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Doing More with Less: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Stora Enso
March 25, 2016 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We knew that Stora Enso has become awesomely serious about the advanced bioeconomy when news emerged in 2014 that the company had acquired Virdia for $33 million with additional potential payouts …

SDSU Works toward Ground-Breaking Way to Fuel Planes
March 24, 2016 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Kelli Gerry (The Collegian)  South Dakota State researchers are working to perfect a process that could allow them to turn mustard seeds into jet fuel for Navy fighter planes.
If people like Bill Gibbons are successful, …

What’s up with Cellulosic Fuels: The Digest’s 2016 March Madness Guide
March 24, 2016 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we conducted a webinar on the state of cellulosic fuels as part of our 2016 March Madness series. You can experience the recorded version of the webinar here.
Meanwhile, …

Aemetis Licenses Edeniq’s Cellulosic Ethanol Technology
March 24, 2016 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In California, Edeniq and Aemetis have entered into a License Agreement under which Aemetis will deploy Edeniq’s Pathway technology at its 60 million gallon per year ethanol production facility located in Keyes, California.
Edeniq’s Pathway Technology …

Greenbelt Resources CEO Visits Cuba — Company Seeks Partners to Deploy Sustainable Energy Technology
March 24, 2016 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources/PR Newswire)  As a result of recent changes to Commerce Department regulations by the Obama administration regarding trade with Cuba, the advanced modular technology available from Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO), an innovator of …

Aemetis Nabs Exclusive California Rights to LanzaTech’s Advanced Ethanol Tech
March 24, 2016 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, news arrived that Aemetis has acquired 12 years of exclusive rights in California (based upon achieving certain milestones) to LanzaTech’s technology for the conversion of agricultural waste, forest …

AST Increases Scale of Wisconsin Research Facility
March 23, 2016 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine) American Science and Technology has completed the scale-up of its biorefinery in Wausau, Wisconsin.
The scale-up increase’s the processing capacity of AST, an emerging technology company in the biochemicals and renewable …

First Midwest Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Is Producing Tank-Car Loads of Fuel
March 23, 2016 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  Poet Inc. is shipping fuel from Iowa facility, which could hit full output by year’s end.  —  Poet Inc., the nation’s first commercial-scale producer of cellulosic ethanol, is shipping the …

Ethanol Bust Adds to U.S. Fuel Glut and Losses Across Corn Belt
March 23, 2016 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg Business) … Back in 2007, when crude oil was headed toward a record $147.27 a barrel, ethanol was being touted as a cheap alternative from abundant domestic resources. The U.S. is the …

Explosive Growth: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Nanocellulose and Its Applications
March 23, 2016 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last year, we reported that  Research & Markets projected the “Nanocellulose Market by Type (Cellulose nanocrystals, Cellulose nanofibrils, cellulose nanocomposites, and others) to reach $250 Million by 2019, signifying annualized CAGR of 19% between …

Is It the perfect Energy Solution? Where Solar, Carbon Capture and Bio Collide
March 23, 2016 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of these days your personal transportation system might look like this. A solar or wind energy facility generates renewable electricity, which is converted into a solar fuel using electrofuel …

Cellulosic Ethanol Will Get Back Up
March 22, 2016 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(RPA News)  Our top story this month is a blunt reminder of how deeply U.S. policy uncertainty cut down and yanked back the progress of commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol over the past few years. The U.S. EPA’s …

Wärtsilä to Deliver Nordic Countries’ Largest Biogas Plant to Produce Fuel for Buses
March 22, 2016 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Finnish energy solutions provider Wärtsilä has been awarded an order to supply the largest biogas liquefaction plant in the Nordic Countries to produce fuel for public transport vehicles.
The supply contract was signed in …

Biodiesel Company Plans Expansion to Fort Pierce
March 22, 2016 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Keona Gardner  (TCPalm)   … Indian River Bio Diesel is seeking city approval to operate a plant that would process 250,000 gallons of its product a month in the now-vacant Egan packinghouse, 1103 N. Second …

AVA-CO2’s Move to Replace Formaldehyde Shows the Endurin’ Allure in Furans
March 22, 2016 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In June 2014 the 6th adaptation to technical and scientific progress of the CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) directive was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. This …

In Fish Fry Season, Oil Finds another Use as Homemade Fuel
March 21, 2016 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Grant Gerlock (Harvest Public Media)  … Fridays between Ash Wednesday and Easter you’ll find hundreds of hungry parishioners lining up at church fish frys around the Midwest.  All of that frying uses up vegetable oil that …

Study Says Ethanol Harms Corn Counties
March 21, 2016 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Ann Purvis (Heartland Institute)  … (A) new study from researchers at Strata Policy (SP) and the Institute of Political Economy (IPE) at Utah State University suggests RFS also harms the very farmers the ethanol mandate …

‘Ethanol Blending in Petrol Can Cut down Crude Import’
March 21, 2016 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Daily Hunt)  Concerned over slow progress of ethanol blending in petrol and diesel, a parliamentary committee has expressed that the government should implement the Ethanol Blending Programme in order to cut down on crude oil …

Bringing up the Throttle on Cellulosic Ethanol
March 18, 2016 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen and Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Although there are challenges facing the second generation ethanol industry, progress is being made — U.S. EPA data shows 2.18 million cellulosic ethanol D3 RINs (renewable identification …

Low Oil Prices Drying up Ethanol Producers’ Profits
March 18, 2016 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller and Christopher Doering (Iowa City Press-Citizen)  Ethanol producers across the Corn Belt are being battered by tumbling gasoline prices and a glut of the corn-based fuel, pushing some companies to consider scaling back production …

NREL Updates Survey of Advanced Biofuel Producers in the United States
March 18, 2016 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) updated its annual survey of U.S. non-starch ethanol and renewable hydrocarbon biofuels producers. The survey report, titled 2015 Survey of Non-Starch Ethanol and Renewable Hydrocarbon …

No Pain, No Gain: A Tale of Three Companies, Pacific Ethanol, BioAmber and TerraVia at a crossroads
March 18, 2016 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … a fascinating look at the evolution in the fuels, renewable chemicals, specialty products and nutrition that make up the advanced bioeconomy.  …  The most spectacular news of the week belonged …

Commentary: Implementing The Electric RFS
March 18, 2016 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lemon and Michael Lemon (BioCycle/Biogas Researchers, Inc.)  Michael Lemon describes steps to move EPA forward on the RFS renewable electricity pathway on Tuesday, April 5 at BioCycle WEST COAST16.
…   Steps to expand deployment of …

Many Agree: Hyacinth’s a Gas
March 16, 2016 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Reed Fujii  (Recordnet.com)  Water weed holds promise as biofuel  —  Water hyacinth, the invasive water weed that carpets San Joaquin Delta channels in the warm season, choking out native species, degrading water quality, blocking …

DE-FOA-0001481: Request for Information (RFI): Understanding Scale-Up and Operation Challenges for Integrated Biorefinery Optimization
March 16, 2016 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) seeks feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on …

Illegal UCO Cartels Hinder Biofuel Program: Observers
March 16, 2016 – 10:47 am | No Comment

by Anton Hermansyah (The Jakarta Post)  The illegal activity of passing off used cooking oil (UCO) as non-brand cooking oil (NBCO), which is allegedly becoming widespread on a massive scale in the country, may be disrupting …

Ethanol Industry Contributed $2.1 Billion to Minnesota’s Economy in 2015
March 16, 2016 – 10:41 am | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Minnesota’s ethanol industry contributed $2.13 billion to the state’s gross domestic product in 2015, according to a new study by ABF Economics.
The study, commissioned by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association, said the industry …

Going to Scale: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Avantium
March 16, 2016 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BASF and Avantium have now signed a letter of intent and entered into exclusive negotiations to establish a joint venture for the production and marketing of furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA), as …

EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Objectives Will Be Missed without Biofuels
March 15, 2016 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Peder Holk Nielsen (Novozymes/EurActiv)  If Europe is serious about its climate commitments, and if Europe wants to reduce its dependence on imported oil, then we need to increase the amount of low-carbon biofuels in …

Cassava May Help Support Ethanol Needs
March 15, 2016 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Apornrath Phoonphongphiphat (Bangkok Post) Rising ethanol demand this year, coupled with expected sugar-cane production cuts due to the severe drought, are likely to force ethanol producers to switch to cassava as their feedstock instead of …

Tyton BioEnergy Systems Announces Technology Breakthrough, New Method for Turning Plant Oils into Jet Fuel
March 15, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(Tyton/Digital Journal)  Tyton BioEnergy Systems announced today a major technological advancement in the production of sustainable jet fuel. Tyton filed a patent application for a new method and system of converting oil extracted from plant …

Building a Bioethanol Coalition in the Fight Against Climate Change
March 15, 2016 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Jan Koninckx (DuPont/Biofuels Digest) … (O)ur call is clear: we must act with the utmost urgency as we work toward solutions to help slow man-made climate change. Transportation contributes a quarter of all man-made …

R20 and WRI, a Roadmap to Zero Waste and Sustainable Investing
March 15, 2016 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by James L. Stewart (California’s BioEnergy Producers Association/Technikon/Biofuels Digest) A major worldwide effort is underway through the non-profit organization R20 Regions of Climate Action to assist sub-national states and jurisdictions in developing projects that promote clean energy and …

BIODEX-SA First in Tunisia to Earn RSB Certification
March 14, 2016 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

(PRLog/Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  BIODEX-SA, a company based in Tunisia, earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification for the production of biodiesel. BIODEX-SA is the first company to collect waste oils and transform them …

Optimizing Biofuel Production from Algae Using CO2 Emissions
March 14, 2016 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

(American Chemical Society)  … Now, a team reports in ACS’ journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research an optimized way of producing biofuel from algae that also removes CO2 emissions from the environment.

Eusiel Rubio-Castro and colleagues developed a mathematical …

Canadian Company to Produce New Kind of Biodiesel
March 14, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Edmonton, Canada-based SBI BioEnergy plans to commercially produce a new biofuel capable of completely replacing diesel by the end of the year, at a lower cost than existing renewable fuels.
SBI is in the …

Biofuel or Biofraud? The Vast Taxpayer Cost of Failed Cellulosic and Algal Biofuels
March 14, 2016 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Almuth Ernsting (Independent Science News) … The disastrous experience with Fischer-Tropsch biofuels is just one part of a much larger failure of cellulosic and algal biofuels, on which billions of dollars of public subsidies have been …

Farmer-Owned Ethanol Plant Outlasts Many of Its Competitors
March 14, 2016 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Sean Pratt (The Western Producer)  A small farmer-owned ethanol plant in northwestern Iowa has accomplished what many other companies have been unable to do.  Quad County Corn Processors broke new ground July 1, 2014, …

“Call Me TerraVia”: Solazyme Transforms, Shakes up and Refinances
March 14, 2016 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Solazyme undergoes Focus Reassignment Surgery and re-emerges as TerraVia. Industrials to spin off, nutrition the focus now.  The what, the why, and the “why now?”
In California, Solazyme said that it …

Scientists Turn to GMOs in Search of Better Biofuels
March 14, 2016 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Christina Maza (Christian Science Monitor) … Now, researchers across the US are pouring resources into discovering whether it’s possible to produce sustainable biofuel through selective plant breeding and genetic modification. That technique, which has generated …

Korean Company Enters JV to Produce Bioethanol in Laos
March 11, 2016 – 9:47 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  South Korea’s TN Energy has entered into an agreement with Lao State Fuel to set up a joint venture (JV) to produce Power Gasoline-branded bioethanol fuel.
The JV, to be called Lao K-tech, will …

The Big Year Dawns: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Amyris
March 11, 2016 – 9:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Amyris reported Q4 revenues of $9.6mn and a net loss for Q4 of $41.9 million ($34 million after elimination of non-recurring items), well below Wall Street consensus estkmates …

One if by Land, Two if by Sea, Three if by Air: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Honeywell UOP renewable fuels technology
March 10, 2016 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating …

Fly the Eco-Friendly Skies: United to Launch 50% Jet Biofuels on LAX-SFO Route
March 10, 2016 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, United Airlines will be using jet biofuels produced by AltAir using Honeywell UOP technology on up to 150 flights a day out of Los Angeles, the Digest has …

Biodico Trains Future Bioenergy Leaders To Excel in Green Economy, Drive Local Job Growth
March 9, 2016 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

(Biodico/BusinessWire)  Program Part of Commitment to Spur Job Growth in San Joaquin Valley; Train Engineers in Next-Generation Bioenergy Technologies — Internship Program Aligns with Curricula at University of California Santa Barbara and West Hills Community College
To …

The PLA Story: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Polylactic Acid Markets
March 9, 2016 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As we look this week at markets for cellulosic sugars, this classic powerpoint that outlined the case and markets for biobased polylactic acid came to mind.
We’ll not debate whether PLA …

Comet Biorefining Picks up $10.9M SDTC Grant for Low-Cost, Non-Food, Bio-Based Sugars Project
March 9, 2016 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Sustainable Development Technology Canada awarded Comet Biorefining a CA$10.9 million grant for the construction of its first-of-a-kind advanced bio-based chemicals plant. Located in Sarnia, Ontario, the plant will …

Ethanol Contributed $2B to Minnesota’s Economy
March 9, 2016 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  A new study by ABF Economics found that the ethanol industry in Minnesota contributed $2.13 billion to the state’s gross domestic product in 2015. The report also found the industry generated …

‘Digester’ Turns Supermarket Produce Waste into Liquid Fertilizer
March 9, 2016 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Tom Leyde (The Californian)  The invention of a digester that turns supermarket produce waste into liquid fertilizer is on the cusp of revolutionizing the farming industry.
It is the brainchild of Dan Morash, founder of …

BDI Subsidiary Reopens Expanded Distillation Research Center
March 9, 2016 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) UIC GmbH, a subsidiary of Austrian biodiesel technology provider BDI-BioEnergy International AG, has just reopened its expanded and modernized research center near Frankfurt, Germany, in Alzenau. According to BDI, UIC is …

RFA Analysis Finds Improvement of Corn Ethanol Net Energy Balance
March 8, 2016 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  An analysis conducted by the Renewable Fuels Association and released March 7 finds the net energy balance of corn-based ethanol at U.S. dry mill biorefineries averages 2.6–2.8, an improvement over previous estimates, …

Chasing Viability: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to the Abengoa Viability Plan
March 8, 2016 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Last month, Abengoa Bioenergy US Holding, LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri on behalf of itself and 5 of its …

“Lack of Collateral” Damage: Abengoa’s Descent into Fiscal Hell, and Its Hopes for Redemption
March 8, 2016 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Last week, we reported that potential buyers of Abengoa Bioenergy’s six first generation ethanol facilities have been looking at acquiring the assets even before the company’s announcement that they would …

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Obligation Reduces Biodiesel Sales
March 8, 2016 – 11:27 am | No Comment

(Union for Promoting Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) google translation) The Union for Promoting Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) feel their expectations to those established in Germany by 1 January 2015 greenhouse gas mitigation through the …

A Conversation with US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
March 8, 2016 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Industrial Biotechnology)  … My current assessment is that there exists an unlimited sense of opportunity in the biobased products and bioenergy sector. I look at the work being done at the USDA, which is extensive and …

Biofuel Manufacturer to Invest US$95 Million in Jamaican Plant by 2017
March 8, 2016 – 10:27 am | No Comment

(South Florida Caribbean News)  As renewable energy demands increase globally, biofuel developer Benchmark Renewable Energy LLC has officially announced plans to develop a large scale bio-ethanol operation in Jamaica.
The company has confirmed that the project …

Whatever Happened to Jatropha, and All Those Other Wonder Feedstocks?
March 7, 2016 – 10:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … If jatropha faltered, never mind, went the argument, we’ll always have switchgrass. Or giant miscanthus, or pongamia, or poplar, or camelina. The list could get really long. For example, try …

Biogas in Europe: Current Situation and Perspectives
March 4, 2016 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Dan Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  This article is the result of a technical trip to Germany and the UK to participate in strategic meetings and visit labs; to attend seminars, an expo, a short …

Velocys: Study Commences on UK-Based Waste-to-Liquids Plant
March 4, 2016 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(Velocyc/Biomass Magazine)  Velocys plc, the company at the forefront of smaller scale gas-to-liquids (GTL), is pleased to announce the commencement of an initial engineering study on the development of a new waste-to-liquids (WTL) project in …

€2.1 Trillion and Counting: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Europe’s Bioeconomy
March 4, 2016 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In the EU, the European bioeconomy is generating 18.3 million jobs and driving €2.1 trillion in annual revenue in the E28, says nova-insitut, in report for the Bio-based Industries Consortium just …

€2.1 Trillion Revenues and 18.3M Jobs: The European Bioeconomy, Demystified
March 4, 2016 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the EU, the European bioeconomy is generating 18.3 million jobs and driving €2.1 trillion in annual revenue in the E28, says nova-insitut, in report for the Bio-based Industries Consortium …

Arizona High School Students Take Part in Biodiesel Project
March 3, 2016 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(Arizona Charter Academy/Biodiesel Magazine)  Thanks to the hard work and dedication of a high school math and science teacher from Arizona Charter Academy and a group of enthusiastic high school students, a diesel bus will …

Corn Ethanol: The Rise and Fall of a Political Force
March 3, 2016 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Tristan R. Brown (The Conversation) The 2016 primary race is defying conventional wisdom, with erstwhile fringe candidates competitive in the polls despite their unorthodox policy positions. The Iowa Republican Caucus provided additional material for this storyline …

Implementation of 1st Project of Extraction and Export of Bio-Ethanol
March 3, 2016 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(Agence Tunis Afrique Presse)  A contract on the implementation of a project of cane cultivation to extract and export bio-ethanol was signed Friday in Tunis by the Ministry of Development and International Co-operation and the …

Portable Biodiesel Refinery on Display at GLOBE 2016
March 3, 2016 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

(Exchange Magazine)  Visitors to the GLOBE Innovation Expo will get an up-close look at a made-in-B.C. portable biofuel refinery built inside a standard 20-foot shipping container. BioCube has successfully deployed its refinery on remote sites …

Boardman Biorefinery Gets $11 Million USDA Backing
March 2, 2016 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by George Plaven (East Oregonian)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is stepping up with an $11 million loan to build a new biorefinery in Boardman.   —  With financing in place, a Minnesota-based energy company …

Sugar-Cane Fuel Wins In Brazil As Cheap Ethanol Beats Gasoline
March 2, 2016 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Bloomberg/European Supermarket Magazine) Brazil’s economic and political crises are proving to be a boon to one of the nation’s most embattled sectors: ethanol producers.
Drivers, who used to switch between ethanol and gas depending on the price …

IKEA Joins Advanced Bioeconomy via Newlight Deal
March 2, 2016 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Sweden, IKEA and Newlight Technologies have entered into a supply, collaboration, and technology license agreement that will supply IKEA with Newlight’s AirCarbon and enable IKEA to produce AirCarbon thermoplastic …

Leaf Resources Expands Equity Stake in ZeaChem, Signs JV to Develop Celluosic Sugars Project in US
March 1, 2016 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, Leaf Resources and ZeaChem signed a joint venture agreement to establish a Glycell based project in the USA. The new agreenent advances the relationship between the two companies …

New Resource for Farmers: A Legal and Regulatory Overview of On-Farm Biodiesel Production in Vermont
February 29, 2016 – 7:40 pm | No Comment

(VTDigger.org)  Vermont Law School research commissioned by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund will help reach biodiesel goals of Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan  —  A new report, On-Farm Biodiesel Production in Vermont: Legal and Regulatory Overview, …

White Mountain Biodiesel Announces Plans to Expand Plant Capacity and Begin Direct Sales of Biodiesel to Retail Customers
February 29, 2016 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

(White Mountain Biodiesel) NBB member White Mountain Biodiesel, LLC announced today that it has begun the expansion of its plant in North Haverhill, NH. The expansion, which will occur over the next two years, will …

Stimulating Investment To Grow the Biobased Economy
February 29, 2016 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  … The challenge our industry faces right now is to continue building investment in the biobased economy. That can be accomplished with both policy and non-policy activities.

On the policy …

Benefits and Ordeals of a Biofuel Project in Nigeria
February 29, 2016 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Oladunjoye A. Waleola (Avandith Renewable Energy Limited Nigeria; special to Advanced Biofuels USA)  Avandith Renewable Energy Limited Nigeria is a company deeply involved in Jatropha curcas cultivation as well as biofuel production. We have …

DOE Posts Presentations from Hydrogen, Hydrocarbons, and Bioproduct Precursors from Wastewaters Workshop
February 27, 2016 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

The Hydrogen, Hydrocarbons, and Bioproduct Precursors from Wastewaters Workshop was held March 18–19, 2015, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Washington D.C. offices. Sponsored by the DOE’s Bioenergy and …

Ensyn Biocrude Receives CARB Approvals for Refinery Coprocessing
February 27, 2016 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Ensyn Corp.’s chief technology officer Barry Freel announced the company has been granted key regulatory approvals by California Air Resources Board pursuant to the low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) on …

Gevo Signs Licensing and Joint Development Agreements With Porta
February 26, 2016 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

(GEVO)  Gevo and Porta Are Targeting the Construction of at Least Four Isobutanol Plants in Argentina; First Plant to be Wholly Owned by Porta, With a Targeted Production Capacity of Up to Five Million Gallons …

Bio Plant for Handling Household Waste to Be Built in UK
February 26, 2016 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(DONG Energy/Biomass Magazine)  A world first bio plant for handling unsorted household waste will be built in Northwich, Cheshire by DONG Energy.
It will be the first bio plant in the world to handle unsorted household …

Ethanol Fuels Missouri Corn Checkoff Success
February 26, 2016 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Benjamin Herrold (Missouri Farmer Today)  Gary Marshall has seen how the Missouri corn checkoff has shaped the industry and impacted farmers. Marshall, the CEO of the Missouri Corn Growers Association and the Missouri Corn Merchandising …

DSM’s Welsh Talks Company’s Plans to Shift Investments to China
February 26, 2016 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Monica Trauzzi (OnPoint/E&E TV)  As the renewable fuel standard continues to face legal and legislative challenges, advanced biofuels companies are seeking alternative investment markets. During today’s OnPoint, Hugh Welsh, president of DSM North America, …

Abengoa Bioenergy Files for Chapter 11 for Parent and 5 Subsidiaries
February 25, 2016 – 8:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Missouri, Abengoa Bioenergy US Holding, LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri on behalf of itself and 5 of its …

Zeitgeist at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference
February 25, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

 
by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  You might think that annual conferences feel the same year after year. Not true.  One of the reasons to attend conferences is to get an update on the dynamic …

Raizen Has Lowest Price as Cellulosic Ethanol Hinges on Feedstock Cost
February 24, 2016 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research/MarketWired)  Of the Six Existing Commercial Cellulosic Ethanol Facilities, Raizen’s Projected Price of $2.17 per Gallon Is Lowest, as Innovations Help Bring Next-Generation Biofuels to Market, Says Lux Research
Six companies have now brought cellulosic …

UW Scientists Team up with Big Oil to Develop Renewable Jet Fuel
February 24, 2016 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Content  (Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel)  …  In one project among several around the nation, ExxonMobil is working with researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on technology to bring down the cost of renewable …

India’s HPCL Eyes Bihar Sugar Mills for Captive Ethanol Production
February 24, 2016 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Ajoy K Das (ICIS News)  India’s Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) is keen to venture into sugar production, making it the first among the country’s oil refiner-marketer to seek captive ethanol capacity through acquisition, a …

IEA and GBEP Launch Bioenergy and Water Paper
February 24, 2016 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Italy, IEA Bioenergy and the Global Bioenergy Partnership have published the “Examples of Positive Bioenergy and Water Relationships,” which includes examples that illustrate an encouraging variety both in terms …

High Margin Alternatives to Petroleum: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Earth Energy Renewables
February 24, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Earth Energy Renewables is a company focused on commercializing bio-based chemicals and fuels. The company has demonstrated success in creating high-margin green alternatives to petroleum-based products.  With a robust technology …

Putting Corn in Your Car Isn’t as Crazy as It Sounds
February 23, 2016 – 8:15 pm | One Comment

by Nathanael Johnson (Grist)  When I first looked at the environmental impact of corn ethanol I thought it was simple: Grow an acre of corn for fuel and it means you have to grow another …

Powerful Crap: The Quest to Turn Smelly Sewage into Sweet Biodiesel
February 23, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by David MacNeal (Ars Technica)  The facility smell? “That’s money,” Todd French says. “That’s what it smells like.” —  “By the time it gets here, David, it’s no longer my poop,” says microbiologist Todd French …

German Sugarbeet Consumption for Ethanol Jumps 9% in 2015
February 23, 2016 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, sugarbeet led the way in 2015 with 9% more used for ethanol production than the previous year, while production from feed grain fell nearly 2%, with overall production …

Ensyn Chairman Dr. Robert Graham Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at ABLC 2016
February 23, 2016 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, Ensyn Chairman Dr. Robert Graham has received the 2016 Holmberg Award for Lifetime Achievement in Bioenergy.  …  Commenting on the award, Jim Lane said “Bob Graham founded Ensyn in …

7 Megatrends for the Bioeconomy
February 23, 2016 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Where is the bioeconomy headed? In the annual State of the Industry briefing at the 2016 Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference, the Digest presented a survey on that topic.
Here are the …

Second-Generation Biofuel Markets: State of Play, Trade and Developing Country Perspectives
February 23, 2016 – 9:56 am | No Comment

(United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)  UNCTAD’s first report on the state of biofuel technologies in 2007 highlighted a sector with great potential, but at the time that was a long way off from …

A.G. Schneiderman Reaches Agreement With Buffalo Biodiesel Over Lawsuits Targeting Small Businesses
February 22, 2016 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

(Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman)  Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced an agreement with Buffalo Biodiesel, a company that collects cooking oil waste and converts it into biodiesel, over claims that the company filed …

Duckweed to Biofuel Plant to Set up in Sparta, Ga.
February 22, 2016 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/Florida Times Union)  $4 million facility would convert duckweed in wastewate treatment ponds to fuel, officials say — WMAZ-TV reports officials in Sparta announced Wednesday that Duckweed USA will be setting up shop at the …

Alliance BioEnergy: CTS Pilot Plant Producing Cellulosic Sugar
February 22, 2016 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(Alliance BioEnergy Plus/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. is pleased to announce that the CTS pilot plant located at the company’s subsidiary Ek Laboratories, is now running the complete conversion process from raw feedstock …

Report: Energy Efficiency of Ethanol Continues to Improve
February 22, 2016 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Reports recently published by the USDA Office of the Chief Economist and the University of Missouri’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute demonstrate that ethanol production continues to become …

Comet Biorefining to Build Biomass Sugar Plant in Ontario
February 22, 2016 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

(Comet Biorefining/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Comet Biorefining Inc. has announced the location of its commercial-scale biomass-derived sugar facility in the TransAlta Energy Park in Sarnia, Ontario.  The 60 million pounds per year plant will come online in …

Cellulosic Ethanol Falls A Few Billion Gallons Short
February 22, 2016 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Energy Trends Insider) … From zero commercial production in 2006, (Vinod) Khosla foresaw the first 100 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol hitting the market in 2008 (see Slide 78), ramping rapidly to 2.5 …

Book Review: Biofuels, Food Security and Developing Economies
February 22, 2016 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

(merinews)  …  Giving the intensity of debate of food versus fuel debate, Naziz (Mintz-Habib)’s fascinating study explores how and in what circumstances Biofuel crops contribute to either perpetuating or alleviating poverty and food in security …

Promising Jet Fuel Market Looms for Upgraded Bioethanol, Butanol
February 22, 2016 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Kapil Lokare (Lee Enterprises/Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Jet Fuel Potential  — Another large-scale market attracts developers in alcohol-to-jet fuel blends. For example, a Boeing 747 consumes approximately 1 gallon of fuel per second. Over the course of …

Meeting the California Low Carbon Challenge
February 22, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Susanna Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Eighty-nine ethanol producers west of the Mississippi River prepare for the revised LCFS.  … After a couple of years in limbo due to challenges to the Low Carbon Fuel …

Analyst: Biofuels Consolidation Will Continue in 2016
February 22, 2016 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

(Ocean Park Advisors/Ag Professionals)  … “Our experience leads us to believe there will be an increased number of owners and boards of renewable fuel companies evaluating their options in 2016, if not testing the market for …

American Chemical Society Launches Biochemical Technology Leadership Roundtable
February 22, 2016 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the American Chemical Society in cooperation with LanzaTech, Intrexon and other leading bio-based chemical companies, announced at ABLC the formation of a Biochemical Technology Leadership Roundtable. This collaboration …

Protein and Perfume: At ABLC, Even Less of a Focus on Fuels
February 22, 2016 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by Pavel Molchanov (Raymond James/Biofuels Digest)  This week, we attended the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference, a major annual gathering of firms in the bioindustrial space. As we noted in our conference recap from March 2015, the …

US Aims at 30% Penetration of Biomass Carbon in US Transport by 2030: New Federal Report Debut at ABLC 2016
February 22, 2016 – 10:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, the Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee has recommended “targeting a potential 30% penetration of biomass carbon into the U.S. transportation market by 2030 in a sustainable and cost-effective manner to create …

GFBiochemicals Acquires Segetis, Enters the US Market
February 19, 2016 – 8:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, GFBiochemicals announced at ABLC 2016 that it has acquired the assets and intellectual property of Segetis, a US-based, venture-backed levulinic acid derivatives producer Segetis has more than 50 patents …

Comet to Build 30K Ton Biomass Sugar Plant in Ontario
February 19, 2016 – 7:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, Comet Biorefining announced at ABLC 2016 the location of its commercial-scale biomass-derived sugar facility in the TransAlta Energy Park in Sarnia, Ontario. The 60 million pounds per year …

Bailout the US Shale Oil/Gas Industry or Fund Clean Sustainable Renewable Transportation? A New Way of Looking at the Options. Press Release
February 16, 2016 – 10:45 am | No Comment

For Immediate Release February 12, 2016—Frederick, MD Advanced Biofuels USA correspondent Robert E. Kozak analyses the potential for a reinvigorated US shale oil/gas industry with and without government subsidies; and compares it to the potential for near-term …

Harnessing the Power of Biology: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Genomatica
February 16, 2016 – 10:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  1. Harnessing the power of biology to unlock new alternative feedstocks.  —  Genomatica is a widely-recognized technology leader for the chemical industry, and for four years running has been the #1-ranked …

Researchers ‘Explode’ Sugar Beet Cells for Faster Fermentation
February 15, 2016 – 8:44 pm | No Comment

(Wageningen University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The European ERA-NET innovation project ChemBeet is developing a very promising technology in which cells are exploded to create a faster and cheaper fermentation process.
“The sugar from sugar beet can be …

Technology Harnesses Waste Gases for Power
February 15, 2016 – 8:32 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Castro (Alain Castro, CEO of Irvine, California-based Ener-Core) means he believes Ener-Core’s patented Power Oxidizer, which turns low-value industrial waste gases into base-load, on-site power, is poised to …

Oil Rout to Spark U.S. Ethanol Consolidation, Green Plains Says
February 15, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg/Chicago Tribune)  The cheapest crude oil prices in 12 years could spark a wave of ethanol industry mergers in 2016, Green Plains Inc., a producer of the biofuel, said Thursday.
So far this …

Abu Dhabi Goes Green! Used Cooking Becomes Biodiesel in New Project
February 15, 2016 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Sarvy Geranpayeh  (Albawaba)  Tadweer, the Centre of Waste Management Abu Dhabi, has launched an initiative to convert household’s cooking oil waste into biodiesel for vehicles.
The project has been started in Abu Dhabi’s Al Raha area …

Biofuel Company with Polygamous Ties Spent Big on Utah Politicians even as Frauds Were Found
February 15, 2016 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Nate Carlisle and Brian Maffly (The Salt Lake Tribune)  Federal agents raided offices of Washakie and Kingstons amid claims the company hasn’t actually manufactured its own biofuels.  —  The storage tanks Washakie Renewable Energy …

Energy Department Requests Information on Biofuels & Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities
February 15, 2016 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking input from industry, academia, national laboratories, and other biofuels and bioproducts stakeholders to identify existing pilot- or process development-scale facilities with the capability to …

Flint Hills Resources Licenses Edeniq’s Pathway Technology
February 15, 2016 – 10:42 am | No Comment

(Edeniq)  Edeniq’s Pathway Technology produces cellulosic ethanol, enhances yield, and increases oil recovery  —  Edeniq, Inc., a biorefining and cellulosic technology company, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Flint Hills Resources, a …

ARA Ships 100% Drop-In Biofuels for Navy Certification
February 15, 2016 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, ARA completed the delivery of over 150,000 gallons of 100% drop-in jet and diesel fuel to fulfill its DLA/US Navy certification fuel contract, two months ahead of schedule. …

Options, Values, and Benefits to Adding CO2 Recovery to Existing and Planned Ethanol Plants
February 15, 2016 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Sam Rushing (Biofuels Digest/Advanced Cryogenics, Ltd.)  The long term sustainability of first generation ethanol facilities, through advanced biofuels plants, is realized by making money from all the by-products; and of course, CO2 is one …

Chempolis’ Cellulosic Ethanol Technology Heads for Commercial-Scale in India
February 15, 2016 – 9:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Chempolis’ multi-year quest to build cellulosic ethanol in India finds a happy landing.  —  In India, €110 million joint venture cellulosic ethanol project of Chempolis Ltd and Numaligarh Refinery Limited …

After the Fall: Rebuilding US Liquid Fuel Production – Invest in Our Land or the Shale Oil Fields? (Part 2 of 2)
February 12, 2016 – 11:20 am | No Comment

Efforts to promote a sustainable use of natural resources are not a waste of money, but rather an investment capable of providing other eco­nomic benefits in the medium term. If we look at the larger …

Cool Planet Raises $9m to Commercialize Co2 Sequestering Biocarbon Soil Input
February 11, 2016 – 9:53 pm | No Comment

by Louisa Burwood-Taylor (AgFunder News)  Cool Planet, the biocarbon and biofuel producer, has raised $9 million in extra funding to commercialize its soil amendment product CoolTerra, which just earned a USDA Certified Biobased Product Label.

But …

India’s First Biofuel Refinery to Be Ready by 2019
February 11, 2016 – 9:40 pm | No Comment

by Supratim Dey (Business Standard)  With Indian oil marketing companies (OMCs) witnessing a surge in the requirement of bio-fuel, as national policies mandate certain percentage of its blending with petrol and diesel, India within next three years …

Egregor Plans Ethanol Plant in Northern Russia
February 11, 2016 – 9:19 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Egregor Biotech and Evolution Group is planning to construct a bioethanol plant in the forest-rich Komi Republic in Northern Russia.
The plant would process 400,000 tpy of unusable timber and sawmill residues into 100,000 …

Chinese Energy Giant Plans €1bn Biofuel Plant in Northern Finland
February 10, 2016 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

(YLE)  The Chinese firm Kaidi announced that it wants to build a big biodiesel refinery in Kemi. Kaidi Finland’s CEO says this signals a new phase in Finnish industrial history, driven by the need to …

Queensland Government Eyes Biofuels Fund to Help Economy
February 10, 2016 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The Australia-based Queensland Government is to investigate the establishment of a biofutures industry development fund, which would look to financially assist first mover investment in the biofuels industry.
According to local news website Daily …

Howell Says 2016 May Be Busiest Year Yet for Biodiesel at ASTM
February 10, 2016 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  An abundance of ASTM and ISO biodiesel activities may make 2016 the busiest year yet at the standards organizations, said National Biodiesel Board senior technical advisor Steve Howell. At the …

Farmers Optimistic about Corn Stalk Sugar Mill Plans
February 10, 2016 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(The Observer)  A group of Southwestern Ontario farmers are one step closer to building a sugar mill for corn stalks and other plant matter, to help boost their bottom lines and attract more biochemical plants …

Affordable, Drop-In Hydrocarbons from Wood: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to CRI/GTI’s IH2 process
February 9, 2016 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The IH2 process was developed by Gas Technology Institute (GTI) of Des Plaines, Illinois—a research, development, and training organization serving energy markets.  GTI experts invented, tested, and patented IH2 technology and are …

DuPont Says RFS Volumes Put Company’s Cellulosic Ethanol Investments at Risk
February 9, 2016 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

(DTN/Progessive Farmer/KTIC Radio)  DuPont filed a motion Friday to intervene in a lawsuit seeking review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest Renewable Fuel Standard volumes, arguing the final volume requirements put the company’s cellulosic ethanol …

Nigeria: Investing in an Ethanol Plant for Export
February 9, 2016 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Uba Godwin  (This Day/AllAfrica.com/Global Trust Consulting Group)  Uba Godwin writes on how cassava and other raw materials could be processed into ethanol for export  —  It is disheartened that Nigerians at this level of …

Towards Advanced Biofuels – Options for Integrating 1st and 2nd Generation biofuel Production (RES-T-BIOPLANT)
February 9, 2016 – 11:22 am | No Comment

(IEA-RETD/IEA Implementing Agreement for Renewable Energy Technology Deployment)  The integration of advanced (2nd generation / 2G) biofuel plants with conventional (1st generation / 1G) biofuel plants can lead to significant synergies and cost savings, especially …

CQU Team behind Biodiesel Made from Waste Oil in Talks with Caltex
February 8, 2016 – 11:55 pm | No Comment

by Sophie Vorrath (ReNewEconomy)  A Central Queensland University (CQU) research team that is converting waste grease and oil into biodiesel has attracted the attention of an international oil major, ahead of plans to go into commercial …

EPA Rulemaking Aims to Update GHG Reporting Requirements
February 8, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published a proposed rule that aims to amend specific provisions in the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule, including some provisions related to biogas and ethanol.

Regarding ethanol, …

Energy Department Announces $11.3 Million Available for Mega-Bio: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels
February 8, 2016 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced up to $11.3 million in funding to develop flexible biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can be modified to produce advanced fuels and/or products based on external …

DE-FOA-0001434: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels (NO. DE-FOA-0001433)
February 8, 2016 – 9:54 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels”.
This …

Ethanol Pioneer ADM’s Struggle Reflects Deepening Industry Woes
February 3, 2016 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice, Michael Hirtzer and Karl Plume (Reuters)  When Archer Daniels Midland opened two of the country’s largest ethanol plants in Nebraska and Iowa six years ago, the biofuels market was on the cusp …

Sups Seek to Clarify New Biofuel Plant Rules
February 3, 2016 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Blake Herzog (Yuma Sun)  New definitions and regulations for the construction of biofuel production plants were approved by the Yuma County Board of Supervisors Monday, but members asked for the ordinance to be clarified …

Hydrothermal Processing on the Move: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to AVA Biochem
February 3, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … AVA Biochem is expanding its product portfolio to include platform chemical FDCA (2,5-Furandicarboxylic acid). In addition to 5-HMF, the Swiss company will now deliver FDCA to customers and partners engaged in …

The Latest in Gevolution
February 3, 2016 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Meanwhile, Praj and Gevo announced a monster hook-up here for converting ethanol distilleries to isobutanol.
Here’s the structure: Praj would be the customer-facing entity marketing Gevo’s isobutanol technology to Praj’s existing …

4 Advanced Biofuel Plants for Argentina as Porta, Gevo Announce Deal
February 3, 2016 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Gevo and Porta are targeting the construction of at least four isobutanol plants in Argentina; first plant to be wholly owned by Porta, with a targeted production capacity of up to …

Ghana’s First Ethanol Plant to Begin Production
February 2, 2016 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

(GhanaWeb)  Caltech Ventures, a cassava cropping and processing company at Hodzo, in the Ho Municipality, is to begin the production of cassava-derived ethanol by March this year, the first in Ghana.
Ghana currently imports 60 million …

Study Demonstrates Value of Corn Distillers Oil in Poultry
February 1, 2016 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

by Kassidi Andres (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. Grains Council recently conducted a research study with North Carolina State University that determined carotenoid pigments, a naturally occurring yellow or red pigment used to enhance egg yolk or …

Virent Announces Strategic Collaboration with Tesoro to Advance the Commercialization of Virent’s BioForming Technology for Low Carbon Fuels and Chemicals
February 1, 2016 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

(Virent)  Virent has entered into a new strategic relationship with Tesoro to accelerate the development and commercialization of Virent’s BioForming technology to produce cost effective, low-carbon, drop-in, bio-based fuels and chemicals. The agreement provides funding …

BETO Director Shares Highlights from tcbiomass2015
January 29, 2016 – 7:48 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Learn about recent updates in thermochemical biomass conversion science from BETO Director Dr. Jonathan Male, who discusses exciting breakthroughs presented during tcbiomass2015: The International Conference on Thermochemical Conversion Science in November …

Addendum to NAABB Report Released: Genifuel Corporation
January 29, 2016 – 7:44 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  In 2010, the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB) was formed to further understand the impacts of algae on overall biomass and liquid transportation fuel production.
The consortium consisted of …

USDA Highlights Benefits of Rural Development Grants with Eye on Bioenergy
January 29, 2016 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the USDA has highlighted the economic impacts on rural communities bioenergy investments have made in a new report looking at the $1.1 billion granted for renewable energy through …

Ensyn Nabs Chevron Exec as New CEO
January 29, 2016 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Jeffrey Jacobs, who served as Vice President of Chevron Technology Ventures until his recent retirement from Chevron, was appointed CEO of Ensyn Corporation and elected to its Board of Directors. …

Innovative Micro Bio-Unit Can Turn Home Rubbish into Cooking Gas
January 28, 2016 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

(Clean Fuels Community)  Home waste could be an irritable nuisance, especially in rural areas where proper collection of waste doesn’t exist. But this trash can become a real treasure. In the iconic film Back to the …

Neste Biofuel to Fuel Vehicles Based at Italian Cross-Country Ski Race
January 28, 2016 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Netherlands-based oil and energy company Tamoil has begun selling arctic diesel containing Neste’s renewable diesel to its corporate customers in the northern Italian Alps region, which will be used to fuel vehicles servicing …

What Biodiesel Producers Should Know about Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
January 28, 2016 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  If your glycerin or free fatty acids may find their way into the food or feed supply, you must comply with the daunting Food Safety Modernization Act  —  … Moreover, if …