Monday, February 18th, 2013
Previous posts (e.g., here and here) discussed the series of patent infringement suits brought by GreenShift and its New York subsidiary, GS Cleantech (GS), against a host of ethanol producers across the midwestern United States.
The litigation currently consists of 11 actions (more…)
Monday, January 28th, 2013
A new study called Sustainable bioenergy production from marginal lands in the US Midwest shows how marginal lands deemed unsuitable for food crops can be used to grow grassy and non-woody plants as biomass for alternative energy fuels.
According to a Phys report, faculty members and a (more…)
Friday, January 18th, 2013
A previous post reported on a declaratory judgment action brought by DuPont-owned biopharmaceutical company Danisco against Novozymes. The two companies are both Danish and appear to be arch rivals. As the court described it, they are “reputedly the two major competitors in the field of developing and supplying industrial enzymes used in (more…)
Thursday, December 13th, 2012
Chemical giant DuPont has started construction of a large-scale cellulosic ethanol biorefinery in Iowa capable of converting corn stalks and leaves into a biofuel that could be used in place of fossil fuels at some power plants.
The $200 million facility, which will be among the first (more…)
Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
U.S. meat, poultry, and dairy producers are urging the Obama administration to suspend a quota for corn-based ethanol production, warning that the renewable fuels standard could trigger a food crisis as a prolonged drought pushes corn and soybean prices to record levels. (more…)
Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
While the race to find the next alternative fuel dominates much of the green automobile conversation, there are significant efforts being made to improve existing technologies. Ethanol direct injection (ethanol DI) is one such development that could dramatically improve fuel efficiency in traditional internal combustion engines. (more…)
Thursday, March 8th, 2012
A U.S. biotechnology company is planning to build the nation’s first commercial-scale cellulosic biofuels plant in Mississippi, where it will be able to use wood chips and other plant matter as an alternative to corn in the production of ethanol.
Virdia, a California-based company formerly known as (more…)
Friday, February 24th, 2012
Biofuel production has ratcheted up to become a major part of America’s energy and agricultural industries. Corn, or maize, is by far the most widely grown crop to be converted into ethanol. However, the dominance of maize in the biofuel industry is not without its pitfalls. Now, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have identified a temperate- (more…)
Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
A series of recent policy-related developments within the biofuels industry may have set the stage for what could prove to be a significant shift in biofuel geopolitics over the next decade.
To recap: the European Court of Justice (ECJ) affirmed an earlier ruling that held the imposition of (more…)
Thursday, November 10th, 2011
In previous posts I discussed the patent infringement suit brought by Danish biotech Novozymes against its rival Danisco (recently acquired by DuPont).
Specifically, Novozymes sued Danisco in May 2010 in the Western District of Wisconsin, alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,713,723 (’723 (more…)