POET to Begin Biomass Harvesting in Texas

Joanna Schroeder

This week, POET will begin biomass harvest research in corn fields near Navasota, Texas. This is part of an ongoing effort to learn more about the most efficient ways to harvest and store biomass for cellulosic ethanol production. Project LIBERTY, the country’s soon-to-be largest corn cob and corn stover cellulosic-to-ethanol plant, located in Emmetsburg, Iowa, is also engaged in biomass …

biomass, Cellulosic, Ethanol

Oodles and Oodles of Biomass, Oh My!

Joanna Schroeder

There are several barriers to the success of converting biomass to biofuels including harvesting, transportation and storage. But of these three challenges, one of utmost importance is not only how to store the biomass but how long can it be stored without compromising the feedstock? The most advanced commercial scale corn stover to ethanol project in the U.S. is Project …

biomass, Cellulosic, Ethanol, POET

Dyadic Lawsuit Dismissed

Joanna Schroeder

Dyadic International has confirmed that the final resolution of the consolidated stockholder class action lawsuit, Miller v. Dyadic International, Inc. et. al, has been approved and the lawsuit dismissed with prejudice. Dyadic is a biofuels company that is focused on developing technologies to produce cellulosic ethanol from corn stover and wheat straw. The lawsuit was originally filed in October of …

biofuels, Biotech, Cellulosic

Tennessee’s Biomass Innovation Park Breaks Ground

Joanna Schroeder

Yesterday, Dallas Tonsager, the Under Secretary for Rural Development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony for Tennessee’s Biomass Innovation Park. The park is a unique campus that will develop technology to integrate and optimizes the entire biomass supply chain. It will also be the site for a $5 million Department of Energy-funded high-tonnage …

Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News

Novozymes to Develop Cellulosic Ethanol in Brazil

Cindy Zimmerman

Novozymes has signed an agreement with a world leader in the sugarcane ethanol market to work on cellulosic ethanol production in Brazil. The agreement between Dedini and Novozymes is based on developing the commercial potential of cellulosic ethanol in Brazil due to the large availability of bagasse. Brazil is the world’s largest producer of sugarcane, crushing more than 600 million …

Brazil, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News

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 …

Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Oil

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 …

Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, Growth Energy, RFA

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 …

Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News, International

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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