Recent Biofuels

Project LIBERTY Biorefinery Starts Cellulosic Ethanol Production

Project LIBERTY, the nation’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant to use corn waste as a feedstock, announced the start of production today. Once operating at full, commercial-scale, the biorefinery in Emmetsburg, Iowa will produce 25 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year – enough to avoid approximately 210,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually. Developed with […]

Grand Opening for Project LIBERTY: Nation’s First Plant to Use Corn Waste as a Feedstock

POET-DSM’s Project LIBERTY in Emmetsburg, Iowa, will celebrate its grand opening September 3, 2014, becoming the first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant to use corn waste as a feedstock. Developed through a joint venture between POET LLC in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and DSM Royal, a Dutch enzyme manufacturer, the project uses biochemical conversion technologies (yeast […]

New Process Helps Overcome Obstacles to Produce Renewable Fuels and Chemicals

Lignin Valorization Study Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences There’s an old saying in the biofuels industry: “You can make anything from lignin except money.” But now, a new study may pave the way to challenging that adage. The study from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) demonstrates a concept […]

Water leads to Chemical that gunks up Biofuels Production

Study shows water trips up key chemical reactions that turn plants into fuels, provides scientific principles that can speed up biofuel development Trying to understand the chemistry that turns plant material into the same energy-rich gasoline and diesel we put in our vehicles, researchers have discovered that water in the conversion process helps form an […]

Energy Department Announces Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement for Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a funding opportunity announcement (FOA),“Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts.” BETO’s 2019 projected state of technology for the cost of algal biofuels is modeled at about $7 per gallon gasoline gallon equivalent, without […]

BETO Announces Request for Information on Landscape Design for Sustainable Bioenergy Systems

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) invites public comment on its request for information (RFI) regarding landscape design for sustainable bioenergy systems. The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from bioenergy stakeholders on landscape design approaches that integrate cellulosic bioenergy feedstock production into existing agricultural and forestry systems while […]

Bionic Liquids from Lignin

New Results from the Joint BioEnergy Institute Pave the Way for Closed Loop Biofuel Refineries While the powerful solvents known as ionic liquids show great promise for liberating fermentable sugars from lignocellulose and improving the economics of advanced biofuels, an even more promising candidate is on the horizon – bionic liquids. Researchers at the U.S. […]

Aemetis, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

Paid down $13.6 million in debt (principal and interest) Quarterly adjusted EBITDA of $9.1 million Quarterly operating income of $7.8 million Net income of $2.7 million or $0.13 per share Revenues of $57.2 million Cash and cash equivalents of $4.8 million at June 30, 2014 Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX), an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals […]

Turning Methane into usable Liquid Fuel: Illinois Institute of Technology and Argonne to receive $2M for Hybrid Fuel Cells

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) were awarded $2 million over the course of two years to fund studies on hybrid fuel cells from the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). ARPA-E, an agency within the U.S. Department of Energy, was specially created […]

Energy Department Announces $11 Million to Advance Renewable Carbon Fiber Production from Biomass

The Energy Department announced today up to $11.3 million for two projects that aim to advance the production of cost-competitive, high-performance carbon fiber material from renewable, non-food-based feedstocks, such as agricultural residues and woody biomass. Carbon fiber – a strong, lightweight material that can replace steel and other heavier metals – can lower the cost […]