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A Sustainable, Affordable Diesel Oxygenate
November 4, 2014 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A bolt-on technology for ethanol plants, costing less than $2 per installed gallon, producing a cellulosic biofuel additive that oxygenates diesel fuel at competitive prices?  It’s early stage, but what’s …

Building Blocks: LanzaTech, IOC, NatureWorks, Calysta make strides on Omega-3s, lactic acid
November 3, 2014 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  In Illinois, LanzaTech and a research team from the IOC-DBT Center for Advanced Bio-Energy Research (an entity co-funded by India’s Department of Biotechnology and Indian Oil Corporation Limited) announced the …

2 SC Firms to Celebrate Nat’l Bioenergy Day via New Collaboration
October 31, 2014 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(Midlands Biofuels/Biodiesel Magazine)  ATP-SC LLC and Midlands Biofuels jointly announced an innovative collaboration to grow biocrops, produce, sell and utilize solid and liquid biofuels, and to expand the state’s bioeconomy, starting in Allendale, S.C., and …

Cellulosic Ethanol produced with Cellerate™ Process Technology Receives EPA Certification for Cellulosic Biofuels RINs
October 31, 2014 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

(Syngenta)  Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) is Quality Assurance Program-certified to generate D3 Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs); Cellerate process technology, enhanced by Enogen® corn enzyme technology, produces cellulosic ethanol from corn kernel fiber; Syngenta to …

Vale deve começar a produzir biodiesel a partir de 2016
October 31, 2014 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(BiodieselBR.com)  A Vale pretende começar a fabricar biodiesel a partir do segundo semestre de 2016. O biocombustível será usado pela mineradora nos equipamentos de suas minas no Norte e nas locomotivas que transportam minério de …

Enerkem: Alberta’s Municipal Waste to Fuels Juggernaut, in Pictures
October 31, 2014 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) How does a technology take municipal solid waste and turn it into liquid fuels and chemicals?  What’s the “death of landfill” all about in terms of creating value streams from …

Fueling a Nation, Feeding the World
October 31, 2014 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  RFA’s “Fueling a Nation, Feeding the World” handbook highlights ethanol’s contribution to the global food and feed supply and contains information that disproves the fabricated food-vs.-fuel argument. The booklet outlines the co-products …

Muradel Launches Green Crude Demo Plant
October 31, 2014 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Renewable fuels company Muradel has launched Australia’s first integrated demonstration plant to sustainably convert algae into green crude, as a first step towards a commercial plant with the potential to produce 80 …

Dynamics of Venture Capital Funding in the Bio-based Chemicals Industry
October 30, 2014 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research, Inc.) Following a drop in investment caused by the financial crisis, venture capital (VC) investment in bio-based materials and chemicals (BBMC) came back with a boom. VC investment rose steadily and reached a peak …

4 Minutes With…Doug Rivers, Director of R&D, ICM
October 30, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … I am responsible for corporate research & development. In this role, I am responsible for development of new and improved technology in ICM’™s Gen 1.0, Gen1.5, and Gen 2.0 …

Ethanol Maker Green Plains Says Rail Transport Not Keeping up as More Embrace E15
October 30, 2014 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Russell Hubbard (Omaha World-Herald)  Green Plains Inc., whose shares have climbed 80 percent this year, told investors Wednesday that higher blends of ethanol are making it into the nation’s gas supply but that congested rail …

Tips for Biofuel Investment In Turbulent Times
October 30, 2014 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  As a biofuels plant, how do you make sound plant management and investment decisions in an environment of political turmoil? This was the theme of one of the panel discussions during …

Five Things to Know about Biorefinery Investments
October 30, 2014 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Alicia Moulton (U.S. Department of Energy)  … These cellulosic ethanol plants managed by Abengoa, POET-DSM, and INEOS are three of the fifteen active integrated biorefinery projects under the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office. Also, three …

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

(Governor Terry McAuliffe)  Governor McAuliffe Announces 40 New Jobs in Russell County
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today (October 29, 2014) that Appalachian Biofuels LLC will invest $3.5 million to establish its headquarters and enzymatic biodiesel production …

The Strange World of Super-Strong, Super-Light Nanocellulose
October 30, 2014 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Flexible electric circuits and solar panels? Advanced biofuels? New concretes and steel-like materials? New medical implants and sutures? Drug delivery vehicles? Cosmetics? Lightweight armor?  That’s just a sample of the …

Fiberight Still Working toward MSW Plant in Iowa
October 29, 2014 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Despite delays, Fiberight’s plans to produce cellulosic ethanol from municipal solid waste (MSW) in Iowa are moving forward. In fact, an equity drive happening now is attracting quite a …

Midlands Voices: Renewable Fuels Are Homegrown Success
October 29, 2014 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by John Hansen (Nebraska Farmers Union/Omaha.com)  … When Iowa State University’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Development examined the impact the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has on a family of four, it found an average in …

Update from DuPont on Its Nevada Project – Labor Shortages, New Ethanol Marketer Deal
October 29, 2014 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With the Abengoa and POET-DSM openings behind us, time to look ahead to the next one: DuPont’s 30 million gallon plant in Nevada, Iowa. We had been expecting mechanical completion …

The 8 Habits of Highly Successful Biorefinery Developers: Looking at Alberta’s Look at Advanced Biofuels
October 29, 2014 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Alberta looks at what might works for them in industrial biotech — Jacobs comes up with a useful take on Renmatix, GTI, LanzaTech, Enerkem, REG and OPX Bio — …

South Africa’s Ethanol Industry Is ‘Far Behind and So Small’
October 28, 2014 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  An ethanol association is working hard to grow the ethanol industry in South Africa and nearby countries. Right now, an association staff member said, the industry feels very small …

Mayor Finch Holds Groundbreaking at Tri-State Biodiesel, Creating 25 New Green Jobs at Eco-Technology Park
October 28, 2014 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Tri-State Biodiesel)  …  The Tri-State Biodiesel project is part of a significant green investment into the Bridgeport Eco-Industrial Park that supports the creation of new “green collar” jobs. Tri-State Biodiesel expects to create an additional …

REG Begins Production and Sales of Renewable Diesel from Louisiana Biorefinery
October 28, 2014 – 11:06 am | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Group)  Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:REGI) announced today that commercial-scale quantities of renewable hydrocarbon diesel (RHD) produced at the company’s Geismar, Louisiana biorefinery are now available for sale.
The first truckloads of REG-9000™/RHD produced …

Enerkem Announces New Project Partnership in China
October 28, 2014 – 11:02 am | No Comment

(Enerkem/PR NewsWire)  Enerkem Inc. (http://www.enerkem.com), a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, today announced it has signed an agreement with Qingdao City Construction Investment Group Co. Ltd. to develop a project partnership to jointly build a municipal …

4 Minutes With…Tim Brummels, CEO, Canergy
October 28, 2014 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The opportunity to change the political environment having politicians care more about the health of our nations future economic and environment needs for future generations verses personal short minded election …

Liquid CO2, or Liquid Gold? Maybe Both, as Aemetis Adds CO2 Liquefaction at Its Keyes, CA Plant
October 28, 2014 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … To Aemetis, a route to improved margins that will also help the environment. Here’s how.
News arrives from Aemetis, via its latest SEC filings, that the company has “entered into …

Patriot Renewable Fuels Signs Cellulosic Deal
October 28, 2014 – 9:23 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Patriot Renewable Fuels has signed a Professional Services Agreement to install ICM’s Fiber Seperation Technology (FST) as well as their Generation 1.5 Grain Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology (Gen 1.5) for …

BlueFire Plays the China Card? Ex-Im Bank of China Issues $270M LOI for Mississippi Biofuels Project
October 27, 2014 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, BlueFire Renewables has received a Letter of Intent from The Export Import Bank of China (China EXIM) to provide up to $270 million in debt financing for its …

BlueFire Renewables Receives Unprecedented Export-Import Bank of China Letter of Intent to Provide Debt Financing for a U.S. Bio-Energy Project
October 24, 2014 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/BlueFire Renewables)  BlueFire’s Mississippi Fulton Project Paves the Way for Other U.S./China Renewable Energy Projects
BlueFire Renewables, Inc. (OTC:BFRE), a company focused on changing the world’s transportation fuel paradigm through the production of renewable fuels, …

UMaine Team Hired to Study whether ‘Trashanol’ Will Work in Maine
October 24, 2014 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by By Nok-Noi Ricker (Bangor Daily News)  The organization representing the trash interests of 187 Maine towns is now partnering with the University of Maine to determine if new garbage-to-energy technology from a Maryland company —- …

Boeing, COMAC Open Facility to Transform ‘Gutter Oil’ into Aviation Biofuel
October 24, 2014 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Technology developed in China to convert waste cooking oil into jet fuel.   China-U.S. Aviation Biofuel Pilot Project supports sustainable growth of commercial aviation
In China, Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. …

Biodiesel Companies Want Stricter Regulation on Waste Oil
October 21, 2014 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Elaine Yau (South China Morning Post)  The recent gutter oil scandal leads to calls to set up a licensing system
Last month’s scandal over sales of tainted lard from Taiwan has been a source of …

Industrial Biotechnology’s 2014 in Pictures: The Year of Steel
October 21, 2014 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  When we think of the past 12 months and the remainder of 2014, we’re going to look back on it as the Year of Steel for the advanced bioeconomy.  Click …

Joint Venture Formed to Develop Cellulosic Biorefinery in China
October 20, 2014 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A joint venture of an M&G Chemicals subsidiary and China-based Anhui Guozhen Co. Ltd. has been created to develop a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Fuyang City, Anhui Province, China. …

Indian Chemical Industry Says Ethanol Blend Creating Local Shortage
October 20, 2014 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(economictimes.indiatimes) NEW DELHI: Chemicals & Fertilisers Ministry has written to the Petroleum Ministry conveying concerns of chemical industry that compulsory blending of ethanol has led to rise in its prices and reduced availability.

“The chemical industry apprehends …

Egypt Proposes $490 Million in Ethanol Investments to UAE
October 20, 2014 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Digest) In Egypt, the government has proposed the UAE invest $250 million in a 100,000 ton per year molasses-based ethanol plant as well as a $240 million ethanol plant that would use 100,000 tons per …

4 Minutes With…Joost Dubois, Director Branding & Communications, Bio-based Products, DSM
October 20, 2014 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  I am responsible for developing the communication & branding approach to ensure delivery of DSM’s messages on the bio-renewable age to all internal & external stakeholders, including marketing communications …

ZeaChem, Leaf Resources Sign Collaboration Agreement for Leaf Glycell
October 20, 2014 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Colorado, ZeaChem has signed a Collaboration Agreement with Leaf Resources. The agreement covers ZeaChem’s evaluation of the Leaf Glycell process for the production of fermentable sugars at ZeaChem’s demonstration plant at …

India, Finland Agree to Double Bilateral Trade
October 17, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Thomas K. Thomas (The Hindu Business Line)  India and Finland have agreed to double bilateral trade to $2 billion over the next three years. To achieve this target the two countries signed as many …

Virginia Releases New Energy Plan
October 17, 2014 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Oct. 14, Gov. Terry McAuliffe officially unveiled the 2014 Virginia Energy Plan, which aims to provide a strategic vision for energy policy within the state. According to information …

Abengoa Celebrates Grand Opening of Its First Commercial-Scale Next Generation Biofuels Plant
October 17, 2014 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(Abengoa/GlobeNewswire)  U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Kansas Senator Pat Roberts offer remarks during on-site event commemorating landmark occasion for advanced biofuels industry.
Abengoa’s proprietary enzymatic hydrolysis technology turns crop …

CPO Biodiesel to Help Lower State Expenditure by US$2.43 bln
October 17, 2014 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Kamis (AntaraNews.com)  The use of crude palm oil (CPO) as biodiesel fuel can reduce the state expenditure by US$2.43 billion, according to the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin).
“The state expenditure could be …

Breaking the Cycle of “Agricultural Landfill”: Can Cellulosic Ethanol Offer a Path to More No-Till Farming?
October 17, 2014 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Could diverting agricultural residues for cellulosic ethanol solve the problem of tilling agricultural residues into the topsoil — and help provide a path towards pristine soils not seen since the …

DuPont, Ethanol Europe Renewables Ink Pact for Cellulosic Ethanol in Macedonia
October 17, 2014 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Macedonian government joins as signatory for MOU. 100 million liter cellulosic refinery could start construction in 2016.
… (N)ews arrives from Skopje, Macedonia that the Republic of Macedonia today joined a MOU …

GranBio Planing Second Brazil Site for Cellulosic Ethanol
October 16, 2014 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Vanessa Dezem and Gerson Freitas Jr. (Bloomberg)  GranBio Investimentos SA, the Brazilian biotechnology company that opened the southern hemisphere’s first cellulosic ethanol plant last month, is close to announcing a partner for its second facility.
The …

Tips for Biofuel Investment In Turbulent Times
October 16, 2014 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  … Insights were given by Mike Jerke, CEO, Guardian Energy Management LLC; Brian Kletscher, CEO/General Manager, Highwater Ethanol; and Randall Doyal, CEO/General Manager, AL-Corn Clean Fuel who all run currently operating …

Use of Advanced Biofuels in Petrol Made Compulsory in Italy
October 16, 2014 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(The Green Optimistic)  Advanced biofuels will have to make up 0.6% of all types of petrol and diesel used to power cars and trucks in Italy as of 2018. With this new regulation, the country …

Junk or Treasure? Looking at Carbon Monoxide and LanzaTech
October 16, 2014 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) A blogger levels an explosive set of charges at LanzaTech: “Khosla’s latest gangrene venture”, “thermodynamic junk”, “gangrene fake company”.  Alleges that US Secretaries of Energy Moniz, Chu and Bodman were …

Cool Planet Takes Big Steps toward Scale for Waste-to-Gasoline, Soil Amendment
October 15, 2014 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) USDA issues $91M loan guarantee conditional commit to Cool Planet.  Obama Administration back building of the company’s first commercial plant in Louisiana, as it opens its first commercial-scale Cool Terra …

4 Minutes With…Sam Yenne, CEO, Maverick Synfuels
October 15, 2014 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Maverick Synfuels is about converting low value feedstocks into petroleum replacing chemicals and fuels. What makes Maverick unique is our Spoke and Hub deployment model. First we focus on …

ePURE Calls for Long-Term Policy Support of Biobased Economy
October 15, 2014 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

(ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Brussels–On the occasion of a high-level Policy Conference in Brussels, ePURE is calling for European policy makers to introduce a long-term policy framework to support the broadening of Europe’s network of biorefineries …

Brighter Brights and More Sustainable Whites
October 14, 2014 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Broadening the sources and uses for cellulosic ethanol.
As we reported yesterday (October 6, 2014)  in the Digest, DuPont and Procter & Gamble, announced a collaboration to use cellulosic ethanol in …

Airlines Fly the Skies on a Sugar High
October 14, 2014 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Amy Yee (The New York Times)  The red-and-white Boeing 737 looked like any other plane on the tarmac at Orlando International Airport. But on a clear day last July, the plane became the first …

Biofuel Leaders Says EPA Has Treated Industry Unfairly
October 14, 2014 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  In Minneapolis, industry officials say federal government erred in setting low targets for biofuels delivered at the pump.   Leaders of the nation’s biofuels industry on Monday accused the Obama administration …

Advanced Ethanol Makers Are Trying To Give Big Oil A Run For Its Money
October 10, 2014 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Ken Silverstein (Forbes)  Big Oil can’t put the brakes on a new renewable fuels factory in Iowa — one that will seek to supplement petroleum with next-generation cellulosic ethanol. The “Project Liberty” facility will …

California Approves $12 Million for Energy Efficiency and Alternative Fuel Programs
October 10, 2014 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

(Imperial Valley News)  … During its monthly business meeting, the five-member Commission also approved more than $5.1 million in grants to Community Fuels, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, and the South Coast Air Quality Management …

Baker Commodities Acquires New Leaf Biofuel
October 10, 2014 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

(Feedstuffs.com)  Baker Commodities, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has acquired a controlling interest in San Diego, CA-based New Leaf Biofuel. Baker Commodities, Inc., a leader in the rendering and recycling industry since 1937, …

Ex-Cofounder at KIOR Claims Technology not Working
October 10, 2014 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

(Global BioBusiness)  A former cofounder of biofuel maker KiOR says he tried to warn other board members about problems with KiOR’s technology. The claims come from Mr. Paul O’Connor, who cofounded the company and worked …

Bioethanol Plant Fuelling CHP Facility
October 10, 2014 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

By David Appleyard (Co-Generation and On-Site Power Production)  A new bioethanol production plant that has been commissioned in Brazil is helping to fuel an adjacent cogeneration facility that supplies process steam, as well as electricity …

Earth to Cellulosic Ethanol: Glad You’re Here, Buddy, What Took so Long? Parts 1 and 2
October 10, 2014 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Cellulosic ethanol arrives at scale — “The five years away forever” put to rest — but are there troubling waters still ahead? For whom, and why?
Part I of II
There’s a …

DuPont’s $500 Million Ethanol Bet Panned by Peltz to Pay Off
October 9, 2014 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by Patrick Winters and Jack Kaskey (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  DuPont Co. (DD:US) said a $500 million bet on producing ethanol from corn crop waste, singled out by activist investor Nelson Peltz as lavish, will pay off …

Valero Officials Say Ethanol Business Is Booming
October 3, 2014 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Steve Sharp (Watertown Daily Times)  Valero Renewables officials from San Antonio, Texas, presented an update Wednesday afternoon to the Daily Times during what has become a fairly frequent media briefing and visit to their …

Madagascar Energy Starts the Race by Domestic Biofuel Ethanol
October 3, 2014 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

(Agence Ecofin) … “It is an ecological project to reduce deforestation by reducing the use of wood as fuel,” noted Roland Jules Etienne, Minister of Industry and private sector development, while unveiling the vision Malagasy government …

RFA Refreshes Key Guidelines for Quality Control Programs
October 2, 2014 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  oday, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released an updated version of its guidelines to help companies establish successful quality control and quality assurance programs.
“This document underscores the commitment of the Renewable Fuels Association …

State of the Algae Industry: 10 Top-Level Commercial Leaders Look at the Path to Scale
October 2, 2014 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  10 leaders, 10 enterprises, 10 paths to scale — what’s really key to making algae a commercial crop for feed, fuel and pharma, soon?
This week at the Algae Biomass Summit, …

With Consolidation Comes Strength
October 1, 2014 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Consolidation is making the ethanol industry stronger, writes Mike Bryan. Companies that do not consolidate can still survive or even thrive but they are more vulnerable to changes in …

Capturing the California ‘Golden Gallon’
October 1, 2014 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Biodiesel produced from corn distillers oil (CDO) is assigned an extremely low carbon intensity (CI) score under the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard, making it a tremendously …

Ahead of His Time
October 1, 2014 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The idea of wet biomass storage has yet to catch on in the cellulosic industry, despite long-term use in the pulp and paper industry.
Jim Hettenhaus is a passionate advocate …

Technology From Honeywell’s UOP To Be Used To Produce Renewable Diesel For U.S. Military
October 1, 2014 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

(Honeywell)  Emerald Biofuels LLC to produce renewable diesel under U.S. Department of Defense program
UOP LLC, a Honeywell (NYSE: HON) company, announced today that its advanced process technology will be used to produce renewable diesel for the U.S. military …

4 Minutes With…Manoel Carnauba, COO, GranBio
October 1, 2014 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … GranBio is a Biotech company based in Brazil and USA. We’re now starting up the first 2G ethanol plant in Latin American, using sugar cane straw as raw material.

What do …

Lakeview Biofuel Plant Proposal Raises Air Quality Concerns
October 1, 2014 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Cassandra Profita (KUOW.org)  A project proposed in Lakeview, Oregon, would turn woody biomass from logging into biofuels for Southwest Airlines, the U.S. Navy and Marines.
The biofuel would have fewer greenhouse gas emissions than traditional …

Brazil Study Shows 30 Ethanol Mills Near Bankruptcy, Valor Says
October 1, 2014 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Vanessa Dezem (Bloomberg)  Brazilian policies to cap gasoline prices may lead 30 ethanol and sugar plants to file for bankruptcy, Valor Economico said, citing a report from a research firm.
The mills, with a combined capacity …

Advanced Biofuel Development Using Parallel Bioreactor Systems
October 1, 2014 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Christiane Schlottbom and Sebastian Kleebank (Eppendorf) To make biofuels such as bioethanol and biodiesel competitive with fossil fuels extensive research in the field of process development is needed. Taking into account the special requirements of biofuel production, such as high temperatures, …

Total to Decide French Refinery Plan by Next Spring – Sources
September 30, 2014 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Michel Rose  (Reuters)   * Reviewing options for French refineries – sources   * La Mede/Lavera plant merger project failed – sources   * Total may invest 300 mln euros in La Mede near Mars
Total, Europe’s biggest …

Cuba’s Sugar Industry to Use Bagasse for Bioenergy
September 30, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(Inter Press Service)  Cuba’s sugar industry hopes to become the main source of clean energy in the country as part of a programme to develop renewable sources aimed at reducing dependence on imported fossil fuels …

Cellulosic Ethanol: A Technology Update October 6, 2014 Washington, DC
September 29, 2014 – 2:42 pm | No Comment
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Clariant’s Demonstration Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Germany: The Complete Facility, in Pictures
September 29, 2014 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Producing enzymes and yeasts on site, as part of the complete biomass-to-fuels manufacturing process. …
In recent years — the region around Straubing turned to biotech to access the high returns …

Clariant Announces Results of Cellulosic E20 Fleet Test
September 26, 2014 – 10:22 am | No Comment

(Clariant/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Clariant, Haltermann and Mercedes-Benz have tested a fuel of the future in a fleet test since January. Initial results prove the high quality and excellent properties of sunliquid 20 fuel (contains 20 percent …

The Digest Interview: Guido Ghisolfi, CEO, Beta Renewables
September 26, 2014 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The project that got the ball rolling in so many ways was the Beta Renewables plant in Crescentino, Italy — a 20 million gallon first commercial project that officially opened …

Cellulosics and the EU: Chasing Higher Rates, Yields, and More Value from Lignin
September 26, 2014 – 9:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The cellulosic scene in the EU is lively and well — greatly cheered by news of commercial-scale openings by POET-DSM, and Beta Renewables and the impending openings at Abengoa Bioenergy …

4 Minutes With…Steve Hartig, General Manager Licensing, POET DSM Advanced Biofuels
September 25, 2014 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … It’s typical Steve (Hartig) — rarely in the limelight, but always in the know…
We are focused on taking the strengths of POET in ethanol and DSM in biotechnology and focusing …

Proterro and Bunge To Conduct Pilot Study in Brazil of Proterro’s Sucrose-production Technology
September 25, 2014 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(Proterro/BusinessWire)  Biofeedstock company Proterro and Bunge Global Innovation, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of global agribusiness and food company Bunge Limited (Bunge), will conduct a pilot study of Proterro’s sucrose-production technology in Brazil.
Under a joint …

GranBio Starts Cellulosic Ethanol Production at 21 Million Gallon Plant in Alagoas, Brazil
September 25, 2014 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  World’s largest-known cellulosic ethanol project to date comes online in Brazil in record time.
In Brazil, GranBio has initiated production at the first commercial-scale plant for second-generation ethanol in the Southern …

Beginning in 2016, Southwest Airlines Will Use Biofuels
September 25, 2014 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(Dallas Morning News)  Southwest Airlines announced Wednesday that it plans to buy some biofuels made from waste wood for use in its San Francisco Bay airports beginning in two years.
To use Southwest’s phrasing, it is …

Louisiana Entrepreneur Embodies Industry Switch from Emphasis on Biofuels to Bioproducts
September 23, 2014 – 9:04 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Golden Leaf Energy’s Troy A. Clark grew up in Louisiana. Studying chemical engineering at Tulane University brought him into contact with the oil industry. And yet, as his career …

US Navy, DOE, USDA Award $210M for 3 Biorefineries and Mil-Spec Fuels
September 19, 2014 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Washington, the Department of Defense has awarded $210 million under the Defense Production Act to Emerald Biofuels, Fulcrum BioEnergy and Red Rock Bio towards the construction of biorefineries that produce cost-competitive, drop-in …

Vermont Sunflowers to Help Provide Power
September 18, 2014 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

(Green Mountain Power)  GMP collaborates on Innovative Farm-to-Energy Biodiesel Test
Beautiful fields of sunflowers growing in Newbury and Shaftsbury will have an unusual future: the flowers’ seeds will be converted to biodiesel and livestock feed.  The …

Recoleo Professionalizes Vegetable Oil Recycling In Brazil
September 18, 2014 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Julie Pham (Forbes)  Recoleo vans, with their signature cartoon oil drop, collect over 400,000 liters of vegetable oil from 1,500 homes and 3,500 businesses each month across four Brazilian states to process into biodiesel …

DuPont Industrial Biosciences Selects Murex LLC as Marketing Partner for Cellulosic Ethanol
September 18, 2014 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(PR WEB)  DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) today announced the selection of Murex LLC to market the cellulosic ethanol produced from its 30-million-gallon-per-year plant in Nevada, Iowa. Upon completion, the facility will be the largest cellulosic …

Renewable Fuels Standard Spurred Ethanol Breakthroughs
September 16, 2014 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

by Delayne Johnson (Des Moines Register/Quad County Corn Processors)   This month, our company, Quad County Corn Processors, will debut an innovative new technology that promises to make one of Iowa’s signature agricultural products — corn …

Taurus Energy in collaboration with a French company on the application of EU funds for ethanol Projects
September 16, 2014 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

(Taurus Energy)  Taurus Energy participates in an application to the French company CIMV submitted to the EU Commission on the construction and operation of a larger demonstration plant for the production of ethanol from biomass. The …

Taurus Offers a Cost Effective and Environmentally Friendly Production of Ethanol
September 16, 2014 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(Taurus Energy)  Cost effective and environmentally friendly production of ethanol – the future of fuel.​
Taurus Energy AB commercializes extensive development on ethanol production. The research is conducted and has been conducted by world-leading researchers and …

Marion Trash-Sorting Facility Delayed
September 16, 2014 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Rick Smith (The Gazette)  Fiberight opening pushed later into 2015
Maryland-based Fiberight LLC had expected to begin construction in June on a $15 million facility to grab organic material in garbage to convert into ethanol …

Quang Ngai Offers Biofuel
September 16, 2014 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

(Eco-Business)  All 150 petrol stations in the central province of Quang Ngai began selling a new, cleaner brand of petrol since the beginning of this week.
Known as E5 Ron 92, it will eventually replace the standard …

A Looming Cellulosic Feedstock Shortage?
September 16, 2014 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As the first wave of cellulosic biorefineries launch — is there really enough affordable feedstock for the next wave? Can growers make enough money to justify the switch…and risk?

It’s not …

Celtic Renewables Wins Top Motor Vehicle Sustainability Award
September 15, 2014 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

(Celtic Renewables) Celtic Renewables has been recognised by the motor industry, winning a top honour at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP)’s annual Low Carbon Champions awards.
The company won the Low CVP’s award for Low Carbon Innovation by an SME at …

Chempolis and NRL Teams up for Cellulosic Ethanol Production from Bamboo in Assam
September 15, 2014 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(Chempolis)  Chempolis Ltd, a Finland based biorefining technology corporation signed yesterday Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL, A Government of India Enterprise). Parties have agreed to jointly study to build a world …

More Trouble Brewing at KiOR
September 9, 2014 – 7:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Key figure and company director Paul O’Connor resigns. Allegations relating to possible inside trading, suppression of 3rd party technology report laid by the Board against O’Connor.
O’Connor makes allegations concerning “KiOR’s …

Is Algae the Future of Fuel?
September 9, 2014 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Chase Ezell (Earth911)  … Currently most of those emissions are being emitted directly into our outdoor environment. Now what if there was a way to capture those emissions, use photosynthesis and turn the byproduct into usable fuels? Still …

The President’s Biggest Enemy
September 9, 2014 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (The Hill/Biotechnology Industry Organization)  President Obama’s bold vision to transition the nation to a cleaner energy future is about to be derailed by one of his most potent adversaries: himself.
To the great …

Alabama Gets First-In-World Carbon-Negative Algae Biofuel
September 9, 2014 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Tina Casey (CleanTechnica)   …What you do is you take long, durable plastic bags, fill them with a nutrient-rich growing medium (wastewater, in this case), throw in some algae, and let sunlight work its magic. The …