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Surface-to-Air: How Vertimass Might Shatter Conventional Yields in Alcohol-to-Jet Fuels
August 28, 2014 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Saturated E10 ethanol markets; unmet demand in aviation biofuels: can Vertimass’ technology provide the bridge?

… After all, if you dehydrate ethanol (that is, remove the water, H2O), what you have is ethylene, a hydrocarbon. And you are the road to a longer-chain range of molecules such as kerosene — and there are existing chemistries to make that transformation.

Byogy has been developing one of these — a four-step process of dehydration, oligomerization, and hydrogenation that has picked up some heavyweight airline interest.

Another technology has emerged in recent months. A catalytic process developed originally at Oak Ridge, that also dehydrates ethanol — but instead of producing pure ethylene, it converts ethanol in one step to a range of diesel and jet molecules, with only about 3% ethylene content in that step.

This is Vertimass.

Early-stage results out of the Vertimass labs and Oak Ridge suggest an average of 1.6 molecules of ethanol, to 1 molecule of diesel, jet or gasoline.

CEO Charles Wyman explains: “The key is that the catalytic reaction removes water from the ethanol molecule to produce a variety of hydrocarbons that retain all the carbon plus the hydrogen not taken out with the water during the reaction without adding hydrogen.  Thus, in simple terms, we could view this as C2H4(H2O) > C2H4 + H2O.

“However, the catalyst forms very little ethylene (~3%) but instead converts most of the ethanol into a variety of aromatics, alkanes, and alkenes that give this overall stoichiometry.  As a result, the maximum mass yield of hydrocarbon fuels is 28/46 x100 = 60.9%.  The volume ratio of ethanol input to hydrocarbon output depends on the mass density of the product vs. ethanol but should be about 1.6 volumes of ethanol/volume of hydrocarbon fuel on average for diesel, gasoline, and jet.

According to the company. “The process benefits from 1) single step conversion of ethanol into a hydrocarbon blend stock with high yields, 2) no hydrogen addition, 3) production of minimal amounts of light gases, 4) operation at relatively low temperature and atmospheric pressure, 5) ability to process 5 to 100% ethanol concentrations, 6) product flexibility to respond to changing market demands, and 7) catalyst durability.”  READ MORE

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DOE Awards $3.5 Million to Cellana for Algal Biofuels
August 28, 2014 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) The U.S. Energy Department has announced $3.5 million for an algae project aimed at accelerating the development of sustainable, affordable algal biofuels…

Cellana, LLC, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, was selected to receive the $3.5 million grant to develop a fully integrated, high-yield algae feedstock production system by integrating the most advanced strain improvement, cultivation, and processing technologies…READ MORE

Surface-to-Air: How Vertimass Might Shatter Conventional Yields in Alcohol-to-Jet Fuels
August 28, 2014 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Saturated E10 ethanol markets; unmet demand in aviation biofuels: can Vertimass’ technology provide the bridge?
… After all, if you dehydrate ethanol (that is, remove the water, H2O), what you have is …

OPERATION BioenergizeME Now Online
August 28, 2014 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office)  BETO has created a new Web page for OPERATION #BioenergizeME, where students, educators, and anyone interested in the future of the U.S. energy industry can learn more about …

Export Exchange 2014™ October 20-22 Seattle, WA
August 28, 2014 – 3:39 pm | No Comment
Export Exchange 2014™    October 20-22  Seattle, WA

More than 180 international buyers and end-users are expected Oct. 20-22, 2014, in Seattle, Washington – eager to meet and build relationships with more than 300 domestic suppliers in attendance – over two days of …

Iowa Ag Secy Bill Northey On Corn, RFS
August 28, 2014 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  There are two big topics during the Farm Progress Show this year: the corn crop and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). During the show, I had the opportunity to speak with …

First Ionic Liquid Made from Plant Waste
August 28, 2014 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by James Urquhart (Chemistry World)  Ionic liquids – salts that are liquid at room temperature – could potentially be made more cheaply and greenly by recycling by-products from biofuel production processes, according to US researchers. These …

Neste Oil Announces Off-take Agreement with U.S. Algae Producer
August 28, 2014 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Neste Oil/Biomass Magazine) Neste Oil and Renewable Algal Energy, a U.S.-based algae biomass producer, have signed a contingent commercial algae oil off-take agreement. Algae oil is one of the alternatives being researched by Neste Oil …

$15 Million Available for Advanced Biofuels Payment Program
August 28, 2014 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Anna Austin (Biomass Magazine) The USDA recently issued a notice of contract proposals for its Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which provides payments to producers to support and expand production of advanced biofuels.
According to the NOCP, …

USDA REAP Sinks $3.4 Billion into Rural Economies
August 28, 2014 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine) Though the USDA Rural Energy for America Program has been hugely successful since it was first implemented in the 2002 Farm Bill, numerous changes have been implemented over the years in …

JBEI GT Collection: A New Resource for Advanced Biofuels Research
August 28, 2014 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

(Joint BioEnergy Institute/Biomass Magazine) Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute have unveiled the first glycosyltransferase clone collection specifically targeted for the study of the biosynthesis of plant cell walls. The idea behind …

Brazil to Provide $843.5 Million for Sugar Cane Research Program
August 28, 2014 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg Businessweek) Brazil’s state-development bank BNDES agreed to provide 1.9 billion reais ($843.5 million) in funding to companies seeking to increase productivity at ethanol and sugar plants.
Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Economico e Social, along with …

EPA Official Admits RFS Process Taking Longer Than it Should
August 28, 2014 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Spencer Chase ( An official with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told members of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) that the renewable fuels standard (RFS) is still important to the agency despite the …

Wisconsinites Like Ethanol in the Gasoline
August 28, 2014 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

( Brownfield Ag News for America) The Wisconsin Corn Growers Association says a recent statewide opinion poll shows Badger State citizens support the use of ethanol in gasoline by a 2-to-1 margin.  The poll conducted …

Honduras Opens Ethanol Production Plant
August 28, 2014 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

(Caribbean Journal)  Honduras has opened its first ethanol plant in the eastern portion of the country.
It plant is part of a wider initiative led by the Organization of American States to broaden cooperation on biofuels …

Roxas Wants to Boost Biofuels to 20% of Overall Sales
August 28, 2014 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

(BiofuelsDigest) In the Philippines, Roxas Holdings wants to boost the share of biofuel sales to 15% to 20% overall by September, helping to diversify away from sugar. Ethanol production is currently above nameplate capacity of 100,000 liters …

EnAlgae Publishes “State of the Industry” Guides for NW Europe
August 28, 2014 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) EnAlgae, a research partnership drawing on expertise across seven EU Member States, has announced the publication of six reports on their website looking at the state of the algae industry across countries in …

4 Minutes With…John Kirkwood, Partner, Kreig Devault
August 28, 2014 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Our team of attorneys in the Alternative Energy Group has a national practice and reputation. We cover every aspect of “project finance,” including project contracts, environmental diligence, intellectual property, tax, …

Ethanol-Run Green Bus Set for Trial Runs in Nagpur
August 26, 2014 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(India Today)  Nagpur received India’s first ethanol-run city passenger transport bus, which has been manufactured by Scania, the Sweden-based commercial vehicle and engine maker, for trial runs on Friday.  Scania Commercial Vehicles India Managing Director …

Marsha Folsom Bringing Bamboo to Bama
August 26, 2014 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Tiffeny Owens (Cullman Times)  On Friday, the former Alabama First Lady shared how her company, Resource Fiber, plans to make the Asian plant the state’s new cash crop at the Cullman Area Chamber of …

U.S. Navy Eyes Biofuels to Fuel Fleet of the Future
August 26, 2014 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Matt DiLallo  (Motley Fool)  … America’s military actually consumes as much energy as the entire population of Nigeria, and there are 140 million people living in Nigeria. Suffice it to say, the military uses a …

White Lists: A Proactive Approach to Risk Reduction for the Bioenergy Industry
August 26, 2014 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Doria Gordon (The Nature Conservancy/Biofuels Digest)   Cultivation of bioenergy crops is predicted to increase to between 27 and 120 million acres by 2022 in order to meet the renewable energy needs of the …

4 Minutes with…Marc Verbruggen, CEO, NatureWorks
August 26, 2014 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … NatureWorks manufactures Ingeo, a bio-plastic (PLA) made from plants, in a large plant in Nebraska.  We sell Ingeo worldwide in a large variety of applications based on the 3P-value principle: …

EPA’s Final 2014 RVO Delivered to the OMB; Industry Reacts
August 26, 2014 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has finalized its 2014 renewable volume obligation (RVO) rule for the renewable fuels standard (RFS) and submitted it to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) …

UN Draft Document for Application of UNFC-2009 to Renewable Energy Resources Open to Comment through Sep. 12
August 25, 2014 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Europe, the UN draft document, “Generic Specifications for Application of the United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC-2009) to Renewable Energy Resources” …

Genera Energy Releases Biomass Infographic
August 25, 2014 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Genera Energy)  Infographic highlights a variety of biomass feedstocks, provides insight into choosing the right solution for any biomass project
Genera Energy, a recognized innovator in sustainable biomass feedstock supply advancements and supply chain improvements, released …

John Deere and Hillco Technologies Introduce Single Pass Round Bale System
August 25, 2014 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

(John Deere)  Hillco Technologies, Inc., working in developmental partnership with John Deere, has developed a revolutionary new system for harvesting corn and baling corn stover in one simple step. The Hillco Single Pass Round Bale System …

In Defense of the Bio-Skeptic
August 25, 2014 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Todd Taylor  (Fredrikson & Byron/Biofuels Digest)  … Every serious player in this industry understands its challenges, as evidenced by all the panels, presentations and articles on the challenges we face. A quick and unscientific Google search …

One Man’s Trash Turns into Fuel
August 25, 2014 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Jeff DeYoung (Iowa Farmer Today)  Mike Greenfield has more than 80 percent of his corn residue contracted to DuPont for use in the company’s cellulosic ethanol plant.
If he had his way, all of it would …

Renewable Energy Could Hit 36% Of Global Energy Use, But There’s A Biomass Catch
August 22, 2014 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Silvio Marcacci (The Energy Collective)  … The report (International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) REmap 2030) lays out a five-step roadmap for scaling renewable energy up to 36% of the world’s total final energy consumption (TFEC), cutting …

Grants Help Develop Sorghum Feedstock Program in California
August 22, 2014 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Now, grant money has been awarded to three California ethanol plants to develop a sorghum feedstock program. Calgren Renewable Fuels, Aemetis Inc. and Pacific Ethanol Inc. each received a $3 million matching grant …

Clean Diesel and Diesel Electric Hybrids Add Green Cred and Street Cred to the Daily Commute
August 22, 2014 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  … Today 21 percent of all diesel buses in operation are diesel electric hybrids. These buses improve fuel economy and reduce emissions. By allowing for a smaller diesel engine to work alongside a …

Biodiesel Growth Complements Clean Diesel Trend
August 22, 2014 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Ben Evans  (National Biodiesel Board/Diesel Technology Forum)  The dramatic growth in availability of new technology diesel engines and vehicles for the U.S. market is welcome news for consumers and fleets that want the tremendous …

Alkol Biotech to Develop Sugarcane Research Lab in Europe
August 22, 2014 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Global BioBusiness)  … Alkol Biotech, signed an agreement with the council of the city of Motril in the Andalusia region of Spain to develop what could be Europe’s first sugarcane development lab.
The lab will develop …

EPA Report Shows Progress in Reducing Urban Air Toxics Across the United States
August 22, 2014 – 11:02 am | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  … The 2007 Mobile Source Air Toxics rule is projected to reduce toxics emitted from highway vehicles and nonroad equipment, which are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health and environmental …

MBP Group Earns RSB Sustainability Certification
August 22, 2014 – 10:37 am | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  MBP Group has earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) sustainability certification for their waste material collection, trading and distribution activities.
“MBP Group was built on a sustainable background, adding as much …

Renewable Diesel Reduces Carbon Footprint of Major Summer Events
August 21, 2014 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(Neste Oil Corp./Biodiesel Magazine)  Neste Oil’s NEXBTL renewable diesel was used to generate electricity at two major events in Finland this summer: the Flow Festival in Helsinki and the Neste Oil Rally Helsinki Battle street …

Biodiesel Push Leads to Big Fall in Indonesia Fuel Import
August 21, 2014 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

(The Rakyat Post) Previously ranked as Asia’s top diesel importer, now No 3 Indonesia is expected to take a third less of the fuel this year as demand from mining falters and biodiesel use in transport …

OMCs May Have to Raise Price for Ethanol to Be Procured for EBP 2014-15
August 21, 2014 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Anindita Dey (Business Standard)  Sugar mills will not be in a position to supply ethanol if they are not offered at least Rs 35-37 per litre this year
The food ministry has assured the sugar mills …

DE-FOA-0001177: Notice of Intent to Issue FOA: DE-FOA-0001162, Entitled “Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts (TABB)”
August 21, 2014 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001162, entitled “Targeted Algal Biofuels and …

Butamax Opens (Phase 1) Biobutanol Project in Minnesota, with Highwater Ethanol
August 21, 2014 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Includes Installation of a Corn Oil Separation Technology with “50% higher than the normal” yields
We’ve learned that Butamax Advanced Biofuels and Highwater Ethanol have completed, successfully commissioned and begun production …

Gevo Boosts Revs in Q2, but Losses Widen; Aims for Break-Even at Luverne by Year End
August 21, 2014 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  The increase in revenue during 2014 is primarily a result of the production and sale of ethanol and distiller’s grains of $5.5 million following the transition of the Luverne …

EPA Chief: Teach Global Warming in Schools
August 18, 2014 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by  Ben Geman and Clare Foran (National Journal)  Gina McCarthy wants children to have an understanding of climate science, but current policy leaves plenty of students without it.
…  Irish America magazine scored an interview with McCarthy, who grew up …

Expanding Horizons 2014 September 23 Trenton, NJ
August 15, 2014 – 9:32 pm | No Comment
Expanding Horizons 2014   September 23   Trenton, NJ

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), will conduct a workshop for U.S. small to medium size businesses- in Trenton, NJ on September 23rd- the latest in the highly-successful Expanding Horizons series that helps businesses learn …

World Bio Markets Brazil September 24-26, 2014 Sao Paulo, Brazil
August 15, 2014 – 9:20 pm | No Comment
World Bio Markets Brazil   September 24-26, 2014   Sao Paulo, Brazil

World Bio Markets Brasil provides practical advice to take your company through the next 12 months and beyond. This unmissable event covers the ethanol, bio-diesel, renewable diesel and bio-based chemicals markets in just three days, …

Biofuels to Bioeconomy: Canadian Bioeconomy Conference December 1-3, 2014 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
August 15, 2014 – 9:03 pm | No Comment
Biofuels to Bioeconomy: Canadian Bioeconomy Conference    December 1-3, 2014   Toronto, Ontario, Canada

This December, the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) will host its 11th annual conference – which is expanding to become the first national Canadian Bioeconomy Conference.
The Canadian Bioeconomy Conference will continue to include the content …

En Algae Symposium September 18, 2014 Kortrijk, Province West-Flanders, Belgium
August 15, 2014 – 8:17 pm | No Comment
En Algae Symposium   September 18, 2014   Kortrijk, Province West-Flanders, Belgium

We would like to welcome you to our EnAlgae Pilot Symposium on the 18th of September 2014. In the morning, participants will be able to visit the algae pilot reactor of UGent, Campus Kortrijk, located …

MSW to Biofuels and Bio-products Summit October 6-7, 2014 Orlando, FL
August 15, 2014 – 7:58 pm | No Comment
MSW to Biofuels and Bio-products Summit   October 6-7, 2014   Orlando, FL

MSW to Biofuels and Bio-products is the premiere forum for companies with MSW conversion capabilities.  With over 200 attendees expected to attend, a great number of municipalities and 30 + leading industry voices, join us …

RIN Academy September 16, 2014 Des Moines, IA
August 15, 2014 – 7:35 pm | No Comment
RIN Academy   September 16, 2014    Des Moines, IA

RIN Academy will bring together key individuals who have developed solutions to the complex knot of issues surrounding the successful launching of a renewable fuel project. RIN Academy is the place to learn how the …

ABLCNext 2014: The Next: Technologies, Feedstocks, Business Models, Products and Markets November 10-12, 2014 San Francisco, CA
August 15, 2014 – 7:09 pm | No Comment
ABLCNext 2014: The Next: Technologies, Feedstocks, Business Models, Products and Markets     November 10-12, 2014   San Francisco, CA

The Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference Series has become one of the largest gatherings of Advanced Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals and Biomaterials Operating Company CEOs and senior executives, strategic partners, financiers, equity analysts, policymakers and industry suppliers in …

SXSWEco October 6-8, 2014 Austin, TX
August 15, 2014 – 7:01 pm | No Comment
SXSWEco  October 6-8, 2014   Austin, TX

SXSW Eco attracts a global community to explore, engage and co-create solutions for a sustainable world. A uniquely inclusive platform for professionals, SXSW Eco examines the critical challenges of our times through a kaleidoscopic lens …

ASTech International Conference Green Aviation November 6-7, 2014 Le Bourget, France
August 15, 2014 – 6:49 pm | No Comment
ASTech International Conference Green Aviation    November 6-7, 2014  Le Bourget, France

Many conferences focus on the “Use” stage of the aircraft’s life.This conference is about looking at the whole lifecycle – highlighting best practices in each stage and at the same time stimulating further innovation by …

7th Annual Airports Going Green Conference November 3-5, 2014 Chicago, IL
August 15, 2014 – 6:41 pm | No Comment
7th Annual Airports Going Green Conference     November 3-5, 2014   Chicago, IL

The Airports Going Green Conference is the industry’s leading sustainability forum, bringing together aviation sustainability leaders, experts, and innovators from around the world. Session topics include airport, tenant, and stakeholder collaboration strategies; innovations in renewable energy and …

Alternative Fuels and Propulsion Systems: Reducing Aviation’s Impact on the Environment October 21, 2014 London, UK
August 15, 2014 – 6:29 pm | No Comment
Alternative Fuels and Propulsion Systems: Reducing Aviation’s Impact on the Environment   October 21, 2014   London, UK

Greener by Design was established in 1999 by the Royal Aeronautical Society and bodies representing airports, UK airlines and the aerospace industry, bringing together experts from across the industry together with Government and academia. The …

Fuelling Aviation with Green Technology September 9-10, 2014 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
August 15, 2014 – 6:24 pm | No Comment
Fuelling Aviation with Green Technology    September 9-10, 2014   Montreal, Quebec, Canada

This Seminar provides an opportunity to gain knowledge and share information on the latest and most innovative technologies for use in the reduction of aviation emissions. The event will address topics such as next generation aircraft, …

Sustainable Aviation Fuels Forum October 20-22, 2014 Madrid, Spain
August 15, 2014 – 5:49 pm | No Comment
Sustainable Aviation Fuels Forum   October 20-22, 2014     Madrid, Spain

The projects CORE-JetFuel, FORUM-AE and ITAKA are pleased to announce the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Forum taking place in Madrid on 20th – 22nd October 2014.
This Sustainable Aviation Fuels Forum will focus on recent progress and …

NC Bioenergy Field Day & Tour September 18, 2014 Duplin County, NC
August 15, 2014 – 5:14 pm | No Comment
NC Bioenergy Field Day & Tour September 18, 2014  Duplin County, NC

As part of NC State University’s land grant mission in teaching, research and extension, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Natural Resources will join with the NC Bioenergy Research Initiative …

WEBINAR: Dedicated Energy Crop Supply Chains September 10, 2014 2:00PM ET
August 15, 2014 – 5:09 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Dedicated Energy Crop Supply Chains   September 10, 2014   2:00PM ET

Part of Transitioning from the Bucket to the Barrel Educational Biofuels Webinar Series  READ MORE

A Carbon Accounting System for the Future
August 15, 2014 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Making sure the federal accounting system for biogenic carbon emissions—ensuring that it is an accurate system, and taking into scientific account the unique features of biomass in the carbon cycle is front …

State Scrambles to Save Old Town Pulp Mill, 200 Jobs
August 15, 2014 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Susan Sharon (MPBN News)  ”Effective immediately all Old Town mill operations will be indefinitely suspended.” That was the message employees at the Old Town Fuel and Fiber Co. received Wednesday evening. The written statement …

Greens Launch Pro-Republican Push
August 15, 2014 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Darren Goode (Politico)  … The Environmental Defense Action Fund is rolling out a seven-figure ad campaign to aid green-minded Republicans in the midterm elections, part of a longer-term effort to find GOP partners on priorities …

Innovations in PLA Technology: Review of OBIC Webinar
August 15, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Milsa Vijayadharan* (Advanced Biofuels USA) PLA (Polylactic Acid) is a polyester derived from renewable raw materials such as corn, cassava (tapioca) and other plants. Compared to other bio-based polymers (such as PET, PE) PLA …

Cool Planet to Award Contract for $56 Million Biofuels Plant in Alexandria
August 15, 2014 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jennifer Larino ( Times-Picayune )  Cool Planet Energy Systems, a Colorado energy startup that aims to turn woodchips and other organic waste into gasoline as well as a crop-boosting soil enhancer, says it has …

Energy Policy to Be in Place by 2015
August 15, 2014 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Pauline Dikuelo  (MmegiOnline)   The Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Kitso Mokaila has revealed that government is currently drafting an energy policy. The policy is expected to map out a successful way forward for …

Gasification of Oil Palm Biomass to Produce Clean Producer Gas for Heat, Power Generation
August 15, 2014 – 10:42 am | No Comment

(  … A research team led by Professor Mohamad Asadullah has embarked on a project related to gasification of biomass to produce clean producer gas. This gas mixture can be used as a fuel for internal …

St1 Biofuels: From Sawdust to Transport Fuel – Cellunolix® Ethanol Plant to Be Built in Finland
August 15, 2014 – 10:36 am | No Comment

(North European Oil Trade Oy/St1 Biofuels/BusinessWire)  North European Bio Tech Oy (NEB) has made an investment decision concerning the construction of a bioethanol plant on the Renforsin Ranta industrial estate in Kajaani. The raw material …

That Dread US Ethanol Policy that Reduced Foreign Oil, Saved Consumers $800 P.A., and Produced More Food
August 15, 2014 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, USDA released its August World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report.   The 2014 corn crop is estimated at 14.032 billion bushels. That is 172 million bushels higher …

European H1 Ethanol Market Weak, Lacking Political Support: Abengoa CEO
August 14, 2014 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Fuel ethanol consumption in Europe in the first half of 2014 was low and the sector lacked the political support to meet Europe’s renewable energy targets, Manuel Sanchez-Ortega, CEO of Spain-based ethanol producer Abengoa, …

Thailand Looking to Produce Ethanol from Rotten Rice Stocks – Officials
August 14, 2014 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

by Apornrath Phoonphongphiphat  (Reuters)  Thailand’s military government is studying a plan to use rotten rice from state stocks to produce ethanol, hoping to make use of grains that have gone bad and help reduce losses …

Proposed City of Chicago Ethanol Ordinance Would be a Step in the Right Direction
August 14, 2014 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Michael Wang and Jennifer Dunn (Huffington Post/Argonne National Laboratory)  … A proposed City of Chicago ordinance that would require most gas stations to offer E15 fuel – 15 percent ethanol, 85 percent gasoline – is …

Grant for Ethanol Plant to be Matched
August 14, 2014 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Katherine Johnson (Progress-Index)  City Council has adopted the Vireol performance agreement, which is a matching funds grant for $250,000 for the firm that has opened a long-delayed ethanol plant in Hopewell.
City Manager Mark Haley …

Mahtani Group to Build $150m Ethanol Plant
August 14, 2014 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Kalonde Nyati(Zambia Daily Mail)  Mahtani Group of Companies has partnered with Sunbird Group of the United Kingdom to develop a US$150 million bio-ethanol plant in Luapula Province.   Mahtani Group of Companies group chairperson Rajan …

We’ll Help You to Make Your Own Biofuel…All at the Flick of a Switch
August 14, 2014 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Tom King (Echo News UK)  … LiquidNRG, based on a site by the A127, allows drivers to make their own biodiesel at a fuel tax and VAT-free rate of £1 a litre – compared to …

Answers for Your Questions about the Bioeconomy, Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals and Bioproducts
August 14, 2014 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  … With great sessions at conferences, delegates are usually keen to get a hold of the powerpoint decks. But how do you get a hold of the great Q&A that follows …

Keystone Farm Show January 6-8, 2015 York, PA
August 13, 2014 – 8:12 pm | No Comment
Keystone Farm Show   January 6-8, 2015    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 …

Five Environmentally Sustainable Startups Compete for $680,000 Prize
August 13, 2014 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(Postcode Lottery Green Challenge/  Five eco-friendly startups from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom,France and Vietnam will compete in the finale of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, an annual worldwide competition for startups with environmentally sustainable business plans. One of these …

VIDEO: Bioenergy: America’s Energy Future
August 13, 2014 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Bioenergy: America’s Energy Future is a short documentary film showcasing examples of bioenergy innovations across the biomass supply chain and the United States. The film highlights a few stories of individuals …

Despite Setbacks, Biofuels Industry Hopeful at 2014 DOE Biomass Conference
August 13, 2014 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  At the Department of Energy’s two-day conference Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy, technologies, feedstocks, and innovation in the bioenergy sector were on display.  Attendees celebrated three U.S. advanced cellulosic …

International Conference and Exhibition on Biopolymers and Bioplastics August 10-12, 2015 San Francisco, CA
August 13, 2014 – 3:22 pm | No Comment
International Conference and Exhibition on Biopolymers and Bioplastics  August 10-12, 2015  San Francisco, CA

OMICS Group proudly invites all the participants across the globe to its International Conference and Exhibition on Biopolymers and Biopastics  going to be held  during August 10-12, 2015 in San Francisco, USA
Theme of the  Conference   Biopolymers …

Bio Revolution America Uses Crowdfunding
August 13, 2014 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Crowdfunding is coming to biofuels. On August 3, 2014, Bio Revolution America launched a 45 dayIndiegogo crowdfunding campaign to fund its biofuels projects in Appalachia and within one week is reporting reaching 30 percent …

Global Glycerol Market Expected to Reach $2.52 Billion by 2020
August 13, 2014 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(Grand View Research Inc./Biodiesel Magazine)  The global market for glycerol is expected to reach $2.52 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research Inc. Biodiesel emerged as the leading source of …

RFS Announcement May Not Come until after November Elections
August 13, 2014 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Ken Anderson (Brownfield Ag News)  As the 2014 Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) rule continues to work its way through the interagency review process in Washington, there are now indications that it may not be …

Proposal Threatens to Aggravate Shortage of Railcars to Move Oil
August 13, 2014 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Bob Tita (Wall Street Journal)  Thousands of Tank Cars Are Likely to Be Scrapped or Redeployed Under Federal Safety Move
… With production capacity for new tank cars about 35,000 cars a year, industry analysts …

New Energy-Rich Sorghum Offers Ethanol without the Corn
August 13, 2014 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Marc Gunther (The Guardian)  California startup NexSteppe presents a new brand of sorghum, bred for optimal energy production, designed as a greener alternative to corn for ethanol fuels and biomass boilers
As scientists around the …

Poet-DSM Plans to Celebrate Opening Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Emmetsburg Sept. 3
August 13, 2014 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register)  Poet-DSM plans to celebrate the opening of its Emmetsburg cellulosic ethanol plant, called Project Liberty, Sept. 3.
The $250 million project will use 770 tons of corn cobs, leaves, husk …

RFA Making Inroads in Motorcycle Education
August 13, 2014 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  Concluding the sixth year of sponsorship at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and the Buffalo Chip Campground, Robert White with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) believes they are making some real headway in getting …

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Increase Economic Opportunity and Improve the Quality of Life in Rural Areas
August 13, 2014 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is seeking applications for grants that will be awarded to organizations to provide critical financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop and …

Nexant Launches Biorenewable Insights
August 13, 2014 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(Chemical Online/Businesswire)  Nexant announced today that it has launched Biorenewable Insights—its new subscription program that provides in-depth evaluations and reliable data on the technology, cost competitiveness and industrial developments of biorenewable chemicals and fuels.
“Nexant is the first …

U.S. Trade Rep Tours Biodiesel Leader’s Family Farm, Discusses RFS Threats
August 13, 2014 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Biodiesel Board)  Argentine biodiesel imports could reverse domestic energy progress
Hosting a U.S. Trade Representative on his family farm outside Des Moines, Grant Kimberley, executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board, took the opportunity to …

USDA Funds Bio-Energy Research in Central CT
August 13, 2014 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. )  Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT), a non-profit economic development organization based in East Hartford, Conn., was awarded a Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) to work on …

Adding Value to the Raw Glycerin from Biodiesel Plants
August 13, 2014 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

( SA) ABATEC SA introduces the BD4-MG system, to manufacture Methanol from raw Glycerol. It is an innovative way for adding value to the glycerol produced in the biodiesel plants. READ MORE

President Carter Calls for Carbon Tax at Aspen Renewable Energy Conference
August 13, 2014 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Eli Stokols (  President Jimmy Carter called a tax on carbon emissions “the only reasonable approach” to combating climate change during an appearance here Tuesday, but lamented that even piecemeal actions are unlikely to …

Kansas Ethanol Plant to Co-Locate Renewable Diesel Facility On-Site
August 13, 2014 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  East Kansas Agri-Energy LLC plans to integrate renewable diesel production at its ethanol plant in Garnett, Kan., using distillers corn oil from the ethanol process and other feedstocks, the company announced late …

China, Brazil Consider Publicity Blitz to Steer Climate Debate
August 13, 2014 – 9:31 am | No Comment

by Natalie Obiko Pearson (Bloomberg/Renewable Energy World)   China and Brazil are looking for ways to redirect a global climate debate, which they say unfairly accuses developing nations of delaying limits on fossil-fuel pollution.
China wants to …

A Biodiesel Family Affair
August 12, 2014 – 8:05 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The Renwicks of South Carolina, owners of Winnsboro-based Midlands Biofuels, persevere through the biodiesel industry’s instability with ingenuity, passion and teamwork. This is their story.
What do an emergency room medical …

New Co-chairs Selected to Lead Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel
August 12, 2014 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  James Anderson helped work his way through college behind the wheel of a diesel semi-truck, where he became interested in biodiesel. He began to wonder if he could contribute to the body …

Can ISSC PLUS Certification Be Misleading – If the Bio-Based Share Is Not Labelled Too?
August 12, 2014 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Michael Carus (nova-Institute/Bio-Based News)  On 23 April 2014 SABIC announced “that it will launch its first portfolio of certified renewable polyolefins, certified under the ISCC Plus certification scheme, which involves strict traceability and requires a …

Thai Govt to Aim for Rubber Supply Cut to Support Prices
August 12, 2014 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Apornrath Phoonphongphiphat (Reuters)  Thailand’s military government will encourage farmers in the world’s biggest rubber producer and exporter to cut down more rubber trees in a bid to restrict supply to help shore up prices, …

Co-defendent in Bio-Fuel Scam Pleads Guilty
August 12, 2014 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Hugh R. Morley  (The Record/   … A Ridgewood businesswoman has pleaded guilty to a charge that she took part in a $100 million biofuel fraud as a top executive of two Bergen County alternative-energy …

White House Council on Environmental Quality and EPA Honor Student Leaders and Exceptional Teachers with Environmental Education Awards
August 12, 2014 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Today, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, announced the winners of the annual Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE) and President’s …

Geismar Biofuel Plant Getting $15 Million Investment
August 12, 2014 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Ted Griggs (The Advocate)   Renewable Energy Group plans to spend $15 million in the next 12 months on the company’s Geismar facility, which makes diesel from animal fat.
“Some of that you’d probably consider just …

Diesel Engines Emerging As New Technology For Future of General Aviation Aircraft
August 12, 2014 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Manufacturers Cite Increased Range, Fuel Availability & Better Performance at Altitude As Major Benefits of Diesel Engines
With several major aircraft and engine manufacturers recently announcing the development of new diesel aircraft engines, the …