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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 …

Oslo to Become 5% Biohub for Lufthansa, SAS & KLM – Powered by SkyNRG Nordic and Avinor
November 19, 2014 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(SkyNRG Nordic/Statoil) SkyNRG Nordic, the partnership between SkyNRG and Statoil Fuel & Retail Aviation, announced the supply of the first commercial quantities of sustainable bio jet fuel to Avinor’s airport Gardermoen in 2015. Lufthansa has signed …

Enerkem, Akzo Nobel to Explore European Market
November 19, 2014 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(Canadian Biomass Magazine)  Enerkem Inc. announced it has signed an agreement with AkzoNobel to develop a project partnership to explore the development of waste-to-chemicals facilities in Europe.
“Enerkem’s global expansion follows the launch of our waste-to-biofuels …

Knowledge Best Defense for Fire Risks
November 19, 2014 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Art Krugler (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel production has no more or less fire hazard than an oil refinery. Plant personnel at all levels need to be vigilant and totally informed, realizing that what they do …

B.C. Company Greasing the Wheels with Biodiesel Push
November 19, 2014 – 11:25 am | No Comment

(CleanTech Canada/CanadianManufacturing.com)  Greasecycle Inc. has found a new deep-fry devotee in the University of British Columbia (UBC).  When the school’s kitchens are busy pumping out French fries and chicken wings to warm bellies this winter, …

Grant Given to Arkansas Company Making Compostable Bag
November 18, 2014 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

(THV11)  A company affiliated with the University of Arkansas that makes a compostable bag as a substitute for plastic bags has been awarded a $741,221 grant by The National Science Foundation.
The grant to cycleWood Solutions …

Smokeless Biofuel Saves Lives in Africa
November 18, 2014 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Julie Fahnestock (Just Means)  … In fact, traditional cooking methods—open fires of wood and chemically based charcoals—have been deemed “the silent killer.” According to the World Health Organization, more people in the developing world …

Uruguayan Firm Launches Project to Convert Used Cooking Oil into Biodiesel
November 18, 2014 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

(Latin American Herald Tribune)  State-owned company Alcoholes de Uruguay (Alur) has launched a pilot project to recycle used cooking oil and convert it into biodiesel.
The head of Alur’s oleaginous products and derivatives unit, Nicolas Ferrari, …

“What About That, Er, Cellulosic Feedstock?” Pacific Ag CEO Bill Levy on the Where, When and How
November 18, 2014 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Feedstock. Now that cellulosic ethanol has reached scale, it has replaced Motherhood and Apple Pie as staple faves for industry chat. Meanwhile, Pacific Ag has been rolling up the acres, …

QMAB Launches BAYA® Microalgal Biofuel
November 17, 2014 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  ran-based Qeshm Microalgae Biorefinery Co. (QMAB) has launched a biofuel being marketed as BAYA®, produced from a species of Nannochloropsis (strain 6016) isolated from the Persian Gulf, and employing QMAB’s unique process …

10 Must-See Hot Slides from ABLC Next 2014 – the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference
November 17, 2014 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  10 hot companies, 10 hot slides explaining where they are, what they’re up to, and where they are going, and when and how and why.
Here are new slides from the Advanced …

4 minutes with…Leo Manzer, CEO, Catalytic Insights
November 14, 2014 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Founded and directed DuPont’s Corporate Catalysis Center before retirement in 2005.
… We have had too many failures, not because the technology is no good but because funding firms require success too …

Angola: Biocom Produces Over 3000 Tons of Ethanol in Experimental Phase
November 14, 2014 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(AllAfrica.com)  At least 1.550 tons of sugar and 3.600 cubic metres of ethanol have already been produced in the experimental phase of the Angolan Bio-energy Company (Biocom), located in the Agro-industrial Park of Capanda, Cacuso …

Gevo Finds a Way
November 14, 2014 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Like Rocky Balboa, no matter how many punches they take, Gevo just won’t fall over.  In fact, the company’s prospects have brightened considerably in recent months — is the company …

Villanova Center for the Advancedment of Sustainability in Engineering Invites Advanced Biofuels USA
November 13, 2014 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  What a wonderful day, talking from dawn ‘til dusk about the past, present and future of biofuels with faculty and students excited about their work in this area.
It was …

Advanced Biofuels’ Beltway Crusader
November 13, 2014 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Tim Portz (Biomass Magazine)  Mike McAdams discusses work on Capitol Hill, founding of the Advanced Biofuels Association and the importance of engaging in the ongoing public debate about renewable fuels.
“We’re the people you hire …

New Versatile Process Efficiently Converts Biomass to Liquid Fuel
November 13, 2014 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Emil Venere (Purdue News)  Researchers have demonstrated a new process to convert all biomass into liquid fuel, and the method could make possible mobile processing plants.  The researchers at Purdue University filed a patent application …

4 minutes with…Sam Jackson, VP, Business Development, Genera Energy
November 13, 2014 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Regardless of the conversion technology or end product, the biomass must still be produced in an economic and environmentally sound method for the industry to be successful. I believe …

Yield Quest for Cellulosic biofuels
November 13, 2014 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Could a new wave of cellulsoic processes find the key to capturing the carbon lost by today’s technologies — and providing a drive to lower costs that busts through infrastructure …

Enerkem Partners with AkzoNobel to Jointly Explore Development of Waste-to-Chemicals Facilities in Europe
November 12, 2014 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem/PR Newswire)  Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, today announced it has signed an agreement with AkzoNobel, a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, to develop …

To Boldly Go Where No Biomanufacturing Has Gone Before
November 12, 2014 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News)  … But mass-efficient payloads should be possible, insist researchers at the University of California, provided space explorers make use of nontraditional biological techniques. In particular, these researchers say synthetic biology …

Can Biofuels Make A Comeback?
November 12, 2014 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Michael Kanellos (Forbes)  … But give biofuel execs credit: they learn from the past. Much of the activity centers around developing fuels and chemicals out of waste products and virtually everyone is adopting strategies …

Indo-US Joint Effort to Derive Non-Food Biofuels from 2017
November 12, 2014 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by N Madhav  (Business Standard)  The initiative would work to deliver a model for production using crops like energy sorghum, bamboo, pearl millet and switch grass
In a significant step towards generating biofuels from non-food plant sources, …

Hottest Slides from ABLCNext 2014 – the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference
November 12, 2014 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sapphire Energy’s new multi-market product approach

 
 
Joule’s breakthrough photosynthetic efficiency

 
 
Cellana – multi-products for algae, just like petroleum

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Bioeconomy Policy for 2015: US Elections, What Happened, What Now?
November 11, 2014 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To open ABLC Next, what we like to call the “heads of the 7 families” — or in this case, the heads of seven key trade associations for the advanced …

Liquid Light, Virent, Rivertop Renewables, NexSteppe Take Top Slots in The 40 Hottest Smaller Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy for 2014-15
November 11, 2014 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Liquid Light took the #1 spot in the 2014-15 “40 Hottest Smaller Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy” rankings, published today in The Digest, the world’s most widely-read advanced bioeconomy daily. …

LanzaTech, GranBio, Algenol and Novozymes Take Top Slots in The 50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy for 2014-15
November 11, 2014 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech took the #1 spot in the 2014-15“50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy” rankings, published today inThe Digest, the world’s most widely-read bioeconomy daily. It was first year at the top …

Khosla-Backed Biofuel Firm Kior Files Bankruptcy, Plans Sale
November 11, 2014 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Dawn McCarty and Justin Doom (Bloomberg/Renewable Energy World) Kior Inc., a maker of biofuels from crops such as switchgrass, wood chips and corn husks, filed for bankruptcy protection with a plan to sell its …

Louisiana Biofuels Projects Help Spur Nationwide Green Jobs Growth
November 10, 2014 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Larino (NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune)    Louisiana added 225 jobs in the biofuels industry during the third quarter, ranking alongside states such as Texas and Connecticut for clean energy job growth, according to the latest …

The Inside Story of Renewable Energy Group, as CEO Dan Oh Visits with The Digest
November 10, 2014 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In many ways, REG is the entire industrial biotech business in a nutshell. They’re fermentation (through REG Life Sciences), and thermocatalytic (through REG Geismar and their extensive biodiesel business). …

Chicago Based NZ Company LanzaTech Has Helped Develop a Process that Turns CO2 Emissions into Omega-3 Rich Fatty Acids.
November 10, 2014 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

(The New Zealand Herald)  A leading carbon recycling company has developed a way to turn CO2 emissions into essential omega-3 fatty acids – offering a sustainable alternative to feeding the world’s demand for fish oil.
Now …

A View of Biofuels History in the US from the Mountains of Tennessee: An Interview with Genera Energy’s Dr. Sam Jackson (Part 1)
November 6, 2014 – 9:29 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In January 2006, President George W. Bush said “switchgrass” in his State of the Union Address as he enthusiastically envisioned a renewable transportation fuels future.1 Within weeks, the price …

Building the New Energy Economy
November 6, 2014 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Justin Heller (Biodiesel Magazine) Akash Energy’s retail division Root Fuel intends to change America’s relationship with fuel. The company’s objective is to utilize the existing, relatively low-cost cardlock infrastructure to create a new consumer fueling experience.
The …

4 minutes with…Mike Hart, CEO, Sierra Energy
November 6, 2014 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Gasification is the missing link between complex feedstocks and a clean synthesis gas for use in a wide variety of biofuel applications.

Our next project is going to be developing a …

Mascoma Catches Its Wascaly Wabbit, as Lallemand Acquires the Mascoma Yeast Business
November 5, 2014 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Massachusetts, Mascoma Corporation announced that it has completed the sale of its yeast business to Lallemand Inc., a privately owned company that researches, develops, produces and markets yeasts, bacteria, and …

4 minutes with… Lars Welin, CEO, Taurus Energy
November 4, 2014 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Taurus Energy is a company working to develop the best possible yeast for fermentation of c5 sugars …
We work with customers and their hydrolysate and try to provide a yeast that can …

4 minutes with…Wes Bolsen, Cool Planet, Strategic Partnerships
November 4, 2014 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … I would put the teeth back in RFS2, that actually had renewable fuel mandates with penalties, or converting RFS2 into a national LCFS program.

Taking a step back and giving myself …

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 …