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Food in the Age of Biofuels
July 3, 2015 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Jose Graziano da Silva (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization/Project Syndicate) … But this is a false dichotomy. The choice cannot be between food and fuel. We can make good use of both. Given the right conditions, biofuels can be an effective means to increase food security by providing poor farmers with a sustainable and affordable energy source.

In some land-locked African countries, gasoline costs three times the global average, making fuel prices one of the main barriers to agricultural growth. Extending the use of biofuels in these regions could boost productivity and create new employment opportunities, especially in rural areas. The effect could be made even stronger if the additional demand for feedstock created by biofuels was met by family farmers and small-scale producers.

The pioneers of biofuels would probably be surprised by how little they contribute to the total world fuel supply today. Rudolf Diesel’s first engine, designed in the late 1800s, ran on fuel derived from peanut oil. Henry Ford once scouted Florida in hopes of buying tracts of land to plant sugar cane, convinced that the United States would not tolerate the pollution from burning fossil fuels or the dependency implicit in importing oil to produce gasoline.

Only in recent decades have biofuels regained their original appeal, owing to efforts to secure affordable energy, generate income, and mitigate the dependency of which Ford warned. More recently, concerns about pollution, climate change, and the finite nature of fossil fuels has driven a spike in demand – one that must now be managed.

Flexibility is key to efforts to leverage the world’s growing reliance on biofuels to boost agricultural productivity, accelerate rural development, and increase food security. For example, policymakers must defuse the competitive pressures between food and fuel by designing schemes to counter price volatility for basic foodstuffs. Authorities could require that the percentage of biofuels blended with conventional fuel be increased when food prices drop and cut when they rise. This would serve as a sort of automatic stabilizer. Poor farmers would continue to enjoy robust demand for their products even when food prices dropped, and consumers would be protected from rapid or excessive price increases.

National targets could also be made more flexible. If mandates for biofuel use were applied over several years, instead of only one, policymakers could influence demand in order to minimize pressure on food prices.

Finally, at the individual level, greater flexibility could also be built in at the pump, through the promotion of flex-fuel vehicles of the type already in use in Brazil. If cars are equipped with engines that can run on conventional fossil fuels or blends with high percentages of biofuels, consumers can adapt to changes in prices by switching between one or the other.

Finding the right balance will not be easy. READ MORE   Acesss FAO report

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Study: Even with High LDV Electrification, Low-Carbon Biofuels Will Be Necessary to Meet 80% GHG Reduction Target; “Daunting” Policy Implications
July 3, 2015 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A study by researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Michigan State University colleague has concluded that even with a relatively high rate of electrification of the US light-duty fleet (40% of vehicle miles traveled and 26% by fuel), an 80% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050 relative to 1990 can only be achieved with significant quantities of low-carbon liquid fuel. The paper is published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology.

For the study, the researchers benchmarked 27 scenarios against a 50% petroleum-reduction target and an 80% GHG-reduction target. They found that with high rates of electrification (40% of miles traveled) the petroleum-reduction benchmark could be satisfied, even with high travel demand growth. The same highly electrified scenarios, however, could not satisfy 80% GHG-reduction targets, even assuming 80% decarbonized electricity and no growth in travel demand.

The study estimated national fuel and emissions impacts from increasing reliance on electrified light-duty transportation, and the resulting implications for advanced biofuels. For the study, the team reconstructed the vehicle technology portfolios from two national vehicle studies (the 2007 Environmental Assessment of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles by the Electric Power Research Institute and Natural Resources Defense Council; and the 2009 Multi-Path Transportation Futures study by Argonne National Laboratory).

These two studies disagree greatly in regard to petroleum and GHG impacts, stemming from very different rates of vehicle electrification and travel demand growth that each study assumed. Neither offered significant sensitivity analysis, making it difficult to extend their conclusions to alternative scenarios.

The Wisconsin and Michigan team normalized the highly detailed vehicle assumptions and transport calculations from these studies around the rates of electrified vehicle penetration; travel demand growth; and electricity decarbonization. They also examined the impact of substituting low-carbon advanced cellulosic biofuels in place of petroleum.

The two studies—EPRI-NRDC and ANL—serve as “excellent bookends” for comparing minimal and maximal electrification of passenger transportation, the researchers concluded. They based their low electrification scenario (0.3% electric powered miles) on the ANL Study’s “PHEV and Ethanol” scenario, and the high electrification scenario (40% electric-powered miles) on the EPRI- NRDC Study’s High scenario with 95% electrified vehicles. The researchers also considered intermediate (20% electric-powered miles) electrification—halfway between the high and low.

They examined each of these three vehicle mixtures under low-, medium-, and high-growth assumptions for travel demand. These 9 combinations became the reference scenarios with defined fuel requirements and GHG emissions. These same vehicle combinations and growth rates are used to examine nine petroleum-targeted scenarios and nine GHG-targeted scenarios.

The team also assumed that electricity is largely “decarbonized”, reducing GHG intensity by 80%.

No scenarios achieved the 80% GHG reduction without contributions from RFS-compliant advanced cellulosic biofuel. Only three scenarios actually met the GHG target of 294 MT. The remaining six scenarios exceeded the target even while replacing all petroleum with low GHG cellulosic biofuel (at 60% lower GHG intensity). READ MORE  AbstractEnvironmental Science & Technology)


Excerpt from the study:

… The implications of this research are daunting with regard to climate policy. Successfully decarbonizing light duty transportation requires simultaneous “successes” around several key challenges. First, growth in light duty vehicle travel would need to be moderate at most, but preferably low. Historic growth can be maintained and achieve an 80% GHG reduction only if nearly all petroleum is replaced with alternative low-carbon fuels. Second, an extremely high rate of electrified vehicle technology adoption would need to be achieved, such that nearly all light duty vehicles would need to be hybrid or electrified by 2050 and coupled to ongoing improvements in vehicle efficiency. Third, U.S. electricity supply cannot resemble the current fuel mix, but would have to be massively decarbonized; displacing the vast majority of fossil-fuel derived electricity with nuclear and renewable resources. Changes of this magnitude to transportation demand, vehicle fleet, and electricity are necessary, but still insufficient to meet an 80% GHG reduction, without additional low-carbon gasoline replacement such as that provided by cellulosic biofuels.

Over the course of 35 years, the fuel-mix powering light duty transportation could be radically different than today’s, requiring only a small fraction (0−13%) of current petroleum consumption. Simultaneously achieving the petroleum and GHG reduction targets would require a monumental effort to commercialize cellulosic biofuels, as well as impressive achievements spanning transportation planning, vehicle manufacturing, electric power supply, and public policy. Still, it is technically achievable. Our assumed vehicle efficiencies were based on average (not high) rates of technology improvement. Renewable and nuclear electricity supply technologies are available today. Though continued research and development is needed, the necessary biofuel contributions are within the range of recent estimates of achievable potential.  READ MORE

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Uggah: B10 Biodiesel Programme Will Utilise Crude Palm Oil from Stockpile if Implemented
July 3, 2015 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

(Bernama/The Malay Mail Online)  Some 1.22 million tonnes of crude palm oil (CPO) from the country’s stockpile will be utilised annually upon the implementation of the B10 biodiesel programme, said Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

The B10 is 10 per cent palm biodiesel blended with 90 per cent petroleum diesel and is a migration from the current B7 blend.

“The government is still awaiting the report from the Malaysian Automative Association (MAA) which has opposed its usage citing incompatibility and warranty issues,” he said.

He said while MAA had reservations about its usage, the Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) group had announced two days ago that B10 biodiesel was compatible with its diesel car engine.  READ MORE

Food in the Age of Biofuels
July 3, 2015 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Jose Graziano da Silva (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization/Project Syndicate) … But this is a false dichotomy. The choice cannot be between food and fuel. We can make good use of both. Given the right conditions, biofuels …

Study: Even with High LDV Electrification, Low-Carbon Biofuels Will Be Necessary to Meet 80% GHG Reduction Target; “Daunting” Policy Implications
July 3, 2015 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A study by researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Michigan State University colleague has concluded that even with a relatively high rate of electrification of the US light-duty fleet (40% …

Plan to Convert Deteriorated Rice into Fuel
July 3, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Erich Parpart (The Nation)  The Energy Ministry has been assigned by the government to help off-load around 5.89 million tonnes of deteriorated rice held in stockpiles with the plan at the first stage to convert …

New Biodiesel Facility in Yankton
July 3, 2015 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

(WNAX) The grand opening was held this week for a new biodiesel blending facility installed by Gerstner Oil in Yankton. It’s a joint project with the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. Director Kenny Schulte …

The Beyond-Two-Degree Inferno
July 3, 2015 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Marcia McNutt (Science Magazine)  … 2°C above the preindustrial level. This is a target viewed as the boundary between climate warming to which we can perhaps adapt and more extreme warming that will be very disruptive …

The 10 Hottest, Bossest Renewable Plastic Technologies
July 3, 2015 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … One way to get plastics out of the landfill, where they pile up as waste, is to find a use for them. Numerous project developers have technology that makes liquid …

4 Minutes with… Jeff Hove, Vice President, RINAlliance
July 3, 2015 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The program serves almost 200 petroleum marketers that bring renewable fuels to the public across the U.S. Our software based programs decrease compliance burdens (RFS and LCFS) and increase the …

WTHU Focuses on Advanced Biofuels in “Eye on Our Community” Call-In Show
July 3, 2015 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the foot of the presidential Catoctin Mountain retreat, Advanced Biofuels USA’s executive director, Joanne Ivancic, met with WTHU (AM1450, The Source) talk radio host Katherine Heerbrandt during drive …

Rep. Kaptur Welcomes $50,000 NSF Award For UT Algal Bio-Chemistry Research‎
July 3, 2015 – 10:28 am | No Comment

(Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)) Innovative extraction method sources chemicals from algae instead of from imported oils — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) welcomed news that The University of Toledo (UT) will receive $50,000 from the National Science Foundation …

INSIGHT-California’s Push for Cleaner Buses Could Edge out Natural Gas
July 2, 2015 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

by Nichola Groom (Reuters)  Fifteen years ago, California led the way to cleaner transit buses with strict tailpipe emissions standards that effectively ushered out diesel as the primary fuel for buses in the state and …

Ethanol for All, And Then Some
July 2, 2015 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Investing Daily)  … If less fuel is being produced than the mandated level, it drives up the price of the RIN and in theory increases the incentive to produce the fuel (which is …

First Methanol-Powered Diesel Engine Debuted by MAN D&T
July 2, 2015 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

By Charlie Bartlett (Seatrade Maritime News)  MAN Diesel & Turbo has run successful tests of a new liquid-gas-injection engine, the ME-LGI, set for installation on a newbuild Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) methanol carrier series.

Taking place at …

UPDATE: Single Tank Of Renewable Diesel Fuel Takes Car Cross-Country at 67 MPG
July 2, 2015 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Stephen Edelstein (Green Car Reports)  … Green Car Reports contributor and electric-motorcycle roadtripper Ben Rich encountered an unusual vehicle on U.S. Route 12 Sunday, while bypassing New Orleans on a cross-country ride.
He wrote us to ask …

Nixon: Remember the Evolution of Ethanol
July 2, 2015 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Julie Harker (Brownfield Ag News)  Missouri Governor Jay Nixon tells Brownfield everyone needs to step back and look at 2003 when gas prices were going up and foreign countries were dictating to the U.S. …

Japan Aims to Use Biofuels for Flights by 2020 Tokyo Olympics
July 2, 2015 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Chisaki Watanabe (Bloomberg)  Japan will draw up a plan to introduce biofuels to power commercial flights by the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games as part of efforts to shift to cleaner fuel.
A task force set …

Global Biofuel Enzymes Market Share Till: Acute Market Reports
July 2, 2015 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

(  2015 Global Biofuel Enzymes Industry Report is a professional and in-depth research report on the world’s major regional market conditions of the Biofuel Enzymes industry, focusing on the main regions (North America, Europe and …

Grazing Land Has Scope for Biofuel Surge
July 2, 2015 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(  At least 500 million hectares are available for growing biofuel crops; This is after considering rising food demand and growing urbanisation; Only up to 200 million hectares would be needed to slash fossil fuel use
Converting grazing …

Making the Biofuels Process Safer for Microbes
July 2, 2015 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Scott Gordon (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  A team of investigators at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University have created a process for making the work environment less toxic—literally—for the organisms that do the …

Poplars’ Potential: Rathdrum Prairie Grove Part of Study on Cellulose-Based Biofuel
July 2, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Becky Kramer (The Spokesman-Review)  … A $40 million research project, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is studying poplars’ potential to produce cellulose-based biofuels. The grove north of Hayden is one of four test plots …

Europe’s Biofuels Debate Needs to Focus on Implementation
July 2, 2015 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Robert Wright (ePURE/EurActiv)   As the debate kicks off on transport within Europe’s 2030 climate and energy framework, policymakers and industry must not lose sight of the challenges, says Robert Wright (secretary general of the …

WEBINAR: Cooking with Ethanol: Benefits, Key Challenges, and Lessons Learned — July 7, 2015
July 2, 2015 – 1:43 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Cooking with Ethanol: Benefits, Key Challenges, and Lessons Learned  —  July 7, 2015

Time is running out to register for the EPA and Winrock International webinar Cooking with Ethanol: Benefits, key challenges, and lessons learned taking place Tuesday, July 7th at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Register today to …

World Ethanol & Biofuels 2015 — November 2-5 — Budapest, Hungary
July 2, 2015 – 1:28 pm | No Comment
World Ethanol & Biofuels 2015 — November 2-5 — Budapest, Hungary

World Ethanol & Biofuels 2015 offers a unique opportunity to:
– Analyse the latest thinking from international producers, (bio) technology companies and traders to maintain a competitive edge
– Examine the impact of regional policy and trade …

CALL FOR POSTERS: Fuels of the Future 2016 — January 18-19 — Berlin, Germany DEADLINE: uncertain
July 2, 2015 – 1:19 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR POSTERS: Fuels of the Future 2016  —  January 18-19 — Berlin, Germany   DEADLINE: uncertain

Since 2002, the specialist conference has been providing the global biofuel industry and other interest groups a platform for the exchange of views and the transfer of information. The strength of the conference is that …

Fuels of the Future 2016 — January 18-19 — Berlin, Germany
July 2, 2015 – 1:16 pm | No Comment
Fuels of the Future 2016  —  January 18-19 — Berlin, Germany

Since 2002, the specialist conference has been providing the global biofuel industry and other interest groups a platform for the exchange of views and the transfer of information. The strength of the conference is that …

Financing for Development: Access To Cleaner and Safer Energy In Africa — July 13-16, 2015 — Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
July 2, 2015 – 1:07 pm | No Comment
Financing for Development: Access To Cleaner and Safer Energy In Africa — July 13-16, 2015 — Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

1.3 billion people — 20% of the world’s population — have no electricity, and 2.7 billion people do not have clean and safe access to energy for cooking, leading them to breathe in toxic smoke …

4 Minutes with… Michael R. Schuppenhauer, Ph.D. President & CEO, Farmatic
July 2, 2015 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Farmatic is since 50 years an internationally successful biogas and waste water EPC and technology provider to customers from agriculture, industry and municipalities. With over 300 completed anaerobic digesters globally, …

Nearly Half of Senate Writes Urging for Streamlined Support for Forest Bioenergy
July 2, 2015 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Megan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, nearly half of the US Senate has written to the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Energy and the EPA administrator strongly urging the agencies to streamline support of …

Mercedez-Benz Changes Tune, Now Says B10 Biodiesel Is Okay
July 2, 2015 – 11:28 am | No Comment

(Malaysian Digest)  Barely two weeks after casting doubt on the viability of Malaysia’s B10 biodiesel fuel for car engines, Mercedez-Benz Malaysia today said the fuel is fine after all.
In a statement, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia said: “After …

California Ethanol Granted $750K Loan from County
July 2, 2015 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Michael Dukes (Imperial Valley Press)  The Imperial County Board of Supervisors approved California Ethanol + Power LLC’s proposal to build an ethanol plant in Imperial County back in 2013, but at the time, significant …

Sao Martinho to Amyris: “We’re out”; Amyris to Sao Martinho: “Whoa, Nelly”
July 2, 2015 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In a Brazilian securities filing, with respect to the Joint Venture between São Martinho and Amyris, Sao Martinho reports “the non-achievement of certain contractual targets by Amyris, impacting the viability of …

Cellulosic Ethanol: Where Are the Gallons? Answers for Your Questions.
July 2, 2015 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Seen a number of high-profile cellulosic projects open in recent years, and not much ethanol being produced?  Wondered why? Here are answers to your questions.
As Jack Webb used to say …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …