Pacific Ethanol Extracting Corn Oil for Biodiesel

John Davis

In an effort to add value to its ethanol operation, a western green fuel refinery is now extracting non-food grade corn oil that could be turned into biodiesel. This article from the Sacramento (CA) Business Journal says the Stockton, Calif. operation for Pacific Ethanol Inc. adds the corn oil extraction to the list of other products the plant produces, including …

Biodiesel, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News

DC Update Ethanol Report

Cindy Zimmerman

The nation’s capitol is “so quiet you can hear a pin drop” but the American Petroleum Institute (API) is still working to beat the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and the government shutdown means E15 retailers are unable to get approval. “EPA right now is not answering the phones so they are not responding to marketers that are looking to offer …

Audio, E15, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Ethanol Report, Government, RFA, RFS

Busting Big Oil’s Bogus Claim with Real Ethanol Test

John Davis

Members of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) made a 1,000-mile trip from Des Moines to Washington, D.C. to use a real world situation to bust a bogus claim by Big Oil. In an effort to scare consumers away from ethanol in general and E15 in particular, the oil companies put together a report that showed vehicles using ethanol had …

Audio, E15, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Iowa RFA, Oil

Cellulosic’s First Community Advisory Panel to Meet

John Davis

The Nation’s first Community Advisory Panel (CAP) on cellulosic biofuels will meet early next week in Iowa. Officials from DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol facility in Nevada, Iowa will talk with more than 30 Central Iowa residents including business leaders, farmers, conservationists and educators Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Nevada’s SCORE Pavilion from 6:30-8:30 pm. Designed to provide an ongoing dialogue between DuPont …

biofuels, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News, News

Butamax Starts Biobutanol Retrofit on Ethanol Plant

John Davis

Delaware-based Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC has begun work with Highwater Ethanol LLC, to retrofit Highwater’s ethanol plant in Lamberton, Minnesota for the production of biobutanol. This Butamax news release says its cutting edge technology package will include the installation of novel corn oil separation technology, an important part of the full retrofit to biobutanol production. Butamax CEO Paul Beckwith said …

biobutanol, Ethanol, Ethanol News

RFA, Growth Energy Call Out Big Oil’s Lies

John Davis

While a new poll from Big Oil tries to paint biofuels and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in a bad light, the Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy are trying to shine a little truth on the subject. The poll from the American Petroleum Institute (API), aka “Big Oil,” tries to make it look like Americans don’t support the RFS …

Biodiesel, biofuels, E15, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Growth Energy, RFA

New Facility to Turn Ethanol Byproduct into Bio-Resin

John Davis

A Nebraska-based company has expanded its operation to turn an ethanol byproduct into a bio-based resin additive. Composites World reports Laurel BioComposite LLC held an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony for its new 20,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, which will crank out 7 million pounds annually of its trademarked Bio-Res PE. Tim Bearnes, CEO of Laurel BioComposite, was on hand to …

biochemicals, biomaterials, Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Ethanol News

Ethanol Production Down Slightly, Consumption Up

John Davis

Numbers from the government show ethanol production is down slightly during the first six months of the year, but consumption of the green fuel was up during the same period. Ethanol Producer Magazine reports U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) figures show production at 6.419 billion gallons of ethanol, slightly off from the 6.893 billion gallons for the same period a …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government

Research to Look into Food Waste-to-Ethanol

John Davis

Researchers are going to be looking into the feasibility of fermenting food waste and sweet potato into ethanol. Greenbelt Resources Corp. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Diversified Ethanol Corp. will have California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo look into the fermentation testing at a commercial level. The study seeks to optimize three factors in biomass-based ethanol production that are …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Waste-to-Energy