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Joanna Schroeder

  • Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC) is pleased to welcome Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) and Syngenta as new members. Syngenta and QCCP are engaged in a joint venture to develop, license and deploy Cellerate™ — a “bolt on” cellulosic ethanol process technology easily integrated into existing corn ethanol production processes.
  • New orders of clean diesel and diesel-electric hybrid buses by transit agencies in major communities like San Francisco, Chicago, Detroit, and New York over the past year are a strong indication that clean diesel technology is still the all-around best choice for public transportation according to Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “These new clean diesel powered buses offer the most modern and advanced technology to transit fleets in a much more cost-efficient manner than other fuel sources,” Schaeffer said. “It’s because of the safety, reliability and efficiency now coupled with new environmental performance that makes diesel the predominant power source for public transit, as well as school and intercity bus services nationwide.”
  • Rémi Gruet has been appointed CEO of Ocean Energy Europe – the trade association for ocean renewable energy. Gruet joined Ocean Energy Europe as Policy & Operations Director last year and succeeds Dr. Sian George, who was appointed to oversee the reinvention of the association as Ocean Energy Europe in 2012. Gruet will be tasked with shaping the policy context that will help Europe’s ocean energy sector reach commercialisation over the coming decade.
  • Henry Ford’s 20th-century vision of a bioeconomy rich with fuels developed from vegetable matter is far from a reality. What will it take to shift the fossil-fuel-based energy of the present into a future sustainable, modern bioeconomy? Bioenergy Connection, the magazine produced by the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI), confronts that question in its latest issue. The article looks at the state of advanced biofuels and technologies today, as well as offering closer examinations of two biofuels, bio-butanol and biodiesel. Other features address the promise of aviation biofuels, flex fuels in the United States, and the history of sugarcane ethanol in Brazil. In a series of articles, experts also examine the dramatic debut of commercial cellulosic ethanol, the process of separating sugars from biomass, and bioprospecting for potential microbes to aid in biofuels production.
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