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Prez Candidates Recommit RFS Support
October 3, 2015 – 1:05 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  … Sen. Santorum reaffirmed his support at a forum hosted by Heritage Action in South Carolina on Friday, at Iowa’s Faith and Freedom Presidential Forum on Saturday, and at the taping of Rural Town Hall on RFD-TV on Sunday saying that the RFS creates jobs and domestically produced fuels and keeps the U.S. secure.

Also during the Forum, Trump said that he supports the RFS. “I am totally in favor of ethanol, 100 percent.” This is the first time Trump gave his stance on the topic publicly.

The Rural Town Hall event also marked Sen. Webb’s first public affirmation of support for the RFS and Gov. Pataki’s full support. Pataki said that the government needed to keep the promise it made with the RFS, “Washington made a commitment to those farmers and those investors, we have to keep our word.”  READ MORE

Biofuels Try to Snap Out of Dormant Phase
October 3, 2015 – 12:55 am | No Comment

by Amy Harder (Wall Street Journal)  The promise of energy from sources like wood chips and switchgrass is still a long way off. — Nearly 10 years ago, then-President George W. Bush promised to fund research …

A Novel Technology to Produce Microalgae Biomass as Feedstock for Biofuel, Food, Feed and More
October 3, 2015 – 12:36 am | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/ UniVerve)  Novel and scalable technology and production process combining algal biomass cultivation, harvesting and concentration as well as extraction and fractionation of fatty acids from the biomass results in ability to offer high quality …

Hawaii Regulators Approve Biodiesel Supply Contract between HECO and Pacific Biodiesel
October 3, 2015 – 12:25 am | No Comment

by Duane Shimogawa (Pacific Business News)  Hawaii regulators have approved Pacific Biodiesel Technologies’ fuel supply contract with Hawaiian Electric Co. for the Maui-based firm to supply biodiesel primarily for use at the 110-megawatt Campbell Industrial Park …

Greater Biodiesel Adoption Would Lower Costs
October 3, 2015 – 12:18 am | No Comment

by Tom Steever (Brownfield Ag News)  The cost of biodiesel would be lower if more of the U.S. production capacity was put to use.  National Biodiesel Board Sustainability Director Don Scott tells Brownfield the country could …

Emissions Testing Is Broken, and Other Lessons from the VW Scandal
October 3, 2015 – 12:10 am | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  …  How do you create clean vehicles that consumers want to buy? All of the automakers are currently focused on this question.
The Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Technology Review calls for …

WEBINAR: Using Science to Promote Sustainable Biofuels Production in the Southeastern United States — October 21, 2015 — National Bioenergy Day — 2:30-3:45 PM ET
October 2, 2015 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

As part of the 2015 National Bioenergy Day activities, IBSS (The Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems) is partnering with other AFRI CAPS for a weeklong webinar-a-ton! The IBSS webinars will take place on …

Letters: Ethanol Good for Economy, Environment
October 2, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Warren Woodrow Carothers (The State)  In his Sept. 18 letter, “Renewable fuel standard doing more harm than good,” U.S. Rep. Tom Rice says ethanol emissions are 33 percent higher than with gasoline. He is …

The Algae Foundation Receives Three-Year Grant from Department of Energy
October 2, 2015 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/Algae Foundation)  As industry grows, demand for trained algae researchers, scientists and engineers increases  —   The Algae Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the algae industry, has been awarded a multi-year …

Toomey Amendment to Doom the US Renewable Fuel Standard Rejected in Senate Committee Vote
October 2, 2015 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, an amendment offered by Senator Pat Toomey that would end a key provision of the RFS – the requirement to blend traditional ethanol-based renewable fuels into U.S. gasoline …

Clariant Opens Biotech Center in Planegg, Germany
October 2, 2015 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(Clariant)  Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, officially opened its new Group Biotechnology Research Center in Planegg near Munich today. In a ceremony attended by Ilse Aigner, the Bavarian Minister for Economic Affairs, Media, …

Algenuity Launches Its Algenious® Non-GMO Strain Discovery and Development Suite of services at the 2015 Algae Biomass Summit in Washington, D.C., USA
October 2, 2015 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(Algenuity)  These services are targeted at customers – particularly in the algae food and nutrition markets and open pond algae producers – who want non-GMO algae solutions for a unique competitive advantage, higher performance, and …

Propel Brings High Performance Renewable Diesel to Hayward, CA
October 2, 2015 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

(Propel)  Diesel HPR provides superior performance and improved local air quality as Propel provides simple tools to track personal emission reductions, check price and find locations.
HAYWARD, Calif. (October 1, 2015) – Propel Fuels, California’s largest …

Algae Roadmap: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to the US Algae Program
October 2, 2015 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Algae Program is carrying out a long-term applied research and development strategy to increase the yields and lower the costs of algal biofuels by …

The Business of Algae and the Dream of Algae
October 2, 2015 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sapphire’s Jamie Levine, Matrix Genetics’ Margaret McCormick, Algal Scientific’s Geoff Horst, Heliae’s Len Smith and USCD’s Steve Mayfield reflect on the commercial progress of algae.  There is the dream of …

Michigan State University Partners with ExxonMobile to Advance Biofuel Research
October 2, 2015 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  A new $1 million relationship between Michigan State University and ExxonMobil will expand research designed to progress the fundamental science required to advance algae-based fuels.
David Kramer, MSU’s John Hannah Distinguished Professor in …

They Opened the Country’s Largest Ethanol Dehydration Plant
October 2, 2015 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

( Translation)  The plant, which is used as raw material hydrated alcohol, has a high energy efficiency and a limited steam consumption, based on a proven work in Europe, which was optimized by Brazilian engineer, …

Joule Achieves U.S. EPA Registration for CO2-Recycled Ethanol
October 2, 2015 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(Joule/BusinessWire)  Joule, the pioneer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, today announced that its fuel grade Sunflow®-E ethanol has been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for commercial use in E10 and E15 …

The Isooctene Revolution, Redux: The Digest’s Updated 2015 8-Slide Guide to Gevo
October 2, 2015 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a hydrocarbon platform molecule. …

Biodiesel Can Help Slash U.S. Carbon Emissions — Report
October 2, 2015 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Amanda Reilly (E&E/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  Biodiesel can contribute significantly to U.S. carbon dioxide reduction goals, according to a new analysis released by the industry’s main trade group.
The report conducted by Bates White Economic Consulting …

Orlando Museum, Tea Party and Biofuels: Letters — Biofuels Good for Florida
October 2, 2015 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Mark Emalfarb  (Dyadic International)  …  Mike Murtha’s My Word column, “Feds must follow Fla. on ethanol repeal,” on Monday is a misguided call to move the state backward in all three areas.
Florida’s universities and …

Reallocating Energy Investments? Consider the Clean Energy Sector
October 2, 2015 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(America Council on Renewable Energy)  Today, Clean Energy is an established sector, continues to grow, and offers an increasingly diverse set of investment options that can address a broad spectrum of investor objectives and portfolio …

Why DuPont Supports Oregon’s Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (OPINION)
October 2, 2015 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jan Koninckx (OregonLive/DuPont)  As an American company operating since 1802, DuPont has been part of the ongoing movement to create science-powered solutions that make life better for people and the planet we share. Today, we …

Scania Showcases Broad Range of Alternative Fuel Vehicles at Busworld
October 2, 2015 – 10:44 am | No Comment

(NGV Journal)  Scania will unveil the industry’s broadest range of alternative fuel vehicles at Busworld in Kortrijk on 16-21 October. Scania now offers buses and coaches for all operations – from dense city traffic to …

EPA Holds Workshop For Input On Risk Assessment Of Genetically Engineered Algae
October 2, 2015 – 10:40 am | No Comment

(The Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®))   On September 30, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a workshop on genetically engineered (GE) algae to give stakeholders an opportunity to hear about EPA’s …

New Ozone Regulations Ignore Tailpipe Exhaust
October 2, 2015 – 9:58 am | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) welcomes new ozone standards that will further protect public health from the negative respiratory, developmental, and other health effects of ozone exposure. The …

Alfred State Receives $1 Million for Biorefinery Center
October 2, 2015 – 1:08 am | No Comment

(Alfred State/Biomass Magazine)  New York Sen. Catharine Young announced  that she has secured $1 million in state aid to help establish the Bio-refinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC) on Alfred State’s School of Applied Technology …

UPM BioVerno Diesel Found to Reduce Tailpipe Emissions
October 1, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Wood-based BioVerno diesel by Finland’s UPM has been found to significantly reduce harmful tailpipe emissions, the company reports.
A number of engine and vehicle tests have been carried out across key research institutes, such …

VW Scandal: Time for German Industry to Abandon Its Arrogance
October 1, 2015 – 12:37 am | No Comment

by Armin Mahler (Der Spiegel)  Made in Germany isn’t the seal of quality it used to be. Arrogance and complacency are widespread in Germany industry, with Volkswagen becoming just the most recent example. For the German …

Ex-Sen. Talent Launches Advocacy Group to Boost RFS
October 1, 2015 – 12:00 am | No Comment

by Amanda Reilly (E&E/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  Former Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.) today will launch a new group to boost the nation’s biofuel policy.  The group, Americans for Energy Security and Innovation, will seek to mobilize elected officials …

San Francisco Seeks Renewable Diesel
September 30, 2015 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(Fleets and Fuels)  It’s Mostly for Muni as City Seeks Nearly 22 Million Gallons — The City and County of San Francisco is taking bids for approximately 21.1 million gallons of renewable diesel for the three-year …

CARB Re-Adopts State’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard
September 30, 2015 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The California Air Resources Board has re-adopted a Low Carbon Fuel Standard requiring a 10 percent reduction in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 2020.
“Unlike the EPA, California’s …

OCTA Wants RNG for All of Its Buses
September 30, 2015 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

(Fleets and Fuels)  Demand for Three Years at Four Locations Is About 20 Million DGEs  —  Southern California’s Orange County Transportation Authority wants to switch to renewable natural gas to power its existing fleet of …

New Flex-Fuel Pumps Allow Minnesotans to Breathe Easier, Save Money
September 30, 2015 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Peterson and Jeffrey Jackson (Owatonna People’s Press)  … We all want to breathe cleaner air and save a few bucks when we put fuel in our vehicles. I am proud to say that Minnesota’s …

Barley Straw Shows Potential as Transport Biofuel Raw Material
September 30, 2015 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/University of Eastern Finland)  The hemicellulose sugars of barley straw can be effectively fermented into biobutanol, when starch is added during the pre-treatment or fermentation process, shows a new University of Eastern Finland study.
Seeking to …

Horse Is Your Own Micro-Power Generator that Turns Waste into Biofuel and Fertilizer – Video
September 30, 2015 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(AutoEvolution) A report by United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) has found that about one-third of all food produced worldwide gets lost or wasted in food production and consumption systems. We’re …

A Biorefinery Approach for Castor Biodiesel — Whole Plant Used for 100% Renewable Biodiesel
September 30, 2015 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Helen Tunnicliffe (The Chemical Engineer Today)  Chemical engineers from Iran have found a way to produce biodiesel from castor oil without the need for extra petrochemical methanol, using a biorefinery set-up.
Producing biodiesel from vegetable …

Aemetis Harvesting Biomass Sorghum in California
September 30, 2015 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(Aemetis/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Aemetis Inc., an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company, announced the harvesting of 12- to 15- foot tall biomass sorghum grown in Central California that was produced using proprietary Nexsteppe seed genetics. …

Amyris and Solazyme at Risk of Taint from Volkswagen NOx Scandal, Says Website; Solazyme Says “Heck No!”
September 30, 2015 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, TheTruthAboutCars reported that Amyris and Solazyme risk being painted with the same tainted brush as Volkswagen due to the fact that both companies collaborated with the company to test …

The Isooctane Revolution: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Global Bioenergies
September 30, 2015 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Global Bioenergies is a pioneer in the development of one-step fermentation processes for the direct and cost-efficient transformation of renewable resources into light olefin hydrocarbons, the key building blocks of …

Understanding Advanced Biotechnology Commercialization, Parts 1, 2 and 3
September 30, 2015 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  … In an effort to better educate the advanced biotech community on the reality of commercialization, I have developed a video series that is a “deep dive” into the …

The Birth of SuperDuper Gasoline via Earth-Friendly Renewable Hydrocarbons
September 30, 2015 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Move over Super, here comes SuperDuper. All the high octane and performance, and the renewability too, at a price you can afford.  Biofuels are adding options for drop-in, low-carbon, super-perfornance …

Rutgers Report Assesses New Jersey Bioenergy Potential
September 30, 2015 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  A recent Rutgers University assessment on bioenergy potential in New Jersey found that the state producers over 7 million dry tons of biomass annually, over 4 million of which could …

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $22.5 Million to Put More Low and No-Emission Vehicles into Service Across America
September 30, 2015 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(US Department of Transportation)  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is announcing the availability of $22.5 million through the latest round of the Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo) that …

The United States Has Been a Net Exporter of Ethanol since 2010
September 29, 2015 – 8:27 pm | No Comment

(WHO Radio)  … The United States is the world’s largest producer and consumer of ethanol, and prior to 2010 relied partly on imports to meet domestic demand. But beginning in 2010, the United States emerged as …

UNL Leads $13.5 Million Research to Enhance Sorghum for Biofuel
September 29, 2015 – 8:23 pm | No Comment

by Gillian Klucas (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)  … The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will lead a $13.5 million, multi-institutional research effort to improve sorghum as a sustainable source for biofuel production.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, this …

Suspected Biodiesel Fraud Scheme on 3 Continents Puts Man before Portland Jury
September 29, 2015 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Denson (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)  Jack Holden is either a big-dreaming businessman whose failure to cash in on the biodiesel wave separated investors from more than $1 million, or he’s a skilled con man …

Blog: Roadside Assistance for Proud Ethanol Supporters
September 29, 2015 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  When is the last time you were stranded on the side of the road, wishing you were a member of a motor club? Or, perhaps, you are already a …

Levelland Helping to Transform Wastewater into Ethanol
September 29, 2015 – 8:00 pm | No Comment

by Wes Rapaport (Everything Lubbock)  But, it’s kind of a misnomer, because it does get treated. —  The City of Levelland has partnered with a company to transform wastewater into ethanol products.  Diamond Ethanol uses …

How Many Deaths Did Volkswagen’s Deception Cause in the U.S.?
September 29, 2015 – 7:48 pm | No Comment

by Margo Sanger-Katz and John Schwartz (New York Times)  Volkswagen’s diesel deception unleashed tons of extra pollutants in the United States, pollutants that can harm human health. So while many commentators have been quick to say that …

Introducing the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE
September 29, 2015 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by Paul Bunje (NRG COSIA)  More than a decade ago, a group of researchers published a landmark study showing the correlation between human development and energy consumption. The conclusion? Industrialized countries and those that have …

Estonia Turns to Biomethane to Fuel Public Transport
September 29, 2015 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  The government of Estonia has passed a bill which will secure a large investment into the Baltic country’s biomethane market and infrastructure.
In the expansion project’s pilot phase, the Estonian state will support the …

New Report Showcases Climate Action in the Aviation Sector
September 29, 2015 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

(Air Transport Action Group)  From solar power installations at a hundred airports around the world, to tablet computers for pilots, brand new aircraft designs and flights on fuel made with waste gas from steel plants, …

Makers of Fuel From Plants Feel Forsaken in Obama’s Climate Push
September 29, 2015 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg/Renewable Energy World)   Producers of motor fuels from plant waste say they have been left behind in President Barack Obama’s push to fight climate change.
Executives from about two dozen companies that produce advanced …

The 800 Ways Taxpayer Money Supports Fossil Fuel Industries
September 29, 2015 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Reed Landberg (Bloomberg/Renewable Energy World)  If the world seeks to lower carbon emissions, why is support for fossil fuels so strong? —   As world leaders converge on New York for a United Nations gathering …

Stems, Sticks Seen Driving Biofuel’s Next Expansion After 2020
September 29, 2015 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg/Renewable Energy World)  The next generation of biofuels that don’t use food crops as a raw material are starting to take hold, with a big expansion of the industry coming after 2020, …

What Is the Future of Ethanol in Brazil? Perspectives from Datagro Sugar and Ethanol Conference
September 29, 2015 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Laís F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The effect of increased consumption of ethanol due to the reduction of state tax called ICMS (Tax over Merchandise and Services Circulation) has been the reason for celebration …

BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge Kicks Off
September 29, 2015 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  What is biomass? Where does biomass come from? How are biofuels made?  What is bioenergy?  Participate in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge to explore these questions and …

Many Conservative Republicans Believe Climate Change Is a Real Threat
September 29, 2015 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Coral Davenport (The New York Times)  A majority of Republicans — including 54 percent of self-described conservative Republicans — believe the world’s climate is changing and that mankind plays some role in the change, …

Los Alamos Explores Hybrid Ultrasmall Gold Nanocluster for Enzymatic Fuel Cells
September 29, 2015 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/US Department of Energy)  New technique removes barrier to development of biofuel cells with efficient performance  —  With fossil-fuel sources dwindling, better biofuel cell design is a strong candidate in the energy field. In research …

Spanish Company Launches Energy Island Project Using 100% Renewables
September 29, 2015 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Spain, PlanetEnergy has launched its energy island project, producing 100% of household energy requirements from organic waste, wastewater, and manure waste with solar, wind, batteries and biodiesel backup. The …

Biofuels, Oil Palm and Agribusiness in Southeast Asia – Planning for Sustainability?
September 29, 2015 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Stockholm Environment Institute)  This brief draws together SEI research done between 2011 and 2014 on agribusiness developments – especially of oil palm – in Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
The brief presents overarching insights from …

Plan Can Capture Board Used Oil to Create Biodiesel
September 29, 2015 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

(El Universo – Google Translation)  The Municipal San José and the company Oil Recycling Centre (ARC) in Quito drive a project that involves collecting used vegetable oil to transform it into biodiesel.
Through an agreement between …

Third Person Sentenced in Las Vegas for International Biofuel Fraud Conspiracy
September 29, 2015 – 10:45 am | No Comment

(Federal Bureau of Investigation)  Alex Jariv, 28, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced today in federal court to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release for his role in illegal schemes to …

Sugar Is the New Crude: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to American Process
September 29, 2015 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Although American Process has been most closely associated with its complete cellulosic biofuels package — of late, the company has been much in focus because of its capabilities in producing …

We Should Not Be Surprised about Volkswagen’s “Diesel-Gate”
September 29, 2015 – 10:12 am | No Comment

by Bill Brandon (Biofuels Digest) Fooling with computers to give false readings has happened before. It is important to recognize similarities to earlier cases and EPA’s role in them.
The 1998 consent decree
In October 1998, the DOJ …

Conversion of Alcohols to Enantiopure Amines through Dual-Enzyme Hydrogen-Borrowing Cascades
September 29, 2015 – 10:12 am | No Comment

by Francesco G. Mutti, Tanja Knaus, Nigel S. Scrutton, Michael Breuer, Nicholas J. Turner* (Science Magazine)  A clean and green approach to amines  —   Enzymes evolved to operate in water and to modify their substrates …

NOxgate Expands: 93% of Diesel Vehicles Tested Fail to Meet Euro 6 NOx Emission Standards; Average Is 7 Times over the Limit
September 29, 2015 – 10:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The VW crisis just keeps getting worse, with Volkswagen suspending its VW, Audi, and Porsche R&D chiefs, as Audi confirmed that 2.1 million of its vehicles were outfitted with defeat devices, …

VW Scandal Raises Doubts over Clean Diesel and Lab-Based Emissions Testing
September 28, 2015 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) On September 22, Volkswagen Motors (VW) admitted that it had cheated on emissions testing in Europe and the United States, by installing a piece of software known as a ‘defeat device’ …

Cracking the Nut ’16 — March 1-2, 2016 — Washington, DC
September 28, 2015 – 6:26 pm | No Comment
Cracking the Nut ’16  —  March 1-2, 2016  —  Washington, DC

Cracking the Nut is coming back to DC! After three years abroad, the 2016 Cracking the Nut conference will take place in Washington, DC on March 1-2, 2016.
Connexus is working with the Inter-American Development Bank, USAID and …

MTA Wins Round in Biodiesel Battle
September 28, 2015 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Bray (Truck News)  … That’s according to Terry Shaw, executive director of the Manitoba Trucking Association, who told Truck West recently that after the Manitoba government decided to up the biodiesel mandate above the …

Making Money from CO2
September 28, 2015 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Plester (The Guardian)  Imagine if waste carbon dioxide in the air could be turned into useful products such as fuels, building materials or even baking powder. At a stroke it would help get rid …

E85 Makes Original RFS Target Feasible
September 28, 2015 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Sebastien Pouliot and Bruce A. Babcock (Iowa Farmer Today)  … Estimation of the demand for E85 requires data matching various E85 price levels with the corresponding amount of E85 sales.
A rich source of data was …

Belgian Scientists Look for Biofuel Clues in Panda Poo
September 28, 2015 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

by Robert-Jan Bartunek  (Reuters)   Belgian researchers are examining the excrement of giant pandas to try to understand how they can digest tough bamboo, hoping for clues on how to develop new generations of biofuel.
The genetic make-up …

Calling All Technicians: 20 Facts About Ethanol
September 28, 2015 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Bobby Likis (Car Clinic Network/Renewable Fuels Association) Today’s hot topic?   Ethanol.  Bobby’s “Calling All Technicians…20 Facts about Ethanol” is designed to demystify – make that “de-myth-ify” – ethanol.  The more you know, the more you …

The Drivers Seat: Ethanol Update
September 28, 2015 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Bobby Likis (Car Clinic Network)  Recently, Lauren Fix appeared on the Jacki Daily Show and took aim at Ethanol.  Really?   Yes, something needs to be fixed. And it’s not ethanol.  What needs to be …

R Stands for Renewables, even Biofuels
September 28, 2015 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Timothy J. Rudnicki, Esq (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The recent release of the Clean Power Plan has started to spawn community gatherings and agency presentations. Stakeholders are being called upon to help inform a regulatory process …

World Bio Markets — March 14-17, 2016 — Amsterdam, Netherlands
September 28, 2015 – 3:53 pm | No Comment
World Bio Markets   —   March 14-17, 2016   —   Amsterdam, Netherlands

Where senior executives build and grow partnerships across the bio-based value chain.  —  For the 11th successive year WBM unites the leaders of the bio-based economy for a senior executive level gathering. Bringing together core strategic …

Coca-Cola And PepsiCo To Increase Fuel Efficiency, Reduce High-Carbon Fuel In Truck Fleets
September 28, 2015 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(Meltwater Press/Breaking Energy)  PepsiCo and Coca-Cola have committed to reducing reliance on high-carbon fuels, increasing the fuel efficiency of their car and delivery truck fleets, and increasing transparency with public reports on their progress. Coca-Cola and …

After Pope’s Speech, House Turns to Bill That Bars Tallying “Social Cost” of Carbon
September 28, 2015 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Ben Geman (National Journal)  … Later Thursday, the House is slated to be­gin de­bat­ing GOP le­gis­la­tion to stream­line en­vir­on­ment­al ana­lyses and per­mit de­cisions for pro­jects “un­der­taken, re­viewed, or fun­ded by Fed­er­al agen­cies.”
Tucked in­to the bill, called …

Angry Birds Takes on Climate Change
September 28, 2015 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Lucia Grenna (EcoWatch)  … To encourage a binding climate agreement at the United Nations meeting in Paristhis December, Rovio is doing their part, by creating Angry Birds: Champions for Earth, a special tournament on Angry Bird Friends, …

California Air Regulators Readopt Fuel Standard to Fight Climate Change
September 28, 2015 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Tony Barboza (Los Angeles Times)  Clifornia air quality officials on Friday approved updates to a key climate change rule that will force reductions in carbon pollution from gasoline and diesel fuel over the next …

Irwin, Good Analyze Ethanol, Biodiesel RINs Relationships
September 28, 2015 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol D6 RIN prices have stayed relatively stable over the summer while D4 biodiesel RINs prices plummeted, Illinois economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good point out in a recent …

CBDA to Source Jatropha Seeds for Bio-Diesel Plant
September 28, 2015 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(The Pioneer)  The Chhattisgarh Biofuel Development Authority (CBDA) will be sourcing huge amount of Jathropha curcas seed (Ratanjot) for its bio-diesel manufacturing plant in Raipur.
Notably, the CBDA has produced more than 180,000 litres of semi-finished …

Poll: Majority of Nebraskans Want to Develop Ethanol Industry
September 28, 2015 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The majority of Nebraskans who responded to a Rural Nebraska Poll are in favor of developing alternative sources of energy, including ethanol and biodiesel.
About 2,000 rural Nebraska residents responded to …

Why Do Biofuels Seem to Be Stalled?
September 28, 2015 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Deutsche Welle) On the heels of the VW scandal, many are asking why eco-friendly transport seems to be stalled. Biofuels that don’t compete with food production may indeed play an important future role, says Nicholas Wagner …

Internships: Connecting Talent with Opportunities
September 28, 2015 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(Colleges and Institutes of Canada)    Colleges and Institutes of Canada (CICan) has launched the Clean Tech Internship, an opportunity for small- and medium-sized cleantech businesses to take on a highly-qualified intern at no or …

Nation’s Strictest Regulatory Board Affirms Biodiesel as Lowest-Carbon Fuel
September 28, 2015 – 11:20 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)   In a fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, California’s Air Resources Board has spent years looking for the cleanest, most efficient ways to cut carbon. Turns out, biodiesel is at the top …

Joint FAPESP-BBSRC Call for Collaborative Proposals in Integrated Biorefinery Approaches for the Manufacture of Advanced Biofuels
September 28, 2015 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) )  The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) in Brazil and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) in the UK are pleased to announce a joint call for collaborative …

Sustainable Marine Fuel Initiative Consortium to Launch 2-Year Testing, Certification, Scaling Effort for Drop-In Marine Biofuels
September 28, 2015 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, the Sustainable Marine Fuel initiative will be launched on October 7th by Boskalis, Wärtsilä, and GoodFuels Marine and supported by Carbon War Room, Zero and both the …

Belgian Solar Car Produced with Bio-Based rRsins to Compete at the World Solar Challenge 2015
September 28, 2015 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(Cardolite Corporation, SHD composite Materials Ltd and Solvay) Cardolite Corporation, SHD composite Materials Ltd and Solvay are supporting the Punch Powertrain Solar Team from the University of Leuven in building the PunchOne, a Belgian solar car based on …

$1M USDA Grant Awarded to The Climate Trust to Build Conservation Investment Fund
September 28, 2015 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Climate Trust received a $1 million Conservation Innovation Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to launch their inaugural investment fund; structured to provide carbon …

Elephant in the Bio-Room: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to BASF
September 28, 2015 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BASF is the world’s leading chemical company, ranked by sales. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. BASF had sales of …

BASF, Genomatica Target Asia for Commercial Production of Renewable Butanediol
September 28, 2015 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  License agreement adds countries in Southeast Asia; Optional capacity for up to 75,000 metric tons per year; Targeting large-scale commercial production of renewable butanediol using Genomatica technology
In California, BASF and …

China! Boeing, Algenol, Inventure Deals Propel Industrial Biotech Momentum
September 28, 2015 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … As President Xi visits North America, China signs 3 major deals in industrial biotechnology.  The East is Red, it’s been said, and the future looks that way too.  The US …

Modular Biodiesel Processing Plants for Emerging Markets
September 26, 2015 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

(  Biodiesel production is growing around the world and emerging markets have the most to gain from this industry. Norway, Turkey, South Africa and Greece are a few areas of the world that have begun …

Excerpts from Pope Francis’ Speech at the United Nations
September 26, 2015 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(from text published by Al Jazeera)  …  The International Financial Agencies should care for the sustainable development of countries and should ensure that they are not subjected to oppressive lending systems which, far from promoting …

Attacks on Renewable Energy Policy by Fossil Fuel Interests 2013-2014
September 26, 2015 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Gabe Elsner (Energy & Policy Institute)  Fossil fuel and utility interests, concerned about the rise of cheap clean energy, are financing attacks on pro-clean energy policies in an effort to delay the growth of their …

Why Airplanes Could Soon Be Flying on Seeds
September 24, 2015 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Anmar Frangoul (  In 2012 – almost 100 years since the Wright brothers made history – another historic flight took place when the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) flew what it described as, “The …

Total Plans $500 Million Annual Investment in Renewable Energy
September 24, 2015 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Javier Blas (Bloomberg Business)  French oil company targets `fast growing’ solar and biofuels;  Total already owns majority stake in U.S. solar firm SunPower  —  Total SA plans to invest $500 million a year in renewable …

The Key to Water Security Could Be Lurking in a New Mexico Sewage Farm
September 24, 2015 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Mark Harris (The Guardian)  In Las Cruces, New Mexico, a pilot project is using heat-loving algae to clean wastewater and generate energy  … “Galdieria sulphuraria is one of the most interesting microorganisms on the planet,” …