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Verenium Goes In with BP for $90 Million

BP has a lot of money, and they want to real pharmacy discount focus a big chunk into cellulosic ethanol. So, they’re partnering up with Verenium and i recommend pfizer cialis canada giving the company $90 million over the next year and a half in order to gain some of Verenium’s technology and hopefully speed up commercialization of best price cialis online cellulosic ethanol.

Looking towards sugar cane, miscanthus, and energy cane, they’re hoping to scale up biofuel’s availability from these and other sources. The $90m will go towards helping put up low-cost production facilities across the US, and will give BP licenses to intellectual property of Verenium.

BP’s president Sue Ellerbusch said that this partnership positions BP as having the best technology in cellulosic ethanol production and makes them leaders in the area. Not surprising since they’re forming other partnerships that help them corner the biofuel industry, including partnerships with DuPont, Tropica BioEnergia and D1 Oils.

BP’s fuel sales during 2007 accounted for 10% of the global biofuels market. So they’re serious about making sure that biofuels become more easily available.

Via Verenium, BP; Photo via Verenium


Corn Ethanol Industry Picking Up Speed…For Now

Corn prices are on their way down and starting to stabilize, and tight-budgeted corn ethanol plants are starting let the air out of their lungs a little. With no rain for crops and buy levitra pill a whole lot to skittish speculators, corn prices skyrocketed the last few months, leaving ethanol plants to struggle with making any sort of profit or getting any sort of financing from banks. But with prices coming down, plants are slowly picking up, including VeraSun Energy Corp whose North Dakota ethanol plant was completed in 2006 but opening was put on hold until the industry gained a little optimism.

While the average price for a bushel of corn during the last 15 years was $2.25 to $2.35, during 2008 the prices spiked to daily viagra as much as $7 during July, creating widespread doubt as to the usefulness of corn as ethanol and making big investors ditch the female cialis scene. Lower prices are great for the corn ethanol plants, yet aren’t great for farmers who already can’t make enough money from corn to get ahead from year to year – a further black underline that corn is not a solution for ethanol production despite new improvements to the process.

Even Mark Luitjens, an ethanol consultant in the industry since 1992, says that other biomass sources from ethanol can be pursued, such as corn cobs, wood waste and household waste – and some corn ethanol companies are expanding to include cellulosic ethanol plants in their line-up, while other companies are already opening commercial-scale plants – but ethanol is not the end-all-be-all answer for our fuel needs.

"Ethanol is probably not the solution for our energy needs, but it is part of the solution. We are going to need a lot of energy in the future -- solar, wind, nuclear and hydro, too -- whatever we can make.” Luitjens said. EcoGeek reaction to levitra cheapest statement: Duh + Amen.

Via Chicago Tribune, Aberdeen American News; photo via soilscience


Fungus Could Save Ethanol Plants $800 M

It’s quite a week for biofuel breakthroughs and news. Iowa State University research has revealed a way to reduce the energy and water use required to produce corn ethanol, saving ethanol plants a possible collective $800 million a year in energy costs and as much as 10 billion gallons of get viagra in canada water a year. And it’s all based on a fungus, and recycling.

The new breakthrough is aimed at the dry-grind part of the ethanol production process. Basically, corn kernels are ground up, water and link for you sale viagra enzymes are added, starches are turned into sugars, and sugars are fermented to produce ethanol. The ethanol is recovered with distillation. At the end of the ethanol distillation process, there is a liquid left over – about 6 gallons for every 1 gallon of ethanol. Only about half of the leftover liquid can be recycled, and the process to remove solids and organic materials in it is expensive. When the fungus Rhizopus microsporus is added to the liquid and allowed to flourish, it makes possible as much as 80% of the organic matter and solids in the sillage to natural levitra pills be removed, and the liquid leftover can then be recycled into the cialis online buy production process.

The fungus has another useful element – it can be eaten. Ethanol plants can harvest the protein- and nutrient-rich fungus and sell it as a livestock food supplement.

Implementing the new technology would cost an ethanol plant that produces 100 million gallons a year about $11 million – kind of a lot for ethanol plants right now, but still do-able. And, researchers say that investment could be paid back in as little as six months, thanks to the energy savings. The process is still waiting for a patent, and investors to help the project prove that the process can work on a commercial scale, so all this is still iffy. But iffy it works, then ethanol plants could have a new way to reduce overall costs and environmental impact on production.

Via Treehugger, Engineer Live; Photo via viknanda


DOE Sliding $240 M to Biorefineries

The US Department of Energy is ready to give out grants to nine small-scale cellulosic ethanol refineries, totaling $240 million in funding. BlueFire and PlascoEnergy Group’s projects, as well as many others, show the popularity cellulosic biofuel is gaining, so it is not surprising that biorefineries are getting a little green from the government. When factoring in this federal funding along with what is viagra 100mg gained thorough industry cost share, over $735 million will go into nine projects over the next 5 years. The DOE has set money aside for CCS ventures and solar thermal projects, so I’m glad to see renewable and buy tramadol online overnight delivery sustainable energy production is on canada cialis no prescription the new drug levitra brain. Even so, the projects are definitely more research than mass-production - they're smaller scale, processing and producing about a tenth of what a commercial sized biorefinery handles. They'll be using wood, energy crops, and ag waste products...none of good choice price of levitra the cool (or gross) trash-to-tank stuff that others are working on. Nevertheless, it's progress that's paid for.

Via RenewableEnergyWorld


U of Georgia Gets More Bang Per Biofuel Gallon

Good news for struggling ethanol plants. Microbiology professor Joy Peterson and fellow researchers at University of Georgia have whipped up a new technology that helps increase ethanol yields from biomass sources like sugar cane harvest waste, switchgrass and other grasses. Their technology is a breakthrough in the pretreatment portion of the process, and overcomes the difficulty of breaking down plant cell walls, a process that often utilizes unpleasant chemicals or expensive equipment. The new technology reportedly gets ten times more simple sugars out of the biomass while using environmentally friendly technology.

The tragedy of this post is that we can’t tell you exactly what the new technology consists of because the creators are hush-hush about it for now while they file their patent. We do know that the new process uses a “fast, mild, acid-free pretreatment process” and that using this mild process helps eliminate expensive chemical use and disposal on top of being supposedly wildly more effective. If the process pans out, this could be a significant breakthrough in our ability to use non-crop-based plant biomass for ethanol production, and an opportunity to purchase levitra in canada eliminate hunts for new sources. We’ll keep our ears peeled for updates and information releases.

Via GoodCleanTech, UofGeorgia; Photo via Wili

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