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Renewable Biofuel Production Avoids Competition with Food Resources
February 6, 2015 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!) The efficient production of both biofuel and animal feed from 1 crop is now possible, and can be done on a farm without the need for off-site processes
The efficient production of both biofuel and animal …

Punjab Plans Asia’s First Bio-Ethanol Plant
February 6, 2015 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

(Hindustan Times)  Punjab would soon sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with partner companies to set up Asia’s first bio-ethanol manufacturing and refining unit with a design capacity of 60,000 tonnes of cellulosic ethanol per …

Is Bureaucracy Holding Back Advanced Biofuels?
February 6, 2015 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Why must “the entire value chain of production from feedstock to finished product be conducted at a single location” asks Antoine Schellinger, VP of Strategy and Technology at Triten IAG.
Should …

Report Highlights China’s Growth in Biodiesel, Ethanol Production
February 6, 2015 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Information Network shows that China’s biodiesel production grew last year, reaching an estimated 1.13 billion liters (298.5 million gallons), …

Biobutanol Firms Chart Diverging Paths
February 6, 2015 – 11:10 am | No Comment

By Melody M. Bomgardner (Chemical and Engineering News)  For years, industrial biotech companies have sought to make renewable chemicals by repurposing the corn fermentation capabilities of underutilized fuel ethanol plants. As recent news from two …

Margins, Fuel, Land Prices among Concerns at Ag Summit
February 6, 2015 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Offner (WCFCourier.com) … “With crop prices going down, we think leases are going to have to start being adjustable and they’re going to have to lower land prices and lower rent prices, and that’s …

Straight from the Ethanol Producer to Your Gas Tank
February 6, 2015 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Some ethanol producers are selling E85 directly to drivers like you and me. It seems they take the phrase, cutting out the middleman, very seriously!

The company (Carbon Green Bioenergy …

Biobutanol Firms Chart Diverging Paths
January 27, 2015 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

By Melody M. Bomgardner (Chemical and Engineering News)  For years, industrial biotech companies have sought to make renewable chemicals by repurposing the corn fermentation capabilities of underutilized fuel ethanol plants. As recent news from two …

Margins, Fuel, Land Prices among Concerns at Ag Summit
January 27, 2015 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Offner (WCFCourier.com) … “With crop prices going down, we think leases are going to have to start being adjustable and they’re going to have to lower land prices and lower rent prices, and that’s …

Straight from the Ethanol Producer to Your Gas Tank
January 27, 2015 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Some ethanol producers are selling E85 directly to drivers like you and me. It seems they take the phrase, cutting out the middleman, very seriously!

The company (Carbon Green Bioenergy …

Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium Awards Contract to Construct Innovative Agriculture and Energy Pilot Project at Masdar City
January 21, 2015 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

(Masdar Institute)  Research puts UAE at forefront of global movement to create sustainable, alternative fuels that do not compete with food production
Based on ground-breaking research at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, the Sustainable …

Biodiesel 2015: The Top 14 Trends for the New Year
January 21, 2015 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  New technologies, new markets, new research and most of the same policy challenges, as we look at the 14 top trends for 2015. …
1. Falling oil prices – what’s the …

More Ethanol Producers Should Sell Directly to Gas Retailers
January 20, 2015 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Ethanol producers that aren’t selling E85 direct to area gas retailers should seriously think about it, according to producers with direct-sales programs in place.
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Although there are other ethanol plants that …

Declaring “The Truth Matters”, Biodiesel Leaders Say Policy Makers Need to Consider the Facts to Get the Renewable Fuels Standard Back on Track
January 20, 2015 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board) The National Biodiesel Conference and Expo opens with a fiery speech by the industry’s chief spokesperson.   Arguing that federal policy makers must see through the false attacks by renewable fuels opponents and provide …

Department of Food Directs Sugar Mills to Expedite Ethanol Supply
January 20, 2015 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Anindita Dey  (Business Standard)  The department calls meet to gather information on number of sugar mills supplying ethanol and supply position of ethanol blending programme
The department of food has asked all sugar mills to expedite …

Carbon Dioxide, an Important By-Product of Fermentation: Food Industry Applications and Usage
January 19, 2015 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Sam A. Rushing (Advanced Cryogenics, Ltd., Biofuels Digest)   … Much of the ethanol industry is concentrated in the nation’s regions which are also the regions which are the largest for much of the meat …

BP’s Exit from Cellulosic Ethanol: the Assets, the Auction, the Process, the Timing, the Skinny
January 19, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The complete details on BP’s exit and the considerable physical and intellectual assets available for acquisition, in part or in whole.  As BP continues to reel from its oil leak …

4 Minutes with….Franck Mode, Business Advisor, CADev
January 19, 2015 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Official economic development agency of the Champagne-Ardenne Region … 500M+ was invested in bioprocessing and 300+ jobs were created. As a result, Champagne-Ardenne is producing almost 700 kt/year bioproducts (Ethanol, Biodiesel, …

Mississippi Files Fraud Lawsuit against Khosla over KiOR
January 16, 2015 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Amy  (The Dispatch/Associated Press)  The state of Mississippi has sued billionaire Vinod Khosla and others, saying they knew long ago that bankrupt biofuel firm KiOR had poor prospects for success, but misled the …

World-Herald Editorial: Cellulosic Ethanol Enters the Stage
January 15, 2015 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Omaha.com)  After years of anticipation, cellulosic ethanol production has taken a major step forward, with Iowa leading the way.
Plants in Iowa in 2014 became the first to produce cellulosic ethanol on a commercial scale. Production …

Zimbabwe: Govt Okays Ethanol Project
January 15, 2015 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

(AllAfrica)  The Zanu-PF leadership here has given the Zimbabwe Bio-Energy the green light to set up a US$500 million ethanol plant at Nuanetsi Ranch in Mwenezi in a development expected to help the province attain …

Gevo Partners with Brenntag for Bio-Isobutanol Sale
January 14, 2015 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Doris de Guzman (Green Chemicals Blog)  Gevo announced it has launched sales of renewable isobutanol to Brenntag Canada Inc. (Brenntag Canada), a member of the Brenntag group companies for distribution into the solvents, oil & …

Labor Shortage Delays DuPont Plant Completion
January 14, 2015 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Gavin Aronsen  (Ames Tribune)  A worker shortage has delayed the completion date of DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol plant outside Nevada, according to the executive director of the Nevada Economic Development Council and an industry market …

EPA Approves Algenol Fuels for Renewable Fuel Standard
January 14, 2015 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(Algenol)  Algenol announced today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved fuels made from Algenol’s process as an advanced biofuel, meeting the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction requirements under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Fuels produced from Algenol …

New French Biodiesel Limit Could Split EU Fuels Market – Oil, Car Lobbies
January 14, 2015 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Michel Rose, Gus Trompiz, Barbara Lewis (Reuters)  France’s increased limit on food-based biofuels in transport fuel could raise logistic and supply costs as it threatens to split the European single market for fuels, lobby groups …

New Farmer Co-Operative to Help Build Ontario Bioeconomy
January 14, 2015 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Farmers.com/Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative)  A group of Ontario farmers have a plan to convert crop residue into cellulosic sugar to help fuel the province’s bioeconomy. Based in Sarnia, the Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative (CSPC) will …

Large-Scale Biodiesel Plant Set To Open In Cleveland
January 13, 2015 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(WTOC 11/Associated Press)  … Commercial production at Center Alternative Energy Co. is expected to begin within two weeks, deriving biodiesel from soybean oil, said John Samsel, the company’s president.
Biodiesel burns cleaner than traditional diesel and …

Colorado’s Red Rock Biofuels Investing $200M in Jet-Fuel Project
January 13, 2015 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Wendy Culverwell (Portland Business Journal/Denver Business Journal)  Red Rock Biofuels LLC, based in Fort Collins, is investing $200 million in a biofuel refinery in the rural southern Oregon community of Lakeview.

The Red Rock project …

Pacific Ethanol to Cut Electricity Costs with Cogeneration at Stockton Plant
January 13, 2015 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Mark Anderson (Sacramento Business Journal)  Pacific Ethanol Inc. is installing a $12 million cogeneration system at its Stockton plant that will save the company between $3 million and $4 million annually in electricity costs.
The 3.5 …

Eight under $70: Which Biofuels Ventures Can Beat out Cheap Oil?
January 13, 2015 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Oil prices continue to show incredible volatility. $106 in June, $50 today. Which biofuels ventures have the pro-formas to make money in a tough market? The Digest investigates.

Avello Bioenergy
Cost: $57.50 per …

Z Plant Turns Meat Waste into Diesel
January 13, 2015 – 10:08 am | No Comment

by Adrien Taylor (3News)  Z Energy has started construction on a south Auckland plant to convert meat waste into biofuel.   The plant will produce 20 million litres of the fuel every year, but Z …

Energy Department Project Captures and Stores One Million Metric Tons of Carbon
January 12, 2015 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Project achieves major milestone by successfully injecting carbon into saline formation
As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Department of Energy announced today that its Illinois Basin-Decatur Project successfully captured …

UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery Is in Commercial Production
January 12, 2015 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(GlobeNewsWire/UPM)  The world’s first wood-based renewable diesel biorefinery has started commercial production in Lappeenranta, Finland. UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery is based on a hydrotreatment process developed by UPM, and produces approximately 120 million litres of renewable …

Improving the Way We Harvest And Deliver Biofuels Crops
January 12, 2015 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Breaking Energy)  America is the largest biofuels producer in the world — accounting for 48 percent of global output. To remain the global industry leader, the Energy Department is investing in projects …

The 5 Most Maddening Myths about Corn and Ethanol
January 12, 2015 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Food vs Fuel, emissions, cost competitiveness, and RINsanity. Some of the most unfair bricks hurled at corn starch-based ethanol — and here’s why. …
In the field of renewable fuels, there’s …

Gevo Issues Plant Update, Transfers Common Stock Listing
January 9, 2015 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Jan. 8, Gevo Inc. issued an update of operations at its Luverne, Minnesota, plant, reporting that the facility produced more than 50,000 gallons of biobased isobutanol in December. The …

White Paper Highlights Corn Ethanol’s Decreasing Carbon Intensity
January 9, 2015 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

(Governors’ Biofuels Coalition/Ethanol Across America)  Innovations in conversion technology and energy use at ethanol facilities, coupled with enhanced efficiency fertilizers and corn production management have resulted in corn ethanol being significantly shortchanged in its value …

VC Surprise: Spruce Capital, Xeraya Capital Announce First Close of New $150M Biogreentech Venture Fund
January 9, 2015 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As a newly-closed venture fund opens for business with a distinctly Malaysian flavor, we look at the state of venture capital and the new role of integrated sovereign investment.
From California …

Rising Capacities, Shift to Distributed Models and Policies Are Top Advanced Biofuels Trends, Says E2 Report
January 8, 2015 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The E2 report is something of a hybrid — for one, it includes actual biodiesel production, but in the case of other fuels, it reports production capacity rather than production, …

Spotlight on Iowa
January 7, 2015 – 6:18 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 …

Putting Data to Work
January 7, 2015 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  JMP, a data analysis software from SAS Institute, can help ethanol producers get a jump on plant efficiency and profitability.
There’s no question ethanol plant lab workers do a lot …

Benchmarking the Ethanol Lab
January 7, 2015 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Quality control depends on accurate test results, but how do ethanol labs control their own quality?
Quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) standards for the front and back end of an ethanol …

Blue Ridge Biofuels Expands Biodiesel Production
January 7, 2015 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Blue Ridge Biofuels is expanding biodiesel production by renting space and installing processing equipment at the Catawba County EcoComplex, a LEED Silver certified facility in western North Carolina powered by …

E2 Report: North America’s Advanced Biofuel Industry Produced 800 Million Gallons in 2014
January 7, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

( Environmental Entrepreneurs) Smart clean fuel policies in OR, WA, CA and at federal level could drive additional
job growth, improve air quality, generate more homegrown energy
North America’s advanced biofuel industry reached a production capacity of more than …

Oregon Helps Spark National Surge in Biodiesel Production
January 7, 2015 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Wendy Culverwell (Portland Business Journal)  Clean fuel policies in Oregon, Washington and California are helping drive the advanced biofuel industry.
In its fourth annual report on the state of the advanced biofuel industry, Environmental Entrepreneurs …

Biofuels and the Oil Price, Gloomy Gus, Energy Bear, Express Train to Mood Hell
January 7, 2015 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oil prices are down, energy stocks are plunging, and the investor mood is giving Lord of the Flies a run for its money for mix of peril, fantasy and pessimism. …

Praj Contracts Order for Uganda’s Largest Ethanol Plant from Kakira Sugars
January 7, 2015 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(Praj/PR NewsWire/CNBC)  Sustainable Technology resulting in generation of 50-60% power requirement through captive cogen unit; Employs Praj’s latest ECOSMART technology for multi-product distillery producing fuel ethanol as well as premium grade beverage alcohol; Biocompost from …

Is Cellulosic Ethanol the Next Big Thing in Renewable Fuels?
January 6, 2015 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Sena Christian (EarthIsland.org)   For a long time it seemed like turning the inedible parts of plants into a commercially viable biofuel, known as cellulosic ethanol, was nothing more than a pipedream. The enzymes needed …

RN Wins First Plant for Biofuel Production
January 5, 2015 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Virginia France  (Portalnoar/google translation) The factory, located in Guamaré functioned as technological basis of Petrobras Biofuel and will begin operations for the commercial segment
The Rio Grande do Norte won the first biodiesel plant. With investments …

Fry-Oil Biofuel Businesses Suffer as Gas Prices Fall
January 5, 2015 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Natalie O’Neill  (New York Post)  Plunging oil prices mean lean times for the owners of greasy spoons no longer able to cash in on their excess fats, The Post has learned.   When a barrel of …

Efficient Producers Approved for Expanded Ethanol Production
January 5, 2015 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Nine ethanol producers received approval recently under the U.S. EPA’s efficient producer petition process. It allows those producers to generate renewable identification numbers (RINs) above the registered volume that …

Production of 500 Daily Litres of Bioethanol from Food Waste
January 5, 2015 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

(Investigación y Desarrollo/Alpha Galileo)  From waste generated in the processing of cereals, scientists from the Center for Research and Assistance in Technology and Design of the State of Jalisco (CIATEJ), eastern state of Mexico, have …

Top 10 Bioeconomy and Biofuels Predictions for 2015
January 2, 2015 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we reach the end of 2014? Not the intrepidSS Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and peer into tomorrowland.
1. The Year …

Immobilized Enzyme Technology Enters Commercial Stage
December 31, 2014 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Ahmed Tafesh (TransBiodiesel/Biodiesel Magazine)  TransBiodiesel supplies its flagship product to the biodiesel production industry under the brand name TransZyme A, providing the best use cost when dealing with high-FFA feedstock, delivering greater yields and efficiencies …

Darling to receive $65 Million from Reinstated Tax Credit
December 31, 2014 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Darling Ingredients Inc. announced that it expects to receive about $65 million from the reinstated $1 per gallon federal blenders tax credits for renewable diesel and biodiesel signed into law by President …

Continual Improvements to Continuous Flow Production
December 31, 2014 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Ming Chai and Gus Kellogg (Greenleaf Biofuels/Biodiesel Magazine)   As most biodiesel start-ups will find, the relatively simple academic theory of converting triglycerides into alkyl esters is not so simple in the real world. Add …

Ever-Evolving Biodiesel Technology Developments
December 31, 2014 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) … Even so-called conventional chemical processing is riddled with original approaches and unique twists. A cookie-cutter industry biodiesel is not. While too many technologies exist in this field to report on, …

In Face of Uncertainty, Industry Must Fight On
December 31, 2014 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Joe Jobe (Biodiesel Magazine)  As we put another year in the books, I am extremely proud of how the biodiesel industry came together to respond to the adversity faced in 2014. We have certainly …

Croda Investing in 100% Sustainable Non-ionic Surfactants by Consuming Bio-ethanol
December 31, 2014 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

(Croda)  Croda International Plc, manufacturers of speciality chemical ingredients that enhance everyday consumer and industrial products, today announced its plans to make a significant investment at its Atlas Point manufacturing site in Delaware, North America …

The 41 Weirdest Things Ever Used to Make Biofuels
December 31, 2014 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Bunnies, liposuction fat, Prince Charles’ leftover wine, day-old whale, the human poo bus, fire ants dipped in hexane, old beer, raging fireballs, vibrating blobs, dope, and even the New Orleans …

In Colombia, a Palm Oil Boom with Roots in Conflict
December 31, 2014 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Nick Miroff (The Washington Post)  Long before the massacre, when Mapiripan was just a faraway little place not worth fighting for, Aida Gordilla and her family came to the wide-open grasslands outside town and …

Backers Say Factory Will Buy $26 Million from Farm Sector
December 30, 2014 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Sean Ellis (Capital Press)  The head of a proposed ethanol and food-processing facility near Greenleaf, Idaho, says the plant would purchase $26 million worth of farm commodities from Idaho farmers each year. He also …

2014 Brought Ethanol Both Ups and Downs
December 30, 2014 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Andy Eubank (Hoosier Ag Today)  This year has been one of both good news and bad news for the ethanol industry. Renewable Fuels Association CEO Bob Dinneen says there was enough positive happening to …

Great Lakes Ag Technology Business Incubator Celebrates Opening
December 30, 2014 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

(County of Ottawa, Michigan/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  At a grand opening in early December, Ottawa County, Michigan, announced the official kick‐off of the Great Lakes Ag‐Tech Business Incubator.
The incubator, a non‐profit corporation, will specialize in helping …

Minnesota Ethanol Plant to Produce N-Butanol, Acetone in 2016
December 30, 2014 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The sale of Central MN Ethanol Co-op, a 21 MMgy corn-ethanol plant in Little Falls, Minnesota, closed on Dec. 23. Green Biologics Inc. plans to continue ethanol production until …

Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Aided by Controversial Federal Program
December 30, 2014 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Henry C. Jackson (Capital Press/Associated Press)  The refinery in Hugoton, Kan., built by Seville, Spain-based Abengoa, is the largest cellulosic biorefinery in the world.
At the RV Park he owns in a remote corner of …

FEATURE: Taiwan Regressing in Biofuel, Waste Oil Policy
December 30, 2014 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by  Elizabeth Hsu (Taipai Times) … At a time when most industrialized countries have found bright solutions for dealing with waste cooking oil, Taiwan seems to be stuck in the dark ages, with unethical businesses …

Raizen, Iogen’s Brazilian Cellulosic Ethanol Project, in Pictures
December 30, 2014 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s the world’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol facility utilizing (waste) sugarcane bagasse as a feedstock. And the first of what Raizen says will be a network of seven full commercial-scale …

Yellow Hose Program Brings Price Stability to E85 in Michigan
December 29, 2014 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A Michigan ethanol plant has had success with its Yellow Hose program, blending E85 and supplying area retailers, as well as sales at an on-site fuel pump.
Carbon Green Bioenergy …

Forget “Policy Reform”, “Messaging” Says Industry: Surprises Abound in the 2015 Bioeconomy Agenda Poll Results
December 29, 2014 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Instead, you pointed to “bolt-ons”, “policy stability”, “financing”, “supply chain” and  “focusing on winners” as the advanced bioeconomy imperatives for 2015.
You’ve told us, in many communications, that the industry needs focus — …

PacificAg Can Save Ethanol Plants Time & Money
December 29, 2014 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by Talia Bang (Ag NewsWire)  PacificAg, the country’s largest and most experienced biomass harvest company in the country, can help ethanol plants developing or expanding operations into the production of cellulosic ethanol, save time and …

Q-RINs Emerge in the Renewable Fuels Market
December 29, 2014 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

(Genscape/Biodiesel Magazine)    After the U.S. EPA’s final Quality Assurance Plan rule established a new, unified QAP program over the summer, Q-RINs have been successfully transferred in the RIN market. “[In December] we received confirmation …

10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014: Asia and Oceania
December 29, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The East is Green. Asia is confirmed as “the new Brazil” as project developers head en masse to the friendly receptions in Asian countries — based on energy diversification and …

Biofuels Program under Review
December 29, 2014 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by Riza T. Olchandra (Philippine Daily Inquirer)  Energy authorities are calling for more investments in biofuels as officials review a current program mandating the blending of biodiesel and ethanol in locally distributed diesel and gasoline.
There …

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 …