broken Down into Its Component Parts
October 28, 2013 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(Fraunhofer)  Crude oil is getting scarce. This is why researchers are seeking to substitute petroleum-based products – like plastics – with sustainable raw materials. Waste wood, divided into lignin and cellulose, could serve as a …

Farmers Now Harvesting Biomass for Project LIBERTY Opening
October 28, 2013 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Iowa, farmers are now harvesting and delivering cob bales for the 2014 opening of Project LIBERTY in Emmetsburg. The 20 million gallon per year POET-DSM plant will use corn …

Government Raises Fuel Blending Ratio
October 25, 2013 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

by Kudakwashe Pembere  (The Herald)  Government has with immediate effect introduced E10 mandatory blending of anhydrous ethanol and unleaded petrol at levels of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent unleaded petrol. This is in line …

Bioenergy Research Tour Rolled 900 Miles through Southeast
October 25, 2013 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(University of Tennessee)  “Green diesel” is on the move, and a recent demonstration tour showed Southeastern audiences just how far the biobased fuel can go.
Coordinated by the Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS), …

My Eco Energy Entering Bio-Diesel Market
October 25, 2013 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Alka Kshirsagar  (The Hindu Business Line)  Pune-based My Eco Energy is entering the bio-diesel market and the company plans to manufacture the fuel in three locations across the country, and also retail it.
The company is …

Is the Renewable Fuel Standard Helping Bring the Next Generation of Biofuels to Market?
October 25, 2013 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  For many supporters of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a key goal was to stimulate the development and use of low-carbon, next generation biofuels – to help …

Bunge Signals a Shift from Sugar; What’s the Impact for Advanced Biofuels?
October 25, 2013 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New York, in the wake of a $37 million Q1 loss in its sugar unit, Bunge CEO Soren Schroder, who took the reins of the company in June, announced …

Biodiesel Production Tops 1 Billion Gallons
October 24, 2013 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Industry Poised for Record-Breaking Year
New EPA statistics released Thursday show the biodiesel industry has cracked the 1 billion gallon mark for the third consecutive year, with several months of production remaining.
“This is …

US EPA’s 2014 RFS Volume Draft Proposal Misses the Boat
October 23, 2013 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) The U.S. EPA’s 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume obligation proposal is under review by the Office of Management and Budget, according to David Korotney with U.S. EPA. While EPA has …

Amyris to Enter Partnership to Supply Renewable Jet Fuel to GOL Airlines
October 23, 2013 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

(Amyris/MarketWatch)  Leading Airline in Brazil Seeks to Use Amyris’s Sugarcane-Derived Jet Fuel Following Industry Validation and Regulatory Approvals
Amyris, Inc. AMRS -0.04% , a leading renewable fuels and chemicals company, and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. (bm&fbovespa:GOLL4)GOL -0.54% , the largest …

Industrial Biobased Ventures Raise $364M in Q3 2013; 5-Minute Guide to the Bioinvesting Landscape
October 23, 2013 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biobased investing continues surging, both direct and via strategics.  The Digest has the data and the scoop in our 5-Minute Guide.
In Florida, Biofuels Digest reports that 9 biobased ventures raised …

New Hope for Ethanol Plant?
October 22, 2013 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Leah Small (Progress-Index)  Vireol, the British energy company that bought the defunct Appomattox Bio Energy plant earlier this year, is now entertaining the idea of opening the local facility for production, according to a …

Pacific Biodiesel, HIPPO Host Hawaii Sustainable Agriculture Tour
October 22, 2013 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(Pacific Biodiesel Technologies/Biodiesel Magazine)   On Oct. 10, Pacific Biodiesel, Big Island Biodiesel and Hawaii Pure Plant Oil hosted a tour to exhibit the community-based biofuel production model that is developing on Hawaii Island—a model that …

Hong Kong Commerce Secretary Gregory So Tours New Biodiesel Plant
October 22, 2013 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(Hong Kong Commerce & Economic Development Bureau/Biodiesel Magazine)   Hong Kong’s Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Gregory So, visited the new biodiesel plant of ASB Biodiesel (Hong Kong) Ltd in Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate …

USDA Announces Availability of Funding to Develop Advanced Biofuels Projects
October 22, 2013 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of $181 million to develop commercial-scale biorefineries or retrofit existing facilities with appropriate technology to develop advanced biofuels. The U.S. Department of Agriculture …

Space, the Biobased Frontier: Hot Biotechnologies for the Big Beyond
October 22, 2013 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Next-gen biofuels technologies may be key to making the International Space Station cost effective — not to mention, other destinations in the NASA agenda.  Which may explain why a high-tech …

Evonik Opens New Biodiesel Catalyst Plant in Argentina
October 22, 2013 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

(Evonik Industries AG/Biodiesel Magazine)  On Oct. 21, Essen, Germany-based Evonik Industries started up a new plant for manufacturing biodiesel production catalysts in Argentina.
Patrik Wohlhauser, the member of the Evonik executive board responsible for the South …

How Farmers Get from Sunflowers in the Field to Fuel in the Tank (Video)
October 21, 2013 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Carter  (The Examiner)  …State Line Biofuels operates a 120,000 gallon/year (300 gallon per batch capacity) biodiesel production facility, providing biofuel and livestock meal for on-farm use. The production capacity of State Line Biofuels can additionally serve …

How the OPEC Oil Embargo Sparked Energy Independence — in Brazil
October 21, 2013 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Tiffany Stecker  (ClimateWire/  Forty years ago, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries placed an embargo on petroleum, bringing an oil-addled world to its knees.
… And Brazil — a developing country under military dictatorship at …

Cool Planet Announces Commercial Trials of Biochar
October 21, 2013 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Cool Planet Energy Systems has announced the launch of its trademarked Cool Terra biochar for commercial agricultural trials. The company’s high-performance biochar soil amendments are designed for specific applications.
Rick Wilson, …

Cellulosic Ethanol – Global Production, Major Trends, Regulations, and Key Country Analysis to 2020
October 21, 2013 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(  “Cellulosic Ethanol – Global Production, Major Trends, Regulations, and Key Country Analysis to 2020” is the latest report from industry analysis specialist GlobalData, offering comprehensive information on the global cellulosic ethanol market. The report …

The Biofuels Benchmarking Annual Report Is Available for Purchase.
October 21, 2013 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

(Christianson & Associates)  The latest annual ethanol industry report, compiled by Christianson & Associates, PLLP (C&A), has been released. The Biofuels Benchmarking 2012-13 Annual Industry Report provides analysis of changes and trends for a broad …

Global Farmers Learn Value of Ethanol
October 21, 2013 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  Each year during World Food Prize week, the Truth About Trade and Technology Global Farmer Roundtable brings farmers from all over the world to visit Couser Cattle Company in Nevada, Iowa.
Owner Bill Couser not …

MP Defends Region’s Biofuel Industry
October 21, 2013 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Andy Richardson (The Northern Echo)  … Redcar MP Ian Swales defended the industry against Oppositon MPs when they used a Westminster debate to urge the Government to consider more alternative sources of biofuels that do not use …

Pitt County Features Biodiesel 4 Schools Program in New Video
October 17, 2013 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

(Pitt County Government)  Since 2012, Pitt County Schools has partnered with Green Circle North Carolina to turn used cooking oil into cash for schools, and that partnership is paying dividends.  This video highlights the Biodiesel …

Avianca Brasil Selects Byogy To Source Clean Aviation Biofuels
October 17, 2013 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(Avianca Brasil/Byogy/PR NewsWire)  Continuing its commitment to deliver economical, 100% drop-in replacement biofuels, Byogy is delighted that Avianca Brasil has selected the Byogy Renewables Alcohol to Jet (“ATJ”) fully renewable aviation biofuel process to source …

No Matter the Question, the Answer is Four: Four-Carbon Molecules and the Big Opportunity for Biotech
October 17, 2013 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In the world of chemists, they are known as the C4s, and they are a target these days for just about anyone who can figure out a way to make them. …

Commissioning a First-of-a-Kind Plant Takes Time
October 16, 2013 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Retka Schill visited the Ineos Bio facility in person in August. She returned from Florida with new insight about how large chemical companies define and carry out plant commissioning. …

Biodiesel Producer Brands Tax Idea Short-Sighted
October 16, 2013 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Tamara Timothy (Guernsey News)  …Treasury and Resources announced in their Budget that they are going to investigate putting excise duty on biodiesel.
…Peter Mac Gill said: “It does produce a useful service for the island …

Neste Pro Diesel Is the First Fuel to Comply with the WWFC 5 Specification
October 16, 2013 – 11:02 am | No Comment

(Neste Oil) Neste Pro Diesel, a premium-quality diesel fuel developed and produced by Neste Oil in Finland, is the first anywhere to comply with the WWFC 5 specification drawn up as part of the Worldwide Fuel …

HECO Cleared to Buy Biofuel for Electricity Generation at Kahe
October 16, 2013 – 10:48 am | No Comment

(Star-Advertiser)   State regulators have cleared Hawaiian Electric Co. to buy about 10 million gallons of locally produced biofuel annually to burn at the utility’s Kahe Power Plant on Oahu.
The biofuel, to be made by Hawaii …

Lack of Soybean Crushing Facilities in Wisconsin Costly for Farmers
October 16, 2013 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Rick Barrett (Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel)  It’s a bountiful harvest, but every year Wisconsin soybean growers pay a hefty price to have their crop processed at out-of-state facilities because there isn’t a bean crushing …

Highlights from 2013 ABLC-Next; Hot Slides, Hot Perspectives, Parts I, II, III, IV and V
October 15, 2013 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) As ABLC-Next concludes, here is the first installment in a review of the hottest slides, stories, intrigue and perspective from the Big Conversation amongst the bioeconomy’s elite.
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India-Finland Ink Clean Technology Pact to Produce Ethanol
October 15, 2013 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

(Business Standard)  In a first of its kind initiative to promote use of clean technologies, India and Finland today signed an agreement to produce Ethanol and reduce India’s dependence on its import.
Under the initiative, state …

India’s Struggling Sugar Mills Seek Solace in Ethanol
October 15, 2013 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Rajendra Jadhav   (Reuters)  * Govt wants oil companies to achieve 5 pct blending of ethanol in gasoline
* Hopes to reduce record current account deficit by cutting crude imports
* Demand for ethanol will give sugar …

Corn Prices Pressured by Both Supply and Demand Factors
October 15, 2013 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Darrel Good and Scott Irwin  (University of Illinois/FarmDocDaily)  Corn prices continue the long retreat from the peak of September 2012, declining to the lowest level since late August 2010. The most recent price weakness …

DP Cleantech to Turn Second Generation Biofuel Waste to Energy
October 14, 2013 – 8:09 pm | No Comment

by Ben Messenger  (Waste Management World)  Biomass and biowaste to energy specialist, DP CleanTech has signed a contract with Shougang Holding Tianguan Group to deliver the first biomass- to- power project in China to use …

Next-Generation Biofuels Are Inching Towards Reality, Gallon by Gallon
October 14, 2013 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Walsh (Time Magazine)  It’s not that companies don’t know how to make cellulosic ethanol or biofuel from algae. It’s that they’ve struggled to do so cheaply and at a scale large enough to …

Sweetwater Energy to Convert CO2 to Sugars in JV with Naturally Scientific
October 11, 2013 – 8:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New York, Sweetwater Energy announced a 50/50 joint venture with Naturally Scientific, Inc. to produce sugar from waste carbon dioxide.
The new technology converts carbon dioxide taken directly from the …

Genomatica, Solazyme, Myriant, LanzaTech and Elevance Take Top Slots in The 30 Hottest Companies in Biobased Chemicals for 2013-14
October 11, 2013 – 8:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The rankings, which recognize innovation and achievement in biobased chemicals and materials development, are based 50 percent on votes from an invited panel of distinguished international selectors, and 50 percent …

Producing Biofuel from Seaweed Biorefinery: Conference Report from Seagriculture, Exploring the Seaweed Chain
October 11, 2013 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Stefaniya Becking (Advanced Biofuels USA) The second international conference on Seagriculture (exploring the seaweed chain) took place in Den Helder / Texel, the Netherlands, on September 25-26, 2013. The conference attracted about 130 people from …

Solazyme, LanzaTech, KiOR, Sapphire Energy and Gevo Take Top Slots in The 50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy for 2013-14
October 11, 2013 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … “This year, the voters went global in picking four companies out of the top 10 founded outside the United States,” said Biofuels Digest editor and publisher Jim Lane. “Feedstocks and …