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Mumias Sugar to Take on Spectre in Ethanol Plant Strategy
March 10, 2015 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(The Star) Mumias Sugar will start buying bagasse and molasses from rivals to feed its ethanol production plant, it said after reporting massive losses for the first half ended December 31.  Ethanol revenues decreased by 23 …

Neste Oil Claims World Leadership in Biofuels from Waste, Residue
March 10, 2015 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(Neste Oil/Biodiesel Magazine)  Over the past few years, Neste Oil has become the world’s largest producer of renewable fuels from waste and residues. In 2014, Neste Oil produced nearly 1.3 million tons (more than 420 …

Construction Starts on Raceland Sugar Cane Conversion Plant
March 9, 2015 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Aaren Gordon (Daily Comet)  Construction has started on a $60 million plant in Raceland that will convert sugar cane waste into chemicals, sweeteners and biofuels by 2017.

The project next to Raceland Raw Sugar Corp. …

Constructing a Full-Service Vision
March 9, 2015 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine) …  Formed in 2012, SG Preston is one of hundreds of startup companies in the advanced biofuel space. The name first appeared on the advanced biofuel radar last summer when …

Australian Biomass Plant To Improve Soil, Sequester Carbon, & Produce Biofuel
March 9, 2015 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Ronald Brakels (CleanTechnica)  A $10 million dollar pilot biomass plant will be constructed in the Western Australian Capital of Perth. … The specific type of plants will be mallee crops. This somewhat broad category includes …

4 Minutes with…Hans Heinerman, Managing Director, BiCHEM Technology
March 9, 2015 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … BiCHEM produces platform chemicals from biomass. It uses an inexpensive, recyclable solvent to break down cellulose and hemicellulose into sugars. These sugars are converted into base chemicals for amongst others the …

Steeper Energy Receives $3m Grant from Canadian Government
March 9, 2015 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Steeper Energy has received a $3m grant from the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) office. This funding is to be used for the development of an Industrial Scale …

REG Reports Progress with Renewable Diesel, Chemical Operations
March 6, 2015 – 8:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  … “This past year we delivered solid results despite a rapidly declining energy market and market uncertainty,” said Daniel J. Oh, president and CEO of REG. “Our business model has enabled us …

Iowa Road Funding Bill Passes with Reduced Tax Rate for B11
March 4, 2015 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

(The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Biodiesel Magazine)  The Iowa Legislature created a 3-cent per gallon differential tax rate for B11 and higher biodiesel blends in the road funding legislation passed Feb. 24. This provision is expected to …

The Neodiesel Revolution Heads Offshore: Benefuel, Felda Expand in Malaysia
March 4, 2015 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s New, it’s Neo — the neodiesel companies — brimming with technologies to create cleaner alternatives to a powerhouse fuel. They have the performance, half the carbon, and a range …

BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review March 23-27 Alexandria, VA
March 4, 2015 – 6:24 pm | No Comment
BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review    March 23-27   Alexandria, VA

The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting the 2015 Project Peer Review on March 23–27, 2015, at the Hilton Mark Center, in Alexandria, Virginia. Approximately 185 projects in BETO’s research, development, and demonstration portfolio will …

Beta Renewables CEO Guido Ghisolfi Dies in Apparent Suicide
March 4, 2015 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The charismatic Beta Renewables CEO is gone, builder of the world’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant.  Guido Ghisolfi, 58, the CEO of Beta Renewables, is dead.  News reports from Italy …

Visalia-Based Edeniq Engineering Ethanol’s Future
March 3, 2015 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by George Lurie (The Business Journal NOW)  … Lower oil prices, (Brian) Thome (president and CEO of Edeniq) said, translate into “lower prices for ethanol too. That means margins for ethanol producers will be squeezed” — a …

USDA Publishes Final BCAP Rule
March 3, 2015 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  The USDA has released the final rule for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, and though the general scope of BCAP is not changing with the recently published rule, there are …

The Cellulosic-RIN Revolution
March 3, 2015 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by  Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  Expanded cellulosic fuel pathways have led to a surge of biogas-based fuel credits, and producers are taking advantage of a significant boost to project economics.
Traditionally, the biogas project end market …

Renewable Energy Facility in Calabarzon
March 3, 2015 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(Philippine Information Agency)  An alternative source that does not rely on fossil fuels was established in Infanta, Quezon to help supply the energy demand in rice and rice-based communities, Jan. 29. Located in Brgy. Binonoan, the …

Energy Group, Total, Makes Investment & Initiates Joint Development Agreement with Renmatix
March 3, 2015 – 10:45 am | No Comment

(Renmatix/Total/PR Newswire)  – Total invests in Renmatix – Takes equity and Board seat in Philadelphia based licensor of supercritical hydrolysis technology for conversion of biomass into economical cellulosic sugar   — Companies complete Joint Development …

Outlook for Bioenergy 2015: What’s in Store for This Versatile Renewable Energy Feedstock?
March 3, 2015 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jennifer Runyon (RenewableEnergyWorld.com)   … Scott Chabina, a director with Carl Marks Advisors, is extremely bullish on the biofuels industry and is excited about what’s to come in 2015. Chabina — who said he hasn’t …

NREL Report Provides Documentation of the Advanced Biorefinery Landscape
March 2, 2015 – 8:35 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy)  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a report in January 2015 on the status of the non-starch ethanol and renewable hydrocarbon biofuels industry in the United States. The report, 2013 Survey …

Report Provides Overview of European Biobased Economy
March 2, 2015 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A recent report published by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Information Network provides an overview of the EU biobased economy and estimated biomass requirements for the production of …

Abengoa Reports Top Year for Biofuel Business
March 2, 2015 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Abengoa’s biofuels segment experienced the best year in its history in 2014, company CEO Manuel Sánchez Ortega reported during the company’s 2014 fiscal year results, which can be largely …

Small Ethanol Plants Struggle for an Edge
March 2, 2015 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  As production plants have grown larger and more efficient, small, older ethanol plants risk being left behind.

Most vintage ethanol plants, including Buffalo Lake, expanded over the years, but that isn’t …

4 Minutes with… Gregory T. Benz, President, Benz Technology International
March 2, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Such work has enables successful, economical and scalable mixing equipment designs for cellulose hydrolysis reactors, for example. Also source economical major process equipment from developing countries, and aid in licensing …

Maverick Announces Its Oasis BG Gas-to-Liquid Methanol Plant
March 2, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Here we highlight an interesting solution to the problem of organic waste.
In North Carolina, Maverick Synfuels announced the availability of the Maverick Oasis BG Gas-to-Liquid methanol plant product line. These plants …

Harper Government Investment Benefits Biofuels Sector
March 1, 2015 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(Western Economic Diversification Canada/MarketWired)  Biofuel producers in Western Canada will soon be able to purify and convert raw glycerol more cost-effectively thanks to an investment of $538,542, announced today by the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister …

Build or Conquer? 3 Companies Battling Over the Future of Biofuels
March 1, 2015 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Maxx Chatsko  (Motley Fool)  … Yet, to date only three commercial scale cellulosic ethanol facilities have been built in the United States. Why aren’t there more? The technology is more complicated than most think.
The first …

The Great Algae Robbery
February 27, 2015 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  An arbitration ruling details how Roquette seemingly attempted one of the most brazen intellectual property heists in the history of biotechnology, and almost got away with it.  Today, the story …

The Latest Addition to the List of Renewable Fuels – Biopropane – Will Soon Be Available
February 27, 2015 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Neste Oil)  A new renewable fuel will enter the market when Neste Oil starts the manufacture of biopropane. The investment will be made at the Rotterdam refinery. The market for propane in LPG applications is …

New Study Reveals Wide-Ranging Economic Impact of Ethanol Production
February 27, 2015 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  At this year’s National Ethanol Conference, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released a new ABF Economics study titled “Contribution of the Ethanol Industry to the Economy of the United States in 2014,” …

Oberon Fuels Poised for Growth as State of California Approves Dimethyl Ether (DME) for Legal Use as a Vehicle Fuel
February 26, 2015 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

(Oberon Fuels)  Another milestone for the introduction of a new, low carbon fuel in the United States
Oberon Fuels, Inc. (“Oberon”), the first company to produce fuel-grade dimethyl ether (“DME”) in North America, announced today that …

ADM Cuts Biodiesel Output as Industry Hit by Weak Margins
February 26, 2015 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Rod Nickel and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Archer Daniels Midland , one of the world’s top biofuels producers, has slowed North American biodiesel output, the latest sign the industry is battling uncertainty over U.S. renewable …

Ethanol Plant to Rise in Zambo Soon
February 26, 2015 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by A. Perez Rimando (Manila Standard Today) A P17 billion ethanol gas plant will soon be built by a consortium in the island barangays of Limaong and Tumitus here, first district  Rep. Lilia Macrohon-Nuno said.
Nuno said …

Amyris Says 132% Increase in Sales to $100M Is in the Cards for 2015
February 26, 2015 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The first of the “2010-12 IPO kids” completes its transformation to a lively, product-driven commercial company with revenues in fragrances, emollients, solvents and fuels.
In California, Amyris announced Q4 2014 revenues …

Uncertainty in RFS Sends the US Ethanol Industry to Overseas Markets: A Report from the National Ethanol Conference, “Going Global”
February 26, 2015 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Lais F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Last week, from February 17 to 21, the 20th National Ethanol Conference “Going Global” was held in Grapevine, Texas, with the participation of several representatives of the ethanol …

2015 Sun Grant Conference: Academia Jumps One Step Forward and Shows What Will Be the Future of Lignocellulosic Biomass Production and Utilization in the Southeastern USA
February 25, 2015 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

Author, Dan Quadros, in Auburn, Alabama.

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  After two days (February 2-3, 2015) in “Sweet Home Alabama” at Auburn University, we got overwhelmed with the most recent discoveries of …

What’s New, Different and Hot in Military and Aviation Biofuels
February 20, 2015 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the world of aviation biofuels, the bands and the bunting are rolling out less frequently. But mostly, because the sector has moved out of a noise-filled early R&D phase …

Farmers Look to Legislature for Expansion Paths
February 20, 2015 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Don Davis (Daily Globe)  Minnesota farmers want state leaders to help them expand to new markets. They are ready to enter a new era of producing crops that can be made into products ranging …

Hastings Link to Innovative Biodiesel Project in Papua New Guinea
February 18, 2015 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(Macquarie Port News)  Port Moresby’s first used cooking oil biodiesel plant has links to the Hastings region.  The plant at Papua New Guinea’s largest university, Pacific Adventist University, processes used commercial cooking oil into biodiesel.
Crescent …

Bozeman-Based Group Creating Bio Diesel from Other’s Waste
February 17, 2015 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Keele Smith  (KBZK)  Cheap gas prices have been in the headlines recently, but there’s a greener fuel being made in our own back yard.  A Bozeman-based group is using other people’s waste and taking …

Moran Talks Renewable Fuels, ACA, Change of Power
February 17, 2015 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Scott Aust (Garden City Telegram)    As part of his Kansas listening tour, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., stopped in Garden City Monday afternoon to visit with officials of the Conestoga Energy Partner’s Bonanza …

Biofuels Digest’s Advanced Bioeconomy Awards for 2015
February 17, 2015 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Project of the Year, Deal of the Year, Partnership of the Year, Chemical of the Year, and Cap Raise of the Year — who are the big winners?  Each year, the …

Valicor Announces Patent for Ethanol Coproduct Recovery Process
February 16, 2015 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

(Valicor Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Valicor Inc. has announced that it has completed the acquisition of a patent that covers the extraction of protein from corn ethanol stillage and is designed to help ethanol producers maximize …

IRENA Report Highlights Bioenergy Growth Potential in the U.S.
February 16, 2015 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The International Renewable Energy Agency has published a report that highlights the realistic potential for higher renewable uptake in all sectors of the U.S. energy system, including power, industry, building …

Tough Characters: Looking for Biofuel Plants that Can Survive Drought and Other Harsh Conditions
February 16, 2015 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Chris Woolston (Bioenergy Connection)  With its crown of pink blossoms, the humble seashore mallow may look unassuming, even delicate. But when it comes to brutal environments, this seaside shrub is no pushover.  Seashore Mallow …

The Cellulosoic Biofuels Odyssey: Crossing the Finish Line
February 15, 2015 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Greg Breining (Bioenergy Connection) When Bioenergy Connection first covered the progress to commercial cellulosic ethanol in 2011, a dozen biofuel companies were claiming they would go big by 2015. After years of industry-wide anticipation and …

The Outlook for Renewable Fuels: The Top 10 issues for 2015
February 13, 2015 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …Here’s our most recent update, focusing on 10 key issues (though not ranked in order of importance):
1. Oil price volatility — will it stabilize?
2. RIN price volatility — will the …

EPA Names 10 More Efficient Corn Ethanol Producers
February 12, 2015 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ten more corn ethanol plants were approved through the U.S. EPA’s efficient producer petition process (EP3) at the end of January, bringing the total to 19. The first round of …

ICM, Inc. Announces Contract with Kansas Ethanol LLC on Full-Scale Commercial Installation of its Fiber Separation Technology™ (FST™)
February 11, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(ICM, Inc.) ICM, Inc. is pleased to announce that Kansas Ethanol LLC, of Lyons, Kansas, has signed an agreement for purchase, license to operate, and full-scale installation of ICM’s patent-pending Fiber Separation Technology™. FST™ is a …

Harper Government Supports New Ethanol Production Technology
February 11, 2015 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

(Government of Canada)  The Government of Canada is making an investment of $3.7 million to help Integrated Grain Processors Cooperative (IGPC) Ethanol Inc. install Canada’s first Fiber Separation Technology™ (FST) system to help boost production …

Algenol Racks up $65M in New Algae-to-Fuels Investment, from Mexico’s BioFields
February 11, 2015 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Mexico’s BioFields pours in $65 million to commercialize next-gen algae-to-fuels venture — In Florida, Algenol, a pioneer in turning CO2 emissions into fuels, announced that it has closed on a new $25 …

Tulare County Collaboration Changing Cow Waste Into Clean Energy For Calgren
February 10, 2015 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(Regenis)  Sustainable energy production entered a new era in California today as a consortium of American companies joined together with state energy officials to launch the Calgren Ethanol Biodigester, which utilizes waste from dairy farms …

Used Cooking Oil From 934 Wetherspoon Pubs To Be Turned Into Biodiesel
February 10, 2015 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Darrel Moore   (Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)) Brocklesby, specialists in the recycling of used cooking oil, edible fats and food that has a high fat content, will recycle used cooking oil from J …

SRS & BEI Partner to Develop Enzyme Catalyst Transesterification
February 10, 2015 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(SRS International/PR.com)  SRS and Biodiesel Experts have developed a transesterification system for biodiesel production process that utilizes enzymes efficiently to produce quality biodiesel on any scale. While using high-FFA feedstock, the primary job of the …

4 Minutes with…Dennis Adkesson, Consultant, Tate & Lyle
February 9, 2015 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Tate & Lyle operates three corn wet mills in the US, and views bio-based chemicals as a way to sustain grind as HFCS and starch markets decline. We currently have …

4 Minutes with… Douglas Furtek, Director, Operational Innovation, R&D, Teck Guan Group
February 9, 2015 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Teck Guan Group is a progressive multinational (Malaysia, China, Indonesia) oil palm plantation, palm oil mill, and oleochemical company. We are now converting our massive amounts of agricultural residues into …

The Big Move: The Leap from First-Gen to Next-Gen Biofuels Companies, How Does It Happen?
February 9, 2015 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How does the biofuels industry move from its roots in first-gen corn starch or cane sugar fermentation towards diversified products, more capacity and distribution, and new inputs like cellulosics?
How are …

$500/BOE Profit from Algae? Yes We Can!
February 9, 2015 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Stafford “Doc” Williamson (Biofuels Digest)  … The US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has a plan. Specifically it has a 5 year plan known as the Multi-Year Program Plan (and with …

Dubai Municipality to Use Locally Produced Biofuel
February 8, 2015 – 8:09 pm | No Comment

by James Morgan  (Construction Week Online)  Dubai Municipality and Neutral Fuels have penned an agreement concerning the supply of locally produced biodiesel for municipal vehicles.
The deal was signed during festivities for the Emirate’s sixth Car …

Fuel Summit Reflects on Lack of RFS, Options for Expansion
February 8, 2015 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Gene Lucht (Iowa Farmer Today)  Government uncertainty and low oil prices pose the biggest challenges to the ethanol and biodiesel markets in 2015, according to speakers at last week’s Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit.
… The 10 …

Report Based on False Assumption of Either-Or Land Use Approach
February 8, 2015 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  In the World Resources Institute (WRI) working paper, “Avoiding Bioenergy Competition for Food Crops and Land,” the authors work off the assumption that land-use decisions are used making an “either-or” …

Once-Golden Biofuels Market Flattened by Cheap Diesel
February 8, 2015 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Chris Fleisher (Trib Total Media)  Last fall, Ed Vescovi planned to restart a dormant biodiesel plant in Beaver County.  The market for biofuel was shaky. But a new owner, Weavertown Environmental, pledged to get …

Group Representing 187 Maine Municipalities Inks Development Deal for Hampden Waste Handling Facility
February 6, 2015 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

by Dawn Gagnon (Bangor Daily News)  After receiving assurances that the technology is viable, members of the Municipal Review Committee board voted unanimously Wednesday to enter a development agreement with a Maryland-based company that wants …

Greenbelt Resources Selected to Manufacture First Commercial-scale, Vapor-capture System for EcoPAS
February 6, 2015 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation) Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO) an innovator of sustainable energy production systems, today announced that it was selected by EcoPAS, a California company, to manufacture its PAS (Passive Alcohol System) – a revolutionary …

The (Oil Price) Crash of ’14: What Lessons Can We Learn?
February 6, 2015 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) 4 weeks past the helter-skelter Oil Crash, as prices plateau for now (and maybe for the long term) — what have we learned about energy markets in the Age of Alternatives?

When …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The company (Carbon Green Bioenergy …

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

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

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

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

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

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

The company (Carbon Green Bioenergy …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Red Rock project …

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

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

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

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

Avello Bioenergy
Cost: $57.50 per …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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