April 2016

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Business Briefs


Business Briefs

By Erin Voegele


Business Briefs

By Erin Voegele


After many hacker break-ins last year, there will be even more sophisticated capers in 2016, according to reports released by top cybersecurity firms. This article appears in the April issue of EPM.

Gevo and Butamax are no longer expending energy on their patent dispute, leaving both companies with a clearer path to commercialization. This article appears in the April issue of EPM with the headline, "Licence to grow."

Iogen's Brian Foody addresses the challenge of commercializing cellulosic ethanol. This article appears in the April issue of EPM.

Bringing up the throttle on cellulosic ethanol

By Holly Jessen, Susanne Retka Schill

Although there are challenges facing the second generation ethanol industry, progress is being made. This article appears in the April issue of EPM.

Updates from cellulosic ethanol projects worldwide. This article appears in the April issue of EPM, with "Iogen's quest for reliability," about the Canadian company's work in Brazil.

STAYING ALIVE: Rio Bravo Fresno is one of only a couple dozen biomass power plants that are still operating in California, which at its peak hosted more than 60 facilities.

Staving Off a Sunset

By Bruce Dorminey

While California's biomass power industry continues its struggle for survival, fuel suppliers are left without a home for mounting materials.

Increased reductions of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels required by California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard are driving up carbon credit prices, demand for advanced biofuels and imports.

Even though Europe is home to tried-and-true biogas technology, North American plant developers don't necessarily look abroad.

As the global wood pellet market grows, so does the need for marketplace efficiencies enjoyed by the world's largest commodities.


Businesses must evaluate their comfort level, flexibility, redundancy and security requirements when comparing in-house vs. cloud solutions. This contribution appears in the April issue of EPM with the headline "To cloud or not to cloud".

Ireland's forestry sector, a major economic driver in the country, is poised for growth along with the bioenergy industry.

If forest restoration projects in the Inland Northwest region were to become major suppliers of woody biomass for bioenergy, government subsidies in the form of tax credits, loan guarantees or other types of financial aid will be essential.

Georgia's Randolph County has much to offer a pellet mill or renewable fuel plant developer.

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