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10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014 (EU, Middle East and Africa)
December 29, 2014 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Aviation biofuels on the rise, in the skies” tops the trend list; drop-in and cellulosic ethanol projects; M&A and cap raises, and action from strategic investors and customers dominate the …

U.S. Navy Flies Supersonic With Gevo ATJ
December 29, 2014 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(Gevo)  Multiple Test Flights Conducted on F/A-18 “Hornet” Using a 50/50 ATJ Blend
The U.S. Navy, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), and Gevo, Inc. (Nasdaq:GEVO), the world’s only commercial producer of renewable isobutanol, announced today the …

The DOE’s Shifting Worldview for Biofuels Deployment, Now through 2030
December 29, 2014 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Feedstock costs and challenges come under the microscope as the DOE reports new data on algae-based feedstocks and terrestrial crops too.
Can algae-based biofuels reach full commercial scale by 2030? The …

Two Biorefinery a Total of EUR 33.3 Million to Support Energy
December 23, 2014 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Finland Ministry of Employment and the Economy)  The Ministry of Employment and the Economy granted 17/12/2014 Bioethanol Finland Oy, EUR 30 million to support energy Kouvola Myllykoski planned bioethanol facility investment. Neste Oil Corporation was granted, respectively, …

Lawsuit Puts Biodiesel Use under Spotlight
December 23, 2014 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(China Daily/Ecns.cn)  Yingding Biofuel Technology Co Ltd, the privately owned Chinese biodiesel producer, has won its monopoly case against the country’s biggest oil refiner, China Petrochemical Corp Ltd.
The company had accused the industry giant of …

10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014 (Americas)
December 23, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  POET-DSM, Abengoa, Enerkem, GranBio, Raizen plant openings lead the list; REG’s M&A campaign, EPA’s RFS debacle, are other key trends.
They said that cellulosic fuels were “five years away, and always …

Powerdyne to Deliver Jobs and Investment to Terre Haute
December 22, 2014 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

(Powerdyne/PR NewsWire)  Powerdyne Renewable Fuels (“Powerdyne”) www.powerdyne.com, a frontrunner in the national renewable fuel industry, announces it will be investing hundreds of millions of dollars to construct a Sewage-to-Diesel Fuel Facility in Terre Haute, IN …

$3M Grant Supports Bioenergy Development
December 22, 2014 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

(State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry)   Work focuses on making renewable feedstocks more affordable
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded up to $3 million to the SUNY College of Environmental …

USGC Ethanol Assessment Team Finds Potential in the Philippines
December 22, 2014 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Grains Council recently led a delegation of industry leaders representing the USDA, Renewable Fuels Association, and Growth Energy to the Philippines to assess factors contributing to the large …

EPA: Nearly 6 Million Cellulosic RINs Generated in November
December 22, 2014 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for November, reporting that more than 1.38 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 6 million cellulosic …

Novozymes Sticks to Biofuel Growth Plan Despite Oil Price Rout
December 19, 2014 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Teis Jensen   (Reuters Africa)   Denmark’s Novozymes , the world’s largest enzymes producer, will stick to its plans to develop transportation fuel made from agricultural waste, despite an oil price rout that has …

UPDATED: Finland Provides Money to Build Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
December 19, 2014 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The government of Finland announced Dec.17 that it granted $36.8 million (€30 million) to help build a cellulosic ethanol plant. A separate project to produce biogasoline, biodiesel and smaller …

Shanks Awarded Preferred Proponent Status for Surrey Organics Biofuel Processing Facility Project in Canada
December 19, 2014 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

(Shanks)   International waste-to-product business, Shanks Group plc (LSE: SKS) announces that Iris Solutions, a consortium led by Orgaworld Canada, part of Shanks’ Organics Division, has been selected as the preferred proponent for the Surrey …

New York State Awards Bioenergy Projects with Economic Development Grants
December 19, 2014 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In New York state, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that $709.2 million in economic and community development funding has been awarded through Round IV of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) …

UNICA Says Hard for Ethanol to Compete with $60 Oil as Nine More Mills Shut
December 19, 2014 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, UNICA says that ethanol and all renewable energies become a challenge with oil at $60 per barrel, but that the choice of ethanol over gasoline has to be about …

Leifmark and New Holland Run Stover Harvest Trials in Western Iowa to Cut Investor Risk for Cellulosic Ethanol Refineries
December 19, 2014 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

(Liefmark/PR NewsWire)   In two Iowa cornfields in early November, Leifmark, LLC and New Holland Agriculture teamed up to test equipment and methods used to gather, bale, and store the corn stover left behind after …

BNDES OKs $116M in Financing for Abengoa Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Sao Paulo State
December 19, 2014 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) approved $223.38 in financing for four sugarcane projects.
The largest announced financing is for Abengoa Bioenergy SA Agribusiness, which will receive …

REG Newton Unveils $13.2 Million Upgrade
December 19, 2014 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Jamee A. Pierson (Newton Daily News)   …The upgraded process, including distillation, removes impurities and leaves behind a very pure form of biomass-based diesel. The final product exceeds industry quality standards and also performs …

Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs Survive “Cromnibus”
December 18, 2014 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(FarmEnergy.org)  The big news from our nation’s capital this past week has been the passage of the appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015, which began on October 1st. The federal government had been operating on …

Biofuel Facts for the Road: The Energy Department and Your Gasoline Pump
December 18, 2014 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Alicia Moulton (US Department of Energy)  Going “over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house” this holiday season could require a significant amount of gasoline if you’re traveling by car. Before you hit …

Raizen, Iogen Commence Cellulosic Ethanol Production in Brazil
December 18, 2014 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  1 billion liters by 2024, vows Raizen. Record speed on start-up. What’s the story on the ground? In Brazil, Iogen and Raízen announced they have begun production of cellulosic ethanol on …

IEA International Bioenergy Conference October 26-29, 2015 Berlin, Germany
December 17, 2014 – 1:55 pm | No Comment
IEA International Bioenergy Conference   October 26-29, 2015  Berlin, Germany

Realising the world’s sustainable bioenergy potential
Under the auspices of the German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, the bioenergy conference of the International Energy Agency (IEA) will take place from 26 to 29 of October 2015 in Berlin.
The …

Algenol Wins Global Energy Award
December 17, 2014 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Algenol Biofuels has been named the recipient of the 2014 Global Energy Award for Industry Leadership in Biofuels, presented by PLATTS Global Energy Awards. PLATTS, a global provider of information for the …

Virent Announces World’s First Demonstration of Full Range of Bio-Aromatics Production
December 17, 2014 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Virent) New Systems Enable Samples for Product Validation and Market Trials
Virent announced that it has successfully produced bio-paraxylene, bio-toluene and bio-benzene at demonstration scale and has confirmed that all three chemicals meet typical industry specifications.  Virent hasalso produced …

Rautenbach’s Mwenezi Ethanol Project Gets Nod
December 17, 2014 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Godfrey Mtimba (Daily News)  The new Zanu PF provincial executive here has promised to give businessman Billy Rautenbach the green light to continue his multi-million ethanol project in the vast Nuanetsi ranch in Mwenezi.
Zanu …

4 Minutes with… Srinivas Kilambi, Founder & CEO, Sriya Group
December 17, 2014 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Technology Development to convert biomass sugars to high value chemicals like THF, Furfural Acohol Funding and Commercialization of the Pronghorn Technology

Adoption of bio-refinery approach with a mix of fuels and …

New Waste-to-Energy Facility Proposed in Hampden
December 17, 2014 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Terry Stackhouse  (WABI TV)  A group managing the trash disposal needs of nearly 190 Maine towns wants to build a new, multi-million dollar, solid waste processing facility in Hampden.  Developers from the Municipal Review …

Falling Oil Prices Will Push Many Cellulosic Fuel Makers into the Red
December 16, 2014 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research, Inc.)  Cellulosic feedstocks can keep bio-based fuels and materials from competing with food, but despite 2.4 billion tons of feedstock available, costs may be too high, says Lux Research
Most bio-based fuels and chemicals …

The Evolution of Minnesota’s Ethanol Industry Parts 1 and 2
December 16, 2014 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  The Minnesota ethanol industry is evolving even in the face of growth challenges including continued uncertainty around the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Since 2007 the industry has improved by leaps and …

4 Minutes with…Rebecca Boudreaux, President, Oberon Fuels
December 15, 2014 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Oberon Fuels is launching DME (dimethyl ether) in North America as a clean-burning, alternative to diesel. Using various, domestic feedstocks such as food and green waste and natural gas, Oberon …

Brazil: Scania Biomethane Powered Bus Hits Roads of PTI Area in Paraná
December 15, 2014 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal)  Inhabitants of the Itaipu Technological Park (PTI) now have a more sustainable and environmentally friendly transport. Recently, the bus fleet that offers internal transport services introduced a vehicle driven by the fuel obtained …

11th International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries June 3-5, 2015 York, UK
December 12, 2014 – 1:43 pm | No Comment
11th International Conference on  Renewable Resources & Biorefineries      June 3-5, 2015      York, UK

The 11th edition of the International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries will take place in York, United Kingdom, from Wednesday June 3 until Friday June 5, 2015.
Delegates from university, industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations …

Crooked Brothers Sentenced over Huge Waste Cooking Oil for Biofuel Scam in Rhode Islanld
December 12, 2014 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by  Ben Messenger (Waste Management World)    Two brothers in their 70s have been sentenced for conspiring to sell and transport used cooking oil stolen from restaurants in Rhode Island and Massachusetts to a processing …

Iowa’s Advanced Energy Industry Employs More than 22,000, with the Most Jobs in Energy Efficiency, Advanced Fuels, and Wind Power
December 12, 2014 – 11:48 am | No Comment

(Advanced Energy Economy)  First-time Survey of Iowa Firms Projects 6 Percent Job Growth in Coming Year
Advanced energy employment in Iowa is more than 22,000 strong and on pace to reach nearly 24,000 jobs in 2015, …

Where’s the Upside in $60 Oil?
December 12, 2014 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Boom times for two-product strategies?   Can feed markets offer relief for the challenges on the fuel side? …
A two-product strategy is no guarantee of good times during period of …

BP Said Planning to Close US Cellulosic Operation by End-1Q 2015
December 11, 2014 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Sheela Tobben (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  BP Plc (BP/) plans to close down its U.S. cellulosic operation by the end of next year’s first quarter, according to a person familiar with the development.
The business was part of …

E85 Prices Shock EPM Reader
December 11, 2014 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Big Oil isn’t above stooping to dirty tricks to mislead consumers into thinking E85 isn’t a good fuel to buy, including by trying to price the fuel right out …

Spotlight on Iowa
December 11, 2014 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol Producer Magazine digs into the details of ethanol production in Iowa and how the industry got started.
When Jerry Mohr, president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association board of …

4 Minutes with…Thomas Leue, President, Homestead Engineering
December 11, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Homestead Engineering has been a biodiesel producer and for the past 14 years has sold Yellow Brand Biodiesel, always B-100, retail throughout Western Massachusetts, both packaged and bulk deliveries. For …

Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Competition
December 11, 2014 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Baroness Kramer (Department for Transport)  £25 million advanced biofuels demonstration competition is launched to support the development of a domestic advanced biofuel industry.
I have today (10 December 2014) launched the government’s £25 million advanced biofuels …

Viesel Develops Continuous Enzymatic Biodiesel Process
December 11, 2014 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Brent Chrabas (Viesel Fuel LLC/Biodiesel Magazine)  In collaboration with Tactical Fabrication of Dublin, Georgia, and Novozymes of Denmark, a novel biodiesel production technology developed by Viesel Skunk Works LLC will soon be offered commercially. …

Rivertop Renewables to Start Commercial-Scale Production in 2015
December 11, 2014 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Contract manufacturing agreement with DTI speeds Rivertop’s time to market for its novel performance chemicals
In Montana, Rivertop Renewables announced that it has begun construction of its first commercial plant, located at …

REG Acquires Majority Stake in Petrotec; Tender Offer for All Shares Imminent
December 11, 2014 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  US biodiesel leader heads for the EU – what’s up with used cooking oil, and what is REG’s path forward with the German-based biodiesel producer?  In Iowa, Renewable Energy Group …

FGV Set to Triple Biodiesel Production by 2016
December 10, 2014 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Zarina Zakarian  (New Straits Times) Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV) aims to be the world’s leader in biodiesel by tripling its production capacity to 350,000 tonnes a year by 2016.  The country’s largest …

SEFA to Help Scale-Up Innovative Clean Cooking Business in Nigeria
December 10, 2014 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

(African Development Bank Group)  The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) approved a US $580,000 preparation grant for the expansion of Green Energy & Biofuels (GEB) Bio-refinery project in Nigeria. The project is a pilot …

Bio Revolution Americas to Invest $200 Million in Bahaman Pongamia Project
December 9, 2014 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In the Bahamas, Bio Revolution Americas plans to invest $200 million in a pongamia biodiesel project based on an outgrower model that would spread across unused arable land on several islands. The …

BP to Make Major Job Cuts, Sell Assets as Energy Prices Fall: Lignocellulosic Business Goes on the Block
December 9, 2014 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Butamax, KRL, Vivergo, sugarcane ethanol business not impacted by cuts; consolidation to Brazil; San Diego research center, Highland feedstock operation also up for sale.
In the UK, news broke from BP …

Abengoa Plant May Reopen
December 9, 2014 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Joshua Lucero  (Portales News-Tribune)  More than two years after the Abengoa plant went off-line, Houston, Texas, based Natural Chem Group is looking to acquire the plant and resume operations.
Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. Director …

Quality Farms Plans Waste Alcohol-to-Fuel Ethanol Plant in S.C.
December 8, 2014 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

(South Carolina Department of Commerce/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A processor and convertor of wine and beer waste into fuel-grade ethanol and livestock feed is establishing operations in Marion County. Quality Farms is investing $1.9 million resulting in the …

4 Minutes with…Tim Sklar, President, Sklar & Associates
December 8, 2014 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Sklar & Associates is a South Carolina based consulting firm now specializing in Biofuels project development. … S&A is actively engaged in development of a biorefinery converting 360,000 dry tons per …

Large Scale Microbial Production of Advanced Biofuels: How Big Can We Go?
December 8, 2014 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Gregory T. Benz (Benz Technology International, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  Conventional biofuels, whether from starch, sugar or lignocellulosic materials, tend to be low energy density products such as ethanol or butanol. These are made using catabolic …

Feedstocks, Techniques, and Enzymes: The Critical Trio in Any Cellulosic Ethanol Project
December 8, 2014 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(Global BioBusiness)  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 …

4 Minutes with…Jeff Lievense, EVP Process Technology, Genomatica
December 5, 2014 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Our engineering team — numbering 30 and growing — translates biology into 100 kiloton fermentation-based chemical plants that perform. We speak both languages — biology and engineering — fluently.

If you …

All I Need is the Air That I Breathed: Microbial Dairies Using CO2, Sunlight and Water
December 5, 2014 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Take CO2, add water and an energy source: voila, Fuels & Chemicals from Microbial Dairies.  We revisit 3 top practitioners of the art and one outlier, and their progress.

There are a …

Flight Test by Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator 787 Marks First-Ever Use of Green Diesel as an Aviation Biofuel
December 5, 2014 – 11:05 am | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Boeing yesterday conducted the first-ever flight using green diesel as a biofuel component. The blend of 15 per cent green diesel and 85 per cent conventional jet fuel was used in one engine …

Troll the Ancient Waste-Oil Carol : FFA la la la la la la la la la
December 4, 2014 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “On the way” forever, talked up by all, deployed by some – technologies that handle high free fatty acid feedstocks like used cooking oil are coming into their hey-day, via …

New Castle Plant Lines up $170 Million Green Upgrade
December 4, 2014 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Montgomery (The News Journal)  An international specialty chemical manufacturer plans what state officials described Wednesday as a $170 million green upgrade to its plant near New Castle.
It is a move that will save …

Elsevier Science Publishes “Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels” by Anju Dahiya (Editor)
December 4, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(Elsevier)  Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels examines all current and emerging feedstocks and the advanced processes and technologies enabling the development of their end products, ranging from solid (wood energy, grass energy, and other biomass) to …

Novozymes’ Eversa Enzymatic Biodiesel Solution Ready for Market
December 3, 2014 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  After working with a handful of producers over the past several years to prove the technical and economic viability of liquid enzymatic biodiesel processing, Novozymes is making its Eversa enzymatic …

Vertimass Receives Up to $2 Million Grant From U.S. Department of Energy to Convert Ethanol Into Jet Fuel, Diesel Fuel, and Gasoline
December 3, 2014 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(Vertimass)  “Green” Catalyst Technology Will be Commercialized Into Stocks Compatible With Current Transportation Fuel Infrastructure
Vertimass LLC announced today the company has received a grant of up to $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy. …

Ethanol Industry Looking beyond Incentives
December 3, 2014 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

by Scott Jamieson  (Canadian Biomass Magazine)  Executives from Canada’s biofuels industry are looking at efficiencies and diversification as tools to ensure the sector’s continued growth.  That was the main message shared with a packed room …

4 minutes with…Basil Karampelas, President, American Process
December 3, 2014 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We’ve developed 2 proprietary biorefinery technologies producing low-cost cellulosic sugars from non-food based biomass. Our Green Power+ technology produces low-cost cellulosic sugars from the hemicelluloses. AVAP technology produces cellulosic sugars …

Ethanol Facility Proposed in Southwestern Idaho
December 3, 2014 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Sean Ellis (Capital Press)  A proposed ethanol facility in Southwestern Idaho would convert barley and tubers into fuel. It’s not the first ethanol facility proposed in the Treasure Valley and two others have failed to …

Road-Map to Multi-Million Pound Sustainable Aviation Fuels Industry Launched
December 3, 2014 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Sustainable Aviation)  Sustainable Aviation (SA), a coalition of the UK’s airlines, airports, manufacturers and air navigation service provider NATS, has launched its latest Road-Map, which considers the opportunities for sustainable aviation fuels. The Road-Map identifies …

USDA Announces Support for Producers of Advanced Biofuel
December 3, 2014 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is making $5.6 million in grants to 220 producers across the nation to support the production of advanced biofuels, and is awarding more …

Edeniq Heads down Success-at-Scale Avenue, in China
December 3, 2014 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Virtuosos of Visalia land a major contract with China giant Global Bio-chem — a 50KT cellulosic sugars plant is underway in Jilin province.
In California, Edeniq announced a Joint Development Agreement …

IRFA Reminds Diesel Users Biodiesel Can Stretch Supply
December 1, 2014 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  Following Gov. Branstad’s Emergency Proclamation Due to Diesel Shortages, IRFA Reminds Users Biodiesel Can Help
Following Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s emergency proclamation to allow for more transport of diesel products, the Iowa …

14 for ’15: The Bioeconomy Agenda, 2015
December 1, 2014 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  14 perspectives on policy, technologies and geographies of compelling interest in the new year —  At ABLC Next this year in San Francisco — naturally, the focus is on “what’s …

Briefing: Cellulosic Ethanol: A Technology Update
December 1, 2014 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Carole Abourached* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) recently held a briefing on the technologies involved in commercial cellulosic ethanol production. Cellulosic ethanol is produced from agricultural residues such as …

The Radical Re-Sourcing of Tires, Nylon, Parachutes and Balloons
November 30, 2014 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Global Bioenergies achieves one-step renewable butadiene via fermentation.  Who’s in the global chase for a process to make one of the world’s Big 7 industrial chemicals via a renewable process …

Who’s Ready for Prime-Time, Who’s on the Way? The Cellulosic Biofuels Survey
November 30, 2014 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In this Digest survey, we asked you to rate a representative selection of cellulosic biofuels technology providers — primarily, which technologies you feel have are the most commercial viability, either …

Billionaire Vinod Khosla’s Big Dreams for Biofuels Fail to Catch Fire
November 30, 2014 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  Just over a year ago, billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla was bubbling with optimism about one of his latest investments: KiOR, a biofuel outfit he said would turn wood …

Sustainability Taking Shape, One French Fry at a Time
November 26, 2014 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

(K-State Research and Extension)  Converting cooking oil into fuel – the Biodiesel Initiative at Kansas State University allows for collaboration among many campus departments and industry organizations.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The sound of a diesel engine …

New Audi E-Fuels Project: E-Diesel from Air, Water and Green Electricity
November 26, 2014 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(Audi)  New Audi activity in the development of CO2-neutral fuels; Pilot plant for e-diesel production opened in Dresden; Audi partnership with Climeworks and sunfire
Audi is active in the development of CO2-neutral, synthetic fuels. The latest project is …

Pacific Ethanol Receives $3 Million Grant
November 25, 2014 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by Reed Fujii (Recordnet.com)  State energy officials awarded Pacific Ethanol Inc. $3 million to help develop grain sorghum as a low-carbon feedstock, replacing some of the corn traditionally used, at its plants in Stockton and …

Biofuels Sector on the Edge
November 25, 2014 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Emily Parkinson (Financial Review) Australia’s struggling biofuels industry has had an annus horribilis.   First came the budget decision to scrap the excise-free status the sector believed would be in place until 2021.
“It threw …

Gevo Signs Letter of Intent With Highlands EnviroFuels to License Isobutanol Technology for Florida Plant
November 25, 2014 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

(Gevo)  Plant to Convert Sugar Cane and Sweet Sorghum to 20-25 Million Gallons Per Year of Isobutanol
Gevo, Inc.(Nasdaq:GEVO), the world’s only commercial producer of renewable isobutanol, announced today that Highlands EnviroFuels, LLC (“Highlands”) has signed …

Brooke Renewables, Hock Lee Group, Beta Renewables, Novozymes Ink LOI for Commercial-Scale Malaysian Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
November 25, 2014 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Malaysia, Brooke Renewables and Hock Lee Group presented a Letter of Intent to the Sarawak State Government marking their intention to invest in the 2G Bioethanol and Bio chemical …

Vitruvian Energy Crowdfunding to Make EEB, a Trashy Biofuel
November 24, 2014 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

By John Beltz Snyder  (AutoBlogGreen)  When sewage is treated at a wastewater treatment facility, biosolids are the byproduct. After being separated from the water, biosolids are usually sent to a landfill or incinerated. That doesn’t …

4 Minutes with…Ben Thorp, Chairman, Bioenergy Deployment Consortium
November 24, 2014 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Currently we are evaluating the underlying technologies that are involved in the 85 million annual gallon cellulosic ethanol that will be on-stream in the US this year. We have …

The 2014 RFS Rule Left Out in the Cold
November 24, 2014 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/Biotechnology Industry Organization)  …EPA should formally withdraw the proposed rule and issue a final rule as soon as possible, fully correcting their misinterpretation of waiver authority and methodology for setting the …

Biodiesel Production, Activity Impressive Despite Uncertainty
November 21, 2014 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Policy uncertainty has adversely impacted the U.S. biodiesel industry, but media reports would have you believe the sector is teetering on collapse. The facts show otherwise.
There have been numerous reports …

Good Neighbors (Anaerobic Digesters)
November 21, 2014 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher  (Biomass Magazine)  Lately, cellulosic ethanol plant startups have basked in the bioenergy limelight. While less celebrated, anaerobic digesters are adding value to operations and seem to be trending in blueprints.
When ethanol plants …

Biofuel Survivor Joule Lands New CEO, Plans Larger CO2-to-Fuel Plants
November 21, 2014 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Martin LaMonica  (Xconomy)  The list of advanced biofuel companies that failed to live up to their ambitions is long and discouraging. Joule Unlimited, though, appears to be making progress despite the headwinds of skeptical investors …

Analyst: KiOR Columbus Plant May End up Sold as Scrap
November 21, 2014 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Jack Weatherly (Mississippi Business Journal)   Finding a buyer for the idled KiOR biofuels plant at Columbus would be a tough sell, according to Pavel Molchanov, an equity analyst who had covered Pasadena, Texas-based …

Plant to Create Jobs
November 21, 2014 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Doug Carder (The Ottawa Herald)  In Anderson County where agriculture is king — accounting for 72 percent of the county’s economy — a group is preparing to make a $12 million to $16 million …

U.S. Ethanol Industry Frets over Washington Green Fuels Study
November 21, 2014 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Don Jenkins (Capitol Press)  A consultant says ethanol made from Brazilian sugarcane could help Washington reduce carbon emissions.
Midwest ethanol producers are lobbying Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to not adopt a low carbon fuels standard.
An …

Biofuels Initiative Shifts Gears
November 21, 2014 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Don Jenkins  (Capital Press)  Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest is three years into a five-year, $40 million project to produce a green alternative to petroleum fuel.
… Three years into a five-year, $40 million program, a …

UK’s First Ever Bus to Run on Human and Food Waste Launched
November 21, 2014 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(Geneco)  The UK’s first ever bus powered on food waste and human poo has taken to the road today which engineers believe could provide a sustainable way of fuelling public transport – cutting emissions in …

Beet Ethanol Demonstration Project to Begin Next Month
November 21, 2014 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Ben Keller (The Business Journal)  A new source of transportation fuel may soon flow from the Central Valley if a pilot-scale biorefinery wrapping up later this year in Fresno County proves successful in converting …

Shell: Expects to Be Producing Advanced Biofuels at Scale, in US, by End of Decade
November 21, 2014 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Shell VP Matthew Tipper, at ABLCNext:  “We will likely begin manufacture in the southeast United States. We plan to be operational by late this decade.  “We believe our best bet …

Cornstalks Aren’t Just for Scarecrows Anymore
November 20, 2014 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Reanna Trudell and Daniel Adams (US Department of Energy) …  Our scientists have identified corn stover, which includes the corn plant’s stalks, husks, cobs, and leaves, as a plentiful and reliable feedstock for producing bioenergy. The …

PMO Discusses Clearing Hurdles in Ethanol Blending Programme
November 20, 2014 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

(The Economic Times)  Keen to ensure success of ethanol blending in petrol, the Prime Minister’s Office held parleys with the ministries of food and petroleum to clear bottlenecks to ensure adequate supplies so that the …

New Food Safety Rules Mean Big Changes
November 20, 2014 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Anderson (Faegre Baker Daniels/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Although several new requirements in the FSMA may impact ethanol plants, writes Andrew Anderson of Faegre Baker Daniels, the preventative control rule is likely the one that …

‘Welcome to the Future’
November 20, 2014 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Construction on Abengoa’s self-powered cellulosic ethanol facility is complete. But that doesn’t mean efforts to innovate are over.
Javier Garoz Neira, CEO of Abengoa Bioenergy, told attendees at the company’s …

Celtic Renewables Opts For A Well-Oiled Remedy
November 20, 2014 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Ann M. Thayer  (Chemical and Engineering News) Scottish startup to make biobased chemicals 
from the leftovers of whisky production
The process for making Scotch whisky uses three ingredients: water, yeast, and a grain, primarily barley. About …

From Table To Truck: How Food Waste Could Run Your Car
November 20, 2014 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Cassandra Profita (Northwest Public Radio)  … 21-year-old Matt Coffman is a formula drift race car driver. This year, he switched to a new fuel that’s made from fermented food waste. …
“People are just all …

Springboard Intro’s Methanol Recovery, Soap-Casting Equipment
November 19, 2014 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Chico, Calif.-based biodiesel equipment manufacturer Springboard Biodiesel recently introduced its GL95/MC12/BD380 trio to recover more than 99 percent of excess methanol mixed in with the glycerin that’s produced when making biodiesel. …

Safety Your Way
November 19, 2014 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Producers and technology providers, including Pacific Biodiesel, Kelley Green Biofuel, Piedmont Biofuels, WB Services and Crown Iron Works, discuss procedural and design elements to mitigate risk in biodiesel manufacturing.
A philosophical problem …

Buster Biofuels to Employ Viesel Fuel Enzymatic Biodiesel Process
November 19, 2014 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)   A 5 MMgy plant under construction in San Diego, Buster Biofuels, will be producing biodiesel using the latest process technology of enzymatic production.
Buster Halterman, CEO of Buster Biofuels, told …