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Cedar Grove Composting Announces Partnership with BIOFerm

(BIOFerm)  Cedar Grove Composting announced today that it is working with BioFerm Energy Systems, a German-based clean energy generation company owned by The Viessmann Group, to integrate anaerobic digestion into its composting process.  The proposed technology employs a high-solids anaerobic digester that produces a usable biogas by enhancing natural processes to

July 20, 2010 Read Full Article

CleanTech Biofuels Technology for Converting Municipal Solid Waste to Cellulosic Biomass Feedstock Receives U.S. Patent

(CleanTech Biofuels)  CleanTech Biofuels, Inc., an early stage provider of cellulosic biomass feedstock derived from municipal solid waste (MSW) for renewable energy and bio-based chemical production, is pleased to announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office recently issued US patent number 7,745,208 to its process and apparatus for converting

July 14, 2010 Read Full Article

Consultation Launch on Revised Waste Framework Directive

(UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)   A consultation on how to implement the revised EU Waste Framework Directive in England and Wales was launched today. The Directive will bring together new and existing measures to promote waste prevention, recycling, and better use of resources while protecting human health

July 13, 2010 Read Full Article

N‐Viro International Corporation Receives N‐Viro Fuel Facility Permit Approval

(N-Viro)  N-Viro International Corporation, an environmental technology company that markets an alternative fuel manufacturing process and agricultural products, announced today the Company has received all necessary permit approvals from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to operate a full scale N-Viro Fuel(TM) mobile facility.  The permits allow for operation of a

July 12, 2010 Read Full Article

Researchers Propose Movable Biofuel Center

(UPI)  If agricultural waste can’t go to a biofuel processing center, then the processing center should go to the agricultural waste, U.S. researchers theorized. Researchers at Purdue University propose creating mobile processing plants that would roam the Midwest to produce biofuels using a technique called fast-hydropyrolysis-hydrodeoxygenation, the West Lafayette, Ind.,

July 9, 2010 Read Full Article

Iowa an Epicenter of Clean Energy Movement

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …“Iowa is rapidly becoming the development capital of the nation for the replacement of petroleum-based chemicals with bio-based chemicals,” according to a press release from the Iowa Department of Economic Development. Currently, the state has an ethanol capacity of 3.28 billion gallons, or about

July 9, 2010 Read Full Article

Tim Hortons Cups Turned into Biofuel

(CBC News)  Discarded Tim Hortons coffee cups are being turned into ethanol by researchers at the University of Manitoba Microbiologists Richard Sparling and David Levin said they came up with the idea of using the paper cups after walking past some of the four Tim Hortons outlets on campus. “We

July 6, 2010 Read Full Article

CleanTech Biofuels, Fiberight Agree to Create Municipal Solid Waste to Cellulosic Ethanol Demonstration Plant

(Business Wire)  CleanTech’s Demonstration Vessel to be Installed at Fiberight’s Lawrenceville, Virginia Cellulosic Ethanol Pilot Plant CleanTech Biofuels, Inc., an early stage provider of cellulosic biomass feedstock derived from municipal solid waste (MSW) for energy and bio-based chemical production, announced an agreement with Fiberight LLC. (Fiberight), to install its demonstration vessel

July 2, 2010 Read Full Article

BioMCN Opens Largest 2nd Generation Biofuel Plant

(BioMCN)  June 25, 2010, the Queen’s Commissioner of the Province of Groningen, Sir Max van den Berg, together with Rob Voncken, CEO of BioMCN, has officially opened the largest second generation biofuel plant in the world. With a production capacity of 250 million litres, BioMCN can immediately fulfil the entire Dutch biofuel

June 29, 2010 Read Full Article

Arizona Makes Tax Credits Available for Solar-to-Biofuel Projects

(BrighterEnergy.com)  Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed new legislation that makes tax credits available for projects that use algae to turn sunlight and carbon dioxide into biofuels. …The new legislation specifies that qualified research includes only research conducted in Arizona, including research conducted at a university and paid for by

June 26, 2010 Read Full Article

Albemarle Partners With Louisiana State University Students to Become a Key Sponsor of LSU’s Biodiesel Tiger Truck

(Albemarle Corporation)  Albemarle Corporation, a leader in providing innovative and sustainable chemistry solutions to its customers and communities, partners with LSU students to become a key sponsor of LSU mechanical and biological engineering students’ 2010 senior project, the biodiesel Tiger Truck. The Tiger Truck is on a mission to demonstrate the

June 25, 2010 Read Full Article

Novo Energies Corporation Enters Into Collaboration Agreement With Novo Energies International, Ltd.

(MarketWire)  Agreement to Focus on the International Commercialization and Implementation of Waste to Energy Technology Novo Energies Corporation, an alternative energy company, announced June 4, 2010, that it has entered into a Technology Co-Operation Agreement (“Agreement”) with Novo Energies International, Ltd. (“NEI”). NEI, an independently-owned company, has been granted an exclusive license for

June 15, 2010 Read Full Article

Grant Support for Teesside Bioethanol Plant

(Evening Gazette)  An advanced bioethanol from waste plant, set to be developed on Teesside, has received a multi-million pound boost. INEOS Bio has been awarded a £7.3m grant from regional development agency One North East and the Department for Energy and Climate Change for construction of Europe’s first advanced bioethanol

June 14, 2010 Read Full Article

Waste Management’s Far Out Trash-to-Energy Plans

by Jonathan Fahey  (Forbes)  …Waste Management Chief Executive David Steiner thinks that the 110 million tons of waste his company handles every year can do more than fill landfills and generate electricity. He’s placing a series of bets on far-off technologies that he hopes can turn garbage into more valuable

June 11, 2010 Read Full Article

Closed Down Methanol Plant Turned into the World’s Largest Biofuels Production Plant

(Chemrec)  On the northern coast of the Netherlands a few driven entrepreneurs transformed a closed down methanol factory into the world’s largest second generation biofuels production unit in less than three years. By changing the feedstock into crude glycerine and applying a patented evaporating technique, the end-product is now a bio-methanol

June 11, 2010 Read Full Article

Metro Company Could Soon Be Turning Brown Sludge Into Green Power

by Rob Low  (Fox4KC.com)  When most of us flush a toilet, it’s a matter of out-of-sight, out-of-mind. But a Prairie Village company says that it’s the first in the nation to patent a process that will turn that waste water into bio-fuel. In other words, it could be the ultimate

June 8, 2010 Read Full Article

Small Seattle Biodiesel Producer Plans to Expand. Secret? Fast-Food Deep Fryers

by Martha Baskin (Seattle Post Globe)     At a time when the US biodiesel industry has been in turmoil – faulted for where it sources raw materials or feedstock – a small producer in Seattle has plans to expand. What’s their secret? Back alley grease traps and fast food deep fryers.

June 4, 2010 Read Full Article

New Generation Biofuels Files a Patent Application on New Glycerin-Based Biofuel

(PRNewsWire)  Renewable fuels provider New Generation Biofuels Holdings, Inc., May 27, 2010, announced they have filed a patent application on their new glycerin-based biofuel.  “We are excited to add this technology to our intellectual property portfolio,” said Cary J. Claiborne, CEO and President of NGBF.  “This new technological development allows us

June 2, 2010 Read Full Article

International Paper, Fiberight LLC Combine to Produce Ethanol from Recycle Board Mill

(Recycling Today)  International Paper has begun an arrangement whereby the Maryland-based company Fiberight will convert the unusable fiber generated at IP’s Cedar River, Iowa, recycled paperboard mill into ethanol. IP estimates that the mill, which produces around one million tons of recycled paperboard a year, generates around 50,000 tons of residual

June 1, 2010 Read Full Article

W2 Energy Purchases Agri-Green Biodiesel

(MarketWire)  W2 Energy, a clean energy company is pleased to announce that on May 7, 2010, it signed a Letter of Intent to purchase 60% of Agri-Green Biodiesel, Inc. of Sparwood, British Columbia  3,000,000 restricted shares. Agri-Green Biodiesel (AGB) consists of three divisions that generated sales of $655,000 in 2009. The

June 1, 2010 Read Full Article

Methanol: Biofuel to love or hate?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …A lot of people refer to methanol as wood alcohol – referring to the ancient process of extracting methanol from wood, using pyrolysis. In recent years, it has been primarily extracted from methane — the primary component of natural gas, and a dangerous greenhouse gas

May 25, 2010 Read Full Article

S**t Hits the Fan(Belt): Manure, Sewage as Biofuel Materials

by John Timmer (ars technica)  If you look at any single source of biofuels, the numbers can seem depressing, as it’s very difficult to obtain enough raw material to account for more than a small percentage of the United States’ liquid fuel use. The good news is that it’s possible to

May 25, 2010 0 comment Read Full Article

Sewage Sludge Could be a Competitive Feedstock for Biodiesel

(Environmental Protection)   Existing technology can produce biodiesel fuel from municipal sewage sludge that is within a few cents a gallon of being competitive with conventional diesel refined from petroleum, according to the article, “Biodiesel Production from Municipal Sewage Sludges,” which was published in Energy & Fuels, a bimonthly journal. Author

May 21, 2010 Read Full Article

China Integrated Energy, Inc. Procured $12.7 Million of Production Equipment for the New 50,000 Ton Second-Generation Biodiesel Production Facility

(PR Newswire)  China Integrated Energy, Inc., a leading non-state-owned integrated energy company in the People’s Republic of China, announced today that it has secured production equipment for its new 50,000 ton biodiesel production facility currently being constructed in Tongchuan City, Shaanxi Province. The equipment, which will be used for producing

May 18, 2010 0 comment Read Full Article
  Energy from Waste 2010 (Waste to Energy) October 6-7 London, UK

Energy from Waste 2010 (Waste to Energy) October 6-7 London, UK

The question of how to efficiently utilise residual waste has become imperative for numerous reasons – increasing landfill taxes, the drive for a low carbon economy, the requirements of resource efficiency and the search for increased energy security. The value of residual waste is now widely recognised, and the market

May 14, 2010 Read Full Article

What If There Is No Climate/Energy Bill? Civil Society Institute Report from Synapse Shows Clean Energy Future Still Possible for US

(The Clean)  With Uncertainty Mounting About Climate/Energy Bill, Major New Study for CSI Details Path for Breaking Away From “Business As Usual” in the Electric Power Sector. What happens if Congress fails to pass a climate or energy bill in 2010? Even without a federal carbon policy, the United States could

May 13, 2010 Read Full Article

Vilsack Tours Pennsylvania Biodiesel Plant

(Biodiesel Magazine)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack toured Middletown Biofuels in central Pennsylvania on May 7, where he highlighted biodiesel production as a critical component in America’s strategy to create jobs and revitalize the rural economy. But the hope of Congress finalizing the biodiesel blender tax credit legislation, critical for the

May 12, 2010 Read Full Article

Southeast Asia – the Bio-Based Arabia?

by Per Dahlen (Biofuels Digest)   …Putting all this data together we seen that Southeast Asia requires some 2.7Mbpd, or 135 million tons per year to eliminate oil imports and to increase energy security. With second generation biofuels crops and technologies we would only need 4.5 million hectares of land for

May 12, 2010 Read Full Article

Plant Makes Fuel from Waste and Fiber

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  An Iowa corn ethanol plant has been converted to produce commercial cellulosic biofuels from fiber and municipal waste. Clean technology company Fiberight announced today that it has started “commenced production at the nation’s first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant using enzymatic conversion technology and industrial / municipal solid

May 11, 2010 Read Full Article

Construction of Bahamas Biodiesel Plant Begins

(TheBahamasWeekly.com/Biofuels International)  Waste collection company Bahamas Waste has begun constructing its $750,000 (€563,000) biofuels facility that could see the production of biodiesel from as early as June this year. Over 50 rubbish trucks will switch from using fossil fuels and run on biodiesel once the production facility comes online. With

May 7, 2010 Read Full Article

What Is Bioisoprene and Why Should You Master It? A Look at Genencor and GlycosBio

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  When we say bioisoprene, think synthetic rubber – but only for a start. Think “platform” for renewable diesel, jet fuel, renewable gasoline, and synthetic adhesives. It replaces fossil-based oils, can make money now, and can be made from oilseed wastes in a world gone mad

May 7, 2010 Read Full Article

Bio-Waste Targets “Could Save Europe £6 billion”

(LetsRecycle.com)   Introducing ambitious Europe-wide targets for the separate collection of both food and garden waste could offer environmental and cost benefits worth more than €7billion (£6 billion) between 2013 and 2020, according to a report published as part of the European Commission’s work on potential new EU bio-waste legislation. The

May 4, 2010 Read Full Article

Vice President Biden Announces Recovery Act Funding for 37 Transformational Energy Research Projects

(US Department of Energy)  At a Recovery Act Cabinet Meeting today, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced that the U.S. Department of Energy is awarding $106 million in funding for 37 ambitious research projects that could fundamentally change the way the country uses and produces

May 3, 2010 Read Full Article

New Biofuel Plant Turns Garbage to Gas

(The Province)  …Food and yard waste from residential and commercial sources will be converted at the plant into a low-cost natural gas that will be used as an alternative fuel to power the city’s waste-collection fleet. The plant will be located in the Port Kells Industrial Park adjacent to the

April 26, 2010 Read Full Article

Pilot Trash-to-Ethanol Plant Located Off the Beaten Path

by Sarah Tompkins (The Times, Munster, Ind.)   … The process that will be used in Lake County’s plant to produce ethanol from trash was developed in Fayetteville more than 17 years ago. It has been tested in a pilot plant there for close to a decade, said Earl. H Powers, CEO

April 19, 2010 Read Full Article

Visualizing Sustainability: Developing Geospatial Technology to Address Sustainable Biofuel Production: A Systems Approach to Biomass Sustainability

M. Cristina Negri (Argonne National Laboratory) directed her talk toward the Laboratory’s system perspective; “waste as another sector’s resource” in biomass production. The growth of biofuels needs to be sustainable meeting economic, environmental, and social standards. An important research question in this presentation deals with how, by looking for solutions

April 13, 2010 Read Full Article

Direct Production of Biodiesel from the Fungus M. circinelloides; Opportunity to Enhance Yield with Genetic Engineering

(Green Car Congress)  Researchers in Spain have demonstrated the direct transformation of biomass consisting of the fungus M. circinelloides into biodiesel compliant with ASTM D6751 and EN14213 and 14214 standards. A paper on their work was published online 2 April in the ACS journal Energy & Fuels. Oils from oleaginous

April 12, 2010 Read Full Article

UK Airport to Plant Its Own Willow Farm to Produce Biofuel for Terminal Building Biomass Boiler and Complement Biomethane Bus

(GreenAirOnline)  The UK’s East Midlands Airport is to establish a 26-hectare willow farm on its land to produce biofuel to power a biomass boiler, which will be situated in the terminal building. The farm is to be located north of the runway on land owned by the airport and is

April 12, 2010 Read Full Article

Salt Water: The Tangy Taste of Energy Freedom

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Scott Carpenter once noted that we know more about the heavens than the sea — but for biofuels, there is every urgent reason to look carefully to salt-friendly projects that can utilize brackish water, or marshes, or the abundant three-dimensional world of the oceans. Virtually

April 9, 2010 Read Full Article

Woodland Biofuels Awarded $4 Million by Ontario For Revolutionary Cellulosic Ethanol Demonstration Plant

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 use Woodland’s patented technology, which can produce sustainable fuels from virtually any type of

April 9, 2010 Read Full Article

New Seaweed Cultivation Structure May Open up Ocean Floors for Energy Production

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)    In Norway, Seaweed Energy Solutions has patented the first ever modern structure to enable mass seaweed cultivation on an industrial scale in the world¹s oceans. The structure, known as the Seaweed Carrier, makes a clean break with past seaweed cultivation methods that have all been

April 9, 2010 Read Full Article

Commercial Jet Biofuel: Sooner Than We Think? Who Will Win the Race between Fischer-Tropsch and Hydroprocessed Aviation Fuels?

by Joshua Kagan (GreenTechMedia) This week’s announcement that the Air Force successfully tested a A-10C Thunderbolt “Warthog” plane on a 50:50 blend of petroleum jet fuel and camelina-based biofuel has brought the two disparate ways of producing aviation biofuels into the spotlight. Though both produce essentially the same end fuel,

April 6, 2010 Read Full Article

Massachusetts City Agrees to Begin Talks on Waste-to-Ethanol Project

by Charles Winokoor (Tauton Daily Gazette)  The city’s plans for what would be a landmark ethanol-based waste treatment plant cleared an important hurdle at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. The Council and its Committee on Solid Waste voted unanimously to enter into negotiation with Interstate Waste Technology — a Malvern,

April 6, 2010 Read Full Article

Trash Plant Plan Moves Forward

by Gerry Tuoti (Tauton Daily Gazette)  Mayor Charles Crowley is enthused by the feedback he’s received from the state about Taunton’s plans to create a new trash processing facility that will use trash to produce ethanol and other industrial materials. … “Over the past several weeks, MassDEP has reviewed the

March 26, 2010 Read Full Article

Consortium Gets Government Backing to Turn Waste Biomass into Transport Biofuel

(Greenwise)  A consortium of British businesses has netted £7 million of Government funding to develop a technology that could see mini refineries sited near landfill sites up and down the country producing cheap, carbon efficient biofuel for transport from waste.  …The consortium is led by Axion Energy and includes Catal

March 18, 2010 Read Full Article

GlycosBio Technology Nears Commercialization

by Lisa Gibson (Biomass Magazine)  Texas-based Glycos Biotechnologies Inc. is producing lactic acid and advanced ethanol in a pilot commercial-size facility with the capacity to produce 150,000 liters of chemicals. It’s a major benchmark in the company’s quest to commercialize its microbial technology. The biochemical company is metabolically engineering microbial

March 17, 2010 Read Full Article

Sneak-Peek at “Fuel from Thin Air”: Joule Biotechnologies and Its “Game-Changing Technology”

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In the Joule technology, biomass is not used as an intermediate. Via a solar converter unit, the microorganism obtains carbon and oxygen by fixing atmospheric CO2 or utilizing direct fed waste CO2, and obtains hydrogen from water at a rate of two gallons of water

March 16, 2010 Read Full Article

A Green Energy Alternative …The Free Enterprise Approach

(GeneSyst International, Inc.) This presentation from a  2009 Virginia Energy Summit explains, complemented by charts and graphs, GeneSyst’s combination of patents and proprietary technologies for converting waste to energy, utilizing the Gravity Pressure Vessel (GPV).   Of particular interest may be a quote from a local Sierra Club position paper providing a positive assessment of the underground ethanol

February 27, 2010 Read Full Article

British Airways Signs Deal to Make Biofuel for Aircraft

by  Gerard Wynn  (Reuters)   British Airways will start sourcing a small portion of its jet fuel from municipal waste from 2014, under a deal with U.S.-based biofuel company Solena Group, the two companies announced on Monday. British Airways, one of the top three airlines in Europe, said it had signed

February 17, 2010 Read Full Article

Waste-to-Ethanol Plant Plan Questioned

by Diane Krieger Spivak  (Post-Tribune)  Lake County (Indiana) Solid Waste Management Commission chief Jeff Langbehn defended a planned $256 million bioethanol plant Friday before the Lake County Advancement Committee. …Lake County Sheriff Roy Dominguez questioned whether the expense of the plant, which is slated to process 10,000 tons of Lake County

February 17, 2010 Read Full Article

New Alternative-Energy Plant Could Create 150 Jobs in Indian River County

by Henry A. Stephens (TCPalm.com)  …“Our project is a brand-new opportunity with new technology,” Tex Carter, vice president and chairman of INEOS New Planet BioEnergy LLC, said Thursday. “We’re turning garbage into ethanol.” …The company has been discussing buying and converting Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc.’s 71-acre former grapefruit-processing plant, southwest

February 17, 2010 Read Full Article

Government Paper Waste Fuels Truck in DC

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  The Washington Auto Show is in full swing and for the first time ever, a car is being fueled on government paper waste. The two companies behind this feat are Novozymes and Fiberight. Novozymes has been a partner on many cutting edge biofuels projects so I

February 2, 2010 Read Full Article

INL Research Helps Turn Waste Grease to Fuel

by Mike Wall (Idaho National Lab)  While oil companies drill deeper and deeper for increasingly hard-to-find petroleum, legions of mini-gushers lie untapped right on the surface. There’s one behind every restaurant, for example, and in the heart of every potato-processing plant. Such businesses produce loads of waste grease, a precious

February 2, 2010 Read Full Article

Washington Auto Show Emphasizes Electric Cars. Where’s DOE, Tesla, Fisker? Novozymes Represents for Advanced Biofuels Industry

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Conspicuous by their absence from the Washington Auto Show was the US Department of Energy (except for a brief press conference by Energy Secretary Chu at noon on Thursday) and its latest BILLION dollar protégées, Tesla Motors($465 million loan agreement closed on January 21, 2010)

January 28, 2010 Read Full Article

Got Government Waste? Novozymes Demos Car Running on Biofuels Made from Government Scrap Paper

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Those who have railed against government waste and inefficiency — numbering, presumably, in the millions if not billions of critics — can take special satisfaction from the news that Danish enzyme producer Novozymes will demonstrate the world’s first car powered by, literally,  government waste. Yes,

January 22, 2010 Read Full Article

Tire-to-Oil Recycling Facility Set for Florida Debut

by James Guyette (Motor-Age) Fort Lauderdale-based InfoSpi, Inc. is moving ahead with plans to build a “flagship” Tire-to-Oil (T2O) plant in Pompano Beach, Fla.  The company, which anticipates rolling out a network of 10 franchised facilities throughout the U.S., is finalizing negotiations to lease a 40,000 square-foot Pompano site that includes

January 22, 2010 Read Full Article

Glamorgan Builds on Biofuel Expertise with Microbial Fuel Cells Funding

(Renewable Energy Focus) The University of Glamorgan in the UK has been awarded £630 000 (US$1m) to develop its research into biological fuel cells. The work at Glamorgan’s Sustainable Environment Research Centre is looking at how microbial fuel cells can be made to simultaneously treat wastes such as sewage, and generate

January 20, 2010 Read Full Article

Tribe Pursues Venture to Turn Waste into Fuel

by Peter Harriman (ArgusLeader.com) The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe wants to be at the forefront of the next revolution in fuel production.   The tribal council last week unanimously approved signing a memorandum of understanding with EcoTech Fuels, a division of Victory Circle Fuels.  Linda-Rose Myers, a founder and managing member of

January 19, 2010 Read Full Article

Biofuels Digest Special Update on Biomass and Algae: Report on Pacific West Biomass Conference

by Ernest Lowe  (Biofuels Digest) …several speakers in the morning’s plenary sessions invoked major statuatory and regulatory barriers to fulfilling this promise. There are conflicting definitions of biomass and what qualifies as a legitimate source or conversion process. The conflicts run across the standards for earning carbon credits and renewable energy

January 19, 2010 Read Full Article

Pond Biofuels Inc., CO2 Remediation and Renewable Fuel Production Demonstration Plant for GHG Emitting Industries Receives Support From the Asia Pacific Partnership

On December 3rd 2009, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced approval of the project proposal submitted by Pond Biofuels Inc. under the Asia-Pacific Partnership (APP) on Clean Development and Climate program.  The approved project includes funding in support of its biomass from microalgae demonstration plant at St. Marys, Ontario as

December 28, 2009 Read Full Article

INEOS Bio JV Selected for $50 Million U.S. Department of Energy Grant for Commercial BioEnergy Facility

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced it has selected INEOS Bio and its partner, New Planet Energy, for a $50 million dollar grant for its advanced bioenergy facility in Indian River County, Florida. The grant was announced jointly by DOE Secretary Steven Chu and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

December 11, 2009 Read Full Article

Bacteria Engineered to Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Liquid Fuel

by Matthew Chin (Science Daily) In a new approach, researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have genetically modified a cyanobacterium to consume carbon dioxide and produce the liquid fuel isobutanol, which holds great potential as a gasoline alternative. The reaction is powered directly by

December 11, 2009 Read Full Article

Synterra Fuels to Commercialize Next-Generation Biorefineries

(Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal)  Pacific Renewable Fuels (Sacramento, California) and Red Lion Bio-Energy (Toledo, Ohio) have announced that they have formed Synterra Fuels, a joint venture, to focus on the commercialization and deployment of integrated biorefineries for the production of clean, synthetic diesel fuel and renewable electricity from waste

December 9, 2009 Read Full Article

International DME Association Launches North American Affairs Group, Chemrec’s LeBlanc Named as Director to Lead Growth of DME

To actively promote the awareness and use of dimethyl ether (DME) as an ultra-clean, renewable, low-carbon diesel substitute throughout North America, the International DME Association (IDA) today announced the formation of its North American Affairs Committee (NAAC).   Named as director of the NAAC is Richard J. LeBlanc, CEO, Chemrec AB, developer

December 8, 2009 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Increases Funding to $81 M for Phase II of BlueFire Ethanol’s Planned Fulton, MS Biorefinery

BlueFire Ethanol Fuels, Inc., a company focused on changing the world’s transportation fuel paradigm through the production of ethanol from non-food cellulosic wastes, announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) increased funding to $81.1 million dollars for Phase II construction of its cellulosic ethanol biorefinery planned for Fulton, MS. This

December 7, 2009 0 comment Read Full Article

Enerkem Awarded $50 Million Funding by U.S. Department of Energy for Its Mississippi Biorefinery Project

 Enerkem Inc. today announced that Enerkem Corporation, its wholly-owned U.S. affiliate, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to receive US$50 million in funding for the construction and operation of its waste-to-biofuels facility to be located in Pontotoc, Mississippi. Enerkem’s application is one of only four that

December 7, 2009 Read Full Article

We Are Green: “Always Clean 110″ Project Is an Example of a Growing Trend in Biofuels: “Symbiosis” Project Produce Biodiesel, Using Recovered Methanol, Cooking Oil

by  (Biofuels Digest)  …Here is an under funded grad student (with a mechanical engineering degree from Northern Illinois University) who, while working part time, put together a system that will produce bio-diesel fuel from basic waste by-products found on campus, waste that would normally have to be disposed of at

December 4, 2009 Read Full Article

City’s Solid Waste Management Division Offers Oil and Grease Recycling Service for Santa Monica Restaurants

In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, combat climate change and curb the growing number of clogged sewers plaguing residents and businesses, the City of Santa Monica launched an innovative solution to collect fats, oil and grease (FOG) free of charge from City restaurants and turn them into biofuel.

December 4, 2009 Read Full Article

Piedmont Biofuels Wins Grant for Energy Research

(Newsobserver)  Piedmont Biofuels Industrial will receive a $139,249 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant for innovative clean energy research and development, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan announced. … Piedmont Biofuels will use the money to develop biodiesel production processes that reduce water usage and waste byproduct, as well as use lower-grade

November 30, 2009 Read Full Article

Fiberight to Produce MSW-Based Cellulosic Ethanol

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The former Xethanol LLC ethanol production facility in Blairstown, Iowa, has been purchased by Fiberight LLC and will soon be producing cellulosic ethanol at a demonstration scale. The company recently acquired the shuttered plant for a mere $1.65 million and is in the process

November 30, 2009 Read Full Article

California Energy Commission Awards UCR $1M Grant for Synthetic Fuel Facility

The California Energy Commission has awarded a $1 million grant to UC Riverside’s College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) to build a process demonstration unit (PDU) to convert biosolids to clean synthetic diesel fuel. The PDU will be located at CE-CERT’s facilities on Columbia Ave. in Riverside

November 30, 2009 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Group Publishes “Feedstock and Biodiesel Characteristics Report”

… The goals of this project were to produce biodiesel from a wide variety of feedstocks and to provide the characteristics of both the feedstock and biodiesel. The project is unique because it encompasses an extensive range of feedstocks and all feedstocks were pretreated, esterified, and transesterified using the same

November 22, 2009 Read Full Article

Turning Trash Into Fuel: D.C. Start-Up Aims to Pitch Oil Made From Plastic Waste

by Mike Musgrove (Washington Post)  Plastic soda bottles, Big Gulp cups and empty sour cream containers get fed into the top of the three-story machine. About 10 minutes later, out the other side comes a light-brown synthetic oil that can be converted into fuel for a truck or a jet

November 5, 2009 Read Full Article

K-Fuel Finally Coming Together: City Biodiesel Endeavor Ran into Early Problems

by Scott Smith (Kokomo Tribune, Ind., Waterworld)   Microorganisms, it seems, can live in about anything — including diesel fuel.   That’s why it’s taken the city of Kokomo several months to — quite literally — work the “bugs” out of the city’s K-Fuel biodiesel program. The biodiesel production program received national

November 5, 2009 Read Full Article

Hauling Garbage with Fuel Created from Garbage

At Frederick County’s Solid Waste Options presentation, Dave Specca, Assistant Director of the Rutgers EcoComplex described how landfill gases fuel compressed natural gas garbage trucks at the EcoComplex.  Watch video of similar process in California.  READ MORE

October 30, 2009 Read Full Article

Research into Renewable Biofuel Set to Reduce Reliance on Fossil Diesel Imports

(Alpha Galileo) Aston University in Birmingham, UK is involved in a € 3.73m (£3.4 million) research project, which will transform organic residues from biofuel production processes into a renewable biofuel that can reduce reliance on fossil diesel imports.  A particular benefit of the research is that the project will focus on

October 30, 2009 Read Full Article

New Facility Showcases World’s First Commercially Viable Flex-Ethanol Process

With gas prices continually in flux, interest in domestically produced bio-fuels like ethanol (E85) is on the rise. Recently, Coskata Inc., a leading developer of alternative bio-fuels, announced the successful start-up of its semi-commercial flex-ethanol facility. Unlike other technologies and facilities that often rely on one primary source of feedstock,

October 29, 2009 Read Full Article

Quebec Company Turns Trash Into Fuel

by John Lorinc  (New York Times) Enerkem, a green energy company based in Quebec, has developed an alternative approach to mining the carbon out of non-recyclable plastics, construction waste and other materials found in the municipal waste stream. The company says it has pioneered a gasification technology that processes waste into

October 29, 2009 Read Full Article

Is Garbage The Solution To Tackling Climate Change?

(Science Daily)  Converting the rubbish that fills the world’s landfills into biofuel may be the answer to both the growing energy crisis and to tackling carbon emissions, claim scientists in Singapore and Switzerland. New research published in Global Change Biology: Bioenergy, reveals how replacing gasoline with biofuel from processed waste

October 24, 2009 Read Full Article

Verenium and VPP Sign Agreement to Test C5 Cellulosic Technology on Pulping Feedstocks for the Production of Ethanol

Verenium Corporation, a pioneer in the development of next-generation cellulosic ethanol and high-performance specialty enzymes, announced that it has entered into an agreement with Value Prior to Pulping (VPP), an organization created by the Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance, a special project of the American Forest and Paper Association, and CleanTech

October 24, 2009 Read Full Article

Combining Two Innovations Brought Oxford Catalysts and Velocys Success for ICIS’s Best Innovation by an SME

Production of liquid biofuels such as diesel and jet fuel from organic materials including municipal waste, is an attractive proposition. But using conventional large scale plants requires bulky waste to be transported, often over long distances, negating some, if not all, of the environmental benefits. An alternative being developed by

October 22, 2009 Read Full Article

Will These 4 Biofuels Be Bonanzas or Busts?

(Discover)  …(A)recent series of articles from Nature News feels like a public service, as the articles investigate the scientific and economic state of affairs for four different kinds of biofuels.   The first article focused on the weedy plant jatropha, which was initially hailed as a biofuel wonder plant because it

October 12, 2009 Read Full Article

Qteros and Applied CleanTech Announce Novel Solution for Turning Cellulose from Municipal Wastewater into ethanol Fuel for Cars

Recyllose™, a recycled solids-based material produced from municipal wastewater, can now be turned into fuel for cars, announced Applied Cleantech and Qteros, the advanced biofuels company whose breakthrough Q Microbe™ technology can turn biomass into cellulosic ethanol. Qteros has entered into a joint development project with Applied CleanTech (ACT), a

October 7, 2009 Read Full Article

Chinese Technology Converts Biomass Directly to Fuel

by Lisa Gibson  (Biomass Magazine)  Researchers with China-based Ji Zhong Wei New Energy Technical Development Ltd. have discovered a way to convert biomass directly to regular gasoline and diesel, according to the company. The same international standard fuels many of us put in our automobiles every day.   Researchers call their

October 1, 2009 Read Full Article

Connecticut Biodiesel Manufacturer BioPur Launches Green Power Project

A joint project between the Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition, BioPur and the Department of Energy (DOE); BioWatz provides multiple benefits and solutions for future alternative energies. The project not only yields a new and innovative way to generate cleaner electricity from recycled cooking oil, but will also serve

September 30, 2009 Read Full Article

Mafuta Sasa Goes into Biodiesel Production

by Zaynab Turuku  (The East African)   In the wake of efforts to clean up the environment and mitigate against climate change through a reduction in the burning of fossil fuels, Dar es Salaam-based Mafuta Sasa Ltd is now producing biodiesel from waste vegetable oil. Currently, the company collects waste vegetable

September 29, 2009 Read Full Article

Looking for a Biofuels Breakthrough in Boardman, OR

by Amy Hsuan (The Oregonian) … former oil executive Jim Imbler, who now heads a Colorado biofuels company called ZeaChem Inc., thinks he might have found the key to profitability in Oregon.   And it lies in Boardman, home to one of the nation’s largest hybrid poplar tree farms, grown by

September 11, 2009 Read Full Article

Charlotte gets $55K for biofuel project

(Charlotte Business Journal)  Fourteen organizations, including one in Charlotte, have been awarded grants totaling $950,000 from the 2009 N.C. Green Business Fund.  The Charlotte area has received $55,000 to help develop a Greater Charlotte Region Biofuel Facility that will turn brown grease into biofuel.    Brown grease, also known as trap

September 10, 2009 Read Full Article

LanzaTech Develops Waste Gas-to-Ethanol Technology

by Erin Voegele  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  New Zealand-based LanzaTech NZ Ltd. recently announced it has developed a proprietary fermentation technology that can be used to produce ethanol using the carbon monoxide and hydrogen components of industrial waste gases and biomass-based syngas. According to LanzaTech’s co-founder Sean Simpson, industrial waste gases,

September 8, 2009 Read Full Article

Fulcrum BioEnergy Makes Ethanol from Garbage

 Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc., a leader in the next generation of advanced biofuels, announced today that it has successfully demonstrated the ability to economically produce renewable ethanol. This milestone – achieved at the company’s TurningPoint Ethanol Demonstration Plant – confirms the second of the two new technologies that Fulcrum will use

September 8, 2009 Read Full Article

Anellotech Launches; Latest Fast Pyrolysis Venture Expands Growing Field of Biocrude Companies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst recently granted a biofuels startup company, Anellotech, exclusive global rights to the university’s catalytic fast pyrolysis technology developed by chemical engineer and UMass Amherst faculty member George Huber for producing clean, green “grassoline.” Huber will serve as

August 28, 2009 Read Full Article

Western Australia Government Supports Hazardous Waste Biodiesel Project

Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls has announced funding of $145,000 from the Pilbara Regional Grants Scheme to support the Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation’s biodiesel manufacturing business.  …  The Minister said the project involved recycling potential hazardous waste products into saleable biodiesel and would provide local indigenous communities with fuel for heavy

August 5, 2009 Read Full Article

Raleigh, NC, to Recycle Grease for Biofuel

Raleigh, North Carolina,  residents will be able to dispose of cooking oil by setting it on the curb along with their garbage, recycling and yard waste.   The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a pilot program for curbside grease collection.  READ MORE

July 23, 2009 Read Full Article

Experts Plug into Biofuel to Reduce Uganda Power Bill

by Mehret Tesfaye (Ethiopian Review)  Scientists in Uganda have started an ambitious research programme that should see the country produce biofuels commercially in the near future.  The research which is going on at the National Crop Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI), is using a wide range of raw materials from non food

July 23, 2009 Read Full Article

Greenland Shark May Become New Source of Biofuel

By Slim Allagui (AFP)  The Greenland shark, one of the largest species of sharks, is a nuisance to fishermen and its meat is toxic to humans, but researchers now hope the flesh can be used to create a biofuel for Inuits.  Native to the cold Arctic waters, thousands of the

July 21, 2009 Read Full Article

Brew Your Own Fuel Ethanol at Home in California Using Spent Beer Yeast

GreenHouse is teaming-up with beer pioneer Karl Strauss Brewing Company to convert spent beer yeast into ethanol fuel for California residents and businesses. This news comes on the heels of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s June 4 press conference, where he unveiled the final production model of the revolutionary E-Fuel MicroFuelerTM, a

July 21, 2009 Read Full Article

Waste to Fuels Presentations Available

Videos of presentations from the 2009 Waste to Fuels Conference held May 17-19 in San Diego have been published.  Topics include: overview of conversion technologies, use of forest waste, municipal solid waste and other waste feedstocks to make biofuels, along with sessions related to financing and permiting.   READ MORE

July 17, 2009 Read Full Article

Spanish Company Touts Process to Turn Urban Waste into Biodiesel

 by Ron Kotrba.   A group of Spanish developers working under the company name Ecofasa, headed by chief executive officer and inventor Francisco Angulo, has developed a biochemical process to turn urban solid waste into a fatty acid biodiesel feedstock. “It took more than 10 years working on the idea of

June 16, 2009 Read Full Article

Biomass 2009 Conference Presentations Available Online

Every spring, the US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Biomass Program hosts a FREE 2-day conference and expo exploring biomass as an energy source.   The Biomass Program works with industry, academia and national laboratory partners on a balanced portfolion of research in biomass feedstocks and

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S4 Energy Solutions to Use Medical and Industrial Waste for Biofuels, Electricity, Industrial Products

Waste Management, Inc. and InEnTec LLC announced the formation of S4 Energy Solutions LLC, a joint venture to develop, operate and market plasma gasification facilities using InEnTec’s Plasma Enhanced Melter (PEM™) technology.   The joint venture is expected to process waste from the country’s increasingly segmented commercial and industrial waste streams

May 29, 2009 Read Full Article

U.S. Freedom Bio Fuels Latest Technology Converts Animal Fat to Fuel

U.S. Freedom Bio Fuels, LLC, manufacturer of Biodiesel production equipment for the commercial end user, has developed a processor for converting animal fat to fuel. There BD65AF processor will produce 200 gallons of fuel per day without acid pre-treat.  READ MORE

May 26, 2009 Read Full Article

Colorado County Awards $9 Million to Waste-to-Energy Project Making Renewable Diesel, Jet Fuel

The Crowley County Commissioners announced the award of a $9,000,000 Private Activity Bond Allocation through the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. This allocation authorizes the issuance of $9 million in tax free bonds to support the development of an animal waste-to-energy production facility at Ordway Feedyard, Ordway, Colorado. This innovative

May 25, 2009 Read Full Article

Rentech Announces Plant to Produce Renewable Synthetic Diesel and Green Electric Power from Urban Waste

Rentech, Inc., announced a plan to build a plant in Rialto, California for the production of ultra-clean synthetic fuels and electric power from renewable waste biomass feedstocks.   The Rialto Renewable Energy Center (Rialto Project) is designed to produce approximately 600 barrels per day of pure renewable synthetic fuels and export

May 13, 2009 Read Full Article

Agricultural and Municipal Waste Feedstocks for Biofuels, Biochemicals

Many technologies have been used over the years to destroy troublesome waste, including incineration, but at an expense to the environment. Now, technological development at Changing World Technologies, Inc., has produced a new process that allows waste to be reformed into renewable fuels, thereby minimizing the environmental effects from the

April 6, 2009 Read Full Article

Coskata Makes 2nd Generation Ethanol from Agricultural and Municipal Waste

Coskata’s biology-based technology enables production of ethanol from a wide variety of input material including biomass, agricultural and municipal wastes, as well as other carbonaceous material. Using proprietary microorganisms and patented bioreactor designs, the goal of Coskata is to play a major role in creating economic fuels from renewable resources,

April 6, 2009 Read Full Article

Brewing Biohydrogen from Beer, Food Waste

Sapporo Breweries Ltd. and Brazil’s state-run oil producer, Petrobras, will execute a trial – beginning as early as September – to make hydrogen gas from sugar cane waste and other farm leftovers. They will use a technology developed by Sapporo to make “biohydrogen” from food waste with fermentation methods derived

April 2, 2009 Read Full Article

Industrial Biotechnology in China Amidst Changing Market Conditions

by Elizabeth Nesbitt (Journal of International Commerce and Economics)  The increasing use of industrial biotechnology by the Chinese liquid biofuels and chemical industries is expected to help offset energy security and environmental concerns generated by China’s robust economic growth. The expanding use of bioprocesses to produce products such as fuel ethanol and bioplastics is also

February 27, 2009 Read Full Article

Algae, Coal, and Jatropha: the Future of Aviation Fuels?

On January 7, 2009, Continental Airlines flew a successful demonstration out of Houston in partnership with Boeing, GE Aviation/CFM International, and Honeywell’s UOP. One of the Boeing 737’s two engines was powered with standard A1 aviation fuel. The other ran on a 50-50 mix of standard A1 fuel and a

January 12, 2009 Read Full Article

Waste Coffee Grounds Offer New Source Of Biodiesel Fuel

Researchers in Nevada are reporting that waste coffee grounds can provide a cheap, abundant, and environmentally friendly source of biodiesel fuel for powering cars and trucks. READ MORE.

December 15, 2008 Read Full Article

Now Sunlight CO2 and Bacteria Equals Ethanol

(New Energy and Fuel) A new bacterium, a cyanobacterium that is energized by sunlight and excretes the sugars glucose and sucrose with some cellulose has been created by Dr. R. Malcolm Brown and Dr. David Nobles at the University of Texas at Austin. The life of the bacteria based in the

April 30, 2008 Read Full Article

International GeneSyst Converts Municipal Waste to Ethanol

GeneSyst upgraded the weak acid hydrolysis process to convert biomass from municipal waste to fuel ethanol by making it a ‘continuous (flow) process ‘ using the patented Gravity Pressure Vessel instead of the former ‘pump and pressure’ tanks (batch).  READ MORE  and MORE

March 30, 2008 Read Full Article

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