Recent Biofuels

Medical and biofuel advances possible with new gene regulation tool

The key is a tunable switch made from a small non-coding RNA molecule that could have value for medical and even biofuel production purposes. Recent work by Los Alamos National Laboratory experimental and theoretical biologists describes a new method of controlling gene expression. The key is a tunable switch made from a small non-coding RNA […]

Energy in chemical bonds and the plant-pollution connection

PNNL scientists share fundamental insights in energy and atmospheric science at ACS National Meeting Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will be honored and present new work at the 250th American Chemical Society national meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, Aug. 16-20. Highlights include: Energy Storage: Putting molecular hydrogen together and taking it […]

BESC creates microbe that bolsters isobutanol production

Another barrier to commercially viable biofuels from sources other than corn has fallen with the engineering of a microbe that improves isobutanol yields by a factor of 10. The finding of the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center, published in the journal Metabolic Engineering, builds on results from 2011 in which researchers reported on the […]

Copper clusters capture and convert carbon dioxide to make fuel

Capture and convert—this is the motto of carbon dioxide reduction, a process that stops the greenhouse gas before it escapes from chimneys and power plants into the atmosphere and instead turns it into a useful product. One possible end product is methanol, a liquid fuel and the focus of a recent study conducted at the […]

Pacific Ethanol Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results

Completes Aventine Renewable Energy acquisition Reaches settlement with the Aurora Cooperative Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX), a leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the United States, reported its financial results for the three- and six-months ended June 30, 2015. Second quarter 2015 Financial Highlights Net sales of $227.6 million Gross profit of $6.3 […]

Pacific Ethanol Now Producing Corn Oil at Columbia Plant in Boardman, Oregon

Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX), a leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the United States, has begun commercial production of corn oil utilizing Valicor’s corn oil recovery system at its Columbia ethanol plant located in Boardman, Oregon. With the completion of this 2-year initiative, all four of the western Pacific Ethanol plants are […]

Biofuel Trade Organizations Ask for Extension of Advanced Biofuel Tax Incentives

A group of biofuel trade organizations today sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) encouraging extension of critical advanced biofuel tax incentives — the Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit, the Special Depreciation Allowance for Second Generation Biofuel Plant Property, the Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel […]

Scientists study ways to integrate biofuels and food crops on farms

We ask a lot of the land: feed the world with crops, power the world with bioenergy, retain nutrients so they don’t pollute our water and air. To help landscapes answer these high demands, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory are designing ways to improve—and hopefully optimize—land use. In collaboration with […]

New amendment to RHI Regulations 2015 will bring changes to biomethane forecasting methodology

Over the past months DECC became aware of an issue with the biomethane forecasting methodology which can have a significant impact on future degressions. REA, ADBA and other industry stakeholders provided suggestions to DECC on how this issue could be addressed and urged DECC officials to deliver a solution rapidly, in time for the next […]

Pacific Ethanol Completes Aventine Merger

Merger Connects Destination and Origin Market Strategies, Providing Synergies in Ethanol Production and Marketing Establishes Annual Combined Production Capacity of 515 Million Gallons and Combined Annual Ethanol Marketing Volume of Over 800 Million Gallons Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (Nasdaq:PEIX), the leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the Western United States, announced it completed […]