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That Was Then, This Is NOW! or The New Economics of Biogas Projects
February 8, 2018 – 9:15 am | No Comment

by Scott Warfield (CERES Project Services/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … The big game changer for financing, profitability and financial returns of anaerobic digester (AD) projects regardless of feedstock is carbon offset credits and specifically California’s low carbon …

Eco-Friendly Method Can Turn Raw Biomass into High Value Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals
January 3, 2018 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

(IANS/Indian Express)  An international team of researchers, including from India and Bangladesh, has developed a cost-effective method of converting non-edible agricultural biomass, such as jute, or the waste by-product from food crops, into commercially valuable …

Nevada DowDuPont Plant: Was the Technology Ready?
November 21, 2017 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Dan Mika (Nevada Journal)  The DowDuPont cellulosic ethanol plant sits mostly empty today after the chemical giant suspended operations and laid off most of its 90 employees earlier this month. A skeleton crew is maintaining it …

Making Bio-Based Aviation Fuel from Lignocellulosic Biomass
November 2, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  US scientists have developed a new technique to accelerate the production of renewable jet fuel from corn cobs and wood chips.

Alternative jet fuels are increasingly seen as a means to reduce the environmental impact of …

What Is the Future of Bio-diesel in India?
September 18, 2017 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Bharat Jhunjhunwala (The Free Press Journal)  Recently,  Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurated India’s first refinery plant in Pune that will produce fuel oil from rice and wheat straw, cotton stalk, …

Service Providers Partner to Build Ethanol Plants in India
June 28, 2017 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering in Mumbai is partnering with the Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai to build second-generation ethanol plants across India. ICT will provide its multi-feedstock technology and LTHE will …

Virent Moves Biofuels Closer to Market as New CEO Takes Over
June 5, 2017 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Judy Newman (Wisconsin State Journal)  If Madison-based Virent‘s biofuels are going to fill the tanks of cars and airplanes, it will be up to Stacey Orlandi to drive the company there.
Orlandi, 45, took over …

Praj Celebrates Inauguration of Second-Generation Ethanol Plant
May 9, 2017 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On May 7, Praj Industries Ltd. unveiled a demonstration-scale biorefinery capable of producing 1 MMly of cellulosic ethanol. The facility, located near Pune, India, is expected demonstrate the production …

Praj Commences 2G Smart Bio-Refinery
May 5, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(Business Standard/Press Trust of India)  Praj Industries, the global process solutions company, today said it has commenced its first integrated second generation technology (2G) smart bio-refinery to produce ethanol from agri-waste in Gujarat.
The 2G demo …

POET Remains Committed to Developing Cellulosic Ethanol Blends
April 11, 2017 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Flinn (Brownfield Ag News)  Matt Merritt, Director of Public Relations for POET DSM says the company’s Project Liberty cellulosic ethanol facility at Emmetsburg Iowa – which started production a year ago – is …

The Potential of Biofuels in China
March 29, 2017 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe) This IEA Bioenergy Task 39 report looks at the potential of biofuels in China. Although climate change and energy security are of concern to China, it is not clear which of these drivers has …

POET-DSM Plans On-Site Enzyme Manufacturing Facility at Project Liberty
February 17, 2017 – 10:03 am | No Comment

(POET)  POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels will build an on-site enzyme manufacturing (OSM) facility in Emmetsburg, Iowa, pending state and local approvals.  The facility will be integrated into the Project Liberty technology package, replicable in future facilities. …

NEW PBS Documentary: The Ethanol Effect
October 6, 2016 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Detroit Public Television (DPTV) is debuting a new ethanol documentary this Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 9:00 pm ET called, “The Ethanol Effect“. The film, produced by DPTV, takes a look …

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, …

Praj to Be the First Indian Technology Provider to Launch Green Fund for 2G Ethanol Projects
August 10, 2016 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

(Praj/PR Newswire)   First Indian Technology Company to Partner in 2G Ethanol Projects Through Green Fund; To Facilitate ‘Farmer Centric Biomass Supply Model’;  To Provide Build, Operate & Maintain (BOM) Package for 2nd Generation ‘Biomass to Ethanol’ …

Cellulosic Ethanol, What Happened, What’s Happening?
August 2, 2016 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Irshad Ahmed (Lee Enterprises)  … I believe cellulosic ethanol is here to stay for the long haul and it is finally exhibiting real potential to establish a critical-mass commercial base alongside the corn-ethanol industry. Its commercial …

Can We Finally Make Gasoline out of Corncobs?
June 21, 2016 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Nathanael Johnson (Grist)  … Running cars and planes on corncobs would, at its best, produce 90 percent less greenhouse gas than gasoline.
Until now, though, it’s only been an idea. We’ve been able to make cellulosic ethanol …

Scania Trucks Use Ethanol Made with Clariant’s Sunliquid Process
May 20, 2016 – 11:52 am | No Comment

(Clariant/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, and Scania, one of the world’s top heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers, are celebrating the results and the opportunities generated by the partnership established last year, which …

Project LIBERTY in “Ramp-Up” Phase
May 4, 2016 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

(POET)  Project LIBERTY in Emmetsburg, Iowa, has produced and shipped several tank cars of cellulosic ethanol even as the plant is ramping up to its full 20 million gallon-per-year capacity. Last year’s startup phase yielded …

Ethanol from Conventional to Advanced: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj Industries
April 22, 2016 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Having established a global leadership in 1st Generation Ethanol technology, Praj has initiated a project in expanding its 2nd Generation Cellulosic Ethanol Program to Demo scale. The plant will utilize agri-residues …

Cellulosic Ethanol Holds Promise, But Can We Get It Right?
December 15, 2015 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Loni Kemp (NRDC/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)   The next ethanol boom is most likely to come from cellulose feedstocks, yet US policy is unprepared to ensure that harvest of annual crop residues is sustainable. That’s the conclusion …

First Commercial! Construction Underway in Minnesota for Green Biologics
December 4, 2015 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  In Minnesota, construction is now underway at the Green Biologics bio-based n-butanol and acetone manufacturing facility in Little Falls, MN. The existing manufacturing site, formerly known as The Central …

DuPont Celebrates the Opening of the World’s Largest Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
October 30, 2015 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(DuPont/PR Web)  DuPont celebrated the opening of its cellulosic biofuel facility in Nevada, Iowa, with a ceremony including Iowa Gov. Terry Brandstad and many other dignitaries. This biorefinery is the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant, …

China! Boeing, Algenol, Inventure Deals Propel Industrial Biotech Momentum
September 28, 2015 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … As President Xi visits North America, China signs 3 major deals in industrial biotechnology.  The East is Red, it’s been said, and the future looks that way too.  The US …

China: Biofuels Annual
September 10, 2015 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  China is a major producer of biofuels and production continues to increase. However, it is unclear how the government will meet its ambitious targets for continued expansion given its decision to limit …

Glucan Biorenewables: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide
August 24, 2015 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Glucan Biorenewables is producing furan derivatives from biomass.  The furfural platform will be used to launch other value-added co-products: 5-hydroxyl-methyl furfural (HMF) and downstream derivatives
The company’s TriVersa Process meets the …

China to License DuPont Technology to Build Ethanol Plant
July 17, 2015 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  DuPont said Thursday it will license its technology to construct the largest cellulosic ethanol manufacturing plant in China.
As part of the agreement with New Tianlong Industry Co., DuPont said …

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

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

Residue or Residon’t: Untapped Fuel Yields from the US Corn Production System
April 8, 2015 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Why not use the materials we don’t need, to produce the fuels we do need? … (R)educe, re-use, recycle. Use what’s already there. And there’s nothing more powerful in the Imperial Department …

Five Harvesting Technologies are Making Biofuels More Competitive in the Marketplace
March 26, 2015 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  It may look like ordinary farm equipment, but take a second look. This innovative machinery was developed with Energy Department funding to help biofuels become more affordable. Looking more closely at …

Agricultural Waste Could Be Used as Biofuel
March 26, 2015 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Straw-powered cars could be a thing of the future thanks to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).
A new study pinpoints five strains of yeast capable of turning agricultural by-products, such as …

The Cellulosoic Biofuels Odyssey: Crossing the Finish Line
February 15, 2015 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Greg Breining (Bioenergy Connection) When Bioenergy Connection first covered the progress to commercial cellulosic ethanol in 2011, a dozen biofuel companies were claiming they would go big by 2015. After years of industry-wide anticipation and …

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

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

Report Highlights China’s Growth in Biodiesel, Ethanol Production
February 6, 2015 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Information Network shows that China’s biodiesel production grew last year, reaching an estimated 1.13 billion liters (298.5 million gallons), …

Second Generation Biofuels Market is Expected to Reach $23.9 Billion, Global, by 2020 – Allied Market Research
December 22, 2014 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

(Allied Market Research/PR Web)  According to a new report by Allied Market Research titled, “Global Second Generation Biofuels – Size, Industry Analysis, Trends, Opportunities, Growth and Forecast, 2013 – 2020”, the global second generation biofuels …

Cornstalks Aren’t Just for Scarecrows Anymore
November 20, 2014 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Reanna Trudell and Daniel Adams (US Department of Energy) …  Our scientists have identified corn stover, which includes the corn plant’s stalks, husks, cobs, and leaves, as a plentiful and reliable feedstock for producing bioenergy. The …

DuPont Industrial Biosciences Selects Murex LLC as Marketing Partner for Cellulosic Ethanol
September 18, 2014 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(PR WEB)  DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) today announced the selection of Murex LLC to market the cellulosic ethanol produced from its 30-million-gallon-per-year plant in Nevada, Iowa. Upon completion, the facility will be the largest cellulosic …

The President’s Biggest Enemy
September 9, 2014 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (The Hill/Biotechnology Industry Organization)  President Obama’s bold vision to transition the nation to a cleaner energy future is about to be derailed by one of his most potent adversaries: himself.
To the great …

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

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

One Man’s Trash Turns into Fuel
August 25, 2014 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Jeff DeYoung (Iowa Farmer Today)  Mike Greenfield has more than 80 percent of his corn residue contracted to DuPont for use in the company’s cellulosic ethanol plant.
If he had his way, all of it would …

Cool Planet to Award Contract for $56 Million Biofuels Plant in Alexandria
August 15, 2014 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jennifer Larino ( Times-Picayune )  Cool Planet Energy Systems, a Colorado energy startup that aims to turn woodchips and other organic waste into gasoline as well as a crop-boosting soil enhancer, says it has …

Poet-DSM Plans to Celebrate Opening Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Emmetsburg Sept. 3
August 13, 2014 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register)  Poet-DSM plans to celebrate the opening of its Emmetsburg cellulosic ethanol plant, called Project Liberty, Sept. 3.
The $250 million project will use 770 tons of corn cobs, leaves, husk …

Ripe for Ethanol Innovations: Midlands Research Is Boosting Value of Corn Distillation Process
August 8, 2014 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Russell Hubbard  (Omaha World-Herald)  It starts out as freeze-dried fungus or bacteria from Denmark and ends up being one of the key ingredients in what some are calling Nebraska’s and Iowa’s shot at the …

New Analysis Finds that 10 States Could Provide Abundant Agricultural Byproducts for Low-Carbon Fuel and Electricity
July 22, 2014 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  Sustainable practices can turn crop residues and manure into bioenergy without competing with food supplies
U.S. agriculture could provide up to 155 million tons of crop residues and 60 million tons of …

Edeniq and Global Bio-Chem to Develop and Commercialize Corn Stover to Industrial Sugars Conversion Technology
July 17, 2014 – 7:44 pm | No Comment

(Edeniq/BusinessWire)  Edeniq, Inc. (“Edeniq”), a cellulosic sugar producer, announced it has signed a letter of intent with Global Bio-chem Technology Group Company Limited (“Global Bio-chem,” HKG:0809) to develop and commercialize processes to convert corn stover to industrial …

Biofuel Advancement Threatened: How Can We Save the Renewable Fuel Standard?
July 9, 2014 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Jan Koninckx (DuPont Industrial Biosciences/Renewable Energy World)    Advanced biofuels are no longer a futuristic hope — they are here. This year, three companies including DuPont will turn on commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol biorefineries, the result …

New USDA-ISU Report Validates Cellulosic Ethanol Biomass Sustainability
June 17, 2014 – 8:19 pm | No Comment

(POET/DSM)  Emmetsburg research aggregated with 500+ years of other USDA site data
Five years of soil nutrient data gathered at POET-DSM’s Project LIBERTY site are consistent with more than 500 site-years of additional soil research, experts …

18 Free Studies on 21 Next-Wave Biofuels Feedstocks
June 9, 2014 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Thought you knew everything there was to know about some of biofuels’ favorite feedstocks?  Here are 18 free reports that may dampen or re-ignite your enthusiasm.
…To bring you up to …

10 Bellwether Biofuels & Biobased Projects for 2014
April 15, 2014 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Advanced biofuels – are plans turning into reality? Are development plans realistic? When these 10 projects open for business (or not) in 2014, you’ll know for sure.
…Well, the picture is incomplete.
Plants …

World-Herald Editorial: Wait Is Ending for Cellulosic
April 1, 2014 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(Omaha World-Herald)  … The first commercial production of cellulosic ethanol began in 2013, and this year biomass plants in Iowa will be taking the lead in expanding capacity. The facilities will take crop waste and non-edible …

The Year is Here
March 17, 2014 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Biomass Magazine)  2014 will bear witness to the commissioning of some of the first U.S. commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plants.
Those in the cellulosic ethanol industry know “five more years down the road” as …

POET-DSM Says Iowa Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Running by June
March 4, 2014 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  An Iowa ethanol plant that will be one of the first producers of biofuels made from crop waste will be operating by June, a general manager of the plant said in …

Mitch McConnell Sought Money for Biofuel Plant while Criticizing Obama for Idea
February 14, 2014 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Joseph Gerth (Courier-Journal)  Two years ago, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor to deride President Barack Obama for a speech that called for developing biofuel from algae — dismissing it as …

Special Asia Biofuels Report: The Top 10 Stories of the Year, and More
December 26, 2013 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Asia looks at petroleum reserves and exploration and concludes: our future is in biomass.
As we wrote in 2012: “There’s only one complete region for biofuels where abundant feedstock, lack of oil …

Hopes for Vonore Biofuel Refinery Remain Elusive
November 21, 2013 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Joel Davis (The Daily Times)  Nearly four years after the ribbon was cut on one of the world’s first cellulosic ethanol demonstration facilities in Vonore, hopes for a commercial-scale biorefinery being constructed in the …

Farmers Now Harvesting Biomass for Project LIBERTY Opening
October 28, 2013 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Iowa, farmers are now harvesting and delivering cob bales for the 2014 opening of Project LIBERTY in Emmetsburg. The 20 million gallon per year POET-DSM plant will use corn …

Poet Venture Primed for Cellulosic Ethanol
September 27, 2013 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Brenda Wade Schmidt  (Argus Leader)  South Dakota-based Poet and its partner in producing ethanol from leaves, cobs and cornstalks plan to open their first cellulosic plant early next year.
By summer, Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels should …

Organic Waste Transformed into Industrial Prime Material
September 24, 2013 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(Alpha Galileo Foundation)  Researchers at the Iberoamerican University (IBERO) in Mexico City, look to consolidate a pilot biorefinery that will use the waste of various fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants produced in urban and rural …

Iowa Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Opens Next Year
September 23, 2013 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/Lincoln Journal Star)  South Dakota-based Poet LLC and its Dutch partner say a cellulosic ethanol plant being built in northwest Iowa will open early next year.
By next summer, Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels should have any …

8 Billion Gallons of Fuel from Corn Crop Waste: USDA, Iowa State Report Confirms Potential
September 13, 2013 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Corn stover. It’s that inedible leftover from the corn crop, and if you’ve ever noted how big a corn plant is in comparison to the size of the ear, you …

Targeting Ethanol Mandates Seen Hurting Cellulosic Growth
September 9, 2013 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Alan Bjerga & Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Efforts to roll back rules that nurtured the corn-based ethanol industry threaten to stunt other promising biofuels, according to a developer working on one of the nation’s first …

Moves to Commercialize Cellulosic Ethanol March Ahead
August 28, 2013 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Grooms (Farm Industry News)  Soon after hearing about Big Oil’s numerous challenges to the Renewable Fuel Standard, attendees of the Fuel Ethanol Workshop this summer, heard from producers forging ahead to commercialize cellulosic …

12 Bellwether Biofuels Projects – Where Do They Stand?
July 22, 2013 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   Advanced biofuels – mirage or reality? In January we wrote: “When these 12 projects open for business (or not) in 2013, you’ll know for sure.”  So, what do we know?

We …

BIO World Congress Cellulosic Ethanol Panel: The Latest on Commercialization Progress
June 18, 2013 – 8:46 pm | No Comment

by David Glass (D Glass Associates)  One of the morning sessions at the Tenth Annual BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology put four of the companies in the forefront of commercial development of cellulosic ethanol …

New Yeast Strain Could Lower Costs for Cellulosic Ethanol Production
May 6, 2013 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service)  A new strain of yeast that could help streamline cellulosic ethanol costs and production has been developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers. This …

USDA, DuPont Pair up on Corn Stover Guidelines
April 2, 2013 – 9:52 am | No Comment

(Associated Press/Quad Cities Times)  U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack signed an agreement Friday with DuPont that will help establish guidelines for how the company will collect corn-plant residue for a new ethanol plant in central …

The Sustainability of Advanced Biofuels in the EU
March 20, 2013 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

(Institute for European Environmental Policy)  This report focuses on the potential sustainability of an advanced biofuel industry relying on mainly wastes and residues as the feedstock base. Presented as a series of ‘factsheets’ we consider …

Who’s Ahead Now in Enzymes? Codexis Launches Next-Gen CodeXyme4
March 13, 2013 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Compared to prior generations, CodeXyme 4 and CodeXyme 4X significantly reduce the cost of cellulosic sugar production for biofuels and bio‐based chemicals.
…Codexis’ latest generation of advanced cellulase enzymes, CodeXyme 4 …

Study Indicates Corn Cob Removal Would Not Reduce Soil Quality
February 11, 2013 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (US Department of Agriculture Agriculture Research Service/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Corn crop residues are often left on harvested fields to protect soil quality, but they could become an important raw material in cellulosic …

Corncobs Seen as Possible Biofuel Source
February 2, 2013 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

(UPI)  Corn crop residue often left behind on harvested fields to protect soil quality could become an important raw material for biofuels, U.S. researchers say.
A study by scientists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicated …

Doing Corn Better and Doing Better than Corn for Biofuels: Recent Developments in the Field
February 1, 2013 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Like it or not, corn and corn ethanol production are large, established industries in the U.S. While they provide significant economic, energy, and environmental benefits for our …

Powerful Enzymes Create Ethanol from Agricultural Harvest Waste
January 23, 2013 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  The mainly EU-funded DISCO project coordinated by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed powerful enzymes, which accelerate plant biomass conversion into sugars and further into products such as bioethanol. The project’s …

7 Bleeding-Edge Technologies Unlocking Mighty Value in the First-Gen Ethanol Fleet
January 11, 2013 – 9:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The most popular technologies that are targeting the corn ethanol fleet?
1. Feedstock switching. Sorghum as the new corn? …
2. Advanced extraction and yield technologies. …
3. Advanced enzymes. …
4. Enzymes in …

12 Bellwether Biofuels Projects for 2013
January 1, 2013 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A long war of opinion has been waged for years between advanced biofuels’ detractors and supporters.  Mirage or reality? Completion of 6 key projects 2012 decided much of the debate. …

Praj Accelerates 2nd Generation Ethanol Technology Development by Launching a Commercial Demo Plant
November 6, 2012 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Sacramento Bee)  Praj Industries, the integrated process engineering and solutions provider for bioethanol, brewery, water & wastewater and process equipment globally shared it’s advancement in the development of Commercial Demo Plant for Lignocellulosic Ethanol.
This is …

Why Cellulosic Ethanol Depends on a Renewable Fuel Standard
October 29, 2012 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by RP Siegel (TriplePundit)  … 3p: If you look at where we today relative to the RFS, it says that by the year 2022, a total of 21 billion gallons of biofuel needs to be provided by something other …

POET-DSM Makes Major Technology, Process Purchase for Commercial Cellulosic Bio-Ethanol
October 26, 2012 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(POET)  POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels has contracted for a key technology/process component in breaking down cellulose to produced advanced biofuel.
POET-DSM has contracted with International Technology Group ANDRITZ, through its U.S. subsidiary ANDRITZ Inc., to supply a …

The Top 10 Advanced Biofuels and Biorefining Companies in Asia
September 4, 2012 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …While the economic growth in China has been drawing virtually all the headlines in recent years, the “Tiger” economies of Southeast and South Asia have been fast-growing for a long …

Iowa Aims for Next-Gen Biofuels Leadership: 18 Hot Projects
August 24, 2012 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In our investigations in Iowa this week, we noted 6 trends worth carefully watching, which take us from opportunities with existing feedstocks to exotic newcomers like algae.
Our thesis now is …

Energy Independence Day
July 4, 2012 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The entropy problem in feedstocks   In bioenergy, it’s the chief reason, for example, that otherwise perfectly acceptable fruit waste from citrus harvest is a difficult feedstock for energy production. The …

Novozymes Partners for Waste-to-Ethanol Project in China
June 25, 2012 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Novozymes and China’s Shengquan Group have signed a final agreement to work together on producing cellulosic ethanol from a waste product of Shengquan’s current production process. Novozymes is supplying …

Nonfood Crops to Be Used at New Ethanol Site
March 13, 2012 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by Leslie Brooks Suzukamo  ( Press)  Cellulosic ethanol – ethanol made from nonfood crops – has been an alluring but elusive promise. That promise might finally be taking solid form.
Today, ethanol powerhouse Poet will officially break …

Cool Planet BioFuels Announces Road Testing of Negative Carbon Gasoline Begins in California
January 12, 2012 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

(Cool Planet BioFuels/MarketWatch)  Cool Planet BioFuels announced today it has received approval from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to begin fleet-testing its negative carbon gasoline. Cool Planet BioFuel’s technology converts low-grade biomass — such …

Stover for Power—Not Just Biofuels
November 29, 2011 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Biomass Power and Thermal Magazine)  Partnering to produce energy from stover could be an attractive option for corn ethanol plants.
In mid-July, right around the time the area’s corn crop was beginning to …

Advanced Biofuels Feedstocks – Who’s Got Game?
November 11, 2011 – 9:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As POET lands a record biomass harvest in prep for a 2013 cellulosic ethanol launch, the Digest looks at stover, jatropha, miscanthus, switchgrass, MSW, wood and animal residue.  Are costs …

Industry Perspectives on Bioenergy: Future of Bioenergy: POET’s Perspective
October 7, 2011 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Sturdevant (POET)  POET indicates that bioenergy provides a boost to rural economies and creates/saves jobs today. It mitigates costs of imported oil; consequently, the majority of jobs would not be outsourced. Bioenergy reduces …

Solyndra Flop Fails to Slow Obama Team’s $9.2 Billion Push for Wind, Solar
September 20, 2011 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Efstathiou Jr. (Bloomberg)  The Obama administration, defying congressional Republicans after the failure of solar-panel maker Solyndra LLC, is working to award as much as $9.2 billion in government financing to renewable energy companies …

Vonore Biomass Plant Could Go Commercial as Switchgrass Gains Ground
August 31, 2011 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Ed Marcum (  The University of Tennessee showed off its biofuel facilities here Tuesday to top state officials as the school works to increase efficiencies so that the experimental project can become a commercial …

It’s Out There
August 17, 2011 – 9:31 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Inbicon conducted an extensive crop study and biomass research project to show just how much biomass is available in the Midwest. “Our findings confirm that North America’s great abundance …

Corncobs Germinate a New Career
August 15, 2011 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  When Eric Woodford began harvesting biomass 15 years ago, he realized that existing farm equipment wasn’t up to the job. So he invented something better, and now sells it.
It began …

POET Receives Offer for a Conditional Commitment for $105 Million Cellulosic Ethanol Loan Guarantee
July 7, 2011 – 7:51 am | No Comment

(POET) POET has received an offer for a conditional commitment for a $105 million U.S. Department of Energy loan guarantee to construct a cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa that will produce 25 million-gallon-per-year from …

DuPont to Build Cellulosic Ethanol Plant at Nevada
June 29, 2011 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Hicks  (Des Moines Register)  Nevada will be the site of one of the few next-generation ethanol plants in the world, DuPont announced today.
The biorefinery will use corncobs, leaves and stalks as feedstock rather …

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

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

Franken Tours Poet Ethanol Plant
April 28, 2011 – 9:34 am | No Comment

(  Get ethanol at the pumps.
That’s what the farmer owners of the Poet Glenville ethanol plant told Sen. Al Franken they would like to see. The comments came during a meeting Wednesday at the plant.
“We …

Key Players: Advanced Biofuels
April 5, 2011 – 7:52 am | No Comment

by David Beattie (Renewable Energy World Magazine)   …Importantly, and what sets these latest fuels apart from their first-generation predecessors, is the fact that they are produced using feedstock that would normally be classed as …

Dakota Spirit AgEnergy Biorefinery Evolves into Hybrid Concept Based on Study Results
March 30, 2011 – 8:00 am | No Comment

(Dakota Spirit AgEnergy)   Dakota Spirit AgEnergy, a proposed cellulosic biorefinery near Spiritwood, N.D., has evolved from a 20 million gallon per year (MGY) cellulosic ethanol plant into a 58 MGY “hybrid” ethanol plant comprised of a …

Farmers Now Delivering Biomass to POET’s Project LIBERTY Storage Site
February 1, 2011 – 8:54 am | No Comment

(POET)  First farmers completed BCAP applications Monday
Farmers are now delivering biomass bales to POET’s 22-acre storage site in Emmetsburg, Iowa, the future home of the 25 million-gallon-per-year cellulosic ethanol plant dubbed “Project LIBERTY.”
Area farmers harvested 56,000 …

Biomass-Harvesting Equipment for the Ethanol Market
November 23, 2010 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Grooms  (Farm Industry News)   The market for corncobs for cellulosic ethanol production is still new. So, too, is the market for other types of biomass. But new research and new collection equipment are …

Power Fund Gives Corncob Ethanol Plant First Approval
November 11, 2010 – 8:24 am | No Comment

by Dan Pillar  (Gannett/Des Moines Register)  The Iowa Power Fund Board voted Wednesday to enter into negotiations with a joint venture of DuPont and Danisco, for an $19.8 million grant for the joint venture to build …

Doubt Cast on Cob-Based Biofuels
September 9, 2010 – 8:50 am | No Comment

(JCOnline)   …But a new study from Purdue University, funded by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council, suggests that farmers will have to make more money off corn cobs than is currently available to cover their costs …

POET, Farmers Kick Off Commercial Biomass Harvest for Project LIBERTY Cellulosic Ethanol
August 20, 2010 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(POET) Construction underway on storage area for biomass bales in Emmetsburg, Iowa
 Farmers and POET today celebrated the upcoming collection and delivery of 56,000 tons of baled corn cobs and light stover in the first commercial harvest …

POET Conducts Biomass Harvest Research in Texas
August 11, 2010 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(POET)  Work will focus on maximizing corn cob removal for cellulosic ethanol. 
POET this week will begin harvest research in corn fields near Navasota, Texas to learn more about biomass collection for cellulosic ethanol production.
POET uses …

Constructing a Stage for Ethanol Creation
July 27, 2010 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by Larisa Brass (  As its biorefinery demonstration plant churns toward one day generating automobile fuel from grass, Genera Energy is beginning construction of what will effectively be the staging grounds for that process.
This week the …

Transformative Technology: SynGest Cornucopia BioRefinery
June 17, 2010 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Jack Oswald (SynGest, Biofuels Digest)  …The SynGest Cornucopia model takes an entire ear of corn and simultaneously produces The Three F’s: food, fertilizer and fuel.     This is why we have adopted the slogan: “You …

Till, Baby, Till: Syngest CEO Offers “Cornucopia” Vision for Food, Feed, Fuel, Fertilizer from Corn
May 7, 2010 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …“It allows us to produce a greater abundance of all three which are at the heart of the intersection of energy and agriculture.  We can put an end to the …

Cob Harvest Makes Strides
January 3, 2010 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Jeanne Bernick (Farm Journal)  … “The equipment companies have stepped up to the plate,” says Weishaar, vice president of commercial development for Poet, the nation’s first cellulosic ethanol producer. Poet recently hosted a biomass …

Tennessee Legislators Approve Changes to Switchgrass Project
November 22, 2009 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

(Tennessean)  A panel of state lawmakers approved plans to amend a $70 million research effort to produce ethanol in East Tennessee, blaming a lack of communication for a hearing two weeks ago in which some …

POET’s Project LIBERTY Field Day Showcases New Equipment, Outlines New Federal Programs for Farmers to Start Collecting Biomass
November 4, 2009 – 10:13 am | No Comment

Farmers today witnessed the rapid progress being made toward solving a key challenge to commercial cellulosic ethanol production: establishing the feedstock infrastructure and market.
At POET’s Project LIBERTY Field Day, 16 companies showcased equipment to help …

Project LIBERTY Field Day Demos Cob Harvesting Equipment
October 12, 2009 – 9:26 am | No Comment

Area farmers will see new and pre-commercial equipment in action harvesting corn cobs for cellulosic ethanol next month at Project LIBERTY Field Day in Emmetsburg, Iowa.
Farmers, agricultural equipment manufacturers, POET representatives and state and federal …

POET Releases Video Summarizing State of Cellulosic Ethanol Development
October 7, 2009 – 7:46 am | No Comment

Focusing on its work with corn cobs as a cellulosic ethanol feedstock, POET’s latest video provides a basic look at what it is taking to move from fermentation of starch to conversion of cellulose to …

DOE Awards Poet US $6.85M for Cellulose Supply Sourcing
October 1, 2009 – 10:42 am | No Comment

(Renewable Energy World)  Poet’s ambitious goal of securing 700 tons of cellulosic biomass per day got a big boost this week from a US $6.85 million funding increase to an existing grant from the U.S. …

Iowa Plants to Offer Farmers Cash for Corn Cobs
July 21, 2009 – 9:44 am | No Comment

by Luke Meredith (AP)   … Poet spokesman Nathan Schock said the company hasn’t yet figured out how much it will pay farmers, but it could be $30 to $60 per ton for corn stover, which …

Research Reinforces Economic, Environmental Benefits of Corn Cobs as Source for Cellulosic Ethanol
May 29, 2009 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

Corn cobs are both economical and environmentally friendly as a feedstock for cellulosic ethanol, university and government reports indicate, reaffirming POET’s strategy for commercializing its new technology.  Removing corn cobs from fields for use in …

American Chemical Society Announces New Bioprocess for Producing Biofuels from Agricultural Waste
May 22, 2009 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

Scientists in California are reporting use of a first-of-its-kind approach to craft genetically engineered microbes with the much-sought ability to transform switchgrass, corn cobs, and other organic materials into methyl halides — the raw material …