#ExEx16 Headliner Ag Investment Banker

Joanna Schroeder

Ag investment banker Christopher W. Nolan, Sr., with PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance, will be headlining this year’s Export Exchange 2016 (#ExEx16) in Detroit. The event will take place October 24-25 and is hosted by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). Nolan is a managing director and co-head of the company’s food, beverage and agribusiness division. He …

Distillers Grains, Export Exchange, Exports, RFA, USGC

AI Bio Funds $13M for #Biomass-Based Bioproducts

Joanna Schroeder

Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) has announced the funding for 61 projects to develop bioproducts from biomass resources. Totaling nearly $13 million, the monies will help support Alberta agriculture through the development of local feedstocks, such as forestry waste, to develop renewable products including replacements for fossil-fuel derived materials. The funds are also helping to diversify and strengthen the …

advance biofuels, Agribusiness, biomass, biomaterials, bioproducts, Biotech

Voters Question Trump-Pence Stance on Ag, #Biofuels

Joanna Schroeder

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Is the Trump-Pence Republican ticket good for agriculture, energy?” During his campaigning Trump has been supporter of biofuels and has repeatedly said he could “be a farmer.” Indiana Governor Mike Pence has vocally supported the ag industry understanding and supporting small farms and large agribusinesses. However, this week’s pollers seem to think differently with …

ZimmPoll

CYCLALG to Develop Algal Biorefinery

Joanna Schroeder

A European research and development (R&D) consortium is seeking to develop an algal biorefinery. The three-year project, estimated to cost 1.4 million euros, of which 65 percent is being provided by ERDF funds, is a partnership of six organizations in the Basque Autonomous Community including Navarre and France -NEIKER-Tecnalia, National Centre of Renewable Energies (CENER), Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Association …

advance biofuels, algae, Biodiesel, biomaterials, biomethane, bioproducts, Research

ePure: Strengthen the Framework for Sustainable #Ethanol

Joanna Schroeder

A new report released by the European Court of Auditors finds that there are several gaps in the European Commission’s existing biofuels sustainability certification framework even thought the study only looked at four member states. In response to the report, the European renewable ethanol association (ePure) agrees with the assessment that the sustainability framework for biofuels in Europe can, and …

biofuels, Ethanol, International

Texas A&M AgriLife Receives $2.5M DOE Grant

Joanna Schroeder

Researchers from Texas A&M AgriLife Research have received a $2.5 million grant to conduct a three-year study to find ways to use a biorefinery waste to make new products. Dr. Joshua Yuan, a biotechnologist, is the lead scientist on the project that will primarily focus on ways to make plastic materials from the lignin waste. “In the biorefinery field, we …

advance biofuels, biomass, biomaterials, Research

Cologne Scientists Cultivate #Algae for Less

Joanna Schroeder

One of barriers that keep the cost of algal products from being competitive is cultivation. But in the near future, these costs could go down with research from scientists in at the University of Cologne. Professor Michael Melkonian, an algae specialist, along with his team have developed a new method that could make harvesting algae easier and thus reduce the …

advance biofuels, algae, bioproducts

BioEnergy Bytes

Joanna Schroeder

KXO Radio is reporting that the Imperial Irrigation District Directors have approved a $2.5 million grant for California Ethanol and Power for its processing plant located in Keystone Industrial Park in California’s Imperial Valley. The proposed $500 million facility would produce an estimated 66 million gallons of ethanol per year from 55,000 acres of locally grown sugarcane. At the same …

Bioenergy Bytes

IIT Researchers Receive #Bioethanol Patent

Joanna Schroeder

Two scientists from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Ben Stark and Tony Sanny, have received a patent for a method to genetically engineer bacteria and yeast to increase bioethanol production. During the development process, the team focused on cellulosic biomass from twigs, branches, plant stalks, husks and woodschips. This patent is Stark’s, who is a professor of biology, and Sanny’s, …

advance biofuels, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Research