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Butamax: Portrait of a Biobutanol Strategic Investment by BP and Dupont
April 30, 2010 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BiofuelsDigest)  …Also, what exactly is up with biobutanol, perhaps the most important fuel you never heard of  — one that is gaining serious traction among bioenergy cognoscenti as a more perfect solution …

Is Europe’s Transport Getting Greener? Partly
April 30, 2010 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

(European Environment Agency)  While technological advances produce cleaner vehicles, more and more passengers and goods are travelling further distances, thereby offsetting efficiency gains. Based on analysis of long-term trends, a new European Environment Agency (EEA) …

Amtrak Runs Heartland Flyer on Biodiesel
April 30, 2010 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(UPI)  Amtrak plans to operate its Heartland Flyer Oklahoma-Texas service on animal-based biodiesel for the next year, officials say.
The first biodiesel-powered train pulled into Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said. The train …

Aviation Alt Fuel Hopes to Get the Lead Out
April 30, 2010 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Jason Paur (Wired)  …A small company in Indiana is leading the way for creating an alternative fuel for piston-powered airplanes around the world. Swift Enterprises has created a biomass-derived, synthetic fuel that has already …

Biomass 2010 Presentations Available
April 30, 2010 – 9:03 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  More than 600 attendees were able to discuss some of the most pressing issues in the biomass community as well as recent accomplishments and the challenges that lie ahead. We were …

Attention Whole Foods Shoppers: Your “Sustainable” Mantra — Organic, Local, and Slow — Is No Recipe for Saving the World’s Hungry Millions
April 30, 2010 – 8:38 am | No Comment

by Robert Paarlberg (Foreign Policy) … Food has become an elite preoccupation in the West, ironically, just as the most effective ways to address hunger in poor countries have fallen out of fashion.
Helping the world’s poor …

Racecar Driver Leilani Munter Featured in Discovery’s new Planet Green Network TV Series
April 30, 2010 – 8:05 am | No Comment

Race car driver and environmental activist Leilani Münter is featured in the new tv series “Fast Forward” on Discovery’s Planet Green Network. The series tells the stories of thirteen unique visionaries in their quest to …

Newton Falls Mill Eyeing New Technology
April 26, 2010 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Martha Ellen  (Watertown Daily Times)  Newton Falls Fine Paper could be the first commercial plant to use a breakthrough technology that turns waste into ethanol.
“It’s a possibility. It’s well down the road,” said Donald …

Nebraska Holds FFV Awareness Campaign
April 26, 2010 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Michelle Kautz  (DomesticFuels)  Tomorrow (April 22, 2010) will kick of the National Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) Awareness Campaign across the state of Nebraska. The educational campaign is a joint project of the Clean Fuels Fuondation, …

Millions Exposed to Unflattering View of First & Second Generation Biofuels Interests
April 26, 2010 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)   In the 40th Earth Day Anniversary episode of “The Simpsons,” millions of viewers got an unflattering presentation of “switchgrass vs. corn” biofuels interests.  Knock down, drag out fight illustration of the …

New Laboratory to Help Chemical Revolution
April 26, 2010 – 12:19 pm | One Comment

(University of York)  A major new suite of laboratories, to be opened this week, will help scientists in the Green Chemistry group at the University of York to advance research into clean synthesis, catalysis, novel …

The Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment Awards over $5.1 Million to 24 Energy Projects at the University of Minnesota
April 26, 2010 – 12:13 pm | 3 Comments

(University of Minnesota)  The Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE) recently awarded over $5.1 million to 24 renewable energy research and demonstration projects at the University of Minnesota.
The selected projects focus on a …

Using Ionic Liquids Without Acids for Biomass Conversion into Biofuel Saves Time, Energy, Colorado State University Professors Discover
April 26, 2010 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(Colorado State University)  Dissolving plant biomass in “green” solvent ionic liquids – salts that melt at low temperatures – converts more sugars needed for biofuel more quickly than traditional methods, according to a new study …

TR10: Solar Fuel: Designing the Perfect Renewable Fuel
April 26, 2010 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Kevin Bullis  (Technology Review, MIT)   When Noubar Afeyan, the CEO of Flagship Ventures in Cambridge, MA, set out to invent the ideal renewable fuel, he decided to eliminate the middleman. Biofuels ultimately come from …

G-Oil Debuts First Commercial – a Dukes “Homage” – during American Le Mans Race
April 26, 2010 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Nik Bristow  (AutoBlogGreen)  Green Earth Technologies, maker of G-Oil, the “world’s first and only bio-based and ultimate biodegradable motor oil approved by the American Petroleum Institute,” aired their first-ever television commercial on Saturday, April …

King of Fuel Alternatives: Ethanol Remains Major Player, but Future Unclear
April 26, 2010 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Rod Walton (Tulsa World)  Ethanol is running strong in Oklahoma and nationwide, filling up storage terminals and flowing through most cars in some blended way.
The corn-based variety, however, may be hitting a wall in …

Website Aims to Forge Ethanol Partnerships
April 26, 2010 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Kathrine Schmidt  (dailycomet.com)  A businessman from New Iberia is starting a national website that aims to match renewable-energy investors with local landowners and farmers.
Kevin Caffery believes the state of the ethanol industry, which makes …

Iowans Urged to Celebrate Earth Day by Pumping E85
April 26, 2010 – 10:40 am | No Comment

by Ken Anderson   (Brownfield Ag News)  …IRFA managing director Lucy Norton says E85 is currently running about 90 cents less than E10 gasoline in Iowa.  Even factoring in a 15 percent decrease in fuel economy, …

Biofuel Pilot Scheme Faces Winding Road
April 26, 2010 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Nina Fowler (National Business Review)   Queenstown tourism operators are scrambling to establish a viable local biofuel industry before government assistance expires.
The Queenstown Lakes Biodiesel Consortium’s pilot scheme has been the beneficiary of a two-year government …

New Biofuel Plant Turns Garbage to Gas
April 26, 2010 – 10:20 am | No Comment

(The Province)  …Food and yard waste from residential and commercial sources will be converted at the plant into a low-cost natural gas that will be used as an alternative fuel to power the city’s waste-collection …

Is Switchgrass In Your Future, And If So, Will It Be Profitable?
April 26, 2010 – 10:08 am | No Comment

(Cattle Network)  …One of the first products that may be digested in a cellulosic ethanol plant is switchgrass, which is a warm-season grass native to this part of the world. Agronomically it can be produced, …

Algae Industry Magazine Interview: National Algae Association’s Barry Cohen
April 23, 2010 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz  (Algae Industry Magazine)  Since forming the National Algae Association over two years ago, Barry has concentrated on creating and establishing strong working relationships with what he calls “algaepreneurs” throughout the U.S.
Starting the …

Ecotech Institute Launches as First and Only College Entirely Focused on Careers in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Design
April 23, 2010 – 10:48 am | No Comment

(Educational Corporation of America)   Education Corporation of America (ECA), a leading owner and operator of private higher education institutions in the United States, announced today the launch of Ecotech Institute, the first and only college …

New Biofuel Process May Change Chemical Industry
April 23, 2010 – 10:04 am | One Comment

(University of Massachusetts Amherst)  A new method of converting biomass feedstock into sustainable fuel developed by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and University of Minnesota has the potential to have a profound effect …

BC Ferries Introduces Biodiesel to Its Fleet
April 23, 2010 – 9:57 am | No Comment

(The Motorship)  BC Ferries in Canada is now using 5 percent blend of B5 biodiesel to fuel its vessels, making the company one of the largest consumers of biodiesel in British Columbia.

The ferry company is …

Will Traditional Gasoline/Diesel Combustion for Light Vehicles Be Obsoleted by Critical Fuel System
April 23, 2010 – 9:40 am | No Comment

by Bob Brook  (Automotive Industries)  New information and comment by combustion experts at the recent SAE Congress meeting here provide substantial reasons to believe critical fuel combustion could be the first fundamental combustion advance for …

ZeaChem Validates Its Core Biorefining Technology
April 23, 2010 – 9:25 am | No Comment

(ZeaChem) Company Produces Commercial Grade Ethyl Acetate
ZeaChem Inc., a developer of biorefineries for the conversion of renewable biomass into sustainable fuels and chemicals, today announced it has produced commercial grade ethyl acetate, thereby proving its core …

POET Announces Plans for 3.5 Billion Gallons of Cellulosic Ethanol in 2022
April 23, 2010 – 8:44 am | No Comment

(POET)  Technology ready, CEO says, but loan guarantee, policy stability and market access still needed to achieve vision.
POET plans to have a hand in producing 3.5 billion gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year by 2022, …

Fort Worth’s Amtrak Rail Service Beefs Up with Animal-Based Biodiesel
April 22, 2010 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Gordon Dickson  (Star-Telegram)  Where’s the beef? It’s in the belly of that Amtrak locomotive.
Shortly after noon Tuesday, the Amtrak Heartland Flyer pulled into downtown Fort Worth. It looked and smelled like pretty much any …

US Farm State Senators Offer Bill to Extend Ethanol Tax Credit
April 22, 2010 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

Nick Snow (Oil and Gas Journal)  US senators from agricultural states introduced legislation on Apr. 20 that would extend the federal ethanol tax credit through 2015. Failure to do so would cost 112,000 jobs nationwide …

University of Michigan Pressure-Cooking Algae Into Better Biofuel
April 22, 2010 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report)   Heating and squishing microalgae in a pressure-cooker can fast-forward the crude-oil-making process from millennia to minutes.
University of Michigan professors are working to understand and improve this procedure in an …

Namibia to Produce Own Biodiesel
April 22, 2010 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Chrispin Inambao (New Era)  LL Biofuels Namibia, a highly ambitious foreign-initiated and multi-billion-dollar venture, has secured 300 000 hectares of land from chiefs in Caprivi to plant jatropha, whose seeds will be press-crushed to produce …

Honduras Successfully Harvests Biofuel
April 22, 2010 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(Honduras News)  Agroipsa Farm in Choluteca has deployed the “BEI Jatropha Wave Harvester”, a mechanical harvesting system for jatropha which has successfully completed an eight-month trial.
The system was used for a mechanical harvest of a …

230 MPG For Chevy Volt? Not Likely
April 22, 2010 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Reilly Brennan (AOL Autos)  EPA Mulls New Fuel Economy Guidelines
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will soon draft a new regulation for the way it calculates fuel efficiency for electric cars, potentially deflating the stratospheric …

Pew Study: Department of Defense Embracing Clean Energy
April 22, 2010 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(Pew Charitable Trusts) Pentagon, Service Agencies Working to Enhance Security, Save Money and Reduce Emissions
The Department of Defense has initiated ambitious clean energy programs in service of economic, security and environmental goals according to “Reenergizing America’s …

Honeywell Green Jet Fuel(TM) Powers U.S. Navy Green Hornet for Biofuels Certification Flight
April 22, 2010 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(UOP) Fuel produced using process technology from Honeywell’s UOP under contract from U.S. Defense Energy Support Center.

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced April 22, 2010, that Honeywell Green Jet Fuel(TM) produced using Honeywell UOP’s renewable jet fuel …

The Future of Transportation Technology May 19 Monterey, CA
April 22, 2010 – 12:27 pm | No Comment
The Future of Transportation Technology May 19 Monterey, CA

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Wednesday May 19
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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Please join …

Biofuel and Tires from the Same Bug
April 20, 2010 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Michael Kanellos (GreenTechMedia) Isoprene’s a large-volume, high-energy fossil chemical. Genencor says it can get microbes to make it.
…Genencor, the industrial enzyme specialist, has engineered a microorganism that can produce a version of isoprene that …

Scientists Say Growing Grain for Food Is More Energy Efficient
April 20, 2010 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Using productive farmland to grow crops for food instead of fuel is more energy efficient, Michigan State University scientists concluded, after poring over 17 years’ worth of data to help settle the …

Economic Researcher: EU Biofuel Policy Not Based on Science
April 20, 2010 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection) Gernot Pehnelt, Ph.D., director of GlobEcon, released a study that says the Renewable Energy Directive discriminates against foreign biofuels.
“European Policies Towards Palm Oil: Sorting Out Some Facts,” demonstrates that the default assumptions embedded …

Biofuel Company Builds Test Plant
April 20, 2010 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

(CBC News)  An Ontario biofuels company is building a test plant in Sarnia to produce ethanol from wood and farm waste rather than corn.
Don Hewson, managing director of the Sarnia-Lambton research park where the facility …

Scientists Try Algae ‘Alchemy’ to Grow Oil in Paddies
April 20, 2010 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Shigeru Sato and Yuji Okada (Bloomberg Business Week)  As Japan’s rice fields turn fallow and its farming communities decline, a new army of workers is preparing to make the countryside fertile again. This time the …

Brookhaven Selects SG Biofuels for Jatropha Testing Program
April 20, 2010 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

(SG Biofuels)  SG Biofuels announced it has established a strategic partnership with Brookhaven National Laboratory to accelerate the analysis and testing of oil produced by its Latin American Jatropha plantations. The company was selected by …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Invites Public Comment on Proposed Rules for USDA Renewable Energy Programs
April 20, 2010 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(USDA)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack April 16, 2010, invited public comment on several proposed rules designed to increase the production of advanced biofuels and the development of biorefineries. The programs are authorized under the Food, Conservation and …

Implications Of The U.S. Ethanol Tariff
April 19, 2010 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Forbes)  …In order to better understand the intricacies of the issues involved, I have been engaged in dialogue with a number of industry groups and economists. Here I will try to shed …

Corn Oil from Ethanol Plant to Feed Biodiesel Refinery
April 19, 2010 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  Mansfield Oil Company has acquired East Fork Biodiesel of Algona, Iowa … a 60-million-gallon-a-year refinery that will get its feedstock of corn oil from Mansdfield’s network of C&N Companies ethanol plants …

The Best Peak Oil Investments, Part I: Biofuels
April 19, 2010 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Tom Konrad (RenewableEnergyWorld.com)   …
The most obvious strategy for dealing with peak oil is substitution.  If we can find another form of energy in place of oil, then our economy can grow without more painful adjustments.  …

Time To Reinforce Distillers Grains Value
April 19, 2010 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

(CattleNetwork)  …U.S. ethanol industry exported 5.64 million metric tons (mmt) of distillers grains worth nearly $1 billion in 2009, which was 24 percent above 2008 levels.
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) touts the worldwide livestock feeding …

X PRIZE Foundation Reveals Expanded Vision for Future; Prize Groups Aim to Solve World’s Most Urgent Problems by Targeting Four Key Areas
April 19, 2010 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(XPrize Foundation, Marketwire)  …X PRIZE is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to create radical breakthroughs, inspiring the formation of new industries, jobs and the revitalization of markets that are currently stalled. Through strategic …

Jatropha: Mozambique’s New Biofuel Hope
April 19, 2010 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Jeffrey Barbee (Global Post)  …Sun Biofuels, a British company, has been planting thousands of acres of jatropha at a former tobacco farm here and in other sites in Africa. The company hopes the jatropha …

Secretary Chu Announces New Partnerships Under the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas
April 19, 2010 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(US DOE)  The U.S. Department of Energy today announced a series of partnerships and other initiatives to address clean energy and energy security in the Western Hemisphere as part of the Energy and Climate Partnership …

Lack of Raw Material, Govt Pricing Dash Biofuel dreams
April 19, 2010 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(The Business Standard)  The biofuel industry is finding it tough to remain in business, with both government pricing and raw material availability working against them.
…Senior officials of the National Oilseeds and Development Board (NOVOD) said …

BIO Urges Recognition of Biotechology Solutions in Climate Change Legislation
April 19, 2010 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Executive Vice President, Biotechnology Industry Organization)  From a letter to Senators John Kerry, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman:   …BIO urges, therefore, that any comprehensive climate change legislation include appropriate incentives for, and …

Pilot Trash-to-Ethanol Plant Located Off the Beaten Path
April 19, 2010 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Tompkins (The Times, Munster, Ind.)   … The process that will be used in Lake County’s plant to produce ethanol from trash was developed in Fayetteville more than 17 years ago. It has been tested …

Senate Trio Hopes to Hit Pay Dirt With Carbon ‘Fee’ on Fuels
April 19, 2010 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Darren Samuelsohn  (New York Times)   Key senators are weighing a request from Big Oil to levy a carbon fee on the industry rather than wrap it into a sweeping cap-and-trade system that covers most …

Interning is the Pits (and Garages) for UNOH High Performance Motorsports Students
April 15, 2010 – 3:36 pm | One Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Stephanie Thomas is a very smart young woman. Everyone in the High Performance Motorsports Program at University of Northwestern Ohio says so. If you ask for a person to …

Biofuels that Save Water and Land
April 15, 2010 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Brett Walton (Circle of Blue)  …That tilt may soon be righted by researchers at the University of Virginia and the Seawater Foundation, who discovered that the most important source of the risk-benefit imbalance was …

Bill Ford: Few, If Any, Trade-Offs in Going Green
April 15, 2010 – 9:55 am | No Comment

by Martin LaMonica  (cnet News)  The U.S. auto industry needs to “go green” in more than one way, says Bill Ford.   Ford is committed to making its vehicles more fuel efficient by investing in a …

Saving Energy When Pre-Processing Biofuels
April 15, 2010 – 9:45 am | No Comment

by Matt Ford (Ars Technica)  …When it comes to the processing of organic feedstocks for use in biofuel operations, getting plant matter down to size often represents a significant cost, as grinding and milling do …

Pickens Encourages Investment in American Energy
April 15, 2010 – 9:35 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel)   “When do we stop investing in OPEC and start investing in America?”   That’s the question that oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens asked at a House Ways and Means committee hearing Wednesday …

How to End America’s Addiction to Oil
April 15, 2010 – 9:28 am | No Comment

by R. James Woolsey (Wall Street Journal editorial)   By using more electricity, natural gas and biofuels in our transportation fleet, we can quickly reduce our dependence on OPEC.
…About 95% of transportation fuel in the U.S. is derived …

Second Annual Conference on Cellulosic Biofuels: Catalyzing Industry – Academic Collaboration April 30 Univ. of Mass. Amherst
April 15, 2010 – 9:18 am | No Comment
Second Annual Conference on Cellulosic Biofuels: Catalyzing Industry – Academic Collaboration April 30 Univ. of Mass. Amherst

Those interested in the Commonwealth’s developing biofuels and bioproducts industry are invited to participate in the Second Annual Conference on Cellulosic Biofuels this April 30th. The conference is hosted by The Institute for Massachusetts Biofuels …

Norfolk Southern Railway and Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. (EMD) Partnering to Test Biodiesel for Locomotive Fuel Applications
April 15, 2010 – 9:05 am | No Comment

(Progressive Railroading)  Under “one of the most extensive testing programs to date on the use of biodiesel fuel for locomotives,” eight SD70M-2 units and two MP15 switchers manufactured by EMD and owned/operated by NS will …

Spanish Company to Build First Biodiesel Plant in Dominican Republic with US$40M
April 14, 2010 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

(Dominican Today)   The company Globasol signed an agreement on Monday with TSK-Ingemas, of the Spanish group Globalia, to build Dominican Republic’s first biodiesel  plant, at a cost of 40 million dollars.
The agreement includes the construction …

LS9 Fuel Receives EPA Registration
April 14, 2010 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba   (Biodiesel Magazine)   LS9 Inc. announced that its trademarked UltraClean Diesel fuel has been officially registered with the U.S. EPA, now making it eligible for commercial sale in the U.S.
…The company’s technology is …

IntAct Targets Energy-Neutral Water Treatment
April 14, 2010 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …IntAct Labs LLC has been awarded a $46,770 U.S. EPA grant to further research ethanol stillage treatment using a microbial fuel cell process, according to Justin Buck, chief technology …

Mazda RX-8 SP Goes E85 at Targa
April 14, 2010 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(The AutoChannel)  Mazda Australia will use ethanol blend fuel to power its turbo rotary Mazda RX-8 SP at the upcoming Targa Tasmania rally.
With event regulations now encouraging competitors to go green and consider alternate fuels, …

Grilling with Ethanol
April 14, 2010 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel)  Grilling enthusiasts will find a new product that uses ethanol as an alternative to charcoal or propane on the shelves of many grocery and hardware stores this summer.
The FlameDisk® actually utilizes …

US Military Warns Oil Output May Dip Causing Massive Shortages by 2015
April 14, 2010 – 10:12 am | No Comment

by Terry Macalister  (The Guardian)  …The US military has warned that surplus oil production capacity could disappear within two years and there could be serious shortages by 2015 with a significant economic and political impact.
The …

Agricultural Research Service Researching Camelina as a New Biofuel Crop
April 14, 2010 – 9:27 am | No Comment

by Stephanie Yao (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have long-term studies underway to examine growing camelina as a bioenergy crop for producing jet fuel for the military and the aviation industry. This research supports …

Re-Engineering Algae for Biodiesel Production
April 14, 2010 – 9:20 am | No Comment

by Green Liver (Imperial Valley News)  A Purdue University researcher will lead a portion of a federally funded effort based at Iowa State University aimed at creating genetically engineered algae for environmentally friendly biodiesel production. 
Currently, …

S. Korea’s EN3 Green Energy to Produce Bio-Ethanol
April 14, 2010 – 8:53 am | No Comment

(TradingMarkets.com)  South Korea’s EN3 Green Energy Co. Ltd plans to produce bio-ethanol using cassava root as the basic material in South Sulawesi.
EN3 already have three factories in Gowa and Takalar in that province producing cassava …

Korean Biofuel Banggi Venture
April 14, 2010 – 8:42 am | No Comment

(Daily Express) Two South Korean companies will set up a multi-million dollar project to produce biofuel using cassava, starting with a plantation in Banggi Island, off Kudat , middle of this year.
Jusin Group, a South …

Pulstar and E-Fuel Announce Pulse Plugs for Ethanol
April 14, 2010 – 8:24 am | One Comment

(e-releases)  High-power sparkplug promises to improve combustion efficiency in ethanol-fueled vehicles with fuel provided by E-Fuel equipment.
Ignition products company ENERPULSE, Inc. announced that their proprietary Pulstar(R)  pulse plugs have been adopted by E-Fuel of Los …

Circling the Wagons, the Firing Squads and the Arguments: Ethanol Wars Explode in Print, TV
April 14, 2010 – 8:09 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The ethanol cold war developed into a hot one this week when television and print advertising campaigns debuted both from Brazil’s UNICA and the US-based Growth Energy.
…The Growth Energy campaign …

Sustainable Feedstock Resource Availability:The Regional Feedstock Partnership: Herbaceous Energy Crops and CRP Land for Biomass Production Across Environmental Gradients
April 13, 2010 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Vance Owens (South Dakota State University). He stated that the overall objective was to” perform replicated field trials of diverse biomass feedstocks at different locations,” and in this way to determine the most promising …

Sustainable Feedstock Resource Availability
April 13, 2010 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

Crop Residue- What’s It Worth?
Robert Fireovid (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service) explained the interest in crop residues, concerns about crop residues, how USDA-ARS is addressing these concerns, what research it has shown, and …

Sustainable Feedstock Resource Availability: Increasing Feedstock Production for Biofuels
April 13, 2010 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

Zia Haq (Biomass Program, U.S. Department of Energy) focused his presentation on efforts that the Biomass R&D Board Interagency Working Group makes in order to increase the feedstock production. The priorities he pointed out in …

Sustainable Feedstock Resource Availability: Overview
April 13, 2010 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

Moderator Laura Neal (Biomass Program, U.S. Department of Energy) emphasized the resources availability to ensure a sustainable supply of feedstock in order to meet increased biofuels demand.
The presentation mainly pointed out three focused areas of …

Visualizing Sustainability: Developing Geospatial Technology to Address Sustainable Biofuel Production: Modeling Land Use and Land Use Change in Brazil
April 13, 2010 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

By Leila Harfuch (Brazilian Institute for International Trade Negotiations). In her talk she underlined the modeling land use and land use change in Brazil, stressing out deforestation as a serious issue. Deforestation causes and affects …

Visualizing Sustainability: Developing Geospatial Technology to Address Sustainable Biofuel Production: Assessing the Impact of Ecological Consideration on Forest Biomass Projections
April 13, 2010 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

By Jocelyn Tutak (Conservation Biology Institute). This presentation was mostly focused on developing a method of incorporating ecological considerations into woody biomass. The presentation contains many slides of the studied area, the data, methods of …

Visualizing Sustainability: Developing Geospatial Technology to Address Sustainable Biofuel Production: A Systems Approach to Biomass Sustainability
April 13, 2010 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

M. Cristina Negri (Argonne National Laboratory) directed her talk toward the Laboratory’s system perspective; “waste as another sector’s resource” in biomass production. The growth of biofuels needs to be sustainable meeting economic, environmental, and social …

Visualizing Sustainability: Developing Geospatial Technology to Address Sustainable Biofuel Production: Using Geospatial Technology to Map Potential Biofeedstock Crop Cultivation Zones and Identify Potential Areas of High Biodiversity or Ecosystem Service Value
April 13, 2010 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

Jenny Hewson (Conservation International/CI) presented the multi- tiered sustainable biofuels crops projects funded by DOE.
CI is building global and regional scale maps for potential biofuel cultivation. In other words, CI is looking for areas …

Visualizing Sustainability: Developing Geospatial Technology to Address Sustainable Biofuel Production: Sustainable Bioenergy: Role of Geospatial Science and Technology
April 13, 2010 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

Budhedra Bhaduri (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)   This session started with a talk given by moderator Budhedra Bhaduri who emphasized the role of geospatial science and technology in sustainable bioenergy.

She presented the Geographic Information System (GIS) …

Biodiesel Plant in Bireuen to Operate This Year
April 13, 2010 – 9:29 am | No Comment

(Antara News)  A biodiesel and ethanol plant under construction in Beunyot village, Juli subdistrict, Bireuen regency, Aceh province, is scheduled for operation in the middle of this year.  Bireuen regent Nurdin AR said, … “The …

Verizon Launches Comprehensive Sustainability Program to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Conserve Energy
April 13, 2010 – 9:23 am | No Comment

To deliver on its commitment to find practical and innovative ways to reduce the carbon footprint of its global operations, Verizon has launched a comprehensive sustainability program consisting of a series of new initiatives and …

Algal Finance Summit May 13 New York, NY
April 13, 2010 – 9:04 am | No Comment
Algal Finance Summit May 13 New York, NY

Sponsored by the Algal Biomass Organization, this new, one-day conference will focus on investment strategy as it relates to the algal biomass industry–from fuel to feed to nutrition.

Confirmed Speakers include:

John Ravis, TD Northbank, N.A.
Doug Kirkpatrick, …

Economists Duke It Out Over Ethanol’s Benefits, Impact of Loss of Ethanol Tax Credits
April 13, 2010 – 8:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New York, a battle royal has been joined on the comments page of the Natural Resources Defense League (sic) following posts on the economic and greenhouse gas benefits (or lack …

The US Should Not Exchange Reliance on One Kind of Transportation Essential for Another
April 13, 2010 – 8:25 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  It doesn’t make sense to exchange reliance on one kind of imported transportation essential for another.  This is as true for foreign oil; fossil fuels; batteries and rare earth …

Brazilian Sugarcane Ethanol Launches Marketing Blitz in Face of U.S. Tariffs
April 13, 2010 – 8:00 am | No Comment

by Nick Chambers  (Gas2.0)   Calling themselves the “underdogs,” the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) has today launched an advertising campaign and a new website, sweeteralternative.com, to bring awareness of the successes of the Brazilian ethanol …

UOP: An Unlikely Cleantech Leader
April 12, 2010 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Joshua Kagan (GreenTechMedia)   The petro-chemical company uses its core competency to expand into biofuels.
Unlikely as it may seem, UOP is leading the charge in developing catalysts required to transform feedstocks into “drop in” fuels …

Forage Sorghum Shows Promise as Energy Crop
April 12, 2010 – 10:17 am | No Comment

In their continuing effort to evaluate crops that can serve as biofuel feedstocks as well as cover crops (and that can fit into crop rotations in Pennsylvania and the Northeast) researchers in Penn State’s College …

Bio-Based Potential for Delta Ag
April 12, 2010 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Hembree Brandon (Delta Farm Press)  As Mid-South states continue to lose much of the traditional manufacturing-based industries that migrated to the areas beginning in the 1950s, new bio-based opportunities are emerging, says Pete Nelson.
“We’re …

The Dirty Underside of Lula’s Clean Energy Revolution
April 12, 2010 – 9:52 am | No Comment

by Nikolas Kozloff  (Foreign Policy)  …Buffeted by the oil price shock of 1973, the country’s military dictators grew concerned about Brazil’s reliance on foreign imports of fossil fuels. Their solution: Pour government subsidies into the …

Scientists Developing Algae as Renewable Energy Source
April 12, 2010 – 9:37 am | No Comment

by Loretta Sorensen (Farm & Ranch Guide)  …“There are numerous benefits to extracting oil from algae,” said Todd Hylden, vice president of marketing and investor relations for Energae LP. “I’m a farm boy from North Dakota …

Direct Production of Biodiesel from the Fungus M. circinelloides; Opportunity to Enhance Yield with Genetic Engineering
April 12, 2010 – 9:15 am | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  Researchers in Spain have demonstrated the direct transformation of biomass consisting of the fungus M. circinelloides into biodiesel compliant with ASTM D6751 and EN14213 and 14214 standards. A paper on their work …

UK Airport to Plant Its Own Willow Farm to Produce Biofuel for Terminal Building Biomass Boiler and Complement Biomethane Bus
April 12, 2010 – 9:06 am | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  The UK’s East Midlands Airport is to establish a 26-hectare willow farm on its land to produce biofuel to power a biomass boiler, which will be situated in the terminal building. The farm is …

Cellulosic Ethanol: Expanding Options, Identifying Obstacles
April 9, 2010 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (USDA ARS)  Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are figuring out how to turn wheat straw into ethanol “gold,” and learning more about the bacteria that can “infect” ethanol plants and interfere with …

South Dakota State University Studies Corn Stover Pretreatment
April 9, 2010 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

(Biomass Magazine)   Using a high shear bioreactor (extrusion) pretreatment process can help prepare corn stover as a feedstock for making cellulosic ethanol, a South Dakota State University study finds.
The SDSU study explored different temperatures, screw …

Boaters Fear Ethanol Bump Will Hurt Their Boats
April 9, 2010 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Gary Chittim (King5News)   The nation’s largest boat owners’ group wants the federal Environmental Protection Agency to slow down on plans to increase the ethanol content in the nation’s gasoline supply.
U.S. gasoline currently contains about …