The $100-million expansion of the FS Bioenergia plant in Lucas do Rio Verde, Brazil, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019 and will more than double annual corn ethanol production.  |  FS Bioenergia photo

Second wave possible for ethanol sector

Many grain industry analysts say ethanol’s growth phase is over and so is its ability to bolster grain prices. Bruce Rastetter, chief executive officer of Summit Agricultural Group, an agricultural investment firm headquartered in Alden, Iowa, vehemently disagrees. “They’re just wrong,” he said. He points to new ethanol-promoting policies adopted by countries including China and […] Read more

Biodiesel is a biological product, susceptible to all the enemies that might attack any liquid organic material.  The sample of black biodiesel has turned this colour because of oxidation.  Oxidation is caused by hot fuel returning to the tank, thus creating a reaction similar to coking, says Eric Lawson of MegCorp Consulting in Minnesota.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

Bad bacteria inhabits biofuel

FARGO, N.D. — Biodiesel is, as the name implies, a biological product. It’s susceptible to many of the same problems as other biological organisms — things like bacterial infections. Think about it. Corn, soybean, canola and any other organic substances entering biodiesel refineries are biological. They remain in an organic state, just like cooking oil, […] Read more

Milligan Biofuels’ processing plant opened in 2009 in Foam Lake, Sask. The company plans to expand to accommodate the budding industry.  |  Milligan Biofuels photo

Biodiesel firm eyes expansion

Editor’s note: This story has been edited from the original online and print versions. FOAM LAKE, Sask. — Growing demand worldwide for renewable diesel fuel has Saskatchewan’s only biodiesel producer looking to expand. Milligan Biofuels Inc. produces biodiesel as well as half a dozen byproducts and has invested more than $2 million in research and […] Read more