November 2009

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Business Briefs


Business and People


Business Briefs: People, Partnerships & Deals

By Biorefining Staff

Advanced Biofuels


Coming Up Short

By Kris Bevill

As the U.S. EPA ponders comments submitted in response to its proposed rule for the second stage of the renewable fuel standard, cellulosic biofuel producers wonder how they will produce enough fuel to meet a 2010 mandate, and what will happen to the industry if they don't.

In an effort to deploy new technologies and create local jobs, some public and private entities are teaming up to establish mutually beneficial relationships.

Raphael "Ray" Katzen dedicated his life to achieving commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol production from a variety of feedstocks at a competitive price. The following article, which first appeared in the Feb. 2006 issue of EPM, highlights the lasting impact he had on the industry.

Big Oil's Big Entrance

By Craig A. Johnson

Oil companies were noticeably absent during the ethanol industry boom from 2004 to 2007. Now, as some of those first-generation ethanol plants struggle to survive, Big Oil has begun to take an interest.

Beyond Cellulosic

By Erin Voegele

While cellulosic technologies receive the most attention as related to scale-up of next-generation ethanol production, other technologies are also being developed to meet future advanced biofuel mandates.

How catalytic approaches are being adopted by biobased chemical companies to accelerate product development

Local feedstock opportunities mean a diverse, ever-promising biorefining industry

Why biorefinery projects may not be afforded a loan guarantee

U.K. Accounting for Sustainability

By Susanne Retka Schill

The United Kingdom's Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation gives a glimpse of the future.

Sustainability, the new buzz word, is likely to become the litmus test for biofuels. Biodiesel Magazine explores the sustainable dimensions of the American biodiesel industry.

South American Expansion

By Nicholas Zeman

Argentina and the EU are set for a trade showdown as the Brazilian demand floodgate bursts open. Plus, the Tupi oil discovery draws attention, biodiesel provides an alternative to narcotics production, and millions of dollars in credit opens for family farmers.


The Main Rotation

By Nicholas Zeman

Quality issues during biodiesel production typically revolve around distillation additives, process technologies and ASTM methods at the refinery level. A new emphasis, however, is being focused on the field, where biodiesel feedstocks such as canola are grown and harvested. A Canadian team is examining how to tweak environmental and agronomic conditions for a superior biodiesel feedstock.


Filling a Need: Forest Plantations for Bioenergy in the South

By Ronalds Gonzalez, Jeff Wright and Daniel Saloni

The growing number of renewable energy projects in the Southern U.S. utilizing woody biomass will require the development of short-rotation bioenergy plantations.

Organic acids and acidifiers are powerful tools that can provide one more barrier to disease transmission in large feeding installations.

The role of algae as a component of a successful carbon sequestration program is gaining interest in the biofuels industry.

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