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Advanced Biofuels USA Celebrates Earth Week with 10 Excellent Reasons to Transition to Sustainable Renewable Fuels
April 18, 2014 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)   “Why Transition to Sustainable Renewable Fuels?” asks Advanced Biofuels USA, providing as an answer, 10 Excellent Reasons in a one-page Earth Week handout for use by civic organizations, church stewardship groups, environmental organizations, teachers, students and anyone interested in renewable transportation energy.

“By publishing this easy-to-understand handout, we are furthering this educational nonprofit’s mission to promote understanding, development and use of advanced biofuels,” explained executive director, Joanne Ivancic.  ”The idea for this grew out of an honors presentation by an intern from Hood College here in Frederick.  Biology major, Agatha Macairan, has been working on an article about why we can’t already buy 100% sustainable renewable fuels for all our transportation needs. She admitted to struggling with the complexities involved in answering that question and urged us to find a way to make it more understandable.  So, working together, we came up with these 10 excellent reasons based on her work, her discussions with friends and our additional observations.  Instead of asking ‘why can’t we?’ we pose the question ‘why should we?’”

Why Transition to Sustainable Renewable Fuels?  10 Excellent Reasons

  1. Climate Change –Recycle carbon. Don’t release “new” carbon from its underground storage.
  2. Energy Security – Peak Oil. We need to prepare for when oil runs out.
  3. Health Benefits – Ethanol can replace carcinogenic aromatics, and substantially reduce harmful emissions.
  4. More Efficient Engines Require Biofuels – Higher octane, higher ethanol transportation fuels. Engine manufacturers can maximize the efficiency of smaller, more efficient engines that utilize high combustion pressures and take advantage of other useful properties of ethanol. Cleaner, lower maintenance jet engines with renewable jetfuel.  Less expensive maintenance for biodiesel hybrid buses.
  5. Environmental Benefits – Avoid deep water drilling oil spills, destruction of habitat from tar sands or fracking.
  6. National Security – Military do not have to protect feedstock sources or transportation routes of advanced biofuels.
  7. Jobs – Advanced biofuel production creates local jobs in agriculture, forestry, waste management, engineering, science and biorefineries. Not to mention the jobs which support these with food, shelter and services.
  8. Leadership in Science and Technology– Historically, the basis of economic success.  Advanced biofuels is today’s frontier.
  9. Keep your money at home!  Do not spend your currency on foreign energy resources.
  10. Not Under Someone Else’s Control – Lessen foreign energy providers’ power.

Advanced Biofuels USA enjoys a world-wide audience.  These reasons apply regardless of borders, in any part of the world.

The handout is available in the Statements and Handouts section of the www.AdvancedBiofuelsUSA.org website and as a PDF at http://advancedbiofuelsusa.info/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/10-Excellent-Reasons-to-Transition-to-Renewable-Fuels-14-0418.pdf



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On a More Positive Note at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference
April 22, 2014 – 11:07 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)   After Day 1 at Biofuels Digests’s ABLC which served up depression, aggravation and despair; the group of intrepid travelers on the journey to a bio-based economy pulled themselves together and renewed what a number of speakers called their fight for the Cause.

Afghanistan fuel convoy--US Army photo

Afghanistan fuel convoy–US Army photo

It helped that the day started with a most inspirational speech from decorated former Army Captain, Michael Breen, executive director of the Truman National Security Project and the Center for National Policy.  A veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan and Operation Free, Breen reminded us of why we are here.  Beginning with a quote, that amateurs talk about strategy and pros talk about logistics, Breen focused on what it is like to be dependent on a single source of energy, the source of which you cannot control and about the drivers who transport tankers of fuel, the equivalent of driving bombs, to supply military outposts.  A job, he said, for “non combat” personnel, a job that frightened him more than any jobs in his substantial Army combat roles.

Breen described the human and material resources expended on protecting military fuel supplies to an ice cream cone licking itself; so much of the energy trucked into them was spent going out to protect the routes to get the fuel to them.

In a microcosm, this dramatically illustrates protecting US energy interests around the world; with military protection needed to secure the fuel used in the US on a daily basis.

And he debunked the myth that energy security could be achieved by drilling wells or extracting oil from tar sands “at home” when the commodity is in a global market.

Breen explained the path to true energy security involves 1) freedom of action, 2) assured access (getting the fuel you need without worrying about the world’s six choke points and the $90 Billion we invest annually in keeping them open), and 3) risk or threat management; quoting the Department of Defense describing climate change as a threat multiplier.

To describe the magnitude of that problem, he compared the size of the conference meeting room and the enormity of the climate change challenges and noted that they don’t begin to match up.  But that should not deter us; should only spur us to continue our work.  This advanced biofuels industry, he said, has a strategic duty to the nation to succeed.  The first guy through the wall, gets bloody, he recounted.  That’s just the way it is.  That is no reason to let up on your effort.

After that emotional send off, down to the nitty gritty.

Presentations from companies and government agencies with details of programs and projects, stories of striving and set backs and overcoming challenges and some stories of success.

Sugar platforms and algae.  Hot molecules and hot companies.   Plant bottles and biochar. Clariant working with Mercedes Benz on E20 optimized engine development.

At lunch, talking about 7 “f’s” of land use:  food, fuel, fiber, feed, fun, family and function.

Sam Yenne of Maverick Biofuels and Barry S. Wortzman of GreenField Specialty Alcohols discussed variations on the “follow-the-crop” or distributed/centralized theme; Yenne describing a hub-and-spoke system potentially converting methane from dairy manure into high value products via thermo-chemical conversion and Wortzman talking about a prototype mobile skid-mounted pretreatment process that is on its way to a pulp/paper mill and which could be used at harvest sites or rail heads to convert biomass to sugars for transport to centralized integrated biorefineries.

A lift to the spirits and motivation to continue to fight for the Cause.



Advanced Biofuels USA Celebrates Earth Week with 10 Excellent Reasons to Transition to Sustainable Renewable Fuels
April 18, 2014 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)   “Why Transition to Sustainable Renewable Fuels?” asks Advanced Biofuels USA, providing as an answer, 10 Excellent Reasons in a one-page Earth Week handout for use by civic organizations, church stewardship groups, environmental …

Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference Rumblings of Discontent
April 21, 2014 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In the meetings, hallways and conference sessions at Biofuels Digest’s Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference near Washington, DC, the following issues, rumblings, lessons and congratulations abounded.
Criticism of the Obama administration …

Neste Oil And DONG Energy To Begin Cooperation On Technology Development For Renewable Fuels
April 18, 2014 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(Nestle Oil) Neste Oil, the world’s largest producer of premium-quality renewable fuels, has joined forces with DONG Energy, one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe, to develop an integrated process to produce renewable diesel …

Ontario Changes Biodiesel Requirements
April 18, 2014 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(Canadian Biomass) The Government of Ontario has released new rules for the use of biodiesel in the province’s fuel supply.
New rules, which went into effect April 1, are being phased in over three years. By 2017, …

AAAS Fellowships At The Bioenergy Technologies Office
April 18, 2014 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(U.S Department Of Energy) The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) regularly engages fellows in the sciences through the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship program. The program provides opportunities for …

Why Renewable Fuel Standard Matters
April 18, 2014 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jess Oestmann (The Hays Daily News) When it comes to developing alternatives to fossil fuels and foreign oil, should the United States move forward or backward?
That’s the issue before the federal Environmental Protection Administration as …

Nebraska Corn Producers Are Excited About Brazilian Biofuels
April 18, 2014 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(Nebraska Corn Board/Ethanol Producer Magazine) A group of Nebraska, Iowa, and Ohio corn farmers have returned from a multi-state trade mission to Brazil excited about the potential relationships and similarities of ethanol fuel.
The objective of this …

Energy Department Announces $10 Million for Technologies to Produce Advanced Biofuel Products from Biomass
April 18, 2014 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today (April 15, 2014) announced up to $10 million in funding to advance the production of advanced biofuels, substitutes for petroleum-based feedstocks, and bioproducts made from renewable, non-food-based …

Leading Biofuel Groups Oppose Delay Requested by Petroleum Industry in 2013 RFS Case
April 18, 2014 – 11:35 am | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and Growth Energy yesterday filed a joint response in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in opposition to …

USDA Researchers Simplify Pyrolysis Processes for Bio-Oil Production
April 18, 2014 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Ann Perry (US Department of Agriculture)   Innovations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are bringing researchers one step closer to developing “green” biofuel production systems farmers can use to meet on-farm energy needs, or to …

Webinar: The Benefits of Small-Scale Biodiesel Production April 22 (EARTH DAY) 11am PST (2pm EST)
April 17, 2014 – 7:36 pm | No Comment
Webinar: The Benefits of Small-Scale Biodiesel Production   April 22 (EARTH DAY)  11am PST (2pm EST)

Members of Springboard Biodiesel’s production team will present information on small-scale biodiesel production in a 45-55 minute webinar entitled  The Many Benefits of Small-Scale Biodiesel Production.
Why: Increasingly, biodiesel is being incorporated into the US (and global) …

Pass the Mustard; Why Carinata Is Taking Root as Biofuel
April 17, 2014 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Don Konantz (Calyx Bio-Ventures/R&D Magazine)  … The “Holy Grail” of non-food feedstocks has arrived with a proprietary non-food energy feedstock crop called carinata which yields oil that is being refined into fuel that meet the specifications …

Dr. Stephen Mayfield: When Will Algae-based Transportation Fuels Be Economically Viable?
April 17, 2014 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Stephen Mayfield (International Society for Applied Phycology Newsletter)   I am often asked, “When will algae-based transportation fuels be commercially available?” My answer tends to be that they are available now, and have been since roughly …

Lignofuels 2014 November 19-20 Madrid, Spain
April 17, 2014 – 6:05 pm | No Comment
Lignofuels 2014   November 19-20    Madrid, Spain

Following the success of the previous events in London, Stockholm and Copenhagen we are delighted to announce that Lignofuels 2014 will be returning to Madrid, Spain, on the 19th – 20th of November 2014.
On it’s …

CALL FOR POSTERS and PRESENTATIONS: 2014 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo; Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase; Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase September 15-17 Honolulu, HI DEADLINES: April 30 and May 31
April 17, 2014 – 5:46 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR POSTERS and PRESENTATIONS: 2014 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo; Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase; Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase    September 15-17    Honolulu, HI   DEADLINES:  April 30 and May 31

The 2014 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo will be held jointly with the Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase and the Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase at the Hawai‘i Convention Center, September 15 …

2014 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo; Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase; Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase September 15-17 Honolulu, HI
April 17, 2014 – 5:28 pm | No Comment
2014 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo; Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase; Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase    September 15-17    Honolulu, HI

The 2014 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo will be held jointly with the Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase and the Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase at the Hawai‘i Convention Center, September 15 …

IncBio Set to Supply Biodiesel Plant in South America
April 17, 2014 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International) IncBio has recently secured an agreement to supply a 55,000 MT/year transesterification plant, for an undisclosed client in South America.
The plant will produce biodiesel from locally produced palm oil and ion exchange resin …

$21 Million New Zealand Biodiesel Plant Plans Announced
April 17, 2014 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Z Energy has revealed plans to build a $21 million (€15 million) domestic biodiesel plant that will produce fuel from inedible tallow feedstock.

The Wellington-based company hopes to produce 20 million litres of sustainable …

Thailand’s PTT in Biofuel Plant Joint Venture
April 17, 2014 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  PTT and Mitr Phol Group are teaming up to build a plant designed to produce Gasohol E85, a type of biofuel.
On Thursday April 3, the company signed a joint venture agreement with Thailand’s largest …

REFF-Wall Street June 25-26, 2014 New York, NY
April 17, 2014 – 3:56 pm | No Comment
REFF-Wall Street  June 25-26, 2014  New York, NY

REFF-Wall Street is the premier renewable energy financing event in the U.S.  Attendees of this event include CEOs and other senior company officials, lenders, investors, investment bankers, private equity investors, venture capitalists and other top …

NASCAR Leader Testifies for Biofuels
April 17, 2014 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing this week on advanced biofuels. Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow of Michigan says advanced biofuels are here now, and they are an important part of the …

RIN Stocks Part I – Valuation
April 17, 2014 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Rob Johansson and Seth Meyer (USDA/FarmDocDaily)  … It is clear that the bankable (and borrowable) nature of RINs allow obligated parties to optimize their compliance costs over time.  In the past, pre-blendwall, it was relatively inexpensive to generate …

GreenSky Project Prepares to Land in Thurrock
April 17, 2014 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Solena Fuels)  Solena Fuels in partnership with British Airways has committed to building the world’s first facility to convert landfill waste into jet fuel. This comes just two weeks before the global aviation community joins …

Media Invited to California Briefing, Tour Highlighting Alternative Jet Fuel Research
April 17, 2014 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(National Aeronautics and Space Administration/PR NewsWire/Yahoo!News)  An HU-25C jet from NASA’s Langley Research Center will be in California next month as part of a flight test to assess biofuel and other jet fuel alternatives. News …

Department of Energy Issues Draft Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Solicitation to Foster Clean Energy Innovation
April 17, 2014 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  In support of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Department of Energy issued a draft loan guarantee solicitation today for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. …

ILUC Unverifiable and Biofuels Economically Beneficial, Says IPCC
April 17, 2014 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance)  The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN IPCC) released their “Bioenergy and Climate Change Mitigation: An Assessment” report in Berlin on Sunday that confirmed that biofuels production is economically beneficial …

Two $125,000 State Grants to Boost Usage of Higher Ethanol, Biodiesel Blends
April 17, 2014 – 10:47 am | No Comment

by O. Kay Henderson  (RadioIowa)  Two Iowa retailers are each getting $125,000 in state funding to help finance installation of blender pumps that will dispense a higher concentration of ethanol and biodiesel. The Creston-based Farmers …

Canada: Biofuels Digest’s Spring 2014 5-Minute Guide – CCEMC Grand Challenge Hands $500K Seed Grants to 24
April 17, 2014 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Alberta’s Grand Challenge on carbon — Liquid Light, Enerkem among 24 winners picking up $500,000 seed grants in first round.   Next round will result in up to five $3M grants …

Axens, Total And IFPEN Launch Ethanol-To-Ethylene Technology
April 16, 2014 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

(Axens/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Axens, Total and IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) have launched Atol, an innovative technology for bioethylene production through dehydration of bioethanol. Atol is a technology for the profitable production of polymer grade bio-ethylene by …

GeoSynFuels Purchases, Retrofits Idle Demonstration Plant
April 16, 2014 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Golden, Colo.-based GeoSynFuels LLC has acquired the cellulosic demonstration facility formerly owned and operated by Blue Sugars Corp., the parent company of Western Biomass Energy LLC. GSF plans to retrofit …

Illinois Corn and Cattle Producers Coexist Well
April 16, 2014 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(Brownfield Ag News)  An Illinois beef industry leader says cattle and corn farmers in the state complement each other very well, no matter what the market is. Illinois Beef Association Executive Vice President Reid Blossom …

Clean Energy Victory Bond Push In Congress Would Generate $150 Billion In Financing, 1 Million Jobs
April 16, 2014 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire)  Updating WWII “War Bond” Model to Spark Job Creation, Energy Security, Clean Energy, and Increased Energy Efficiency
Clean energy boosters on Capitol Hill are borrowing a page from World War II “war bonds” by …

U.S. Port Officials, Environmentalists, Industry & Top EPA Officials Meet In Baltimore to Advance More Sustainable Ports Agenda
April 16, 2014 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Proven and potential solutions to improve the air quality and the environmental profile of major U.S. ports is the focus today of a port stakeholder summit organized by the U.S. Environmental Protection …

Iowa Economists: 2014 Ethanol Prices Drop to 58% of Retail Gas
April 15, 2014 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The continuing shifting relationships between ethanol, corn and gasoline are the subject of two analyses done by Iowa agricultural economists for the AgMarketing Resource Center newsletter.
Don Hofstrand takes a look …

Dual Turning Point for Biofuels
April 15, 2014 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Clifford Krauss (The New York Times)  … But even as Abengoa and other companies prepare to produce significant amounts of cellulosic ethanol, using corn stalks and wheat straw as opposed to corn itself, the appetite …

Environmental permits – SR2009 number 3: Low Impact Part A Installation for the Production of Biodiesel
April 15, 2014 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

(UK Environment Agency)  Standard rules to operate a low impact part A installation for the production of biodiesel.  These rules will allow the operator to operate a Part A low impact installation for the production …

CSR Partners with Indiana Rail Road to Convert Railroad Ties into Biofuel
April 15, 2014 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

(Coalition for Sustainable Rail)  The Coalition for Sustainable Rail (CSR) announced April 14 that it is initiating research on conversion of used railroad ties into an advanced biofuel. This research, funded through a generous grant …

Sierra Leone’s Ethanol Plant Close to Operation
April 15, 2014 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Addax BioEnergy’s plant, which processes ethanol from sugar cane and is the first of its kind in Africa, will start processing in eight days’ time.

The plant will produce about 85,000m3 of ethanol and …

10 Bellwether Biofuels & Biobased Projects for 2014
April 15, 2014 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Advanced biofuels – are plans turning into reality? Are development plans realistic? When these 10 projects open for business (or not) in 2014, you’ll know for sure.
…Well, the picture is incomplete.
Plants …

International VDI Conference – Biofuels 2014 July 15-16 Rotterdam, Netherlands
April 15, 2014 – 3:48 pm | No Comment
International VDI Conference – Biofuels 2014     July 15-16    Rotterdam, Netherlands

The international VDI conference will discuss major issues for the biofuel markets, in technical, political and business areas, drawing on leading experiences from all over Europe. The event aims to encourage an international exchange of …

Scripps, UCSD Algae Biofuel Programs Rated Top In US By DOE
April 15, 2014 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

(Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego/Biodiesal Magazine) Fossil fuel use, even with the environmental and economic security challenges it poses, remains the dominant source of energy in the U.S. But its 80-percent share of the …

The Science of Clean Energy
April 15, 2014 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

By Nahla Nainer (The Hindu) On International Women’s Day, Dr. M. Premalatha, associate professor at the Centre for Energy and Environmental Science and Technology (CEESAT), NIT-T in Tiruchi India explains why more female science students should …

Fish Oil on GM Plant
April 15, 2014 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

By Moseti Wilfred M (Akgulian.com) An application has been made to the government to approve field trials to be conducted of genetically modified crop containing omega-3 fatty acids that are normally found in oily fish. If …

Office Of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Internships and Fellowships
April 15, 2014 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

EERE offers exciting student volunteer internships throughout the year in its Washington, D.C., headquarters. These volunteer internships provide exciting opportunities for students to learn through direct experience about the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy. In addition, …

EurObserv’ER Annual Report Highlights EU Bioenergy Sector
April 15, 2014 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele  (Ethanol Producer Magazine) EurObserv’ER has released the 2013 edition of its annual renewable energy report, which determined that final energy consumption from renewable resources increased significantly in 2012. The report, titled “The State of …

The California Drought Equation Stresses Need For Biofuels
April 15, 2014 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Peter Brown( Biofuels Magazine) Except for volume, biofuels and petroleum-derived products have reached parity in production efficiency and availability. What that means is that anything pulled from the earth can now be created from …

Study Raises New Concerns about Emissions from Shale Gas Wells
April 15, 2014 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy (FuelFix)  Researchers found higher-than-expected emissions of a potent greenhouse gas emanating from Pennsylvania wells, according to a study published Monday that adds to concerns about the environmental footprint of natural gas.
The study, conducted …

Oil And Gas Sector Biggest Producer Of Greenhouse Gases In Canada
April 15, 2014 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Will Campbell (The Canadian Press/Huffington Post)  An environmental analyst says the rise of oil and gas production as Canada’s biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions adds further weight to calls for the federal government …

Researchers Find Potential to Grow Biofuel Feedstock on PV Farms
April 14, 2014 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Ker Than (Stanford University/Biomass Magazine)  rowing agave and other carefully chosen plants amid photovoltaic panels could allow solar farms not only to collect sunlight for electricity but also to produce crops for biofuels, according …

The Renewable Fuel Standard and Consumer Food Prices
April 14, 2014 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by John M. Urbanchuk (ABF Economics, Agriculture and Biofuels Consulting, LLP)  The impact of biofuel production mandated by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on U.S. consumer food prices has once again emerged as an issue in …

Vilsack Talks about USDA Efforts to Further Advanced Biofuels
April 14, 2014 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Biomass Magazine)  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack testified about the farm bill and the rural economy, during a U.S. House of Representatives Committee hearing. As part of that, he talked about the …

25x’25 Welcomes IPCC Recognition of Renewables in Mitigating Climate Change
April 14, 2014 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25) The 25x’25 Alliance welcomes the recognition by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change work group report released this weekend that renewable energy is a critical element necessary to curb rising global temperatures …

Biofuels and Local Food Security: What Does the Evidence Say?
April 14, 2014 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Anna Locke and Giles Henley (Overseas Development Institute) • People worry that using crop-based biofuels to increase the volume of low-carbon fuels could worsen hunger in poor countries by pushing up global food prices and endangering local food …

Court Hears Oral Arguments in Challenge to 2013 RFS Standard
April 14, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On April 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. EPA’s final rule for 2013 renewable fuel standard …

CARB’s ILUC Analysis Out of Date, Out of Step with Current Independent ILUC Studies
April 14, 2014 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) pertinent to CARB’s draft indirect land use change (ILUC) analysis.
Geoff Cooper, RFA’s senior vice president, notes in his submission …

Can Warplanes Fly Farther, Carry More Weapons, with Advanced Biofuels? More New Data.
April 14, 2014 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … A China Lake-based research team finds terpene fuels that add 13% to the performance, compared to fossil fuels.   We take a look at the new breed of renewable fuels — …

A Rivertop Runs Through It: Rivertop Renewables lands $26M as Cargill, First Green Partners climb aboard
April 14, 2014 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Rivertop to accelerate commercialization of novel, sustainable chemicals for consumer products and industrial applications.  How does an early-stager get to the next level? Try a hot anchor product, innovative technology, …

ND Sen. Heidi Heitkamp Finds Identity as a Top Democratic Critic of Obama’s Energy Policy
April 14, 2014 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Henry C. Jackson (Associated Press/The Republic)  … Heitkamp came directly to the Senate from the energy industry, where she worked for 12 years, including as a director of Dakota Gasification Company, a coal and natural …

A Question of Trust: 2014 Global Sustainability Standards Conference May 20-22 London, UK
April 11, 2014 – 5:28 pm | No Comment
A Question of Trust: 2014 Global Sustainability Standards Conference      May 20-22   London, UK

The Global Sustainability Standards Conference (formerly the ISEAL Annual Conference) will bring together over 250 leaders from business, government, civil society and sustainability standards to discuss the many dimensions of trust in the sustainability standards …

2nd Oleochemicals Outlook August 26-27, 2014 Jakarta, Indonesia
April 11, 2014 – 4:33 pm | No Comment
2nd Oleochemicals Outlook  August 26-27, 2014      Jakarta, Indonesia

“Asia to drive growth to 2020″
Key Highlights

Global Oleochemicals Market Outlook
Shale gas and its impact on Oleo industry
Alternative Feedstock supply & market trends
MCT and new application possibilities
Analysis of biodiesel and glycerin markets
End user’s perspective on emerging …

6th Palm Oil Asia Summit August 13-14, 2014 – Jakarta, Indonesia
April 11, 2014 – 4:27 pm | No Comment
6th Palm Oil Asia Summit    August 13-14, 2014 –  Jakarta, Indonesia

“Improving Yields/Productivity into the Next Generation”
Key Highlights

Sustainable yield improvement through replanting
New Planting Materials
Drought Management
Revisiting RSPO and harmonizing the various certification schemes – ISPO/RSPO/ISCC
Experiences from South America and Africa   READ MORE

Renewable Energy Latin American & Caribbean Conference & Exhibition (RELACCx) November 20-21, 2014 Fajardo, Puerto Rico
April 11, 2014 – 4:04 pm | No Comment
Renewable Energy Latin American & Caribbean Conference & Exhibition (RELACCx)     November 20-21, 2014    Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Renewable Energy Latin America & Caribbean Conference & Exhibition (RELACCx, is the premier renewable energy finance and development event for Latin America and the Caribbean. This two-day conference will take an in-depth look at political …

7th European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Biobased Economy September 30-October 2, 2014 Reims, France
April 11, 2014 – 3:51 pm | No Comment
7th European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Biobased Economy       September 30-October 2, 2014     Reims, France

Join us in 2014 for the 7th European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Biobased Economy, for an insight into this exciting and rapidly evolving landscape and be part of the process of building a stronger …

Biochemicals and Bioplastics 2014 June 10-12 Düsseldorf, Germany
April 11, 2014 – 3:41 pm | No Comment
Biochemicals and Bioplastics 2014      June 10-12     Düsseldorf, Germany

ACI’s Biochemicals and Bioplastics 2014 will bring together key industry stakeholders from across the entire value chain, from chemical companies to bio-based producers as well as consultants and financiers to discuss the current market opportunities, advances and trends. …

Finland Rises up from Its Economic Crisis with Bioeconomy
April 11, 2014 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Aino Siirala* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Finland is a forerunner in bioeconomy and biotechnology, states Asko Ojaniemi, the executive director of Benet Oy. The bioeconomy seminar held recently in Helsinki, Finland and organized by Benet …

Value of Biofuels Goes Beyond Those With Direct Investment
April 11, 2014 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Feedstock, Equipment, Conservation, Farm and Energy Groups Tell EPA Not to Compromise Full Potential of Biofuels
Concerns over the future of biofuels in a future national energy strategy were aired before some pretty …

NASA Signs Agreement with German, Canadian Partners to Test Alternative Fuels
April 10, 2014 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(National Aeronautics and Space Administration/PRNewsWire)   NASA has signed separate agreements with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to conduct a series of joint flight tests to study the atmospheric effects of emissions …

Will the Chinese Biofuel Market Follow Solar’s Footsteps?
April 9, 2014 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Meg Cichon (RenewableEnergyWorld.com)  As China’s demand for biofuels grows, it may follow the same production overcapacity boom and subsequent reality check as the solar industry showed in recent years.
While the Chinese government attempts to address …

Advanced Biofuels Create Jobs, Lower Prices at the Pump, Says Senate Ag Chair
April 9, 2014 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Senate Agriculture Committee yesterday held a hearing on the economic benefits of advanced biofuels in creating jobs and lowering gasoline prices.
Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the …

Changing Water into Wine: Er, Will Jet Fuel Do?
April 9, 2014 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Hydrocarbon fuel from seawater and nothing else? Is it possible?  Not only possible, but demonstrated as a process, and tested in a model plane.   How does it rate on the …

McCarthy Addresses RFS, Biogenic Emissions during Hearing
April 9, 2014 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA’s policies with regard to bioenergy were among the topics discussed during a recent EPA budget hearing held by the House Committee on Appropriations. During the event, …

Testimony of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Before the Senate Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations
April 9, 2014 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)   U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy testified today (April 9, 2014) before the Senate Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations at a hearing …

Vilsack: Fuel Trend Should Guide EPA Ethanol Ruling
April 4, 2014 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday a recent uptick in gasoline consumption should be considered by the Environmental Protection Agency when it determines how much renewable fuel should be …

No Logic in Blaming Ethanol for High Gas Prices
April 4, 2014 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/US News and World Report)  Ethanol is less expensive than gas, and consumers will benefit more if it’s used.
Logic is nowhere to be seen in petroleum analyst Gregg Laskoski’s call …

Hemp-to-Biofuels Research Gets Green Light
April 4, 2014 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com) A crop that has had an undeserved stigma attached to it could now become a source for biodiesel and ethanol. The recently passed and signed Farm Bill contains a provision that would …

MARAD Releases Results of Renewable Diesel Testing
April 4, 2014 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On March 28, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the results of biofuel testing completed onboard the training ship State of Michigan. The tests compared operational, vibration and air …

First Functional ‘Designer’ Chromosome in Yeast Is Synthesized
April 4, 2014 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

(NYU Langone Medical Center/Biomass Magazine)   An international team of scientists led by Jef Boeke, director of NYU Langone Medical Center’s Institute for Systems Genetics, has synthesized the first functional chromosome in yeast, an important step in the …

Sec. Moniz Discusses Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loans
April 4, 2014 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today highlighted key improvements to the Department’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program at the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Legislative Summit. The …

Biofuels: When the Quest for ‘Perfect’ Becomes the Enemy of the Good
April 4, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Risk is a word closely associated with the agriculture industry ‑ and rightfully so. Farming and ranching are some of the most risk-prevalent callings on the planet, given the vagaries of weather, …

Toxic Emission Spikes at Fracking Sites Are Rarely Monitored, Study Finds
April 4, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Song and Jim Morris  (InsideClimateNews.org)  Gas drilling facilities have sporadic emission spikes that spew toxins harmful to human health, but states rarely monitor these fleeting events.
People in natural gas drilling areas who complain …

Veteran Farmer Says EPA RFS Proposal Will Likely Undermine Conservation Efforts
April 4, 2014 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Jeffries (25 x ’25)  …  Lower demand for renewable fuels means lower prices for corn, soybeans and other crops. Generally, producers account for lower prices by shifting to more profitable crops and by cutting …

About the Fossil Fuel Divestment Convergence 2014
April 4, 2014 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

(StudentsDivest.org)  From April 4th to 6th, 300 students from over 75 colleges and universities from across the United States and Canada will gather at San Francisco State University for the 2nd annual student-led Fossil Fuel …

Transgenic Trees Make Easy-Chew Wood for Biofuels
April 4, 2014 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Richard Van Noorden (Science Magazine)  The poplars in the greenhouse near John Ralph’s laboratory show no outward signs of weakness, but they have a secret soft spot. Thanks to genetic engineering, their wood contains an …

Taking the Next Step: The Growing Production of Bio-Based Chemical Intermediates Enables New Opportunities
April 4, 2014 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Milsa Vijayadharan* (Advanced Biofuels USA)   Luxresearch conducted a webinar on March 4th 2014 about new opportunities for downstream producers due to the growing production of bio-based chemical Intermediates. The basic science of bio-based …

Hawaii Lawmakers Give Unanimous Approval To Studying Hemp
April 3, 2014 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Johnny Green (The Weed Blog/The Joint Blog)  Hawaii’s House Committee on Agriculture, and the state’s House Judiciary Committee, have both voted unanimously in favor of Senate Bill 2175, a proposal to establish a two-year research program to study …

UAE Scientists Create Biodiesel from Lamb Fat
April 3, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(7DaysInDubai)  Scientists have created a new fuel from the fat wastage of slaughtered lambs.  The boffins, from UAE University, have invented a new way to extract lamb fat and turn it into biodiesel that can …

LCQ8: Used Cooking Oil Recycling
April 3, 2014 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

(7thSpace.com)  Following is a question by the Hon Tommy Cheung and a written reply by the Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing, in the Legislative Council today (March 26):
Question:
In March last year, this Council …

Sugar, Not Oil
April 3, 2014 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

(Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft)  No more oil – renewable raw materials are the future. This motto not only applies to biodiesel, but also to isobutene, a basic product used in the chemical industry. In a pilot plant researchers …

Italian Navy Looks for Alternative Fuels
April 3, 2014 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

(The Medi-Telegraph)  One of the main topics of the meeting between Italian Defence Secretary Domenico Rossi and US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus was the cooperation programme on alternative fuels between Italy and the United States. …

Scania Further Widens Its Alternative Fuel Range: Unique V8 Engine for Euro 6 and 100 % Biodiesel
April 3, 2014 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

(Scania/BusinessWire)  Scania (STO:SCVA)(STO:SCVB) is now adding yet another environmentally oriented alternative to its industry-leading palette with Euro 6 certified truck engines. The Scania 16-litre, 580 hp V8 engine can now be ordered in a configuration …

Biobased Investment Triples, to $391M for Q1; Biofuels Digest’s 5-Minute Guide to the Investment Landscape
April 3, 2014 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, Biofuels Digest reports that 9 biobased ventures raised $391 million in new capital in Q1 2014, while 8 biobased ventures raised $128.6 million in Q4 2013. This compares …

Obama Administration Proposal for 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard Will Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions
April 3, 2014 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Paul Winters (Biotechnology Industry Organization) If left unchanged, the Obama administration’s proposal to slash use of biofuels in 2014 would increase emissions of greenhouse gases next year, according to a new white paper from the …

Jon Bruning Tours Chief Ethanol
April 3, 2014 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Baumgarten (KHAS TV)  …On Wednesday, Attorney General Jon Bruning toured a facility that seems to be thriving.  Bruning was at Chief Ethanol in Hastings.
He talked about the importance of ethanol to Nebraska’s economy, but also …

DSM to Make Biofuel by July as EPA Considers Cutting Requirement
April 3, 2014 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Ehren Goossens  (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Royal DSM NV (DSM), the world’s largest vitamin manufacturer, expects to begin producing cellulosic ethanol in the U.S. by July as the government considers reducing the amount of renewable fuel …

Old Math Casts Doubt on Accuracy of Oil Reserve Estimates
April 3, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Asjylyn Loder (MSN Money/Bloomberg)  Jan Arps is the most influential oilman you’ve never heard of.  In 1945, Arps, then a 33-year-old petroleum engineer for British-American Oil Producing Co., published a formula to predict how much …

Sapphire Develops NM Bio-Fuels Potential
April 3, 2014 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

By Alta LeCompte(Las Cruces Bulletin) On a tour Thursday, Jan. 23, of Sapphire Energy’s research and development facility in the West Mesa Industrial Park, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich addressed the unique nature of the advanced biodiesel industry …

Midtex Oil Offers E85 in San Marcos, Texas
April 3, 2014 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Midtex Oil, L.P. is now offering E85 at its Spirit-branded convenience store located in San Marcos, Texas. Its fifth E85 station in the state, it is located off the interstate at …

Cyprus Developing Mediterranean Algae as Biofuel Source
April 3, 2014 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) The Agricultural Research Institute and Cyprus Energy Agency recently held a seminar to present work based on new micro-algae research and technology development that aims to contribute to the goals of the …

Development of Sustainable Jet Fuels Moves towards Next Phase of New Technology Pathways and Ramping up Supply
April 2, 2014 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  The early excitement of demonstration flights and subsequent approvals for the use of some types of biofuel blends on passenger flights has given way to the less headline-grabbing ‘hard yards’ of establishing supply chains …

Norwegian Airport Operator Avinor to Invest up to $16.5 Million to Support National Aviation Biofuel Production
April 2, 2014 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  Norway’s state-owned airport operator and air navigation services provider Avinor has pledged to contribute up to 100 million Norwegian kroner ($16.5 million) over a ten-year period to help develop an aviation biofuel sector in …