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Aachen Team Develops Framework for Model-Based Formulation of Biofuel Blends with Tailored Properties
March 28, 2017 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)   A team at RWTH Aachen University has developed a framework for the model-based formulation of biofuel blends with tailored properties by considering the fuel’s molecular composition as the fundamental design degree of …

Industrial Sugars from Waste: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Comet Biorefining
March 27, 2017 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Earlier this month, we reported that Comet Biorefining had successfully closed an investment round to fund its proposed cellulosic sugar production facility using stover and wheat straw as feedstock. PM Equity Parnership, …

Scientists at IIT Kharagpur Find a Way to Extract Biofuel from Common Aquatic Weeds
December 7, 2016 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

(Tech2) Scientists at Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur have unlocked the secret to ramp up yields of biofuel sourced from commonly found aquatic weeds such as water hyacinths. In a new study published on December …

Fortress Paper Announces Hemicellulose Separation Project at Its Dissolving Pulp Mill
December 1, 2016 – 10:29 am | No Comment

(Fortress Paper/Lesprom.com) Fortress Paper Ltd. announces a strategic supplement to the already announced birch usage project (the “Birch Project”) at the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill aimed at extracting hemicellulose from underutilized species such as birch (the …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Solvay, Stora Enso
October 3, 2016 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  In this slide deck, we looked at …

Leaf Resources (ASX: LER) Joint Venture to Develop Five Projects with World-Class Project Ceveloper Claeris, LLC
July 21, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Leaf Resources)  Leaf Resources Ltd (ASX: LER, “Leaf” or “Leaf Resources”) is pleased to announce the signing of binding legal agreements with US-based project developer Claeris, LLC (“Claeris”), to establish a joint venture (JV) entity, Leaf Development, …

Closing the Loop: Ionic Liquids from Biomass Waste Could Pretreat Plants Destined for Biofuels
July 1, 2016 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Recycling waste from biofuel production could lower cost for future biorefineries. — Ionic liquids (ILs) have been shown to be an excellent pretreatment solvent for biomass; the ILs prepare the plant matter …

Study Shows Trees with Altered Lignin Are Better for Biofuels
June 29, 2016 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory)  Fundamental enzyme study leads to increased access to bioenergy feedstocks and improves ethanol yield by modifying plant cell wall structures.

Lignin is a natural component of plant cell walls, the scaffolding that surrounds …

Drop-In Renewable Fuels, Competitive with $30 Oil: The Digest’s 20-Slide Guide to the Correia Process
February 10, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany and Portugal, a new drop-in biofuels process has emerged which is cost compettive with $30 oil, according to the inventors. The process breaks even with crude oil, on …

A New, Renewable, Drop-In, Waste-Based Fuel Emerges, Competitive with $30 Oil
February 10, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Out of the EU comes a biogasoline blendstock made from waste residues in a novel process that promises to radically slash the cost of bioconversion. The Digest reports.

In Germany and …

IIT-Roorkee Scientists Patent Low-Cost Biofuel Tech
February 1, 2016 – 8:18 pm | No Comment

by Tapan Susheel  (Times of India)  Scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IIT-R) have achieved remarkable success in generating low-cost biofuel using a perennial weed, Kans grass. This grass, native to the subcontinent, …

The Future, Unzipped
January 28, 2016 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Erik Ness (Grow)  Lignin is a tough organic compound that gives plants like this poplar their structure—and it’s one of the biggest obstacles in breaking down plants to produce biofuel. John Ralph and his …

New Biobased Projects Around the World
November 18, 2015 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s building what, where, now. 29 projects in construction or in commissioning in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and the Americas

Despite low oil prices, first-gen biofuels and advanced …

A Biorefinery Approach for Castor Biodiesel — Whole Plant Used for 100% Renewable Biodiesel
September 30, 2015 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Helen Tunnicliffe (The Chemical Engineer Today)  Chemical engineers from Iran have found a way to produce biodiesel from castor oil without the need for extra petrochemical methanol, using a biorefinery set-up.

Producing biodiesel from vegetable …

Mutant Fungus Doubles Biofuel Enzyme Production
September 3, 2015 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Scientists have mutated variants of a certain fungus to double the production of endoxylanase enzymes, which are used in bioethanol production.  …  To address this problem, researchers have taken a common fungus called …

Glucan Biorenewables: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide
August 24, 2015 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Glucan Biorenewables is producing furan derivatives from biomass.  The furfural platform will be used to launch other value-added co-products: 5-hydroxyl-methyl furfural (HMF) and downstream derivatives

The company’s TriVersa Process meets the …

Unlocking Lignin for Sustainable Biofuel
July 8, 2015 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/NewsWise)  Lignin–hemicellulose simulation demonstrates potential for predictive modeling using NAMD  —  Turning trees, grass, and other biomass into fuel for automobiles and airplanes is a costly and complex process. Biofuel researchers are …

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

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

Metabolic Path to Improved Biofuel Production
March 5, 2015 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/US Department of Energy Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Researchers with the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI), a partnership that includes the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley, have found …

Novel Pretreatment Could Cut Biofuel Costs by 30 Percent or More
February 27, 2015 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/University of California-Riverside)  Researchers have invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing the amount of enzymes needed to breakdown …

Deinove Strengthens Its Position in the United States
February 26, 2015 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(AG-IP-News/Deinove)  DEINOVE (Alternext Paris: ALDEI), a biotech company developing innovative processes for producing biofuels and bio-based chemicals by using Deinococcus bacteria as host strains, today announced in a press release that its patent, “High-performance metabolic …

Dyadic, CIMV to Collaborate on Second Generation Biofuels
August 8, 2014 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Dyadic International Inc./Biomass Magazine)  Dyadic International Inc., a global biotechnology company whose patented and proprietary technologies are used to develop, manufacture and sell enzymes and other proteins for the bioenergy, bio-based chemical, biopharmaceutical and industrial …

Not Just Koala Chow: Genetic Secrets of Eucalyptus Tree Revealed
August 6, 2014 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Will Dunham (Reuters) Eucalyptus leaves are the main food supply for Australia’s koalas, but there is a lot more to the tree than that.

An international team of researchers this week unveiled the genetic blueprint of …

Enhancing Biofuel Yields from Biomass with Novel New Method
August 5, 2014 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Sean Nealon (UCR Today)  A team of researchers, led by Professor Charles E. Wyman, at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have developed a versatile, relatively non-toxic, and efficient way to …

Wood Completely Broken Down into Its Component Parts
October 28, 2013 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(Fraunhofer)  Crude oil is getting scarce. This is why researchers are seeking to substitute petroleum-based products – like plastics – with sustainable raw materials. Waste wood, divided into lignin and cellulose, could serve as a …

Demystifying Cellulose
October 16, 2013 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Scott Mowrey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A primer outlines the inherent challenges for biofuel production using biomass

Raw cellulose from plant biomass is composed of six classes of materials with varying percentages and widely different physical …

Brazil’s Big Six in Advanced Biofuels & Chemicals: Who’s Doing What Now?
September 18, 2013 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  After taking a leading role in the global first generation wave of ethanol production, here come the Brazilians — with some hot North American technologies in tow — to take …

Want Better Biofuels? Get the Wood Out
August 19, 2013 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(Science Magazine)  Addition by subtraction. By removing a specific gene, researchers reduced the amount of lignin (stained red) by 36% in cells in a plant’s stem, making it easier to recover sugar-rich parts of the plant …

12 Bellwether Biofuels Projects – Where Do They Stand?
July 22, 2013 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   Advanced biofuels – mirage or reality? In January we wrote: “When these 12 projects open for business (or not) in 2013, you’ll know for sure.”  So, what do we know?

We …

NSF Grant Boosts Promising Biofuels Research
July 5, 2013 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

(JustMeans.com/Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology)  Promising biofuels research at a Wisconsin biotech company and a partner university is getting a boost from a $224,967 National Science Foundation grant.

C5.6 Technologies of Middleton, Wis., and the Wisconsin …

Biofuels: Good, But How Good?
March 6, 2013 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Thomas W. Kerlin (ISA Interchange)  …Plants convert carbon dioxide and water into sugar via photosynthesis using energy from the sun. The sugar undergoes further transformations within the plant. Carbohydrates, compounds composed entirely of carbon, …

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. …

Research Targets Cells to Reduce Lignin, Boost Fermentable Sugar
December 31, 2012 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)    Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute are exploring new ways to meet the challenge of recalcitrant cellulosic feedstocks and lower the cost of biomass-based biofuels. The group recently published …

What is Cellulosic Ethanol? The Future Fuel
January 30, 2012 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

(EcoGreen4US) … Cellulosic ethanol is produced from plant fibre which is widely available almost anywhere in the world. Today, producing cellulosic ethanol is not in a laboratory anymore. A number ofmanufacturing plants around the world have been producing cellulosic ethanol asalternative to diesel and gasoline orpetrol.

Some of the plant fibres which …

Fuel From Waste?
December 28, 2011 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Robert F. Service (Science Magazine)  In the biofuels business, the idea of converting nonfood plants to fuels is like a mirage: enticing but seemingly just out of reach. To do it, the industry must …

Chemicals and Biofuel from Wood Biomass
December 23, 2011 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(PhysOrg.com)  A method developed at Aalto University in Finland makes it possible to use microbes to produce butanol suitable for biofuel and other industrial chemicals from wood biomass. Butanol is particularly suited as a transport …

No Eureka Moments in Long U.S. Campaign to Crack Cellulosic Code
July 14, 2011 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Paul Voosen (New York Times/Greenwire)  …For eons, plants have locked the sun’s energy into complex strands of sugar, used to build their stems and leaves. These chains are far different from table sugar or …

SUNY Researchers Optimizing Efficient Biobutanol Pathway
May 2, 2011 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biorefining Magazine)  A team of researchers at State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry are experimenting with different strains of microorganisms to efficiently ferment sugars, extracted from …

Agrivida Reports Increased Glucose Yields from Cellulosic Biomass for Fuel and Chemical Production
April 5, 2011 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

(Agrivida)   —New Data Presented at Annual American Chemical Society Meeting—

Agrivida’s engineered feedstock and proprietary low temperature, low cost processes release over 80 percent theoretical glucose yield from cellulosic biomass, according to data presented today …

Evaluation Proves Taurus Energy Yeast
November 22, 2010 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine) SEKAB E-Technology and Taurus Energy AB have successfully carried out a three-week long industrial demo scale evaluation of Taurus Energy’s yeast. The yeast has been specially developed, and, in contrast to ordinary …

Status of 2nd Generation Biofuels Demonstration Facilities in June 2010
July 29, 2010 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Dina Bacovsky, Michal Dallos, Manfred Worgetter (International Energy Agency Task 39)   Driven by the need to partly replace fossil transport fuels and by food versus fuel and highest possible GHG mitigation considerations, large efforts are …

The Power of Nature; The Speed of Technology
March 19, 2010 – 6:08 am | No Comment

by Mark Emalfarb (Dyadic International)  In addition to explaining Dyadic’s C1 enzyme, its history and uses, this presentation includes clear diagrams of how enzymes are used in breaking down cellulose and hemicellulose and charts of …

National Renewable Energy Laboratory Breaks Down Walls for Biofuels
December 11, 2009 – 8:42 am | No Comment

by Heather Lammers, NREL (Renewable Energy World)  Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and ethanol producers are racing to come up with ways to make ethanol from cellulosic biomass that are cheaper and …

Florida Researchers Believe Sweetgum Bacteria Key to Breaking Down Hemicellulose
July 31, 2009 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Stu Hutson   (Southeast Farm Press)  Most would identify the tree by its often troublesome, spiky “gumballs,” but what many call the sweetgum tree also goes by another name, thanks to its distinctive, reptilian bark: …

Grassoline at the Pump
July 30, 2009 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by George W. Huber and Bruce E. Dale (Scientific American)  Scientists are turning agricultural leftovers, wood and fast growing grasses into a huge variety of biofuels–even jet fuel.  But before these next generation biofuels go …