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25x’25 Responds to Questionable Assessment of Bioenergy Production
January 29, 2015 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

(25x’25)  A report released today by the World Resources Institute would seem to demonstrate the old adage: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” The “change” in this instance is a massive amount of research showing the overall benefits of using bioenergy are not only real, but growing. The “same,” sadly, is the report authored by the same researcher who made similar discredited claims about biofuels seven years ago.

The latest assertions made by Tim Searchinger and others trot out a new version of the debunked contentions made in 2008 when the Princeton researcher argued that any dedicated use of land for growing bioenergy comes at the cost of not using that land for growing food or animal feed, or for storing carbon.

The researchers selectively omit those studies in recent years showing production of feedstocks for biofuels is growing more efficient with each growing season. In the United States, for example, corn, which is used to produce animal feed, high fructose corn syrup and, of course, ethanol, has seen production levels increase from an average of 119.6 bushels per acre in 1986 to 171 bushels last year, according to USDA, marking a longstanding upward trend.

Economists at Iowa State University (whose economic model was used for the 2008 Searchinger analysis) found that “…the primary land use change response of the world’s farmers in the last 10 years has been to use available land resources more efficiently rather than to expand the amount of land brought into production.”

Searchinger and company also conveniently omit the fact that biofuels and biomass are the best ways to break a fossil fuel monopoly over our transportation and electricity markets that are the leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). When looking at the GHG benefits of biofuels, a 2012 Argonne analysis found that “advances in technology and the resulting improved productivity in corn and sugarcane farming and ethanol conversion … have increased the energy and [GHG] benefits of using bioethanol.” Argonne scientists have shown that the carbon intensity of petroleum-based gasoline is increasing while the carbon intensity of biofuels is decreasing dramatically.

Meanwhile, there is a growing body of evidence documenting the carbon-sequestration benefits of biofuels. For example, a study by a team of South Dakota State researchers supports the theory that many of the surface soils in the region became carbon sinks when seeded with corn.

These advancements make bioenergy a powerful, high-value low-carbon energy solution. The use of plants, crops and trees for bioenergy and bioproducts operate within a carbon cycle in a way that, unlike fossil fuels, does not add new sources of carbon to the atmosphere. Indeed, other uses of biogenic carbon, such as biochemicals, bioplastics and forest products, recycle carbon and sequester CO2, further reducing atmospheric GHG concentrations.

The Searchinger report’s claims that biofuel production raises the cost of food are not defensible, given that since they were made seven years ago, they have repeatedly been disproved by any number of creditable sources, including U.S. government analyses showing food cost increases are more likely attributable to higher energy and marketing costs.

The latest Searchinger misfire reiterates previously discredited claims and should be viewed with much skepticism from policy makers.  READ MORE and MORE / MORE (Renewable Fuels Association) and MORE (Union of Concerned Scientists) and MORE (World Resources Institute)  and MORE (Farm Futures) and MORE ( and MORE (WHIO includes Video) and MORE (The Epoch Times) and MORE (CBS News)  Download report (Iowa State University) Abstract (Argonne National Laboratory study)  ABSTRACT (National Institute of Food and Agriculture)  Download report (World Resources Insititute)


Excerpt from The Union of Concerned Scientists:  The headline 7 years ago – that crop-based biofuels are far worse than fossil fuels – no longer holds.

Both the studies and the world have changed. Agricultural markets are more flexible, deforestation has fallen in some key areas (Brazil in particular) and biofuels production is getting more efficient. The overall result is that biofuels are getting cleaner over time, and most biofuels are cleaner than gasoline.

Brazil was making in reducing deforestation. As my colleagues have described in their recent report, Deforestation Success Stories, Brazil has cut the rate of deforestation by three quarters and they have done this even as soybean and cattle production continue to grow.

But corn ethanol production has been getting more efficient, and an updated version of GREET that reflects these efficiency gains finds that the direct emissions for Midwestern corn ethanol produced using natural gas are about 60 g/MJ or 40% cleaner than gasoline. Adding 20 g/MJ to account for ILUC emissions still leaves typical corn ethanol about 20% cleaner than gasoline. And for corn ethanol producers that adopt the most efficient technology in their production process, for example installing efficient combined heat and power systems, the emissions can come down even further.  READ MORE

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4 Minutes with… Johan Martinez, Director of Renewable Energy and New Business, Asocaña
January 30, 2015 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Asocaña is the association of Colombian sugarcane growers and sugarcane mills. … The competition with the fossil resources will always exist and make pressure to the governments to liberalize markets in favor of traditional fuels, but biofuels require a policy decision for implementation.  My role is to build and collect arguments that support the biofuels policy. I work very close to the government and the producers to harmonize the policy in order to be sustainable in all aspects: environment, economic and social.

What do you feel are the most important milestones the industry must achieve in the next 5 years?

1 – Reaffirm the RFS2

2 – The implementation of a biofuels program all over China

3 – Commercial scale facilities for new biofuels: Butanol, drop in biofuels

4 – Biomass trade

5 – Extensive manufacturing of FFV in Europe and Asia

If you could snap your fingers and change one thing about the Advanced Bioeconomy, what would you change?

I will disappear the hidden (and not hidden) subsidies of the industry in order to have a fair competition that will enable international trade.   READ MORE

25x’25 Responds to Questionable Assessment of Bioenergy Production
January 29, 2015 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

(25x’25)  A report released today by the World Resources Institute would seem to demonstrate the old adage: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” The “change” in this instance is a massive …

Renewable Biofuel Production Avoids Competition with Food Resources
January 30, 2015 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!) The efficient production of both biofuel and animal feed from 1 crop is now possible, and can be done on a farm without the need for off-site processes
The efficient production of both biofuel and animal …

Ohio Corn Marketing Program to Expand Ethanol Infrastructure
January 30, 2015 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(Ohio Corn Marketing Program)  The Ohio Corn Marketing Program, in partnership with the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest and the American Lung Association of the Midland States, is pleased to announce, The Ethanol …

$40-Million Project Takes Plant beyond Ethanol Production
January 30, 2015 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Blair Andrews (Chatham This Week/Chatham Daily News)  Expansion plans at GreenField Specialty Alcohols Inc. in Chatham are taking shape.  The company announced $40-million worth of investments in capital projects at the plant on Bloomfield Road …

Researchers Produce Two Biofuels from a Single Algae
January 30, 2015 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/ Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)  A common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study published in the journal Energy …

EU Must Not Turn Its Back on Biofuels
January 30, 2015 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(Farming Life)  Crop based biofuels are vital for animal feed, the environment, jobs and fuel, according to Copa-Cocega General Secretary Pekka Pesonen.
Speaking at the recent ‘Fuels for the Future’ conference in Berlin, he added that …

Punjab Plans Asia’s First Bio-Ethanol Plant
January 30, 2015 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

(Hindustan Times)  Punjab would soon sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with partner companies to set up Asia’s first bio-ethanol manufacturing and refining unit with a design capacity of 60,000 tonnes of cellulosic ethanol per …

Oklahoma Worries Over Swarm of Earthquakes and Connection to Oil Industry
January 30, 2015 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

by Lori Montgomery (The Washington Post)  … What to do about the plague of earthquakes is, however, very much an open question in Oklahoma. Last year, 567 quakes of at least 3.0 magnitude rocked a swath of …

Advanced Biofuels USA’s Joanne Ivancic Recognized as One of Top 125 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy by Biofuels Digest
January 30, 2015 – 11:13 am | No Comment

For Immediate Release January 30, 2015—Frederick, MD  Readers and editors of the international online publication, Biofuels Digest, for the fifth consecutive year, recognized Advanced Biofuels USA executive director Joanne Ivancic as one of the Top …

Vilsack Heads “Top 125 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy” Poll for 2015
January 30, 2015 – 10:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In the annual rankings, voters reward commercial deployments at scale, key figures in deployment of alternative fuels, and pioneers in renewable chemicals. International leaders gain.
In Florida, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom …

OriginOil Joins Idaho National Laboratory In Project Proving Algae For Biofuels
January 29, 2015 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(OriginOil) Disinfection capabilities of OriginOil technology may help make giant open-air ponds feasible for large-scale fuels production
OriginOil Inc. (OTC/QB: OOIL), developer of Electro Water Separation™ (EWS), the high-speed, chemical-free process to clean up large quantities of …

4 Minutes with… Hugo Jacobs, Founder, Methyl Ester
January 29, 2015 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Promoting bio fuels over mineral fuels must take precedence and this can be achieved by lobbying local government as well as national government
If you could snap your fingers and change …

4 Minutes with… Stephen P. Toon PhD, President/Executive Consultant, GoldenBio
January 29, 2015 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Moving technology from the laboratory to the complexity of an integrated commercial operation has been a stumbling point for many biotechnology companies. GoldenBio will work to provide support to “get …

Bio-Diesel Firm Plans 5 Green Corridors in Maharashtra
January 29, 2015 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

(The Hindu Business Line)  Pune-based manufacturer and distributor of bio-fuels My Eco Energy (MEE) plans to set up green corridors along four national highways in Maharashtra, and will establish nearly 500 bio-fuel retailing outlets over …

“Faces” Debuts: New Original Series on the Advanced Bioeconomy
January 29, 2015 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest’s first original series, Faces, debuts episode #1 for online viewing and download. More new episodes and new programs to come. … the one-to-one interview program Faces. It’s here.
Episode #1 …

LANXESS Introduces New Baynox Stabilizers for Biodiesel
January 29, 2015 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(LANXESS)  Specialty chemicals company LANXESS Corporation has added two new highly concentrated antioxidants to its existing range of biodiesel stabilizers. The new products – Baynox Ultra and Baynox Cargo – will be introduced to the …

Is Bureaucracy Holding Back Advanced Biofuels?
January 29, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Why must “the entire value chain of production from feedstock to finished product be conducted at a single location” asks Antoine Schellinger, VP of Strategy and Technology at Triten IAG.
Should …

Clean Fuel Availability, for the Pacific Coast
January 29, 2015 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, the International Council on Clean Transportation and E4Tech released a comprehensive study of clean fuel availability for the Pacific Coast.  The report is available here.

There are four key original findings: (1) …

Looking Down the Road at Biofuels, Coal, Gas, and Oil
January 28, 2015 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “The short-term picture of a well-supplied oil market should not disguise the challenges that lie ahead as reliance grows on a relatively small number of producers,” warns the International Energy Agency.
Why …

Consultation Open for Revision of the RSB Principles & Criteria
January 28, 2015 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) We are pleased to announce that the 60-day public consultation for revision of the RSB Principles & Criteria (P&Cs) begins today!
It will feed into discussions among RSB members over the forthcoming P&Cs Version …

Biodiesel Industry Honors Champions, Career Long-Achievements
January 28, 2015 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(The National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  … NBB recognizes the 2015 “Eye on Biodiesel” award winners this week. The honorees are:
Tom Butcher, Brookhaven National Laboratory. Brookhaven National Laboratory is one of the premier U.S. DOE national laboratories and …

Moving Biodiesel in the Pipeline: Sequencing Matters
January 28, 2015 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The ability to move biodiesel in pipelines versus truck or rail is considered essential to lower costs and advance biodiesel into the mainstream, but contamination of jet fuel with fatty …

UN’s Pro Biofuels Stance an ‘Important Milestone’ for Agriculture
January 28, 2015 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Olivia Midgley (Farmers Guardian)  Sustainable biofuel production can offer additional incomes for farmers as well as helping to achieve energy security, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) chief has said.
Speaking at the …

Report Highlights China’s Growth in Biodiesel, Ethanol Production
January 28, 2015 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Information Network shows that China’s biodiesel production grew last year, reaching an estimated 1.13 billion liters (298.5 million gallons), …

EU Legislators Called on to Recognize Advantages of Biodiesel
January 28, 2015 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(The European Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  On the occasion of a high-level policy conference in Brussels organized by the biodiesel supply chain, prominent researchers have underlined the benefits of biodiesel as well as their reservations regarding …

Supreme Court Sides with Gevo in Long-Standing Patent Dispute
January 28, 2015 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Gevo’s favor and overturned an earlier Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on the interpretation of key patent claims.
On April 11, 2013, the …

Biobutanol Firms Chart Diverging Paths
January 28, 2015 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

By Melody M. Bomgardner (Chemical and Engineering News)  For years, industrial biotech companies have sought to make renewable chemicals by repurposing the corn fermentation capabilities of underutilized fuel ethanol plants. As recent news from two …

Margins, Fuel, Land Prices among Concerns at Ag Summit
January 28, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Offner ( … “With crop prices going down, we think leases are going to have to start being adjustable and they’re going to have to lower land prices and lower rent prices, and that’s …

Straight from the Ethanol Producer to Your Gas Tank
January 28, 2015 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Some ethanol producers are selling E85 directly to drivers like you and me. It seems they take the phrase, cutting out the middleman, very seriously!

The company (Carbon Green Bioenergy …

Platts 4th Annual EU Biofuels Seminar April 15, 2015 Geneva, Switzerland
January 28, 2015 – 3:05 pm | No Comment
Platts 4th Annual EU Biofuels Seminar April 15, 2015    Geneva, Switzerland

This focused event will provide a unique insight from key decision makers, and a comprehensive overview of the European and international biofuels and feedstock markets, providing you with trading and pricing insights, and asking questions around …

U.S. Industry Blasts EPA Decision on Biodiesel Imports
January 27, 2015 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  EPA to Fast-Track Argentinian Biodiesel by Easing Sustainability Requirements
The National Biodiesel Board on Tuesday sharply criticized a decision by the EPA to allow streamlined Argentinian biodiesel imports to the U.S. under the …

Welcome to the Twilight Zone
January 27, 2015 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Imagine if you will a country with two natural resource industries. Both produce high demand products. One is the lowest priced producer on the planet and is able …

Matt Blunt Delivers Message to NBB Attendees
January 24, 2015 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Chuck Zimmerman (  It was good to see former Missouri Governor Matt Blunt on stage today at the National Biodiesel Conference. Matt accomplished great things for the industry during his time in office. He …

New Campaign to Urge 2016 Caucus Candidates to Support Renewable Fuels
January 23, 2015 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

by Reid Chandler (  Governor Terry Branstad announced Thursday a new campaign promoting the Renewable Fuel Standard, aimed at potential presidential nominees visiting Iowa during the caucus season.

The multimillion-dollar campaign, dubbed America’s Renewable Future, will …

The Words that May Not Be Said: Biofuel, Ethanol, Biodiesel, Renewable Jetfuel
January 23, 2015 – 4:42 pm | One Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Absent from President Barak Obama’s State of the Union Message and from remarks made by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at the DC Auto Show, the words “biofuel,”  “ethanol,” “biodiesel,” …

Energy Secretary Moniz Unveils More Than $55 Million to Advance Fuel Efficient Vehicle Technologies
January 23, 2015 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)   Following the State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 20 in which President Obama highlighted the surge in U.S. manufacturing and the strong growth in the auto industry, Energy Secretary Ernest …

Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium Awards Contract to Construct Innovative Agriculture and Energy Pilot Project at Masdar City
January 21, 2015 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

(Masdar Institute)  Research puts UAE at forefront of global movement to create sustainable, alternative fuels that do not compete with food production
Based on ground-breaking research at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, the Sustainable …

Biodiesel 2015: The Top 14 Trends for the New Year
January 21, 2015 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  New technologies, new markets, new research and most of the same policy challenges, as we look at the 14 top trends for 2015. …
1. Falling oil prices – what’s the …

4 Mintues with …. Dr. Nancy Ho, Founder, Green Tech America
January 21, 2015 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … My company plays an important role in providing our super efficient yeast, named as the Ho-Purdue Yeast … efficiently convert corn mash added 15% cellulosic sugars to produce high concentrations of …

Time For a Reality Check On Computer Models
January 20, 2015 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Predictive computer models have their place, writes Bob Dinneen of the RFA, but where concrete real-world data and observations exist, they should take precedence. Sound policymaking and …

8th Biofuels International Conference September 22-24, 2015 Porto, Portugal
January 20, 2015 – 4:04 pm | No Comment
8th Biofuels International Conference   September 22-24, 2015    Porto, Portugal

This year’s event is in association with biodiesel production equipment specialist IncBio. The company supplies biodiesel plants across Europe, incorporating some of the most advanced and efficient technologies in the world. On day one of …

Major Gasoline Retailer Sheetz Expands E15 in the Mid-Atlantic
January 20, 2015 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, Sheetz — a major retail gas station chain in the Mid-Atlantic — announced that 60 of its locations in North Carolina will offer E15 by the spring of 2016. This announcement …

More Ethanol Producers Should Sell Directly to Gas Retailers
January 20, 2015 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Ethanol producers that aren’t selling E85 direct to area gas retailers should seriously think about it, according to producers with direct-sales programs in place.
Although there are other ethanol plants that …

Dangerously in Denial on Climate Change
January 20, 2015 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by  Catherine Rampell (The Washington Post) … In recent weeks, West Virginia has snatched national headlines for its attempts to doctor school science standards to discredit climate change. The sixth-grade science curriculum, for example, was amended …

Council Members Push to Bring Greener Fuel to the Staten Island Ferry
January 20, 2015 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Vincent Barone (SI Live)  Conversation has begun between city officials and council members on legislation that would increase the amount of biofuel used in city-owned vessels, including the Staten Island Ferry.
Legislation introduced by Queens Councilman …

Life Cycle Analysis Study: Biodiesel from Animal Fat Produces 85% Fewer Greenhouse Gas Emissions
January 20, 2015 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

(European Fat Processors and Renderers Association)    Biodiesel made from animal fat reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 85% compared to fossil fuels. This exceptional figure has been confirmed by the findings of a recent study by the …

Declaring “The Truth Matters”, Biodiesel Leaders Say Policy Makers Need to Consider the Facts to Get the Renewable Fuels Standard Back on Track
January 20, 2015 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board) The National Biodiesel Conference and Expo opens with a fiery speech by the industry’s chief spokesperson.   Arguing that federal policy makers must see through the false attacks by renewable fuels opponents and provide …

4 Minutes with… Jens Sogaard Jacobsen, Group Sales Director, MBP Group
January 20, 2015 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We manage their by-products and ensure that this potential waste is brought to optimal use in the bioeconomy

Sustainability: in order to be acceptable in the long run the bioeconomy needs …

Cabinet Also Allows Private Manufacturers of Bio-Diesel to Sell It Directly to Consumers such as the Railways
January 20, 2015 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Vidhi Choudhary and Sayantan Bera (Live Mint)  On Friday, the cabinet also decided to allow private manufacturers of bio-diesel to sell it directly to users such as Indian Railways, seeking to reinforce the supply …

Department of Food Directs Sugar Mills to Expedite Ethanol Supply
January 20, 2015 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Anindita Dey  (Business Standard)  The department calls meet to gather information on number of sugar mills supplying ethanol and supply position of ethanol blending programme
The department of food has asked all sugar mills to expedite …

Anellotech, IFP Energies Nouvelles and Axens to Develop Aromatics Technology from Non-Food Biomass
January 20, 2015 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Pyromania! Anellotech lands key European partners to commercialize its pyrolysis-based pathway to high-value renewable BTX chemicals.
In New York, Anellotech, IFP Energies nouvelles and its subsidiary Axens have announced a strategic …

IEA Task 39 Newsletter #38 Online Focuses on Netherlands
January 20, 2015 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  This issue features a Biofuels country update from the Netherlands, an update on Task 39’s ongoing work, and a short summary of some of other relevant news in the Biofuels area (such as …

A New Pew Survey Shows Americans Might Finally Be Getting Serious about Global Warming
January 20, 2015 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Roberto A. Ferdman (The Washington Post)  Pew Research Center is out with a new survey and, for the first time in years, it actually bodes well for those hoping climate change will finally become a …

Report: Renewables to Grow Faster than Fossil Fuels in 2015
January 20, 2015 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Charlotte Malone (Blue and Green Tomorrow)   Growth in renewable energy consumption is set to significantly outpace the growth seen in fossil fuels this year, according to a report. However, it also warns that non-fossil …

Brown Panel: To Cut CO2 Emissions, Make It Profitable
January 19, 2015 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Alex Kuffner (Providence Journal) To get power plants and other large polluters to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases that are driving climate change, make it financially attractive to them.  That was the key takeaway …

Beyond Boats To China
January 19, 2015 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  After halting distillers grains imports late last year, the world’s top DDGS buyer is poised to resume business, but on what terms?
The prospect of China reissuing distillers grains import …

Opening Channels For Export
January 19, 2015 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Grains Council is teaming up with Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service on a new four-way partnership in ethanol export …

Petroleum Ministry Inaugurates Second Experimental Phase of Ethanol Use
January 19, 2015 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Shadia Basheri   (Sudan Vision Daily)  The Ministry of Petroleum has inaugurated today in Khartoum at the station of Nile Company for Petrol the second experimental phase of producing biofuels (Ethanol)  by a smart …

LANXESS Brings New Baynox Antioxidants onto the Market: Highly Concentrated Additives Prolong Shelf Life of Biodiesel
January 19, 2015 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

(LANXESS)  Product launch at “Fuels of the Future” trade conference, Berlin, January 19-20, 2015    Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is adding the highly concentrated additives Baynox Ultra and Baynox Cargo to its range for stabilizing biodiesel fuels. The …

US Ethanol Race Car Sponsored by Hydro Dynamics Featured on PBS Show
January 19, 2015 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(PR Web)  Driver Jonathan Olmscheid of the Hydro Dynamics sponsored US Ethanol car discussed benefits of ethanol as a race fuel during an interview on the PBS show “Farm Connections” recorded near the end of …

Carbon Dioxide, an Important By-Product of Fermentation: Food Industry Applications and Usage
January 19, 2015 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Sam A. Rushing (Advanced Cryogenics, Ltd., Biofuels Digest)   … Much of the ethanol industry is concentrated in the nation’s regions which are also the regions which are the largest for much of the meat …

BP’s Exit from Cellulosic Ethanol: the Assets, the Auction, the Process, the Timing, the Skinny
January 19, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The complete details on BP’s exit and the considerable physical and intellectual assets available for acquisition, in part or in whole.  As BP continues to reel from its oil leak …

4 Minutes with….Franck Mode, Business Advisor, CADev
January 19, 2015 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Official economic development agency of the Champagne-Ardenne Region … 500M+ was invested in bioprocessing and 300+ jobs were created. As a result, Champagne-Ardenne is producing almost 700 kt/year bioproducts (Ethanol, Biodiesel, …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 19th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E) July 14-16, 2015 N. Bethesda, MD DEADLINE: March 13, 2015
January 17, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

The 19th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E), will be held July 14-16, 2015 in the Washington DC area. As the longest running green chemistry conference in the United States, GC&E invites scientists, decision-makers, …

Algae Around the World Symposium March 19, 2015 University of Cambridge, UK
January 17, 2015 – 5:00 pm | No Comment
Algae Around the World Symposium     March 19, 2015   University of Cambridge, UK

EnAlgae in collaboration with the University of Cambridge is hosting a symposium showcasing new research on microalgae coming from the UK and further afield, through collaborative projects.
Algae are present in every biome of the planet, …

Creative Adaptation: Enhancing Oversight of Synthetic Biology Under the Toxic Substances Control Act
January 17, 2015 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

Lynn Bergeson Lynn, Charles M. Auer, and Oscar Hernandez (Industrial Biotechnology)  READ MORE

WEBINAR–The Power of Data: Harnessing Ethanol Plant Information For Increased Profitability January 22, 2015 3:00ET
January 17, 2015 – 4:42 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR–The Power of Data:  Harnessing Ethanol Plant Information For Increased Profitability     January 22, 2015   3:00ET

Data collection happens at every ethanol plant. However, the most successful production facilities use that information to increase efficiency and profitability. This webinar will include presentations from several companies that offer the industry software to …

National Biodiesel Conference and Expo January 19-22, 2015 Fort Worth, TX
January 17, 2015 – 4:37 pm | No Comment
National Biodiesel Conference and Expo  January 19-22, 2015   Fort Worth, TX

The end of 2014 delivered two powerful shocks to the transportation fuels sector. First, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) refused to decrease production to offset reduced demand, leading to the lowest oil …

CALL FOR PAPERS: Dupont Summit 2015 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy December 4 Washington DC DEADLINE September 15, 2015
January 17, 2015 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

The purpose of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation …

Dupont Summit 2015 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy December 4 Washington DC
January 17, 2015 – 3:10 pm | No Comment
Dupont Summit 2015 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy    December 4     Washington DC

The purpose of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation …

World Congress of Bioenergy September 24-26, 2015 Xi’an, China
January 17, 2015 – 3:06 pm | No Comment
World Congress of Bioenergy   September 24-26, 2015     Xi’an, China

As a satellite conference of the Euro-Asia Economic Forum, the conference will set a highly comprehensive platform for academic and enterprises which could exchange and discuss in zero distance and look for the “foreign aid …

6th Annual Argus European Biomass Trading Conference April 14-16, 2015 London, UK
January 17, 2015 – 2:46 pm | No Comment
6th Annual Argus European Biomass Trading Conference   April 14-16, 2015    London, UK

There is no question that the biomass market has evolved over the last twelve months — and is poised for further growth. Prospects for a model built on certainty, in which producers sell to power …

Forest Products and Timberland Investment Conference March 31-April 1, 2015 New York, NY
January 17, 2015 – 2:23 pm | No Comment
Forest Products and Timberland Investment Conference   March 31-April 1, 2015    New York, NY

Once again, RISI and DANA have combined forces to bring together the most compelling conference for the financial community and those engaged in tracking companies and assets or who own and managing timberlands.
The Investment conference will …

B7 Biodiesel To Be Sold In Sarawak, Sabah, Labuan From End Of January
January 17, 2015 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(Bernama)  A total of 366 petrol kiosks in Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan will be selling B7 palm oil biodiesel from the end of this month, Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas …

Gas Tax Hike Looking More Palatable to Republicans
January 16, 2015 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

by Fawn Johnson (National Journal)  Some lawmakers say there needs to be a rebate for low-income families. Others call it a “user fee.”   Lawmakers may have finally run out of arcane accounting options to …

Imposing Carbon Price Would Spur Bioenergy, Slash Emissions — MIT Study
January 16, 2015 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Peterka  (E&E Publishing / Greenwire) Bioenergy production would boom and spur steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions if a global price is slapped on carbon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers say in a …

EPA: 2014 Cellulosic RIN Generation Tops 33 Million
January 16, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for December, reporting that more than 8.53 million cellulosic RINs were generated during the month. EIA data currently …

RFS Roundup: Senators Feinstein, Toomey Float Amendment to Cut Corn Ethanol from RFS
January 16, 2015 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Insitute)  On January 16, Sens. Feinstein (D-CA) and Toomey (R-PA) floated an amendment to the Keystone XL pipeline bill, the ‘Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015,’ that would remove corn …

The Worldwide Push for Aviation Biofuels
January 16, 2015 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Keith Campbell  (Engineering News)  On October 19, 2004, the world’s first exclusively biofuel powered production aircraft received its certification, allowing it to be flown operationally. That aircraft was (and is) the Neiva (now Embraer) …

Biodiesel Industry Says RFS Uncertainty a Reason for Lower 2014 Production
January 16, 2015 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Janell Thomas  (Farm Futures)  2014 biodiesel production drops from record levels noted in 2013; National Biodiesel Board says Renewable Fuel Standard has impact
Sluggish Renewable Fuel Volume announcements from Washington, D.C. are to blame in …

RFA: Ethanol Producers Meet Statutory 2014 RFS without Final Rule
January 16, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Renewable identification number (RIN) generation data released by the U.S. EPA shows that the statutory 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) requirements established by Congress in 2007 could have easily been …

Report Offers a Framework to Help Policymakers, Researchers, and Other Stakeholders Analyze the Effects of Potential Changes to the U.S. Food System
January 16, 2015 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(WebWire)  To aid U.S. policymakers and other stakeholders who make decisions about the nation’s food system, a new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council offers a framework for assessing the health, …

Argonne Model Analyzes Water Footprint of Biofuels
January 16, 2015 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Greg Cunningham (Argonne National Laboratory)  A new version of an online tool created by the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory will help biofuels developers gain a detailed understanding of water consumption of …

4 Minutes with… Kathleen M. Roberts, Executive Director, Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group
January 16, 2015 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BRAG tackles regulatory hindrances related to commercialization of biobased products and works to improve public awareness of the benefits of these products.

… BRAG will engage with the U.S. Environmental Protection …

Mississippi Files Fraud Lawsuit against Khosla over KiOR
January 16, 2015 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Amy  (The Dispatch/Associated Press)  The state of Mississippi has sued billionaire Vinod Khosla and others, saying they knew long ago that bankrupt biofuel firm KiOR had poor prospects for success, but misled the …

5 Things to Know about Obama’s Next Climate Move: Methane
January 16, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/The Washington Post)  The Obama administration on Wednesday announced its latest move to combat global warming, this time trying to rein in heat-trapping methane gas that escapes from oil and gas fields.
The plan relies …

Algae Biomass Organization Applauds Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) for Supporting Carbon Utilization Technology
January 15, 2015 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Senators urge Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency to support carbon utilization throughout their programs.
The Algae Biomass Organization, the trade association for the algae industry, applauded U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse …

Export Incentive Viable Option For Producers
January 15, 2015 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Donna Funk   (Ethanol Producer Magazine/K-Coe Isom)  Ethanol producers exporting product may want to look into the Interest Charge-Domestic International Sales Corp. export incentive, which could qualify them for a 20 percent lower tax …

World-Herald Editorial: Cellulosic Ethanol Enters the Stage
January 15, 2015 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(  After years of anticipation, cellulosic ethanol production has taken a major step forward, with Iowa leading the way.
Plants in Iowa in 2014 became the first to produce cellulosic ethanol on a commercial scale. Production …

Boeing, Embraer Open Joint Aviation Biofuel Research Center in Brazil
January 15, 2015 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

(Boeing) Collaboration supports Brazil’s role in developing sustainable biofuel, helps meet aviation’s environmental goals.    Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Embraer [BM&FBOVESPA: EMBR3, NYSE: ERJ] today opened a joint sustainable aviation biofuel research center in a …

Biodiesel Bus Scheme a Success
January 15, 2015 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Cai Wenjun (Shanghai Daily)  A Yearlong pilot scheme involving more than 100 city buses running on a mixture of diesel fuels has been deemed a success.   “We are planning to use the new …

CPI Work to Transform Food Waste into Graphene and Renewable Hydrogen
January 15, 2015 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Centre for Process Innovation)  The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value, namely graphene and renewable …

4 Minutes with… Nelson Barton, Vice President R&D, Genomatica
January 15, 2015 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Believe in the flexibility and diversity of biology. There is a solution. Your team will find a path forward.  READ MORE

First Biofuels Test Lab in Southeast Open at A-B Tech
January 15, 2015 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Mike Cronin (Citizen-Times)   The Southeast’s first biofuels testing lab will open Wednesday at the Enka campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.
Researchers at the lab “will provide convenient, cost-effective testing of biodiesel to assure quality …

Zimbabwe: Govt Okays Ethanol Project
January 15, 2015 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

(AllAfrica)  The Zanu-PF leadership here has given the Zimbabwe Bio-Energy the green light to set up a US$500 million ethanol plant at Nuanetsi Ranch in Mwenezi in a development expected to help the province attain …

Brazilian Ph.D. Candidate Awarded NEC Scholarship
January 15, 2015 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association and Renewable Fuels Foundation are proud to announce Laís Thomaz* as the winner of a student scholarship that will send her to the 20th annual National Ethanol Conference: Going Global next …

The Chamber of Commerce Conveniently Forgets Its Attacks on Obama
January 15, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Dana Milbank (The Washington Post)  Tom Donohue, the longtime president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, sounded ebullient as he gave his annual report on the health of American business Wednesday.

“It seems to be …

Making Indirect Land Use Change Go Away
January 15, 2015 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As the specter of falling oil prices spooks the sector, here’s good news from the Land of ILUC — a shocker study pointing a way towards mitigating or eliminating that …

Harvard Defies Divestment Campaigners and Invests Tens of Millions of Dollars in Fossil Fuels
January 14, 2015 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian)  Campaigners protest over ‘blood money’ investments that come ahead of a lawsuit brought by students over Harvard’s refusal to divest from companies that cause climate change
Harvard has newly invested tens …

Enzyme Could Create Biofuels 14 Times Faster than Current Methods
January 14, 2015 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Bill Scanlon (National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Renewable Energy World)   Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed an enzyme that could change the economics of biofuel conversion by converting biomass to …