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California’s Largest Biodiesel Plant Opens
July 31, 2009 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

California’s largest biodiesel plant is ready for business.  State Sen. Dean Florez joined executives Wednesday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Crimson Renewable Energy’s new Kern County plant off Interstate 5.  The plant is designed to …

UK Quality Protocol Unveiled for Waste-Derived Biodiesel
July 31, 2009 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

(letsrecycle.com)  A protocol designed to boost customer confidence in biodiesel derived from waste cooking oil and rendered animal fats has been published today July 29.   The protocol is the latest produced by the Waste Protocols …

Florida Researchers Believe Sweetgum Bacteria Key to Breaking Down Hemicellulose
July 31, 2009 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Stu Hutson   (Southeast Farm Press)  Most would identify the tree by its often troublesome, spiky “gumballs,” but what many call the sweetgum tree also goes by another name, thanks to its distinctive, reptilian bark: …

New Zealand Bill on Biofuels Standards Sent to Committee
July 31, 2009 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(The National Business Review)  A Green Party bill that sets up a standards regime for biofuels sold in New Zealand passed its first reading in Parliament tonight with the Government’s support.  Jeanette Fitzsimons drafted the …

Neste Oil’s Renewable Diesel Plant in Finland on Full Capacity
July 31, 2009 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

Neste Oil has increased its capacity to produce NExBTL renewable diesel following the start-up of a second dedicated NExBTL plant at the company’s main refinery at Porvoo. The new plant will be capable of producing …

Can Methanol Really Make a Dent in US Oil Demand?
July 31, 2009 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by John Lynn  (Energy Tribune)  … Methanol can be produced from a wide variety of feedstocks, including natural gas, coal, biomass, and even atmospheric carbon dioxide. … Using mature gasification technology, one ton of biomass …

Obama Administration Announces Billions in Lending Authority for Renewable Energy Projects and to Modernize the Grid
July 31, 2009 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced  that the Department of Energy will provide up to $30 billion in loan guarantees, depending on the applications and market conditions, for renewable energy projects.  Another $750 million will …

Venezuela Pioneers Alternative Fuel from Cassava Root
July 31, 2009 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

A team of engineers has found a way to convert waste products created when producing Casabes, or flat breads from the cassava root, into ethanol, butanol, isobutanol and proponal energy compounds that can produce fuel.  …

Double Chromosomes Equals More Plant Power
July 31, 2009 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Karin Kloosterman  (Israel 21C)   Ariel Krolzig, product manager of Kaiima Biotech is standing beside the star of his likely success story, a castor oil plant. He proceeds to describe the method developed by Kaiima that …

Renewable Jet-Fueled Rocket Approaches the Sound Barrier
July 31, 2009 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

Renewable jet propellant-8 (JP-8) fuel developed and produced by the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota was successfully flown in a rocket built by Flometrics, Inc., a product engineering …

Ghana: Civil Society Advocate for Speedy Development of Biofuel Policy
July 31, 2009 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Ama Achiaa Amankwah  (AllAfrica.com)  The Civil Society Coalition on Land (CICOL) has urged government to expedite action on the further development and implementation of the biofuel policy in Ghana.  The coalition says in as …

New Method Uses Electrolyzed Water For More Efficient Fuel Production
July 31, 2009 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  Using electrolyzed water rather than harsh chemicals could be a more effective and environmentally friendly method in the pretreatment of ethanol waste products to produce an acetone-butanol-ethanol fuel mix, according to research conducted …

Italians to Produce Biodiesel from Seaweed
July 31, 2009 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Italian biodiesel producers currently producing from food crops are working together to substitute seaweed for first-generation feedstocks.  The eight companies involved in the €10 million scheme currently produce diesel from crops like corn …

Joule Biotechnologies Introduces Sunlight-based Process For Producing Renewable Transportation Fuels
July 31, 2009 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

Joule Biotechnologies unveiled its breakthrough Helioculture™ technology—a revolutionary process that harnesses sunlight to directly convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into SolarFuel™ liquid energy. This eco-friendly, direct-to-fuel conversion requires no agricultural land or fresh water, and leverages …

Algae ‘Milking’ Promises New Efficiencies as Part of a Combined Production Cycle
July 31, 2009 – 11:53 am | No Comment

Origin Oil announced that it has succeeded in extracting algae oil on a continuous basis without cell sacrifice. This new ‘milking’ process will join the company’s Cascading Production™ technique to create a combined cycle promising …

Plant Feedstock Genomics Program Awards $1.6 Million for Genetic Studies of Biofuel Crops
July 31, 2009 – 11:31 am | No Comment

CSIRO and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers, have been awarded a A$1.6 million grant to increase the understanding of genes responsible for growth and yield in grasses for use as bio-energy and food crops.  The …

New Biofuel Is Potential Avgas Replacement
July 31, 2009 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by William Garvey (Business and Commercial Aviation/Aviation Week)  Manufacturers of piston-engine aircraft and powerplant makers are showing interest in an experimental, non-petroleum biofuel that could possibly serve as a “drop-in” replacement for leaded avgas.  Swift …

Ample U.S. Forestlands Can Provide Resources Needed to Meet New Energy Goals
July 31, 2009 – 9:46 am | No Comment

(25 x 25 REsource)  Some stakeholders engaged in the climate change policy debate are expressing concern that carbon cap-and-trade legislation may lead to extensive tree planting and result in the conversion of valuable cropland to …

World Biofuel Maritime Shipping Study
July 30, 2009 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

The bioenergy maritime shipping study published by International Enery Agency Bioenergy Task 40 describes main properties of biofuels in relation to maritime shipping, examine current shipping lanes and major tradable biomass sources (including AR, BR, CA, …

Grassoline at the Pump
July 30, 2009 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by George W. Huber and Bruce E. Dale (Scientific American)  Scientists are turning agricultural leftovers, wood and fast growing grasses into a huge variety of biofuels–even jet fuel.  But before these next generation biofuels go …

Scientists Searching for Best Plants to Fuel Cars of the Future
July 30, 2009 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Southwest Farm Press)  In a field tucked into the northern side of this college town, just across from the Kansas State University football complex, some unusually tall plants are growing. They are part of the …

US Biomass Multi-Year Research Development & Deployment Program Plan
July 28, 2009 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognizes the importance of a diverse energy portfolio in meeting the nation’s energy security challenges. DOE has, therefore, set a goal in its Strategic Plan to promote energy …

Hilton Americas-Houston Switches to Biodiesel
July 28, 2009 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

(Houston Business Journal)  Hilton Americas-Houston took delivery of its first load of biodiesel this week and will use the environmentally friendly fuel to help reduce the hotel’s carbon footprint.  … In the past 12 months, …

Oregon Will Begin Requiring a Biodiesel Blend in August
July 28, 2009 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

Beginning Aug. 1, with a few exceptions, diesel fuel in nine northwest Oregon counties will be required to contain at least two percent biodiesel. The change comes about two years after Oregon began requiring 10 …

DOE, USDA Grant $6.3M for Biofuel Studies
July 28, 2009 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

(GenomeWeb Daily News) Seven research teams at institutions around the country will use $6.3 million from the US Government to run genomics studies of plant feedstocks for biofuel production using switchgrass, sorghum, alfalfa, and others.   …

Renewable Energy Group Opens Biodiesel Research Facility in Iowa for Studies Beyond Soy
July 28, 2009 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group opened a new multi-million dollar research and support lab for seven network biodiesel production plants and others in the industry July 28th at its Ames location, including more than 25 biodiesel feedstocks …

ZeaChem Says 2,000 Gallon Per Acre Threshold in Sight for its Cellulosic Ethanol Process
July 28, 2009 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Montreal, ZeaChem, … confirmed that it is on track to complete a demonstration-scale plant in Boardman, Oregon where yields of more than 2,000 gallons per acre per year can …

Ethanol Powered Stunt Team Ready For Sioux Falls Airshow
July 28, 2009 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Brian Allen  (KSFY Action News) One of the stunt flying teams you’ll see at this weekend’s Sioux Falls Airshow is based out of Tea.  The “Vanguard Squardon” fly just feet apart from each other …

Automakers Worry about More Ethanol in US Gasoline
July 28, 2009 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Tom Doggett (Reuters)  Major automakers asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not to approve higher blends of ethanol in gasoline until the agency has adequate test results showing the fuel would not damage vehicles. …

Ethanol Industry Can Stop Using Unnecessary Antibiotics,
July 28, 2009 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

The ethanol industry should voluntarily stop the unnecessary use of antibiotics in the production process, particularly because viable alternatives are readily available, concludes a new report by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP).

For …

Green Skies Thinking: Promoting the Development and Commercialisation of Sustainable Bio-jet Fuels
July 28, 2009 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

The latest research note from the UK’s Policy Exchange recommends that bio-jet fuels should become a priority for the aviation industry; that they represent the only viable option for significantly reducing emissions from aviation without cutting the number …

Lignol Energy Corp. and BAE Systems to Refine Biochemicals at Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
July 28, 2009 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

Lignol Energy Corporation, a technology company in the cellulosic ethanol and biorefining sector, and BAE Systems PLC announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding to explore and develop commercial applications for biochemicals from the …

Can Botanical Tweaking Turn Jatropha Into a Biofuel Wonder Plant?
July 28, 2009 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Eliza Strickland  (Discover) Can a tough and weedy shrub solve all of our energy problems and stop runaway climate change?  Don’t be ridiculous—of course it can’t. But that, briefly, was the hype surrounding Jatropha …

Healy Biodiesel Converts to Renewable Drop-In Diesel
July 28, 2009 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Healy Biodiesel is to convert from production of traditional biodiesel to become the first commercial producer of a new type of renewable diesel.  The Kansas-based producer signed a letter of intent with New …

Raleigh, NC, to Recycle Grease for Biofuel
July 23, 2009 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

Raleigh, North Carolina,  residents will be able to dispose of cooking oil by setting it on the curb along with their garbage, recycling and yard waste.   The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a …

USDA Announces Grants for Advanced Biofuel Producers
July 23, 2009 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

U.S. Department of Agriculture to enter into Contracts to make payments to Eligible Advanced Biofuel Producers to support and ensure an expanding production of Advanced Biofuels. This program is authorized under Title IX, Section 9001, …

USDA Announces Grants for Biorefineries to Use Renewable Biomass for Fuel
July 23, 2009 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

USDA to make payments to eligible biorefineries to encourage the use of renewable biomass as a replacement fuel source for fossil fuels used to provide process heat or power in the operation of these eligible …

Experts Plug into Biofuel to Reduce Uganda Power Bill
July 23, 2009 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Mehret Tesfaye (Ethiopian Review)  Scientists in Uganda have started an ambitious research programme that should see the country produce biofuels commercially in the near future.  The research which is going on at the National Crop …

Biofuels to Remediate Ruined Radioactive Landscapes?
July 23, 2009 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Susan Kraemer   (gas2.o)  In a macabre When Life Deals You Lemons – Make Lemonade kind of news item: Researchers are considering that perhaps we could safely reuse radioactive land: to grow crops for biofuel.Greenfield …

Biofuel Leader Qteros Achieves Major Breakthrough in Performance of Its Q Microbe Process
July 23, 2009 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

Massachusetts-based biofuel company Qteros, whose Q Microbe™ technology turns biomass into cellulosic ethanol, announced at an industry conference in Montreal that it has achieved unprecedented laboratory results in the performance of its proprietary, technology known …

R&D Futures Contracts Proposed to Address Climate Change Bill Weakness
July 23, 2009 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

“For Cap-and-Trade to truly reduce CO2 emissions, many promising lab-scale technologies will have to be prototyped, tested, and commercialized quickly,” says Bob Kozak, President of Atlantic Biomass Conversions. “With the current wording, the proposed Cap-and-Trade …

Experts Plug into Biofuel to Reduce Uganda Power Bill
July 23, 2009 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Mehret Tesfaye (Ethiopian Review)  Scientists in Uganda have started an ambitious research programme that should see the country produce biofuels commercially in the near future.  The research which is going on at the National Crop …

Experts Plug into Biofuel to Reduce Uganda Power Bill
July 23, 2009 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Mehret Tesfaye (Ethiopian Review)  Scientists in Uganda have started an ambitious research programme that should see the country produce biofuels commercially in the near future.  The research which is going on at the National Crop …

Global Sustainable Bioenergy Project Launched
July 22, 2009 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

Scientists from around the world – including Tom Richard , Director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment – have joined forces to seek resolution of issues related to sustainable production of …

Khosla Raises A Cool Billion For Green Investments
July 22, 2009 – 7:13 am | No Comment

by Chris Morrison (BNET Energy)  Veteran cleantech venture capitalist Vinod Khosla will be announcing a pair of new funds to invest from today, according to a story in Forbes. If their sources are correct, it …

Biofuels and Biobased Chemicals Race to the Starting Line
July 22, 2009 – 6:51 am | No Comment

by Paul Winters  (Biotech Industry Organization, Renewable Energy World)    Both the United States and Canada have made considerable investments in founding a renewable biofuels and chemicals industry, setting standards for the production and use of biofuels …

Big Oil Bets on Biofuels
July 22, 2009 – 6:27 am | No Comment

by Jennifer Kho (Renewable Energy World)   At first glance, it might look like oil companies are pulling out of renewables. At the end of June, BP closed its alternative-energy headquarters. The oil company also has …

Canada’s Milligan Bio-Tech Opens Canola-Fed Biodiesel Plant
July 21, 2009 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

Milligan Bio-Tech’s crushing plant and 2 Mgy biodiesel processing facility will open on July 23 with tours and truck drag races to celebrate. The plant will be the first Canadian biodiesel producer using canola as a …

Norway Biodiesel Plant Opens
July 21, 2009 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba  (Biodiesel Magazine)   Uniol AS opened its new biodiesel plant in Fredrikstad, Norway, in June. The plant was built by Austrian turnkey provider BDI-Bio-Diesel International AG (BDI), marking its 28th project worldwide. Production …

Greenland Shark May Become New Source of Biofuel
July 21, 2009 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

By Slim Allagui (AFP)  The Greenland shark, one of the largest species of sharks, is a nuisance to fishermen and its meat is toxic to humans, but researchers now hope the flesh can be used …

US Dept of Energy Sets $85 Million for Development of Algal Based and Advanced Cellulosic Biofuels
July 21, 2009 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), through the Office of the Biomass Program (OBP), announces the availability of funding for establishing Consortia for two primary topic areas – Development of Algal Based …

Successful Tests by Railways in India of Biodiesel/Compressed Natural Gas Engines
July 21, 2009 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

Railways has decided to introduce bio-diesel and CNG engines, the successful laboratory trial of which has already been carried out.  Informing this in the Lok Sabha today, Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa …

Brew Your Own Fuel Ethanol at Home in California Using Spent Beer Yeast
July 21, 2009 – 11:56 am | No Comment

GreenHouse is teaming-up with beer pioneer Karl Strauss Brewing Company to convert spent beer yeast into ethanol fuel for California residents and businesses. This news comes on the heels of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s June 4 …

USDA Report Confirms Advances in Feedstock Production Technology, Practices
July 21, 2009 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(25 x25) The USDA reported last week that American farmers are expected to produce 12.3 billion bushels of corn, the second largest U.S. corn crop in history. After estimating all of the uses of corn, …

Iowa Plants to Offer Farmers Cash for Corn Cobs
July 21, 2009 – 9:44 am | No Comment

by Luke Meredith (AP)   … Poet spokesman Nathan Schock said the company hasn’t yet figured out how much it will pay farmers, but it could be $30 to $60 per ton for corn stover, which …

Big Oil Embracing Biofuels?
July 21, 2009 – 9:30 am | No Comment

by Clifford Krauss (New York Times)  Ethanol and oil don’t mix very well. At least that has been the impression left over the years by oil company executives. They have long complained that ethanol is …

Biobutanol Creeps Toward the Market
July 21, 2009 – 9:27 am | No Comment

by Kate Galbraith (New York Times)  … Its backers say that butanol has a higher energy content than ethanol (DuPont plans to produce fuel with 30 percent more energy than ethanol). It is also easier …

Biofuels ‘Done Right’ Can Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Provide Other Benefits
July 21, 2009 – 8:28 am | No Comment

by Chris Emery  (Princeton News)   Biofuels derived from renewable sources can be produced in large quantities and address many problems related to fossil fuels, including greenhouse gas emissions, but only if they are made from certain …

Analysis of Current Advanced Biofuels Trends, Challenges and Hopefilled Beginnings
July 17, 2009 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

Jim Lane, editor of Biofuels Digest summarizes the current state of the nascent advanced biofuels industry, including the current popularity of algae, sluggish progress of cellulosic ethanol and promise of drop-in biofuels.  READ MORE

New Technique Can Fast-track Better Ionic Liquids for Biomass Pre-treatments
July 17, 2009 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy World)   … The use of ionic liquids — salts that are liquids rather than crystals at room temperature — to dissolve lignocellulose and later help hydrolyze the resulting liquor into sugars, shows promise …

10 Midwest Governors Urge EPA to Allow E-15 Gasoline Blends
July 17, 2009 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

In a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Governors from Indiana, South Dakota, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin urged increasing the percent of ethanol that can be blended with gasoline …

Cow Manure to Algae for Biodiesel in Vermont
July 17, 2009 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

(NECN.com)  At Blue-Spruce Farm in Vermont, algae is grown using cow manure to produce biodiesel.  WATCH VIDEO

Bamboo Taxi Runs on Coconut Oil
July 17, 2009 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Kae Davis (Examiner.com)   The newest fad in creating sustainable vehicles are Bamboo taxis. Commissioned by Tabontabon mayor Rustico Balderian, these unusual “exotic” locale are made out of 90% bamboo and run on coconut biodiesel.  …

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Wants to Refine the Renewable Fuel Standard
July 17, 2009 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)  (Politico)  …(W)e envisioned a biofuels industry that would move beyond corn ethanol. Scientists, the environmental community and some cutting-edge entrepreneurs were confident that biofuels could come from a wide array …

Antibiotics in Ethanol Production By-Product Raising Concerns
July 17, 2009 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

 by Jim Langcuster  (Auburn University, Southeast Farm Press)   …  The distillation process requires a combination of enzymes and yeast to convert corn into ethanol. Sometimes, though, bacterial organisms present during distillation can out-compete yeast in the …

New Test Helps Identify Biofuels Enzyme
July 17, 2009 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Marcia Wood (USDA, Southeast Farm Press)  High-speed and high-tech, but surprisingly affordable, the sophisticated assay equips scientists with a faster, less expensive way to discover genes that enable microbes to make an enzyme known …

Australia’s Biofuel Partnership Joins Canada’s Pacific Cascade Minerals to Develop BioCube
July 17, 2009 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

The Biofuel Partnership Limited has entered into a letter of intent with the Canadian public company Pacific Cascade Minerals Inc to form a joint venture for the further development, marketing and sale of The Biofuel Partnership’s …

Biofuels Digest Provides Summary of India’s Biofuels Use
July 17, 2009 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

Joelle Brink  special correspondent for Biofuels Digest provides a summary of the use of biofuels and biofuels technologies in India (and Indian technology use in the US) as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prepares to …

Gulf Alternative Energy Announces Process to Increase Sugar Production Efficiency
July 17, 2009 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

Gulf Alternative Energy has developed a new cellulose processing technology. Gulf’s new machine processes common feedstocks, such as sorghum, switchgrass and agricultural waste into a very fine powder. Lab tests show that this powder processes …

Bio-feedback Process Controller Optimizes Algae Growth And Daily Harvesting Rates
July 17, 2009 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

OriginOil, Inc., announced a breakthrough technology, the Dynamic Control System, which is designed to respond continuously to algae’s behavior. This invention improves energy efficiency and growth rates by ensuring the right types and amounts of …

ExxonMobil to Launch Biofuels Program
July 17, 2009 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

ExxonMobile announced its alliance with leading biotech company, Synthetic Genomics Inc., to research and develop next generation biofuels from photosynthetic algae.   …  ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company has entered into a research and development alliance with …

Special Reports on Key Biofuels Investors and Investments
July 17, 2009 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

Biofuels Digest published two reports about the “Hottest 20 Companies in Bioenergy,” first listing the companies and their investors and then listing the investors and the companies they support.

US Dept of Energy Office of Biomass Programs Peer Review Presentations Available
July 17, 2009 – 9:27 am | No Comment

All Programs in the U.S Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, are required to conduct a Peer Review of their funded projects on an annual or biannual schedule.  The Office of Biomass Program …

Waste to Fuels Presentations Available
July 17, 2009 – 8:41 am | No Comment

Videos of presentations from the 2009 Waste to Fuels Conference held May 17-19 in San Diego have been published.  Topics include: overview of conversion technologies, use of forest waste, municipal solid waste and other waste feedstocks to make biofuels, along …

BP, DuPont Butanol JV, Butamax, Heads for Commercialization
July 17, 2009 – 8:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   In Delaware, BP and Dupont announced the commencement of commercialization of their butanol venture, which will be named Butamax Advanced Biofuels.  …  Butamax combines BP’s expertise in fuels technology, development …

Amid New Fuels’ Uncertainty, Clean Diesel’s Benefits Proven
July 17, 2009 – 6:56 am | No Comment

by Allen Schaeffer (Diesel Technology Forum in The Hill)  …This new generation of clean-diesel engines along with the millions of others already on the road is diverse in its ability to use high-quality blends of …

A Green Process for Producing Biodiesel from Feather Meal
July 13, 2009 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

Researchers at the University of Nevada have described a process to produce biodiesel from the fat content of feather meal, a waste product of the poultry industry.  They estimate that this process can create 150−200 million …

Biofuels are a Long-Term Renewable Solution
July 13, 2009 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Senator John Thune (R-SD)  (Politico)   As Congress, the administration and the private sector look for ways to reduce our consumption of imported oil, we should not overlook the most readily available domestic alternative to …

GAO Publishes Preliminary Observations on the Links between Water and Biofuels and Energy Production
July 13, 2009 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

While the effects of producing corn-based ethanol on water supply and water quality are fairly well understood, less is known about the effects of the next generation of biofuel feedstocks. … (L)ittle is known about …

Policy Options for the Conservation Reserve Program in a Low‐Carbon
July 13, 2009 – 10:47 am | No Comment

 by Justin S. Baker, et al.  (Duke University) Emerging markets and a rapidly evolving agricultural industry will strongly impact the implementation of conservation programs in the United States. The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is the …

Direct Federal Payments Available for Renewable Energy Projects
July 13, 2009 – 10:10 am | No Comment

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Energy announced an estimated $3 billion for the development of renewable energy projects around the country and made available the guidance businesses will need …

Tallahassee Recyles Cooking Oil into Biodiesel
July 13, 2009 – 8:41 am | No Comment

by Will Brown  (Tallahassee.com)  … A city of Tallahassee pilot program converts old cooking oil to biodiesel in an attempt to save money and find alternative usages for cooking oils.  …  Of the 2,000 pieces of …

Chemrec Studies Georgia Pulp/Paper Mills for BioRefineries
July 13, 2009 – 8:32 am | No Comment

Biomass-to-energy company Chemrec is evaluating possible sites in the state of Georgia for developing integrated fuels-from-the-forest® black liquor gasification biorefineries at pulp and paper mills there.  …  Chemrec biorefineries transform mills into producers of biofuels or …

G-8 Failure Reflects U.S. Failure on Climate Change
July 10, 2009 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Dr. James Hansen (HuffingtonPost)   … For all its “green” aura, Waxman-Markey locks in fossil fuel business-as-usual and garlands it with a Ponzi-like “cap-and-trade” scheme. Here are a few of the bill’s egregious flaws:

It guts …

Senate Ag Panel’s Members Look to Stake Major Claim in Climate Bill
July 10, 2009 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Allison Winter  (New York Times, ClimateWire)   … Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and other members of his panel say they want to ensure any effort at wide-ranging climate legislation in the Senate will include all of …

Big Four Will Be Among the Big Winners if U.S. Adopts Climate Law
July 10, 2009 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by  Nathanial Gronewold (Climatewire)       Having helped companies explore the labyrinth of greenhouse gas regulation in Europe, the Big Four auditing and accounting firms are now moving quickly to build climate and carbon shops in the United States. …

Algae-Based Biofuel Could Power Gas Guzzlers of the U.S. Military
July 10, 2009 – 10:25 am | No Comment

by  Mike Stark (AP, MSNBC)    In December, DARPA awarded a $20 million contract to General Atomics and a $15 million contract to Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), two San Diego-based research companies. The contracts ask the …

Edmonton Waste-to-Energy Project Expands with Research Center
July 10, 2009 – 10:12 am | No Comment

 by Hanneke Brooymans (Edmonton Journal)      …There are three different pieces to the city’s (Edmonton’s) efforts to convert garbage to fuel.  The largest piece is a waste-to-biofuel plant, which will begin construction late this year. The plant …

For Greening Aviation, Are Biofuels the Right Stuff?
July 10, 2009 – 9:59 am | No Comment

byDavid Biello   (Yale Environment 360)    Biofuels – made from algae and non-food plants – are emerging as a potentially viable alternative to conventional jet fuels. Although big challenges remain, the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions could …

Jatropha and Sunflowers Growing for Mozambique Biodiesel Refinery
July 10, 2009 – 9:50 am | No Comment

by  Fred Katerere  (Bloomberg)   Mozambique’s Companhia do Buzi and Galp Energia SGPS SA, from Portugal, plan to build a refinery in the country within the next ten years to produce fuel from jatropha and sunflowers, Noticias …

Amsterdam Energy Park to Include Biodiesel Plant
July 10, 2009 – 9:43 am | No Comment

The Austrian company BDI – BioDiesel International AG has been commissioned by BioDiesel Amsterdam B.V. with the construction of a multi-feedstock BioDiesel plant in the port of Amsterdam. The contract value is about EUR 31 …

Wyoming Plant Making Ethanol from Trees
July 9, 2009 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Bob Moen (Forbes)      … The business plan of KL Energy, which has been funded mostly through private investment, is to build plants based on its Upton (WY) model near forests around the country. The plants would produce …

EESI Publishes Sustainable Forest Biomass Policy Paper
July 7, 2009 – 11:41 am | No Comment

Woody biomass from forest management is a renewable, low-carbon feedstock that can substitute for fossil fuels in the production of energy and other products — a potentially important tool in the national strategy to reduce …

NASA Explores Algae for Aviation Fuel
July 7, 2009 – 11:39 am | No Comment

 

Seambiotic, a global leader in the development and production of marine microalgae for the nutraceutical and biofuel industries, has announced that its U.S. subsidiary, Seambiotic USA, has entered into an agreement with NASA Glenn Research …

Louisiana’s Aquatic Energy Moving from Pilot to Demo with Algae-to-Energy without External CO2
July 7, 2009 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   Aquatic Energy unveiled significant progress in its pilot algae-to-energy project in the Lake Charles-Lafayette corridor of Louisiana. The company is now preparing to expand from a “couple of acre” pilot in …

Biofuels and Feedstocks: A Commercialization Outlook
July 7, 2009 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   Of all the hydrocarbons and simple sugars that can be made from biomass, or recovered from fossil reserves, gasoline, diesel and natural gas remain the most important end-products and are …

Community Genome Could Produce Biofuels
July 7, 2009 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Eric Bland  (Discovery News)     The genomes of 17 different ants, fungi and bacteria that eat through hundreds of pounds of leaf matter a year could ultimately lead to new techniques for making biofuels.   Scientists from …

US Biofuels Plans 8-Acre Greenhouses for Algae Production
July 7, 2009 – 10:19 am | No Comment

US Biofuels, Inc, a CA based company is setting to launch major green fuel production with recent gains of twelve greenhouses expanding over eight acres in size. Each greenhouse will be used for the purpose …

EPA Extends Renewable Fuel Standard Comment Period to September 25
July 6, 2009 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

 EPA is extending the comment period for the proposed rule “Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard Program.” Under the Federal Register Notice, published May 26, 2009. the public comment …

Global Renewable Fuels Alliance Urges World Bank to Invest in Sustainable Biofuels
July 6, 2009 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

I am writing to you to express our deepest concern that the World Bank is failing developing countries in their desire to develop sustainable biofuels industries and relieve their crippling reliance on imported crude oil. …

Algae Biofuels Project in New Mexico Advances
July 6, 2009 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Tom Schneider (Carlsbad Current-Argus)   …  With the snipping of a ribbon, the Center of Excellence for Hazardous Materials Management moved its Algae Biofuels Project from pilot scale to the commercial demonstration level.  Located …

Oil Majors Testing Clean Energy Waters
July 6, 2009 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Nick Hodges (Green Chip Stocks)     While attending the Renewable Energy Finance Forum Wall Street last week, I was almost surprised to see an entire discussion dedicated to how Big Oil plans on entering the …

The Bioenergy Science Center’s Efforts to Overcome Biomass Recalcitrance Described
July 2, 2009 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

“Without overcoming biomass recalcitrance, cellulosic biofuels will be more expensive than corn biofuels. Improved sugar conversion is not enough.” From the presentation by Martin Keller, Ph.D., Director of the BioEnergy Science Center describing the efforts …

New Zealand Green Party Introduces Sustainable Biofuels Legislation
July 2, 2009 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

A bill introduced in the New Zealand Parliament re-instates the legal framework for selling sustainable biofuels in New Zealand without violating World Trade Organization obligations. It does not distinguish between imported and locally produced biofuel, but requires …

Ag-Oil Plans Oilseed Biodiesel Production with Univ of Florida, Agronne National Lab, Univ of Southern Illinois
July 2, 2009 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

Ag-Oil Announces Plan to Build and Operate a Pilot-Scale Non-Food Oilseed Biodiesel Production Facility and Algae-based Integrated Biorefinery Ag-Oil, has announced its plan to work with United Environment and Energy (UEE), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), …

Multi-Feedstock Biodiesel Plant Contracted for Alberta
July 2, 2009 – 9:12 am | No Comment

(RenewableEnergyWorld) SRS Engineering Corporation has finalized a contract with ReNvision Biofuels Inc. to build its 10 million-gallon-per-year (MMGY) biodiesel plant in, Alberta, Canada. SRS Engineering Corp. will provide the complete design and engineering services and …

USDA Funds Available for Powering Biorefineries with Biomass
July 2, 2009 – 8:22 am | No Comment

The US Department of Agriculture announced a Notice of Funding Availability to make payments to eligible biorefineries to encourage the use of renewable biomass as a replacement fuel source for fossil fuels used to provide …

Senate Western Caucus Launches with CARE Act
July 1, 2009 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

In response to the climate change bill passed by the House on June 26, Senators Orin Hatch (R-Utah),  John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), David Vitter (R- La.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Bob Bennett (R-Utah), Mike Enzi …

St. Louis Researchers Launch Algae Research
July 1, 2009 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (CheckBiotech)  Researchers at two centers in St. Louis are gearing up to launch five-year research programs on algae, backed by U.S. DOE grants. The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center received $15 million …

Brazil Seeks Decent Working Conditions for Sugarcane Cutters
July 1, 2009 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

The Brazilian government announced an accord with businessmen in the sugar industry to provide decent working conditions for the nation’s sugarcane cutters following criticism leveled by various human-rights organizations. “This will help tone down criticism of …

Obama Administration Sees Biofuels As Way to Wean Americans from Foreign Oil
July 1, 2009 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

“The President has been very, very clear about this. He wants the biofuel industry to take hold in this country. He wants us to break our addiction to foreign oil. The only way we can …

Biofuels Research in Wyoming Gets Boost
July 1, 2009 – 11:30 am | No Comment

The Wyoming Business Council Agribusiness Division has received a $49,873 grant from the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program to explore the feasibility of sustainable biofuel crop production in Wyoming.  The three-year SARE …

Indiana Publishes Agriculture Roadmap Including Cellulosic Ethanol Promotion
July 1, 2009 – 11:21 am | No Comment

Indiana Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman presented a roadmap for continued growth in Indiana agriculture.  This publication updates the Indiana State Department of Agriculture’s strategic plan and will guide that Department’s focus over the next four …

Gigaton Throw Down Evaluates Nine Clean Energy Technologies
July 1, 2009 – 8:06 am | No Comment

A “Gigaton Throw Down Initiative Team” evaluated the potential for the world to scale up clean energy technologies over the next 10 years to have a major impact on job growth, energy independence and  climate …

Chromatin Licenses Gene Stacking Technology for Sugar Cane to Syngenta
July 1, 2009 – 7:29 am | No Comment

Chromatin Inc. announced today that it has entered into an exclusive worldwide research and commercial license agreement with Syngenta Biotechnology Inc. for Chromatin’s proprietary gene stacking technology in sugar cane.

Chromatin has developed a novel approach …

World War Two-Era Fungus, Elephant Dung Combine to Make Biofuels
July 1, 2009 – 6:58 am | No Comment

by Ariel Schwartz  (FastCompany)   Hemp, soy, mustard, sunflower and palm oil can all be used to make biofuels, so why not elephant dung and World War Two-era fungus? Copenhagen-based Danisco A/S is using the fungus, …

EPA Grants California Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards Waiver Request
July 1, 2009 – 6:47 am | No Comment

EPA is granting California’s waiver request enabling the state to enforce its greenhouse gas emissions standards for new motor vehicles, beginning with the current model year.   …   The first California waiver request was made in …

Cap-and-Trade Bill Does Nothing for Oil Dependence
July 1, 2009 – 6:32 am | No Comment

by Gal Luft  (EnerPub)  …  The bill’s renewable electricity mandate, which requires utilities to get 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020, would discourage the use of coal and natural gas, but …