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Industrial Biotechnology in China Amidst Changing Market Conditions
February 27, 2009 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Nesbitt (Journal of International Commerce and Economics)  The increasing use of industrial biotechnology by the Chinese liquid biofuels and chemical industries is expected to help offset energy security and environmental concerns generated by China’s robust economic …

ASTM Sets the Standard for Biodiesel
February 27, 2009 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Kessel Nelson   (ASTM International Standardization News)    Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants has produced a set of standards for a non-petroleum fuel: biodiesel.   READ MORE

Report Shows Advanced Biofuels Industry Can Create Jobs, Economic Growth
February 27, 2009 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

Continuing to build advanced biofuels production capacity can create thousands of new jobs throughout the economy, contributing to U.S. economic growth and increasing energy security. The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) welcomed the release of a …

Enzymatic Deconstruction of Xylan for Biofuel Production
February 27, 2009 – 9:18 am | No Comment

by Dylan Dodd and Isaac K. O. Cann  (Global Change Biology Bioenergy)   The combustion of fossil-derived fuels has a significant impact on atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels and correspondingly is an important contributor to anthropogenic global climate …

Changes in Soil Organic Carbon under Biofuel Crops
February 27, 2009 – 9:10 am | No Comment

by Kristina J. Anderson-Teixeira, Sarah C. Davis, Michael D. Masters and Evan H. Delucia  (Global Change Biology Bioenergy)   One potentially significant impact of growing biofuel crops will be the sequestration or release of carbon (C) in …

Mascoma Facility Generating Cellulosic Ethanol With Assistance from New York State Agencies
February 25, 2009 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

Mascoma Corporation, a leader in the development of low carbon cellulosic ethanol, announced that the company’s demonstration facility in Rome, New York, is now producing ethanol from non-food cellulosic biomass.  The demonstration facility has the …

QuantumSphere Awarded Research Grant to Turn Algae into Biofuels
February 24, 2009 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

California Energy Commission awards $100k grant to turn algae blooms in the Salton Sea into methane, hydrogen, and synthetic gasses.  READ MORE

BP and Verenium Form Leading Cellulosic Ethanol Venture to Deliver Advanced Biofuels
February 18, 2009 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

The joint venture company will initially focus on developing and securing financing for a first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol facility in Highlands County, Florida and expects to break ground on that site in 2010. The estimated …

Enzyme Cocktail Converts Cellulosic Materials, Water into Hydrogen Fuel
February 16, 2009 – 7:12 am | No Comment

Researchers at Virginia Tech, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the University of Georgia have produced hydrogen gas pure enough to power a fuel cell by mixing 14 enzymes, one coenzyme, cellulosic materials from nonfood …

POET’s Project Liberty Cellulosic Ethanol Pilot Plant Uses Corn Cobs as Feedstock
February 12, 2009 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

A leading U.S. ethanol producer, Poet, announced the opening of an $8 million pilot plant that will produce cellulosic ethanol from corn cobs and other crop residue. READ MORE

POET to Discuss Cellulosic Ethanol, Cob Harvesting with Northwest Iowa Farmers
February 12, 2009 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

Harvesting cobs will provide an additional revenue stream for farmers, without requiring them to change their planting practices. Agriculture equipment manufacturers are developing a wide range of options for farmers to ensure that harvesting cobs …

Blade Switchgrass Management Guide for Bioenergy Now Available
February 11, 2009 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ — A new crop management guide is available for producers interested in learning more about growing switchgrass as a non-food, low-carbon source for biofuels and biopower.  Published by Blade …

Energy, Biotechnology and Agribusiness Veterans Form SG Biofuels to Develop Jatropha as Low-Cost, Sustainable Oil
February 10, 2009 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

Following three years of research, a team of energy, biotechnology and agribusiness veterans announced the formation of SG Biofuels, a San Diego, CA-based plant oil company specializing in the development of Jatropha as a low-cost, …

Biofuels can provide Viable, Sustainable Solution to Reducing Petroleum Dependence, says “90-Billion Gallon Biofuel Deployment Study”
February 10, 2009 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

An in-depth study by Sandia National Laboratories and General Motors Corp. has found that plant and forestry waste and dedicated energy crops could sustainably replace nearly a third of gasoline use by the year 2030.  …

Two-Step Chemical Process Turns Raw Biomass into Biofuel
February 10, 2009 – 7:27 am | No Comment

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a two-step method to convert the cellulose in raw biomass into a promising biofuel.  The key to the new process is the first step, in which cellulose …

Researchers Seek to Create Ethanol from Idaho Agricultural Waste
February 9, 2009 – 7:30 am | No Comment

Researchers from Idaho’s three largest public universities are seeking to create ethanol from the Gem state’s agricultural waste. And they have a realistic shot at converting potato, sugar beet and other agricultural waste – perhaps …

Camelina Crop May Save the Day for Northwest Pa. Farmers, Landowners
February 8, 2009 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Andrea Zippay (Farm and Dairy)  A rather low-budget, low-input crop may be a boon to northwest Pennsylvania farmers.   Camelina sativa, an oilseed from the Brassica family, is a valuable crop for biofuel production. Already …

USDA and USDoE Announce Funding for Biomass Research and Development Initiative
February 6, 2009 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

On January 30, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy (DOE) announced up to $25 million (subject to appropriations) in funding for research and development of technologies and processes to produce biofuels, bioenergy, and …

SG Biofuels Launches Jatropha Developer at 2009 National Biodiesel Conference
February 2, 2009 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

Following three years of research, a team of energy, biotechnology and agribusiness veterans today announced the formation of SG Biofuels, a San Diego, CA-based plant oil company specializing in the development of Jatropha as a …

Japan Airlines Flight Brings Aviation One Step Closer to Using Biofuel
February 2, 2009 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

Japan Airlines (JAL) became the first airline to conduct a demonstration flight using a sustainable biofuel primarily refined from the energy crop, camelina. It was also the first demo flight using a combination of three …

Sirona Fuels Acquires Blue Sky Biofuels and Invests in Jatropha to Expand Production of High-Quality, Sustainable Biofuel
February 2, 2009 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

Through its purchase of Blue Sky Biofues, Sirona has acquired an Oakland, CA-based refinery that produces high-quality biodiesel from both virgin and non-virgin feedstocks. READ MORE