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Can’t We Just Get Rid of Ethanol Ignorance?
March 6, 2015 – 7:26 pm | No Comment

by Bobby Likis (Renewable Fuels Association)   Jay Leno is a car guy … and someone I’ve respected for many years. But Jay’s AutoWeek article “Can’t We Just Get Rid Of Ethanol?” makes zero sense to me.

I’m a car guy too. Restored and own a classic 1980 Weisssach Porsche 911. Auto service shop owner for 44 years with over 200,000 vehicles (from classics to hybrids) rolling through the bays. Engine builder. Car-talk host answering more than 100,000 car questions live on radio, television, web and social media.

What I read in the “Rid” article does not sound like Jay Leno, the car guy. Oddly enough, not too long ago at SEMA, Mr. Leno was touting E85 and other ethanol-blends of gasoline with his Z06 ‘Vette. Now, for whatever unknown reason, he’s slamming ethanol. I cannot believe “what Jay said” is “what Jay really believes.” His words smack of otherwise invested horse-whisperers who use personal agendas to sway vulnerable-for-whatever-reason people towards their way.

So as a car guy, allow me to share a few ethanol facts with you.

1)        Water absorption: No doubt that ethanol emulsifies and holds water. Yay!! That’s a good thing! In fact, “holding” / suspending /emulsifying water is an ethanol ASSET — not detriment — as gas tanks actually run dryer after the transition from E0 to E10. Mercury Marine — the boat engine manufacturer — states this fact. Specifically with regard to moisture, a gallon of ethanol suspends FOUR (4) TEASPOONS of water per gallon of fuel before phase separation. On the other hand, gasoline suspends only POINT ONE FIVE (.15) TEASPOON (that’s LESS than ONE teaspoon) of water per gallon before phase separation. So PHASE SEPARATION WILL OCCUR 26 TIMES MORE RAPIDLY WITH GASOLINE THAN WITH ETHANOL! …

2)        Increased car fires over past three decades: Totally spoken out of context. GM recalled nearly 1.5 million cars as a result of rocker covers leaking oil. Maybe the next article should be “Why Can’t We Remove Oil From All Engines?” Leaking fuel lines allow fuel to hit hot engines and ka-blooooie … really? I’ve operated my own bumper-to-bumper full service automotive repair and service shop for 44 years and had more than 200,000 cars and small trucks come through our doors and not one has ever had an engine damaged by ethanol much less a fire.

3)        “The worse can happen”: Not according to studies/research. Hagerty Insurance — you know, THE classic car insurance company — funded a study by Kettering University (known for its reputation in the field of automotive research) on the use of E10 in older cars. Wouldn’t you think if E10 caused damage in the collector cars that Hagerty insures that Hagerty would be the first to say, “Can’t We Just Get Rid of Ethanol?” Instead, after 1,500 hours of testing with E0 (0 percent ethanol) and E10 (10 percent ethanol), general consensus was that “with minor updates and proper maintenance, E10 will not negatively affect your old car or truck.”

4)        Renewable Fuel Standard: My head is still spinning with the totally out of context references to ethanol in classic cars, but Mr. Leno’s reflections on the Renewable Fuel Standard should be titled “Can’t We Simply Continue America’s 100+ Year Dependence On Foreign Oil?” Unthinkable. Tossing the Renewable Fuel Standard not only ensures we remain dependent on foreign oil, but also such actions literally cause would-be investors to pause and reconsider their potential investments in our nation’s renewable energy opportunities.

Thank goodness the early 1900s best seller “Why Can’t We Just Get Rid of Cars” — written by the horse breeders — didn’t catch on.  READ MORE

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Step Change for Screening Could Boost Biofuels
March 6, 2015 – 8:31 pm | No Comment

( Institute of Food Research/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at the Institute of Food Research have developed a new way of rapidly screening yeasts that could help produce more sustainable biofuels.

The new technique could also be a boon in the search for new ways of deriving valuable renewable chemicals from plant-based wastes, reducing our reliance on petrochemicals.

Yeasts are a key step in producing biofuels, fermenting sugars into ethanol. …

But a problem with these second-generation biofuels is that the sugars are less accessible to the yeasts.

Pretreatments are used to break open the cellular structure of the biomass, and enzymes convert the treated biomass into sugars for yeasts to ferment. But this saccharification process, along with the pretreatments, can reduce the economic viability of producing biofuels in this way. Pretreatments can also generate compounds that stop yeasts from fermenting as efficiently.

To try and boost the efficiency of generating second generation biofuels, The Biorefinery Centre at IFR has joined forces with the National Collection of Yeast Cultures , a BBSRC-supported National capability, also within IFR. NCYC has over 4,000 different yeast strains in its collection. Screening this collection could find yeasts that are naturally better at producing biofuels, especially if they are able to cope better with the compounds that reduce fermentation efficiency of conventional yeast strains. Simultaneous saccharification and fermentation (SSF) is seen as a big step forward for biorefining, as it simplifies the overall process, reducing costs.  READ MORE

Can’t We Just Get Rid of Ethanol Ignorance?
March 6, 2015 – 7:26 pm | No Comment

by Bobby Likis (Renewable Fuels Association)   Jay Leno is a car guy … and someone I’ve respected for many years. But Jay’s AutoWeek article “Can’t We Just Get Rid Of Ethanol?” makes zero sense to …

REG Reports Progress with Renewable Diesel, Chemical Operations
March 6, 2015 – 8:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  … “This past year we delivered solid results despite a rapidly declining energy market and market uncertainty,” said Daniel J. Oh, president and CEO of REG. “Our business model has enabled us …

Oregon House Sends Fuels Bill to Governor
March 6, 2015 – 7:44 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/Union-Bulletin)  The Oregon House voted Wednesday to send Gov. Kate Brown a climate-change bill that’s likely to increase gas prices, handing the Democrat a thorny decision as she settles into office.
Brown has spoken favorably …

4 Minutes with… Dr. Laszlo Paszner, President, Pasner Technologies
March 6, 2015 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Developed the ACOS (Acid Catalyzed Organosolv Saccharification) process which dissolves any biomass type in a single step and recovers/fractionates >98% of all chemical components as part of the solvent recovery …

Find Policies & Incentives by State
March 6, 2015 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina State University/US Department of Energy) DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by …

Waste-Biogas Is at Least Ten Times More Effective than Crop-Biogas at Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
March 6, 2015 – 10:55 am | No Comment

(Bangor University)  In a paper just released in the leading bioenergy journal Global Change Biology Bioenergy, researchers from Bangor University and the Thünen Institute in Germany conclude that crop-biogas and liquid biofuels are at best …

The Unsung, Reviled Hero Of Modern High-Performance Cars Is The EPA
March 5, 2015 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Jason Torchinsky (Jalopnik)  … The more I think about it, though, the more I realize just how backwards we have it. Cars today are by far more powerful, more efficient, and better performing in nearly every …

Tennessee State University Takes Mobile Biodiesel Demonstration Unit on the Road March 9-26
March 5, 2015 – 5:12 pm | No Comment
Tennessee State University Takes Mobile Biodiesel Demonstration Unit on the Road March 9-26

(Tennessee State University) The Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension program will take the Mobile Biodiesel Education Demonstration (MBED) trailer on the road this spring, making stops across Tennessee March 9-26 in an effort to provide people …

Metabolic Path to Improved Biofuel Production
March 5, 2015 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/US Department of Energy Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Researchers with the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI), a partnership that includes the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley, have found …

4 Minutes with… Kelly Takaya King, Vice President, Pacific Biodiesel Technologies
March 5, 2015 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Created on Maui in 1995 to recycle waste cooking oil into renewable fuel, Pacific Biodiesel is now the oldest biodiesel company in America…
My current focus is agriculture-related projects (i.e. feedstock …

Wyoming Imposes 24-cent-per-gallon Tax on Alternative Fuels
March 5, 2015 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Wyoming Gov. Matthew H. Mead recently signed a bill (HB0009) into law imposing a fuel tax on previously exempt alternative fuels such as biodiesel and ethanol. The new rate of …

Province Mulls Turning Cheap Wine into Biofuel
March 5, 2015 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Bekezela Phakathi (Business Day Live)  The Western Cape government is investigating alternative uses for cheap, low-quality wine, such as converting it into biofuel for tractors and generators as part of efforts to curb alcohol …

South Dakota Setting aside $300,000 to Expand Its Ethanol Program
March 5, 2015 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(KFGO) South Dakota is setting aside $300,000 to help the state’s retailers install ethanol storage tank units at gas stations.
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development announced this week that it earmarked the funds for its Ethanol …

Algae Strategies for a Healthy “Less Sugar, More Protein” World
March 5, 2015 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Diverting starches and sugars towards the making of fuels, chemicals and materials makes sense — better the tank than the bellyfat.
And, most biobased operators are in the protein market already. Algae, corn …

Matrix Breaks through on Genetic Methods for Modifying Spirulina: New Platform for Proteins, Pigments
March 5, 2015 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Milestone reached on protein, phycocyanin in spirulina — opens up new opportunities for algae, cyanobacteria.  In Washington, we have big news this week that Matrix Genetics announced a technology breakthrough …

Miscanthus Tops Stover, Switchgrass as Ideal Ethanol Source
March 5, 2015 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(Farm Futures)  Models predict that miscanthus will have higher fuel yield and profit when compared to corn stover and switchgrass
A recent study simulated a side-by-side comparison of the yields and costs of producing ethanol using …

Renewable Fuels Critical to Energy Security | Commentary
March 5, 2015 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Hank Naughton (Roll Call) … However, the one downside of cheap fuel at the pump is that it lulls people into forgetting our over-reliance on oil creates a serious national security concern for America and our …

Ag Leaders Call On Presidential Hopefuls To Support Clean Energy Future
March 4, 2015 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today/25 x ’25)   Prominent leaders from agriculture’s diverse value chain issued an open letter to policymakers and presidential hopefuls attending the first ever Iowa Ag Summit, urging them to consider …

A New Source of Biofuel – Leather Sludge
March 4, 2015 – 7:33 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  In the Czech Republic, researchers at Tomas Bata University are working with the fat leftovers from leather production called fleshings to produce biodiesel from an otherwise toxic waste. Burning fleshing releases dioxins and nitrogen …

4 Minutes with… Sam A. Rushing, President of Advanced Cryogenics
March 4, 2015 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The CO2 industry is continuing to add and improve upon raw sources of the commodity from all areas of biofuels, from traditional corn based, through advanced biofuels.
CO2 is ever more …

Iowa Road Funding Bill Passes with Reduced Tax Rate for B11
March 4, 2015 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

(The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Biodiesel Magazine)  The Iowa Legislature created a 3-cent per gallon differential tax rate for B11 and higher biodiesel blends in the road funding legislation passed Feb. 24. This provision is expected to …

The Neodiesel Revolution Heads Offshore: Benefuel, Felda Expand in Malaysia
March 4, 2015 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s New, it’s Neo — the neodiesel companies — brimming with technologies to create cleaner alternatives to a powerhouse fuel. They have the performance, half the carbon, and a range …

2015 Food & Fuel for the 21st Century Symposium March 12-13 La Jolla, CA
March 4, 2015 – 6:42 pm | No Comment
2015 Food & Fuel for the 21st Century Symposium    March 12-13   La Jolla, CA

Food & Fuel for the 21st Century will be holding its annual symposium on March 12-13, 2015 atAtkinson Hall, UC San Diego. This year’s theme is Green Revolution 2.0 and will explore the latest genetic …

BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review March 23-27 Alexandria, VA
March 4, 2015 – 6:24 pm | No Comment
BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review    March 23-27   Alexandria, VA

The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting the 2015 Project Peer Review on March 23–27, 2015, at the Hilton Mark Center, in Alexandria, Virginia. Approximately 185 projects in BETO’s research, development, and demonstration portfolio will …

BioenergizeME Infographic Submission Deadline Approaching
March 4, 2015 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The deadline for submissions for the Spring 2015 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge is approaching! Please submit all infographics by March 20 at 5:00 p.m. Central Time. The BioenergizeMe Social Media Campaign will …

BioCNG Expanding for St. Landry Parish
March 4, 2015 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Rich Piellisch (Fleets & Fuels)  BioCNG is extending its work for the St. Landry Parish Solid Waste Disposal District in Louisiana, upgrading an existing landfill gas-based compressed natural gas fueling station in Washington, La. …

BIO Energy Exhibition &Conference 2015: Fueling the New Bioeconomy May 20-21 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
March 4, 2015 – 2:13 pm | No Comment
BIO Energy Exhibition &Conference 2015: Fueling the New Bioeconomy  May 20-21   Toronto, Ontario, Canada

BIO Energy is the premier exhibition and conference for high growth potential bioenergy companies and established key players across the bioeconomy value chain. A unique opportunity for networking, partnering, and exhibition, the future of North America’s bio …

4 Minutes with… Gary Weihs, Managing Director, Kincannon & Reed, Executive Recruiting
March 4, 2015 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  My reward is helping our clients succeed in the war for talent and them avoiding the opportunity costs from a lack of executive leadership that can make a difference.

We …

Beta Renewables CEO Guido Ghisolfi Dies in Apparent Suicide
March 4, 2015 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The charismatic Beta Renewables CEO is gone, builder of the world’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant.  Guido Ghisolfi, 58, the CEO of Beta Renewables, is dead.  News reports from Italy …

White House Reviews EPA Airplane Emissions Plan
March 4, 2015 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama  (The Hill) The White House is reviewing the first step the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to take toward regulating greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes. … The White House’s review is the final step …

Here’s What Will Send Oil Prices Back Up Again
March 4, 2015 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Martin Tillier (  … The low price brigade cites another factor in making their predictions, the rise of alternative energy sources. There is no doubt that there have been significant advances in that area, particularly in …

Visalia-Based Edeniq Engineering Ethanol’s Future
March 3, 2015 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by George Lurie (The Business Journal NOW)  … Lower oil prices, (Brian) Thome (president and CEO of Edeniq) said, translate into “lower prices for ethanol too. That means margins for ethanol producers will be squeezed” — a …

USDA Publishes Final BCAP Rule
March 3, 2015 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  The USDA has released the final rule for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, and though the general scope of BCAP is not changing with the recently published rule, there are …

The Cellulosic-RIN Revolution
March 3, 2015 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by  Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  Expanded cellulosic fuel pathways have led to a surge of biogas-based fuel credits, and producers are taking advantage of a significant boost to project economics.
Traditionally, the biogas project end market …

Some Ethanol Supporters Push for E30
March 3, 2015 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)   While the mainstream ethanol advocates are pushing toward E15, some want much more. Orrie Swayze, a Wilmot, S.D., semi-farmer and former South Dakota Corn Growers Association president, says the Environmental Protection Agency …

Department of Agriculture and Energy Department Announce Up to $8.7 Million through the Interagency Biomass Research and Development Initiative
March 3, 2015 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture in collaboration with the Energy Department announced that up to $8.7 million in funding will be made available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) …

Maryland Clean Energy Center Appoints Advanced Biofuels USA’s Joanne Ivancic to 2015 Advisory Council
March 3, 2015 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

The Maryland Clean Energy Center is pleased to announce the addition of Joanne Ivancic, Executive Director, Advanced Biofuels USA to the MCEC 2015 Advisory Council.
Advanced Biofuels USA , a nonprofit educational organization headquartered in Frederick, …

Let’s Make True Fuel Freedom a Reality
March 3, 2015 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Prior to the conference, I received an email from someone with Fuel Freedom Foundation, asking for more information on the stories and blogs I have written about ethanol producers that …

Why are We Producing Biofuels?
March 3, 2015 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Robert C. Brown, Tristan R. Brown (Iowa State University)  “Why Are We Producing Biofuels?” is written for those who are curious about efforts to introduce biofuels into our energy supply but are not satisfied …

4 Minutes with… Orion Lekos PhD, Director of Research, Whole Energy
March 3, 2015 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Whole Energy focuses on three areas…
1. Marketing Biofuels such as biodiesel, bio-methane, ethanol and renewable diesel;
2. Engineering services such as credit registration and process engineering; and
3. Refining glycerin to a …

Renewable Energy Facility in Calabarzon
March 3, 2015 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(Philippine Information Agency)  An alternative source that does not rely on fossil fuels was established in Infanta, Quezon to help supply the energy demand in rice and rice-based communities, Jan. 29. Located in Brgy. Binonoan, the …

Maui Sugar Plantation Still Looking for Biofuel Crop
March 3, 2015 – 11:05 am | No Comment

( Press/Maui News)  Hawaii’s last sugar cane plantation wants to transition to growing plants for energy. But it hasn’t found another crop that grows as well as sugar cane in a variety of soils or …

Energy Group, Total, Makes Investment & Initiates Joint Development Agreement with Renmatix
March 3, 2015 – 10:45 am | No Comment

(Renmatix/Total/PR Newswire)  – Total invests in Renmatix – Takes equity and Board seat in Philadelphia based licensor of supercritical hydrolysis technology for conversion of biomass into economical cellulosic sugar   — Companies complete Joint Development …

Outlook for Bioenergy 2015: What’s in Store for This Versatile Renewable Energy Feedstock?
March 3, 2015 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jennifer Runyon (   … Scott Chabina, a director with Carl Marks Advisors, is extremely bullish on the biofuels industry and is excited about what’s to come in 2015. Chabina — who said he hasn’t …

Brazilian Study Explores Multiple Causes of 2007 Mexico Tortilla Crisis
March 2, 2015 – 8:55 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In light of signs of a moderation in the long upward trend in commodity prices, and recurrent assignment of blame for food insecurity and high food prices to the …

NREL Report Provides Documentation of the Advanced Biorefinery Landscape
March 2, 2015 – 8:35 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy)  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a report in January 2015 on the status of the non-starch ethanol and renewable hydrocarbon biofuels industry in the United States. The report, 2013 Survey …

Education: Educator Training Program
March 2, 2015 – 8:28 pm | No Comment

How can you grow your own knowledge and skills to inspire your students? What new opportunities are developing for science-based careers in the region? Learn about this and more at the USDA-sponsored Bioenergy and Bioproducts …

Education: Graduate Program Bioenergy Scholarships
March 2, 2015 – 8:22 pm | No Comment

This program offers scholarships for graduate professional courses in bioenergy – take a look at the bioenergy courses that are available, and envision how you could benefit from taking one of these graduate level, credit-bearing …

Farm Energy IQ Workshop – NJ April 8-10, 2015 Bordentown NJ
March 2, 2015 – 8:09 pm | No Comment
Farm Energy IQ Workshop – NJ   April 8-10, 2015   Bordentown NJ

Join Penn State Extension at this three day workshop that covers the latest developments and opportunities in farm energy. Topics to be covered include:
Day 1: Smart Energy Buying and Use (energy use monitoring, understanding energy …

E15 Is New to Most Fuel Stations, but Not to NASCAR
March 2, 2015 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Fuel with 15 percent ethanol, known as E15, has made its way into south Florida recently. E15 has been approved for sale by the U.S. EPA since January 2011 and has been …

Report Provides Overview of European Biobased Economy
March 2, 2015 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A recent report published by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Information Network provides an overview of the EU biobased economy and estimated biomass requirements for the production of …

California GHG Reporting Obligations Extend to Ethanol
March 2, 2015 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Graham Noyes.(Ethanol Producer Magazine/Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP)  California has embarked upon the most aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction program in the world.  As a result of California’s Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions …

Abengoa Reports Top Year for Biofuel Business
March 2, 2015 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Abengoa’s biofuels segment experienced the best year in its history in 2014, company CEO Manuel Sánchez Ortega reported during the company’s 2014 fiscal year results, which can be largely …

Vilsack Calls for Ethanol Industry Support of Trade Negotiations
March 2, 2015 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asked for the ethanol industry’s support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership in his keynote address at the 2015 Growth Energy Executive Leadership Conference held …

Greenwire: Midwest Law Center Can Compromise but Doesn’t Fear a Fight
March 2, 2015 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy P. Jacobs (E&E/Greenwire) Ask Chicago environmentalists who’s the Windy City’s best lawyer, and they’re likely to name Howard Learner.  Learner has built his Environmental Law and Policy Center into a Midwest powerhouse over the …

Small Ethanol Plants Struggle for an Edge
March 2, 2015 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  As production plants have grown larger and more efficient, small, older ethanol plants risk being left behind.

Most vintage ethanol plants, including Buffalo Lake, expanded over the years, but that isn’t …

Ocean Circulation Change: Sea level Spiked for Two Years along Northeastern North America
March 2, 2015 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/University of Arizona)  Sea levels from New York to Newfoundland jumped up about four inches in 2009 and 2010 because ocean circulation changed. The unusual spike in sea level caused flooding along the northeast …

Investors Ask Oil Companies to Disclose Refineries’ Risks from Climate Change
March 2, 2015 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Siri Srinivas (The Guardian)  Shareholders ask the five largest US oil companies – Valero, Exxon Mobil, Marathon Petroleum, Phillips 66 and Chevron – to disclose the risks their operations and facilities face from rising sea …

Emergent Technologies Institute Breaks Ground
March 2, 2015 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

(LEO A DALY) Florida Gulf Cost University (FGCU)officials held groundbreaking ceremonies Tuesday for the Emergent Technologies Institute (ETI), a new research campus thatwill team academics and private sector partners to study and incubate renewable energy technology.

The majority of the 6.5-acre …

4 Minutes with… Gregory T. Benz, President, Benz Technology International
March 2, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Such work has enables successful, economical and scalable mixing equipment designs for cellulose hydrolysis reactors, for example. Also source economical major process equipment from developing countries, and aid in licensing …

What Cellulosic Can Learn from Solar and Other Clean-Tech Industries?
March 2, 2015 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Thought Leadership: The Digest speaks with Sebastian Soederberg, Novozymes’ VP for Biomass Conversion on the cellulosic ethanol industry.
… If you look at charts of installed capacity since the 1990s for …

Experimental Investigation of Spark-Ignited Combustion with High-Octane Biofuels and EGR. 2. Fuel and EGR Effects on Knock-Limited Load and Speed
March 2, 2015 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

Derek A. Splitter and James P. Szybist (Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Energy & Fuels)  The present study experimentally investigates spark-ignited combustion with 87 AKI E0 gasoline in its neat form and in midlevel alcohol–gasoline blends with …

The Food Waste Debacle
March 2, 2015 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week there was  a Fast Food industry fly-in to DC — arguing for a repeal of the Renewable Fuel Standard on the grounds of food price impact. …  It just …

Maverick Announces Its Oasis BG Gas-to-Liquid Methanol Plant
March 2, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Here we highlight an interesting solution to the problem of organic waste.
In North Carolina, Maverick Synfuels announced the availability of the Maverick Oasis BG Gas-to-Liquid methanol plant product line. These plants …

Catsimatidis Trying to Slip Pricey Biofuels Mandate into Budget
March 2, 2015 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Fredric U. Dicker (New York Post)  … Senate Republicans, under pressure from maverick supermarket billionaire John Catsimatidis, are trying to slip a “green biofuels” mandate into Gov. Cuomo’s new budget that could add $150 million a …

The Good News on Ethanol: U.S. a ‘Biofuels Superpower’
March 2, 2015 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Dan Morgan (Des Moines Register)  … President Barack Obama didn’t mention ethanol, biofuels, or agriculture in his State of the Union address, even as he boasted that the country was “number one in oil and …

Harper Government Investment Benefits Biofuels Sector
March 1, 2015 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(Western Economic Diversification Canada/MarketWired)  Biofuel producers in Western Canada will soon be able to purify and convert raw glycerol more cost-effectively thanks to an investment of $538,542, announced today by the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister …

USDA Increases Ethanol Support
March 1, 2015 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Looker (  Speaking to the ethanol lobbying group, Growth Energy, Agriculture Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Thursday announced more USDA support for bioenergy research and farmer production of biomass but also praised efforts …

The Renewable Fuels Standard Is Antiquated, But Don’t Abandon It
March 1, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Loren Steffy (Forbes) It’s time to start building a smarter energy policy. It’s decades past time, actually, … The Renewable Fuels Standard is a good place to start. …  The RFS was also touted an important …

Build or Conquer? 3 Companies Battling Over the Future of Biofuels
March 1, 2015 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Maxx Chatsko  (Motley Fool)  … Yet, to date only three commercial scale cellulosic ethanol facilities have been built in the United States. Why aren’t there more? The technology is more complicated than most think.
The first …

Biofuels For A Greener Dubai
March 1, 2015 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Imran Khan (Forbes/Lootah Biofuels) The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy has set an ambitious target for 2030: reduce demand for energy by 30% and diversify its renewable energy sources.
Effectively being implemented in the power sector, …

New Wyoming Law Extends Fuels Tax to Alternative Highway Fuels, Including Natural Gas, E85, Biodiesel
February 27, 2015 – 8:38 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press) Gov. Matt Mead has signed into law a bill that extends the state fuels tax to include alternative highway fuels, including natural gas, pure ethanol, E85 and biodiesel.
The new law, which Mead signed on …

RIT Prof’s Reputation in Waste Reaches Trump Organization
February 27, 2015 – 8:33 pm | No Comment

by James Goodman (Democrat & Chronicle)  Jeffrey Lodge is finding a niche at Rochester Institute of Technology as a go-to guy for finding new uses for waste.
An associate professor of biological sciences, Lodge knows what …

Corn Growers ‘Pump’ for Higher Demand
February 27, 2015 – 8:21 pm | No Comment

by Nat Williams (AgriNews)  The National Corn Growers Association is going into the gas pump business.  The commodity group is working with service station chains and even manufacturers of pumps in order to expand sales of …

Guatemala Launches Pilot Ethanol Tests
February 27, 2015 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(SeeNews Renewables)  Guatemala’s energy ministry presented on Wednesday a pilot plan to test ethanol in 25 vehicles and five motorcycles during four months.  The government will use blends containing 5% and 10% of ethanol, supplied by local …

4 Minutes with… Rod Cummings, President, EUDORA Biomaterial Consulting
February 27, 2015 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Aid in building a deeper understanding of biobased products fundamentals across the entire supply chain by connecting agri-processing (1st & 2nd generation) to technology developers to manufacturing to OEM/Brand Owners.

Several …

USDA, DOE Farm and Fuels Funding Updates
February 27, 2015 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) USDA and DOE announced a raft of grant and loan opportunities and funded projects, many of them funded through the 2014 Farm Bill. On February 20, the U.S. Department of Energy’s …

Energy Union Pushes for E-Mobility and Alternative Fuels in Transport
February 27, 2015 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(EurActiv)  The European Commission plans further steps to decarbonise the transport sector through a shift to alternative fuels and electro-mobility, according to the latest draft of the Energy Union proposal,  …
According to the draft proposal, …

The Great Algae Robbery
February 27, 2015 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  An arbitration ruling details how Roquette seemingly attempted one of the most brazen intellectual property heists in the history of biotechnology, and almost got away with it.  Today, the story …

Rail Issues Panel at #NEC15
February 27, 2015 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  The last but certainly not least panel at the 2015 National Ethanol Conference dealt with the timely issue of rail transportation and how safety and congestion are impacting the marketplace.
Renewable Fuels …

The Latest Addition to the List of Renewable Fuels – Biopropane – Will Soon Be Available
February 27, 2015 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Neste Oil)  A new renewable fuel will enter the market when Neste Oil starts the manufacture of biopropane. The investment will be made at the Rotterdam refinery. The market for propane in LPG applications is …

Renewable Fuels even Greener than Electric Cars
February 27, 2015 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(Neste Oil)  The world needs transportation now and in the future. However, traffic should be handled in a sustainable way. Renewable fuels may provide the answer, since they seem to be an even more environmentally …

Palm Oil Update Indonesia: Subsidies for Biofuel to Lift CPO Prices
February 27, 2015 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Indonesia-Investments)  Due to the Indonesian government’s plan to increase biofuel subsidies from IDR 1,500 per liter to IDR 4,000 per liter – in a move to protect the domestic biofuel industry – palm oil futures …

Economic Models Provide Insights into Global Sustainability Challenges
February 27, 2015 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Purdue University)  Using models that blend global economics, geography, ecology and environmental sciences is essential to understanding how changes in trade and natural systems in one part of the world affect those in another, a …

New Study Reveals Wide-Ranging Economic Impact of Ethanol Production
February 27, 2015 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  At this year’s National Ethanol Conference, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released a new ABF Economics study titled “Contribution of the Ethanol Industry to the Economy of the United States in 2014,” …

Novel Pretreatment Could Cut Biofuel Costs by 30 Percent or More
February 27, 2015 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/University of California-Riverside)  Researchers have invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing the amount of enzymes needed to breakdown …

Biofuel Industry Criticizes Toomey, Feinstein RFS Bill
February 27, 2015 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Feb. 26, Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015. The bill, which is cosponsored by Sen. Jeff Flake, …

Ethanol Groups Not Pleased with Rekindled RFS Reform Act
February 27, 2015 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(Farm Futures) Bill to eliminate corn-based ethanol requirement of the Renewable Fuel Standard doesn’t receive warm welcome from ethanol and ag groups.  Calling it a “huge step backward” for energy independence, the National Corn Growers on …

Toomey, Feinstein Introduce Bill to Repeal Ethanol Mandate
February 27, 2015 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA))  U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) are working to repeal a law that drives up the cost of everything from gasoline to groceries.
The Toomey-Feinstein Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination …

Mann-Splaining the Global Warming Slowdown
February 27, 2015 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Darius Dixon (Morning Energy-Politico)  …A trio of climate scientists has pointed to the Pacific Ocean as a major culprit behind the slowing rate of average global temperature increases over the past decade. Climate skeptics …

European Parliament Votes against First-Gen Biofuels
February 26, 2015 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by Danny King (AutoBlog) Just 6 Percent of Euro Fuel Supply Can Come From Biofuel by 2020
European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted Tuesday to put a cap on how much of the continent’s fuel supply can come …

World’s First Biofuel from Whisky Residues Aim for Lead in £100m Market
February 26, 2015 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

(The Engineer)  A Scottish company has revived a defunct fermentation technology to create biofuel from the residues of whisky production.  Edinburgh-based Celtic Renewables said it now plans to build a production facility in central Scotland …

Byogy Renewables and GEN 2 Energy Advance Value Chain to Produce Biofuels Competitive With Today’s Oil Price
February 26, 2015 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

(Byogy/PR Newswire) Byogy Renewables, a biofuels producer based in San Jose, California, has executed a strategic partnership agreement with Gen 2 Energy, an alternative energy company from Ames, Iowa, to develop a more cost-effective biofuel production …

Oberon Fuels Poised for Growth as State of California Approves Dimethyl Ether (DME) for Legal Use as a Vehicle Fuel
February 26, 2015 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

(Oberon Fuels)  Another milestone for the introduction of a new, low carbon fuel in the United States
Oberon Fuels, Inc. (“Oberon”), the first company to produce fuel-grade dimethyl ether (“DME”) in North America, announced today that …

RFA Acquires
February 26, 2015 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) announced today that it has acquired, which is a crowdsourced website that offers updated prices for E85 and other ethanol flex-fuels — including E15 — from …

ADM Cuts Biodiesel Output as Industry Hit by Weak Margins
February 26, 2015 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Rod Nickel and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Archer Daniels Midland , one of the world’s top biofuels producers, has slowed North American biodiesel output, the latest sign the industry is battling uncertainty over U.S. renewable …

Deinove Strengthens Its Position in the United States
February 26, 2015 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(AG-IP-News/Deinove)  DEINOVE (Alternext Paris: ALDEI), a biotech company developing innovative processes for producing biofuels and bio-based chemicals by using Deinococcus bacteria as host strains, today announced in a press release that its patent, “High-performance metabolic …

Ethanol Plant to Rise in Zambo Soon
February 26, 2015 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by A. Perez Rimando (Manila Standard Today) A P17 billion ethanol gas plant will soon be built by a consortium in the island barangays of Limaong and Tumitus here, first district  Rep. Lilia Macrohon-Nuno said.
Nuno said …

Amyris Says 132% Increase in Sales to $100M Is in the Cards for 2015
February 26, 2015 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The first of the “2010-12 IPO kids” completes its transformation to a lively, product-driven commercial company with revenues in fragrances, emollients, solvents and fuels.
In California, Amyris announced Q4 2014 revenues …

4 minutes with… Al Kaczanowski, VP Marketing and New Product Development, EP Minerals
February 26, 2015 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  EP Minerals is a worldwide leader in diatomaceous earth (DE), clay and perlite. These unique industrial minerals are used as filter aids, absorbents and functional additives for a variety of …