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NEWS UPDATE September 4, 2014

Advanced Biofuels Power Up Amid Resistance

By Marianne Lavelle and The Daily Climate, Scientific American  •    •  Posted September 4, 2014

Jeremy Martin, senior scientist in the Union of Concerned Scientists’ clean vehicles program, believes that the EPA will have to adjust the goal downward. But 1 billion gallons of cellulosic by 2020 is an achievable goal, he said, and if the United States is to meet its promises to cut greenhouse gas emissions, it must maintain a commitment to biofuels. The United States can cut oil use in half over the next two decades, UCS scientists say, only with a combination of improved fuel economy, electric cars, and advanced biofuels. “One of the real keys is going to be demonstrating that we can make this stuff,” says Martin. “The promise is here. The opportunity is here. But policymakers are going to have to figure out how to adjust the details of the policy to match what is happening in the real world.” [ read more … ]

POET-DSM’s Project LIBERTY opens, as fantasy becomes real

By Jim Lane, Biofuels Digest  •    •  Posted September 4, 2014

“Other states, including Illinois, Florida, Mississippi, Nebraska, and Kansas, will soon have cellulosic plants,” said Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition chairman, “and plans are underway for additional plants in more than 20 states. Cellulosic ethanol production can make our agricultural system more resilient and sustainable while reducing our dependence on foreign oil. Experts in Illinois and Iowa are hard at work making that happen, and Poet-DSM is a great step toward achieving that,” Governor Quinn added
Remember the RFS [ read more … ]

First corn waste ethanol plant opens in Iowa

By Timothy Cama, The Hill.com  •    •  Posted September 4, 2014

A federally-backed facility in Iowa started producing ethanol from corn waste products Wednesday, becoming the first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in the country to use corn waste. The plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa, is owned by a joint venture between American biofuel maker POET and Dutch chemical materials company Royal DSM. It’s known as Project Liberty. [ read more … ]

Largest corn waste-to-ethanol facility launches

BY DAVID PITT, ASSOCIATED PRESS  •    •  Posted September 4, 2014

The world’s largest refinery that turns corn plant waste into ethanol began production Wednesday in Iowa, and many national and international dignitaries in attendance touted the technology as a major step in the shift from the fossil fuel age to a biofuels revolution. Project Liberty is a $250 million joint venture between a Netherlands biotechnology company and POET, a Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based ethanol maker. It’s expected to make 25 million gallons of ethanol a year from corn cobs, stalks, leaves and other plant residue left on fields as waste. [ read more … ]

Emmetsburg cellulosic ethanol plant: Fuel for the future

Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted September 4, 2014

A new $275 million ethanol plant that uses corncobs, leaves and husks to produce ethanol provides the foundation for a “new energy future” that reduces America’s reliance on foreign oil, is more environmentally friendly and can help revitalize rural America, officials said Wednesday at the opening of Poet-DSM’s Project Liberty. Poet founder Jeff Broin said the cellulosic plant could help transform the nation’s energy supply — and its economy. [ read more … ]

Emmetsburg ethanol plant by the numbers

Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted September 4, 2014

Capital costs are $275 million.
Fuel from Project Liberty represents a greenhouse gas reduction of 85 to 95 percent over gasoline. [ read more … ]

Netherlands king attends Iowa ethanol plant opening

Associated Press  •    •  Posted September 4, 2014

Officials at the opening of one of the world’s first commercial size cellulosic ethanol plants say it signifies a shift from the fossil fuel age to a biofuels revolution. The opening of Project Liberty on Wednesday was marked with cutting ribbons stretched over baled corn cobs, stalks and leaves that will be used to make ethanol.
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Brazilian Senate Approves Higher Ethanol Mandate

By Vanessa Dezem, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted September 4, 2014

Senators in Brazil approved a bill increasing the mandatory amount of ethanol added to gasoline sold at service stations in the country as demand for the alternative fuel declines. The minimum ethanol content in the country’s gasoline blend will be raised to 27.5 percent from 25 percent, the Senate said on its website yesterday. The bill still needs to be ratified by PresidentDilma Rousseff. [ read more … ]

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