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Vertimass Wins New Uses for Field Corn as Feedstock for Sustainable Chemicals Challenge (Ind. Report)
Vertimass, NCGA
Date: 2018-03-07
The National Corn Growers Association named Irvine, California-headquartered Vertimass LLC as one of six awardees of the Consider Corn Challenge: New Uses for Field Corn as Feedstock for Making Sustainable Chemicals Competition.

Vertimass believes their technology of converting sustainable ethanol into fungible gasoline, diesel, jet fuel blend stocks and the chemical building blocks benzene, toluene, and xylene (BTX) can substantially increase corn demand in the US. This innovative technology eliminates the ethanol blend wall that currently limits ethanol use and allows for further expansion of renewable fuels and chemicals while maintaining a low greenhouse gas footprint.

According to Vertimass, "This innovative technology will be fully applicable to conversion of ethanol from cellulosic biomass such as agricultural residues and dedicated energy crops and sugars into BTEX and hydrocarbon fuels as it is to corn ethanol." (Source: Vertimass LLC, PR, 5 Mar., 2018) Contact: Vertimass, Charles Wyman, CEO, John Hannon, COO, (949) 417-4307,; : NCGA, (202) 326-0644,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NCGA,  Vertimass,  Corn,  Ethanol,  Biofuel Feedstock,  

U.S. Ethanol Ind. Breaches Blend Wall, says RFA (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-04-26
According to the Renewable Fuels Association, gasoline consumed in the United States in 2016 contained an average of 10.04 percent, which shatters the blend wall myth. The RFA's analysis is based on data from the Energy Information Agency showing that the U.S. ethanol industry can easily meet the requirements of the Renewable Fuel Standard.

The RFA says it will share its analysis with the EPA and Congress in order to prevent any push back against the RFS. (Source: RFA, WNAX Radio, 24 April, 2017) Contact: RFA, Geoff Cooper, Snr. VP, (202) 289-3835,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFA,  Ethanol,  Blend Wall,  

Notable Quote
American Petroleum Institute
Date: 2017-04-10
"Sixty-eight percent of registered voters are concerned about the government requiring increased amounts of ethanol in gasoline and 74 percent agree that federal regulations could contribute to increased costs at the pump. Consumers have spoken loud and clear. The results of a new national API poll on the ethanol mandate send another strong signal to policymakers that RFS reform is desperately needed.

"Nearly 85 percent of vehicles on the road today were not designed for higher ethanol blends, such as E15. And many automakers say that using E15 could potentially void new car warranties. Higher ethanol blends threaten engines and fuel systems -- potentially forcing drivers to pay for costly repairs, according to industry testing. And the public remains uneasy about that, with three quarters of respondents expressing concern about breaching the blend wall." -- Frank Macchiarola, Dir., American Petroleum Institute, 7 April, 2017 Contact: American PetroleuInstitute, (202) 682-8114,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Renewable Fuels Standard,  American Petroleum Institute ,  

Global Bioenergies Touts First Renewable ETBE (New Prod & Tech)
Global Bioenergies
Date: 2017-02-08
Evry, France headquartered Global Bioenergies is reporting the production of ETBE (ethyl-tert-butyl ether) purely from renewable resources. The breakthrough heralds a new opportunity for moving beyond the "blend wall" and increasing the proportion of biofuels in gasoline. The company's ETBE breakthrough was supported by a grant of the German Ministry of Education and Research .

Current standards limit the inclusion of traditional biofuels because of their physical and chemical properties. For example, the French standard caps ethanol content at 5 pct in 95-octane and 98-octane unleaded gasoline, and at 10 pct in unleaded 95-E10 gasoline.

Historically, partially renewable ETBE is obtained by combining a molecule of renewable ethanol with a molecule of fossil isobutene using a simple and proven process. It is used as an additive in vehicle fuel, up to a maximum of 23 pct. Global Bioenergies' renewable ETBE holds the potential for incorporating 2.7 times more renewable energy in gasoline than with traditional biofuels.

Global Bioenergies is developing a process to convert renewable resources into hydrocarbons through fermentation. The Company initially focused its efforts on the production of isobutene, one of the most important petrochemical building blocks that can be converted into fuels, plastics, organic glass and elastomers. Global Bioenergies operates an industrial pilot in Germany and is preparing its first full-scale plant through a joint venture with Cristal Union. (Source: Global Bioenergies, PR, GlobalNewswire, 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: Global Bioenergies, Frederic Paques, COO, +33 (0)1 64 98 20 50,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Bioenergies,  isobutene,  Biofuel Blends,  

25 States Crack E10 Blend Wall, says EIA (Ind. Report)
Date: 2016-12-19
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting that half of all states now see ethanol blended in more than 10 pct of gasoline by volume. In California, Oregon, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Louisiana ethanol volumes surpassed 10 pct in 2014 when the number of states poking through the 10 pct blend wall was 22. That year the national average ethanol content was 9.83 pct. (Source: US EIA, Various Media, DTN, 13 Dec., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol Blend,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  

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