2011 Renewable Fuels Standards Set

Joanna Schroeder

The EPA has finalized the 2011 percentage standards for the four categories of fuel under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2). As such, each producer and importer of gasoline and diesel determines the minimum volume of renewable fuel that it must ensure is used during the year in its transportation fuel. The required use of biofuels will increase each year until …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Cellulosic, Ethanol

Gene Find Could Boost Cellulosic Ethanol Production

Cindy Zimmerman

The discovery of a new gene could help in the production of cellulosic ethanol. Purdue University scientists have found the last undiscovered gene responsible for the production of the amino acid phenylalanine, a discovery that could lead to processes to control the amino acid to boost plants’ nutritional values and produce better biofuel feedstocks. The researchers have determined that the …

Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Research

Duke Discovers Breakthough Gene for Grasses to Biofuels

Joanna Schroeder

Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy (IGSP) believes that it has altered a gene in perennial grasses to help them develop more robust roots speeding up the timeline for creating biofuels. According to Philip Benfey, the director of the IGSP Center for Systems Biology, says that perennial grasses for biofuels are advantageous because they can be harvested repeatedly. However, …

biofuels, Cellulosic, Research

Project Liberty Featured on IPTV

Joanna Schroeder

As the corn harvest is winding down through the Midwest, Project Liberty is just ramping up on its collection of light corn stover and corn cobs. This fall is the first major cellulosic feedstock harvest for the biorefinery that is expected to be in full production sometime in the first half of 2012. Recently, Project Liberty was highlighted during “Market …

Cellulosic, corn, Ethanol, POET

More Cellulosic Ethanol Investment Needed

Cindy Zimmerman

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has lowered its projection for cellulosic ethanol production in 2011, which means investment in next generation biofuels is more important than ever. In a recent letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Lisa Jackson, EIA administrator Richard Newell noted that they are now projecting cellulosic ethanol production will be just 3.94 million gallons next year, …

biobutanol, Biodiesel, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, RFA

INEOS Awards $100M Contract to Build Bioenergy Facility

Joanna Schroeder

INEOS Bio has awarded Tucker, Georgia-based AMEC a $100 million contract to build its BioEnergy Center in Indian River County, Fla. Once completed, the plant will be one of the first commercial waste-to-energy plants and the first one built using INEOS’s advanced BioEnergy Technology. When the facility is completed, it will produce 8 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year …

Cellulosic, Ethanol, Waste-to-Energy

Ag Secretary Vilsack to Keynote Cellulosic Biofuels Summit

Joanna Schroeder

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Cellulosic Biofuels Summit on November 16, 2010 in Washington DC. His topics will focus on several recent announcements from the USDA that established five regional Biomass Research Centers, the funding of five new biorefineries and the final rules for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), a $525 million …

biofuels, Cellulosic, conferences

Algenol Opens New R&D Algae Lab

Joanna Schroeder

Algenol Biofuels has officially christened its new biofuels and green chemistry lab and R&D facility in Fort Myers, FL yesterday with a ribbon cutting celebration. On hand for the event were U.S. Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), Lee County Commission Chairwoman Tammy Hall, Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah, and Algenol Founder and Chief Executive Officer Paul Woods. The lab in part, …

algae, biofuels, Cellulosic, Ethanol

Petrobras and Novozymes Partner for Cellulosic Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

Brazil’s Petrobras and international enzyme development company Novozymes are working together to develop a new route to produce second generation biofuel from sugarcane bagasse. According to a company release, the agreement covers the development of enzymes and production processes to produce second generation lignocellulosic ethanol from bagasse in an enzymatic process. The commercial potential of cellulosic ethanol in Brazil is …

Brazil, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News

Learn How Canada is “Growing Beyond Oil”

Joanna Schroeder

Learn how Canada is “Growing Beyond Oil: Delivering Canada’s Energy Future,” during the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) 7th Annual Summit on November 29-December 1, 2010. The conference is designed to impart valuable information for people in North America and Canada working in and around the ethanol and biodiesel industries including grain and cellulose ethanol producers, biodiesel producers. Other people …

Biodiesel, Cellulosic, conferences, Ethanol