Making Ethanol at Night

Chuck Zimmerman

Ethanol plants are cool in a lot of ways. They’re producing a domestic fuel solution to our energy problems and that lessens our dependency on foreign oil for example. But they can also make a pretty picture too. I was driving south through Missouri last night and passed through Laddonia and the POET plant there. This was a handheld snapshot …

Ethanol, Facilities, News, Production

Cellulosic Ethanol Close to Commercial

Laura McNamara

Doubts about commercial opportunities for cellulosic ethanol are evaporating: “It is no longer a question of if we are able to produce cellulosic ethanol, but when,” POET CEO Jeff Broin said. Jeff announced POET’s commitment to develop a commercial cellulosic ethanol plant in Elmersville, Iowa at the Ethanol Conference and Trade Show in Omaha, Nebraska earlier this month. Construction on …

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PG&E Mixes Solar with Biofuels

Laura McNamara

Pacific Gas and Electric Company says adding renewable solar hybrid power to its energy mix will mean “around-the-clock” clean energy production. PG&E has entered into two contracts with San Joaquin Solar Technology that are meant to combine solar power and biofuel. The contracts equate to 106.8 megawatts of solar thermal-biofuel hybrid power. Located near Coalinga, CA, the solar-biofuel projects will …

Energy, Facilities, Production, Solar

Biosource Boosts Biofuel Production

Laura McNamara

Nova Biosource Fuels is building up its biofuels. The energy company has announced that it has commissioned its second 20 million gallon per year train. It’s biodiesel refinery in Seneca, Illinois has also produced more than 3 million gallons of ASTM 6751 standard biodiesel fuel. “Our progress at the Seneca refinery continues to solidify our proven process technology that enables …

Biodiesel, Distribution, Energy, Production

SunEthanol Gets New CEO

Laura McNamara

Biofuels expert William Frey is the new CEO of SunEthanol. Frey will lead SunEthanol’s commercialization of fuel that is created from plant waste and fast growing grasses. SunEthanol announced today that it has hired biofuels leader William Frey, Ph.D., as the cellulosic ethanol company’s new chief executive officer. Previously, Dr. Frey led the efforts to commercialize advanced biofuels and new …

Energy, Ethanol, News, Production

North Amerian Wind Turbine Giant Increases Power

Laura McNamara

Annual energy production from Brad Foote Gear Works is more than doubling with the purchase of additional advanced gear manufacturing systems. Brad Foote’s purchase from Germany-based Hofler Company amounts to more than $30 million. The company now owns 29 Hofler machines. With the new equipment, Brad Foote’s annual production will grow from the current equivalent of 2,000 MW of installed …

Energy, Production, Wind

DTE Challenges Michagan Students to Bring Clean Tech from Lab to Consumer

Laura McNamara

DTE Energy and the University of Michigan are sponsoring an annual entrepreneurship competition. The DTE Clean Energy Prize is meant to encourage teams form Michigan colleges and universities to develop the best way for offering new clean-energy technologies commercially. “Our goal is to drive promising clean energy ideas and technologies from the research lab to commercialization,” Earley said. “To do …

Energy, Production

LifeLine’s Vision for Corn and Ethanol

Laura McNamara

LifeLine Foods sells ethanol, but ethanol is just one of many products the company produces. The St. Joseph, MO-based corn milling plant started off as a manufacturer of snack foods in 2001. Today, LifeLine’s identity is continually evolving. The 51 percent farmer-owned company is committed to innovation and is now partnered with ICM, Inc, a world leader in ethanol facility …

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Evidence that Ethanol Works

Laura McNamara

The ethanol industry in Brazil has been developing some major traction. Marcos Jank, President of UNICA, says the demand for ethanol in Brazil is now matching that of the demand for gasoline. He says ethanol is gaining ground and Brazil “won’t move back to gas.” Marcos was one of seven speakers at today’s Ethanol Summit held at the Indianapolis Motor …

Audio, Biodiesel, Car Makers, corn, Distillers Grains, E85, Energy, Environment, EPIC, Ethanol, Facilities, Farming, Flex Fuel Vehicles, Food prices, Indy Racing, News, Production, Racing, Research, Science

Indiana Corn Goes Mobile with Ethanol Education

Laura McNamara

The 2008 Indy Pace Car corvette wasn’t the only shiny new toy to check out at the giveaway this morning. The Indiana Corn Marketing Council debuted its new interactive mobile marketing unit complete with videos detailing the production of ethanol and a database of local fuel retailers that offer E10 and E85 fuel blends. Visitors can even print off a …

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