UT & Genera Harvest Poplar Trees for Biofuels

Joanna Schroeder

University of Tennessee AgResearch Center is harvesting its first batch of popular trees to be used as biomass to create biofuels. The 10-acre plot of hybrid poplars was planted about four years ago and now the 30-foot trees are expected to produce between 60-100 tons of woody biomass. The harvest is part of a five-year $15 million multi-disciplinary research and development …

advance biofuels, biomass, Cellulosic, Ethanol

Mid American Agri Products Adds Cellunator

Joanna Schroeder

Mid American Agri Products/Wheatland (MAAPW) has gone online with Cellunator from Edeniq at its ethanol and biodiesel facility located in North Platte, Nebraska. According to Edeniq, the technology will increase the plant’s 44 million gallons per year (MGPY) of ethanol production by pretreating the corn slurry to liberate additional starch. The MAAPW facility also produces three MGPY of biodiesel. The …

advance biofuels, Cellulosic, corn, Ethanol

Berkeley Lab’s Enzyme Reduces Plant Lignin

Joanna Schroeder

One of the barriers to efficient second generation biofuels is creating a better way to break down the lignin in plants that is then converted to the sugars that create the building blocks of biobased products such as cellulosic ethanol, biomaterials and biochemicals. But this hurdle may be getting lower with research out of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Scientists have …

advance biofuels, Cellulosic, enzymes, Ethanol, Research

UNCTAD Report: Advanced Biofuels Here Now

Joanna Schroeder

Second generation biofuels made from non-food biomass are here right now according to a new report from UNCTAD. “Second-Generation Biofuel Markets: State of Play, Trade and Developing Country Perspectives,” finds these biofuels are a commercial reality in the context of advanced technologies, economic pressures and a political will to act on climate change. The report focuses on the role advanced …

advance biofuels, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Research

Cellulosic Ethanol Prices Hinges on Feedstocks

Joanna Schroeder

A new study from Lux Research finds innovation is still needed to make advanced biofuels competitive. The report cites six cellulosic ethanol facilities online and finds Raizen has the lowest projected minimum ethanol selling price of $2.17 per gallon. Abengoa’s $500 million Hugoton plant has the highest price of $4.55 with feedstock cost as the most critical variable. (It should …

advance biofuels, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Research

Flint Hills Licenses Edeniq’s Cellulose Technology

Joanna Schroeder

Flint Hills Resources has signed an agreement to license Edeniq‘s Pathway Technology for all of its ethanol plants. The ethanol group has been an investor in the company since April of 2012 and a customer since June 2012. “This comprehensive Pathway agreement is the seventh license agreement between our companies, including the installation of Edeniq’s Cellunators at three of FHR’s …

advance biofuels, Cellulosic, Ethanol

ExxonMobil, REG to Study Biodiesel from Cellulose

John Davis

Big oil is partnering up with a giant in biodiesel production to explore the potential of biodiesel made from cellulosic sugars. This news release from Renewable Energy Group (REG) says the green fuel company is partnering with ExxonMobil to make the biodiesel by fermenting renewable cellulosic sugars from sources such as agricultural waste. REG has developed a patented technology that …

Biodiesel, Cellulosic, REG

Grasses Hold Promise for Biofuels in Midwest

Joanna Schroeder

A recent study shows that perennial grasses are economical biofuel crops to meet U.S. fuel goals and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, the West will have to contribute to the biofuels market in ways other than grasses. Tara Hudiburg, an ecologist in the College of Natural Resources at University of Idaho along with researchers from the University of Illinois, Colorado …

advance biofuels, Cellulosic, Research, RFS

Pacific Ethanol Begins Cellulosic Production

Joanna Schroeder

Pacific Ethanol biorefinery located in Stockton, California is now producing cellulosic ethanol using Edeniq, Inc.’s Pathway Technology. The Stockton plant, a facility with a production capacity of 60 million gallons per year, is expected to produce up to 750,000 gallons per year of cellulosic ethanol with the Pathway process. Neil Koehler, president and CEO of Pacific Ethanol, said of the …

advance biofuels, Cellulosic, Ethanol, RFS

USDA Gives $70 Mil Loan Guarantee for Biofuel Plant

John Davis

A cellulosic biofuel plant in Georgia will get built, thanks in part to a $70 million U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan guarantee. This news release from USDA says the money is being made available through the agency’s Biorefinery Assistance Program. “There is a clear consumer demand for clean, American-made, renewable fuels, which our rural communities stand ready to meet,” …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Cellulosic, Government, USDA