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Algenol Biofuels: Harnessing the Sun to Fuel the World
September 30, 2009 – 8:20 pm | No Comment

(Algenol Biofuels)  In this presentation, Algenol Biofuels provides a description of it’s developing Direct To Ethanol TM technology, taking algae, sunlight, salt water and CO2 to make ethanol and other bio-based products.   Illustrations and diagrams …

Canadian Biofuel Seen Rising 76 pct in Two Years
September 30, 2009 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  Canadian biofuel production should rise 76 percent in two years, as government subsidies for production plants and renewable-fuel requirements take effect.  Total biofuel production will reach 2.5 billion litres (660 million gallons) annually by …

Fuel Requirements for Diesel Fuel Injection Systems Diesel Fuel Injection Equipment Manufacturers Common Position Statement 2009
September 30, 2009 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

The continuous world-wide tendency to increase engine performance and reduce emissions has necessitated the development of new generations of enhanced diesel fuel injection equipment, supporting the achievement of stringent legislation targets. Rising injection pressures and …

Novel Biogasoline Group Suggests Jojoba Plant as US Energy Crop
September 30, 2009 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

Dr. Osayed S.M. Abu-Elyazeed, an Egyptian researcher posits the following reasons, among others, for choosing the Jojoba plant for plantation in the US:

1. The shrub can be grown in virtually un-arable land -typically the deserts available in …

Road Atlanta: Michelin Green-X Challenge and Dyson BioButanol Racing Reports
September 30, 2009 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

(Motorsport.com)  “The competition to win the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge continues to grow,” said Silvia Mammone, Michelin Motorsport manager. “Seeing manufacturers like Audi, Porsche and Mazda; energy producers like Shell and BP, and teams like …

OriginOil Execs Unveil New Algae Productivity Model at National Algae Association’s Quarterly Conference
September 30, 2009 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

…  “We knew that the first company to actually come out and openly document the real productivity picture would face a tough challenge,” said Barry Cohen, executive director of the National Algae Association. “OriginOil did …

B10 Biodiesel Tests to Start in Thailand
September 30, 2009 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by  Yuthana Praiwan (Bangkok Post)  Local field tests will start soon on biodiesel B10, a blend of 10% methyl ester with 90% diesel fuel, according to an Energy Ministry official. PTT Plc and the ministry’s …

Urban Algal Biofuel Project Proposed for Boston High-Rise Exterior
September 30, 2009 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   Massachusetts, algae biofuels have been proposed by Höweler + Yoon Architecture and Squared as an answer to the stalled Filene’s construction site at Downtown Crossing in Boston. The Eco-Pod, as designed, …

Connecticut Biodiesel Manufacturer BioPur Launches Green Power Project
September 30, 2009 – 11:45 am | No Comment

A joint project between the Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition, BioPur and the Department of Energy (DOE); BioWatz provides multiple benefits and solutions for future alternative energies. The project not only yields a new …

Gore-Backed Car Firm Gets Large U.S. Loan
September 30, 2009 – 11:18 am | One Comment

by Josh Mitchell and Stephen Power (Wall Street Journal)  A tiny car company backed by former Vice President Al Gore has just gotten a $529 million U.S. government loan to help build a hybrid sports car …

Chinese Ethanol Demand Lifts Vietnam Cassava Exports
September 30, 2009 – 11:08 am | No Comment

(Alibaba.com)  Vietnam’s cassava chip exports are soaring because of demand from China to make ethanol and earnings for the whole of 2009 could be $800 million, nearly double those in the first eight months, state-run …

Pursuing a Roadside Harvest: Researchers Work to Grow Biofuel
September 30, 2009 – 9:58 am | No Comment

by Joseph M. Dougherty (Deseret News)  …
The test plot of ground where the seeds were harvested Wednesday is designed to mimic the side of Utah highways, which could be used to grow safflowers instead of …

Department of Agriculture Rural Business-Cooperative Service Announce Value-Added Producer Grant
September 30, 2009 – 9:14 am | No Comment

USDA Rural Development welcomes projects that highlight innovative uses of agricultural products. This may include using existing agricultural products in non-traditional ways and/or merging agricultural products with technology in creative ways. As with all value-added …

Obama Wants Worldwide End of Fossil Fuel Subsidies
September 30, 2009 – 8:37 am | No Comment

by Seth Borenstein (AP)  President Barack Obama is calling on the world to end massive government subsidies that encourage the use of fossil fuels blamed for global warming.   The president, who is set to host …

U.S. Tax Breaks Subsidize Foreign Oil Production
September 30, 2009 – 8:34 am | No Comment

(Environmental Law Institute)  The largest U.S subsidies to fossil fuels are attributed to tax breaks that aid foreign oil production, according to research released by the Environmental Law Institute in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson …

EPA Rule Will Reflect ‘Uncertainty’ on Indirect Biofuels Emissions, Fending Off Amendment
September 30, 2009 – 7:03 am | No Comment

Letter from EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson to Senator Tom Harkin, former chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee (below).  Upon receiving these assurances, Senator Harkin and co-sponsors withdrew an amendment to the EPA’s …

Chevron Invests in LS9; Microbe Diesel by 2011?
September 30, 2009 – 6:25 am | No Comment

by Michael Kanellos  (Greentech Media)  With an investment from Chevron, LS9 joins the small club of biofuel startups getting support from big oil. It hopes to prove its case in two years. In biofuels, the …

PARC’s Solution for Algae Fuel: Going Down the Drain
September 30, 2009 – 6:08 am | No Comment

by Michael Kanellos  (Greentech Media)   A technology for water purification and toner cartridges could cut the onerous cost of getting algae out of water. It started as a way to purify water, but the Palo …

Are Biofuels Ready for a Comeback?
September 29, 2009 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Stephen Lacey (REnewableEnergyWorld.com)   …   Biofuels typically get a lot of attention as gas prices go up in the summer driving season. This year was different. After the love affair with biofuels throughout 2006 and …

Bill Introduced to Include Algae-Based Biofuels in Renewable Fuel Standard
September 29, 2009 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

Representative Brian Bilbray (R-CA) and a bipartisan group of representatives introduced HR 3460, an amendment to the Clean Air Act to include algae as an eligible feedstock in the Renewable Fuel Standard (as amended by …

Secretary Chu Announces Nearly $300 Million in Clean Cities Grants to Support Clean Fuels, Vehicles, and Infrastructure Development
September 29, 2009 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu announced the selection of 25 cost-share projects under the Clean Cities program that will be funded with nearly $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. …

DOE Selects Biofuels Projects to Receive up to $21 Million in Funding
September 29, 2009 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced on August 31, 2009, that up to $21 million will be made available for the selection of five projects that will develop supply systems to handle and deliver high …

Red Algae to Ethanol Project in the Philippines
September 29, 2009 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Natalia Real (FIS)  Korean scientists have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Bohol governor to test the waters of Bohol for growing red algae for ethanol production.  READ MORE

Data Management in the Clean Energy Economy
September 29, 2009 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Aaron W. Perry  (Rocky Mountain Sustainable Enterprises)  While much attention is currently being paid by policy makers, financiers and industry to the development of advanced biorefining and bioprocessing technologies (and for good reason), many of …

Bond Commission Renews St. Rose Biodiesel Project Bonds
September 29, 2009 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Matt Scallan  (NOLA.com)  The Louisiana state Bond Commission has renewed its approval for $100 million in GO Zone bonds to continue construction of a biodiesel refinery in St. Rose.  REG Destrehan stopped construction of a …

Mafuta Sasa Goes into Biodiesel Production
September 29, 2009 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Zaynab Turuku  (The East African)   In the wake of efforts to clean up the environment and mitigate against climate change through a reduction in the burning of fossil fuels, Dar es Salaam-based Mafuta Sasa …

See-O-Two Seeing Potential from Algal Biomass Tech
September 29, 2009 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(Cleantech)  Austrian startup says it can grow algae at three to six times higher productivity and at about 80 percent of the cost of competing systems. Vienna, Austria-based See-O-Two has developed what it says is …

ADM Says Crop-Yield Gains Enough to Meet Food, Ethanol Demand
September 24, 2009 – 6:46 am | No Comment

by Alan Bjerga and Peter Cook  (Bloomberg)  Archer Daniels Midland Co., the world’s largest grain processor, expects improved yields will deliver enough crops during the next 40 years to supply rising demand for ethanol without …

Rwanda Develops Biofuel Production
September 24, 2009 – 4:50 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  … Since 2007, the Rwandan Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (ISTR) has experimented with a number of feedstocks including palm, jatropha, moringa, castor and soy oils, in a 2,000 litre per day …

Biofuels Digest Publishes 5-part Series on the New Rules for Financing Bioenergy
September 23, 2009 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

Biofuels Digest published a 5-part series on where the industry is obtaining financing in the year since the seizure of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, and collapse of Lehman Brothers triggered the global financial meltdown.  

In …

White House Eyeing Phasing Out of Fossil Fuel Subsidies
September 21, 2009 – 9:40 am | No Comment

(Chattahbox)  The new study released by the Environmental Law Institute entitled, “Estimating U.S. Government Subsidies to Energy Sources: 2002-2008,” provides the Obama administration with an additional weapon for the phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies …

Pioneer Explores Alfalfa’s Role in Cellulosic Ethanol
September 21, 2009 – 9:27 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel)  The lowly alfalfa crop could play a role in the future of cellulosic ethanol.   Alfalfa is the nation’s most popular legume and actually our third most valuable crop, but it is …

World Wildlife Fund Releases Report on Positive Effects of Industrial Biotech
September 21, 2009 – 9:22 am | No Comment

With this report (Industrial Biotechnology: More than Green Fuel in a Dirty Economy?), the World Wildlife Fund sets out to explore the magnitude and nature of this (industrial biotechnology) sector in (its) search for pathways …

Ethanol Plants Using Hops To Eliminate Bacteria
September 21, 2009 – 8:52 am | No Comment

(WCCO) …  Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration said it was finding antibiotic residue in an ethanol byproduct. That byproduct is sold as feed for cattle and other livestock, which is a problem. For …

A Conversation on Southern Energy—The 2009 Report on the Future of the South—Now Available
September 21, 2009 – 8:28 am | No Comment

A Conversation on Southern Energy describes the current and future role of energy in Southern economic development. The report is full of regional and individual state data about existing and alternative energy sources. The report …

Council on Sustainable Biomass Production Invites Comments on Draft Standards
September 18, 2009 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

The Council on Sustainable Biomass Production (CSBP) is a multi-stakeholder organization established in 2007 to develop comprehensive voluntary sustainability standards for the production of biomass and its conversion to bioenergy.  CSBP intends for its Standard …

Brazil Increases Environmental Preservation Measures With Sugarcane Zoning Proposal
September 18, 2009 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

In an unprecedented initiative, Brazil proposed a new bill of law that will restrict the  lands permissible for sugarcane farming and processing. If passed, the bill sent today to the National Congress by President Luiz …

DOE Secretary Chu Examines Modular Ethanol Production System
September 18, 2009 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu examined three Minnesota renewable energy projects in August, including a mobile self-contained ethanol plant developed by Welcome, Minn.-based Easy Energy Systems Inc.   The technology, …

Algae as Fuel of the Future Faces Great Expectations — and Obstacles
September 18, 2009 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Anne C. Mulkern  (New York Times/Greenwire) … It is a big bet with high stakes. Venture capitalists, including Bill Gates’ financing arm, infused Sapphire Energy with a combined $100 million. Exxon Mobil Corp. this summer …

Greater Distinction Needed for Biofuels as Fuel Component under Cap and Trade
September 18, 2009 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  As Congress continues its debate on comprehensive climate legislation, any measure adopted must adequately recognize and incentivize the extensive benefits biomass and the production of biofuels can provide to address global climate …

Freeways-to-Fuel Harvest Paves the Way for Biodiesel Production on Unused Municipal, Military and Other Lands
September 18, 2009 – 11:21 am | No Comment

Twenty miles north of Salt Lake City, a flowery, red and yellow safflower crop is being harvested. These test plots at the roadside simulation lab at Utah Botanical Center are part of an innovative “Freeways-to-Fuel” …

Ohio’s Meigs County Commissioners Back U.S. 33 ‘Biofuels Corridor’
September 18, 2009 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Brian J. Reed   (Pomeroy Daily Sentinel)  Meigs County Commissioners have agreed to work with Rural Action of Trimble and other organizations to develop a “biofuels corridor” between Columbus and the Ohio River.   Robin Kinney, a …

Trans-Asia Junks Biofuels Venture
September 18, 2009 – 10:03 am | No Comment

by  Amy R. Remo  (Philippine Daily Inquirer)  Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp. has dropped its alternative fuels operations, citing the problems it encountered with its pilot jatropha project.  “We found out early in the game that …

Inter-American Development Bank Releases New Version of Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard
September 18, 2009 – 8:35 am | No Comment

The Inter-American Development Bank has released a new version of its Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard, which will enable users to better anticipate the impacts of potential biofuel projects on sensitive issues such as indigenous rights, carbon …

Interest in Algae’s Oil Prospects is Growing
September 17, 2009 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Tiffany Hsu (Los Angeles Times)  Firms and scientists are racing to figure out how best to separate the oil produced in algae organisms for biofuel. The San Diego area has become a hotbed for these …

Arizona Public Service Co Gets $70.5 mil for Emissions Study
September 17, 2009 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Randazzo (Arizona Republic)Arizona Public Service Co. will get $70.5 million in stimulus funds to study cutting greenhouse-gas emissions from coal power plants that contribute to global warming, the Energy Department said Tuesday.

APS will …

Mid-level Ethanol Blend Bill Introduced in Senate
September 17, 2009 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(Trade Only Today) Legislation designed to protect boaters and manufacturers from the problems associated with mid-level ethanol blends in gasoline was introduced Monday in the U.S. Senate.   The Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Act of 2009, S. …

Enerkem Announces Construction Start on Advanced Energy Research Facility in Edmonton, Alberta
September 17, 2009 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

Enerkem, a leading waste-to-biofuels and green chemicals technology company, today participated in the sod-turning event held by its partners, the City of Edmonton and the Government of Alberta, to signify the start of construction on …

Iowa Interstate Railroad to Test Biodiesel; Special Railroad Biodiesel Update
September 17, 2009 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   In Iowa, the Iowa Interstate Railroad in Cedar Rapids, Iowa announced it has commenced testing B10 and B20 biodiesel blends supplied by Renewable Energy Group. As part of the study, REG, …

DOE Provides Loan Guarantee Application Tips
September 17, 2009 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Anna Austin  (Biomass Magazine)   … DOE Program Manager Michael Fraser identified characteristics to strengthen the financial review of project applications. Information on third–party supply and off-take agreements to support revenue and cost projections, or …

State of the Argentine Biodiesel Industry Report Explains Biodiesel Relationship with EU
September 17, 2009 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

Europe has established a floor of 35%, i.e., any biofuel entering Europe must reduce emissions by at least that amount when compared to a diesel  benchmark. According to the European analysis, using palm oil to …

Manitoba Truckers Brace for Flawed Biodiesel Rule
September 17, 2009 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

(Today’s Trucking)  In just a few weeks Manitoba will become the first province in Canada to mandate biodiesel.  …  All diesel fuel sold in the province as of Nov. 1 must contain a B2 average …

Biofuels to Be Made Out of Rotting Dates
September 17, 2009 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)   Iraq’s prime minister has approved a project by a United Arab Emirates-based company to make biofuel from dates that would otherwise be wasted because they have started to perish, Iraqi officials said.  Iraq has the …

Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Urge Study of International Indirect Land Use Change Analysis
September 16, 2009 – 11:03 am | No Comment

… We believe scientific data aren’t available on a global basis to be able to accurately determine the extent to which biofuel production causes land use changes in remote locations or the greenhouse gas emissions …

Comet Biorefining Develops Low-Cost Cellulosic Sugar Technology with Focus on Pre-Treatment Process
September 14, 2009 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Comet Biorefining announced its patent pending cellulosic sugar technology, which will produce cellulosic sugar from a wide range of cellulosic sugar from a wide range of cellulosic materials including wood chips, switchgrass and corn cobs.  The company, founded by former …

Kentucky Sets Biomass, Biofuel Production Goals
September 14, 2009 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Kentucky has developed a 21-member executive task force to facilitate the development of a statewide sustainable biomass and biofuels industry and to educate state legislators on the ability to …

BP Comments at Society of Petroleum Engineers Offshore Europe Conference
September 14, 2009 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Katrina Landis, CEO BP Alternative Energy    … Biofuels provide a useful case study to illustrate some of the most important factors involved in developing renewable sources of energy.   While demand for oil is projected …

Sarkozy Unveils New Carbon Tax for 2010
September 11, 2009 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

 (AFP)French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced plans to impose a new carbon tax next year on oil, gas and coal as part of a drive to combat global warming.  The plan would make France the biggest …

Manitoba to Mandate Biodiesel Blends
September 11, 2009 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(CBC News)  Manitoba is about to become the first province in Canada to mandate the use of biodiesel.  Starting Nov. 1, all diesel fuel sold in the province must contain an average of two per …

Looking for a Biofuels Breakthrough in Boardman, OR
September 11, 2009 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Amy Hsuan (The Oregonian) … former oil executive Jim Imbler, who now heads a Colorado biofuels company called ZeaChem Inc., thinks he might have found the key to profitability in Oregon.   And it lies …

Penn State Energy-Crops Field Display is Now Open to Visitors
September 11, 2009 – 10:46 am | No Comment

 The Penn State energy-crops field display, created by Penn State Farm Services, is now open to visitors on land across from the old armory building on Fox Hollow Road, University Park, Pa., showing a variety …

Energy, National Security and Defense Department Solutions
September 11, 2009 – 9:46 am | No Comment

On September 10, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing about the national security threats posed by our reliance on fossil fuels and efforts underway by the U.S. armed services to reduce …

Charlotte gets $55K for biofuel project
September 10, 2009 – 9:56 am | No Comment

(Charlotte Business Journal)  Fourteen organizations, including one in Charlotte, have been awarded grants totaling $950,000 from the 2009 N.C. Green Business Fund.  The Charlotte area has received $55,000 to help develop a Greater Charlotte Region …

New Fuels Alliance and 20 Companies Send ILUC Letter to Senators Kerry and Boxer
September 10, 2009 – 8:11 am | No Comment

… The New Fuels Alliance submitted a letter co-signed by 20 leading advanced biofuel companies to Senators Boxer (D-CA) and Kerry (D-MA) asking for balanced carbon accounting in any upcoming climate legislation.   The letter comes …

Sustainable Oils to Supply Navy with Camelina-based Jet Fuel
September 10, 2009 – 7:56 am | No Comment

Sustainable Oils, a producer of renewable, environmentally clean, and high-value camelina-based fuels, announced today it has been awarded a contract by the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) for 40,000 gallons of camelina-based jet fuel. The …

To Make Better Biofuels, Researchers Add Hydrogen
September 10, 2009 – 7:51 am | No Comment

by Martin LaMonica  (Green Tech)   Research on nuclear energy and hydrogen has yielded what backers say is a technology that could replace U.S. oil imports with biofuels made from agricultural by-products.   Scientists at Idaho National …

Far North Canada Embraces Biodiesel
September 9, 2009 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by tbnewswatch staff     Remote communities in Ontario’s far North are increasingly turning to biodiesel as its source of energy.   Last year, Hydro One started using biodiesel in the fly-in community of Deer Lake for …

Florida Sugar-Based Ethanol Company Projects 80 Percent Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions than Gasoline
September 9, 2009 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

Highlands EnviroFuels LLC has completed a life-cycle analysis of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that demonstrates that the company’s planned sugar–based ethanol process will result in 80 percent lower GHG emissions than the equivalent petroleum-based gasoline.  
The …

Solazyme Signs U.S. Department of Defense Contract to Develop Navy Fuels from Algae
September 9, 2009 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

Solazyme, Inc., the renewable oil production company and leader in algal synthetic biology, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to research, develop, and demonstrate commercial scale production of algae-derived advanced biofuel …

25 x ’25 Offers Recommendations to Make Cap & Trade Work with BioSequestration
September 9, 2009 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

 The 25x’25 Carbon Work Group (CWG) has been engaged for more than a year in a process of identifying key policy options for delivering climate change solutions from the land and allowing the agricultural and …

German Researchers Target Winter Sugar Beet as Biofuel Feedstock
September 9, 2009 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

In Germany, researchers from Christian-Albrecht University in Kiel have commenced a project, titled “Bioenergy 2021: winter sugar beet as energy crop” , to improve breeding of winter sugar beet as a biofuel feedstock. The Institute …

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels Announces New Governance System
September 9, 2009 – 11:48 am | No Comment

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels is an international initiative bringing together farmers, companies, non-governmental organizations, experts, governments, and inter-governmental agencies concerned with ensuring the sustainability of biofuels production and processing.  The Roundtable is hosting a …

Two EPA Administrators Tour Farms, Visit Biorefinery
September 8, 2009 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by O.Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa)  Two top officials in the Environmental Protection Agency who’ve never visited an American farm were in Iowa today, at Senator Chuck Grassley’s invitation. They toured Grant Kimberly’s farm near Maxwell.   …  …

Minnesota Project Releases New Report: Transportation Biofuels in the United States: An Update
September 8, 2009 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

“(W)e do intend for Transportation Biofuels in the United States to act as a tool to provide an overview of the current status of major developments in the biofuels industry. We highlight recent changes in …

Vietnam Produces First Batch of Ethanol
September 8, 2009 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

(ChinaView.cn)  Vietnam successfully produced the country’s first batch of 2,000 tons of ethanol, a bio-fuel for motor vehicles, local newspaper the People reported Friday.    The fuel is made from sugar cane and cassava.  …The plant is …

Taiwan Oil Firm Signs Deal to Produce Biofuels in Indonesia
September 8, 2009 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(M&C Business)  Taiwan’s state-run Chinese Petroleum Corp (CPC) signed an agreement Wednesday to plant 100,000 hectares of crops for biofuels in Indonesia.  … Under the MOU, in the next five years, CPC is due to …

World’s First Racing Car Made from Cashew Nut Shells
September 8, 2009 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

(Belfast Telegraph)  The world’s first racing car made from cashew nut shells has been assembled with the help of Northern Ireland researchers.   Potato starch and recycled bottles were also used in the construction of the …

LanzaTech Develops Waste Gas-to-Ethanol Technology
September 8, 2009 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  New Zealand-based LanzaTech NZ Ltd. recently announced it has developed a proprietary fermentation technology that can be used to produce ethanol using the carbon monoxide and hydrogen components of …

Fulcrum BioEnergy Makes Ethanol from Garbage
September 8, 2009 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

 Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc., a leader in the next generation of advanced biofuels, announced today that it has successfully demonstrated the ability to economically produce renewable ethanol. This milestone – achieved at the company’s TurningPoint Ethanol …

US DOE Funds Research on Novel Energy Initiatives
September 3, 2009 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

Washington University and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center have received two awards totaling $35 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to do research on novel energy initiatives. At $20 million, the Washington …

Funding Available for Clean Technology Projects: SDTC Calls for Statements of Interest for its Sixteenth Round of Funding
September 3, 2009 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

Clean technology developers from across Canada are invited to submit Statements of Interest to the $550-million SD Tech Fund(TM), as Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) opens its sixteenth funding round.  … SDTC is a not-for-profit …

NBB Applauds Ford’s B20 Approval in 2011 F-Series Super Duty(R) Trucks
September 3, 2009 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

Biodiesel supporters are cheering Ford Motor Company’s announcement that its all-new Ford-built 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty(R) diesel pickups will be fully compatible with a 20 percent biodiesel blend (B20).  Ford’s new diesel engine — …

Sugar Cane to Return to Angola in Biofuel Move
September 3, 2009 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Louise Redvers  (AFP)  Angola will begin planting sugar cane for the first time in more than 30 years this month as the oil-rich country takes its first step toward biofuels.  A 30,000 hectare (74,000-acre) …

Swiss Aid Study: „Jatropha! – A Socio-Economic Pitfall for Mozambique“ – Review by the Jatropha Alliance
September 3, 2009 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

The study “Jatropha! – A socio-economic pitfall for Mozambique” prepared by UNAC and JA for Swiss Aid (referred in the following to as Swiss Aid Study) provides a very one-sided and negative picture of the …

Odessa Biodiesel Firm Celebrates Plant Completion
September 3, 2009 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

… “With the addition of the crusher, (Inland Empire Oilseeds) becomes the first biodiesel company in Washington to fully integrate all production steps into one place – from crushing to rail tank car,” said Steve Starr, company …

Farmers Raise Biomass Logistics and Legislative Issues
September 3, 2009 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

By Todd Neeley (The Progressive Farmer) Cattleman Bill Couser hit on the crux of the matter when it comes to the future of advanced biofuels like cellulosic ethanol, during a U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee field …

Grant: Value-Added Producer Grants for Alternative Uses of Agricultural Products
September 3, 2009 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) help independent producers of agricultural commodities, agricultural producer groups, farmer and rancher cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures develop strategies to create marketing opportunities and to help develop business plans for …

Improvements in Life Cycle Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Corn-Ethanol
September 3, 2009 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

(Journal of Industrial Ecology)  Corn-ethanol production is expanding rapidly with the adoption of improved technologies to increase energy efficiency and profitability in crop production, ethanol conversion, and coproduct use. Life cycle assessment can evaluate the …

Leading Brazilian Organizations Unite in Alliance to Fight Climate Change
September 3, 2009 – 9:47 am | No Comment

Fourteen major Brazilian organizations representing the agribusiness, planted forests and bioenergy sectors announced today the creation of the Brazilian Climate Alliance, to provide concrete, constructive proposals in global climate change negotiations. The group’s main focus …

How Extremophiles Might Help Us Save Our World
September 2, 2009 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Asrat Kebede (Ethiopian Review)  Perhaps they are the superheroes of tomorrow. Living and thriving in the most inhospitable conditions on Earth, tiny bacteria-like microbes known as extremophiles might soon have an oversized effect on …

As Hybrid Cars Gobble Rare Metals, Shortage Looms
September 2, 2009 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Steve Gorman (Reuters)  The Prius hybrid automobile is popular for its fuel efficiency, but its electric motor and battery guzzle rare earth metals, a little-known class of elements found in a wide range of …

DME as Diesel Fuel Alternative Gaining Ground as Engine Manufacturers, BioDME Biorefineries Gear Up for Renewable Motor Fuels
September 2, 2009 – 10:34 am | No Comment

… DME or dimethyl ether, a diesel fuel alternative made from a variety of renewable materials and fossil fuels, burns soot-free, produces almost no GHG upon combustion and is very energy efficient. With a high …

An Innovative New Technology to Reduce Recalcitrance of Cellulose
September 1, 2009 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

An innovative technology developed by Cellulose Sciences International (CSI) dramatically reduces the recalcitrance of cellulose so that lignocellulosic biomass can be more rapidly converted to glucose. The glucose can be fermented to ethanol or any …

DOE Selects Biofuels Projects to Receive up to $21 Million in Funding
September 1, 2009 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that up to $21 million will be made available for the selection of five projects that will develop supply systems to handle and deliver high tonnage …

Memphis’ and the Mississippi Delta’s Opportunity in the $140 Billion Bioeconomy Highlighted in 5-State Regional Study
September 1, 2009 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

The Memphis Bioworks® Foundation announced the conclusion of the “Regional Strategy for Biobased Products in the Mississippi Delta,” a 5-state, 98-county examination of the potential for agriculture and forestry revitalization through the development of new …