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Urban Air Initiative: Ethanol Reduces Engine Wear
June 30, 2015 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  The Urban Air Initiative (UAI) has released a study that finds ethanol free gasoline blends actually increase the wear and tear on engines including hoses, seals and fuel tanks. In other words, the data supports ethanol blends lead to cleaner engines. The findings were presented at the semi-annual meeting of ASTM by Steve Vander Griend, technical director for UAI who also works for ICM.

The report demonstrated that high aromatic content of gasoline, including toxic aromatics like benzene and toluene, negatively impact engine parts. Vander Griend explained in his presentation that the toxic aromatics create a significant increase in the escape of harmful emissions that can have a devastating impact on public health as these are considered by the Environmental Protection Agency has known and suspected carcinogens.

“What we are seeing is that benzene and toluene are increasing permeation, which means increasing the amount of fuel vapors that seep from a vehicle. For anyone who has a garage at home and smells gasoline, vapors are escaping through the vehicles fuel system or small engine gas tank,” said Vander Griend.

Also during his presentation Vander Griend explained that extensive testing was conducted on fuel lines, gas containers, and plastic components. The materials were each soaked in straight gasoline (E0) and a 10 percent ethanol blend (E10) for extended periods of time. In every case, said Vander Griend, the ethanol free gasoline increased the damage to fuel lines, gas containers, and plastic components, while the materials soaked in E10 were impacted less.

ASTM said it will begin to study the aromatic levels of gasoline.  READ MORE and MORE (Ethanol Producer Magazine)

Excerpt from Ethanol Producer Magazine:  To better visualize the damaging effects of straight gasoline, click here to watch a time lapse video involving a simple Styrofoam cup. The E10 blend contained 20 percent aromatics and had a slower impact on the cup.  The E0 blend, with 26 percent aromatics, instantly destroyed the cup.  While not as scientific as soak testing, the results are similar.  READ MORE

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Hybrid, EV Sales Tumble in 2015
July 1, 2015 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Detroit News)  Sales of hybrid and electric vehicles fell sharply in the first half of 2015, hurt by low gas prices, fewer incentives and a broader market shift away from cars.

This is shaping up to be the toughest year for electrically powered vehicles since General Motors Co. and Nissan Motor Co. launched mass-market advanced vehicles in 2009.

A new Georgia law takes effect this week that ends the $5,000 state tax rebate on EV sales and adds a $200 yearly registration fee for EV owners to pay for road repairs.

Despite hefty discounts, low gas prices and aging EV models are helping to drag down sales of fuel-sipping plug-in electric hybrids and full-electric cars. They are also being hurt by a consumer shift away from cars toward crossover and sport utility vehicles.

Chelsea Sexton, a long-time industry consultant and electric vehicle, advocate, says a big reason for the slow down is “aging models” and “anticipation of fall updates than gas prices or market interest,” Sexton said, saying it is not a surprise and may not fully rebound until 2017 as California mandates will boost industry offerings.  READ MORE

Urban Air Initiative: Ethanol Reduces Engine Wear
June 30, 2015 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  The Urban Air Initiative (UAI) has released a study that finds ethanol free gasoline blends actually increase the wear and tear on engines including hoses, seals and fuel tanks. In other …

BP, Novozymes, Scania, Shell Back Launch of “Biofuels for Europe” Info Site
July 1, 2015 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Brussels, a new interactive website “” launched today in the European Parliament to summarize the latest science on key biofuels issues using fact-based, understandable information.
BP, Novozymes, Scania and Shell …

GOP Bill Would Repeal Federal Ethanol Mandate
July 1, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

By Timothy Cama (The Hill)  A new Republican bill introduced Tuesday (June 16, 2015) would completely repeal the federal mandate to blend ethanol into the nation’s gasoline supply.
Sen. Bill Cassidy’s (R-La.) legislation would completely do …

Brazil’s Biofuel Industry Finds New Sweetspot
July 1, 2015 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Gallas (BBC)  … It is widely available in gas stations across the country. The majority of new cars are able to run on either petrol or sugarcane-based ethanol.  The government played a key role …

As EPA Hands Down New Rules on Renewable Fuel Standard, Critics Say ‘Blend Wall’ a Fiction Created by Big Oil
July 1, 2015 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Paul Alexander (Huffington Post)  … For the first time since it was conceived a decade ago, the Obama Administration has proposed weakening the RFS — a blow to the green movement, the biofuels business, and …

ACORE Releases Public Policy Insights and Recommendations for Renewable Energy
July 1, 2015 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(ACORE)  Policy Pack recaps ACORE’s 2015 Renewable Energy Policy Forum recommendations; warns of a serious market cliff for new investments absent policy action by Congress
As the Obama administration announces a 20 percent national goal for …

Prime the Pump Funds Ethanol Infrastructure
July 1, 2015 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  The chairman of the Prime the Pump fund says getting more fuel infrastructure in the marketplace is vital to getting higher level ethanol blends to consumers.
“It’s kind of like the chicken …

Cactus as Biofuel Could Help with Food-Versus-Fuel Fight
July 1, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Jack Busby (ChemistryWorld/Scientific American)  Plants on arid land, rather than food crops like corn, could be turned into gasoline, new research shows
New analysis from UK researchers suggests a previously overlooked group of plants could …

Livestock Feed to Overtake Biofuel in Grain Demand Growth – FAO/OECD
July 1, 2015 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(CNBC/Reuters)  Livestock feed will surpass biofuels as the main source of growth in global grain consumption in the next 10 years as emerging countries consume more animal protein while lower oil prices and policy changes …

Global Second Generation Biofuels (Advanced Biofuels) Market Analysis, Size, Share, Trends, Research, Demand And Forecast to 2020: Big Market Research
July 1, 2015 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

(Big Market Research/PR Newswire)   Second generation biofuels yield more energy efficient output than conventional fossil fuels and are environment-friendly as well. Other enabling factors such as favourable environmental regulations & policies, investments/funds provided by …

Michigan-Made Biofuels the Way to Increase Energy Security (Guest column)
July 1, 2015 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Drew DuBois  (DuPont Pioneer/MLive)   In a recent guest column in the Kalamazoo Gazette, Michael Miller thanked Congressman Fred Upton for working to allow exports of oil drilled in the United States.
Rather than looking for new …

Biofuel Crops Will Feel Effects of Slumping Oil Prices, Research Shows
July 1, 2015 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

Eric Atkins (The Globe and Mail)  The crash in oil prices will be felt at the farm gate as demand and prices moderate for biofuel crops corn and soybean, says a new report from the …

4 Minutes with… Donal F. Day, Professor, Audubon Sugar Inst. LSU AgCenter
July 1, 2015 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Lead organization in development of energycane and sweet sorghum for use as biofuel crops in the deep South … Bringing to fruition the first energy crop to sugar syrup processing facility …

Unlocking Fermentation Secrets Open the Door to New Biofuels
July 1, 2015 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Rick Kubetz (Phys.Org)  Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have, for the first time, uncovered the complex interdependence and orchestration of metabolic reactions, gene regulation, and environmental cues of clostridial metabolism, providing …

Fuel Tax Savings Kicks in for Biodiesel Blends
July 1, 2015 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(Vinton Newspapers)  Truckers, motorists and biodiesel producers alike will soon benefit from a tax savings in Iowa on one of the state’s most beneficial products. As of July 1, diesel blended with at least 11 …

United to Start Flying Biofuels out of LAX in 2015; AltAir to Supply 15 Million Gallons in 3-Year Deal
July 1, 2015 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, AltAir Fuels will begin regularly scheduled deliveries of sustainable biojet fuel to United Airlines LAX operations this year, the airline announced today.
AltAir’s Paramount, California-based refinery converts sustainable feedstocks, …

Oil companies Can Be Sued by Earthquake Victim, Oklahoma Court Rules
July 1, 2015 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

(Thompson Reuters)  An Oklahoma woman who was injured when an earthquake rocked her home in 2011 can sue oil companies for damages, the state’s highest court ruled on Tuesday, opening the door to other potential …

Spero Energy Receives $1 Million in Funding from DOE
June 30, 2015 – 8:05 pm | No Comment

(Spero Energy Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A company that licenses Purdue intellectual property has received federal funding to develop its one-step, patent-pending technology that could improve the efficiency of alternative fuel production.
Spero Energy Inc. has received …

Novel Distillation to Be Scaled, Tested by Modular System Builder
June 30, 2015 – 7:56 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Distillation Technologies Inc. and Easy Energy Systems Inc. announced an agreement to build and test DTI’s technology at pilot scale. DTI’s patented and trademarked Bubble Spray Distillation system …

USDA Publishes Rule for Revamped Biorefinery Assistance Program
June 30, 2015 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA’s Rural Business Cooperative Service and Rural Utilities Service has published an interim final rule for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program, formerly known …

A Look at EPA’s RVO Proposal
June 30, 2015 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Biomass Magazine)  … For the next-generation biofuels industry, this proposed rule represents a solid improvement, especially for those in the advanced and biomass-based diesel pool, as well as those in the cellulosic pool …

The Inevitable Battle
June 30, 2015 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

by Tom Portz (Biomass Magazine)  … Ours is an industry looking to take market share, often in declining markets, from well-entrenched incumbents who can only be expected to rabidly defend their enviable market position. In nearly …

Udder Confusion: Dairy Digester Development in California
June 30, 2015 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  The Golden State has borderline personality disorder regarding promotion and discouragement of dairy biogas projects.  —  California is by far the No. 1 dairy state in the U.S. with roughly …

WEBINAR: Antibiotics in the Ethanol Process: The Changing Consumer and Regulatory Landscape — July 14, 2015
June 30, 2015 – 6:30 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Antibiotics in the Ethanol Process:  The Changing Consumer and Regulatory Landscape — July 14, 2015

Is the ethanol industry at risk to lose antibiotics as a fermentation aid? With several major poultry producers announcing intentions to go antibiotic-free—Tyson being the biggest and best-known, feed suppliers are being asked to comply, …

World Efficiency Show & Congress — October 13-15, 2015 — Paris, France
June 30, 2015 – 6:26 pm | No Comment
World Efficiency Show & Congress  — October 13-15, 2015 — Paris, France

World Efficiency Show & Congress will bring together 30,000 professionals, including 10,000 congressists, over 20,000 square meters of exhibitions and 400 lectures and workshops.
Our objective is to present the major challenges associated with conserving resources, …

9th Annual World Congress of Industrial Biotechnology — March 16-18, 2015 — Daegu, South Korea
June 30, 2015 – 5:21 pm | No Comment
9th Annual World Congress of Industrial Biotechnology  —  March 16-18, 2015 — Daegu, South Korea

The 9th Annual World Congress of Industrial Biotechnology (ibio-2016) is dedicated to the dissemination of advanced knowledge in all areas of Industrial Biotechnology. It is designed to let scientists and business executives from the different …

Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit and Expo — August 24-26, 2015 — Honolulu, HI
June 30, 2015 – 5:16 pm | No Comment
Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit and Expo   —  August 24-26, 2015  —  Honolulu, HI

The Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit and Expo (APRISE2015) convenes business, technology and policy leadership across the global resilience pillars of energy, agriculture, water and security.  These joint events collaboratively seek out new solutions for …

Coloring and Activity Book
June 30, 2015 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Coloring and Activity Book was developed by Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) as part of its OPERATION BioenergizeME initiative.  It is designed for children as a fun learning tool to inform …

EERE Energy Impacts: Biorefineries Give Local Farmers Opportunities for Additional Income
June 30, 2015 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Valerie Sarisky-Reed (US Department of Energy)   For the past seven years, All-American football player and Iowa farmer Bruce Nelson has been using corn stover—the non-edible corn stalks, husks, and leaves of a corn plant—to …

Innovative Breakthrough Demonstrated for Biological Ethanol Production
June 30, 2015 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Microvi Biotechnologies, a leading innovator of biocatalytic processes, together with the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), has demonstrated a major breakthrough to biological …

Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Workshop — July 16, 2015 — Westminster, CO
June 30, 2015 – 4:46 pm | No Comment
Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Workshop — July 16, 2015 — Westminster, CO

The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting the one-day Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Workshop on July 16, 2015, in Denver, Colorado. BETO is seeking to collect information from key industry, university, and national laboratory stakeholders …

Sustainable Transportation Day Drives Innovation Forward
June 30, 2015 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  On June 22, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) hosted Sustainable Transportation Day at the Energy Department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Together, the Bioenergy , Fuel Cell, and Vehicle …

Winning Team Announced for 2015 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge Pilot
June 30, 2015 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Director Jonathan Male announced the winner and finalists of the 2015 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge Pilot in a special webinar awards ceremony on June 3, 2015.
The winning infographic …

Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity for Innovative Bioenergy Technologies
June 30, 2015 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announces its intent to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) targeting …

BETO Seeks Stakeholder Input on the Use of Advanced Biofuel Blends in Small Engines: DE-FOA-0001373
June 30, 2015 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking stakeholder input on the following topics related to …

Ignorance or Ignoring is Bliss
June 30, 2015 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Many so-called “experts” fail to account for the contributions of ethanol or, in many cases, simply ignore those contributions in order to make their point, writes Mike Bryan. I …

Baltpool: Biofuel Will Be 30% Cheaper in 2015-2016 Heating Season
June 30, 2015 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

(The Baltic Course)  According to the energy resources exchange Baltpool, the price of biofuel for the upcoming heating season 2015-2016 when a long-term biofuel supply contract is signed is by one-third smaller now, compared to …

United Airlines Flies Climate-Friendly Skies with Biofuel Powered Plane
June 30, 2015 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(MalayMailOnline)  — Sometime this summer, a United Airlines flight will take off from Los Angeles International Airport bound for San Francisco using fuel generated from farm waste and oils derived from animal fats. For passengers, …

UPM Showcases the Biofore Concept Car at ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015
June 30, 2015 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

(UPM)  As part of ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015 UPM showcases the Biofore Concept Car – a truly sustainable innovation. The Biofore Concept Car is on display from 30 June until 2 July 2015 at Messe Frankfurt.
“Forests are …

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Has Forbidden Distillery Plants to Produce Biofuels
June 30, 2015 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(Ukrainian Biofuel Portal)  According to the decree №319 from May 20, 12 distilleries owned by the state have been excluded from the list of companies eligible for the production of bioethanol.
This document  change the decree “On …

Hawaii Gov. David Ige Plans to Veto Ethanol Tax Credit Bill
June 30, 2015 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Duane Shimogawa  (Pacific Business News)  Hawaii Gov. David Ige said that he intends to veto a bill passed by the State Legislature that would repeal the ethanol facility tax credit and establish a renewable …

Blog: Project to Restart Idled Ethanol Plant Has Deep Impact on Student
June 30, 2015 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  This week, we’ll hear from someone that was part of a project to restart an idled ethanol plant in 2013. It was an ambitious and interesting effort and I’m …

Zein Plant Set to Start Production in August
June 30, 2015 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Jeannine Otto (AgriNews)  … Zein is a corn protein, and it’s the subject of the newest building project at Big River Resources.
When the new zein extraction facility is completed, expected in August, it will produce …

4 Minutes with… Enrique Preu, Owner, Preu Engenharia
June 30, 2015 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  provide recovery of agriculture waste transforming it into Biocoal. The waste water from the process can be used later as biofertilizer. Since Brazilian Municipal waste has 57% organic and …

Schepisi Bill Allowing Biofuel Production in New Jersey Approved by the Assembly
June 30, 2015 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(RealEstateRama) Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Holly Schepisi paving the way for new jobs for New Jersey workers in the expanding biodiesel industry earned approval from the General Assembly today. “New Jersey’s geographics makes it a …

Morgan State Professor Produces Energy from Waste and Receives $100,000 Maryland Innovation Award
June 30, 2015 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(Morgan State)  CycloBurn Combustion System™ Provides Relief to Poultry Farmers and Protects Environment
Morgan State University professor and lab director for the School of Engineering’s Industrial and Systems Engineering department, Dr. Seong W. Lee, and his …

Bullfrog Power Opens the Door to Cleaner Transportation with the Launch of Green Fuel
June 30, 2015 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(Bullfrog Power)  TD Bank Group and Beck Taxi lead the way as early adopters of Bullfrog Power’s green fuel
Today (June 26, 2015), Bullfrog Power®, Canada’s leading green energy provider, is launching green fuel, a new …

Amyris Announces Total’s Decision to Proceed With Jet Fuel Joint Venture and Plans to Restructure and Convert $175 Million of Outstanding Convertible Debt for Common Stock
June 30, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(Amyris)  Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS), the industrial bioscience company, today announced that it has agreed on key business terms with Total Energies Nouvelles Activités USA (a wholly owned subsidiary of Total S.A.) (“Total”) for restructuring its …

Swedish Train Operator to Convert Feet to Biodiesel by 2020
June 30, 2015 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(Global Rail News)  Swedish operator Inlandsbanan AB has said it hopes to convert its entire fleet of passenger and freight vehicles to bio-diesel by 2020.  Inlandsbanan AB has received funding from the EU to assess the …

United Airlines Purchases Stake in Fulcrum BioEnergy with $30 Million Investment
June 30, 2015 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

(United Airlines/PR Newswire)  Airline has opportunity to purchase at least 90 million gallons of sustainable aviation biofuel a year — Single largest investment by a U.S. airline in alternative fuels
United Airlines today announced an historic $30 …

EnAlgae Publishes Economic Model for Offshore Cultivation of Macroalage
June 30, 2015 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

(EnAlgae)  EnAlgae researchers have published an economic model to help to explore the economics of cultivating macroalgae at sea.  The model and report can be found here  as outputs WP2A7.06 and WP2A7.11. Both documents together …

Oregon Declares Biomass Carbon Neutral
June 30, 2015 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  After a House vote of 44-9, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that exempts biomass-derived carbon dioxide emissions from regulation under certain air pollution laws.
The bill defines biomass …

Justin Trudeau’s Environment Plan: End Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Invest in Clean Tech
June 30, 2015 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Trinh Theresa Do (CBC News) Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has unveiled myriad environmental promises in Vancouver, including hundreds of millions of dollars in clean technology investment and a continued focus on climate change.  …
Within 90 …

Big Oil’s Mouthpiece Distorts the Facts
June 29, 2015 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/The Hill)  Sofie E. Miller may have left the Charles Koch Institute in 2012, but she clearly continues to do the bidding of her former employer and the rest of …

Fueling the Sorghum Ethanol Coproducts Engine
June 29, 2015 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Kelli Fulkerson (Ethanol Producer Magazine/National Sorghum Producers)  Producers work to expand markets for sorghum distillers and oil.
While exports are undeniably the hottest market for grain sorghum right now with China set to buy over …

Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Opportunities Can Enhance Ethanol Projects
June 29, 2015 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Sam A. Rushing (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Advanced Cryogenics Ltd.)  For decades, carbon dioxide has been recovered from concentrated sources like fermentation and sold to a handful of merchant markets, primarily beverage carbonation, food and meat processing. …

Stoves that Save: Poet Partners to Fight Pollution and Deforestation in Haiti with Ethanol Cookstoves
June 29, 2015 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Janna Farley (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Deforestation and pollution have distressed the country’s environment and beauty. The chronic effects of disease, economic instability and social unrest, coupled with the infrastructure devastation from the 2010 earthquake, …

Cracking The Kernel For Higher Value Products
June 29, 2015 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Researchers hope phytate replicates the corn oil extraction success story, but the history of zein shows it can be a slow and difficult road to success.
Diversification of coproducts …

Creating a Quality Image: Improve the Long-Term Storage Stability of Distillers Grains and Distillers Corn Oil
June 29, 2015 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In 15 years of traveling to foreign countries with the U.S. Grains Council to promote distillers grains and now distillers corn oil (DCO), Jerry Shurson says one of the …

Amyris Announces Successful Completion of Volkswagen Renewable Diesel Evaluation Program
June 29, 2015 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

(Amyris)  Confirms Outstanding Performance and Environmental Benefits of Amyris’s Renewable Diesel Under Real-World Driving Conditions
Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS), the industrial bioscience company, today announced the successful completion of a diesel demonstration program with Volkswagen of America, …

U.S. Oil Glut An EIA Invention?
June 29, 2015 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by  Leonard Brecken (  In the latest weekly production data from the EIA, on the back of recent March revisions, the U.S. managed to post a 76,000 barrel per day increase in the lower 48. Production from …

European Biomass Conference and Exhibition 2015: Biomass: Challenges and Promises
June 29, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Maija Sihvonen* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The 23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) held in Vienna 1-4 June was a massive event with nearly 1300 participants from 76 countries and some 800 presentations. The …

4 Minutes with…Gerard Brandon, CEO, Cellulac
June 29, 2015 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Cellulac has combined a biochemical and fluid dynamic engineering platform that removes 7 MW of energy out of the production of Lactic Acid, PolyLactic Acid, and Ethyl Lactate.
Applications for use …

BP, Novozymes, Scania, Shell Back Launch of “Biofuels for Europe” Info Site
June 29, 2015 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Brussels, a new interactive website “” launched today in the European Parliament to summarize the latest science on key biofuels issues using fact-based, understandable information.
BP, Novozymes, Scania and Shell have …

EU Green Lights €120M in Advanced Bioeconomy Projects
June 29, 2015 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Brussels, The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC), has approved the funding of 10 projects totalling €120 million to …

Atlantic Biodiesel Opens State-of-the-Art Renewable Fuel Facility in Welland, Ontario
June 29, 2015 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(Atlantic Biodiesel)  Today (June 25, 2015), Atlantic Biodiesel officially opened its state-of-the-art renewable fuel facility located in the Niagara Greenbelt in Welland, Ontario.
“This is an important day for Atlantic Biodiesel and for the greater Welland …

Ceres Refocuses on Food, Forage Options as Brazilian Bioenergy Results Disappoint
June 29, 2015 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The news may come as a surprise to the broader community, since in March 2015 the company signed a multi-year collaboration agreement Raizen, a joint venture of Royal Dutch Shell and …

Renewable-Fuel Advocates Turn out at KCK Hearing, Give the EPA an Earful on Reducing Ethanol Targets
June 29, 2015 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Greg Hack and Kasia Kovacs   (Kansas City Star)  When the Environmental Protection Agency proposed lowering the country’s ethanol-use mandates for this year and next, it set up a public hearing to let people …

Keystone XL Pipeline Debate: Canadian Oil Sands Crude Produces Greater Emissions Than Conventional Oils, DOE Study Finds
June 29, 2015 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Maria Gallucci (International Businesss Times)  … A new study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy found crude extracted from Canada’s oil sands region leads to greenhouse gas emissions that are 20 percent higher on …

Leather without the Cow: Flokser Launches Artificial Leather Based on DuPont Tate & Lyle, BioAmber Ingredients
June 29, 2015 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Unique synthetic leather fabric has 70% bio-content, based on BioAmber’s Bio-SA and DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products’ PDO

Flokser has launched this new synthetic leather fabric under its SERTEX brand.  …

Oregon Lawmakers Look to Swap LCFS for Fuel Tax
June 26, 2015 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  Oregon governor Kate Brown (D) and a group of eight legislators have negotiated a proposal to kill the state’s new low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) in return for a 4¢/USG rise in the gasoline …

Bulgaria Is Falling Behind National Biofuel Targets – Audit Office
June 26, 2015 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(  … In order to comply with EU rules, Bulgaria has set itself the following mandatory national biofuel targets: 10% share of renewables and biofuels in transport and 6% share of the total greenhouse gas savings, …

EnAlgae Research on Algae’s Sustainability
June 26, 2015 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Two research papers recently published by EnAlgae scientists point to real potential advantages in using algae as a feed ingredient and as a wastewater treatment, but only with further improvements in algal …

Environmental Life Cycle Impacts of Cellulosic Ethanol in the Southern U.S. Produced from Loblolly Pine, Eucalyptus, Unmanaged Hardwoods, Forest Residues, and Switchgrass Using a Thermochemical Conversion Pathway
June 26, 2015 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jesse Daystar, Carter Reeb, Ronalds Gonzalez, Richard Venditti, Stephen S. Kelley  (Science Direct) Highlights
•Cradle-to-grave environmental impacts of biofuels from five major feedstocks in the Southern U.S.
•Thermochemical conversion pathway studied for ethanol production
•Global warming impacts, eutrophication, acidification, …

Investment in Energy Technology to Hit $400 Billion by 2030
June 26, 2015 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Roseline Okere (The Guardian (Nigeria)) The International Energy Agency (IEA) has projected that increasing investment in renewable energy technologies in the power sector will increase from $270 billion in 2015 to $400 billion in 2030.

It …

US Aims to Increase Ethanol Sales to PH
June 26, 2015 – 11:00 am | No Comment

(Business Inquirer)  Ethanol producers in the United States are keen on doubling exports to the Philippines under an aggressive expansion program that is centered on opening up the Asian market.
Edward S. Hubbard Jr., general counsel …

Once Shunned for Oil, Ethanol Makes a Return to U.S. Rails
June 26, 2015 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)  Sinking lease rates, weak crude prices and tough new safety measures for transporting oil by rail have spurred a resurgence in hauling ethanol on the U.S. rail network, as some …

EPA Hearings on Renewable Fuel Standard: Statement by DuPont
June 26, 2015 – 10:23 am | No Comment

(Biofuels Digest)  “DuPont believes the proposed 2014 to 2016 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) rule is misguided and is a major step backward. Since the RFS was first enacted, the United States has quickly risen to …

EPA Hearings on Renewable Fuel Standard: Testimony of Brian Jennings, EVP, American Coalition for Ethanol
June 26, 2015 – 10:19 am | No Comment

(Biofuels Digest)  Thank you, my name is Brian Jennings, and I’m the Executive Vice President of the American Coalition for Ethanol. I’m pleased to report that more than 100 people representing ACE member companies will …

EPA Hearings on Renewable Fuel Standard: Testimony of Geoff Cooper, Senior Vice President at the Renewable Fuels Association
June 26, 2015 – 10:13 am | No Comment

(Biofuels Digest)  Good morning, my name is Geoff Cooper and I am representing the Renewable Fuels Association.  By any measure, the RFS has been a tremendous success. It has stimulated growth in biofuel production, revitalized …

EPA Hearings on Renewable Fuel Standard: Testimony of Steve Murphy, GM, POET Biorefining-Laddonia & POET Biorefining – Macon
June 26, 2015 – 10:03 am | No Comment

(Biofuels Digest)  Good afternoon, My name is Steve Murphy and I am the General Manager for two POET Biorefining plants. … I am here to make one and only one point today. What this proposed rule …

Mould Unlocks New Route to Biofuels
June 25, 2015 – 9:17 pm | No Comment

(University of Manchester)  Scientists at The University of Manchester have made an important discovery that forms the basis for the development of new applications in biofuels and the sustainable manufacturing of chemicals.
Based at the Manchester …

Cabinet Approves the Biofuels Bill, 2014
June 25, 2015 – 9:12 pm | No Comment

(Uganda Media Center, Office of the President)  Although Government has a policy in place (The Renewable Energy Policy for Uganda, 2007) which provides for the blending of biofuels with fossil fuels (Petroleum Fuel) in regulated …

4 Minutes with… Valentin Perez, Project Manager, SINMT
June 25, 2015 – 8:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … My company is building the first bioethanol plant using sugarcane in Mexico. We will sell ethanol to Pemex and other companies. The scope of the project is not only the plant, …

Thompson, Coons, Moran, Poe Bill Will Level the Playing Field for Renewable Energy
June 25, 2015 – 8:50 pm | No Comment

(Real Estate Rama)  Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act would give renewable energy projects access to a tax advantage currently available only to oil, gas, and coal projects
U.S. Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA-05) and Ted Poe (R-TX-02), …

Danforth Plant Science Center Receives $8M for Big Data Research Program to Advance Development of Key Bioenergy Crop
June 25, 2015 – 8:41 pm | No Comment

(Danforth Plant Science Center)  Understanding key phenotype-to-genotype associations will enhance efforts
to bring products to market  —  The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced today it was awarded an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department …

Developers of Biodiesel Fuel Refinery Say It Will Mitigate Toxic Effects on School Children
June 25, 2015 – 8:35 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Tempfer (  Biodiesel fuel could soon be supporting Southern Utah’s economy and would also help sustain cleaner air and a healthier environment.
Such is the goal of Anderwood Ventures, a company working toward economic growth …

Govt to Use 20% Diesel Requirements through Bio-Diesel
June 25, 2015 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Jayanta Mallick (The Hindu)  The Union Shipping Ministry has decided to utilise 20 per cent of its diesel requirement through bio-diesel at 12 major ports. Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping after …

Innovative Microvi Bio-Ethanol Technology Validated at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
June 25, 2015 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

(Microvi/PR Newswire)  Microvi Biotechnologies, a leading innovator of biocatalytic processes, working with the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), has demonstrated breakthrough improvements to biological ethanol production.
Microvi’s …

Here’s How Sea-Tac Airport Plans to Get Airlines to Use More Biofuel
June 25, 2015 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Steve Wilhelm (Puget Sound Business Journal)  John Creighton wants Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to be the first in North America to offer biofuels fuels to all airlines. He and other members of the Seattle Port Commission …

RIP Cobalt Technologies or…How Commercializing Butanol Technology is Like Riding the Tour de France
June 25, 2015 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Sam Nejame & James Evangelow (Biofuels Digest/Promotum and Chemical Strategies)  Sad to say Cobalt Technologies is dead – no really they’re dead – it’s not just double secret probation anymore. Although you’d almost not even know …

Under Secretary of Energy Franklin Orr: Keynote Address at the DOE Bioenergy 2015 conference
June 25, 2015 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Franklin Orr (Biofuels Digest/Bioenergy 2015)  Biofuels are a very important part of America’s economic and energy future.  On the geopolitical side, from Ukraine to the Middle East we see events that threaten energy stability. We …

Senator Amy Klobuchar: Keynote Address at the DOE Bioenergy 2015 Conference
June 25, 2015 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Senator Amy Kolbuchar (Biofuels Digest/Bioenergy 2015)  I want to spend a moment looking at the badness in our energy policy, with a look back in history. Our first bad moment was after 9/11, we …

‘Green Bond’ Sales Struggle
June 25, 2015 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Mike Cherney (The Wall Street Journal)  Flat pace of new green bonds in the first part of 2015 perplexes the market’s supporters — A flattening in “green bond” sales this year is highlighting the uncertainty …

June 25, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(Politico Morning Energy/Bay Planning Coalition)  The House won’t take any votes on its Interior-EPA appropriations bill until next month, but a conservative group already is urging Republicans to back an amendment to defund the Renewable …

The Need For A New Fuel Paradigm: Transitioning From Legacy Fuels to Modern Efficient Fuels
June 25, 2015 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Bill Brandon (Leaders in Energy)  … This two-part White Paper presents the proposition that we need to transition away from the legacy fuels we use today to modern liquid and gas fuels[1] that: 1) reduce …

Up with Octane and Down with Aromatics: Continuing Health Risks with Petroleum Fuels and the Need for Engine Efficiency
June 25, 2015 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Bill Brandon (Leaders in Energy)  Our country has seen many transitions in travel technologies and fuels. In the first installment I reviewed our transition from 1) barley and oats for our horses and mules …

Renewable Energy Shows Record Growth in Power Sector, but Few Gains in Heating and Transport
June 22, 2015 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/Fox Business) The growth of renewable energy outpaced that of fossil fuels in the electricity sector last year, with a record 135 gigawatts of capacity added from wind, solar, hydropower and other natural sources, a …

Martin O’Malley: Zero out Fossil Fuels by 2050
June 22, 2015 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

Martin O’Malley (USA Today) … New technologies now put an independent clean energy future decidedly within our reach as a nation. …   I would keep domestically produced oil and gas in the U.S.  READ MORE

Taurus Energy Poised to Bring 2nd Generation Yeast to U.S. Market
June 22, 2015 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A company based in Lund, Sweden, recently received a welcome notification from the U.S. EPA, indicating the company’s 90-day Microbial Commercial Activity Notice review has been completed without objections. …