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How Algal Biofuels Lost a Decade in the Race to Replace Oil
December 31, 2009 – 8:21 am | No Comment

by Alexis Madrigal (Wired Science)   For nearly 20 years, a government laboratory built a living, respiring library of carefully collected organisms in search of something that could grow quickly while producing something precious: oil.
But now …

IEA Biomass Task 40 Publishes “2nd Generation Biofuels and Trade: An Exploratory Study
December 30, 2009 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

 A new study by Douglas Bradley, Luc Pelkmans and Dieter Cupyers examines the potential supply and demand of 2nd generation biofuels up until 2030, and discusses various impacts on biofuel trade, ranging from cost advantages …

Future Biofuels
December 30, 2009 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Herman Trabish (New Energy News and REnewable Energy.com)  … Despite enormous amounts of money poured into research and development, a way to economically produce second-generation (non-crop) biofuels at commercial scale has eluded the most ambitiously …

GE, Embraer, Others Studying Sugarcane-Based Jet Fuel
December 29, 2009 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

Embraer, General Electric, and Amyris announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to evaluate thetechnical and sustainability aspects of Amyris’ No Compromise® renewable jet fuel. The initiative can culminate in a demo flight, by early …

Group Wants Government to Jump-Start the E.V. Revolution
December 29, 2009 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim  Motavalli (New York Times) Calling for what amounts to a Marshall Plan to start manufacturing plug-in hybrids and battery-electric cars, a group of executives from the auto and utility industries, and prospective plug-in fleet …

The Hidden Cost of Electric Vehicles
December 29, 2009 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Leader)  Although electric vehicles show higher non-climate damages than many other technologies, they will not be significantly cleaner than cars powered by fossil fuels until they rely less on electricity produced from coal-fired power …

Washington DC Auto Show Includes Biofuels Section
December 29, 2009 – 3:38 pm | One Comment

America’s greenest “tier-one” auto show just got greener. The Washington Auto Show®, which houses more green cars than any major U.S. auto show, is redoubling its efforts in 2010 with a 65,000-square foot display known …

Idaho Sustainable Energy Highlights Weaknesses of US Department of Energy Grant Review Process
December 29, 2009 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

Consistentwith other examples of questions raised about the qualifications of reviewers and quality of reviews, Idaho Sustainable Energy details in a letter to supporters their experience with the DOE Intergrated Biorefinery Operations process.
Of particular interest …

EU Green Protectionism = Economic Madness
December 29, 2009 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Carpe Diem  (benzinga.com)   Some excerpts from the new study “Green Protectionism in the European Union: How Europe’s Biofuels Policy and the Renewable Energy Directive Violate WTO Commitments” from the European Center for International Political …

Biorefinery Demonstration Plant Planned for Upson County, Georgia
December 29, 2009 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

Governor Sonny Perdue announced that Thomaston in Upson County will be home to a new biorefinery demonstration plant, the result of a partnership between Diamond Alternative Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Valero Energy Corporation, and …

Ethanol Groups Sue California Over Low-Carbon Rule
December 29, 2009 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by Stephen Power  (Wall Street Journal)  Two groups representing ethanol producers asked a federal court on Thursday to strike down a California rule that calls for a reduction in the carbon content of fuels sold …

Cellulosic-Ethanol Mandate Faces Snags
December 29, 2009 – 1:23 pm | One Comment

by Naureen S. Malik (Wall Street Journal)  Cellulosic-ethanol production, a cornerstone of the U.S. government’s plan to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, is earmarked to overtake corn ethanol over the next decade. But the industry’s expected takeoff could be …

Department of Energy to Invest $366M in Energy Innovation Hubs
December 29, 2009 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

Funding Opportunity Announcement for Fuels from Sunlight Hub is Issued.  U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu outlined the Department’s plans to invest up to $366 million to establish and operate three new Energy Innovation …

Major Report Released at “Bioenergy Australia 2009”
December 29, 2009 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(EnvironmentalExpert.com)  Australia’s bioenergy industry – which uses biomass for heat, power (bioelectricity) and liquid fuels (biofuels) – is relatively small. However, in the future it has very significant growth potential, driven by the need to …

Gascoyne Biofuel Project Could Help Miners
December 29, 2009 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

(ABC Rural) Western Australia’s mining sector could be one of the first to reap the benefits of a biofuels trial in the state’s north-west.   The Gascoyne Research Station is halfway through a project to test …

Clean Algae Biofuel Project Leads World in Productivity
December 29, 2009 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

Australian scientists are achieving the world’s best production rates of oil from algae grown in open saline ponds, taking them a step closer to creating commercial quantities of clean biofuel for the future.
A joint $3.3 …

Algae a Source of Biofuel
December 29, 2009 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Greg Kelton (Adelaide Now)  THE U.S. parent company of uranium producer Heathgate Resources has held talks with the State Government over developing a renewable energy fuel in South Australia – from algae.  
Premier Mike Rann …

Australia is Pushing Biofuels from Low Cost, Non-Food Materials
December 29, 2009 – 11:49 am | One Comment

by Simon Grose  (TCE Today)  Algae, wood and sugarcane shared the honours in the bidding for funding through the Australian government’s Second generation Biofuels research and development program.  Announcing matching grants totaling A$14.4m ($12.1m) across seven …

The Wonders Down Under: Special Report on Australia
December 29, 2009 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A progressive culture, declining fossil fuel reserves, an emissions challenge, considerable sugarcane resources, native feedstocks such as moringa and the Australian Beauty Tree, a nexus of research into cellulosic bioprocessing, …

Jamaica Seeking to Boost Ethanol Production for Export under CBI
December 29, 2009 – 10:34 am | No Comment

(Caribbean Daily News) The Jamaica government says it will continue to develop the biofuels industry so as to boost exports under the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI). Jamaica, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago and …

Cereplast Expects U.S. Bio-Plastics Market to Top $10B by 2020
December 29, 2009 – 10:24 am | No Comment

Cereplast, Inc., a leading manufacturer of proprietary bio-based, sustainable plastics, announced today that it expects the U.S. bio-plastics market to top $10 billion in sales by 2020. As of 2007, the U.S. bio-plastics market accounted …

Cyanobacteria: The New Biofuels Platform?
December 29, 2009 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … 2009 has taught us that the excess of emissions in the skies and shortage of land on the ground may well be solved underwater, through microcrops: algaes. diatoms, cyanobacteria …

Environmental and Regulatory Sustainability of Genetically Engineered Bioenergy Feedstocks: Switchgrass
December 29, 2009 – 9:54 am | No Comment

by C. Neal Stewart, Jr. (Sun Grant Initiative)  This presentation reviews the benefits and challenges of using switchgrass as a biofuels feedstock.  It includes good graphs of cell wall structures, maps of biomass crop potential …

Ethanol from Cellulose Faster
December 29, 2009 – 9:42 am | One Comment

by J.W. Walkinshaw and S.E. Poniatowski (University of Massachusetts and Terrasonics)  This presentation illustrates the usual process of breaking cellulose into sugars for ethanol fermentation by using an enzymatic process and, then illustrates the results of speeding …

Fast Pyrolysis and Bio-Oil Upgrading
December 29, 2009 – 9:36 am | No Comment

Robert C. Brown and Jennifer Holmgren (Iowa State University and UOP)  This presentation describes the fast pyrolysis process and products.  READ MORE

State of the Argentine Biodiesel Industry
December 29, 2009 – 9:10 am | One Comment

(Camara Argentina de Energias Renovables/CADER)
 
  · In the last few months the Argentine biodiesel industry has stabilized output, if not profitability, and in August 2009 produced some 109,000 tons after a very good July;
 
  · …

Biofuels and Indirect Land Use Change Effects: the Debate Continues
December 28, 2009 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

by John A. Mathews and Hao Tan, (Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia) While debate on biofuels and bioenergy generally has sparked controversy over claimed greenhouse gas emissions benefits available with a switch to biomass, these claims have …

The European Directive to Include Aviation in the European CO2 Emission Trading Scheme, Consequences and Strategic Options for the Aviation Industry
December 28, 2009 – 7:26 pm | No Comment

by Vadim Bespertov, et al. 
This document is the production of a team of aviation and aerospace industry experts who have joined efforts and know-how for a 4 month strategic planning & research exercise as …

Annual Energy Outlook 2010 Reference Case
December 28, 2009 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Richard Newell (SAIS for the US Energy Information Administration)  The EIA’s annual energy outlook.  Charts, graphs depicting current status and projections of energy use.
Included are:

“Biofuels meet most of the growth in liquid fuels supply”
“Biofuels …

UK’s Renewable Fuels Agency Report on Biofuels Use 2008-9
December 28, 2009 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

To encourage suppliers to source sustainable biofuels, the RFA requires fuel suppliers claiming Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates to submit monthly reports on the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) saving and the sustainability of the biofuels they …

State of the States 2009: Renewable Energy Development and the Role of Policy
December 28, 2009 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

Elizabeth Doris, et al. (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)   As U.S. states increasingly focus on developing renewable energy resources, there is a need to track the progress of development, as well as the policies and support …

An Integrated Strategy to Understand and Overcome Biomass Recalcitrance
December 28, 2009 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

Martin Keller, Ph.D. (BioEnergy Science Center) Presentation details biomass recalcitrance and various methods being researched to break down cellulose, hemicellulose, pectins, lignins into sugars as an intermediary step to ethanol production or to serve as …

Algae as a Biodiesel Feedstock: A Feasibility Assessment
December 28, 2009 – 6:13 pm | One Comment

by Ron Putt (Auburn University)  Alabama has an immediate opportunity to lead the nation in becoming self sufficient with respect to liquid fuels for transportation. Mass cultivation of micro-algae in the state, using less than …

Growth Stage Financing for an Algae Company
December 28, 2009 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Todd A. Taylor (Fredrikson & Byron)  From his presentation at the Algae Biomass Summit in October 2009, Todd Taylor outlines the process, challenges and expectations of finding funding for any new technology/advanced biofuels company.  …

Federal Policy Opportunities for the Algae Biofuel Industry in 2010
December 28, 2009 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Curt Rich (VanNess Feldman)  Presentation from the Algae Biomass Summit, October 2009 reviews federal grant and loan programs, climate change legislative proposals from an algal biofuels perspective.  READ MORE

NASA Uses Algae to Turn Sewage Into Fuel
December 28, 2009 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Hsu (Space.com) NASA may concern itself largely with space exploration, but it also wants to keep Earth on a steady course in the face of rising energy costs and climate change. Now the U.S. …

The Ethics of Biofuels
December 28, 2009 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Joseph Milton  (Financial Times)  … The prospect of a second generation of biofuels, derived from waste materials rather than food crops or palm oil, has recently been raised. It is this new generation which …

Biofuels, Land Access and Rural Livelihoods in Tanzania
December 28, 2009 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Emmanuel Sulle and Fred Nelson  (Tanzania Natural Resource Forum’s Forestry Working Group and the International Institute for Environment and Development)  In recent years, biofuels have rapidly emerged as a major issue for agricultural development, …

Zenergy International, Inc. Plans to Double Production Capacity at Recently Acquired Biofuels Plant
December 28, 2009 – 10:00 am | No Comment

Zenergy International, Inc.  intends to expand the current facility recently acquired from its current capacity of 5 Million Gallons Per Year to 10 Million Gallons Per Year, literally doubling the facility production capacity.  It’s anticipated …

Sugar Ethanol in Florida: Economic, Agricultural, and Environmental Aspects
December 28, 2009 – 9:28 am | No Comment

by Joshua F.  Berger Ethanol production has been widely perceived as a solution to the global energy crisis, with the added benefit of reinvigorating declining agricultural economies. Moves towards dedicating crop production to ethanol however have …

Dynaflow Announces DOE Small Business Innovation Grant for Cavitation-Based Algae Harvest, Oil Extract System
December 28, 2009 – 8:48 am | One Comment

Dynaflow, Inc.®, a leader in R&D services and products in fluid dynamics and applied sciences, today announced that it has been awarded a Department of Energy (DOE) Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract …

Pond Biofuels Inc., CO2 Remediation and Renewable Fuel Production Demonstration Plant for GHG Emitting Industries Receives Support From the Asia Pacific Partnership
December 28, 2009 – 8:42 am | No Comment

On December 3rd 2009, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced approval of the project proposal submitted by Pond Biofuels Inc. under the Asia-Pacific Partnership (APP) on Clean Development and Climate program.  The approved project includes …

Bio-Ethers as Transportation Fuel: A Review
December 28, 2009 – 8:36 am | No Comment

by Mritunjay Kumar Shukla†, Thallada Bhaskar, A.K. Jain, S.K. Singal, M.O. Garg (Indian Institute of Petroleum Dehradun)  A presentation that details the emissions, yields, costs and advantages of bio-based DME, compared to conventional diesel fuel, …

Canada’s GV Energy to Produce Little-Known Biodiesel
December 28, 2009 – 8:22 am | No Comment

by Charlotte LoBuono (heatingoil.com)  A Canadian energy company has proposed building a biorefinery to produce dimethyl ether, or DME, the CBC reported Wednesday. In November, Calgary-based GV Energy signed a memorandum of understanding with the …

Brazil Warns EU on Biofuel Sustainability
December 28, 2009 – 8:07 am | No Comment

(EurActiv)  EU rules for calculating indirect land-use changes caused by biofuel production would not be legitimate without an internationally-accepted methodology, a group of developing countries has told the European Commission.  The warning was sent to …

Mendel Biotechnology and Speedling Announce Development and Commercial Collaboration for Miscanthus Products
December 28, 2009 – 8:01 am | No Comment

Speedling Incorporated and Mendel Biotechnology, Inc. today announced a collaborative agreement to jointly research, develop, and commercialize a cost-effective propagation and production system for Mendel’s advanced Miscanthus product candidates. Speedling will apply its proprietary propagation …

Company Wants to Turn Fat into Fuel at Iowa Plant
December 28, 2009 – 7:54 am | No Comment

by Amy Lorentzen  (AP)  A central Iowa plant could soon begin producing jet fuel from poultry fat.  Bolingbrook, Ill.-based Elevance Renewable Sciences plans to build a $15 million plant in Newton, adding onto an existing …

The Hottest 50 Companies in Bioenergy and the DOE Integrated Bioenergy Grants, in Maps
December 28, 2009 – 7:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest has prepared several maps which help to visualize the distribution in the US of advanced biofuels development. Maps include:
1. Locations of the companies in the 50 Hottest Companies …

Hemicellulase Production in Chrysosporium lucknowense C1
December 26, 2009 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

Sandra W.A. Hintz, et al. (Journal of Cereal Science)  Filamentous fungi are widely used for enzyme production for the biofuel industry. The ascomycetous fungus Chrysosporium lucknowense C1 was isolated as a natural producer of neutral …

Green Racing Documentary To Follow Only Diesel Racing Series in U.S.
December 17, 2009 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Nick Chamber (Gas2.0) Volkswagen has announced that the documentary “Racing Under Green”—detailing the trials and tribulations of the Jetta TDI Cup, the U.S.’ only professional green racing series—will premiere the week of January 18 on …

EIA Energy Outlook Projects Moderate Growth in U.S. Energy Consumption, Greater Use of Renewables, and Reduced Oil and Natural Gas Imports
December 17, 2009 – 8:04 am | No Comment

The Annual Energy Outlook 2010 (AEO2010) reference case released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) presents updated projections for U.S. energy consumption and production through 2035.
“Our projections show that existing policies that stress energy …

Renewable Fuels Association Claims Underwriters Laboratories Uses Inappropriate Testing Fuel
December 16, 2009 – 8:42 am | No Comment

 From a letter to Underwriters Laboratories from Renewable Fuels Association:  I am writing to express the Renewable Fuels Association’s (RFA) position that Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) has selected an inappropriate test fuel to emulate fuel …

Stanford Researchers: Ethanol Results in Higher Ozone Concentrations than Gasoline
December 16, 2009 – 8:31 am | No Comment

by Louis Bergeron (Stanford University)   Ethanol — often promoted as a clean-burning, renewable fuel that could help wean the nation from oil — would likely worsen health problems caused by ozone, compared with gasoline, especially …

InterAmerican Development Bank Provides $25 Million Funding Boost To Peru’s Biofuel Project
December 16, 2009 – 8:15 am | No Comment

The Inter-American Development Bank has approved a $25 million loan to support an innovative private biofuels project currently being developed in the department of Piura, Peru.
An initiative of Maple Energy Plc, an energy company that …

ENVIROTEK’s “Extreme Bio-Diesel” Division Completes Phase I of Bio-Diesel Refinery Expansion
December 16, 2009 – 8:05 am | No Comment

ENVIROTEK announced the company’s Corona, California-based Extreme Bio-Diesel (EBD) division has successfully completed the first phase of its refinery expansion and is in full production of Bio-Diesel fuel, ahead of the projected January 2010 schedule.
ENVIROTEK President, …

Valero Renewables to Purchase Three Ethanol Plants
December 16, 2009 – 7:59 am | No Comment

Valero Renewable Fuels Company, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Valero Energy Corporation , announced today that it has signed an agreement with ASA Ethanol Holdings, LLC to buy two ethanol plants that had been …

15 Airlines Take Groundbreaking Step in Alternative Fuel Deployment, Sign Comprehensive MOUs to Negotiate Purchase of Fuel from AltAir & Rentech
December 16, 2009 – 7:54 am | No Comment

The Air Transport Association of America, Inc. (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, announced that a core group of airlines has signed groundbreaking memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with two different producers …

Audi Exec: Obama’s Love for Electric Vehicles Premature
December 15, 2009 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Detroit News)  Audi’s top U.S. executive said here Monday that political leaders have “fallen in love” with electric vehicles even though widespread use may be two decades away.   At a speech at …

International Technology Action Plan on Bioenergy Released
December 15, 2009 – 1:03 pm | One Comment

Bioenergy includes any kind of chemical energy accumulated through photosynthetic processes in organic plant matter (i.e., biomass). Example sources of bioenergy include dedicated energy crops (short rotation wood, perennial grasses), agricultural and forestry products and …

US Dept. of Energy Secretary Chu Announces Climate REDI
December 15, 2009 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the launch of a new initiative to promote clean energy technologies in developing countries.  Secretary Chu also welcomed progress under the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) and …

Verde Biofuel Building One-of-a-Kind Mobile “Seed to Fuel” Biodiesel Processor
December 15, 2009 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

North Carolina’s traditional tobacco farms are switching to other crops, so the state’s Southeastern Community College in Whiteville, has initiated a program to educate farmers on the ins-and-outs of biodiesel manufacturing, anticipating producers will be …

The Who, What and When of Cellulosic Ethanol Commercialization
December 15, 2009 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biofuels Digest provides a summary of various cellulosic ethanol production technologies; and who is using them where.  —… Companies that have been in the R&D phases for years — if …

L.A Auto Show: 2010 Audi A3 TDI Named Green Car of the Year
December 14, 2009 – 11:38 am | One Comment

(Los Angeles Times)  The 2010 Audi A3 TDI was named Green Car of the Year at the L.A. Auto Show today, giving the Germans and clean diesel technology back-to-back wins.
The four-door hatchback, which has a …

Inside DOE: A Look at How the $564 Million Integrated Bioenergy Grant Process Operated
December 14, 2009 – 9:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “What you win is the right to negotiate,” chuckles Jim Imbler, CEO of ZeaChem, reflecting on the company’s recent success in winning one of the DOE’s recently announced 19 awards for …

INEOS Bio JV Selected for $50 Million U.S. Department of Energy Grant for Commercial BioEnergy Facility
December 11, 2009 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced it has selected INEOS
Bio and its partner, New Planet Energy, for a $50 million dollar grant for its advanced
bioenergy facility in Indian River County, Florida. The grant …

Market Interactions, Farmers’ Choices, and the Sustainability of Growing Advanced Biofuels: a Missing Perspective?
December 11, 2009 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

by Yong Jiang  and Scott M. Swinton  (International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology) 
Advanced biofuels such as cellulosic ethanol are of great interest in the USA. With agriculture being the major source of feedstock for …

What Motivates Farmers to Participate in Sustainable Agriculture? Evidence and Policy Implications
December 11, 2009 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Yan Ma, et al.  (International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology)  Sustained growth in agricultural productivity has become an ideal model and a political goal of agricultural development in China. Local participation is …

Groundbreaking Cellulosic Biofuel Technology Moves Toward Commercialization
December 11, 2009 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

(Biomass Magazine)  The Energy & Environmental Research Center Foundation and Whole Energy Fuels Corp., headquartered in Bellingham, Wash., are poised to commercialize a novel and groundbreaking cellulosic biofuel technology developed at the EERC at the …

California Company Sees Potential in Its Miscanthus Trials
December 11, 2009 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  California-based Mendel Biotechnology Inc. has more than 2,000 varieties of miscanthus under development on several different plots and hopes to have significant plantings for biomass power generation in the …

Bayer and Dow Sign Worldwide Biodiesel Technology Licensing Agreement
December 11, 2009 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(Biodiesel Digest)  Dow Water & Process Solutions, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), and Bayer Technology Services GmbH (BTS), announced a licensing agreement for the worldwide marketing of the registered BayFAME technology, …

New Mexico Leaders Announce Strategic Initiative to Develop Sustainable Biofuels Industry
December 11, 2009 – 10:58 am | No Comment

Gov. Bill Richardson and the New Mexico congressional delegation today launched an initiative to develop a statewide strategic plan to make New Mexico a national leader in the emerging biofuels industry.
“Clean, sustainable domestic sources of …

Study: Global Biofuels Reduce GHGs by 123.5 Million Tonnes
December 11, 2009 – 10:40 am | No Comment

Just in time for the critical climate talks now underway in Copenhagen, new data once again confirms the significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions from global biofuels production.
Prepared by (S&T)2 Consultants Inc., an internationally recognized energy …

Valero & Mission NewEnergy Execute US$3.5 billion Biofuels Offtake Agreement
December 11, 2009 – 10:21 am | No Comment

Mission NewEnergy Limited (“Mission”) a biodiesel refiner and one of the world’s largest Jatropha plantation companies by acreage announced that it has entered into a binding five-year biodiesel Supply Agreement with Valero Marketing and Supply …

Pawlenty Touts Ethanol on Trade Mission to South America
December 11, 2009 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Jon Vomhof (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)  … “Ethanol, I think, is going to be a global commodity in the not too distant future, and as that future unfolds, it’s in everyone’s best interest to …

Bacteria Engineered to Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Liquid Fuel
December 11, 2009 – 9:43 am | No Comment

by Matthew Chin (Science Daily) In a new approach, researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have genetically modified a cyanobacterium to consume carbon dioxide and produce the liquid fuel …

National Renewable Energy Laboratory Breaks Down Walls for Biofuels
December 11, 2009 – 8:42 am | No Comment

by Heather Lammers, NREL (Renewable Energy World)  Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and ethanol producers are racing to come up with ways to make ethanol from cellulosic biomass that are cheaper and …

Solazyme Awarded US $21M Grant for Algae Refinery in Pennsylvania
December 11, 2009 – 8:23 am | No Comment

(Renewable Energy World)  Solazyme Inc. will build its first integrated algae fuel refinery in Pennsylvania. The biorefinery will be built in Riverside, Pennsylvania and will be funded in part by a US $21.8 million federal …

PetroAlgae Announces Strategic Partnership with Foster Wheeler to Create End-to-End Biomass-to-Fuel Solutions
December 10, 2009 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

 PetroAlgae Inc., announced today that its has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Foster Wheeler AG’s Global Engineering and Construction Group for engineering services to be performed in conjunction with PetroAlgae’s micro-crop technology, which allows …

Bloomberg Acquires Data Provider New Energy Finance
December 10, 2009 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

Bloomberg L.P., has acquired New Energy Finance, a global leader in providing news, data and analysis on renewable energy, carbon markets, energy efficiency, biofuels, carbon capture and storage, and nuclear power.
 
“This acquisition is the next …

Niagara, Wisconsin Cellulosic Ethanol Biomass Supply Studies
December 10, 2009 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

New North contracted with Resource Analytics to conduct a biomass supply analysis within a fifty mile radius of Niagara, WI for the purposes of evaluating this site as a location for a cellulosic biomass ethanol …

FINLAND: Biodiesel Breakthrough or Environmental Nightmare?
December 10, 2009 – 12:47 pm | One Comment

by Linus Atarah (IPS)  As Finnish energy major Neste Oil scales up production of its ‘green’ diesel NExBTL, environmental activists fear that more land will go under palm oil plantations at the expense of Southeast …

Petrobras CEO Highlights Performance in 2009
December 10, 2009 – 10:14 am | No Comment

(Pre-Salt)  The president of Petrobras, José Sergio Gabrielli de Azevedo, … presented an overview of activities in 2009 .
… “Petrobras has expanded production capacity allowed in biodiesel plants and intensified contacts to expand presence in …

Blender Pump Tax Fix Supported by 152 Groups
December 10, 2009 – 10:03 am | No Comment

Growth Energy’s request to Congressional tax writers to fix a program intended to promote the installation of fuel pumps that dispense mid- and high-level ethanol blends drew support from a total of 152 organizations – …

Clemson Researcher Makes Biofuel from Rotten Peaches
December 10, 2009 – 8:45 am | No Comment

What’s brewing in Caye Drapcho’s bioreactor may well be a fuel of the future. Drapcho, a biosystems engineer at Clemson University, is investigating a bacterium that produces hydrogen. The microbe is called Thermotoga neapolitana. And …

LOGOS Technologies and EDENIQ Awarded Cellulosic Bio-ethanol Grant from US Department of Energy
December 10, 2009 – 8:33 am | No Comment

Logos Technologies, Inc. and EdeniQ, Inc. announced that they have been awarded a $20.4 million grant to modify and operate a pilotscale bio‐refinery plant to produce low‐cost ethanol bio‐fuel from cellulosic feedstock, such as corn …

US GAO Asked to Study Impact of Higher Ethanol Blend
December 10, 2009 – 8:11 am | No Comment

by Tom Doggett (Reuters)  Two key Republican lawmakers asked the Government Accountability Office on Wednesday to study the impact of boosting the amount of ethanol that is blended into U.S. gasoline supplies.
The request was made …

U.S. Sen. Harkin Pushes for Extension of Biodiesel Blenders’ Tax Credit
December 10, 2009 – 8:08 am | No Comment

by Grant Gustafson / Kate Cyrul (IowaPolitics.com)  Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today wrote to Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Finance, urging them to …

House Approves Extension of Biodiesel Credit that Industry Calls Vital
December 10, 2009 – 7:55 am | No Comment

by Ben Geman (The Hill)  The broad $31 billion tax extenders package the House approved Wednesday afternoon includes a one-year extension of the $1-per-gallon tax credit for biodiesel that is set to lapse at year’s …

Research Shows Promise of Low-Cost Biofuel Production from Sugar Beets
December 9, 2009 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

Research reported in the December issue of the American Society of Microbiology’s journal Applied and Environment Microbiology on the development of a thermostable enzyme opens the way to a new pathway for low-cost biofuel production …

Synterra Fuels to Commercialize Next-Generation Biorefineries
December 9, 2009 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal)  Pacific Renewable Fuels (Sacramento, California) and Red Lion Bio-Energy (Toledo, Ohio) have announced that they have formed Synterra Fuels, a joint venture, to focus on the commercialization and deployment of …

U.S. Commerce Department’s Patent and Trademark Office to Accelerate Review of Green Technology Patents to Speed Deployment to Marketplace
December 9, 2009 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

The U.S. Commerce Department’s Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will pilot a program to accelerate the examination of certain “green” technology patent applications, Secretary Gary Locke announced on Monday. The new initiative, coming days before …

VIDEO: Brazilian Government Tackling Climate Change in Brazil
December 9, 2009 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

The Brazilian National Plan on Climate Change, launched in December 2008, comprises a set of over one hundred actions and programs to reduce carbon emissions across different sectors of the Brazilian economy.  The two main …

Report: Moving to Clean Energy Would Drive Job Growth and Economic Recovery in Arkansas
December 9, 2009 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

Shifting to renewable energy sources, such as wind and bio-energy, would bring significant job growth, economic investment and revenues to Arkansas’ struggling rural communities, according to a new report released today by the Natural Resources …

UN Seen Backing Biofuels in Carbon Mechanism
December 9, 2009 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

(Economic Times, Reuters)  A United Nations panel has approved the inclusion of biofuels in a global scheme to reduce cargon emissions, a move that should boost investments in such projects, a Brazilian government official said …

ARPA-E Announces Fellows Program
December 9, 2009 – 11:44 am | No Comment

ARPA-E announces the creation of the “ARPA-E Fellows Program” and invites America’s next generation of leading energy innovators to help shape our nation’s energy future. ARPA-E Fellows will be competitively selected from the best and …

World’s Largest Wheat-Based Biofuel Refinery Opens on Teeside
December 9, 2009 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Tom Young (Business Green)  The world’s biggest refinery for making biofuels from wheat was unveiled at Wilton on Teeside yesterday, as the company behind the giant facility confirmed production will begin before Christmas.  The …

Amyris Signs Letters of Intent Agreements with Bunge, Cosan and Guarani
December 9, 2009 – 10:24 am | No Comment

Amyris Brasil, a wholly owned subsidiary of Amyris Biotechnologies, Inc. today announced that it has entered into letter of intent agreements with three sugar and ethanol producers in Brazil, Bunge Limited, Cosan and Açúcar Guarani, …

American Voters Prefer a Carbon Tax to Cap-and-Trade by a 2-1 Margin
December 8, 2009 – 10:46 am | No Comment

The U.S. Climate Task Force (CTF) and Future 500 recently released a new survey conducted by Hart Research, which demonstrates that a straightforward tax on carbon is the favorite policy option for addressing climate change …

International DME Association Launches North American Affairs Group, Chemrec’s LeBlanc Named as Director to Lead Growth of DME
December 8, 2009 – 9:39 am | No Comment

To actively promote the awareness and use of dimethyl ether (DME) as an ultra-clean, renewable, low-carbon diesel substitute throughout North America, the International DME Association (IDA) today announced the formation of its North American Affairs …

Small-Engine Makers Voice Worry As EPA Weighs New Ethanol Rule
December 8, 2009 – 9:32 am | No Comment

by Mark Long (Wall Street Journal)  Boaters and small-engine-industry groups are worried their concerns about engine damage will be overlooked as the Environmental Protection Agency considers allowing as much as 15% ethanol in the nation’s …

Self-Destructing Bacteria Improve Renewable Biofuel Production
December 8, 2009 – 9:22 am | No Comment

(Science Daily)  An Arizona State University research team has developed a process that removes a key obstacle to producing lower-cost, renewable biofuels. The team has programmed a photosynthetic microbe to self-destruct, making the recovery of …

Grant to Fund Construction of Biomass Gasifier for Production of Renewable Synthetic Fuels at Rentech’s Demonstration Plant in Colorado
December 8, 2009 – 9:09 am | No Comment

Rentech, Inc., and ClearFuels Technology Inc. (ClearFuels) jointly announced that they have been selected to receive up to $23 million as a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) to construct a biomass gasifier …

PetroSun Announces the Selection of the Gas Technology Institute’s Integrated Biorefinery Proposal by the DOE
December 8, 2009 – 7:57 am | No Comment

PetroSun, Inc.,  announced that the Department of Energy has advised Gas Technology Institute of Des Plaines, Illinois that its Integrated Biorefinery application has been selected for negotiations leading to an award. The GTI team members …

ADM Receives $24.8 Million U.S. Department of Energy Grant to Develop and Commercialize Advanced Biofuels
December 8, 2009 – 7:43 am | No Comment

The U.S. Department of Energy today awarded Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) a $24.8 million grant to develop and construct a facility that will convert biomass into renewable fuel. One of 19 biofuel projects …

Secretary Chu Announces $100 Million for Advanced Research Projects: EXCLUDES Funds for Biomass to Transportation Fuels
December 8, 2009 – 7:36 am | No Comment

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced that a second round of funding opportunities for transformational energy research projects will be made available through the Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). At an event today …

Department of Energy Issues Final Rule on Loan Guarantees
December 8, 2009 – 7:27 am | No Comment

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the issue of a final rule amending the Department of Energy’s regulations for its Loan Guarantee Program. The revised rule will allow for increased participation in the program by financial …

Honeywell’s UOP Green Diesel Fuel Powers Vehicles at United Nations Climate Change Conference
December 7, 2009 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced today that its Ecofining process technology was used to convert second-generation, renewable feedstocks to green diesel fuel that will power vehicles at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate …

COP15 Limo Fleet Powered by Ethanol Made from Straw
December 7, 2009 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

The climate change summit got off to a good start with a fuel change.  For the first time ever, the fleet of VIP limousines switched to a climate-friendly fuel — The New Ethanol, made from …

Department of Energy Increases Funding to $81 M for Phase II of BlueFire Ethanol’s Planned Fulton, MS Biorefinery
December 7, 2009 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

BlueFire Ethanol Fuels, Inc., a company focused on changing the world’s transportation fuel paradigm through the production of ethanol from non-food cellulosic wastes, announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) increased funding to $81.1 million …

Algenol, Linde Partner On CO2 Management Technology
December 7, 2009 – 6:13 pm | One Comment

Algenol Biofuels, in partnership with The Linde Group, have agreed to collaborate in a joint project that will attempt to identify the optimum management of carbon dioxide (CO2) and oxygen for Algenol’s algae and photobioreactor …

Enerkem Awarded $50 Million Funding by U.S. Department of Energy for Its Mississippi Biorefinery Project
December 7, 2009 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

 Enerkem Inc. today announced that Enerkem Corporation, its wholly-owned U.S. affiliate, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to receive US$50 million in funding for the construction and operation of its waste-to-biofuels …

Myriant Technologies LLC Selected for $50 Million Award for Succinic Acid Biorefinery Project
December 7, 2009 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

Myriant Technologies LLC (as successor to BioEnergy International), a leading biotech developer and manufacturer of renewable biochemicals, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to receive up to $50 million for its …

SEC Slaps Nova Gen with Charges
December 7, 2009 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Onell R. Soto (San Diego Union-Tribune)  A La Jolla company bamboozled investors out of $2.3 million with promises of a new technology that would covert coal into green fuels and make trillions of dollars, …

Mississippi State University Lets “Freedom” Ring as Viable Biofuel Feedstock
December 7, 2009 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Patti Drapala (MSU Ag Communications)  … One focus of MSU’s research is giant miscanthus, or Miscanthus x giganteus, a warm-season Asian grass that many scientists believe has potential as a biomass crop for fuel. …

No New Regulations Announced, Reasonable Causes For Challenges Abound: EPA’s Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases Under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act
December 7, 2009 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  EPA’s much ballyhooed finding that CO2 and five other greenhouse gases (GHG) meet Clean Air Act requirements as health hazards is being treated by the Administration and the …

Uganda to Extract Biodiesel from ‘Wonder Plant’ Jatropha
December 7, 2009 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Halima Abdallah  (East African)   The National Forestry Research Institute has embarked on a project to test the viability of biodiesel from jatropha, a drought resistant crop.

According to a senior researcher at the institute, Dr …

Nanofarming Offers a Kinder, Gentler Way to Get Biofuel from Algae
December 7, 2009 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Tina Casey  (CleanTechnica.com) One barrier to cost-competitive biofuel from algae is about to fall, and we may have nanofarming to thank for that.  The new technology uses tiny nanoparticles to absorb free fatty acids from …

Secretaries Chu and Vilsack Announce More Than $600 Million Investment in Advanced Biorefinery Projects
December 7, 2009 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 19 integrated biorefinery projects to receive up to $564 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to …

Green Protectionism in the European Union: How Europe’s Biofuels Policy and the Renewable Energy Directive Violate WTO Commitments
December 7, 2009 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Fredrik Erixon (European Center for International Political Economy)  This paper examines the trade-policy consequences of current approaches in the  European Union towards biofuels. The EU uses a broad range of measures to sub­sidise the …

Discovery May Lower Cost of Algae Biofuel
December 4, 2009 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Christain Macavei (Daily Californian)  UC Berkeley researchers now have a better understanding of algae, which may have implications for making biofuels more economically feasible.   In a study published in the journal Nature Nov. 26, the researchers …

Closed Loop Energy System in Germany
December 4, 2009 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Neil Billinger (CheckBiotech, Saskatoonhomepage.ca) Verbio is based in the former East Germany and has a plant located at Zorbig. Their motto is ”from the farmer to the consumer and back to the field.”   A …

Global Biodiesel Demand to Double in 5 Years
December 4, 2009 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Biodiesel Magazine)   The driver for biofuels usage is not limited to the United States and Europe, but is also growing in the Asia-Pacific and Latin American regions, according to Tammy Klein, …

The Movement to Mechanized Sugarcane Harvesting in Brazil
December 4, 2009 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (AgWired)  … (In Brazil) This year the industry harvested 471.5 million tons, an increase of 7.5 percent from last year, even accounting for excessive rains that left a significant amount of sugarcane …

We Are Green: “Always Clean 110″ Project Is an Example of a Growing Trend in Biofuels: “Symbiosis” Project Produce Biodiesel, Using Recovered Methanol, Cooking Oil
December 4, 2009 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by  (Biofuels Digest)  …Here is an under funded grad student (with a mechanical engineering degree from Northern Illinois University) who, while working part time, put together a system that will produce bio-diesel fuel from basic …

Synthetic Bio Could Cure Energy Woes
December 4, 2009 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Ph.D. Angelo DePalma (CheckBiotech, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News)   …“It is about systems,” says A. Malcolm Campbell, Ph.D., professor of biology at Davidson College, “not manipulating one or two genes, but whole pathways.” For …

City’s Solid Waste Management Division Offers Oil and Grease Recycling Service for Santa Monica Restaurants
December 4, 2009 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, combat climate change and curb the growing number of clogged sewers plaguing residents and businesses, the City of Santa Monica launched an innovative solution to collect fats, …

Algae-based Renewable Fuel Promotion Act of 2009 Introduced
December 4, 2009 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

Reps. Harry Teague (D-N.M.), Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.) and Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) introduced H.R. 4168 to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the definition of cellulosic biofuel to include algae-based biofuel for purposes …

CPO Biodiesel Production Plan May Lift Regions
December 4, 2009 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(Jakarta Globe)  The government is planning to develop regional centers for processing palm oil into biodiesel and other products to boost profit margins and create jobs, a minister said on Wednesday.
The government is seeking investment …

Inter-American Development Bank Publishes Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard
December 4, 2009 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

The Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Initiative (SECCI) and the Structured and Corporate Finance Department (SCF) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have created the IDB Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard based on the sustainability criteria of …

Jatropha Takes Root in Brazil
December 4, 2009 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Robert P. Walzer (New York Times) 
A Brazilian start-up is testing the possibility of implementing a large-scale biofuels project using jatropha, a family of hardy, succulent plants.
The company, BioVentures Brasil, is getting $1 million from …

GAO: Energy-Water Nexus: Many Uncertainties Remain about National and Regional Effects of Increased Biofuel Production on Water Resources
December 4, 2009 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

The extent to which increased biofuels production will affect the nation’s water resources depends on the type of feedstock selected and how and where it is grown.  … (N)ext generation feedstocks have not yet been …

DTN Guest Editorial: EPA Appears Caught in a Catch 22
December 4, 2009 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Clayton McMartin (DTN Ethanol Center)  Two key timing issues have essentially paralyzed the Environmental Protection Agency at this point regarding the Renewable Fuels Standard. The first is the pending issuance of the much-awaited final …

EPA Indicates E15 Blending OK is Likely, But Delays Ruling to Mid-2010
December 4, 2009 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, the EPA announced that it will delay its determination on E15 ethanol blending until the middle of next year, citing that only 2 of 19 DOE tests are …

School Club’s Biodiesel Project Going Global
December 3, 2009 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Joel Hood (Chicago Tribune)  Some time ago, Brian Sievers picked up a crazy notion that one simple idea might just change the world. So for the last two school years, the popular science teacher …

NBB Calls on EPA to Implement RFS2 Biodiesel Targets
December 3, 2009 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

From a letter from the National Biodiesel Board to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency:   By statute, the Biomass-based Diesel requirement was to begin on January 1, 2009, and EPA is required to issue …

Purdue to Lead Second-Generation Biofuels Impact Analysis
December 3, 2009 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Purdue University has been awarded a $933,000 USDA grant to conduct analysis of the global impacts of second-generation biofuels. According to Tom Hertel, ag economics professor at Purdue University …

Canadian Biofuel Cuts Emissions Sharply: Report
December 3, 2009 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Rod Nickel  (Reuters)  Canadian ethanol emits 62 percent less greenhouse gas than conventional fuel, taking into consideration all stages of the fuel’s production from planting a crop to burning the fuel, a new report …

Advanced Biofuel Capacity Expected to Increase from 6.88 Mgy in 2009 to 640.18 Mgy in 2012
December 3, 2009 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

Biofuels Digest released a downloadable, consolidated table of cellulosic ethanol and advanced biofuels production, including current production as of December 2009, and planned introductions of new capacity through 2012. The Digest found in its review …

Biofuels: Growing toward Sustainability
December 3, 2009 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Bryan M. Jenkins, Chris Somerville, James J. Stapleton  (California Agriculture)  Biofuels — fuels derived from plant materials and other kinds of biomass — have ridden a rollercoaster of public debate. When Hurricane Katrina wreaked …

Can Feedstock Production for Biofuels Be Sustainable in California?
December 3, 2009 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Stephen R. Kaffka (California Agriculture)   The use of crops and crop residues as feedstocks for biofuels increases domestic and global supplies, creates new industries, and may result in reduced greenhouse-gas emissions. Uncertainty about the …

Model Estimates Food-Versus-Biofuel Trade-Off
December 3, 2009 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Deepak Rajagopal, Steven Sexton, Gal Hochman, David Roland-Holst, David Zilberman (California Agriculture)  Biofuels have been criticized for raising food prices and reducing food production. While biofuels have rightly been blamed for contributing to reduced …

Biofuel Policy Must Evaluate Environmental, Food Security and Energy Goals to Maximize Net Benefits
December 3, 2009 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Steven Sexton, Deepak Rajagopal, Gal Hochman, David Zilberman, David Roland-Holst (California Agriculture) The biofuel industry has received billions of dollars in support from governments around the world, as political leaders respond to new environmental …

Cellulosic Biomass Could Help Meet California’s Transportation Fuel Needs
December 3, 2009 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Charles E. Wyman, Bin Yang   (California Agriculture)  Cellulosic biomass, which includes agricultural and forestry residues and woody and herbaceous plants, is the only low-cost resource that can support the sustainable production of liquid fuels …

Origin Oil CEO Develops New Ideas for Financing Biofuels
December 3, 2009 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

In a presentation called “This is 1992,” Riggs Eckelberry compares the state of the advanced biofuels industry to that of Internet-related industries in 1992 proposing a “distributed partnership model” of  limited capital expenditure, clean balance sheets, minimal …

Group Helps Small Cities Go Green
December 3, 2009 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Larisa Brass  (Knoxvillebiz.com) A number of new organizations are springing up across Tennessee with a green glint in their eye.
Among them is the Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council, a group that’s working with …

A Global View from this Capitol Hill Powwow
December 3, 2009 – 8:35 am | No Comment

by Sam Hopkins  (Green Chip Stocks)  … Hermann Scheer is something like a Founding Father of international clean energy policy progress. He was instrumental in the crafting of Germany’s feed-in-tariff (FIT), which kickstarted a national …

Plant and Microbial Research Seeks Biofuel Production from Lignocellulose
December 2, 2009 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Laura E. Bartley, Pamela C. Ronald (California Agriculture) A key strategy for biofuel production is making use of the chemical energy stored in plant cell walls. Cell walls are a strong meshwork of sugar chains …

Sustainable Use of California Biomass Resources Can Help Meet State and National Bioenergy Targets
December 2, 2009 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

by Bryan M. Jenkins, Robert B. Williams, Nathan Parker, Peter Tittmann, Quinn Hart, Martha C. Gildart, Steve Kaffka, Bruce R. Hartsough, Peter Dempster (California Agrigulture)  Biomass constitutes a major renewable energy resource for California, with …

CP Rail Tests Animal-Fat, Vegetable-Oil Biodiesel
December 2, 2009 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Susan Taylor  (Reuters)  Animal fat, restaurant grease and vegetable oil will help power four Canadian Pacific Railway locomotives this winter to test if biodiesel fuel can stand up to a harsh Canadian winter.  The …

Biofuel Bugs
December 2, 2009 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(Living on Earth)  University of Minnesota biochemistry professor Larry Wackett’s team won support from the US Dept. of Energy for their approach to direct solar fuel. Wackett’s wants to mimic symbiosis in nature by teaming …