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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE July 31, 2013

Northwest Iowa ethanol plant celebrates new cellulosic technology

Tim Gallagher, Sioux City Journal  •    •  Posted July 31, 2013

Quad County Corn Processors formally broke ground Monday on an $8.5 million expansion that will allow the Northwest Iowa biorefinery to start turning corn kernel fibers into cellulosic ethanol. Most cellulosic ethanol, a next-generation biofuel, is made from wood, switchgrass or other inedible parts of plants, such as corn cobs and stalks. After four years of research, Quad County officials developed cutting-edge technology to make 2 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol each year with the feedstock — corn. [ read more … ]

Algae company pays off entire USDA loan

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted July 31, 2013

Sapphire Energy Inc., a company operating the nation’s first demonstration-scale algae farm capable of producing crude oil, announced today that it has paid off an entire $54.5 million federal loan guarantee for the project. [ read more … ]

N.C. pulls funding for R&D venture

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted July 31, 2013

A North Carolina agency dedicated to next-generation biofuels research and development will close its doors later this year after being shut out in a state budget fight last week. The Biofuels Center of North Carolina announced yesterday that it has begun to wind down its operations and will close completely by Oct. 31. The center, a private nonprofit, is the nation’s only state agency dedicated solely to biofuels and was working toward a goal of replacing 10 percent of the state’s liquid fuels with locally grown and produced biofuels within the next decade. [ read more … ]

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