June 2007

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O2Diesel acquires ProEco Energy



Bob Dinneen

View From The Hill

By Bob Dinneen

Mike Bryan

The Way I See It

By Mike Bryan

Dealing with Uncertainty in Operational Contracts

By John Eustermann and Randy Shefman

Tom Bryan

Editor's Note

By Tom Bryan

Manning Feraci, left, and Larry Schafer

NBB In Sight

By Joe Jobe


The goal behind the United States-Brazil renewable energy accord is to establish renewable fuels as an internationally traded commodity with the intent to expand biofuels use in the Western Hemisphere. Will this alignment of interests harmonize global commerce within the biofuels sector, or will it pose as a catalyst for political positioning?

Some experts fear that the proliferation of coal-to-liquid fuels threatens to debase whatever carbon benefits renewable ethanol carries. Others think it might squeeze out the corn players altogether.

Odontotaenius disjunctus, also know as bess beetle or patent leather beetle, is the source of the xylose-fermenting yeast Pichia stipitis and a whole community of microbes in its gut.

A Noteworthy Yeast

By Susanne Retka Schill

Microbiologist Thomas Jeffries has spent a quarter of a century poking and prodding a yeast called Pichia stipitis to enhance its cellulose fermenting prowess. The yeast made science headlines when its genome sequence revealed the secrets of its ethanol-producing process.

Ed Uberbacher

Super-Scale Visualization

By Nicholas Zeman

Ethanol production is now important enough to conscript the services of the world's fastest supercomputers. These machines at the San Diego Supercomputer Center and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are allowing the interaction between cellulases and cellulose to be seen with the power of a trillion minds.

Vinod Khosla

Bullish on Biofuels

By Jerry W. Kram

Ethanol and biofuels in general have come under criticism from many sides lately, but when industry leaders gathered in Florida for the fourth annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, the focus was on how the industry could transform the world.

Clark Lauritzen

Financing Solutions

By Craig A. Johnson

Blazing trails in a fast-moving industry is a daunting task for even the most robust ethanol producers. First National Investment Banking helps producers position their companies to take advantage of changes in the ethanol industry, which some believe could be headed for a wave of consolidations.

To help meet the objectives outlined in President George W. Bush's "Twenty in Ten" initiative the U.S. DOE awarded grants to six companies to commercially develop their cellulosic ethanol technologies. EPM outlines each of the selected companies and their plans for the second-generation ethanol future.

Founded in 2003, the NCERC is located on the edge of Southern Illinois University's campus in Edwardsville.

Getting Schooled

By Lindsey Irwin

Responding to the high demand for qualified ethanol plant operators, the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville offers a consolidated training program that provides participants with an overview of the entire ethanol production process in five days. The program has received excellent reviews and increased interest.

The video developed to unveil the Poet name, incorporates images of the prairie, weather-worn farm families and sun-kissed children to symbolize America's heartland.

A Poetic Journey

By Anduin Kirkbride McElroy

The story of Poet, an ethanol industry powerhouse formerly known as Broin Companies, is much like the story of the ethanol industry. It began on a family farm and grew into a diversified corporation. Now, with a new name and ownership reorganization, it begins a new chapter in biorefining.

By Lindsey Irwin, Craig A. Johnson, Jerry W. Kram, Susanne Retka Schill, Michael Shirek, Bryan Sims, Jan Tellmann and Dave Nilles

On the heavily traveled Great Lakes, biodiesel innovations by the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory are helping the big ships and their operators to be better environmental stewards.

Donnell Rehagen

Certified: Sustainable

By Anduin Kirkbride McElroy

Sure, biodiesel is made from renewable feedstocks, but is it sustainable? That question has led many to take a closer look at harnessing the benefits of biodiesel without creating unintended adverse effects, and it's spurred the formation of a group called the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance. Standards and certification of sustainability may soon be on the way.

Gas stations aren't typically venues for Earth Day activities. That didn't stop SeQuential Biofuels from holding an Earth Day celebration at its Eugene, Ore.-based sustainable retail gas station-the uniqueness of which is hopefully fleeting.

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