We are not accepting donations from people or companies in Florida due to unfair reporting requirements and fees not imposed by any other state.

August 8, 2013 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.
-Use a dedicated, self-reducing non-renewable carbon user fee to fund renewable energy R&D.
-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

Read the full story »

What are advanced biofuels? Click here for definition.

Business News/Analysis

Federal Legislation

Political news and views from Capitol Hill.

More Coming Events

Conferences and Events List in Addition to Coming Events Carousel (above)

Original Writing, Opinions Advanced Biofuels USA


Awards, Business News/Analysis, Maryland »

Advanced Biofuels USA’s Joanne Ivancic Recognized as One of Top 100 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy by Biofuels Digest
February 11, 2016 – 4:44 am | No Comment

For Immediate Release February 11, 2016—Frederick, MD  Readers and editors of the international online publication, Biofuels Digest, for the sixth consecutive year, recognized Advanced Biofuels USA executive director Joanne Ivancic as one of the Top 100 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy.

“Recognition by the readers and editors of Biofuels Digest, “the world’s most-widely read biofuels daily” motivates all of us who volunteer at Advanced Biofuels USA to continue our efforts to transition the world to a sustainable, renewable future,” said Ivancic. “It acknowledges the work done by all the volunteers who comprise the organization and without whom nothing would be achieved.  My thanks to all who work so hard to make this possible and to those who voted to give the organization this honor.”

Advanced Biofuels USA, a nonprofit educational organization, advocates for the adoption of advanced biofuels as an energy security, economic development, military flexibility and climate change mitigation solution.  Technology neutral and feedstock agnostic, the organization helps clarify details of controversial issues, provides information about job opportunities, helps teachers and students prepare educational materials in science, math and social lessons related to energy security, economic development and environmental sustainability challenges. The website, www.AdvancedBiofuelsUSA.org, serves a world-wide audience as a free library of more than 15,000 posts with information helping investors, researchers, producers, legislators, opinion-leaders and consumers understand “from seed to wheel” biofuels and related biomaterials.


For more information about Advanced Biofuels USA, see www.AdvancedBiofuelsUSA.org For more about the Top 100 in Bioenergy, see http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2016/01/31/the-top-100-people-in-the-advanced-bioeconomy-2016/

Advanced Biofuels USA,a nonprofit educational organization advocates for the adoption of advanced biofuels as an energy security, military flexibility, economic development and climate change mitigation/pollution control solution.  Our key tool for accomplishing this is our web site,
www.AdvancedBiofuelsUSA.org, a resource for everyone from opinion-leaders, decision-makers and legislators to industry professionals, investors, feedstock growers and researchers; as well as journalists, teachers and students.

World Biofuels Market Bio Business Awards Nominations Open DEADLINE: February 19, 2016
February 10, 2016 – 8:25 pm | No Comment

Nominations for this year’s WBM Bio Business Awards are now open.
Returning once again to World Bio Markets we have 8 carefully selected categories designed to celebrate and acknowledge the people, companies, partnerships and organisations that …

Aerospace and Defense Supplier Summit — April 14-15, 2016 — Seattle, WA
February 10, 2016 – 7:39 pm | No Comment
Aerospace and Defense Supplier Summit  —  April 14-15, 2016  —  Seattle, WA

Aerospace & Defense Supplier Summit Seattle is a supply chain event that brings together aerospace and defense primes, tier suppliers and contract-manufacturers. Engineering, procurement, supply chain, fabrication, commodity teams, suppliers and service providers will meet …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Algae Biomass Summit — October 23-27, 2016 — Phoenix, AZ DEADLINE: March 16, 2016
February 10, 2016 – 7:27 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  Algae Biomass Summit — October 23-27, 2016 — Phoenix, AZ    DEADLINE:  March 16, 2016

Submit an Abstract to the Largest Algae Biomass Conference in the World!
The first priority deadline is March 16, 2016.
The Algae Biomass Organization is now accepting abstracts for speaking and poster opportunities for the 2016 Algae …

Chinese Energy Giant Plans €1bn Biofuel Plant in Northern Finland
February 10, 2016 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

(YLE)  The Chinese firm Kaidi announced that it wants to build a big biodiesel refinery in Kemi. Kaidi Finland’s CEO says this signals a new phase in Finnish industrial history, driven by the need to …

Queensland Government Eyes Biofuels Fund to Help Economy
February 10, 2016 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The Australia-based Queensland Government is to investigate the establishment of a biofutures industry development fund, which would look to financially assist first mover investment in the biofuels industry.
According to local news website Daily …

What You Need to Know about the Federal Trade Commission’s Final Rule Regarding Labeling of Ethanol Blends Beyond 10%
February 10, 2016 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Davis (Renewable Fuels Association)  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a final rule on how ethanol blends above 10% must be labeled at retail fuel stations. The final rule, which was published …

Biodiesel Taking a Bite out of Emissions in the Big Apple
February 10, 2016 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Tom Slunecka (Biodiesel Magazine/Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council) … For those of us old enough to remember the 1970s (I thought I’d never be old enough to write that), America’s cities often fought a losing, …

Howell Says 2016 May Be Busiest Year Yet for Biodiesel at ASTM
February 10, 2016 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  An abundance of ASTM and ISO biodiesel activities may make 2016 the busiest year yet at the standards organizations, said National Biodiesel Board senior technical advisor Steve Howell. At the …

Gasoline Keeps Getting Dirtier while Alternatives Keep Getting Cleaner
February 10, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by David Roberts (VOX)  The Union of Concerned Scientists has issued a new report that takes a high-level look at three key transportation fuels: gasoline, biofuels, and electricity.
It compares their greenhouse gas emissions, taking into …

Farmers Optimistic about Corn Stalk Sugar Mill Plans
February 10, 2016 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(The Observer)  A group of Southwestern Ontario farmers are one step closer to building a sugar mill for corn stalks and other plant matter, to help boost their bottom lines and attract more biochemical plants …

Rethink Methane Symposium — June 29-30, 2016 — Sacramento, CA
February 10, 2016 – 2:37 pm | No Comment
Rethink Methane Symposium   —  June 29-30, 2016  —  Sacramento, CA

Join stakeholders from the bioenergy, solar, wind, hydrogen, fuel cell and natural gas industries to examine how renewable methane can help California:

Address gaps in its climate protection and air quality improvement initiatives
Accelerate the development of …

Clean Energy Redeem: UPS in Texas
February 10, 2016 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

(Fleets & Fuels) Sales of the Renewable Natural Gas More than Doubled in 2015  —  Clean Energy Fuels said today that its sales of Redeem brand biomethane, aka renewable natural gas, more than doubled last year …

115 Civil Society Groups Call for Bioenergy to Be Excluded from the RED post-2020
February 10, 2016 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, 115 civil society organizations and networks from across the globe have published a declaration calling for bioenergy to be excluded from the next EU Renewable Energy Directive …

Team Explains the Higher Cellulolytic Activity of a Vital Microorganism
February 10, 2016 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(Phys.org/National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) say better understanding of a bacterium could lead to cheaper production of cellulosic ethanol and …

Lincoln Terminal Co., a Southeast Oil Products and Biofuels Marketing and Logistics company, said on Monday that it has acquired the Eco terminal (former Crown) in Charlotte, N.C., Last Week, Expanding Its Terminal Network to Four
February 10, 2016 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(TankTerminals.com)  …The Charlotte terminal has a total capacity of 130,000 bbl, and serves gasoline, ULSD, ethanol and biodiesel. The terminal has good tankage flexibility for different products and automated biodiesel blending will be an added …

Drop-In Renewable Fuels, Competitive with $30 Oil: The Digest’s 20-Slide Guide to the Correia Process
February 10, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany and Portugal, a new drop-in biofuels process has emerged which is cost compettive with $30 oil, according to the inventors. The process breaks even with crude oil, on …

A New, Renewable, Drop-In, Waste-Based Fuel Emerges, Competitive with $30 Oil
February 10, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Out of the EU comes a biogasoline blendstock made from waste residues in a novel process that promises to radically slash the cost of bioconversion. The Digest reports.
In Germany and …

Algae Fuels Boosted by NREL Process
February 10, 2016 – 11:23 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  A new biorefinery process developed by scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has proven to be significantly more effective at producing ethanol from algae than previous research.
The process, dubbed …

US Files Civil Complaint against VW for Clean Air Act Violations
February 9, 2016 – 8:37 pm | No Comment

(Biodiesel Magazine/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the U.S. EPA, filed a civil complaint Jan. 4 in federal court in Detroit, Michigan, against Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Volkswagen Group …

High Tech Mecca: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Biotech at Sandia National Labs
February 9, 2016 – 8:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sandia’s Bioenergy and Defense Technologies department, which is part of Sandia’s Biological and Materials Sciences Center, supports mission areas in biodefense, emerging infectious disease, and biofuels. The department conducts fundamental research in …

Affordable, Drop-In Hydrocarbons from Wood: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to CRI/GTI’s IH2 process
February 9, 2016 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The IH2 process was developed by Gas Technology Institute (GTI) of Des Plaines, Illinois—a research, development, and training organization serving energy markets.  GTI experts invented, tested, and patented IH2 technology and are …

Short on Sustainable Hydrogen? Here Comes New Water-Splitting Tech to Save the Day
February 9, 2016 – 7:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You may not know it, but you are short on hydrogen. Right now. We live in a hydrogen-starved world, and it’s expensive to make. And most of what we make is …

Half The Oil: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide to the UCS Plan to Reduce Petroleum Use
February 9, 2016 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Union of Concerned Scientists has released a major report, “Half the Oil”, outlining steps required to achieve a 50% reduction in petroleum use in the US Pacific …

EPA’s FY 2016 Budget Proposal Increases Support for Communities to Deliver Core Environmental and Health Protections
February 9, 2016 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The Obama Administration Fiscal Year 2016 budget announced today for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lays out a strategy to ensure that all Americans benefit from the economic recovery we are …

DuPont Says RFS Volumes Put Company’s Cellulosic Ethanol Investments at Risk
February 9, 2016 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

(DTN/Progessive Farmer/KTIC Radio)  DuPont filed a motion Friday to intervene in a lawsuit seeking review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest Renewable Fuel Standard volumes, arguing the final volume requirements put the company’s cellulosic ethanol …

Why Flint? Why Dieselgate? Why Was the EPA Prevented From Acting?
February 9, 2016 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Of all the grandstanding by politicians over the Flint, Michigan, drinking water disaster perhaps the most hypocritical has been that of Democrats such as Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton …

Blog: More Details on the High Octane Story
February 9, 2016 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  I really enjoyed learning about research into midlevel ethanol blends from Timothy Theiss and Brian West, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “E25, E40 for the masses” went live …

Nigeria: Investing in an Ethanol Plant for Export
February 9, 2016 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Uba Godwin  (This Day/AllAfrica.com/Global Trust Consulting Group)  Uba Godwin writes on how cassava and other raw materials could be processed into ethanol for export  —  It is disheartened that Nigerians at this level of …

HOW TO SHAPE The Next Level of The European Bio-Based Economy?
February 9, 2016 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

(Bio-based News)  What Does the Concept of Bio-Based Economy Promise?  The idea of creating a Bio-based Economy is exciting for the material sector: It promises to introduce new chemicals, building-blocks and polymers with new functionalities; …

Biopolymers and Bioplastics-2016 — September 12-14, 2016 — San Antonio, TX
February 9, 2016 – 11:51 am | No Comment
Biopolymers and Bioplastics-2016  —  September 12-14, 2016  —  San Antonio, TX

By following the successful campaign of “Biopolymers and Bioplastics 2015”, OMICS International Conferences is very delighted to Organize the “3rd International Conference and Exhibition on Biopolymers and Bioplastics” September 12-14, 2016 San Antonio, USA
On this …

Towards Advanced Biofuels – Options for Integrating 1st and 2nd Generation biofuel Production (RES-T-BIOPLANT)
February 9, 2016 – 11:22 am | No Comment

(IEA-RETD/IEA Implementing Agreement for Renewable Energy Technology Deployment)  The integration of advanced (2nd generation / 2G) biofuel plants with conventional (1st generation / 1G) biofuel plants can lead to significant synergies and cost savings, especially …

Moment of Truth for Pioneering Biofuel Project
February 9, 2016 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Mbongeni Mguni  (Mmegi Online)  A one-hectare plot containing 1,526 Jatropha trees bears the country’s hopes for greater energy diversity and the promise of an alternative revenue source for farmers. This week, Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI, …

The Extreme 16: Strutting Microbial Terminators Pumping up the Pursuit of Sustainable Molecules
February 9, 2016 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Take it to the Extreme, with these microscopic wonders that are changing the way we pursue sustainable fuels, renewable chemicals and biobased materials.  —  These days, researchers are turning up life …

Take Mr. Obama’s Oil Fee Proposal Seriously
February 9, 2016 – 12:24 am | No Comment

(The Washington Post Editorial)  … In his new budget proposal, Mr. Obama is proposing a $10-per-barrel fee on oil, which would translate into about 24 cents per gallon of refined gasoline. He would spend the proceeds …

West Coast States Could Cut Petroleum Consumption in Half by 2030
February 9, 2016 – 12:06 am | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  Analysis Finds Extending and Expanding Current Clean Transportation Policies Would Significantly Reduce Oil Use — California, Oregon and Washington could cut their petroleum use by half in the next 15 years through …

CQU Team behind Biodiesel Made from Waste Oil in Talks with Caltex
February 8, 2016 – 11:55 pm | No Comment

by Sophie Vorrath (ReNewEconomy)  A Central Queensland University (CQU) research team that is converting waste grease and oil into biodiesel has attracted the attention of an international oil major, ahead of plans to go into commercial …

First Indian Biofuel Ship Set for Fleet Review
February 8, 2016 – 11:46 pm | No Comment

by Kalyan Ray Visakhapatnam (Deccan Herald)  When President Pranab Mukherjee will review the naval fleet on Saturday, a small Indian naval vessel with green bands on both sides may emerge as the centre of attraction as …

New ICAO Aircraft CO2 Standard One Step Closer To Final Adoption
February 8, 2016 – 11:36 pm | No Comment

(International Civil Aviation Organization)  An eagerly awaited aircraft CO2 emissions standard made further and important headway today at the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The new environmental measure was unanimously recommended by the 170 international …

Ultimate Review: The Unlimited Biotech Potential of Algae
February 8, 2016 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

(Labiotech.eu)  Is the Future of Biotech…Green? The Algae Industry ranges from Biofuels to Nutrition to Fashion and Microalgae hold lots of potential for the industry to expand. But why? And do Venture Capitalists agree?
Microalgae have already …

GOED Awarded $1.5 Million for Ethanol Program
February 8, 2016 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

(South Dakota Ag Connection)  South Dakota is ramping up its efforts to increase ethanol usage in South Dakota, thanks in part to a $1.5 million U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation (USDA – CCC) …

Analyzing Biofuels From Rice 2016 – Research and Markets
February 8, 2016 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(Research and Markets/BusinessWire)  Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/fnbdpf/analyzing) has announced the addition of the “Analyzing Biofuels from Rice” report to their offering.
This report on Analyzing Biofuels from Rice is a comprehensive digest on biofuels and endeavors …

NASA Should Be the Key to the Crucial Development of Large Scale Bio-Jetfuel and Rocket Fuel End-to-End Production
February 8, 2016 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In looking at a way to jump-start this country’s bogged down production of biomass-based jetfuel (Jet-A, JP-5, JP-8) and rocket fuel (RP-1/2), the early history of the US …

E25, E40 for the Masses
February 8, 2016 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Widely introducing consumers to ‘super premium’ ethanol blends could offer substantial benefits, but the barriers to making it happen are significant as well.  —  Which needs to come first, …

Indiana Bill Would Extend Misfueling Immunity to Mid-Level Blends
February 8, 2016 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In mid-January, a congressman in the Indiana General Assembly introduced a bill that aims to increase use of ethanol-blended fuels by expanding immunity for the misuse of blended fuel.
The …

EPA Rulemaking Aims to Update GHG Reporting Requirements
February 8, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published a proposed rule that aims to amend specific provisions in the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule, including some provisions related to biogas and ethanol.

Regarding ethanol, …

Economists: Ethanol Retains Low-Cost Octane Enhancer Status
February 8, 2016 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol continues to maintain its status as the low-cost octane enhancer, in spite of low oil prices reducing the cost of competing petroleum-based aromatics.  The biggest threat, say …

Energy Bill Amendments Aim to Impede Biofuels, Benefit Bioenergy
February 8, 2016 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Senate is currently considering the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. To date, lawmakers have introduced more than 275 amendments to the bill, including several that would …

Why the U.S. East Coast Could Be a Major ‘Hotspot’ for Rising Seas
February 8, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  New research published Monday adds to a body of evidence suggesting that a warming climate may have particularly marked effects for some citizens of the country most responsible for global warming …

L.A. County Files Criminal Charges over Porter Ranch Gas Leak
February 8, 2016 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Paige St. John and Alice Walton (Los Angeles Times)  Southern California Gas Co. on Tuesday was charged with failing to immediately notify state authorities about the natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon.
L.A. County Dist. Atty. …

2 House Members File To Form Bipartisan Caucus On Climate (Yes, They’re Both From S. Florida)
February 8, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(DemocraticUnderground.com)  Two congressmen — Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R) and Rep. Theodore Deutch (D), both of Florida, filed paperwork this week to create the Climate Solutions Caucus.
The group plans to look at options to address climate …

Obama to Seek New Tax on Oil in Budget Proposal
February 8, 2016 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Ayesha Rascoe and Valerie Volcovici  (Reuters)  U.S. President Barack Obama will launch a long-shot bid next week to impose a $10-a-barrel tax on crude oil that would fund the overhaul of the nation’s aging …

Mixed-Growth Microalgae Starch for Biodiesel
February 8, 2016 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The MEHR News Agency reports that two Iranian researchers, Morteza Hassanpour and Mahsa Abbasabadi, are pursuing a project to enrich starch-producing microalgae in a mixed growth medium for manufacturing biodiesel fuel.
The starch stored …

Why More And More Airlines Are Going Green
February 8, 2016 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Josh Lew (Travel Pulse)  There has been an movement over the past few years to place limits on the amount of pollution caused by commercial air travel. Certain forms of manufacturing and the practice of …

Energy Department Announces $11.3 Million Available for Mega-Bio: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels
February 8, 2016 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced up to $11.3 million in funding to develop flexible biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can be modified to produce advanced fuels and/or products based on external …

Communique from Global Bioeconomy Summit: “Promoting Technologies, Governance, Cooperation” Are Key to Sustainable Bioeconomy.
February 8, 2016 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The first Global Bioeconomy Summit in Berlin Germany released a communique:
“We, a community of experts and stakeholders from more than 50 countries, met in Berlin to review the state of …

Materials – Cleaner Biomass Cookstoves …
February 8, 2016 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Some of the estimated 4 million premature deaths each year attributed to indoor cookstove smoke might be prevented because of the work of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Colorado State University …

A Map to Progress
February 8, 2016 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  To coincide with the fly-in, ACE created an ‘infographic’ promoting the benefits of the RFS. Titled “The Right Direction: How the RFS is a Map to Progress,” the new infographic pinpoints …

Biofuels Beltway March — April 13-14, 2016 — Washington, DC
February 8, 2016 – 12:26 pm | No Comment
Biofuels Beltway March  —  April 13-14, 2016  —  Washington, DC

Please join us at this important event!  There is no registration fee to attend and ACE staff will schedule all meetings on your behalf and provide materials and talking points: participants are asked to cover …

Biodiesel: Fightback Needed against the Merchants of Doubt, says NBB Chief
February 8, 2016 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Though optimistic, NBB CEO Joe Jobe also noted significant challenges still remain. “While our fight is not over, we have a different future. 2016 is going to be our strongest …

The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Industrial Symbiosis
February 8, 2016 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Around the world today, we have some examples of integrated industrial systems — where communities reduce waste and consumption through a connected overall design that delivers the wastes from one …

Transportation and Industrial Ecology – Making Sustainability Sustainable?
February 8, 2016 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Real-world Industrial Ecology Projects and NREL’s Sustainable Mobility projects show a way forward that EPCOT once charted in our stars. —   … After all, as population and affluence rise, so …

DE-FOA-0001434: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels (NO. DE-FOA-0001433)
February 8, 2016 – 9:54 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels”.
This …

Sandia Launches Algae Testing Facility
February 7, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The new algae raceway testing facility, opening February 4 at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California, paves a direct path between laboratory research and solving the demand for clean energy, according to …

Ethanol Pioneer ADM’s Struggle Reflects Deepening Industry Woes
February 3, 2016 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice, Michael Hirtzer and Karl Plume (Reuters)  When Archer Daniels Midland opened two of the country’s largest ethanol plants in Nebraska and Iowa six years ago, the biofuels market was on the cusp …

Renewable Accounts: Solid Biofuels, Part One
February 3, 2016 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by David Ripplinger (NDSU Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics)  When I returned to the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University in 2010, I expected my research to focus on the …

Key Vote: Senate Energy Bill Amendments
February 3, 2016 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

(American Energy Alliance)  The Senate is poised to consider broad energy legislation, the first of its kind since 2007. S.2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act, seeks to address various facets of energy policy, from efficiency …

NREL Conducts Biodiesel Stability Study in HPCR Fuel Systems
February 3, 2016 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  National Renewable Energy Lab principal engineer Robert McCormick presented results at the 2016 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Tampa, Florida, Jan. 25-28, from a recent study on biodiesel stability …

Sups Seek to Clarify New Biofuel Plant Rules
February 3, 2016 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Blake Herzog (Yuma Sun)  New definitions and regulations for the construction of biofuel production plants were approved by the Yuma County Board of Supervisors Monday, but members asked for the ordinance to be clarified …

Ethanol Supporters Push Back against ‘False Narrative’
February 3, 2016 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Ken Anderson (Brownfield Ag News)  Ethanol supporters are pushing back against what they say is a “false narrative” regarding Senator Ted Cruz’s victory in the Iowa caucuses.
Some political pundits say Cruz’s victory is a …

Stations Continue to Sell Ethanol-Blended Gas, Despite State Law Repeal
February 3, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(KHON2) One month after gas stations were allowed to start selling fuel without ethanol, Hawaii drivers are still stuck with mostly the same blended gasoline.
The new law removes the mandate that required up to 10 percent of …

Hydrothermal Processing on the Move: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to AVA Biochem
February 3, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … AVA Biochem is expanding its product portfolio to include platform chemical FDCA (2,5-Furandicarboxylic acid). In addition to 5-HMF, the Swiss company will now deliver FDCA to customers and partners engaged in …

The Latest in Gevolution
February 3, 2016 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Meanwhile, Praj and Gevo announced a monster hook-up here for converting ethanol distilleries to isobutanol.
Here’s the structure: Praj would be the customer-facing entity marketing Gevo’s isobutanol technology to Praj’s existing …

Advances in Racing Fuels
February 3, 2016 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Gulf Racing Fuels becomes the Official Fuel of MSR Houston Race Track.  MSR Houston is a private membership country club race track. Gevo, is supplying Gulf the bio-isobutanol produced at Gevo’s …

4 Advanced Biofuel Plants for Argentina as Porta, Gevo Announce Deal
February 3, 2016 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Gevo and Porta are targeting the construction of at least four isobutanol plants in Argentina; first plant to be wholly owned by Porta, with a targeted production capacity of up to …

Bangladesh Looking for Algae Developers
February 3, 2016 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by M. Asraful Alam (Algae Industry Magazine/Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Science, China)  … According to the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), the country has achieved near self-sufficiency in food grain production but …

Ethanol Backers Say Higher Blends Would Reduce Air Toxics
February 2, 2016 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

by Renee Schoof (Bloomberg BNA)  A group of farm-state governors and some advocates for clean energy are pressing the Environmental Protection Agency to get tougher on toxic air pollution from motor vehicles in a way that …

Ghana’s First Ethanol Plant to Begin Production
February 2, 2016 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

(GhanaWeb)  Caltech Ventures, a cassava cropping and processing company at Hodzo, in the Ho Municipality, is to begin the production of cassava-derived ethanol by March this year, the first in Ghana.
Ghana currently imports 60 million …

2016 Time to Double-down on Renewable Chemicals
February 2, 2016 – 7:51 pm | No Comment

by Corinne Young and Michele Jalbert (Biofuels Digest/re:chem Alliance)  For all of 2015’s turbulence in the renewable chemical sector, in one area – US government policy – the industry saw marked progress.
For the last two …

The Scythe Swings at Solazyme: 50+ laid off, following expansion of Solazyme Bunge JV
February 2, 2016 – 7:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Solazyme reports:
“As part of Solazyme, Inc.’s continuing strategy to focus its operations on targeted, higher-value product categories, on January 29, 2016, Solazyme undertook another step in streamlining operations. This …

The Race for the 100% Biobased Plastic Bottle
February 2, 2016 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Switzerland, AVA Biochem revealed that it is expanding its product portfolio to include platform chemical FDCA (2,5-Furandicarboxylic acid)— and that’s a pathway to a molecule called PEF that’s a potential bio-based …

Here’s Where the 2016 Republican Field Stands on Climate Change
February 2, 2016 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Bloomberg BNA)  … Businessman Donald Trump: The Republican front-runner has disputed the notion that human activity significantly contributes to climate change. In 2012, Trump wrote, “The concept of global warming was created by and …

Cambridge Firm Turns Food Waste into Biofuel, with a Little Help from Some Flies
February 2, 2016 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

(Cambridge News)  Entomics is turning food waste into biofuel and animal feed. — … Known as Entomos before a recent rebrand, Entomics has been co-founded by four Cambridge University graduates who met on the sustainability challenge …

Leviathan Partners Sign $1.3 Billion Gas Deal With Edeltech
February 2, 2016 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by  Sharon Wrobel (Bloomberg Business)  Israel’s natural gas companies and Noble Energy Inc. have signed the first contract to supply fuel from the country’s largest gas reserves, the offshore Leviathan field.
Partners in Leviathan will supply …

Think Crude’s Cheap? Biodiesel’s Going for Free in Some Places
February 2, 2016 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Laura Blewitt and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  … Biodiesel’s become so cheap in the U.S. that some refiners are being paid to use it.  Midwest refiners are paying as little as 64.5 cents a gallon for the fuel …

Cruz’s Iowa Victory Could Be Big Blow to Big Corn
February 2, 2016 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)   Feb 1 U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s victory on Monday in corn-rich Iowa could represent a major blow to the nation’s controversial biofuels program, reflecting its waning influence over politicians …

Boeing Collaborates with Canadian Aviation Industry for Biofuel Project
February 2, 2016 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by  Vikas Vij (Just Means)  Canada has extensive sustainably certified forests, which it can leverage to make environmental progress in various industrial sectors. The country has long used mill and forest residues to make wood pellets …

WEBINAR: Beat Gridlock: Navigating the DOE Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program — February 10, 2016
February 2, 2016 – 6:08 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Beat Gridlock: Navigating the DOE Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program   —   February 10, 2016

This webinar will help explain ATVM eligibility requirements, the current status of the program and what it takes to submit a successful application. At this session, Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Program officials will answer …

In the Ethanol Wars, Both Sides Are Wrong
February 1, 2016 – 9:01 pm | No Comment

by C. Boyden Gray (Des Moines Register)  The Iowa primary has put into play one of the more obscure issues in the political life of the nation — ethanol, of all things. Donald Trump led …

Ted Cruz: I Support an All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy; Remove the Ethanol Blend Wall
February 1, 2016 – 8:43 pm | No Comment

(NBC News Meet the Press)  … CHUCK TODD: Let’s talk about two issues here that seem to be potentially tripping you up here in Iowa. One is ethanol. You have come out against these subsidies, you called …

IIT-Roorkee Scientists Patent Low-Cost Biofuel Tech
February 1, 2016 – 8:18 pm | No Comment

by Tapan Susheel  (Times of India)  Scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IIT-R) have achieved remarkable success in generating low-cost biofuel using a perennial weed, Kans grass. This grass, native to the subcontinent, …

X ISO DATAGRO New York Sugar & Ethanol Conference — May 18, 2016 — New York, NY
February 1, 2016 – 7:36 pm | No Comment
X ISO DATAGRO New York Sugar & Ethanol Conference  —  May 18, 2016  —  New York, NY

Aiming to discuss the main issues of the global Sugar and Ethanol industries and to bring together representatives of the international community of producers, traders, brokers, investors, and from the financial market in general, the …

Senate Energy Bill Sees Several Renewable Fuel Amendments
February 1, 2016 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) On January 27, the Senate began consideration of the Energy Policy Modernization Act (S. 2012). The bill was shepherded through the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee by Chair Lisa Murkowski …

Study Demonstrates Value of Corn Distillers Oil in Poultry
February 1, 2016 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

by Kassidi Andres (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. Grains Council recently conducted a research study with North Carolina State University that determined carotenoid pigments, a naturally occurring yellow or red pigment used to enhance egg yolk or …

Biofuels Retail Advancement in Wisconsin Transportation (BRAWT) Program
February 1, 2016 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin Clean Cities)  On October 28, 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, Office of Energy Innovation (OEI) had been awarded $3.7 million through the Biofuels Infrastructure …

Video Challenge: Biobased Solutions Will Conquer the World DEADLINE: February 17, 2016
February 1, 2016 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

(Eco-Bio) Do you have an idea on how to use sustainable biomass to make biobased products? Yes? Participate in this challenge!
You can participate by submitting a short movie about a potentially valuable organic waste stream …

Second National Energy Education Summit — June 7, 2016 — Washington, DC
February 1, 2016 – 2:09 pm | No Comment
Second National Energy Education Summit — June 7, 2016 — Washington, DC

SAVE THE DATE  The Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL) of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)’s 2nd National Energy Education Summit will take place June 7, 2016 at American …

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: Second National Energy Education Summit — June 7, 2016 — Washington, DC DEADLINE: March 1, 2016
February 1, 2016 – 2:05 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  Second National Energy Education Summit  —   June 7, 2016  —  Washington, DC    DEADLINE:  March 1, 2016

The Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL) of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) is now ready to accept abstracts for talks at the 2nd National Energy Education Summit, which …

National Energy Conference For Educators — July 17-21, 2016 — Arlington, VA
February 1, 2016 – 1:59 pm | No Comment
National Energy Conference For Educators  —   July 17-21, 2016  —  Arlington, VA

The 2016 Energy Conference for Educators brings together educators that are passionate about bringing energy education to their classrooms. In five interactive days in Washington, D.C., the conference provides teachers with the most up-to-date information …