Ethanol
July 11, 2016 - According to a new study from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and Michigan State University, the use of nitrogen fertilizer on switchgrass crops can produce a sharp increase in emissions of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas up to 300 times more harmful than carbon dioxide…
July 6, 2016 - Weekly ethanol production in the United States hit a new high in June, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Average production for the week ending on June 10 was 1.013 million barrels per day. According to a report from the EIA, this marks the fifth…
April 6, 2016 - Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative, an Ontario-based farmer's cooperative, confirms that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Comet Biorefining to collaborate on the development of a sustainable agricultural biomass supply chain in southwestern Ontario. Comet Biorefining recently announced Sarnia, Ontario as the location of…
March 8, 2016 - Two Alberta Innovates corporations have teamed up to provide funding for R&D projects that advance the knowledge and use of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC), an advanced biomaterial. The new program, called CNC Challenge 2.0, is intended to support early-stage work to demonstrate technical feasibility of CNC in…
January 13, 2016 - In Germany, the national ethanol producers association says a report from the agriculture and food ministry, BLE, shows ethanol produced in country reduced GHG emissions by an average of 62 per cent in 2015 compared to the 50 per cent mandated by the Renewable Energy Directive…
May 20, 2015 - The Finnish research institute VTT has demonstrated that lignocellulosic biomass can be successfully converted into industrial biochemicals, in this case, pure BTX chemicals (benzene, toluene and xylene). The aim of this research, reports VTT, is to enable the use of wood-based chemicals to replace crude oil…
Genetically modified potato starch.     Photo by BASF - The Chemical Company/flickr. January 26, 2015 - A new class of enzymes can degrade previously resistant forms of starch, according to a new study. The resultant product is a source of material for making biofuels. Starch is a polysaccharide found in…
Feb. 10, 2015 - The federal government is investing $3.7 million to help Integrated Grain Processors Cooperative (IGPC) Ethanol Inc. install a Fiber Separation Technology (FST) system to help boost production through operational efficiencies. According to a news release, the investment will enable IGPC Ethanol to have a higher output…
  January 21, 2015 - Building an Ontario bio-economy. Expanding the natural gas grid in the countryside. And pushing greater infrastructure investment in rural municipalities. Those are the Ontario Federation of Agriculture's top three priorities in upcoming provincial 2015-16 budget talks. "We have been working to build a bio-economy here…
January 7, 2015 – A group of Ontario farmers have a plan to convert crop residue into cellulosic sugar to help fuel the province’s bioeconomy. Based in Sarnia, the Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative (CSPC) will work to develop a market for crop residue materials that can be converted into cellulosic…
December 18, 2014 - In two Iowa cornfields in early November, Leifmark, LLC and New Holland Agriculture teamed up to test equipment and methods used to gather, bale, and store the corn stover left behind after the grain harvest. Paul Kamp, Leifmark's Chicago-based partner, coordinated the 520-bale collection. "Using local…
  December 16, 2014 - Most bio-based fuels and chemicals are made from food crops today, but companies are under pressure from governments and economic forces to switch to non-food cellulosic materials instead. There are 2.4 billion tons of cellulosic biomass available today, led by 1.2 billion tons of municipal…
November 13, 2014 - Government and private-sector funding is expected to move ahead proposal that could lead to the building of a commercial plant in Sarnia-Lambton to convert cornstalks and wheat stalks into sugar for use in the chemical industry. Murray McLaughlin, executive director of Sarnia-based Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, said…
August 21, 2014  - BLAIR, Neb. — It starts out as freeze-dried fungus or bacteria from Denmark and ends up being one of the key ingredients in what some are calling Nebraska’s and Iowa’s shot at the big time when it comes to scientific innovation and economic development. It is…
 August 12, 2014 - Edmonton, Alberta-based Syngar Technologies Inc. has announced two separate joint venture projects that will, together, help make hemp-to-cellulosic ethanol a step closer to reality. Syngar Technologies, which was featured in March 2012 article in Ethanol Producer Magazine has licensed its Pulsed Low Ultra Sound Wave (PLUSWave) Technology, which…
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