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Bipartisan Policy Center and It’s “Fix the RFS” Recipe, or Lack thereof
December 19, 2014 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  After a year-long talk fest, the BPC emerges with a report on RFS reform, and lays an egg.  Was the process doomed from the start by an insistence of “RFS reform” as a topic for discussion, instead of RFS enforcement? The Digest investigates.

In Washington, the Bipartisan Policy Center has issued its high-awaited 61-page report on reform of the Renewable Fuel Standard.

The respected organization was founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George Mitchell; it’s a nonprofit organization that drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation, and respectful dialogue.

You have a shopping list. No quantities, no cost, no instructions on how any of these ingredients work together to make a cookie, no useful picture or diagram.  And some of the ideas sound downright weird.

The report to some extent feels like it has the same legitimacy that the National Football League had during the referees strike. There was no one in the 23-person group working full-time in the ethanol industry or the biodiesel industry or any company making flex-fuel vehicles — or any biofuels trade association representative. The biofuels industry was represented by Amyris, KiOR, and Neste Oil.

Now, Neste is a major player in renewable diesel and Amyris is an admired US-based company — but we have to note that there’s not one gallon of US-based production in there, representing the industry for a review of legislation designed to increase US energy security by promoting domestic production of biofuels.

The substantive shortcoming

First of all, the report presents 40 different “policy ideas” which are described, along with their “advantages” and “disadvantages” — but there is no sense of hierarchy here, or hard data on the impact on fuel volumes. There’s an awful lot of “may result” in the “advantages” and “disadvantages” part — and all the equivocation results in one giant, big, call to inaction.

In all, it’s presented as an “an inventory of regulatory and/or legislative policy actions to improve the RFS, though they do not represent the consensus of the advisory group.”

The process shortcoming

The Advanced Ethanol Council and BIO said that the study was flawed from the beginning because “participants were required to stipulate to a predetermined outcome sought by the oil industry – that the RFS is not working and needs to be reformed by Congress”.

Both organizations went on to state that “Key leaders in the advanced biofuel sector sat out the process” because of this stipulation, although statting that “BIO and the AEC are more than willing to engage in honest discussions about the Renewable Fuel Standard…With the report’s recommendations now in hand, the oil industry’s influence over the process is even clearer.”  READ MORE and MORE (The Hill)   Download the full report    Download the report overview    Download the inventory summary

 



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University of Minnesota Report Contains Inaccurate and Misleading Information on Ethanol
December 19, 2014 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The recent report released by the University of Minnesota, “Life Cycle Air Quality Impacts Of Conventional And Alternative Light-Duty Transportation In the United States,” contains several inaccuracies and misleading information.

In particular, its conclusion that corn-based ethanol contains more harmful pollutants than gasoline runs contrary to findings from the Argonne National Laboratory (which is a non-profit research laboratory operated by the University of Chicago for the U.S. Department of Energy), the U.S. EPA and the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

The authors of the report state that corn-based ethanol emits more ozone and particulate matter than gasoline. Ozone is created by chemical reactions between oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) while particulate matter is an air pollution term for a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets in the air.

Both ozone and particulate matter can trigger health problems. While the U Of M’s report states that these two pollutants increase with ethanol usage, data from the EPA suggests otherwise.

According to the EPA, the amount of ozone in the air has decreased 18 percent from 2000 to 2013. In the Upper Midwest, ozone levels have fallen 11 percent during the same time period.

Similarly, particulate matter has decreased 34 percent nationwide from 2000 to 2013. It is important to note that the drop in ozone and particulate matter coincide with the increase in ethanol blended gasoline which took off on a large scale after the implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2005.

Moreover, the Argonne National Laboratory’s GREET (Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation) model – which was also used by the authors of the report – shows total urban life cycle emissions of VOC, NOx and particulate matter in a vehicle using E10 (gasoline that contains 10 percent ethanol) is lower than in a vehicle using gasoline which contains no ethanol.

If compared with a vehicle running on E85 (gasoline that contains 85 percent ethanol), GREET shows that the urban emission reductions are even more significant at 5 percent (VOC), 7.8 percent (NOx) and 20 percent (particulate matter).

Interestingly, the report did not address CO2 emissions which dominates greenhouse gas emissions. According to the EIA, a gallon of gasoline that does not contain ethanol produces 19.64 lbs of CO2. A gallon of ethanol, on the other hand, emits 12.72 lbs of CO2.

As such, E10 produces 18.95 lbs of CO2 while E85 emits 13.75 lbs of CO2. Thus, it is quite clear that using ethanol reduces the level of CO2 in the air.

In 2012, some 2.45 billion gallons of gasoline was consumed in Minnesota. If we assumed that all 2.45 billion gallons were E10, it would mean 766,571 metric tons of CO2 was prevented from being released into the air thanks to ethanol.

That, according the EPA’s greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator, is the equivalent of removing 161,383 cars from the road for a year in Minnesota.

Considering the above, it is clear that ethanol is a much cleaner fuel than gasoline. Moreover, it is important to note that the authors of the study did not factor emissions from Canadian oil sands in their analysis of life cycle emissions from gasoline. This in itself casts more doubts on their findings as 70 percent of oil imported from Canada (which would include oil sands from Alberta) are brought into the Midwest.  READ MORE and MORE (Ethanol Producer Magazine) and MORE / MORE / MORE (Renewable Fuels Association) and MORE (Growth Energy) and  MORE (University of Minnesota)   Abstract (PNAS)

 

Excerpt from Ethanol Producer Magazine:  Growth Energy’s statement following the release of the report added to the critiques from another angle. “This report also fails to account for the numerous environmental benefits ethanol provides,” the Growth Energy statement said. “According to Argonne National Laboratory, ethanol reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by an average of 34 percent compared to gasoline, even when the highly controversial and disputed theory on indirect land use change (ILUC) is factored into the modeling … Argonne has found that without ILUC included, ethanol reduces GHG emissions by 57 percent compared to gasoline.”

Growth Energy also pointed out the University of Minnesota report left out another important benefit ethanol brings to fuel. “Ethanol, with its high octane content, reduces the need to add toxic aromatics to gasoline to bolster octane and engine performance such as benzene and 1-3 butadiene that are known carcinogens. Additionally, ethanol plays a major role in reducing ultra-fine particulates in exhaust emissions that are linked to a large number of adverse health outcomes.”  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Renewable Fuels Association white paper:  … The Minnesota study’s lifecycle emissions estimates for electric vehicles (EVs) do not include emissions associates with battery production, a glaring omission that creates an inconsistent framework for comparing various fuel/vehicle options. The authors admit that emissions associated with battery production account for “about half” of total EV lifecycle emissions—yet those emissions are excluded from the central scenario.  READ MORE



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Novozymes Sticks to Biofuel Growth Plan Despite Oil Price Rout
December 19, 2014 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Teis Jensen   (Reuters Africa)   Denmark’s Novozymes , the world’s largest enzymes producer, will stick to its plans to develop transportation fuel made from agricultural waste, despite an oil price rout that has left oil-based products cheaper for consumers.

 

Some analysts have expressed concern that a lower crude oil price might dampen investor interest in alternatives, but Novozymes said on Thursday that it aims to provide enzymes to 15 advanced bioethanol plants by 2017, up from five, generating 1 billion Danish crowns ($165.7 million) in revenue.

“We have invested in this since 2001 because we believe in the long term potential,” Sebastian Soderberg, vice president for biomass conversion for Novozymes, told Reuters, brushing off the recent drop in the oil price to 2009 lows.

“We believe that it will be competitive with oil-based products, but it would obviously take a longer time for us if the oil price stays at this level. But commodity prices fluctuate,” he said.

 

Novozymes will also be supplying enzymes to Longlive , which has a license to produce cellulosic bioethanol in China, and to a project in Sarawak, Malaysia for the first advanced bioethanol plant in South East Asia.  READ MORE

 



Bipartisan Policy Center and It’s “Fix the RFS” Recipe, or Lack thereof
December 19, 2014 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  After a year-long talk fest, the BPC emerges with a report on RFS reform, and lays an egg.  Was the process doomed from the start by an insistence of “RFS …

University of Minnesota Report Contains Inaccurate and Misleading Information on Ethanol
December 19, 2014 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The recent report released by the University of Minnesota, “Life Cycle Air Quality Impacts Of Conventional And Alternative Light-Duty Transportation In the United States,” contains several inaccuracies and misleading information.

In particular, its conclusion …

Three Ways Renewables Could Benefit From Low Oil Prices
December 19, 2014 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Jeff McMahon (Forbes)  … International Energy Agency director Maria van der Hoeven and U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz appeared together Thursday at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington DC, where van der Hoeven presented the …

Biomass Feedstock Survey – Producer Participation Wanted
December 19, 2014 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(Biomass Blog)  The Mississippi State University Department of Agricultural Economics is reaching out to agricultural producers in the Southeast region and asking them to participate in an on-line survey. The survey is part of a …

To Clean up Air in Cities, Govt Plans Biofuel, Electric Buses
December 19, 2014 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(Times of India)  The government is set to come out with policies to introduce clean fuels such as biodiesel, bioethanol and electricity for public transport vehicles and school buses in big cities to tackle air …

UPDATED: Finland Provides Money to Build Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
December 19, 2014 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The government of Finland announced Dec.17 that it granted $36.8 million (€30 million) to help build a cellulosic ethanol plant. A separate project to produce biogasoline, biodiesel and smaller …

Battle Resumes over Clean Fuels Program
December 19, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Steve Law (Portland Tribune)  Another showdown looms in Salem between Big Oil and environmentalists, but this time environmentalists appear to have the upper hand.
Heavy lobbying last year by the Western States Petroleum Association helped …

4 Minutes with… Dr. Indresh Mathur, Director, Research and Development, Haltermann Solutions
December 19, 2014 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Develop high energy rocket propellants for the private companies under NASA contracts to fly missions to the space station. Develop endothermic fuels for hypersonic vehicles for the military.  READ MORE

Shanks Awarded Preferred Proponent Status for Surrey Organics Biofuel Processing Facility Project in Canada
December 19, 2014 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

(Shanks)   International waste-to-product business, Shanks Group plc (LSE: SKS) announces that Iris Solutions, a consortium led by Orgaworld Canada, part of Shanks’ Organics Division, has been selected as the preferred proponent for the Surrey …

New York State Awards Bioenergy Projects with Economic Development Grants
December 19, 2014 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In New York state, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that $709.2 million in economic and community development funding has been awarded through Round IV of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) …

UNICA Says Hard for Ethanol to Compete with $60 Oil as Nine More Mills Shut
December 19, 2014 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, UNICA says that ethanol and all renewable energies become a challenge with oil at $60 per barrel, but that the choice of ethanol over gasoline has to be about …

Leifmark and New Holland Run Stover Harvest Trials in Western Iowa to Cut Investor Risk for Cellulosic Ethanol Refineries
December 19, 2014 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

(Liefmark/PR NewsWire)   In two Iowa cornfields in early November, Leifmark, LLC and New Holland Agriculture teamed up to test equipment and methods used to gather, bale, and store the corn stover left behind after …

BNDES OKs $116M in Financing for Abengoa Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Sao Paulo State
December 19, 2014 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) approved $223.38 in financing for four sugarcane projects.
The largest announced financing is for Abengoa Bioenergy SA Agribusiness, which will receive …

Finnish Study Identifies Locally Sourced Green Diesel as a Route to Aviation Biofuel Use if Price Can Be Met
December 19, 2014 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  A study commissioned by the Finnish Ministry of Transport and national aviation and biofuel companies has indicated the country is well positioned to start production of aviation biofuels but there are challenges over …

2015 China International Bioenergy and Biomass Utilization Summit (BBS 2015) May 21st-22nd Shanghai, China
December 19, 2014 – 12:25 pm | No Comment
2015 China International Bioenergy and Biomass Utilization Summit (BBS 2015)   May 21st-22nd  Shanghai, China

On the global scale Bioenergy is the most important renewable energy source and a further strong growth of bioenergy is needed to make the energy system more sustainable and climate compatible.
In the last five years, …

REG Newton Unveils $13.2 Million Upgrade
December 19, 2014 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Jamee A. Pierson (Newton Daily News)   …The upgraded process, including distillation, removes impurities and leaves behind a very pure form of biomass-based diesel. The final product exceeds industry quality standards and also performs …

Brazil’s Cosan Sees Brighter Future for Ethanol
December 18, 2014 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

(Reuters America Latina) Cosan SA, Brazil’s biggest producer of sugar and ethanol, said on Wednesday that two potential upsides in 2015 could brighten the outlook for the country’s ethanol sector, which has struggled with government …

4 Minutes with…Cindy Thyfault, CEO, Westar Trade Resources
December 18, 2014 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We specialize in assisting companies with new or emerging technologies that are ready for commercial financing. … I am also interested working with developers in key areas of the world that …

KSG Agro Expert Believes the Production of Biofuels Should Not Disturb the Eco-Balance of Land
December 18, 2014 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(KSG Agro)  In the production of biofuels one should take into account the need to maintain soil fertility. This was mentioned by KSG Agro Holding’s CEO Mr. Sergey Mazin during the V Ukrainian Grain Congress, …

Military May Have to Tell Lawmakers Before Filling the Tank
December 18, 2014 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(Roll Call) … The legislation would allow the Defense Department to continue buying biofuels in bulk but raises the threshold for qualifying purchases. The department has to consider “the fully burdened cost” of the fuels and …

Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs Survive “Cromnibus”
December 18, 2014 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(FarmEnergy.org)  The big news from our nation’s capital this past week has been the passage of the appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015, which began on October 1st. The federal government had been operating on …

York’s Contribution to International Biofuel Research Is Recognised by Brazil.
December 18, 2014 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

(Biorenewables Development Centre)  Brazil’s National Laboratory of Science and Technology of Bioethanol (CTBE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC), based in York. Brazil is the world’s largest producer …

From Flushing to Fuel: How Bioenergy Spectrum Solutions Will Change Waste Disposal
December 18, 2014 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(EIN PressWire) … BioEnergy Spectrum Solutions, or BESS, has a plan based on technology developed by Mississippi State University that can take the sludge from waste water facilities and use it to make fuel that can …

Biofuel Facts for the Road: The Energy Department and Your Gasoline Pump
December 18, 2014 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Alicia Moulton (US Department of Energy)  Going “over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house” this holiday season could require a significant amount of gasoline if you’re traveling by car. Before you hit …

BETO Releases Process Integration and Carbon Efficiency Workshop Summary Report
December 18, 2014 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  On June 11–12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted a workshop in Lakewood, Colorado, to discuss research and development …

The Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO) Is Hosting aVirtual Science Fair.
December 18, 2014 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO) is hosting a national virtual science fair that engages 9th–12th grade students in learning about bioenergy and educating their peers. The students will research a bioenergy …

Students Share Experiences from First Run of BioenergizeME Virtual Science Fair
December 18, 2014 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Last week concluded the beta run of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) sponsored BioenergizeME Virtual Science Fair—a high school competition that has students create and share infographics about bioenergy concepts. Student …

U.S, China Making Progress on Biotech Crop talks: USDA’s Vilsack
December 18, 2014 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Tom Polansek (Reuters)  The United States and China are making progress in talks over Beijing’s acceptance of new biotechnology for crops, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Wednesday.
The countries are “moving toward an …

4 Minutes with… Gernot Trolf, CEO of AATIC
December 18, 2014 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Seeking additional funders/investors for our WTE, Algae to Fuel and other renewable energy projects.  READ MORE

Renmatix Acquires Sweden-Based REAC Fuel’s Intellectual Property
December 18, 2014 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

(Renmatix/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Renmatix Inc., the architect of affordable cellulosic sugars for the global renewable chemicals markets, recently announced it has acquired the intellectual property rights and know-how of REAC Fuel. Based in Sweden, REAC has …

China Biofuels Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2010 – 2017
December 18, 2014 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(Transparency Market Research/Digital Journal) Transparency Market Research Report Added “China Biofuels Market” to its database.
The research report provides insights into the global and China biofuels market with detailed overview and statistical data. The growing demand …

Raizen, Iogen Commence Cellulosic Ethanol Production in Brazil
December 18, 2014 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  1 billion liters by 2024, vows Raizen. Record speed on start-up. What’s the story on the ground? In Brazil, Iogen and Raízen announced they have begun production of cellulosic ethanol on …

Gov. Inslee Wants To Cap And Tax Emissions From Washington State’s Major Polluters
December 18, 2014 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Katie Valentine (ThinkProgress)   Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has big plans for carbon reductions in his state, as outlined in climate change and transportation proposals announced by the governor’s office this week.
On Tuesday, Inslee …

Biofuels Economic Outlook
December 18, 2014 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Back again by popular demand this year at the American Seed Trade Association CSS 2014 and Seed Expo was AgResource Company president Dan Basse giving his economic outlook for the year …

Seeds of Cellulosic Ethanol
December 18, 2014 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  … During a presentation at the American Seed Trade Association CSS 2014 and Seed Expo last week in Chicago, John Pieper with Dupont Industrial Biosciences talked about the importance of seed …

Algae Industry Tackling Global Malnutrition
December 17, 2014 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  We produce enough food to feed the world.  Malnutrition and acute hunger seen across the globe are not problems of availability, but of access and inequality.
The algae industry has been hard at …

ABO and EABA Agree to Share Member Benefits
December 17, 2014 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  This week marks a new era in international algae cooperation: the US-based Algae Biomass Organization and the European Algae Biomass Association have agreed to a partnership that extends the member benefits of …

RSB Auditor Training January 21-23, 2015 Viterbo area, Italy
December 17, 2014 – 3:22 pm | No Comment
RSB Auditor Training   January 21-23, 2015    Viterbo area, Italy

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is an international multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together farmers, companies, non-governmental organizations, experts, governments, and intergovernmental agencies concerned with ensuring the sustainability of biomaterils production and processing. Since 2006 the RSB has worked with numerous organizations and individuals …

Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York
December 17, 2014 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

(North Country Public Radio)  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.
Acting Health Commissioner Howard …

IEA International Bioenergy Conference October 26-29, 2015 Berlin, Germany
December 17, 2014 – 1:55 pm | No Comment
IEA International Bioenergy Conference   October 26-29, 2015  Berlin, Germany

Realising the world’s sustainable bioenergy potential
Under the auspices of the German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, the bioenergy conference of the International Energy Agency (IEA) will take place from 26 to 29 of October 2015 in Berlin.
The …

Algenol Wins Global Energy Award
December 17, 2014 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Algenol Biofuels has been named the recipient of the 2014 Global Energy Award for Industry Leadership in Biofuels, presented by PLATTS Global Energy Awards. PLATTS, a global provider of information for the …

Virent Announces World’s First Demonstration of Full Range of Bio-Aromatics Production
December 17, 2014 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Virent) New Systems Enable Samples for Product Validation and Market Trials
Virent announced that it has successfully produced bio-paraxylene, bio-toluene and bio-benzene at demonstration scale and has confirmed that all three chemicals meet typical industry specifications.  Virent hasalso produced …

Global Castor Congress/Global Castor Biodiesel World 2015 February 21 & 22, 2015 Jaipur, India
December 17, 2014 – 1:19 pm | No Comment
Global Castor Congress/Global Castor Biodiesel World 2015    February 21 & 22, 2015   Jaipur, India

The Advanced Biofuel Center is happy to Global Castor Biodiesel World 2015 in India from February 21-22, 2015. CJP has the privilege to provide most authoritative Knowledge platform known as Global Jatropha Hi-Tech Agricultural Training …

The Year That Wasn’t
December 17, 2014 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Bob Dinneeen writes the Renewable Fuels Association annual in and out list after a year in which the EPA announced it was delaying the publication of the …

U.S. Senate Passes Bill Temporarily Renewing Tax Breaks
December 17, 2014 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Drawbaugh (Reuters)  Dozens of temporary tax breaks, including big ones for business research, wind power and foreign profits, were renewed by the U.S. Senate late on Tuesday, putting to rest worries that further …

A Black Hole for Our Best and Brightest: Wall Street Is Expanding, and the Economy Is Worse off for It.
December 17, 2014 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Tankersley (The Washington Post)  … Years later, she (Deborah Jackson) would come to see it differently, growing disenchanted with an industry she didn’t think was fixing much anymore.
Economic research suggests she was onto something. …

Rautenbach’s Mwenezi Ethanol Project Gets Nod
December 17, 2014 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Godfrey Mtimba (Daily News)  The new Zanu PF provincial executive here has promised to give businessman Billy Rautenbach the green light to continue his multi-million ethanol project in the vast Nuanetsi ranch in Mwenezi.
Zanu …

Water Environment Research Foundation Increases Research to Further Sustainability
December 17, 2014 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Water Environment Research Foundation/PR Web)  The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is expanding its research with three new projects that examine wastewater as a resource. Two of the projects seek to show that materials in …

4 Minutes with… Srinivas Kilambi, Founder & CEO, Sriya Group
December 17, 2014 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Technology Development to convert biomass sugars to high value chemicals like THF, Furfural Acohol Funding and Commercialization of the Pronghorn Technology

Adoption of bio-refinery approach with a mix of fuels and …

Amyris Renewable Jet Fuel Receives Regulatory Approval in Brazil
December 17, 2014 – 11:34 am | No Comment

(Amyris)  Brazil Now Cleared for Flying With Locally-Produced, Sugarcane-Derived Jet Fuel as Study Indicates That Amyris’s Renewable Fuels Greatly Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Compared to Fossil Fuels
Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS) welcomed the approval of its renewable …

New Waste-to-Energy Facility Proposed in Hampden
December 17, 2014 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Terry Stackhouse  (WABI TV)  A group managing the trash disposal needs of nearly 190 Maine towns wants to build a new, multi-million dollar, solid waste processing facility in Hampden.  Developers from the Municipal Review …

A New Three-Legged Platform for the Advanced Bioeconomy? The Castor, Jatropha, Pongamia Strategy.
December 17, 2014 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Castor, jatropha, pongamia — the three steps that Bosques Energeticos is taking in piloting its way to success in fuels, chemicals and other markets. Can the early-stage company thrive, based …

Think Tank Proposes 40 Options to Change Ethanol Mandate
December 17, 2014 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Timothy Cama  (The Hill)  The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) published a report outlining 40 different options that it said could improve the country’s ethanol mandate.
The BPC said it set out to find a “middle …

SS Lootah Subsidiary to Collaborate on Green Fuel Initiative
December 16, 2014 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

(Khaleej Times)  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 …

In Denmark We Continue Sustainable Biomass
December 16, 2014 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Denmark Climate, Energy and Building Ministry / google translation)  The Danish energy industry today launches a new voluntary industry agreement on sustainable biomass. The agreement must ensure that we are now applying sustainable biomass in …

USDA Provides Greater Protection for Specialty Crop Growers
December 16, 2014 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop …

Study: All-Electric Cars May Not Be so Green
December 16, 2014 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Fuel Fix)  People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming.

The key …

Falling Oil Prices Will Push Many Cellulosic Fuel Makers into the Red
December 16, 2014 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research, Inc.)  Cellulosic feedstocks can keep bio-based fuels and materials from competing with food, but despite 2.4 billion tons of feedstock available, costs may be too high, says Lux Research
Most bio-based fuels and chemicals …

Milo in the Limelight
December 16, 2014 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Nicholas Gergin (Lincoln Journal Star)   … The ancient grain, also known as milo, is enjoying some time in the limelight thanks to strong demand from China and low corn prices.

Milo takes less water to …

The Evolution of Minnesota’s Ethanol Industry Parts 1 and 2
December 16, 2014 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  The Minnesota ethanol industry is evolving even in the face of growth challenges including continued uncertainty around the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Since 2007 the industry has improved by leaps and …

OriginOil, Inc. Report to Shareholders: As Oil Falls, Biofuels Take Off
December 16, 2014 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

(OriginOil, Inc./PR Web)  A potential bonanza for algae-based fuels and proteins as oil prices slide
OriginOil Inc. (OTC/QB: OOIL), developer of Electro Water Separation (EWS), the high-speed, chemical-free process to clean up large quantities of water, …

Abu Dhabi Pushes forward with Second Generation Biofuels Efforts
December 16, 2014 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Abu Dhabi’s Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, a university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, and Tadweer, the Center of Waste Management, have signed a two-year research agreement.
This research will focus …

Feds Leave $321-million Unspent for Green Programs, Overspend on Oil and Gas Research, Ads
December 16, 2014 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

by Tim Naumetz  (The Hill Times Online)    The federal government failed to spend a total of $321-million Parliament approved for “environmentally responsible” programs last year—nearly one-third of the money that was available for that …

4 Minutes with… Phillip D. McFarran, President, McFarran Group
December 16, 2014 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We firmly believe that biofuels combined with the unconventional drilling techniques now being utilized will give the U. S. the option to be totally energy independent. However, when one analyzes …

Does the Oil Glut Spell DOOM, GLOOM or BOOM for Alternative Fuels?
December 16, 2014 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How does $60 oil impact payback for natgas or hybrid electric vehicles, and cellulosic biofuels?  The going assumption is that low oil prices are bad for alternative fuels — but …

NDSU: New Plastic Disappears When You Want It to
December 15, 2014 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

(North Dakota State University/Biomass Magazine)  A discovery by researchers at North Dakota State University, Fargo, holds scientific promise that could lead to a new type of plastic that can be broken down when exposed to …

4 Minutes with…Rebecca Boudreaux, President, Oberon Fuels
December 15, 2014 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Oberon Fuels is launching DME (dimethyl ether) in North America as a clean-burning, alternative to diesel. Using various, domestic feedstocks such as food and green waste and natural gas, Oberon …

Time for Teddy Talk
December 15, 2014 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are times for TED Talks about wondrous advances in technology and the future that awaits us.   Then, there are times for Teddy Talks: of practical progress, problem solving, …

Brazil: Scania Biomethane Powered Bus Hits Roads of PTI Area in Paraná
December 15, 2014 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal)  Inhabitants of the Itaipu Technological Park (PTI) now have a more sustainable and environmentally friendly transport. Recently, the bus fleet that offers internal transport services introduced a vehicle driven by the fuel obtained …

Applied CleanTech Transforms Wastewater Into Raw Materials and Generates Revenue For Major Waterboard In The Netherlands
December 15, 2014 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Applied CleanTech) Applied CleanTech (ACT) (www.appliedcleantech.com) had run a successful trial of its Sewage Recycling System (SRS) with the Dutch Waterschap Aa en Maas (WSAM), who just released its exciting report about the great commercial …

Vega Biofuels Named Key Player in Global Biochar Market Industry Analysis
December 15, 2014 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(Vega Biofuels/Stock News Now/MarketWired)  Biochar Market to Be Valued at $572 Million by 2020.  VEGA BIOFUELS, INC. (OTC PINK: VGPR) announced today that a recent market research analysis named Vega as a “key player” in …

At Climate Talks, UN Calls Fossil Fuels ‘High Risk’ Investment
December 15, 2014 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Alister Doyle (Reuters)  Falling oil prices show the “high risk” of fossil fuel investments compared with renewable energies, the U.N.’s climate chief said on Monday at the start of 190-nation talks on a deal …

U.S. Ethanol Makers at Record Rate Despite Rare Gasoline Premium
December 15, 2014 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  U.S. ethanol production is likely to continue at a record rate despite its rare premium to gasoline as cheap corn, high biofuel prices and even cool weather provide ideal conditions and …

Gaz Métro & ANGI for Quebec BioNGVs
December 15, 2014 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Rich Piellisch (Fleets & Fuels)  Compost Collection Supports Saint-Hyacinth Fleet Vehicles
Canada’s Gaz Métro utility and the compressed natural gas infrastructure provider ANGI Energi have played key roles in the commitment by the Quebec town …

Airbus Signs MOU with Emerging Fuels Technology
December 15, 2014 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

(Airbus/Biomass Magazine) Airbus Group Inc. continues its commitment to promote innovation and advance environmentally-friendly aviation initiatives by supporting development of sustainable fuels with the potential of reducing lifecycle carbon emissions. Airbus Group has signed a …

UPM Advocates for EU Advanced Biofuel Policy
December 15, 2014 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(UPM/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels, an industry coalition to promote advanced biofuels, met on Dec. 4 at the European Parliament with Members of the European Parliament, Commission representatives, and stakeholders in Brussels. LSB, …

ASTM Approves New Standard for Butanol Purity Testing
December 15, 2014 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(ASTM International/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With several beneficial attributes that make it a good blending agent in gasoline, butanol continues to hold promise for use as a biofuel. It is compatible with existing vehicles and refueling …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Alternative Clean Transportation Expo May 4-7, 2015 Dallas, TX DEADLINE: uncertain
December 15, 2014 – 3:05 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  Alternative Clean Transportation Expo May 4-7, 2015 Dallas, TX   DEADLINE:  uncertain

Nearly 200 transportation industry leaders will present throughout the four-day program on the key fueling, equipment, technology, and policy advancements driving the future of sustainable transportation. Are you interested in joining the speaker roster?
Real-world fleet …

Early Slowdown Signs Emerge for U.S. Oil States after Crude Slide
December 15, 2014 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Tim Reid (Reuters)  … In Houston, Texas, the first oil industry layoffs have been announced, with realtors there predicting a sharp decline, up to 12 percent, in home sales next year.
Alaska’s 2015 fiscal year …

Fuel4me Consortium Targets 2017
December 15, 2014 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  … The overall aim of Fuel4me is to establish a sustainable chain for continuous biofuel production using microalgae as a production platform, thereby making 2nd generation biofuels competitive alternatives to fossil fuels. …

CNH Industrial and Evogene Subsidiary Announce Ongoing Collaboration for the Development of a Mechanised Harvesting Solution for Castor Beans
December 15, 2014 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

(CNH Industrial Latin America Ltda.)   CNH Industrial Latin America Ltda., a subsidiary of CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE, MI: CNHI), together with Evogene Ltd. (NYSE, TASE: EVGN), announce the ongoing cooperation between CNH Industrial and Evofuel …

Oman Has Good Prospects for Microalgal Biofuel Production
December 15, 2014 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Santhosh Muthalath (Oman Observer)  The production of liquid fuels from biological material or ‘biomass’ is gaining popularity across the world. Factors such as climate change, rising fuel prices, political instability and depletion of petroleum …

ASTM Approves Spec for Heating Oil with 6 to 20 Percent Biodiesel
December 15, 2014 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  ASTM International, an organization which sets industry consensus standards for fuels and lubricants, has voted to approve performance specifications for blends of 6 to 20 percent biodiesel with traditional heating oil.
The …

Meghan Sapp, Secretary General, PANGEA, and Senior Editor, The Digest
December 15, 2014 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  PANGEA is a leader in the promotion of technology transfer and investment into Africa’s growing bioeconomy, … .  PANGEA in 2015 is breaking out beyond its traditional policy-oriented focus, away …

Poll: Half of Republicans Back Limits on Carbon
December 15, 2014 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Dina Cappiello   (Associated Press/Seattle pi)    When Republicans take control of Congress next month, top on their agenda will be undoing environmental regulations they claim will harm the economy, chief among them President …

Small Number of Wells Responsible for Methane Emissions
December 15, 2014 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Max B. Baker (Star-Telegram)  A small number of natural gas wells are responsible for the majority of the methane gas being released into the atmosphere during production, but at higher levels than previously estimated …

Genera Receives Growth Investment from WindSail Capital Group
December 12, 2014 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(Genera Energy)  Biomass supply company, Genera Energy, receives strategic financing to support business growth
Leading biomass supply company, Genera Energy Inc., has received a strategic financing commitment from WindSail Capital Group, a Boston-based investment firm that …

Indirect Land Use Change: ARB Needs Evidence, Not Theory
December 12, 2014 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Steve Shaffer (Capitol Weekly)  …  More than two millennia later, Sacramento has its own version of the Flat Earth Society—the California Air Resources Board (ARB). Only this time, the debate isn’t over the shape …

Bioenergy Solutions Deserve a Major Role in U.S. Emission-Reduction Strategy
December 12, 2014 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  A broad survey of farmers has documented a yield boost from the use of cover crops in corn and soybeans. The increased yields reflect an upward trend in all of the benefits …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: tcbiomass2015: Technology for the Bioeconomy November 2-5 Chicago, IL DEADLINE: April 10, 2015
December 12, 2014 – 3:28 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: tcbiomass2015: Technology for the Bioeconomy    November 2-5   Chicago, IL     DEADLINE: April 10, 2015

Join the thermochemical bioenergy community and meet the experts that are shaping the world for tomorrow.
Don’t miss your chance to attend the 4th international conference on thermochemical biomass conversion science, tcbiomass2015; an event that gives …

tcbiomass2015: Technology for the Bioeconomy November 2-5 Chicago, IL
December 12, 2014 – 3:26 pm | No Comment
tcbiomass2015: Technology for the Bioeconomy    November 2-5   Chicago, IL

Join the thermochemical bioenergy community and meet the experts that are shaping the world for tomorrow.
Don’t miss your chance to attend the 4th international conference on thermochemical biomass conversion science, tcbiomass2015; an event that gives …

World Agri-Tech Investment Summit March 3-4, 2015 San Francisco, CA
December 12, 2014 – 3:16 pm | No Comment
World Agri-Tech Investment Summit    March 3-4, 2015   San Francisco, CA

March 2015 will see the launch of the acclaimed World Agri-Tech Investment Summit in the US following two highly successful events in London. The summit brings together a unique combination of agenda-setting thought-leaders, drivers of …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: International Biomass Conference and Expo April 20-22, 2015 Minneapolis, MN DEADLINE: December 23, 2014
December 12, 2014 – 3:09 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  International Biomass Conference and Expo April 20-22, 2015 Minneapolis, MN    DEADLINE:  December 23, 2014

The 8th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo will take place April 20-22, 2015, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This dynamic event unites industry professionals from all sectors of the world’s interconnected …

2015 Alternative Clean Transportation “ACT” Expo May 4-7 Dallas, TX
December 12, 2014 – 2:58 pm | No Comment
2015 Alternative Clean Transportation “ACT” Expo   May 4-7    Dallas, TX

North America’s Largest Clean Fleet Show
Join us in Dallas for the 2015 Alternative Clean Transportation “ACT” Expo. All weight classes and alternative fuel types are represented—electric, hybrid, hydrogen, natural gas, propane autogas, and renewable fuels—providing …

Northeast Bioenergy Scholars Program DEADLINE: February 1, 2015
December 12, 2014 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

(NewBIO)  The Northeast Bioenergy Scholars Program is an exciting summer research experience program for enthusiastic undergraduates who are interested in exploring bioenergy utilizing cutting-edge techniques. Check out the list of current topics and locations for …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Southern Crossroads: Progress In Biomass Production, Processing and Use February 2-4, 2015 Auburn, AL DEADLINE: December 15, 2014
December 12, 2014 – 2:18 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  Southern Crossroads: Progress In Biomass Production, Processing and Use February 2-4, 2015 Auburn, AL   DEADLINE:  December 15, 2014

The Southeastern Sun Grant Center will host a regional conference — “Southern Crossroads: Progress In Biomass Production, Processing and Use“.  It will be held February 2-4, 2015 at the Hotel at Auburn University in Auburn, …

Southern Crossroads: Progress In Biomass Production, Processing and Use February 2-4, 2015 Auburn, AL
December 12, 2014 – 2:15 pm | No Comment
Southern Crossroads: Progress In Biomass Production, Processing and Use     February 2-4, 2015    Auburn, AL

On February 2–4, 2015, the Southeastern Sun Grant Center hosts its 2015 Regional Conference, Southern Crossroads: Progress In the Science & Technology of Biomass Production, Processing and Use, at the Hotel at Auburn University, AL. The …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: The 5th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts June 7-10, 2015 San Diego, CA DEADLINE: January 30, 2015
December 12, 2014 – 2:10 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  The 5th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts June 7-10, 2015 San Diego, CA    DEADLINE: January 30, 2015

The 5th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts provides direct interaction for attending delegates, with scientific and technical leaders in this field. Emphasis will be placed on the latest unpublished technical and scientific …

The 5th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts June 7-10, 2015 San Diego, CA
December 12, 2014 – 2:05 pm | No Comment
The 5th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts      June 7-10, 2015       San Diego, CA

The 5th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts provides direct interaction for attending delegates, with scientific and technical leaders in this field. Emphasis will be placed on the latest unpublished technical and scientific …