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Gevolution 2014: Gevo’s Forward Progress, and Some Side-by-Side
March 28, 2014 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Gevo reports its 4Q results and adds back some ethanol production, we look at the short-term gains and the long-term implications.   Why ethanol, why now — what’s the latest …

Florida Biodiesel, Inc. Has Delivered a Biodiesel Plant to the Lorymat Corporation in Africa
March 27, 2014 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

(Florida Biodiesel, Inc./PR.com)  Florida Biodiesel, Inc. has completed a B-500 Biodiesel plant sale to the Lorymat Corporation Ivory Coast, Africa. The Biodiesel production equipment will be used to demonstrate Green Fuel technology and produce Biodiesel …

JB Ethanol In Maintenance Mode
March 27, 2014 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Avia Collinder (The Gleaner)  JB Ethanol Limited, which processes and sells fuel-grade ethanol, has seen production fall to lower levels year over year as overseas contractors say no to price increases attached to Brazilian-sourced …

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

by Tim Sklar (Biofuels Digest) Part 1 … It seems that many of the companies providing new biofuels technologies do not fully understanding the competitive environment that they must navigate. As a consequence they fail to …

Hydro Dynamics Cavitation Reactor Installed at Pilot Plant
March 25, 2014 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

(Hydro Dynamics/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Hydro Dynamics Inc. of Rome, Ga., has announced that a ShockWave Power Reactor has been purchased and installed in a commercial cellulosic pilot plant in Italy. The SPR was purchased after successful …

Council Considers Ethanol Plant Grant
March 25, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by  Caitlin Davis (The Hopewell News)  A $250,000 grant to aid the Vireol ethanol plant in Hopewell has reached a roadblock. The grant would help facilitate the opening of the plant, which currently has not begun …

Ethanol Plant Closed over $7m Debt
March 25, 2014 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Ray Bande (Manica Post)  Production of ethanol at the embattled Greenfuel Chisumbanje plant stopped after Zinwa disconnected water supplies owing to a $7,3 million debt.
In a statement on Wednesday, Zinwa public relations manager Ms …

Ottawa Lends Biofuel Firm $500,000
March 25, 2014 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Bill Power (Chronicle Herald Business)  Queens County’s CelluFuel already has Nova Scotia aid for $4m project using wood fibre
The CelluFuel Inc. demonstration biofuel project in Brooklyn, Queens County, received a $500,000 loan from the federal government …

Waste Management, Velocys, NRG, Ventech Form Renewables, Natgas-to-Fuels JV
March 25, 2014 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  First plant go/no-go expected in 2014; target: Oklahoma.  Future expansion in North America, UK, China.
In Oklahoma, Velocys, Waste Management, NRG Energy, and Ventech Engineers International announced a joint venture to …

100% Drop-In Aviation Fuels Are Closer, as Blue Sun Demo Plant Goes 24/7 in Missouri
March 25, 2014 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … This week, Blue Sun Energy, ARA, and Chevron Lummus Global achieved a key development milestone with their 100 barrel/day (4,200 gallon/per day) demonstration-scale Biofuels ISOCONVERSION facility in St. Joseph, Mo. …

E-Fuel from Albion Plant for Test in Agri Ministry Vehicles
March 20, 2014 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(GINA/Government’s Information Agency)  Twenty (20) vehicles from the Ministry of Agriculture and the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) will shortly begin using renewable fuel, as the sugar company has started fuel production using ‘blackstrap’ molasses at …

Chesapeake Renews Permission for Biodiesel Fuel Plant
March 20, 2014 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Sheler (Virginia Pilot/HamptonRoads.com)  The (Chesapeake) City Council renewed its permission Tuesday for an alternative energy company to make biodiesel fuel in Deep Creek.
Plans call for Tidewater Biodiesel LLC to build a plant in …

As KiOR Stumbles, Aemetis Soars: What Made the Difference?
March 20, 2014 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Both companies produce advanced biofuels for the American domestic market. Both utilize advanced technologies deployed at commercial-scale in the past 24 months. Both are publicly-traded stocks. Both were founded in …

Lignin’s Big Leap
March 18, 2014 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Still seeking commercial-scale opportunities, Lignol continues to collaborate with companies that are eager to buy high-purity lignin in bulk. Is this abundant byproduct of pulp and paper milling and …

Fortum, UPM, Valmet Partner to Produce Advanced Biofuels
March 18, 2014 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

(Valmet Corp./Biomass Magazine)  Fortum, UPM and Valmet have joined forces to develop a new, winning technology to produce advanced high value lignocellulosic fuels, such as transportation fuels or higher value bio-liquids. The idea is to …

Group Proposes $600M Zero-Waste Recycling Plant
March 18, 2014 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Jared Council   (Inside Business: The Hampton Roads Business Journal)   A consortium of businesses looking to build a zero-waste, zero-landfill recycling plant in Chesapeake said they’re securing capital to purchase 67 acres of waterfront property.
Officials …

Catsimatidis to Turn Grease into Gold with Greenpoint Biodiesel Plant
March 18, 2014 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(The New York World)  Permit pending for long-delayed facility on Newtown Creek that would transform food oil into vehicle fuel
New York City’s first large-scale biodiesel fuel production facility is slated to come to Greenpoint, courtesy …

KiOR Announces $347M Loss for 2013: “We Have Substantial Doubts about Our Ability to Continue as a Going Concern.”
March 18, 2014 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Delayed 2013 results includes going concern statement. Future Khosla financing contingent on milestones. Default looms as soon as April. Financing after August unclear.
In Texas, KiOR announced a $347.5M net loss …

The Year is Here
March 17, 2014 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Biomass Magazine)  2014 will bear witness to the commissioning of some of the first U.S. commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plants.
Those in the cellulosic ethanol industry know “five more years down the road” as …

Dually Renewable
March 17, 2014 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  … Not only is Abengoa Biomass Energy LLC forging the path to commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol, it is taking a new road when it comes to fuel.
Besides cellulosic ethanol, the Hugoton, Kan., …

Vertimass Licenses ORNL Biofuel-to-Hydrocarbon Conversion Technology
March 17, 2014 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Vertimass LLC, a California-based start-up company, has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology that directly converts ethanol into a hydrocarbon blend-stock for use in transportation fuels.
The ORNL technology offers a …

Minnesota Bills to Incentivize Biofuel, Biochemicals, Biomass Thermal
March 17, 2014 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Legislation pending in the Minnesota Legislature aims to create incentives for renewable chemicals, advanced biofuels, and biomass thermal energy.
In the Minnesota House of Representatives, H.F. 2456 aims to create …

Algae in Iowa
March 17, 2014 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  This American Land travels to Shenandoah, Iowa, to take a look at BioProcess Algae’s novel technology for recycling CO2 from corn ethanol production into algae production.  WATCH VIDEO  and Duke Power VIDEO

California Energy Commission Gives Pixley Biogas Final Grant Approval
March 17, 2014 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  California-based Pixley Biogas has been given final approval for a $4.68 million dollar grant from the California Energy Commission.
Located in southwestern Tulare County, Calif., the anaerobic digester will take …

Flotta Verde! The Italian Navy’s Green Fleet Underway: The Story, in Pictures
March 17, 2014 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Commander Pasquale Tripodi (Italian Navy/Biofuels Digest)  Italy’s Navy joins the global green fleet movement with its first sea trials and certifications.   Including a dramatic at-sea rescue, powered by alternative fuel blends.   The complete story, in …

Upbeat Update on Waste-to-Energy Plan Is Music to Marion’s Ears
March 14, 2014 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Rick Smith (The Gazette)  Keynote speaker Craig Stuart-Paul, chief executive officer of waste-to-energy company Fiberight, told a luncheon crowd of 315 here on Wednesday that his company will be able to keep 80 percent …

The Hydrogen Spring
March 14, 2014 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reminiscent of 2009′s Summer of Algae, when those technologies were coming out of the woodwork, we appear to be in the Hydrogen Spring.  Every time we write about them, more …

Suez Environnement to Operate Recycling Facility for Edmonton
March 13, 2014 – 12:59 am | No Comment

by Will Wade (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Suez Environnement Co. (SEV), the water and solid-waste company part-owned by GDF Suez, agreed to a five-year, 54 million-euro ($75-million) contract to operate a recycling center in Canada.
Under the contract …

Cellulosic Ethanol Fights for Life
March 13, 2014 – 12:47 am | No Comment

by Mark Peplow (Nature)  Pioneering biofuel producers hope that US government largesse will ease their way into a tough market.
…Thousands of tonnes of corn stover — the leaves, stalks and husks left over after the maize …

Developers of Project to Convert Sugar Beets into Ethanol Looking for Commitment from Growers
March 12, 2014 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Dave Kolpack (Associated Press/Star Tribune)  Backers of a proposed project in North Dakota that would turn a variety of sugar beets into ethanol have preached patience for the last five years. Now they’re looking …

The Sugar Producers
March 12, 2014 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sweetwater Energy and Proterro, two companies using widely different approaches, aim for low-cost sugar that may give today’s corn ethanol plants a glide path into advanced ethanol production. They’re …

Use of Separators, Decanters in Biodiesel Processing
March 12, 2014 – 12:24 am | No Comment

by  Ted Neuman (Biodiesel Magazine/GEA Mechanical Equipment US Inc.)  A historical look at how biodiesel production in Europe and, later, the U.S. has relied on centrifuges for a number of aspects in the biodiesel process. Technologies …

Breaking New Ground with Glycerin
March 12, 2014 – 12:16 am | No Comment

by Atul Deshmane  (Whole Energy/Biodiesel Magazine) … Today most glycerin is derived from biodiesel production.

The basis of Whole Energy’s glycerin process is to distill off water and methanol and then allow salts and other residuals from …

The Next Generation of Biodiesel Coproduct Research
March 12, 2014 – 12:06 am | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) The uses of glycerin – crude, USP-grade or otherwise – and other byproducts from biodiesel production are virtually limitless. Profiled here is the glycerin and coproduct research of three Next Generation …

Biodiesel Co-Product Can Reduce Soil Nitrogen Losses to Groundwater
March 11, 2014 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

(Rothamsted Research) Application of biodiesel co-product (BCP) reduces the amount of soil nitrogen (N) loss when compared to traditional agricultural practices.
An important goal in agricultural sustainability that would also impact national sustainability is to establish better …

China New Energy Jumps on New Biorefinery Contract
March 11, 2014 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

(IFA Magazine)  The share price of AIM-listed China New Energy (CNE) rose by a tenth on Monday after the bioenergy engineering and technology firm received a contract to build another biorefinery for Ubon Bio Ethanol …

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

(Methes Energies/MarketWire)   Methes Energies International Ltd. (NASDAQ: MEIL), a renewable energy company that offers an array of products and services to biodiesel fuel producers, today announced it has received a deposit from Antilla Energy VBA …

BRICS and Mortar: The Fast-Growing BRIC Economies Take Aim at Aviation Biofuels
March 11, 2014 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Brazil, Russia, India and China — and throw in South Africa for a complete BRICSA set.  The vaunted new economic engines for the 21st century — and, lately, home to a …

USDA Makes Payments to Support Production of Advanced Biofuel
March 11, 2014 – 12:04 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Doug O’Brien today announced that USDA is making nearly $60 million in payments to 195 producers to support the production of advanced biofuel.
“These payments represent the Obama …

Biodiesel Manufacturer to Bring $30M Plant to Temple after Incentives Confirmed
March 8, 2014 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Robert Grattan (Austin Business Journal)  Thomas Biodiesel LLC has finalized a deal that will bring 31 jobs and a $30 million biodiesel manufacturing plant to Temple, following a decision by Temple City Council to approve $1.5 …

Neste Oil and DONG Energy to Begin Cooperation on Technology Development for Renewable Fuels
March 7, 2014 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

(Neste Oil Corporation)  Neste Oil, the world’s largest producer of premium-quality renewable fuels, has joined forces with DONG Energy, one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe, to develop an integrated process to produce …

Ensyn and Memorial Hospital Sign RFO™ Biofuel Supply Agreement
March 7, 2014 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

(Ensyn Fuels/MarketWired)  Ensyn Fuels, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ensyn Corporation (“Ensyn”), has signed a contract with Memorial Hospital of North Conway, New Hampshire (“Memorial”) for the supply of RFO™, Ensyn’s advanced cellulosic biofuel. Ensyn’s RFO, …

The Hunt for Hydrogen and Hydro-Riches
March 7, 2014 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … “You will never have enough affordable hydrogen.”   Perhaps that is the attractor in the news from little-known Solarvest Bioenergy, when they announced  third party confirmation of their bio-hydrogen expression system following the …

Biofuel Plant in South Africa to Begin Construction
March 7, 2014 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A major renewable energy plant in Jozini, KwaZulu-Natal, which has been in planning for seven years, is set to start preliminary work in September.
Silvapen Group, the South African – Brazilian company, plans to …

NEWBio WEBINAR: Biodiesel, Vegetable Oil, and Biofuels/On-Farm Oilseed Pressing for Fuel and Food April 8, 2014 1:00 PM ET
March 6, 2014 – 6:52 pm | No Comment
NEWBio WEBINAR: Biodiesel, Vegetable Oil, and Biofuels/On-Farm Oilseed Pressing for Fuel and Food   April 8, 2014  1:00 PM ET

Chris Callahan, Extension Agricultural Engineer, University of Vermont  
Douglas Schaufler, Research Associate, Ag Bio Engineering, Penn State
Wondering how oilseed crops like sunflower, soybeans and canola are used on-farm for liquid fuel replacement and feed production? This …

The Next Generation of Biodiesel Coproduct Research
March 6, 2014 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The uses of glycerin – crude, USP-grade or otherwise – and other byproducts from biodiesel production are virtually limitless. Profiled here is the glycerin and coproduct research of three Next Generation …

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 (DomesticFuel.com)  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 (InArkansas.com)   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 (AllAfrica.com)  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 (DomesticFuel.com)  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

(AZOCleanTech.com/UPM)   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 (DomesticFuel.com)  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 (DomesticFuel.com)  … 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 (DomesticFuel.com)  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 …