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Algenol on Mission to Change World
September 21, 2015 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Casey Logan (News-Press)  … (Algenol CEO Paul) Woods isn’t on the mission alone. Algenol employs more than 200 people in Lee County, he said, and the company has invested $260 million here.

“This is the first …

Aemetis Breaks the Blending Barrier in India with High Quality Distilled Biodiesel
September 21, 2015 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

(Aemetis)   Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX), an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company, announced distilled biodiesel produced by its subsidiary in India has been used by bulk customers to replace 100% petroleum diesel with 100% …

New Clean Energy Technology Debuts in Placer County
September 21, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(Placer County)  A new technology for converting forest waste into renewable natural gas was demonstrated for the first time ever today in Auburn.
The process, developed by Canadian firm G4 Insights, converts scraps and small trees …

Algae Fuel, Algae Research Clusters: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to BIOFAT
September 21, 2015 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BIOFAT is a microalgae-to-biofuel FP7 demonstration project that integrates the entire value chain of algae process from optimized growth, starch and oil accumulation, to downstream processing (biorefinery) including biofuel production …

Abengoa Advancing: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to the Hugoton Cellulosic Ethanol Project
September 16, 2015 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The goal of the Abengoa project in Hugoton, Kansas? To design, build and operate a commercial scale bioethanol facility that uses sustainable biomass feedstock, drastically reduces green house gas emissions …

Oberon Fuels, Ford and FVV Partner to Build, Fuel, and Test the World’s First Production Passenger Car Powered by DME
September 16, 2015 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Oberon Fuels, Ford Motor Company, and FVV have partnered on a 3-year, €3.5M project to research, analyze and test the potential of dimethyl ether and OME fuel in …

New NIR Models Speedup Feedstock Analysis Process
September 16, 2015 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Hayes (Celignis/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Current chemical methods take days and are dependent on analyst’s skill. This contribution appears in the October issue of EPM. — Efficient cellulosic ethanol processes will depend upon the accurate …

Regenis Application Wins Dairy Digester Grant in CA
September 15, 2015 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(Merlo Farming Group)  California Department of Food and Agriculture announced the AgPower Visalia, LLC project in Tulare Co. has been awarded a three million dollar dairy digester research and development grant yesterday.
The project, developed by …

Neste Breaks Ground on World’s First Bio LPG Facility in Rotterdam
September 15, 2015 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

(Neste Corporation)  The ground-breaking ceremony held today at Neste’s renewable product refinery in Rotterdam marks the beginning of construction for the world’s first Bio LPG production facility. The EUR 60 million facility will start production …

ZeaChem and Pure Cultures Announce Product Development and Supply Memorandum Of Understanding
September 15, 2015 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

(Zea Chem/PR Newswire) Collaboration Will Accelerate Commercialization of Agricultural Animal Feed Probiotics — ZeaChem Inc., a biorefinery developer, today announced a Product Development and Supply Memorandum of Understanding with Pure Cultures, a producer of high-quality probiotic products. …

Farmers Get Chance to Turn Bracken into Biofuel
September 15, 2015 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

(Cambrian News)  Mid Wales farmers are bein­g offered the chance to help turn bracken into biofuel by a renewable energy company.
Oakland Biofuels extracts valuable bioethanol from the plants which would otherwise be left to infest …

Farmers to Be Permitted to Produce Ethanol: PM
September 14, 2015 – 8:11 pm | No Comment

(Economic Times)  In a bid to to make environment “clean, green and pollution free”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the Centre will shortly permit the farmers in Punjab to produce ethanol from maize.
Addressing a …

Zambian Entrepreneur on Running a Biodiesel and Soap Production Business
September 14, 2015 – 7:42 pm | No Comment

by Kate Douglas (How We Made It In Africa)  Soon after Mutoba Ngoma finished studying aeronautical engineering in the UK, he decided to return to his home country Zambia to start manufacturing biodiesel in his …

Bringing in the Biomass for Cellulosic Ethanol
September 14, 2015 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   A multitude of questions surround the challenge of bringing in the mountains of biomass needed to feed a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant: Are crop residues a reliable resource? …

Algenol to Distribute Ethanol through Protec Fuel
September 14, 2015 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

(Algenol/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Offering ethanol made from algae for the first time commercially, Algenol Biotech LLC and Protec Fuel Management LLC have entered into an agreement to market and distribute ethanol from Algenol’s Fort Myers, Florida., …

Global Bioenergies Joins aireg to Push the Jet Fuel Application of Its Isobutene Process
September 14, 2015 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies)  Global Bioenergies has joined aireg – Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany e.V. – . The French industrial biology company, which is currently developing its demonstration plant in Leuna, Germany will soon …

Transformative Algae Products at Scale: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Solazyme
September 14, 2015 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Solazyme is a renewable oil and bioproducts company that transforms a range of low-cost plant-based sugars into high-value oils. Headquartered in South San Francisco, Solazyme’s renewable products can replace or …

Biodiesel Retail Sales by Government Oil Marketing Companies Fuels Aemetis Growth in India
September 14, 2015 – 10:44 am | No Comment

(Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX), an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company, today (September 9, 2015) announced that biodiesel produced by its Aemetis subsidiary in India has begun to be sold at retail outlets owned …

Forest Waste-to-RNG Technology to Be Demonstrated in California
September 11, 2015 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(Placer County/Biomass Magazine) A new technology for converting forestry waste into renewable natural gas will be demonstrated for the first time ever Sept. 14 in Auburn, California.
The process, developed by Canadian firm G4 Insights, converts scraps …

FDA Releases Details of FSMA Rule, Extends Compliance Deadlines
September 11, 2015 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Meeting a court directed deadline, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration submitted the final rule for the Food Safety Modernization Act for publication at the end of August, releasing …

Dear EPA: The RFS Supports Food AND Fuel
September 11, 2015 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Coral Didion (Renewable Fuels Association)   Food versus fuel is the misconception that we are diverting farmland and crops toward biofuel production to the detriment of the food supply.
Didion Milling, which has been in business …

Valero Resumes Prowl for Acquisitions
September 11, 2015 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  Valero is considering acquisitions and partnerships that include refineries, chief executive Joe Gorder said today, months after tamping down interest in entering a frothy corporate merger environment.
The company has an internal list of …

Zimbabwe: ‘Ethanol Monopoly Unhealthy for Industry’
September 11, 2015 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

(New Ziana/All Africa)  The absence of competition in the production of ethanol has created an unhealthy monopoly that has prevented costs of fuel from dropping after blending, a senior Government official has said. Energy and …

AGQM to Start First Glycerol Round Robin Test
September 11, 2015 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  For the first time ever, the German biodiesel quality management association AGQM will carry out a round robin test for pharmaceutical glycerol.   Round robin tests are used to check test …

Methanol’s Moment: With Low Prices, and Proven Process, Is Meth Your New Best Friend?
September 11, 2015 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Methanol is gaining momentum as a low-carbon fuels target, as Enerkem starts producing in Edmonton.  Why methanol, why now? Here, we look at the technology and market rationale for this …

Biodiesel Retail Sales by Government Oil Marketing Companies Fuels Aemetis Growth in India
September 10, 2015 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Baystreet/AccessWire/Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX), an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company, today announced that biodiesel produced by its Aemetis subsidiary in India has begun to be sold at retail outlets owned by one of …

Direvo Announces Enzyme Blend Increases Oil Recovery
September 10, 2015 – 10:58 am | No Comment

(Direvo/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Direvo Industrial Biotechnology, demonstrated that its proprietary enzyme blend, trademarked BluZy-P XL1000 increased oil recovery over traditional mechanical separation and chemical addition by over 20 percent.  BluZy-P XL1000, custom designed to disrupt the …

IH2 Technology Licensed for Demonstration Plant
September 9, 2015 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Norwegian company to convert woody biomass into transportation fuels  —  In Texas, SynSel Energi has entered into an IH2 process demonstration license agreement with CRI/Criterion Catalyst Company Ltd, a member …

RSSC Invests E480m in Ethanol Plant, Power Generation Project
September 9, 2015 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Nomthandazo Nkambule  (Swazi Observer)  The Royal Swaziland Sugar Corporation (RSSC) invested about E480 million (US$40 million) in 2013 on setting up a biomass power generation and ethanol plant.
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern …

World’s Largest Producer Of Industrial Enzymes Comes Out Swinging For Biofuel (CT Exclusive Interview)
September 9, 2015 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Tina Casey (Clean Technica)  The global biotech firm Novozymes has been sailing under the CleanTechnica radar, but we did take note earlier this year when Novozymes CEO Peder Holk Nielsen had some pithy things …

Brazilian Ethanol Industry Divided on Issue of Direct Sales to Retailers
September 9, 2015 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, the idea that mills could sell ethanol directly to filling stations rather than via fuel distribution systems as is currently the case is a topic still under debate …

DEINOVE and Tyton Forge Partnership to Commercialize Unique Solutions in the Green Chemicals Sector
September 9, 2015 – 11:22 am | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/Benzinga)  A technological and commercial partnership between Deinove and Tyton BioEnergy Systems, the leader in tobacco technology for green chemicals production  —  T he synergistic technologies are expected to provide techno-economic benefits in the …

One Darn-Hot Renewable Chemicals Play: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Verdezyne
September 9, 2015 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Verdezyne is a privately held industrial biotechnology company that is developing and commercializing novel genetically engineered microorganisms for use as “factories” to manufacture renewable chemicals. Verdezyne’s unique microorganisms permit greener, …

Blume Distillation and Biogy Renewables Partner to Create Replacement Fuels
September 9, 2015 – 9:59 am | No Comment

(Renewable Energy World)  New Business Partnership Forged at AREDAY Summit — Two businesses participating in the American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY) Summit in Aspen/Snowmass from August 8-13 created a partnership to combine their technologies with the …

Enerkem Raises C$152.6 Million in Financings; Initiates Biomethanol Production
September 9, 2015 – 9:47 am | No Comment

(Enerkem, Inc.)  Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, announced today it has raised C$152.6 million and has initiated the production of biomethanol from non-recyclable household garbage at the Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility …

The Above Ground Oil Field: or, Why $65 and $94 Oil Are Inflection Points for Renewable Fuels
September 8, 2015 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Unlimited oil production, no exploration risk, positive on environment, cheaper than unconventional US crude — what’s not to like about certain biofuels?
This year, Joule Unlimited noted that a “10,000 acre …

Waste Makes Haste: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Fulcrum BioEnergy
September 8, 2015 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fulcrum BioEnergy has developed a “game-changing process for converting municipal solid waste that would otherwise be landfilled, into renewable transportation fuels including syncrude, jet fuel and diesel”. The company has …

Does EPA’s Left Hand Know What Its Right Hand Is Doing on Octane and CO2?
September 8, 2015 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun to examine boosting gasoline octane ratings to achieve greater greenhouse gas emission control standards for passenger vehicles after 2025. Higher octane …

How Viable Is Ethanol? Profit Margins Decrease as Corn Prices Drop from 2014
September 8, 2015 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Will Buss (Belleville News-Democrat)  Ethanol producers’ profit margins have been squeezed while gasoline prices have fluctuated and oil prices have dropped. However, the biofuels industry is holding to its firm belief in the clean …

Is HVO the Holy Grail of the World Biodiesel Market?
September 8, 2015 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

(Greenea)  Overcapacity, shortage of sustainable feedstock, blending wall… they all contribute to the increasingly challenging situation on the biodiesel market in Europe. At the same time, new HVO investments start to pop up like mushrooms …

Poplar Trees Are Best Bet for Biofuel in UW-Led Research Project
September 8, 2015 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Michelle Ma (University of Washington Today)  Groves of poplar trees could one day fuel our vehicles and be the source of chemicals that we use in our daily lives.  A five-year, $40 million study …

Carlisle Planners OK $10M Biofuels Project
September 8, 2015 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by  Ed Richter (Journal-News)  Plans are moving forward to build a bio-energy production facility in Carlisle.

The Carlisle Planning Commission recently approved zoning changes for Agro BioFuels and BioEnergy Inc. to enable construction of a green …

Whisky Biofuels Company Wins £11m in Government Funding
September 8, 2015 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Ben Martin (The Telegraph)  Edinburgh-based Celtic Renewables uses waste products from malt whisky production to produce biobutanol, which power cars and lorries — A Scottish company that makes bio-fuels from the waste produced by the …

Edeniq Announces Completion of Innovative Upgrade to Cellulosic Sugars Pilot Plant
September 8, 2015 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

(Edeniq)  California Energy Commission provided funding for biofuels technology breakthrough — – Edeniq, a biorefining and cellulosic technology company, completed a major upgrade of its cellulosic sugar and ethanol pilot facility. The company designed and operated …

Taurus Energy Signs Key Brazilian Material Transfer aAgreement; Wins US Patent for More Ethanol, Xylose; Less Xylitol
September 8, 2015 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Sweden, Taurus Energy has signed a material transfer agreement with a leading research and technology center for sugar cane and ethanol producers in Brazil. Work will be performed in …

Joule Unlimited: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide
September 8, 2015 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  1. Who are Joule? Joule is advancing a production platform for Liquid Fuel from the Sun, expected to eclipse the scale, productivity and cost efficiency of any known alternative to …

Fuelling Mackay’s Job Market into the Future
September 4, 2015 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Emily Smith (Daily Mercury)  NOTHING creates jobs like the resource industry.  It’s a widely held view in the Mackay region but Carl Morton is throwing it up for debate.  The national operations manager for …

IEA Bioenergy Newsletter Features New Zealand Biofuel Prospects
September 4, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  IEA Bioenergy Task 39, a group of international experts working to commercialize sustainable transportation biofuels, recently released its latest newsletter, featuring an update on opportunities for biofuels in New Zealand.
Newsletter …

New €106 Million Released by BBI JU to Research Innovative Ways of Using Renewable Resources
September 4, 2015 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(Bio-Based Industries)  Second call for proposals for the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) published today (August 25, 2015)   —  New €106 million for research and development are unveiled today for bio-based initiatives to …

Turning Garbage Into Profit
September 3, 2015 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Olga Grigoryants (Pacific Standard)  Last year, Simi Valley Landfill entered what is becoming a fast­-growing business of transforming fetid odors from decaying trash into fuel, a feat made possible by the miracles of modern chemistry …

The Gas Rush: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Farmatic and the Opportunity in Renewable Natural Gas
September 3, 2015 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In a remarkable presentation at the Infocast Methane Bioengineering Summit in San Diego this week (and earlier at the Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstocks Conference in New Orleans, in June), Farmatic CEO …

The Gas Rush: Could the US Switch Fuels over to 51% Renewable Natural Gas?
September 3, 2015 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In a remarkable presentation at the Infocast Methane Bioengineering Summit in San Diego this week (and earlier at the Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstocks Conference in New Orleans, in June), Farmatic CEO …

Dimethyl Ether as a New Diesel Alternative Fuel: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels
September 2, 2015 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oberon Fuels is launching DME (dimethyl ether) in North America as a clean-burning, alternative to diesel. Using various, domestic feedstocks such as food and green waste and natural gas, Oberon …

Top 10 Low Carbon Fuels Made from Greenhouse Gases All Around You
September 2, 2015 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  No fossil fuel, no biomass, low carbon, no kidding. —  …  The top 10 new technologies.
Note: Some amazing technologies such as Industrial Microbes, Trelys, Kiverdi and Mango Materials fell outside the …

How The World’s Largest Steel Manufacturer Is Trying To Go Green
September 2, 2015 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Esha Chhabra (Forbes)  … Producing steel is a dirty business, yielding in massive quantities of carbon dioxide and monoxide.  In fact, over 50 percent of the carbon used in manufacturing steel turns into carbon monoxide.  Perhaps …

Vireol Plant in Hopewell Suspends Ethanol Production
September 1, 2015 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by  Shelby Mertens (The Progress-Index)   The Vireol Bio Energy LLC plant in Hopewell will officially suspend ethanol production today for an undetermined amount of time due to the continuing drop of gas prices nationally.

The …

$11M Green Energy Project Could Fuel More than 100 New Local Jobs
September 1, 2015 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Joe Cogliano (Dayton Business Journal)  … Mason-based Agro BioFuels and BioEnergy Inc. is looking to build a biodiesel production facility on a vacant 10-acre site near the end of Business Parkway. The plant — which would …

An Integrated Approach to Cellulosic Fuels: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Clariant’s sunliquid process
August 31, 2015 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, …

The Key to Water Security Could Be Lurking in a New Mexico Sewage Farm
August 31, 2015 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Mark Harris (The Guardian)  In Las Cruces, New Mexico, a pilot project is using heat-loving algae to clean wastewater and generate energy —  … “Galdieria sulphuraria is one of the most interesting microorganisms on the …

Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems Posts Annual Meeting Presentations and Posters
August 31, 2015 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems)  The meeting presentations are now available for download on the IBSS website:
IBSS 2015 Annual Meeting Presentations
IBSS 2015 Annual Meeting Posters

Is the Third Time the Charm?
August 28, 2015 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  … As many of you know, the RFS was created to “reduce dependence on foreign sources of petroleum, increase domestic sources of energy, and help transition to alternatives to …

The Virtuous Cycle of Biomass Supply
August 28, 2015 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Bill Levy (Pacific Ag/Biomass Magazine)  There are several main challenges in constructing an effective ag biomass supply chain, and they are influenced by a variety of factors. — As biobased product manufacturers evaluate sites for …

Synthesizing Substrates: Biogas Facilities Taking in a Wide Variety of Mixed Organic Waste Have a Few Extra Steps Involved in Feedstock Prep.
August 28, 2015 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  At Bio-En Power’s Elmira, Ontario, biogas plant, it isn’t unusual for odd items including trailer hitches, steel bars, and garbage cans to show up in the waste streams the facility …

India Issues Local Tender to Buy Ethanol for Blending
August 28, 2015 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  India’s state oil retailers have issued a local tender to buy 2.7 billion litres of ethanol to be blended with gasoline, weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for higher use of the sugarcane …

Food Waste And Beef Fat Will Be Making Airplanes Soar
August 28, 2015 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Abbie Fentress Swanson (National Public Radio) … A growing number of biofuel producers are teaming up with farms, meatpackers and waste management companies to tap gassy waste to meet new demand for renewable jet fuel …

Ensyn Receives Key Regulatory Approval for its Renewable Diesel
August 28, 2015 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Ensyn/Advanced Biofuels Association)  Dr. Robert Graham, CEO and Chairman of Ensyn Corporation (Ensyn), is pleased to announce that Ensyn has been granted a key regulatory approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its …

US Firm Developing Plans to Turn Household Waste into Sugar on Teesside
August 28, 2015 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Kelley Price (Gazette Live)  Fiberight Ltd and CPI launch project to produce sugar from landfill waste through Industrial Biotechnology —  A sweet £1m project to turn household waste into sugar could prove a game-changer …

Dean And Brenda Daniels To Prison For Biodiesel Fraud
August 28, 2015 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(Southwest Florida Online)  Dean Daniels, 52, Richard Smith, 57, Brenda Daniels, 45 and William Bradley, 58, all of Florida, pleaded guilty and were sentenced today in U.S. district court for charges related to a scheme …

Amyris and the Velocity of Renewables
August 28, 2015 – 10:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What makes Amyris, Amyris? We look at the products, the evolution of the story, the partners, the focus on yield, and deeper into the story of Rate. … Amyris experienced last …

Renewable Jet Fuel Is Taking Flight
August 27, 2015 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Zia Haq (US Department of Energy)  It’s been one year since we at the Energy Department ramped up our efforts to develop renewable jet fuel for the military and commercial aviation industry. The Department’s …

EREF Publishes First Two Internal Research Program Reports
August 27, 2015 – 10:19 am | No Comment

( Environmental Research & Education Foundation)  – The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) has published two reports, which are the first to result from EREF’s Internal Research Program (IRP). The reports are “Using Municipal Solid Waste …

Branstad Praises Siouxland Ethanol Plant
August 26, 2015 – 7:40 pm | No Comment

by Tiffany Lane  (KTIV)  Governor Branstad stopped by one of Iowa’s 43 ethanol plants Tuesday morning.  … Branstad commended Andersons’ focus on E85 which is used for state vehicles.
“It’s renewable,” said Branstad. “It’s produced from corn …

Scotland’s Argent Energy Commissions BDI for Multifeedstock Plant
August 26, 2015 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Austria-based BDI-BioEnergy International AG announced it has been commissioned to implement the next phase of construction—installation of multifeedstock technology—at Argent Energy (U.K.) Ltd.’s 13 MMgy biodiesel plant in Motherwell, Scotland, …

8 Ways to Win with $30 Oil: “Energy at the Extremes”
August 26, 2015 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What works, what struggles, what changes when oil prices head into the tank? Who will feed China’s manufacturing monster? — At Clariant’s “Defining the Future VII” conference in San Francisco, the …

Crude Oil Pressures Ethanol / DTN Hypothetical Ethanol Plant Margins Narrow
August 26, 2015 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  It has become the question of the day for U.S. ethanol producers: What happens to the industry if crude oil prices continue to tumble? … Donna Funk, certified public accountant …

Gabe Corey: EPA Wants to Roll back Biofuel Progress
August 26, 2015 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Gabe Corey (Battle Creek Enquirer)  Michigan agriculture is driving our economy forward — and ethanol is a major factor in this success.  Ethanol supports more than 22,000 jobs in Michigan, while pumping more than …

Is Cellulosic Biofuel Ready for Prime Time?
August 25, 2015 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Rob Nikolewski (Watchdog.org)  … Brooke Coleman, executive director at the Advanced Ethanol Council, counters by saying the industry is at an inherent disadvantage compared to oil companies and is ready for prime time.
“Once cellulosic biofuel …

Smithfield Foods’ Hog Production Division and Tyton BioEnergy Systems Announce Research Partnership
August 25, 2015 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

(Smithfield Foods/Globe NewsWire)  Smithfield Foods’ Hog Production Division, Murphy-Brown, LLC, and Tyton BioEnergy Systems announced today a research partnership to develop new applications for Tyton’s dedicated, non-smoking tobacco crop and the resulting soil amendment, filtration, …

EPA Cannot Quit on RFS
August 25, 2015 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol)    I’d like to introduce you to some of the people who are proof that good things come when the U.S. EPA and other policymakers in …

Financing Fell Through – Stora Enso and Neste Oil’s Biodiesel Project on Ice
August 25, 2015 – 10:20 am | No Comment

(Talloussanomat (Google Translation))  The European Commission dropped today, Neste Oil’s and Stora Enso’s biodiesel project support financial listings basin. Financing following the failure of companies are putting up investment in billion-euro project to require ice, …

Group Protests Methane Plant in West End
August 25, 2015 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Deborah Yetter (Courier-Journal)  A spirited group of protesters marched more than 20 blocks along West Broadway Sunday afternoon to show their opposition to a proposed plant in the area that would produce methane by composting …

E15, E85 at Retail Gas Stations Highlighted at ACE Conference
August 24, 2015 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The argument that consumers don’t want E15 because they aren’t asking for it doesn’t ring true with Ron Lamberty, senior vice president for the American Coalition for Ethanol. At …

Butamax, Gevo Settle, Will Work Together on Market Development
August 24, 2015 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

(Gevo/Butamax/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Gevo Inc. and Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC, a joint venture between BP and DuPont, announced that they have entered into worldwide patent cross-license and settlement agreements, ending a patent dispute related to …

US Navy Seeks Australian Cane and Grain Biofuels to Help Power Its Fleet
August 24, 2015 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Marty McCarthy and Arlie Felton-Taylor (ABC Rural)  Could Australian agriculture help to literally fuel the United States Navy’s expansion in the Asia-Pacific? — That is the question a Queensland researcher is trying to answer, as …

Eco System Needed to Make Ethanol Blending Sustainable: Pramod Chaudhari
August 24, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Sanjay Jog (Business Standard)  Interview with CII National Bioenergy Committee chairman and Praj Industries executive chairman — The Union ministry of new and renewable energy last week sought comments on reframing the National Biofuels Policy. The …

Glucan Biorenewables: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide
August 24, 2015 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Glucan Biorenewables is producing furan derivatives from biomass.  The furfural platform will be used to launch other value-added co-products: 5-hydroxyl-methyl furfural (HMF) and downstream derivatives
The company’s TriVersa Process meets the …

Louis Dreyfus Commodities to Begin Operating New Glycerin Refinery in Q4 2015
August 24, 2015 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Louis Drefus Commodities)   Louis Dreyfus Commodities announced today that it is adding a glycerin refinery to its soybean crushing and biodiesel plant in Claypool, Indiana, with construction expected to be complete by the end …

Joule Unlimited: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide
August 24, 2015 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  1. Who are Joule? Joule is advancing a production platform for Liquid Fuel from the Sun, expected to eclipse the scale, productivity and cost efficiency of any known alternative to …

Gulf Bay Consulting Applauds Indian Government Decisions Regarding Biodiesel
August 21, 2015 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(Gulf Bay Consulting/PR.com)  With the rapid growth of global biodiesel consumption, emerging market countries like India are paving the way for higher usage of sustainable fuels.
According to a recent report published by Economic Times, India …

IFAD Funding for Karnataka’s Bio-Fuel Development Programme
August 21, 2015 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jaideep Shenoy (Times of India)  Karnataka’s much touted bio-fuel development programme is set for a $50 million funding from International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD). Being given in the form of a soft loan with …

Minnesota Biodiesel Demand Getting Warmer
August 20, 2015 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  Representatives of the East Coast home heating fuel market are begging for biodiesel produced in Minnesota.
The state Soybean Growers Association and Research and Promotion Council are hosting a group from …

Cellulosic Ethanol Performance Tests Successful
August 20, 2015 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by PJ Griekspoor  (Agri-View)  St. Joseph, Mo., pilot plant completes tests of making cellulosic ethanol that also yields value-added co-products — The prospects for profitable cellulosic ethanol just got a little brighter with the completion of two …

From Blueprint to Baler
August 19, 2015 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  AGCO is well-equipped to aid the first U.S. cellulosic ethanol plants in devising efficient and effective feedstock supply chain models.  Name the crop, and AGCO has baled it. Extensive work …

Scottish Biofuel Programme Secures Follow on Funding of a Quarter of a Million Pounds
August 19, 2015 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Scottish Biofuel Programme)  Following its successful run, the Scottish Biofuel Programme has been awarded a combined £219,000 from funders Zero Waste Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and Transport Scotland as part of a quarter of a million …

7 Blendwall Busters
August 19, 2015 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What are the infrastructure hold-ups with renewable fuels? What are 7 Blend Wall Busters that can get renewable fuels back into high gear? … Between 13.5 billion gallons and the 36 …

Andhra Pradesh, Telangana Have Miles to Go for Biofuels
August 18, 2015 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by V. Nilesh (Deccan Chronicle)  The government’s national policy on biofuels which aims to blend 20 per cent biofuels by 2017 seems a farfetched dream, at least in the case of biodiesel in Andhra Pradesh and …

Biodiesel Works for Illinois Animal Agriculture
August 18, 2015 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(Illinois Soybean Association)  Biodiesel Positively Impacts Poultry and Livestock Farmers’ Bottom Lines — Biodiesel is known for powering vehicles across the country—but it also works for poultry and livestock farmers by powering their profitability.
That was the …

Golden Agri Resources to Build $150m Biodiesel Facility
August 18, 2015 – 10:12 am | No Comment

by Anggi M. Lubis (The Jakarta Post)  Singapore-listed Golden Agri Resources (GAR), the world’s second largest plantation company, is disbursing up to US$150 million in capital to establish two biodiesel facilities, to benefit from Indonesia’s …

Neste’s NEXBTL Renewable Diesel: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide
August 18, 2015 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Neste’s renewable traffic fuels and other renewable products are “part of the solution for the struggle against the climate change,” the company says. Using NEXBTL renewable diesel made from 100% …

Fuel from Garbage
August 17, 2015 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

by Venkatesha Babu (Business Today)   … A catalyst being developed by Shell Technology Centre Bangalore (STCB), one of the three tech hubs of Shell besides the ones in Houston and Amsterdam, holds out the promise of …