September 2007

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Business Briefs

D1 partners with BP



EERC Update

By Joshua R. Strege

Tom Bryan

Editor's Note

By Tom Bryan

Scott Hughes

NBB In Sight

By Scott Hughes


Thirty-four-year-old twins from Nebraska invented the Residue Recovery System, a custom-made biomass collection system for combines that harvests and stores whole corncobs separately from the grain in a single pass through the field.

RWI is a distributor of biomass handling equipment made by the German company, Vecoplan Inc., which has a diverse portfolio of products for processing plastic waste, reclamation and recycling.

Hammermill Master

By Nicholas Zeman

Robert White Industries Inc. in Plymouth, Minn., has been designing biomass handling systems for nearly 20 years. Demand for these services is expected to increase as more companies look to biomass sources for their fuel needs.

Belden helped organize the grower group in the early stages of the Chariton Valley Biomass Project and is now developing the business model for a switchgrass procurement and processing company.

Switchgrass Pioneers

By Susanne Retka Schill

Long before President George W. Bush mentioned switchgrass in his State of the Union address, a group of Iowa farmers searching for economic opportunities and solutions for water quality and erosion problems turned to the native prairie grass. Today, with 10 years of research under their belts, the farmers are gearing up to produce switchgrass for commercial use.

A Research Revolution

By Jessica Ebert

Three new U.S. DOE-funded research centers will house multidisciplinary teams of scientists from across the country with the aim of coordinating the basic research needed to accelerate the promise of cellulosic ethanol as a renewable, sustainable, secure and cost-competitive biofuel.

If You Build It...

By Anduin Kirkbride McElroy

The Clinton County Chamber of Commerce in Frankfort, Ind., has spent four years developing a plan and determining sites for two major waste-to-energy projects. The primary project will be the first commercial, multiple-input anaerobic digester in the United States.

Biodiesel Magazine catches up with a few of the researchers investigating innovative chemical and biological processes for the conversion of glycerin into value-added products including antifreeze agents, hydrogen, fortified milk and ethanol.

The Glycerin Spread

By Ron Kotrba

Refined glycerin prices have remained solid since earlier this year, but biodiesel producers selling crude glycerin, while retrieving modestly higher returns for their byproduct compared to last year, are still entering a saturated crude market. In the meantime, alternative uses for crude glycerin and capacity to refine it are on the rise.

Washington is nicknamed the "Evergreen State" and Central Washington Biodiesel LLC has taken a proactive approach to preserving that moniker by supplying B99 in support of Microsoft Corp.'s data center construction project in Quincy, Wash. Biodiesel Magazine talks to the biodiesel producer and the contractors involved about how the fuel has improved working conditions.

The good news is the House Ways and Means Committee supports provisions in the Energy Bill that strengthen the biodiesel industry, and the House version of the Farm Bill would expand the Commodity Credit Corporation Bioenergy Program and the Biodiesel Education Program. The bad news is that nothing is written in stone, and the administration strongly opposes any provisions that could hamper international trade.

Jon Hornbeck

From the Ground Up

By Susanne Retka Schill

Three brothers from Arkansas, who already develop and grow their own soybean seed and provide crop monitoring and management services, aim to vertically integrate their business by buying soybeans, crushing them and turning the oil into biodiesel.

Bob King stands by the pump at the landfill where customers filled up with B100 in the early years.

On a Simple, Sustainable Mission

By Susanne Retka Schill

Word of Bob and Kelly King's grassroots approach to producing biodiesel is getting around. Pacific Biodiesel Inc., with its humble Hawaiian roots in the Central Maui Landfill, continues along its community-based, sustainable path using locally produced feedstocks.


Sandia researchers are looking to biology in earth's extreme environments to help solve the cellulosic ethanol puzzle. Their enzyme studies may provide the key needed to spark an industry.

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