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Valero raises annual biofuel production capacity to 1.3 billion gallons

Valero Energy Corporation has acquired their 11th ethanol plant in Mount Vernon, Indiana. Through their wholly owned subsidiary, Valero Renewable Fuels Company, Valero purchased a corn ethanol plant from Aventine Renewable Energy – Mt. Vernon, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings, Inc. The Mount Vernon plant has an annual production capacity of 110 million gallons...

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Audi, Global Bioenergy partner for drop-in biofuels for gasoline power vehicles

A new partnership between biotechnology company Global Bioenergy and German car manufacturer Audi aims to develop a high performance, drop-in biofuel for gasoline powered engines. The two companies will work together to promote and develop non-fossil fuels. The strategic partnership will last for two years and includes the possibility of Audi acquiring shares of Global Bioenergies corresponding...

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Miscanthus stands tall as long-term biomass source for biofuel production

When it comes to bioenergy production, Miscanthus rises above switchgrass. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have competed long-term field trials of two perennial grasses that show potential as non-food bioenergy feedstock: Miscanthus giganteus and switchgrass. These two hardy grasses can grow under harsh conditions and on marginal lands, providing a source of woody biomass for...

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Beetle-killed wood to fuel Department of Agriculture funded project

Cool Planet Energy Systems has been awarded a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to develop a method to use beetle-killed wood as feedstock for biofuels. Cool Planet Energy Systems is a member of the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies. The grant, worth around $10 million, was from the U.S.D.A.’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Currently,...

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Cool Planet, Acritaz to turn palm waste into biofuel in Malaysia

Biorefinery developer Cool Planet Energy Systems and Acritaz Greentech will be building commercial facilities in Malaysia to transform palm plantation waste products – empty husks, wood, and bark waste – into biofuel and biochar. Acritaz Greentech, a group of companies that bring biomass processing and bio-technology innovations to plantations, has signed an agreement with Cool Planet to explore...

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Biotricity to turn straw to energy in Irelands first biomass power plant

Ireland’s first renewable biomass electricity plant is set to convert straw into electricity starting 2015. Irish renewable company Biotricity Ltd. is set to begin construction on their 16 megawatt Rhode, Co. Offaly biomass plant in the Irish midlands. Plant testing and commissioning is set for the end of 2015 with full scale generation scheduled to start in 2016. Rhode has quali...

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Panda’s poop key to the next big biofuel breakthrough

The future of the biofuels industry has a new face – the black and white visage of the giant panda. At the Memphis Zoo, giant pandas Ya Ya and Le Le, are contributing greatly toward research which could shift the production of biofuels away from corn and other food crops and towards non-food plant material.The pandas’ contribution? Their poop, or rather, microbes found in their poop. “We...

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Biomass based marine fuel plant to rise in Port of Frederikshavn

The Danish port of Frederikshavn will be the site of the world’s first biomass to biofuel plant specifically for marine fuel. Canadian clean energy solutions company Steeper Energy and Aalborg University are partnering with the Port of Frederikshavn to establish a biofuel plant to produce sustainable sulfur-free marine fuel that will serve the over 100,000 vessels passing through the port annually. The availability...

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Renewable Energy Group upgrades Minnesota biodiesel facility

The Renewable Energy Group has completed upgrades to its 30-million gallon biodiesel refinery in southern Minnesota. The $21 million upgrade project began last October at the Albert Lea biorefinery. The upgrade will allow the plant to use multiple raw materials such as waste animal fats and greases and inedible corn oil, in addition to the refined vegetable oils the facility was originally built to process...

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Cool Planet to open first commercial biorefinery in Louisiana

Cool Planet Energy Systems will open their first commercial biorefinery in Alexandria, Louisiana. The facility on the Port of Alexandria in Rapides Parish will serve as a showcase facility leading the way for Cool Planet to build similar facilities across the United States. Construction on the facility is expected to be complete before the end of 2014. Cool Planet is a developer of small scale biorefineries which...

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