BP to Acquire Verenium’s Cellulosic Ethanol Business

Cindy Zimmerman

As BP struggles to stop the oil gushing out into the Gulf of Mexico, an announcement comes today that the company is making a major investment in cellulosic ethanol, as BP Biofuels North America is acquiring Verenium’s cellulosic biofuels business – which includes facilities in Jennings, LA and San Diego, CA – for $98.3 million. BP and Verenium have been …

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GAO Urges Changes to Energy Department Loan Program

Cindy Zimmerman

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report urging the Department of Energy (DOE) to make changes to its current loan guarantee program to make it more effective. This program is intended to support “early commercial production and use of new or significantly improved technologies in energy projects that abate emissions of air pollutants or of greenhouse gases” including …

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Danish Company Claims World’s Largest Cellulosic Ethanol Plant

Cindy Zimmerman

A new cellulosic ethanol plant in Denmark is claiming to be the largest producer of “New Ethanol” in the world, turning wheat straw into 1.4 million gallons per year. According to Inbicon CEO Niels Henriksen, the biorefinery in Kalundborg is producing both cellulosic ethanol and a clean lignin biofuel to replace coal. “But our renewable energy process is as important …

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Coffee Cups Could Make Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

Researchers at the University of Manitoba are finding a new use for discarded coffee cups by turning them into cellulosic ethanol. According to a story from Canada’s CBC News, the researchers are using one particular kind of disposable coffee cups, from the Tim Hortons coffee chain, founded in 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario and very popular in Canada. Microbiologists Richard Sparling …

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World Economic Forum Sees Bright Biofuels Future

Cindy Zimmerman

A new report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) concludes that converting biomass into fuels, energy, and chemicals has the potential to generate upwards of $230 billion to the global economy by 2020, most of that in the United States. The report, produced in collaboration with Royal DSM N.V., Novozymes, DuPont and Braskem, says that the biorefineries industry could supplement …

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ZeaChem Claims Successful Ethanol Conversion

Cindy Zimmerman

Biomass refinery developer ZeaChem today announced the successful production of ethanol at a capacity that can be scaled to commercial production. According to a news release, ZeaChem’s results have been confirmed by third party vendors and the company will now demonstrate the integration of its biorefining processes at its 250,000 gallon per year Boardman, Oregon biorefinery, announced earlier this month. …

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POET Finds Cellulosic Ethanol Cuts Emissions by 111 Percent

Cindy Zimmerman

A new independent lifecycle analysis released today by ethanol producer POET finds that cellulosic ethanol could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 111 percent over gasoline. POET CEO Jeff Broin presented the results of the analysis at the 2010 Fuel Ethanol Workshop in St. Louis on Tuesday. The analysis specifically studied ethanol produced by Project LIBERTY, POET’s first planned commercial cellulosic …

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Novozymes & Lignol to Develop Ethanol From Wood

Joanna Schroeder

Novozymes announced this morning that they have signed a research and development agreement to make biofuel from wood chips and other forestry residues with Lignol Energy Corporation. The goal of the partnership is to develop a process for making biofuel from forestry waste at a production cost less than $2 per gallon making it economically competitive with current gasoline and …

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Plant to Produce Synthetic Oil from Biomass

Cindy Zimmerman

A new plant is in the works that will produce synthetic oil from biomass that can in turn be made into transportation fuel. The process is called “fast pyrolysis” and two companies, Ensyn Technologies Inc. and Tolko Industries, have announced that they will build the world’s largest fast commercial pyrolysis plant in High Level, Alberta. When completed, the new plant …

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New Yeast Strain For Cellulosic Ethanol Production

Cindy Zimmerman

Purdue University scientists have improved a strain of yeast that can produce more biofuel from cellulosic plant material by fermenting all five types of the plant’s sugars. The researchers used genes from a fungus to re-engineer a yeast strain developed at Purdue. The new yeast can ferment the sugar arabinose in addition to the other sugars found in plant material …

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