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Projects shelving cellulosic ethanol for diesel substitutes, chemicals and other fuels
Posted August 25, 2010



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Range Fuels produces cellulosic methanol

Broomfield, Colo.-based cellulosic ethanol and biochemical company Range Fuels Inc. has successfully produced the first batches of cellulosic methanol at its facility near Soperton, Ga. using non-food biomass. The Soperton plant is currently in its initial phase of development.READ MORE

Sun Power Biodiesel awarded financial aid

Sun Power Biodiesel LLC will be the recipient of more than $1 million in financial assistance for equipment and infrastructure upgrades at its 3 MMgy plant in Cumberland, Wis. The news was made public by Commerce Secretary Aaron Olver on behalf of Gov. Jim Doyle as part of his eighth annual Up North tour in Cumberland. The funding package includes $800,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds provided to Sun Power Biodiesel through Wisconsin's State Energy Program. The state is also awarding a $349,825 Community Development Block Grant-Public Facilities for Economic Development grant to the city of Cumberland aimed to help pay for infrastructure investments including water mains, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, street construction, electric installation and lighting.READ MORE IBED 2010

College receives grant for biodiesel training

The Minnesota Governor's Workforce Development Council has awarded $100,000 in grant funding to the Anoka-Ramsey Community College in east-central Minnesota. The funding will allow up to 44 displaced workers to receive biofuels training. Participants in the one-year training program will be selected from a target population that includes military veterans, displaced workers and incumbent employees. According to Stephen Jones, the college's director of continuing education and customized training, participants in the program will be recruited through the Anoka County Workforce Center and the Central Minnesota Training Partnership Program.READ MORE

BlueFire rebrands, changes name

BlueFire Ethanol Fuels Inc. has changed its name to BlueFire Renewables Inc. According to the company, the new name and rebranding more clearly illustrates its capability to produce a variety of biofuels, including ethanol, biodiesel, bio jet fuel and drop-in fuels. BlueFire Renewables will continue to trade under the ticker symbol BRFE.OB.READ MORE

Biodiesel Industries selected for grant

California-based Biodiesel Industries Inc. has been selected by the California Energy Commission to receive an $886,815 grant to support a multi-year project that will demonstrate biodiesel production using algae in an integrated energy system monitored by the Automated Real-time, Remote, Integared Energy System (ARIES) platform. The grant was awarded under the state's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. Construction on the project is currently expected to being in late September, and will take an estimated 29 months to complete.READ MORE

New recyclable biodiesel catalyst developed

Researchers from Down to Earth Energy, a biodiesel research and production facility in Monroe, Ga., and the University of Georgia have developed a new, recyclable biodiesel catalyst. "Most current production methods use concentrated sulfuric acid and caustic methoxides as catalysts in these reactions," Tyson Johnson, Down to Earth Energy CFO, said. "The problem that all biodiesel producers know too well is that using these liquid acids and caustics creates a whole host of problems that have to be dealt with in post-processing."READ MORE

King's call to action: Send your biodiesel story

After months of incoming emails and calls regarding the lapsed tax credit, Kelly King, vice president of Pacific Biodiesel Inc., has decided it's time to tell the real story. Using a compilation of 15 to 20 second video testimonials, King is working to relay the stories of those affected by the industry's recent struggles. The stories, King said, were touching.READ MORE
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