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NEWS UPDATE October 1, 2014

DOE to award up to $25M for algae fuels

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 1, 2014

The Department of Energy today said it would make up to $25 million available to spur the development of low-cost algae biofuels. DOE said it anticipated awarding the funding to up to 10 algae projects, with the highest individual grant amount coming in at $10 million. Projects will be divided into two categories: the development of valuable byproducts and the development of ways to boost algae productivity.
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Florida cellulosic ethanol plant upgraded, coming back online

By Holly Jessen, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted October 1, 2014

The Indian River BioEnergy Center, a cellulosic ethanol production center near Vero Beach, Florida, has completed a major turnaround, including technology upgrades, and the facility is now being brought back online, Ineos Bio said in a press release. “We will soon finish installation of equipment that will be used to remove impurities from one of our process streams that have been negatively impacting operations,” said Nigel Falcon, site director. “This equipment will be commissioned and brought online over the remainder of the year.” [ read more … ]

Brazil Study Shows 30 Ethanol Mills Near Bankruptcy, Valor Says

By Vanessa Dezem, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted October 1, 2014

Brazilian policies to cap gasoline prices may lead 30 ethanol and sugar plants to file for bankruptcy, Valor Economico said, citing a report from a research firm. The mills, with a combined capacity to process 60 million metric tons of sugar cane, have delayed payments to suppliers for several months and aren’t operating, the Sao Paulo-based newspaper said, citing a study by Ricardo Pinto Associados, a firm that provides services and research to Brazil’s sugar and ethanol industry. [ read more … ]

How Much of World’s Greenhouse-Gas Emissions Come From Agriculture?

By Rani Molla , Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted October 1, 2014

Agriculture might seem green by definition, but farming accounts for a lot of greenhouse-gas emissions when the entire food production system is taken into account. Typically, estimates of greenhouse-gas emissions from agriculture are around 11%-15% of global emissions. Estimates discussed earlier this week at the United Nations Climate Summit put that number closer to 50%. This is an important calculation as climate change issues come to the fore, with record greenhouse-gas emissions and international negotiations to halt that rise. [ read more … ]

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