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

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

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

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

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

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

4 Minutes with… Valentin Perez, Project Manager, SINMT
June 25, 2015 – 8:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … My company is building the first bioethanol plant using sugarcane in Mexico. We will sell ethanol to Pemex and other companies. The scope of the project is not only the plant, …

Developers of Biodiesel Fuel Refinery Say It Will Mitigate Toxic Effects on School Children
June 25, 2015 – 8:35 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Tempfer (StGeorgeUtah.com)  Biodiesel fuel could soon be supporting Southern Utah’s economy and would also help sustain cleaner air and a healthier environment.
Such is the goal of Anderwood Ventures, a company working toward economic growth …

Govt to Use 20% Diesel Requirements through Bio-Diesel
June 25, 2015 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Jayanta Mallick (The Hindu)  The Union Shipping Ministry has decided to utilise 20 per cent of its diesel requirement through bio-diesel at 12 major ports. Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping after …

RIP Cobalt Technologies or…How Commercializing Butanol Technology is Like Riding the Tour de France
June 25, 2015 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Sam Nejame & James Evangelow (Biofuels Digest/Promotum and Chemical Strategies)  Sad to say Cobalt Technologies is dead – no really they’re dead – it’s not just double secret probation anymore. Although you’d almost not even know …

Metro Councilwoman: We Won’t Let Biofuel Plant Build in West Louisville
June 22, 2015 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Caitlin Bowling  (Louisville Business First) An informational meeting Thursday evening between a couple dozen community members and a representative from Nature’s Methane LLC became heated yesterday as the residents repeatedly stated that they don’t want the …

Looking at Next-Generation Biofuel, Converting Waste into Fuel: Brekelmans of Shell
June 22, 2015 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Anilesh S Mahajan  (Business Today)  Shell Global’s Harry Brekelmans is very optimistic about the India story. Brekelmans sits on the board of the Executive Committee of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and is the director in-charge …

Boeing Completes Flight Using 5% US Biodiesel
June 22, 2015 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Militsa Mancheva (SeeNews Renewables)   Under the latest stage of its ecoDemonstrator 757 programme, US aerospace group Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) successfully completed on June 17 the first flight with a fuel blend containing US-made green diesel.
The …

API Announces First Commercial Implementation of GreenBox+ Technology
June 22, 2015 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Backed by a $10M investment from Natural Resources Canada’s Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program and an additional $4.4M from the Québec Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et …

European Renewable Ethanol Industry Releases Annual State of the Industry Report
June 19, 2015 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

(ePURE) On the occasion of its annual general assembly, the European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) has today released its annual 2015 State of the Industry Report.
The annual report offers a comprehensive look at the European ethanol …

Farmers, Biofuel Industry Calls on Congress to Leave RFS Alone
June 19, 2015 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On June 17, Fuels America hosted a press call during which American farmers and representatives of the biofuel industry discussed how legislative changes to the renewable fuel standard (RFS) would …

The US Bioeconomy: $369B and 4 Million Jobs Strong, says USDA; Changes to the BioPreferred program
June 19, 2015 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the release of a new report that shows the U.S. biobased industry in 2013 contributed four million jobs and $369 billion to the US economy.  …

What Food Safety Act Means for Ethanol Plants
June 18, 2015 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law in 2011 and this summer the rulemaking for the new act might finally be complete. Because it includes safety of animal food …

Joule Wins Key Patent for Direct Conversion of CO2 to Hydrocarbon Fuels
June 17, 2015 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, Joule, the pioneer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, announced the issuance of an additional patent on the direct, continuous production of hydrocarbon fuels – extending its ability …

Bioenergy and Biofuels Production from Lignocellulosic Biomass via Anaerobic Digestion and Fisher-Tropsch Reaction
June 17, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture/Ohio State University)  The long term goal of this project is to commercialize an integrated anaerobic digestion system (iADs) that promises cost competitive bioenergy and biofuels production from lignocellulosic biomass. The specific …

4 Minutes with…Veronica May, GM, UOP’s Renewable Energy & Chemicals
June 15, 2015 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Our groundbreaking renewable fuel technologies produce drop-in diesel, jet fuel and liquid biomass from a range of sustainable sources. We have commercialized those technologies in the U.S. and Europe in …

Queensland Issues Biofuels Mandate Discussion Paper, Launches Public Forums
June 15, 2015 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Australia, the Queensland state government has released the Towards a clean energy economy: achieving a biofuel mandate for Queensland discussion paper, which outlines key issues associated with the proposed mandate …

Shatter the Blend Wall with High Performance Bio-Gasoline
June 15, 2015 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by David Gogerty and Ronan Rocle (Global Bioenergies/Biofuels Digest)  … And there are indeed interesting developments: using new synthetic biology techniques, we can now target the best-of-the-best in gasoline molecules—isooctane. This high-performance fuel, which is expected to …

Sustainable, Available, Reliable Affordable Bioeconomy Feedstocks: The Hottest Slides from ABFC 2015
June 11, 2015 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the advanced bioeconomy, the question for some time has been “how do you fund it?” or “how do you make it?”. But now, feedstock is becoming the key variable, …

DDGS Challenges, Old and New
June 8, 2015 – 11:04 pm | No Comment

by  Kurt A. Rosentrater (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Distillers Grains Technology Counci)  … At the recent Distillers Grains Technology Council’s 19th Distillers Grains Symposium in Kansas City, the latest and greatest issues to impact distillers grains production and …

Gevo’s Wood-Derived Jet Fuel to Be Used in Test Flight
June 8, 2015 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

(Gevo/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Gevo Inc. has announced a breakthrough to its fermentation technology that will allow it to produce isobutanol from cellulosic feedstocks such as wood waste which can then be converted into Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet …

St1 Completes Waste-to-Ethanol Etanolix Project in Sweden
June 8, 2015 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Sweden, St1 Biofuels Oy delivered its first Etanolix plant to North European Bio Tech Oy (NEB) in Gothenburg, which recycles feedstocks such as biowaste and process residue from local …

4 Minutes with… Taner Onoglu, Vice President, Altaca Energy
June 8, 2015 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … “ALTACA Enerji” is the leading technology company of Turkey focused on energy from waste. We currently own and operate the largest integrated biogas and bio-fertilizer plant in the region. We …

Government Boosts Ethanol Fuels to Create New Industry Jobs
June 4, 2015 – 7:59 pm | No Comment

by Tony Moore (The Age)  The Queensland Government wants to boost the proportion of sugarcane-derived ethanol in petrol sales from 1.2 per cent to 2 per cent by July 2016, as a catalyst to a $1.8 …

Drive Your Car, Help Fight Climate Change? The New Biofuel that Claims to Be Carbon Negative
June 3, 2015 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Shemkus (The Guardian)  Colorado-based startup Cool Planet says it has created a fuel that mixes seamlessly with gasoline and actually removes carbon from the atmosphere
The entrepreneurs and innovators at Colorado-based Cool Planet are betting …

The Advanced Bioeconomy, a Leadership Conversation: Where Do We Go from Here?
June 3, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Anna Rath, CEO, NexSteppe; Jim Greenwood, CEO, BIO; and Dario Giordano, CEO, Beta Renewables step onto the stage at the World Bioenergy Leadership Forum in Seville to look at what’s …

NORA Releases “Biodiesel in Home Heating” Report
June 3, 2015 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(National Oil Heat Research Alliance)  Pursuant to Public Law 113-79 (the Agricultural Act of 2014), Congress required NORA to prepare a report on the utilization rate and analysis of the use of biofuels in Oilheating …

Kuwait Invests US$1.5 Billion in Agro-Industrial Project in Mozambique
June 3, 2015 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

(Macau Hub)  The Al-Bader International Development Company plans to invest U$1.5 billion in an agro-industrial project for the production of sugarcane in Mozambique, with a view to producing ethanol, the Chief Executive of the Kuwaiti …

Cellulosic Biofuels and Perceptions of Readiness, Viability
June 3, 2015 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Readers rate 27 different cellulosic biofuels technologies on perceptions of commercial readiness, viability, reasons for skepticism, and levels of confidence and awareness.
Recently, we asked Digest readers to rate 27 cellulosic biofuels …

4 Minutes with…Tim Sklar, President, Sklar & Associates
June 3, 2015 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Sklar & Associates (S&A) is a South Carolina based consulting firm specializing in Bio-fuels project development. S&A is expert in biorefinery project finance and conducting extensive due diligence investigations and …

4 Minutes with… Enrique Arrieta-Noguera, CEO, Ambientronika
June 3, 2015 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  (W)e are working in the project “4T-FF”, 4 trees species for fuel & food, where we will produce 100% biodiesel plus food in the form of forage, milk and meat.

We …

GS Caltex to Build Biobutanol Plant
June 3, 2015 – 10:35 am | No Comment

(Yonhap News Agency)  GS Caltex Co., South Korea’s second-largest refiner, plans to build a 50 billion won (US$44 million) plant to produce biobutanol, a biofuel, the presidential office said Tuesday.
The announcement, which was made as …

Top 10 Lessons Learned Commercializing Advanced Biotechnologies — Part 1
June 2, 2015 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by  Mark Warner (Warner Advisors/ Biofuels Digest) … My focus is on the technical perspectives of technology deployment, from early stage process development, engineering, and construction to a fully operational commercial facility. This series is for …

Australian Research Develops New Fish-Free Omega-3 from Microalgae: New Food, Anti-Pollutant and Biofuel Side Benefits
June 2, 2015 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Andrea Hogan  (Australian Food News)  Tasmanian researchers at the CSIRO’s National Algae Culture Collection facility in Hobart  believe they are getting close to developing a Omega 3 supplement that does not come from fish.
Dr Susan …

ADM Suspends German Biodiesel Plant Output on Uncertain Demand
June 2, 2015 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hogan (Reuters)  U.S. agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Co. is temporarily halting production at its biodiesel plant in Leer in Germany because of uncertainty about the future of biodiesel in the country, it said …

Expansion in U.S. Ethanol on Hold after Blending Targets Slashed
June 2, 2015 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  Expansion in the U.S. ethanol industry, stuck in neutral for more than a year as the government debated biofuel blending requirements, is now likely to come to a screeching halt.
With the …

Wanted: Antibiotic-Free Chicken
June 2, 2015 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Consumer-driven changes peck their way up the food chain to distillers grains producers. …  The move to minimize or eliminate nontherapeutic use of antibiotics in meat production is …

Thailand Set to Become Regional Bioenergy Hub
June 2, 2015 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Krissana Parnsoonthorn (Bangkok Post)  Thailand has high potential to transfer biomass and biogas technology to other Asean members in the next five years, say industry experts. With abundant biomass resources and the government’s past …

Biofuel Research and Commercial Development in Denmark
June 2, 2015 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

(Task 39 Newsletter)  General introduction – A fossil free energy supply by 2050  —  In 2012, the Danish parliament decided on a new climate act, which calls for an energy supply totally free of fossil …

Renewable Fuel Makers Say EPA Waivers Siphon Away Their Buyers
May 29, 2015 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem (Bloomberg Business) Companies that make fuel from corn stalks or landfill gas say a federal program designed to help them has a loophole that is discouraging buyers.

In addition, producers have been pushing the …

Methes to Devote Part of Biodiesel Capacity to Other Bioproducts
May 29, 2015 – 8:53 am | No Comment

(Menthes Energies/Biodiesel Magazine)  Methes Energies International Ltd. announced May 19 that it will start offering epoxidized soybean oil (ESO) and natural polyol from its Sombra, Ontario, biodiesel facility. Both of these biobased products help address …

Air Liquide Commissions New Carbon Dioxide Plant in California
May 29, 2015 – 8:41 am | No Comment

(Air Liquide)  Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP (“Air Liquide”) has commissioned a new state-of-the-art carbon dioxide liquefaction plant in Tulare County, California. The new 450 ton-per-day facility is one of three carbon dioxide liquefaction facilities …

Agriculture Industry Alliance Warns Ethanol Mandate Would Increase Fuel and Food Prices in Queensland but Grain Growers and Grain Ethanol Producers Disagree
May 20, 2015 – 11:45 am | No Comment

(ABC Rural)  The head of Queensland’s only sorghum biorefinery says a mandate on ethanol in fuel is essential for the future of his business.
It comes as the agriculture sector is shaping up for another round …

Ecuador to Roll out Argus-Linked Ethanol
May 19, 2015 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media) Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa issued a decree that orders the gradual roll out of a 10pc ethanol blend nationwide, using the Argus US Gulf Coast ethanol price as an index. … The Ecopais plan is …

Follow the Money
May 19, 2015 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  After a period of incredible profitability, leaders in the ethanol industry are better positioned for thinner margins.
In an industry ruled by volatility, it’s important for producers to position themselves …

Petrojam Ethanol Reluctant To Relocate
May 19, 2015 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Avia Collinder (The Gleaner)  The planned expansion of the Petrojam oil refinery will result in the physical displacement of sister company and tenant Petrojam Ethanol Limited (PEL), but the biofuel trader says it is yet …

Finally, Finally…USDA Loan Guarantees Open to Renewable Chemicals
May 19, 2015 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Corrine Young and Michele Jalbert (Renewable Chemicals and Advanced Materials Alliance (re:chem)/Biofuels Digest) … Program changes garnered in the most recent Farm Bill reauthorization have, for the first time, broadened the loan guarantee program to include …

Renewable Isobutanol: It’s Time for a Truce
May 19, 2015 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by James Evangelow (Chemical Strategies) & Sam Nejame (Promotum) (Biofuels Digest)  If an advertising professional were writing the copy, renewable isobutanol would be called “The new and improved ethanol”. It overcomes essentially all the major deficiencies of …

Bioenergy Innovations Presented at Department of Energy BETO Project Peer Review
May 19, 2015 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Osaretin Omorodion* (Advanced Biofuels USA) During late March 2015, the US Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) offered what amounted to a seminar for the public consisting of a series of presentations …

18 Pilot and Demonstration DOE Bioenergy Projects, Reviewed
May 18, 2015 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s the latest with such projects such as Frontline BioEnergy, Myriant, POET-DSM, INEOS Bio, Sapphire Energy, Abengoa, Haldor Topsoe, UOP. ZeaChem, Mercurius, and American Process, among others?
In Washington this June …

Corn Ethanol Yields Continue to Improve
May 14, 2015 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

(US DOE Energy Information Administration)  In 2014, U.S. fuel ethanol production reached 14.3 billion gallons of ethanol fuel, the highest level ever. The growth in U.S. fuel ethanol production has outpaced growth in corn consumed …

Senators Show Support for Biodiesel Industry
May 14, 2015 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  … Joining Sen. Heitkamp were Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Al Franken (D-MN), as well as biodiesel producers, who also stressed how the …

BioVerno Diesel Now Available from St1 and ABC Service Stations in Finland
May 14, 2015 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  As of May, UPM’s new wood-based BioVerno diesel fuel has been available at St1 and ABC service stations in Finland.
The product, sold as a part of St1’s Diesel Plus and ABC’s Smart Diesel …

Obama Administration Must Uphold Commitment to Biodiesel
May 14, 2015 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Anne Steckel (The Hill/National Biodiesel Board)  … Specifically, the Energy Independence and Security Act was passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush because they all …

BDI Successfully Completes RetroFit Project in Spain
May 14, 2015 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(BDI)  BDI – BioEnergy International AG has successfully completed the expansion of a BioDiesel plant in Spain. Oils and animal fats with very high FFA-content will in the future be converted into second-generation standards-compliant BioDiesel.

Implementation …

Aemetis Expands Biodiesel Sales to Truck Operators in Logistics Industry in India
May 14, 2015 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

(Marketwatch/Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. AMTX, -1.03% an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company, today announced that biodiesel sales activity is accelerating in India with truck operators in the logistics industry.
Aemetis has expanded sales activity in India …

Sugar Cane to Branch out to Bio-Ethanol, Electricity
May 14, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Linda Ensor (Business Day Live) … The diversification plans included using sugar cane to produce bio-ethanol and to generate renewable electricity.
This would also improve the long term viability of the industry, chairman of the South …

Auctions for All Assets of Two Silicon Valley-Based Clean Technology Firms: Biofuel producer, Cobalt Technologies and Flow Cell Energy Storage Company, EnerVault
May 14, 2015 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(Silicon Valley Disposition/PRNewswire)   Silicon Valley Disposition (http://www.svdisposition.com) announced today that it will simultaneously run online auctions of all of physical assets from the head quarter facilities for Cobalt Technologies located in Mountain View, California …

Kansas Plant Maximizes Value of Inputs by Adding Diesel Production
May 14, 2015 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Loretta Sorensen (Midwest Producer)  … But one Kansas ethanol company, East Kansas Agri-Energy LLC (EKAE), is taking steps to stabilize its business with diversified income streams generated from the same corn source used to make …

Dyadic Receives Funding for New Advanced Biofuels Program
May 14, 2015 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

(Dyadic/PR Newswire)   Dyadic International, Inc. (“Dyadic”) (OTCQX: DYAI), a global biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of enzymes and other proteins for the bioenergy, bio-based chemicals, biopharmaceutical, food and feed industries, …

Thrive, Survive, Jive or Take Five: Who Is Weathering the $50 Oil Storm in Biofuels, and How?
May 14, 2015 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   … Survive  —  First-Gen ethanol producers. So-so. Corn prices have fallen, and though margins have been compressed and gone negative in some cases, balance sheets remain strong and the margin …

Biofuel Developers Like Neste Oil, Diamond Green Can Thrive Despite Cheap Oil
May 13, 2015 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research/Market Wired)  While alternative fuels like biofuels had obvious appeal when oil prices were well over $100 a barrel, the plummet in oil prices to $50 levels can threaten the cost-competitiveness of alternative fuels. …

Growers Want Permits to Produce Ethanol from Sugarcane
May 13, 2015 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by N. Dinesh Nayak (The Hindu)  The Karnataka State Sugarcane Growers Association has urged the Union government to allow sugarcane growers to produce ethanol from sugarcane.
Speaking to presspersons here on Monday, the association president Kurabur Shantha …

Global Bioenergies: First Production of Liquid Hydrocarbons from Biological Feedstock Using the Isobutene Process
May 13, 2015 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(Global Newswire/Global Bioenergies)  First batch of  “renewable oil”; Ground and air transportation fuels; Perspective of new industrial sectors; Prevention of climate change
Global Bioenergies announces today having converted renewable resources into gaseous isobutene, and secondarily into liquid fuels similar …

Workers and Cane Growers Strike in Zimbabwe as Green Fuel Fails to Pay
May 13, 2015 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Zimbabwe, more than 500 workers have gone on strike after going unpaid by Green Fuel for six months. Last week more than 100 cane farmers also went on strike …

With Clean Fuels as Law, Oregon Biofuel Maker Prepares for Major Expansion
May 13, 2015 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Wendy Culverwell (Portland Business Journal)  A Eugene biofuel company that converts used cooking oil into fuel is in expansion mode thanks to Oregon’s Clean Fuels program.  SeQuential Pacific Biofuels expanded its production capacity in …

The Commercialization of Renewable Fuels, Chemicals and Biobased Product: 4 New Views, in Depth
May 13, 2015 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  New targets, new markets, new tech, new methods, new outcomes.LanzaTech, Genomatica, Amyris and Brazil’s CTBE share in-depth presentations from the 37th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals. 100 of …

CNH Industrial Hosts Expert Panel to Raise Awareness on Biogas
May 13, 2015 – 11:00 am | No Comment

(CNH Industrial/PR Newswire)  The Company gathered experts from the scientific community, representatives from institutional European associations, public officials and professionals from the powertrain, commerical vehicles and agricultural machinery sectors for a workshop panel entitled “The …

Cellulosic Refiners Hamstrung by Chaos in RFS-Credit Market
May 12, 2015 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

Amanda Peterka  (E&E Publishing)  … Refiners aren’t buying cellulosic fuel credits through the renewable fuel standard program for what the company produces. And so Quad County has received as much as $600,000 less than expected for …

Biodiesel Factory Project Needs Final $850K
May 12, 2015 – 9:54 am | No Comment

(The Recorder)  Co-op faces June 1 deadline on construction bids.  The member-owned co-op that’s trying to build a $4.2 million biodiesel factory in the Greenfield Industrial Park is racing toward a June 1 deadline on …

Is EPA’s Biofuel Policy Eroding the Industry?
May 11, 2015 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (The Examiner) The Environmental Protection Agency’s attempts to get its flagship renewable fuel program back on track is coming at a price for the biofuel industry it has sought to support.
In the nearly …

Iowa Leaders Call for Biochemical Tax Credits for Ethanol, Biodiesel
May 11, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Dave Dreeszen (Sioux City Journal) Durham (Debi Durham, the state’s economic development director), a former Siouxland Chamber of Commerce president, is championing legislation that would set aside up to $15 million in tax credits per year …

E4tech Releases Evidence-Base Report on European Bioeconomy
May 11, 2015 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Europe, E4tech has just completed a new study, ‘From the Sugar Platform to biofuels and biochemicals’ for the European Commission (DG ENER), a comprehensive evidence base for policymakers and …

Cargill Joint Venture to Install FQPT Systems in Brazilian Plant
May 11, 2015 – 11:48 am | No Comment

(Fluid Quip Process Technologies/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  SJC Bioenergia, a joint venture between Cargill and Group USJ, has purchased Fluid Quip Process Technology’s systems to integrate corn ethanol production at its sugar-cane ethanol facility located in …

Taurus Energy and Partners in Tough Competition Awarded EU Financing for 2nd Generation Ethanol Project
May 11, 2015 – 11:38 am | No Comment

(Taurus Energy)  The EU-Commission has awarded 20 million EURO in financing for the development of a strategically important 2nd generation ethanol demo plant in France. The award is shared with French production companies CIMV (group …

Joule, Audi Confirm Revolutionary Sunflow Fuel Meets US, EU Specs
May 11, 2015 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, news arrives from Joule that the company’s CO2-recycled  ethanol meets US and European fuel specifications. No one is dying of surprise that they would do so, but  getting …

Joule Raises $40M, as “Fuel from Thin Air” Preps for Commercial Scale in 2017.
May 11, 2015 – 9:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   In Massachusetts, the remarkable journey of Joule Unlimited towards commercial-scale continued to add exciting chapters with the news that the company has closed on $40 million in private equity …

ACE Power by People Advertisement Urges President to Keep RFS on Track
May 8, 2015 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  ACE ad highlights how RFS is an example of policy done right.  Capitalizing on President Barack Obama’s visit to Watertown, South Dakota, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) placed a full …

Another Biofuels Production Technology Heads to the Fracking Hills for Development: KmX Chemical Corp Looks to Fracking Industry for Business
May 8, 2015 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Another in our series of stories about promising technologies applicable to the development of a robust advanced biofuel economy diverting to fossil fuel use for research, development and deployment.
This …

Contribution of the Ethanol Industry to the Economy of Minnesota
May 8, 2015 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

John M. Urbanchuk and Stuart D. Norvell (Agriculture and Biofuels Consulting, LLP/ Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)   From the farm to the fuel pump, the ethanol industry is a vital component of Minnesota’s economy. Ethanol plants provide jobs …

Quantifying the Emissions from a Large Ethanol Refinery
May 8, 2015 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)  Refining ethanol may release more of some pollutants than burning it in vehicles.    After quantifying the airborne emissions from the nation’s third largest ethanol refinery, a team led by …

BP Warns State It Will Close Jennings Biofuels Site
May 8, 2015 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

(The Advertiser)  BP is closing its biofuels plant in Jennings, ending jobs there for 56 people.  Aline Thoeny, human resources manager for BP, sent notice Monday to Andre France of the Louisiana Workforce Commission Dislocated …

Alaska Airlines, Gevo to Demonstrate Renewable Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel in Upcoming Flight
May 8, 2015 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Alaska Airlines ups the ante in the search for sustainable, affordable jet fuels.  In Colorado, Gevo and Alaska Airlines announced a strategic alliance to purchase Gevo’s renewable jet fuel and fly …

Whitefox Signs Agreement with Pacific Ethanol Inc.
May 8, 2015 – 10:07 am | No Comment

(Whitefox)  Whitefox (www.whitefox.com), the clean fuel membrane specialist, announced today that it has signed an agreement with California based Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (Nasdaq: PEIX) for the delivery of an industrial scale membrane system. The objective …

Tallow Industry Finds New Markets after Demand Slows in Key Market
May 6, 2015 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

By Olivia Garnett (ABC)  After a lull in demand, Australia’s biggest market for tallow is slowly cranking up again.
Inedible tallow is rendered livestock fat and offal that demands big dollars in Singapore, where it is …

Renmatix Acquires Mascoma Demonstration Plant in New York
May 6, 2015 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Another step towards commercial scale, aimed at “secure supply” of cellulose-lignin solids for Renmatix’ Georgia facility
Renmatix announced that it has acquired existing assets of the former Mascoma corporation’s 56,000 square …

Novozymes to Supply World’s First Sawdust-Based Biofuel Refinery
May 6, 2015 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by  (Reuters)  Danish industrial enzymes maker Novozymes has struck a deal to supply the world’s first refinery producing biofuel from sawdust.  Novozymes is already a big player in the biofuel market, providing about 60 percent …

Profit in Plug and Play
May 5, 2015 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  A cutting-edge waste-to-energy venture at an Oregon landfill will channel flared gas into ethanol production, and potentially other renewable fuels if future markets are favorable.

At Knott Landfill in Bend, Oregon, Waste …

Amid Scarcity: The Biofuels Alternative We Need—Obada
May 5, 2015 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

By Udeme Clement (Vanguard)  Dr. Babatunde Obada is Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Global Biofuels Limited, a biofuels company in Nigeria. He speaks on the passage of 2015 Budget by the Senate without …

Fulcrum BioEnergy Awards Engineering, Procurement And Construction Contract To Abengoa
May 5, 2015 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc.)  Fixed-Price Contract Guarantees Cost, Schedule and Plant Performance —  Launches Commercialization of Fulcrum BioEnergy’s Process for Converting Household Garbage into Low-Cost Renewable Jet Fuel and Diesel
Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc., announced today that it …

VietNam Considers Raising Export Tariff on Cassava, Ethanol to Support E5 Production
May 5, 2015 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(VietNamNet Bridge) The Ministry of Finance (MOF) is planning to raise the tariff on cassava and ethanol exports in an effort to retain materials for domestic biofuel production. Cassava and ethanol bear an export tariff …

Estimating Chilled Investment for Advanced Biofuels Due to RFS Uncertainty: $13.7 Billion Shortfall in Investment During Delays in Rulemaking
May 4, 2015 – 9:15 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Industry Organization)  The advanced biofuel industry has invested billions of dollars since 2009 to build first-of-a-kind demonstration and commercial-scale biorefineries around the world, even during a global economic recession. Cellulosic biofuels have reached commercial …

Neighbors Come out in Opposition of Proposed Ethanol Plant near Caldwell
May 4, 2015 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Torrie Cope (Idaho Press-Tribune)  Residents who live in the area of Lower Pleasant Ridge Road fear that a proposed ethanol plant could lower their property values, spoil their views and bring unwanted traffic, noise …

The DOE’s 12 Top Biobased Molecules – What Became of Them?
May 4, 2015 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … If they handed out Platinum and Gold certification to scientific papers as we do with recorded music, “Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass” would be a multi-platinum chart-busting monster. This …

Regulations Could Hamper Biomass Project
April 30, 2015 – 8:07 pm | No Comment

by Brent Shrum (The Western News)  Libby is the top choice for a company looking to build a $46 million plant that would use new technology to turn forest debris into 5 million gallons of liquid …

BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review Presentations Now Online
April 30, 2015 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Visit the 2015 Project Peer Review Web page to download individual project and plenary presentations from BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review. The peer review process provided BETO with feedback about the management …

Harvester Banking on Ethanol Distillery
April 30, 2015 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by John Anderson (Townsville Bulletin) Burdekin sugarcane harvesting contractor Michael Hodder has welcomed moves by the State Government to consider an ethanol mandate for Queensland.
Mr Hodder, who plans to build an ethanol distillery to supply fuel …

World-Herald Editorial: Ethanol Comes into Its Own
April 29, 2015 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(Omaha World-Herald)  For years, Nebraskans wondered whether the state’s fledgling ethanol sector would amount to much. Now, the answer is in, as explained in a new report from University of Nebraska economists.  From small beginnings …