Recent Biofuels

Government figures highlight vital role of bioenergy

Biomass power and biofuels make record contributions to UK energy The Government’s quarterly Energy Trends publication [1] reveals a record contribution from bioenergy for keeping the lights on and our cars moving whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In 2014 Q2, bioenergy accounted for a record 5.6TWh (7%) of electricity generation. This is an increase of […]

Departments of the Navy, Energy and Agriculture Invest in Construction of Three Biorefineries to Produce Drop-In Biofuel for Military

Biorefineries in Nevada, Oregon and on the Gulf Coast will produce more than 100 million gallons of military-grade fuel annually As part of a 2011 Presidential directive, the Departments of Navy, Energy, and Agriculture announced today that three companies have been awarded contracts to construct and commission biorefineries capable of producing “drop-in” biofuels to meet […]

Aventine secures $40 M loan, security agreement

Aventine Renewable Energy, a leading producer, marketer and supplier of ethanol, today announced that on Sept. 17 the company secured a $40 million loan and security agreement in partnership with AloStar Bank of Commerce in Birmingham, Alabama, and MidCap Financial LLC in Bethesda, Maryland. The new loan replaces a previous agreement and adds over $10 […]

Minister Refuses request to extend pre-accreditation timescales

It is extremely disappointing to receive a letter from the Minister, Amber Rudd, which says that Government does not intend to extend the FiTs pre-accreditation period. This was a reasonable request, not least in the light of the unexpected changes and subsequent withdrawal of the conditions for grid connections by Ofgem, which had the effect […]

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 […]