The Throughput Blog

November 26, 2012

Competing with China

BY Susanne Retka SchillIt would be nice if a sense of competition with China or Brazil on the development of biofuels and renewable energy would stimulate more support in the U.S. READ MORE

November 19, 2012

The power of brand

BY Susanne Retka SchillFiscal cliff. Acid rain. Alas, “food versus fuel” is in that category of scary metaphors, which is why it has been such a difficult battle for the ethanol industry. READ MORE

November 12, 2012

Fundamentally bullish on cellulosic ethanol

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe multinationals may be looking at Brazil, but I am fundamentally bullish about homegrown, U.S. made cellulosic ethanol. READ MORE

November 05, 2012

Shifting spotlight

BY Susanne Retka SchillUniversity of Illinois ag economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good have an interesting observation. The market focus may soon shift to biodiesel, they recently wrote in a column provocatively titled, “The Biofuels era—A Changing of the Guard?” READ MORE

October 29, 2012

The underlying objection

BY Susanne Retka SchillIs there something deeper going on in all this anti-ethanol rhetoric? Is there some sort of philosophical underlying problem? READ MORE

October 22, 2012

Energy independence in striking distance

BY Susanne Retka SchillA recent report from the Deloitte Center for Energy points out that the U.S. already enjoys significant energy independence for most sectors and much of our economy. “Transportation is really the only sector that remains dependent on imports." READ MORE

October 15, 2012

Biofuels not optional, says Dale

BY Susanne Retka SchillBruce Dale recently stated the case for biofuels in a letter to the editor countering another professor’s piece in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. READ MORE

October 08, 2012

Measuring greenness

BY Susanne Retka SchillHow do we reframe the argument for biofuels to make it more compelling? Perhaps it can be done by expanding the discussion on building a green economy for tomorrow. READ MORE

October 01, 2012

Global grain production to hit new record

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe corn market jumped the limit on USDA’s quarterly supplies report, which says U.S. corn stocks are their lowest since 2004. A day or two earlier, I saw a report saying global grain production is expected to reach a record high. READ MORE

September 24, 2012

Back to School, Alcohol School

BY Susanne Retka SchillI was back in school for a few days last week – the Alcohol School, held in Montreal and cosponsored by the Ethanol Technology Institute and Lallemand Ethanol Technology. READ MORE

September 17, 2012

Pushing the corn numbers

BY Susanne Retka Schill

September 10, 2012

Keep building support

BY Susanne Retka SchillAn effort is under way to encourage comments on the request to the U.S. EPA to waive the renewable fuel standard. READ MORE

August 31, 2012

Intriguing MIT research

BY Susanne Retka SchillResearch from MIT working with microbes to produce isobutanol might have a broader impact than what appears on the surface. READ MORE

August 27, 2012

Kudos to Chemtex

BY Susanne Retka SchillIn one of those interesting ironies of renewable fuels, Chemtex's North Carolina proposed cellulosic ethanol project puts a sector of the hog industry rooting for the success of advanced biofuels. READ MORE

August 20, 2012

Writing the biofuels story

BY Susanne Retka SchillWriting is a craft and an art. Fast Company’s website recently ran a story that demonstrates both, written by Daniel Grushkin on a company in the advanced biofuels sector – Amyris. READ MORE