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Joanna Schroeder

  • BioEnergyBytesDF1Phibro Animal Health Corporation’s Ethanol Performance Group has become the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association’s newest vendor member. The Phibro Ethanol Performance Group was formed in 2007 and its portfolio comprises of antimicrobials, yeast, process cleaning products, corn oil recovery and other products aimed at boosting ethanol plant profits.
  • According to GTM Research’s latest report, North American Microgrids 2015: Advancing Beyond Local Energy Optimization, cumulative investments in U.S. microgrids from 2015 through 2020 will surpass $3.5 billion. By then, the U.S. will be home to an estimated 2.8 gigawatts of total microgrid capacity, a 127 percent cumulative capacity increase to 2015 numbers. GTM Research forecasts that generation procurement will account for 40 percent of the total microgrid investment during the period. Fuel-based generators represent nearly all generation to-date, however renewables are expected to grow by over tenfold (to 730 megawatts) to account for 26 percent of total microgrid capacity by 2020.
  • Enrollment is open for 35th annual The Alcohol School 2015 taking place in Montreal September 13-28, 2015. The Alcohol School has a educates fuel ethanol and distilled beverage producers in the science of alcohol production. This weeklong program will covering a variety of topics including: Enzyme usage; Yeast biology; New technologies for alcohol production; and Bacterial contamination and control. Leading industry scientists and academics, as well as Ethanol Technology Institute experts – including scientific director Dr. Graeme Walker – will direct lectures and laboratory demonstrations.
  • Third Way is hosting an advanced biofuels event in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, July 15th in the Russell Building, Room 328 A. “Advanced Biofuels: Why We Want Them. How We Get Them,” will be a panel discussion will be moderated by Ryan Fitzpatrick, Third Way and will feature Amy Davis, Novozymes; Jeff Navin, Boundary Stone Partners; Jesse Stolark, Environmental and Energy Study Institute; and Aaron Whitsel, DuPont. Topics will include why advanced biofuels matter beyond the corn belt, EPA’s action on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and what role advanced biofuels play in meeting climate change and economic goals.
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