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China Steel Green-Lights Commercial-Scale LanzaTech Advanced Biofuels Project
April 28, 2015 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Taiwan, China Steel Corporation announced formal Board approval of a $46M capital investment in a LanzaTech commercial ethanol facility. This follows the successful demonstration of the revolutionary carbon recycling platform at the White Biotech Demonstration Plant in Kaohsiung using steel mill off gases for ethanol production.

As CEO Jennifer Holmgren tells the Digest, “the problem one always has in scaling is getting someone to agree to be the first.  We now have another partner that is interested in scaling our technology.  When you license technology – you need to scale more than at one facility to get the revenues you need to become self sufficient and therefore having multiple units on track to scale up is important.”

In November 2012, CSC and LCY Chemical Corporation formed a joint venture, White Biotech, as part of a Green Energy Alliance with LanzaTech. The resulting demonstration plant met or exceeded all ethanol production milestones and the CSC Board have formally approved the capital to move to commercial scale.

A 50,000 MT (17M gallons) per annum facility is planned for construction in Q4 2015, with the intention to scale up to a 100,000 MT (34M gallons) per annum commercial unit thereafter.

Initial product focus will be industrial ethanol and gasoline additives, with plans for increased product diversity utilizing LanzaTech’s unique microbial capability.   READ MORE



The Economics of Bioenergy Policies: A Hands-On Modelling Course — June 20-22, 2015 — Ravello, Italy
April 28, 2015 – 1:41 pm | No Comment
The Economics of Bioenergy Policies: A Hands-On Modelling Course —  June 20-22, 2015  —  Ravello, Italy

The course is partially based on the newly released text, The Economics of Biofuel Policies: Impacts on Price Volatility in Grain and Oilseed Markets, by Harry de Gorter, Dusan Drabik and David R. Just.
This workshop …

Major Advance in Artificial Photosynthesis Poses Win/Win for the Environment
April 28, 2015 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Berkeley Lab Researchers Perform Solar-powered Green Chemistry with Captured CO2 — A potentially game-changing breakthrough in artificial photosynthesis has been achieved with the development of a system that can …

4 Minutes with… Neil Burns, CEO, P2 Science
April 28, 2015 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … P2 makes renewable specialty chemicals from vegetable feedstocks, using a proprietary form of ozonolysis, a chemical process. We are operating on the Kg scale using a continuous reactor system developed …

Renewable Fuels Association Poll: Over Six in 10 Voters Support the RFS
April 28, 2015 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

(Morning Consult)  Morning Consult conducted a national poll on behalf of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). The survey of 2,047 registered voters took place from April 5-7, 2015. Results from the full survey have a …

New VERBIO Plant for the Production of Biomethane from 100 Percent Straw Commissioned as Scheduled
April 28, 2015 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(VERBIO)  New VERBIO plant for the production of biomethane from 100 percent straw commissioned as scheduled.  Jörg Vogelsänger, Minister in the government of the Federal State of Brandenburg, and Kerstin Lichtenvort, EU project coordinator, witness …

15 Hot and Novel Low Carbon Fuel Technologies to Watch
April 28, 2015 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  An effort is underway in the UK to classify, within the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, “novel low carbon fuels” made by companies such as LanzaTech, Joule, Solar Jet, Velocys, Sunfire, …

Introducing the New EnergyFactCheck
April 27, 2015 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Kyle McGuiness (American Council On Renewable Energy)  … Half of the electricity capacity added in the U.S. over the last 3 years came from renewable sources. Our energy portfolio – and the debate shaping that …

New Study Highlights Fast Pyrolysis Bio-Oil Yields of 17-27% from Cellulosic Feedstocks
April 27, 2015 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, a new study released in the journal Energy & Fuels is providing the first, fully integrated assessment of common feedstocks from the field to refinery-ready crude fuel, …

4 Minutes with…Roger Kilburn, CEO, the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre
April 27, 2015 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The IBioIC’€™s strategic focus is to support industrial membership, develop technical capabilities, support the development of bio-refineries and pilot facilities and provide a skilled workforce for the Scottish IB industry.
We …

EU Research Project on Underutilised Oil Crops Kicks off: COSMOS – Camelina & Crambe Oil crops as Sources for Medium-chain Oils for Specialty Oleochemicals
April 27, 2015 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(Bio-Based News)  On 24-26 March 2015, the eighteen partners involved in the EU funded research project COSMOS held their kick-off meeting in Wageningen, The Netherlands. Led by Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research, this 4.5-year …

NASCAR and American Ethanol Celebrate Five Year Partnership
April 27, 2015 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Andy Eubank (HoosierAgToday)  For five years and more than seven million miles, American Ethanol and NASCAR have worked together to increase horsepower and decrease greenhouse gas emissions in the sport by 20 percent with …

Surfing into a Greener Future
April 27, 2015 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

(University of California — San Diego)  World’s first algae-based, sustainable surfboard produced by UC San Diego biology and chemistry students  —  UC San Diego’s efforts to produce innovative and sustainable solutions to the world’s environmental …

Propel Fuels Relocates Headquarters to Sacramento
April 27, 2015 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Propel Fuels)  Announces new management and directors, strategic focus and operating milestones.   Propel Fuels, California’s largest retailer of low-carbon liquid fuels, has announced it will move its headquarters from Redwood City to Sacramento. As California’s …

Thought Leadership: The Toxic Substances Control Act and the Bioeconomy: Part 1, The Impact of Nomenclature on the Commercialization of Biobased Chemicals
April 27, 2015 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Richard E. Engler, Ph.D. (Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and The Acta Group)  When I meet people from bioeconomy companies, I ask them about their products’ status under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The most …

Local Elementary, High School Students Exhibit Algae Projects at Arizona State University
April 27, 2015 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(Arizona State University)  Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus hosted the Night of the Open Door on Feb. 20, an occasion to highlight clubs and organizations that dedicate themselves to science. The Arizona Center for Algae …

Keystone Farm Show — January 5-7, 2016 — York, PA
April 24, 2015 – 7:41 pm | No Comment
Keystone Farm Show   —  January 5-7, 2016 — York, PA

The Keystone Farm Show is the fastest growing farm show on the East Coast! Started in January of 1998 to address the needs of agrimarketers in the Mid-Atlantic area, the show has nearly tripled in …

Engineered Softwood Could Transform Pulp, Paper and Biofuel Industries
April 24, 2015 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  Scientists have demonstrated the potential for softwoods to process more easily into pulp and paper if engineered to incorporate a key feature of hardwoods. The finding, published in this week’s …

AgEnergy USA, Perdue Farms Partner on Clean Bay Biogas Project
April 24, 2015 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Megan Greenwalt (Waste 360) … Anaerobic digester developer AgEnergy USA and Perdue Farms, a major chicken processing company based in Salisbury, Md., recently signed a letter of intent for a project that will use poultry waste …

Prospects of Producing Bio-Diesel from Oil Palm Sludge to Be Explored
April 24, 2015 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(The Hindu)  The prospects of extracting bio-diesel from the oil palm sludge will be explored at the proposed new oil palm factory at Apparaopeta in Dammapeta mandal, said Minister for Roads & Buildings T. Nageswara …

Audi Produces Its First Batch Of E-Diesel
April 24, 2015 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(TopSpeed.com)  According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, carbon dioxide levels are at an 800,000-year high, but what if we could pluck CO2 particles out of thin air to use as a raw material …

The Catalyst That Refused To Die
April 24, 2015 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Battelle-led group succeeds in US Department of Energy challenge — 1,000 hours of continuous biomass hydrotreating on a single catalyst charge.  The undefeated champ hits 1200 hours before being retired …

A.I.M. Interview: Sapphire Energy’s Bryn Davis
April 24, 2015 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine) In January of this year, after six months of plummeting oil prices, Sapphire Energy CEO James E. Levine announced that the company – with eight years and $300+ million …

Bill Aims to Alter RVO Process, Definition for Cellulosic Biofuel
April 24, 2015 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sen. Jeff Flake, R, Ariz., has introduced legislation that aims to amend the renewable fuel standard (RFS) to require the cellulosic requirement to be based on actual production and …

Scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute Publish Paper Outlining Efficient Synthetic Biology Methods to Genetically Engineer Microalgae
April 24, 2015 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(J. Craig Venter Institute)  Results have important implications in developing algae-based products such as biofuels and chemicals  —  Scientists from the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit genomic research organization, published a paper today …

Algae Biomass Exchange(tm) on Linkedin
April 24, 2015 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

The National Algae Association encourages you to participate in its Linkedin group, Algae Biomass Exchange.
Recent Examples of needs and wants:
Buyer: Botryococcus Braunii UTEX 2441 aka SAG 30.81 Powder – Bulk quantity with COA.
Buyer: Nanochloropsis – …

Algae Industry Moves Beyond Research to Commercialization
April 24, 2015 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(SustainableBusiness.com)  … This crucial industry has the potential to address many of the challenges facing the world today – it can fuel vehicles and airplanes, recycle carbon, provide nutrition for animals and people and create jobs for millions of Americans. Substituting algae for palm …

Editorial: Bright Future ahead for Local High School Student
April 24, 2015 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(Deming Headlight)  Like other high school seniors, Sophia Sánchez-Maes of Mayfield High is weighing her options as she considers where she will go next. … Sánchez-Maes was a photonics research intern at the University of New …

Scientists Employ Algae as Biofuel, to Mop up Pollutants
April 24, 2015 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

By Chukwuma Muanya (The Guardian)  Scientists have expanded the frontiers in the use of micro-organisms such as bacteria and algae for biofuel and in bioremediation with the utilization of wastewater algae.
Scientists, in one of the …

How Scientists Are Engineering Algae To Fuel Your Car And Cure Cancer
April 24, 2015 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

By Jessica Dineen (Forbes)  … Once (UC San Diego’s California Center for Algae Biotechnology Director Steve) Mayfield’s lab created cancer-fighting human antibodies, there was no looking back. “We said, what other products can algae make? Fuel? …

4 Minutes with… Parikshit Dhingra, Head – Public Affairs & Communications, Novozymes South Asia
April 24, 2015 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Our job is to help the Governments understand the benefits a bio-based economy has (especially in Agrarian economies like India)in terms of rural jobs, energy security & environmental benefits. … Establishment …

World Bank PSLO’s Annual Energy Sector Program: Integrating Sustainable Energy in Global Development — May 4-7, 2015 — Washington, DC
April 24, 2015 – 4:00 pm | No Comment
World Bank PSLO’s Annual Energy Sector Program:  Integrating Sustainable Energy in Global Development  —  May 4-7, 2015 — Washington, DC

​The Private Sector Liaison Officers (PSLO) Network invites you to mark your calendars for an annual joint program focusing on the energy sector opportunities at the International Financial Institutions, including The World Bank Group, Inter-American …

Algae Sees Profit Where EPA and Industry See Cost
April 24, 2015 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  The U.S. Supreme Court is currently hearing arguments related to its review of three consolidated cases regarding the EPA’s regulation of toxic emissions from power plants: Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency, No. 14-46; Utility …

Ending International Aviation’s $65 Billion Fuel Tax Exemption an Essential Step towards Decarbonisation
April 24, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Murphy (Transport & Environment (T&E)/GreenAirOnline)  … The airline industry predicts a massive increase in the use of alternative fuels, although most experts predict an uptake of only a few percentage points in the coming years. …

“Biomass Utilization: A Renewable, Versatile Pathway to Fuels and Chemicals” — April 28, 2015 — Breinigsville, PA
April 24, 2015 – 3:02 pm | No Comment
“Biomass Utilization: A Renewable, Versatile Pathway to Fuels and Chemicals”  — April 28, 2015 — Breinigsville, PA

Chuck Coe, Department of Chemical Engineering, Villanova University will speak on “Biomass Utilization: A Renewable, Versatile Pathway to Fuels and Chemicals” at this month’s MAREA meeting at 7:00PM.
Biomass is the only renewable source of organic carbon …

American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) Ups Biofuels Presence at Policy Forum
April 24, 2015 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Over the past year, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) increased its work with the biofuels sector of renewable energy, upped its presence and activity at biofuels-related conferences …

As EPA Finalizes Rule, Klobuchar, Grassley, Durbin, Thune, Franken, and Kirk Lead Bipartisan Group of 37 Senators in Calling for a Strong Renewable Fuel Standard
April 24, 2015 – 10:16 am | No Comment

(Office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)) The Environmental Protection Agency is working to finalize the proposed rule on biofuels volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard; the latest proposal would create uncertainty for biodiesel producers and …

New Studies Link Earthquakes With Oil, Gas Drilling
April 22, 2015 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Miguel Bustillo adn Dan Molinski  (The Wall Street Journal)  Scientists say practice of wastewater injection has caused seismic activity in Oklahoma, Texas, other parts of the U.S.
New scientific findings released Tuesday linked earthquakes to …

NexSteppe Takes Biomass Sorghum to Commercial-Scale in Brazil
April 21, 2015 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Next-gen feedstock developer records 1000% year-on-year growth for its Palo Alto Biomass Sorghum hybrids in Brazil.  Sustainable, available, reliable and affordable? Yes, as the Digest discovers.  In California, NexSteppe announced …

4 minutes with… Dr Tushar Patil, Lead – Energy Crops R&D and Supply Chain, PRAJ Industries
April 21, 2015 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Praj has the unique capability to design a bioethanol plant. be it fuel grade, beverage alcohol or industrial grade alcohol plants, With over 600 references in more than 60 countries. PRAJ …

Smith Introduces Legislation to Increase Fuel Options for Consumers
April 21, 2015 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

(Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE))  Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) introduced legislation today to broaden consumer fuel choice by expanding the existing waiver of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations related to the Reid vapor pressure of motor …

Fuel What Matters Campaign Drives Clean Transportation Choices
April 21, 2015 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina State University/NC Clean Energy Technology Center)  Focus of Air Quality Education Effort are Consumer and Commuter Options  — The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at N.C. State University has announced the start …

Pearson Fuels and G&M Oil Company Announce Plans to Open 13 E85 Flex Fuel Stations in Southern California in 13 Months
April 21, 2015 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

(Business Wire/Pearson Fuels)  Pearson Fuels of San Diego, CA and G&M Oil Company of Huntington Beach, CA (held) a grand opening of their newest E85 Flex Fuel location on April 15 at 499 Sandalwood Drive, Calimesa, …

Driving Sustainable Agriculture through Improved Qualities in Eucalyptus and Poplar Trees
April 21, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Intreson/PR NewsWire)    Intrexon and FuturaGene Collaborate to Develop Unique Attributes and Agronomic Properties in Significant Plant Species
Intrexon Corporation (NYSE: XON), a leader in synthetic biology, and FuturaGene Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Suzano …

Sweetwater Energy Raises $10M; Begins Ramp-Up to First Commercial
April 21, 2015 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sweetwater Energy announced it has closed on a $10 million bridge loan. The loan closed as Sweetwater said that it is now opening its Series B investor round to begin construction …

Truckers Sue to End Biodiesel Mandate
April 21, 2015 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  Minnesota truckers and other interests sued Minnesota on Friday seeking to end the state’s requirement that diesel sold at the pump contain 10 percent biodiesel.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District …

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies Develops Bio-Renewable Rubber to Reduce Carbon Footprint
April 21, 2015 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

(AZOCleanTech.com) With the ever-increasing emissions standards and push for sustainability solutions, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies has developed an ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber compound from a polymer produced from sugarcane-based feedstock.
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development …

4 Minutes with Bill Levy, CEO, Pacific Ag
April 21, 2015 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … We are partnered with more than 600 growers across the country, will harvest more than 450,000 tons of biomass alone in 2015, own the single largest fleet of harvesting equipment, …

4 Minutes… Jeff Kelley, Director of Marketing, Airstream Innovations
April 21, 2015 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (F)ully-automatic customizeable greenhouses maximize photosynthesis and use the physics of ventilation to optimize transpiration resulting in the fastest growth possible.

We offer algae growers laboratory conditions – optimal growing environments …

Trash-to-Biofuel Takes New Turn in Marion
April 21, 2015 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Rick Smith (The Gazette)  No one has claimed that making biofuel out of garbage is as simple as tossing leftovers into the trash.  So it is that Craig Stuart-Paul, president and chief executive officer …

Navassa Ordinance Would Allow Biofuel Production
April 21, 2015 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Lynda Van Kuren (StarNews Online) The Navassa Town Council recently tabled a decision on a proposed ordinance that would allow biofuel production in its heavy industrial districts and conditional production in its light industrial district.

The council …

Earth Day: 3 Big Reads for a Sustainable BioFuture
April 21, 2015 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Three reports have arrived this week that help – especially in the corner of sustainability relating to biobased energy, fuels and products. One led out of Brazil, tapping the efforts …

The British Authorities Impose More Stringent Requirements for the Biofuel Use
April 21, 2015 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

(Ukrainian Biofuel Portal)  In April 2015 the companies using biofuel set-ups will be obliged to prove that they use exclusively ecologically clean fuel. Otherwise, they will be deprived of the financial support. In the framework …

The Production of Biofuel as a Single Possible Way to Rescue of SE Ukrspirt
April 21, 2015 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(Ukrainian Biofuel Portal)  According to official statistics, in 2014 the production volumes and alcohol sales exceedingly declined, which posed the menace for the domestic industry existence.
Last year the export volume of alcohol reached only 200 …

An Economic Case for Ethanol
April 21, 2015 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … Industry growth is likely to come as higher blends such as E15 and E85 become more widely available and more widely used.
A recent analysis by the Iowa Renewable …

WEBINAR: Outlook on the Global Renewable Fuels Markets — April 28, 2015
April 20, 2015 – 7:08 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Outlook on the Global Renewable Fuels Markets — April 28, 2015

Tuesday April 28, 2015 10:00 AM ET / 9:00 AM CT / 3:00 PM GMT
Using its own intelligence and independent research from sources in the U.S. and abroad, Genscape will present an analysis of the …

World Sugar Conference — October 28-29, 2015 — Bangkok, Thailand
April 20, 2015 – 6:28 pm | No Comment
World Sugar Conference — October 28-29, 2015 — Bangkok, Thailand

Now into its 2nd successful year, World Sugar Conference 2015 has established itself as the preferred annual meeting point for sugar and bioethanol industry players in Thailand and South-East Asia. It remains the dedicated conference …

BIT 5th Annual World Congress of Marine Biotechnology — November 6-8, 2015 — Qingdao, China
April 20, 2015 – 6:19 pm | No Comment
BIT 5th Annual World Congress of Marine Biotechnology — November 6-8, 2015 — Qingdao, China

The main theme of WCMB 2015 is the Blue Biotechnology-Securing Our Future. The WCMB 2015 will bring together scientific leaders from all over the world, as well as business executives and scientists to the field …

Algae Biomass Summit 2015 Mary Rosenthal Memorial Student Travel Grants
April 20, 2015 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  The Algae Foundation, ABO’s sister organization, is pleased to announce that it is offering $500 travel grants to attend the 9th Annual Algae Biomass Summit in Washington, DC, USA, from September 29 through …

4th USA Science & Engineering Festival — April 16-17, 2016 — Washington, DC
April 20, 2015 – 6:02 pm | No Comment
4th USA Science & Engineering Festival — April 16-17, 2016 — Washington, DC

You can attend the largest celebration of STEM for FREE! On April 16-17, 2016, the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival returns to the nation’s capital along with some of your favorite performers and hands-on …

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture — October 20-21, 2015 — Durban, South Africa
April 20, 2015 – 5:19 pm | No Comment
Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture  — October 20-21, 2015 — Durban, South Africa

Countries in Africa already face semi-arid conditions that make agriculture challenging and in fertile regions, dependence on traditional farming methods means yields are far below what would be expected.

GFIA Africa will assemble the people needed to effect …

Smart Plantation — June 18-19, 2015 — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
April 20, 2015 – 11:57 am | No Comment
Smart Plantation —  June 18-19, 2015 —  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Farming the smart way is the way to stay ahead of game. To keep up with future demand, planters and farmers will need to work in smarter ways to increase productivity. Given the lack of …

From Food Waste to Fuel, CEAS Does Energy Sustainability Better
April 17, 2015 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

By: Ashley Duvelius (University of Cincinnati)  CEAS researchers take aim at reducing the United States’ annual 40 percent of food waste and are now able to convert waste into solid fuels, biodiesel and other products.
The …

Analysis of State Report Shows E15 Could Save Iowans $50 Million Per Year
April 17, 2015 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  If Homegrown E15 Were More Widely Available, Iowa Consumers Could’ve Pocketed Millions
In an analysis of a recent Iowa Department of Revenue motor fuel report, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today …

Scientists a Step Closer to Developing Renewable Propane
April 17, 2015 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/University of Manchester)  Researchers at The University of Manchester have made a significant breakthrough in the development of synthetic pathways that will enable renewable biosynthesis of the gas propane. This research is part of a …

“Repeal the RFS – All of It,” Koch Companies Writes to Senators
April 17, 2015 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Philip Ellender (Koch Companies Public Sector)  On behalf of Koch companies, I am writing to urge you to oppose S. 577, a bill introduced by Senators Feinstein and Toomey that seeks to reform, not repeal, …

2015 Ethanol RINs Prices Rise to Three-Month High after EPA Announcement
April 17, 2015 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jordan Godwin and Wes Swift (Platts)  Corn-based (D6) ethanol RINs for 2015 firmed up to their highest level in more than three months Tuesday as the market continued to show a revival of aggressive bid …

Bill Would Hike Gas Tax to Pay for Roads
April 17, 2015 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by  Keith Laing (The Hill)  A bipartisan group of House members has filed legislation to hike the federal gas tax and index it to inflation to pay for a new transportation bill.  The measure would …

Total La Mede Crude Refining to Cease: Update 3
April 17, 2015 – 10:42 am | No Comment

(Argus) Total will cease crude refining at its loss-making 160,000 b/d La Mede refinery and convert it into a 500,000 t/yr biofuels facility, the company confirmed today in its French refinery strategy plan.
La Mede will cease …

The Renewable Fuel Standard: A Path Forward
April 17, 2015 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by James H. Stock* (Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy)  America’s renewable fuels policy is at a crossroads. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is derided by some as an inefficient program that is driving up …

EU Reshapes Its Biofuels Policy
April 17, 2015 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Jettisons indirect land use change for now, citing poor data visibility; caps food-crop biofuels to 7%; limits proposed Directives to 2020.   In Brussels, the European Parliament’s Environmental Committee has voted …

Carmakers Worry Higher Biofuel Mix Could Damage Engines
April 17, 2015 – 8:42 am | No Comment

by Raras Cahyafitri and Linda Yulismann (The Jakarta Post) … “The usage of biodiesel is good. However, we are still worried about the impacts. There are engines that can accept 15 percent or even 20 percent …

4 Minutes with… Ron Rebenitsch, CEO, Bioenergy Fuels
April 16, 2015 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Bioenergy Fuels is a project developer, focused on development of biomass-to-liquid projects of mid-size scale (5-10 MGY). We are a start-up, founded by team of seasoned professionals, with decades of experience …

4 Minutes with… Chris Brown, CEO, Environmental Proteomics
April 16, 2015 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We are biochemists/entrepreneurs making products for basic and applied research into methane production.   …   We want to put our technology in the hands of anyone who takes a rigorous …

Ethanol (ETOH): 2015 World Market Outlook and Forecast up to 2019
April 16, 2015 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(Blackbird PR News/PR Newswire/ Research and Markets)  Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/kksnzc/ethanol_etoh) has announced the addition of the “Ethanol (EtOH): 2015 World Market Outlook and Forecast up to 2019″ report to their offering.

The report covers data on global, regional …

R5 Bln Plant to Convert Canola into Diesel Halted by Laws
April 16, 2015 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Lutho Mtongana (BizNews.com)  PhytoEnergy International Holding AG said it will only proceed with a plan to build a 5 billion rand ($418 million) plant to convert canola into diesel in South Africa if the government …

U.S. Industrial Production Falters as Oil Sector Weighs
April 16, 2015 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Eric Morath (The Wall Street Journal)  Quarterly decline is first since end of recession in 2009 — U.S. industrial output fell in March and posted the first quarterly decline since the recession ended, signs that …

TSCA Nomenclature May Be Barrier for Advanced Biofuels
April 16, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(The Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group/The Oil Price Information Network)  (The Oil Price Information Network (OPIS) spoke with BRAG’s Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Policy Advisor with B&C, regarding the application of the Toxic …

Report: PA Dishes out $3.2 Billion in Fossil Fuels Subsidies while State Faces $1.5 Billion Deficit
April 16, 2015 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Natasha Khan (PublicSource)   A new report out Tuesday says Pennsylvania provided more than $3.2 billion in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, much of which went to the state’s booming natural gas industry, at …

Liberal Groups Aim to Register a Million Climate Voters
April 16, 2015 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Restuccia  (Politico)  A coalition of environmental, civil rights and progressive groups aims to register a million climate-conscious voters by Election Day.
The goal, shared first with POLITICO, is the latest indication that liberals view …

Biofuels: What’s Happened and Where Are We Going?
April 16, 2015 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Scott Chabina (Fierce Energy)  The transformation of Gen 1.0 to 1.5 and the reality of Gen 2.0.  Advanced, commercially viable biofuel facilities no longer “unicorns on the horizon” … Conventional, or “Gen 1.0″, corn ethanol …

Cascades Announces Major Investments in Biorefinery Project at Cabano Plant
April 16, 2015 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Cascades/PRNewswire) Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a leader in the recovery of recyclable materials and manufacturing green packaging products and tissue paper, is pleased to announce the company’s investment in a new technology at its Norampac …

On Campuses, a Fossil-Fuel Divestment Movement
April 16, 2015 – 9:00 am | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post originally posted December 2013; includes 2015 updates)  A divestment movement is marching across U.S. college campuses, borrowing tactics from the 1980s anti-apartheid campaign and using them against oil, gas …

Tobacco Plants May Boost Biofuel and Biorefining Industries
April 13, 2015 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  Researchers will genetically modify tobacco plants to produce enzymes that can break down biomass from forest raw materials. This may lead to a more effective, economic and sustainable production of biofuels, they say.

Today …

Iowa Lawmakers Ride-and-Drive on Biodiesel
April 13, 2015 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  Lawmakers in Iowa got the chance to experience the power of biodiesel for themselves. The Iowa Biodiesel Board (IBB)held its its first ever Ride-and-Drive event at the capitol in Des Moines …

Top of Biofuels Class
April 13, 2015 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Training programs around the U.S. offer opportunities in the biofuels industry for part- and full-time students.

Mick Miller, president of NuVu Fuels and general manager of DENCO II in Morris, …

Setting The Table For The Big Score
April 13, 2015 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by David VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ ICM Inc./Urban Air Initiative)  The RFS is important and worthy of support, writes David VanderGriend. However, it should not be viewed as what defines the value of biofuels, a …

Report: 2,000 People in East Kansas Employed in Biofuels
April 13, 2015 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Megan Hart (CJ Online) More than 2,000 people are employed in the biofuel industry in the Congressional district including Topeka, according to a report from Fuels America.
The group is made up of major players in …

Nebraska Corn Representatives Tell Ethanol’s Story on Capitol Hill
April 13, 2015 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

(NebraskaCorn.org)  Ethanol advocates from across the nation came together in Washington, DC in late March as part of a “Biofuels Beltway March” to share their ethanol stories and communicate the widespread grassroots support for American …

Malloy’s Rhode Island Company Recognized for Use of Biodiesel
April 13, 2015 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(vtdigger.org/TH Malloy and Sons)  Jim Malloy, of Plainfield, Vermont, is being recognized for his contributions to reducing the use of petroleum fuel in the transportation sector. His business, TH Malloy and Sons in Newport, Rhode …

US Navy’s 2015-2016 Solicitation for Biofuel Blends Now Posted
April 13, 2015 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  The US Defense Logistics Agency-Energy (DLA-Energy) has posted the Rocky Mountain/West Coast/Offshore (RMW) solicitation (SPE600-15-R-0711) on behalf of the US Navy for fuel deliveries from 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016. …

Direct Conversion of Plant Biomass to Ethanol by Engineered Caldicellulosiruptor bescii
April 13, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Daehwan Chung, Minseok Cha, Adam M. Guss, and Janet Westpheling (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)  The ever-increasing demand for transportation fuels, the decrease in global petroleum reserves, and the negative impact of greenhouse …

University of Rostock Project to Investigate Biodiesel for Stage IV Engines
April 13, 2015 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, a project at the University of Rostock is investigating the technical feasibility of using certified sustainable rapeseed oil to produce biodiesel. In order to pave the way for …

4 Minutes with…David Glass, principal, D. Glass Associates
April 13, 2015 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … My technical training was in molecular biology, and throughout my career I’ve worked to promote the development, government approval and public acceptance of the uses of advanced biotechnologies in agriculture, …

ARF Challenges Confirmed Candidates
April 13, 2015 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The America’s Renewable Future campaign is challenging the two confirmed Republican presidential candidates to take a stand for renewable fuels.
In a letter to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who has been forthcoming …

What If the Water Can’t be Stopped? Tribal Resilience Plans in an Age of Sea Level Rise — April 20, 2015 — Washington, DC
April 13, 2015 – 1:15 pm | No Comment
What If the Water Can’t be Stopped?  Tribal Resilience Plans in an Age of Sea Level Rise — April 20, 2015 — Washington, DC

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing during Earth Week examining the impacts of sea level rise and oil and gas extraction on Native American communities. Across the United States, …

High-Yield Hydrogen Production from Biomass by in vitro Metabolic Engineering: Mixed Sugars Coutilization and Kinetic Modeling
April 13, 2015 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

Joseph A. Rollin, Julia Martin del Campo, Suwan Myung, Fangfang Sun, Chun You, Allison Bakovic, Roberto Castro, Sanjeev K. Chandrayan, Chang-Hao Wu, Michael W. W. Adams, Ryan S. Senger, and Y.-H. Percival Zhang (Proceedings of …

Engineers Develop New Yeast Strain to Enhance Biofuel and Biochemical Production
April 13, 2015 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(University of Texas at Austin)  Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant yeast …

University of Wisconsin Study Based on Shaky Foundation of Faulty Data and Conclusions
April 13, 2015 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  A recent study published in Environmental Research Letters by authors at the University of Wisconsin uses error-prone satellite data to suggest that growth in U.S. corn and soybean production …

FFV Fleet Can Serve as Bridge to More Efficient, E30-Burning Vehicles
April 13, 2015 – 11:13 am | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  … The latest report, which is from experts at the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), describes a study that explores the potential performance benefits of high-octane ethanol blends in the legacy fleet …

EPA to Finalize 2014, 2015 and 2016 RFS Rules by November
April 10, 2015 – 8:29 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has posted a notice to its website announcing that the volume requirements for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with the 2017 volume …