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gamechanger2011

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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2013 7:15:49 PM


The wood that once fed paper mills will be chipped up, as seen below, and converted directly into gasoline and diesel fuel in a process its advocates say will be more sustainable than corn ethanol.

Biofuels from wood chips
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stickyvalves
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2014 11:57:03 AM

No, otherwise they would have given the news a PR notice.
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Shockjock1961
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2014 8:19:13 AM

Are you surprised?
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stickyvalves
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2014 8:03:43 AM

Article today says KiOR not running.
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stickyvalves
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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2014 9:58:36 AM

Yup. Close to 6 million state and federal grants to build their bolt-on plant. They have proudly announced production. Yet to be determined is economic feasibility.
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Shockjock1961
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2014 3:46:28 PM

Another taxpayer funded bood doogle...
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stickyvalves
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2014 2:54:32 PM

Here's the news from the RFA.

Quad County Corn Processors make Iowa's first cellulosic ethanol.
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stickyvalves
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2014 10:27:01 AM

Not wood chips; corn fiber.
The Galva, IA ethanol plant have begun making cellulosic ethanol from the corn fiber.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 1:54:00 AM

COOL
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GordoM
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 7:38:19 PM

So if wood is diverted from paper mills, sounds like we will have to cut more trees. They are already in demand for electric generation too. Limited supply of trees.
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THEDodgeman
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 6:52:31 PM

sounds good ...make it practical
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 4:53:15 PM

hope it works
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 9:34:22 AM

Anyone on here from Columbus, MS?
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2014 1:44:33 PM

Must not be anyone from Mississippi on this forum.
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Shockjock1961
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 9:16:58 AM

"Sounds like a great idea"

Sure if it worked... Unfortunately, it doesn't work...

"Better than using our food supply for food"

Are you saying we should not be eating our food supply???? What should we be doing with it then?

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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2014 6:30:35 PM

Sounds like a great idea. Better than using our food supply for food.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 11:33:28 PM

It appears Syntroleaum is still in the game.
"Syntroleum has been working with the U. S. Air Force to develop a synthetic jet fuel blend. The Air Force, which is the U.S. military's largest user of fuel, began exploring alternative fuel sources in 1999. On December 15, 2006, a B-52 took off from Edwards AFB for the first time powered solely by a 50-50 blend of JP-8 and Syntroleum's FT fuel. The seven-hour flight test was considered a success. The goal of the flight test program was to qualify the fuel blend for fleet use on the service's B-52s, and then flight test and qualification on other aircraft.[2]

Syntroleum has opened the $150 million Dynamic Fuels facility in Geismar, Louisiana. The facility operates as a joint venture with Tyson Foods. The produces synthetic fuel by utilizing Syntroleum's technology and Tyson sourced agricultural feedstock. Starting from October, 2010, the facility produces 2,500 barrels per day (400 m3/d) or 39 million US gallons per year (150×103 m3/a) of synthetic fuel."
This may be a big factor in Rentech's getting out of the business.
But the investors in Rentech are a little unhappy.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 11:20:18 PM

The only company that got certified for alternative fuel for planes, Rentech, is shutting its biofuel operation down.
The air forced used the fuel to power B52s successfully.
United airlines certified it for use in its fleet of jets.

But Rentech has chosen to shut down the plant and concentrate on wood to wood pellets for heat.
It takes far less energy to convert wood into wood pellets.
Ten years of development down the drain. Investors are pretty upset.

In 2010 they did the first demo flight with united.

The validation flight was conducted using a 40/60 mix of Rentech’s synthetic jet fuel with conventional Jet A fuel in one of two engines on an Airbus 319 aircraft. The aircraft departed Denver International Airport and climbed to an altitude of 39,000 feet where the onboard team collected data on the performance of the fuel during several maneuvers, including taxi, takeoff, climb, cruise, auxiliary power unit start, descent and approach. The synthetic jet fuel, derived from natural gas and converted to liquid fuel through the Rentech Fischer Tropsch process, is approved by the ASTM International and is safe for use on passenger flights.
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2014 9:22:42 PM

Obviously, the technology was just not there yet. Should not have been built. We paid!
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borsht
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2014 3:03:49 PM

Why aren't we converting coal to gasoline:
South Africa has done this for decades!
Not only are they manufacturing their gasoline this way, But they are getting U.S. patents on the processes. Stupid U.S. Politicians are paid to come up with mandates to use alcohol for fuel.
The U.S. used to be great at process and manufacturing technology.
Now all we do is regulate. Not Saying regulation isn't needed; but we need to be smarter.
http://www.wvcoal.com/research-development/south-africa-improves-coal-to-gasoline-conversion-efficiencies.html

I don't think wood chips is a significant answer to our energy independence.
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2014 9:34:27 AM

"Wood chips make a fantastic diesel fuel. It's real easy to make from the chips!"

Then why would a plant, which has had millions of dollars of taxpayers money inveted into it, shut down because the "technology is just not there yet"?
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2014 1:58:56 PM

Wood chips make a fantastic diesel fuel. It's real easy to make from the chips!
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 9:33:36 PM

Sounds like that plant is dead in the water.
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Shockjock1961
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2014 11:38:09 PM

"I don't see anything new about this project. BlueFire is really quiet"

As I predicted...

KiOR made pie in the sky promises about it's ability to make a "break-thru" fuel in order to get millions of dollars of taxpayer funds. After it got the money, it decided that the technology wasn't evolved enough to achieve the pie in the sky goals that they promised.

So know they are shutting down and walking off with the money, a repeat performance by Vinod Khosla...

Biofuel Maker KiOR Posts All-Time Low on “Going Concern” Doubts

I stated right from the start of this topic that this was nothing more then a scam...

I've been proven right again...



[Edited by: Shockjock1961 at 3/24/2014 11:40:53 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2014 4:43:08 PM

In January 2014, we elected to temporarily discontinue operations at our Columbus facility in order to attempt to complete a series of optimization projects and upgrades that are intended to help achieve operational targets that we believe are attainable based on the design of the facility. While we have completed some of these projects and upgrades, we have elected to suspend further optimization work and bring the Columbus facility to a safe, idle state, which we believe will enable us to restart the facility upon the achievement of additional research and development milestones, consisting of process improvements and catalyst design, financing and completion of the optimization work. Unless and until we restart the Columbus facility, we expect to have no production or revenue from that facility.
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2014 3:54:28 PM

I don't see anything new about this project. BlueFire is really quiet.
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stickyvalves
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2014 6:32:38 PM

Anybody live in the south close to this plant?
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2014 5:14:10 AM

how ABOUT ALGA!!!!
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skaboss79
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2014 12:00:27 AM

where are they doing it?
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2014 2:08:50 PM

ok
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Chazzer
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2014 1:21:54 PM

Sounds good to me!
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Shockjock1961
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2014 9:22:30 AM

"In some places they make it from prairie grass"

In very small uneconomical batches. Nothing in commercial volume...
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2014 6:52:12 AM

In some places they make it from prairie grass
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Shockjock1961
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2014 3:29:55 PM

"just one more way to make renewal energy"

Nope, just one more way to rip off the taxpayer under the guise of "developing" and "producing" renewable fuels...
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2014 8:42:02 AM

just one more way to make renewal energy
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2014 11:11:26 AM

You know they can make methanol from wood chips and that process was commercialized at least 60 or 70 years ago.
But I guess doing whats already proven to work makes too much sense to the liberals.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2014 7:26:09 AM

I saw a similar report, shock.
I want more than 8% of plate capacity the first year. This is an expensive lab project. The promoters can want, but this plant has to produce drop in fuels like it was sold to do or someone else needs to use the grinders.
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Shockjock1961
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2014 2:45:39 PM

You want an update? The "Biorefinery" is not making anywhere near as much product as they advertised (they stated they would produce 13 million gallons/year yet only produced less the 900,000 gallons in 2013).

For the full year, Columbus produced just 894,000 gallons of products

Yet another expensive cellulosic biofuel pipedream bought and paid for by the US tax payer...
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stickyvalves
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2014 9:58:15 PM

This article is dated June2013. Someone find an up to date story about this plant.
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oilpan4
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2014 9:17:53 PM

It has to be a more efficient process than making ethanol from corn.
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dassfg
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2014 8:17:05 AM

So.........
Let's see some results and some stats to review
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2014 10:11:38 AM

How much energy does that take?
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2014 9:09:50 AM

Hard to imagine this is more sustainable than corn...
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2014 2:50:44 AM

Bring it on.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2013 5:46:01 PM

driveonwood website is a good place to learn about wood fuel.

[Edited by: oldlords at 7/30/2013 5:47:11 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2013 5:22:25 PM

Brerrabbitt...

"For all your support of ethanol and many others here who support it you fail to deal with the whole package in favor of blaming everyone else for ethanol not growing at the pace you want it to. There are costs involved to entering a market and those costs are real. As the man says you gotta pay to play."
I agree! We are doing what we can to change things around us. We can't do this on our own though. Everyone has a part! People need to be buying FFV's so that they truly have a choice at the pump. We are working on more locations to offer these choices to consumers. We do what we do because we feel like it's the right thing to do and we LOVE it. It's very challenging at times but it is vey rewarding to feel like we are doing something that is helping others!
Brerrabbitt...you must be with Valero. Out of our experience with oil companies....Valero has some very good people working for them and our experience with Valero was a positive one. We are still very fond of a couple of people over there!


[Edited by: gamechanger2011 at 7/30/2013 5:27:32 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2013 3:53:13 PM

"I find this hard to believe. If there were no profits there would be no retail outlets... "

Actually running a Retail Fueling business is in fact a very tough way to make a living. But it is in no way solely the fault of the oil companies. Everyone wants to say it is but it's not.

What has killed Branded Retail sites and to a great extent independent retail sites are the Big Box retailers, and the big unbranded chains.

Big Box guys are Costco, Wal Mart, Sams, and Grocery Chains. Independent Retailers are Sheets, Wa Wa, Quick Trip, Raceway, etc.

The big Box guys see fuel sales as a lure. Offer cheap gas (basically at their cost) and make it even cheaper with a rewards program or a gift card you can only buy in the store. In this manner the cost of operating the fueling site is a write off as advertising. These guys spend collectively billions of dollars a year on print ads, tv ads, radio ads and direct mailers to get you in their store. Operating a fuel site at a loss is just another advertising expense to them.

The big non branded players run tight gas margins because they are really retailers. As a kid growing up we had U tote Um's and 7/11's that sold no gas but were true convience stores. Those are gone, every convience retailer now has gas. So these guys basically run super sized convience stores with thousands of skues (products) and are mini grocery outlets that run 30% plus gross profit margins.

So if you are a small independent fuel retailer you get beat up on gas sales by the big box guys and beat up on by the convience retailers when it comes to selling beer, cigerettes and candy.

Yes it is very hard to own and operate a small independent fuel retail site.

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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2013 3:18:37 PM

"Brerrabbitt....I hear you. I understand your point on paying too much. The oil companies that we are buying from are blending the E85, so they are keeping the RINs. Too bad they won't pass on some of the RINs credits to the customers. The oil companies should be loving E85 right now because they are making 85 cents a gallon just in the RINs!"

See unless I know where you buy and who you buy from I cannot agree with this statement. If you buy from Valero then I can say they are not profiting by selling a RIN credit for 85 cents because they need the credit for themselves, so in that case they are merely avoiding paying it to acquire the credit. If you buy from a marketer (and there are plenty of them) that does not own a refinery then he is keeping the 85 cents. If you buy from an oil company that has refineries then he may be able to sell some of his excess RIN's but the reality is as the amount of ethanol required to be blended increases more and more per the RFA then they cannot sell any because they need them to cover their refining operations.

The true profit is made by marketing types with no refineries who sell fuel with ethanol in it. They are in turn selling them to the big oil companies and keeping all the money. As far as the RIN's credits for E-10 goes what is happening now is that the refiners that need them will sell the gas for current market less the value of the RIN credit and the buyer who actually blends the fuel gives the physical credit back to the refiner, so the cost of the RIN is reflected to the economics of the refiner. The consumming public does not see this but I can guareentee it is happening. As for the e-85 credits at 85 cents there are so few of those based on the amount of it sold that i amounts to very little.

The real point of the whole discussion is simply this, ethanol blended fuel (the higher the better) has an economic advantage over gas beyond blending economics that includes the value of the RINs credit.

"And if I start a snappy young passenger train company that carries commuters across the country, all I need to do is build some new railroads! I sure hope the 250-year-old rail industry will cooperate with me."

Could not have come up with a better example if I tried. Yes build some new railroads! Why? Because the exsisting rails are old and designed for a different purpose. New commuter rails need to be able to handle high speed trains not the slower heavier freight trains that run on them today. Just like gasoline terminals are attached to pipelines designed to carry hydrocarbons not ethanol and the tankage at the terminals are designed for hydrocarbons not ethanol and the local, state and federal permits in place are for 10% ethanol blends and tankage based on that, not e-15 and higher all the way to e-85. Yes the federal government can mandate ethanol usage and force companies to go that way, however those companies will resist having to spend millions if not billions of dollars on those facilities. Also remember that the vast majority of pipelines and terminals in this country are not owned by oil companies. They are owned by independent companies that transport fuels. They are companies you are probably not familiar with, like Magellan, Nu Star, Colonial Pipeline, Teppco, Buckeye, Kinder Morgan, etc. So how does ethanol not have to pay the costs of infrastructure because like it or not the oil industry has had to pay those costs for almost a hundred years, but now you are suggesting that ethanol get a financial pass and not have to pay the same costs to enter the market?

For all your support of ethanol and many others here who support it you fail to deal with the whole package in favor of blaming everyone else for ethanol not growing at the pace you want it to. There are costs involved to entering a market and those costs are real. As the man says you gotta pay to play.

[Edited by: brerrabbitTX at 7/30/2013 3:23:13 PM EST]
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Shockjock1961
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2013 3:11:18 PM

"There is little profit on the retail side for gas or ethanol. Sometimes there is NO margin in gas."

I find this hard to believe. If there were no profits there would be no retail outlets...

If what you say is true about ethanol being so much cheaper then gasoline, then I find it even harder to believe that there is little profit margin in the sale of it...

[Edited by: Shockjock1961 at 7/30/2013 3:15:09 PM EST]
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gamechanger2011
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2013 2:54:44 PM

Hannie....the Oil Companies are making the big profits, not the retailers. They could allow us to make more then they do...but they don't!
Have to get back to work!



[Edited by: gamechanger2011 at 7/30/2013 2:56:22 PM EST]
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gamechanger2011
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2013 2:52:26 PM

Hannie....there is profit on fuel at times and sometimes we are selling at cost. The big players like Quick Trip set the prices in our area and we have to follow them. They are also getting better deals on their fuel.

The trick is to grow your volume. The more gas we sell, the more money that we make so we try to stay very competitive. This is not a business that just anybody can get into. There is the fuel side and the convenience store side. These are like 2 different businesses but if one isn't working then it can put you out of business fast.



[Edited by: gamechanger2011 at 7/30/2013 2:53:29 PM EST]
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Hannie59
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2013 2:46:35 PM

Shockjock you just CANT POSSIBLY be that cluless. It has to be some kind of act.

There is no profit in selling any fuel at retail level. That's why they all sell smokes, beer, scratch offs, powerball, hot dogs, pizza, big gulp 500 oz colas, ad nauseum. That's where the profit is.

GC correct me if I am wrong on that please.



[Edited by: Hannie59 at 7/30/2013 2:48:16 PM EST]
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