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    Video: Neil Young speech on green performance, Lincvolt coming live from SEMA

    The story of Neil Young and his Lincvolt has had its ups and downs. From an idea first made public in 2008 to its SEMA debut in 2010, the 1959 Lincoln Continental Mark IV convertible was shepherded through a lot of engineering work by the Canadian rocker to become an E85-burning plug-in hybrid. ...

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    Renewable Fuels Association president makes ethanol case to environmentalists

    Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has made its case against Big Oil getting its way, stopping E15 and fulfilling the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Now, Bob Dineen, president and CEO of RFA, is pleading with environmentalists to stay away from Big Oil and to support biofuels. With fossil ...

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    Official: Novozymes, Shengquan commercializing cellulosic ethanol

    China-based Shengquan Group and the Danish company Novozymes are partnering to make enough cellulosic ethanol for commercialization. Shengquen and Novozymes have reached an agreement in which Shengquen will invest $100 million and Novozymes will provide the "enabling enzyme technology" for ...

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    Report: Oil companies pay $6.8 million in fines for not using cellulosic biofuels that don't exist

    Oil companies will pay $6.8 million in fines for not meeting federal quotas for blending in cellulosic biofuels – those produced from grasses, wood and plants – even though there weren't enough of those biofuels available for use, the New York Times reported. Those fines are likely to ...

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    Official: EPA boosts production goal for advanced, cellulosic biofuels by more than a third

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) boosted its 2012 goals for production of non-corn-based biofuels by about 36 percent, reflecting the federal government's efforts to both cut its dependency on foreign oil and find alternatives to corn- and alcohol-based fuels. The EPA boosted its ...

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    Report: Cellulosic ethanol "floodgates" will open in 2013

    Output of cellulosic ethanol will surge starting in 2013, according to the U.S.' largest corn-based biofuel production firm, Poet LLC. Poet says 2013 marks the start of commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol production in the U.S. and predicts its lone facility will "open the floodgates" for the ...

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    American Process Inc. launches cellulosic ethanol project in Michigan

    Yet another cellulosic ethanol project launched recently, this time in Alpena, MI with Governor Jennifer Granholm on hand for the ribbon cutting. The facility will be run by American Process Incorporated (API) and will produce ethanol from waste materials produced by an adjacent hardwood plant ...

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    American Le Mans Series Ferraris switch to cellulosic E85

    This weekend's round of the American Le Mans Series at Miller Motorsports park in Utah will see the four Ferrari F430 GTs of Extreme Speed Motorsports and Risi Racing switch from running on an E10 ethanol/gasoline blend to using cellulosic E85. With this change, 10 of the 13 cars running in GT2 ...

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    What are 3rd and 4th generation biofuels and when are they coming?

    Back in the early days of mass-produced biofuels, corn-based ethanol and soy-based biodiesel were all the rage. But criticism about food vs. fuel and scalability abounded and, by 2008, cellulosic ethanol became known as a so-called second-generation-biofuel and, maybe, the answer to our ...

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    Iogen and Shell invest to move cellulosic ethanol venture toward commercial production

    Canadian cellulosic ethanol developer Iogen Corporation and its joint venture partner Royal Dutch Shell have committed further funding to keep the venture going for two more years. Iogen Energy is currently running a demonstration plant near Ottawa that is producing ethanol from wheat straw. The ...

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    Ethanol company Poet says cellulosic biofuel coming in 2012

    Poet TV "How close is Cellulosic Ethanol?" – Click above to watch video after the jump
    Since 2007, Poet Energy has been pumping out corn ethanol at various locations around the U.S. Before that, the company was known as Broin and had a 20-year history making biofuel. Corn ethanol, though, ...

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    German-engineered yeast makes for larger cellulosic ethanol yields

    Scientists in Germany have engineered the common industrial yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to ferment the sugars pentose (C5) and hexose (C6) from biomass feedstock to create ethanol and butanol. Translation: cellulosic ethanol may be one step closer to being more than the green automotive ...

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    Ferrari wins first Formula one race with cellulosic ethanol blend

    Fernando Alonso winning the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Corvette Racing and several other teams in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) have been running on cellulosic ethanol for two years now but the alcohol fuel made its first appearance in Formula One ...

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    EPA finalizes biofuel rules, says corn ethanol beats gasoline in GHG emissions

    Yesterday, the Obama Administration announced new biofuel rules for a Renewable Fuels Standard (aka RFS2) and there's a lot for ethanol producers to love in there. One of the important items in the rules is how the EPA will calculate greenhouse gas emissions from biofuels. Here are the numbers ...

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    BP prepares output of new biofuels - algae diesel and butanol - starting in 2010

    BP could become the first major energy company to start commercial scale production of cellulosic ethanol in 2010 if all goes according to plan. BP has been partnering with Verenium Corporation to commercialize the latter company's process for breaking down cellulose into sugars. Verenium has ...

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    Shell station starts selling E10 in Ottawa using wheat straw ethanol

    A Shell station near Ottawa, Canada is leading the way in offering cellulosic ethanol at the pump. While many companies, including some in Canada, are working on making the biofuel, not many have gotten it to the refueling station. Blended at 10 percent with unleaded (E10), the ethanol is made by ...

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    Coskata's cellulosic ethanol road show hits Thailand, China, Australia

    Representatives from one of the GM-backed cellulosic ethanol concerns, Coskata, have been visiting the Asia-Pacific region recently to tout their anything-into-ethanol technology. In Thailand, they recommended that the Thai government work to make "Thailand the ethanol manufacturing hub for Asia," ...

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    Shell and Codexis expanding cellulosic ethanol development

    Codexis and Shell are expanding their collaboration on developing non-food based biofuels. Codexis develops what the company calls biocatalysts, the enzymes used to break down cellulose into simple sugar molecules. Codexis and Shell have had a cooperative agreement since 2007 and the expansion will ...

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    Mascoma pilot plant starts generating cellulosic ethanol

    Mascoma Corporation's first pilot plant in Rome, New York has now begun to produce cellulosic ethanol. Mascoma is one of two cellulosic ethanol companies that got equity investments from General Motors in early 2008, the other being Coskata. The Rome plant has an annual capacity of 200,000 gallons ...

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    BP starts up celullosic ethanol joint venture with $45m, pays $161m fine for Clean Air Act violations

    BP goes on the offensive and plays defense in two news stories yesterday. First, we learn that BP Products North America Inc. has agreed to pay $161 million for "pollution controls, enhanced maintenance and monitoring, and improved internal management practices" because of Clean Air Act violations ...


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