March 2011

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Business Briefs

Walter Howard

Business Briefs

By Staff

Business Briefs

By Staff

Advanced Biofuels
BRIGHT MINDS: NextCAT Inc. founders, from left, Simon Ng and Charles and Steven Salley, are excited to build a demo plant later this year.

The Hand That Feeds

By Bryan Sims


CORN STOVER BALES: PowerStock has 18 balers, which is currently the nation's largest single entity fleet.

Supply Chain Champs

By Anna Austin

When it comes to harvesting, collecting, storing and transporting agricultural biomass, PowerStock has decades of experience.

MILLING AROUND: While pellet mills are generally similar, the die and feed systems vary when making pellets from crop residues versus wood.

Pellet Ingenuity

By Lisa Gibson

While wood and crop residue pellets have largely the same end uses, vast differences surface in comparing their energy content, feedstock pricing and production components.

Research shows that codigesting crop residue with manure can boost methane production, and new technology is expanding its use in digester systems.

Although using crop residues for centralized power facilities in China would bring higher costs than their continued use in households, the prospect has enormous potential that is already being realized.

Peter Brown, co-founder of International Procurement Tools, talks with Biodiesel Magazine about everything from the failure of his brother's company, Greenline Industries, to predictions on what's in store for the industry in coming years.

Whatever It Takes

By Ron Kotrba

A candid conversation with Peter Brown, co-founder of International Procurement Tools

SHOCKING TECHNOLOGY:  Cavitation-based reactors may offer an answer for tougher biodiesel standards.

Ready to Burst

By Luke Geiver

A two-grade system would force the industry to respond. Luckily, cavitation technology is here.

The biodiesel tax credit is back for another year. What will 2011 bring for the industry?


Bioenergy producers looking to purchase crop residues must understand and be willing to work with farmers to determine the most viable options for harvesting the feedstock.

Miscanthus field day attendees learn how to plant, grow and harvest the perennial grass, a popular source of energy in Europe that has great potential in the Southeast U.S.

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