Category: Top Stories

New Life for INEOS Bio plant: Alliance Bio-Products wins US OK for cellulosic ethanol re-fit

New Life for INEOS Bio plant: Alliance Bio-Products wins US OK for cellulosic ethanol re-fit

July 11, 2017 |

In Florida, Alliance Bio-Products reports receiving approval from the USDA Office of Rural Development for the collateral purchase of the 8 million gallon cellulosic ethanol plant originally built by INEOS New Planet Energy JV, and operated intermittently between 2012 and 2015 as INEOS sought to stabilize and demonstrate the technology, hoping to build a chain of […]

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Indian Oil’s landmark project for fuels+, from refinery waste CO2: The partner? It’s LanzaTech

Indian Oil’s landmark project for fuels+, from refinery waste CO2: The partner? It’s LanzaTech

July 10, 2017 |

In Turkey, at the World Petroleum Congress, India’s flagship national oil company Indian Oil Corporation and carbon recycler LanzaTech unveiled a Statement of Intent to construct the world’s first refinery off gas-to-bioethanol production facility in India. The basic engineering for the 40 million liter per year demonstration plant will begin by Q4 for installation at […]

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Whisky in the Jar, Whisky in Your Car – First Ever Test Drive on Whisky Biofuel

Whisky in the Jar, Whisky in Your Car – First Ever Test Drive on Whisky Biofuel

July 8, 2017 |

In the UK, the traditional Irish song “Whiskey in the Jar” comes to mind as we celebrate and raise our glasses for the world’s first test drive running on Scotch whisky. Don’t grab your whisky bottle and pour it into your gas tank just yet – we are talking about Celtic Renewables’ biobutanol made from […]

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The Renewable Fuel Numbers: 8 takeaways from EPA’2 2017 draft, from the industry in their own voices

The Renewable Fuel Numbers: 8 takeaways from EPA’2 2017 draft, from the industry in their own voices

July 6, 2017 |

The US EPA has issued its draft RVO for 2018 (and for biodiesel, for 2019), and here are the proposed numbers: At first glance, the proposal looks like a carbon copy of the 2017 RVO finalized last year. Advanced biofuels have been reduced by a token 40,000 gallons, cellulosic has been reduced by a more […]

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Shocker in Ames: CEO change at REG, world’s biggest biomass based diesel producer

Shocker in Ames: CEO change at REG, world’s biggest biomass based diesel producer

July 5, 2017 |

In Iowa, Renewable Energy Group announced that Dan Oh has resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors.  The resignation was effective July 3, 2017. The Board of Directors appointed long-time director Randolph (Randy) L. Howard as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer. Howard is a […]

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Biofuels beyond corn: The pathway from CO2, water and electricity to liquid fuels

Biofuels beyond corn: The pathway from CO2, water and electricity to liquid fuels

July 4, 2017 |

Much of the angst over ethanol’s expansion comes from stakeholders’ worries over corn and land use. Justified or not, there’s worry over cost, food security. environmental impact, grower adoption, supply chain. And so on and so on. It would be fair to regard these questions as the most perplexing for the replacement of fossil fuels […]

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6 Degrees of Innovation: From the Playboy Mansion to a hot renewables tech in 6 steps

6 Degrees of Innovation: From the Playboy Mansion to a hot renewables tech in 6 steps

July 3, 2017 |

The sixth season of the reality show Kendra on Top commenced on the WE Network this past week, a spin-off from the Playboy Playmate reality show Girls Next Door, which ran from 2005 to 2010. With Girls Next Door, I never quite figured out if the show’s title referred to the guest house at the Playboy […]

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Shell goes carbon negative, signs commercial-scale deal with SBI

Shell goes carbon negative, signs commercial-scale deal with SBI

July 2, 2017 |

If you think about it, the world of combustion engines could really use a carbon-negative story that goes father than electric cars and their entirely mythic but potent “zero emissions” storyline. Shell might have just won that race. Yep, they’re going carbon negative. Petroleum fuels emit 94 grams of CO2 per megajoule of energy. Shell’s […]

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9 Years Upon The Anvil: the baptism of renewable chemicals and the purification of its strategy

9 Years Upon The Anvil: the baptism of renewable chemicals and the purification of its strategy

June 29, 2017 |

“We are always in the forge, or on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things” – Henry Ward Beecher By now, Tom Boussie of Rennovia has been 20 years in the forge of the chemicals business, and 9 of those years being pounded on the anvil of renewable chemicals development. “People […]

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Algae DHA: a fix for odor, taste and cost is on the way for the Gross Dose.

Algae DHA: a fix for odor, taste and cost is on the way for the Gross Dose.

June 28, 2017 |

Omega-3s are a great thing, but here’s the bottom line: the current applications stink. Not as in, they-don’t-work. We mean, literally. Check out this comment at drpermutter.com. I’ve been taking two tabs/day of a fish oil concentrate containing 500mg DHA and 250mg EPA. After my wife complained about my body odor I cut back to […]

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