Monthly Archives: March 2008

Coal and Ethanol

  The Blue Flint Ethanol facility is unique in the industry. Most ethanol plants are built with a natural gas-fueled boiler to provide heat for drying. As natural gas prices have increased in recent years, coal-fueled plants have become more … Continue reading

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BioFuel Energy Company

BioFuel Energy is a development stage company whose goal is to become one of the leading ethanol producers in the United States.  Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the company is currently constructing large-scale ethanol production facilities in Fairmont, Minnesota and Wood River, … Continue reading

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Survival Of The Fittest

  For an ethanol plant owner, the first rule of surviving high corn prices is that more capacity tends to be better.   “The old joke about size does matter is certainly the case here,” said Dan O’Neill, senior vice … Continue reading

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Ethanol Production Capacity Ranked by State

(Largest to Smallest Production Capacity as of January 2008) Rank State Ethanol Production Capacity (Million Gallons Per Year) 1 Iowa 3,439.0 2 Nebraska 1,765.5 3 Illinois 1,135.0 4 Minnesota 1,102.1 5 South Dakota 885.0 6 Indiana 848.0 7 Ohio 529.0 … Continue reading

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3rd generation of BioDiesel

NExBTL Renewable diesel is a second generation biodiesel developed by Neste Oil. Most commonly produced biodiesel is first generation methyl esther (FAME = Fatty Acid Methyl Esther). Fossil methanol is used in the production process in addition to renewable raw … Continue reading

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Biomass to fuel conversion

Syntec Biofuel Inc (OTC.B.B. ‘SYBF’), a company developing biomass to fuel conversion technologies, is pleased to announce that it has achieved a yield of 105 gallons of alcohol (ethanol, methanol, n-butanol and n-propanol) per ton of biomass. This marks a … Continue reading

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Ethanol Forecasts

Under the EIA AEO2008 forecast, a shortfall in cellulosic ethanol production will trigger an adjustment of the RFS target. Click to enlarge. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) is forecasting a significant shortfall in the production of cellulosic biofuels required … Continue reading

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