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Posted January 22, 2010



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Miscanthus rhizome root harvester, planter unveiled

After years of research and collaboration, a miscanthus rhizome regeneration harvester and planter system has been developed and was unveiled for the first time at the University of Illinois Bioenergy Feedstocks Symposium on Jan. 12.READ MORE

FRB signs LOI for green diesel plant

Flambeau River Biofuels has executed a letter of intent to engineer, procure, and construct the largest second-generation green diesel plant in the U.S. at an existing pulp and paper mill in Park Falls, Wis. The $250 million project, funded in part with a grant from the U.S. DOE, is expected to be fully operational by 2013.READ MORE

Abengoa partners for ethanol/power plant

Spanish cellulosic ethanol producer Abengoa Bioenergy has teamed up with Mid-Kansas Electric Co. LLC to develop a cellulosic ethanol and power plant in Stevens County, Kan., to produce 15 MMgy of ethanol and 75 megawatts of power per year. Abengoa Bioenergy Hybrid of Kansas will utilize locally available biomass resources such as corn stover, wheat straw and switchgrass as feedstocks, procuring them from farmers/producers in seven counties within a 50-mile radius of the plant. ABHK will require about 2,500 tons of biomass per day, or the equivalent of about 130 truckloads.READ MORE

Partnership will expedite jatropha research

The breeding and germplasm of SG Biofuels, partnered with the biotechnology platform and gene sequencing capabilities of Life Technologies Corp., a life science solution provider, will help prove jatropha to be the most profitable and sustainable biofuel feedstock, according to SG Biofuels President and CEO Kirk Haney. The two companies have formed a strategic alliance, initially with the intent to sequence the Jatropha curcas genome, allowing for the rapid introduction of new traits targeted toward increasing the yield of the oil-producing plant, according to SG Biofuels.READ MORE

Cellulosic ethanol demo plant begins production

DuPont-Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol LLC and its partner Genera Energy will hold a grand opening ceremony on Jan. 29 for their demonstration-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Vonore, Tenn. The 74,000-square-foot facility has the capacity to produce 250,000 gallons of ethanol from corncobs, switching to a 100 percent switchgrass feedstock over the course of the next year, according to DDCE. The companies are working toward a commercial operation date for the facility in 2012.READ MORE

Tobacco studied as biofuel feedstock

Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University's Biotechnology Foundation Laboratories have genetically modified tobacco plant leaves to produce significantly more oil, proving that the plant could serve as biofuel feedstock. Assistant professor Vyacheslav Andrianov said the research project began in mid-2007, when the University's Biotechnology Foundation director Hilary Koprowski received $1 million through Pennsylvania's Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program, to support research of engineering tobacco plants for the production of biodiesel and ethanol.READ MORE

Mitchell plant delayed for EPA ruling

The conversion of Georgia Power's Mitchell Generation Plant to biomass feedstock has been delayed, awaiting a U.S. EPA ruling on the industrial boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology rule. The rule would regulate emissions of hazardous air pollutants such as certain acid gases, organics, metals and other pollutants from industrial boilers. It will likely affect biomass boilers like the one planned for Plant Mitchell, near Albany, Ga.READ MORE