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Oil Majors – Big Brothers with the Deep Pockets, or Big Bother?
November 30, 2009 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  Biofuels Digest provides a quick overview of Big Oil’s current investments in advanced biofuels.  READ MORE

Piedmont Biofuels Wins Grant for Energy Research
November 30, 2009 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(Newsobserver)  Piedmont Biofuels Industrial will receive a $139,249 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant for innovative clean energy research and development, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan announced. …

Piedmont Biofuels will use the money to develop biodiesel …

DOE and Israel Announce US$3.3m in Cooperative Clean Energy Projects
November 30, 2009 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

With financial support of DOE and the Israeli Ministry of National Infrastructures, the bilateral BIRD Foundation Energy Executive Committee has competitively selected four cooperative clean energy projects in the United States and Israel. This initiative …

Cassakero Project Targets 10,000 Ethanol Refineries In 36 States
November 30, 2009 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Grace Azubuike (Leadership Nigeria)  The cassakero project has targeted the installation of 10,000 small scale bio-ethanol refineries in the 36 states of Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), over the next four years …

Future Algae Bio-Fuel Production Confirmed in Southern Chile
November 30, 2009 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(MercoPress)  United States corporation Bio Architecture Lab (BAL) has founded a subsidiary, BAL Chile, through which the company has already begun cultivating 100 hectares of seaweed on the island of Chiloé, with the aim of …

Speech by Philip New, CEO, BP Biofuels at F.O. Lichts World Ethanol 2009 Conference, Paris, 3 November 2009
November 30, 2009 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

…I’m here to talk about the role of advanced biofuels and why at BP we believe we need to get them into the market sooner.  We believe this is necessary if biofuels are to fulfil …

Falsified, Suppressed Documents Tainting Data, Policy Regarding Fossil Fuels and Its Replacements, Say Reports
November 30, 2009 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Digest)  Allegations concerning falsified and suppressed documents relating to climate change and peak oil have been leveled on several fronts this week, creating fears that the debate over fossil fuels and its replacements may …

ICAO Conference on Alternative Fuels Endorses Global Framework on Development and Implementation
November 30, 2009 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  A conference held by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) concluded last week in Rio de Janeiro with the formation of the Global Framework on Aviation and Alternative Fuels (GFAAF). It will take the …

DuPont’s ‘Unique’ Seaweed Venture Nets DOE Cash
November 30, 2009 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Dina Fine Maron (New York Times Greenwire)  Seaweed holds promise as more than an ingredient in a purifying face mask or a maki roll.  So say researchers at E.I. du Pont de Nemours & …

South East Asia the OPEC of Biofuel
November 30, 2009 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  …Thailand’s energy minister says the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is a biofuels hub with the potential to become the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) of biofuels.

Wannarat Channukul says Indonesia and …

The Bioeconomy to 2030: Designing a Policy Agenda
November 30, 2009 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

The Bioeconomy to 2030: Designing a Policy Agenda begins with an evidence-based technology approach, focusing on biotechnology applications in primary production, health, and industry. It describes the current status of biotechnologies and, using quantitative analyses …

Fuels or Chemicals?
November 30, 2009 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(Checkbiotech)  A new OECD report, The Bioeconomy to 2030: Designing a Policy Agenda, proposes that biotechnology is the key to tacking future global challenges. Biotechnology has great potential, which has been already demonstrated in the …

Bill May Bolster Algae Fuel
November 30, 2009 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Ian Talley (Wall Street Journal) 

Legislation under consideration on Capitol Hill, including a climate bill and renewable fuel mandate, may give the industry the financial boost it needs to jump from the research and development …

Biodiesel Companies Fret about Expiring Tax Break
November 30, 2009 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Brett Clanton (Houston Chronical)  … Losing the biodiesel tax incentive would be another blow to an industry that has closed many plants this year and slashed jobs amid rising costs of raw materials, weak domestic …

Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels Releases Version One of the Principles & Criteria
November 30, 2009 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

On November 12, 2009, some three years after a first exploratory multi-stakeholder meeting was held at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels has released Version One of its international standard for …

Ceres and Choren Assess Energy Crops for Thermochemical Production of Biofuels
November 30, 2009 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. announced today that it is working with CHOREN, an international leader in Biomass to Liquids technology, to optimize energy crops for thermochemical conversion to advanced low-carbon biofuels. The two-year bioenergy …

Fiberight to Produce MSW-Based Cellulosic Ethanol
November 30, 2009 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The former Xethanol LLC ethanol production facility in Blairstown, Iowa, has been purchased by Fiberight LLC and will soon be producing cellulosic ethanol at a demonstration scale. The company …

2nd Sustainable Biofuels Awards Nominations Invited
November 30, 2009 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

Held during the gala dinner on day two of World Biofuels Markets 2010, the awards are designed to recognise the companies who have had the biggest positive impact on their environment and on the wider society.

Categories …

Cellulosic Biofuels and RFS2
November 30, 2009 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Paul Argryropoulos (EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality)  This presentation given at the Cellulosic Biofuels Summit November 2009,  provides the EPA OTAQ perspective on issues pertinent to discussions related to the Renewable Fuel Standard and its …

Request for Nominations to the Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC)
November 30, 2009 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee (FRRCC). The FRRCC is a …

KLM Takes Strides in Sustainable Air Transport
November 30, 2009 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines today operated its first ever passenger flight powered by sustainable biokerosene. To give an extra impulse to sustainable air transport, KLM today also joined hands with North Sea Petroleum and Spring …

Algal Biomass Association’s Executive Director Mary Rosenthal Testifies Before Congress on Benefits of Algae-Based Fuels
November 30, 2009 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

… Unfortunately, many of the federal government’s existing policies exempt algae from receiving benefits similar to those enjoyed by other biofuels. Such oversight can be easily remedied if the government takes the following actions:
1. Financial …

California Energy Commission Awards UCR $1M Grant for Synthetic Fuel Facility
November 30, 2009 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

The California Energy Commission has awarded a $1 million grant to UC Riverside’s College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) to build a process demonstration unit (PDU) to convert biosolids to clean synthetic …

Mozambique and Brazil Seek Partnerships in Biofuels
November 30, 2009 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(AllAfrica)  Mozambican Brazilian, and Southern African business people are meeting for two days in Maputo to look into investment opportunities for producing biofuels, particularly ethanol, from sugar cane in Mozambique.

The meeting is organized by the …

Rwanda: Bio-Diesel; Country Shows the Way
November 30, 2009 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(AllAfrica Editorial)  … Rwanda entered a groundbreaking agreement with two international firms Eco-fuels Global LLC, from the United States and Eco Positive Ltd from the UK.  The two firms will invest $250 million to grow Jatropha …

Green Biologics Expands in China
November 30, 2009 – 11:27 am | No Comment

Green Biologics continues to expand its business in China, based on the success of its strategy of working with the new generation of biobutanol producers established in China. As part of this strategy Green Biologics …

Drayson Racing Wins Michelin® Green X Challenge® in Okayama
November 30, 2009 – 6:32 am | No Comment

(Drayson Racing)  Drayson Racing concluded its inaugural season by accomplishing one of its founding objectives: win the Michelin ® Green X Challenge ®. The award for the most efficient and competitive performance in an Automobile …

Embraer, GE Plan Biofuel Flight
November 23, 2009 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Mary Grady (AVWeb)  Embraer and General Electric will flight-test a renewable jet fuel by early 2012, the companies said. They plan to use a renewable biofuel made from sugar cane, developed by Amyris Biotechnologies, …

Growth Energy Calls on ARB to Allow Public Comment on Undisclosed LCFS Documents
November 23, 2009 – 10:25 am | No Comment

Growth Energy, the coalition of U.S. ethanol supporters, called on the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to allow the public to comment on documents pertaining to their low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) rulemaking that were not …

Alganomics in Southport Receives ‘Green’ Grant from North Carolina
November 23, 2009 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Brumm (Star News)  The governor’s office said that Alganomics is one of 18 small companies that will receive grants to develop and market promising green and alternative energy technologies and products.  Alganomics will …

Big Energy Collaborations Seen to Jump-Start Emerging Biofuels Technologies
November 22, 2009 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Bruce V. Bigelow  (XconomySanDiego)  As startups developing next-generation biofuels emerge in San Diego, Boston, and elsewhere, a business model for rapidly expanding to commercial-scale operations already can be found in the biotech industry, experts …

NCGA Signs N56 Billion Contract For Cassava Kerosene
November 22, 2009 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

(AllAfrica.com)  Nigeria Cassava Growers Association (NCGA) has signed a N56 billion contract with the Cassava Agro Industries Services Ltd (CAISL) for the supply of 8 million tons of cassava tubers to the national Cassakero cooking …

The US Biofuels Industry Must Address Midstream Ethanol Distribution Bottlenecks If It Hopes to Deliver Next-Generation Ethanol in a Cost-Effective Manner.
November 22, 2009 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Bill Caesar and Thomas Vanhoutte  (McKinsey Quarterly)   … But in the United States, next-generation ethanol likely won’t get from the bio-refinery to the retail service station pump in a cost-effective manner unless the biofuels industry …

Tennessee Legislators Approve Changes to Switchgrass Project
November 22, 2009 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

(Tennessean)  A panel of state lawmakers approved plans to amend a $70 million research effort to produce ethanol in East Tennessee, blaming a lack of communication for a hearing two weeks ago in which some …

Could Cheap Algae Oil Power Our Energy Future?
November 22, 2009 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Cristen Conger (Discovery News  MSNBC.com) Although algae is currently the most energy-dense biofuel source, the cost of producing algae oil is prohibitively expensive.  The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the biofuel would cost around …

Current Cost per Gallon Exceeds POET’s Expectations for Project LIBERTY
November 22, 2009 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

POET announced that cost reductions achieved over the past year of operating their cellulosic ethanol pilot plant have exceeded expectations in their drive to commercialize the process. Reductions in energy usage, enzyme costs, raw material …

Inbicon Sells Out of Cellulosic Ethanol Before Demo Plant’s Opening
November 22, 2009 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Emma Ritch  (CleanTech Group)  Denmark’s Inbicon today opened its first demonstration facility producing cellulosic ethanol, but potential customers will have to wait.   Inbicon has already sold its first year of production to Statoil, which plans …

Alternative Fuel ‘Can Power 15% of Flights by 2020’
November 22, 2009 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

(AFP)  Alternative fuels could power 15 percent of global air traffic by 2020 and 30 percent by 2030, European aircraft-maker Airbus said at the Dubai Airshow on Tuesday.  “If we get the right sources, it …

Renewable Energy Group Publishes “Feedstock and Biodiesel Characteristics Report”
November 22, 2009 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

… The goals of this project were to produce biodiesel from a wide variety of feedstocks and to provide the characteristics of both the feedstock and biodiesel. The project is unique because it encompasses an …

E10 to E100 Capable Engine Matches Diesel Efficiency at Lower Cost
November 22, 2009 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Bob Brooks (Automotive Industries)   Recent news that a 5-member team plans commercialization of $1/gal (commodity cost) ethanol from algae, coincides with information that Ricardo engineers have developed a spark ignited engine able to sense …

Post Carbon Institute Publishes Report on Need to Decrease Energy Use, Population
November 22, 2009 – 11:11 am | No Comment

… The scale of denial is breathtaking. For as Heinberg’s analysis makes depressingly clear, there will be NO combination of alternative energy solutions that might enable the long term continuation of economic growth, or of …

Wet Ethanol Process Yields More Ethanol
November 22, 2009 – 10:57 am | No Comment

(UPI)  … University of Illinois scientists, led by agricultural engineering researcher Esha Khullar, said the wet ethanol process involves soaking corn kernels rather than grinding them, resulting in more gallons of ethanol …  and better …

Australian Firm to Launch “World’s Largest” Green Slime Facility
November 22, 2009 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Yvonne Chan  (BusinessGreen.com)  Australian biofuel specialist MBD Energy is poised to unveil a new facility that it claims will be the world’s largest refinery for producing algae-based biofuels and high-protein livestock feed.  The Melbourne-based …

Indian Sugar Firms Seek Higher Ethanol Prices
November 22, 2009 – 10:44 am | No Comment

(Reuters)   Indian sugar firms are seeking a higher price for ethanol to ensure steady supplies to oil firms which blend the liquid with petrol, a senior industry official said.  Diminishing cane output and rising sugar …

Environmental Warning over Electric Cars
November 22, 2009 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Kevin Clark  (Sunderland Echo)  The move to electric vehicles being spearheaded on Wearside could lead to a rise in greenhouses gases, claims a new report.   The Environmental Transport Association (ETA), which campaigns for sustainable …

Higher US Farm Productivity Will Meet Rising Ethanol Demand
November 22, 2009 – 10:21 am | No Comment

(FarmOnline, Australia)  Higher productivity per acre among those US farmers providing feedstock for ethanol will meet the increased demand for petrol-ethanol blends this year.   Those familiar with the US agriculture sector’s long history of productivity …

Frontier Renewable Resources Awards $2-Million Grant to Boost Sustainable Forestry, Help Keep Cellulosic Ethanol Low-Cost, Low Carbon
November 22, 2009 – 10:15 am | No Comment

Frontier Renewable Resources, the Michigan-based company building the state’s first cellulosic ethanol plant in the Upper Peninsula, has provided a $2-million grant designed to strengthen the sustainable wood fiber supply, develop greater efficiencies in the …

Thermal Stabilization of Erwinia chrysanthemi Pectin Methylesterase A for Application in a Sugar Beet Pulp Biorefinery
November 20, 2009 – 10:03 am | No Comment

(Applied and Environmental Microbiology, the Journal of the American Society for Microbiology)   Directed evolution approaches were used to construct a thermally stabilized variant of Erwinia chrysanthemi pectin methylesterase A. The final evolved enzyme has four …

The Evolution Of An Eco-Prophet
November 14, 2009 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by  Sharon Begley (Newsweek)  Interview with Al Gore: … But next-generation biofuels are a different story, he says. “The pathway that I think is likely to be the winner is enzymatic hydrolysis, which essentially uses engineered enzymes …

Interview with Mark Emalfarb, CEO of Dyadic International
November 14, 2009 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Magazine)  In this, Renewable Energy Magazine’s latest in-depth interview, Mark Emalfarb describes the interesting path that led him to develop Dyadic’s patented C1 technology platform and his thoughts on the future of the …

Algae Turned Into High-Temperature Hydrogen Source
November 13, 2009 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)   In the quest to make hydrogen as a clean alternative fuel source, researchers have been stymied about how to create usable hydrogen that is clean and sustainable without relying on an intensive, high-energy …

BP Publishes Video on Cellulosic Ethanol Conversion and Projects
November 13, 2009 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

BP has added to its web site page on dedicated energy crops a video describing cellulosic ethanol and BP’s cellulosic refinery projects.  View the video.

See also BP’s video on sustainable biofuels development with a focus …

New Data Rubbishes Climate Change Theories
November 13, 2009 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

(The Hindu)  New data show that the balance between airborne and absorbed Carbon dioxide has stayed approximately constant since 1850, despite emissions of CO2 having risen from about 2 billion tons a year in 1850 …

DOE and USDA Select Projects for more than $24 Million in Biomass Research and Development Grants
November 13, 2009 – 11:32 am | No Comment

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy today announced projects selected for more than $24 million in grants to research and develop technologies to produce biofuels, bioenergy and high-value biobased products.  Of the $24.4 million …

US May Reduce Cellulosic Mandate for 2010
November 13, 2009 – 8:39 am | No Comment

(FarmOnline; North Queensland Register)  

Not enough cellulosic ethanol may be produced to fill the United States proposed 100 million gallon mandate for 2010, prompting a rethink from officials. At a recent conference, Environmental Protection Agency Office …

Canadian Government Program Invests Money in SK Ethanol Plant
November 13, 2009 – 8:29 am | No Comment

(TradingMarkets.com)  The Government of Canada announced Tuesday that it would invest up to C$77.75 million over seven years to help support ethanol production in Saskatchewan, said National Resources Canada in a press release November 10. …

USAF to Build Facility for Alternative Fuel Research
November 13, 2009 – 8:11 am | No Comment

by Mark Barkoviak  (Daily Tech)  The United States Air Force hopes to conduct research related to alternative fuels that could one day help the military transition away from gasoline.  The $2.5 million Assured Aerospace Fuels …

DOE Intends to Develop Drop-In Advanced Biofuels: Focus on Algae
November 13, 2009 – 7:50 am | No Comment

by Anna Austin  (Biomass Magazine)Valerie Reed of the U.S. DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy talked about the direction the DOE is taking to accelerate the development of algae-based biofuels at the Pacific …

IEA World Energy Report Calls for Switch to Low Carbon Energy: Growing Biofuels Production Will Play a Role in Reducing GHG Emissions
November 13, 2009 – 7:36 am | No Comment

(Marketwire) The International Energy Agency (IEA) released its 2009 World Energy Outlook, which confirms the growing need for low carbon biofuels to increase global energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) relative to petroleum.

The …

Ants May Provide Cellulosic Solution
November 11, 2009 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Craig A. Johnson (Biomass Magazine)  At the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center in Madison, Wis., researchers are looking to leafcutter ants for new enzymatic processes that will further progress to commercialize cellulosic ethanol. Leafcutter …

Deforestation and Exploitation in Papua’s Plantations Boom
November 11, 2009 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

Field investigations by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Telapak reveal that ill-prepared indigenous Papuan communities are being enticed, tricked and sometimes coerced into releasing large swathes of forested land to powerful conglomerates, backed by …

United Nations Environment Programme Bioenergy Issue Paper Series
November 11, 2009 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

As bioenergy policies are increasingly being adopted by governments, it is important for decision makers to have the most up to date information on the science and debate surrounding modern bioenergy. UNEP is responding to …

Jatropha Production Technology
November 11, 2009 – 4:35 pm | One Comment

Published by Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, Jatropha Production Technology gives straight-forward answers to frequently asked questions about cultivating and using jatropha curcas for commercial applications.  READ MORE

Natural Resources Defense Council Publishes “The Promise of Algal Biofuels”
November 11, 2009 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

The algae biofuels industry is comprised of many pathways to produce fuels from algae and is developing rapidly, with most companies operating in “stealth” mode. This makes measuring progress toward the promise of algae extremely …

U.S. Incentives to Promote Renewable Energy
November 10, 2009 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Mark Riedy, et al (Mintz Levin)  This presentation focuses on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Act) with emphasis on “green” energy elements.  It dealves into US Department of Energy loan guarantee programs and tax …

Deloitte Reports on Significant Concerns for Military Energy Security, Suggests Solutions
November 10, 2009 – 10:50 am | No Comment

Despite the improved efficiency of vehicles, ships and aircraft, and the use of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines, there has been a 175 percent increase in gallons of fuel used per day, per United States …

Minister Ryan Announces New Biofuels Obligation for Irish Fuel Industry
November 10, 2009 – 10:18 am | No Comment

From July of next year, fuel suppliers in Ireland will have to include an average of 4% biofuels (fuels derived from sustainable sources) in their annual fuel sales. The Obligation will be on the companies in …

Joule Reports Breakthrough in Renewable Diesel Production
November 10, 2009 – 10:06 am | No Comment

Joule Biotechnologies, Inc. today announced a major step forward in its development of renewable fuels, achieving direct microbial conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) into hydrocarbons via engineered organisms, powered by solar energy.

Joule is advancing a …

Genomes Of Biofuel Yeasts Reveal Clues That Could Boost Fuel Ethanol Production Worldwide
November 10, 2009 – 9:28 am | No Comment

(Science Daily)  … (I)n two studies published online in Genome Research, scientists have analyzed the genome structures of bioethanol-producing microorganisms, uncovering genetic clues that will be critical in developing new technologies needed to implement production …

Closing Down $24 Billion Biofuels Tax Credit Loophole: a Good Idea (Here’s Why)
November 10, 2009 – 8:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   In Washington, the Health Care Bill passed the US House of Representatives and included – as part of a 42-page “manager’s amendment”, a provision striking a biofuel tax credit used …

KLM to Join the Jet Biofuel Demonstration Flight Club Using a Camelina Blended Bio-Kerosene
November 10, 2009 – 8:34 am | No Comment

(GreenairOnline.com)  KLM has announced that it will conduct a demonstration flight on November 23 in which one of the four engines of a Boeing 747 will be powered by a blended mixture of 50 percent …

MSU, Michigan Tech Sign Biofuel Research Contract with Frontier
November 10, 2009 – 8:29 am | No Comment

Ensuring a sustainable supply of woody biomass for the state’s first cellulosic ethanol plant is the goal of a research partnership between Michigan State University and Michigan Technological University supported by Frontier Renewable Resources, of …

FDA Approves Camelina Meal for Cattle Feed
November 10, 2009 – 8:13 am | No Comment

The FDA today approved the inclusion of omega 3-rich Camelina meal in cattle feed. Under the guidelines, the FDA says that up 10 percent of Camelina in cattle feed is satisfactory, providing the potential for …

HUMMER Introduces Biofuel Capability, New Colors for the 2010 H3 and H3T
November 10, 2009 – 7:58 am | No Comment

HUMMER announced updates to the 2010 HUMMER H3 and H3T midsize all-terrain vehicles including the addition of three new exterior colors and an available E85 Flex Fuel capable 5.3L V8 engine as part of its …

CO2 from Forest Destruction Overestimated – Study
November 10, 2009 – 7:16 am | No Comment

by David Adam  (Guardian) 

The carbon dioxide emissions caused by the destruction of tropical forests have been significantly overestimated, according to a new study. The work could undermine attempts to pay poor countries to protect forests …

Van Hollen Introduces Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit Act
November 6, 2009 – 9:45 am | No Comment

Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) issued the following statement on the Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit Act of 2009.  Congressman Van Hollen introduced the legislation yesterday to improve and enhance the existing cellulosic biofuel …

Green Is Cool, But U.S. Land Changes Generally Are Not
November 6, 2009 – 9:35 am | No Comment

Most land-use changes occurring in the continental United States reduce vegetative cover and raise regional surface temperatures, says a new study by scientists at the University of Maryland, Purdue University, and the University of Colorado …

Brazil Raises Cane over U.S. Ethanol Tariff
November 6, 2009 – 9:30 am | No Comment

by Chris Kraul (LA Times)  Who could resent the attention being showered on electric cars? Stylish and clean, they’re the darling of the renewable-energy crowd, which is hailing the scheduled rollout of several e-powered models next …

Shell Sells Stake in German Biofuel Firm Choren
November 6, 2009 – 9:18 am | No Comment

(Reuters)  Oil major Royal Dutch Shell has sold its shareholding in German second-generation biofuels company Choren. … Choren is building Germany’s first biofuels plant using new generations of non-food raw materials as feedstock and is …

Clean Algae Biofuel Project Leads World in Productivity
November 5, 2009 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

… A joint $3.3 million project led by Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia, and involving the University of Adelaide in South Australia, now leads world algae biofuel research after more than 12 months of …

Neste Oil and St1 to Collaborate as Part of VTT’s TransEco Development Program
November 5, 2009 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

Neste Oil and St1 have begun working together on a fuel project as part of the TransEco development program coordinated by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The project will focus on developing cost-efficient solutions …

Access to Clean Energy Challenge: A Business Plan Competition for Entrepreneurs that Deliver Access to Clean Energy in Developing Countries
November 5, 2009 – 6:57 pm | One Comment

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Biodiesel via the Heterogeneous Catalysis Catilin Process
November 5, 2009 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Ronald G. Bray  (SRI Consulting)  The majority of the biodiesel production facilities utilize a homogeneous alkaline catalyst, either sodium hydroxide or sodium methoxide. Axens has commercialized a process for the production of biodiesel via …

KLM to Fly First Passengers Using Bio-Diesel
November 5, 2009 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Sukhpreet Manchanda (TopNews)   Dutch KLM will be the first airline to fly a passenger flight using bio-diesel.  The Boeing 747 flight, carrying a limited number of passengers, will take off on November 23 using …

Impact of Biofuel Crop Production on the Formation of Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico
November 5, 2009 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

by Christine Costello, et al.  (Environmental Science and Technology)  
Many studies have compared corn-based ethanol to cellulosic ethanol on a per unit basis and have generally concluded that cellulosic ethanol will result in fewer environmental consequences, including …

Turning Trash Into Fuel: D.C. Start-Up Aims to Pitch Oil Made From Plastic Waste
November 5, 2009 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Mike Musgrove (Washington Post)  Plastic soda bottles, Big Gulp cups and empty sour cream containers get fed into the top of the three-story machine. About 10 minutes later, out the other side comes a …

K-Fuel Finally Coming Together: City Biodiesel Endeavor Ran into Early Problems
November 5, 2009 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Scott Smith (Kokomo Tribune, Ind., Waterworld)   Microorganisms, it seems, can live in about anything — including diesel fuel.   That’s why it’s taken the city of Kokomo several months to — quite literally — work …

Abandoned Mines Would Grow Algae in Mo. Biofuels Project
November 5, 2009 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Katie Howell (New York Times/Greenwire)   Backers of algae-based biofuels tout the simplicity of their feedstock. Sunlight and water are all that’s needed to convert carbon dioxide into fuel.  Now, some scientists are testing the …

Engine That Runs on Any Fuel Advances Toward Chinese Patent
November 5, 2009 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

Robert L. Scragg, the inventor of the Detonation Cycle Gas Turbine (“DCGT”) engine and founder of Alpha Engines Corporation, has received confirmation that the National Stage Application for an advanced version of the DCGT engine …

Lake Deemed Unsuitable for Algae Harvesting
November 5, 2009 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Eva Cohen  (Winnepeg Free Press)  The Manitoba government has looked into harvesting algae to help reduce phosphorus levels in Lake Winnipeg, but concluded it is just not feasible right now.   Commercial algae harvesting, being …

Irish Firm Cleanses Chernobyl’s Fields
November 4, 2009 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Jan Battles (The Sunday Times)  It will be centuries before Belarus is completely free from the radio-activity that fell after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 23 years ago. But an Irish company has come up …

U.N. Panel Report Confirms Potential for Significant GHG Reductions from Biofuels
November 4, 2009 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) today responded to a report on biofuels produced by the United Nation’s International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management.  The report, “Towards Sustainable Production and Use of Resources: Assessing Biofuels”, …

POET’s Project LIBERTY Field Day Showcases New Equipment, Outlines New Federal Programs for Farmers to Start Collecting Biomass
November 4, 2009 – 10:13 am | No Comment

Farmers today witnessed the rapid progress being made toward solving a key challenge to commercial cellulosic ethanol production: establishing the feedstock infrastructure and market.

At POET’s Project LIBERTY Field Day, 16 companies showcased equipment to help …

PetroAlgae to Partner with India’s Largest Energy Company to
November 4, 2009 – 9:38 am | No Comment

 PetroAlgae Inc. announced that its operating subsidiary has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enter into an agreement to license the Company’s proprietary micro-crop technology to Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) for its future …

Honeywell’s UOP and China National Petroleum Corp. to Collaborate on Biofuels Projects in China
November 4, 2009 – 9:32 am | No Comment

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced today that it signed a memorandum of understanding with China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) under which the two companies will collaborate on a range of biofuels technologies and projects …

Recovery Act Announcement: DOE Awards up to $5.5 Million for X PRIZE to Promote Clean, Energy Efficient Vehicles
November 4, 2009 – 9:26 am | No Comment

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that the Department of Energy is providing up to $5.5 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support the X PRIZE Foundation’s work to inspire a …

Used Cooking Oil to Reduce South Africa’s Carbon Emissions
November 4, 2009 – 9:18 am | No Comment

Biogreen Diesel, a renewable energy company that is pioneering the conversion of waste oil to a less expensive, pollution-free biodiesel, … uses the first patented Jet Reactor, invented by Org Nieuwoudt, to convert waste oil …

Where are the Swing Voters on the Climate Bill?
November 4, 2009 – 8:36 am | No Comment

(Or, Why We Need More Public Education on Advanced Biofuels)
by Scott Bittle & Jean Johnson (PublicAgenda.org and REnewableEnergyWorld)   …  Right now, too many Americans are heading into this fight unarmed. Four in 10 Americans can’t name …

Innovation Hot Spots: Mining Patent Data for Tomorrow’s Breakthroughs
November 2, 2009 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

What areas are hotbeds of inventive activity and will be tomorrow’s big innovations?  To find out, the IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters tracked hot spots of innovation through the first quarter of 2009, analyzing …