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 …

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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

The Pros & Cons of Miscanthus

Joanna Schroeder

Miscanthus has been much talked about in the past year as a strong contender as a feedstock for advanced ethanol. Yet scientists from the University of Illinois are cautioning that not enough is known about the feesdstock’s pros and cons to call it a viable option for ethanol. The potential of miscanthus and switchgrass has been studied extensively by researchers …

biofuels, Cellulosic, corn, Ethanol, Research

BP Closes Sale on Verenium Cellulosic Business

Cindy Zimmerman

BP Biofuels is now the official proud owner of Verenium’s cellulosic biofuels business. The companies announced the closing today of the $98.3 million transaction announced on July 15, 2010. Under the sale, BP acquires the Jennings, LA biofuel pilot plant and the demonstration facility, as well as the San Diego R&D facilities. BP also receives Vereniums cellulosic biofuels and enzyme …

Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News

Waste to Cellulosic Ethanol Project in Michigan

Cindy Zimmerman

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm recently helped launch the new American Process Inc. (API) waste-to-cellulosic ethanol clean energy project in Alpena. API, in partnership with San Antonio’s Valero Energy Corporation, received $4 million from the Michigan bioenergy Centers of Energy Excellence (COEE) program to establish a pilot scale biorefinery at the Decorative Panels International hardwood plant in Alpena. The $4 million …

bioenergy, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News

Mascoma Acquires Sunopta Bioprocess

Cindy Zimmerman

Mascoma Corporation and SunOpta Inc. today announced the sale of SunOpta BioProcess Inc. (SBI) to Mascoma. The acquisiting brings together SBI’s fiber preparation and pretreatment technology with Mascoma’s consolidated bioprocessing technology to create a company with comprehensive capabilities for converting non-food cellulose (wood chips, energy crops and organic solid waste) into ethanol and high value co-products. Mascoma CEO Bill Brady …

Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News

Shell & Cosan Partner on $12 Billon Ethanol Project

Joanna Schroeder

Brazil-based Cosan S.A. has announced a partnership with Shell to form a $12 billion joint venture for the production and commercialization of ethanol and power from sugarcane. According to company sources, the venture, which must receive regulatory approval, would create the 3rd largest ethanol producer in the world, manufacturing 440 million gallons of ethanol per year, and result in more …

Brazil, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News