Enerkem’s trash-to-fuel talents bring in $60M

Oil and petrochemical giant Valero and existing investors have just dropped $60 million on Enerkem, a company that specializes in converting unusable waste into ethanol and other chemicals.

In crowded ethanol market, waste has the edge

This week saw some bad news for ethanol. The American petroleum industry’s main lobbying arm filed a lawsuit to fight the EPA’s new ruling that cars made in or after 2007 can use a 15 percent ethanol blend.

2015: The future of biofuels and biomaterials

Production of biomaterials will grow faster than biofuels and increasing biofuel capacity is highly reliant on technology from innovative startups. These are some of the conclusions in a report just issued by Lux Research on the biofuel and biomaterial markets.

On the GreenBeat: SolarCity eyes 2013 IPO, Serious Materials makes building management push

SolarCity could be looking at an IPO in 2013, CEO Lyndon Rive told the Wall Street Journal. The solar installer is expanding — it hired 300 people in the past year and expects to add 100 more to its staff in the next six months. Key to its growth: the company’s energy savings for primarily residential customers has started to attract commercial customers. The company announced its biggest deal to date last week with Wal-Mart, which will install 15 megawatts of solar panels in 20 to 30 of its stores.

Green steel: LanzaTech to turn Chinese mill’s emissions into energy

Five years after its founding, LanzaTech, a company that transforms waste gases released by steel mills into fuel ethanol, is finally commercializing its technology through a new partnership with China’s major iron and steel maker Baosteel.

President Bush to push ethanol

In his State of the Union address tonight, President Bush is expected to call for a doubling of ethanol use in gasoline.