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Latest School Fundraiser: Biodiesel
October 31, 2014 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (  Tired of buying lop-sided candles or ugly wrapping paper just because you want to help your school make a few bucks? Well, maybe you can do like another school in North Carolina is doing in this story from WNCT-TV and sign up for the Biodiesel 4 Schools program, an initiative that helps school districts raise money by collecting cooking oil from local restaurants, and then selling the green fuel to businesses with school districts getting a cut of the profit.  READ MORE and MORE (WNCT-TV includes video) and MORE (Biodiesel 4 Schools includes video)


Excerpt from WNCT-TV:  The fundraiser raises money for the school district by collecting cooking oil from local restaurants, then it’s turned into biodiesel and sold to businesses. School districts get a cut of the profit.

The biodiesel is then sold to companies to fuel trucks and buses. Participating school districts get about 25 cents per gallon. In the past two years, Pitt County Schools has raised more than $30,000 from Pitt County restaurants’ used cooking oil. Beaufort County is looking to see similar results.   READ MORE

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Studies Steadily Advance Cellulosic Ethanol Prospects
October 31, 2014 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (Phys.Org)  At the Agricultural Research Service’s Bioenergy Research Unit in Peoria, Illinois, field work and bench investigations keep ARS scientists on the scientific front lines of converting biomass into cellulosic ethanol.

For instance, one recent research focus has been on determining how switchgrass plant maturity at harvest affects ethanol yields.

Chemist Michael Bowman led another study that focused specifically on switchgrass xylans.

Molecular biologist Ron Hector, meanwhile, led work on the microorganisms needed to ferment xylose into ethanol.  READ MORE

Latest School Fundraiser: Biodiesel
October 31, 2014 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (  Tired of buying lop-sided candles or ugly wrapping paper just because you want to help your school make a few bucks? Well, maybe you can do like another school in North …

4 Minutes With… Steve Csonka, Executive Director, CAAFI (Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative)
October 31, 2014 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Within CAAFI, I’m sorta the 12th man – a coach, a quarterback, a general manager, a reluctant office linebacker, as well as a cheerleader and mascot, and occasional referee. …

2 SC Firms to Celebrate Nat’l Bioenergy Day via New Collaboration
October 31, 2014 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(Midlands Biofuels/Biodiesel Magazine)  ATP-SC LLC and Midlands Biofuels jointly announced an innovative collaboration to grow biocrops, produce, sell and utilize solid and liquid biofuels, and to expand the state’s bioeconomy, starting in Allendale, S.C., and …

Cellulosic Ethanol produced with Cellerate™ Process Technology Receives EPA Certification for Cellulosic Biofuels RINs
October 31, 2014 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

(Syngenta)  Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) is Quality Assurance Program-certified to generate D3 Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs); Cellerate process technology, enhanced by Enogen® corn enzyme technology, produces cellulosic ethanol from corn kernel fiber; Syngenta to …

Synergistic Catalysis between Pd and Fe in Gas Phase Hydrodeoxygenation of m-Cresol
October 31, 2014 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Yongchun Hong, He Zhang, Junming Sun, Karim M. Ayman, Alyssa J. R. Hensley, Meng Gu, Mark H. Engelhard, Jean-Sabin McEwen , and Yong Wang   (ACS Catalysis)  In this work, a series of Pd/Fe2O3 …

4 Minutes With…Seth Snyder, Water Initiative Leader, Argonne National Laboratory
October 31, 2014 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … After a decade as the bioenergy technology leader, I just created a new role building a new initiative in water. Water is a critical barrier to sustainable energy in …

Vale deve começar a produzir biodiesel a partir de 2016
October 31, 2014 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(  A Vale pretende começar a fabricar biodiesel a partir do segundo semestre de 2016. O biocombustível será usado pela mineradora nos equipamentos de suas minas no Norte e nas locomotivas que transportam minério de …

Biodiesel Users Guide
October 31, 2014 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(Blue Ridge Biofuels)  Want to know what exactly biodiesel is? How it works in your vehicle? Any tips or tricks to help you use it in your car or truck? Unfortunately there is not a …

Enerkem: Alberta’s Municipal Waste to Fuels Juggernaut, in Pictures
October 31, 2014 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) How does a technology take municipal solid waste and turn it into liquid fuels and chemicals?  What’s the “death of landfill” all about in terms of creating value streams from …

Lootah Biofuels and Emirates Transguard Collaboration towards Green Initiative
October 31, 2014 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(Lootah Biofuels)  Lootah biofuels, a fully owned subsidiary of SS Lootah group and Emirates Transguard, a leading security service provider  will collaborate on a new initiative to support a sustainable fuel produced from used cooking …

Dead Babies Near Oil Drilling Sites Raise Questions for Researchers
October 31, 2014 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Nancy Lofholm  (The Denver Post)  … For some reason, one that is not known and may never be, Beau (Murphy) and a dozen other infants died in this oil-booming basin last year. Was this …

Researchers Win Funding for Miscanthus, Sorghum Research
October 31, 2014 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois/Biomass Magazine)  Two University of Illinois crop sciences researchers interested in improving plant feedstocks for bioenergy production were selected to receive funding by the USDA and the U.S. Department of Energy as part …

EU GHG Deal Calls for 27 Percent Renewables by 2030
October 31, 2014 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Oct. 24, the European Council issued a statement announcing it has agreed on the 2030 climate and energy policy framework for the European Union. The council has endorsed a …

Fueling a Nation, Feeding the World
October 31, 2014 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  RFA’s “Fueling a Nation, Feeding the World” handbook highlights ethanol’s contribution to the global food and feed supply and contains information that disproves the fabricated food-vs.-fuel argument. The booklet outlines the co-products …

Italy to Require Advanced Biofuels in Gasoline and Diesel
October 31, 2014 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Louise Downing (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Italy today became the first member of the European Union to mandate the use of renewable fuel made from inedible crops.   The law requires that gasoline and diesel contain at …

ANALYSIS: Impact of Coming Brazilian Gasoline Price Rise on Ethanol to Be Minimal
October 31, 2014 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Beatriz Pupo, Alessandra Rosete (Platts) An increase in Brazil’s subsidized gasoline prices by state-owned oil company Petrobras is understood to be getting ever closer.
And the company’s board of directors will meet Friday to again discuss …

History of U.S. Biofuel Mandate Provides Opening for Legal Challenge
October 31, 2014 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Ayesha Rascoe (Reuters Africa)  Probable legal challenges to proposed cuts in the 2014 U.S. biofuel mandate could focus on a two-word phrase dropped from the U.S. law establishing the renewable fuel program back in …

Air France Launches One-Year Sustainable Development Showcase Project Involving Weekly Biofuel Flight
October 31, 2014 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Air France has launched a one-year programme, called ‘Lab’line for the Future’, to showcase various sustainable development projects the airline is undertaking. Starting last week, and running until September 2015, it will operate …

Study Finds a Carbon Gap of 220 Million Tonnes in 2023 Will Require Offsetting by the Airline Industry
October 31, 2014 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online) Even with improvements in aircraft technology, airline efficiencies and operational improvements, together with the introduction of biofuels, there will be a sizeable carbon gap between commercial aviation forecasts and industry targets by 2023, according …

A Low Carbon Fuel Standard in Washington State: Revised Analysis with Updated Assumptions
October 31, 2014 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(Life Cycle Associates, LLC for the Washington State Office of Financial Management)  … Governor Inslee’s Executive Order 14-04, directed the Office of Financial Management (OFM) to commission an update to the earlier analysis to reassess the …

North Carolina State University Announces Biofuel Breakthroughs
October 31, 2014 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina State University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Scientists are using biotechnology to chip away at barriers to producing biofuels from woody plants and grasses instead of the corn and sugarcane used to make ethanol.
NC State’s Forest …

4 Minutes With…Ashok Mathur, Director Corporate Commercialization, Matheson
October 31, 2014 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Very interested in processes that use oxygen, hydrogen, CO2 and other industrial gases as process feed or to enhance productivity.

Get same government incentives/subsidies as petroleum   READ MORE

Study Casting Doubt on GHG Benefits of Corn Stover Ethanol Draws Sharp Criticism by Other Researchers; Liska Responds
October 31, 2014 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A study published earlier this year in the journal Nature Climate Change that cast doubt on whether biofuels produced from corn residue could meet federal mandates for cellulosic biofuels to reduce greenhouse …

DOE Highlights Algae for Targeted Research Grants
October 31, 2014 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announcednine topics and 26 new subtopics under its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Technology Transfer (STTR) …

Muradel Launches Green Crude Demo Plant
October 31, 2014 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Renewable fuels company Muradel has launched Australia’s first integrated demonstration plant to sustainably convert algae into green crude, as a first step towards a commercial plant with the potential to produce 80 …

The GMO Debate: 5 Things to Stop Arguing
October 31, 2014 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Tamar Haspel (The Washington Post)   … I’m guessing you’d agree that the public debate about GMOs isn’t playing out in a constructive way. Both sides have dug trenches, and they’re lobbing grenades over the …

Specific actions for the Transport Sector in the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework
October 30, 2014 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

(   …(T)he undersigned associations and companies representing all the steps of the EU biofuels chain would like to underline the following points:
• The EU transport sector, being largely dependent on fossil fuels and on …

Dynamics of Venture Capital Funding in the Bio-based Chemicals Industry
October 30, 2014 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research, Inc.) Following a drop in investment caused by the financial crisis, venture capital (VC) investment in bio-based materials and chemicals (BBMC) came back with a boom. VC investment rose steadily and reached a peak …

4 Minutes With…Doug Rivers, Director of R&D, ICM
October 30, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … I am responsible for corporate research & development. In this role, I am responsible for development of new and improved technology in ICM’™s Gen 1.0, Gen1.5, and Gen 2.0 …

National Ethanol Conference Scholarships Available
October 30, 2014 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

(National Ethanol Conference)  Now in its sixth year, the NEC Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Foundation and the Renewable Fuels Association, seeks to attract students of higher learning who wish to pursue a …

Stu Ellis: What Do We Do with All of This Corn?
October 30, 2014 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

by Stu Ellis (  … Last fall, the market was telling farmers to raise more soybeans in 2014, but don’t cut back too much on corn acres, and total planted acreage in the U.S. subsequently …

4 Minutes With… Steve Weiss, Grey Heron
October 30, 2014 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … My primary focus is Genomatica – and helping them increasingly be seen as the biotechnology partner of choice for the mainstream chemical industry. … I’m also helping Liquid Light, as they …

Ethanol Maker Green Plains Says Rail Transport Not Keeping up as More Embrace E15
October 30, 2014 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Russell Hubbard (Omaha World-Herald)  Green Plains Inc., whose shares have climbed 80 percent this year, told investors Wednesday that higher blends of ethanol are making it into the nation’s gas supply but that congested rail …

Tips for Biofuel Investment In Turbulent Times
October 30, 2014 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  As a biofuels plant, how do you make sound plant management and investment decisions in an environment of political turmoil? This was the theme of one of the panel discussions during …

What the Candidates Say: Sen. Al Franken, Mike McFadden, Rep. Collin Peterson, etc.
October 30, 2014 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) With the mid-term elections around the corner, we asked several candidates running for office their views on biofuels. The candidates were selected on their current committee positions at the federal and state …

Fuels America Debuts Campaign for RFS Supporters Facing Reelection
October 30, 2014 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the US, Fuels America has launched a six-figure TV and radio campaign in Minnesota, Michigan, and Nebraska thanking American renewable fuels champions Sen. Al Franken, Rep. Collin Peterson, Rep. …

Five Things to Know about Biorefinery Investments
October 30, 2014 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Alicia Moulton (U.S. Department of Energy)  … These cellulosic ethanol plants managed by Abengoa, POET-DSM, and INEOS are three of the fifteen active integrated biorefinery projects under the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office. Also, three …

Racing with Relevance: Green Racing Redefines Sustainable Motorsports
October 30, 2014 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Reuben Sarkar (US Department of Energy)  Green Racing is helping to bring new levels of “Clean, Fast, and Efficient” to motorsports competition and consumer vehicles through the announcement of this season’s Green Challenge Award and …

Engineering Organisms for Renewable Energy
October 30, 2014 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Rutgers-Camden News Now)  … Using a software program they developed, computer science majors Jim Kelley and Tony Lane create mathematical models of organisms to better predict how they can be engineered to produce desirable products.
“We’re …

Virent and the PlantPET Technology Collaborative (PTC) Sign Expression of Interest to Access Commercial Quantities of Virent’s BioFormPX® Paraxylene
October 30, 2014 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

(Virent)  Virent’s Bio-based Paraxylene, BioFormPX®, Will Allow PTC Members to Offer Customers 100% Renewable and Recyclable PET Resin and Polyester
October 30, 2014 – Virent and the PlantPET Technology Collaborative (PTC) today announced that the parties …

4 Minutes With…Scott Chabina, Director, Carl Marks Advisory Group
October 30, 2014 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We have extensive experience in the Advanced Bioeconomy, notably having completed more transactions in the domestic ethanol industry than any other financial advisor in recent history.

Our current engagements range from …

Scania Biodiesel Trucks Help Coop Pursue Environmental Goals
October 30, 2014 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Scania)  Swiss supermarket chain Coop is taking delivery of more than 50 Scania biodiesel trucks as part of an ambitious plan to become carbon neutral by 2023. The chain says the move has nothing to …

BRAG® Petitions EPA for Biodiesel Products CDR Exemptions Already Granted to Petroleum Products
October 30, 2014 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

(Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group)  On October 21, 2014, the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) submitted petitions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting that biodiesel fuel manufacturers be granted the …

Appalachian Biofuels LLC to Invest $3.5 Million in Headquarters and New Biodiesel Production Facility
October 30, 2014 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

(Governor Terry McAuliffe)  Governor McAuliffe Announces 40 New Jobs in Russell County
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today (October 29, 2014) that Appalachian Biofuels LLC will invest $3.5 million to establish its headquarters and enzymatic biodiesel production …

The Strange World of Super-Strong, Super-Light Nanocellulose
October 30, 2014 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Flexible electric circuits and solar panels? Advanced biofuels? New concretes and steel-like materials? New medical implants and sutures? Drug delivery vehicles? Cosmetics? Lightweight armor?  That’s just a sample of the …

$7.9M Raised to Fight Maui GMO Ballot Initiative
October 30, 2014 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/The Maui News/Bellingham Herald) A group backed by biotech companies raised more than $7.9 million to fight a Maui ballot initiative calling for a moratorium on genetically modified organisms.
Campaign Spending Commission records for the …

LSU AgCenter Releases Sweet Sorghum Production Guide
October 29, 2014 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

(Louisiana State University/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Sweet sorghum is not currently grown as a commercial crop in Louisiana, but in the future, producers may consider growing it for use as a biofuel feedstock.  To help guide …

Fiberight Still Working toward MSW Plant in Iowa
October 29, 2014 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Despite delays, Fiberight’s plans to produce cellulosic ethanol from municipal solid waste (MSW) in Iowa are moving forward. In fact, an equity drive happening now is attracting quite a …

The Next Revolution: Discarding Dangerous Fossil Fuel Accounting Practices
October 29, 2014 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Alex Nicolson   (Renewable Energy World)  … Economists recognize the existence of these costs and call them “externalities.” Other than this recognition, externalities are still not assigned to their correct sources.
As just one example, consider …

Turning Humble Seaweed to Biofuel
October 29, 2014 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Nancy Bazilchuk (Norwegian University of Science and Technology/REnewable Energy World)   A Norwegian research group has been able to achieve bio-oil yields of 79 percent from a common kelp, much higher than other attempts. The secret …

CALL FOR PAPERS: World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology July 19-22, 2015 Montreal, Quebec, Canada DEADLINE: January 15, 2015
October 29, 2014 – 6:15 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology July 19-22, 2015 Montreal, Quebec, Canada    DEADLINE:  January 15, 2015

The BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology Call for Papers is Now Open
Leaders from the industrial biotechnology industry, academia, and policy community are invited to submit an abstract or a panel proposal to be featured …

World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology July 19-22, 2015 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
October 29, 2014 – 6:10 pm | No Comment
World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology   July 19-22, 2015   Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology is the world’s largest industrial biotechnology event for business leaders, investors, and policy makers in biofuels, biobased products, and renewable chemicals.
Who should attend? Industry and academic scientists; business executives, government …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Algae Production Workshop January 22-23, 2015 Lafayette, Louisiana DEADLINE: December 15, 2014
October 29, 2014 – 6:02 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  Algae Production Workshop January 22-23, 2015 Lafayette, Louisiana      DEADLINE: December 15, 2014

Sharing of information and collaboration between algae producers, commercially-minded algae researchers, engineers and equipment companies are key factors in building the algae production industry.  NAA is technology neutral. Algae technologies must be proven outside the …

Algae Production Workshop January 22-23, 2015 Lafayette, Louisiana
October 29, 2014 – 5:56 pm | No Comment
Algae Production Workshop     January 22-23, 2015     Lafayette, Louisiana

Sharing of information and collaboration between algae producers, commercially-minded algae researchers, engineers and equipment companie are key factors in building the algae production industry.  NAA is technology neutral. Algae technologies must be proven outside the …

Creative Discovery Museum Launches New Biofuels Website
October 29, 2014 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(Creative Discovery Museum)  Did you know that fuel can be made from things like switchgrass, algae and trees? They’re called biofuels and they are all around us. Creative Discovery Museum has created a new educational …

Creating a Strong Economy through Biobased Products
October 29, 2014 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/The Hill)  In a recently released report entitled “Why Biobased?” the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) answers the question of why America should invest in a biobased economy.  The report …

Midlands Voices: Renewable Fuels Are Homegrown Success
October 29, 2014 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by John Hansen (Nebraska Farmers Union/  … When Iowa State University’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Development examined the impact the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has on a family of four, it found an average in …

Report: Increased Ethanol Drops Energy Content of Gas
October 29, 2014 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  The growing use of ethanol in the country’s gasoline supply has reduced the average energy content of a gallon of gasoline by about 3 percent during the last two …

Students Can Apply for Scholarship to Nat’l Biodiesel Conference
October 29, 2014 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  The Nov. 24 deadline is fast approaching for science students interested in applying to attend the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, Jan. 19-22 in Fort Worth, Texas. Hosted by the National Biodiesel Board, …

New EU Sanctions against Russia Impact European Biofuel Companies
October 29, 2014 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Richard Weiner  (Fredrikson & Byron/Biodiesel Magazine)  The Council of the European Union has recently enacted regulations that require the member states of the European Union to impose sanctions against Russian individuals and companies in response …

Sen. Whitehouse to Push Carbon Price Bill
October 29, 2014 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by  Laura Barron-Lopez  (The Hill) Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) is preparing legislation that will put a price on carbon and he plans to introduce it next month.   Whitehouse announced the legislation during a conference …

Boosting Biogasoline Production in Microbes
October 29, 2014 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Yarriss (Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory)  Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Combine Systems Biology with Genetic Engineering to Improve Production of Isopentenol in E.Coli
In the on-going effort to develop advanced biofuels as a clean, green and …

4 Minutes With…Alex Baker, Chief Operating Officer, Leaf Resources Limited
October 29, 2014 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Glycell pretreatment process. … I studied science with majors in biochemistry and microbiology at Griffith University. Griffith had a strong environmental link and industrial pathways for it’s science school. It …

California Energy Commission to Award up to $3M for Advanced Biofuel Projects
October 29, 2014 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

(Green  Car Congress)  The California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) announced (PON-14-602) the availability of up to $3 million in grant funds for biofuels projects that are in the …

Biofuels Help Boost Sustainable Transport and Support Rural Development in Africa: GRFA
October 29, 2014 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, as the first African Sustainable Transport Forum gets under way in Nairobi, Kenya, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) called on forum attendees to adopt biofuels friendly policies and regulations that …

Using Biodiesel in Urban Transit Buses Could Reduce Harmful Emissions
October 29, 2014 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(Yahoo! News/PR Newswire)   Do transit buses operating on biodiesel emit more or less particulate matter and gases than those using conventional diesel? TheMineta National Transit Research Consortium (MNTRC) has released its latest peer-reviewed study based …

Update from DuPont on Its Nevada Project – Labor Shortages, New Ethanol Marketer Deal
October 29, 2014 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With the Abengoa and POET-DSM openings behind us, time to look ahead to the next one: DuPont’s 30 million gallon plant in Nevada, Iowa. We had been expecting mechanical completion …

The 8 Habits of Highly Successful Biorefinery Developers: Looking at Alberta’s Look at Advanced Biofuels
October 29, 2014 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Alberta looks at what might works for them in industrial biotech — Jacobs comes up with a useful take on Renmatix, GTI, LanzaTech, Enerkem, REG and OPX Bio — …

Obama: (Un)intentionally Reengineering the RFS for Big Oil?
October 29, 2014 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Brooke Coleman (Biofuels Digest/Advanced Ethanol Council)  … It is doubtful that anyone on the Obama energy team regards themselves as having anything in common with someone like Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), who has declared …

Dinneen: ‘Elections Matter’
October 28, 2014 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Two weeks from Election Day, Bob Dinneen told a crowd of international grain and animal feed buyers gathered in Seattle that whichever party controls Congress next year will “have …

Navigate to E85
October 28, 2014 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

(Choose Ethanol)  You can now use your Garmin or TomTom GPS device to locate E85 stations all over the country. This data will let you upload E85 stations as special Points of Interest (POIs).
You can …

Ethanol Running on Empty
October 28, 2014 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Tim Maverick (Wall Street Daily)  Ethanol prices recently hit a four-year low, plunging 28% in September alone.  The price on October 1 was $1.53 per gallon, the lowest price seen since June 2010!   Back …

South Africa’s Ethanol Industry Is ‘Far Behind and So Small’
October 28, 2014 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  An ethanol association is working hard to grow the ethanol industry in South Africa and nearby countries. Right now, an association staff member said, the industry feels very small …

Two Organizations Call Out the EPA on Corn Ethanol Emissions Modeling, ‘Seriously Flawed’
October 28, 2014 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Aaron Turpen (Torque News)  The UAI and the EFC have called the EPA MOVES2014 corn ethanol emissions model “seriously flawed” and are calling for peer review of the emissions estimates in the annual report.

The …

Voters Give a Strong “Yes!” to Biodiesel Policy
October 28, 2014 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Policies supporting biodiesel production would win a resounding vote of confidence if they were on the ballot in next week’s elections, according to a nationwide survey released Tuesday.
Three out of four voters …

Cereal Grains Food Science Professor Receives Grant to Bring Corn Co-product to Market
October 28, 2014 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(South Dakota State University/Lab Manager)  South Dakota State University food science professor Padmanaban Krishnan received a four-year grant geared toward getting corn co-products to the food market.
With a $576,000 project budget for the Minnesota Corn …

Mayor Finch Holds Groundbreaking at Tri-State Biodiesel, Creating 25 New Green Jobs at Eco-Technology Park
October 28, 2014 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Tri-State Biodiesel)  …  The Tri-State Biodiesel project is part of a significant green investment into the Bridgeport Eco-Industrial Park that supports the creation of new “green collar” jobs. Tri-State Biodiesel expects to create an additional …

REG Begins Production and Sales of Renewable Diesel from Louisiana Biorefinery
October 28, 2014 – 11:06 am | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Group)  Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:REGI) announced today that commercial-scale quantities of renewable hydrocarbon diesel (RHD) produced at the company’s Geismar, Louisiana biorefinery are now available for sale.
The first truckloads of REG-9000™/RHD produced …

Enerkem Announces New Project Partnership in China
October 28, 2014 – 11:02 am | No Comment

(Enerkem/PR NewsWire)  Enerkem Inc. (, a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, today announced it has signed an agreement with Qingdao City Construction Investment Group Co. Ltd. to develop a project partnership to jointly build a municipal …

4 Minutes With…Tim Brummels, CEO, Canergy
October 28, 2014 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The opportunity to change the political environment having politicians care more about the health of our nations future economic and environment needs for future generations verses personal short minded election …

Liquid CO2, or Liquid Gold? Maybe Both, as Aemetis Adds CO2 Liquefaction at Its Keyes, CA Plant
October 28, 2014 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … To Aemetis, a route to improved margins that will also help the environment. Here’s how.
News arrives from Aemetis, via its latest SEC filings, that the company has “entered into …

Patriot Renewable Fuels Signs Cellulosic Deal
October 28, 2014 – 9:23 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Patriot Renewable Fuels has signed a Professional Services Agreement to install ICM’s Fiber Seperation Technology (FST) as well as their Generation 1.5 Grain Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology (Gen 1.5) for …

McCarthy and the New Catalytic-Converter-Moment for Energy
October 27, 2014 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Laís Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the event  “The Power of Opinion: How Americans’ Preferences on Energy Point a Way Forward on Climate Change,” held at Georgetown University, Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection …

Court Rejects Challenge to EPA E15 Regulation
October 27, 2014 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Oct. 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied a petition of review filed by the American Petroleum Institute and other groups challenging the …

BlueFire Plays the China Card? Ex-Im Bank of China Issues $270M LOI for Mississippi Biofuels Project
October 27, 2014 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, BlueFire Renewables has received a Letter of Intent from The Export Import Bank of China (China EXIM) to provide up to $270 million in debt financing for its …

Congressional Budget Office Says RFS Could Result in $6.00 per Gallon Credits for Advanced Biofuels
October 27, 2014 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How does the Congressional Budget Office look at biofuels and the Renewable Fuel Standard?
How does $3.00-$6.00 advanced biofuels RINs? A $0.26 per gallon hike in gasoline prices? A $1.27 drop …

BlueFire Renewables Receives Unprecedented Export-Import Bank of China Letter of Intent to Provide Debt Financing for a U.S. Bio-Energy Project
October 24, 2014 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/BlueFire Renewables)  BlueFire’s Mississippi Fulton Project Paves the Way for Other U.S./China Renewable Energy Projects
BlueFire Renewables, Inc. (OTC:BFRE), a company focused on changing the world’s transportation fuel paradigm through the production of renewable fuels, …

UMaine Team Hired to Study whether ‘Trashanol’ Will Work in Maine
October 24, 2014 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by By Nok-Noi Ricker (Bangor Daily News)  The organization representing the trash interests of 187 Maine towns is now partnering with the University of Maine to determine if new garbage-to-energy technology from a Maryland company —- …

Four Freedoms for the 21st Century
October 24, 2014 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Over the past year we have seen some remarkable developments in the sector, starting right here in Alberta with the completion and opening of the Enerkem advanced biofuels plant …

HSBC to Join Virgin Atlantic, LanzaTech Partnership for Low Carbon Jet Fuel
October 24, 2014 – 10:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In the UK, Virgin Atlantic has announced that the UK’s largest bank, HSBC, is joining its partnership with LanzaTech in preparation for a world-first flight using a ground-breaking low carbon …

Boeing, COMAC Open Facility to Transform ‘Gutter Oil’ into Aviation Biofuel
October 24, 2014 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Technology developed in China to convert waste cooking oil into jet fuel.   China-U.S. Aviation Biofuel Pilot Project supports sustainable growth of commercial aviation
In China, Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. …

Prius Pushback: Hybrid Inspires Some Hatred
October 24, 2014 – 9:35 am | No Comment

by Julie Wernau (Chicago Tribune)    … It’s (coal rolling) also an apparent response to the Obama administration’s fight to lower carbon emissions. Carmakers must have a fleetwide average of 54.5 miles per gallon by model …

Cellulosic Gasoline
October 23, 2014 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(University of California Office of Research)  Tech ID: 23816 / UC Case 2014-170-0   Abstract:  A simple method of synthesizing gasoline from cellulosic biomass.

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Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a novel synthesis …

The Economic and Climate Implications of Methane Emissions from the Oil & Gas Sector October 30, 2014 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Washington, DC
October 23, 2014 – 1:53 pm | No Comment
The Economic and Climate Implications of Methane Emissions from the Oil & Gas Sector   October 30, 2014   2:00 pm – 3:30 pm    Washington, DC

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing examining methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that gas leaks from this sector are responsible …

RFA Announces E85 “Post Your Price” Contest
October 23, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(Rnewable Fuels Association) In an effort to promote E85 (85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline) sales and track E85 prices, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) announced a unique opportunity to win FREE E85 for one …

EPA Supporting Next Generation of Environmental Scientists Through 105 Fellowship Grants
October 23, 2014 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Today (October 22, 2014), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 105 graduate students across the nation will receive $8.6 million in Science to Achieve Results (STAR) fellowship grants to …

A Host of Chemicals Emissions Are Seeping from Oil and Gas Operations
October 23, 2014 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Mark Jaffe (The Denver Post)  A host of chemical emissions seep are seeping from oil and gas drilling pads with different ones coming from different places in the operation – from the wellhead to …

The Renewable Fuel Standard: 2014 and Beyond
October 23, 2014 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Congressional Budget Office)  Presentation by Terry Dinan, Senior Advisor in CBO’s Microeconomic Studies Division. With Ron Gecan and David Austin, both of CBO, posted.  READ MORE

2015 SouthEast Energy Development (SEED) Fellowship Program
October 23, 2014 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

(Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS))  10 WEEK SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIP (MAY 25‐JULY 31, 2015)    The Southeast Energy Development (SEED) Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture‐Agriculture and Food Research …