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.
Biofuels company Aemetis will use technologies from LanzaTech and Edeniq at its 60 million gallon per year ethanol production facility in Keyes, California. Aemetis said it acquired carbon recycling company LanzaTech’s waste-to-fuels technology to use at its Keyes facility, which will allow it to convert local California biomass wastes — including … Read more »
In the latest efforts to repeal the US biofuel mandate, last week the American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers both filed lawsuits challenging the Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires refiners to blend corn-based ethanol with gasoline. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) established … Read more »
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 »
The Renewable Fuel Standard’s effectiveness has long been called into question by the oil industry. Now it’s the subject of an EPA internal investigation, as the agency launches its own review of the environmental benefits of the biofuels mandate, which requires refiners to blend corn-based ethanol with gasoline. According to … Read more »
Novozymes has launched a new enzyme for ethanol producers who want to reduce their use of chemicals without sacrificing yield. Liquozyme LpH is an alpha-amylase effective at low pH that thins the mash by breaking down starch into shorter dextrin chains. A more fluid mash ensures more efficient operational performance … Read more »
The solid waste left over from wine-making could make a competitive biofuel, according to University of Adelaide researchers. Published in the journal Bioresource Technology, the Australian researchers showed that up to 400 liters of bioethanol could be produced by fermentation of one metric ton of grape marc (the leftover skins, … Read more »
Coca-Cola has signed an agreement with Liquid Light that aims to accelerate the development of Liquid Light’s technology, which can make mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) from carbon dioxide. MEG is one of the components used to make Coke’s plant-based PET plastic bottle. Liquid Light says its technology enables more efficient use … Read more »