BioProcess Algae: Biofuels Digest's 5-Minute Guide

From Biofuels Digest - Oct. 23, 2012


45 High Point Avenue, Portsmouth, RI 02871

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Company description:

BioProcess Algae produces low-cost, high-quality algae feedstocks for a variety of downstream markets including food, feeds and fuels. BioProcess is based in Portsmouth, RI and is currently running a demonstration facility at the Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. ethanol plant in Shenandoah, Iowa. Grower Harvester™ bioreactors have been tied directly into the plant’s CO2 exhaust gas since October 2009. Initial co-location strategy has focused on bridging First Generation biofuels to Next Generation biofuels and bioproducts.

Major Investors • Green Plains Renewable Energy (NASDAQ:GPRE) • CLARCOR (NYSE:CLC) • BioProcess H20

3 Top Milestones for 2009‐12

  1. Commercial supply agreement for EPA-rich Omega-3 oils with KD-Pharma for use in concentrated EPA products for nutritional and/or pharmaceutical applications. June 2012
  2. Groundbreaking on Five Acre Production Facility (Phase III) at Green Plains in Shenandoah, Iowa following the unveiling of commercial scale bioreactors (Phase II) less than a year prior in April 2011.
  3. Successful algae-based poultry feed trails complete. Algae strains produced for feed trials demonstrated high energy and protein content that were readily available, similar to other high value feed products used in the feeding of poultry today.

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A Close-up of a BioProcess Algae Grower Harvester Bioreactor. 

E-15 ethanol blend makes debut in state - Lincoln Journal Star

By Art Hovey - Oct. 24, 2012

A Lexington service station has become the first in the state to sell an E-15 ethanol blend.

Neal Hoff of Uncle Neal's Phillips 66 called it "the fuel of the future for automobiles" and a logical choice for his customers.

"We put in blender pumps," Hoff said Tuesday, "and they were active by Friday night. And by Saturday night, yes, we had sales."

The Environmental Protection Agency approved E-15 for use in vehicles 2001 and newer in June.

To Hoff, the EPA stance means that "85 percent of the cars out there can use it. And it just seems logical that what's going to happen eventually is that we'll migrate from E-10 to E-15. And we're on the front end of that."

If consumers go along with a move to a higher ethanol blend nationally, it could boost overall demand and help the industry get over a so-called "blenders wall" in which the government mandate for E-10 use as a renewable fuel has been met.

Hoff is selling E-15 a nickel cheaper than E-10 and 15 cents cheaper than regular unleaded.

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Birmingham Update - BlendStar

Construction is underway on our 96-car unit train terminal in Birmingham, Alabama.

Here's the latest update:

  • Track work approaches “the end of the line” as all of the track is now approved at the location
  • Work on the truck load out is being finished from the office to the control units for loading.
  • Concrete work for the main drive into and out of the truck bays will be finished and ready to drive on next week.

Check back often for more updates!

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