November 14, 2014

NGVAmerica Launches New Natural Gas Station Mapping Tool

NGVAmerica launched this week the NGVAmerica Station Analysis Map, a unique tool that maps the nation’s natural gas stations and highlights the vehicle ranges supported by the stations in 100, 400 and 600 mile increments.

In addition to vehicle range, the NGVAmerica Station Analysis Map features the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on the nations compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling infrastructure, including station locations, accessibility and contact information. This information is derived from the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) and is updated monthly.

The NGVAmerica Station Analysis Map is made available to the public so that both fleet operators and consumers can take advantage of the tool to make route and travel planning easy. NGV industry leaders also will benefit from this tool, which can help to identify opportunities for new station construction and help to identify key markets.

“The new NGVAmerica Station Analysis Map is an important addition to our online resources that help further expand the use of natural gas as a vehicular fuel,” said NGVAmerica President Matt Godlewski. “This tool will help industry leaders, fleet operators, and consumers alike to further promote and take advantage of clean-burning, domestically abundant natural gas."

The NGVAmerica Station Analysis Map is accessible on the NGVAmerica website at 

September 15, 2014

Pacific Ethanol Announces Agreement to Sell CO2 From Its Boardman, Oregon Plant

Pacific Ethanol, Inc. announced its agreement with Kodiak Carbonic, LLC to sell CO2 from the Pacific Ethanol Columbia plant located in Boardman, Oregon. Kodiak plans to construct a liquefaction and dry ice processing plant adjacent to the Columbia facility and expects to purchase up to 200 tons of CO2 per day to sell to food processing and beverage producers.
Neil Koehler, the company's president and CEO, said: "The opportunity to utilize the CO2 from our ethanol production process as another co-product for sale further diversifies our revenues and improves Pacific Ethanol's profitability. We anticipate the new COprocessing plant in Boardman to begin operations in early 2015 and to contribute approximately one to two cents per gallon in operating income."

July 29, 2014

Granite State Biofuels Seeks Change Through Craft Brewed Independence from Petroleum

Granite State Biofuels, a community scale biodiesel producer of Bow NH has decided to employ a funding campaign on the increasingly popular crowdfunding website Indiegogo.com. During a period of turmoil and uncertainty regarding government policies and subsidies relating to alternatives to petroleum based fuels, it has become increasingly difficult for small producers to access capital. In the absence of stable policy many producers are scaling back their production and there is great risk to the broad and sustained success of the growing biodiesel industry.

The importance of exploring and supporting all options in our nation’s quest for freedom from foreign oil and reversing damaging environmental trends is known to many yet we are hampering solutions that can be created right here in our communities.

Granite State Biofuels is seeking to develop community activism in support of its efforts to bring a superior solution to environmentally damaging petroleum while simultaneously redistributing economic prosperity back to the local level. No other transport or energy fuel can so closely match its petroleum counterpart and return direct and immediate economic windfall to the community in which it was produced.

Big oil lobbying groups want people to remain unaware of the numerous benefits to locally produced energy sources. The opportunities presented by crowdfunding, which is made up primarily of like-minded and similar interest individuals can influence real grassroots level change even against the likes of the major lobbyists and mega oil companies.

GSB is seeking to inspire a young and motivated audience hungry for innovation and change similar to what has surfaced in many recent crowdfunding eco-campaigns such as the wildly successful Solar Roadways project also on Indoiegogo.com.

The change we will see in the future of Alternative Energy Economics will be populated with similar individuals to the bright young pioneers we have seen exploding across Internet Startups over the past decade. Innovation and passion are the critical ingredients to the type of change our security, environment and economy must have to evolve off our tremendous addiction to petroleum.

Since 2011 Granite State Biofuels, a woman–owned innovator in biodiesel production technologies has worked tirelessly to produce a very compact, highly efficient and distributable process for biodiesel production. The 3 Million Gallon per Year plant they have built fits into a tractor trailer and while not meant to be truly mobile it can be easily built, permitted and transported into communities to act as a local source of direct petroleum replacement fuels. This keeps costs of installation, production and distribution down by servicing the local areas from which raw materials are sourced and end product is consumed.

For more Information go to Indiegogo Campaign “Craft Brewed Biodiesel Independence from Petroleum” - http://bit.ly/1r6Guj2

July 28, 2014

Pacific Ethanol Awarded $3 Million Grant to Support Sorghum Feedstock Program

Pacific EthanolPacific Ethanol, Inc. announced it was awarded a $3 million matching grant from the California Energy Commission to develop a sorghum feedstock program collaboratively with Chromatin, Inc., CSU Fresno's Center for Irrigation Technology and the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center. This undertaking also includes the California In-State Sorghum Program to support a lasting expansion in California's ability to produce low-carbon ethanol from in-state feedstock that meets both the renewable fuel and greenhouse gas reduction goals stipulated under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard and California's Low-Carbon Fuel Standard.

Neil Koehler, the company's president and CEO, stated: "We are honored to receive this important grant, which supports Pacific Ethanol's collaboration with California Agriculture and the other ethanol producers in California toward the long-term development of sorghum feedstock for advanced biofuel production at both our Madera and Stockton California facilities."

July 24, 2014

Himark BioGas To Build 3 Anaerobic Digestion Plants

12Himark BioGas International has signed an agreement with NEO Energy LLC for the design, construction, and start-up of three integrated anaerobic digestion (AD) and fertilizer plants in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The AD plants will recycle food waste to produce organic-based fertilizer and renewable electricity.

As part of the agreement, Himark BioGas will act as a technology licensor and owner’s representative on behalf of NEO Energy LLC during the design, construction and operation stages of the plants.

AD plants designed on Himark BioGas’ patented “IMUS” technology can produce renewable energy and pathogen-free fertilizer from food waste, source separated organic materials, cow manure, ethanol plant waste/thin stillage, slaughter house waste, food processing waste, and agricultural waste (open pen feedlot, sand-laden dairies, etc.). The IMUS technology also can handle feedstock containing large amounts of sand, dirt, rocks, plastic, and cellulose. Furthermore, with its turnkey, guaranteed-maximum capital cost designs, Himark BioGas guarantees electricity, gas and fertilizer outputs with any kind of feedstock. Himark’s AD plants are developed and integrated with the client’s processes at a rapid pace and the best short- and long-range profitability.

The entire catalog of technologies enjoys protection by patents in the U.S. and various other countries.

Shane Chrapko, CEO of Himark BioGas commented, “The development of the anaerobic digestion plants will positively contribute to effective food waste recycling, profitable pathogen-free fertilizer production, energy self-sufficiency and a reduction in carbon emissions for the local communities. Each ton of food waste diverted from the landfill will reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by just over one ton of CO2 (Equivalent).”

Robert Nicholson, President of NEO Energy LLC, says that “NEO’s anaerobic digestion plants will recycle food waste generated by supermarkets, food processors, restaurants and other institutions and divert that waste away from landfills and incineration facilities. Our plants produce a high-quality organic-based fertilizer while reducing greenhouse gases, preserving landfill capacity and producing renewable energy. Our first plants will also be available to those businesses that will need to comply with the 2014 commercial food waste disposal ban in Massachusetts and the recently enacted law in Rhode Island requiring that food residuals produced by large waste generators be recycled starting in 2016.”