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Mitigating Risk in Cellulosic: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Genera Energy’s Portfolio Approach
July 22, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Genera Energy “leads the nation in the commercialization of integrated biomass supply chain solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biochemicals markets.”

Initially formed in 2008, Genera works with leading technology providers …

Crops of the Biofrontier: In Search of Opportunities for Sustainable Energy Cropping
April 15, 2016 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Searle, Chelsea Petrenko, Ella Baz, and Chris Malins  (International Council on Clean Transportation)  Describes case studies of energy cropping in Europe in the context of advanced biofuel and bioproducts sustainability. — European biofuel policy …

Risk and Reward for Boardman Biomass Proposal
April 9, 2015 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by George Plaven (Capital Press)  One possible biomass fuel for the coal plant is giant cane, known as Arundo donax, which PGE has spent several years growing in small test plots. … As a potential source …

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

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

Alkol Biotech to Develop Sugarcane Research Lab in Europe
August 22, 2014 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Global BioBusiness)  … Alkol Biotech, signed an agreement with the council of the city of Motril in the Andalusia region of Spain to develop what could be Europe’s first sugarcane development lab.

The lab will develop …

Regulations Needed to Identify Potentially Invasive Biofuel Crops
August 8, 2014 – 11:55 am | One Comment

(University of Illinois  College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences/EurekAlert!)  If the hottest new plant grown as a biofuel crop is approved based solely on its greenhouse gas emission profile, its potential as the next …

N.C. Funds 6 Cellulosic Biofuel, Bioenergy Research Projects
July 10, 2014 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  North Carolina recently awarded six projects a total of $500,000 through the state’s Bioenergy Research Initiative, which is a program of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Special …

McIntyre Announces Over $1.7 Million to Support New Biofuel Facility
June 10, 2014 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre)  Project will create 65 jobs and support clean energy production

U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre announced today that the City of Clinton has received $1,758,150 to construct water and sewer infrastructure to support …

18 Free Studies on 21 Next-Wave Biofuels Feedstocks
June 9, 2014 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Thought you knew everything there was to know about some of biofuels’ favorite feedstocks?  Here are 18 free reports that may dampen or re-ignite your enthusiasm.

…To bring you up to …

Tennessee’s Biomass Innovation
March 5, 2014 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (BBI International/Biomass Magazine) Genera Energy is applying a systems approach to developing customized energy crop supply chains.

Genera Energy aims to help clients answer those questions using a systems approach to developing customized supply …

Special EU Biofuels Report: The Top 10 Stories of the Year, and More
December 27, 2013 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The technology is there. Demand for alternative fuels, chemicals and materials is there. Feedstock is expensive.   In so many of the signature developments announced around the world this year, there’s …

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.   …

Grants Available for Biomass Energy on W.V. Surfaced-Mined Land
December 6, 2013 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University has expanded its partnership with the West Virginia Division of Energy’s Office of Coalfield Community Development to explore the reuse and …

Can We Harvest Invasive Species for Biofuels?
November 27, 2013 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Quinn (University of Illinois/Renewable Energy World)  … “When the topic of potential invasion by non-native biofuel crops has been raised at conferences I’ve attended, the ecologists in the room have suggested we use biomass from …

Next-Generation Biofuels Are Inching Towards Reality, Gallon by Gallon
October 14, 2013 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Walsh (Time Magazine)  It’s not that companies don’t know how to make cellulosic ethanol or biofuel from algae. It’s that they’ve struggled to do so cheaply and at a scale large enough to …

World’s Largest Cellulosic Biofuels Plant Opens: Beta Renewables, in Pictures
October 10, 2013 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Beta Renewables plant in Crescentino, Italy to produce 75 million liters of cellulosic ethanol per year from agricultural waste.

In Italy, Beta Renewables and Novozymes marked the official opening in Northern …

State Budget Cuts Threaten Future of Biofuels Research in North Carolina
September 3, 2013 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by John Ramsey (Fayetteville Observer)  …Researchers say Southeastern North Carolina is uniquely poised to become a national leader in biofuel production for two primary reasons:

The coastal Bermuda grass now grown on hog farms goes virtually …

7 Hot Energy Crops for Advanced Biofuels: What’s Happening?
August 8, 2013 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Miscanthus, sorghum, switchgrass, jatropha, camelina, carinata, and arundo. Who’s doing what to bring these crops to scale — and who are the potential big winners?

… Just when you start feeling great …

Chemtex Picks Duplin County Firm for Ethanol Plant Supplies
July 18, 2013 – 10:19 am | No Comment

by Chris Bagley (Triangle Business Journal)    A fuels and chemicals company said it has nailed down a major supplier for its planned $200 million ethanol plant near Clinton.

Wilmington-based Chemtex said Murphy Brown LLC, a hog-farming company headquartered …

EPA OK’s Arundo, Napier Grass for Renewable Fuels
July 5, 2013 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The Environmental Protection Agency is issuing a supplemental final rule, containing a lifecycle greenhouse gas analysis for renewable fuels made from giant reed (Arundo donax) and napier grass, and a …

Construction on Clinton Biofuel Refinery Could Start as Early as Fall
March 19, 2013 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by John Ramsey (FayObserver.com)  Construction on a $170 million refinery in Clinton to convert 20 million tons of grass into fuel each year could start as early as this fall.

Chemtex, an international company with offices …

Arundo Donax Safe from Noxious Weed Designation in North Carolina
March 6, 2013 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(SFN Today)  At the North Carolina Board of Agriculture’s meeting on Tuesday, whether or not to classify Arundo donax as a noxious weed in the state was at the top of the agenda. Vernon Cox, …

Beta Renewables Sees 2015 as Boom Year for Cellulosic Biofuels
March 5, 2013 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Nina Chestney (Reuters)  * U.S. cellulosic biofuel goals not reached

* Beta sees industry stepping up output by 2015

* New players could emerge from eastern Europe

Biofuels made from wood waste and sugarcane have languished well …

Making Superfuels Affordable, via Biofuels: The JP-10 Story
February 25, 2013 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Could a switch to biofuels make super-dense JP-10 military aviation fuels affordable? Could F18A Super Hornets add payload or extend range?

Currently reserved for tactical missiles because of cost, biofuels could …

Advanced Ethanol Council Releases Snapshot of Cellulosic Ethanol Production around the World
December 19, 2012 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Advanced Ethanol Council this morning released a report giving a snapshot of cellulosic ethanol producers in the U.S. and around the world. A look at facilities owned by companies such as …

Portland General Electric Tests Biofuel Options to Replace Coal at Boardman Plant
December 5, 2012 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

(AP/Oregon Live)  Portland General Electric is in its second year of testing the giant cane known as Arundo donax as a potential replacement for coal at the Boardman Power Plant.

But the utility is also looking …

Why Cellulosic Ethanol Depends on a Renewable Fuel Standard
October 29, 2012 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by RP Siegel (TriplePundit)  … 3p: If you look at where we today relative to the RFS, it says that by the year 2022, a total of 21 billion gallons of biofuel needs to be provided by something other …

‘Miracle’ Crop Could Invade Like Kudzu
September 30, 2012 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

By John Murawski  (News and Observer/Bradenton.com/Bradenton Herald)  It’s billed as a champion energy crop that yields three times as much ethanol per acre as corn, a fast-growing field grass that’s ideal for making clean auto …

Finding the Right Biofuels for the Southeast: A Range of Alternatives
September 19, 2012 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service)  …Of the five regions, the Southeast has the greatest natural capacity in the continental United States, with sufficient sunshine, soils, water, and other natural resources to produce more …

Tranquility Base Here. The Crescentino project has landed.
September 18, 2012 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Once described as a “moon shot”, Beta Renewables’ commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol project hovers just over the lunar surface, weeks from completion.   It’s transformative cost structure may well reignite the …

Weed Science Society of America Says Biofuel Practices Are Imperative to Protect against Plant Invaders
June 25, 2012 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Weed Science Society of America)  The biofuels industry is hitting its stride, with both small farms and large-scale plantations producing renewable crops that can be converted to energy. But scientists with the Weed Science Society …

Clean Technology: US Policy Aids Second Generation Biofuel Push
June 5, 2012 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Guy Chazan (Financial Times)  In the world of biofuels, all eyes are on the tiny northern Italian town of Crescentino, site of the world’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant, which will start production this …

EPA Says Not Now, Maybe Later to Camelina, Energy Cane, Napiergrass, and Giant Reed as Biofuels Feedstocks
March 6, 2012 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the EPA withdrew the direct final rule to allow camelina, energy cane, napiergrass, and giant reed to meet the RFS2.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said: “EPA published a direct final rule …

Boardman’s Next Life May Depend on Giant Cane Plant
January 18, 2012 – 9:40 am | No Comment

by Sean Meyers (Sustainable Business Oregon)  Arundo donax has passed its first test as a possible biofuel alternative to coal being burned at Portland General Electric’s Boardman power plant.

Farmers and researchers in eastern Oregon and …

Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Identification of Additional Qualifying Renewable Fuel Pathways Under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program
January 9, 2012 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA is issuing a direct final rule identifying additional fuel pathways that EPA has determined meet the biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel or cellulosic biofuel lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction requirements specified …

US EPA Publishes Direct Final Rule for Camelina RFS2 Pathway
January 9, 2012 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  On Jan. 5, the U.S. EPA issued a direct final rule regarding RFS2 pathways for four new biofuel feedstocks, including camelina oil, energy cane, giant reed and napiergrass. While the …

How To Choose What To Plant For Biofuel
September 16, 2011 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

By: Sarah Zielinski  (Smithsonian Magazine)   If one of the goals of growing plants for biofuel is to be kinder to the environment than you are by extracting oil from the earth, you wouldn’t want to plant anything …

Launch of the Construction of Plant IBP Creswell (Vercelli), the First in the World Able to Produce Bio-Ethanol Second Generation from Biomass Food
April 12, 2011 – 10:43 am | No Comment

(Bio Crescentino)  In the presence of local and national authorities, the M & G Gruppo Mossi – the world leader in the production of PET – is today celebrating the laying of the cornerstone of …

Steel in the Ground
March 10, 2011 – 8:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   But this week in the little burgh of Boardman, Oregon (population 3,300), which happens to sit adjacent to the second-largest inland port in the western United States (the port …

New Research Shows Bioenergy Crops are Complementary, Not Competitors
January 12, 2011 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

(The Farm Trader)  With public debate surrounding how Australia can meet its future energy needs gathering pace in recent weeks, three new RIRDC reports on potential bioenergy feedstocks will serve as a valuable addition to …

BIOLYFE Newsletter Announces Preliminary Research Results of EU Second Generation Ethanol Production Project
December 21, 2010 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(BIOLYFE)  The BIOLYFE project aims at improving critical steps of the second generation bioethanol production process and at demonstrating the whole supply chain, from feedstock sourcing via fuel production to product utilisation. The main result will …