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Renmatix Acquires Mascoma Demonstration Plant in New York
May 6, 2015 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Another step towards commercial scale, aimed at “secure supply” of cellulose-lignin solids for Renmatix’ Georgia facility
Renmatix announced that it has acquired existing assets of the former Mascoma corporation’s 56,000 square …

Novozymes to Supply World’s First Sawdust-Based Biofuel Refinery
May 6, 2015 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by  (Reuters)  Danish industrial enzymes maker Novozymes has struck a deal to supply the world’s first refinery producing biofuel from sawdust.  Novozymes is already a big player in the biofuel market, providing about 60 percent …

Profit in Plug and Play
May 5, 2015 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  A cutting-edge waste-to-energy venture at an Oregon landfill will channel flared gas into ethanol production, and potentially other renewable fuels if future markets are favorable.

At Knott Landfill in Bend, Oregon, Waste …

Amid Scarcity: The Biofuels Alternative We Need—Obada
May 5, 2015 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

By Udeme Clement (Vanguard)  Dr. Babatunde Obada is Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Global Biofuels Limited, a biofuels company in Nigeria. He speaks on the passage of 2015 Budget by the Senate without …

Fulcrum BioEnergy Awards Engineering, Procurement And Construction Contract To Abengoa
May 5, 2015 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc.)  Fixed-Price Contract Guarantees Cost, Schedule and Plant Performance —  Launches Commercialization of Fulcrum BioEnergy’s Process for Converting Household Garbage into Low-Cost Renewable Jet Fuel and Diesel
Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc., announced today that it …

VietNam Considers Raising Export Tariff on Cassava, Ethanol to Support E5 Production
May 5, 2015 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(VietNamNet Bridge) The Ministry of Finance (MOF) is planning to raise the tariff on cassava and ethanol exports in an effort to retain materials for domestic biofuel production. Cassava and ethanol bear an export tariff …

Estimating Chilled Investment for Advanced Biofuels Due to RFS Uncertainty: $13.7 Billion Shortfall in Investment During Delays in Rulemaking
May 4, 2015 – 9:15 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Industry Organization)  The advanced biofuel industry has invested billions of dollars since 2009 to build first-of-a-kind demonstration and commercial-scale biorefineries around the world, even during a global economic recession. Cellulosic biofuels have reached commercial …

Neighbors Come out in Opposition of Proposed Ethanol Plant near Caldwell
May 4, 2015 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Torrie Cope (Idaho Press-Tribune)  Residents who live in the area of Lower Pleasant Ridge Road fear that a proposed ethanol plant could lower their property values, spoil their views and bring unwanted traffic, noise …

The DOE’s 12 Top Biobased Molecules – What Became of Them?
May 4, 2015 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … If they handed out Platinum and Gold certification to scientific papers as we do with recorded music, “Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass” would be a multi-platinum chart-busting monster. This …

Regulations Could Hamper Biomass Project
April 30, 2015 – 8:07 pm | No Comment

by Brent Shrum (The Western News)  Libby is the top choice for a company looking to build a $46 million plant that would use new technology to turn forest debris into 5 million gallons of liquid …

BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review Presentations Now Online
April 30, 2015 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Visit the 2015 Project Peer Review Web page to download individual project and plenary presentations from BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review. The peer review process provided BETO with feedback about the management …

Harvester Banking on Ethanol Distillery
April 30, 2015 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by John Anderson (Townsville Bulletin) Burdekin sugarcane harvesting contractor Michael Hodder has welcomed moves by the State Government to consider an ethanol mandate for Queensland.
Mr Hodder, who plans to build an ethanol distillery to supply fuel …

World-Herald Editorial: Ethanol Comes into Its Own
April 29, 2015 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(Omaha World-Herald)  For years, Nebraskans wondered whether the state’s fledgling ethanol sector would amount to much. Now, the answer is in, as explained in a new report from University of Nebraska economists.  From small beginnings …

Biodiesel Plant Retrofitting Underway
April 29, 2015 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Scott Koperski  (Beatrice Daily Sun)  A massive retrofitting of the Duonix biodiesel plant in west Beatrice is underway and on schedule to put the plant into production later this year.  Duonix Beatrice, a joint …

Big Ox Energy Breaks Ground in South Sioux City
April 29, 2015 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Bret Hayworth (Sioux City Journal) … Big Ox Energy, a Denmark, Wis.-based firm, has begun construction on a $30 million plant that will take organic waste from industrial plants and turn it into methane. …
Big …

Tribe to Convert Abandoned Ethanol Plant into Wood Pellet Production Facility
April 28, 2015 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Dave Flessner (Times Free Press) The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut wants to turn one of Tennessee’s biggest renewable energy failures into a business success with another type of renewable product in growing demand around the …

Remembering a True Visionary: Novozymes Honors Guido Ghisolfi
April 28, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The renewable energy industry was saddened on March 3 by the news of the death of Guido Ghisolfi, Vice Chairman of the Mossi & Ghisolfi group and CEO of Beta …

Downsize Bioenergy Risk while Approaching Scale: Partnering with ZeaChem’s Technology Institute
April 28, 2015 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) For most investors, building a demonstration-scale facility in order to get, and validate, data for the last pre-commercial stages, is a necessary evil somewhere between diaper-changing and a colonoscopy on the …

China Steel Green-Lights Commercial-Scale LanzaTech Advanced Biofuels Project
April 28, 2015 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Taiwan, China Steel Corporation announced formal Board approval of a $46M capital investment in a LanzaTech commercial ethanol facility. This follows the successful demonstration of the revolutionary carbon recycling …

New VERBIO Plant for the Production of Biomethane from 100 Percent Straw Commissioned as Scheduled
April 28, 2015 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(VERBIO)  New VERBIO plant for the production of biomethane from 100 percent straw commissioned as scheduled.  Jörg Vogelsänger, Minister in the government of the Federal State of Brandenburg, and Kerstin Lichtenvort, EU project coordinator, witness …

15 Hot and Novel Low Carbon Fuel Technologies to Watch
April 28, 2015 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  An effort is underway in the UK to classify, within the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, “novel low carbon fuels” made by companies such as LanzaTech, Joule, Solar Jet, Velocys, Sunfire, …

New Study Highlights Fast Pyrolysis Bio-Oil Yields of 17-27% from Cellulosic Feedstocks
April 27, 2015 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, a new study released in the journal Energy & Fuels is providing the first, fully integrated assessment of common feedstocks from the field to refinery-ready crude fuel, …

Prospects of Producing Bio-Diesel from Oil Palm Sludge to Be Explored
April 24, 2015 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(The Hindu)  The prospects of extracting bio-diesel from the oil palm sludge will be explored at the proposed new oil palm factory at Apparaopeta in Dammapeta mandal, said Minister for Roads & Buildings T. Nageswara …

Audi Produces Its First Batch Of E-Diesel
April 24, 2015 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(TopSpeed.com)  According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, carbon dioxide levels are at an 800,000-year high, but what if we could pluck CO2 particles out of thin air to use as a raw material …

The Catalyst That Refused To Die
April 24, 2015 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Battelle-led group succeeds in US Department of Energy challenge — 1,000 hours of continuous biomass hydrotreating on a single catalyst charge.  The undefeated champ hits 1200 hours before being retired …

American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) Ups Biofuels Presence at Policy Forum
April 24, 2015 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Over the past year, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) increased its work with the biofuels sector of renewable energy, upped its presence and activity at biofuels-related conferences …

NexSteppe Takes Biomass Sorghum to Commercial-Scale in Brazil
April 21, 2015 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Next-gen feedstock developer records 1000% year-on-year growth for its Palo Alto Biomass Sorghum hybrids in Brazil.  Sustainable, available, reliable and affordable? Yes, as the Digest discovers.  In California, NexSteppe announced …

4 minutes with… Dr Tushar Patil, Lead – Energy Crops R&D and Supply Chain, PRAJ Industries
April 21, 2015 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Praj has the unique capability to design a bioethanol plant. be it fuel grade, beverage alcohol or industrial grade alcohol plants, With over 600 references in more than 60 countries. PRAJ …

Sweetwater Energy Raises $10M; Begins Ramp-Up to First Commercial
April 21, 2015 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sweetwater Energy announced it has closed on a $10 million bridge loan. The loan closed as Sweetwater said that it is now opening its Series B investor round to begin construction …

Trash-to-Biofuel Takes New Turn in Marion
April 21, 2015 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Rick Smith (The Gazette)  No one has claimed that making biofuel out of garbage is as simple as tossing leftovers into the trash.  So it is that Craig Stuart-Paul, president and chief executive officer …

Navassa Ordinance Would Allow Biofuel Production
April 21, 2015 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Lynda Van Kuren (StarNews Online) The Navassa Town Council recently tabled a decision on a proposed ordinance that would allow biofuel production in its heavy industrial districts and conditional production in its light industrial district.

The council …

“Repeal the RFS – All of It,” Koch Companies Writes to Senators
April 17, 2015 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Philip Ellender (Koch Companies Public Sector)  On behalf of Koch companies, I am writing to urge you to oppose S. 577, a bill introduced by Senators Feinstein and Toomey that seeks to reform, not repeal, …

Total La Mede Crude Refining to Cease: Update 3
April 17, 2015 – 10:42 am | No Comment

(Argus) Total will cease crude refining at its loss-making 160,000 b/d La Mede refinery and convert it into a 500,000 t/yr biofuels facility, the company confirmed today in its French refinery strategy plan.
La Mede will cease …

Biofuels: What’s Happened and Where Are We Going?
April 16, 2015 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Scott Chabina (Fierce Energy)  The transformation of Gen 1.0 to 1.5 and the reality of Gen 2.0.  Advanced, commercially viable biofuel facilities no longer “unicorns on the horizon” … Conventional, or “Gen 1.0″, corn ethanol …

Cascades Announces Major Investments in Biorefinery Project at Cabano Plant
April 16, 2015 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Cascades/PRNewswire) Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a leader in the recovery of recyclable materials and manufacturing green packaging products and tissue paper, is pleased to announce the company’s investment in a new technology at its Norampac …

Top of Biofuels Class
April 13, 2015 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Training programs around the U.S. offer opportunities in the biofuels industry for part- and full-time students.

Mick Miller, president of NuVu Fuels and general manager of DENCO II in Morris, …

Setting The Table For The Big Score
April 13, 2015 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by David VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ ICM Inc./Urban Air Initiative)  The RFS is important and worthy of support, writes David VanderGriend. However, it should not be viewed as what defines the value of biofuels, a …

Malloy’s Rhode Island Company Recognized for Use of Biodiesel
April 13, 2015 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(vtdigger.org/TH Malloy and Sons)  Jim Malloy, of Plainfield, Vermont, is being recognized for his contributions to reducing the use of petroleum fuel in the transportation sector. His business, TH Malloy and Sons in Newport, Rhode …

Minnesota, the Green Giant: Going All out on Agrastructure and the Advanced Bioeconomy
April 10, 2015 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Today, we look at how Minnesota, too, has been experiencing success via its bioeconomy, and how and why.  The traditional view of “Minnesota”? A giant metropolis in the Twin Cities, …

Aemetis Expands Biodiesel Sales to Travel Bus Operators in Tourism Industry in India
April 9, 2015 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

(Stockhouse/Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMTX), an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company, today announced that biodiesel sales activity is accelerating in India with travel bus operators who cater to the tourism industry.
Aemetis has expanded sales activity …

Answers for Your Questions about Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, Bioproducts and Sustainable Agriculture.
April 9, 2015 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Amazing questions get asked at ABLC — and except for attendees, you generally don’t hear them, or the answers. Let’s change that.  With great sessions at conferences, delegates are usually keen …

Unique Oakland Biodiesel Project Receives $3.4 Million Grant
April 8, 2015 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Viridis Fuels, a state-of-the-art biodiesel project in Oakland, California, is prepared to receive an official notice of award today for a $3.4 million state grant at a California Energy Commission …

Residue or Residon’t: Untapped Fuel Yields from the US Corn Production System
April 8, 2015 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Why not use the materials we don’t need, to produce the fuels we do need? … (R)educe, re-use, recycle. Use what’s already there. And there’s nothing more powerful in the Imperial Department …

Ethanol Industry Continues to Evolve as Usage Levels off
April 7, 2015 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Loretta Sorensen (Midwest Producer)  … Kansas Corn CEO Greg Krissek said there is some slowing of ethanol production on the eastern and western edges of the cornbelt. But ethanol industry leaders are responding to market …

Germany: Start-Up of Second Generation Biofuel Production through the Bioliq™ Project
April 7, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Air Liquide) Conducted in partnership with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the bioliq™ pilot plant aims at demonstrating the feasibility of a process to produce high-quality sulfur-free fuel from residual biomass. These “second generation” biofuels …

BioTfuel: A Project to Produce Biofuels via Thermochemical Conversion
April 7, 2015 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(Total) The BioTfueL project focuses on producing second-generation biodiesel and bio-jet fuel via thermochemical conversion. Total is working with five partners to bring the process to commercial-scale production.
In the BioTfueL project, Total is working with five …

Gevo Sells Renewable Jet Fuel to NASA
April 7, 2015 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(Gevo/Biomass Magazine)  Gevo Inc. has announced that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has purchased Gevo’s renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) for aviation use at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Gevo’s ATJ is …

Opinion: Learning about Fusel Oils
April 7, 2015 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Back in early February I got an email from a reader searching for ethanol producers that want to sell fusel oil. He was contacting me on behalf of a …

Prices Giving Positive Ethanol Margins, Negative for Corn Farmers
April 7, 2015 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Market conditions in mid-March indicated ethanol producers could pay about 10 percent more than the current cash corn price before reaching the plant “shut-down level,” according to an …

Sen. Kaine Visits Hopewell Ethanol Plant
April 7, 2015 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Shelby Mertens (Progress-Index)  U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine made a stop at the Vireol Bio Energy LLC plant in Hopewell on Monday for the first leg of his five-day spring break tour of Virginia.
Kaine said he …

Biodiesel Industry Seeks to Reverse Argentina Import Decision
April 7, 2015 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is calling for the EPA to stay its recent decision to streamline Argentinian biodiesel imports to the U.S. under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) pending public review …

Grease-to-Biodiesel Truck Startup Raises nearly $1M
April 7, 2015 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Katharine Grayson (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)  Revolution Fuels, a startup that mounts equipment for converting grease to biofuel on trucks, has raised nearly $1 million in funding, according to a regulatory filing.  The St. Louis …

Confronting and Solving “Chicken or Egg” Conundrums in Renewable Project Development
April 7, 2015 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Tim Sklar (Biofuels Digest)  Looking to turn vicious project financing cycles into virtuous cycles?  This case study in developing a small-scale Bio-LNG plant offers cautionary tales and a way forward.
In July 2014, Biofuels Digest …

Biodegradable Plastics from Potato Waste for High-Tech Applications
April 7, 2015 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

(Bio-on)  Bio-on S.p.A., the leader in eco-sustainable chemical technologies, and Pizzoli S.p.A., Italy’s largest operator in the potato sector, will collaborate to build Italy’s first PHAs bioplastic production plant using waste product from the potato …

ISU Agronomist Weighs Impacts of Corn Residue Removal
April 6, 2015 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(Iowa State University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Farmers who are considering selling corn residue from their fields to produce cellulosic ethanol first should weigh a range of site-specific factors to their operations, according to new research from …

Industry Provides Input to SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel
April 6, 2015 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In late March, the U.S. EPA’s Science Advisory Board Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel held a public face-to-face meeting to review the agency’s Framework for Assessing Biogenic CO2 Emissions from …

EPA Approves Efficient Producer Pathways for 5 Ethanol Plants
April 6, 2015 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In March, the U.S. EPA approved five new corn ethanol pathways under the agency’s Efficient Producer petition process (EP3), including Heron Lake BioEnergy LLC, Heron Lake, Minnesota; United Wisconsin Grain Producers LLC, …

Western Victorian Farmer Growing Crops to Produce Biofuel
April 6, 2015 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Brett Worthington (ABC Rural)  Farmers spend thousands of dollars a year buying fuel that comes from the other side of the world.  They do so to grow crops in variable, and often difficult, conditions. …

PureVision to Scale up Biorefining Technology at ZeaChem Site
April 6, 2015 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(PureVision Technology Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  PureVision Technology Inc., a Colorado-based biorefinery developer, recently announced that it will scale up its biorefining technology at an industrial site in Boardman, Oregon, owned by ZeaChem Inc. The public …

Netherlands-Based Firm to Open Ethanol Plant
April 6, 2015 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

(Sun Star)  A Netherlands-based firm is set to pour in P13.5 billion investments in the eastern coast of Zamboanga City.  Second district Representative Lilia Nuño said the Van Kessel Inc. is putting up an Ethanol …

IH2* Technology Licensed to Leading Global Forest Products Company
April 6, 2015 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire/IH2) Producing liquid transportation fuels from woody biomass — A leading global forest products company headquartered in Northern Europe has entered into an FEL-1 license agreement with CRI Catalyst Company (CRI), a global catalyst technology company. IH2 …

AG Ventures Alliance, Cellulose Sciences Int’l form New JV Stover Ventures
April 6, 2015 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(Ag Ventures Alliance Cooperative and Cellulose Sciences International/AgriMarketing.com)  Ag Ventures Alliance Cooperative (AgVA) of Mason City, Iowa, and Cellulose Sciences International (CSI) of Madison, Wis., completed a financing agreement resulting in the formation of a …

US Poised for Biobased Chemicals Breakout, Says National Research Council
April 6, 2015 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Though challenges remain, particularly in affordable feedstock, the US National Research Council says “Despite impressive recent and projected growth, the manufacturing of chemicals using biological synthesis and engineering could expand …

Cellulosic Ethanol Is Getting a Big Boost from Corn, for Now
April 6, 2015 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Ryan Fitzpatrick (Third Way)  Cellulosic fuels offer economic, environmental, and national security benefits, but scaling-up the technology has proven difficult and costly.
Companies with an extensive background in the corn ethanol industry are cracking the …

New Bill Could Add Value To Iowa Biofuel
April 3, 2015 – 11:36 am | No Comment

(WHOTV.com)  … At the Iowa Biotech Association’s Partnering for Growth event on April 1st, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority Debi Durham was a keynote speaker. She talked about using Iowa’s ethanol and biodiesel production, and …

Global Bioenergies Heads for Demo Scale: A Magic Path to Isobutane in Sight
April 3, 2015 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In France, Global Bioenergies announced that it has completed the financing of its demo plant, and is commencing construction immediately. The 5,000L demonstration-scale facility will be completed in spring 2015, …

China New Energy Making Progress on Hungarian and Thai Ethanol Projects
April 3, 2015 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, China New Energy reports that its projects in Hungary and Thailand are proceeding well. Visontai Bioetanol Fejlesztő Korlátolt Felelősségű Társaság has informed CNE that the 30 million …

The Unrecognized Value of Bio-Energy
April 3, 2015 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Chad Smith (Midwest Producer) “We threw a whole bunch of stuff up on the wall to see if anything sticks.” Dave VanderGriend quoted a Kansas state legislator describing House Bill (HB) 2401, a proposal to …

More Gevolution
April 3, 2015 – 10:25 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The results from Gevo’s 4th quarter are in, and a worth a look-see, not only for fans of isobutanol and its prospects.  Also for a look at how this member of …

Industry, Water Advocates Come Together on Bioenergy Bills
March 31, 2015 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Frank Jossi  (Midwest Energy News)  Environmentalists and bioeconomy advocates reached an agreement last week to modify a bill moving through the Minnesota legislature that they hope will create a new clean energy and green …

Energy Beets Slow to Catch on in North Dakota
March 31, 2015 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)  Development of energy beets in North Dakota is still nebulous, while projects in California are moving forward.
Attendance was light for a recent series of grower meetings about energy, or industrial, sugar …

Foreign Company Studied Installing Biodiesel Plant in Nicaragua
March 31, 2015 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

(Prensa Latina (Google translation)) The company Plastic Energy presented a project to estimate the feasibility of installing a biodiesel processing plant in Nicaragua, said today the deputy mayor of Managua, Enrique Armas.
Currently, foreign capital enterprise …

Zambia: ZDA Okays U.S.$150 Million Ethanol Plant
March 31, 2015 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(AllAfrica/Times of Zambia)  THE Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) has given Sunbird Bio-energy Africa an investment licence to set up a US$150 million ethanol plant in Luena farm bloc in Kawambwa District of Luapula Province.

In a …

Croda to Manufacture Surfactant from Ethanol, Opening New Market
March 30, 2015 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Specialty chemical manufacturer Croda Inc. is planning to break ground in April on a $170 million upgrade to its Atlas Point manufacturing site in Delaware. When completed in …

‘Where’s my ethanol?’
March 30, 2015 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The ethanol industry would like nothing better than to have every consumer that wants E85 to have access to it. Unfortunately roll out of E85 stations has been slow, …

Maintenance Managers Meet to Share Experiences, Meet Vendors
March 30, 2015 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol maintenance managers met in Des Moines, Iowa, for their semiannual gathering to meet with vendors and learn from each other. In the best attendance yet, nearly 50 …

Dennis Seid: Enerkem’s Ethanol Plant Still a No-Go
March 30, 2015 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Dennis Seid (Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal)  …  In fact, if you visit Enerkem’s website, there’s no mention of Pontotoc. Nothing on its facilities or projects – where Pontotoc once had a prominent location. Nothing …

Algae.Tec to Expand Georgia Algae Production Facility
March 30, 2015 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Georgia, following successful algae growth trials, Algae.Tec has commenced the expansion of its development and manufacturing facilities in Cumming, Georgia and the building of an initial small scale plant …

Look, up in the Sky! The Best of the Aviation Biofuels Slides from ABLC 2015
March 30, 2015 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Great Scott! New molecules, new feedstocks, new technologies, and reaching scale — the best of the best.  At ABLC 2015, the focus on innovation included a complete program on aviaiton …

Biofuels Maker Gevo Boosts Revenue; CEO See Profit within Reach
March 27, 2015 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Mark Harden (Denver Business Journal)  Colorado biofuels company Gevo Inc. reports sharply higher revenue and narrower losses in both the fourth quarter and full-year 2014.
And in an earnings call with analysts late Thursday, Gevo’s CEO, …

Middle East Turns to Biofuels Amid Rocky Oil Prices and Environmental Awareness
March 26, 2015 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

Imran Khan (Lootah Biofuels/Renewable Energy World)  … Crude oil is refined to produce diesel and petrol and the cost of crude oil is the most crucial factor affecting fuel prices over time. However, with the shortage …

Hainan – China’s First Cooking Oil Powered Commercial Flight
March 26, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Mila Luleva (The Green Optimist)  Hainan Airlines, China’s biggest private airline company, has completed the first for the country commercial flight, powered by biofuel from restaurant left-over cooking oil.

The company’s Boeing 737 Next Generation, …

California Demo Produces First Low-Carbon, Whole-Beet Ethanol
March 26, 2015 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Results from Mendota Bioenergy LLC’s Phase I demonstration plant in Fresno County, California, arrived last week, and were quite favorable, reported project manager, Jim Tischer. “We’ve made the …

US Military Base in Afghanistan to Make Biodiesel from UCO
March 26, 2015 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(Springboard Biodiesel/Biodiesel Magazine)  Springboard Biodiesel announced March 25 that it has been selected to provide its turn-key, small-scale biodiesel processing system to Bagram Airfield in the Parwan Province of Afghanistan.
Springboard Biodiesel’s BioPro 380EX and SpringPro …

New Plan Seeks to Turn Chicken Manure to Energy
March 24, 2015 – 7:36 am | No Comment

by Timothy B. Wheeler  (Baltimore Sun)  A New Hampshire-based company has teamed with poultry giant Perdue to propose a $200 million plant on the Eastern Shore to extract energy from chicken manure, offering its plan …

Leading Biofuels Supplier Greenergy Earns RSB Sustainability Certification
March 23, 2015 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials)  Greenergy, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of waste based biodiesel, has earned the RSB sustainability certification for the production of biodiesel from used cooking oil at its facilities in Immingham and …

The New Voices Debuts: The Advanced Bioeconomy Comes to Streamed Video
March 23, 2015 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the advanced bioeconomy takes to the airwaves as The New Voices debuts today as a digital streaming experience — the first three episodes of the program are online today …

Diversifying Products Creates New Opportunities
March 20, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Stefaniya Becking* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The “Waste to Biogas and Clean Fuels Finance and Investment” summit provided a myriad of opportunities to get the latest intelligence on biogas and the clean fuel industry as …

Nano Labs, DerTek Form JV for Biofuels Production in North America
March 18, 2015 – 9:38 am | No Comment

(Energy Business Review Biofuels and Biomass Energy)  US-based nanotechnology research and development firm Nano Labs has formed a joint venture (JV) with Mexican firm DerTek to produce biofuels in North America.  The JV will focus …

Biofuel Beets Meetings Scheduled in 3 North Dakota Cities
March 18, 2015 – 9:20 am | No Comment

(The Washington Times/AP)  Backers of a proposed project in North Dakota that would turn sugar beets into ethanol are holding educational meetings in three cities this week.  KOVC radio reports that the Green Vision Group …

Investment from Flagship Ventures Brings Red Rock Biofuels Closer to Construction of its First Commercial Biofuel Refinery
March 17, 2015 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(Red Rock Biofuels) Red Rock Biofuels LLC, a pioneer in renewable biofuels, today unveiled a strategic partnership with Flagship Ventures that sets the stage for the construction of its first commercial scale refinery in Lakeview, OR. …

Advanced Biofuels Community Leaders Meet: Persistent and Dogged in the Throes of a Tough Slog
March 16, 2015 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Every year, the annual Washington, DC gathering of leaders in the advanced biofuels world at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference sports a different “vibe.” In the early days of …

Green Expectations
March 10, 2015 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A Florida algae-to-ethanol operation is poised to go commercial scale with a project colocated with a natural-gas-fired power plant.
By harnessing CO2, sunlight, saltwater and algae, Algenol’s technology takes only 25 …

Mumias Sugar to Take on Spectre in Ethanol Plant Strategy
March 10, 2015 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(The Star) Mumias Sugar will start buying bagasse and molasses from rivals to feed its ethanol production plant, it said after reporting massive losses for the first half ended December 31.  Ethanol revenues decreased by 23 …

Neste Oil Claims World Leadership in Biofuels from Waste, Residue
March 10, 2015 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(Neste Oil/Biodiesel Magazine)  Over the past few years, Neste Oil has become the world’s largest producer of renewable fuels from waste and residues. In 2014, Neste Oil produced nearly 1.3 million tons (more than 420 …

Construction Starts on Raceland Sugar Cane Conversion Plant
March 9, 2015 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Aaren Gordon (Daily Comet)  Construction has started on a $60 million plant in Raceland that will convert sugar cane waste into chemicals, sweeteners and biofuels by 2017.

The project next to Raceland Raw Sugar Corp. …

Constructing a Full-Service Vision
March 9, 2015 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine) …  Formed in 2012, SG Preston is one of hundreds of startup companies in the advanced biofuel space. The name first appeared on the advanced biofuel radar last summer when …

Australian Biomass Plant To Improve Soil, Sequester Carbon, & Produce Biofuel
March 9, 2015 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Ronald Brakels (CleanTechnica)  A $10 million dollar pilot biomass plant will be constructed in the Western Australian Capital of Perth. … The specific type of plants will be mallee crops. This somewhat broad category includes …

4 Minutes with…Hans Heinerman, Managing Director, BiCHEM Technology
March 9, 2015 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … BiCHEM produces platform chemicals from biomass. It uses an inexpensive, recyclable solvent to break down cellulose and hemicellulose into sugars. These sugars are converted into base chemicals for amongst others the …

Steeper Energy Receives $3m Grant from Canadian Government
March 9, 2015 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Steeper Energy has received a $3m grant from the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) office. This funding is to be used for the development of an Industrial Scale …