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Vapor Capture System Fabricated by Greenbelt Resources Exceeds Performance Expectations
November 23, 2015 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation/Business Wire)  For many in the California wine region, the 2015 crush was an interesting year due to the drought and other new wine industry developments. One of those developments is the growing …

From Sci-fi to Reality Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Real to Farmers
November 20, 2015 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN/The Progressive Farmer)  Five years ago when Nevada, Iowa, farmer Brian Sampson first heard about harvesting corn stover for ethanol, he thought it sounded akin to putting a man on Mars.
As production of …

Corn Has Competition as Ethanol’s Leading Grain
November 20, 2015 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Anna McConnell (Agriculture.com)  In terms of ethanol production, corn has some competition this winter— grain sorghum. The grain, also known as milo, produces the same amount of ethanol per bushel, but uses one third …

Bio BTX Molecules Coming Your Way: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Anellotech
November 20, 2015 – 10:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Founded in 2008, Anellotech has developed a clean technology platform for inexpensively producing bio-based chemicals from renewable non-food biomass. These drop-in, green versions of widely used petrochemicals; benzene, toluene and xylenes …

Pyromaniax Update: Anellotech Raises $7M from Mystery Investor, Takes on Key Scale-Up Data Task
November 20, 2015 – 10:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Will fund 25M high unit, Operational in 2016, to confirm viability of confirm viability Bio-TCat process for scale-up
In New York, Anellotech revealed that it had raised $7M of its current …

Biodiesel Plant Could Fuel Commercial Business
November 19, 2015 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Emily Smith (Daily Mercury)  It started as an innovative way to inspire students, but with big business continuing to come knocking for CQUniversity’s Biodiesel Plant, it could be on track for commercial success.
That’s what Biodiesel …

Mathieu Flamini’s No Fuel
November 19, 2015 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(The Sun)  Mathieu Flamini has kept a big secret from family, friends and team-mates for SEVEN years.  But today in an exclusive SunSport interview the Arsenal ace reveals that, along with a close pal, he …

Cowichan Opens Biodiesel Station with New PoS Technology
November 18, 2015 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Cowichan Energy Alternatives, the Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op and the Cowichan Valley Regional District are holding a special grand opening ceremony Nov. 19 to celebrate Vancouver Island’s first Green & Go …

Renewable Diesel Production, Planned Projects on the Rise
November 18, 2015 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy/U.S. Energy Information Administration/Biodiesel Magazine)  A new type of renewable diesel fuel is meeting the growing demand for renewable biofuels, which is driven by biofuel mandates and customer demands for higher quality. …

Cellulosic Ethanol Has Finally Arrived
November 18, 2015 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by WIlliam Tucker (Fuel Freedom Foundation)  … Cellulosic ethanol, capable of recycling crop wastes into fuel, may be here.  On the day before Halloween, the DuPont Chemical Company opened what it claimed to be the world’s …

SD, VA Projects Receive USDA Value-Added Grant Funding
November 18, 2015 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Five bioenergy projects in two states were among the 258 businesses nationwide receiving a total of nearly $34 million from the USDA Rural Development Value-Added Producer Grant program. The …

Renmatix to Develop Its First Commercial Biorefinery Next Year
November 18, 2015 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein  (Bloomberg Business)  Renmatix Inc., a U.S. maker of technology for cellulosic biomaterials, will develop its first commercial biorefinery next year.
The refinery will be commissioned by one of the company’s undisclosed partners and will …

Global Markets and Technologies for Biofuel Enzymes
November 18, 2015 – 11:35 am | No Comment

(PR Newswire/BCC Research)  This BCC Research report explores present and future strategies within the biofuel enzymes market, which includes amylase, cellulose, xylanase, lipase and other enzymes such as protease, lysomax, FermaSure, etc. Forecasts provided through …

Large Glycerin Refinery about to Open
November 18, 2015 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Louis Dreyfus Commodities’ new glycerin refinery in Claypool, Indiana, will soon be operational. The company says the new 80-million-pound-per-year plant will be the second-largest in the U.S. producing USP-grade Kosher …

Simple Fuel, Simple Engine, Simple Infrastructure: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels
November 18, 2015 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oberon Fuels is facilitating the growth of the DME transportation industry by converting biogas and other hydrocarbon rich waste streams to higher valued commodities such as DME. Using its proprietary …

New Biobased Projects Around the World
November 18, 2015 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s building what, where, now. 29 projects in construction or in commissioning in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and the Americas
Despite low oil prices, first-gen biofuels and advanced …

Biodiesel Leaders Press Congress on Reformed Tax Credit
November 17, 2015 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Critical Incentive Has Remained Expired All Year  —  Nearly 100 biodiesel leaders from across the country will press lawmakers on Capitol Hill Tuesday to reinstate the biodiesel tax incentive as a domestic …

What a Difference a Year Makes for European Ethanol
November 17, 2015 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Caroline Knight (Platts The Barrel)  The European ethanol community gathered in Budapest over the first week of November to look at the current challenges and opportunities facing the ethanol, and wider biofuels, markets. As the …

Hardwood Biofuels Researched Using Poplar Trees
November 17, 2015 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Dennis Farrell (The Daily Evergreen)  …  A regional consortium for sustainable biofuels is teaming up with multiple companies and universities like Washington State to convert poplar trees into ethanol.   Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB) …

Ethanol Industry Making Profits Despite Lower Price of Fuel
November 17, 2015 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg/McClatchy-Tribune/Star Tribune)  Low prices at the gas pump have put a persistent squeeze on Midwest ethanol producers, but most are staying profitable.
Of eight Minnesota-affiliated ethanol producers tracked by the Star Tribune, all but one made …

Hyacinths and Sawdust Used to Combat Africa’s Cooking Pollution
November 17, 2015 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg/The Washington Post)  A brew made from sawdust and water hyacinth flowers may help reduce the millions of lives lost across the developing world from the fumes of ramshackle cooking equipment.
Those are the …

Skyfill: Where the Sky Is a Free Sewer, Are Bioeconomy Thermodynamics Extremely Flawed from the Get Go?
November 17, 2015 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … As the reader notes, much of the original underlying biomass is not utilized when we make a hydrocarbon fuel, or any fuel. Take the case of corn, for example, and …

Sit on the RINs
November 16, 2015 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The US Environmental Protection Agency has discovered the following way of interpreting Energy Independence and Security Act.  To wit, if the transportation fuels supply chain — controlled by guess whom …

Biofuels and Climate Change: Challenges of Paris Conference
November 13, 2015 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Demetrio Bueno Carvalho (Astana Times)  … Referring to Brazilian experience, in the past 12 years the blending of ethanol with gasoline (anhydrousethanol) or its use as a pure fuel for automobiles (hydrated) prevented emissions of more …

BIO Applauds Renewable Chemicals Act Bill
November 13, 2015 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chris Coon (D-DE) and Al Franken have introduced a new bill, S. 2271 the Renewable Chemicals Act of 2015. If passed, the legislation would amend the Internal …

Preparing For Duonix Biodiesel Plant Start-Up
November 13, 2015 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by  Doug Kennedy (KWBE)  A biodiesel plant at the northwest edge of Beatrice is getting ready for the start of operations, by planning to do some testing procedures, soon. … Crews have been retrofitting the former …

The Digest’s Documentary Series on Industrial Transformation, The New Places, Debuts with a Focus on DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol
November 12, 2015 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Dupont Cellulosic Ethanol project in Nevada, Iowa is the debut subject of The Digest’s online short-subject documentary series, The New Places, which is available for streaming as …

Joule and Red Rock Biofuels Announce Intent to Merge, Creating an Industry-Leading Carbon-Neutral Fuel Production Platform
November 12, 2015 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

(Joule/Red Rock Biofuels/BusinessWire) Joule, the pioneer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, and Red Rock Biofuels, a leading developer of renewable jet and diesel fuel bio-refineries, today announced their intent to merge. Red Rock adds …

Biofuel Plan a Jobs Bonanza
November 11, 2015 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by John Andersen (Townsville Bulletin)  Work on a $564 million biofuel project which is set to create about 650 jobs is expected to start at Pentland in June next year.  The project, underpinned by the …

Biorefinery Assistance Program Changes Now in Effect
November 11, 2015 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by John Kirkwood (Faegre Baker Daniels LLP/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A few changes have been implemented in the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program, writes John Kirkwood. …  In June, an interim final …

Tamil Nadu Sugar Mills Want Cap on Ethanol Output to Go
November 11, 2015 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Bharani Vaitheesvaran (Economic Times)  Tamil Nadu sugar mills are lobbying for permissions to produce more ethanol as they find a state government-cap for making the fuel ingredient is disappointingly low.

A steady drop in prices and …

Restauranteur Says Biodiesel Answer to Fuel Shortage
November 11, 2015 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Shreejana Shrestha (My Republica)  …  When most of the vehicles are in queue at fuel stations, BA 1 Cha 6355 is never seen at any of such lines. It instead plies snugly on the road …

Will Boaters Make Gevo Rock?
November 11, 2015 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Despite a signature partnership with Praj, Gevo’s short-term future looks strongest at the marina, where blockbuster economics apply.

So, a pretty good deal for both. Gevo potentially gets some new customers …

Bolt On, Tune Up, Drop In: The Sweet 16 Bolt-on Bioeconomy Technologies
November 10, 2015 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Benefuel, Liquid Light, xF Technologies, Enogen, POET-DSM, Kiverdi, GeoSynFuels, Iogen, Edeniq, NexSteppe, BioProcess Algae, Syngenta/QCCP, Vertimass, Byogy, GranBio, Renewable Energy Group   READ MORE

Groups Pressure EPA On Biofuels Mandate
November 9, 2015 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Melody M. Bomgardner  (Chemical & Engineering News)  Supporters and opponents of biofuel mandates are ramping up pressure on EPA in hopes of influencing a rule, due on Nov. 30, on how much corn ethanol and …

Gevo Targets Marine Market, Cuts to Isobutanol Production Cost
November 9, 2015 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Based on the clarity provided by the resolution of the lawsuits, and based on the most recent results of the isobutanol fermentation campaigns conducted at the company’s production plant in …

Renewable Drop-iIn Fuels at Scale, Construction in 2016: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide to Ensyn
November 9, 2015 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ensyn uses its patented and proprietary RTP fast thermal technology to convert wood residues and other non-food, cellulosic biomass to liquid biofuels. Ensyn has had continuous commercial operations for more than …

General Relativity, and the Remaking of Sweetwater Energy
November 9, 2015 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Minnesota Awards $26 Million to Fund Sweetwater’s Biochemical Facility  —   In Minnesota, Sweetwater Energy has received commitment for $26 million in long-term loans from the state of Minnesota to construct …

Biofuels Still Have to Solve Economic Conundrum
November 9, 2015 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Thierry Dubois (AIN Online)  Biofuels for aviation are still facing multiple challenges, the greatest being finding ways to make production economical, according to a report jointly released in September by the French Académie des …

Indianapolis Zoo’s Conservation Endeavors Turn to Biofuel Plans
November 6, 2015 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

(Indianapolis Zoo)  … In partnership with Cummins Inc., the Zoo recently took on a biofuel initiative, working to advance its mission of conservation, while implementing new, innovative ways to fuel some of the vehicles throughout grounds.
By …

Supercritical Biodiesel Plant at Ethanol Refinery Now Operational
November 6, 2015 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Nearly two years after the project was announced, a 5 MMgy supercritical biodiesel plant in Annawan, Illinois, is now operational. Designed and built by Jatrodiesel Inc., the innovative facility is …

State to Encourage Use of Bio-Petrol
November 6, 2015 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(Viet Nam News)  The relevant state offices must ensure supply of E5 grade bio-fuel for the domestic market to sell bio-petrol nationwide from November end, the deputy minister of Industry and Trade said.
Deputy Minister of …

Biorefinery Market to Surpass USD 790 Million by 2019 as Acceptance of Biofuels in Mainstream Usage Fueled
November 6, 2015 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(SandlerResearch/PR Newswire)  The increasing need for environmental sustainability and energy independence is driving the biorefinery market growth globally, between the period of 2014 and 2019. This is mainly due to its ability to generate energy …

DEINOVE Announces a New R&D Project in Animal Nutrition with Flint Hills Resources
November 4, 2015 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

(DEINOVE/BusinessWire)  DEINOVE (Paris:ALDEI), a biotech company developing innovative processes for producing biofuels and bio-based chemicals by using Deinococcus bacteria as host strains, today announces an agreement with Flint Hills Resources to develop a process for …

Virent, Renmatix, Verdezyne Take Top Slots in The 40 Hottest Small Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy for 2015-16
November 4, 2015 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Virent, Renmatix, Verdezyne take top slots in The 40 Hottest Small Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy for 2015-16   —  At the ABLC NEXT 2015 conference in San Francisco, Virent …

High-Content Ethanol Pumps in Ohio to Get Boost from $3.4 Million Grant
November 3, 2015 – 8:15 pm | No Comment

(Columbus Dispatch)  Ohio received a $3.4 million grant to install more than 100 pumps for ethanol-blended fuels.
The grant was through the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Corn Marketing Program and will double the …

Ethanol Is a Net Energy Winner
November 3, 2015 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Monte Shaw (Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Des Moines Register) Letter to Editor:  I was embarrassed for the University of Northern Iowa to read the recent letter to the editor by professor Kamyar Enshayan regarding ethanol [‘Renewable fuel’ …

Mission Incomplete
November 3, 2015 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Defense has yet to purchase alternative fuels beyond testing and demonstration purposes, but intentions remain.  —  In July, the U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report …

United Biscuits Expands UCO Biodiesel Fleet to 16 Trucks
November 3, 2015 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, United Biscuits now has 16 delivery trucks running on biodiesel produced from UCO used in the making of its products from McVitties to Jaffa Cakes. The company …

Vertimass, DOE Validate Benchmarks, Process Design for High-Yield Alcohol-to-Fuels Technology
November 2, 2015 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Vertimass completed its DOE technology validation that verifies the benchmark performance, initial process design and preliminary cost information for a new award of $2 million by the U.S. …

Heineken Brewery Celebrates Achieving Carbon-Neutral Milestone
November 2, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Biodiesel process and biogas technology provider BDI-BioEnergy International AG and Brau Union Österreich, part of the international Heineken family, celebrated the opening of a new spent-grain fermentation plant at …

Brazil’s CRA Clears Bill to Boost Biofuel Production at Small Plants
October 30, 2015 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

(See News)  Brazil’s Commission of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform (CRA) approved today the bill 252/11 that seeks to encourage production of biofuels at micro plants, especially those operated by family farmers.
In Brazil, micro biofuel plants are those with a …

USDA Chief Economist Office Examines Ethanol’s Complex Impact
October 30, 2015 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist just released a comprehensive report on ethanol. The 87-page report, “U.S. Ethanol: An Examination of Policy, Production, Use, Distribution, and Market Interactions,” …

Demonstrating the Feasibility of Locally Produced Ethanol for Household Cooking from Waste in Addis Ababa
October 30, 2015 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

(Gaia Association)  Gaia Association contributes to poverty reduction and climate mitigation by enabling access to clean, safe, renewable and locally produced household cooking fuels to displace the traditional use of biomass for cooking in Ethiopian …

Stora Enso Division US Headquarters Move to Raceland, Louisiana
October 30, 2015 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine) …The Raceland plant uses technology developed by Virdia and enables cellulosic biomass, such as wood or agricultural waste, to be converted into highly refined sugars. It is located in the vicinity of existing sugar cane plantations and will …

UPM to Field Test Wood-Based Diesel Fuel in Urban Bus Traffic
October 30, 2015 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(UPM Biofuels/Biomass Magazine)  UPM is to start field tests of its novel wood-based diesel fuel in urban buses together with Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) and the VTT Technical Research Centre. The field tests are also …

DuPont Celebrates the Opening of the World’s Largest Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
October 30, 2015 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(DuPont/PR Web)  DuPont celebrated the opening of its cellulosic biofuel facility in Nevada, Iowa, with a ceremony including Iowa Gov. Terry Brandstad and many other dignitaries. This biorefinery is the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant, …

Uganda Ethanol Plant to Start Commercial Output in July 2016
October 30, 2015 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Fred Ojambo (Bloomberg Business)   Praj Industries of India contracted to build 6,000l/day plant; Uganda to enforce biofuels blending when crude output starts
Kakira Sugar Works Ltd., Uganda’s biggest producer of the sweetener, said it will start commercial …

Punjab to Become Bio-Refinery Leader in Next Two Years
October 30, 2015 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(Punjab News Express)  The Progressive Punjab Investor Summit 2015 today culmination of yearlong efforts by Bikram Singh Majithia, Renewable Energy Minister Punjab that brought largest ever bio-refinery in the wheat bowl of the country that …

Biotechnology Company Seeks $26 Million in Public Funding
October 30, 2015 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Bill Hanna (Mesabi Daily News)  Mountain Iron intended home for Sweetwater Energy project  —  The Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board on Friday will consider authorizing $26 million in public money for a startup …

Ethanol from Corn Stalks: A Cure for Climate Change?
October 30, 2015 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register)  … “This is one of the core technologies that we need to cut oil use and reduce emissions from transportation,” said Jeremy Martin, a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists. “It …

Sen. Charles Grassley: It’s No Trick: Cellulosic Ethanol a Treat for Iowa Economy
October 30, 2015 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)  (Ames Tribune)  … Iowa’s new cellulosic facility also will help dry up the crocodile tears spilled by Big Food that tries to assign blame to corn-based ethanol for rising food prices. …

Merging Refinery Tech with Biofuels: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Honeywell’s UOP
October 30, 2015 – 11:50 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 …

Nevada DuPont Facility Opening on Friday
October 30, 2015 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Grayson Schmidt (Ames Tribune)  … According to Plant Operations Manager Terraun Jones, the new facility will not only impact the biofuel industry, but will also boost the local economy by bringing in 90 permanent jobs …

Fueling Our Future, from Wood to Wing
October 29, 2015 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Pearl (US Department of Agriculture)  U.S. airline carriers collectively used more than 16 billion gallons of jet fuel in 2014. Given growing concerns over energy independence and the environment, commercial airlines are looking for …

Energy Department Harvesting Technology Goes Commercial
October 29, 2015 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Alison Goss Eng and Daniel Adams (U.S. Department of Energy)  … Earlier this year, we highlighted five cost-saving harvesting technologies that private companies and universities developed through $21 million in 2009 funding from the Bioenergy …

Turn Your Halloween Pumpkins Into Power
October 29, 2015 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  … The Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is working together with industry to develop and test integrated biorefineries—facilities capable of efficiently converting plant and waste material into affordable biofuels, biopower and other products. These projects …

Avril Targets France’s Higher Biodiesel Blending Needs with New Plant
October 29, 2015 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  Avril aims to meet demand from higher French biodiesel blending levels with output from a 100,000-tonne-per-year plant it opened on France’s Mediterranean coast on Wednesday, the chief executive of the European Union’s largest maker …

Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial High School Visits Guardian Energy
October 28, 2015 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirty-five high schools students today toured the Guardian Energy ethanol plant to gain a better understanding of renewable fuel production.
The students, from Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Secondary School, toured the various processes …

Supply Chain Sustainability Analyses Completed
October 28, 2015 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  This fiscal year, three Supply Chain Sustainability Analysis (SCSA) reports were published through Argonne National Laboratory. The SCSAs use a life-cycle analysis approach to identify energy consumption or environmental issues that …

Soapbox: Obama’s EPA Needs to More Aggressively Support Biodiesel
October 28, 2015 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Mortenson (Community Fuels/Sacramento Bee)   California took a major step forward in the fight against climate change recently by adopting an aggressive new low carbon fuel standard that will sharply reduce carbon pollution from …

Kyle Nixon: EPA Biofuels Rule Could Hurt Economy
October 28, 2015 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Kyle Nixon (Novozymes/Omaha.com)  Opinion:  Instead of sending money to overseas oil producers, the biofuels sector has provided financial stability for rural farming communities right here at home.
At the end of November the Environmental Protection …

USDA Provides Funding for More Than 1,100 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Nationwide
October 28, 2015 – 10:38 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today (October 26, 2015) announced that USDA is awarding loans and grants that will help more than 1,100 rural small businesses and agricultural producers reduce energy usage …

USDA Provides Funding for more than $1.8 Million Nebraska Renewable Energy Projects
October 28, 2015 – 10:27 am | No Comment

(KTIC Radio)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA has selected Mid America Agri Products/Wheatland, LLC of Madrid, NE to receive $500,000 for ethanol production and Aaron Ross of Columbus, NE to receive $41,250 …

Court Appeal of Onida Ethanol Plant Not Slowing Plans as Construction to Start
October 28, 2015 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Stephen Lee (Capital Journal)  An attorney for a handful of Onida residents opposing the siting of a proposed new ethanol plant just outside of Onida argued in court Monday that Sully County leaders improperly …

New Enzyme Boosts Profits, Cuts Chemical Use at Ethanol Plants
October 28, 2015 – 10:04 am | No Comment

(Novozymes)  A typical facility can increase annual returns by up to $2.5 million.  —  Novozymes today (October 27, 2015) announced the launch of Avantec® Amp, an advanced enzyme product that improves yield and throughput in …

Vertically-Integrated Ethanol at Scale: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Green Plains
October 28, 2015 – 9:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Plains is a vertically-integrated ethanol producer based in Omaha, Nebraska. They currently have an ethanol production capacity of approximately 1.0 billion gallons per year with 12 plants located in …

Merger Mania: The Digest Looks at Rampant Biofuels Consolidation
October 28, 2015 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Virginia, Green Plains Inc. announced this week that it had acquired an ethanol production facility in Hopewell, Virginia, located approximately 20 miles south of Richmond, from Future Fuels LLP. …

Largest Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in the World Opens October 30
October 27, 2015 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The DuPont cellulosic ethanol facility, opening in Nevada, Iowa, on October 30, will be the largest cellulosic ethanol plant in the world. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office …

Common Ground: SD Farm Groups Differ on Policy, but Support Ethanol
October 27, 2015 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek) … Agweek visited with the presidents of the South Dakota Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Farmers Union, the two general farm organizations that aren’t specific to a commodity or a species …

ICM Aims for Strong Legacy
October 27, 2015 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For two decades, ICM has adapted with the changing times, bringing technology solutions to the ethanol industry.  —  In 1995, ICM Inc. got its start with the purchase of …

High-Tech Maintenance at Ethanol Plants
October 27, 2015 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol plants tap into vibration, ultrasound, infrared and laser technologies.  …  Along with their impressive capabilities come impressive price tags—anywhere from a little under $2,000 for a single tool …

Volkswagen’s Woes Could Affect Ethanol Plants
October 27, 2015 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by James L. Pray (Ethanol Producer Magazine/BrownWinick Law Firm)  … Diesel-powered Volkswagen cars and ethanol plants share more than their common tie to the auto industry.  Both must meet rigorous emission standards: For Volkswagen cars, it …

Green Fuel Says It Lost $10 Million Worth of Ethanol after Zinwa Cut Water Supplies over $7.3 Million Debt
October 27, 2015 – 10:37 am | No Comment

(The Insider/The Source)  Green Fuel says it has lost $10 million worth of ethanol and power after the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) cut water supplies to its Chisumbanje ethanol plant for two months over …

European Investment Bank May Invest in Biodiesel Plant in Croatia
October 27, 2015 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Luxembourg, the European Investment Bank is evaluating a EUR38 million investment in a EUR50 million biodiesel plant in Croatia that would produce fuel from animal fats and used cooking …

Green Plains Buys Ethanol Plant in Hopewell, Virginia
October 27, 2015 – 10:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Virginia, Green Plains Inc. announced that it has acquired an ethanol production facility in Hopewell, Virginia, located approximately 20 miles south of Richmond, from Future Fuels LLP. Operating at …

Advanced Fuels from Farm Trash: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to DuPont’s Activities in Biomass
October 27, 2015 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DuPont has developed a three-part strategy to deliver these new technologies to the growing biofuels market to help biofuels become more competitive with petroleum. The strategy includes:
(1) improving existing ethanol …

Goin’ Green; County Vehicle Fleet Now Using Biodiesel Fuel
October 27, 2015 – 9:31 am | No Comment

by Ivy Ashe (Hawaii Tribune-Herald)  Hawaii County’s vehicle fleet is a little bit more green thanks to a local partnership that increases use of biodiesel.  It’s a small step toward a larger goal of reducing …

VIETNAM PRESS-Ethanol project faces problems on low demand, high costs – Vietnam Economic Times
October 26, 2015 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

(Daily Mail/Reuters)  Four of Vietnam’s six ethanol plants have been inactive as a deadline set by the government to switch to biofuels is too far away while high cassava prices also lead to unprofitable operation, …

17 Pyromaniax Changing the Energy Landscape
October 26, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … 17 — count them, 17 — different pyrolytic technology centers in the UK  …
Tyre Pyrolysis: 2G BioPOWER
2G BioPOWER is developing a UK pyrolysis project to convert used tyres into partially renewable …

Feedstock Tax Barrier Removed by India Government Allowing Rapid Expansion of Biodiesel
October 26, 2015 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

(Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX), an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company, announced that the Government of India Revenue Department removed an important tax barrier to expanding biodiesel production in India, issuing an exemption on …

Guest Post: The Petrobras Corruption Scandal and Brazil’s Ethanol Sector
October 26, 2015 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Luis Ferreira Alvarez (Council on Foreign Relations)  As Brazil’s Petrobras corruption investigation continues to roil its economy and politics, the ethanol sector is emerging as a clear beneficiary. New government policies are boosting ethanol …

Building Sustainable Cellulosic Biofuel Portfolios
October 26, 2015 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Rajdeep Golecha (Biomass Magazine)  The amount of risk in supply variation a biorefinery is willing to accept will depend on its fundamental business strategy, and the amount of premium they are willing to pay …

Wastewater Treatment Facilities Turning to Anaerobic Digestion for Energy Uses
October 26, 2015 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Richard Lowrie (KROHNE/Biofuels Digest)  Many US wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are beginning to use anaerobic digesters to produce biogas that can be used in their combined heat and power plants to generate electricity and …

Algenol CEO Exits; Staff Cut by 25%, Investors Re-Up for Two Years, New Direction Tipped
October 26, 2015 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sudden re-focusing and trimming of Algenol by its lead investors leads CEO Paul Woods to resign; new direction focused on carbon capture, fresh water production until oil prices recover.
In Florida, the hammer …

Lootah Biofuels(LBF)Biodiesel Is the Cheapest Diesel in the UAE
October 23, 2015 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

(MENAFN Press) Lootah Bio Fuel LLC (LBF), a fully owned subsidiary of the S.S. Lootah Group, is one of the leading manufacturers in the waste-to-energy and alternative fuel industry in the UAE. Headquartered in Dubai, …

Poet Biorefining Plant Uses Wood Waste to Power Its Facility
October 23, 2015 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Poet Biorefining in Chancellor, S.D., is currently powering its plant with wood waste from Spencer, Iowa.
“We are a fuel-switching plant where we can switch to the most economical type …

EPA’s RFS Proposal Risks Ending America’s Rural Renaissance
October 23, 2015 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan H Harsch (Agri-Pulse) When President George W. Bush signed the law creating the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in 2005 to support biofuels production, he explained that “Using ethanol and biodiesel will leave our air cleaner. …

Support, Opposition Grow Over Proposed Changes to Biodiesel Tax Credit
October 23, 2015 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On October 21, the Advanced Biofuels Association, along with the Petroleum Marketers Association and other retail fuel groups, expressed opposition to changing the biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders’ tax credit. …

Hassan’s Bio-Fuel Model May Be a Game-Changer
October 23, 2015 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Dipankar Chakraborty (Bangalore Mirror)  This may reduce country’s dependence on imported fossil fuel to meet energy needs, say experts
With more than one lakh trained farmers and local stakeholders from across 2,039 of the total of …