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Biodiesel Plant Manager Launches Petition to Reform US Tax Credit
April 4, 2017 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A biodiesel plant manager in Mississippi is doing his part to bring attention to the growing momentum to reinstate the expired $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit, and to reform the incentive …

Ethanol Powering Crappie Masters Boats
March 24, 2017 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Chuck Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  When it comes to using ethanol blended fuel in your boat engine it is important to follow manufacturer directions and actually just properly maintain your equipment. That is advice from pro …

How Corn Farmers and Ethanol Producers Helped Deliver Trump’s Historic Win
January 6, 2017 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (The Hill/Renewable Fuels Association)  In the flurry of post-election punditry and analysis, much credit was given to disenfranchised factory workers and coal miners in the Rust Belt and Appalachia for delivering Donald …

Air Liquide to Design, Build Landfill Gas Purification Plant
December 12, 2016 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

(Air Liquide/Biomass Magazine)  Air Liquide will design, construct and operate its first landfill gas (LFG) to renewable natural gas (RNG) purification plant in the U.S. at the Northeast Mississippi Landfill (NEML), in Walnut, Mississippi. The …

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 5, The Collapse
November 25, 2016 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In 2011, KiOR raised $150 million in its June IPO, claiming that it was generating yields of 67 gallons per ton in its Demo unit operations. But it was miles …

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 4, the Year of Living Disingenuously
September 19, 2016 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But so far, the company and its celebrity investors and directors such as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and famed venture capitalist Vinod Khosla had escaped close scrutiny.

The methods …

Strategic Intent: The Digest 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Bayer, Bunge and Monsanto
August 25, 2016 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, we are conducting Strategic Intent, our 19 webinar series on major companies and their partnerships, progress and plans in the Advanced Bioeconomy. In this edition, we explored Bayer, …

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 3, “You’ve Cooked the Books”
August 4, 2016 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The company was beginning to hurtle towards an IPO. But the fuel yields were low; the fuel was not usable by their initial chosen downstream partner; the catalyst they were …

USDA Announces More Than $8 Million in Payments to Support the Production of Advanced Biofuel
May 27, 2016 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $8.8 million to boost the production of advanced biofuels and sustain jobs at renewable energy facilities …

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong– Parts 1 and 2
May 18, 2016 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels DIgest)  … Old KiOR was exciting, dramatic, and fast, and the headlines it produced between 2008 and 2011 were candy for a renewables-hungry world.

A Breakthrough in Catalytic Pyrolysis to make cost-competitive, drop-in …

ROGER WICKER: Repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard
March 16, 2016 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Roger Wicker (Daily Journal)  America’s energy landscape has changed dramatically since the creation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) a decade ago. What began as a federal program to incorporate more biofuels – such …

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 …

UT and Genera Energy Harvest Hybrid Poplar Stand in Next Step Toward a Biobased Economy UT and Genera Energy Harvest Hybrid Poplar Stand in Next Step Toward a Biobased Economy
March 4, 2016 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Patricia McDaniels (University of Tennessee)  A small stand of poplar trees harvested from a University of Tennessee AgResearch Center is set to help scientists progress further down the path toward low-cost, high-quality biomass and …

Powerful Crap: The Quest to Turn Smelly Sewage into Sweet Biodiesel
February 23, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by David MacNeal (Ars Technica)  The facility smell? “That’s money,” Todd French says. “That’s what it smells like.” —  “By the time it gets here, David, it’s no longer my poop,” says microbiologist Todd French …

UPS to Power Fleet with Gas from Landfills
December 23, 2015 – 10:15 am | No Comment

by Carla Caldwell (Atlanta Business Chronicle)  Atlanta-based United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) will supply its fleet in two states with renewable natural gas produced by landfills.
UPS says its fleet in Jackson, Miss., and Memphis, …

New BETO Fact Sheets Profile the Emerging Bioeconomy by State
October 29, 2015 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  How is funding from BETO a part of the emerging bioeconomy in some states? Find out with our new state fact sheets. For select states, these fact sheets give information about …

New Duke-Led Consortium To Focus On Creating Food And Fuel From Algae
August 17, 2015 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Kati Moore (Duke Environment)  Zackary Johnson, Arthur P. Kaupe Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology in Marine Science at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, has received a grant from the U.S. Department of …

Poplar-Based Bioethanol Production Awaits Spike In Price Of Crude
August 5, 2015 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dorminey (Renewable Energy World)  A rapid-growing tree, many researchers think poplar is missing its calling as a high-quality cellulosic bioenergy feedstock. — As the world’s fastest growing temperate tree species, poplar can add a dozen …

Poplar-Based Bioethanol Production Awaits Spike In Price Of Crude
July 21, 2015 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dorminey (Renewable Energy World)  As the world’s fastest growing temperate tree species, poplar can add a dozen feet annually and reach maturity in as few as four years.  One of its hybrids, populus …

Nearly Half of Senate Writes Urging for Streamlined Support for Forest Bioenergy
July 2, 2015 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Megan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, nearly half of the US Senate has written to the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Energy and the EPA administrator strongly urging the agencies to streamline support of …

Why Is Obama Allowing Big Oil To Kill Biofuels?
June 2, 2015 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Ronnie Shows (The Daily Caller)  As the first legislator to introduce a biofuels bill in the Mississippi State House, I am deeply concerned that the Obama administration is making a huge mistake when it …

Dennis Seid: Enerkem’s Ethanol Plant Still a No-Go
March 30, 2015 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Dennis Seid (Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal)  …  In fact, if you visit Enerkem’s website, there’s no mention of Pontotoc. Nothing on its facilities or projects – where Pontotoc once had a prominent location. Nothing …

DOE Accepting Comments on Engineered High-Energy Crop Proposal
February 6, 2015 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the Engineered High Energy Crop (EHEC) Programs …

Mississippi Files Fraud Lawsuit against Khosla over KiOR
January 16, 2015 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Amy  (The Dispatch/Associated Press)  The state of Mississippi has sued billionaire Vinod Khosla and others, saying they knew long ago that bankrupt biofuel firm KiOR had poor prospects for success, but misled the …

The 41 Weirdest Things Ever Used to Make Biofuels
December 31, 2014 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Bunnies, liposuction fat, Prince Charles’ leftover wine, day-old whale, the human poo bus, fire ants dipped in hexane, old beer, raging fireballs, vibrating blobs, dope, and even the New Orleans …

10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014: Asia and Oceania
December 29, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The East is Green. Asia is confirmed as “the new Brazil” as project developers head en masse to the friendly receptions in Asian countries — based on energy diversification and …

10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014 (Americas)
December 23, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  POET-DSM, Abengoa, Enerkem, GranBio, Raizen plant openings lead the list; REG’s M&A campaign, EPA’s RFS debacle, are other key trends.

They said that cellulosic fuels were “five years away, and always …

Biomass Feedstock Survey – Producer Participation Wanted
December 19, 2014 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(Biomass Blog)  The Mississippi State University Department of Agricultural Economics is reaching out to agricultural producers in the Southeast region and asking them to participate in an on-line survey. The survey is part of a …

From Flushing to Fuel: How Bioenergy Spectrum Solutions Will Change Waste Disposal
December 18, 2014 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(EIN PressWire) … BioEnergy Spectrum Solutions, or BESS, has a plan based on technology developed by Mississippi State University that can take the sludge from waste water facilities and use it to make fuel that can …

Billionaire Vinod Khosla’s Big Dreams for Biofuels Fail to Catch Fire
November 30, 2014 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  Just over a year ago, billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla was bubbling with optimism about one of his latest investments: KiOR, a biofuel outfit he said would turn wood …

Analyst: KiOR Columbus Plant May End up Sold as Scrap
November 21, 2014 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Jack Weatherly (Mississippi Business Journal)   Finding a buyer for the idled KiOR biofuels plant at Columbus would be a tough sell, according to Pavel Molchanov, an equity analyst who had covered Pasadena, Texas-based …

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 …

Creating a Strong Economy through Biobased Products
October 29, 2014 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/The Hill)  In a recently released report entitled “Why Biobased?” the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) answers the question of why America should invest in a biobased economy.  The report …

BlueFire Plays the China Card? Ex-Im Bank of China Issues $270M LOI for Mississippi Biofuels Project
October 27, 2014 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, BlueFire Renewables has received a Letter of Intent from The Export Import Bank of China (China EXIM) to provide up to $270 million in debt financing for its …

BlueFire Renewables Receives Unprecedented Export-Import Bank of China Letter of Intent to Provide Debt Financing for a U.S. Bio-Energy Project
October 24, 2014 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/BlueFire Renewables)  BlueFire’s Mississippi Fulton Project Paves the Way for Other U.S./China Renewable Energy Projects

BlueFire Renewables, Inc. (OTC:BFRE), a company focused on changing the world’s transportation fuel paradigm through the production of renewable fuels, …

Ex-Cofounder at KIOR Claims Technology not Working
October 10, 2014 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

(Global BioBusiness)  A former cofounder of biofuel maker KiOR says he tried to warn other board members about problems with KiOR’s technology. The claims come from Mr. Paul O’Connor, who cofounded the company and worked …

Earth to Cellulosic Ethanol: Glad You’re Here, Buddy, What Took so Long? Parts 1 and 2
October 10, 2014 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Cellulosic ethanol arrives at scale — “The five years away forever” put to rest — but are there troubling waters still ahead? For whom, and why?

Part I of II

There’s a …

More Trouble Brewing at KiOR
September 9, 2014 – 7:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Key figure and company director Paul O’Connor resigns. Allegations relating to possible inside trading, suppression of 3rd party technology report laid by the Board against O’Connor.

O’Connor makes allegations concerning “KiOR’s …

POET-DSM’s Project LIBERTY Opens, as Fantasy Becomes Real
September 8, 2014 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) POET-DSM’s 20 million gallon cellulosic ethanol plant opens with hoopla, and heartfelt messages about the spirit of innovation, and a time for technology change and policy firmness.
“Once, we all lived …

USDA Awarding $6 Million to Prepare Farmers for New Farm Bill Programs
June 3, 2014 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Farm Bill Implementation Continues at Brisk Pace with Universities and State Cooperative Extension Programs Now Set to Help Educate Farmers
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture …

KiOR update: “We do not believe we can restart the Columbus facility on an economically viable basis at this time.”
May 14, 2014 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The following is excerpted from KiOR’s most recent 10-Q quarterly report, as filed with the SEC.

“We have substantial doubts about our ability to continue as a going concern. To continue as …

KiOR Announces $347M Loss for 2013: “We Have Substantial Doubts about Our Ability to Continue as a Going Concern.”
March 18, 2014 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Delayed 2013 results includes going concern statement. Future Khosla financing contingent on milestones. Default looms as soon as April. Financing after August unclear.

In Texas, KiOR announced a $347.5M net loss …

Cellulosic Ethanol Fights for Life
March 13, 2014 – 12:47 am | No Comment

by Mark Peplow (Nature)  Pioneering biofuel producers hope that US government largesse will ease their way into a tough market.

…Thousands of tonnes of corn stover — the leaves, stalks and husks left over after the maize …

DOE Pulls Funding for Bluefire Mississippi Project over Financing Woes; BFRE to Appeal
December 30, 2013 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The following notice was filed Friday with the SEC by Bluefire Renewables:  On December 23, 2013, Bluefire Renewables received notice from the Department of Energy indicating that the DOE would …

KiOR Provides Operational Update on Columbus Facility
December 26, 2013 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(MarketWatch/KiOR)  KiOR, Inc., provided today (December 23, 2013) an update on the operations at its Columbus, Mississippi, facility.
KiOR expects that, given current and anticipated operations through the remainder of the year, the Columbus facility will …

Next Generation of Biofuels Is Still Years Away
November 14, 2013 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Jonathan Fahey (Associated Press)  The first trickle of fuels made from agricultural waste is finally winding its way into the nation’s energy supply, after years of broken promises and hype promoting a next-generation fuel …

Being Solid and Liquid: The Screwy, Upside-Down World of Renewable Fuels Financing
October 30, 2013 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …“Cowcookies”, the lost Marx Brothers script

Scene, an office on Wall Street. Enter a lender, Harold P. Cheesebreath — and his prospective borrower, Al Cohol.

Cohol: (confidently) See here, it’s a no-brainer. Mandated …

Elevance Planning Another Biofeedstocks Plant
October 29, 2013 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Frank Esposito (Plastics News)  Less than a year after opening its plant in Indonesia, Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. has announced plans to open another bioplastics feedstock plant in Natchez, Miss., by 2016.

Current customer interest in …

EPA Announces Funding for Students’ Innovative Green Technologies
October 29, 2013 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the 2013 recipients of EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Phase I grants. Forty teams of graduate and undergraduate students from across …

Is the Renewable Fuel Standard Helping Bring the Next Generation of Biofuels to Market?
October 25, 2013 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  For many supporters of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a key goal was to stimulate the development and use of low-carbon, next generation biofuels – to help …

Industrial Biobased Ventures Raise $364M in Q3 2013; 5-Minute Guide to the Bioinvesting Landscape
October 23, 2013 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biobased investing continues surging, both direct and via strategics.  The Digest has the data and the scoop in our 5-Minute Guide.

In Florida, Biofuels Digest reports that 9 biobased ventures raised …

BlueFire Renewables Adds New Revenue Source to Fulton Facility
October 4, 2013 – 11:09 am | No Comment

(MarketWatch/BlueFire Renewables)  BlueFire Renewables, Inc., a company focused on changing the world’s transportation fuel paradigm, has integrated a synergistic wood pellet production plant to its facility in Fulton, Mississippi. The reconfigured design will be a …

KiOR Gets $50 Million from Khosla to Double Production
September 27, 2013 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Texas, KiOR announced that it is pursuing plans to double production capacity at its Columbus, Mississippi, cellulosic fuels facility through construction of a second facility incorporating KiOR’s commercially proven technology. …

Show Me the Gallons: KiOR’s Progress towards Steady-State Operations
September 23, 2013 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Landmark cellulosic drop-in biofuels producer releases update on early-stage production: is the increasing gallonage enough to silence the critics? …

In July and August, the Columbus facility produced 172,398 gallons of …

Algix Welcomes Guests to Grand Opening
September 18, 2013 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Josh Bergeron (Selma Times-Journal)  …Algix, a company based in Georgia, opened its newest facility in Dallas County that will help turn catfish-pond algae into biodegradable plastic.

“It’s really quite a revolutionary to take algae, which is …

What Happened to Biofuels?
September 6, 2013 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

(The Economist) Energy technology: Making large amounts of fuel from organic matter has proved to be more difficult and costly than expected

…As well as being available to countries without tar sands, shale fields or gushers, biofuels …

Trash Into Gas, Efficiently? An Army Test May Tell
August 27, 2013 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Paul Tullis (The New York Times)  …But big drawbacks have prevented the wholesale adoption of trash-to-gas technology in the United States: incineration is polluting, and the capital costs of new plants are enormous. Gasification …

The Ethanol Mandate and the Interests of Consumers
August 26, 2013 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Brooke Coleman (The Wall Street Journal) Letter to Editor: Cellulosic ethanol’s time is just beginning. It will lower gasoline prices and extend the supply.

Your editorial “Put A Corn Cob in Your Tank” (Aug. 17) calls cellulosic ethanol …

Rentech Sells Mississippi Land After Ceasing Cellulosic Research
August 21, 2013 – 7:46 pm | No Comment

by Justin Doom (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Rentech Inc. (RTK:US), a U.S. supplier of wood pellets and nitrogen fertilizer, sold about 450 acres of land in Mississippi where it had planned to build a renewable-energy project.  READ MORE and …

USDA Solicits Bids Under the Feedstock Flexibility Program
August 20, 2013 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The Farm Service Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that purchase invitations have been extended to solicit bids to the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) through the Feedstock …

The DABTAPE Imperative, and KiOR’s Fall from Equity Market Grace
August 14, 2013 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BioInvest Digest)   …KiOR’s fallen into the penalty box this week — it’s stock falling from a high of nearly $5 just a week ago — now disappearing into the sub-$3 range …

Biofuels Digest’s 5-Minute Guide to Loan Guarantees: Who Got ‘Em, What’re They Doing?
July 30, 2013 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In today’s Digest – visit our 5-Minute Guide to Loan Guarantees — INEOS Bio, Myriant, Sapphire Energy, Abengoa, Chemtex, Enerkem, Fiberight, Fulcrum, ZeaChem – Plus POET-DSM, Diamond Green Diesel, Coskata and Range Fuels

Projects open …

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 …

White House Steps up Biofuel Support amid Escalating Attacks
July 22, 2013 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Zack Colman (The Hill E2Wire)  The White House on Thursday doubled down on its support of a biofuel-blending rule that’s drawing intense attacks from the oil industry and lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Heather Zichal, President …

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 …

Elevance and Wilmar Begin Commercial Shipments of Biobased Chemicals from Newly Commissioned Refinery
July 18, 2013 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Singapore, Wilmar International and Elevance Renewable Sciences have just announced that they have begun shipping commercial products, including novel specialty chemicals, to customers from their first world-scale joint venture …

Momentum: 12 Biobased Ventures Raise $435M in Q2 2013; 32 Projects Being Built off the Balance Sheet
July 10, 2013 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Despite negative press from Bloomberg, biobased investing is surging, both direct and via strategics.  The Digest has the data and the scoop.

After we profiled, last April, 17 biobased ventures who …

KiOR Commences Shipments of Cellulosic Gasoline
July 2, 2013 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Texas, KiOR announced that its Columbus, Mississippi facility made its first shipment of cellulosic gasoline on June 28, which represented the first fuel shipment since March, 2013. The company added …

Cellulosic Ethanol: Scale-Up and Commercialization – Part 2
June 21, 2013 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by David Glass (D Glass Associates)  In the final breakout session of the BIO World Congress on June 19, there was a second panel on scale-up and commercialization of cellulosic ethanol. As with the session …

KiOR Shipping Cellulosic Biofuels; Releases Q1 Results
May 10, 2013 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …“Building on the first gallons of cellulosic diesel we shipped in March, we continue to make progress with operations at our Columbus facility,” said KiOR CEO Fred Cannon. “The on-stream …

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, …

Algenetix Raises $2M in Series A Funding Round, Aims to Boost Algae Oil Accumulation
April 5, 2013 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Algenetix, an industrial biotech company incubated from the pipeline of Kapyon Ventures has closed $2.0M in Series A-1 funding to further commercialize its PhotoSeed platform.

The groundbreaking technology vastly …

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 …

Next-Gen Biofuels Making Slow, Slow, Slow Progress in 2013
March 20, 2013 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by Katie Feherenbacher  (Gigaom)  Companies that are still looking to produce biofuels from plant waste (and not corn) are making slow, but steady progress on milestones in 2013.

On Monday, KiOR, which was largely funded by …

KiOR Now Shipping World’s First Cellulosic Diesel from Its First Commercial Plant
March 20, 2013 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Texas, KiOR announced the initial shipments of cellulosic diesel from its first commercial-scale facility in Columbus, Mississippi.

KiOR’s facility uses pine wood chips previously feeding a shut down paper mill …

Enerkem: Committed to Pontotoc Ethanol Project
March 12, 2013 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/WJTV.com)   Four years after announcing plans for an ethanol plant in Pontotoc, a Canadian company has yet to begin construction.

Enerkem Inc. spokeswoman Annie Pare tells The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/WCsH7v ) the company …

Does BlueFire Still Burn in the County?
March 7, 2013 – 8:45 pm | No Comment

by Adam Armour (Itawamba County Times)  Work on the proposed Fulton ethanol plant has come to a standstill. But does that mean the project’s been canceled?

… After the project’s announcement in 2009, two years of …

Irvine Renewable Fuels Firm Halts Work on Mississippi Plant
March 4, 2013 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Jane Yu (Orange County Business Journal)  Irvine-based renewable fuels maker BlueFire Renewables Inc. has halted construction work on a plant planned for Fulton, Miss. plant.

BlueFire converts non-food resources, such as trash, wood waste and …

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 …

Ethanol Industry Poised for Surge in Fuel Made from Crop Waste
February 14, 2013 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/Omaha.com)  After decades of talk, the ethanol industry is building multimillion-dollar refineries in several states that will use corn plant residue, wood scraps and even garbage to produce the fuel additive.

The breakthrough comes at …

The Renewable Fuel Standard Works
February 11, 2013 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Martin and Jim Collins (Politico) The fuels of the future are here today, and we can thank Congress for enacting the Renewable Fuel Standard. This bedrock policy has brought us to the point where …

The Compression Spread
February 8, 2013 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You’ve heard about the crack spread, and the crush spread — as means to value oil refining and crop refining.  Let’s think about biomass densification and compression, and in that …

About Us: Boost to Brewing Biogas: OARDC Receives $6.5 Million Grant to Further Develop New System
January 29, 2013 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

(Ohio State University) OARDC has received a $6.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy to test and expand OARDC-developed technology that can produce biogas from a variety …

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. …

What Do People Think About Biofuels?
December 27, 2012 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  What do people in the Southeast think about biofuels? Do they support biofuel ventures? Who will grow the biomass? Will those in established industries fight against it? These are just a …

USDA Funds Mississippi State University Biofuel Study
December 26, 2012 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

(ClarionLedger.com)  A team of Mississippi State University agricultural economists recently received U.S. Department of Agriculture funding to study policies impacting biofuel supply chains.

Keith Coble is the principal investigator for a project to develop a model …

Can KiOR Soar?
December 21, 2012 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier  (Biofuels Digest/Energy Trends Insider)  Last month KiOR announced the start of production of biocrude from their Columbus, Mississippi plant. KiOR CEO Fred Cannon stated in an earnings call that when the product shipped …

University of Southern Mississippi Researchers Working to Turn Algae into Fuel
December 20, 2012 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(Clarion Ledger)  …Today, Redalje’s Marine Science lab at Stennis Space Center is studying algae, grown from Mississippi coastal waters, and recreating that ancient process.

“We now look for one that produces large oil droplets that what …

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 …

Cellulosic Biofuel to Surge in 2013 After First U.S. Plants Open
December 18, 2012 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Herndon  (Bloomberg/Renewable Energy World)  Cellulosic biofuel companies will boost production almost 20-fold in 2013 as the first high-volume refineries go into operation, signaling a shift from an experimental fuel into a commercially viable …

State Incentives for Alternative-Fuel Projects Linked to Success and Failure
December 17, 2012 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Ayres  (Clarion Ledger)  Mississippi alternative-energy development projects that have received more than $400 million in state backing through loans, grants and other incentives in recent years have seen widely varying degrees of success.

KiOR, a …

USDA Grants Support Sustainable Bioenergy Production
December 17, 2012 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $10 million in research grants to spur production of bioenergy and biobased products that will lead to the development of sustainable regional systems and help …

Fuel From Waste, Poised at a Milestone
November 17, 2012 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Matthew L. Wald (New York Times)  For years, scientists and engineers have been juggling various combinations of acids, steam, bacteria, catalysts and the digestive juices of microorganisms to convert agricultural waste and even household …

Gusher! KiOR Starts Production of US Cellulosic Biofuels at Scale
November 9, 2012 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  500 ton per day wood biomass to biocrude plant commences oil production – the long wait for cellulosic biofuels at scale is over.

…But the news from Columbus, Mississippi, that cellulosic …

The Stampede of Elephants: Biofuels and Big Balance Sheets
October 23, 2012 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Today, we’ll look at the bigger balance sheets to see who is investing what, and when, with whom, and why.

…We’ve also focused here, for the sake of brevity, on those …

Comparison of Direct Transesterification of Algal Biomass under Supercritical Methanol and Microwave Irradiation Conditions
September 20, 2012 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Prafulla D. Patil, Veera Gnaneswar Gude, Aravind Mannarswamy, Peter Cooke, Nagamany Nirmalakhandan, Peter Lammers, Shuguang Deng (Fuel)  In this comparative study, direct conversion of algal biomass into biodiesel using supercritical methanol (SCM) and microwave-assisted (MW) …

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 …

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 …

Meanwhile, the Next Generation Advanced Biofuels Industry Is Scaling Up
August 25, 2012 – 8:23 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Cleaner, more sustainable, more climate-friendly, more affordable advanced biofuels are closer to reality than many outside the industry seem to think. At least three new, advanced biofuel biorefineries are being …

Missouri Organizes for Energy Independence
August 23, 2012 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Like many states (or countries) that have limited oil reserves or reserves that are economically unfeasible to extract at this time – the path to energy independence lies generally in …

KiOR Renewable Gasoline Will Fuel Cars This Year
July 25, 2012 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has granted KiOR Inc. the necessary permit to sell renewable cellulosic gasoline in the U.S. According to Fred Cannon, the EPA’s acceptance of KiOR’s advanced biofuel blendstock …

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 …

Dial 9011 for Crop Assistance
June 14, 2012 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Section 9011 of the Farm Bill – the Biomass Crop Assistance Program – USDA deploys $9.6M in new investments in bioenergy crops as questions revolve around the program’s future and …

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 …

Alcorn State University Looks at Bamboo for Biofuels
June 1, 2012 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Vershal Hogan  (Natchez Democrat)  Alcorn State University  has conducted research into using bamboo as a feedstock for biofuels production.  READ MORE

Waste Lines: The Hottest Trends with Bio’s Coolest Feedstock
May 29, 2012 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Regardless of its naming deficiencies, waste has been hot and getting hotter as a bioenergy feedstock because it solves three of the most pressing problems blocking capacity expansion.

1. The feedstocks …

Biofuel Production Facilities Spotlight Next Generation
May 25, 2012 – 8:45 pm | No Comment

by Matt Daily (Reuters/Huffington Post)  After a decade of promise, advanced biofuels makers are entering a crucial make-or-break period with the first of a new generation of production facilities about to come on line.

The new …

Renewable Diesel Surges: Emerald Biofuels Announces Major Project in Louisiana
May 21, 2012 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Emerald Biofuels announced that it will build an 85 million gallonrenewable-diesel refineries at a Dow Chemical site in Plaquemine, Louisiana. The company will use Honeywell’s UOP/Eni EcoFining process technology for the …

Pie in the Sky
March 28, 2012 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Companies like KiOR, ZeaChem, Virent take aim at a tasty aviation biofuels market with new recipes and game-changing economics

…If you can produce in-spec, sustainable, low-carbon, renewable jet fuel at $3.32 …

KiOR on Budget, on Track for Opening First Commercial Biofuels Plant in 2012
March 27, 2012 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …KiOR did not recognize revenue during 2011, as its activities remained focused on construction of its first commercial facility in Columbus, Mississippi, research and development (R&D) designed to improve production …

To Strive, To Seek, to Find, and Max Out Yields
March 22, 2012 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yield unlocks value, and especially feedstock yield. What’s the latest? What feedstocks are reporting yields that could support 1000+ gallons per acre for terrestrial crops?

…Yield from the acre, yield from …

Virdia Ups the Ante in the Race for the New Sugars
March 6, 2012 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In California, Virdia, formerly HCL CleanTech, a leading developer of cellulosic sugars, today announced major company milestones, including a new brand and CEO, its latest funding round, and a $75 …

[LL] Cool Planet Rocks the Bells
March 5, 2012 – 9:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What are Google, BP, Conoco, and GE investing? Is 3,000 gallons per acre of renewable gasoline possible?

In the past few weeks, news has begun to circulate around the industry – …

Bringing Oil Intensity to the Energy Debate
March 2, 2012 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Former Sens. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) (Bipartisan Policy Center/The Hill)  …For example, both parties have helped raise fuel efficiency standards.  First under President Bush in 2007, then under President Obama in …

Removing Fiber from DDGS Results in Superior Product for Swine
February 28, 2012 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Removing fiber from dried distillers grains with solubles using the elusieve process results in an enhanced product with greater nutritional value for growing and finishing pigs, according to a …

Norfolk Southern Pens Deal with Dynamic Fuels and Mansfield Oil
February 14, 2012 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

(Syntroleum)  Norfolk Southern becomes first fleet user in the U.S. to deploy clean renewable diesel

Dynamic Fuels, LLC and Mansfield Oil Company have signed an agreement to supply renewable diesel to Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE / …

Enerkem’s $125M IPO: The 10-Minute Version
February 6, 2012 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Canada, Enerkem has filed an F-1 registration statement for a proposed $125 million initial public offering. The number of shares to be offered in the proposed offering and the …

Mississippi Senator Seeks to Require Ethanol-Free Gasoline
February 2, 2012 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Kent Misegades (General Aviation News)  Mississippi State Senator Michael Watson has just introduced Senate Bill 2137, “An act to require retail dealers and distributors of gasoline to offer for sale or use nonethanol-blended unleaded premium grade …

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 …

BlueFire Renewables Launches Subsidiary and Formalizes Funding Agreements in 2011; Sets Sights on Further, Significant Milestones for 2012
December 23, 2011 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(Blue Fire Renewables)  …To meet increasing demand for cellulosic sugars (“The New Oil”) BlueFire formed SucreSource, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary that will manufacture cellulosic sugars from biomass for Biofuel, Bioplastic and Specialty Chemical markets. …

2100 CAAFI General Meeting Presentations Available Online
December 22, 2011 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

Presentations delivered by the various panel members are available on the CAAFI Expo website.  READ MORE

Business Team

RIN Compliance and D-Code Pathway Definitions (PDF) – Luce
Business Team Panel Discussion Elements of Alternative Fuels – Business Case …

Hitting a New Stride: The Biorefining Sector Is Poised for Commercial Scale-Up as Funding Strategies Mature and Production Capacity Grows
December 10, 2011 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biorefining Magazine)  The biorefining sector reached an important new milestone this year with at least five companies undergoing successful initial public offerings (IPOs). As we move into the new year, members of …

China to the Rescue: U.S. Project Developers Look to China for Financial Support
December 8, 2011 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. federal government continually names China as being a country to beat in the clean energy race. However, increasingly, cellulosic ethanol producers and technology developers are coming to …

Taking the Fuel Out of Biofuels
December 5, 2011 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Ben Lefebvre  (Wall Street Journal) Unable to compete with petroleum products, biofuel companies have found replacement products to sell
As advanced biofuel companies work toward creating an economically viable alternative to petroleum, some have …

BlueFire Renewables Signs Financing MOU for Its Fulton, Mississippi Biorefinery and Other Projects in the U.S. and China
October 31, 2011 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire)  BlueFire Renewables, Inc., a company focused on changing the world’s transportation fuel paradigm through the production of renewable fuels from non-food cellulosic wastes, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with China …

Elevance’s $100M IPO: The 10-Minute Version
September 22, 2011 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Like to quickly understand the surge in renewable chemicals and one of the hottest companies in the hottest sector of the bioconomy?  Here’s our 10-minute version of the IPO from Elevance …

Olive Branch in Line for Biofuels Headquarters
September 2, 2011 – 9:01 am | No Comment

by Phil West (The Commercial Appeal)  Legislature to consider incentives to land Israeli company’s 800 jobs, $1B operation

Gov. Haley Barbour wants state legislators to approve $100 million worth of financial incentives to help an Israeli …

Pooping Pandas May Make Better Biofuels
August 30, 2011 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Alexandra Witze  (Science News)  Two giant pandas in the Memphis Zoo have dropped researchers a gift. Studies of the pandas’ poop show that their gut microbes break down bamboo efficiently — a trick that …

Elusieve Process Removes Fiber From Corn
August 24, 2011 – 8:33 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  A new way to remove fiber from corn has been discovered by a professor from Mississippi State University (MSU). He calls his process Elusieve and has filed for a patent. The process was …

Biofuel Maker KiOR Faces Questions over Funding
August 12, 2011 – 9:39 am | No Comment

By Ucilia Wang  (GigaOm)  Freshly minted as a public company, biofuel producer KiOR reported Thursday that it brought in no revenues and widened its losses for the second quarter. Given that no one expected the young company …

Garbage in, Energy out: Turning Trash into Biofuel
August 11, 2011 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by David Biello (Scientific American)  Making biofuels from waste makes dollars–and sense

…Turning garbage into fuel is potentially an answer to two pressing problems—diminishing the world’s dependence on fossil fuels and an alternative to burying trash in landfills. …

Phase Shift: 12 Hot Gas-Based Biofuels Technologies
August 9, 2011 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …But a new generation of technologies is coming along fast, primarily in advanced biofuels, which is gasifying biomass at the front end along its path towards making fuels, chemicals or …

The Loaves and the Fishes: Drop-In Renewable Biofuels, from Unlikely Sources
August 2, 2011 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …A conversation with Terrabon COO Simon Upfill-Brown

…BD: Fuels or chemicals, for the first project?

SU-B: We are still very much focused on fuel, we feel that fuel is the way to …

Trash-to-Fuel Company Enerkem Raises Another $30M
August 1, 2011 – 8:03 am | No Comment

by Matthew Lynley (Green Beat)  Enerkem, a company that specializes in converting unusable waste into ethanol and other chemicals, announced today that it has raised $30 million in an extension of its most recent funding round.

Enerkem …

SEC Wins Judgment against Rivera
July 25, 2011 – 9:32 am | No Comment

by Kevin Cooper (Natchez Democrat)  A federal judge ruled Thursday that would-be biofuels wizard John Rivera’s claims were not worth the hill of beans he claimed could be magically turned into fuel.

U.S. District Judge David …

Mississippi State Licenses MSW Conversion Tech to Harrelson & Assoc.
July 21, 2011 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biorefining Magazine)  A novel waste conversion technology developed at Mississippi State University’s Sustainable Energy Research Center is moving out of the lab and into the marketplace thanks to a licensing agreement between …

Chevron, Weyerhaeuser Venture to Supply Wood for Kior’s Biofuels
June 10, 2011 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg)  Catchlight Energy LLC, a joint venture of Chevron Corp.  and Weyerhaeuser Co., will supply forest products that Kior Inc. will convert into biofuels.

The deal announced today expands an agreement made in April for Catchlight to purchase …

Elevance Renewable Sciences Announces Acquisition of Delta BioFuels Facility in Natchez
June 8, 2011 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Elevance)  Company to expand facility, create 165 full-time jobs

Gov. Haley Barbour and executives from Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc., creator of high-performance renewable specialty chemicals for use in personal care products, detergents, plastics and lubricants, announced …

KiOR Breaks Ground, and Draws Customers, for Columbus Biofuels Plant
May 16, 2011 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Garthia Elena Burnett (Commercial Dispatch)  FedEx is the latest company to sign an offtake agreement with Kior, a biofuels plant slated to begin production in Columbus in 2012. FedEx plans to use oil produced …

KiOR Files $100M IPO – The Complete Digest Analysis
April 13, 2011 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Khosla-backed pyrolysis venture heads for the public markets. Is the IPO window still open? Will this one fly? Should it? The Digest looks at the technology, the team, the progress, …

The Class of 2011
April 8, 2011 – 7:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Will these biofuels projects make the expected steps towards commercialization?

There was a strong response to yesterday’s Top Story about technologies that were  approaching make-or-break milestones in 2012. But what …

Florida Biodiesel, Inc. Delivers Biodiesel System To Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
March 28, 2011 – 10:19 am | No Comment

(PR Log) Florida Biodiesel, Inc. has completed a B-60 Biodiesel Processor sale, made by 70centsagallon.com to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The Biodiesel production equipment will be used to demonstrate Green Fuel technology to students.

Mississippi …

Microfuelers: Biofuels Companies Aim Big, by Thinking Small
March 28, 2011 – 9:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …NGOs in Africa have been touting for some time the use of ethanol cook stoves, to replace three-stone, wood based stoves that can trigger local deforestation and expose women and …

10th Annual Southern BioProducts & Renewable Energy Conference May 10-11, 2011 Biloxi, MS
March 25, 2011 – 4:08 pm | No Comment
10th Annual Southern BioProducts & Renewable Energy Conference   May 10-11, 2011 Biloxi, MS

Advocates for biomass utilization and renewable energy development from across the state and region will gather in Biloxi, Mississippi on May 10-11, 2011, to learn, promote and network. The theme of the conference “A Decade …

KiOR Signs Offtake Agreement with Hunt Refining Company for Renewable Fuels
March 10, 2011 – 8:50 am | No Comment

(American Fuels)  KiOR, Inc., announced today that it has signed an offtake agreement with Hunt Refining Company, who has agreed to purchase renewable gasoline and diesel blendstocks and fuel oil produced at KiOR’s first commercial …

Municipal Solid Waste to Biofuels Summit: Conference Report
February 21, 2011 – 10:19 am | No Comment

by Bill Brandon (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On February 10 & 11, about 120 participants gathered in chilly Chicago for the first Municipal Solid Waste to Biofuels Summit presented by the British firm, Eye for Energy.  …

Field Day Promotes Giant Miscanthus
February 4, 2011 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Cheree Franco (Mississippi State Ag Communications)   On a January morning in Soperton, Ga., southeastern farmers mingled with investors and biomass experts to discuss Freedom Giant Miscathus–a towering grass that may be America’s most promising …

KiOR Receives Loan Guarantee Term Sheet for over $1 Billion Project from US Department of Energy
February 4, 2011 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(KiOR)  Project would produce drop-in fuels from wood biomass at four facilities across three states
KiOR, Inc., announced today that it has received a term sheet for a loan guarantee supporting an over $1 billion biofuels project …

Enerkem Awarded Loan Guarantee from U.S. Department of Agriculture for Its Mississippi Waste-to-Fuel Biorefinery
January 20, 2011 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem)  Enerkem Inc. today announced that Enerkem Corporation, its wholly-owned U.S. affiliate, has  obtained a conditional commitment  for an US$  80 million  loan guarantee by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), for  the construction of its  landmark waste-to-biofuels …

Tax Holidays, Cheap Loans: Why Mississippi is Attracting Greentech
January 7, 2011 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Michael Kanellos (GreenTechSolar)  In the past year, the state of Mississippi has convinced an impressive array of green tech and other companies to open factories in its borders.

How exactly is it pulling this off, considering that …