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 […]
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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 […]
Enerkem develops biofuels and chemicals from waste. With its proprietary thermochemical technology, Enerkem converts abundantly available municipal solid waste (mixed textiles, plastics, fibers, wood and other non-recyclable waste materials) into chemical-grade syngas, and then methanol, ethanol and other chemical intermediates that form everyday products. By using waste instead of fossil fuels, Enerkem addresses the growing […]
In Colorado, Gevo has met its isobutanol production goal at its Luverne, Minnesota plant using the the Side-by-Side operation mode. The company had hoped to reach production levels of 50-100 thousand gallons per month by the end of 2014. The plant commenced the co-production of isobutanol and ethanol in June of 2014, with one fermenter […]
In the EU, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has asked Fraunhofer and Helmholtz to establish “Knowledge and Innovation Communities” on raw materials. These communities on innovation in the sector “healthy living – active ageing” and in the field of “raw materials”. In the latter field the EIT selected the consortium “RawMatTERS”, a […]
A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we reach the end of 2014? Not the intrepidSS Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and peer into tomorrowland. As the sunset of 2014 gives way to the dawn of 2015, here at the Digest we resist the holiday temptation to look back over the challenges […]
By Brent Erickson, Executive VP, BIO; Head, Industrial & Environmental Section The underlying legal constructs of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) remain in working order, despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) failure to issue a final 2014 rule and its other regulatory missteps. Over the past five years, the program spurred billions of dollars of […]