Thursday, February 21, 2008

Company estimates up to 1/3 of transport fuel needs could be satisfied by ethanol from trash

Considering all the worry in the media about ethanol taking land and resources from food production, the possiblility of producing large amounts of ethanol from trash that would otherwise go to landfills is tantalizing. It wouldn't require more cropland and it would keep valuable biomass from going to landfills.
Trash-Based Biofuels: From Landfill to Full Tank of Gas: Scientific American

Dairy farm could make ethanol from manure

There are ethanol biorefineries using methane from cow manure as a power source for the facility, but this if the first I've heard about actually making ethanol from manure. Methane also derived from the manure would provide power at the facility in this case as well. The process not only results in a renewable motor fuel, but odor is reduced at the farm as well. This is a major concern in some areas, and could make the process more attractive to farmers.
The Sturgis Online Community - News

Specialty gas stations tout biofuels as ‘earth-friendly’

Specialty gas stations are beginning to open across the nation specializing in biofuels. These retailers can use biofuels as a marketing angle, branding their operations as earth-friendly. The latest example is Zarco 66 in Topeka, Kansas: / New gas station touts its biofuels as ‘earth-friendly’

Ethanol pipeline from midwest to east coast proposed

This is the first proposal I've heard of for a large-scale ethanol pipeline. The initial cost would be high, but it would lessen the cost of ethanol transport over time. Currently, most ethanol is moved by truck or train. More info here:
Business News for the Central Pennsylvania region including the Harrisburg, York and Lancaster areas -

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

LifeLine Foods to Supply 100% Ethanol for IndyCar Series

Lifeline foods in St. Joseph Missouri was founded by farmers long ago to process corn kernels into food for animals and humans. They still do that, but now they separate the starches that aren't so good for eating and make that part into ethanol. They are also pioneers in energy efficiency. They get a lot out of every bushel of corn. Now they have been chosen to supplu ethanol fuel for the Indy Racing League.
LifeLine Foods Becomes 2008 Official Supplier of 100% Ethanol for IndyCar Series

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Coskata and GM Partnership and Process

The article linked below contains details on the Coskata and GM partenership and the process they will use to make cellulosic ethanol. The numbers look impressive for net energy balance, low water use, low cost, and flexibility in feedstocks used.

Coskata and GM Partnership - History and Process � - Start Today :: Save Tomorrow

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Thousands of acres of cellulosic energy crops to be planted near St. Joseph MO

Farmers near St. Joseph, Missouri will have the chance to be in on the next big thing in biofuels. Ceres, Inc. Will be supplying seeds and agronomic guidance for switchgrass, sorghum, and other energy crops designed for cellulosic biofuel production in a biorefinery to be engineered by ICM, Inc. This scale of production will allow for rapid advances in crop variety selection, agronomic practices, and processing technology.
Ceres to Supply ICM With Seeds For Cellulosic Biofuels Project

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Company producing biodiesel from algae

Solazyme is a company making biodiesel from algae. If perfected, this could push biodiesel production well past what is possible with oil crops such as soybeans. Read more at:
Domestic Fuel » Archives » World’s First Oil Producers At It Again

First American Cellulosic Plant in Production

KL Process Design Group appears to be the first company to build a commercial cellulosic ethanol biorefinery in the U.S. This Wyoming company is using waste wood, but could use cardboard and other waste paper products as well.
Domestic Fuel » Archives » First American Cellulosic Plant in Production

Friday, February 01, 2008

Iowa Power Fund to support energy independence projects

Iowans involved in renewable energy research and development might look into this new source of funding.
Sioux City Journal: Days of cheap energy are over, lawmaker says: "The Iowa Power Fund is charged with distributing $100 million in grants and loans over the next four years for projects which will help the state become energy independent."