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Rapid Advancement: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Nation’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute – RAPID
May 17, 2017 – 9:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last December , the U.S. Department of Energy announced it would support the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute with $70 million over five years, subject to federal appropriations. Another $70 million is …

Energy Department Announces New National Laboratory Collaborations with 38 Small Businesses
April 28, 2017 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  At Earth Day Texas 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the 38 small businesses that will collaborate with national lab researchers through the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. SBV …

U.S. Army Is Teaming up with a Davis Startup to Turn Trash into Energy
March 28, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Cathie Anderson (Sacramento Bee)  … Essentially, the company uses a blast furnace to heat metals, glass, ash and organic solids to a temperature of 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, hotter than the temperatures at the center of …

ICM to Build Showcase Biorefinery Next to Its Kansas Headquarters
March 6, 2017 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  ICM Inc. will build a new state-of-the-art biorefinery—dubbed ICM Element—next to its headquarters in Colwich, Kansas. The facility will showcase the company’s cutting-edge technologies.

Elements are nature’s building blocks and the world is …

DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office Sees Greater Collaboration with DOE Office of Fossil Energy in Its Future
March 1, 2017 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  This morning at the “Defense Production Act (DPA) Advanced Drop-in Biofuels Production Project Round 2 Industry Roundtable” held at the US Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC, Zia Haq, …

Technology Converts Wastewater Sludge to Renewable Natural Gas
February 28, 2017 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) has developed technology that synergistically uses two waste biomass streams to generate two bioproducts. The technology enhances the process of anaerobic digestion of wastewater sludge by incorporating …

From Off-Take to Take-Off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the US Renewable Jet Fuels Program
February 21, 2017 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In June 2011, the Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy signed MOU to commit $510M (up to $170M from each agency) to produce hydrocarbon jet and diesel biofuels in the …

Waste to Fuels Viability: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys Economics
February 8, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels.

After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, …

The Industrial Status of Biofuel Technologies
January 13, 2017 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Gerald Kutney (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  A myriad of biofuel technologies exist, but which ones are truly industrial processes? The question is not always easy to answer. And one must define what is meant by …

Austria – Biofuels Technology, Research and Development
January 2, 2017 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Dina Bacovsky, Andrea Sonnleitner (Task39 Newsletter)  …  Domestic FAME (fatty acid methyl ester) production in 2014 was 292,009 tonnes based on rapeseed (72%), used cooking oil (19%), animal fat (8%) and fatty acids (1%). The feedstock …

The Carbon Negative Power Machine. Get One While Supplies Last.
December 30, 2016 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) News has arrived from Denver (the company) and the UK (the project and partners) that SynTech Bioenergy will build what it terms “a revolutionary clean-energy plant in the United Kingdom …

Life Cycle Assessment of Integrated Seawater Agriculture in the Arabian (Persian) Gulf as a Potential Food and Aviation Biofuel Resource
December 27, 2016 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Brian Warshay, J. Jed Brown, Sgouris Sgouridis (The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment)  Prospective evaluation of the lifecycle impacts of aviation biofuel production in Abu Dhabi, UAE based on a production system that integrates aquaculture, saltwater agriculture, …

Global Bioenergies to Acquire Gas Fermentation Start-Up Syngip
December 23, 2016 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Syngip talked here about the possibility of producing liquid hydrocarbons from waste feedstocks at costs as low as €100 per ton. … What’s this deal all about? In two words, cheaper …

Second Chance Carbon: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech
December 13, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech has developed a fully sustainable integrative gas to fuels and chemicals platform that has no impact on food, water security or high biodiversity land use.

LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform disrupts …

Davis, Mercurius Advance on Ultra Low-Cost Renewable Chemicals
October 3, 2016 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Mercurius Biorefining has furthered its partnership with UC Davis to develop first-of-its-kind technology for production of furan-2,5-dicarboxylic acid (FDCA). While current approaches to the commercialization of FDCA use …

Gasification: The Flexible Answer to Biomass Conversion
September 30, 2016 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Terry Mazanec (Lee Enterprises Consulting)  Biomass is a rich salad of chemicals that contains many highly valuable materials that are precursors to fine chemicals, nutrients, and pharmaceuticals. But this strength is also a weakness of …

Turning CO2 Emissions into Fuel
September 23, 2016 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by  Gary C. Young (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Bio-Thermal Energy Inc.)  A new process for the economical conversion of carbon dioxide into fuels such as ethanol has been developed. The proprietary noncatalytic process combines CO2 with a …

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 …

Take Off For Aviation Biofuels: Why, How, and Why?
September 12, 2016 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (The Biomass Monitor/Biofuels Digest)  … By the 21st Century, we’ll have many more technological options for limiting and adapting to climate change, but in there here and now, when it comes to aviation, …

RTI International Awarded Project to Support Development of Advanced Biofuels
August 30, 2016 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(RTI International)  The U.S. Department of Energy awarded RTI International a project to support the development of biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can produce variable amounts of fuels or products.

As part of the more than …

Early-Stage, Breakthrough Technologies: Biofuels, 10 of the Best
August 26, 2016 – 9:49 am | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer and Gerald Kutney (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  …  In this report, we are focused on bioenergy and biofuels (and not bioproducts) that are moving from the lab to initial commercial demonstrations and …

Using Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) as a Biofuel Feedstock
August 22, 2016 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Research and Education Foundation) Using a first-of-its-kind Life-Cycle Assessment model of biofuel production using MSW, this report includes an assessment of the environmental impacts associated with MSW conversion via landfill gas-to-energy, waste-to-energy, and gasification/Fischer-Tropsch. How …

Engineered High Energy Fuel from Waste: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Cornerstone Resources
August 5, 2016 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Cornerstone Resources develops and deploys waste management processing technologies that re-purpose a broad spectrum of organic wastes. Cornerstone adds that it’s BurCell system is a disruptive vacuum aided thermal decomposition process which converts …

USDA Advances On-Farm Biofuel Production
August 4, 2016 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Philip Gruber (Lancaster Farming)  USDA researchers demonstrated a mobile biofuel processing unit on a Montgomery County farm last week, moving the technology a step closer to commercial reality.

“The idea is to go to the …

Cellulosic Ethanol, What Happened, What’s Happening?
August 2, 2016 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Irshad Ahmed (Lee Enterprises)  … I believe cellulosic ethanol is here to stay for the long haul and it is finally exhibiting real potential to establish a critical-mass commercial base alongside the corn-ethanol industry. Its commercial …

Sustainable and Low-Cost: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Competing with Sub-$50 oil
August 2, 2016 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Irshad Ahmed observed recently in The Digest, “until such time that we internalize the true life-cycle costs of extracting and using fossil fuels, and distinguishing fossil-BTUs from bio-BUTs, we will …

The East Is [Infra]Red: Gasification, Energy and China
July 5, 2016 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  More prosperity, less pollution for China? In the East, the search is on for more sustainable, efficient energy, and flexible gasification answers the challenge. There, Synthesis Energy Systems is leading …

Where Did Biofuels Technologies Come from?
June 2, 2016 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Gerald Kutney  (Lee Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … From the time of the caveman until the early Industrial Revolution, biofuels – namely wood and the advanced biofuel of the day, charcoal – reigned supreme.  Both fossil fuels and …

Commercial Aircraft Propulsion and Energy Systems Research: Reducing Global Carbon Emissions (2016)
June 1, 2016 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Committee on Propulsion and Energy Systems to Reduce Commercial Aviation Carbon Emissions; Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies Press) The primary …

Biofuel or Biofraud? The Vast Taxpayer Cost of Failed Cellulosic and Algal Biofuels
March 14, 2016 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Almuth Ernsting (Independent Science News) … The disastrous experience with Fischer-Tropsch biofuels is just one part of a much larger failure of cellulosic and algal biofuels, on which billions of dollars of public subsidies have been …

Biodico Trains Future Bioenergy Leaders To Excel in Green Economy, Drive Local Job Growth
March 9, 2016 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

(Biodico/BusinessWire)  Program Part of Commitment to Spur Job Growth in San Joaquin Valley; Train Engineers in Next-Generation Bioenergy Technologies — Internship Program Aligns with Curricula at University of California Santa Barbara and West Hills Community College

To …

Leaf Resources Expands Equity Stake in ZeaChem, Signs JV to Develop Celluosic Sugars Project in US
March 1, 2016 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, Leaf Resources and ZeaChem signed a joint venture agreement to establish a Glycell based project in the USA. The new agreenent advances the relationship between the two companies …

BioFuelNet Canada Brings Biofuels Education to Canadian High Schools
February 22, 2016 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Quebec, BioFuelNet Canada has partnered with Talk Energy Week to participate as panelists at schools in eight Canadian cities, where they will be discussing sustainable advanced biofuels with over …

BETO Director Shares Highlights from tcbiomass2015
January 29, 2016 – 7:48 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Learn about recent updates in thermochemical biomass conversion science from BETO Director Dr. Jonathan Male, who discusses exciting breakthroughs presented during tcbiomass2015: The International Conference on Thermochemical Conversion Science in November …

Behind the Renewable Energy Curtain in California
December 28, 2015 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by James L. Stewart (Biofuels Digest/California’s BioEnergy Producers Association/Technikon Renewable Energy Solutions)  … With the most aggressive series of carbon emissions reduction benchmarks ever enacted by any government in North America, one would expect a concerted, cooperative effort …

Report: Coal, Biomass Mix May Be in Military Jet Fuel Future
December 23, 2015 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology recently released results of a research project that investigated the technical feasibility, commercial viability and environmental compliance of the …

Biodico’s Innovative 20 MMgy Biodiesel Plant Opens in California
December 4, 2015 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel producer and technology developer Biodico has scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 4 for its 20 MMgy biodiesel production facility in Five Points, California. The facility, called Biodico Westside, is designed …

11 Top Low-Carbon Fuel Players, WCSBD Publish COP 21 Guide to Slashing Transport-Based Greenhouse Gas Emissions
November 24, 2015 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Switzerland, 11 leading low carbon fuel companies present a comprehensive guide that identifies a variety of available and accessible low carbon fuel solutions.

Today, only 3% of transportation fuels are low …

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

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

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

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

8 Ways around the Big, Bad Oxygen Problem in the Advanced Bioeconomy Parts 1 and 2
October 14, 2015 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the terrestrial world, oxygen is colorless, odorless, and try to get through an hour without some.  In the Bioeconomy Cinematic Universe, oxygen is harder than steel, heavier than a …

A Secret Password for Advanced Biofuels at Scale? Forget “Open Sesame”, Try “Velocys Inside”
October 5, 2015 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Four new technologies approach scaled operations, all with one element in common – Velocys technology on the back-end.  Why Velocys, why now? The Digest investigates.

In Oklahoma, Southeast Oregon, Eastern Ohio, …

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

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

IBSS 2015 Annual Meeting Presentations

IBSS 2015 Annual Meeting Posters

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MSW and the Promise of Biotechnology
August 25, 2015 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by James L. Stewart (MSW Management/Biofuels Digest)  When it comes to its progress in achieving zero waste to landfills, the United States is on a par with Slovenia and the Czech Republic.  —  On average, the …

Clean & Green: A Comprehensive Review of “Syngas” Cleanup for Biomass Gasification
August 4, 2015 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems)  Contrasting with ethanol production with microorganisms to ferment raw material into liquid fuel, biomass materials can be directly “gasified” through controlled burning (called pyrolysis, literally “fire splitting”). Gasification releases …

Renewable Energy in Rockland: Hearing on Stony Point Biofuel Plant
July 29, 2015 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Akiko Matsuda (Lohud.com)  …  New Planet Energy, which specializes in renewable-energy production using waste materials, along with local developer MBC Contractors, wants to build a waste-to-energy facility in an industrial zone off Holt Drive.

The proposal …

Red Rock Reaches Agreement with FedEx Express to Provide Biofuels for Renewable, Low-Carbon Jet Fuel
July 21, 2015 – 8:28 am | No Comment

(Red Rock Biofuels LLC)  Red Rock Biofuels LLC, a pioneer in renewable biofuels, announced today that it will produce approximately three million gallons of low-carbon, renewable jet fuel per year for FedEx Express, a subsidiary …

BioPower Operations Corporation’s Subsidiary Green3Power Wins Award to Build a $175 Million Renewable Energy Facility in St. Lucie County, Florida Using the G3P Gasification Technology
July 20, 2015 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

(BioPower Operations Corporation)  BioPower Operations Corporation (OTCQB: BOPO) (“BioPower” or the “Company”) announced today (June 30, 2015) that its wholly-owned subsidiary Green3Power Operations Inc. (G3P) has won the award to build a $175 Million renewable …

G3P to Develop Waste-to-Diesel Plant in Florida
July 6, 2015 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

(BioPower Operations Corp./Biomass Magazine)  BioPower Operations Corp. has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Green3Power Operations Inc. (G3P) has won an award to build a $175 million renewable energy facility that will convert waste into …

Morgan State Professor Produces Energy from Waste and Receives $100,000 Maryland Innovation Award
June 30, 2015 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(Morgan State)  CycloBurn Combustion System™ Provides Relief to Poultry Farmers and Protects Environment

Morgan State University professor and lab director for the School of Engineering’s Industrial and Systems Engineering department, Dr. Seong W. Lee, and his …

United Airlines Purchases Stake in Fulcrum BioEnergy with $30 Million Investment
June 30, 2015 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

(United Airlines/PR Newswire)  Airline has opportunity to purchase at least 90 million gallons of sustainable aviation biofuel a year — Single largest investment by a U.S. airline in alternative fuels

United Airlines today announced an historic $30 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

Argonne Model Analyzes Water Footprint of Biofuels
January 16, 2015 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Greg Cunningham (Argonne National Laboratory)  A new version of an online tool created by the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory will help biofuels developers gain a detailed understanding of water consumption of …

Elsevier Science Publishes “Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels” by Anju Dahiya (Editor)
December 4, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(Elsevier)  Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels examines all current and emerging feedstocks and the advanced processes and technologies enabling the development of their end products, ranging from solid (wood energy, grass energy, and other biomass) to …

Enerkem, Akzo Nobel to Explore European Market
November 19, 2014 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(Canadian Biomass Magazine)  Enerkem Inc. announced it has signed an agreement with AkzoNobel to develop a project partnership to explore the development of waste-to-chemicals facilities in Europe.

“Enerkem’s global expansion follows the launch of our waste-to-biofuels …

Energy Department Announces New Investments in Gasification Research
November 13, 2014 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, as part of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy approach, the Department of Energy has selected four projects to receive funding for next-generation gasification systems that also reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. …

4 minutes with…Mike Hart, CEO, Sierra Energy
November 6, 2014 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Gasification is the missing link between complex feedstocks and a clean synthesis gas for use in a wide variety of biofuel applications.

Our next project is going to be developing a …

Enerkem: Alberta’s Municipal Waste to Fuels Juggernaut, in Pictures
October 31, 2014 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) How does a technology take municipal solid waste and turn it into liquid fuels and chemicals?  What’s the “death of landfill” all about in terms of creating value streams from …

4 Minutes With…Barry Breede, Chief Innovation Officer, Cox Recovery Solutions
September 30, 2014 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We are the largest producer of utility poles in the U.S. We are trying to develop an alternative solution for the disposal of treated utility poles other than landfill, and …

Beginning in 2016, Southwest Airlines Will Use Biofuels
September 25, 2014 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(Dallas Morning News)  Southwest Airlines announced Wednesday that it plans to buy some biofuels made from waste wood for use in its San Francisco Bay airports beginning in two years.

To use Southwest’s phrasing, it is …

Woody Crop Whistle Stop Tour September 30, 2014 Columbus, MS
September 16, 2014 – 4:28 pm | No Comment
Woody Crop Whistle Stop Tour    September 30, 2014   Columbus, MS

IN SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER THE IBSS PARTNERSHIP WILL TAKE TO THE ROAD TO SHOW OFF RESEARCH PROGRESS FROM THE REGIONAL PROGRAM, WHICH IS FOCUSED ON BIOFUEL PRODUCTION IN THE SOUTHEAST!
During the tour, IBSS will …

Gasification of Oil Palm Biomass to Produce Clean Producer Gas for Heat, Power Generation
August 15, 2014 – 10:42 am | No Comment

(Phys.org)  … A research team led by Professor Mohamad Asadullah has embarked on a project related to gasification of biomass to produce clean producer gas. This gas mixture can be used as a fuel for internal …

The Hydrogen Wall: Looking at the Prospects for Drop-In Biofuels
August 12, 2014 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Think affordable, available, sustainable carbon is the biggest barrier to the growth of biofuels? Or, access to market via blender pumps?   In the case of drop-in biofuels, the biggest challenge …

Fulcrum BioEnergy and Cathay Pacific Announce Strategic Investment
August 7, 2014 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(Fulcrum BioEnergy/PRNewswire) — Cathay Pacific Airways announced today that it is the first airline investor in Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. (“Fulcrum”), a US-based sustainable biofuel developer, as part of the airline’s biofuel strategy and to help …

Jet Fuel or Liquid Natural Gas: Now Available from a Trash Bin near You, Parts I and II
July 22, 2014 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Tim Sklar (Biofuels Digest)  Anyone that has followed the evolution of processes that are used to make fuels out of waste recognizes that the permutations and combinations of processes that can be used has …

Minn. Funds 5 Biofuel and Bioenergy Projects, Thermal RFP Soon
July 1, 2014 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has named five in-state bioenergy projects as recipients of NextGen Energy grants.

Grant recipients include:

-Easy Energy Systems, Welcome, Minn. – $500,000

The project builds a showplace biofuel production …

Enerkem’s Family Affair
June 18, 2014 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Tim Portz (Biomass Magazine) Enerkem President and CEO Vincent Chornet and his team have driven Enerkem along a commercialization pathway for the past 10 years. As Enerkem’s first commercial-scale deployment in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, enters …

Developers of the First Cellulosic Plants Share Updates at FEW
June 12, 2014 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … A week before the FEW, Enerkem Inc. celebrated the inauguration of its 10 MMgy facility in Edmonton, Alberta. Commissioning is nearly completed, reported Tim Cesarek, senior vice president of …

Successful Production of High-Octane Renewable Gasoline from Woody Biomass
June 3, 2014 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

(Gas Technology Institute) In a recently completed project, Gas Technology Institute (GTI) worked with Haldor Topsoe, Inc. on an integrated biorefinery to make renewable “drop-in” gasoline, successfully producing a high-octane transportation fuel. The use of renewable gasoline could reduce lifecycle …

Garbage-to-Gas Progress May Open Green Frontier in Iowa
June 3, 2014 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Gabriella Dunn (Des Moines Register)  … Iowa’s budding advanced biofuels industry stretches from Emmetsburg in the west to Marion in the east.

Although business and political challenges remain, engineers have concocted an expensive cocktail of enzymes …

ACORE Announces Submission of Comments on DOE’s Biofuel Research and Development Pathways
June 3, 2014 – 10:41 am | No Comment

(American Council On Renewable Energy)  Today (June 2, 2014), the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) announced that it has submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) which sought stakeholder input regarding the biofuel pathways …

DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office Announces Request for Information on Biofuel Pathways
May 6, 2014 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced a request for information (RFI) seeking stakeholder input on the eight representative biofuel pathways it has selected to guide its research and development strategy. The …

Researcher Wins Grant for Hybrid Conversion Biofuel Process
April 1, 2014 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Oklahoma State University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Hasan Atiyeh, assistant professor in biosystems and agricultural engineering, recently received a South Central Sun Grant Award to advance the development of a new hybrid conversion process.

“The hybrid gasification-syngas fermentation …

Making Silk Purses from Sows Ears: Converting Waste Into Energy and Biofuels, Pt 1 and 2
March 27, 2014 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Tim Sklar (Biofuels Digest) Part 1 … It seems that many of the companies providing new biofuels technologies do not fully understanding the competitive environment that they must navigate. As a consequence they fail to …

Waste Management, Velocys, NRG, Ventech Form Renewables, Natgas-to-Fuels JV
March 25, 2014 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  First plant go/no-go expected in 2014; target: Oklahoma.  Future expansion in North America, UK, China.

In Oklahoma, Velocys, Waste Management, NRG Energy, and Ventech Engineers International announced a joint venture to …

The Hunt for Hydrogen and Hydro-Riches
March 7, 2014 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … “You will never have enough affordable hydrogen.”   Perhaps that is the attractor in the news from little-known Solarvest Bioenergy, when they announced  third party confirmation of their bio-hydrogen expression system following the …

The Next Generation of Biodiesel Coproduct Research
March 6, 2014 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The uses of glycerin – crude, USP-grade or otherwise – and other byproducts from biodiesel production are virtually limitless. Profiled here is the glycerin and coproduct research of three Next Generation …

2013 Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office Peer Review Report Released
March 5, 2014 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  In 2013, BETO implemented a comprehensive external review of its project portfolio through a Project Peer Review and Program Management Review. Results of this peer review process inform the Office’s strategic …

Big Plans to Power the Future with Microscopic Algae
March 4, 2014 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Christian Ludwig (The National)  … In order to offer a viable alternative to oil or natural gas, the microalgae have to be produced sustainably, and fuels derived from them have to be compatible with today’s distribution …

Pathfinder: Sierra Energy Heads for a World beyond Garbage, Traditional Power, Fuel
February 6, 2014 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …One of these days, someone might make a commercial in which the protagonists find a detour around some methane-reeking Mt. Garbage, crowning peak in a range of towering landfill mountains. …

Turning Weeds Into Ethanol – Why Not?
December 12, 2013 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Lauren D. Quinn, Elise C. Scott, A. Bryan Endres, Tom Voigt,  Jody M. Endres (University of Illinois/FarmDocDaily)

Media coverage of the controversy surrounding the use of certain non-native feedstocks for bioenergy is as pervasive as invasiveness itself.   …

Come, and They Will Build It
December 5, 2013 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  Lockheed Martin’s army of engineers has expanded its expertise to bioenergy and biofuels.

Besides its own facility, some of Lockheed’s projects on file include a share of a $15 million contract …

Biofuels, True North, Natural Gas, and Primus Green Energy
November 15, 2013 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Primus Green Energy recently completed a landmark technology demonstration — and heads off to scale with a catalytic technology for making $2.00 gasoline.  But, in shifting to natural gas as …

Bioenergy Research Tour Rolled 900 Miles through Southeast
October 25, 2013 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(University of Tennessee)  “Green diesel” is on the move, and a recent demonstration tour showed Southeastern audiences just how far the biobased fuel can go.

Coordinated by the Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS), …

An Ethanol-Fueled Comeback for Sugar Beets
September 23, 2013 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Alice Daniel  (California Report)  California once grew a lot of sugar beets to supply the state’s sugar mills. Most of those the mills are closed now, and farmers have turned to other row crops. But …

Waste Gasification to Biofuel Project to Mine Landfill in Maryland
August 21, 2013 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

by Ben Messenger (Waste Management World)  Washington County, Maryland is pursuing a project that will develop a refused derived fuel (RDF) facility to process municipal solid waste, followed by a waste gasification facility that will …

First Facility in the World Using New Advanced Bioenergy Technology to Convert Waste to Renewable Fuel and Electricity
August 5, 2013 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(INEOS Bio)  INEOS Bio Produces Cellulosic Ethanol at Commercial Scale

INEOS Bio today announced that its Indian River BioEnergy Center (Centre) is now producing cellulosic ethanol at commercial scale. First ethanol shipments will be released in August. …

Beyond Ethanol: Drop-In Biofuels Squeeze Gasoline From Plants
July 23, 2013 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Patrick J. Kiger and Marianne Lavelle  (National Geographic)  … KiOR’s breakthrough is one part of a wide-ranging effort by a number of companies and government-supported researchers to develop and perfect “drop-in” biofuels—fuels so similar to …

Turning Forest Residues to Biofuel
July 8, 2013 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Thomas Anderson (TG Daily)  According to the new research results of the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, lignocellulosic biomass can be used in the production of high-quality biofuels for the price of less than one …

Lowering Ethanol’s Carbon Footprint with Energy Beets
July 2, 2013 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Keith Loria (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Mendota Bioenergy’s plan to turn energy beets to ethanol moves to demonstration scale in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

The future of advanced biofuels is in beets. At least that’s the thinking …

Technip Awarded FEED Contract for a New Biomass-to-Liquid Plant in Finland
June 20, 2013 – 10:00 am | No Comment

Technip was awarded by Forest BtL Oy a contract, worth approximately €5 million, for the front-end engineering and design (FEED) of a new second generation biomass-to-liquid* (BTL) plant to be built on Ajos island, Finland. …

Enerkem Starts “Drop-In” Renewable Fuels R&D Project
May 14, 2013 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem/PR NewsWire)  Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a waste-to-biofuels and renewable chemicals company, announces the launch of a new research project with the Government of Canada. The objective of the project is to develop new catalytic processes for …

ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative
May 8, 2013 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper)  The Government of Canada is committed to investing in innovative clean energy technologies that create high-quality jobs, generate new economic opportunities and protect the environment.

To this end, on May …

Duckweed as a Cost-Competitive Raw Material for Biofuel Production
May 2, 2013 – 8:32 pm | No Comment

(American Chemical Society)  The search for a less-expensive, sustainable source of biomass, or plant material, for producing gasoline, diesel and jet fuel has led scientists to duckweed, that fast-growing floating plant that turns ponds and …

Bioenergy Technologies Office 2013 Project Peer Review May 20-23 Alexandria, VA
April 25, 2013 – 4:27 pm | No Comment
Bioenergy Technologies Office 2013 Project Peer Review    May 20-23   Alexandria, VA

(US Department of Energy)  The Bioenergy Technologies Office 2013 Project Peer Review will take place at the Hilton Alexandria Hotel from Monday, May 20, 2013, to Thursday, May 23, 2013. The peer review process will …

Air Liquide Signs Biofuel Research Contract
April 22, 2013 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by  Stuart Radnedge (GasWorld)  Air Liquide has just signed a partnership agreement with the CEA (Commission for atomic energy and alternative energies in France) aiming to develop a second-generation biofuel production pilot unit in France.

As part …

Oxygen for High Altitudes: 17 Biofuels Ventures Raise $434M in Equity
April 8, 2013 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Despite the sluggish economic recovery and questions over policy stability — biofuels ventures have been busy raising lots of capital.   In the past 6 months, $434 million.   Who got what, …

Biorefinery 2015 – The Shape of Advanced Biofuels to Come – Part II
March 26, 2013 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today in part II, we look at a new set of technologies coming along that are redefining our ideas about scale and cost.

… A barrier to long term deployment? The …

Cellulosic Biofuels in the US: How Much and How Soon? 2014′s Terrific Ten
March 22, 2013 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Although no commercial-scale cellulosic biofuels facilities are operating in the United States at present, at least ten projects exceeding 20 million gallons per year are expected to begin operations by …

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Announces Commissioning of Biomass-to-Biofuel Pilot Plant
March 15, 2013 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) In early March, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany announced the successful commissioning of the second stage of its bioliq pilot plant. The achievement was made in cooperation with …

Rentech to Close Colorado Demo Unit, Drop Advanced Biofuels R&D Activities
March 1, 2013 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Rentech announced plans to cease operations at, reduce staffing at, and mothball its research and development Product Demonstration Unit, in Commerce City, CO, and to eliminate all related …

Lux: Alternative Fuel Companies Reach for Real Revenue in 2013
February 25, 2013 – 8:31 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A 32-page report by Lux Research picks winners and losers in 2012 among alternative fuel developers. The state of the market report, which is provided only to clients, also …

EPA Issues Final Rule for Additional Qualifying Renewable Fuel Pathways under the RFS Program
February 25, 2013 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to identify additional fuel pathways that the Agency has determined meet the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction requirements for biomass-based diesel, …

Biowaste: Driving Fuels
February 12, 2013 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Mona-Maria Brinker & Roger Coombs (Waste Management World)  Rising prices, continued conflict in producing regions and the spectre of peak oil have highlighted uncertainties about the future of fossil transport fuels in Europe. Mona-Maria Brinker …

If Polluters Pay, Will Renewables Rise?
February 6, 2013 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Changes in EU policy and the financing of advanced biofuels have led to a revival of project formation in Europe.

The latest news from Finland is that St1 is proceeding towards …

12 Bellwether Biofuels Projects for 2013
January 1, 2013 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A long war of opinion has been waged for years between advanced biofuels’ detractors and supporters.  Mirage or reality? Completion of 6 key projects 2012 decided much of the debate. …

British Airways’ Jet Biofuel Plant Will Open in 2015
December 9, 2012 – 9:37 pm | No Comment

by Leon Kaye (TriplePundit)  …British Airways (BA) announced that it has found a site for a bio-refinery that will generate up to 50,000 tons of jet fuel annually. In a partnership with the American aviation …

British Airways Pledges 10-Year Offtake Agreement as GreenSky Project with Solena Gathers Momentum
November 30, 2012 – 10:18 am | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  The British Airways and Solena GreenSky London project to build a sustainable jet biofuel facility in East London is gaining momentum, say the two partners. They won’t reveal the location but an exclusive option …

California, No Longer the State Where the Future Happens First
October 31, 2012 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by James L. Stewart (Biofuels Digest/BioEnergy Producers Association)  For the past decade, repressive provisions in statute have discouraged developers of conversion technologies from operating in California.

Among its statutory roadblocks, the state has a scientifically inaccurate …

The Dandelion Model: Two-Step Biofuels Technologies and the Emergence of Super-Refineries
October 24, 2012 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can local communities pyrolize their wastes and residues, to make renewable fuels and chemicals at biobased super-refineries?   Two-step processes could be the ticket to the future, according to an …

Milestones Reached: Cellulosic Ethanol Is Arriving, with Commissioning under Way and More Than 100 MMgy under Construction.
October 14, 2012 – 7:14 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The next five years—the often scoffed mantra of cellulosic ethanol developers—is getting whittled down to the next year or two. A milestone was reached this year when Blue Sugars …

Enerjetik Plans Denver Facility to Produce Biofuels
September 26, 2012 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

(Denver Business Journal)  Enerjetik LLC of Denver said Tuesday it will partner with a North Carolina company to build a pilot-scale facility in Denver to produce biofuels from solid waste.

The joint technology agreement was reached …

Advanced Biofuels, a Transformative Industry
September 7, 2012 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Bruce C. Folkedahl (Biomass Magazine/Energy & Environmental Research Center) As part of the ongoing research at the Energy & Environmental Research Center, we have been developing a catalytic pathway to convert ethanol or mixtures of …

The Trash Spread: Enerkem Heads for Scale, with Advanced Biofuels from MSW
September 7, 2012 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Breakthroughs in making consistent syngas from negative-cost municipal solid waste spells “big prospects” for Enerkem in biobased fuels and chemicals.

In oil we have the crack spread, corn ethanol and soy-based …

Volvo Successfully Field Tests Biofuel Made from Pulp Industry Waste
September 6, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(Waste Management World)  Successful field tests of vehicles powered by a biofuel derived from the black liquor wastes produced at a pulp mill have been conducted by Volvo Trucks.

The company said that ten of its …

The Top 10 Advanced Biofuels and Biorefining Companies in Asia
September 4, 2012 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …While the economic growth in China has been drawing virtually all the headlines in recent years, the “Tiger” economies of Southeast and South Asia have been fast-growing for a long …

The Lowdown on Making Jet Fuel and Diesel from Biomass
August 31, 2012 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Biofuels Digest/Consumer Energy Report)  Distillates are petroleum products that includes diesel, jet fuel, and fuel oil. Renewable distillates may be categorized as substitutes or drop-in replacements. The most common distillate substitute is …

International Cooperation to Develop Global Bioenergy Capacity: How Global Partnerships Are Clearing the Way to Achieve America’s RFS2 Goals
August 15, 2012 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Corle (Leifmark LLC, Inbicon Technology Marketing Partner) Opening his presentation with imposing nature images of pristine beauty, Corle’s presentation lays Denmark’s aspirations on the table – to move from 2006’s 15/85 (CO2 emission) …

GTI Developing Biomass Conversion Technology
August 13, 2012 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Gas Technology Institute’s (GTI’s) new pilot-scale IH2 Plant in Chicago, Illinois, demonstrates their efforts to broaden biomass-to-liquid hydrocarbon fuel conversion. The 70-year-old research, development and training organization has turned much of its research …

INEOS Bio Facility Receives Registrations from U.S. EPA for Production and Sale of Next Generation Cellulosic Ethanol.
August 9, 2012 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(INEOS Bio)  Florida project is first large-scale facility to receive registrations for the production of advanced cellulosic biofuels from non-food vegetative waste materials

INEOS Bio announced that its joint venture project in Florida has been granted Parts …

Fulcrum Receives Conditional USDA Loan Guarantee for Nev. Plant
August 8, 2012 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Sue Retka Schill (Biomass Magazine) Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. received a $105 million condition loan guarantee from the USDA, putting its planned 10 MMgy Sierra BioFuels Plant closer to groundbreaking. “This USDA loan guarantee provides a …

New Kids on the Block: 12 hot bio-based technologies worth watching (Parts 1 and 2)
June 25, 2012 – 9:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Yet, even in an era where venture capital has been harder to come by (Why? See these 42 article links under the rubric, “The VC Model is Broken” ) — some great …

The Hot Zone: Thermocatalytic Biofuels Projects Are Going South – Here’s Who and Why
June 11, 2012 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …With the coming of advanced bioprocessing, the picture of opportunity has radically changed and the Southeast, Northwest, and Southwest, in particular, have been assessing their opportunities and attracting projects.

…But in …

Gasification May Convert Mesquite and Juniper Wood to a Usable Bioenergy
June 8, 2012 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Kay Ledbetter (Texas AgriLife/Southwest Farm Press)   Biomass gasification is being considered as a possible technology for converting 60 million acres of Texas brush into biofuel, according to Dr. Jim Ansley, Texas AgriLife Research …

Energy-Dense Biofuel from Cellulose Close to Being Economical
June 5, 2012 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(Purdue University)  A new Purdue University-developed process for creating biofuels has shown potential to be cost-effective for production scale, opening the door for moving beyond the laboratory setting.

A Purdue economic analysis shows that the cost …

California Energy Commission Awards $35M for Alternative Fuels Development
June 4, 2012 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, the state Energy Commission today unanimously approved funding of $35,031,310 to projectsthat will accelerate the development of green fuels and technology in California. The awards are provided through the …

CORE BioFuel Inc. Selects Technip to Engineer the World’s First Wood to Gasoline Biorefinery
May 4, 2012 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(CORE BioFuel, Inc.)  CORE BioFuel Inc. announced today (May 2, 2012)  that it has selected Technip, a world leader in engineering, construction and project management in the energy industry, to complete the construction engineering of …

SynGas and the Front-End Problem of Biofuels
April 25, 2012 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Making good, affordable syngas from municipal solid waste to unlock 9 billion gallons of low-cost fuel? Covanta’s hot new gasification technology makes a big dent in the big challenge.

…The bumps …

No Project Is an Island: Four Crucial Milestones for Advanced Biofuels
April 18, 2012 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Four projects, four technologies, four feedstocks, four geographies.  Couldn’t be more differentiated, couldn’t be more linked in terms of affirming investor confidence in advanced biofuels.

…Virent CEO Lee Edwards… outlined four basic …

The Olive Economy
March 23, 2012 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Here are five types of technologies that straddle the political divide between green and black.

Re-using industrial waste gases  Here are three companies aiming at capturing CO2 and either directly converting to …

Gasoline’s Comeback in the Bio-Based Era: 5 Cleantech Companies Vie for Green Gasoline Breakthroughs
March 20, 2012 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …But in the past two years, five technologies have emerged that are focused on renewable gasoline (along with some others that have the capability of producing gasoline-like fuels but are …

EERC to Develop Biofuel for US Military
March 2, 2012 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Kari Williamson (Renewable Energy Focus)  The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) will develop alternative liquid fuels, including biofuel, for US military applications under a US$906,000 contract from the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology …

Shuttered Range Fuels Plant Prepares for New Life
February 21, 2012 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by S. Heather Duncan (Macon Telegraph)  Wearing green hard hats with the LanzaTech logo pasted over the words “Range Fuels,” officials of the company that now owns a Soperton ethanol plant visited the site this …

‘Mini-Cellulose’ Molecule Unlocks Biofuel Chemistry
February 20, 2012 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  A team of chemical engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has discovered a small molecule that behaves the same as cellulose when it is converted to biofuel. Studying this ‘mini-cellulose’ molecule reveals …

Startup Takes Wood Pellets in, Turns out ‘Biogasoline’
February 15, 2012 – 10:13 am | No Comment

by Martin LaMonica (CNET)  For a new crop of biofuel companies, ethanol is out and “biogasoline” is in.

One of them is Primus Green Energy, which plans to open a demonstration plant by the end of the …

Solve for X: Mike Cheiky on Negative Carbon Liquid Fuels
February 15, 2012 – 8:57 am | No Comment

(Solve for X/CoolPlanet Energy Systems)  Solve for X is a forum to encourage and amplify technology-based moonshot thinking and teamwork.

The fact is that plants have a carbon-negative phase – a time during which they remove …

Keep Your Eye on the Ball
February 9, 2012 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Stewart (Biofuels Digest/BioEnergy Producers Association)  …In America’s quest for alternative and renewable energy, the “ball” is national security and energy independence.  All other issues pale by comparison.

Let’s not lose sight of a critical …

LanzaTech Seeks Success Where Another Failed
February 6, 2012 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by S. Heather Duncan (Macon Telegraph)  Although the company that purchased a defunct ethanol refinery in Soperton has some of the same financial backers as previous owners who lost the plant to foreclosure, leaders of …

CORE BioFuel Prepares to Land Funding for First Biogasoline Plant
February 2, 2012 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biorefining Magazine)  Toronto-based CORE BioFuel Inc. has signed an exclusive agreement with Osprey Capital Partners Inc., Canada’s leading mid-market investment banking firm, to secure equity investment capital for financing the completion of …

Update on a Mobile Indirect Biomass Liquefaction System
February 1, 2012 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by John P. Hurley (Biomass Power and Thermal Magazine/U.S. Department of Energy, Energy & Environmental Research Center)  Minnesota’s forestry operations produce 300,000 tons per year of wood waste that is not used in any existing or …

Cal-Bay International Negotiating Assemblage of 400 Acre Land Parcels for Renewable Clean Energy Forest Division
January 20, 2012 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(Cal-Bay International/MarketWire)  Cal-Bay International, Inc.,  announced the company is negotiating a land acquisition deal for its renewable forest division for the production of Clean Energy & Power.

The company has entered negotiations for the purchase of multiple …

Cool Planet BioFuels Announces Road Testing of Negative Carbon Gasoline Begins in California
January 12, 2012 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

(Cool Planet BioFuels/MarketWatch)  Cool Planet BioFuels announced today it has received approval from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to begin fleet-testing its negative carbon gasoline. Cool Planet BioFuel’s technology converts low-grade biomass — such …

Deciphering the Black Box of Next-Generation Biofuels Chemistry
January 12, 2012 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Mike Salciccioli (Frontiers in Energy Research)   Researchers combine experiments and fundamental models to unveil the previously unknown mechanisms for how biofuels are generated from biomass

A series of complex processes fracture large biomolecules containing millions of …

Sundrop Fuels Plans $450M Investment to Make Gas from Wood
January 12, 2012 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Rich Christianson (Woodworking Network)  Sundrop Fuels Inc. has selected Rapides Parish, LA, as the site of its first gasification plant to produce gasoline from forest waste.

The company is purchasing about 1,200 acres of land …

The Litmus Test: 8 Projects for 2012 Will Test Perceptions, Reality for Advanced Biofuels
January 12, 2012 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …First commercial projects from newly-minted public companies Solazyme, Gevo and KiOR. Two trash-to-biofuels projects from INEOS Bio and Enerkem, located in Florida and Alberta. Europe’s largest biosuccinic acid project, scheduled …

New Biofuel Production Technologies: Overview of These Expanding Sectors and the Challenges Facing Them
December 30, 2011 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(IFP Energies Nouvelles)  The numerous research programmes looking at new-generation biofuels that were initiated over the last ten years are now starting to bear fruit. Although no plants are producing and
marketing biofuels yet, the large-scale, industrial …

Wayne Keith Sets a New World Wood Gas Speed Record
December 28, 2011 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by David Bransby(Auburn University/Biofuels Digest)  We hear a lot about “drop-in” fuels these days. While this term typically means an infrastructure-compatible liquid transportation fuel, Wayne Keith has come up with his own version of a …