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Capturing the Full and Unrealized Value of Biofuels — Market Mechanisms are Needed
May 5, 2015 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Ghasideh Pourhashem (Forbes)  During the past decade, production of biofuels has gained momentum largely due to policies and mandates aimed at addressing energy security and climate change. … But if the right kinds of policies are in place, biofuel-generating facilities will have the opportunity to function profitably in the long run given the variety of co-products they can generate in addition to producing biofuel. Take, for example, biochar. It has the potential to improve agricultural productivity and environmental record by reducing water needs, serving as a carbon storage mechanism, and being an alternative to petroleum-based fertilizers.

A key point here is that the value of certain biofuels goes beyond their use as transportation fuels. Despite the attention given to biofuel policy and performance in the transportation market, far less attention has been given to the economic and environmental benefits of the co-products of biofuels. In fact, the fraction of the input feedstocks (such as parts of a crop or organic wastes) that is not converted to biofuel has economic value. For example, many biofuel facilities often burn the remains of the biomass to co-produce electricity.

Indeed, the examples above underscore that more efforts are needed to include positive externalities of bio-commodities in assessing the costs and benefits of biofuels. If these bio-commodities find their place in the market, they will create a significant additional revenue stream for biorefineries thus improving their bottom line. This in turn could permit the primary biofuel product to stay competitive with petroleum alternatives, and will allow the industry to remain competitive even when market forces drive down the price of oil.

Ideally, a more robust climate policy action such as a carbon tax would provide incentives for the development of improved biofuels and curb fossil fuel emissions.

Indeed, if, for example, bio-commodities such as biochar can remediate the problems associated with algal plumes caused by runoff from the commercial-scale application of nitrogenous fertilizers in the Midwest, the Gulf Coast fishing industry would certainly benefit, not to mention the environmental and ecosystem benefits that would emerge. At present, however, there are no market-oriented mechanisms in place to realize such an outcome. Such market mechanisms would go a long way toward reducing uncertainty around commercial viability, which would, in turn, help this infant industry to develop to the point where no external assistance is needed for biofuels to be competitive against conventional petroleum fuels.  READ MORE

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Estimating Chilled Investment for Advanced Biofuels Due to RFS Uncertainty: $13.7 Billion Shortfall in Investment During Delays in Rulemaking
May 4, 2015 – 9:15 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Industry Organization)  The advanced biofuel industry has invested billions of dollars since 2009 to build first-of-a-kind demonstration and commercial-scale biorefineries around the world, even during a global economic recession. Cellulosic biofuels have reached commercial status, though not at the volumes envisioned in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS); at the same time, overall advanced biofuels have met the RFS goals every year (2010 through 2013) that annual volume obligations have been established, primarily through existing capacity for proven biofuel technologies. Instability in the administration of the RFS has hampered investment in new advanced biofuel technology and new feedstocks within the United States. Separating the investment impact of policy instability from the general economic recession and challenges of scaling up new technologies is the goal of this white paper.

To reach the 2015 RFS goal of producing 5.5 billion gallons of advanced biofuels (including 3 billion gallons of cellulosic and 2.5 billion gallons of advanced biofuel or biodiesel), bio-era estimated the need for 110 operating plants requiring $20.34 billion dollars in cumulative investment. As of April 2015, there are five commercial cellulosic biorefineries with a combined capacity of more than 50 million gallons within the United States and registered to meet the goals of the RFS, along with several pilot and demonstration plants. Additionally, there are 28 biorefineries generating cellulosic biogas with a combined annual capacity of approximately 80 million gallons.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was nine months late issuing the 2013 RVOs and is more than 17 months late in issuing the 2014 rule. Further, the agency has made cellulosic biofuel producers wait an average of 29 months (more than two years) for approval of production pathways. Currently, 29 companies have unresolved petitions filed with EPA and they have been waiting on average more than 32 months for resolution. A majority of an estimated $13.7 billion shortfall in investment for cellulosic and new advanced technologies should therefore be attributed to EPA’s delays in issuing timely rules.

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Excerpt from Biofuels Digest:  80,000 lost jobs through “EPA’s delays in rule making”, according to new analysis

BIO estimates that EPA’s delays in rulemaking have undercut the industry’s ability to create jobs by more than 80,000 direct jobs in operations and construction, and an additional 228,000 indirect jobs within the rural economy.

Following publication of the report, a letter was sent to US President Barack Obama, signed by RFA, National Corn, POET, DSM, Novozymes, Growth Energy, BIO, AEM, AEC, and Abengoa, stating that “the EPA’s proposal in 2013 was an enormous disservice to you and your legacy, Mr. President. Prior to the release of that proposal, we had asked to meet with the EPA, but were rebuffed. We would like to work with you to ensure that the mistake is not repeated. Let’s seize the opportunity to restart investment in advanced biofuels and fulfil the promise of the commonsense, bipartisan Renewable Fuel Standard.The letter can be read in full here.  READ MORE

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Tallow Industry Finds New Markets after Demand Slows in Key Market
May 6, 2015 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

By Olivia Garnett (ABC)  After a lull in demand, Australia’s biggest market for tallow is slowly cranking up again.

Inedible tallow is rendered livestock fat and offal that demands big dollars in Singapore, where it is converted into biodiesel.

“It’s the pieces that are left over from the slaughter process,” executive officer of the Australian Renderers Association, Dennis King, said.

The United States is the major buyer of biodiesel, but changes to the US renewable energy credits system last year left a big gap in demand.

“After the elections, the rules changed. Renewable energy had to be from domestic production in the US to get access to those credits.

Besides its main use for biodiesel, other uses for tallow include soap manufacturing and animal feed, with markets opening up in countries such as Taiwan, China, Korea, Nigeria and Pakistan.  READ MORE

Capturing the Full and Unrealized Value of Biofuels — Market Mechanisms are Needed
May 5, 2015 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Ghasideh Pourhashem (Forbes)  During the past decade, production of biofuels has gained momentum largely due to policies and mandates aimed at addressing energy security and climate change. … But if the right kinds of policies are …

Estimating Chilled Investment for Advanced Biofuels Due to RFS Uncertainty: $13.7 Billion Shortfall in Investment During Delays in Rulemaking
May 4, 2015 – 9:15 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Industry Organization)  The advanced biofuel industry has invested billions of dollars since 2009 to build first-of-a-kind demonstration and commercial-scale biorefineries around the world, even during a global economic recession. Cellulosic biofuels have reached commercial …

Renmatix Acquires Mascoma Demonstration Plant in New York
May 6, 2015 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Another step towards commercial scale, aimed at “secure supply” of cellulose-lignin solids for Renmatix’ Georgia facility
Renmatix announced that it has acquired existing assets of the former Mascoma corporation’s 56,000 square …

Novozymes to Supply World’s First Sawdust-Based Biofuel Refinery
May 6, 2015 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by  (Reuters)  Danish industrial enzymes maker Novozymes has struck a deal to supply the world’s first refinery producing biofuel from sawdust.  Novozymes is already a big player in the biofuel market, providing about 60 percent …

ABSIG Promoting Algae as Tool in Ecosystem Services
May 6, 2015 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The objective of the Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (ABSIG) is to facilitate the development of a robust and sustainable algal industry in the UK while raising awareness of the important role …

DEKRA Announces Risi Competizione’s Ferrari F458 Italia Green Challenge Winner of TUDOR Championship Race in Monterey, CA
May 6, 2015 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(MarketWatch/DEKRA North America, Inc.)  DEKRA North America, Inc. congratulates Risi Competizione’s Ferrari F458 Italia as the winner, for the third consecutive time, of the DEKRA Green Challenge Award in the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix …

EPA Sends Ethanol Proposals for Final Review
May 6, 2015 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  The Obama administration is conducting the last step in its review of proposed annual ethanol blending mandates for three separate years.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent the proposal, which …

Call for Presentations: Wastewater Remediation Using Algae and Growing Algae Commercially Using Wastewater — September 2015 — The Woodlands, TX
May 5, 2015 – 6:34 pm | No Comment
Call for Presentations:  Wastewater Remediation Using Algae and Growing Algae Commercially Using Wastewater — September 2015 — The Woodlands, TX

Algae Is used to clean wastewater. Some wastewaters can be used to grow algae commercially. Wastewater operators and municipalities, algae companies,commerially-minded algae researchers and equipment companies will explore new wastewater opportunities in cleaning and the …

Miscanthus Hybrid May Be Boon For Biofuel Industry
May 5, 2015 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(Locker Gnome)  … Scientists at the University of Illinois recently reported the first natural occurrence in several decades of Miscanthus hybrid plants in Japan.
“If M. x giganteus is the only variety available, there are certainly risks …

WEBINAR: USDA’s 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program June 3, 2015
May 5, 2015 – 6:10 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  USDA’s 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program   June 3, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program is again opening to offer loan guarantees for advanced biofuel and renewable chemical production facilities. Up to $1 billion in loan guarantee authority is anticipated over …

WEBINAR: An Overview of U.S. Law & Policy Affecting Second Generation Biofuels — May 12, 2015
May 5, 2015 – 6:03 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  An Overview of U.S. Law & Policy Affecting Second Generation Biofuels   —   May 12, 2015

Law and policy changes over time helped create and shape incentives for biofuel production. This webinar explores the evolution of law and policy over time, especially how it is affecting second generation biofuel development. While …

Canegrowers Welcomes Ethanol and Biofuel Announcement
May 5, 2015 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

(Daily Mercury) The Queensland government has recommitted to ethanol and biofuels with the announcement of a discussion paper looking to boost the industry.
Energy Minister Mark Bailey was at Wilmar BioEthanol site earlier today to make the …

The Downside of Biodiesel Fuel
May 5, 2015 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

(Norwegian University of Science and Technology/Phys.Org)  The oil industry believes biodiesel is not to blame for problems that Norwegian car owners are experiencing. But the nature of the fuel means that it has to be …

Biodiesel Reduces by 70% the Emission of Greenhouse Gases
May 5, 2015 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

(BrasilAgro)  To supply its urban bus fleet with a mixture of 20% biodiesel in fossil diesel (B20), the 40 Brazilian cities with more than 500,000 inhabitants can decrease by up to 70% CO2 emissions caused …

Help #getbiodieselbackontrack
May 5, 2015 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Biodiesel fans, we need your help.  Producers of America’s first advanced biofuel to reach full commercial distribution have been left in limbo since rumors surfaced in 2013 that the U.S. Environmental Protection …

Strengthening The RFS For Next-Gen Biofuels
May 5, 2015 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  There has been a great deal of conversation around the speech I recently gave at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. I would like to further …

Washington Update: Carbon And Tax Policy
May 5, 2015 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

By Bob Cleaves (Biomass Magazine)  Biomass Power Association President Bob Cleaves discusses ongoing policy and regulatory discussions affecting the industry. …  In late March, we testified at the EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board meeting to review the …

Profit in Plug and Play
May 5, 2015 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  A cutting-edge waste-to-energy venture at an Oregon landfill will channel flared gas into ethanol production, and potentially other renewable fuels if future markets are favorable.

At Knott Landfill in Bend, Oregon, Waste …

Amid Scarcity: The Biofuels Alternative We Need—Obada
May 5, 2015 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

By Udeme Clement (Vanguard)  Dr. Babatunde Obada is Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Global Biofuels Limited, a biofuels company in Nigeria. He speaks on the passage of 2015 Budget by the Senate without …

Algae Cultivation, Help From LSC-Montgomery Biotechnology Lab Leads High School Student to Science Award
May 5, 2015 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

(The Paper)  …  Today, the local growth of two commercially important algae strains, Nannochloropsis occulata and haematococcus pluvialis, is providing one local ninth grader, and the Lone Star College-Montgomery biotechnology lab that assisted him in …

Fulcrum BioEnergy Awards Engineering, Procurement And Construction Contract To Abengoa
May 5, 2015 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc.)  Fixed-Price Contract Guarantees Cost, Schedule and Plant Performance —  Launches Commercialization of Fulcrum BioEnergy’s Process for Converting Household Garbage into Low-Cost Renewable Jet Fuel and Diesel
Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc., announced today that it …

VietNam Considers Raising Export Tariff on Cassava, Ethanol to Support E5 Production
May 5, 2015 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(VietNamNet Bridge) The Ministry of Finance (MOF) is planning to raise the tariff on cassava and ethanol exports in an effort to retain materials for domestic biofuel production. Cassava and ethanol bear an export tariff …

Scott Walker’s Stance on Ethanol Prompts Concerns
May 5, 2015 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Jason Stein  (Journal Sentinel)  As likely presidential candidate Scott Walker has shifted his position on a federal ethanol mandate, some of the fuel’s skeptics at home in Wisconsin are wary.
At an Iowa roundup for White …

Evaluating a Groundwater Supply Contamination Incident Attributed to Marcellus Shale Gas Development
May 5, 2015 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Garth T. Llewellyn, Frank Dorman, J. L. Westland, D. Yoxtheimer, Paul Grieve, Todd Sowers, E. Humston-Fulmer, and Susan L. Brantley  (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)  New techniques of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) are …

Schwarzenegger: Three Things Weightlifting and California Can Teach Us About How To Save the World
May 5, 2015 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Arnold Schwarzenegger (Time Magazine)  … When I praise Governor Brown, some people look at me like I’ve lost my mind. I’m a Republican, and he is a Democrat. In our current political climate, we are supposed …

4 Minutes with… Dr. Ganesh Kishore, CEO, MLSCFI and Co-Managing Partner, Spruce Capital Partners
May 5, 2015 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We manage ~$315 Million of venture capital, building new businesses in the Advanced Bioeconomy sector. …  We are entrepreneurs, seeding new businesses where appropriate.

Current focus has been too much on …

Bill Would Lift Biodiesel Requirements in Winter
May 5, 2015 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Abby Spegman (The Bulletin)  Bend-La Pine say bus troubles have force school cancellations … School districts east of the Cascades are among the groups backing a bill in Salem that would drop the mandated use …

4 Minutes with… Anna-Marie Davidson, Research Associate/Graphic Artist, NECi
May 5, 2015 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We currently offer an enzyme for nitrate quantification and are researching enzymes for quantification of phosphate, glycerol, galactose, and alcohol. … I am currently working towards the production of recombinant enzymes …

Moline’s use of alternative fuels has attracted attention in Iowa
May 4, 2015 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Dawn Neuses ( … Moline has 180 vehicles, or units of motorized equipment, that run on alternative fuels — E85, compressed natural gas (CNG), propane, biodiesel or all-electric.
There are only 30 vehicles that run on …

Urban Air Initiative Partners in Clean Fuels Omaha Campaign
May 4, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Kim Trinchet (Urban Air Initiative) The Urban Air Initiative joined with a broad cross section of public and private interest groups supporting the call for more aggressive regional pollution control measures in the Omaha-Council Bluffs …

UK Supreme Court Ruling on Air Quality – Reaction from the European Renewable Ethanol Industry
May 4, 2015 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

(ePURE) Following last week’s UK Supreme Court ruling that the UK Government must revise its national air quality plans to tackle nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions, a greenhouse gas mainly attributed to diesel fuel use, Robert …

Ellis: Why Did It Take so Long for Obama to Visit?
May 4, 2015 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Ellis (Argus Leader)  … In 2008, Obama was the pro-ethanol candidate, while Republican John McCain was the candidate calling for an end to subsidies and mandates enjoyed by the industry. During his presidency, …

New RSB Standard Proposed to Certify Low-Risk ILUC Biomass
May 4, 2015 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It may soon be possible to certify that biomass is not only sustainably sourced, but also considered low-risk for indirect land use change (ILUC). The Roundtable on Sustainable …

Neighbors Come out in Opposition of Proposed Ethanol Plant near Caldwell
May 4, 2015 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Torrie Cope (Idaho Press-Tribune)  Residents who live in the area of Lower Pleasant Ridge Road fear that a proposed ethanol plant could lower their property values, spoil their views and bring unwanted traffic, noise …

Transportation Dept. Gets Strict on Rules for Trains Carrying Flammable Oil
May 4, 2015 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Ashley Halsey III (The Washington Post)  Almost two years after a runaway tank-car train erupted in an explosion that killed 47 people in a Canadian town, the U.S. Transportation Department on Friday announced new …

Argentinian Ethanol Producers Seek 12% Blend in Gasoline
May 4, 2015 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Argentinian ethanol producers are pressing the government to boost the blend in gasoline to 12% from 10%, an effort led by the struggling sugarcane sector, an industry source said Thursday.

With a glut of sugar …

The DOE’s 12 Top Biobased Molecules – What Became of Them?
May 4, 2015 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … If they handed out Platinum and Gold certification to scientific papers as we do with recorded music, “Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass” would be a multi-platinum chart-busting monster. This …

It’s Time for EPA to Get the RFS Back on Track
May 4, 2015 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)  … A new white paper by Harvard economist James Stock – a former member of the Obama administration’s Council of Economic Advisors – acknowledges as much. Unfortunately, the paper’s …

Fossil-Fuel-Free Portfolios Gain Popularity
May 4, 2015 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Karen Demasters (Financial Advisor)  Fossil fuels continue to lose popularity with investors as more investment professionals offer fossil-fuel-free portfolio options, according to the First Affirmative Financial Network.
A survey by the network released Thursday shows …

ZERO SOUTH Heads to Pole Powered by 100% Biofuels
May 1, 2015 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Jonathon Ramsey, in a recent AutoBlog post, described ZERO SOUTH’s mission: “One modified Hummer H1, traveling with another vehicle that looks like a modified Hummer H1, will spend six …

4 Minutes with… Harry Cullinan, Director of Technology Deployment, Auburn University
May 1, 2015 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … My role is to bridge the gap between basic R&D and ultimate commercialization of biorefining technologies with particular emphasis on the raw material base and existing assets of the US …

Chemistry & Biology in Bioenergy: Summer Interdisciplinary Workshop for High School Teachers — July 13-17, 2015 — Knoxville, TN
May 1, 2015 – 11:01 am | No Comment
Chemistry & Biology in Bioenergy: Summer Interdisciplinary Workshop for High School Teachers — July 13-17, 2015 — Knoxville, TN

Join a 5-day workshop to explore bioenergy connections to Tennessee Science Standards for chemistry, physics, and biology, along with career opportunities for students in agriculture and biofuels production.
The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture in …

Regulations Could Hamper Biomass Project
April 30, 2015 – 8:07 pm | No Comment

by Brent Shrum (The Western News)  Libby is the top choice for a company looking to build a $46 million plant that would use new technology to turn forest debris into 5 million gallons of liquid …

Do Biofuels Still Have A Place In The Global Energy Mix?
April 30, 2015 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

By Alexis Arthur (  Less than a decade ago, biofuels were set to take the energy world by storm. They promised a low-carbon alternative to gasoline, while advances in algae technology were taking biofuels beyond …

We’re Using Natural Gas All Wrong for the Climate
April 30, 2015 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Harry Saunders (The Energy Collective)  The natural and immediate inclination of emissions reduction practitioners and policy-makers is to substitute gas directly for coal in the power generation sector. But this is a deeply flawed …

California Is Smiling On Renewable Diesel HPR Fuel
April 30, 2015 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Cobb (Hybrid Cars)  … More than a pilot project, last month’s launch of 18 stations for the diesel alternative is being propped by a few laws including California’s Low Carbon Fuel standard described by …

Algal Progress Report
April 30, 2015 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Reed (US Department of Energy/Industrial Biotechnology) (D)etails the promise of algae as a renewable energy source and describes the BETO-funded research, development, and demonstration projects that have resulted in significant technological advances to …

BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review Presentations Now Online
April 30, 2015 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Visit the 2015 Project Peer Review Web page to download individual project and plenary presentations from BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review. The peer review process provided BETO with feedback about the management …

South Carolina Tapped for New Pipeline, Tank Farm
April 30, 2015 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Tonya Maxwell (Greenville Online)  Groundwork for a proposed underground pipeline is beginning in South Carolina, one that would carry fuel from Florida to a tank farm near Belton, where company officials expect to construct …

Commodities: DDGS Priced out of Domestic Market
April 30, 2015 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Sean Broderick (CHS/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With planting season right around the corner, the conversation about grain prices this time of year normally focuses on soil moisture, and temperatures.  This year, though, conversations about DDGS …

This Modified Hummer Hybrid Will Go to the South Pole on Biofuel
April 30, 2015 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Jonathon Ramsey (AutoBlog) Zero South Has Been Planning This Trip For At Least Seven Years — One modified Hummer H1, traveling with another vehicle that looks like a modified Hummer H1, will spend six to 10 …

Three Brothers Plead Guilty to $145 Million Biofuels Fraud Scheme in Indiana
April 30, 2015 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

(Department of Justice)  Chad Ducey, 39, of Fishers, Indiana, pleaded guilty yesterday for his role in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling biodiesel incentives. His two brothers, Chris …

Local Biodiesel Use to Reach up to Four Million KL This Year
April 30, 2015 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Linda Yulisman (The Jakarta Post)  … Biodiesel consumption in Indonesia, the world’s largest palm oil producer, may reach between 3 million and 4 million kiloliters from the second quarter to the end of the year, according …

Harvester Banking on Ethanol Distillery
April 30, 2015 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by John Anderson (Townsville Bulletin) Burdekin sugarcane harvesting contractor Michael Hodder has welcomed moves by the State Government to consider an ethanol mandate for Queensland.
Mr Hodder, who plans to build an ethanol distillery to supply fuel …

California’s New Goal: 40% Lower Emissions by 2030
April 30, 2015 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(  … California will cut greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030, below 1990 levels, making it possible to reach the ultimate goal of 80% cuts by 2050, he says.
These goals are the same as the European Union and are …

Biodiesel from Waste Grease
April 30, 2015 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(National University of Singapore) A team of NUS researchers from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has developed a set of environment-friendly techniques to produce biodiesel entirely from waste grease more cheaply and efficiently.

Traditionally, the …

4 Minutes with… Len Rand, CEO, xF Technologies
April 30, 2015 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The Company produces a family of fuorate esters from biomass feedstock, including sugar, starch and cellulose, using a low cost thermo-chemical process. Uses include industrial solvents, plasticizers, coalescers as well …

EPA Opens Comment Period on Carinata Oil GHG Analysis
April 30, 2015 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA is accepting comments on its analysis of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributed to the production and transport of Brassica carinata oil feedstock for the use in …

Canola Growers Want Province to Push Biodiesel
April 30, 2015 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Blair (Alberta Farmer Express)  Effort would create more demand and help with reductions in greenhouse gases — The new provincial government needs to walk the walk — not just talk the talk — on …

Green Plains Sees U.S. Ethanol Retaining Export Advantage vs. Brazil
April 30, 2015 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Green Plains Inc sees U.S. ethanol retaining its export advantage versus Brazil in 2015 and into the beginning of 2016, even as exports from the United States have slowed this quarter, the company’s …

Cargill Acquires OPX Biotechnologies
April 30, 2015 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Moguls of Minneapolis pick up an advantaged route to key renewable chemicals.
News has filtered out from Cargill that the agricultural giant has acquired OPX Biotechnologies’ proprietary fermentation-based processes and …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces New Private Funds to Make Investments in Rural America
April 29, 2015 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the launch of two new private funds, known as Rural Business Investment Companies (RBICs), which make equity investments in rural businesses, helping them grow and …

Parliament Votes to Approve EU Biofuels Cap, Provides Closure
April 29, 2015 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The European Parliament voted April 28 to approve the cap on first-generation biofuels and provide a degree of closure to the long-debated measure.
The new law caps first-generation biofuels from …

Scania India Announces Order of 42 Buses at Busworld 2015
April 29, 2015 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Nabanita Singha Roy  (    Scania Commercial Vehicles India is showcasing its ethanol engines at Busworld 2015 Expo between April 28 – 30.  The company also showcased its premium range of Metrolink 13.7 m …

World-Herald Editorial: Ethanol Comes into Its Own
April 29, 2015 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(Omaha World-Herald)  For years, Nebraskans wondered whether the state’s fledgling ethanol sector would amount to much. Now, the answer is in, as explained in a new report from University of Nebraska economists.  From small beginnings …

How I Got Converted to G.M.O. Food
April 29, 2015 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Mark Lynas (The New York Times)    … As we squatted in the muddy field, examining the lush green foliage and shiny purple fruits, he explained how, for the first time this season, he had been able …

Argonne Leadership Computing Facility Supercomputer Helps Identify Materials to Improve Fuel Production
April 29, 2015 – 11:09 am | No Comment

(Newswise/Argonne National Laboratory)  With access to supercomputing resources at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility, a research team from the University of Minnesota and …

4 Minutes with… Michele Bremer, Technical and Executive Recruiter, Bremer Associates
April 29, 2015 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … I recruit technical and executive talent for companies in biofuels, bio-based chemicals, and related industries. Clients range from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies, with searches from specialized technical expertise to …

XTRM to Produce Residential Hemp and Cannabis Oil Extractor
April 29, 2015 – 10:39 am | No Comment

(Yahoo! Finance/Extreme Biodiesel Inc.)  Extreme Biodiesel Inc. (XTRM) today (April 28, 2015) announced the company’s wholly owned subsidiary XTRM Cannabis Ventures is designing a plant and seed oil extractor.
XTRM is proud to announce that the …

Biodiesel Plant Retrofitting Underway
April 29, 2015 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Scott Koperski  (Beatrice Daily Sun)  A massive retrofitting of the Duonix biodiesel plant in west Beatrice is underway and on schedule to put the plant into production later this year.  Duonix Beatrice, a joint …

Big Ox Energy Breaks Ground in South Sioux City
April 29, 2015 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Bret Hayworth (Sioux City Journal) … Big Ox Energy, a Denmark, Wis.-based firm, has begun construction on a $30 million plant that will take organic waste from industrial plants and turn it into methane. …
Big …

Advanced Bioeconomy Ventures Raise $1.262 Billion in Past 12 Months, up 3.2%
April 29, 2015 – 10:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  44 deals, 37 companies; deal count jumps 16% but deal size drops 17% Here’s the complete skinny on who got what.  In Florida, The Digest reports that 12 advanced bioeconomy …

Blog: Smartphone App, on the Racetrack for Ethanol Education
April 28, 2015 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A small company is using out-of-the-box marketing to reach members of the public as well as spread the word about cavitation.
I had previously heard the name Hydro Dynamics Inc., …

Counterpoint: E15 Good for Car Owners and Environment
April 28, 2015 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Joel Hennen (Chicago Sun-Times)  … Unfortunately, I’ve heard a lot of misinformation during the debate about the Chicago Clean Air Choice Ordinance, which would free Chicago fuel retailers from the oil industry’s burdensome restrictions, allowing them …

Kum & Go to Offer E15 at More than 65 Stores in 7 States
April 28, 2015 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Kum & Go has announced it will begin offering E15 as a fuel option. Over the next two years, the company plans to make E15 available at more than …

Discovery of New Plant Switch Could Boost Crops, Biofuel Production
April 28, 2015 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  A team of Michigan State University researchers has discovered a switch that regulates plant photosynthesis – the process that lets plants store solar energy and use it to grow and produce food.
Photosynthesis …

Biofuels Need Public Support to Compete: European Biodiesel Board
April 28, 2015 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  European Biodiesel Board Secretary General Raffaello Garofalo said Wednesday that the renewable fuels industry needs public support to compete properly in the road fuel sector.
Garofalo described electric transportation as “a chimera” which was not …

Holden Drops E85 from Commodore
April 28, 2015 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Toby Hagon  (   Ethanol-based fuel touted as the next big thing has been quietly dropped from the Commodore range.  Holden has quietly dropped the ability for its top-selling Commodore to run on environmentally-friendly E85 …

Tribe to Convert Abandoned Ethanol Plant into Wood Pellet Production Facility
April 28, 2015 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Dave Flessner (Times Free Press) The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut wants to turn one of Tennessee’s biggest renewable energy failures into a business success with another type of renewable product in growing demand around the …

Remembering a True Visionary: Novozymes Honors Guido Ghisolfi
April 28, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The renewable energy industry was saddened on March 3 by the news of the death of Guido Ghisolfi, Vice Chairman of the Mossi & Ghisolfi group and CEO of Beta …

4 Minutes with… Christian Delahouliere, Business Development and Quality Director, Raizen Trading Geneva Branch
April 28, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Raizen is the world largest sugar cane processor. We produce 2 million tons of ethanol and consume more than 4 millions in our petrol stations. … Demonstrate that electric vehicle are …

Indian Railways to Use Diesel Produced from Recycled Plastic
April 28, 2015 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In India, Indian Railways announced it wants to produce biodiesel for use in its trains using technology patented by the CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum. The technology breaks down plastic waste, …

Urban Air Initiative: New EPA Studies Regarding Ethanol Flawed
April 28, 2015 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA published two studies recently; defending its stance that ethanol increases toxic emissions. However, if you follow the same flawed formula, you get the same flawed results, warned …

Downsize Bioenergy Risk while Approaching Scale: Partnering with ZeaChem’s Technology Institute
April 28, 2015 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) For most investors, building a demonstration-scale facility in order to get, and validate, data for the last pre-commercial stages, is a necessary evil somewhere between diaper-changing and a colonoscopy on the …

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 …

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; Part 2, Reportable Substances across the Manufacturing Process
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 …