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Prioritizing the Bioeconomy: Observations on USDA’s 9003 Loan Guarantee Program
July 29, 2015 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Osaretin Omorodion* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Biobased products are a new innovation that are gradually contributing more to the U.S. economy in the forms of alternative fuels, packaging,  plastic substitutes and more. An Economic Impact …

Vt. Farmer Helps Others Produce Biofuels
July 28, 2015 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Carter  (Daily Yonder)  After learning to make biofuel to use on his own farm, John Williamson has expanded his business to help others create their own energy. For Williamson, there’s a diversified income …

Minnesota Electric Co-op Opens Ethanol Plant in North Dakota
July 28, 2015 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  … Dakota Spirit AgEnergy, 78 percent owned by a Minnesota cooperative power company, is a 65 million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant built next to one of the ­electric utility’s coal-fired power plants. It …

United Airlines Invests in Biofuels
July 28, 2015 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(  A few years ago, we were hearing a lot about airlines testing and beginning to run on biofuels (combined with petroleum). With the latest announcements, are we ready for take off?
This summer, United Airlines begins …

What’s U(o)P at UOP? The Renewables Story, Revealed.
July 28, 2015 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … For a decade, it’s (UOP’s) been an unquestioned leader in renewable fuels and chemicals development. Technologies like its HEFA jet fuel conversion (the first certified renewable jet fuel), its Ecofining …

National Biodiesel Board Submits RFS Comments
July 28, 2015 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Calls for Additional Growth in Biodiesel Sector — The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) on Monday called on the EPA to strengthen its proposal for biodiesel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
In extensive …

Ricketts, Reynolds Rally against Feds’ Plan for Ethanol Cut
July 28, 2015 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by  Russell Hubbard (Omaha World-Herald)  In a seldom-seen cross-border stand in support of ethanol, the governors of Nebraska and Iowa on Friday urged an embrace of the corn-derived motor fuel as a crucial local industry …

21st Century Farming: Local Farms Consider Generating Energy
July 28, 2015 – 9:22 am | No Comment

by Sylvia Carignan (Frederick News Post) The future of Frederick County agriculture sits in a plastic tank in a dusty, cow-scented barn outside of Middletown.
South Mountain Creamery’s soybean press takes soybeans and creates soy oil, stored …

Why Airlines Keep Pushing Biofuels: They Have No Choice
July 28, 2015 – 9:10 am | No Comment

by  Jonathan Fahey and Scott Mayerowitz (Associated Press) The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to …

Drilling into Distillation, Dehydration
July 27, 2015 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Companies aim to tweak and transform key systems to reduce energy use and resolve bottlenecks. — Optimization efforts most often look at boosting yield, but as finely tuned and …

Trialing Innovation
July 27, 2015 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry is known to be innovative.  But, whether it’s testing a new feedstock, incorporating a new enzyme, yeast or other fermentation aid, or perhaps tweaking a …

Liquid Light, Coca-Cola Sign Technology Development Agreement
July 27, 2015 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Liquid Light/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Liquid Light announced it has signed a technology development agreement with The Coca-Cola Co. The objective of the agreement is to accelerate the development of Liquid Light’s technology which can make mono-ethylene glycol …

Spain Increases Biofuel Targets to Meet European Standards
July 27, 2015 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(PetrolPlaza)  Spain´s government is setting an increased national target for biofuel or ethanol composition of gasoline and diesel fuels to 8.5% by the year 2020, the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism  —  In an …

World’s Largest Alternative & Renewable Fuels Consulting Group Announces Strategic Alliance with Zeton Inc
July 27, 2015 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(Digital Journal/Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc.)  Lee Enterprises Consulting Adds World Leader in Pilot Plant Design and Fabrication to Team of Experts — Lee Enterprises Consulting, the world’s largest alternative and renewable fuels consulting group, is pleased …

Brazil’s President Rousseff Christens Raizen Cellulosic Biofuels Plant
July 27, 2015 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Iogen’s technology at commercial-scale, and officially open for business.  In Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff launched Iogen Energy’s cellulosic ethanol technology at the official opening of Raízen`s newly expanded Costa Pinto …

4 Minutes with…Pramod Kumbhar, CTO, Praj Matrix R & D Center
July 27, 2015 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Praj provides technology and EPC for ethanol plants and has > 600 references across continents. The focus of Praj Matrix is biotechnology. After seven years of development we have LC …

BIC Project Aims at Commercialization of Cellulosic Sugar Production in Ontario, Canada
July 27, 2015 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Ontario, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada has completed phase 1 of a project to assess the economic viability of the agricultural biomass to cellulosic sugar value chain in Canada.
The Cellulosic Sugar …

Biogas! The Big Cellulosic Fuel Breakthrough?
July 27, 2015 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Already, biogas as a renewable fuel is accounting for 90% of all cellulosic RIN production under the Renewable Fuel Standard.  Food and paper manufacturers, ethanol & biodiesel plants, cities, landfill …

Surplus Biodiesel Equipment Scheduled for Online Auction Ending on Tuesday, August 18
July 22, 2015 – 10:36 am | No Comment

(Maas Companies)  Maas Companies will auction surplus Biodiesel Process Equipment on Tuesday, August 18  via a timed online auction.  The equipment is located at 6683 Cow Creek in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.  Maas Companies specializes in …

New Corn Traits Yield Homegrown Enzymes for Ethanol
July 21, 2015 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Tim Tierneyn (Syngenta)  Plymouth Energy collaborates with corn growers to increase plant efficiency and make ethanol more sustainable. … Sourcing alpha amylase enzyme directly from area corn growers and working with them to enhance grain quality …

Technologies Pitch The Public To Help Them Win SAFE Energy Security Prize: SeaChange Group
July 21, 2015 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

(Securing America’s Future Energy) Today’s low prices at the pump may have many people believing our nation’s energy security problem has been solved, but don’t be fooled. The truth of the matter is energy security …

Poplar-Based Bioethanol Production Awaits Spike In Price Of Crude
July 21, 2015 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dorminey (Renewable Energy World)  As the world’s fastest growing temperate tree species, poplar can add a dozen feet annually and reach maturity in as few as four years.  One of its hybrids, populus …

Red Rock Reaches Agreement with FedEx Express to Provide Biofuels for Renewable, Low-Carbon Jet Fuel
July 21, 2015 – 8:28 am | No Comment

(Red Rock Biofuels LLC)  Red Rock Biofuels LLC, a pioneer in renewable biofuels, announced today that it will produce approximately three million gallons of low-carbon, renewable jet fuel per year for FedEx Express, a subsidiary …

BioPower Operations Corporation’s Subsidiary Green3Power Wins Award to Build a $175 Million Renewable Energy Facility in St. Lucie County, Florida Using the G3P Gasification Technology
July 20, 2015 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

(BioPower Operations Corporation)  BioPower Operations Corporation (OTCQB: BOPO) (“BioPower” or the “Company”) announced today (June 30, 2015) that its wholly-owned subsidiary Green3Power Operations Inc. (G3P) has won the award to build a $175 Million renewable …

Special China Report: 10 Top Advanced Bioeconomy Stories in China and Taiwan
July 20, 2015 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The 10 Biggest Advanced Bioeconomy stories of the year we reported from the world’s second-biggest economic region.
1. DuPont, New Tianlong Industry Co. ink Cellulosic Ethanol pact; China’s first Advanced Renewable …

Fields of Gold Transform Into Biodiesel at Wastewater Treatment Plant
July 20, 2015 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(City of Raleigh)  Deep in the southeastern corner of Wake County are a series of rolling fields that look like they are more suitable for a Van Gogh painting than part of the Raleigh landscape. …

Advocating for Ethanol: Walz Visits Janesville Plant
July 20, 2015 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by Philip Weyhe (Janesville Argus)  First District Congressman Tim Walz, D-Mankato, stopped by Guardian Energy in Janesville Friday morning with his sights set on highlighting ethanol production as an “all-American” and efficient energy solutions service.
After …

Biodiesel Industry Falters; Lack of Support Cited
July 20, 2015 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

by Austin DuVall (Arkansas Business)  Arkansas’ biodiesel industry has failed to live up to its early promise, and Troy Hornbeck says he knows why.
Hornbeck, who with his two brothers, Jon and Jeff, founded Arkansas SoyEnergy …

USDA Overhauls Its Section 9003 Biorefinery Loan Guarantee Program: What’s In It for You?
July 20, 2015 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Mark J. Riedy and Ben Snowden (Kilpatrick Townsend/Biofuels Digest)   The USDA has completely overhauled what used to be known as Biorefinery Assistance Program and now is called the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing …

Ethanol Working to Benefit Brazil, America, the World
July 20, 2015 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Leticia Phillips (UNICA/Ethanol Producer Magazine)    Brazil and the U.S. have a responsibility to collaboratively build a global biofuels market, writes Leticia Phillips of UNICA, following a visit between Brazilian President and President Obama.
In …

Researchers from Israel and Florida Awarded Funding for Biogas
July 17, 2015 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev/Biomass Magazine)  Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel and University of Florida researchers have been awarded a United States-Israel Bi-national Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD) grant to …

High School Students Take Control of Bioethanol Pilot Plant in Mackay
July 17, 2015 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by David Sparkes (ABC Rural)  As the Queensland Government and industry players try to usher in a new era for bioethanol production, a group of high school students have been put through their paces at …

China to License DuPont Technology to Build Ethanol Plant
July 17, 2015 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  DuPont said Thursday it will license its technology to construct the largest cellulosic ethanol manufacturing plant in China.
As part of the agreement with New Tianlong Industry Co., DuPont said …

Johnson Matthey Process Technologies and Rennovia Announce On Time Start-up of Mini-Plant for Bio-Based Glucaric Acid Production Using Jointly Developed Technology
July 17, 2015 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(Rennovia)  Johnson Matthey Process Technologies, a global provider of advanced process technologies, and Rennovia Inc., a privately held company that develops novel catalysts and processes for the cost advantaged production of chemical products from renewable …

Petroleum, Supply Ministries Cooperate to Transform Cooking Oil into Biodiesel
July 15, 2015 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Menna Samir (Daily News Egypt)  …  A protocol agreement to activate the reuse of cooking oil and transform it into biodiesel was signed between the Ministries of Petroleum and Supply, as well as the Alexandria …

Network Rail and Bio-Bean to Produce Green Energy from Station Coffee Waste
July 15, 2015 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

(Power-Technology)  Bio-bean and Network Rail have extended their partnership to start a new recycling project that will turn coffee waste into fuel and will be used to cut down the costs for railway in the …

Crisis in Brazilian Sugarcane Industry with Closures and Redundancies
July 15, 2015 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Marcelo Toledo from Ribeirao Preto (Folha de S.Paulo)  The pessimistic predictions of the Brazilian sugarcane industry for 2015/16 appear to be coming true, with plant closures, redundancies and requests for judicial recovery.  This is …

Blog: Research Projects Look into Low-Lignin Plants
July 14, 2015 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  You may have heard the old joke, “you can make anything out of lignin, except money.” Well, I hope to still be writing about ethanol the day that’s been …

Valero Expands into Ethanol Export Market for 1st Time
July 14, 2015 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Valero Energy Corp, one of the biggest U.S. oil refiners, is preparing to sell ethanol for export for the first time, the company said, betting on the $2 billion overseas market …

IncBio to Supply 22.5 MMgy Biodiesel Plant to Colombia
July 14, 2015 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Portugal-based IncBio has secured an agreement to design and build a 75,000-ton-per-year (22.5 MMgy) biodiesel plant for Biocosta Green Energy S.A. in Santa Marta, Colombia.
The plant will produce biodiesel from …

Vecoplan Awarded Contract to Build Feedstock Processing System for Fulcrum Bioenergy
July 14, 2015 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Vecoplan has executed a fixed-price contract with Fulcrum BioEnergy, to design, engineer, install and commission a municipal solid waste (MSW) feedstock processing system for Fulcrum’s Sierra BioFuels Plant.
Fulcrum has developed a reliable and …

Ethiopia Blends 12.5 Million Liters of Ethanol with Benzene
July 14, 2015 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

(Walta information Center/2Mercato)  Ethiopia has blended 12.5 million liters of ethanol with benzene in the past fiscal year, according to the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy.
Bezuneh Tolecha, Public Relations Head at the Ministry, told …

Couple Found Guilty of Stealing Money for Biodiesel Plant
July 14, 2015 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

(WBIR)  A Knoxville couple is found guilty of taking grant money to create a bio diesel plant, then spending it on themselves.
John Brichetto, CEO of Northington Energy, and his wife, Lisa Horn-Brichetto, were each charged …

Philippines Ethanol Imports to Decline within 2-3 Years: Roxol
July 14, 2015 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Julien Hall (Platts)  Philippines ethanol import volumes will decline in the next few years as domestic production is boosted by a shift from a number of potable ethanol producers towards fuel-grade ethanol, Luis Villa-Abrille, …

EPA Honors Winners of the 20th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards/Innovative Technologies Tackle Climate Change, Water, and Chemical Issues
July 13, 2015 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk and other environmental problems into business opportunities, spurring …

DEINOVE Reaches the Third Milestone of the DEINOL Program and Receives € 1.2 m from Bpifrance
July 13, 2015 – 10:26 am | No Comment

(DEINOVE)  DEINOVE (Alternext Paris: ALDEI), a biotech company developing innovative processes for the production of biofuels and bio-based chemicals using Deinococcus bacteria as host strains, announces that it has reached the third and penultimate milestone …

Steel’s Big Dog Jumps into Low Carbon Fuels: ArcelorMittal, LanzaTech, Primetals Technologies to Construct $96M Biofuel Production Facility
July 13, 2015 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   First plant will produce 14 million gallons per year by 2018; first production train online in 2017.  More plants to come? Up to 150 mgy potential in Europe, ArcelorMittal says; …

Flogas Group Signs Letter of Intent with Sparks-based Alkcon Corporation
July 10, 2015 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

(Alcon Corporation)  Alkcon Corporation (the “Company”), a developer of natural gas
processing equipment, has entered into an exclusivity agreement and a Letter of Intent with Flogas Group
(“Flogas”) of Leicestershire, England. The agreement grants Flogas the exclusive …

EPA Touts Biodiesel Made from Recycled Cooking Oil
July 10, 2015 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Sean Lin (Taipai Times)  The EPA said more than 100,000 tonnes of biodiesel per year are made from recycled cooking oil, which have an estimated total value of about NT$3 billion
The Environmental Protection Administration …

Breaking through the Non-Cooperative Game
July 10, 2015 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Bill Brandon (Biofuels Digest)  Can Cooperation Survive Within a Non-cooperative Economic System?   I say yes it can, but we should not assume it is only a voluntary cooperation. Forty-five years ago we made a …

Advanced Bioeconomy Ventures Raise $1.328 Billion in Past 12 Months, up 5.2%
July 10, 2015 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) 45 deals, 37 companies; deal size jumps 7 percent and Q2 2015 is 15% up over 2014 and 138 percent up over Q1.  Here’s the complete skinny on who got what.

Notable …

What’s up with Algae Now?
July 10, 2015 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … 31 Algae players, what do they make now, and how are they making out? … Here’s our company by company guide to 31 of the players on the scene — project …

Refinery to Turn Fat and Vegetable Oil into Renewable Fuels
July 8, 2015 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Bill Mah (Edmonton Journal)  The company behind a refinery to turn fat and grease into renewable fuels says the pilot plant could soon offer another local market for Alberta farmers and cut greenhouse gas …

This Pond Scum May Fuel Your Airplane
July 8, 2015 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Tom Redmond and Yuko Takeo  (Bloomberg Business)  The future of Japan’s biofuel industry may be pond scum. Or more specifically, green algae that’s swirling around in tanks on a tropical Okinawan island.  That’s what …

Brazilian Producers Plan Big Ethanol Push
July 8, 2015 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

(EFE/Fox News Latino)  Brazil’s ethanol producers called at the Ethanol Summit 2015 in Sao Paulo for bolstering sales of the biofuel, which has lost market share to petroleum derivatives in recent years, in an effort …

Gulf Petrochem to Set up Rs 1,000-crore Ethanol Plant in India
July 8, 2015 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Rachita Prasad (Economic Times/India Times)  Gulf Petrochem will set up a Rs 1,000-crore ethanol manufacturing plant in India, according to a top company executive, as the UAE-headquartered entity seeks to leverage on the government’s mandate …

Why Is EPA Proposing to Continue Delaying the Arrival of Advanced Biofuels?
July 8, 2015 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/Biotechnology Industry Organization)  … Stakeholders are all well aware of the RFS (Renewable Fuel Standard) waiver provision that allows EPA to rewrite the statutory volumes after 2016, if it is required to …

Solar Fuels: Making Hydrocarbon Fuels Directly from CO2 and Sunlight
July 7, 2015 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Drop-in Hydrocarbon fuels made directly by plants? Here. we look at the science and risks of turning an “ability” into an “industrial reality”.
It’s common knowledge that terrestrial plants (and many …

Jobs at Barnawartha Biofuel Plant Saved
July 6, 2015 – 7:33 pm | No Comment

by Nigel McNay (The Border Mail)  Several dozen jobs have been saved at Barnawartha’s biofuel plant.  That follows the amendment of federal legislation last week to change the excise rules for biodiesel.  ARfuels managing director Andrew …

EPA Officials Observe Innovation, Ingenuity at EKAE Plant
July 6, 2015 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Renewable Fuels Association member company East Kansas Agri-Energy recently hosted key officials from the U.S. EPA at its facility in Garnett, Kansas, 70 miles southwest of Kansas City.
EPA personnel toured …

G3P to Develop Waste-to-Diesel Plant in Florida
July 6, 2015 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

(BioPower Operations Corp./Biomass Magazine)  BioPower Operations Corp. has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Green3Power Operations Inc. (G3P) has won an award to build a $175 million renewable energy facility that will convert waste into …

EU Approves Funding for Circular Bioeconomy Projects
July 6, 2015 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

(Bio-based Industries Consortium/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium, has approved the funding of 10 projects totaling €120 million ($132.66 million) to boost …

Missionary Zeal for Ethanol in Roots of NASCAR Sponsor
July 6, 2015 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg/Seattle Times)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which administers the ethanol program, has proposed a sharp cutback in ethanol mandates that were expanded by Congress in 2007. — Jeff Broin’s silhouette shines in the …

Numaligarh Refinery Looks to Develop Oilfields, Export to Myanmar
July 6, 2015 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Bikash Singh (India Times/Economic Times0  … NRL is also exploring the possibility of setting up a bio-refinery in Assam to produce ethanol using non-food biomass resources like bamboo.
It has already inked agreements with governments …

Beer-Based Fuel: It’s One for the Road
July 6, 2015 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Susan Strongman (New Zealand Herald)  In what is claimed to be a world first, from today Aucklanders can top up their cars with Brewtroleum.
Kiwis can now use a beer byproduct to fill their cars, with …

Crews Harvest Crop Residue for Biomass
July 6, 2015 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Amy Bickel (Kansas Agland/The Garden City Telegram)  The wheat field here is shaved down to a schoolboy’s haircut, but Courtney Wilson’s harvest is just beginning.
“I sometimes feel like a door-to-door salesman,” the man admitted as …

3 Biobased Strategies to Beat $60 Oil
July 6, 2015 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oil price predictions are all over the map. So, how are biobased businesses coping when no one quite knows what’s up with the incumbent?
Amyris, Cellerate and Propel Fuels are three …

U.S. Ethanol Makers Race to Expand even with Policy Uncertainty
July 6, 2015 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice and Michael Hirtzer (Reuters) … Betting on exports and robust domestic fuel demand, four companies are finalizing expansions and projects that will add 375 million gallons of corn-based ethanol capacity this year.

Oil refiners have …

Top 10 Lessons Learned Commercializing Advanced Biotechnologies
July 6, 2015 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors/Biofuels Digest) Spending half a billion dollars placing steel in the ground to commercialize advanced biotechnologies for fuels, chemicals and food applications, is the easy part. Doing it successfully is the hard part …

Plan to Convert Deteriorated Rice into Fuel
July 3, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Erich Parpart (The Nation)  The Energy Ministry has been assigned by the government to help off-load around 5.89 million tonnes of deteriorated rice held in stockpiles with the plan at the first stage to convert …

Poplars’ Potential: Rathdrum Prairie Grove Part of Study on Cellulose-Based Biofuel
July 2, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Becky Kramer (The Spokesman-Review)  … A $40 million research project, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is studying poplars’ potential to produce cellulose-based biofuels. The grove north of Hayden is one of four test plots …

California Ethanol Granted $750K Loan from County
July 2, 2015 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Michael Dukes (Imperial Valley Press)  The Imperial County Board of Supervisors approved California Ethanol + Power LLC’s proposal to build an ethanol plant in Imperial County back in 2013, but at the time, significant …

Sao Martinho to Amyris: “We’re out”; Amyris to Sao Martinho: “Whoa, Nelly”
July 2, 2015 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In a Brazilian securities filing, with respect to the Joint Venture between São Martinho and Amyris, Sao Martinho reports “the non-achievement of certain contractual targets by Amyris, impacting the viability of …

Cellulosic Ethanol: Where Are the Gallons? Answers for Your Questions.
July 2, 2015 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Seen a number of high-profile cellulosic projects open in recent years, and not much ethanol being produced?  Wondered why? Here are answers to your questions.
As Jack Webb used to say …

Brazil’s Biofuel Industry Finds New Sweetspot
July 1, 2015 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Gallas (BBC)  … It is widely available in gas stations across the country. The majority of new cars are able to run on either petrol or sugarcane-based ethanol.  The government played a key role …

United to Start Flying Biofuels out of LAX in 2015; AltAir to Supply 15 Million Gallons in 3-Year Deal
July 1, 2015 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, AltAir Fuels will begin regularly scheduled deliveries of sustainable biojet fuel to United Airlines LAX operations this year, the airline announced today.
AltAir’s Paramount, California-based refinery converts sustainable feedstocks, …

Novel Distillation to Be Scaled, Tested by Modular System Builder
June 30, 2015 – 7:56 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Distillation Technologies Inc. and Easy Energy Systems Inc. announced an agreement to build and test DTI’s technology at pilot scale. DTI’s patented and trademarked Bubble Spray Distillation system …

USDA Publishes Rule for Revamped Biorefinery Assistance Program
June 30, 2015 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA’s Rural Business Cooperative Service and Rural Utilities Service has published an interim final rule for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program, formerly known …

Zimbabwe: Biofuels – Zim Losing Billions
June 30, 2015 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Stephen Tsoroti (Financial Gazette/All Africa)  Hamstrung by debilitating liquidity challenges, Zimbabwe is missing the chance to improve its revenue position by neglecting the development of biofuels, a renewable energy expert has noted.
Clement Shonhiwa, a renewable …

Leaked Tape Recordings Unearth the Depth of the New Scandal at Mumias Sugar Company
June 30, 2015 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Paul Wafula (Standard Digital News)  A sting operation conducted at Mumias Sugar Company premises has uncovered an elaborate network through which some of the firm’s employees have been colluding with rogue Kenya Revenue Authority …

Ensyn and Youngstown Thermal Sign RFO™ Biofuel Supply Agreement
June 30, 2015 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(Ensyn)  Ensyn Fuels Inc. (“Ensyn Fuels”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ensyn Corporation (“Ensyn”), has signed a contract with Youngstown Thermal LLC (“Youngstown Thermal”) for the supply of RFO™, Ensyn’s advanced cellulosic biofuel. Ensyn Fuels is …

Emails Show Inslee Administration Discussions With Energy Company On Columbia River Oil Refinery
June 30, 2015 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

by Conrad Wilson & Tony Schick (Northwest Public Radio)  … A Texas-based energy company wants to site a combined crude oil and biofuel refinery in Longview, Washington. The company’s goal is to capitalize on low carbon …

EERE Energy Impacts: Biorefineries Give Local Farmers Opportunities for Additional Income
June 30, 2015 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Valerie Sarisky-Reed (US Department of Energy)   For the past seven years, All-American football player and Iowa farmer Bruce Nelson has been using corn stover—the non-edible corn stalks, husks, and leaves of a corn plant—to …

Cassava-Run Biomass Plant Closer to Fruition
June 30, 2015 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Chan Muyhong (Phnom Penh Post) A planned biomass plant run on cassava in Battambang province looks ever more likely after a trial period with 100 farmers was successfully completed.
Idemitsu Oil & Gas signed a memorandum of …

Houston-Based Company Proposes Ethanol Plant at Port
June 30, 2015 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Steve Clark (Brownsville Herald)  The grain elevator at the Port of Brownsville , though it’s a dominant feature of the landscape, has been out of service for a while.
That might change with a recent …

4 Potential Biofuel Winners From EPA Targeting Aircraft Emissions
June 30, 2015 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Jon C. Ogg  (24/7 Wall Street)  … The EPA is now seeking public input to inform future steps by the agency regarding emissions from the commercial airline sector. While the effort is new, this has …

United Airlines Flies Climate-Friendly Skies with Biofuel Powered Plane
June 30, 2015 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(MalayMailOnline)  — Sometime this summer, a United Airlines flight will take off from Los Angeles International Airport bound for San Francisco using fuel generated from farm waste and oils derived from animal fats. For passengers, …

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Has Forbidden Distillery Plants to Produce Biofuels
June 30, 2015 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(Ukrainian Biofuel Portal)  According to the decree №319 from May 20, 12 distilleries owned by the state have been excluded from the list of companies eligible for the production of bioethanol.
This document  change the decree “On …

Zein Plant Set to Start Production in August
June 30, 2015 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Jeannine Otto (AgriNews)  … Zein is a corn protein, and it’s the subject of the newest building project at Big River Resources.
When the new zein extraction facility is completed, expected in August, it will produce …

Schepisi Bill Allowing Biofuel Production in New Jersey Approved by the Assembly
June 30, 2015 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(RealEstateRama) Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Holly Schepisi paving the way for new jobs for New Jersey workers in the expanding biodiesel industry earned approval from the General Assembly today. “New Jersey’s geographics makes it a …

Amyris Announces Total’s Decision to Proceed With Jet Fuel Joint Venture and Plans to Restructure and Convert $175 Million of Outstanding Convertible Debt for Common Stock
June 30, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(Amyris)  Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS), the industrial bioscience company, today announced that it has agreed on key business terms with Total Energies Nouvelles Activités USA (a wholly owned subsidiary of Total S.A.) (“Total”) for restructuring its …

United Airlines Purchases Stake in Fulcrum BioEnergy with $30 Million Investment
June 30, 2015 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

(United Airlines/PR Newswire)  Airline has opportunity to purchase at least 90 million gallons of sustainable aviation biofuel a year — Single largest investment by a U.S. airline in alternative fuels
United Airlines today announced an historic $30 …

Fueling the Sorghum Ethanol Coproducts Engine
June 29, 2015 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Kelli Fulkerson (Ethanol Producer Magazine/National Sorghum Producers)  Producers work to expand markets for sorghum distillers and oil.
While exports are undeniably the hottest market for grain sorghum right now with China set to buy over …

Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Opportunities Can Enhance Ethanol Projects
June 29, 2015 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Sam A. Rushing (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Advanced Cryogenics Ltd.)  For decades, carbon dioxide has been recovered from concentrated sources like fermentation and sold to a handful of merchant markets, primarily beverage carbonation, food and meat processing. …

Stoves that Save: Poet Partners to Fight Pollution and Deforestation in Haiti with Ethanol Cookstoves
June 29, 2015 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Janna Farley (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Deforestation and pollution have distressed the country’s environment and beauty. The chronic effects of disease, economic instability and social unrest, coupled with the infrastructure devastation from the 2010 earthquake, …

Cracking The Kernel For Higher Value Products
June 29, 2015 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Researchers hope phytate replicates the corn oil extraction success story, but the history of zein shows it can be a slow and difficult road to success.
Diversification of coproducts …

Creating a Quality Image: Improve the Long-Term Storage Stability of Distillers Grains and Distillers Corn Oil
June 29, 2015 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In 15 years of traveling to foreign countries with the U.S. Grains Council to promote distillers grains and now distillers corn oil (DCO), Jerry Shurson says one of the …

Atlantic Biodiesel Opens State-of-the-Art Renewable Fuel Facility in Welland, Ontario
June 29, 2015 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(Atlantic Biodiesel)  Today (June 25, 2015), Atlantic Biodiesel officially opened its state-of-the-art renewable fuel facility located in the Niagara Greenbelt in Welland, Ontario.
“This is an important day for Atlantic Biodiesel and for the greater Welland …

Environmental Life Cycle Impacts of Cellulosic Ethanol in the Southern U.S. Produced from Loblolly Pine, Eucalyptus, Unmanaged Hardwoods, Forest Residues, and Switchgrass Using a Thermochemical Conversion Pathway
June 26, 2015 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jesse Daystar, Carter Reeb, Ronalds Gonzalez, Richard Venditti, Stephen S. Kelley  (Science Direct) Highlights
•Cradle-to-grave environmental impacts of biofuels from five major feedstocks in the Southern U.S.
•Thermochemical conversion pathway studied for ethanol production
•Global warming impacts, eutrophication, acidification, …

EPA Hearings on Renewable Fuel Standard: Testimony of Steve Murphy, GM, POET Biorefining-Laddonia & POET Biorefining – Macon
June 26, 2015 – 10:03 am | No Comment

(Biofuels Digest)  Good afternoon, My name is Steve Murphy and I am the General Manager for two POET Biorefining plants. … I am here to make one and only one point today. What this proposed rule …