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Canadian Company Envisions Maine as Site for Biorefinery
February 21, 2017 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Tex Turkel (Portland Press Herald)  Ensyn Corp., which makes heating oil from wood waste, already supplies Bates College and needs more customers before it can build a plant here.  —  A Canadian company that …

Ontario Seeks Input On Renewable Fuel Standard Discussion Paper
February 3, 2017 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

(National Law Review)  On January 11, 2017, the Government of Ontario released a discussion paper titled “Developing a Modern Renewable Fuel Standard For Gasoline in Ontario,” which provides context for the new RFS requirements.  The …

Greener Diesel Regulation
January 6, 2017 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(Ontario, Canada government)  Learn about environmentally friendly diesel fuels and the new laws that apply to diesel supply companies in Ontario.

By law, Ontario requires fuel companies to provide more environmentally friendly diesel fuels, known as …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2017
December 29, 2016 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 64 countries.

The bulk of mandates continue …

First Step for Avoiding an Ethanol Repeat
December 7, 2016 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Joel Wittnebel (The Oshawa Express)  … In response to a delegation from Hugh Peacock, an environmental activist and past president of the Friends of Second Marsh, the city drafted a motion that looks to provide …

Renewable Drop-In Fuels at Scale: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Ensyn
December 1, 2016 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ensyn uses its patented and proprietary RTP fast thermal technology to convert wood residues and other non-food, cellulosic biomass to liquid biofuels. Ensyn has had continuous commercial operations for more than …

Canada to Adopt National Low Carbon Fuel Standard
November 28, 2016 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Canada, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna announced that Canada will adopt a national clean fuels standard, as an important step for climate action and the growth of …

Ontario Innovative Sugarbeet Processors Cooperative Forms for Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstocks
November 21, 2016 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Ontario,  the Bio-Industrial Process Research Centre at Lambton College and Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park – collaboration with the OSGA and its partners – completed a techno-economic modelling feasibility study. …

Scaling up Industrial Biotech: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Financing the Advanced Bioeconomy
November 18, 2016 – 9:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Building a low carbon, bio-based economy through sustainable innovation means scaling up technologies.  And that means financing for scale.

The opportunity is massive. As the OECD wrote in its Bioeconomy 2030 report, “The Bioeconomy …

Canadian Producers Poised for Carbon Reduction Era
November 15, 2016 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The state of the Canadian ethanol industry at year end.  —  Optimism is growing among Canadian biofuel producers as the federal government is embracing carbon reduction strategies in …

Canada’s “Chemical Valley” Lobbying to Lure New Biofuel Plant
November 15, 2016 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(AgriMarketing/Reuters)  Sarnia, Ontario, home to dozens of Canada’s refineries and chemical plants, is lobbying hard to lure a biotech plant to the city as the local petrochemical-powered economy braces for the impact of a provincial …

Oshawa Ethanol Project Dead, Announces Oshawa Port Authority
November 9, 2016 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Reka Szekely  (DurhamRegion.com)  Ethanol plant will not be built on Oshawa waterfront  —  Plans for a controversial ethanol project at the Port of Oshawa are officially dead, port officials announced Monday afternoon.
FarmTech Energy received …

Ethanol Incentive about to Evaporate
November 7, 2016 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by John Miner  (London Free Press)  …  Established in 2005, the $520-million Ontario Ethanol Growth Fund was used by companies to build seven plants that now produce more than 1.1 billion litres of ethanol a year. …

With Canada and Mexico on Board, Carbon Pricing Could Become a Reality Across North America with Expanded U.S. Action
November 4, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(Center for American Progress)  Carbon taxes and emissions trading systems, once considered political moonshots in the battle to combat carbon emissions, have found purchase in Canada, Mexico, and parts of the United States, raising the …

Drop-In Biofuel Developers See Promise in US EPA Rule Change
October 13, 2016 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon (Platts)  US advanced biofuels production could get a boost under a rule change the Environmental Protection Agency is considering that would allow conventional refineries to receive renewable fuel credits for using drop-in biofuels …

Drop-In Biofuel Developers See Promise in US EPA Rule Change
October 11, 2016 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon (Platts)  US advanced biofuels production could get a boost under a rule change the Environmental Protection Agency is considering that would allow conventional refineries to receive renewable fuel credits for using drop-in biofuels …

Lanxess to Acquire Chemtura for $2.69B
September 29, 2016 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, Lanxess will acquire the US-based speciality chemical maker Chemtura, one of the major global providers of high-quality flame retardant and lubricant additives, for $2.69B, a 18.9% premium to …

Biofuels Buy Could Bring Plant to County
September 21, 2016 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(Van Wert Independent News)  Van Wert County officials are hoping a big biofuels purchase by JetBlue airlines will eventually mean jobs for county residents.

The biofuels purchase by JetBlue is from SG Preston, a company that …

Biomass-Based Diesel Mandates and Trade Trends around the World
September 1, 2016 – 10:25 am | No Comment

by Susan Olson (Genscape/Biofuels Digest)  Biomass-based diesel mandates for blending in transportation fuel have increased in many nations worldwide over the last year. In several of these countries, domestic biodiesel production is underutilized and many …

The Building Block Builders: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to BioAmber
August 16, 2016 – 9:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From the company’s IPO Prospectus: “Our proprietary technology platform combines industrial biotechnology, an innovative purification process and chemical catalysis to convert renewable feedstocks into chemicals that are cost-competitive replacements for petroleum-derived …

Brampton Transit Buses Not So Green These Days
July 22, 2016 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by  Peter Criscione (Brampton Guardian) Brampton transit buses, once lauded as the future of clean transportation in Canada, aren’t running so clean these days.  Brampton Transit stopped using bio-diesel fuel in city buses nearly a year ago …

A Biomass to Sugar Value Chain: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide to Canada’s Sarnia Biocluster
June 14, 2016 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “How much value is in the entire value chain, going from stover in the field to all the products?” asked Sandy Marshall, chairman, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada. His question opened his …

Cooperative Establishes Checkoff to Grow Ontario Biomass Sector
June 13, 2016 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ontario Biomass Producers Cooperative Inc., a group of Ontario farmers producing and marketing biomass, recently launched an effort to make it easier for its members to sell the miscanthus …

The New Cellulosic Value Chain: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide to Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
June 8, 2016 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In April, we reported that Comet Biorefining has signed an off-take agreement with bio-succinic acid producer BioAmber for cellulosic dextrose from Comet’s upcoming first commercial plant in Sarnia, Ontario.  The dextrose …

It Depends: Heard on the Floor at ABLC Feedstocks
June 8, 2016 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  The headline from the event is that projects and feedstock providers are more engaged than we have seen previously — a wave of technology development that once took place …

Ontario Slates $100 Million toward Renewable Natural Gas
June 6, 2016 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  Ontario’s government plans to spend up to $100 million over the next four years to foster growth of renewable natural gas (RNG) in the province.

On May 26, the Ontario Ministry …

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 …

Comet, BioAmber in Big Cellulosic Sugar Partnership: Biobased’s Hot Babes Hook Up
April 19, 2016 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Ontario, Comet Biorefining has signed an off-take agreement with bio-succinic acid producer BioAmber for cellulosic dextrose from Comet’s upcoming first commercial plant in Sarnia, Ontario. The dextrose will be …

Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative Collaborating with Comet Biorefining to Develop Agricultural Biomass Supply Chain
April 4, 2016 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(Comet Biorefining)  Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative, an Ontario-based farmer’s cooperative, confirms that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Comet Biorefining to collaborate on the development of a sustainable agricultural biomass supply chain …

Comet Biorefining Picks up $10.9M SDTC Grant for Low-Cost, Non-Food, Bio-Based Sugars Project
March 9, 2016 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Sustainable Development Technology Canada awarded Comet Biorefining a CA$10.9 million grant for the construction of its first-of-a-kind advanced bio-based chemicals plant. Located in Sarnia, Ontario, the plant will …

Comet Biorefining to Build Biomass Sugar Plant in Ontario
February 22, 2016 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

(Comet Biorefining/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Comet Biorefining Inc. has announced the location of its commercial-scale biomass-derived sugar facility in the TransAlta Energy Park in Sarnia, Ontario.  The 60 million pounds per year plant will come online in …

Farmers Optimistic about Corn Stalk Sugar Mill Plans
February 10, 2016 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(The Observer)  A group of Southwestern Ontario farmers are one step closer to building a sugar mill for corn stalks and other plant matter, to help boost their bottom lines and attract more biochemical plants …

IH2 Deep-Dive: Breakthrough Biofuel Technology Has Commercial-Scale In Sight
January 13, 2016 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Renewable Energy World) …  The IH2 technology is a thermocatalytic conversion route for woody biomass and forest residues feedstock that has been estimated to produce drop-in renewable fuels at around ~$2.25/gallon (in …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2016
January 4, 2016 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Who mandates what in biofuels? 64 countries have targets or mandates — but how much where, and when, and what?

In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates …

Bus Biodiesel Gets Boot. Butland Blindsided
November 12, 2015 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by  Kenneth Armstrong (SOOTODAY.com)  The so-called alternative energy capital of North America is going to get a little less green once the city completes a phasing out its use of biodiesel in Sault Transit buses.

Nobody …

Genera Energy, Precision Hawk Launch Drone/Analytics Partnership for Sustainable Biomass
November 4, 2015 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At ABLC NEXT,  PrecisionHawk and Genera Energy announced a partnership to develop new analysis algorithms specific to improving the efficiency and quality of sustainable biomass crop production and distribution. The …

Public Meeting Scheduled for New Biofuel Plant on Hershey Drive, Smiths Falls
October 30, 2015 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

(Inside Ottawa Valley) Community feedback is being sought in the proposed opening of a 8,073 square feet biofuel facility at 1 Hershey Drive. … The firm, C3 Acquisition Inc.,  has leased the facility space from Tweed Inc …

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 …

Six Students Win Young Algae Researcher Awards at ABS
October 22, 2015 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization) Six student scientists were presented with the fourth annual Young Algae Researcher Awards earlier this month for their contributions to fields of algae biology and engineering at the 2015 Algae Biomass Summit, the official conference …

Atlantic Biodiesel Celebrates ‘First Pour’ in Welland, Ontario
October 21, 2015 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

(Canadian Renewable Fuels Association/Biodiesel Magazine)  On Oct. 9, less than four months after opening its state-of-the-art biodiesel plant in Welland, Ontario, Atlantic Biodiesel celebrated the “first pour” of its high-quality biodiesel suitable for cold-weather applications.

“Atlantic …

SG Preston and IHI E&C Announce Strategic Agreement To Engineer and Construct A Portfolio Of Advanced Renewable Fuels Plants
October 21, 2015 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

(PR Newswire/IHI E&C)  SG Preston, a Philadelphia-based bioenergy company, and IHI E&C, a Houston-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) subsidiary of IHI Corporation, today announced a ground-breaking agreement for a Multi-Facility Program that will include …

The Building Block Builders: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to BioAmber
September 23, 2015 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From the company’s IPO Prospectus: “Our proprietary technology platform combines industrial biotechnology, an innovative purification process and chemical catalysis to convert renewable feedstocks into chemicals that are cost-competitive replacements for petroleum-derived …

Water Purification Technologies Being Developed by Noble Purification in Expanded Quarters in Former Trentway Bus Garage on River Rd.
September 4, 2015 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Joelle Kovach (Petersborough Examiner)  A local company that’s developing new technologies to purify water opened a new local facility on Tuesday.  Noble Purification was founded by Adam Noble, 21, a medical student who grew …

Synthesizing Substrates: Biogas Facilities Taking in a Wide Variety of Mixed Organic Waste Have a Few Extra Steps Involved in Feedstock Prep.
August 28, 2015 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  At Bio-En Power’s Elmira, Ontario, biogas plant, it isn’t unusual for odd items including trailer hitches, steel bars, and garbage cans to show up in the waste streams the facility …

Ensyn Receives Key Regulatory Approval for its Renewable Diesel
August 28, 2015 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Ensyn/Advanced Biofuels Association)  Dr. Robert Graham, CEO and Chairman of Ensyn Corporation (Ensyn), is pleased to announce that Ensyn has been granted a key regulatory approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its …

The Pyromaniax, Class of 2015: The Top 10 Pyrolysis Projects in Renewable Fuels
August 4, 2015 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been around for a generation or so — fast pyrolysis, that is. Though in the original low-tech incarnation — known as “cooking fire” — pyrolysis has been around since …

USGC: Unlocking Opportunities for DDGS in Canada
August 3, 2015 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A team of Canadian buyers and end-users of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) as well as a Canadian agriculture journalist recently visited the United States on a learning journey …

Drilling into Distillation, Dehydration
July 27, 2015 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Companies aim to tweak and transform key systems to reduce energy use and resolve bottlenecks. — Optimization efforts most often look at boosting yield, but as finely tuned and …

World’s Largest Alternative & Renewable Fuels Consulting Group Announces Strategic Alliance with Zeton Inc
July 27, 2015 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(Digital Journal/Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc.)  Lee Enterprises Consulting Adds World Leader in Pilot Plant Design and Fabrication to Team of Experts — Lee Enterprises Consulting, the world’s largest alternative and renewable fuels consulting group, is pleased …

Brazil’s President Rousseff Christens Raizen Cellulosic Biofuels Plant
July 27, 2015 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Iogen’s technology at commercial-scale, and officially open for business.  In Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff launched Iogen Energy’s cellulosic ethanol technology at the official opening of Raízen`s newly expanded Costa Pinto …

BIC Project Aims at Commercialization of Cellulosic Sugar Production in Ontario, Canada
July 27, 2015 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Ontario, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada has completed phase 1 of a project to assess the economic viability of the agricultural biomass to cellulosic sugar value chain in Canada.

The Cellulosic Sugar …

OFA – LCF Reduce Cornstalk Supply Chain Cost Projections up to 40%
July 27, 2015 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Ontario, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and La Coop fédéréem, after two years of work with value chain players, including farmers, have been able to reduce projected corn stalk …

4 Minutes with… Mahmood Ebadian, Founder, Biomass Supply Chain Consulting
July 16, 2015 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … My role is to design, plan and schedule biomass supply chains for commercial-scale biofuel plants.
I am currently working on two projects: 1) the viability study of the production of biojet …

Ensyn and Youngstown Thermal Sign RFO™ Biofuel Supply Agreement
June 30, 2015 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(Ensyn)  Ensyn Fuels Inc. (“Ensyn Fuels”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ensyn Corporation (“Ensyn”), has signed a contract with Youngstown Thermal LLC (“Youngstown Thermal”) for the supply of RFO™, Ensyn’s advanced cellulosic biofuel. Ensyn Fuels is …

Atlantic Biodiesel Opens State-of-the-Art Renewable Fuel Facility in Welland, Ontario
June 29, 2015 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(Atlantic Biodiesel)  Today (June 25, 2015), Atlantic Biodiesel officially opened its state-of-the-art renewable fuel facility located in the Niagara Greenbelt in Welland, Ontario.

“This is an important day for Atlantic Biodiesel and for the greater Welland …

Another Biofuels Production Technology Heads to the Fracking Hills for Development: KmX Chemical Corp Looks to Fracking Industry for Business
May 8, 2015 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Another in our series of stories about promising technologies applicable to the development of a robust advanced biofuel economy diverting to fossil fuel use for research, development and deployment.

This …

The DOE’s 12 Top Biobased Molecules – What Became of Them?
May 4, 2015 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … If they handed out Platinum and Gold certification to scientific papers as we do with recorded music, “Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass” would be a multi-platinum chart-busting monster. This …

Scientists Harness Enzymes to Break Down Tough Cell Walls
March 20, 2015 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

( Canadian Light Source/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Emma Master’s team spent the last two years studying plant cell walls, the part of the cell that gives trees and other flora their structural strength. The wall itself …

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 …

ICM, Inc. Announces Contract with Kansas Ethanol LLC on Full-Scale Commercial Installation of its Fiber Separation Technology™ (FST™)
February 11, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(ICM, Inc.) ICM, Inc. is pleased to announce that Kansas Ethanol LLC, of Lyons, Kansas, has signed an agreement for purchase, license to operate, and full-scale installation of ICM’s patent-pending Fiber Separation Technology™. FST™ is a …

Harper Government Supports New Ethanol Production Technology
February 11, 2015 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

(Government of Canada)  The Government of Canada is making an investment of $3.7 million to help Integrated Grain Processors Cooperative (IGPC) Ethanol Inc. install Canada’s first Fiber Separation Technology™ (FST) system to help boost production …

$40-Million Project Takes Plant beyond Ethanol Production
February 6, 2015 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Blair Andrews (Chatham This Week/Chatham Daily News)  Expansion plans at GreenField Specialty Alcohols Inc. in Chatham are taking shape.  The company announced $40-million worth of investments in capital projects at the plant on Bloomfield Road …

Carbon Pricing Coming to Ontario, Strategy to Be Unveiled this Year
January 14, 2015 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Adrian Morrow (Globe and Mail)    The Ontario government is closing in on a plan to put a price on carbon emissions after nearly seven years of delays.   The Liberals have promised to make …

New Farmer Co-Operative to Help Build Ontario Bioeconomy
January 14, 2015 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Farmers.com/Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative)  A group of Ontario farmers have a plan to convert crop residue into cellulosic sugar to help fuel the province’s bioeconomy. Based in Sarnia, the Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative (CSPC) will …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2015
January 5, 2015 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who mandates what in biofuels? 64 countries have targets or mandates — but how much where, and when, and what?  In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of …

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 …

Shanks Awarded Preferred Proponent Status for Surrey Organics Biofuel Processing Facility Project in Canada
December 19, 2014 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

(Shanks)   International waste-to-product business, Shanks Group plc (LSE: SKS) announces that Iris Solutions, a consortium led by Orgaworld Canada, part of Shanks’ Organics Division, has been selected as the preferred proponent for the Surrey …

Raizen, Iogen Commence Cellulosic Ethanol Production in Brazil
December 18, 2014 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  1 billion liters by 2024, vows Raizen. Record speed on start-up. What’s the story on the ground? In Brazil, Iogen and Raízen announced they have begun production of cellulosic ethanol on …

Canadian Government Funds Enzyme Research
December 8, 2014 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Canadian officials have announced that the University of Toronto has been selected to receive $5 million to launch its Industrial Biocatalysis Network, which will explore new ways to use …

USDA Looks to Get Ethanol from Kudzu
November 19, 2014 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  It might be the scourge of the south, but kudzu could become the next feedstock for biofuels.  “When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade,” says Lewis Ziska with the U.S. …

Innovations in PLA Technology: Review of OBIC Webinar
August 15, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Milsa Vijayadharan* (Advanced Biofuels USA) PLA (Polylactic Acid) is a polyester derived from renewable raw materials such as corn, cassava (tapioca) and other plants. Compared to other bio-based polymers (such as PET, PE) PLA …

Pond Biofuels Launches Bioreactor Pilot project at St Marys Cement Plant
July 21, 2014 – 7:59 pm | No Comment

(Global Cement)  Pond Biofuels has set up a bioreactor pilot plant at St Marys cement plant in St Marys, Ontario. The raw smokestack gas from the cement plant is recycled to grow algae in a …

Cellulosic Ethanol Deemed Good Fit in Idaho
July 9, 2014 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

(Capital Press)   IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — As the first commercial cellulosic ethanol plants open in the U.S. this year, energy experts say Idaho is well positioned to follow the leaders with a small facility that …

Pond Biofuels: Algae Eats Cement Plant Pollution
July 9, 2014 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by David Dodge and Duncan Kinney (Beacon News) Algae is a pretty important organism. It’s used in food, fertilizer and sewage treatment. Oh, and algae can also eat raw industrial smokestack emissions for breakfast to create …

Ottawa Biofuel Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Expand Production
July 3, 2014 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Ottawa Biofuel has launched a $50,000 crowdfunding campaign through IndieGoGo to fund expansion. Specifcally, the company is looking to make the transportation, storage, and processing cleaner and more efficient …

RNG: The Next Renewable Vehicle Fuel
June 18, 2014 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

By Stephanie Thorson  (Canadian Biogas Association /Biomass Magazine) Renewable natural gas (RNG) is a little-known fuel that has enormous potential to economically reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation, a sector that has high emissions.

In the same …

Media Advisory: Waterloo and Bordeaux to Launch Canada’s First Bachelor of Bio-based Chemistry Program at Conference
May 16, 2014 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by (University of Waterloo) Media are invited to attend as researchers from Waterloo and Bordeaux gather to create a bio-chemistry program that will support research into sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels.

The University of Waterloo and Université …

New Ontario Biodiesel Mandate Falls Short, Troubles Producers
May 6, 2014 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) The government of Ontario, Canada, issued its new biodiesel mandate regulations for the province April 1, and some biodiesel stakeholders, including members of the Ontario Biodiesel Producers Association, are frustrated and …

This St. Patrick’s Day,Choose a Truly “Green” Beer
March 14, 2014 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Before you lift that green beer on St. Patrick’s Day, why not select one that comes from a “green” brewery? Many breweries throughout the U.S. and Canada have robust sustainability initiatives that include …

Methes Energies Starts Manufacturing Process of One Denami 600 for Aruba Client
March 11, 2014 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(Methes Energies/MarketWire)   Methes Energies International Ltd. (NASDAQ: MEIL), a renewable energy company that offers an array of products and services to biodiesel fuel producers, today announced it has received a deposit from Antilla Energy VBA …

Ensyn and Memorial Hospital Sign RFO™ Biofuel Supply Agreement
March 7, 2014 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

(Ensyn Fuels/MarketWired)  Ensyn Fuels, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ensyn Corporation (“Ensyn”), has signed a contract with Memorial Hospital of North Conway, New Hampshire (“Memorial”) for the supply of RFO™, Ensyn’s advanced cellulosic biofuel. Ensyn’s RFO, …

Sale of Ethanol Plant’s Waste Heat Will Eliminate Smokestack
February 27, 2014 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Peter Epp (QMI Agency/Chatham Daily News) It might not happen this year, but plans are in place for GreenField Ethanol’s smokestack at its Bloomfield Road production facility to be removed once the energy company starts …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2014
January 2, 2014 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 62 countries.

The bulk of mandates …

Sarnia Group Sees Ethanol Gold in Corn Stalk
December 5, 2013 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

by John Phair (Petroliatopic.com)  The ethanol industry has a strong presence in Southwestern Ontario, converting corn into fuel at plants in Chatham and in Sarnia’s Chemical Valley. But now a Sarnia-based organization is proposing that …

Ontario Plant to Recycle Beverages into Ethanol, Other Products
November 1, 2013 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Energentium Inc. is finalizing tests before entering into full production in a few weeks at its new 15 MMly (4 MMgy) plant in Brantford, Ontario, to recycle waste …

A Business Case for a Cornstalks to Bioprocessing Venture
September 5, 2013 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

(Ontario Federation of Agriculture/Farming Sources)  A value chain consortium presented their final report to local corn producers on a business case for sustaining a commercially viable cellulosic sugar plant in southwestern Ontario to support the …

R.C. Costello, Zeton Sign MOU to Offer Scale-up Services
September 3, 2013 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(R.C. Costello & Associates Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  R.C. Costello & Associates Inc. and Zeton Inc. signed a Memorandum of Understanding last month. Costello has extensive front-end engineering, process modeling and design experience; and Zeton has …

Report: Southwest Ontario Can Support Biomass-to-Sugar Plant
August 28, 2013 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Ontario Federation of Agriculture recently announced that a value chain consortium has presented a final report to local corn producers, showing that it is commercially viable to establish …

4C-Able Future: Biobased Butanol, Butadiene and BDO Are Having a Hot Year
August 22, 2013 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … It’s been quite a year on the four-carbon platform — also known as C4, 4C, buta-something, Fantastic Four, or what have you.

Though two-carbon fuels such as ethanol have long dominated …

A.I.M. Interview: NAABB’s José Olivares
July 22, 2013 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz  (Algae Industry Magazine)  José Olivares is a busy man. Not only the founder and kingpin of the NAABB 3-year DOE-backed consortium to ring out the potential of algal biofuel production, he also …

First Plants Going In For Ethanol-Linked Greenhouse
July 10, 2013 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Simon Crouch  (BlackburnNews.com)  A new Chatham-area greenhouse operation expects to harvest their first crop of tomatoes in September.

Right now the Truly Green Farms operation is running normally.

By the end of next year it will …

Government of Canada Encourages Innovative Biofuel Production in Sarnia
June 27, 2013 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(Digital Journal/FedDev Ontario)  Woodland Biofuels Inc. is receiving a contribution to operate a plant that will produce low-cost biofuel from waste. Patricia Davidson, Member of Parliament for Sarnia-Lambton, announced the funding today on behalf of …

US Patent Issued for BDR’s Ceramic Membrane Reactor Technology
February 22, 2013 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

(BioDiesel Reactor Technologies Inc./Biodiesel Magazine)   BioDiesel Reactor Technologies Inc. recently announced that U.S. Patent No. 8,366,794 entitled “Apparatus and Method for Biofuel Production” has been issued. The patent covers the commercial application of BDR’s …

Iogen Focusing on Biofuels in Brazil After Selling Enzyme Unit
February 2, 2013 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Herndon (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Iogen Corp., a closely held biotechnology company, is focusing on producing ethanol from sugar cane waste in Brazil after selling its industrial enzyme business to Novozymes A/S (NZYMB), according to …

U.S. Energy Initiatives to Setup Its First Biodiesel Facility in California
January 12, 2013 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Energy Initiatives)  U.S. Enerby Initiatives Corp announced that is has signed a Letter of Intent to form a Joint Venture that will provide the tools, experience and support to build several small scale biodiesel …

Greenhouse to Utilize CO2, Waste Heat from Adjacent Ethanol Plant
January 7, 2013 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Across the road from Greenfield Ethanol-Chatham, construction on Truly Green greenhouses is ongoing. The innovative project will utilize the waste heat and CO2 from the 195 MMly ethanol plant …

Local Company Recognized for Biofuel Testing
December 27, 2012 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Randal Yakey (The News Herald)   … Popular Science magazine has named Applied Research Associates and their partners among the 25 science stories of the year for their research work with biofuels.

On Oct. 29, …

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 …

UnNintendoed Consequences: Biofuels and the Feedstock Challenge
December 12, 2012 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been years of struggle to get cellulosic feedstock supply chains downfield.  Now, companies like Woodland Biofuels, Sweetwater Energy, Ceres, Delta BioRenewables and Commonwealth Agro-Energy are moving the chains.

…This week …

Methes Energies Receives CRFA’s New Producer of the Year Award
December 11, 2012 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

(Menthes Energies International/Biodiesel Magazine)  … Recently commissioned, Methes Energies’ new Sombra, Ontario, facility has a capacity of 50 MMly (13 MMgy). The facility operates with Methes’ own technology, the Denami 3000, which can produce biodiesel from a wide …

CO2 Emissions Could Feed Algae Biofuel Bonanza
December 6, 2012 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Max Paris (CBC News)  U.S. Steel Canada announces pilot project that will test Pond Biofuels technology

U.S. Steel Canada announced Tuesday it will partner with Union Gas and Pond Biofuels to test an innovative system …

NRC Flies the World’s First Civil Jet Powered by 100 Percent Biofuel
October 30, 2012 – 11:15 am | No Comment

(MarketWire/National Research Council of Canada)  Historic Milestone for the Aviation and Sustainable Energy Industries

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) achieved a major milestone for the aviation industry today as it flew the first civil jet powered …

Biofuels Plant Ready to Roll
October 16, 2012 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Paul Morden (Sarnia Observer)  Woodland Biofuels’ $12-million Sarnia demonstration plant is up and could be producing ethanol from wood waste by the end of the year, says president Greg Nuttall.

The newly-built facility is located …

Local Firm Using Seeds for Biofuel for Jets
October 15, 2012 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Randal Yakey (The News Herald)   Steve Baxley, the senior engineer at Applied Research Associates (ARA), stood Monday among jars of fluids, beakers and equipment, holding a tiny amount of seeds in the palm …

Oshawa Port Authority Plans Public Meeting on Proposed Plant
September 24, 2012 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Oshawa Port Authority in Ontario is planning an event to help answer questions its local community has with regard to a proposed ethanol plant.  The OPA announced its …

Proposed Canadian Plant Gains Approval, Local Community Objects
August 30, 2012 – 8:15 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The community of Oshawa, Ontario is taking action against the recent approval of a proposed ethanol plant. On Aug. 9, the Oshawa Port Authority announced its approval for FarmTech …

Entrepreneurs Cook Up Biodiesel Formula for a Greener Windsor
August 23, 2012 – 9:55 pm | No Comment

by Phoebe Ho (MetroNews)  With barely any background in chemistry, a University of Windsor nursing grad and her business partner spent the last two months experimenting with animal fat and vegetable oil in hopes of creating …

Queen’s Researcher Looks for Key to Improve Biofuel Production
August 22, 2012 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

Alison Shouldice (The Whig)  Piecing together “molecular Lego” is helping Queen’s University researchers explore more efficient ways of producing biofuels.

The research team has been looking at a certain bacterial complex, cellulosome, under the microscope.

Cellulosome is …

Biodiesel Plant Set to Launch Near Sombra
August 8, 2012 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Tyler Kula (The Observer)  A biodiesel company that creates fuel from vegetable oil and animal fat is set to begin production near Sombra next month, its president says.

Mississauga-based Methes Energies Canada Inc. will host …

How Cellulosic is Rising from Corn: Investing in Cellulosic Production Could Improve Profit Gargins at Corn Ethanol Plants
July 24, 2012 – 8:45 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The once futuristic vision of integrating traditional and second-generation ethanol facilities appears more attainable as various companies emerge with technology improvements that will allow corn ethanol producers to add …

Government of Canada Invests in Innovation in St. Marys
July 20, 2012 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

(MarketWire)  An investment of $1.86 million by the Government of Canada will help two Canadian businesses grow their operations and collectively create a total of 22 new jobs in St. Marys, where the companies will …

Old Frog, New Tricks: The Rise of Magnetic Biofuels
July 18, 2012 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can the harnessing of the powers of magnetism overcome cost challenges in algal biofuels?  Researchers across the globe pursue the answers.

…For the fossil molecule, its time within a living system …

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 …

Sugar Rush: The Race Is on to Commercialize Low-Cost, High-Quality Sugars from Nonfood Sources
May 2, 2012 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biorefining Magazine)  The biorefining industry is hungry for a low-cost, high-quality and readily available supply of sugar feedstock from nonfood biomass sources. A number of pure-play sugar technology developers and manufacturers like …

Innovation Turning Wood Waste into Bio-Fuel for Transportation
May 1, 2012 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Denise Deveau (Financial Post)   {ISSUE} Soaring energy prices are thinning profit margins in the transport sector and increasing operational costs in many manufacturing industries

{SHIFT} Turning wood waste into bio-fuel helps industry find a …

Porter Airlines Operates Bombardier Q400 Aircraft in Canada’s First Biofuel-Powered Revenue Flight
April 20, 2012 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

(MarketWire)  – Biofuel test program led by Bombardier Aerospace, Porter Airlines, Pratt & Whitney Canada and Targeted Growth successfully concluded

– Program funded by the key partners and by Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence (BL-NCE) …

Black Carbon Belchers?
March 5, 2012 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Naomi Lubick (Chemical & Engineering News)  Pollution Monitoring: Cars may produce more climate-warming particles than previously thought.

Tiny particles known as black carbon can pack a heavy punch when it comes to climate change, by …

Pond Biofuels to Pilot Cement Absorption System
January 25, 2012 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

(Daily Commercial News)  Pond Biofuels is piloting a new carbon dioxide (CO2) absorption system at St. Marys Cement.

The new system will reduce greenhouse gases by absorbing dirty smokestack emissions to grow algae which can be …

CORE BioFuel Inc. Produces High Octane Gasoline in Tests of Biomass to Gasoline Process
December 7, 2011 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

(CORE BioFuel, Inc.)  CORE BioFuel Inc., a Canadian company focused on energy security for the North American and European markets, announced today that it has successfully tested the last step in its wood-to-gasoline process to …

Thesis Chemistry to Build Iowa Biorefinery Using Stover Lignin
November 29, 2011 – 9:40 am | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Working closely with the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Nevada Economic Development Council, Mentor, Iowa-based Thesis Chemistry has selected a 40-acre site within the West Industrial Park of …

CORE BioFuel Completes Tests on Wood-to-Gasoline Process
November 28, 2011 – 11:25 am | No Comment

(Energy Business Review)  Canada-based CORE BioFuel has tested the last step in its wood-to-gasoline process to produce high-octane, benzene-free, drop-in gasoline.

Under contract with CORE, RECAT Technologies completed a set of test runs of the catalytic …

Second-Generation Ethanol Processing Cost Prohibitive: Study
November 28, 2011 – 8:53 am | No Comment

(PhysOrg)  Costs for second-generation ethanol processing, which will ease the stress on corn and sugarcane, are unlikely to be competitive until 2020, according to a unique Queen’s University study.

…The researchers found that building large scale …

Hot Commodity: Thieves Acquire Taste for Used Cooking Oil
November 21, 2011 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Richard Blackwell  (CTV News/The Globe and Mail)   …The theft of used oil and grease has become a big problem in Canada, mirroring a trend south of the border.

The price of “yellow grease” – …

BioAmber’s $150 Million IPO: The 10-Minute Version
November 15, 2011 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Minnesota, BioAmber has filed an S-1 registration statement for a proposed $150 million initial public offering. The number of shares to be offered in the proposed offering and the …

Comet Biorefining Inc. Announces Fabrication of Cellulosic Sugar Toll Facility
November 3, 2011 – 9:34 am | No Comment

(TradingCharts.com)  Comet Biorefining Inc., a leader in low cost cellulosic sugar technology, today announced that it has begun fabrication of a cellulosic sugar toll processing plant to be located in Southwestern Ontario. This facility will produce cellulosic sugar …

MSE Enviro-Tech Corp. Announces Positive Results From City Transit Sales: Initiates Broader Offering to Municipalities
October 14, 2011 – 8:54 am | No Comment

(MarketWire)  MSE Enviro-Tech Corp.  reported on the expansion of its biodiesel trials from 19 months of successful results.

Since Q1 2010 SITTM Technologies, a subsidiary of MSE Enviro-Tech Corp., in partnership with a local petroleum distributor, …

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 …

Say “NO” to an Ethanol Plant at the Harbour
July 12, 2011 – 10:26 am | No Comment

(Oshawa.com)  …Oshawa says “NO” to an ethanol plant at our harbour for the following reasons:

The proposed ethanol plant would be located on a historic and prominent height of land overlooking Lake Ontario.
The proposed ethanol plant …

Ethanol, Electric Power behind Winners of DOE EcoCAR Challenge
June 20, 2011 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The winners of the recently completed three-year EcoCAR challenge used a combination of extended-range electric power and E85 to grab top honors. Taking first place was Virginia Tech University, …

Video tour: Pond Biofuels Turns Cement Plant Emissions into Algae
May 30, 2011 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Tyler Hamilton (Clean Break)  I had the opportunity this week to visit a St. Marys Cement plant in the small and scenic town of St. Marys, Ontario. A subsidiary of Brazilian cement giant Votorantim Cimentos, the …

Ontario Government Selects Rentech’s New Renewable Jet Fuel Project for Long-Term Supply of Biomass from Crown Forests
May 6, 2011 – 9:46 am | No Comment

(Rentech)

Province of Ontario selects Rentech’s newly-announced Olympiad Project in the Township of White River for proposed supply of up to 1.1 million cubic metres/year of wood fibre to produce renewable RenJet®, a certified low-carbon jet …

The Beginning of the End of the Ethanol Joke
May 3, 2011 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Paul Studebaker (Sustainable Planet)   …It’s too soon to talk about grain-based ethanol in the past tense, but maybe not by much. While ethanol has a place as a bio-based octane enhancer and consequently, as …

W2 Energy Begins Construction of 2nd Generation SunFilter Algae Bioreactor
February 22, 2011 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(W2 Energy, Inc./MarketWire)  W2 Energy, Inc., is pleased to announce that the SunFilter algae bioreactor has been up and running successfully for over 15 months, growing algae on a steady diet of air and carbon …

Canadian Biodiesel Plant to Make Fuel from Flax
January 18, 2011 – 9:19 am | No Comment

by Susan Taylor  (Reuters)  A tiny Canadian startup company that is preparing to open a biodiesel plant in Toronto this spring says it will produce clean fuel, animal feed and human food all from the …

Biorefinery a Step Closer
August 12, 2010 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by  Bob Boughner  (Chatham Daily News)  A proposed $38-million Chatham facility designed to prove corn cobs can be used to produce ethanol fuel received $4 million Wednesday from the province.

The (Ontario) government is supporting the development of …

Woodland Biofuels Awarded $4 Million by Ontario For Revolutionary Cellulosic Ethanol Demonstration Plant
April 9, 2010 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

Ontario is investing $4 million through the Innovation Demonstration Fund (IDF) to help Woodland Biofuels Inc. and its partners build a groundbreaking demonstration plant that will efficiently produce cellulosic ethanol from renewable wastes.

 The plant will …

CO2-Eating Algae Turns Cement Maker Green
March 23, 2010 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Tyler Hamilton (TheStar.com) 

A mixture of hot gas rises out of a flue stack at the St. Marys Cement plant about 50 kilometres west of Waterloo. But not all the CO2-rich exhaust is vented to …

Canada’s Ethanol Boom, Minus the Boom
March 2, 2010 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Shawn McCarthy  (Globe and Mail)  Three years ago, a tiny Ottawa biotechnology firm, Iogen Corp., had the very rare privilege of being singled out by the government as a company that would benefit directly …

FPInnovations and CRIBE Create a Cooperative Partnership to Develop the Forest Bio‐Economy in Ontario
January 11, 2010 – 11:44 am | No Comment

… “The Government of Ontario has recognized the need to move the Province to the forefront of the commercialization of chemicals, fuels, fibres and energy that can be produced from forests,” added Lorne Morrow, Chief …