Mascoma, Valero in cellulosic ethanol JV
Mascoma has entered a joint venture deal with oil firm Valero Energy to develop and operate a 20m gal/year (expandable to 40m gal/year) cellulosic ethanol plant in Kinross, Michigan, US. Construction is expected to start in the next 3-6 months and completion is expected by year-end 2013. Valero said it will also have the option to expand the Kinross facility’s capacity to up to 80m gal/year. Valero will provide project management to build and operate the Kinross facility, as well as market the ethanol produced at the plant. Valero will also hold a majority interest in the joint venture.
Solazyme, Dynamic Fuels supplies US Navy
Dynamic Fuels, a joint venture between Tyson Foods and Syntroleum, has been awarded a contract to supply the US Navy with 450,000 gallons of renewable fuels. Solazyme will help Dynamic Fuels fulfill the contract, which the Navy and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported is the single largest purchase of biofuel in government history. The biofuel will be manufactured at Dynamic Fuel’s Geismar, Louisiana, plant using U.S.-sourced yellow grease (used cooking oil) as well as Solazyme’s tailored algal oil as feedstocks. The fuel will be delivered to the U.S. Navy in May 2012.
ADM builds biodiesel plant in Canada
Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is building a 265m liter/year (70m gal/year) biodiesel plant in Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada, which will increase ADM’s North American biodiesel capacity by 50%. Construction on the facility will commence in spring 2012, and be completed in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2013. ADM has an oilseed crushing plant in Lloydminster that crushes canola and exports much of the resulting oil to Asia for food applications, and to Europe for use as a biodiesel feedstock.
LanzaTech on more coal-to-fuel project
LanzaTech and Chinese coal producer Yankuang Group plan to produce fuels and chemicals using LanzaTech’s fermentation process and synthesis gas from Yankuang’s coal gasification unit.LanzaTech envisages a demonstration facility will be operational by the second half of 2012.
Flint Hills buys biodiesel plant
Flint Hills Resources has acquired an idled biodiesel plant in Beatrice, Nebraska, through a bankruptcy sale. The plant, which was built in 2008 and was never in service, is designed to produce 50m gal/year of biodiesel. Flint Hills Resources expects it will take several months to evaluate the site before determining a path forward.
Verenium launches biodiesel enzyme
Verenium is now selling its Purifine phospholipase C (PLC) enzyme product targeted for use in pretreatment of oil for biodiesel production. The company expects first customer applying the enzyme for biofuel production, engineered and implemented by Alfa Laval, to be fully operational in the first half of 2012. The enzyme is said to enable a high yield of oil and at the same time remove phospholipid impurities improving the overall economics of biodiesel production.
Toyota Motor’s new ethanol yeast strain
Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has developed a new strain of yeast that not only can ferment xylose at high efficient rate but can is also said to be resistant to fermentation-inhibiting substances such as acetic acid. The yeast is said to have achieved one of the highest ethanol fermentation density levels in the world* (approximately 47 g/liter), and is expected to improve bio-fuel yield and significantly reduce production costs. TMC said it is also working on cellulosic ethanol.
Evogene expands castor development
Evogene and Brazilian agribusiness firm SLC Agricola are expanding their development of castor bean seeds as a cost-competitive feedstock for biofuels (cost equivalent to $50/bbl). The collaboration, initiated in 2010, is focused on developing castor seed with high oil yield suitable for sustainable and commercial production in Brazil.
Other Biofuel News and reports:
- ICIS Launches New Weekly Global Biodiesel Report
- New report highlights growth of advanced biofuels in US — NNFCC
- Global Biofuels Market Value to Double to $185 Billion by 2021, Forecasts Pike Research
- U.S. Military to Invest $10 Billion Annually in Renewable Energy by 2030, According to Pike Research
- Certain Biofuel Mandates Unlikely to Be Met by 2022 Unless New Technologies, Policies Developed
- Global Biofuels Growth Will Continue Despite Economic and Political Obstacles, Study Says
- US Ethanol Subject Of New European Commission Investigation