GFRA Tells G20 to Take Immediate Climate Action

Joanna Schroeder

On the heels of the recent data showing that global temperature rise has been accelerating at faster rates than were anticipated when negotiating the Paris Agreement during COP21, Bliss Baker, president of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GFRA) is calling on G20 countries to take immediate climate action on reducing GHG emissions. The climate data was released by National Aeronautics …

biofuels, Climate Change, Ethanol

Homeland Energy Joins Billion Gallon #Ethanol Club

Joanna Schroeder

Homeland and Energy Solutions has joined the one billion gallons of ethanol club. The ethanol plant produced its one billionth gallon on August 31, 2016. The biorefinery went in to production in April 2009 and today has a nameplate capacity of 150 million gallons of ethanol each year. It’s one of the largest dry grind plants in operation today and …

biofuels, Ethanol, Iowa RFA

Ames Lab to Develop Imaging to Study Plant Walls

Joanna Schroeder

The saying “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” is being put to the test with research funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to deconstruct plant cell walls as a means of learning how to more effectively convert plant material into bioenergy. The project has been awarded $1 million per year for three years. The research will …

biofuels, biomass, Ethanol, Research

RFA Offering NEC Student Scholarships

Joanna Schroeder

Once again the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is offering six scholarships for college students interested in learning more about ethanol by attending the National Ethanol Conference (NEC). The annual event will take place February 20-22, 2017 in San Diego, California. Scholarships will cover the cost of the conference registration fee of $899. Recipients are responsible for other costs including travel …

biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, National Ethanol Conference, RFA

Congress Urged to Extend Biofuel Tax Incentives

Cindy Zimmerman

It’s time once again for the annual push to Congress to extend tax incentives before the end of the year, a plea which is usually ignored. Renewable energy organizations sent letters to Congressional leadership this week calling for a multi-year extension of the Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit, the Special Depreciation Allowance for Second Generation Biofuel Plant Property, the …

advance biofuels, BIO, biofuels, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, RFA

Students Visit Guardian Energy for #Ethanol Education

Joanna Schroeder

The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association has organized its seventh student tour of a Minnesota ethanol plant. Seventh and eight grade students visited member plant Guardian Energy, a 130 million gallon-per-year ethanol biorefinery located in Janesville. During the tour, students learned about various components of ethanol production including incoming grain grading, grain handling, grain storage, liquefaction, fermentation, distillation, distiller grain drying, corn …

biofuels, Education, Ethanol

Enroll in Biofuels Academy

Jamie Johansen

Enroll in the Biofuels Academy, which will take place Oct. 31-Nov. 3. in Des Moines, Iowa. The academy is designed as The Practical Workshop for ethanol plant operators, organized around lectures and troubleshooting exercises that put classroom theory into context. Laboratory and functional demonstrations will be conducted as part of the training. This year, attendees will receive a comprehensive, hands-on …

Ag group, biofuels, Education

Taurus Energy Joins MN Bio-Fuels Association

Joanna Schroeder

Sweden-based Taurus Energy has become the latest member of the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association. The company, which also has operations in Minnesota, is a research and development business that develops yeasts for ethanol production, among other industries. “We are pleased to welcome Taurus Energy as our latest vendor member. Taurus Energy has made new forays into yeast technology and we look …

biofuels, enzymes, Ethanol

Young Scientists Scholarship to National Biodiesel Conference

Jamie Johansen

College science students interested in learning about all aspects of the biodiesel industry can apply for a travel scholarship to attend the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, Jan. 16 – 19 in San Diego. The application process is open for members of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel for scholarships, and to present a poster on their research or outreach …

Ag group, Biodiesel, Biodiesel Conference, biofuels