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South Bibb Neighbors Protest Decision to Allow Ethanol Rail Line
November 16, 2017 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(13WMAZ)  The Executive Director of Macon’s Planning and Zoning Commission, Jim Thomas, says they are going to appeal a judge’s ruling to allow an ethanol-transfer station to open up in south Macon. 
Two years ago, the commission …

Tire Trash-to-Cash in the Aussie Outback
November 9, 2017 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … There are no tires in Nevertire because Green Distillation Technologies, some 20 clicks up the road in Warren, is operating its Destructive Distillation technology at pilot scale and is recycling used tires into …

Breaking the Bottleneck – POET-DSM Achieves Cellulosic Biofuel Breakthrough
November 6, 2017 – 9:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In South Dakota, POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels achieved a major breakthrough in cellulosic biofuels production at its Project LIBERTY plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The company has solved the critical challenge in pretreatment, overcoming …

Beta Renewables in Cellulosic Ethanol Crisis, as Grupo M&G Parent Files for Restructuring
October 31, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “Italian newspapers reported over the weekend that cellulosic ethanol developer Mossi & Ghisolfi shuts down this week,” reported a source from Europe. “227 people of whom 121 from the Crescentino ethanol …

Industry Teams Learn About U.S. Ethanol Value Chain Firsthand
October 29, 2017 – 9:40 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council)  Three ethanol trade teams consisting of ministry and industry delegates traversed the U.S. ethanol value chain from the field to the pump ahead of the Ethanol Summit of the Americas. The three teams …

Lake Erie’s Toxic Algae: Does Ethanol Mandate Make it Worse?
October 26, 2017 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Mary Kuhlman (Public News Service)  The huge algal bloom in Lake Erie is receding, but clean water advocates say the annual problem won’t go away without changes in federal policies. 
One measure raising concerns is the …

Ethanol Has Replaced Oil Trains as Hidden Safety Risk in N.J.
October 17, 2017 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Curtis Tate (NorthJersey.com)  … The flammable biofuel is transported in trains that look virtually identical to the oil trains that have attracted so much attention, and controversy, in the country’s energy boom of the past decade.
But …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to High Productivity, Flexible Microalgae
October 6, 2017 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week we’ve been looking at major advances in crops and feedstocks and algae is very much in the mix in that respect – the sustainable production of microalgae with high …

Producing High Productivity Microalgae with Flexible Composition
October 3, 2017 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Mohammad-Matin Hanifzadeh (Algae Industry Magazine)  Editor’s note: Matin is a PhD graduate research assistant at the University of Toledo. He has worked for more than five years on research related to improving economic and environmental sustainability …

Top 10 Wood Waste Projects – Not Letting Waste Go to Waste
October 2, 2017 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Regardless of which side of the fence you are on, the chopping continues and there are literally tons of wood waste left behind that doesn’t get used up, but …

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR To the Editor: Blended Fuels Are the Way to Go
September 26, 2017 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Glenn Badenhop (The Blade)  Oil refineries in Ohio and across the country are misleading the public about the Renewable Fuel Standards, and this deception was most recently on display in The Blade’s Sept. 18 article on …

Ohio State Leads Effort to Prep Students for Biobased Careers
September 25, 2017 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Tracy Turner (Ohio State University)  Students at The Ohio State University and Central State University, a historically black university in Wilberforce, will soon benefit from a $2.8 million grant designed to develop leaders for …

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces $21.1 Million to Grow the Bioeconomy
September 25, 2017 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced six grants totaling nearly $21.1 million to support the development of new jet fuel, biobased products …

UT Algae Research
September 15, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Toledo, Ohio, has certainly seen its share of unwanted algae over the past years. Now, a new research program is looking toward the potential of turning that algae into useful products. The …

DOE: Up to $8.8M for Algae Tech Innovations
September 11, 2017 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) he U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of four additional projects from the Productivity Enhanced Algae and ToolKits funding opportunity to receive up to $8.8 million. “These projects will deliver high-impact tools …

The Electrochemical Approach: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Biorefinery Waste to Industrial Chemicals and Hydrogen
August 11, 2017 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The DOE is funding a fascinating project to develop a continuous electrochemical process to convert biorefinery waste lignin to substituted aromatic compounds for resins and resin binders. The goal? Integration into …

Processing Pathways
August 4, 2017 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Interest in cellulosic ethanol from corn fiber is piqued, as technology providers improve on their processes, increasing revenue stream possibilities for producers.  —  Some producers and technology developers in the …

From Fish Tank to Gas Tank
July 21, 2017 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

(University of Dayton)  Once known only as the slimy scourge of backyard ponds and lakes, algae is emerging as a superhero in the race for cleaner and renewable energy resources. But this hero is not …

Technology Could Transform Microalgae into Bio-Based Chemicals to Increase Biofeedstock, Reduce Landfill Waste
July 21, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Purdue University) Gen3Bio Inc., a Purdue Foundry-affiliated company, is developing a unique process that could more effectively and affordably transform microalgae into bio-based chemicals to maximize the value of biofeedstock and reduce landfill waste….
Okamoto (Kelvin Okamoto, …

Capturing CO2: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae-Based CO2 Sequestration
June 29, 2017 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The DOE completed an illuminating workshop on Carbon Capture and Sequestration with relation to algae-based technologies, and The Digest has prepared a selection of key slides presented by AquaFiber, Pacific …

Things to Do with Lignin: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Biorefinery Waste to Chemicals and Hydrogen
June 26, 2017 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review, John Staser of Ohio University gave this illuminating overview on a continuous electrochemical process to convert biorefinery waste lignin to substituted aromatic compounds …

Responding to Trump: The New Economies of Pittsburgh…and Paris and Paris and Paris
June 5, 2017 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Where Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto joined the mayors of more than 175 cities in a rebel yell that has been heard nationwide since President Trump pulled out of the Paris …

Natural Alternatives to Rubber: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Novel, US-Based Rubber-Producing Crops
May 31, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US can support rubber/energy crops the size of corn or soybean with hundreds of thousands of new jobs, says Katrina Cornish of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, …

Roll-Out of Smaller-Scale GTL: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys
May 30, 2017 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels.
After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, …

Ohio Ethanol Tour Highlights Efforts to Break the Blend Wall
May 26, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Matt Reese  (Ohio’s Country Journal)  … This summer, Ohio’s corn farmers and their checkoff are chipping away at the ethanol blend wall in the state by highlighting opportunities to buy higher ethanol blends at fueling …

Perdue Unveils Plan to Reorganize USDA
May 12, 2017 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On May 11, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue released a plan to reorganize the USDA that creates an undersecretary for trade and agricultural affairs and eliminates the undersecretary for rural …

Remove the Ethanol Albatross from around the Necks of U.S. Consumers: Robert W. Chase (Opinion)
May 1, 2017 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

by Rob W. Chase (Cleveland.com)  … Less than 5 percent of all service stations in the United States offer ethanol-free gasoline. Almost all the gasoline sold nationally is E10 (10 percent ethanol, 90 percent gasoline). And some of the …

Two PA Companies Partner to Fuel Economy
April 7, 2017 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(Gant News)  Pennsylvania Grain Processing Corn Merchandiser, Brian Kelly, was a little doubtful four years ago when he first approached Sheetz Inc. about selling new blends of ethanol at its fuel station near Interstate 80 …

Youngstown Steam Plant Is World’s First to Use Wood Fuel in New Way
March 7, 2017 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Stan Boney (WKBN) Youngstown Thermal is now burning a more environmentally-friendly fuel  —  Youngstown Thermal supplies the steam used to heat most of the buildings in downtown Youngstown.
Recently, the company made a million dollar investment, now …

Ace Ethanol to Install D3MAX Cellulosic Ethanol Pilot Plant
February 17, 2017 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(BBI International/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  D3MAX has announced the completion and shipment of its pilot plant employing the patented D3MAX cellulosic ethanol technology. The pilot facility will be installed at ACE Ethanol LLC, in Stanley, Wisconsin, …

Advanced Biobased Systems Workshop: Growing an Industry — March 16, 2017 — Wooster, OH
February 15, 2017 – 6:42 pm | No Comment
Advanced Biobased Systems Workshop:  Growing an Industry   —   March 16, 2017   —   Wooster, OH

Ohio State University Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering workshop on Advanced Biobased Systems
PERSPECTIVES ON BIOBASED INDUSTRIES
Biobased Industries: Setting the Stage
Denny Hall, Director, OBIC Bioproduct Innovation Center, Ohio State University
Biomass Utilization in Iowa: Research …

Letter to Editor: Ethanol Is a ‘Win-Win’
February 15, 2017 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Rick Fox (Ohio Ethanol Producers Association/The Courier)  … Back in 1996, well before the Renewable Fuel Standard was ever implemented, corn was $3.67 a bushel. Today it is $3.64 a bushel.
Why? Thanks to technology and improvements …

Letter to Editor: Allow RFS to Work
February 8, 2017 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drewes (The Courier)  The irony of a recent letter from a think tank policy analyst was compelling. In a reference to the EPA, Greg Lawson (letter, Feb. 6) states that they should discontinue the …

Waste to Fuels Viability: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys Economics
February 8, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels.
After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, …

Poll: Trump Voters Overwhelmingly Support Ethanol
January 13, 2017 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  A new post-election survey released today shows that decisive voters in the 2016 presidential election are staunch supporters of American ethanol. The survey of 3,000 Trump voters in the Midwestern battleground states of …

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

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

Battelle Unlocks Door, Algae Could Rush In
December 14, 2016 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Stafford “Doc” Williamson (DaoChi Energy/Biofuels Digest)  Reported in the Feednavigator.com (Dec. 8, 2016) is news that soymeal has taken a step toward replacing fishmeal as aquaculture feed. The Battelle company, at the behest of the Ohio Soybean Council, has …

RFS Standards Help Ohioans
December 12, 2016 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Rick Fox (The Clermont Sun) Letter to Editor:   Commissioner Uible’s recent letter “Fixing the RFS Pothole” was full of myth and inaccuracies regarding the ethanol industry and the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Uible claims ethanol is …

US Corn Ethanol Market: Understanding the Past to Assess the Future
December 2, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Carl Zulauf (FarmDoc Daily)  Ethanol was a factor in both the price run-up that began in 2006 and the price run-down that began in 2013. Tepid growth replaced explosive growth. The question for the …

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 …

Bio-Based Jet Fuels Consortium Recognizes USDA Leaders
November 21, 2016 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) The Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) has awarded U.S. Department of Agriculture Ohio Rural Development State Director Tony Logan its 2016 Partnership Award.
An industry initiative sponsored by airlines, aircraft and …

Not Energy Independent, Yet
November 15, 2016 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Rick Uldricks and Hudson Councilman Casey Weinstein (Twinsburg Patch) In truth, when it comes to energy security, there is good news to be found, but not at the bottom of a well.  —  Fossil fuel boosters …

America’s Most Prolific Gas Play Needs 50 Rigs to Keep Booming
November 7, 2016 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Ari Natter and James Rowley  (Bloomberg)   …  Fifty rigs need to be drilling for natural gas in America’s most prolific shale region to keep production of the fuel from falling — and by one …

Letter to the Editor: Fixing the RFS Pothole
October 13, 2016 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by David Uible (Clermont County Commissioner/Clermont County GOP/The Clermont Sun)  … On principle, I believe in free markets, and in keeping the government small and control as local as possible. The EPA, an unelected federal agency, shouldn’t …

Six POET Plants Installing Combined Heat and Power Processes
October 12, 2016 – 11:49 am | No Comment

(POET)  Six POET biorefineries in Ohio and Indiana are installing a new energy generation system using combined heat and power. These systems will reduce reliance on the electrical energy grid, recover waste energy for additional …

A Man and His Turbine Engine
October 5, 2016 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Suzi Thaye (Boothbay Register/Wiscasset Newspaper) David Stapp’s invention is “fuel-agnostic”  —  … It’s a nice spot for CEO Stapp to concentrate on his pet project, the Peregrine Turbine, a jet engine that can run solely on …

Railroad to Settle for $170,000 over Ethanol Spill, Fire
October 3, 2016 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by  Kimball Perry (Columbus Dispatch)  Four years ago, a broken rail caused 16 railroad cars to jump the track near Columbus’ Weinland Park neighborhood, igniting a fireball of ethanol on board.
On Tuesday, the Franklin County …

The War Against Ethanol, Part II–A History of the Fuel
October 1, 2016 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by Jamie Kitman (Automobile Magazine)  “It is “a universal assumption that [ethyl] alcohol in some form will be a constituent of the motor fuel of the future.”  —  So wrote Scientific American. The year was 1920, …

Column Full of Downright Lies
October 1, 2016 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by Art Thomas (POET-Fostoria/The Courier) Last week’s column “corn ethanol is a climate-control scandal” was full of half-truths and downright lies about the ethanol industry. It was authored by a New York think tank funded by …

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 …

jetBlue loves you: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to SG Preston
September 20, 2016 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   jetBlue has announced a 10-year, 330 million gallon renewable jet fuel purchase agreement with SG Preston. This marks one of the largest renewable jet fuel purchase agreements in aviation history, …

JetBlue Announces One of the Largest Renewable Jet Fuel Purchase Agreements in Aviation History
September 19, 2016 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(JetBlue)  Preparing for a Lower Carbon Future, Airline Partners with SG Preston to Purchase Renewable Jet Fuel;  JetBlue Expects To Take First Delivery of Renewable Jet Fuel In 2019 With A 10-Year Purchase Agreement and …

Know Your Cyanobacteria
September 18, 2016 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine/Water Research Foundation) Water Research Foundation prepared this video for those wanting to know more about the science behind cyanobacteria, and get a utility perspective on the latest in source water protection, monitoring, detection, …

Iowa Teen Promotes Ethanol at DNC, RNC
August 23, 2016 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Kathie Obradovich (Des Moines Register)  It’s hard to beat this as a summer job for a Des Moines teenager: Two weeks at the Republican and Democratic national conventions as part of an Iowa team promoting ethanol.
Otto …

There Is an E15 Consumer Disconnect
August 17, 2016 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Susanna Retka-Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sheetz, Thortons executives give careful thought to strategically offering the new fuel. —  Almost weekly, another announcement is made about a retail location offering E15. The rollouts, large and …

Turn and Face the Strange: The New Algae Makes a Bowiesque Pivot into New Markets
July 1, 2016 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But the RE in algae these days has been, more or less, REposition. Possibly REthink. Certainly not much REfinance, or REcommit to the original targets. The algae business models of …

Solutions from the Land’s ‘Farmer-First’ Climate Smart Agriculture Principle
June 22, 2016 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  The award of a $500,000 grant from the prestigious W.K. Kellogg Foundation to Solutions from the Land (SfL) this week (week of June 1, 2016) underscores the priority and responsibility that SfL …

House Bill Could Help Small and Mid-Size Dairies Deal with Excess Nutrients
June 20, 2016 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) On June 16, Representative Tom Reed (R-NY) and Ron Kind (D-WI) along with 12 Republican and Democratic co-sponsors introduced the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act (H.R. 5489), which would expand the eligibility …

USDA Resumes Incentives to Grow and Harvest Biomass for Energy and Biobased Products
May 28, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that incentives resume this month for farmers and foresters who grow and harvest biomass for renewable energy …

Senator Sherrod Brown Announces Up to $2 Million in New Federal Resources for The Ohio State University to Support Research on Biofuel
May 13, 2016 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)  25 Percent of Soybean Oil Processed in U.S. is used for Biodiesel and Bioheat. Ohio Ranks Sixth in the Nation for Soybean Production.  —  Today (May 11, 2016), U.S. …

USDA, DOE Partner to Invest $10 Million in Green Energy Research
May 9, 2016 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the joint investment of $10 million towards research that will …

Cessna 182 Crosses Country on Biofuel
May 4, 2016 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association)  Ross McCurdy, a science teacher from Ponaganset High School in Glocester, Rhode Island, has flown to Santa Monica, California, and back in a 1980 diesel-powered Cessna 182 owned by a …

Protein Packs A Punch in New Ethanol Coproducts
April 15, 2016 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen and Kassidi Andres (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Two companies gain traction in the quest to produce high-protein feed products from ethanol coproducts. —  Novita Nutrition and Nutrinsic Corp. approach producing high-value feed products from …

Duel Fuel–Colocating Ethanol, Biodiesel
April 15, 2016 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Keith Loria (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Biodiesel tanks are popping up in the tank farms at some ethanol plants these days. — During the past decade, there has been a great deal of innovation and thought …

Farm Bill Energy Programs Enable New Feedstock Production To Help Fuel the Biobased Economy
April 6, 2016 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  … Congress changed mandatory funding for two key bioenergy programs – despite their tangible successes – through its Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Omnibus spending bill. USDA’s Section 9003 Loan …

OBIC Bioplastics and Biobased Composites Technology Forum — May 18, 2016 — Columbus, OH
March 29, 2016 – 4:47 pm | No Comment
OBIC Bioplastics and Biobased Composites Technology Forum  —  May 18, 2016  —  Columbus, OH

Bioplastics are in your future.  Discover what you need to know to grow your bio-business.
If you’re in the plastics industry, you’re aware of bioplastics. But do you know what bioplastics could mean to your business …

Science Teacher Plans First Coast-to-Coast Biofuel Flight
March 23, 2016 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Megan Elliott (Flying Magazine)  First transcontinental flight using aviation biofuel in a certified light aircraft. — High-school science teacher Ross McCurdy is planning the first transcontinental flight using aviation biofuel in a certified light aircraft. …

Study Says Ethanol Harms Corn Counties
March 21, 2016 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Ann Purvis (Heartland Institute)  … (A) new study from researchers at Strata Policy (SP) and the Institute of Political Economy (IPE) at Utah State University suggests RFS also harms the very farmers the ethanol mandate …

Alternative Crops for Biofuel Gaining Attention
March 11, 2016 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Colleen Scherer (Ag Professional)  … A recent University of Illinois study is using genetic markers to identify early developmental traits in Miscanthus that correlate with future yield.

On a practical level, the researchers saw strong positive …

Miscanthus Harvest Field Day — March 11, 2016 — Jefferson/Andover/Ashtabula, OH
March 1, 2016 – 2:27 pm | No Comment
Miscanthus Harvest Field Day   —   March 11, 2016  —  Jefferson/Andover/Ashtabula, OH

The goal of this workshop is to share how Miscanthus is being harvested and used in the northeastern Ohio area.  During the program, participants will learn about how Miscanthus is managed, observe local harvesting operations, …

Ethanol Keeps Gasoline Prices Down
February 29, 2016 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Fred Yoder (The Columbus Dispatch/Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association) When the original renewable fuel standard was passed in 2005, gasoline manufacturers were under heavy pressure to do something about the contamination of thousands of …

Best for Biofuels
February 24, 2016 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Dave Evensen (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Research finds where bioenergy crops would grow best while minimizing detrimental effects on aquatic ecosystems  —  … Researchers at the University of Illinois used detailed models to examine impacts …

Review of Water Consumption and Water Conservation Technologies in the Algal Biofuel Process.
January 28, 2016 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Tu Q, Lu M, Thiansathit W, Keener TC (PubMed)  Although water is one of the most critical factors affecting the sustainable development of algal biofuels, it is much less studied as compared to the …

Ohio Has Few Checks for Natural-Gas Storage Leaks
January 22, 2016 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Laura Arenschield (Columbus Dispatch)  … In fact, Ohio ranks eighth nationwide in the volume of natural gas stored below ground.
California officials issued emergency-oversight measures last week requiring daily inspections of storage fields using infrared technology …

Cellulosic Biofuel: The Importance of Managing Biomass Supply Chain
January 15, 2016 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Ajay Shah (Renewable Energy World)  Massive availability of agricultural waste, left unutilized in the field, and its potential to be converted to environmentally friendly biofuel has led to an increasing attention towards the advancement …

Algae Industry Magazine’s 2015 International Readers’ Poll — Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
January 11, 2016 – 10:51 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  In any industry, a few incredible people make an enormous impact. The algae industry is fortunate to honor Algae Ambassadors that are great scientists and industry leaders. They are also superb educators …

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 …

USGC Ethanol Export Program Yields Results in Peru
December 21, 2015 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Grains Council’s ethanol export promotion program has seen an early success with a U.S. exporter confirming sales of 10 million gallons of U.S. ethanol to Peru—valued at more …

“High Confidence Level” as Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel Closes in on Historic ASTM Approval
December 17, 2015 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As ASTM technical balloting is underway and as experts sift through and request revised submissions of technical data, insiders are pointing to an early 2016 approval for Gevo’s renewable alcohol-to-jet …

Walking the Walk in Advanced Biofuels USA’s “E30 and Beyond Retrofitted” Focus
December 9, 2015 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Here at Advanced Biofuels USA we’ve been banging the drum for E30 for a number of years. Equal fuel mileage, better performance, you know the facts.
Well, all that …

Corn Has Competition as Ethanol’s Leading Grain
November 20, 2015 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Anna McConnell (Agriculture.com)  In terms of ethanol production, corn has some competition this winter— grain sorghum. The grain, also known as milo, produces the same amount of ethanol per bushel, but uses one third …

Renewable Fuel Proponents Speaking up as EPA Decision Draws Near
November 18, 2015 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

(Ohio’s Country Journal)  National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling has urged President Obama to reverse the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed cuts in the Renewable Fuel Standard’s volume obligation and adhere to the statute …

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

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s building what, where, now. 29 projects in construction or in commissioning in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and the Americas
Despite low oil prices, first-gen biofuels and advanced …

What Facts Are Really Facts?
November 17, 2015 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Matt Reese (Ohio’s Country Journal)  …  The heated debate over the RFS really ramped up in recent weeks with dueling ad campaigns in Ohio and Washington, D.C. highlighting very different sets of facts pertaining …

Ethanol: The Common Sense Approach
November 16, 2015 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Patty Mann (Sidney Daily News)  To the Editor:  Each day we are flooded with advertisements and messages. It’s easy to not know who to trust or what information to believe. But sometimes we need to …

Pigs Can Regulate Sulfur in Distiller Grains
November 16, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(AgriNews)  Distillers dried grains with solubles, a co-product of the ethanol industry, is becoming a more common ingredient in swine diets.  However, DDGS can be high in sulfur, and data is limited on the amount …

Anti-Ethanol Ad Sparks Outrage Among Ohio’s Corn, Ethanol Producers
November 13, 2015 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Karen Kasler (Ohio Public Radio)  Ohio’s corn and ethanol industry is fighting back at ads it says are misleading and funded by big oil. … The ad comes from the American Council for Capital Formation. …

Anti-Ethanol Group Expands National Ad Buy
November 11, 2015 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  A group opposing the federal ethanol mandate has extended its advertising campaign against the rule into several corn-growing states.  The American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF), a D.C.-based free market …

Boston-Area TV Ad Campaign Urges Federal Action on Corn Ethanol Mandate
November 9, 2015 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Shannon Young (MassLive)  A Washington D.C.-based group launched a television ad campaign in Boston this week that takes aim at the federal corn ethanol mandates and calls on congressional lawmakers to end them.
The 30-second …

Strong RFS Support Offers Low-Risk Opportunity for Democrats to Connect with Voters They Need to Retake Majority
November 9, 2015 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Fitzpatrick (Third Way)  Although relatively obscure by Washington standards, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) carries a unique level of importance and visibility in many rural states. The fact that the RFS invariably becomes …

Will the Renewable Fuel Standard Impact the 2016 Elections?
November 9, 2015 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan H Harsch (Agri-Pulse)  The escalating battle over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) added another front Thursday. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson warned President Obama that lowering the RFS volume requirements could result in …

Renewable Drop-iIn Fuels at Scale, Construction in 2016: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide to Ensyn
November 9, 2015 – 4:18 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 …

New CRS Report: How Corn Ethanol Mandates Have Hurt Ohio’s Environment and Economy
November 6, 2015 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

(Center for Regulatory Solutions)  Washington-imposed mandates that have forced increasing volumes of corn ethanol to be added to Ohio’s and our nation’s fuel supply have produced an additional 1.92 million metric tons of CO2 emissions …

Supercritical Biodiesel Plant at Ethanol Refinery Now Operational
November 6, 2015 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Nearly two years after the project was announced, a 5 MMgy supercritical biodiesel plant in Annawan, Illinois, is now operational. Designed and built by Jatrodiesel Inc., the innovative facility is …

High-Content Ethanol Pumps in Ohio to Get Boost from $3.4 Million Grant
November 3, 2015 – 8:15 pm | No Comment

(Columbus Dispatch)  Ohio received a $3.4 million grant to install more than 100 pumps for ethanol-blended fuels.
The grant was through the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Corn Marketing Program and will double the …

Waste to Wheels II: Renewable Natural Gas for Transportation — December 2, 2015 — Wilberforce, OH
November 3, 2015 – 2:02 pm | No Comment
Waste to Wheels II: Renewable Natural Gas for Transportation  —  December 2, 2015  —  Wilberforce, OH

Join Clean Fuels Ohio, Energy-Vision, and Central State University for the Waste to Wheels II: Renewable Natural Gas for Transportation, sponsored by Vectren and Renergy. This conference will give participants a strong, working understanding of …

Neutrons Help Decipher Enzyme Function for Cellulosic Conversion
November 3, 2015 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

(Technical University of Munich/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …   Using neutrons, researchers have now investigated the reaction mechanism of an important class of enzymes: the glycosidases. The measurements were made at the neutron sources in Los Alamos …

The Biobased Option: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Biobased Products
November 3, 2015 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Includes Ohio State University’s “Advanced Bioeconomy” flowchart and BioPreferred Program map; results of surveys regarding awareness of bio-based products, etc.  READ MORE

Energy Department Harvesting Technology Goes Commercial
October 29, 2015 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Alison Goss Eng and Daniel Adams (U.S. Department of Energy)  … Earlier this year, we highlighted five cost-saving harvesting technologies that private companies and universities developed through $21 million in 2009 funding from the Bioenergy …

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

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

Priming the Pump for Higher Blends
October 27, 2015 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Ray Defenbaugh (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Prime the Pump/Growth Energy)  Prime the pump, an effort to grow the ethanol market to accelerate the build-out of higher blend retail infrastructure, has had tremendous success, writes Ray Defenbaugh. …

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 …

A Secret Password for Advanced Biofuels at Scale? Forget “Open Sesame”, Try “Velocys Inside”
October 5, 2015 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Four new technologies approach scaled operations, all with one element in common – Velocys technology on the back-end.  Why Velocys, why now? The Digest investigates.
In Oklahoma, Southeast Oregon, Eastern Ohio, …

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

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

USDA Invests $100M in Renewable Fuel Pumps: The Deep Dive into Who Got What, and How the Landscape Shifts
September 14, 2015 – 4:44 pm | One Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  USDA announces state finalists for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership. Will it move the needle? The Digest investigates.  In Washington, US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 21 states will receive …

USDA Announces State Finalists for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership
September 10, 2015 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 21 states will receive grants through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to add infrastructure needed to supply more renewable fuel to America’s drivers. Since …

Carlisle Planners OK $10M Biofuels Project
September 8, 2015 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by  Ed Richter (Journal-News)  Plans are moving forward to build a bio-energy production facility in Carlisle.

The Carlisle Planning Commission recently approved zoning changes for Agro BioFuels and BioEnergy Inc. to enable construction of a green …

$11M Green Energy Project Could Fuel More than 100 New Local Jobs
September 1, 2015 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Joe Cogliano (Dayton Business Journal)  … Mason-based Agro BioFuels and BioEnergy Inc. is looking to build a biodiesel production facility on a vacant 10-acre site near the end of Business Parkway. The plant — which would …

Dean And Brenda Daniels To Prison For Biodiesel Fraud
August 28, 2015 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(Southwest Florida Online)  Dean Daniels, 52, Richard Smith, 57, Brenda Daniels, 45 and William Bradley, 58, all of Florida, pleaded guilty and were sentenced today in U.S. district court for charges related to a scheme …

Energy Department Awards up to $4 Million to Develop Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts
August 27, 2015 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced two additional projects selected to receive up to $4 million to develop next-generation biofuels that will help reduce the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet …

E85 Available at Lima Station
August 25, 2015 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(LimaOhio.com)  Despite industry experts citing little demand, one Lima gas station has begun to sell E85 fuel.  Speedway, at 1875 Harding Highway, installed an E85 pump with two dispensers on May 21, according to an …

USDA Announces Incentives to Establish Biomass Crops
August 21, 2015 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announced that enrollment begins today for farmers and forest landowners seeking financial assistance for growing new sources of biomass …

Making Tires From a Desert Shrub Found in the U.S.
August 19, 2015 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Diane Cardwell (New York Times)  For years, tire industry executives, as well as government officials and scientists, have sought a domestic source for natural rubber to escape the price fluctuations of imports and, more …

RFA Asks EPA to Provide Relief to Midwest Consumers in Wake of Refinery Outage
August 17, 2015 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen issued the following statement in response to the shutdown of the BP 240,000-barrels-per-day refinery in Whiting, Indiana, which has caused gasoline prices to spike …

POET Drives $13.5B in Economic Impact in 2014: Report
August 17, 2015 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In South Dakota, POET released its first-ever economic impact study, and reported that in 2014 the company generated a total of $13.5 billion in sales for U.S. businesses; added $5.4 …

50 Grassroots Events Planned in Support of Renewable Fuel Standard
August 10, 2015 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, more than fifty grassroots events are now scheduled take place at state and county fairs throughout the month of August, starting August 7th. Farmers and consumers will have …

Lindsey Graham: I Wouldn’t Disagree With Hillary Clinton on Science of Climate Change
August 7, 2015 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by  Rebecca Leber (New Republic) Only two candidates, Senator Lindsey Graham and George Pataki, in the second-tier Republican presidential debate on Thursday have accepted that climate change is real and man-made. That doesn’t neecssarily mean …

Voters Want Pro Clean Energy Prez Candidates
August 4, 2015 – 9:52 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  NextGen Climate has released the results of a survey that finds voters in key presidential swing states support transitioning to at least 50 percent clean energy by 2030. Hart Research conducted …

Integrating Source Apportionment Tracers into a Bottom-up Inventory of Methane Emissions in the Barnett Shale Hydraulic Fracturing Region
July 7, 2015 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Amy Townsend-Small, Josette E. Marrero, David R. Lyon, Isobel J. Simpson, Simone Meinardi, and Donald R. Blake  (Environmental Science and Technology)  A growing dependence on natural gas for energy may exacerbate emissions of the greenhouse …

Rep. Kaptur Welcomes $50,000 NSF Award For UT Algal Bio-Chemistry Research‎
July 3, 2015 – 10:28 am | No Comment

(Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)) Innovative extraction method sources chemicals from algae instead of from imported oils — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) welcomed news that The University of Toledo (UT) will receive $50,000 from the National Science Foundation …

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 …

The Need For A New Fuel Paradigm: Transitioning From Legacy Fuels to Modern Efficient Fuels
June 25, 2015 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Bill Brandon (Leaders in Energy)  … This two-part White Paper presents the proposition that we need to transition away from the legacy fuels we use today to modern liquid and gas fuels[1] that: 1) reduce …

Farmers, Biofuel Industry Calls on Congress to Leave RFS Alone
June 19, 2015 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On June 17, Fuels America hosted a press call during which American farmers and representatives of the biofuel industry discussed how legislative changes to the renewable fuel standard (RFS) would …

Ohio Corn Marketing Program Awards First Ethanol Infrastructure Grant
June 17, 2015 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

(Ohio’s Country Journal/Ohio Ag Net)  The Ohio Corn Marketing Program (OCMP) is pleased to announce Speedway LLC (Speedway) as the first recipient of The Ethanol Infrastructure Grant Program. Speedway, based in Enon, Ohio, will use …

Bioenergy and Biofuels Production from Lignocellulosic Biomass via Anaerobic Digestion and Fisher-Tropsch Reaction
June 17, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture/Ohio State University)  The long term goal of this project is to commercialize an integrated anaerobic digestion system (iADs) that promises cost competitive bioenergy and biofuels production from lignocellulosic biomass. The specific …

US Taxpayers Subsidising World’s Biggest Fossil Fuel Companies
May 12, 2015 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Damian Carrington and Harry Davies (The Guardian/MSN.com)   The world’s biggest and most profitable fossil fuel companies are receiving huge and rising subsidies from US taxpayers, a practice slammed as absurd by a presidential candidate given …

Alaska Airlines, Gevo to Demonstrate Renewable Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel in Upcoming Flight
May 8, 2015 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Alaska Airlines ups the ante in the search for sustainable, affordable jet fuels.  In Colorado, Gevo and Alaska Airlines announced a strategic alliance to purchase Gevo’s renewable jet fuel and fly …

The Catalyst That Refused To Die
April 24, 2015 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Battelle-led group succeeds in US Department of Energy challenge — 1,000 hours of continuous biomass hydrotreating on a single catalyst charge.  The undefeated champ hits 1200 hours before being retired …

From Food Waste to Fuel, CEAS Does Energy Sustainability Better
April 17, 2015 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

By: Ashley Duvelius (University of Cincinnati)  CEAS researchers take aim at reducing the United States’ annual 40 percent of food waste and are now able to convert waste into solid fuels, biodiesel and other products.
The …

Transportation Budget Cuts Alternative Fuel Mandate
April 8, 2015 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Karen Kasler (WOSU) The transportation budget signed last week includes a change for the state’s vehicle fleet: The budget cuts out a requirement on alternative fuels that had been in place for most of a …

Gevo Sells Renewable Jet Fuel to NASA
April 7, 2015 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(Gevo/Biomass Magazine)  Gevo Inc. has announced that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has purchased Gevo’s renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) for aviation use at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Gevo’s ATJ is …

EPA Approves Efficient Producer Pathways for 5 Ethanol Plants
April 6, 2015 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In March, the U.S. EPA approved five new corn ethanol pathways under the agency’s Efficient Producer petition process (EP3), including Heron Lake BioEnergy LLC, Heron Lake, Minnesota; United Wisconsin Grain Producers LLC, …

University of Toledo Gets Nearly $200,000 Grant for Biofuel Project
April 3, 2015 – 11:14 am | No Comment

(The Toledo Blade)  The University of Toledo is getting $199,997 for an algae biomass research project.
U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) said in a news release today that the National Science Foundation is awarding the …

Rubber Security
March 31, 2015 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Though we usually think of diversifying away from petroleum via the fuels for our cars — what about the petroleum in the tires?  Rubber security, as it turns out, offers …

New Analysis: Giving Consumers Access to Renewable Fuel Yields Environmental Benefits
March 27, 2015 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

(Fuels America)  A new analysis produced by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s principal research economist Dr. Stefen Mueller found that giving consumers more access to cleaner fuel options like E15 would provide significant environmental …

Peloton Technologies Files Patent for Lignocellulose Technology that Increases Fuel Yields
March 23, 2015 – 8:16 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Ohio, Peloton Technologies has announced the filing of a US patent that alleviates problems associated with conversion of lignocellulose-derived sugars to biofuels and chemicals. Notably, inherent microbial inhibitory compounds …

Constructing a Full-Service Vision
March 9, 2015 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine) …  Formed in 2012, SG Preston is one of hundreds of startup companies in the advanced biofuel space. The name first appeared on the advanced biofuel radar last summer when …

Beta Renewables CEO Guido Ghisolfi Dies in Apparent Suicide
March 4, 2015 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The charismatic Beta Renewables CEO is gone, builder of the world’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant.  Guido Ghisolfi, 58, the CEO of Beta Renewables, is dead.  News reports from Italy …

E15’s Big Dance
February 17, 2015 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   The future is bright as hundreds of E15 stations are in the works with many expected to open, writes Bob Dinneen of RFA. It’s still early in …

Tough Characters: Looking for Biofuel Plants that Can Survive Drought and Other Harsh Conditions
February 16, 2015 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Chris Woolston (Bioenergy Connection)  With its crown of pink blossoms, the humble seashore mallow may look unassuming, even delicate. But when it comes to brutal environments, this seaside shrub is no pushover.  Seashore Mallow …

Risky Business Project Finds Midwest Agriculture, Labor, and Manufacturing Industries Face Economic Risk from Climate Change
February 6, 2015 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

(The Risky Business Project) Results Show that America’s Heartland Risks Economic Disruptions as Climate Change Advances, Reduces Labor Productivity, and Shifts Agricultural Production Patterns
The Midwestern United States faces potential disruptions to its agricultural economy, and dangerous …

Ohio Corn Marketing Program to Expand Ethanol Infrastructure
February 6, 2015 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(Ohio Corn Marketing Program)  The Ohio Corn Marketing Program, in partnership with the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest and the American Lung Association of the Midland States, is pleased to announce, The Ethanol …

Welcome to the Twilight Zone
January 27, 2015 – 1:27 pm | One Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Imagine if you will a country with two natural resource industries. Both produce high demand products. One is the lowest priced producer on the planet and is able …

Large-Scale Biodiesel Plant Set To Open In Cleveland
January 13, 2015 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(WTOC 11/Associated Press)  … Commercial production at Center Alternative Energy Co. is expected to begin within two weeks, deriving biodiesel from soybean oil, said John Samsel, the company’s president.
Biodiesel burns cleaner than traditional diesel and …

New Research Links Scores of Earthquakes to Fracking Wells Near a Fault in Ohio
January 8, 2015 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Michael Wines (The New York Times)  Not long after two mild earthquakes jolted the normally steady terrain outside Youngstown, Ohio, last March, geologists quickly decided that hydraulic fracturing operations at new oil-and-gas wells in the …

Milo in the Limelight
December 16, 2014 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Nicholas Gergin (Lincoln Journal Star)   … The ancient grain, also known as milo, is enjoying some time in the limelight thanks to strong demand from China and low corn prices.

Milo takes less water to …

Model Evaluates Where Bioenergy Crops Grow Best
December 8, 2014 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Farmers interested in bioenergy crops now have a resource to help them determine which kind of bioenergy crop would grow best in their regions and what kind of harvest to …

Quality Farms Plans Waste Alcohol-to-Fuel Ethanol Plant in S.C.
December 8, 2014 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

(South Carolina Department of Commerce/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A processor and convertor of wine and beer waste into fuel-grade ethanol and livestock feed is establishing operations in Marion County. Quality Farms is investing $1.9 million resulting in the …

Large Scale Microbial Production of Advanced Biofuels: How Big Can We Go?
December 8, 2014 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Gregory T. Benz (Benz Technology International, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  Conventional biofuels, whether from starch, sugar or lignocellulosic materials, tend to be low energy density products such as ethanol or butanol. These are made using catabolic …

Closing In on Butanol for Biofuel
November 20, 2014 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service)  Butanol is the go-to industrial solvent for products such as lacquers and enamels, but it might also play a substantial role in the production of …