BlueFire Finalizes Contract for Cellulosic Plant

Joanna Schroeder

BlueFire Renewables (formerly BlueFire Ethanol) has announced that it has finalized and signed an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract to build a cellulosic ethanol facility in Fulton, MS. The $296 million biorefinery, which includes a $100 million biomass power plant as part of the facility, will be constructed by Wanzek Construction, a subsidiary of MasTec, Inc. This was an …

Cellulosic, Ethanol

New Regs Needed for Cellulosic Fuels to See Fruition

Joanna Schroeder

According to a new study published today in the October issue of BioScience, “Far-reaching Deleterious Impacts of Regulations on Research and Environmental Studies of Recombinant DNA-modified Perennial Biofuel Crops in the United States,” researchers argue that the current regulatory system will need a monumental overhaul in order for cellulosic bioenergy to reach its true potential. The authors write that cellulosic …

biofuels, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Research

NREL Releases BioEnergy Mapping App

Joanna Schroeder

Want to know where are the biorefineries in the U.S. are located? There’s an app for that. The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) has released a new bioenergy mapping portal, BioEnergy Atlas, that identifies biomass feedstocks, then overlays that information with the ethanol and biodiesel facilities both on and off-line. You can also see map information for transportation infrastructure, power …

Biodiesel, bioenergy, biofuels, biomass, biomethane, Cellulosic, Ethanol

Sustainable Oils Leads in Camelina Biojet Fuel

Joanna Schroeder

Bozeman, Montana-based Sustainable Oils is working toward an important goal. They are working to produce advanced biofuels using sustainable methods and feedstocks. One of their prime energy crops is camelina, which has a naturally high oil content and relatively low input costs (the crop needs little water or fertilizer and is suited well to grow on marginal land). It is …

Biodiesel, bioenergy, biofuels, Cellulosic, Ethanol, News, Opinion

Clean Energy Policy Under Fire by Big Oil & Friends

Joanna Schroeder

The Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF) has released a new analysis that concludes that Big Oil and other special interests have spent millions of dollars in lobbying and campaign contributions to defeat clean energy legislation. The study, “Dirty Money” found that the top 35 spending companies and trade associations, including oil, mining and electric utility,  invested more than …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Oil, Research

POET to Keynote at Wisconsin Bioenergy Summit

Joanna Schroeder

Next month, Wisconsin will host a summit to focus on the state’s future in bioenergy. The Wisconsin Bioenergy Summit, hosted by the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative (WBI), will be held on October 14, 2010. This year’s event will focus on fueling Wisconsin’s future and will feature presentations from multidisciplinary university experts, state policymakers and innovators from the private sector. One of …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Cellulosic, conferences, Ethanol

TMO Renewables Joins Fiberight for MSW Projects

Joanna Schroeder

UK-based TMO Renewables has announced that it has entered into a 20-year contract with U.S.-based Fiberight to design and build waste to ethanol plants in the U.S. The contract is estimated to be worth more than $25 million per year. The new plants will combine the TMO Process, which optimizes waste feedstock conversion using a specialty bio-organism, with Fiberight’s fractionation …

Cellulosic, Ethanol, Waste-to-Energy

BlueFire Signs Deal with Tenaska Biofuels

Joanna Schroeder

BlueFire Renewables, Inc. has signed a 15-year “take-off” contract with Nebraska-based power producer Tenaska Biofuels LLC to sell all of the cellulosic ethanol produced at its Fulton, Mississippi facility to the company. The biorefinery under construction in Fulton will use local green waste and wood waste to produce approximately 19 million gallons of ethanol per year. “This off-take agreement is …

Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News

Yeast Breakthrough Made for Cellulosic Ethanol

John Davis

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have made a breakthrough that has some awfully big implications for cellulosic ethanol. They’ve been able to put genes from grass-eating fungi into yeast and created strains that produce alcohol from tough plant material: “By adding these genes to yeast, we have created strains that grow better on plant material than does wild …

Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News, News

Fiberight Receives $2.9M Grant for Cellulosic Plant

Joanna Schroeder

Fiberight-Blairstown Operating LLC has received a $2.9 million grant to help build a cellulosic ethanol plant in Blairstown, Iowa. The award was given by the Iowa Power Board Fund yesterday. Fiberight is developing technology to convert municipal solid waste into cellulosic ethanol, bio-chemical and other processed fiber products. The company has plans to bring the plant to commercial scale levels …

Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News