May 2011

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Business Briefs

1. Certified Marketer: Christina FitzGerald will oversee Baisch Engineering’s business development and marketing.

Business Briefs

By Ethanol Producer Magazine Staff

People, Partnerships & Deals

By Biorefining Magazine Staff

Advanced Biofuels


Corn and switchgrass have been modified to become more efficient feedstocks.

With an eye toward both energy costs and environmental concerns, ethanol producers are embarking on innovative energy projects

Improvement Hot Spots

By Kris Bevill

Tight margins make efficiency improvements key to ethanol plant profitability

POWERFUL PLANT: Dalkia has built a CHP plant capable of producing 50 megawatts of power and 260 metric tons of steam at the Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin paper mill in Facture, France.

Big Biomass

By Lisa Gibson

European energy provider Dalkia recently commissioned the largest biomass combined-heat-and-power plant in France. Its co-location with a paper mill provides a number of beneficial exchanges between the two operations.

Energy Center

By Lisa Gibson

A necessary upgrade to a centuries-old district heating system in Montpelier, Vt., represents an opportunity for a cleaner technology and an expanded distribution system.

Biomass district heating and cooling could save most college campuses lots of money and it fits well with green initiatives, but these projects require rigorous planning and up-front capital costs are high.

A cogeneration plant can make a world of difference when paired with a struggling saw mill, but several things must be in place for a project to pan out economically.

With an eye toward both energy costs and environmental concerns, ethanol producers are embarking on innovative energy projects.

How long-term feedstock and off-take agreements are negotiated, and the role they play in project development

USDA's BioPreferred voluntary labeling program provides consumers with a clear way to distinguish biobased products from those derived from petroleum

Ineos Bio has begun construction on a commercial-scale biorefinery. What does it mean for the industry?

REGIONAL ADAPTATION: Safflower is already cultivated as a specialty crop in California. Research is underway to investigate its use as biodiesel feedstock in areas of the Southwest region of the country.

Feeding a Need

By Erin Voegele

Ample biodiesel feedstock is available to meet the short-term goals of RFS2, but researchers all around the country diligently work to build out the feedstock base

Reasons to Invest

By Staff Report

Why biodiesel investment is the right choice

Producers know the value of their product—with a little effort so could everyone else


Loan Guarantees and Great Expectations

By Todd Alexander and Chadron Edwards

Revisions to the USDA Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program create opportunities

Small changes in the natural gas supply are making a profound difference in the market

Just 10 years after Thomas Edison introduced the first energy recycling program to the U.S. in 1882, the University of Missouri-Columbia began operating a combined-heat-and-power plant—much like Edison's at Pearl Street Station.

Renewable Energy Certificates and Renewable Portfolio Standards

By Jonathan Dettmann, Andrew Ritten and Angela Snavely

To participate in the Renewable Energy Certificate market, one must be able to navigate differing state standards and to adjust to still-evolving state, regional and federal initiatives.

Safety Solutions Tailored to Biogas Plants

By Johannes Steiglechner and Volker Schulz

While the complexity of biogas plants tends to be underestimated, operators have sole responsibility for ensuring the safety and health of employees and the general public.

Interest in the oily, grow-anywhere weed drives development

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