In Denmark, Novozymes announced a deal to supply enzyme technology to a new biorefinery that will be built by St1 Biofuels in Kajaani, Finland. The facility will be co-located at a sawmill site, and will be the first facility in the world to use sawdust from softwood as feedstock to produce cellulosic ethanol at commercial […]
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In Massachusetts, a two-year attempt to transport ethanol by rail through Boston suburbs has come to an end after legislators and the public pushed Global Partners to withdraw its application for permission. Recent legislation passed by the two state houses would prohibit ethanol blending or storage of 5,000 gallons or more per day in an […]
Monsanto IP protection case. In Washington, in a unanimous ruling delivered today, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed its support for protecting U.S. innovations – in this case, ruling that an Indiana farmer had to pay a fee to Monsanto to use its genetically modified soybeans to make new seeds. Writing the unanimous decision, Justice Elena […]
In Wisconsin, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have streamlined the process used to produce chemicals and biofuels from cellulosic feedstock, eliminating costly pretreatment steps that can account for up to 30% of cellulosic ethanol production costs.
Chief of Naval Operations joins chorus of lawmakers, generals, admirals calling for US biofuels focus
In Washington, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jon Greenert, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA), and Lieutenant General John Castellaw (USMC, ret.) joined the chorus of voices calling on the US Senate to support the Department of Defense’s energy innovation programs. Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, writing Senator Mark Udall […]
In North Carolina, Rep. John Torbett, R-Stanley, responding to the increasing theft of yellow kitchen grease has proposed a bill that would make it a felony to steal $1,000 or more of yellow grease, and a misdemeanor if less were stolen. Additionally, Torbett is proposing that any yellow grease collectors must be licensed and inspected […]
In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board along with more than 50 industry groups have sent a letter to lawmakers in order to get them to vote in favor of extending the biodiesel tax credit that expires at the end of the year. If it expires, it would be the fifth time in eight years the […]
In New York state, Lockheed Martin has teamed with Concord Blue to use the latter’s Reformer technology, a type of “advanced” gasification system, to produce 250kW of energy from MSW. So far tests of the project have used discarded wood chips from a nearby sawmill that has so far saved the company 9,000 tons of […]
In South Lanarkshire, Scotland, Viridor has signed a ten year contract to process around 80,000 tonnes of residual waste each year. This project starts on 1 April 2017 and its contract value is £127 million ($142.7 million). The aim is to convert residual waste into renewable energy. South Lanarkshire SME and Wm Hamilton & Sons […]
In Georgia, biomass-based fuels present a tremendous opportunity to transition toward a more sustainable mix of renewable energy. This was a key theme of an alternative fuels workshop hosted Sept. 14 by the U.S. DOE in Macon, Georgia. The workshop examined the sustainability of feedstocks like soybean oil, which can be used to make biodiesel […]