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Is Ethanol Better or Worse for the Environment?

Is Ethanol Better or Worse for the Environment?

Ethanol may be good for the agricultural community that gets to divert crops to supplement gas but it may not be too good for the environment. That’s according to a study just released from the University of Michigan, which says that crops used to make biofuels only about 37 percent of the carbon that is later released into the atmosphere.

DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol Biorefinery

DuPont Opens ‘World’s Largest’ Cellulosic Ethanol Plant

DuPont has opened its cellulosic biofuel facility in Nevada, Iowa. The company says this biorefinery is the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant, with the capacity to produce 30 million gallons per year of clean fuel that offers a 90 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as compared to gasoline. The … Read more »

DuPont cellulosic ethanol technology

China to License DuPont Biofuel Technology

DuPont says it will license its biofuel technology to China’s largest cellulosic ethanol manufacturing plant. The agreement allows Jilin Province New Tianlong Industry’s (NTL) plant, located in Siping City, Jilin Province, to license DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol technology and use DuPont Accellerase enzymes to produce renewable biofuel from the leftover biomass … Read more »

Abengoa baling feeder

Abengoa Opens Commercial-Scale 2G Biorefinery

Abengoa has opened its second-generation cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas. The biorefinery finished construction in mid-August and began producing cellulosic ethanol at the end of September with the capacity to produce up to 25 million gallons per year. The plant utilizes only “second generation” biomass feedstocks for ethanol production, … Read more »

P&G DuPont

How to Turn Agricultural Waste into Sustainable Detergent

DuPont and Procter & Gamble are collaborating to use cellulosic ethanol in North American Tide laundry detergent. Tide Cold Water will be the first brand in the world to blend cellulosic ethanol in a scalable and commercial way, the companies say. Ethanol has long been a key ingredient in the … Read more »

NREL biomass

NREL Bioreactor Uncovers How to Get Maximum Fuel from Algae

A  bioeractor designed to simulate climate precise climates is helping a team of scientists find ideal locations for farms to produce algae for fuel. The Simulated Algal Growth Environment (SAGE) reactor, located at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s campus in Golden, Colo., so precisely controls light, temperature and delivery of … Read more »

Select Bio

Nomacorc Wine Bottle Closure Uses Braskem’s Green Polyethylene

Alternative wine bottle closures producer Nomacorc says it’s the first company to create a plant-based closure, Select Bio. The wine closure uses biopolymers producer Braskem’s I’m green Polyethylene, made from sugarcane ethanol. For each ton produced, “green” polyethylene sequestrates more than 2 tons of CO2, Braskem says. Additionally, Select Bio … Read more »

Mercedes-Benz test fleet

Mercedes-Benz, Clariant, Haltermann Run Test Fleet on E20 Fuel

Mercedes-Benz, chemical company Clariant and biofuel producer Haltermann are testing a vehicle fleet in Germany powered by fuel that contains 20 percent cellulosic ethanol (E20). Clariant’s sunliquid process converts wheat straw into cellulosic ethanol. Haltermann then mixes the cellulosic ethanol with conventional fuel components to form the new E20 fuel. The … Read more »

EPA to Reconsider Cellulosic Ethanol Target

The EPA will reconsider its 2013 cellulosic ethanol target, Reuters reports. The move is a big win for oil industry groups, which have argued the rule mandates significantly more cellulosic ethanol than is available in the marketplace. The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute had petitioned … Read more »

Fulton project site

Bluefire Renewables Loses DOE Funding

The Department of Energy will no longer provide funding to Bluefire Renewables, which is developing a cellulosic waste facility (pictured) in Fulton, Miss., the biofuels company says in an 8K filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. In the Dec. 23 filing, Bluefire says it received noticed that the … Read more »

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EPA Proposes Slashing Ethanol Blend Mandate

The EPA is considering slashing the amount of ethanol that must be blended into US gasoline next year, marking a victory for refiners that say they cannot meet the statutory mandate. The proposal, if approved, would reduce the mandate to 15.21 billion gallons for renewable fuels in 2014 instead of … Read more »