BioEnergy Bytes

Joanna Schroeder

Vivint Solar has announced that they have entered into their first solar commercial and industrial investment fund to which the investor has committed to invest $150 million, which will allow the company to finance energy efficient commercial and industrial solar projects. This announcement marks the first time that Vivint Solar has expanded its offerings beyond residential solar. According to the …

Bioenergy Bytes

Nat’l Debt Grows, Energy Costs Rise

Joanna Schroeder

Americans have had some recent relief at the pump but it may be short-lived. According to State of the World 2015, long-term energy costs are on the rise. Why? America’s, along with other countries’ growing debt. Author John Hagens a former hedge fund manager who now teaches human macro-ecology at University of Minnesota, said nations are papering over these costs …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Energy, Renewable Energy

Louisiana Clean Fuels Honors Republic Services

Joanna Schroeder

Louisiana Clean Fuels has awarded its Fleet of the Year Award to Republic Services of Baton Rouge for their use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). Republic’s collection company, BFI Waste Services has reduced its use of petroleum and emissions by using CNG. Louisiana Clean Fuels presented the Award at its 15th annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards Gala in Baton Rouge …

Alternative energy, Alternative Vehicles, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)

BioEnergy Bytes

Joanna Schroeder

Solenis has resolved a patent dispute with Superior Oil Company over methods for using chemical additives to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of corn oil extraction in fuel ethanol production. Under the agreement, Solenis owns all patent and patent-related intellectual property pertaining to its Dimension corn oil extraction aids and the methods for their use, and has the sole right …

Bioenergy Bytes

CHS Acquires Patriot Renewable Fuels

Joanna Schroeder

CHS Inc. has acquired the Patriot Renewable Fuels ethanol plant from Patriot Holdings, LLC, Annawan, Ill. The Annawan, Illinoise facility produces 125 million gallons of ethanol annually, and is the second ethanol plant that CHS has purchased. In June 2014, CHS acquired the former Illinois River Energy plant at Rochelle, Ill. The facility will be rebranded as CHS and it’s …

biofuels, Ethanol

ACE Launches E15 Retailer Website

Joanna Schroeder

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has launched a new website for retailers focused on E15: www.FlexFuelForward.com. The site is designed to answer retailer-focused questions about E15, E85 and mid-level ethanol blends. “When convenience store owners consider a new product, the information they trust most comes from people like them – other retailers who have already done what they’re thinking …

ACE, biofuels, E15, E85, Ethanol

USDA Restarts Biomass Crop Program

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has restarted the Biomass Crop Assistance Program that provides financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners interested in growing and harvesting biomass for renewable energy. According to USDA, financial assistance is available through BCAP for costs associated with harvesting and transporting agriculture or forest residues to facilities that convert biomass crops into energy. …

advance biofuels, Agribusiness, biomass, Renewable Energy

Report: Farmers Can Grow Food, Fuel

Joanna Schroeder

According to research conducted by Russ Gesch, a plant physiologist with the USDA Soil Conversation Research Lab in Morris, Minnesota, farmers can successfully and sustainably grow food and fuel. Gesch specifically looked at growing Camelina sativa with soybeans in the Midwest. Gesch’s study was recently published in Agronomy Journal. Camelina is a member of the mustard family and research shows …

advance biofuels, Agribusiness, Research

BioEnergy Bytes

Joanna Schroeder

Trina Solar has announced that it provided Osaka Sangyo University (OSU) with its newly developed Interdigitated Back Contact (IBC) cells and modules for OSU’s Solar Car, the “OSU-Model-S”. The OSU-Model-S will compete in early August in the IFA Suzuka Solar Car Race, the largest international solar car race taking place in Japan. Green Charge Networks was named as one of …

Bioenergy Bytes

USDA to Invest $100M in Biofuels Infrastructure

Joanna Schroeder

The Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership is getting an infusion of up to $100 million according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack. The funds will be used to build and update infrastructure needed to bring more biofuels to market. The announcement came on the same day that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the Renewable Fuel Obligations (RVO) for …

advance biofuels, Biodiesel, E15, E85, Ethanol, Renewable Energy