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Attis Praises EPA's Approval of Year Around E15 Dales (Ind. Report)
Attis Industries
Date: 2019-06-21
Milton, Georgia-headquartered corn ethanol producer and technology holding company Attis Industries Inc. is lauding the Trump Administration's May 30th approval of the expansion of 15 pct (E15) ethanol blends in on-road transportation fuels. Previously, the sale of E15 was restricted to just eight months of the year.

The rule change has the potential to create a significant increase in market demand for corn-based ethanol as well as other advanced fuels such as cellulosic ethanol. Even so, the administration continues to undermine the enforcement of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) through its abuse of the small refiner "hardship" exemptions (SREs) which have had a drastic effect on renewable fuel demand over the past two years, according to Attis. "Attis encourages the Administration to continue its support of the nation's farmers and renewable fuel producers by limiting SREs to those refiners who truly have encountered hardships by complying with the Renewable Fuel Standard," the Attis release notes.

Attis Biofuels, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Attis Industries Inc., currently operates a 100 million gpy corn-based ethanol facility in Fulton, NY and has plans to expand the production of renewable fuels to include cellulosic ethanol and various other advanced biofuels, according to the release. (Source: Attis Ind., PR, June, 2019) Contact: Attis Ind., David Winsness, President of Attis Innovations, Jeff Cosman, CEO, 678-580-5661, www.attisind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Attis Industries,  Biofuel,  E15,  Ethanol Blend,  RFS,  


Ohio State Tests Ag Waste-to-Ethanol Process (R&D, Funding)
Ohio State University
Date: 2019-05-29
In Columbus, Associate Professor Ajay Shah, an agricultural engineer with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) is testing a method that could cut the cost of collecting and delivering corn plant material corn stover) for ethanol production by up to 20 pct..

Shah received $1 million in USDA grant funding to test the effectiveness of a new method that harvests and transports corn plants intact, the ears together with the stalks, and will work with farm equipment companies to develop machinery that could be commercialized.

The system testing involves harvesting the corn plant so the ears and a portion of the stalks are not separated in the field but are transported as a single package to the biorefinery. Separating the corn kernels from the rest of the plant requires a combine, which is expensive and currently used in the field only a few months of the year. If, instead, farmers collected and baled the cobs and stalks at the same time, they could be stored and a stationary machine that separates the grain from the rest of the plant could operate throughout the year, maximizing its use. (Source: Ohio State Univ., AgCUE Online, 28 May, 2019) Contact: Ohio State Univ., College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), Assistant Prof., Ajay Shah, (330) 263-3858, shah.971@osu.edu; CFAES, (614) 292-6125, https://cfaes.osu.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Corn Stover,  Ethanol,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


CARB Certifies Edeniq Customers for Corn Fiber Ethanol (Ind Report)
Edeniq,Siouxland Ethanol
Date: 2019-05-15
Visalia, California-headquartered cellulosic ethanol process specialist Edeniq, Inc. reports the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved Siouxland Ethanol and Elite Octane as its first two Intellulose 2.0 customers for cellulosic ethanol production from corn kernel fiber.

Siouxland Ethanol, a 90 million gpy corn ethanol plant located in Jackson, Nebraska was certified on May 6 with a carbon intensity rating of 26.67 and Elite Octane, a 150 million gpy corn ethanol plant located in Atlantic, Iowa was certified on May 7 with a carbon intensity rating of 30.32. Using Intellulose 2.0, the two plants achieved average corn kernel fiber ethanol production of 3% of total production, nearly triple the average performance traditionally associated with the benefits of Intellulose 1.0 that regulatory agencies had approved.

Edeniq's Intellulose 2.0 technology typically achieves between 2 and 4.5 pct cellulosic ethanol production from the corn kernel fiber at existing corn ethanol plants without any capex requirements. The technology measures the amount of ethanol produced from multiple different molecules present in corn kernels and quantifies the individual contribution of each component. The technology builds on Intellulose 1.0, which measures the cellulosic ethanol produced from a single corn kernel component.

Seven Edeniq Intellulose 1.0 customers were previously approved by the U.S. EPA for D3 RIN generation and/or by CARB for low-CI corn kernel fiber ethanol production. (Source: Edeniq Inc., PR, 13 May, 2019) Contact: Edeniq Inc., Brian Thome, President and CEO, Lily Wachter, (559) 302-1777, lwachter@edeniq.com, www.edeniq.com; Siouxland Ethanol, LLC , Nick Bowdish, President and CEO www.siouxlandethanol.com; Elite Octane, www.eliteoctane.net; California Air Resources Board, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  Corn Ethanol,  Edeniq,  Ethanol,  Siouxland Ethanol,  


Anellotech Bio-TCat Hits Commercially-Targeted Yields (Ind Report)
Anellotech
Date: 2019-05-08
Pearl River, New York-based renewable chemicals, bioplastics and fuels from non-food biomass producer Anellotech reports its patented Thermal Catalytic Biomass Conversion technology -- Bio-TCat -- has achieved commercially-targeted yields in its TCat-8 pilot unit in Silsbee, Texas during six months of continuous process operations.

Bio-TCat technology produces a mixture of benzene, toluene and xylene (AnelloMate BTX), which are bio-based and chemically identical to petroleum-derived counterparts. Bio-TCat technology also produces AnelloMate Distillate, a heavier aromatics product that can be upgraded into a high-quality biofuels blendstock for jet or diesel transportation fuel using conventional refinery processing. Cellulosic ethanol or hydrogen can be made from Bio-TCat's carbon monoxide co-product by using third-party technology.

Anellotech is planning construction of its first commercial plant and is engaging in partnership and funding discussions with existing and new strategic partners. The plant will be capable of processing 500 bone-dry tonnes/day of loblolly pine wood into 40,000 tpy of products including benzene, toluene, xylenes, and C9+ aromatics to use as fuels or for production of bio-based plastics for packaging and consumer products. (Source: Anellotech, PR, GreenCar Congress, 7 May, 2019) Contact: Anellotech Inc., David Sudolsky, Pres., (845) 735-7700, DSudolsky@anellotech.com, www.anellotech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anellotech ,  


Spero Renewables Announces DOE BETO R&D Funding (Ind. Report)
Spero Renewables
Date: 2019-05-06
CORRECTION -- The following article appeared in our 22nd April editions with contact errors which are herein corrected. We regret any inconvenience our error may have caused.

Goleta, California-based Spero Renewables LLC, a Green chemistry company, is reporting a $1.6 million cooperative agreement with the US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to develop and scale-up production of the company's patented SPERLU technology that produces polymers from wood pulp and similar plant-based sources.

The grant is part of a recently announced $80 million DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) initiative supporting 36 bioenergy R&D projects. In addition to biobased products, projects include renewable hydrocarbon fuels and power from non-food Biomass and waste feedstocks.

Spero's SPERLU™ technology converts biomass lignin, a waste byproduct of cellulosic ethanol production that is expensive to remediate, into valuable, environmentally friendly polymers and plastics. The resulting polymers are renewable, free of off-gassing emissions, and formaldehyde-free as opposed to current polymers that come from petrochemicals and are manufactured with formaldehyde, according to the company's website.

According to the company website, "Spero Energy is a technology developer for the production of high value renewable and natural molecules from biomass. The company's novel extractive technology for the manufacture of natural ferulic acid is a game changer for the production of natural vanilla. Spero's one-step lignin conversion (SPERLU™) is key to realizing a fully integrated biorefinery." (Source: Spero Renewables LLC, Spero Website, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Spero Renewables LLC, Mahdi Abu-Omar, Ph.D. Chemistry, Pres., Joe Ramelli, VP Business Dev., (805) 696-2199 x 2001, joe@sperorenewables.com, US DOE BETO, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE BETO,  Spero Renewables,  


POET CEO Broin Scores Bioeconomy Leadership Award (Ind. Report)
POET
Date: 2019-04-05
On Thursday, April 4, POET CEO and Founder Jeff Broin was recognized with a Bioeconomy Leadership Award award for his vision and leadership in pioneering new technology and building POET into the world's largest biofuel producer. Previous award recipients are former Iowa governor and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (2013) and former Navy Secretary Ray Mabus (2015), recognized for his work in developing the Great Green Fleet, an initiative that demonstrates the Navy's efforts to transform its energy use.

According to the POET release, in its more than 30-year history, POET has continually found ways to make biofuel production more efficient at its network of 27 bioprocessing facilities and to develop new co-products and new sources for biofuel. POET, through its joint venture with Dutch biotechnology company DSM, also operates a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant, Project LIBERTY, in Emmetsburg, Iowa.

The Global Bioeconomy Leadership Award was established by Biofuels Digest and Nuu Media to recognize individuals who offer a bold vision and have made a global impact in the biotechnology space. (Source: POET, Vital, 4 April, 2019) Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, Pres., (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com

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


Biofuels Contribute $5Bn to Iowa's GDP, says Report (Ind. Report)
IRFA
Date: 2019-03-22
Contribution of the Renewable Fuels Industry to the Economy of Iowa, a recent study commissioned by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) has found that biofuels contribute over $5 billion to the Hawkeye State's GDP, equivalent to 3 pct. The report also found the biofuels industry supports over 48,000 jobs in the state and adds over $2.5 billion to Iowa household incomes.

The report was authored by John Urbanchuck, managing partner at ABF Economics.

As we reported on 23 Jan., 2019, 2018 was a record year for ethanol production in Iowa with the state's ethanol production facilities producing 4.35 billion gallons -- 150 million gallons more than 2017 and 150 million gallons short of capacity. The Hawkeye State produces about 27 pct of total U.S. ethanol production. Iowa's two cellulosic ethanol and 41 corn ethanol plants use more than 1.3 billion bpy of corn. Iowa also produced a record 365 million gallons of biodiesel in 2018 (Source: Iowa Renewable Fuels Assoc., Mar., 2019) Contact: IRFA, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., info@IowaRFA.org, (515) 252-6249, www.iowarfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iowa Biofuel,  Monte Shaw,  IRFA,  


Global Cellulosic Ethanol Market 2019 Deep Analysis (Ind. Report)

Date: 2019-03-18
Global Markets is reporting the availability of Global Cellulosic Ethanol Market, a new elementary research study that analyzes market growth, risks, production volume, prices structure, market trends and other sellulosic ethanol related data along with forecast data from 2019-2024.

The study offers a thorough understanding of market share, annual revenue, business methods, and contribution to Cellulosic Ethanol industry growth. Complete company profile of each player analysed in this report is covered for predicting the futuristic Cellulosic Ethanol scope and industry demand.

Access report details and browse table of contents HERE. (Source: Global Market Biz, PR, 17 Mar., 2019) Contact: Global Amerket Biz, globalmarketers.biz@gmail.com; www.globalmarketers.biz

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic Ethanol,  


USDA Commits to $125Mn Aemetis Riverbank Biorefinery (Funding)
Aemetis
Date: 2019-02-13
Following up on our 24th January coverage, Cupertino, California-based Aemetis, Inc. is reporting the USDA has issued a Conditional Commitment under the 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program to guarantee a $125 million, 20-year loan to company's cellulosic ethanol plant to be built in Riverbank, California. The Riverbank plant is designed to convert orchard, forest and other biomass waste into cellulosic ethanol with below zero carbon emissions.

The Riverbank biorefinery project recently won a $12 million California state tax waiver and a $5 million California Energy Commission Notice of Proposed Award. Preliminary engineering for the project has been completed and construction is expected to get underway in mid-2019. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 12 Feb., 2019) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, investors@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Riverbank ,  Aemetis,  USDA,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


Iowa Ethanol Production Breaks Record High (Ind. Report)
Iowa Renewable Fuel Association
Date: 2019-01-23
In Iowa, 2018 is slated to go down as another record year for ethanol production with the state's ethanol production facilities producing 4.35 billion gallons -- 150 million gallons more than 2017 and 150 million gallons short of capacity. Iowa produces about 27 pct of total U.S. ethanol production. The Hawkeye State also produced a record 365 million gallons of biodiesel in 2018.

Iowa's two cellulosic ethanol and 41 corn ethanol plants use more than 1.3 billion bpy of corn. (Source: Iowa Renewable Fuel Association, WHO13, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuel Association, Monte Shaw, info@IowaRFA.org, (515) 252-6249, https://iowarfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic,  Corn Ethanol,  Iowa Ethanol,  Iowa Renewable Fuel Association ,  


Hunter Pilot Ethanol Biorefinery Launched in Australia (Int'l)
Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources,
Date: 2019-01-18
In the Land Down Under, the Sydney-based University of Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) and Ethanol Technologies (Ethtec), in partnership with the Muswellbrook Shire Council, reports the development of the Hunter Pilot Biorefinery (HPB), a bio-renewables research facility and an environmentally sustainable process to produce biofuels and other renewable chemicals from crop and forestry waste.

The HPB will be a state-of-the-art facility containing biomass processing and fermentation equipment applicable to a range of biofuel and renewable chemical production technologies.

The first phase of the project received $4.6 million from the New South Wales (NSW) Government under the Growing Local Economies fund to unlock long-term growth opportunities in regional NSW through targeted infrastructure investment.

The foundation project of the Biorefinery is a $30 million cellulosic ethanol pilot plant project by Apace Research Limited (Apace), Ethanol Technologies Limited (Ethtec), the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Chinese engineering company JTL and the University of Newcastle. (Source: University of Newcastle, Australia, PR 17 Jan., 2019) Contact: NIER, Professor Alan Broadfoot, Executive Director, +61 2 4033 9000, www.newcastle.edu.au; Ethtec, + 61 7 4776 5300, +61 7 4776 5392 - fax, www.ethtec.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Ethtec,  Biomass,  


Attis, Novozymes Collaborate on Biorefinery Technologies (Ind. Report)
Attis Industries,Novozymes
Date: 2019-01-18
Milton, Georgia-based Attis Industries Inc. reports it has inked an agreement with Copenhagen-headquartered Novozymes A/S under which Novozymes will supply enzymes to Attis' planned cellulosic ethanol biorefineries.

Attis has successfully converted the pulp extracted from its patented biomass processing into high yields of sugar using Novozymes' proprietary enzyme cocktails.

Initially, Attis and Novozymes will focus on optimizing the value of the biotechnology utilized in the Attis process. (Source: Attis Industries, Chemical Engineering, Jan., 2019) Contact: Attis Ind., Jeff Cosman, CEO, 678-580-5661, www.attisind.com; Novozymes, Peder Holk Nielsen, President and CEO, Tina Sejersgard Fano, VP Bioenergy, +45 44 46 00 00, www.novozymes.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Attis Industries,  Novozymes,  Biofuel,  


Former INEOS Cellulosic Ethanol Assets Up for Grabs (Ind. Report)
INEOS Bio Energy
Date: 2018-12-10
Following up on our 23rd February coverage, industrial auctioneer Maas Companies of Rochester, Minnesota, reports the former INEOS Bio Energy 8 MMGY Cellulosic Ethanol Plant and 6 MW Biomass Plant in Vero Beach, Florida will soon fall under the auctioneer's hammer.

The sale includes INEOS' surplus land and equipment which will be offered first via a sealed bid auction process ending on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. If the equipment is not sold as an entirety with the real estate, the equipment will then be sold piecemeal via a timed online auction ending on January 15, 2019.

The 2011 vintage, $230 million INEOS plant was a joint venture between Ineos Group LTD and New Planet Energy LLC. This first of its kind demonstration plant was designed to use an integreated biomass gasification and gas fermentation technology to convert cellulosic yard and vegetable waste into ethanol.

The plant is adjacent to the Indian River County Solid Waste Disposal LandFill with an existing gas line in place enabling the use of the landfill waste gases on the site. The plant also owns an additional 74.5 acre tract of land to the south of the main site.

Frankens Energy purchased the property earlier this year and has begun deploying its plans to convert the site into an industrial eco-district, the first of its kind on the eastern seaboard. Once complete, the Indian River Eco-District will support and nurture an innovative eco-system of industrial businesses, while fostering sustainable competitive advantages, growth and success of each of its members.

(Source: Maas Companies, 6 Dec., 2018) Contact: Indian River Eco District, www.irecodistrict.com; Maas Companies, (507)285-1444, www.masscompanies.com, www.ethanolplantauction.com; Frankens Energy, David Frankens, info@frankensenergy.com, www.frankensenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic Ethanol,  Frankens Energy,  INEOS Bio Energy,  Maas Companies,  


New Energy Blue Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Advancing (Ind. Report)
New Energy Blue
Date: 2018-12-10
In Spiritwood, North Dakota, New Energy Blue LLC reports it is near completion of engineering and permitting on a $150 million plant project that would t plant would process 33 tph of biomass -- wheat straw, corn stover , barley straw -- into 16 million gpy of cellulosic ethanol for the California market. The plant will also produce also produce 110,000 tpy of lignin -- an organic polymer found in the rigid cell walls of plants. The New Energy Blue plant expects to build near the Spirit AgEnergy corn-ethanol plant, and to begin production in 2021. Midwest AgEnergy will manage to New Energy Blue plant.

New Energy Blue is working through a firm in New York City to issue renewable bonds at the end of their development period. North Dakota has $300 million in tax-free renewable municipal bonds that could be used for projects that turn a "waste material," in this case residue, to a "special need renewable product," such as fuel and power, according to New Energy Blue. (Source: New Energy Blue LLC, AgWeek, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: New Energy Blue LLC, Stephen Rogers, Pres., 717.626.0557, www.newenergyblue.com; Spiritwood,MidwestAgEnergy Group, www.midwestagenergygroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Spiritwood ,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  ,  


DuPont Repaying $10.5Mn in Iowa Ethanol Plant Incentives (Funding)
DuPont,Verbio
Date: 2018-11-19
Further to our Nov. 9th coverage, the Des Moines Register reports DuPont will repay $10.5 million in incentives it received in 2011 from the state of Iowa for its 30-million gpy, $400 million cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa.

The DuPont plant produced ethanol from corn cobs, stalks and other crop residue before being shuttered in 2017. As previously reported Michigan-based Verbio North America is purchasing the facility and plans to invest $35 million to convert the plant to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) from corn stover. (Source: DuPont, Des Moines Register, AP, 16 Nov., 2018))Contact: Verbio, +49 (0) 3493 747-40, www.verbio.de/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News DuPont,  Verbio,  Corn Stover,  RNG,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


Diverse Biofeedstock Ethanol Yields Investigated (R&D Report)
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
Date: 2018-11-16
Biorefineries are picky eaters. They only consume one or two types of plant matter. Researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison processed and experimentally measured ethanol production from five different herbaceous feedstocks. They examined two annuals (corn stover and energy sorghum) along with three perennials (switchgrass, miscanthus, and restored prairie). They determined that a lignocellulosic ethanol refinery could use a range of plant types without having a major impact on the amount of ethanol produced per acre, or per land area.

Many biorefineries consume one, or sometimes two, feedstocks grown and harvested nearby. The feedstock contains lignocellulose. That chemical is processed and fermented into biofuels or bioproducts. Accepting a variety of feedstocks could improve the refinery's environmental footprint, economics, and logistics. The team's study showed that a lignocellulosic refinery could be relatively agnostic in terms of the feedstocks used.

Refineries to convert biomass into fuels often rely on just one feedstock. If the refineries could accept more than one feedstock, it would greatly benefit refinery operation. Scientists investigated how five different feedstocks affected process and field-scale ethanol yields. Two annual crops (corn stover and energy sorghum) and three perennial crops (switchgrass, miscanthus, and restored prairie) were pretreated using ammonia fiber expansion, hydrolyzed, and fermented separately using yeast or bacteria.

Researchers found that both biomass quality and biomass yield affected the amount of ethanol each acre produces. However, the effect differed. Biomass quality was the main driver for the ethanol yields for high-yielding crops, such as switchgrass. Biomass yield was the main driver for the ethanol yields for low-productivity crops, such as corn stover. Therefore, to increase ethanol yield for high-yielding crops, focusing efforts on improving biomass quality or conversion efficiency may be prudent.

For low-yielding crops, focusing on increasing biomass yield may be the best strategy. When measuring the amount of ethanol produced during fermentation, most feedstocks fell within a similar range, especially when scientists used bacteria to ferment the biomass. In total, the results of this study suggest that a lignocellulosic refinery may use a variety of feedstocks with a range of quality without a major negative impact on field-scale ethanol yields. (Source: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, US DOE, 12 Nov., 2018) Contact: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Tim Donohue, Dir., John Greenler, Dir. Outreach, (608) 890-2444, www.glbrc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center,  US DOE,  Biofuel Feedstock,  ,  


Cellulosic Ethanol Feedstocks, Production Strategies Explored (R&D)
Great Lakes Bioenergy Science Center
Date: 2018-11-14
Researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Science Center led by by the University of Wisconsin, Madison, are reporting the investigation of how the quality of different biomass feedstocks -- corn stover and energy sorghum, switchgrass and miscanthus -- affect both the quality and field-scale ethanol yields per acre.

The research found biomass feedstock quality was the main driver for the ethanol yields for high-yielding crops such as switchgrass. Biomass yield was the main driver for ethanol yields from low productivity crops such as corn stover. The re[prt concluded that to increase ethanol yield from high-yielding crops, focusing efforts on improving biomass quality or conversion efficiency "may be prudent."

For low yielding crops, focusing on increasing biomass yield may be the best strategy. When measuring the amount of ethanol produced during fermentation, most feedstocks fell within a similar range, especially when scientists used bacteria to ferment the biomass.

In total, the study suggests that a lignocellulosic refinery can use a variety of feedstocks of varying qualities without a major negative impact on field-scale ethanol yields. (Source: Great Lakes Bioenergy Science Center, US DOE, Nov., 2018) Contact: Great Lakes Bioenergy Science Center, Tim Donohue, Dir., (608) 262-4663, tdonohue@bact.wisc.edu, www.glbrc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Great Lakes Bioenergy Science Center,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Feedstock,  Switchgrass,  Miscanthus,  Cellulosic,  


Verbio Acquiring DowDuPont Iowa Cellulosic Ethanol Plant (M&A)
Verbio,DowDuPont
Date: 2018-11-09
Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Verbio North America Corp. and DowDuPont are reporting the sale of DowDuPont's 30 million gpy cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa, to Leipzig, Germany's Verbio Vereinigte BioEnergie AG's North American subsidiary, Verbio North America, for an undisclosed price.

The cellulosic ethanol plant, which opened in 2015, uses corn cobs and stover as a feedstock. Verbio plans to install equipment to produce natural gas from corn stover and other cellulosic crop residue. (Source: Verbio, DowDuPont, PR 9 Nov., 2018)Contact: Verbio, +49 (0) 3493 747-40, www.verbio.de/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Verbio,  DowDuPont,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  Corn Stover,  


Attis Industries Launches Bio-Based Technologies Video (Ind. Report)
Attis Industries
Date: 2018-11-07
Milton, Georgia-based Attis Industries, Inc. is reporting the launch of a video series on the technologies and bio-based products offered under the company's Innovations division. The video discusses the current inefficiencies in biomass processing and how the Company is taking the next steps to double the biofuel output from biomass.

The transcript of the video states in part: "Our [processing] outputs include pulp and a unique form of high purity lignin. While the pulp can be used in traditional pulp and paper markets or to produce cellulosic ethanol, it's this high purity form of lignin that allows Attis to substantially increase the value and products made from biomass. For every 1.0 pound of cellulosic ethanol produced, Attis is able to recover about 1.3 pounds of high purity lignin. This is an alarming amount of highly concentrated carbon, captured from carbon dioxide and stored by photsyntheisis in plants, that has been overlooked for decades. Attis plans to convert its lignin into transportation fuels such as gasoline, diesel and/or jet fuel which could double the fuel output of biomass, or to convert the lignin into various materials such as plastics, adhesives or carbon fiber."

Link to video HERE. (Source: Attis Industries, Inc. PR, 5 Nov., 2018) Contact: Attis Ind., Jeff Cosman, CEO, 678-580-5661, www.attisind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Attis Industries ,  Bioplastic,  Biofuel,  Bio Technologies,  


India Expanding BioFuel, BioCommodities R&D Effort (Int'l)
India Energy and Research Institute
Date: 2018-11-05
In New Delhi, the Indian Department of Biotechnology (DBT) reports the inking of a 3-year deal with the India Energy and Research Institute for the establishment of an "advanced biofuels and bio-commodities R&D center."

The center, which will be in addition to the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi; the Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati; Transtech Green Power Limited, Jaipur; and the Oil and Natural Gas Energy Centre in the National Capital Region, will focus on developing and commercializing bioenergy-biofuel technologies. Approximately 100 scientists in India are presently working on algal biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol, bio butanol and bio hydrogen R&D projects according to the DBT. Other than fuel, by-products envisaged at the TERI-DBT Centre include food, feed, nutrition supplements, bio-plastics and novelty speciality chemicals. (Source: Indian Department of Biotechnology, The Hindu, 31 Oct., 2018) Contact: Indian Department of Biotechnology, Renu Swarup, Secretary, www.dbtindia.nic.in; India Energy and Research Institute, +91 11 2468 2100, www.teriin.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News India Energy and Research Institute,  


Ace Ethanol D3MAX Equipped Plant Const. Underway (Ind. Report)
Ace Ethanol,Whitefox
Date: 2018-10-31
Grand Forks, North Dakota-headquartered D3MAX and Ace Ethanol LLC are reporting construction is underway on the first D3MAX facility at Ace Ethanol's corn kernel fiber-to-ethanol facility in Stanley, Wisconsin. Ace Ethanol will be the first ethanol plant to integrate the patented D3MAX technology with its existing corn dry mill. The integrated facility will employ membrane-based ethanol recovery technology supplied by Whitefox Technologies Technologies, resulting in significant energy savings.

The D3MAX process is the only corn kernel fiber-to-ethanol process that will not require an independent engineer to validate the cellulosic ethanol production every 500,000 gallons of cellulosic ethanol produced. With the D3MAX process, cellulosic ethanol gallons can be measured directly avoiding the cost of re-certification required by EPA for co-processing and in-situ corn kernel fiber processes, according to D3MAX CTO Mark Yancey.

D3MAX is a technology company formed by BBI International to license a patented cellulosic ethanol technology to dry mill ethanol plants in the US and Canada. D3MAX technology converts corn fiber and residual starch in distillers grains to cellulosic ethanol. The company aims to license D3MAX technology to existing ethanol plants in Canada and the U.(Source: Ace Ethanol, PR 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ace Ethanol, Neal Kemmet, Pres, CEO, (715) 644-2909, www.aceethanol.com; D3MAX, www.D3MAXLLC.com; Whitefox Technologies, Gillian Harrisson, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7953 8446, (403) 210-2999 -- Alberta Office, solutions@whitefox.com, www.whitefox.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ace Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Whitefox ,  


WA. Carbon Reduction Targets Initiative Analyzed (Report Attached)
Low Carbon Prosperity Institute
Date: 2018-10-31
A recently published study by the Seattle-based Low Carbon Prosperity Institute (LCPI) offers new insights into the investment performance required for Washington State's Initiative 1631 to achieve its carbon-reduction goals. A proposed carbon fee on the ballot in Washington state -- I-1631 -- aims to use clean-energy investments to eliminate 20 million tpy of carbon pollution by 2035.

LCPI applied its proprietary Greenhouse Gas Reduction Explorer, a modeling tool used extensively by lawmakers to project outcomes of proposed carbon reduction policies, to evaluate possible investment scenarios that would achieve the policy'S carbon reduction goals and commitment to supporting causes and communities not directly related to reducing carbon emissions. According to the LCPI, achieving the I-1631 fee-freeze is only possible with two strict conditions: all available Clean Energy Account revenue generated by the initiative needs to go into carbon-reducing investments, and investments must perform with best-in-class cost-effectiveness as would be expected from commercial investment funds. Investments would also need to average in the range of $15 to $45 per ton of emissions reduced.

By comparison, the 2014 California Climate Investments program has spent on average, $67 per ton of emissions reduction. Beating California's investment performance can be achieved by harnessing emerging and rapidly cost-declining technologies, maximizing state investments with private dollars, factoring in the impact of the fee on project economics, and focusing on budget-friendly projects in the state such as capturing methane from waste, smart meters, electrification or biomass fuel switch, organics and recycling programs, cellulosic ethanol, bus fuel efficiency, increasing forest lands, and heating/cooling upgrades.

The LCPI was launched in 2018 as a project of the Washington Business Alliance and its PLAN Washington agenda. The LCPI's system design approach delivers the strategic guidance needed for states and countries to achieve long-term success in reducing greenhouse gases, reducing other waste, and building an even more powerful economy. LCPI uses a modeling system, the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Explorer -- the "Gold Standard" for evaluating strategies proposals for managing climate-sensitive waste reduction.

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Explorer details HERE.

Download the full report, citations and analysis HERE. (Source: Low Carbon Prosperity Institute , PR, BusinessWire, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: Low Carbon Prosperity Institute, David Giuliani, Director and Co-founder, www.lowcarbonprosperity.org

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Valmet Supplying Biomass Pre-treatment System for Clariant's Romanian Plant (Int'l. Report)
Valmet, Clariant
Date: 2018-10-24
Further to our Sept. 14 coverage, Espoo, Finland-headquartered Valmet reports it will deliver a BioTrac biomass pre-treatment system to the Swiss company Clariant's 50,000 tpd Sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol plant in Romania, which is slated for startup in 2020.

The delivery includes a BioTrac™ biomass pre-treatment system with a capacity of over 800 tpd of dry biomass, as well as all main parts for biomass dosing, the reactor, the feeding system to the reactor, and steam separation.

Clariant's Sunliquid® technology converts agricultural residue such as wheat straw into cellulosic ethanol, an advanced, sustainable and practically carbon-neutral biofuel. (Source: Valmet Oyj, PR, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: Valmet, Mattias Erixon, Manager Sales, Biomass Conversion, Valmet, +46 70 610 5727, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal; Clariant, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, Anja Pomrehn, Inv. Relations, +41 61 469 67 45, anja.pomrehn@clariant.com, www.clariant.com

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Anellotech Announces Commercial Bio-TCat Progress (Ind. Report)
Anellotech
Date: 2018-10-19
Pearl River, New York-based renewable chemicals, bioplastics and fuels from non-food biomass producer Anellotech is confirming progress in its Bio-TCat technology development program . The company is planning to scale-up design and engineering of a commercial plant with its process development and design partner IFPEN and commercialization, engineering, and licensing partner Axens.

Anellotech's patented Bio-TCat thermal-catalytic technology produces a mixture of benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX) which can be used in the production of polymers such as polyester, polycarbonate, and nylon, or high-octane gasoline blendstock. The company notes that co-product gas streams from Bio-TCat can be used to make significant amounts of renewable electricity, hydrogen or cellulosic ethanol using third party technologies. (Source: Anellotech, Public Release, Green Car Congress, 17 Oct., 2018)Contact: Anellotech Inc. David Sudolsky, Pres., (845) 735-7700, DSudolsky@anellotech.com, www.anellotech.com

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Indian Oil Corp Investing $109Mn in Second-Gen Ethanol Plant (Int'l)
Indian Oil Corp
Date: 2018-10-19
On the Sub-Continent, public sector oil marketing behemoth Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) reports it will invest close to Rs 8 billion ($109 million +-) in a second-generation, sugarcane ethanol plant in Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh. The state cabinet has approved 30 years lease on a 100 acre site for the plant.

Similar plants have been proposed in other Indian states. (Source: Indian Oil Company, Business Standard, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: Indian Oil Corp., www.iocl.com

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NewEnergyBlue Set for Straw Biorefinery Ground Breaking (Ind. Report)
NewEnergyBlue
Date: 2018-09-24
NewEnergyBlue reports it soon break ground on the New Energy Spirit Biomass Refinery at the Spiritwood Energy Park near Jamestown, North Dakota.

The biorefinery is expected to process 280,000 tpy of North Dakota grown wheat straw into 16-million gpy of cellulosic ethanol that meets or exceeds California's rigorous air-quality standards.

New Energy Spirit Biomass Refinery, LLC will own and operate the plant which is partially funded by regional investors with a strong interest in the project's sustainability and its invigorating contributions to the area economy. (Source: NewEnergyBlue, PR, 24 Sept., 2018) Contact: NewEnergyBlue, Stephen Rogers, Pres., 717-626-0557 www.newenergyblue.com

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Clariant's Romanian Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Construction Underway (Int'l. Report)
Clariant
Date: 2018-09-14
Further to our 1st November, 2017 coverage, Swiss specialty chemical developer Clariant reports construction is underway on its previously announced cellulosic ethanol plant near the city of Craiova, Romania.

The ethanol will be processed from agricultural wastes and residues using the company's "Sunliquid™" technology. At full capacity, the 50,000 tpy plant will process about 250,000 tpy of locally sourced wheat straw and other cereals . Financial details of the project have not been announced.

Clariant is a speciality chemicals company, formed in 1995 as a spin-off from Sandoz. Headquartered near Basel, Switzerland, the public company encompasses 110 operating companies in 53 countries, with manufacturing sites located in Europe, North America, South America, China and India. (Source: Clariant, PR, Romania Insider, 13 Sept., 2018) Contact: Clariant, Markus Rarbach, Head of Start-up Business Biofuels & Derivatives, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, Anja Pomrehn, Inv. Relations, +41 61 469 67 45 anja.pomrehn@clariant.com, www.clariant.com

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USDA Comments on RFS "Hardship" Waivers (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2018-08-31
The attached memorandum, the USDA comments on Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) small refinery "hardship" waivers and the agency's ability to make different reductions in the total and advanced mandates when using the cellulosic waiver authority.

In its proposed rule Renewable Fuel Standard Program Standards for 2019 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2020, the EPA proposes the Renewable Fuel Volume Obligations (RVOs), the analytical support in setting those RVOs, the setting of the percent standards to achieve those RVOs and an assessment of the cost of implementation.

The USDA stresses that it does not disagree with the appropriateness of the use of the cellulosic waiver authority in lowering the total and cellulosic standards, but disagrees with the newly stated constraints the EPA places on the agency when those waivers are applied. These comments also address the inconsistencies between the cost and the percent standard approaches, which have historically failed to achieve the RVO standard set in the analysis and rule making.

Download RFS details HERE. (Source: USDA, Aug., 2018) ) Contact: USDA,www.usda.gov

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Aemetis Updates Calif. Cellulosic Ethanol Project Progress (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2018-08-15
Further to our June 20 report, Cupertino, California-based Aemetis' recently released second quarter financial results on Aug. 9, noted progress is being made with its Riverbank, California cellulosic ethanol plant, including engineering, environmental permitting and EPC project milestones.

Construction on the cellulosic ethanol plant, which will use LanzaTech technology to convert orchard and agriculture waste into ethanol, could bet underway this year, subject to a pending USDA loan guarantee. (Source: Aemetis, Ethanol Producer, Other Media, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, investors@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

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BPCL's Indian Cellulosic Ethanol Project Gets the Nod (Int'l Report)
Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd
Date: 2018-08-13
In Mumbai, the Indian state-run Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) reports the country's Environment Assessment Committee (EAC) has issues a conditional approval for a new, 100 kl per day second generation ethanol plant in Odisha at an expected cost of Rs 747.46 crore (1 croew = 10 million).

The project, which will use lignocelluloses biomassis as a feedstock, is in line with the government's national bio-fuel policy, which mandates 5 pct blending of ethanol with petrol. (Source: Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd, PTI, 8 Aug., 2018) Contact: Bharat Petroleum Corp, www.bharatpetroleum.com

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Hawkeye State Secretary of Agriculture Comments on Proposed RFS Changes (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2018-08-13
In Iowa City, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig, has submitted the following comments on the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) levels for conventional, advanced and cellulosic biofuels for 2019 and biodiesel for 2020, to the U.S. EPA

"A strong RFS that follows the law is critically important to ensuring market access for ethanol and biodiesel and to giving consumers additional choices at the pump. I will reiterate to acting Administrator Wheeler when he visits Iowa next week the need to support the RFS, allow year-round sale of E15 and end the small-refinery waivers that have cut ethanol demand by 1.5 billion gallons over the past two years."

Iowa has the capacity to produce 4.4 billion gpy of ethanol, including 55 million gpy of cellulosic ethanol and 400 million gpy of biodiesel, all from approximately 1 billion bushels of corn. The biofuels industry contributes about $5 billion to the state's DGP. (Source: Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig, CBC OnLIne, 12 Aug., 2018) Contact: Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig, www.iowaagriculture.gov/MichaelNaig.asp

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D3Max Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association's Newest Member (Ind. Report)
D3Max,
Date: 2018-08-08
The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association is reporting corn fiber-to-cellulosic ethanol technology provider, D3Max, has become MN Biofuels latest member. D3Max' technology converts the fiber and residual starch in wet cake (wet distillers grains) into cellulosic ethanol.

Grand Forks, North Dakota-based D3Max' technology increases the amount of cellulosic ethanol produced from wet cake by as much as 10 pct in comparison to other methods. Overall, its technology increases an ethanol plant's production by 7 pct -- 2.9 gallons of ethanol per bushel to 3.1 gallons of ethanol per bushel -- with no increase in corn grind. (Source: Minnesota Bio-Fuels Assoc., Ethanol Producer Mag., 7 Aug., 2018) Contact: MN Biofuels, Tim Rudnicki, Exec. Dir., (612) 888-9138, www.mnbiofuels.org; D3Max, Mark Yancey, (303) 906-6234, www.d3maxllc.com

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Iowa Gov. Comments on RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynols
Date: 2018-07-20
"Our (Iowa) farmers need some positive news. It's our hope new EPA leadership will adhere to promises made by President Trump to protect the RFS and grow demand for our homegrown fuels. It's time to end the domestic demand destruction by undermining of the RFS. It's time to open up the market for higher ethanol blends, E15 and above, to be sold year round. Unfortunately, the proposed RFS rule before us does neither of those things.

"On the surface, the numbers appear positive. Conventional biofuels like corn ethanol are set at 15 billion gallons and cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel and total advanced levels are all proposed to increase. But the EPA's decision to grant numerous small-refinery waivers and to not reallocate those volumes as the law envisioned, undercuts the 15 billion gallon level.

"These small refinery waivers have created the backdoor destruction of 1.5 billion gallons of ethanol demand. That means 500 million bushels of corn will be left in the bins, putting added pressure on already low commodity prices. Every RFS category is reduced by these small refiner waiver exemptions. In fact, it almost wipes out the proposed increase for advanced biofuels.

"And the 15 billion gallons ethanol number is in reality more like 13.5 billion. To put that in context, nearly 1 billion gallons less ethanol than was blended into U.S. gasoline in 2017. That is not progress. That is not the letter or spirit of the RFS. And that is not what President Trump promised the voters of Iowa. This issue must be addressed. The criteria for exemptions must be reasonable and transparent, and any exemptions must be reallocated to the remaining obligated parties. Correcting the small refinery exemption excesses need to be in the final rule. 15 billion gallons must mean 15 billion gallons.

"The former head )Pruitt) of the EPA often said that the decision to allow year-round sales of E15 was a matter of authority, not policy. The EPA has publicly acknowledged it has the authority, so it's time to act. It's also time for the EPA to stop ignoring a court order to restore 500 million gallons of conventional ethanol demand that was illegally waived by the Obama Administration for the 2016 compliance year." (Source: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R), 18 July, 2018) Contact: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, https://governor.iowa.gov

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Enerkem Plans Rotterdam Methanol Production (Int'l. Report)
Enerkem
Date: 2018-07-18
Following up on our April 2nd coverage, with the previously reported startup of it Edmonton, Alberta, waste-to-cellulosic ethanol plant, Montreal-based Enerkem plans to tap into some of the 2 million tpy of municipal solid waste (MSW) shipped to the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for methanol fuel production.

Amsterdam-based chemical company AkzoNobel, and Paris-headquartered industrial gas specialist Air Liquide are participating in the project which is expected to cost approximately $232 million. When fully operational in 2020, the plant will gasify 300,000 tpy of waste to produce more than 200,000 tpy of methanol while avoiding about 300,000 tpy of CO2 emissions that would have been generated through incineration of the waste. Enerkem's patented technology can break down chemically and structurally dissimilar waste, including plastic materials, into a pure syngas that can be converted into commercial-grade methanol. (Source: Enerkem, Waste 360, 17 July, 2018)Contact: Enerkem Inc., Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Dir. of Innovation, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com; Port of Rotterdam, www.portofrotterdam.com/en

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Aemetis Riverbank Biorefinery Touted World's #1 Waste-to-Value Project (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2018-06-20
Cupertino, California-based Aemetis, Inc. reports that the publication Biofuels Digest has awarded the Aemetis cellulosic ethanol facility under development at the Riverbank site in California as the "#1 Waste-to-Value Project in the world." The Aemetis facility earned its #1 project ranking as a result of its low cost contracted inputs, high value outputs, proven process technology and a planned $125 million USDA guaranteed loan. The facility was ranked above high profile and funded advanced biofuels projects including those developed by Fulcrum, Red Rock, Clariant, Poet and Enerkem.

Biofuels Digest noted that the Aemetis Riverbank project combines the best technology from leading technology providers LanzaTech and InEnTec with the local availability of waste orchard wood and other feedstock that can be used to produce Aemetis' high value cellulosic ethanol and valuable byproducts.

Aemetis owns and operates a 60 million gallon per year ethanol production facility in California's Central Valley, near Modesto. Aemetis also owns and operates a 50 million gpy renewable chemical and advanced fuel production facility in India producing distilled biodiesel and refined glycerin for the Indian, US and European markets. The company also operates an R&D laboratory, and holds a portfolio of patents and related technology licenses for the production of renewable fuels and biochemicals. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 19 June, 2018) Contact: Aemetis, Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, investors@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

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White Dog, AdvanceBio Collaborate on Clostridia Technology (R&D)
White Dog Labs
Date: 2018-06-13
Rehovot,Israel-based White Dog Labs Israel, a subsidiary of New Castle, Delaware-based White Dog Laboratories (WDL) and AdvanceBio are reporting receipt of grant funding from the Israel-US Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation BIRD Energy to further develop CelZyme™, a cellulosic hydrolysis technology developed by WDL Israel using the microorganism Clostridium thermocellum ( Ctx ).

In the wild, Ctx is nature's best cellulosic degrader, and since it is anaerobic, the technology has the potential of lowering enzymes costs via onsite CelZyme production, using part of the biomass as its feedstock.

WDL has developed a core competency for the isolation, selection, cultivation and engineering of Clostridia, a long known but less understood class of bacteria, with promising applications in biochemicals and fuels.

Cincinnati, Ohio-headquartered AdvanceBio provides renewable chemical and fuel process technology development and design services globally to first generation producers as well as companies developing second-generation, cellulosic ethanol processes. (Source: White Dog Lab, PR, Business Wire, June, 2018) Contact: White Dog Lab., Bryan Tracy, (302) 220-4763, btracy@whitedoglabs.com, www.WhiteDogLabs.com; White Dog Labs Israel, Alon Karpol, akarpol@whitedoglabs.com; AdvanceBio, Dale Monceaux, monceaux@advancebio.com, www.AdvanceBio.com; BIRD Foundation, Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, Executive Director, +972 3 698 8300, (650) 752-6485, www.birdf.com

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Colwich, Kansas Ethanol Plant Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Element LLC,The Andersons,ICM Holdings
Date: 2018-05-23
Following up on our March 9 coverage, Element LLC, a collaboration between ICM Holdings and The Andersons, Inc. reports construction is underway on a new $175 million corn ethanol plant in Colwich, Kansas.

The plant, which will produce corn oil, ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, DDGs for livestock feed is slated to open next spring. (Source: Wichita Eagle, AP, ICM, Others, 22 May, 2018)Contact: Elements LLC, (316) 796-0900, www.icminc.com; The Andersons Inc, (419) 893-5050, www.andersonsethanol.com

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Global Cellulosic Ethanol Market Research Report 2018 -- Market Insights Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-05-16
Market Insights new Global Cellulosic Ethanol Market Research Report 2018 provides a comprehensive analysis of the emerging point of care tests market segments, including their dynamics, size, growth, regulatory requirements, technological trends, competitive landscape, and emerging opportunities for instrument and consumable suppliers. This report also provides market landscape and market share information in the Cellulosic Ethanol market. The report brings together major merger & acquisition, distribution agreement, licensing deals and collaboration deals information in point of care testing market. The report also entails major drivers and challenges of Cellulosic Ethanol market.

The report also examines the technologies, markets and factors influencing the markets for Cellulosic Ethanol. Markets are forecast based on historical activity and current opportunities, technical advances and challenges. The research includes historic data from 2013 to 2017 and forecasts until 2025.

Access Global Cellulosic Ethanol Market Research Report 2018 details HERE. (Source: MarketInsights Reports, May, 2018) Contact: MarketInsightsReports , (704) 266-3234, sales@marketinsightsreports.com, www.marketinsightsreports.com

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DOE Awards $3M for Advanced Biofuels, Bioenergy R&D (Funding)
Biomass Research and Development Initiative
Date: 2018-05-11
The US Department of Energy (DOE) reports it's Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) will award up to $3 million in grant funding to the University of Tennessee and Northwestern University for advanced biofuels, bioenergy, and biobased products.

The University of Tennessee (UT). UT will be developing an integrated biorefinery design that combines the production of liquid fuels and renewable chemicals to verify production of affordable cellulosic ethanol.

Northwestern University will develop a rapid synthesis of next-generation biofuels and bioproducts from lignocellulosic biomass. The project will employ several strategies to reduce the timeframe of discovering biosynthetic pathways to optimize fuel and chemical production, including bottom-up engineering principles, computational models, and cell-free framework systems.

Both projects aim to lower biofuel production costs and develop diverse, cost-effective cellulosic biomass technologies for use in the production of biofuels and biobased products. (Source: US DOE, Green Car Congress, 10 May, 2018) Contact: DOE Biomass Research and Development Initiative , https://biomassboard.gov

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DowDuPont Nevada Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Remains Unsold (M&A)
DowDuPont
Date: 2018-05-07
Following on our 6 Nov., 2017 coverage, Midlands, Mich.-headquartered chemicals giant DowDuPont reports it is still seeking a purchaser for its shuttered 30 million gpy cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada. The asking price is $225 million.

The plant, which never went into full production and was shutdown in Nov, 2017, is being maintained by a skeleton crew. Although several potential purchasers have been identified, no offers for the plant have been received, according to DowDuPont. (Source: DowDuPont, Ames Tribune, 6 May, 2018) Contact: DowDuPont, Jan Konickx, Biofuels Global Business Director, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jankoninckx, DowDuPont,Dow Chemical, www.dow.com; DuPont Industrial Biosciences, William F. Feehery, Pres., www.biosciences.dupont.com; DowDuPont, (800) 422-8193, www.dow-dupont.com

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Zero Waste, Enerkem Considering Rochester Waste-to-Fuel Project (Ind. Report)
Enerkem,Zero Waste Solutions
Date: 2018-03-21
Concord, Califorina-based Zero Waste Solutions' trash processing facility in Rochester could be among the first in the country to produce a renewable alternative to gasoline. If all goes as planned. Zero Waste will partner with Canadian waste treatment company Enerkem to convert waste into small briquettes called EcoTac, which burn similarly to, but cleaner than, coal. Enerkem currently has facilities that produce cellulosic ethanol in Canada, the Netherlands, and Minnesota.

To pursue the project in Rochester, Enerkem would need an approximate 10 acre site at or near the Zero Waste municipal solid waste facility. Rochester city planning, environmental and other regulatory approvals are needed for the project to proceed. (Source: Zero Waste Solutions, Sippican Week, 20 Mar., 2018) Contact: Zero Waste Solutions, Mike Camara, CEO, (925) 270-3339, info@zerowastesolutions.com, www.zerowastesolutions.com; Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

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Aemetis Validates Cellulosic Demo Plant Yields (Ind. Report)
Aemetis Inc
Date: 2018-03-19
Following up on our 12 March coverage, Cupertino, California-based Aemetis, Inc. reports Leidos Engineering has validated Aemetis' subsidiary, Aemetis Advanced Products Keyes Inc. ethanol and protein yields produced from the operation of its integrated demonstration unit (IDU) at InEnTec's Technology Center in Richland, Washington.

Aemetis continuously operated its gas fermentation process for over 120 days, meeting the requirements for a USDA 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program guaranteed loan. The IDU proved out a yield of 77 gallons of cellulosic ethanol per ton of biomass.

Using adjusted engineering models and subsequent results from the IDU, Leidos engineers expect the yield from the IDU to translate to commercial yields of approximately 96 gallons of cellulosic ethanol per ton of biomass at Aemetis' planned 12 million gpy commercial facility in Riverbank, California. (Source: Aemetis Inc., 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, schillara@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

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Aemetis' Riverbank Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Progressing (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2018-03-12
Cupertino, California-based Aemetis, Inc. reports its Buffalo, New York-headquartered engineering firm ATSI has completed front-end loading (FEL) engineering work for its 12 million gpy cellulosic ethanol plant in Riverbank, CA. The integrated gas fermentation facility at the Riverbank plant combines LanzaTech's gas fermentation technology with InEnTec's arc furnace gasification technology.

Aemetis is presently working with vendors and contractors to coordinate the construction of the initial 12 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol in California, in addition to each subsequent phased build out. (Source: Aemetis Inc., PR, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, schillara@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

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ICM, The Andersons JV Planning KS Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
The Andersons ,ICM
Date: 2018-03-09
The Andersons Inc and Kansas-headquartered grain ethanol technology specialist ICM Inc. are reporting a joint venture project called Element LLC. The JV will construct and operate a 70 million gpy, dry mill ethanol plant adjacent to ICM's headquarters in Colwich.

Construction is expected to get underway early this year for start-up in spring of 2019. The facility will feature heat and power generation from waste wood, high protein distillers dried grains (DDGs), cellulosic ethanol production from corn kernel fiber and advanced corn oil production.

The project's ethanol output is expected to be marketed in California and other emerging low carbon markets. (Source: The Andersons, ICM, Mar., 2018) Contact: The Andersons Inc, (419) 893-5050, www.andersonsinc.com; ICM, (316) 796-0900, www.icminc.com

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Aemetis Touts Cellulosic Ethanol Demo Success (Ind. Report)
Aemetis,LanzaTech
Date: 2018-03-07
Cupertino, California-headquartered advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals producer Aemetis, Inc. is reporting the completion and and operated of an integrated demonstration unit for more than 120 days of continuous operations with 94% uptime, meeting the requirements for a USDA 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program guaranteed loan.

In partnership with its key technology providers InEnTec and LanzaTech, Aemetis optimized the integration of an advanced arc furnace and gas fermentation technologies to convert waste biomass into low carbon, renewable cellulosic ethanol and fish meal. The unit was built at the InEnTec Technology Center in Richland, Washington and demonstrated the fully integrated system, including biomass handling, gasification, gas clean up, waste treatment and distillation systems. With a 20-year feedstock supply agreement and a 55-year lease already signed, the 12 million gpy Riverbank plant is expected to begin operations in 2019.

For the demonstration unit, Aemetis used waste orchard wood and nut shells from almond and walnut trees as feedstock, gasified the biomass using a high temperature plasma gasification system to produce syngas, cooled and cleaned the syngas, and supplied the syngas to a patented gas fermentation bioreactor to produce an ethanol "broth" which was distilled to produce commercial grade ethanol.(Source: Aemetis Inc., PR, Newswire, 6 Mar., 2018)Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, schillara@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

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Meridian, Generex Seal Corn Ethanol Byproducts Deal (Ind. Report)
Meridian Waste Solutions,Attis Innovations
Date: 2018-02-12
Further to our Jan. 12, coverage, Atlanta-based Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. reports it has inked a strategic partnership with Alpharette, Georgia-based Genarex LLC, to develop a range of agricultural waste based bioadditives for the plastics market.

According to Meridian, the US corn ethanol industry produces about 50 million tpy of distillers dried grains(DDGs) which Genarex's technology converts into a polymerized material branded as Bylox. This material is claimed to have a high value as a functional filler in numerous plastic formulations.

Attis Innovations, a wholly owned subsidiary of Meridian Waste Solutions Inc., recovers lignin from the byproduct stream of biomass processing industries, such as pulp and paper and cellulosic ethanol. The recovered lignin is said to be unique in that it is a melt flowing biomaterial that is low cost and acts as a polymerized biofiller in applications such as plastics, adhesives and transportation fuels. .(Source: Meridian, WMW, 10 Feb., 2018) Contact: Meridian Waste Solutions, Jeff Cosman, CEO, (917) 658-7878, www.amsnt.comwww.MWSinc.com; Attis, www.attisinnovations.com; Genarex LLC, (470) 253-1616, info@generex.com, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/genarex-inc, www.generex.com

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Advanced Biofuels "Not Yet Viable", Study Warns (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd
Date: 2018-02-09
Research conducted by Ireland-based Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd. has found that less than 1 pct of projected capacity for advanced biofuel production worldwide has become reality, and warns policy makers against placing "too much hope in the fledgling technology."

"Advanced biofuels are not yet viable, are not rising at all, and have accumulated losses of billions in failed projects," the research says, adding that the "myth of the advanced biofuel industry survives on a long-run campaign of misinformation by promoters of advanced biofuels technologies. Contrary to statements from promoters of advanced biofuels, in the European Union, advanced biofuels production capacity is not growing steadily and there are not several examples showcasing this development," the report adds.

European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePIRE) Secretary General Emmanuel Desplechin has called for an analysis of the "real data" from the International Energy Agency (IEA) which says biofuels consumption in the transport sector must triple by 2030 in order for the world to keep global warming well below 2 degree C, the target in the Paris Agreement. "It stressed that two-thirds of that increase should come from advanced biofuels and notably from cellulosic ethanol, and also points out that first-generation biofuels also have an important contribution to make while the massive scale-up of advanced technology is underway," Desplechin concluded. (Source: Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd., Euractiv, 7 Feb., 2018) Contact: Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd., administrator@eerl.com, www.eerl.com; (ePURE), Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. Gen., +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org

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BP Verenium's La. Biofuels Plant Under the Hammer (Ind. Report)
BP Verenium Biofuels
Date: 2018-02-05
Chicago-headquartered Aaron Equipment Co., in conjunction with Reich Brothers and Phoenix Equipment Corp., is reporting its recently acquired former BP Verenium Biofuels plant, including more than 40 acres of real estate and equipment in Jennings, Louisiana, is being offered for sale. The facility will initially be offered as a complete plant and then in individual pieces is not sold as a unit.

The 1.4 MMgy demonstration-scale facility opened in 2008 and was acquired by BP Biofuels North America in mid-2010. The facility was initially designed to validate cellulosic ethanol technology.

Sale details are available HERE. (Source: Aaron Equipment Co., Jan., 2018) Contact: Aaron Equipment Co., (630) 350-2200, www.aaronequipment.com; BP, www.bp.com; Verenium Biofuels, www.verenium.com

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Mid.West Cellulosic Ethanol Stalls, says Agriculture.com (Ind. Report)
Cellulosics
Date: 2018-01-03
Agriculture.com is reporting that while advanced biofuels are still thought of as the next generation of renewable fuels, corn-based ethanol still makes up most of the nation's fuel supply. In addition to cutting the carbon footprint for America's vehicles, bio-based ethanol was supposed to provide jobs to rural communities and give farmers new revenue sources, the article adds.

According to agriculture.com, "ten years of federal incentives were supposed to encourage investment in cellulosic technologies, but only three plants have been built in the Midwest since 2014.

Cellulosic ethanol is harder to manufacture than grain ethanol because it uses the inedible parts of plants, making it harder for machines to process. Cellulosic companies also faced challenges like finding a steady supply, fluctuating markets, and policy indecision. Of the three major plants in the Midwest, the one in Kansas went up for sale in 2016. DuPont announced in November that it's looking for a buyer to take over its plant in Nevada, Iowa. (Source: Agriculture.com, KTIC, 29 Dec., 2017) Contact: Successful Farming/Agriculture.com, www.agriculture.com

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IndianOil Touts Rice Straw Ethanol Production Plan (Int'l Report)
Indian Oil Corporation
Date: 2018-01-03
Indian Oil Corporation (IndianOil) reports it plans begin production of cellulosic ethanol at the rate of 100 kilo litre per day from locally sourced rice straw and other biomass feedstocks at the village of Baoli in Panipat district, Haryana, India.

IndianOil Corporation Ltd is India's largest commercial enterprise. The IndianOil Group of companies owns and operates 10 of India's 20 refineries. Besides, the corporation supplies Indane Gas to over 47.5 million households through a network of 4990 Indian distributors.(Source: Indian Oil Corp., BW Online Bureau, , 28 Dec., 2017) Contact: Indian Oil Corporation, www.iocl.com

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