Recent Biofuels

Berkeley Lab-led Project Aims to Produce Liquid Transportation Fuel from Methane

How’s this for innovative: A Berkeley Lab-led team hopes to engineer a new enzyme that efficiently converts methane to liquid transportation fuel. “There’s a lot of methane available, and we want to develop a new way to harness it as an energy source for vehicles,” says Christer Jansson, a biochemist in Berkeley Lab’s Earth Sciences […]

Aemetis CEO Eric McAfee Selected for Top 100 BioEconomy People Worldwide by Biofuels Digest

Biofuels Digest names Top 100 people for 2013-2014 Aemetis, Inc. (OTCQB: AMTX), an advanced fuels and renewable chemicals company, announced today that its Chairman and CEO, Eric McAfee, was listed by Biofuels Digest as one of the Top 100 People in the BioEconomy worldwide for 2013-2014. The Top 100 list is selected by the readers […]

NREL Finds a New Cellulose Digestion Mechanism by a Fast-eating Enzyme

CelA digests cellulose faster than enzymes from commercial preparations Researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered that an enzyme from a microorganism first found in the Valley of Geysers on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia in 1990 can digest cellulose almost twice as fast as the current leading component cellulase […]

Pacific Ethanol enters into Agreements to reduce Debt and increase Ownership in Pacific Ethanol Plants to 91%

Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX), the leading marketer and producer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the Western United States, announced it has entered into agreements to reduce the principal amount of its senior notes by $2.0 million by issuing 500,000 shares of common stock. The company’s common stock is valued in the transaction at $4.00 […]

EU Biofuels Policy Uncertainty Continues

Lack of clarity at European level reinforces need for strong domestic policies The European Council today failed to reach a political agreement on how to account for indirect land use change (ILUC) in biofuels policy [1]. ILUC factors are intended to account for the emissions of other land-using industries that bring previously undeveloped land into […]

Mascoma’s Technology Surpasses One Billion Gallons

Mascoma’s consolidated bioprocessing (CBP) technology surpasses 1 billion gallons of ethanol produced; as MGT® yeast products rapidly gain market penetration in renewable fuels market Mascoma Corporation, a leading provider of bioconversion technology, today announced that its consolidated bioprocessing technology (CBP) has been used to produce over 1 billion gallons of renewable fuel. This achievement is […]

REA welcomes opening of Drax Biomass Power Plant

REA welcomes opening of Drax biomass power plant Welcoming the opening of the Drax coal-to-biomass conversion plant by Ed Davey today [1], REA Chief Executive Dr Nina Skorupska said: “Biomass is exactly what the UK energy mix needs. Through converting old coal plants and building new biomass plants, we can have electricity when we need […]

REA welcomes Government Commitment to review Feed-in-Tariff for Small Scale Biogas Plants

Review gives Government opportunity to save on-farm AD and unlock biogas benefits for rural economy Energy Minister Greg Barker has confirmed that DECC will launch a review of the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) for small scale anaerobic digestion (AD) in January [1]. The AD industry has been calling for a review because the policy as currently […]

EDF Renewable Energy and Santee Cooper Dedicate the Pinelands Biomass Project

EDF Renewable Energy and Santee Cooper today dedicated the Pinelands Biomass project which consists of two nominal 17.8 megawatt (MW) generating facilities located in Allendale and Dorchester Counties in South Carolina. The Dorchester facility achieved commercial operation on November 1; Allendale followed on November 19. The two projects interconnect to Santee Cooper’s transmission system adjacent […]

Pacific Ethanol CEO Responds to EPA’s Proposed Rules for 2014 Renewable Fuels Standard Targets

Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX), the leading marketer and producer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the Western United States, issued the following statement from Neil Koehler, CEO, in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recently proposed reductions to the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) targets: “The RFS is the single most effective energy policy […]