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IEA Bioenergy Releases Latest Biorefinery Report (Int'l)
IEA Bioenergy
Date: 2019-07-22
In Ireland, International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy is reporting release of its Technical, Economic and Environmental Assessment of Biorefinery Concepts -- Developing a Practical Approach for Characterisation Report providing an overview on biorefinery assessments methods and results.

According to the report, there are currently two main challenges related to assessing the environmental and economic components of biorefining processes -- data availability and stakeholder participation. To address these issues, IEA Bioenergy's Task 42, Biorefining in a Circular Economy, examined assessments currently underway to determine the capability of biorefineries in creating a sustainable future. Such assessments aim to highlight the potential of biorefineries to enhance the use of biomass in generating both products and energy.

IEA Bioenergy was established in 1978 by the International Energy Agency (IEA) with the aim of improving cooperation and information exchange between countries that have national programmes in bioenergy research, development and deployment. The International Energy Agency acts as energy policy advisor to 28 EU Member Countries plus the European Commission, in their effort to ensure reliable, affordable, and clean energy. Current work focuses on climate change policies, market reform, energy technology collaboration and outreach to the rest of the world, especially major producers and consumers of energy like China, India, Russia and the OPEC countries.

Access report details HERE. (Source: IEA Bioenergy, 20 July, 2019) Contact: IEA Bioenergy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News IEA Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  ,  

Mobile Biorefinery Trials Inderway in Ireland (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2019-05-15
The European Science Communication Institute is reporting the launch of trials of Ireland's first mobile biorefinery. The new mobile biorefinery on wheels processes grass and other organic waste into various new green products that could give farmers a more diversified source of income and greater sustainability.

. The mobile biorefinery's product can be processed into a dry protein-rich live-stock feed, a sustainable alternative to synthetic fertilizer or used as a fuel for anaerobic digesters and natural gas production. (Source: European Science Communication Institute,, May, 2015) Contact: European Science Communication Institute,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biorefining,  Cioecoomy,  Biofuel,  Biomass,  

Mercurius Biorefinery Slated for Queensland, Australia (Int'l)
Date: 2019-02-20
In the Land Down Under, the Queensland State government reports it has given the nod and has funded a biorefinery pilot plant in Gladstone. The 3-month pilot biorefinery will be the trail site for jet fuel and diesel production from agricultural and forestry waste. Construction is due to begin this month and will be carried out by Bellinham, Washington-based Mercurius Biofuels LLC.

Depending on the pilots success, Mercurius plans to construct a larger demonstration plant, which would scale up production of biofuels and bio-chemicals, according to a company statement.

Mercurius Biorefining is developing its novel REACH process, which converts cellulosic biomass to hydrocarbons in the renewable diesel, aviation, and marine fuel ranges. Valuable by-products include bio-char and a bio-plastic monomer, FDCA.

REACH (Renewable Acid-hydrolysis Condensation Hydrotreating) is a novel application of proven technologies which is both feedstock- and product-flexible. Sources of potential feedstock include waste from municipalities (e.g. biogenic portion of MSW), forestry and agriculture. (Source: Mercurius, Various Media, Biofuel Int'l, 18 Feb., 2019) Contact: Mercurius , Karl Seck, Res., CEO, (360) 941-7207,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mercurius,  Cellulosic,  Aviation Biofuel,  

POET Opens Expanded Marion Ohio Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-09-21
In the Buckeye State, ethanol industry giant POET reports the Sept 19th opening of POET Biorefining Marion. The Marion plant's capacity was increased 80 million gpy to 150 million gpy of biofuel and 360,000 tpy of high-protein animal feed.

The Marion plant expansion came in at a reported $120 million. (Source: POET, PR, 19 Sept., 2018) Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, Pres., (605) 965-2200,

More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol,  

Biotechnika Tech Slated for North Dakota Biorefinery (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-08-31
Lodz, Poland-headquartered Biotechnika is reporting an $80 million deal under which it will supply it proprietary technology for the production of high-protein animal fodder and bio-gas from ethanol production waste to a new-build bio-refinery in Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA.

Using Biotechnika's technology, after purification, bio-gas is usable in regular gas systems. The technology conformed with the demands of the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) programme promoting renewable fuels. The bio-refinery is expected to be online early in 2020.

Biotechnika specializes in industrial biotechnology -- ethanol production, the construction of agricultural bio-gas refineries, sewage management, and food and bio waste processing. (Source: Biotechnika, PR, First News, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: Biotecnika, Tomasz Kapela, +48 608 409 440,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biotechnika ,  Biorefining,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

POET's Planned Shelbyille Ethanol Plant Advances (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-07-25
In the Hoosier State, the Shelbyville Plan Commission reports it has unanimously approved POET Biorefining's proposed corn ethanol plant site development plan on W 300 North highway. The project still needs an Indiana Department of Environmental Management air permit to proceed.

According to POET, the plant will generate nearly $3 million per for farmers, create 45 new jobs and have a $200 million economic impact on the area. (Source: Fox, 24 July,2018) Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, Pres., (605) 965-2200,; Shelbyville Plan Commission, (317) 392-6338,

More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol,  

Ethanol Giant POET Wins Biorenewable Deployment Consortium Achievement Award (Ind. Report)
Biorenewable Deployment Consortium,POET
Date: 2018-05-04
In Omaha, Nebraska, the Biorenewable Deployment Consortium (BDC) honored POET, a privately held corporation headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and the world's largest producer of ethanol and other biorefined products, with the organization's Spring 2018 Achievement Award at its spring meeting in Omaha on May 1, 2018.

POET is recognized for its leadership in remaining focused on reducing the reliance of the United States on foreign energy, to revitalizing global agriculture, and providing a cleaner, affordable alternative to fossil fuels.

Since 2006, C has worked to bring together like minded companies to share ideas and partner to deploy bio-processes that can be economic in the long run without government subsidy. BDC holds two symposiums a year for its members, where leading edge information from various bio-companies is shared and tours are made of bio-facilities. BDC acts as a resource to members, working to broker partnerships that can lead to the deployment of commercial facilities. The organization recognizes the need for low cost feedstock, cost effective measures such as integration of processes, high value products, and good management to achieve the economics needed for success.

POET, the world's largest biofuels producer, is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. The 30-year-old company has a network of 27 production facilities. POET, through its joint venture with DSM, also operates a commercial-scale cellulosic biofuel plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa (Source: Biorenewable Deployment Consortium, PR, May, 2018) Contact: Biorenewable Deployment Consortium, Masood Akhtar, Pres.,(608) 332- 0189,,; POET. Matt Merritt, Public Relations, (605) 965-2225 / (605) 370-9959,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biorenewable Deployment Consortium ,  POET,  Biofuel,  

POET Lauds Portland Resolution Backing RFS (Ind. Report)
POET Biorefining – Portland
Date: 2018-02-23
In the Hoosier State, POET Biorefining-Portland has applauded passage of a City of Portland resolution urging Indiana lawmakers to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The RFS ensures that Indiana farmers and biofuel producers can continue to compete against fossil fuel companies that seek to monopolize consumer options at the fuel pump, POET says.

POET Biorefining-Portland began operations September 18, 2007. The biorefinery processes approximately 25 million bpy of locally-grown corn to produce 68 million gpy of biofuels. (Source: POET, Hoosier Ag Today, 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: POET Biorefining-Portland, Matt Tomano, General Manager,(260) 726-7154,

More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  RFS,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  Ethanol,  

Novozymes Intros Yeast for Ethanol Producers (New Prod & Tech)
Date: 2018-02-07
Danish enzymes and microbes specialist Novozymes reports the unveiling of its new yeast platform for starch-based ethanol production. designed to help ethanol producers ‘get more’ from their raw materials. The first product in the new yeast platform is Innova Drive, a new yeast strain designed to reduce fermentation time by up to two hours compared to current yeasts, according to Novozymes.

Novozymes claims that during fermentation, Innova Drive produces a higher-performing glucoamylase enzyme. Apparently, this enzyme is twice as effective as glucoamylases produced by other yeast products when it comes to converting sugar into ethanol. (Source: Noovozymes, Feb., 2018) , Contact: Novozymes, Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America, Peter Halling, VP Biofuel, (919) 496-6926,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes,  Yeast,  Enzymes,  Biofuel,  

SUNY Alfred Biorefinery Development, Commercialization Center Prototype Awarded $6.6Mn (Funding)
SUNY Alfred
Date: 2018-01-15
Following on our June 19, 2017 coverage, Empire State Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a further $6.6 million in grant funding for the proposed SUNY Alfred Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC). The $14.2 million project previously received about $6.1 million in the form of four grants, from Empire State Development, the state Dormitory Authority, Appalachian Regional Commission and the federal Economic Development Administration.

The grant funding will enable construction to begin on the biorefinery prototype, which could be operational within 24 months. The prototype will utilize a patented hot water extraction process to separate chemical byproducts from regionally sourced low-grade wood, biomass crops and agricultural residuals. In addition to acting as a training center, the BDCC will focus on forest conservation, industrial development and environmental preservation.

Almost one-quarter of the facility's end product contains marketable sugars and chemicals that can be used as animal feed or turned into ethanol, methanol or acetic acid. The remaining thee-quarters is chipped wood with a superior cellulose quality that can be turned into high-end pellets for home heating, composite lumber, or other products such as biodegradable plastic, cellulosic nano materials, platform bio-chemicals, food additives, advanced technology biomaterials, biofuels and acetic acid. (Source: SUNY Alfred, Oleans Time Herald, 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Alfred State Univ., SUNY Alfred Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center , (800)425-3733,; Appalachian Regional Commission, (202) 884-7700,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Alfred State College,  SUNY,  Biorefining,  Biofuel,  Bioplastic,  Bioproducts,  

NIFA Invests in Integrated Biorefinery Optimization (Ind. Report)
USDA,NIFA,Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance
Date: 2018-01-08
In the nation's Capital, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) reports it has awarded a grant to improve biorefinery technologies through the Integrated Biorefinery Optimization (IBO) program which is coordinated and co-funded jointly between NIFA and the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office. The funding comes from NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) which addresses challenges in food and agricultural sciences through research, extension, and education.

Through IBO, the grant will fund research totaling $2,994,429 at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. The project proposes to develop and commercialize solvent fractionated lignins to polymeric products for their potential market in building and construction sectors. The proposed research is intended to develop integrated pathways for the extraction of value-added polymeric products from lignin waste/under-valued stream from biorefinery.

NIFA has invested in a range of projects to expand the regional biofuel and bioproduct industries and foster the scientific corps and workforce that support the bioeconomy. One recent example is a five-year investment to the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) which has advanced research into biofuels and biochemicals, fostered the Northwest regional biofuel industry and helped educate tomorrow’s workforce on renewable energy. (Source: USDA, NIFA, PR, 4 Jan., 2018) Contact: USDA, NIFA,; NARA, Washington State University, (509) 335-5581,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance,  USDA,  NIFA,  Biorefining,  Biofuel,  

Edeniq Joins Calls for Strong 2018 Cellulosic Targets (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-11-13
Vasalia, California-headquartered cellulosic and biorefining specialist Edeniq, Inc. reports it has joined with other cellulosic technology companies in meetings with congressional leaders in Washington to stress the importance of the 2018 cellulosic annual renewable volume obligation (RVO) being set at 384 million gallons, as originally proposed by the EPA and sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in May. The 2018 cellulosic RVO will be included in EPA's final 2018 federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS rule which is slatedfor release later this month.

According to Sarah Caswell, Edeniq VP of Government and Regulatory Affairs, "it is critical that the EPA issue its final 2018 RFS rule with a cellulosic RVO at the level originally proposed to OMB in May, so that the RFS law will continue to work as Congress intended. By setting the 2018 cellulosic RVO at the level which reflects actual expected production for next year, EPA will be sending the all-important signal to the market that will give cellulosic producers and investors the confidence they count on to maximize growth and production. This progress will help meet the RFS cellulosic statutory volume requirements set by Congress a decade ago."

Edeniq's processes for producing and measuring low-cost cellulosic ethanol requires zero capital investment and can be easily integrated into existing biorefineries. Edeniq currently sells or licenses its technologies to ethanol plants in the United States. (Source: Edeniq, PR, Bus. Wire, 10 Nov., 2017) Contact: Edeniq, Inc. Sarah Caswell, VP, Gov. Affairs, 402-935-3081,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Edeniq,  Cellulosic,  RFS,  

Biorefining Potential for Scotland -- Report Attached (Int'l)
Zero Waste Scotland
Date: 2017-11-01
In Edinburgh, the Scottish government backed Zero Waste Scotland organization has released its Biorefining Potential for Scotland report which encourages making better use of bio-based waste for fuels and energy production and the crucial role bio-wastes can play in a modern circular economy.

According to the report, Scotland produces 27 million tpy of bio-based materials including everything from coffee grounds, forestry waste, macro algae, brewery wastes and others.

Download the full Biorefining Potential for Scotland Report HERE. (Source: Zero Waste Scotland, Sept., 2017) Contact: Zero Waste Scotland, Lain Gulland, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio-waste,  Biofuel,  Bioenergy,  

POET's Marion Ohio Biorefinery Expansion Underway (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-18
Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based POET Biorefining, the world's largest biofuels producer, reports it has broken ground on the $120 million, 80 million gpy expansion of its 70 million gpy ethanol plant in Marion, Ohio. The expansion will also up dried distillers grains (DDGs) from the current 178,000 tpy to 360,000 tpy. The project is slated for completion in Q3, 2018. (Source: POET , Various Media, 15 Aug., 2017)Contact: POET Ethanol Products, (316) 303-1380,

More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

Novozymes Reports Rising Bioenergy Division Sales (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-18
Following-up on our April 28th coverage, in its recently released Q2 report, Copenhagen-headquartered bioscience giant Novozymes reports increased yeast for ethanol production and bioenergy division sales during the first half of 2017 grew by 7 pct organically, and by 9 pct in Danish krones (DKK) when compared to the same period in 2016.

According to the report, Novozymes' bioenergy division generated 18 pct of company's sales during the first six months of 2017. The company currently supplies enzymes to five biomass conversion facilities. (Source: Novozymes, Various Media, Aug., 2017) Contact: Novozymes, Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America, Peter Halling, VP Biofuel, (919) 496-6926,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes,  Biofuel,  Enzymes,  BViofuel Blend,  

POET Expanding Marion Ohio Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
Poet LLC
Date: 2017-08-11
Following on our May 26th coverage, Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based Ethanol producer POET Biorefining, which has three plants in Ohio, said that it is set to break ground on a $120 million expansion that will double capacity at its 70 million gpy plant in Marion, Ohio. POET, which has two northwest Ohio plants in Fostoria and Leipsic, said the Marion plant will expand from 70 million gallons per year to 150 million gallons. It also will increase its production of high-protein animal feed (DDGs) from 178,000 tons to approximately 360,000 tpy.

The company said corn purchases from area farmers will grow from 24 million bushels to 50 million bpy. (Source: POET, The Blade, 10 Aug., 2017) Contact: POET Ethanol Products, (316) 303-1380,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DDGs,  POET,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  

Poet's Marion Ethanol Expansion Granted Tax Relief (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-05-26
Following-up on our May 19th coverage, the Marion County (Ohio) Commission reports it has granted a tax abatement for POET Biorefining's $120 million ethanol plant expansion in Marion.

The project is slated to get under almost immediately for completion and startup in late 2018. The expansion is expected to double the plant's present 70 million gpy capacity to 150 million gpy. (Source: Marion County Commission, Various Media, 25 May, 2017) )Contact: POET Ethanol Products, (316) 303-1380,

More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  

Novozymes Investing $36Mn to Increase Capacity (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-05-19
Copenhage-headquartered bioscience giant Novozymes reports it plans to invest another $36 million in its Blair, Nebraska plant in anticipation of the ethanol industry's continued growth. The investment in new tanks and related appurtenances is expected to increase the plant's enzyme production capacity by half.

While Novozymes does not produce ethanol, its enzymes -- molecules that act on other molecules to unlock chemical reactions -- allow ethanol plants to produce more ethanol per kernel of corn. (Source: Novozymes, Omaha Herald, 17 May, 2017) Contact: Novozymes, Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America, Peter Halling, VP Biofuel, (919) 496-6926,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes,  Enzymes,  Ethanol,  

POET Touts $120Mn Marion Ohio Ethanol Plant Expansion (Ind. Report)
Poet Biorefining ,POET
Date: 2017-05-19
In a press release, Souix Falls, South Dakota-headquartered POET Biorefining has announced plans to invest $120 million to increase its Marion, Ohio plant's ethanol production capacity from 70 million gpy to about 150 million gpy.

The plant currently uses about 24 million bpy of locally sourced corn and will consume about 50 million bpy after the expansion. The company's present corn purchases total about $330 million dollars a year in Ohio. The Marion plant also produces and sells the leftover spent corn as Distillers Dried Grains (DDGs) for animal feed.

POET has 27 refineries in seven states, including three in Ohio. The plant expansion is slated to begin this summer for completion in late 2018. (Source: POET Biorefining, Columbus Dispatch, Others, 17 May, 2017)Contact: POET Ethanol Products, (316) 303-1380,

More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol,  DDGs,  

Novozymes Expects Increased US Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-04-28
Danish biotechnology and enzymes specialist Novozymes reports it had boosted sales of its enzymes to US bioethanol producers in the first three months of this year, helping grow sales of its bioenergy segment to 681mn kroner ($100mn) up by 9 pct compared with January to March 2016. Novozymes said this was the result of estimated US ethanol output rising by 4 pct in the first three months of this year, set against the first quarter a year ago. The company said it expects US ethanol output this year to be "on a par or slightly up on 2016." It also expects second generation ethanol output to increase by an unspecified amount.

According to Novozymes, its increased bioenergy enzymes sales reverses a decline in 2016 when US ethanol producers were looking to cut costs, as profits remained thin. The company has been aided in the last year by the launch of new products and in part by the decline in the oil price, which supported gasoline demand in the US, into which ethanol is blended. But the firm said today US ethanol consumption had declined slightly in the first quarter and inventories were building. The company supplies enzymes to cellulosic ethanol plants in the US, Brazil and China, all of which have faced similar issues. (Source: Novozymes, Argus, 26 April, 2017) Contact: Novozymes, Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America, Peter Halling, VP Biofuel, (919) 496-6926,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes,  Biofuel,  Enzymes,  BViofuel Blend,  

Edeniq Files Cross-Complaint Against Ametis in Failed Merger Action (Ind. Report)
Edeniq, Aemetis
Date: 2017-03-27
Following on our May 9, 2016 coverage, in a March 20th statement, Visalia, California-based cellulosic and biorefining technology specialist Edeniq, Inc. reports it has filed a cross-complaint against Cupertino, California-based renewable chemicals and fuels producer Aemetis for fraud and negligent misrepresentation among other claims.

Edeniq claims it terminated its merger agreement with Aemetis in August 2016 and is defending itself against a merit-less lawsuit Aemetis filed shortly thereafter. The company claims that two two of Aemetis' four original claims dismissed.

Edeniq claims that Aemetis was unable to finance the merger and fraudulently induced Edeniq to enter into the agreement by misrepresenting the circumstances under which it could do so. Edeniq also seeks to enjoin Aemetis from misappropriating and using its trademark. (Source: Edeniq, Various Media, Biofuels Int'l, 24 Mar., 2017) Contact: Edeniq Inc., Lily Wachter, (559) 302-1777,,; Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 213-0939,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Edeniq,  Aemetis,  Cellulosic,  

Delaware Ethanol Storage Project Wins Legal Challenge (REG & Leg)
Delaware Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board
Date: 2017-03-08
The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the Delaware Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board, meeting in the state capital of Dover, has rejected an appeal by the Delaware Audubon Society and the League of Women Voters against a project that is now destined significantly increase the amount of biofuel being stored at and shipped from a Delaware City refinery.

The two groups contended that the refinery's ethanol stroage and shipping project would amount to the type of bulk product transfer facility specifically barred by the state's landmark environmental zoning law. The Board ruled that the two civic groups that brought the appeal did not show that their members would suffer direct harm from the project. The groups can appeal the ruling to the Delaware Superior Court, although no indication of such a move has been given. (Source: Delaware Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board, News Journal of Wilmington, delawareonline, 28 Feb., 2017) Contact: Delaware Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biorefining,  Ethanol,  

Comet Biorefining's Sarnia Plant Completes Funding Round (Funding)
Comet Biorefining
Date: 2017-03-06
Following on our Dec. 5th, 2016 coverage, London, Ontario-based Comet Biorefining is reporting completion of a round of equity financing for its planned plant in Sarnia, Ontario, to turn corn stover and wheat straw into sugar for industrial uses.

The equity financing was led by PM Equity Parnership, the corporate venture and private equity investment arm of Philip Morris International. Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC), a government-funded non-profit agency that helps companies develop renewable and bio-based technologies, and Sofinnova Partners also participated. The terms of the financing were not disclosed.

Design and engineering work is underway for a planned commissioning in 2018. The plant is expected to produce 60 million ppy of dextrose sugar. (Source: Comet Biorefining, Sarnia Observer, Mar., 2017) Contact: Comet Biorefining, Rich Troyer, CEO, (519) 494-7514,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Comet Biorefining,  Corn Stover,  Cellulosic ,  

Little Sioux Using Edeniq Technology for Cellulosic Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
Edeniq,Archer Daniels Midland
Date: 2017-01-30
Visalia, California-based cellulosic and biorefining technology specialist Edeniq, Inc., and Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) are reporting that the registration of Little Sioux Corn Processors' 150 million gpy Marcus, Iowa, ethanol plant for cellulosic ethanol production has been approved by the US EPA.

Under the terms of its license agreements, ADM and Little Sioux will use uses Edeniq's Pathway Technology to measure the amount of cellulosic ethanol produced, and provide the required information to register for D3 cellulosic RINs with the EPA.

Little Sioux is the third plant to receive a cellulosic ethanol registration from the EPA after deploying Edeniq's Pathway Technology. The plant uses ADM's Clintozyme™ enzyme to convert lower value corn fiber into higher value fuel ethanol through an enzymatic process. Registered plants can access D3 RINS, which are worth over $2.50 per gallon in 2017. Edeniq sells or licenses its technologies to biorefineries in the U.S. (Source: Edeniq, PR, 26 Jan., 2017) Contact: Edeniq Inc., Lily Wachter, (559) 302-1777,,; Archer Daniels Midland,; Little Sioux, (712) 376-2800,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Edeniq,  Archer Daniels Midland,  

UK's CPI Scores £896,000 Biotechnology Equipment Funding (Int'l)
UK Catapult,Centre for Process Innovation,European Regional Development Fund
Date: 2017-01-25
UK-based Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) reports it has secured £896,000 funding for equipment at its National Industrial Biotechnology Facility and biorefinery at Wilton, UK. £538,000 is from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and £358,000 is from UK Catapult.

All equipment is scaled and modeled to reflect CPI's existing pilot plant asset and to provide greater confidence, and mitigate the risks, associated with growing innovations from the laboratory to commercial operation. The new equipment is slated for installation this year. (Source: Centre for Process Innovation, Bioenergy Insight, Others, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: Centre for Process Innovation, Kris Wadrop, Director of Industrial Biotechnology and Biorefining ,; European Regional Development Fund,; UK Catapult, +44 1793 442700,

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Regional Development Fund,  UK Catapult ,  

Novozymes Cites Markets, Policy Uncertainty for Cutbacks (Int'l)
Date: 2017-01-20
In Copenhagen, enzymes specialist Novozymes reports it will cut 198 jobs and invest more in emerging markets. The company cited uncertainty over US renewable energy policy, low oil prices and the takeover of Monsanto as key factors in the cutback, according to Reuters.

According to the company, the US market for biofuels is facing uncertainty as the incoming Trump administration could cut back the Obama Clean Power Plan designed cut utility greenhouse gas emissions as well as the Renewable Fuels Standard ethanol and biodiesel- gasoline blend program. (Source: Novozymes, 18 Jan., 2017) Contact: Novozymes. Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America, Peter Halling, VP Biofuel, (919) 496-6926,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes,  Biofuel,  Enzymes,  BViofuel Blend,  RFS,  

DOE. USDA Biorefinery Optimization Funding Available (Funding)
Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Date: 2017-01-11
The U.S.Energy Department (DOE) and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA)are reporting $22.7 million in funding to support the optimization of integrated biorefineries (IBR). The DOE is providing $19.8 million and USDA-NIFA is providing up to $2.9 million in funding.

Federal support for first-of-a-kind IBRs could reportedly reduce the technical and financial risks associated with the operation of commercial scale biorefineries.

The DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has identified, via stakeholder engagements through a request for information (RFI) and a biorefinery optimization workshop, areas in which DOE and USDA-NIFA can effectively support technology development and engineering solutions to economically and sustainably overcome technology barriers.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will be coordinated and co-funded by BETO and USDA-NIFA. It seeks applications for projects focused on lowering technical and financial risk, addressing challenges encountered with the successful scale-up, and reliable, continuous operation of IBRs. Upon conclusion of the review process, meritorious proposals may be recommended for funding by either of the participating agencies. This FOA invites applications for: the following four topic areas:

  • robust, continuous handling of solid materials (dry and wet feedstocks, biosolids, and/or residual solids remaining in the process) and feeding systems to reactors under various operating conditions;
  • high value products from waste and/or other under-valued streams in an IBR.
  • industrial separations within an IBR;
  • analytical modeling of solid materials (dry and wet feedstocks, and/or residual solids remaining in the process) and reactor feeding systems. (Source: US DOE, Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Hydrocarbon Engineering, 9 Jan., 2017) Contact: USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture,; BETO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy Technologies Office,  USDA,  Biorefining,  

  • Hydrite Licenses Solenis' Corn Oil Extraction Tech. (Ind. Report)
    Solenis, Hydrite Chemical
    Date: 2016-12-12
    Wilmington, Delaware-based Solenis LLC, a global producer of specialty chemicals for the pulp, paper, biorefining and other markets, and Brookfield, Wisconsin-based Hydrite Chemical Co. have announce dthe resolution of pending legal actions filed by Hydrite against Solenis regarding Solenis’ patents for using polysorbate as an additive for corn oil extraction aids. As a result of the settlement, Solenis has licensed the use of its corn oil extraction technology to Hydrite. Under the license agreement, Hydrite will become an authorized licensee in the United States and Canada of Solenis technology that enhances the efficiency of corn oil extraction in the corn-to-ethanol process. (Source: Solenis, Hydrite Chemical, Biofuel Insight, Others, 9 Dec., 2016) Contact: Hydrite Chemical Co., Shruti Singhal, VP North America, Jon Murnik, Exec. Dir. Foam Products, (262) 792-1450,; Solenis, John Panichella, Pres, CEO, Catherine Abernathy, Media, (904) 256-0333,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solenis,  Hydrite Chemical ,  

    Leaf, Novozymes Tout Biomass Collaboration (Ind. Report)
    Leaf Resources, Novozymes
    Date: 2016-12-09
    In the Land Down Under, Queensland-headquartered Leaf Resources has announced a collaboration with industrial enzymes specialist Novozymes to further increase the yields and efficiency associated with Leaf Resources' Glycell biomass conversion technology.

    Glycell is a combination of established process engineering and advanced chemistry. The Glycell technology operates at low temperature and pressure, and uses crude glycerin as a low cost, recyclable reagent. The process efficiently deconstructs plant biomass and produces a high-yield of high-quality, concentrated cellulose and hemicellulose sugars, which in turn enables cost competitive production of renewable chemicals.

    As part of the collaboration, Novozymes will customize its portfolio of high-yielding enzymes to the Glycell process. The goal is to design an enzyme package that allows the Glycell process to achieve superior performance, quality, and reliability for the production of high-value renewable chemicals. Leaf and its development partner, Claeris LLC, will then incorporate Novozymes’ tailored enzyme package into the biomass pretreatment section of integrated biorefineries. (Source: Leaf Resources, December 07, 2016) Contact: Leaf Resources, Ken Richards, Managing Director,; Novozymes, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America, Peter Halling, VP Biofuel, (919) 496-6926,

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    Comet's Ontario Biorefinery Seeking Feedstocks (Ind. Report)
    Comet Biorefining ,Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative
    Date: 2016-12-05
    Further to our Nov. 11th coverage, Ontario's Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative, a farmer-owned co-op formed to supply Comet Biorefining's proposed facility in Sarnia, is seeking growers and suppliers of corn stover and wheat stalks for the Comet facility which will extract sugar for industrial uses from the farm biomass, beginning in 2018.

    As suppliers to the facility, co-op members will also hold equity in the Sarnia plant. The co-op is aiming to have 55,000 acres of supply in place to provide 75,000 tpy of bio-mass to the plant.

    Comet's cellulosic sugar process uses a low-cost two stage process to activate cellulosic biomass, followed by conversion to glucose at very low enzyme loading. Co-products are used for energy production or other applications. (Source: Comet Biorefining, 30 Nov., 2016) Contact: Comet Biorefining, Andrew Richard, CEO, (519) 494-7514,,; Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative , Dave Park, Pres.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Comet Biorefining,  Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative,  

    Comet Plans 2018 Cellulosic Bioprocessing Plant Opening (Ind. Report)
    Comet Biorefining,Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative
    Date: 2016-11-14
    Following-up on our April 1st coverage, Sarnia, Ontario's Comet Biorefining reports its new $70 million commercial-scale biorefinery facility the TransAlta Energy Park is expected to come online in 2018. Comet is partnering with Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative (CSPC), which will hold a 40 pct equity stake in the biorefinery that will convert corn stover and wheat straw into cellulosic sugar for bio-based products.

    CSPC will supply 75,000 tpy of locally sourced corn stover and wheat straw for the facility, and has the support of BioIndustrial Innovation Canada, farmer grain handling and retail co-ops Agris Co-operative, the Wanstead Farmers Co-operative, and others.

    In April, Comet Biorefining inked an offtake agreement with Montreal-based bio-succinic acid producer BioAmber which has a manufacturing facility in Sarnia, to supply high-purity dextrose. Earlier this year, Sustainable Development Technology Canada awarded a $10.9 million grant to Comet Biorefining to help with the construction of its plant. (Source: Comet Biorefining, CanTech Letter, November 11, 2016) Contact: Comet Biorefining, Andrew Richard, CEO, (519) 494-7514,,; BioAmber Inc., Jean-Francois Huc, CEO, Jim Hobbs, (763) 253-4480,; Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative , Dave Park, Pres.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative ,  Comet Biorefining,  Cellulosics,  Biomass,  Corn Stover,  

    BioPilotsUK Alliance to Accelerate Bioenergy, Bioeconomy (Int'l)
    The Biorefinery Centre,Centre for Process Innovation
    Date: 2016-10-21
    In the UK, five established R&D centres are reporting a new alliance with the goal of positioning Britain as a global leader in biorefining technology development, bio-based product manufacturing and growing the bioeconomy. The alliance aims to speed up the commercialization of new green processes and products from biomass, including: plants, algae, and wastes.

    BioPilotsUK joins the UK's leading expertise and facilities to help innovative ideas and demonstrate new bio-based processes and products at a commercially-relevant scale. The BioPilotsUK founding centres include BEACON (Wales), the Biorenewables Development Centre (York), the Centre for Process Innovation (Redcar), IBioIC (Scotland) and The Biorefinery Centre (Norwich). (Source: CIWM Journal, 20 Oct., 2016) expands Adam Charlton, BEACON Project Manager, BioComposites Centre, Bangor University (Source: BioPilotsUK, The Biorefinery Centre, Oct., 2016) Contact: The Biorefinery Centre, +44 (0) 1603 255 000,,; Biorenewables Development Center, +44 1904 435 364,; Centre for Process Innovation,; BioPilotsUK,

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