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MetGen, Sweetwater Unlocking Lignin – The Roughest, Toughest, Ornieri’st Material that Ever Bushwhack’d a Pioneer in the Valley of Death
August 17, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MetGen, Sweetwater Energy say “there’s gold in them thar side-streams”  —  For all of your questions about the advanced bioeconomy there’s just the one answer and that is “lignin”.  Why …

Column: Keeping Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Communities Strong
August 9, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Senator Al Franken (D-MN) (The Globe) … That’s why I pushed back hard when President Trump recently proposed more than $230 billion in Farm Bill cuts, including $29 billion in cuts to the crop insurance …

Farm Camp Minnesota Tours Guardian Energy
August 8, 2017 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Thirty-one children from Farm Camp Minnesota visited Guardian Energy in Janesville yesterday to get a closer look at homegrown renewable energy production.
Farm Camp Minnesota is an annual program that hosts one-day events in …

Inside the Cellulosic Industry
August 4, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill and Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol Producer Magazine provides an update on 10 cellulosic ethanol projects around the world striving for continuous, large-scale production.  —  Some things have changed in the …

Minnesota Rejects Request From Truckers to Delay Plan to Mandate B20 Biofuel Mix
August 3, 2017 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(Transport Topics)  Minnesota Department of Agriculture officials have rejected a request by the state’s trucking association to delay a plan to increase the mix of biofuel to 20% of all diesel sold in the state …

MN Soybean Unveils Minnesota Tough Biodiesel Truck
August 2, 2017 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council unveiled a DieselSellerz original biodiesel truck this week at the Minnesota Farmfest.
The DieselSellerz is the “world’s largest diesel truck classifieds community,” with a crew that has …

Summer Farm Bill Road Trips: Ag Secretary Kicks off RV Tour as House Committee Continues its Listening Tour
August 2, 2017 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … The House Agriculture Committee has its road trip, labeled “Conversations in the Field,” which included a field hearing in Texas on Monday and another one at Farmfest in …

Teacher Awareness Immersion Program — August 29, 2017 — Minneapolis/Bloomington, MN
July 20, 2017 – 3:00 pm | No Comment
Teacher Awareness Immersion Program   —   August 29, 2017   —   Minneapolis/Bloomington, MN

Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) and the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), would like to invite you to participate in our upcoming Teacher Awareness Immersion Program.
Details:
We will select 20 teachers in the …

Teachers Offered a Day on the Farm
July 20, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) has partnered with U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) to start a program to help urban teachers learn more about agriculture so they can teach it to …

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education Wraps Up
July 6, 2017 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

(Climate Generation)  Last week, we wrapped up our 12th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment! Over 50 educators from more than 10 states joined us for …

N-butanol and Beyond: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics
June 28, 2017 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Biologics is focused on the production of renewable n-butanol and other C4 chemicals from various renewable feedstocks, including sugar (cane, molasses, beets), starch (corn) and cellulosic biomass (corn residues, …

New London-Spicer High School Visited Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company
June 23, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirteen students from New London-Spicer High School visited Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) in Benson yesterday to learn about ethanol production.
“We were pleased to welcome New London-Spicer High School to our facility …

Chickens, Get Ripped! ICM Unveils High-End Protein as 5th Core Product for Ethanol Biz
June 20, 2017 – 10:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Minnesota, ICM is rolling out a new product category for the US ethanol industry this week, a companion to ethanol, distillers grains, corn oil, and CO2. And, perhaps, a …

U of Minnesota Wastewater Treatment Pilot Promises to Turn Scum into pProfit
June 13, 2017 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

(University of Minnesota)  For University of Minnesota (UMN) researchers, scum is a word packed with profitable promise. College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) professor and Center for Biorefining director R. Roger Ruan …

U of Minnesota Helps Startup Resynergi Create Energy from Plastic Waste and Biomass
June 13, 2017 – 11:55 am | No Comment

(University of Minnesota)  California waste recovery company Resynergi Inc. is drawing on University of Minnesota expertise and technology to develop and commercially manufacture a biorefining technology that converts both plastic and biomass into oil and …

Minnesota Soybean Teams Up With DieselSellerz to Promote Biodiesel
June 9, 2017 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Barchenger  (KEYC) The stars from Discovery’s hit show ‘Diesel Brothers’ are partnering with the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council to promote biodiesel.
 The DieselSellerz brothers are taking on the task of building a biodiesel …

Biodiesel in Minnesota: 15 Years in the Blink of an Eye
June 5, 2017 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by  Tom Slunecka (Biodiesel Magazine)  … Fifteen years ago, March of 2002, a gallon of unleaded gas averaged around $1.36 a gallon. … Minnesota became the first in the nation to require that all diesel fuel sold …

Renewable Jet Fuel’s Progress: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo’s ATJ
June 2, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Alcohol-to-jet. Several are working on it – Byogy, for example, and Vertimass, Virent and LanzaTech. But Gevo has been working through the rigorous ASTM process for six years, which includes extensive …

Worthington High School Visits Heron Lake BioEnergy
June 1, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bi0-Fuels Association)  Eleven students from Worthington High School visited Heron Lake Bioenergy on May 30 to learn about ethanol production.

The students, all 12th graders, were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at …

Minnesota Biodiesel Task Force to Meet June 9 on B20 Mandate
May 31, 2017 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Minnesota’s Biodiesel Task Force is scheduled to meet June 9 in Saint Paul to discuss whether statutory conditions have been met in order to move the state’s biodiesel mandate from …

Scholarships Available for Summer Institute for Climate Change Education — June 26-28, 2017 — St. Paul, MN
May 31, 2017 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

We are excited to be able to offer scholarships to attend Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy’s Summer Institute for Climate Change Education in St. Paul, Minnesota, June 26-29, 2017. We are able to offer …

Owning The Ethanol Exec Role
May 30, 2017 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  One year into her role as Guardian Energy CEO, Jeanne McCaherty has tapped into her previous experience at Cargill and the unique make-up of the ethanol industry.  —  It’s …

Self-Imposed Industry Barriers
May 26, 2017 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Timothy J. Rudnicki (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)   The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association is working to facilitate the rapid adoption of E15 by consumers as the new regular fuel across Minnesota. Given MBA’s work, we often engage …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Christianson PLLP’s Biofuels Financial Conference — September 27-28, 2017 — Minneapolis, MN DEADLINE: June 2, 2017
May 19, 2017 – 5:12 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  Christianson PLLP’s Biofuels Financial Conference — September 27-28, 2017 — Minneapolis, MN     DEADLINE:  June 2, 2017

Produced by Christianson PLLP and organized by BBI International, this year’s Biofuels Financial Conference is focused on the best ways to explore new options in today’s changing ethanol and biodiesel industries. By understanding risks associated …

Christianson PLLP’s Biofuels Financial Conference — September 27-28, 2017 — Minneapolis, MN
May 19, 2017 – 5:04 pm | No Comment
Christianson PLLP’s Biofuels Financial Conference   —   September 27-28, 2017   —    Minneapolis, MN

Produced by Christianson PLLP and organized by BBI International, this year’s Biofuels Financial Conference is focused on the best ways to explore new options in today’s changing ethanol and biodiesel industries. By understanding risks associated …

2017 BDC Fall Symposium — September 19-20, 2017 — Minneapolis, MN
May 15, 2017 – 5:48 pm | No Comment
2017 BDC Fall Symposium   —   September 19-20, 2017   —   Minneapolis, MN

The Fall Symposium is being held in conjunction with a tour of the Green Biologics commercial biobutanol plant in Little Falls, MN on Wednesday morning.  This commercial conversion of an corn ethanol plant has been …

More Iowa Stations Offering Higher Ethanol Blends
May 12, 2017 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Ron Swoboda (Wallaces Farmer)  E15 provides motorists better value in addition to higher performance and reduced emissions.  —  In early May, the Kwik Trip convenience store chain announced it is joining other major fuel …

Central High School Tours Heartland Corn Products
May 11, 2017 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty-six students from Central High School in Norwood Young America visited Heartland Corn Products today to learn more about renewable energy production.
The students, from grades nine to 12, toured the various processes …

Gevo Discusses Future Plans for Luverne Plant
May 10, 2017 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) … During an investor call, the company described plans to convert its Luverne, Minnesota, biorefinery to exclusively produce isobutanol and hydrocarbon products.

Gevo produced approximately 100,000 gallons of isobutanol at its …

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education — June 26-28, 2017 — St. Paul, MN
May 3, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment
Summer Institute for Climate Change Education   —    June 26-28, 2017   —    St. Paul, MN

Participants will have the opportunity to:

Hear from leading experts from the University of Minnesota on their research and experience on climate science and climate change solutions
Engage with hands on activities that help bring climate change …

Kwik Trip to Add E15 to its Pumps
May 2, 2017 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin Ag Connection)  One of Wisconsin’s largest suppliers of gasoline announced plans to add E15 to most of its locations within the next few years. Kwik Trip said once all of the designated pumps are …

Climate Generation Offers a Suite of Grades 3-12 Curriculum Resources in the form of Curriculum Guides, as Well as Online Modules that Can Be Downloaded for Free.
May 2, 2017 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Climate Generation)  Aligned with Minnesota state science, social studies and language arts standards, the Next Generation Science Standards and the climate and energy literacy principles, the curricula has been reviewed by scientists, professional educators, and …

Minneota High School Visits ADM Corn Processing
April 28, 2017 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty-one students from Minneota High School visited the ADM Corn Processing ethanol plant here on April 19 to learn more on how Minnesota-grown renewable energy is produced.
The students, from grades nine to …

Unstash That Trash: Material(s) Progress in Making Fuels, Chemicals from Municipal Solid Waste
April 26, 2017 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  News this week arrived from Canada that Enerkem has received the lowest carbon intensity value ever issued by the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines for its ethanol product …

Plymouth Drivers Choose E15
April 24, 2017 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MBA) and KS95 FM teamed up today to reward drivers who chose E15 during an hour-long promotion at the Holiday station on County Road 24 in Plymouth.
From 12 …

St Paul Drivers Win With E15
April 14, 2017 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MBA) and KS95 FM teamed up today (April 13, 2017) to reward drivers who fueled up with E15 (Unleaded Plus) during an hour-long promotion at Highland Service Minnoco.
During …

St Peter High School Visits Guardian Energy
April 12, 2017 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Thirty-two high school students toured Guardian Energy’s ethanol plant today to get a closer look at how renewable energy is produced.
The students, from St Peter High School, toured the various processes of ethanol …

E15 Infrastructure Bill Would Add $35.9M to Minnesota GDP
April 7, 2017 – 10:36 am | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  An infrastructure bill in the Minnesota House and Senate that calls for expanding access to E15 would contribute $35.9 million to the state’s GDP, according to an analysis by ABF …

Biofuels Infrastructure Bill A Big Boost For Minnesota
March 31, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Timothy J. Rudnicki (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)   The current biofuels infrastructure bill in the Minnesota legislature (House File 1257 and Senate File 1277) is really more than just increasing fuel tanks, pipes and dispensers.
It’s about …

In Response: Study, Article Misrepresented, Did Disservice to Ethanol
March 30, 2017 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Ashwin Raman (Duluth News Tribune/Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  I believe the March 21 story, “Habitat loss highest near ethanol plants,” did a disservice to readers because it cited a study that contains dubious and inaccurate conclusions.

The …

Preliminary Assessment of Spatial Competition in the Market for E85
March 27, 2017 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Preliminary Assessment of Spatial Competition in the Market for E85 presentation and supplementary report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory examine how the spacing of E85 …

Inver Grove Plant Would Be First in U.S. to Turn Garbage into Ethanol
March 27, 2017 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

by Bob Shaw (Twin Cities Pioneer Press)  … The $200 million biofuels plant would process Dakota County’s garbage into ethanol, to be blended with gasoline for use in cars and trucks.

The plant would be built by …

Glencoe Silver Lake Students Tour Heartland Corn Products
March 24, 2017 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota BioFuels Association)  Eight students from Glencoe Silver Lake High School toured Heartland Corn Products today to understand how clean renewable Minnesota energy is produced.
The students, from grades 10 to 12, toured the various process …

Emerging Biomass Feedstock Forum — April 10, 2017 — Minneapolis, MN
March 23, 2017 – 4:39 pm | No Comment
Emerging Biomass Feedstock Forum   —   April 10, 2017   —   Minneapolis, MN

As the biomass industry continues to grow, so too does the opportunity for other feedstocks to capitalize on this market and generate real revenue. Whether grown intentionally to diversify a farm operation or available already …

New Study Sets the Stage for Engineering Fungi to Make Fuels instead of Toxins
March 22, 2017 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Molds produce a wide range of both valuable and toxic molecules, which have important implications for energy production, agriculture and human health. A recent study revealed that an organelle within fungal cells called the …

New Study Links Habitat Destruction to Ethanol Production
March 22, 2017 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Jordan Lubetkin (National Wildlife Federation)  Millions of acres of wildlife habitat are being lost to crop production, according to a new peer-reviewed study published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters, which found a …

As OPEC Falls, What Is the Liberated Market Signaling to Producers?
March 22, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  There’s a theory going around that biofuels are “government fuels” — and prices are set around a table in Washington, DC. But if you visit the big biodiesel and …

Senators Urge Trump to Maintain RFS Point of Obligation
March 20, 2017 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Nearly two dozen U.S. senators have signed a letter advising President Trump not to change the federal biofuels program’s longtime compliance protocol.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., today led …

Trump Administration a Wild Card for Ethanol Industry
March 7, 2017 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Mike Hughlett (Star Tribune)  With production on the rise, there’s anxiety over unknown policy shifts.  —  …  While there are positive indicators for 2017 — corn prices are forecast to be stable and the …

How Brown Rot Fungi Could Lead to More Efficient Biofuels Production
February 28, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(Lab Manager/U.S. Department of Energy)  Wood’s complex structure makes it highly resistant to biological or chemical decomposition. The structure includes cellulose, long chains of linked sugar molecules, embedded in a scaffolding of a chemical known …

Ethanol Brings $2 Billion Per Year to Minnesota’s Economy
February 28, 2017 – 11:00 am | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry continued to boost Minnesota’s economy in 2016, contributing $1.98 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP).
A new study released by ABF Economics, which was commissioned by …

CPAC Panel: Ethanol Regs Aren’t Helping Corn Belt Economies
February 27, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Follett (The Daily Caller News Foundation)  Members of the Conservative Political Action Conference panel “Energy Rationing: The Tragic, Unintended Consequences,” argued the federal ethanol mandate isn’t benefiting the regions of the country it’s …

Ground Delay: Where Are the Sustainable Aviation Fuels?
February 21, 2017 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (S)omething less than $200 million has been so far positively and affordably earmarked by lenders to revolutionize the entire supply chain of US air transportation fuels. Which is to say, …

Adding Flowability
February 20, 2017 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Debbie Sniderman (Ethanol Producer Magazine/VI Ventures LLC)  New DDGS additive saves ethanol plants energy and improves flowability.  —  A new mineral additive technology offering energy and yield benefits to DDGS processing has been developed …

AY-YI YI-YA AAAY, Gevo Just Can’t Stop Dancin’
February 16, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But there’s something so cool in that technology that we can’t take our eyes off the company and its progress, even though looking at the balance sheet can feel like watching …

Researchers Produce Renewable Car Tires from Trees, Grass
February 13, 2017 – 10:02 pm | No Comment

(University of Minnesota/Biomass Magazine)  A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new technology to produce automobile tires from trees and grasses in a process that could shift the tire …

Lawmakers Aim to Boost Central Illinois Agricultural Economy
February 13, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Chris Lusvardi (Herald & Review)  Legislation introduced in Springfield could boost efforts to attract bio-based businesses to Decatur and Central Illinois. The legislation introduced by state Sens. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, and Andy Manar, D-Bunker …

2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo — June 19-21, 2017 — Minneapolis, MN
February 8, 2017 – 8:14 pm | No Comment
2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo — June 19-21, 2017 — Minneapolis, MN

The 7th annual National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo will take place June 19-21, 2017, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Produced by BBI International, this national event will feature the world of advanced …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: 2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo — June 19-21, 2017 — Minneapolis, MN DEADLINE: February 24, 2017
February 8, 2017 – 8:12 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo   —   June 19-21, 2017   —   Minneapolis, MN   DEADLINE:  February 24, 2017

Presentation ideas will be accepted for the 2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo through February 24, 2017.
The National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo is actively seeking abstracts and presentation ideas from experts interested in …

Farmers Looking at On-Farm Ethanol Plants
February 3, 2017 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Nat Williams (Illinois Farmer Today)  A handful of farmers are not just raising the crops that can be used as biofuels. They’re also working on producing the fuel itself.  A Minnesota-based company is in …

What Blend Wall? Why Facts Trump Rhetoric Every Time
January 25, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  Half of U.S. states blended more than 10 percent ethanol, RFA’s president and CEO points out in his View from the Hill column —  Reps. Bill Flores, R-Texas, and …

Successful Biofuels Industry Awaits Trump
January 23, 2017 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

(Forum News Service/The Daily Journal)  Minnesota’s plant-based fuel industries of ethanol and biodiesel are success stories, but their future depends on the new Trump administration.  “We are a little nervous,” Assistant Commissioner Andrea Vaubel of …

EPA Approves Pathway for Isobutanol as an Advanced Biofuel Provides Route for Gevo to Generate Potentially More Valuable D5 RINs at Luverne
January 18, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(Gevo)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO), announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has approved the pathway for isobutanol produced at Gevo’s Luverne, MN plant to be an advanced biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program …

Poll: Trump Voters Overwhelmingly Support Ethanol
January 13, 2017 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  A new post-election survey released today shows that decisive voters in the 2016 presidential election are staunch supporters of American ethanol. The survey of 3,000 Trump voters in the Midwestern battleground states of …

Fantastic 5: US States Getting It Done, Making Biobased Happen
December 27, 2016 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … the most innovative public-private policies are likely for some time to proceed out of regions, provinces and states.
In some ways, in the United States the forces arrayed against the Renewable …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: 2017 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo — June 19-21, 2017 — Minneapolis, MN DEADLINE February 24, 2017
December 20, 2016 – 12:37 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: 2017 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo  —   June 19-21, 2017   —   Minneapolis, MN    DEADLINE  February 24, 2017

BBI International and Ethanol Producer Magazine have announced a call for abstracts for the 33rd annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW). The FEW is set to take place June 19-21, 2017 at the …

U.S. Senator’s View: Strong Biofuel Industry Builds Economy, Lessens US Dependence
December 19, 2016 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

By U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Duluth News Tribune)  Back in 2009, I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening of Ever Cat’s biodiesel plant in Isanti, Minn. The company, started by a feed-supplement supplier …

Minnesota n-butanol Plant Comes Online
December 12, 2016 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  A United Kingdom company has successfully converted a Minnesota ethanol plant into an n-butanol production facility, which is now online after two years of development.
David Anderson of Green Biologics Inc., …

We Really Do Mean “Drop-in”: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo
December 12, 2016 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a hydrocarbon platform molecule. …

Study Finds People Are Willing to Pay More for New Biofuels
December 8, 2016 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Scott Weybright (Washington State University)  When it comes to second generation biofuels, Washington State University research shows that consumers are willing to pay a premium of approximately 11 percent over conventional fuel.
“We were surprised …

Improving Infrastructure Influences RFS
December 7, 2016 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News) A Midwestern senator says advancements in infrastructure helped convince the Environmental Protection Agency to raise Renewable Volume Obligations for 2017 to statutory levels.
Al Franken of Minnesota tells Brownfield the normal pushback …

Going to Graceland: Cargill, Calysta Select Tennessee for Methane-to-Feed Project
December 5, 2016 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Minnesota, Cargill and Calysta revealed that they will co-create the world’s largest gas fermentation facility in Memphis, Tennessee to produce Calysta’s FeedKind protein, a family of sustainable, traceable nutritional …

The Biobased Economy after Trump: The States May Lead the Way
November 28, 2016 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  … Trump and Congressional Republicans are expected to focus on comprehensive tax reform, infrastructure development, and repealing Obamacare. Some of those initiatives may touch the biobased economy but only …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: 2017 International Biomass Conference & Expo — April 10-12, 2017 — Minneapolis, MN DEADLINE: December 2, 2016
November 14, 2016 – 7:20 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  2017 International Biomass Conference & Expo   —   April 10-12, 2017   —   Minneapolis, MN    DEADLINE:  December 2, 2016

Presentation ideas will be accepted for the 2017 International Biomass Conference & Expo through December 2, 2016. Presentation ideas may be submitted in one of four tracks:
Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
Track 2: Biomass Power …

Sleepy Eye High School Toured Highwater Ethanol
November 9, 2016 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty-three students from Sleepy Eye High School toured Highwater Ethanol today to get a closer look at clean renewable energy production.
During the tour, the students learned about the various processes of ethanol …

Minnesota Student #Biodiesel Contest Adds Video
November 7, 2016 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Clean Air Choice® Biodiesel Scholarship contest offers high school seniors awards to help with college. Now in the eighth year of the program, students may submit a short video of …

Developing New Markets Will Help MN Corn Farmers Become the Most Sustainable and Environmentally Responsible in the U.S.
November 7, 2016 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Jerry Demmer  (Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council/Filmore County Journal)  … Yes, corn is used for more than just feeding livestock. It touches our lives in many ways, whether we’re brushing our teeth (corn is …

Pheasants Choose Farms over Grasslands, Surprising MN Researchers
November 7, 2016 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Dave Orrick (Twin Cities Pioneer Press)  Female pheasants have surprised researchers by running into corn and soybean fields — but not just for the crops.
Female pheasants, Minnesota researchers have found, often abandon natural grasslands …

Letter: Pink out with Ethanol
October 24, 2016 – 8:47 pm | No Comment

by Krista Willis Willmar (Hutchinson Leader)  …  And some consumer choices do significantly impact our exposure to cancer-causing toxins.  Vehicle fuel is an excellent example. That’s why several major chains of gas stations across six …

Ethanol in U.S. Gas Tanks Is Backfiring for Climate Change
October 24, 2016 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by John Upton (Climate Central)  It may have seemed apparent to members of Congress a decade ago that if a motorist pumped a gallon of fuel made from corn into their gas tank, a gallon …

NRHEG High School Students Visit Guardian Energy
October 14, 2016 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirty-five students from NRHEG (New Richland, Hartland, Ellendale, Geneva) High School visited Guardian Energy yesterday to gain a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable energy.
The students, from the seventh and eight grade, …

Gevo Produces First Cellulosic Renewable Jet Fuel Specified for Use on Commercial Airline Flights–Alaska Airlines to Fly First Commercial Flight with Cellulosic Renewable Jet Fuel in ‘Next Few Months’
October 12, 2016 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

(Gevo/Globe Newswire)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO), announced today that it has completed production of the world’s first cellulosic renewable jet fuel that is specified for commercial flights.  Gevo successfully adapted its patented technologies to convert cellulosic …

Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg High School Visits Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company
October 6, 2016 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Twenty-one high school students from Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (KMS) High School visited the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company plant today to get a better understanding of how clean homegrown renewable energy is produced.
The students, which included …

Rosemount Mulls Plan to Convert Waste into Ethanol
October 4, 2016 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Matt M. Johnson (Finance & Commerce)  Rosemount officials are looking with both caution and optimism at a Canadian company’s proposal to build a $200 million garbage-to-fuel refinery near the city’s northeast edge.
Montreal-based Enerkem is …

Minnesota #Biodiesel Mandate Stands Firm
October 1, 2016 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Minnesota has been and continues to be a leader in the support of biofuels and was the first state to pass a biodiesel mandate requiring B20 (20 percent biodiesel, 80 percent …

St Paul Drivers Choose Minnesota-Produced E15
September 30, 2016 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MBA) and KS95 FM today teamed up to reward drivers who chose E15 (Unleaded Plus) at St Paul Minnoco during an hour-long promotion.
From 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, …

Eaton’s New GH100 and GH101 Biodiesel Hose Products Feature Exceptionally High Performance in Extremely High Temperatures
September 30, 2016 – 10:48 am | No Comment

(Eaton)  Power management company Eaton today announced the launch of the GH100 and GH101 hoses for high-percentage biodiesel blend and high-temperature oil applications. Unlike standard fuel hoses that only last 1-2 years, Eaton’s GH100 and …

At the Heart of the Ethanol Process
September 29, 2016 – 8:46 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Long-time ethanol lab manager, Jennifer Roepke, wears many hats while striving for overall plant success.  —  Jennifer Roepke recognizes her work is just part of the process. The lab …

Comments on the Draft Technical Assessment Report for Model Years 2022 – 2025 Greenhouse Gas Emission and Fuel Economy Standards Submitted by Minnesota and Illinois Growers
September 29, 2016 – 8:22 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Corn Growers Association Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council and the Illinois Corn Growers Association)   Early this year, the Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council approved a research grant to Defour Group LLC (D4) …

BIO Releases Report on Renewable Chemical Progress, Opportunities
September 26, 2016 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Biotechnology Innovation Organization recently released a report documenting substantial, ongoing growth in the renewable chemical industry and outlining federal and state policies that support the industry.
The report, titled …

KLM and Lufthansa Sign Long-Term Agreements with US Sustainable Biofuel Producers AltAir and Gevo
September 23, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online) European airlines KLM and Lufthansa have each signed agreements with US biofuel companies for supplies of locally-produced sustainable fuels. KLM has agreed to purchase through a three-year offtake agreement an undisclosed quantity of used cooking …

Sen. Amy Klobuchar Visits Lamberton Area Solar Community Garden Near Ethanol Site
September 23, 2016 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Erik Posz (Redwood Falls Gazette)   Thoroughly impressed.   That was the feeling United States Senator Amy Klobuchar left with after a visit Friday morning to the Redwood Electric Cooperative (REC) Community Solar Array located adjacent …

Now Boarding: Commercial Planes Take Flight with Biobased Jet Fuel
September 19, 2016 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Melissae Fellet (C&EN)  Aviation industry hopes to cut emissions with renewable fuels  —  This year, renewable jet fuel took off, graduating from demonstration and test flights to some regular commercial use. In January, some …

Consumers Ability to Choose #E15 Back at the Pumps
September 14, 2016 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Consumers will have the choice to purchase E15 at the pump again tomorrow, September 15, 2016. For drivers owning a 2001 or newer vehicle, E15 sales are restricted during summer months …

7 Governors Ask EPA to Remove RVP Limit on E15
September 14, 2016 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Sept. 13, the governors of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy asking her to remove the …

The High-Flown Fantasy of Aviation Biofuels
September 12, 2016 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Almuth Ernsting (Biofuelwatch/The Biomass Monitor)  …  As far as Branson and his airline, Virgin Atlantic, were concerned, the flight was indeed no more than a stunt: The “biofuel test flight” burned 95% ordinary kerosene and …

From Farm to Fingernails: GreenBiologics Remakes Little Falls Ethanol Plant
September 11, 2016 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Zach Kayser  (Pine and Lakes Echo Journal)  A multi-million dollar conversion project in Little Falls aims to bear uncommon, environmentally sustainable fruit when it’s completed later this year.  Green Biologics, which is based in the …

Emmer Voices Support for Minnesota’s Ethanol Industry
September 9, 2016 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., recently met up with the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association to learn more about Minnesota’s ethanol industry and show his support for clean homegrown renewable biofuels.
“Minnesota and America’s …

Biofuels Not Contributing to Decline in Bee Habitat
September 9, 2016 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(WNAX) A new study from the National Academy of Sciences says the expansion of corn and soybean acres to supply feed stock for biofuels is hampering habitat for bees. Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dinneen says …

Gevo (GEVO) Enters ATJ Supply Heads of Agreement with Lufthansa
September 9, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(Street Insider)  Gevo, Inc. (Nasdaq: GEVO) announced that it has entered into a heads of agreement with Deutsche Lufthansa AG (“Lufthansa”) to supply Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) from its first commercial hydrocarbons facility, intended to …

Gevo, Lufthansa Rock Markets with Renewable Jet Fuel Deal
September 9, 2016 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, Gevo has entered into a heads of agreement with Lufthansa to supply Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel from its first commercial hydrocarbon facility, intended to be built in Luverne, MN. …

How to Sell E15 by Any Other Name
September 8, 2016 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by  Samantha Oller (CSP Daily News)  Have I got a fuel for you!  It is higher octane than E10, giving you greater bang for your buck. It features even more  environmentally friendly, domestically produced ethanol. …

White Dog Labs Looks to Build Delaware’s Next Chemical Giant
September 5, 2016 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Scott Goss (The News Journal)  … Now the rather smelly, colorless liquid is poised to become the cornerstone of a Delaware startup that is seeking to revolutionize the biochemical industry and even possibly — maybe someday — upend …

Ensuring Energy Independence Through Bio-Based Energy Systems
September 2, 2016 – 11:01 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  NIFA ‘s Bioeconomy-Bioenergy-Bioproduct portfolio facilitates the development of sustainable regional production systems for biofuels and bio-based products through research, product development and demonstration, extension, and education.
By creating non-carbon based fuels, power …

E15 Sales Fall because of RVP
August 31, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  As expected E15 sales in Minnesota fell in June as a result of the EPA-imposed Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) season, which bars the sale of E15 from June 1 to Sept 15.

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Does Minnesota Have What It Takes to Seize Biofuel Opportunities?
August 31, 2016 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Timothy J. Rudnick (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Seldom do the puzzle pieces align so perfectly as they now have to give Minnesota motorists greater access to E15 and higher blends of Minnesota grown, renewable ethanol.
Some …

Diesel Dogs 1st Distributor in Minn to Offer #E15
August 30, 2016 – 10:12 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  St. Paul based Diesel Dogs Fuel Service is the first distributor to offer pre-blended E15 in Minnesota. This week the company delivered its first gallons of E15 to its municipal and …

Tim Walz Visits Al-Corn to Show Support for Homegrown Biofuels
August 26, 2016 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Rep. Tim Walz visited Al-Corn Clean Fuel in Claremont on Aug 24 to learn more about the plant’s upcoming expansion exercise and reiterate his support for clean Minnesota-produced renewable biofuels.
Walz was briefed on …

Vertically-Integrated Ethanol Producer, and More: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Plains
August 24, 2016 – 7:16 pm | 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 1.5 billion gallons per year with 17 plants located in …

Ethanol Opportunities and Challenges: A State-by-State Look at Higher Blends
August 22, 2016 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Chillrud (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … Gas stations that offer higher blends are currently few and far between, but the ACE’s “Retailer Roadmap” aims to help change the fuels landscape. The Roadmap analyzes …

There Is an E15 Consumer Disconnect
August 17, 2016 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Susanna Retka-Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sheetz, Thortons executives give careful thought to strategically offering the new fuel. —  Almost weekly, another announcement is made about a retail location offering E15. The rollouts, large and …

Clean Fuels Law Brings Ethanol to Oregon — But Mostly from the Midwest
August 15, 2016 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Hillary Borrud (The Oregonian)  Supporters of Oregon’s controversial low-carbon fuels mandate, newly approved last year, hailed it as a chance to grow a local biofuels industry and reduce drivers’ reliance on imported fuel.
But six …

2017 International Biomass Conference & Expo — April 10-12, 2017 — Minneapolis, MN
August 12, 2016 – 7:51 pm | No Comment
2017 International Biomass Conference & Expo   —   April 10-12, 2017   —   Minneapolis, MN

The International Biomass Conference & Expo unites current and future producers of biomass-derived power, fuels and chemicals with waste generators, energy crop growers, municipal leaders, utility executives, technology providers, equipment manufacturers, project developers, investors and …

Our View: Ethanol: Politics May Change, but Realities Don’t
August 12, 2016 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(Mankato Free Press)  Why It Matters: Ethanol as a clean energy has come under criticism but the pollution caused by fossil fuels remains the reality.  —  … First, environmentalists complained we were paying farmers too much …

Gevo Heads out to Sea: A Clever Escape into Marine Biofuels, or a Watery Grave ahead?
August 11, 2016 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Gevo says: We’re staking our near-term prospects on marine biofuels.  Investors hear: We’re underwater.
Gevo says: Timing delay in our isobutanol gallonage, took longer to get the fixes implemented, we’ll make …

Our View: Ethanol: Politics May Change, but Realities Don’t
August 3, 2016 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(Mankato Free Press)  Why It Matters: Ethanol as a clean energy has come under criticism but the pollution caused by fossil fuels remains the reality.  —  The politics of green energy have evolved over the …

Franken Keeps Pushing RFS
August 3, 2016 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  A U.S. Senator from Minnesota says bipartisan efforts continue to restore the Renewable Fuel Standard to its original statute.
Al Franken tells Brownfield he and other lawmakers have met frequently with …

Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW) — June 19-21, 2017 — Minneapolis, MN
July 19, 2016 – 7:06 pm | No Comment
Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW)   —   June 19-21, 2017   —   Minneapolis, MN

Now in its 33rd year, the FEW provides the global ethanol industry with cutting-edge content and unparalleled networking opportunities in a dynamic business-to-business environment. The FEW is the largest, longest running ethanol conference in the …

Biofuels Financial Conference — October 17-18, 2016 — Minneapolis, MN
July 18, 2016 – 3:12 pm | No Comment
Biofuels Financial Conference  —   October 17-18, 2016   —   Minneapolis, MN

Produced by Christianson & Associates Organized by BBI International, this year’s Biofuels Financial Conference is focused on the best ways to explore new options in today’s changing ethanol and biodiesel industries. By understanding risks associated …

Mycoalgae Biofilm: Development of a Novel Platform Technology Using Algae and Fungal Cultures
July 3, 2016 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Aravindan Rajendran and Bo HuEmail (Biotechnology for Biofuels)  Microalgae is considered a promising source for biofuel and bioenergy production, bio-remediation and production of high-value bioactive compounds, but harvesting microalgae is a major bottleneck in the …

Q&A: Minnesota Companies Create ‘Circular Economy’ Coalition
July 1, 2016 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Frank Jossi (Midwest Energy News)  … The concept of a circular economy has been around since the late 1970s, but it has gained steam with support from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the growing number …

E15 Sales in First Four Months Surpass 2 Million Gallons
June 30, 2016 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  E15 sales in Minnesota in the first four months of the year totaled 2.01 million gallons, more than half the totaled sold in the whole of 2015 (3.09 million gallons).

The Minnesota Department …

House Bill Could Help Small and Mid-Size Dairies Deal with Excess Nutrients
June 20, 2016 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) On June 16, Representative Tom Reed (R-NY) and Ron Kind (D-WI) along with 12 Republican and Democratic co-sponsors introduced the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act (H.R. 5489), which would expand the eligibility …

Gevo Turns to Marine, Off-Road Markets With Latest Biofuel Deal
June 17, 2016 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Carleton English (The Street)  The Colorado biofuels company announced a partnership with Musket Corp. a week after a similar collaboration with Alaska Air.  —  … The Colorado-based biofuels company announced that it partnered with Musket …

Re-Think, Re-Use, Retro-Fit: 15 4G Techs Transforming Gen-1 Biobased Plants
June 17, 2016 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Here, we profile 15 techs that offer incremental to profound shifts in the economics of the Gen-1 ethanol fleet, and have implications for everything from passenger cars to jets.
#15 Vertimass  and Byogy
#14 …

Homegrown: A Closer Look into the Life of America’s Farmers and Ranchers
June 13, 2016 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(U.S. House Committee on Agriculture)  … (T)he House Agriculture Committee debuted a new blog, Homegrown, to chronicle daily life of American farmers and ranchers from the perspective of producers. The gap between urban and rural …

Rochester Buses Commit to Clean Air with Biodiesel
June 8, 2016 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

(VoteWojcik) Renewable-Based Fuel is Cleaner, Costs Less Than Traditional Diesel  —  On June 1st, Rochester Public Transit (RPT) switched from the 10 percent biodiesel blend required statewide to a 20 percent blend, a move that will …

Teacher Appreciation Week: Thank You Biofuel Educators!
June 1, 2016 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Over the past 8 months our Ethanol Plant Tour Grant program has met resounding success. This program has seen over 260 students tour the inside of their local ethanol plant to learn …

Ethanol And Octane For Beginners
June 1, 2016 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Ethanol is often talked about as a high-octane fuel. But not everyone has a clear understanding of octane and how it affects the performance of their cars. So let’s start right at …

Renewable Specialty Chemicals: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics
May 19, 2016 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Biologics is focused on the production of renewable n-butanol and other C4 chemicals from various renewable feedstocks, including sugar (cane, molasses, beets), starch (corn) and cellulosic biomass (corn residues, …

Women Head 3 Ethanol Plants in the Midwest
May 18, 2016 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

by Janna Farley (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Passion, leadership and vision are more important than gender in the work of three top managers.  —  In fact, there are only a handful of women in top management …

Levulinic Acid as a New Platform for Green Chemistry: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to GF Biochemicals
May 18, 2016 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

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

Baseball, the Trade Deadline, and the Industrial Bioeconomy
May 17, 2016 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Some teams are sellers. They reduce costs, go lean, and hunker down in a case of “wait’ll next year”.
In industrial biotechnology, the calendar tells us it’s May but it might …

Tracy Area High School Visits Highwater Ethanol
May 13, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty-five students from Tracy Area High School toured Highwater Ethanol today to get a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable energy.
During the two-hour-long tour, the students toured the various processes of ethanol …

Boating and Engine Experts Call on Lawmakers to Boost Biofuel Blends
May 10, 2016 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(Fuels America/The Auto Channel)  Certified mechanics, engine performance experts, and professional fishermen are briefing lawmakers on Capitol Hill today about the importance of ethanol in protecting the environment, preserving America’s energy security, and providing a …

Guardian Energy Hosts ‘Take Your Child To Work Day’
May 3, 2016 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  On April 28, the Guardian Energy ethanol plant in Janesville hosted 24 children at its inaugural Take Your Child To Work Day.
Coinciding with the national Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work day …

Do Environmental Groups Really Want Solutions?
April 29, 2016 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by  Timothy J. Rudnicki, Esq (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  … Consider, for example, that approximately a third of annual GHG emissions emanate from the transportation sector which still relies heavily on carbon-intensive petroleum. Last year, some 17.5 …

Pipestone Area High School Visits Highwater Ethanol
April 27, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Close to 70 high school students from Pipestone Area High School visited Highwater Ethanol today to get a better understanding of how clean Minnesota-grown renewable energy is produced.
During the tour, the students were briefed …

Recyclable, Sugar-Derived Foam — A Renewable Alternative to Traditional Polyurethanes?
April 19, 2016 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(American Chemical Society/EurekAlert!) Polyurethanes in products from cushy sofas to stretchy spandex have made sitting, sleeping and walking more comfortable. But once they have served their purpose, most of the non-degradable materials pile up in landfills. …

Minnesotans Breathe Easy Thanks to Diesel
April 15, 2016 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Minnesota can breathe a little easier with its fleet of clean diesel vehicles powered on blends of biodiesel fuel. — In case you missed it, the Minnesota chapter of the American Lung Association (ALA) …

DG-Based Resins Spring into Plastics
April 15, 2016 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Nebraska’s Laurel Biocomposite produces biomaterials for thermoset applications.  —  Laurel Biocomposite LLC is using distillers grains to create biomaterials that will be used in lawn and gardening products across …

Protein Packs A Punch in New Ethanol Coproducts
April 15, 2016 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen and Kassidi Andres (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Two companies gain traction in the quest to produce high-protein feed products from ethanol coproducts. —  Novita Nutrition and Nutrinsic Corp. approach producing high-value feed products from …

Species-Specific, Process-Specific DDGS Nutrition Profiles Needed
April 15, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  How do low-oil, low-fiber, high-protein coproducts successfully find their best markets?  —  An array of distillers grains coproducts are entering the market—low oil, low fiber, high protein—with great …

Butterfield-Odin Students Visit Heron Lake Bioenergy
April 11, 2016 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Fourteen students from Butterfield-Odin visited the Heron Lake Bioenergy ethanol plant on April 8 to get a better understanding of clean Minnesota-grown renewable energy.
During the 90 minute tour, the students were briefed …

Growth Energy: More than 150 Million Miles Driven on E15
April 8, 2016 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  An important milestone for higher ethanol fuel blends was reached recently. Major gasoline retailers working with Growth Energy have reported that over the past 12 months, using the U.S. average gas …

Minnesota Breathes Easier after 10 Years with Biodiesel Standard
April 7, 2016 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

(The American Lung Association in Minnesota/Biodiesel Magazine)  Minnesota’s commitment to biodiesel use has paid off with an important impact on air quality, according to an analysis of the cleaner-burning fuel by the American Lung Association …

Importing to Meet California Demand
April 6, 2016 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. imported a record volume of biomass-based diesel in 2015.  …  This increase in imports is particularly interesting because 2015 was a year with no forward-looking $1-per-gallon blender’s tax …

Can Biofuel Crops and Cover Crops Coexist?
April 6, 2016 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Young (AgriNews)  Cover crop and row crop biofuels systems can work together. They may have to as the Renewable Fuel Standard spurs increased demand for biofuels while many are calling for more controls …

Fuel Option that Reduces Emissions Already Exists
April 5, 2016 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  … A proposal introduced last week by Representative Pat Garofalo would provide rebates of up to $2,500 dollars for those who buy or lease a new electric or plug-in hybrid car. …

REG’s Rolling Thunder: What Did Not Kill Them (Falling Oil Prices), Made Them Stronger
April 5, 2016 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … It’s been a couple of years since we visited REG and the difference is palpable. The company has become a little ADM, rather than a big Amyris or TerraVia. You …