May 11, 2017

HKU, Kyoto U enhance efficiency of cereal straw for biofuel

BY The University of Hong Kong Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessA collaborative research effort by the University of Hong Kong and Kyoto University has revealed a new strategy to allow cellulose in rice straw to release its fermentable sugar more efficiently. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

KU Leuven: Bacteria take a deadly risk to survive

BY KU Leuven Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessA recent study by the Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics at KU Leuven on bacterial mutations opens up new avenues for research, ranging from more efficient biofuel production methods to a better treatment for bacterial infections and cancer. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

BETO launches Bioenergy Career Map

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Argonne National Laboratory have developed an Bioenergy Career Map, an educational tool that helps users discover traditional and nontraditional career opportunities in the bioenergy industry. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Pacific Ethanol reports increased sales, improving margins

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyPacific Ethanol Inc. has released first quarter financial results, reporting increased net sales and improved margins. Financial performance, however, was impacted by falling ethanol prices. Conditions are expected to improve in the second quarter. READ MORE

May 08, 2017

Praj celebrates inauguration of second-generation ethanol plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, BusinessPraj Industries Ltd. has unveiled a demonstration-scale biorefinery capable of producing 1 MMly of cellulosic ethanol. The facility, located near Pune, India, is also expected demonstrate the production of additional renewable fuels and chemicals. READ MORE

May 04, 2017

Sen. Wyden proposes Clean Fuel Tax Credit

BY Staff Report Found In:Cellulosic, PolicyClean energy tax reform package introduced that includes a proposal for a technology neutral tax credit designed to encourage the development and production of advanced and cellulosic biofuels. READ MORE

April 20, 2017

In Depth: FEW Technical Sessions Planner

BY Tim Portz and Tom Bryan Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyWith 30 panels—five at a time—at the world’s largest ethanol conference, attendees must pick their spots. This guide to FEW technical sessions appears in the May print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

Alliance Bio-Products procures feedstock for cellulosic project

BY Staff Report Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessFlorida cellulosic ethanol project procures feedstock agreement with Indian River County, fund raising underway to purchase closed Vero Beach ethanol plant. READ MORE

April 12, 2017

D3Max pilot test results at ACE Ethanol exceed expectations

BY BBI International Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessInitial pilot testing conducted at ACE Ethanol in Stanley, Wisconsin, indicates yields from xylose exceed 90 percent of theoretical yield and overall sugar production better than targeted in D3MAX fiber-to-cellulosic ethanol process. READ MORE

April 10, 2017

New life infused into proposed Danish cellulosic ethanol plant

BY Staff Report Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessLondon investment firm commits up to 160 euro to Danish project, if political framework is solved, reviving a consortium including DONG Energy, Novozymes and local utilities. READ MORE

April 04, 2017

DSM ramps up R&D capabilities with new biotech center

BY EPM Staff Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessThe Delft campus is home to the company’s Bioprocess Pilot Facility and its Bio-based Products and Services operation, the branch of DSM engaged in a joint venture with U.S. ethanol producer Poet to commercialize cellulosic ethanol. READ MORE

March 27, 2017

FEW announces technical sessions agenda

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessTechnical agenda announced for the 33rd International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, scheduled for June 19-21 in Minneapolis. The agenda includes more than 140 speakers in four comprehensive tracks. More than 2,000 attendees are expected. READ MORE

March 27, 2017

Edeniq, Aemetis file suits in dispute over merger cancellation

BY Staff Report Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessEdeniq files counter-claims to Aemetis' filing following the collapse of merger plans for the two California-based companies. READ MORE

March 23, 2017

EPA: 1.16 billion D6 RINS generated in February

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Markets, CellulosicD6 RINs generation for ethanol and other fuels in the general renewable category were down slightly in February from the previous month. Cellulosic ethanol RINS for January and February totaled 357,000. READ MORE

March 02, 2017

ICM to build showcase biorefinery next to its Kansas headquarters

BY EPM Staff Found In:Operations, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessThe 70 MMgy plant will cost about $175 million to build. ICM plans to be the majority owner and is in current discussions with investors who recognize the value of the project to the industry. The plant will house several cutting-edge technologies. READ MORE

February 23, 2017

Alliance Bioenergy makes offer on IneosBio Vero Beach property

BY Alliance BioEnergy Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessAlliance BioEnergy Plus submitted an offer to buy the Vero Beach, Florida, cellulosic ethanol facility built by INEOS. If successful, the company says it will immediately begin retrofitting the front end with its CTS cellulosic ethanol process. READ MORE

February 20, 2017

Poet-DSM plans enzyme manufacturing facility at Project Liberty

BY Poet-DSM Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessConstruction is expected to start midyear on an on-site enzyme-manufacturing plant at Poet-DSM's cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa, pending state and local approvals. Production is still ramping up; conversion rates reach 70 gal per ton. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

Ace Ethanol to install D3MAX cellulosic ethanol pilot plant

BY BBI International Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessD3MAX has shipped its skid-mounted pilot reactor to Ace Ethanol in Stanley, Wisconsin, where testing of the bolt-on technology is to begin in late March. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

Pacific Ethanol to install Edeniq technology at Madera plant

BY Pacific Ethanol Inc. Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessPacific Ethanol to add Edeniq Cellunator and Pathway technologies at its Madera ethanol plant, bringing cellulosic ethanol production to a second facility. READ MORE

February 10, 2017

Comment periods on 2 EPA RFS proposals to close in mid-February

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe comment periods on two U.S. EPA proposals that impact the renewable fuel standard (RFS) close later this month, including the proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule and the EPA's proposed denial of point of obligation petitions. READ MORE

February 10, 2017

Companies partner on reference plant for biobased chemicals

BY Avantium Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessAvantium has announced a partnership with AkzoNobel, Chemport Europe, RWE and Staatsbosbeheer for the development of a reference plant at the Chemie Park Delfzijl to evaluate the feasibility of a wood-to-chemicals biorefinery. READ MORE

February 07, 2017

Ontario seeks comments on proposed RFS for gasoline

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOntario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has proposed establishing a renewable fuel standard (RFS) for gasoline that aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from gasoline by 5 percent by 2020. READ MORE

February 06, 2017

Clariant fleet tests sunliquid 20 with Mercedes-Benz vehicles

BY Clariant Found In:Markets, Cellulosic, BusinessClariant, Mercedes-Benz and Haltermann Carless recently performed a 12 month fleet test using a 20 percent cellulosic ethanol blend in Mercedes-Benz series vehicles. The results of the testing program were positive. READ MORE

February 03, 2017

BETO publishes new strategic plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyIn January, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office released a new strategic plan that serves as a blueprint on how it will tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in building a sustainable bioeconomy in the U.S. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

Sensenbrenner introduces bills that aim to reform the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn Jan. 31, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., introduced two bills that aim to alter the renewable fuel standard (RFS). One focuses on mid-level ethanol blends, while the other focuses on cellulosic biofuels. READ MORE

January 31, 2017

EPA approves Little Sioux Corn Processors for cellulosic ethanol

BY Edeniq Inc. Found In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyEdeniq Inc. and Archer Daniels Midland Co. recently announced that the U.S. EPA has approved Little Sioux Corn Processors’ registration of its 150 million gallon per year Marcus, Iowa, ethanol plant for cellulosic ethanol production. READ MORE

January 30, 2017

Decoded microbial metabolism explains biofuel yield

BY Blaine Friedlander, Cornell University Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessTo unravel how intricate waste biomass converts to biofuels, a Cornell professor studied Clostridium acetobutylicum to decipher its metabolism. Understanding the bacterium’s sugar-processing complexities may lead to improved biofuel yields. READ MORE

January 26, 2017

Report considers the impact of dedicated energy crop production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyIn early January, the USDA Economic Research Service published a report, titled “Dedicated Energy Crops and Competition for Agricultural Land,” that examines three policy scenarios that could create a market for bioelectricity using switchgrass. READ MORE

January 25, 2017

2017 RFS rule among regulations subject to additional review

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe rule to set 2014 volume obligations under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) is among 30 recent rules published by the U.S. EPA set to be temporarily delayed in order to allow for additional review by the Trump administration. READ MORE

January 23, 2017

EPA: 1.84 billion RINs generated in December

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for December, reporting more than 1.84 billion RINs were generated during the final month of last year, including nearly 16.83 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE