Author Archives: Sam

First Commercial-Scale Biorefinery Begins Production

It seems like there has been quite a bit of bad news for the cellulosic biofuel industry in the last few weeks. BP decided not to move forward on their Highlands project, which included both a commercial refinery and large-scale … Continue reading

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2010-2011 Global Commodity Prices

Great discussion on the current commodity price increases from three economists at Purdue (I recommend listening to the audio files on the right side of the page). Wally Tyner gives a great overview of the economics of commodity price volatility … Continue reading

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Billion-Ton Study Update

In 2005, a national report was released assessing the availability of cellulosic biomass for fuel production.  The group that put this together has released an updated version. The 2011 version has some interesting additions, including spatial hetergeneity in feedstock availability … Continue reading

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USDA Corn/Ethanol Supply and Demand Projections

Some interesting numbers from the USDA’s monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Report.  For the first time (I think), ethanol will be the largest consumer of corn (by sector) in the U.S.  In the past, feed for livestock has been … Continue reading

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