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Hot Spots: Top 5 Places to Watch in Florida

Submitted by on September 11, 2017 – 1:24 pmNo Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Florida is a hot state, in more ways than one, and we cover the Top 5 hottest Florida spots that hopefully remain intact or recover quickly after Irma’s impact, especially those in the mid and southern parts of the state that are getting pummeled by Irma the hardest.

Fort Myers

Irma’s eye headed towards Florida’s West coast, which is exactly where Algenol is headquartered in Fort Myers. Algenol is a global, industrial biotechnology company that is commercializing its patented algae technology platform for production of ethanol and other biofuels, chemicals and biobased materials.

While the CEO resigned in 2015 and 25% of staff got cut during the reshifting from biofuels to carbon capture and other projects, as reported by the Digest back in 2015, things are looking brighter for this facility which covers 43,000 square feet and includes 40 acres of photobioreactors – assuming they get through Irma unscathed. Algenol Senior VP Jacques Beaudry-Losique gave this illuminating overview of the company’s progress at ABLC 2017 earlier this year and as we reported in June 2017, Algenol presented at a DOE workshop on Carbon Capture and Sequestration with relation to algae-based technologies.

Indian River County

Don’t you hate it when you buy something new and break it, like a new car you get into an accident with as you drive out of the dealership or a new dish that you drop and break the first time you use it? Hopefully Alliance Bio-Products won’t be feeling those blues with its new cellulosic ethanol plant in Indian River County, on the East coast of Florida, north of Miami but still far enough south to feel Irma’s impact.

Bio-Products said that expects to begin production at the plant by summer of 2018 and will create about 100 permanent jobs in the short term with possibly more in the future, but that was before Irma.

St. Lucie

There isn’t anything sweet about a hurricane, but for any growers who have land and crops decimated, there could be some sweet options like sugar beets and sorghum.

In October 2016, the Digest reported that at the biennial CAAFI (Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) meeting in Washington DC, Florida’s Treasure Coast development chief Ben DeVries presented the compelling economics for growers to replace acreage lost to citrus greening with sweet sorghum used as feedstock for advanced jet biofuels. With sugar costs below 9 cents a pound and yet compelling economics for the grower, it’s a rare look at how to make money off renewable jet fuel. And considering Irma may knock out many acres of land, rebuilding with sweet sorghum which you can grow and harvest in just a few months, could be a good option for growers who don’t have money or time to wait years to harvest crops.

Gainesville

… As we reported in August, Brazil’s Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira shortlisted four potential sites for its expansion into the US: North Carolina’s Research Triangle; Gainesville, Florida; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Missouri. The expansion is aimed at integrating expertise on new sugarcane gene technologies not easily found at home.

Jupiter

…  Jupiter is the headquarters for Dyadic International Inc. Why do we care about a global biotech company that focuses on the biopharmaceutical industries? Because they also develop, manufacture and sell enzymes and other proteins for the bioenergy, bio-based chemical, and industrial enzyme industries as well. In fact, they signed a collaboration agreement back in 2014 to commercialize second generation biofuel and bio-based chemical technology with Compagnie Industrielle de la Matière Végétale, a pioneer in developing processes for the production of biofuels and bio- based chemicals.   READ MORE

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