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July 31, 2013

Ineos says its has started commercial-scale production of cellulosic ethanol at its Indian River BioEnergy center joint venture at Vero Beach, FL. The first ethanol shipments from the plant, the first US facility to produce cellulosic ethanol at commercial scale, will be made in August.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/bioethanol/Ineos-begins-waste-to-ethanol-production-at-Florida-plant_54103.html
July 30, 2013
Methanex says it has made an initial $5-million investment in renewable methanol producer Carbon Recycling International (CRI; Reykjavík). CRI operates the world's first...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/gas_tol_iquids/Methanex-invests-in-Icelandic-renewable-methanol-firm_54062.html
July 29, 2013
Sasol announced today that it has chosen Emerson Process Management, an engineering and process management company that is a global business of Emerson, to automate its planned...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/gas_tol_iquids/Sasol-names-Emerson-main-contractor-for-GTL-complex-at-Lake-Charles_54026.html
July 26, 2013
Researchers from the US Department of Energy (DoE)'s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI; Berkeley, CA) have engineered the Ralstonia eutropha bacterium to produce fatty acid-derived, diesel-range methyl ketones, JBEI announced. Methyl ketones are naturally occurring aliphatic compounds used in fragrances and flavorings. The researchers at JBEI have shown that  methyl ketones also have high diesel fuel ratings, making them strong candidates as advanced biofuels....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biodiesel/US-researchers-engineer-bacterium-to-produce-biodiesel_53932.html
July 24, 2013
John Swire & Sons (London), a diversified corporation has acquired, via its subsidiary Green Investments, Argent Energy (Motherwell, UK), a biodiesel producer, Argent announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biodiesel/Swire-acquires-biodiesel-producer-Argent-Energy_53849.html
July 22, 2013
CropEnergies (Mannheim, Germany) has acquired bioethanol producer Ensus (Yarm, UK) from private equity firm The Carlyle Group, CropEnergies has announced. Ensus's bioethanol plant was...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/bioethanol/CropEnergies-acquires-UK-bioethanol-producer-increasing-capacity-50-percent_53810.html
July 19, 2013
Stora Enso (Helsinki), a forestry products company, has decided to invest €32 million ($42 million) in the construction of a biorefinery at Sunila Mill, in Finland, which will...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/Stora-Enso-invests-&euro32-million-in-lignin-biorefinery_53774.html
July 19, 2013
An interdisciplinary team of Colorado State University (CSU; Fort Collins) researchers has received a $2-million National Science Foundation (Arlington, VA) grant to research new...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/CSU-researchers-get-$2-million-grant-to-research-use-of-cyanobacteria-in-biofuel-production_53763.html
July 18, 2013
BioAmber (Minneapolis) announced today that it has closed a $25-million, three-year term loan with Hercules Capital. The financing helps ensure that the company has the capital needed...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/BioAmber-closes-$25-million-debt-financing_53741.html
July 16, 2013
Chemtex International (Wilmington, NC) and Murphy Brown LLC (Warsaw, NC) announced on 15 July that they have signed a long-term agreement for the supply of purpose-grown energy...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/bioethanol/Chemtex-secures-energy-crops-for-North-Carolina-cellulosic-biofuels-project_53687.html
July 16, 2013
Galp Energia (Lisbon) has inaugurated Enerfuel, Portugal's first biorefinery operating on food waste and used cooking oil. The plant is located at the Sines Industrial and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biodiesel/Galp-Energia-opens-Portugals-first-food-waste-biorefinery_53668.html
July 15, 2013
Flint Hills Resources (Wichita, KS) has agreed to acquire Platinum Ethanol's Arthur, IA, bioethanol plant. The purchase price is not being disclosed. The transaction is...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/bioethanol/Flint-Hills-acquires-110-million-galyear-bioethanol-plant-in-Iowa_53640.html
July 12, 2013
The European Parliament’s committee for environment, public health, and food safety (ENVI) adopted an opinion in a vote on 11 July, approving the European Commission’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biodiesel/EU-parliament-committee-votes-for-5-5-percent-cap-on-first-generation-biofuels-in-transport-fuel_53608.html
July 11, 2013
Sundrop Fuels (Louisville, CO) says it has engaged IHI E&C International Corp. (Houston), a subsidiary of IHI Corp. (Tokyo), as contractor of choice for Sundrop's inaugural...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/Sundrop-Fuels-selects-IHI-E-and-C-as-contractor-for-biomass-to-gasoline-facility_53518.html
July 10, 2013
ENI (Rome) has announced plans to spend €700 million ($896.6 million) to reconfigure its Gela, Italy, refinery, to transform it from a loss-maker into a profitable facility and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/ENI-invests-&euro700-million-to-restructure-Gela-refinery_53475.html
July 9, 2013
Oxford Catalysts Group (OCG; Abingdon, UK), a technology innovator for smaller-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL), has been selected as the Fischer-Tropsch technology provider for the design...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/UK-firm-to-provide-BTL-technology-for-DOD-sponsored-biofuel-project_53454.html
July 8, 2013
The Vivergo bioethanol plant at Hull was officially opened today by Vince Cable, UK secretary of state for business, innovation, and skills, BP has announced. The new plant, a joint...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/bioethanol/BP-DuPont-JV-inaugurates-UKs-largest-bioethanol-unit_53420.html
July 8, 2013
Sofiprotéol (Paris), a biodiesel producer, has announced plans for the reorganization of its biodiesel production activities in France. The plans are "designed to improve...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biodiesel/Biodiesel-producer-Sofiproteol-launches-reorganization-to-close-two-plants_53424.html
July 4, 2013
A Swedish-Brazilian consortium has formed Polynol, a three-year initiative resulting from a pilot project in 2012 to build knowledge and business opportunities surrounding the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/bioethanol/Consortium-to-develop-wood-based-biorefinery-process_53393.html
July 4, 2013
Researchers from the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT; Laskut) have found that a biomass- to-liquid (BtL) process using lignocellulosic biomass can be used in the production...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/Finnish-researchers-discover-gasification-process-to-produce-biofuels-from-forest-residues_53392.html
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