USDA Funds Two Renewable Energy Programs

Ann Marie Edwards

Two key programs that will encourage the use of renewable biomass and production of advanced biofuels is available through the FY 2012 USDA budget, according to the Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. About $25 million will be made available through each program. First, the Repowering Assistance Program provides approximately $25 million in funding to biorefineries that have been in existence on …

biofuels, biomass, Facilities, Production, USDA

Process Optimization Seminar Sold Out

Cindy Zimmerman

The Process Optimization Seminar coming up February 8-10 in St. Paul, Minnesota is now officially sold out. The event is organized by Fermentis, Fremont Industries, Novozymes and Phibro Ethanol Performance Group and is the seventh in a series that have been held in different areas of the country over the past two years. The seminars have been organized for both …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Facilities, phibro

BBI International and NEAtech Form Joint Venture

Ann Marie Edwards

BBI International and NEAtech have formed a joint venture, called BBI Consulting Services, to offer bioenergy consulting to thousands of companies and organizations worldwide, as well as state and federal departments in the United States. BBI International originally started as a bioenergy consulting firm in 1995 and has since grown into a media and events company focused on growing the …

bioenergy, Energy, Facilities

ZeaChem Completes Core Facility at Oregon Biorefinery

Ann Marie Edwards

ZeaChem Inc., a developer of biorefineries for the conversion of renewable biomass into sustainable fuels and chemicals, has completed construction and begun operations of the core facility for its new integrated demonstration biorefinery in Boardman, Oregon. The core facility will produce the intermediate chemicals acetic acid and ethyl acetate, which are high-value products for applications including paints, lacquers and solvents. …

biochemicals, biomass, Cellulosic, Facilities

Mascoma to Build Cellulosic Ethanol Facility in Michigan

Ann Marie Edwards

With $80 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, Mascoma Corporation, a renewable fuels company based in New Hampshire, will design and construct a commercial-scale hardwood cellulosic ethanol facility in Kinross, Michigan. Mascoma and the DOE signed an agreement that provides up to $80 million in funding for the facility. These funds are an addition to $20 million previously awarded …

Cellulosic, Ethanol, Facilities

POET Continues to Cut Water Use at Ethanol Plants

Ann Marie Edwards

POET is now more than 75 percent of the way to achieving its water reduction goal of one billion gallons annually by 2015 at the company’s ethanol plants. This year POET reduced water use by more than 770 million gallons compared to 2009 by using the company’s Total Water Recovery System at their 18th ethanol production facility, POET Biorefining in …

Ethanol, Facilities, POET, water

Florida Advanced Biofuels Plant Breaks Ground

Cindy Zimmerman

A new commercial scale advance biofuels plant broke ground today in Vero Beach, Florida. The $130 million plant is being developed by INEOS New Planet BioEnergy (INPB), a joint venture between INEOS Bio and New Planet Energy. The Indian River BioEnergy Center in Vero Beach, Florida, will convert yard, vegetative and household wastes into cellulosic ethanol and renewable power for …

bioenergy, biofuels, Facilities, Waste-to-Energy

Protec Fuel Opens First E85 Station with Imaging

Michelle Kautz

The E85 site is also the first of its kind in the area. Located just north of Jacksonville and south of Savannah, the owner is excited to begin selling the product. “I’m looking forward to see how many green vehicles will use our new fuel,” noted owner of Mr. Pete’s, Al Coty. “I’m proud to carry the fuel – it’s …

E85, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Facilities, Flex Fuel Vehicles, Miscellaneous, News

Guardian Energy Invests in Ohio Ethanol Plant

Cindy Zimmerman

Guardian Energy Holdings of Minnesota now has a majority stake in an ethanol production facility located in Lima, Ohio. The 54-million gallon per year plant will operate under the name Guardian Lima, LLC. The facility originally began operations in 2008 as Greater Ohio Ethanol, but filed for bankruptcy protection later that year due to numerous operational challenges and adverse financial …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Facilities, RFA

E85 Promotions in Minnesota

Michelle Kautz

Cenex Prairie Pride Hwy 59 & 30 Slayton, MN June 10 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Schmitty’s 100 Atlantic Ave. Grove City, MN Supporters for the events include: Meeker County Corn Growers, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, US Department of Energy Clean Cities, American Lung Association in MN & the Minnesota Clean Air Choice™ Team, Murray County Corn & Soybean …

corn, E85, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Facilities, News