donate now
Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
August 8, 2013 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.
-Use a dedicated, self-reducing non-renewable carbon user fee to fund renewable energy R&D.
-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

Read the full story »
Business News/Analysis

Federal Legislation

Political news and views from Capitol Hill.

More Coming Events

Conferences and Events List in Addition to Coming Events Carousel (above)

Original Writing, Opinions Advanced Biofuels USA

Sustainability

Home » Archive by Category

Articles in BioRefineries

USDA Announces Funding for 2 Farm Bill Bioenergy Programs
June 17, 2014 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture/Biomass Magazine)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced up to $14.5 million in funding for two USDA bioenergy programs made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA’s Rural Development announced it is …

Biodiesel Producers, Advocates Hit Capitol Hill
June 17, 2014 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Nearly 100 biodiesel producers, feedstock suppliers and other advocates are traveling to Washington this week to voice concerns about the Obama Administration’s proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for biodiesel.
The biodiesel supporters, who …

Time Has Come Today
June 17, 2014 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The synergies between co-located ethanol and biodiesel production have been discussed for a decade. The existing infrastructure to share process essentials, an in-house feedstock in distillers corn oil (DCO), and use of …

After False Start, Biofuels Industry May Yet Impact Highlands County
June 17, 2014 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Marc Valero (Highlands Today) SEBRING — Three years ago, Highlands County was on the cusp of a bio boom time with hundreds of jobs looming in construction, agriculture and technology with buzz words such as …

Byogy Renewables Strengthens Competitiveness by Investing in Supply Chain
June 12, 2014 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(Byogy Renewables/Nassau News Live) Continuing its commitment to deliver price competitive, 100% replacement biofuels and chemicals, Byogy Renewables Inc. has invested in a strategic partnership with AusAgave Australia, as part of the upstream integration of …

TÜV Rheinalnd Issues the First ISCC Certificate to ASB Bio-Diesel
June 12, 2014 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

(TÜV Rheinland/Eco-Business.com)  On 5 June 2014, Hong Kong, TÜV Rheinland Greater China issued its first International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) certificate to one of the largest bio-diesel suppliers and producers in Asia, ASB Bio-Diesel …

Producers, Industry Veterans Describe Opportunities in Ethanol
June 12, 2014 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Ethanol has gone through many cycles, said Lucy Norton, managing director of Iowa Renewable Fuels. It became popular in the fuel shortages around the oil embargoes in the industry’s …

Ethanol Producer Green Plains Has Plans to Feed Its Own Cattle
June 12, 2014 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Doan (Bloomberg)  Green Plains Inc. (GPRE), which just became the first major ethanol producer to buy its own cattle-feed yard, has plans to milk it for more — by buying the cattle too.
The fourth-largest …

Developers of the First Cellulosic Plants Share Updates at FEW
June 12, 2014 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … A week before the FEW, Enerkem Inc. celebrated the inauguration of its 10 MMgy facility in Edmonton, Alberta. Commissioning is nearly completed, reported Tim Cesarek, senior vice president of …

Producers Presented with Options for Coproduct Diversification
June 12, 2014 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Diversifying ethanol coproduct streams is big business in today’s market as producers seek to add value to their product portfolios, a major focus of discussion at the 2014 International …

Hydro Dynamics, Inc. Expands Ethanol Industry Offerings to Include Integrated Biodiesel Plants for Corn Oil Processing
June 12, 2014 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(Hydro Dynamics, Inc./PR Web)  Hydro Dynamics, Inc. and its partners World Energy and PhiBro Ethanol Performance Group are now offering “bolt-on” biodiesel plants incorporating the ShockWave Power Reactor for the conversion of corn oil to …

Japanese Cars Soda Drinks Show Future for Abengoa Biofuel
June 12, 2014 – 11:59 am | No Comment

by Rodrigo Orihuela (Bloomberg)  Abengoa SA (ABG/P), the Spanish renewable energy company investing in biofuels, is in talks with Japanese car manufacturers and soft-drink makers to help them develop products ranging from bottles to chemicals.
“All …

McIntyre Announces Over $1.7 Million to Support New Biofuel Facility
June 10, 2014 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre)  Project will create 65 jobs and support clean energy production
U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre announced today that the City of Clinton has received $1,758,150 to construct water and sewer infrastructure to support …

Edeniq Validates Ethanol Yield Increases
June 10, 2014 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

(Edeniq/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Edeniq Inc., a biomaterials and sustainable fuels company, has announced the successful performance of its Pathway Validation Facility. Edeniq’s Pathway Platform is a proprietary, integrated platform that produces cellulosic ethanol inside existing …

Ennovor First in UK to Earn RSB Sustainability Certification
June 9, 2014 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  – Ennovor Group has earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) sustainability certification for their used cooking oil methyl ester (UCOME) biodiesel.
“As an international certification system, RSB is appropriate for any feedstock …

Court Upholds Upper Peninsula Ethanol Plant Review but Project Likely Dropped
June 9, 2014 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Eric Freedman (Great Lakes Echo) A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to an environmental assessment of a $100 million construction subsidy for an ethanol plant in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
The U.S. Department of Energy …

ICM Announces Agreements for Cellulosic Technology, Selective Milling Technology (SMT)
June 9, 2014 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) …Annawan, Illinois-based Patriot Holdings LLC has signed a letter of intent for ICM’s patent-pending FST and Gen 1.5. According to ICM, the FST is a value-added platform technology that …

Report Provides Global Overview of Bioenergy, Biofuel Development
June 6, 2014 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  A new report published by Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) provides a global overview of advances in renewable energy development, including development related to bioenergy, ethanol and …

Haiti’s First Biofuel Project Steps Up
June 6, 2014 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by (Biofuels International)  Illinois Sustainable Technology Centre (ISTC) along with non-for-profit business, Jatropha Pepinyè, has been working on achieving a consistent biofuel production method in Haiti.
Jatropha Pepinyè has developed this production method and thought of …

Waste-to-Biofuel Facility Opens
June 6, 2014 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by (Biofuels International) …Enerkem has officially inaugurated its first full-scale municipal waste-to-biofuels and chemicals facility in Edmonton, Alberta.
The facility will have a production capacity of up to 38 million litres per year and is expected …

Finland To Give €100,000 To The Best Biorefinery Investment Proposal
June 5, 2014 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

(Finnbay) Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy is organising an international competition to accelerate the commercialisation of biorefinery innovations and the emergence of new biorefineries in Finland. The government is preparing to give €100,000 as an …

Trade Focus: China
June 4, 2014 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  RFA joined Growth Energy and others on a USDA trip to China, where signs of rapid growth were everywhere, writes Bob Dinneen. The goal was to develop …

Fishing For Profit
June 4, 2014 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Ethanol producers looking for the next big market for distillers grains may want to seriously consider aquaculture feed. “For a variety of reasons, we’re just at beginning phases of seeing …

Deinove Signs Bioethanol Research Deals with Suez, Abengoa
June 4, 2014 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

(Reuters Africa)  French green biotech firm Deinove said on Tuesday it had signed research agreements with France’s Suez Environnement and Spanish energy company Abengoa to develop bacteria-based second generation bioethanol.
The company, which develops biofuels and …

Hoke Refinery to Reopen Using Tobacco to Make Ethanol
June 3, 2014 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Matthew Burns (WRAL)   A Virginia company plans to reopen an ethanol refinery in Hoke County, using tobacco as its primary feedstock, officials said Monday.  The former Clean Burn Fuels biorefinery in Raeford has been …

Successful Production of High-Octane Renewable Gasoline from Woody Biomass
June 3, 2014 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

(Gas Technology Institute) In a recently completed project, Gas Technology Institute (GTI) worked with Haldor Topsoe, Inc. on an integrated biorefinery to make renewable “drop-in” gasoline, successfully producing a high-octane transportation fuel. The use of renewable gasoline could reduce lifecycle …

Garbage-to-Gas Progress May Open Green Frontier in Iowa
June 3, 2014 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Gabriella Dunn (Des Moines Register)  … Iowa’s budding advanced biofuels industry stretches from Emmetsburg in the west to Marion in the east.
Although business and political challenges remain, engineers have concocted an expensive cocktail of enzymes …

ACORE Announces Submission of Comments on DOE’s Biofuel Research and Development Pathways
June 3, 2014 – 10:41 am | No Comment

(American Council On Renewable Energy)  Today (June 2, 2014), the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) announced that it has submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) which sought stakeholder input regarding the biofuel pathways …

A-Gas Launches ‘Even Greener’ Carbon Dioxide, Derived from Sugar Beet
June 3, 2014 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by  Andrew Gaved (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Magazine)  Refrigerant, branded ‘eCO2’, offers sustainable sourcing and lower moisture content than current offerings, distributor claims.  In a first for the UK, A-Gas has launched a new high specification …

All-Renewable Plastic Bottles Creep Closer: Gevo Shipping Renewable PX to Toray
June 2, 2014 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Major step towards stable commercial supply chain for 100% renewable plastic bottling; big step forward for Gevo’s Silsbee operations in paraxylene, jet fuel and iso-octane.
From Colorado, news has arrived that …

Biodiesel Producer Certain Uncertainty Will End
June 2, 2014 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (domesticfuel.com) The manager of a biodiesel refinery from the Nation’s largest biodiesel producer believes the uncertainty in the green fuel’s future will disappear. I caught up with Bryan Christjansen, a general manager for …

Neol Biosolutions to Scale up Microbioil-2.0 Process at CB2G
June 2, 2014 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(Neol Biosolutions/Biomass Magazine)  Neol Biosolutions, a 50/50 joint venture between Repsol and Neuron Bio, has reached an agreement with the Center for Second Generation Biofuels (CB2G) of CENER, the Spanish National Renewable Energy Centre, in order …

Renewable Energy Group Buys Tyson Foods’ Stake in Dynamic Fuels
May 30, 2014 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(Arkansas Business)  Renewable Energy Group Inc. has reached an agreement with Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale to acquire Tyson’s 50 percent ownership of Dynamic Fuels LLC, the companies announced Wednesday.
The deal, contingent upon REG’s previously …

Texas Nearly Takes Top Clean Energy Jobs Spot
May 28, 2014 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Houston Chronicle/McClatchy-Tribune Regional News/RenewablesBiz.com)  Texas added nearly 800 clean energy jobs during the first three months of the year, putting the Lone Star State second only to Idaho and above California, …

Defusing the Cellulosic Bomb inside the Renewable Fuel Standard
May 27, 2014 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuel Digest)  Thought the 2014 volume debate over the Renewable Fuel Standard was tough enough?What about the ticking bomb inside the RFS — that could completely flat-line the value of cellulosic RINs …

Sixth Circuit Greenlights Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
May 27, 2014 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Paul E. Gutermann (Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP/Lexology.com)  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held this week that the Department of Energy (DOE) complied with its obligations under the National Environmental …

Future Uncertain for Ukiah Biodiesel Producer
May 27, 2014 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Justine Fredericksen  (Daily Journal News)  Cash-strapped Yokayo Biofuels is for sale … “The grant was to install an enzymatic process that would increase our capacity by about 75 percent, which would dramatically increase the yield …

Patriot Renewable Fuels Hires Leifmark to Plan First Stage of Major US Cellulosic Ethanol Project
May 27, 2014 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Inbicon technology planned as centerpiece of low-carbon, high-profit platform: “Patriot will lead the way.”
In Illinois, Patriot Renewable Fuels announced that Leifmark has been hired to create a custom Project Definition, …

Why Amyris, Total SA, and The Boeing Company Are Excited About Renewable Jet Fuel
May 23, 2014 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Maxx Chatsko (The Motley Fool)  The global aviation industry accounts for roughly 2% of all greenhouse gas emissions. On a per-passenger basis, a flight on an airplane emits far more greenhouse gases than the …

“But I Won’t Cry for Yesterday”: The Re-Making of the US Ethanol Industry
May 22, 2014 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The migration from first-gen to next-gen biofuels is becoming less ‘Invisible’ — and the new landscape is not, by anyone’s estimation, an ‘Ordinary World’.   If Aemetis’ latest earnings hadn’t rocked …

Renewable Energy Group Agrees to Acquire Tyson Foods’ Half Ownership of Dynamic Fuels
May 22, 2014 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Group)  Deal to Result in REG Owning All of 75-Million Gallon Renewable Diesel Biorefinery
Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) has reached an agreement with Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) to acquire Tyson’s 50% …

New Joint Ventures Aim to Establish Hemp-Ethanol Pilot Plant
May 22, 2014 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Biomass Magazine) Edmonton, Alberta-based Syngar Technologies Inc. has announced two separate joint venture projects that will, together, help make hemp-to-cellulosic ethanol a step closer to reality.
Syngar Technologies, which was featured in a March 2012, …

House Committee Passes Anti-Biofuel Amendments in Markup Session
May 22, 2014 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) On May 7, the House Armed Service Committee held a markup session on H.R. 4435, the fiscal year 2015 national defense authorization bill. During that markup session, committee members voted in …

The Bio-Fuel Sector Is Attracting Some Big Names
May 22, 2014 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Reuben Brewer (The Motley Fool)  Solazyme (NASDAQ: SZYM  ) and FutureFuel (NYSE: FF  ) are two relatively small companies largely focused on the emerging bio-fuel market. However, they aren’t the only players in the space. And some of the other companies, …

Joyce Admits Budget Will Be Tough for Rural Australia
May 15, 2014 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(ABC Rural)  … The ethanol and biodiesel industries face grant cuts worth millions of dollars.
The Ethanol Production Grants program will be scrapped from July 2015, saving the government $120 million.
The Dalby Biorefinery, in Queensland, is Australia’s …

KiOR update: “We do not believe we can restart the Columbus facility on an economically viable basis at this time.”
May 14, 2014 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The following is excerpted from KiOR’s most recent 10-Q quarterly report, as filed with the SEC.
“We have substantial doubts about our ability to continue as a going concern. To continue as …

Biodiesel Producers Hit Hard by Policy Uncertainty: Survey Finds Nearly Six in Ten Have Idled Production
May 14, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board) Policy setbacks in Washington are taking a major toll on the most successful advanced biofuel in the U.S., according to a nationwide survey of biodiesel producers released Wednesday.
The survey, conducted by the National …

Addax Bioenergy Certified by Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials
May 14, 2014 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

(Sierra Express Media)  Addax Bioenergy (SL) Limited has been fully and formally certified under the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). This is said to quite an achievement and everyone involved has to be commended. RSB …

Tanzania Hosts Ethanol Project
May 14, 2014 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Agro EcoEnergy has invested $550 million (€400 million) in sugarcane farming for an ethanol project.
The subsidiary of Swedish based EcoEnergy Africa AB has set up a special purpose project company, Bagamoyo EcoEnergy, to …

Fuel from the Sea: Scale Model WWII Craft Takes Flight with Seawater
May 14, 2014 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Daniel Parry  (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory/Renewable Energy World)   Navy researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Materials Science and Technology Division, demonstrate proof-of-concept of novel NRL technologies developed for the recovery of carbon …

Mozambique Plans to Start Ethanol Production
May 13, 2014 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International) xperts in Mozambique are meeting to discuss strategies for producing clean energy to reduce pollution and costs in the import of fossil fuel.   Mozambique is looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by producing ethanol …

Ethanol Plant to Build Renewable Diesel Facility
May 13, 2014 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International) Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy’s ethanol plant in Phillipsburg, Kansas, will build a renewable diesel facility on site.

The facility will also produce denaturant, fuel gas, and steam for use at the existing facility.  READ MORE
 

Zimbabwean Investor Keen to Launch $500 Million Ethanol Plant
May 13, 2014 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A Zimbabwean investor is looking to plough $500 million (€360 million) into an ethanol production plant in Kawambwa, Luapula Province, in Zambia.

(Luapula Province’s permanent secretary Chanda) Kasolo believes Zambia can save huge sums of …

City Trash-To-Biofuel Project Takes Step Ahead for Blairstown, Marion
May 13, 2014 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Rick Smith (The Gazette)”First-in-the-nation” plant to convert municipal solid waste and other trash into cellulosic biofuel
No Martians are landing, but loads of steel began arriving on Monday for the takeoff of project to expand …

Collaborative Growth Platform
May 13, 2014 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Guardian Energy intends to keep local ownership a viable part of the ethanol industry, building on the success of the Renewable Products Marketing Group, another collaborative effort of a …

Biodiesel: Coming Soon to an Ethanol Plant Near You
May 8, 2014 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The synergies between co-located ethanol and biodiesel production have been discussed for a decade. Existing infrastructure to share process essentials, in-house feedstock with distillers corn oil (DCO), and use of ethanol …

Brazil: Biofuels Digest’s 10 Top Trends For 2014
May 8, 2014 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest’s)  … 1. Feedstock diversification.
If you thought it was all cane, cane, cane, think again. There’s a lot of movement on sorghum, and castor beans — and even some on corn.
Sorghum. …

Biofuel Powers Homes
May 7, 2014 – 8:36 pm | No Comment

by Ropate Valemei (Fiji Times)  Villagers on Koro Island are making use of the abundance of coconut trees and using their copra-making skills to produce enough energy to light up their homes and power alliances.
Nacamaki Village …

Kansas Ethanol Plant to Build Renewable Diesel Facility on Site
May 7, 2014 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy/Biodiesel Magazine)  Mike Erhart, CEO and general manager of Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy, announced the formation of a partnership with WB Services LLC on May 1, to expand its biofuels footprint by integrating a …

A Tale of Two Solazymes: SZYM Reports for Q1 and the Analysts Offer Cheers, Jeers
May 7, 2014 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, depnding on which analyst you follow. With price targets ranging from $4 to $18 — and warnings from …

Zimbabwe: Green Fuel, Zinwa Seal Deal
May 7, 2014 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Nemukuyu (AllAfrica.com)  Macdom Investments, a sister company to Green Fuel, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Zimbabwe National Water Authority to ensure consistent raw water supply for sugarcane production in Chisumbanje.
The sugar …

DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office Announces Request for Information on Biofuel Pathways
May 6, 2014 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced a request for information (RFI) seeking stakeholder input on the eight representative biofuel pathways it has selected to guide its research and development strategy. The …

The American Ethanol Industry Needs to Innovate to Avoid Disaster
May 6, 2014 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Maxx Chatsko (Motley Fool)  The United States is the world’s leading ethanol producer, accounting for nearly 62% of world production. It holds down the top spot by sporting 211 ethanol production facilities with a …

Unlocking Profitable Biofuels Opportunities with Process Simulation: White Paper
May 5, 2014 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Dyment and Ron Beck  (Aspen Technology Inc.)  As the demand for lower carbon emission fuels increases, resourceful design of biofuel processes—such as biodiesel, bioethanol, syngas, and biogas derived from biomass feedstocks such as …

Springboard Biodiesel Announces Grand Opening of New Closed Local Loop Production Facility
April 29, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(Springboard Biodiesel/PR.com)  California based, clean-tech manufacturer Springboard Biodiesel launches fully automated, zero-waste biodiesel production plant that is designed for low-cost production of multiple feedstocks. Capable of producing up to 1,500 gallons per day, the facility …

Neste Oil Braces for Continued Uncertainty in US Biofuels Market
April 29, 2014 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Patrick McLoughlin (Platts)  Renewable fuels in the US will continue to be dogged by uncertainties while awaiting decisions from the environmental authorities on some key issues, Neste Oil said Friday.
The Finnish refiner, which specializes in …

Vireol Bio Energy Enters Marketing Agreement with Murex
April 28, 2014 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

(Murex/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Vireol Bio Energy LLC has selected Murex LLC as its marketing partner for the bioethanol plant in Hopewell, Va. Vireol recently announced their plans to bring the 63 million gallon per year …

Ethanol Use In Gasoline Can Reduce Foreign Oil Imports
April 25, 2014 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

By Ellen Chang(MainStreet)The use of corn-produced ethanol in gasoline is an outdated method to lower greenhouse emissions while ethanol generated with natural gas yields a cleaner and cheaper fuel, experts said.
Corn-based ethanol is “definitely a failed …

Biofuels Digest Posts “Hot Slides” from Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference
April 25, 2014 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  On ABLC’s opening morning, we have some of the top slides -an inside look from Inbicon, Ensyn, GranBio, Sapphire Energy, LanzaTech – hot topics such as product portfolios, refinery integration, …

American Process Sells the First Woody Biomass Cellulosic Ethanol RINS
April 25, 2014 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  On Friday April 18, 2014, American Process shipped its second commercial ethanol cargo and sold the first cellulosic ethanol RINs from its Alpena Biorefinery.
These are the first cellulosic ethanol RINs …

Navy Plans Action This Year on Two Large Pathways to Alternative Fuel
April 24, 2014 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Jared Serbu (Federal News Radio) The Navy says it will create two new acquisition vehicles this year to ensure it has a stable supply of advanced biofuels.  The service says the high-tech liquid fuels won’t cost …

Ethanol from Energy Beets: A Viable Option?
April 24, 2014 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dorminey (Renewable Fuel World)  US farmers are exploring the use of energy beets to produce ethanol. Requiring less water and containing more sugar than corn, they could be just what the market needs.
Corn …

Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference Rumblings of Discontent
April 21, 2014 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In the meetings, hallways and conference sessions at Biofuels Digest’s Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference near Washington, DC, the following issues, rumblings, lessons and congratulations abounded.
Criticism of the Obama administration …

Neste Oil And DONG Energy To Begin Cooperation On Technology Development For Renewable Fuels
April 18, 2014 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(Nestle Oil) 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 renewable diesel …

IncBio Set to Supply Biodiesel Plant in South America
April 17, 2014 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International) IncBio has recently secured an agreement to supply a 55,000 MT/year transesterification plant, for an undisclosed client in South America.
The plant will produce biodiesel from locally produced palm oil and ion exchange resin …

$21 Million New Zealand Biodiesel Plant Plans Announced
April 17, 2014 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Z Energy has revealed plans to build a $21 million (€15 million) domestic biodiesel plant that will produce fuel from inedible tallow feedstock.

The Wellington-based company hopes to produce 20 million litres of sustainable …

Thailand’s PTT in Biofuel Plant Joint Venture
April 17, 2014 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  PTT and Mitr Phol Group are teaming up to build a plant designed to produce Gasohol E85, a type of biofuel.
On Thursday April 3, the company signed a joint venture agreement with Thailand’s largest …

GreenSky Project Prepares to Land in Thurrock
April 17, 2014 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Solena Fuels)  Solena Fuels in partnership with British Airways has committed to building the world’s first facility to convert landfill waste into jet fuel. This comes just two weeks before the global aviation community joins …

Axens, Total And IFPEN Launch Ethanol-To-Ethylene Technology
April 16, 2014 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

(Axens/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Axens, Total and IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) have launched Atol, an innovative technology for bioethylene production through dehydration of bioethanol. Atol is a technology for the profitable production of polymer grade bio-ethylene by …

GeoSynFuels Purchases, Retrofits Idle Demonstration Plant
April 16, 2014 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Golden, Colo.-based GeoSynFuels LLC has acquired the cellulosic demonstration facility formerly owned and operated by Blue Sugars Corp., the parent company of Western Biomass Energy LLC. GSF plans to retrofit …

Dual Turning Point for Biofuels
April 15, 2014 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Clifford Krauss (The New York Times)  … But even as Abengoa and other companies prepare to produce significant amounts of cellulosic ethanol, using corn stalks and wheat straw as opposed to corn itself, the appetite …

Environmental permits – SR2009 number 3: Low Impact Part A Installation for the Production of Biodiesel
April 15, 2014 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

(UK Environment Agency)  Standard rules to operate a low impact part A installation for the production of biodiesel.  These rules will allow the operator to operate a Part A low impact installation for the production …

Sierra Leone’s Ethanol Plant Close to Operation
April 15, 2014 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Addax BioEnergy’s plant, which processes ethanol from sugar cane and is the first of its kind in Africa, will start processing in eight days’ time.

The plant will produce about 85,000m3 of ethanol and …

10 Bellwether Biofuels & Biobased Projects for 2014
April 15, 2014 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Advanced biofuels – are plans turning into reality? Are development plans realistic? When these 10 projects open for business (or not) in 2014, you’ll know for sure.
…Well, the picture is incomplete.
Plants …

Finland Rises up from Its Economic Crisis with Bioeconomy
April 11, 2014 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Aino Siirala* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Finland is a forerunner in bioeconomy and biotechnology, states Asko Ojaniemi, the executive director of Benet Oy. The bioeconomy seminar held recently in Helsinki, Finland and organized by Benet …

LCQ8: Used Cooking Oil Recycling
April 3, 2014 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

(7thSpace.com)  Following is a question by the Hon Tommy Cheung and a written reply by the Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing, in the Legislative Council today (March 26):
Question:
In March last year, this Council …

Italian Navy Looks for Alternative Fuels
April 3, 2014 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

(The Medi-Telegraph)  One of the main topics of the meeting between Italian Defence Secretary Domenico Rossi and US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus was the cooperation programme on alternative fuels between Italy and the United States. …

Biobased Investment Triples, to $391M for Q1; Biofuels Digest’s 5-Minute Guide to the Investment Landscape
April 3, 2014 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, Biofuels Digest reports that 9 biobased ventures raised $391 million in new capital in Q1 2014, while 8 biobased ventures raised $128.6 million in Q4 2013. This compares …

Jon Bruning Tours Chief Ethanol
April 3, 2014 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Baumgarten (KHAS TV)  …On Wednesday, Attorney General Jon Bruning toured a facility that seems to be thriving.  Bruning was at Chief Ethanol in Hastings.
He talked about the importance of ethanol to Nebraska’s economy, but also …

DSM to Make Biofuel by July as EPA Considers Cutting Requirement
April 3, 2014 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Ehren Goossens  (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Royal DSM NV (DSM), the world’s largest vitamin manufacturer, expects to begin producing cellulosic ethanol in the U.S. by July as the government considers reducing the amount of renewable fuel …

Sapphire Develops NM Bio-Fuels Potential
April 3, 2014 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

By Alta LeCompte(Las Cruces Bulletin) On a tour Thursday, Jan. 23, of Sapphire Energy’s research and development facility in the West Mesa Industrial Park, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich addressed the unique nature of the advanced biodiesel industry …

Development of Sustainable Jet Fuels Moves towards Next Phase of New Technology Pathways and Ramping up Supply
April 2, 2014 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  The early excitement of demonstration flights and subsequent approvals for the use of some types of biofuel blends on passenger flights has given way to the less headline-grabbing ‘hard yards’ of establishing supply chains …

Springboard Biodiesel Donates Processor to Nonprofit Organization
April 2, 2014 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel equipment manufacturer Springboard Biodiesel has donated a BioPro 380 processing unit to the Center for Sustainable Energy Farming, a Torrance, Calif.-based nonprofit research organization. The BioPro 380 converts a wide variety of …

VIASPACE Signs Giant King Grass Contract for Bio Electricity and Advanced Biofuels In Imperial Valley California
April 2, 2014 – 10:22 am | No Comment

(VIASPACE) VIASPACE Inc. (OTCQB: VSPC) today announced that the company has signed a contract with Mesquite Lake Water and Power LLC to provide Giant King Grass for a biomass power plant and a companion advanced biofuels …

World-Herald Editorial: Wait Is Ending for Cellulosic
April 1, 2014 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(Omaha World-Herald)  … The first commercial production of cellulosic ethanol began in 2013, and this year biomass plants in Iowa will be taking the lead in expanding capacity. The facilities will take crop waste and non-edible …

BP Sustainability Report Highlights Biofuel Projects
April 1, 2014 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  BP has released its 2013 sustainability report, announcing that it has fulfilled its 2005 commitment to invest $8 billion in alternative energy by 2015 a full two years early. …

Ethanol Plant CO2 Sequestration Project Reaches New Milestone
April 1, 2014 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The $163.9 million Illinois Basin-Decatur Project celebrated as new milestone as its carbon sequestration project stored 750,000 metric tons carbon dioxide from Archer Daniels Midland Co.’s ethanol plant in …

February RIN Data Reveals Continued Cellulosic Production
April 1, 2014 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for February, reporting that more than 1.21 billion RINs were generated during the month across all five fuel …

Solving the Industrial Building Mystery
April 1, 2014 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Opening up your ethanol plant for public tours is a wonderful educational opportunity that could do wonders for your business and the industry as a whole.

I wonder how many …

Biofuel from Cane ‘Reliant on Subsidy’
April 1, 2014 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Nompumelelo Magwaza  (Independent Online/Business Report)  he Local sugar industry would need to be highly subsidised to kick-start the production of fuel grade ethanol, the SA Sugar Association (Sasa) said last week.  Production had been …