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‘Renewable Super Premium’ Offers Boost to Biofuel Producers, Auto Industry
March 27, 2015 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  A group of DOE National Laboratory representatives have been in Washington this week making presentations to promote the benefits of what they call “Renewable Super Premium” (RSP) fuels. The researchers have found that ethanol fuel blends of between 25 and 40 percent not only enable high octane fuels, but offer real gains (5-10 percent) in vehicle efficiency and significant reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The presenters are experts that have teamed up to conduct a “scoping study” designed to address barriers to implementing RSP fuels, quantify their benefits and determine if additional research and development is warranted. In a meeting yesterday with the Energy Future Coalition Steering Committee, the researchers from the Argonne and Oak Ridge National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory say that based on findings to date, ethanol is a significant enabler for high octane fuels and RSP fuels can enable improved fuel economy in dedicated vehicles and significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

The discussion of an RSP is appropriate, given the challenges facing the transportation industry and cited by the researchers. A federal Renewable Fuel Standard calls for 36 billion gallons of clean-burning alternative fuels (including more than 20 billion gallons of cellulosic and other second-generation fuels) to be blended into the nation’s transportation fuel supply by 2022. And by 2025, the federally-set Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFE) standard will be 54.5 miles per gallon fleet-wide. Furthermore, EPA Tier 3 regulations are requiring huge reductions in GHG emissions.

The efficiency gains of high-octane midlevel ethanol blends have been demonstrated in research studies at Oak Ridge, as well as at Ford Motor Co. and other testing sites. Those tests show 20 to 40-percent ethanol blends likely offer the optimum benefits of higher octane efficiency, helping offset ethanol’s lower energy density when compared to gasoline.

Addressing the question of whether retail infrastructure is a “showstopper” ” to RSP fuels, the research team, which says about 20 percent of stations have to carry new fuel for it to be considered “widely available,” determined costs to upgrade stations for blends of E25 and higher, and identified compatible equipment by manufacturer and model. The found that technically E25 and higher blends are possible, though marketwise, E25 is less costly and more acceptable to retailers, given that most materials used are compatible. The team concedes that an issue of stations not being required to keep equipment records presents a challenge for determining compatibility. But the scientists insist that the infrastructure barrier as suggested by some is overstated.

RSP fuel would be immediately usable in the 17-18 million flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs) currently on the road.   READ MORE and MORE  (2013) / MORE (2014)  (Department of Energy Presentations) includes PDF / PDF



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CALL FOR SPEAKERS: The Australian Bioenergy and Bioproducts Symposium (TABBS): Realising the Bioeconomy – It’s Hot in the Tropics! — October 12, 2015 — Brisbane, Australia DEADLINE: open
March 27, 2015 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  The Australian Bioenergy and Bioproducts Symposium (TABBS): Realising the Bioeconomy – It’s Hot in the Tropics! — October 12, 2015 — Brisbane, Australia   DEADLINE: open

TABBS provides an excellent platform to ensure that the Bioeconomy is recognised as a key opportunity on economic development. Approximately 40% of the world’s population live in the Tropics; and globally, we are experiencing increasing demand for solutions that provide environmentally sustainable and healthy living conditions. How will we feed and fuel the world as the population rises and resources decrease?

In Queensland, and throughout the Tropics, businesses and research organisations have developed specialist skills and expertise to leverage the opportunities for Bioenergy and Bioproducts that the Tropics offer. Companies, investors, researchers, and policy makers must work to realise the full potential of the Tropical Bioeconomy, along with the opportunities and threats we are posed with, in order to sustainably develop and transition innovations from research to market and address global issues in an environmental, social and economical context.

Just as the Federal Government is developing a Northern Australia Strategy, TABBS 2015 will bring together key international industry stakeholders to explore the Bioeoncomy in the Tropics – Bioenergy and Bioproducts markets, trends, products and innovations on a global scale. TABBS 2015 will further investigate issues and opportunities around supply and demand, sustainability and industry regulation.

By capitalising on our strong research capabilities and opportunities of the Tropical Bioeconomy, we are well placed to address issues such as energy independence, food security, better health outcomes and environmental processes – all of which need to be kept in balance to reach a sustainable and prosperous social and economic future.

LSQ believes that strong partnerships are vital to achieve this once unimaginable future, where the private sector with the innovation and capital – and the public sector with consistent policy support work together as one.   READ MORE



‘Renewable Super Premium’ Offers Boost to Biofuel Producers, Auto Industry
March 27, 2015 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  A group of DOE National Laboratory representatives have been in Washington this week making presentations to promote the benefits of what they call “Renewable Super Premium” (RSP) fuels. The researchers have found …

The Australian Bioenergy and Bioproducts Symposium (TABBS): Realising the Bioeconomy – It’s Hot in the Tropics! — October 12, 2015 — Brisbane, Australia
March 27, 2015 – 7:08 pm | No Comment
The Australian Bioenergy and Bioproducts Symposium (TABBS):  Realising the Bioeconomy – It’s Hot in the Tropics! — October 12, 2015 — Brisbane, Australia

TABBS provides an excellent platform to ensure that the Bioeconomy is recognised as a key opportunity on economic development. Approximately 40% of the world’s population live in the Tropics; and globally, we are experiencing increasing …

Expanding Horizons — May 7, 2015 — Detroit, MI
March 27, 2015 – 7:01 pm | No Comment
Expanding Horizons — May 7, 2015 — Detroit, MI

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), will conduct a workshop for U.S. small to medium size businesses in Detroit, MI on May 7th, the latest in the highly-successful Expanding Horizons series that helps businesses learn …

2nd Annual Kingsman Miami Sugar Conference — September 10-11, 2015 — Miami, FL
March 27, 2015 – 6:53 pm | No Comment
2nd Annual Kingsman Miami Sugar Conference  —  September 10-11, 2015  —  Miami, FL

The 2nd Annual Kingsman Miami Sugar conference gives you the information you need about the state of the sugar industry in the Americas. Building on the outstanding success of last year’s event, this is a …

5th Carbon Dioxide Utilization Summit — October 21-22, 2015 — Dresden, Germany
March 27, 2015 – 6:48 pm | No Comment
5th Carbon Dioxide Utilization Summit — October 21-22, 2015 — Dresden, Germany

If you are looking for a comprehensive progress update on the global CO2 utilisation industry, including a growth outlook and updates on the latest technological advancements, then look no further. ACI`s 5th Carbon Dioxide Utilisation …

4th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Chemistry and Polymers — September 29-30, 2015 — Essen, Germany
March 27, 2015 – 6:34 pm | No Comment
4th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Chemistry and Polymers — September 29-30, 2015  — Essen, Germany

For the 4th year in a row, the nova-Institute will organize the conference „Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Chemistry and Polymers” on 29 – 30 September 2015 in the “Haus der Technik” in Essen, Germany. …

UGA Researchers Create Trees that Are Easier to Turn into Fuel
March 27, 2015 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

(University of Georgia/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that manipulation of a specific gene in a hardwood tree species not only makes it easier to break down the wood into fuel, …

Second Generation Biofuels Market Is Expected to Reach $23.9 Billion Globaly by 2020
March 27, 2015 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

(WhaTech/Big Market Research)  Second generation biofuels yield more energy efficient output than conventional fossil fuels and are environment-friendly as well. Other enabling factors such as favourable environmental regulations & policies, investments/funds provided by the North …

Ethanol Debate Could Come to a Head in Washington This Year
March 27, 2015 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  The ethanol and oil industries have dug in for what could be a pivotal year for the future of the renewable fuel mandate in Washington, with the victor poised to …

EPA Call for Comments Raises Questions over Biofuel Standards Delay
March 27, 2015 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) request on Tuesday for comments from cellulosic biofuels makers raised speculation among industry analysts of further delays in the release of government-mandated renewable fuels volumes.
The …

An Evolutionary Metabolic Engineering Approach for Enhancing Lipogenesis in Yarrowia lipolytica
March 27, 2015 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Leqian Liu, Anny Pan, Caitlin Spofford, Nijia Zhou, Hal S. Alper (Metabolic Engineering)  Lipogenic organisms provide an ideal platform for biodiesel and oleochemical production. Through our previous rational metabolic engineering efforts, lipogenesis titers in Yarrowia …

Senator Cruz’s Legislation Promotes Big Oil, Denies Consumer Choice
March 27, 2015 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  In response to S. 791, the American Energy Renaissance Act, legislation that was introduced last week by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), which would seek to further our addiction to fossil fuels and eliminate …

Retailer Takes Ethanol Story to Hill
March 27, 2015 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Fuel retailers who have had to fight battles with big oil companies to offer higher ethanol blends were among those joining the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Fly-in on Capitol Hill …

Carmakers Beat U.S. Gas Mileage Target for Second Year
March 27, 2015 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Plungis and Mark Drajem (Bloomberg)  Automakers exceeded U.S. government targets for improving gas mileage by “a wide margin” for the second year in a row, the Environmental Protection Agency said.
Vehicles sold in the …

Pipeline Process Gets Partial Do-Over
March 27, 2015 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Mary Landers (Savannah Morning News)  Opponents of the proposed Palmetto Pipeline will get a state-conducted public hearing on the project as well as more scrutiny of how much the pipeline would benefit Georgia.
The state Department …

Taxing Natural Gas as a Motor Fuel
March 27, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(Avalara)  Natural gas is becoming increasingly popular as a transportation fuel due to its lower costs and less environmental impact. As a result, it’s gaining the attention of state regulators, many of whom are looking …

Appropriations Request Targets Corn Ethanol
March 27, 2015 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  A group of Congressional representatives wrote to the House Appropriations leadership this week specifically asking that any funding to help install blender pumps or promote corn ethanol exports be eliminated from …

Motor Club Rep: No Ethanol-Related Claims
March 27, 2015 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  While AAA may be an outspoken critic of ethanol blended gasoline and E15 in particular, some other motor clubs think differently, and one of them was on Capitol Hill this week …

Another Successful ACE Fly-in
March 27, 2015 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The seventh annual American Coalition for Ethanol Fly-in, which included an appearance by Sen. John Thune (R-SD), was another success for the organization, according to Executive Vice President Brian Jennings.
“We do this …

Why Taxes Are Not an Option in Addressing International Civil Aviation’s Carbon Footprint
March 27, 2015 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  While the aviation sector continues to implement new technological and operational measures to mitigate its carbon footprint, including the development of sustainable alternative fuels, these initiatives by themselves will not be sufficient to offset …

HN: Babiš’s Interests behind Czech Gov’t Biofuel Support
March 27, 2015 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

(Prague Daily Monitor)  The Czech government’s decision to extend reduced taxation of biofuels seems to be clearly motivated by the fact that Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) wants his oil-seed rape processing plant Preol to …

Biofuels Maker Gevo Boosts Revenue; CEO See Profit within Reach
March 27, 2015 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Mark Harden (Denver Business Journal)  Colorado biofuels company Gevo Inc. reports sharply higher revenue and narrower losses in both the fourth quarter and full-year 2014.
And in an earnings call with analysts late Thursday, Gevo’s CEO, …

New Analysis: Giving Consumers Access to Renewable Fuel Yields Environmental Benefits
March 27, 2015 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

(Fuels America)  A new analysis produced by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s principal research economist Dr. Stefen Mueller found that giving consumers more access to cleaner fuel options like E15 would provide significant environmental …

4 Minutes with… Kristina Osterman, Consultant, Nickel Institute
March 27, 2015 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We are here to support the developing bio-based chemicals industry with NEUTRAL and COMPLIMENTARY TECHNICAL ADVICE regarding the optimal use of STAINLESS STEELS and other CORROSION RESISTANT ALLOYS.

 Biomass feedstocks present …

Lake Weed May Turn into Biofuel
March 27, 2015 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Aaron Leaman (Waikato Times)  Invasive weeds choking the region’s waterways could be harvested and turned into valuable biofuel in an idea being floated by Waikato Regional Council.  The health of the river’s hydro-lakes has …

Farmers Urged to Use Biodiesel When Planting
March 27, 2015 – 11:56 am | No Comment

(The Interior Journal/Central Kentucky News)  … Biodiesel in general and soy-based biodiesel in particular are great choices, but unfortunately farmers in many regions of Kentucky have a hard time finding a distributor that sells B20 (20 …

High Flying
March 27, 2015 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can you make ultra-performing diesel and jet fuels from essential oils found in hemp, a/k/a cannabis sativa, a/k/a marijuana?  Turns out, you can.

Beta caryophyllene — regardless of source — is …

Do Biofuel Policies Seek to Cut Emissions by Cutting Food?
March 27, 2015 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Timothy Searchinger, R. Edwards, D. Mulligan, R. Heimlich, R. Plevin (Science Magazine)  Ethanol emits fossil carbon and trace gases through production (A) and biogenic carbon from the crops during fermentation (B) and ethanol combustion (C). …

Notice of Opportunity To Comment on an Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Attributable to Production and Transport of Pennycress (Thlaspi Arvense) Oil for Use in Biofuel Production
March 26, 2015 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  In this Notice, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting comment on its analysis of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the production and transport of Thlaspi arvense (“pennycress”) oil feedstock …

Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Recordkeeping and Reporting Related to E15 (Renewal)
March 26, 2015 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency) SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ‘‘Recordkeeping and Reporting Related to E15 (Renewal)’’ (EPA ICR No. 2408.03, OMB Control No. 2060–0675) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review …

Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Cellulosic Production Volume Projections and Efficient Producer Reporting
March 26, 2015 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  : The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ‘‘Cellulosic Production Volume Projections and Efficient Producer Reporting’’ (EPA ICR No. 2517.01, OMB Control No. 2060–NEW) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) …

Innovation Unleashed: Sportscar Racing Takes Next Step toward Driving Technology and Renewable Fuel Development
March 26, 2015 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

by Natalie Committee (U.S. Department of Energy) As motorsports enthusiasts know, racing innovation once meant turbine-powered Indy cars and six-wheeled formula cars, but those days are mostly over. Today, Green Racing encourages the use of innovative …

BioenergizeME Social Media Campaign Starts Soon!
March 26, 2015 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  We invite you to participate in the upcoming bioenergy social media campaign for BETO’s education and workforce initiative, OPERATION BioenergizeME. Between April 13 and 23, high school-aged teams around the country will be …

Coloring and Activity Book
March 26, 2015 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

The Coloring and Activity Book was developed by Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) as part of its OPERATION BioenergizeME initiative.  It is designed for children as a fun learning tool to inform them about bioenergy and …

Five Harvesting Technologies are Making Biofuels More Competitive in the Marketplace
March 26, 2015 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  It may look like ordinary farm equipment, but take a second look. This innovative machinery was developed with Energy Department funding to help biofuels become more affordable. Looking more closely at …

Middle East Turns to Biofuels Amid Rocky Oil Prices and Environmental Awareness
March 26, 2015 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

Imran Khan (Lootah Biofuels/Renewable Energy World)  … Crude oil is refined to produce diesel and petrol and the cost of crude oil is the most crucial factor affecting fuel prices over time. However, with the shortage …

House Members Seek to End Ethanol Mandate
March 26, 2015 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(TruckingInfo) A bi-partisan group of members of the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced legislation that would end the ethanol mandate, following a similar measure introduced in the U.S. Senate in late February.
Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) …

The Iowa Caucuses Have a Winner: Ethanol
March 26, 2015 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Pyle (The Wall Street Journal) Presidential hopefuls love the law mandating biofuel use, but there are encouraging signs in Washington that the business handout is losing favor.

At the Iowa Agriculture Summit earlier this month, …

Hainan – China’s First Cooking Oil Powered Commercial Flight
March 26, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Mila Luleva (The Green Optimist)  Hainan Airlines, China’s biggest private airline company, has completed the first for the country commercial flight, powered by biofuel from restaurant left-over cooking oil.

The company’s Boeing 737 Next Generation, …

Agricultural Waste Could Be Used as Biofuel
March 26, 2015 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Straw-powered cars could be a thing of the future thanks to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).
A new study pinpoints five strains of yeast capable of turning agricultural by-products, such as …

MEPs Retaliate against EU Countries on Biofuels Draft Law
March 26, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(EurActiv)  The European Parliament has resisted pressure from member states to water down the draft law on biofuels after five-hour long negotiations yesterday afternoon (25 March).
A second trilogue meeting between the co-legislators ended without a …

Mie Grad Students Make Biofuel from Unwanted Fruit
March 26, 2015 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

(Japan Times)  Graduate students at Mie University have produced biofuel from the region’s tangerines, saying the technique provides a use for unwanted fruit. They believe it could be promoted as a locally sourced form of …

4 Minutes with… Mike Glatz, VP Sales & Business Development, Optimus Technologies
March 26, 2015 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Optimus Technologies manufactures the first and only EPA-approved biofuel conversion systems for medium- and heavy-duty diesel trucks. Its fuel partners supply B100/B99 and Optimus-grade biofuel to fleets nationwide. Optimus has …

California Demo Produces First Low-Carbon, Whole-Beet Ethanol
March 26, 2015 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Results from Mendota Bioenergy LLC’s Phase I demonstration plant in Fresno County, California, arrived last week, and were quite favorable, reported project manager, Jim Tischer. “We’ve made the …

ASTM Releases Specifications for B20 Use in Heating Oil
March 26, 2015 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Landmark move expected to accelerate America’s transformation to 21st Century Bioheat® fuel.  The door has opened for building-and-homeowners who want to use higher blends of cleaner burning biodiesel in their heating oil.
ASTM …

Brazilian State-Run Oil Company Producing Biodiesel from Tilapia Waste
March 26, 2015 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Alicia Villegas (Undercurrent News)  Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras is producing biodiesel from tilapia waste, but it sees a need for further research to develop fish oil usage to make biofuel.
Production of biodiesel from residual fish …

US Military Base in Afghanistan to Make Biodiesel from UCO
March 26, 2015 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(Springboard Biodiesel/Biodiesel Magazine)  Springboard Biodiesel announced March 25 that it has been selected to provide its turn-key, small-scale biodiesel processing system to Bagram Airfield in the Parwan Province of Afghanistan.
Springboard Biodiesel’s BioPro 380EX and SpringPro …

EPA Issues 2014 and 2015 Cellulosic Waiver Credit prices
March 26, 2015 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the EPA announced 2014 and 2015 Cellulosic Waiver Credit prices, and “a Clarification of the Data Sources Used in the Cellulosic Waiver Credit Price Calculation”.

The good news here? …

Revolutionary Road (Materials)
March 26, 2015 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The cost of replacing crumbling roads will tumble, with the introduction of an Arizona Chemical additive that enables more low-cost recycled asphalt to be used.   Could a biobased $100 billion …

EPA Report: Automakers Surpassing Light-Duty Greenhouse Gas Standards
March 26, 2015 – 11:07 am | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  For the second consecutive model year, the automotive industry outperformed the national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards by a wide margin. Overall industry compliance in model year 2013 was 12 grams/mile …

Algae from Clogged Waterways Could Serve as Biofuels and Fertilizer
March 26, 2015 – 11:02 am | No Comment

(American Chemical Society/Science Daily)  Water-borne algal blooms from farm fertilizer runoff can destroy aquatic life and clog rivers and lakes, but scientists will report today that they are working on a way to clean up …

New Plan Seeks to Turn Chicken Manure to Energy
March 24, 2015 – 7:36 am | No Comment

by Timothy B. Wheeler  (Baltimore Sun)  A New Hampshire-based company has teamed with poultry giant Perdue to propose a $200 million plant on the Eastern Shore to extract energy from chicken manure, offering its plan …

Opportunity: Lab&BenchScale Application of Transformational CO2
March 24, 2015 – 7:15 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  This Funding Opportunity Announcement is focused on developing transformational technologies for CO2 capture and purification at the lab-scale, TRL 3-4, through bench-scale, TRL 5, for pulverized-coal and Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle …

2015 Algae Industry Survey
March 24, 2015 – 6:54 am | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  The Algae Biomass Organization’s 2015 Industry Survey was conducted in January and February, 2015 through an electronic questionnaire sent via email to ABO’s 7,000+ contact list. The survey asked for opinion and …

4 Minutes With…Christophe Schilling, CEO, Genomatica
March 24, 2015 – 6:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Genomatica helps the mainstream chemical industry harness biotechnology to make major chemicals a better way, with better economics and greater sustainability READ MORE

City of Alexandria Continues Opposition to Norfolk Southern Ethanol Transloading Operations
March 23, 2015 – 8:22 pm | No Comment

(City of Alexandria, Virginia) On March 19, 2015, Norfolk Southern Corporation delivered a letter to the City of Alexandria at a meeting with City staff, advising that the company plans to make changes to its ethanol …

Peloton Technologies Files Patent for Lignocellulose Technology that Increases Fuel Yields
March 23, 2015 – 8:16 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Ohio, Peloton Technologies has announced the filing of a US patent that alleviates problems associated with conversion of lignocellulose-derived sugars to biofuels and chemicals. Notably, inherent microbial inhibitory compounds …

Chromatin Sorghum Hybrids Produce Fivefold Yield Increase in East Africa
March 23, 2015 – 8:03 pm | No Comment

(Chromatin, Inc.)  Chromatin, Inc., an agriculture technology company, announced today that its newly introduced hybrid sorghum seed products have achieved unprecedented yields in East Africa.
Chromatin introduced the new hybrids at a grain sorghum workshop it …

Iowa Sets New E85 Sales Record in 2014
March 23, 2015 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Liz Brown (KOEL)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) announced Iowa motorists purchased 2,930,635 gallons of E85 in the fourth quarter of 2014, and a record-setting 11,962,764 million gallons in all of 2014, according …

Leading Biofuels Supplier Greenergy Earns RSB Sustainability Certification
March 23, 2015 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials)  Greenergy, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of waste based biodiesel, has earned the RSB sustainability certification for the production of biodiesel from used cooking oil at its facilities in Immingham and …

The New Voices Debuts: The Advanced Bioeconomy Comes to Streamed Video
March 23, 2015 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the advanced bioeconomy takes to the airwaves as The New Voices debuts today as a digital streaming experience — the first three episodes of the program are online today …

Reimagine Phoenix: Transforming Trash into Resources–RFP–Deadline April 14, 2015
March 23, 2015 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

(City of Phoenix)  The city of Phoenix is issuing a Call for Innovators (CFI) and a Request for Proposals (RFP) for entrepreneurs and innovators with market-ready and emerging technologies or manufacturing processes that transform trash …

Advancing from Lab to Industrial Algae Production
March 23, 2015 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Computer Science and Engineering Professor at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Vineet Bafna was on the roster of experts who spoke at Green Revolution 2.0. The symposium, March 12-13 in …

EnergyPath 2015 — July 20-24 — Scranton, PA
March 23, 2015 – 3:20 pm | No Comment
EnergyPath 2015 —   July 20-24 —  Scranton, PA

Energypath 2015 has something for everyone: Learn about renewable technologies, energy efficiency techniques and start or expand your career in the energy industry with a crash course in sustainable energy.
Energypath is an ideal place to exhibit …

Unprecedented Video Campaign: Scientists Talk About Why Climate Change Matters to Them Personally
March 23, 2015 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Anastasia Pantsios  (EcoWatch)  … We know that 97 percent of scientists agree: climate change is real and it’s driven by human activity. But well-funded climate deniers and their smooth-talking frontmen often manage to get the media to …

Guardian Petition for Fossil Fuel Divestment Receives 60,000 Signatures
March 23, 2015 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Emma Howard (The Guardian)  The Keep it in the Ground campaign asks the Wellcome Trust and Gates Foundation to divest their endowments from fossil fuels
In less than 24 hours, more than 60,000 readers have …

Obama to Order Emissions Cuts in Federal Agencies
March 23, 2015 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill) … A White House official said the order is a way for the government to “lead by example” by curbing emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases believed to cause global …

Whitespace Opportunities in Bio-Based Chemicals
March 23, 2015 – 11:36 am | No Comment

(Nextant)  The bio-based chemicals sector is increasingly moving towards higher value, lower volume applications. As pursuit of these molecules continues, Nexant believes that bio-based investment and technology development will begin to target markets that no …

FEMA to States: No Climate Planning, No Money
March 23, 2015 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Katherine Bagley (InsideClimate News)   Governors seeking billions of dollars in U.S. preparedness funds will have to sign off on plans to mitigate effects of climate change.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher …

Scientists Harness Enzymes to Break Down Tough Cell Walls
March 20, 2015 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

( Canadian Light Source/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Emma Master’s team spent the last two years studying plant cell walls, the part of the cell that gives trees and other flora their structural strength. The wall itself …

More Than Simply Numbers
March 20, 2015 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine) While both numbers and personal stories show the benefits of the ethanol industry many politicians and naysayers are continuing their attacks on the industry, writes Bob Dinneen of …

Bribery Is a Bargain for Big Oil
March 20, 2015 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Stephen Kretzmann and Matthew Maiorana (Oil Change International/Huffington Post) If you are wondering why a pipeline that would create fewer jobs than a new McDonalds is the number one priority of what used to be known …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstock Conference June 9-10, 2015 New Orleans, LA DEADLINE: open
March 20, 2015 – 2:17 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstock Conference June 9-10, 2015 New Orleans, LA   DEADLINE: open

ABFC is the gathering point for the top supply chain leaders in the Advanced Bioeconomy — bringing together the entire spectrum of CEOs and senior executives in business development, R&D, strategic partners, finance, policy and …

Diversifying Products Creates New Opportunities
March 20, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Stefaniya Becking* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The “Waste to Biogas and Clean Fuels Finance and Investment” summit provided a myriad of opportunities to get the latest intelligence on biogas and the clean fuel industry as …

Nano Labs, DerTek Form JV for Biofuels Production in North America
March 18, 2015 – 9:38 am | No Comment

(Energy Business Review Biofuels and Biomass Energy)  US-based nanotechnology research and development firm Nano Labs has formed a joint venture (JV) with Mexican firm DerTek to produce biofuels in North America.  The JV will focus …

Biofuel Beets Meetings Scheduled in 3 North Dakota Cities
March 18, 2015 – 9:20 am | No Comment

(The Washington Times/AP)  Backers of a proposed project in North Dakota that would turn sugar beets into ethanol are holding educational meetings in three cities this week.  KOVC radio reports that the Green Vision Group …

Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstock Conference — June 9-10, 2015 — New Orleans, LA
March 17, 2015 – 1:08 pm | No Comment
Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstock Conference —  June 9-10, 2015 —  New Orleans, LA

ABFC is the gathering point for the top supply chain leaders in the Advanced Bioeconomy — bringing together the entire spectrum of CEOs and senior executives in business development, R&D, strategic partners, finance, policy and …

Large-Scale Algal Cultivation, Harvesting and Downstream Processing — Novermber 9-13, 2015 — Mesa, AZ
March 17, 2015 – 12:44 pm | No Comment
Large-Scale Algal Cultivation, Harvesting and Downstream Processing  —   Novermber 9-13, 2015 —  Mesa, AZ

ATP3 offers superior formal and informal education and training in the use of microalgae as feedstock for biofuels and coproducts, through hands-on learning opportunities, workshops, and seminars held at ATP3 partner sites and selected public …

Microalgal Culture Management and Strain Selection August 25-28, 2015 Austin, TX
March 17, 2015 – 12:40 pm | No Comment
Microalgal Culture Management and Strain Selection   August 25-28, 2015    Austin, TX

ATP3 offers superior formal and informal education and training in the use of microalgae as feedstock for biofuels and coproducts, through hands-on learning opportunities, workshops, and seminars held at ATP3 partner sites and selected public …

Principles and Processes: Algae Culture Maintenance, Production and Downstream Processing — May 18-20, 2015 — Golden, CO
March 17, 2015 – 12:39 pm | No Comment
Principles and Processes: Algae Culture Maintenance, Production and Downstream Processing  —   May 18-20, 2015 —  Golden, CO

ATP3 offers superior formal and informal education and training in the use of microalgae as feedstock for biofuels and coproducts, through hands-on learning opportunities, workshops, and seminars held at ATP3 partner sites and selected public …

Biochemicals & Bioplastics 2015 — May 6-7 — Denver, CO
March 17, 2015 – 12:31 pm | No Comment
Biochemicals & Bioplastics 2015 —  May 6-7 —   Denver, CO

As the journey to commercialization still thrives on, the bio economy is continuing to create a sustainable business platform for project and technology developers, manufacturers and feedstock suppliers. ACI’s 3rd Biochemical & Bioplastics 2015 conference …

7th Bio-Based & Sustainable Chemicals & Plastics Summit — September 1-3, 2015 — San Diego, CA
March 17, 2015 – 12:19 pm | No Comment
7th Bio-Based & Sustainable Chemicals & Plastics Summit —  September 1-3, 2015   —  San Diego, CA

The 7th Bio-Based & Sustainable Chemicals & Plastics Summit will bring Consumer Brand, OEM, Retail decision makers, together with leading Venture Capitalists, Financiers, Chemical Majors, Specialty, Bio-Based & Sustainable Chemical Companies to provide a detailed …

RSB Auditor Training — May 27-29, 2015 — Geneva, Switzerland
March 17, 2015 – 12:09 pm | No Comment
RSB Auditor Training   —  May 27-29, 2015  —   Geneva, Switzerland

RSB trainings are open to all auditors, consultants, biomaterial producers, biomaterial users and others interested in obtaining a deeper understanding of the RSB requirements. Contact Mr. Liviu Amariei to register for the European course by …

8th Annual World Congress of Industrial Biotechnology-2015 (ibio-2015)– April 25-28 — Nanjing, China
March 17, 2015 – 12:06 pm | No Comment
8th Annual World Congress of Industrial Biotechnology-2015 (ibio-2015)–  April 25-28  —  Nanjing, China

The 8th Annual World Congress of Industrial Biotechnology-2015 (ibio-2015) is a custom designed Industrial Biotechnology conference focused on a wide range of essential themes from fundamental science to industrial commercialization. It is designed to let …

WEBINAR: RSB Webinar on Chain of Custody Systems March 24-25, 2015
March 17, 2015 – 11:50 am | No Comment
WEBINAR:  RSB Webinar on Chain of Custody Systems  March 24-25, 2015

Register for this free webinar by March 20 for your region and join us to learn about:

What types of software are available to automate a chain of custody system?
How Elements software facilitates compliance with the …

Investment from Flagship Ventures Brings Red Rock Biofuels Closer to Construction of its First Commercial Biofuel Refinery
March 17, 2015 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(Red Rock Biofuels) Red Rock Biofuels LLC, a pioneer in renewable biofuels, today unveiled a strategic partnership with Flagship Ventures that sets the stage for the construction of its first commercial scale refinery in Lakeview, OR. …

Climate Change: UN Backs Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign
March 17, 2015 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Damian Carrington (The Guardian)  Keep it in the ground.  Framework convention on climate change says it shares aim for strong deal on fighting global warming at Paris summit.
The UN organisation in charge of global climate …

Advanced Biofuels Community Leaders Meet: Persistent and Dogged in the Throes of a Tough Slog
March 16, 2015 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Every year, the annual Washington, DC gathering of leaders in the advanced biofuels world at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference sports a different “vibe.” In the early days of …

Gov. Brown Removes Sunset Date from Oregon Clean Fuels Standard
March 13, 2015 – 8:47 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed S.B. 324 into law. The bill removes the Dec. 31, 2015 sunset date from the state’s Clean Fuels Program. By signing S.B. 324, Brown …

Food vs. Food and Fuel
March 13, 2015 – 8:36 pm | No Comment

By Hilary Landfried (Project Gaia)  … We rarely think of it here in the West, hooked up to electric and gas grids as we are, but nearly half of the world’s population still cooks on biomass fuels …

How Obama’s EPA Is Making Life Difficult for Clinton
March 13, 2015 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

by Jerry Hagstrom (National Journal) The biggest takeaways from the GOP-dominated Iowa Ag Summit here this weekend may be the opportunity that the Renewable Fuel Standard offers Hillary Clinton to address income inequality and the danger …

RFS Roundup: Advanced Cellulosic Industry Group Breaks with Industry on RFS
March 13, 2015 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On March 11, at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference in Washington D.C., Advanced Biofuels Association President Michael McAdams broke with the “Don’t Mess with the RFS” mantra that has been …

Pittsburgh Expands Use of Optimus Technologies’ Biofuel Conversion Systems
March 11, 2015 – 6:00 am | No Comment

(Optimus Technologies)   Outfitting 20 more public works trucks to reduce fuel costs and to reduce lifecycle emissions over 80%.    – Optimus Technologies today announced the City of Pittsburgh has agreed to expand its use …

Why Is Jay Leno Misrepresenting Ethanol? +VIDEO
March 10, 2015 – 7:51 pm | No Comment

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel) I’ve watched enough video of Jay and his vehicles to believe that he is equally a master when it comes to knowing about his vehicles and the history of …

Green Expectations
March 10, 2015 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A Florida algae-to-ethanol operation is poised to go commercial scale with a project colocated with a natural-gas-fired power plant.
By harnessing CO2, sunlight, saltwater and algae, Algenol’s technology takes only 25 …

Lawmakers Consider Ditching Ethanol Mandate for Gasoline
March 10, 2015 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Nestor Garcia  (KHON2)
Nine years after a major change at the gas pump was forced on Hawaii drivers, many are now calling it a failed experiment and want it gone.
Back in 2006, the state ordered …

St. Louis Startup Turning Weeds into Biofuel
March 10, 2015 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Bafaro (St. Louis Business Journal)  Some call it the “stinkweed.”   Yet despite that inglorious moniker, there’s an awful lot to like about pennycress, say officials with one St. Louis startup company. That’s because …

Poland Will Increase the Share of Biofuel Production up to 10 per cent from the Total Quantity by 2020
March 10, 2015 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

(Ukrainian Biofuel Portal)  In Poland biofuel production indexes reached 7 per cent from the total quantity.  As a result of government support program Polish biofuel production increased significantly and was supposed to reach 10 per …

Report: Advanced Energy is a Nearly $1.3 Trillion Global Industry, as Big as Apparel and Almost Four Times Semiconductors Worldwide
March 10, 2015 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(Navigant Research)  At nearly $1.3 trillion in estimated global revenue for 2014, the market for advanced energy products and services is as large as apparel and fashion and almost four times the size of the …

4 Minutes with… Luke Anderson, Industrial Sales, Yale Mechanical
March 10, 2015 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Help customer budget, design, Supply and install material handing and material process systems.  READ MORE