February 2010

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State of the Ethanol Industry-2010 and Beyond

By Gregory J. Lynch and Porter J. Martin

Bob Gray

SCR Systems Go Mainstream

By Bob Gray and Doug Haugh

Ron Kotrba

Feeling the Effects

By Ron Kotrba


As the number of corn ethanol producers stabilizes, companies are expanding their efforts out of the Corn Belt and into regions of the country that currently use ethanol, but do not produce it. Florida has many proposed projects and a massive market for ethanol, but no local producers. Could the Citrus State be poised to become the next Iowa?

Although federal programs and policies that support the production, distribution and use of ethanol are crucial to the continued development of the industry, many states have taken additional measures to ensure ethanol's success.

Driving Up Demand

By Erin Voegele

Overcoming the E10 blend wall and increasing the market for ethanol-blended fuels is not only important in sustaining first-generation producers, but is also vital to ensuring industry growth and support for second- and third-generation producers. An important component in lifting the blend wall is increased use of flex-fuel vehicles and E85.

Incoming Canadian Renewable Fuels Association Chair Doug Hooper, CEO of Canadian Bioenergy Corp., tells conference attendees that "green protectionism is going to be normal" during the 2009 Canadian Renewable Fuels Summit.

Delivering Renewable Results

By Susanne Retka Schill

Solid Canadian backing for renewable fuels mandates and positive benefits from biofuels energized the Canadian Renewable Fuels Summit.

For 68 years, the Gas Technology Institute has been advancing new technologies to ensure the world has access to an abundant, affordable energy supply.

Gasification Guru

By Anna Austin

Touting feedstock flexibility as the key to a lucrative biomass gasification operation, Heat Transfer International predicts 2010 will be an extraordinary year for business and the industry in general.

Syngas Tasks

By Lisa Gibson

Sufficiently cleansing and efficiently reforming syngas are complicated elements of gasification for biofuels production and continued research seeks to optimize both.

Carbon Capacity

By Lisa Gibson

A New York company is building on the results of a study by Columbia University researchers to optimize solid fuel-to-energy conversions, with a new and surprising reactive medium in biomass gasification: carbon dioxide.

Fiat headquarters in Turin, Italy PHOTO: FIAT

Europe's Diesel Portfolio

By Nicholas Zeman

Auto manufacturers in Europe are committed to the diesel platform, touting their environmental programs and having abundant access to biodiesel, but they have been slow to support or incorporate methyl esters as an official part of their business models and carbon reduction schemes.


Canadians Backing Biofuels

By Susanne Retka Schill

Solid Canadian support for renewable fuels, along with new mandates and positive results from biofuels development, undergird a positive outlook at the Canadian Renewable Fuels Summit.

This year marks the onset of widespread commercial application of selective catalytic reduction systems for on-highway diesels, to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions per U.S. EPA regulations. Researchers say there are no short-term negative effects from using biodiesel blends in diesel SCR systems, but long-term performance is much less understood.

Pipelines are one of the most efficient ways to transport fuel, but little biodiesel is moved this way.

Plant to Pump Paradigms

By Nicholas Zeman

Many biodiesel producers consider their customer lists proprietary, but whether it's a small plant in Texas that has off-take agreements with retail stations in the immediate vicinity, or a large, corporate-owned facility working for ExxonMobil shipping fuel all over, Biodiesel Magazine traces methyl esters from source to spigot.


Ethanol research center investigates new technologies to benefit the biofuel industry

A worker applies a coat of Nansulate thermal paint to a pipe at the Grupo Modelo Brewery in Mexico. Photo: Nansulate

Nanotech Products Increase Efficiency and Energy Saving


More than 800 manufacturer-identified nanotech products are publicly available, with three to four new ones hitting the market each week.

Meeting the Challenge of Conducting Biomass-Related Business in Brazil

By Felipe Tavares, Thiago Carneiro and Aldemir Marrei

Starting up a business in a foreign country such as Brazil can be quite challenging and some setbacks can arise. That shouldn't discourage investment from foreign companies and start-up ventures, however, for a simple reason: Brazil offers remarkable advantages.

Maximizing uptime and throughput are key factors enabling the country's largest biomass power plant to consistently turn a profit.

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