Lignol skipping demo, straight to commercial without DOE funding

After making substantial changes to its proposed wood-to-cellulosic ethanol project, Lignol Innovations Inc. recently announced it will move forward without $30 million in U.S. DOE Biomass Program funding.

Pa plant files bankruptcy, hopes to sell within 6 months

Bionol Clearfield LLC won't be restarting this fall after all - at least not under the current ownership. On July 20, the plant and two affiliated entities, Bionol Clearfield Holdco LLC and BioEnergy Holding LLC, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Dow, Mitsui partner for ethanol-to-biopolymers venture in Brazil

The Dow Chemical Company has formed a joint venture with Japan-based investment firm Mitsui & Co. Ltd. to produce sugarcane ethanol and renewable biopolymers at a facility in Brazil.

Jury awards Abengoa $48.4 million in lawsuit over 2006 mistake

A mistake by Chicago Title Insurance Co. caused Abengoa Bioenergy to put on hold plans to build a second ethanol plant in Colwich, Kan., and build instead in Madison, Ill. Abengoa says it cost the company $48.4 million and on July 14, a jury agreed.

Extreme heat has diverse impact on nation's corn crop

While the heat is a serious consideration for the human population, farmers and ethanol producers throughout the Midwest are keeping a wary eye on the weather for another reason - the corn crop.

Weather impacts Brazil's latest sugarcane crop

An evaluation recently completed by UNICA, Brazil's sugarcane industry association, along with several other Brazilian associations has concluded that the country's 2011-'12 sugarcane harvest will be smaller than originally predicted.

Sundrop attracts new investment, plans green gasoline demo plant

The combined $175 million in investment funds will enable Sundrop to expand its operations and begin construction next year of a commercial demonstration facility to produce 40 MMgy of cellulosic gasoline, with production expected for 2014.

EU approves first set of biofuel sustainability schemes

The European Union approved the first set of voluntary sustainability schemes for biofuels as required by the Renewable Energy Directive. The seven schemes approved were the first of 25 applications to be received by the commission.

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