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Air & Space Smithsonian Interview: Richard Altman, Executive Director, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative
November 30, 2010 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Paul Hoversten  (Air & Space Smithsonian)  Richard Altman, who spent 39 years as a propulsion engineer at Pratt & Whitney, is executive director of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative. The industry-government alliance was formed …

EPA: More Renewable Fuels Required
November 30, 2010 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Robin Bravender & Darren Samuelsohn (Politico)  …Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Monday said that the future of transportation fuels shouldn’t involve ethanol, the gasoline additive that historically has received billions of dollars in federal subsidies.

“Ethanol …

Se Utilizarán Vehículos con Biodiesel en Cumbre de Cancún: Calderón
November 30, 2010 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

(La Jornada en Internet)  “El transporte de todos los participantes se va a hacer no sólo en camiones chiapanecos sino con biodiesel hecho en Chiapas”, destacó el mandatario al inaugurar la primera planta del combustible en …

County Terminates Agreement to Transfer $2M Grant to Ethanol Research Center
November 30, 2010 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Shirey (Gant Daily)  The Clearfield County Commissioners voted to terminate its cooperation agreement with SWAN Biomass Inc. at its meeting Tuesday in order to proceed with the transfer of grant funding to a …

EPA Confirms Tiny Cellulosic Biofuels Mandate for 2011; Is Brazil the Big Winner?
November 30, 2010 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In July, the EPA indicating in a draft ruling that it would specify a range of 6-25 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol, and finalized its mandated volumes at 6.6 million …

EPA Finalizes 2011 Renewable Fuel Standards
November 30, 2010 – 11:53 am | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  Under the Clean Air Act Section 211(o), as amended by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required to set renewable fuel standards each …

A.I.M. Interview: Eldorado Biofuels’ Paul Laur
November 30, 2010 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by David Schwartz  (Algae Industry Magazine)  …Up until recently a low profile player in the algae arena, Eldorado Biofuels has developed a niche that may not have received much attention so far, but has the …

Monsanto Boosts Investment in Canada Canola
November 29, 2010 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

By Rod Nickel  (Reuters)  Monsanto Co. has raised its spending on canola research and development to between C$20 million and C$30 million ($19.8 million to $29.7 million), roughly the same investment the company puts into wheat, …

Cargill, Copersucar among 8 Brazil Mills Cleared to Export ethanol to US
November 29, 2010 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Eight Brazilian ethanol producers have registered as advanced renewable fuel producers with the US Environmental Protection Agency, easing controls on their exports to the world’s largest fuels market, Unica, Brazil’s main sugarcane group said …

Washington Could Determine Ethanol’s Indiana Future
November 29, 2010 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

(Chicago Tribune/AP)  A decision by Congress on whether to extend or gradually phase out a tax credit to oil companies and refiners to blend ethanol with gasoline could make or break some of Indiana’s 12 …

White House Names Top Mobile Apps
November 29, 2010 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

(Information Week Government)  …In a White House blog post last week, the Obama administration listed 10 “must-have” mobile applications it’s made available on its USA.gov mobile applications site.
The site, launched in July as part of …

Ceres Survey: Growers Ready to Put Marginal Lands to Better Use
November 29, 2010 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

(Ceres) Energy crop developer Ceres, Inc. reports that growers are ready and willing to produce biomass for biopower and advanced biofuels, and have the land to do so.  
A company survey of U.S. growers showed that …

Lufthansa to Use Neste Oil NExBTL Renewable Jet Fuel in 6-Month Commercial Flight Trial
November 29, 2010 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  In April 2011, Lufthansa will begin a six-month trial of renewable jet fuel with an Airbus A321 on scheduled commercial flights on the Hamburg-Frankfurt-Hamburg route. Pending certification, one of the aircraft’s engines will …

Aim to Meet Biofuel Crop Demand with Better Yields
November 29, 2010 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

(Farmers Guardian)  More than 100 delegates attended the HGCA Biofuel Conference at Aldwark Manor, York, supported by Farmers Guardian. A further 100 joined the proceedings online as Farmers Guardian streamed video live from the event. Angela …

EcoRoamer: High-tech, Zombie-Proof Survival RV
November 29, 2010 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Matt Hardigree (Jalopnik/MSNBC)  Family makes full-fledged home on wheels from recycled materials
…With 46-inch tires and a biodiesel engine also used by construction equipment, the EcoRoamer looks and sounds terrifying. Its size belies its sophistication — …

New Breakthrough in Pyrolysis Sector Promises to Speed Commercialization
November 29, 2010 – 10:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, a team of researchers from University of Massachusetts Amherst reported in Science that they have developed a new process to produce key chemical intermediates from pyrolytic bio-oils. According to …

Biofuels Virtual Special Issue from American Chemical Society’s Energy & Fuels Journal
November 29, 2010 – 9:44 am | No Comment

(Energy & Fuels)  Featuring peer-reviewed articles published in 2009 and 2010, the research shows progress on utilizing biomass for fuels production – a hotbed of research with global implications on agricultural, energy, and environmental policy. …

Catalytic Steam Reforming of Bio-Oil for Sustainable Hydrogen in a Fluidized-Bed Reactor
November 29, 2010 – 9:41 am | No Comment

(Green Car Congress/FavStocks)  A team from East China University of Science and Technology (Shanghai) and Guangxi University for Nationalities reports on a study of hydrogen production via catalytic steam reforming of bio-oil in a fluidized-bed reactor …

Singapore Opens World’s Largest Biodiesel Plant
November 29, 2010 – 9:22 am | No Comment

(Business Green)  Neste Oil cuts ribbon on giant biofuel facility and promises additional plant in Rotterdam early next year.
Finnish refinery giant Neste Oil has this month opened a major new biodiesel refinery in Singapore, hailing the …

Malaysia Has Little Room for Palm Oil Expansion, Minister Says
November 29, 2010 – 9:09 am | No Comment

by Alex Morales (Bloomberg Businessweek)  Malaysia’s limited room for expanding palm oil cultivation means that industry growth will have to come from improving productivity, its plantation minister said.
About 4.6 million hectares (11.4 million acres) of the …

Both Forests and Biofuels Likely to Feature at Monday’s Cancun Climate Change Summit
November 29, 2010 – 9:01 am | No Comment

by Joelle Brink (Biofuels Digest Asia)  …Preserving and increasing the planet’s forest cover is likely to be high on the agenda. Both Indian and China have ambitious reforestation programs under way. For India as well as other Asian …

Report: Europeans Strongly Support Biofuels
November 29, 2010 – 8:52 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele  (Biodiesel Magazine)  The European Commission released the results this month of a biotechnology report that explores public perceptions of biotechnology, including biofuels. Over all, the Eurobarometer survey found that 80 percent of …

GOP Battle over Ethanol Heats Up: Grassley Swipes at Coburn and DeMint
November 29, 2010 – 8:35 am | No Comment

by Greg Sargent (The Washington Post/The Plum Line)  It looks like Chuck Grassley is not happy with fellow GOP senators Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn for calling on Congress to let billions in ethanol subsidies …

Gene Find Could Lead to Healthier Food, Better Biofuel Production
November 26, 2010 – 11:55 am | No Comment

(EurekAlert!)   Purdue University scientists have found the last undiscovered gene responsible for the production of the amino acid phenylalanine, a discovery that could lead to processes to control the amino acid to boost plants’ nutritional …

TAM and Airbus Biofuel Trial
November 26, 2010 – 11:51 am | One Comment

by Gary Parsons (Key.aero)  Airbus and Brazilian carrier TAM Airlines are trialling a new biofuel that could reduce the carbon footprint by up to 80%, the companies claim.
An Airbus A320 has been converted to use …

China’s CNOOC Sells Its First Biodiesel Product
November 26, 2010 – 11:48 am | No Comment

(Alibaba.com)  State-owned China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) has sold out its first batch of biodiesel on the island province of Hainan, the company said on Wednesday.   The fuel was blended into normal diesel and …

Pennycress, French Weed, Fanweed: by Any Name, a Biofuel Rose
November 26, 2010 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …“How do get growers to grow if there’s no market? How do you get a market if there are no growers?” Arvent CEO Sudhir Seth summed up the problem.
…The problem …

VIEWPOINT: HECO Continues to Push Palm Oil Importation Issue
November 26, 2010 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Rob Parsons and Lance Holter (Sierra Club-Maui/The Maui News)  In early 2007, Hawaiian Electric Co. and subsidiary Maui Electric Co. announced plans by BlueEarth Biofuels to construct a mega-sized palm oil refinery on Maui, which would …

New Mexico State University Funded to Study Algae-based Jet Fuel
November 26, 2010 – 11:22 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  he U.S. military wants New Mexico State University to find improved ways to turn algae into a sustainable source for jet fuel. The research project is part of a $2.346 million grant funded …

National Farm Machinery Show February 16-19 Louisville, KY
November 23, 2010 – 1:26 pm | No Comment
National Farm Machinery Show February 16-19 Louisville, KY

The future of farming is coming to the 46th National Farm Machinery Show, as the nation’s largest indoor farm show returns to the Kentucky Exposition Center in February. Start the year with row after row …

Biomass-Harvesting Equipment for the Ethanol Market
November 23, 2010 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Grooms  (Farm Industry News)   The market for corncobs for cellulosic ethanol production is still new. So, too, is the market for other types of biomass. But new research and new collection equipment are …

Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology March 1-6, 2011 Singapore
November 23, 2010 – 12:25 pm | No Comment
Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology  March 1-6, 2011   Singapore

Organized by Stephen P. Mayfield of the University of California, San Diego, Martin Keller of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Jeffrey P. Obbard of A*STAR, this four-day conference will:

Critically examine the most promising avenues for …

Mississippi Foresters Anticipate Biomass Boost
November 23, 2010 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(BioPro NewsWire)   Mississippi tree farmers look forward to new biomass facilities in the state providing a new market for wood, according to an article published this month in the Jackson, Miss., USA-based Clarion-Ledger. The newspaper reported …

Rentech’s Synthetic RenDiesel(R) Fuels Audi A3 TDI During L.A. Auto Show Green Cars Ride & Drive Event
November 23, 2010 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(Rentech) Rentech, Inc., announced that its synthetic RenDiesel(R) fuel will power an Audi A3 TDI during the Green Cars LA Auto Show Ride & Drive event, hosted by Green Car Journal. 
During the event, credentialed journalists will experience …

The Next Big GOP Intra-Party War: Ethanol Subsidies?
November 23, 2010 – 11:36 am | One Comment

by Greg Sargent (Washington Post/Plum Line)  Fresh off a big victory over the GOP establishment on earmarks, conservative GOP senators are opening up a new front in the battle on government spending that could be similar …

Big Isle Farm Promises Rich Biofuel Source
November 23, 2010 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Alan Yonan Jr. (Star Advertiser)  …As the algae companies slowly move forward with their research and development, however, another source of renewable energy is blossoming — literally — on the Big Island. Hawaii Pure …

Seahawk Helicopter Flies on Biofuel Blend
November 23, 2010 – 10:19 am | No Comment

(UPI)  The U.S. Navy flew a MH-60S Seahawk helicopter on a 50/50 biofuel blend last week as part of its “green” fuel efforts.
The helicopter from the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two One used a fuel …

Sweetwater Delivering Sugar to Jet Fuel Customer
November 23, 2010 – 9:01 am | No Comment

(Sweetwater Energy)   Sweetwater has begun delivering concentrated sugar water from its expanded pilot system in Rochester, NY to sources developing bio-jet fuel. Production is ramping up over the next 3 months in preparation for major-scale deliveries beginning in 2011, utilizing Sweetwater’s …

Cellulosic Ethanol Logistics Prove Complex in Purdue Study
November 23, 2010 – 8:58 am | No Comment

by James Cartledge  (BrighterEnergy.org)  New research from Purdue University highlights the need to improve efficiencies in the logistics of cellulosic biomass feedstocks for ethanol production.
A study from the university’s agricultural and biological engineering researchers found that …

Al Gore’s Flip-flop on Ethanol, He Had it Right the First Time
November 23, 2010 – 8:44 am | No Comment

by Matt Hartwig (Renewable Fuels Association)  Now he tells us: Al Gore was for grain ethanol before he was against it.
Speaking at a green energy business conference in Athens, the former vice president declared “it is …

U.S. Corn Ethanol “Was Not a Good Policy”: Gore
November 23, 2010 – 8:38 am | No Comment

by Gerard Wynn   (Reuters)  Former vice-president Al Gore said support for corn-based ethanol in the United States was “not a good policy”, weeks before tax credits are up for renewal.
U.S. blending tax breaks for ethanol make …

GRE Pushing ‘Green’ Venture Capital Fund
November 23, 2010 – 8:30 am | No Comment

by Matthew Daneman (ROC Now)  From fuel cell research and development in Honeoye Falls to the world’s first sustainability doctoral program at Rochester Institute of Technology, the region has a slew of assets that could make …

Algae Fuel Inches Toward Price Parity with Oil
November 23, 2010 – 8:26 am | No Comment

by Stacy Feldman ( SolveClimate/Reuters)  With over 100 start-ups hard at work, industry predicts it can deliver success in under a decade if granted production tax credits
…The head of the 170-member Algal Biomass Organization (ABO), Mary …

California Regulator’s Move Helps Corn-Based Ethanol Demand: RFA
November 22, 2010 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

(Platts) A decision this week by California regulators to lower corn-based ethanol’s so-called indirect land use penalty is good for that product’s demand, but timing of the change is not, the Renewable Fuels Association said …

Ohio Company to Build 100-Acre Algae Production Site
November 22, 2010 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Independence Bio-Products Inc., a Dublin, Ohio-based algae production startup which secured its initial funding from a European investor two years ago, plans to break ground next year on a 100-acre commercial-scale algae …

New York City Pilots Wastewater to Butanol
November 22, 2010 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  From Sergio Hernandez at the Village Voice comes word that New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection has a new pilot program that will convert algae at a Queens waste-water treatment plant …

Proterro Produces Low-Cost Fermentable Sugars
November 22, 2010 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

By Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   …Venture-capital backed Proterro has developed a technology using a microorganism grown in a unique bioreactor that secretes fermentable sugars using sunlight, CO2, water and a few commonly available …

Defending Ethanol Subsidies
November 22, 2010 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Bob Hague (Wisconsin Radio Network)  …Madison based environmental consultant Brett Hulsey said it’s important to realize that while corn-based ethanol is subsidized, it’s not as if petroleum based gasoline isn’t. “Depending on who you listen …

Kingdom’s Biodiesel Plans on Hold as Jatropha Disappears
November 22, 2010 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

(The Phnom Penh Post) NTC Jacam Energy has halted plans to produce biodiesel because of a lack of raw materials, particularly jatropha, according to the firm’s chairman.
The firm had planned to more than triple its …

Drive toward Energy Independence
November 22, 2010 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Jason Armstrong  (West Hawaii Today)  Within a year’s time, Big Island truckers will be able to run their diesel engines with a sustainable, locally produced fuel made from used cooking oil.
That’s the goal of …

Clean Energy and Power, Inc. Launches Renewable Energy Bio Fuels Division
November 22, 2010 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(MarketWire)  Company Is in Final Negotiations With a Strategic Partner
Clean Energy and Power, Inc.  announced  that management has decided to launch a new division focusing on renewable energy developed from non-edible feedstock. This decision comes after …

Traction: 13 Companies Gaining Momentum in Advanced Bioenergy
November 22, 2010 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Today, we look at companies that, in the month of November, have made material strdes towards commercialization – through securing of funding, commencement of construction, offtake deals, or in other ways.

AE …

BioBased Chemicals Asia April 14-15 Shanghai, China
November 22, 2010 – 5:09 pm | No Comment
BioBased Chemicals Asia April 14-15 Shanghai, China

BiobasedChemAsia brings forth the complexities of managing new biobased chemical value chains, and addresses future challenges for Asian companies as they embark on a new path.
Meet prominent industry players from :
– Dow – DSM – …

GE Unit Invests in Biofuels Producer
November 22, 2010 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Candace Lombardi  (Green Tech)  GE subsidiary GE Energy Financial Services and North Bridge Venture Partners will invest $8 million in a company developing a biofuel production process coupled with the production of biochar.

Cool Planet Biofuels …

Marine Corps to Open First Station for Ethanol Blended Fuel
November 22, 2010 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

(Star Advertiser)  The Marine Corps said it will host a ribbon cutting tomorrow for the first “E85” fueling station in Hawaii that utilizes a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.
“As always, we are …

The Thin Line Between Academics and Advocacy
November 22, 2010 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Matt Hartwig (Renewable Fuels Association)  Earlier this week, Iowa State University Professor Bruce Babcock released a policy brief entitled “Impact of Ethanol, Corn, and Livestock from Imminent U.S. Policy Decisions.”  Much of this analysis …

Toward a Clean Energy Deployment Plan For Jobs, Security, and Broad-Based Economic Growth in 2011
November 22, 2010 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Bracken Hendricks, Lisbeth Kaufman, Ken Berlin, Monty Humble, Reed Hundt, Alex Kragie, Gerry Waldron  (Center for American Progress) … Congress must move immediately to reduce the cost of clean energy and remove infrastructure and regulatory barriers …

NAABB Consortium Announces Successful Conversion of Algal Oil to High Quality Biodiesel
November 22, 2010 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

(The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center)    National  Method employs cost saving catalyst and produces useful byproducts
The National Alliance for Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB), a consortium of leading scientists and engineers from universities, private industry, and national …

LanzaTech Gets DOE OK on Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel R&D
November 22, 2010 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New Zealand, LanzaTech announced that its cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with PNNL has been given final approval by the DOE.  The first phase of the CRADA work will …

Neste Oil Starts up Its New Renewable Diesel Plant in Singapore
November 22, 2010 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

(MarketWatch) Neste Oil has started up the world’s largest renewable diesel plant in Singapore. Production of NExBTL renewable diesel will be ramped up on a phased basis. The plant was completed on-schedule and on-budget and marks …

Liquid Fuel Technology Enables Clean and Green Power
November 22, 2010 – 2:32 pm | One Comment

(Earthtimes/PRNewsWire)  LPP Combustion, LLC, a Columbia, Maryland-based innovator in liquid fuel technology, has successfully demonstrated clean and green generation of renewable electric power using both   bio-ethanol   and   bio-diesel. LPP   Combustion   has …

In Crowded Ethanol Market, Waste Has the Edge
November 22, 2010 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Iris Kuo (VentureBeat/Reuters)  …The good news is, biofuels and solar technology are the most likely of all alternative energies to reach the holy grail of grid parity in the next decade — that is, …

EPA Proposes Guidance for Underground Storage Tanks
November 22, 2010 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

(US Enviromental Protection Agency)  As part of its commitment to help ensure that biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, are safely stored in underground storage tanks (USTs), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released draft …

Evaluation Proves Taurus Energy Yeast
November 22, 2010 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine) SEKAB E-Technology and Taurus Energy AB have successfully carried out a three-week long industrial demo scale evaluation of Taurus Energy’s yeast. The yeast has been specially developed, and, in contrast to ordinary …

EU-Wide Study Confirms Hydrogen Is a Key to Zero-Emission Road Transport
November 22, 2010 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

(MarketWatch/Linde)  …Linde is currently researching various production options aimed at gradually increasing the share of “green” sources in the hydrogen landscape. One of these uses liquid biomass (glycerine), a by-product of biodiesel production, as the …

Sweet Sorghum for Ethanol Collaboration Announced
November 22, 2010 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Two major organizations have announced that they will collaborate on key issues moving forward. The National Sorghum Producers (NSP) and the Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Association (SSEA) will begin working together to develop …

Governor Rendell Says Latest Investments in Alternative Fuels Make PA More Energy Independent, Spur Innovation
November 22, 2010 – 11:14 am | No Comment

(Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection)  Announces Nearly $8 Million for 21 Projects Promoting Biofuels, Natural Gas- and Electric-Powered Vehicles
Governor Edward G. Rendell said today that Pennsylvania is cutting its appetite for foreign oil by more …

Harkin Threatens to Oppose Electric Vehicles Bill if Ethanol Provisions Aren’t Added
November 22, 2010 – 9:30 am | No Comment

by Andrew Restuccia  (The Washington Independent)  Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), in a floor speech today, called for expanding electric and natural gas vehicles legislation slated to come up for a procedural vote during the lame-duck session …

America Needs New Investment: In the Next Generation of Biofuels
November 22, 2010 – 9:04 am | No Comment

by Christopher G. Standlee (Abengoa Energy/The Hill’s Congress Blog)  …(T)here is bipartisan support for answering an urgent national challenge: replacing imported high-pollution petroleum with clean-burning American biofuels.  …There is bipartisan support for biofuels because their development, …

Bogus Logic in E15 Suits
November 22, 2010 – 9:00 am | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In a thinly veiled attempt to further line their pockets, the meat and poultry industry, and the grocery and convenience store associations, are once again trying to stop the …

Survey: Interest in Electric Cars Is growing, but Practical Concerns Remain
November 22, 2010 – 8:59 am | No Comment

by Eric Evarts   (Consumer Reports)   …Overall, 63 percent expect to get a significant increase in fuel economy, regardless of the type of vehicle they buy. Only 67 percent said they are considering a traditional gasoline …

Uniting Producers
November 22, 2010 – 8:58 am | No Comment

By Robert Vierhout   (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   The eBIO brand is no longer. For five years it served the European fuel alcohol industry well. In those years, the industry has changed. Few players became many players …

Algae Production Certification Program January 12 The Woodlands, TX
November 22, 2010 – 8:52 am | No Comment
Algae Production Certification Program   January 12   The Woodlands, TX

Algaepreneurs, algae researchers, equipment companies and investors  from all walks of life are invited to attend the National Algae Association’s Algae Production Certification Program. This program provides intensive and comprehensive training about algae strains, growing, …

Algae Growing, Harvesting and Extraction Technologies January 13-14 The Woodlands, TX
November 22, 2010 – 8:49 am | No Comment
Algae Growing, Harvesting and Extraction Technologies    January 13-14   The Woodlands, TX

Collaboration, Strategic Alliances and Networking at Biotech Institute – Lone Star College
President Obama recently said, “Each of us has a part to play in a new future that will benefit all of us. As we recover …

Biofuel Potential in Coastal Districts Will Be Tapped
November 21, 2010 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(Deccan Herald)  Sardine oil, cashew apples, jackfruit are good source of bio-ethanol

State Taskforce on Biofuels is ready with several initiatives and programmes to boost the production of biofuels. In coastal districts, the taskforce will produce …

Trial to Run Buses on Old Chip Fat to Boost Biofuel Confidence
November 21, 2010 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(Click Green)  Liverpool’s bus operators Merseytravel and Stagecoach Merseyside are launching a new green initiative which will see buses run on recycled vegetable oil.
The initiative forms part of a commitment to the European BIONIC project …

Fulcrum BioEnergy Project Selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to Advanced to the Final Stage for a Loan Guarantee
November 21, 2010 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

(Fulcrum BioEnergy)  Fulcrum Receives Detailed Term Sheet Proposal from DOE
Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. announced November 16, 2010, that the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) has selected Fulcrum’s Sierra BioFuels Plant to enter the final phase of DOE’s …

Biofuels Industry CEOs Predict Parity with Oil in 12-36 Months, for Leading-Edge Companies
November 21, 2010 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In contrast to the “five years away” and subsidy-driven discussions that framed advanced biofuels conversations just two years ago, CEOs are widely reporting that they expect their companies to reach …

A.I.M. Interview: Gregory L. Bafalis, CEO, Aurora Algae
November 21, 2010 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)  Since June of this year, Greg Bafalis has been CEO of Aurora Algae, formerly Aurora Biofuels, overseeing the Company’s strategy, operations, and high-level relationships.
…Aurora was founded in 2006 by …

Report Questions Cellulosic Ethanol Merits
November 21, 2010 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Philip Brasher (Des Moines Register)  A study making its way around the Agriculture Department raises doubts about the prospects for biofuels made from crop residue and other types of plant cellulose and calls for …

Letters: Stoking the Ethanol Debate
November 21, 2010 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Houston Chronicle)  Letter to Editor   …The Chronicle says natural gas from shale deserves federal subsidies for production, but says ethanol doesn’t because it requires too much water to produce. The …

E-100-4 The Revolutionary Fuel – Just Add Water
November 21, 2010 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Aureon Kwolek  (E-100-4)  …Today’s gasoline engines are not currently designed to exploit the attributes of ethanol and blends of ethanol-water, which already carry most of the oxygen required for combustion. Mainstream engine specifications (including …

Ethanol Production Nears A Million Barrels Per Day
November 21, 2010 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

(New Energy and Fuel)  …The U.S. is closing in on the million barrel per day milestone.  Cheers in some sections, groans in others, but for America, slashing off the equivalent of 750,000 b/d of imported …

PetroAlgae and Sky Airline to Collaborate on Offtake Strategy to Bring Green Jet Fuel to Chile
November 21, 2010 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(PetroAlgae)   Joint Effort with Leading Airline Focuses on Renewable Jet Fuel
PetroAlgae Inc., a leading U.S. renewable energy company that licenses its commercial micro-crop technology globally, today announced it has entered into a non-binding offtake supply …

2011 Global Energy Prize Now Accepting Nominations
November 21, 2010 – 2:53 pm | One Comment

(PR Newswire)  Energy Efficiency Innovation and Environmental Impact Advances Prized
The Global Energy Prize is now accepting nominations for its $1 million 2011 award. The globally recognised prize, which has thus far been awarded to three prominent …

Scientists Join Hands to Develop Biofuel from Microalgae
November 21, 2010 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Vijaysinh Parmar (Times of India)  Scientists from across the country, belonging to a consortium of nine laboratories, are working on an ambitious project called ‘New Millennium India Technology Leadership Initiative’ ( NMITLI), to develop …

AMG Bioenergy Resources Holdings Ltd Signs Letter of Intent With China Zhejiang Biodiesel Co, Ltd (“CZBC”)
November 21, 2010 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

(Digital Journal/Marketwire)  AMG Bioenergy Resources Holdings Ltd. (The Company) announced that it has just signed a Letter of Intent with China Zhejiang Biodiesel Co, Ltd (“CZBC”) to acquire the Eucalyptus and Jatropha Plantation assets that CZBC …

Thailand to Shift Focus on Jatropha for Biofuel
November 21, 2010 – 1:59 pm | One Comment

(Financial Express)  Shifting focus to its biodiesel programme, Thailand is planning to open large scale jatropha seed based plants to produce the much needed commodity.
Analysts said long-neglected jatropha ready for a starring role and a …

New US Special Relationship with India Is Set to Benefit Advanced Biofuels Technology Companies in Both Nations
November 21, 2010 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Joelle Dent (Biofuels Digest)  …The US president’s visits to four key Asian democracies were scheduled long in advance to coincide with the G20 Summit in Korea and boost US sales of technology and equipment in Asia. …

Summary of Cellulosic Biofuels Summit Day 2: Taking Biofuels to the Next Level
November 21, 2010 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Technologies proven at the bench scale and biofuel feedstocks developed or identified are worthless until they come together at a successful biorefinery.  Getting there involves a series of choices: …

Summary of Cellulosic Biofuels & Biorefineries Summit Day 1
November 16, 2010 – 7:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuesl USA)  The Renewable Fuel Association’s Bob Dinneen started the Cellulosic Biofuels & Biorefineries Summit with a call to the biofuels community–ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, advanced biofuels, renewable and biodiesel–to realize their …

Summary of Cellulosic Biofuels Finance & Investment Forum
November 15, 2010 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Faith and Belief.  Most impressive about the 2010 Cellulosic Biofuels Finance & Investment Forum, as compared to the 2009 event, was the whiff of positive belief that somehow, some  …

OPEC Pans Biofuels Programmes in Industrialised Nations
November 12, 2010 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Tamsin Carlisle  (The National)  OPEC has sharply criticised the biofuels programmes of industrialised countries as it raised its forecast for global oil demand next year.
In the US, a federal biomass programme introduced this month “pays farmers …

King: GOP House Good for Ethanol, Biodiesel Tax Cuts
November 12, 2010 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)   Republicans taking control of the U.S. House is good for the chances of the federal ethanol and biodiesel tax breaks seeing renewal … that’s according to a GOP member from Iowa.
AgriNews.com …

Will GOP Gains Mean Ethanol Producer Losses?
November 12, 2010 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Gary Clark and Rachel Ziemba  (Forbes)  Doctor Doom:  With Congress gridlocked, the U.S. may put the brakes on biofuels support.
Following the Republican Party’s capture of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections, U.S. policy on …

Utilities’ Perspectives on Biomass-to-Power Opportunities
November 12, 2010 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Cindy O’Connor  (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Washington, DC Biomass Finance & Investment Summit, October 13-15 2010:  Friday Session Highlights
The physical location of the utility plants determines the biomass –to –power opportunities.
 Reed Willis, President, ADAGE (Duke Energy …

Veteran’s Day – Honoring Those Who Have Served
November 12, 2010 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association)  …The U.S. ethanol industry has the capacity to produce nearly 14 billion gallons of domestic renewable fuel annually, or more than 10% of our fuel supply.  The Renewable Fuels Standard …

Montana State University Using Baking Soda for Algae
November 12, 2010 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  From Dan Boyce at Montana State University comes word that researchers there have found a way to get four times as much biofuel from a given amount of algae by adding baking soda, …

Gevo’s Isobutanol Secures EPA Registration
November 12, 2010 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

(Gevo)  First Isobutanol to Receive Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Registration as a Fuel Additive
Gevo, Inc., a privately held renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company, announced November 11, 2010, that it received notification that its isobutanol had successfully …

DOE Launches New Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee
November 12, 2010 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the establishment of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee (ERAC). ERAC is a federal advisory committee whose members will report directly to the …

GreenGold Ray Energies to Benefit From Europe’s Bio-Diesel Inceased Demand
November 12, 2010 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(Marketwire)  GreenGold Ray Energies announced today that due to the increase target by the European Union of 10% of fuel sold at the pump be bio-diesel by 2020, the company will expedite its land acquisition. 
According to …

Meeting National Goals: Pulp and Paper Industry – A Major Partner
November 12, 2010 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Harry Seamans, Ben Thorp and Masood Akhtar (Bioenergy Deployment Consortium, Inc./Biofuels Digest)   The Pulp and Paper Industry (PPI) can play a major role in addressing three national issues our nation is currently confronting:
•    jobs,
•    energy independence, …

Young Algae Industry Getting Government Push
November 12, 2010 – 7:24 am | No Comment

by Matthew Rivera (MSNBC.com)   …Not only has the federal government invested heavily in the emerging biofuel, but the military has stepped up as a potential customer. Algae biofuel, while still experimental, also is attracting the …

Ninety Per Cent of Vehicles to Use Alternative Fuels?
November 11, 2010 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(The Green Car Website)  It may be an aggressive prediction – but a report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute is suggesting that 90 per cent of vehicle fleets in the USA, China, Western …

Solar, Wind And Biofuels Are Alternative Energy’s Most Likely Disruptors, Says New Report
November 11, 2010 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Kerry A. Dolan (Forbes)  Billions of dollars have been poured into alternative energy technologies and companies in the past several years. The four areas most likely to reach cost competitiveness over the next decade? Advanced …

You Can Have Your Opinion, but Not Your Own Facts
November 11, 2010 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

by Matt Hartwig (Renewable Fuels Association)  That the Houston Chronicle would be anti-ethanol is not surprising to anyone.  It is Houston, Texas, after all.  But that the editorial board would play fast and loose with the …

Rentech and ClearFuels Integrated Bio-Refinery Project to Receive Full Construction and Operations Funding
November 11, 2010 – 9:06 am | No Comment

(Rentech/Enhanced Online News)  U.S. Department of Energy Approves Remaining $19.7 Million of Funding
Rentech, Inc., and ClearFuels Technology Inc., jointly announced today that a cooperative agreement has been signed with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to …

Biofuel Plan Will Cause Rise in Carbon Emissions
November 11, 2010 – 8:58 am | No Comment

by Oliver Wright (The Independent)  Britain is signed up to a European guarantee to source 10 per cent of its transport fuel from renewable sources, such as biofuels, within the next 10 years.  But ministers have …

Growing Sorghum for Biofuel
November 11, 2010 – 8:40 am | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/American Society of Agronomy)  Iowa State researchers examine the efficiencies and environmental impacts of growing sorghum for ethanol
Conversion of sorghum grass to ethanol has increased with the interest in renewable fuel sources. Researchers at Iowa State …

Waste Plastics to Diesel Being Scaled up in the UK
November 11, 2010 – 8:30 am | No Comment

by Al Fin (OilPrice.com)  STA UK is gearing up to build 10 new waste plastic to diesel plants in the UK. The first plant is to be built in Port Laoighise, Ireland. The process utilises pyrolysis …

Power Fund Gives Corncob Ethanol Plant First Approval
November 11, 2010 – 8:24 am | No Comment

by Dan Pillar  (Gannett/Des Moines Register)  The Iowa Power Fund Board voted Wednesday to enter into negotiations with a joint venture of DuPont and Danisco, for an $19.8 million grant for the joint venture to build …

The Development of Butamax
November 11, 2010 – 8:10 am | No Comment

(Butamax)  This PowerPoint presentation describes the development of Butamax as a company, a joint venture between Dupont and BP.  It also diagrams the process of biobutanol production and explores their analysis that isobutanol production combines …

GreenShift’s Patented Corn Oil Extraction Process Demonstrates Record Yield: 4 Gallons of Corn Oil for Every 100 Gallons of Ethanol Produced
November 11, 2010 – 8:01 am | No Comment

(BusinessWire)  GreenShift Corporation announced that its patented corn oil extraction processes have consistently demonstrated record levels of performance.
David Winsness, GreenShift’s Chief Technology Officer, said: “We are proud to announce that one of our licensees, the first to …

Butamax Hits Milestones on Path towards Commercial Biobutanol in 2012
November 11, 2010 – 7:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Previewing the bolt-on biobutanol technology that Butamax is expecting to commercialize with corn as a feedstock by 2012, and sugarcane by 2013-14, Potter confirmed that the company is in discussions …

Benefits of GE Guidelines for the Algae Industry
November 11, 2010 – 7:38 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Algae are an agricultural product and algae producers should consider the Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) guidelines developed in Europe and Asia as well as the US guidelines for genetic engineering (GE) of …

Renewable Energy Subsidies Worldwide Reached $57 Billion in 2009, IEA Says
November 10, 2010 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Alex Morales  (Bloomberg)  Global subsidies for renewable energy totaled $57 billion in 2009, International Energy Agency Chief Economist Fatih Birol said today, providing the agency’s first estimate of assistance for the industry.  The support compares …

U.S. Biofuel Production, Use Lags
November 10, 2010 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Philip Brasher (Zanesville Times Recorder)  Motorists will use just a fraction of the next-generation biofuels in 2011 that Congress intended, and even that small amount depends on a single project in Iowa that isn’t …

As Oil Runs Out, Alternative Fuels Need a Boost
November 10, 2010 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Stephen E.F. Brown (San Francisco Business Times)  Oil supplies are likely to run out 90 years before there are viable alternative fuels readily available, according to a study from U.C. Davis.

Researchers Debbie Niemeier and Nataliya …

RFA Urges White House to Support Cellulosic Ethanol
November 10, 2010 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman   (DomesticFuel.com)   In a letter hand (delivered) to President Obama this week, RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen urged the Obama Administration to maintain its commitment to the commercialization of cellulosic ethanol and other advanced …

Oil Industry Joins Others Attempting to Block E15
November 10, 2010 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Philip Brasher (Des Moines Register)  The oil industry is joining with food manufacturers, livestock producers and fast-food restaurants in an effort to block an increase in the amount of ethanol that can be added …

Brazil Needs $50 Billion To Meet Ethanol Demand By 2015-16
November 10, 2010 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Tony Danby  (NASDAQ)  Brazil’s ethanol sector needs around $50 billion of new investments by 2015-16 to meet the country’s surging demand for the alternative fuel, according to the president of local ethanol giant ETH Bioenergia.
Brazil’s …

Report Slams G-20 Nations on Fossil Fuel Subsidies
November 10, 2010 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Ben Geman (The Hill)  Two environmental groups are trying to ratchet up pressure on G-20 nations meeting in South Korea this month to make good on pledges to slash fossil fuel subsidies.
White House officials say …

Biofuel Focus Falls on Next Generations
November 10, 2010 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Paul Hanley (The StarPhoenix)  …Today, algal growth is being looked at as a new source of biofuel.

Biofuel — fuel made from new plants (corn, canola, sugar cane) instead of old plants (petroleum) — already …

Foodlink Teams with Epiphergy to Turn Its Waste into Ethanol
November 10, 2010 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Erinn Cain  (Messenger Post)  Foodlink, the regional food bank for Central and Western New York, is teaming up with a local alternative-energy company to transform its organic food waste into a golden opportunity.
Foodlink has …

The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota Announces Recommendations for Minnesota’s Forestry Industry
November 10, 2010 – 10:22 am | No Comment

(BioBusiness Alliance)  The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota announces the release of Minnesota’s Forest Biomass Value Chain: A System Dynamics Analysis. The paper is the result of a yearlong project involving over 100 experts in the …

Russia Could Use Sawdust to Fuel Airplanes
November 10, 2010 – 9:27 am | No Comment

(Ria Novosti)  Russia may start using biofuel made from sawdust to power aircraft, Deputy Transport Minister Valery Okulov said on Tuesday.
“We have a country full of forests and plenty of sawdust; why not make biofuel from …

Singapore Biofuel Plant: Slow Legislation May Impede Biofuel Demand
November 10, 2010 – 9:21 am | No Comment

(Eco-Business.com)  Finland’s Neste Oil – which is in the midst of starting up a $1.2 billion renewable diesel plant here – has warned that demand may be crimped by the slower-than-expected progress in biofuel legislation in …

World Biofuel Demand to Reach 121 Million Metric Tons in 2014
November 10, 2010 – 9:09 am | No Comment

(TransWorldNews)  Growth in world biofuel demand will continue to expand at a rapid double-digit annual pace, reaching 121 million metric tons in 2014.  Bioethanol will experience the greatest gains, as continued steady growth in the large …

POET Biorefining – Caro (Mich.) Helps Bring Two New Ethanol Blender Pumps to Area Drivers
November 10, 2010 – 8:59 am | No Comment

(POET/Renewable Energy World)   Sebewaing, Elkton stations now offering blends of E30, E50, E85 and more
POET Biorefining – Caro has helped two area businesses install new blender pumps, providing more alternative fuel options for drivers in …

SG Biofuels and Bunge Form Strategic Alliance to Process Jatropha Seeds Into Sustainable Crude Oil
November 10, 2010 – 8:28 am | No Comment

(PR Newswire)  SG Biofuels, a bioenergy crop company developing and producing elite seeds of Jatropha, today announced it has established a strategic partnership with Bunge North America, the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited, to …

First European Ethanol Swap Traded Against Argus Price
November 10, 2010 – 8:07 am | No Comment

The first Argus-based European ethanol swap was traded November 8, 2010. The December swap for 1,000m3 was sold by AOT to Total at $695/m3 and brokered by Prebon.
International energy price reporting agency Argus produces daily …

1st World Congress of Environmental Biotechnology-2011 October 19-22 Dalian, China
November 10, 2010 – 7:29 am | No Comment
1st World Congress of Environmental Biotechnology-2011    October 19-22  Dalian, China

The World Congress of Environmental Biotechnology-2011 (WCEB-2011) with a theme of “Healthier, Safer, and Environment Friendly” will be held during October 19-22, 2011 at World Expo Center, Dalian, China.
As you know, environmental biotechnology is currently …

Researchers Find New Switchgrass Virus
November 9, 2010 – 8:49 am | No Comment

(High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal)  University of Illinois researchers have confirmed the first report of a potential new virus belonging to the genus Marafivirus in switchgrass, a biomass crop being evaluated for commercial cellulosic ethanol production.
The virus …

Energy Commission Awards $9.6 Million for Electric Vehicles, Biofuels, More
November 9, 2010 – 8:24 am | No Comment

(California Energy Commission)  Hundreds of Jobs Created in California’s Alterative Vehicle and Transportation Fuel Sector
The California Energy Commission has approved eight grants that leverage more than $9.6 million in state funding with $11,969,855 in private …

US to Develop Sugarcane Ethanol Industry
November 9, 2010 – 8:16 am | No Comment

(ITS International)  The first major sugarcane ethanol refinery in the continental United States will be built in the Imperial Valley of California, said to be one of the best locations for growing sugarcane in the world. …

OriginOil Achieves Hydrogen Production Comparable to Photovoltaics
November 9, 2010 – 8:08 am | No Comment

(Origin Oil)  Research breakthrough points to a highly scalable and renewable source of hydrogen
OriginOil, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to transform algae, the most promising source of renewable oil, into a true competitor to …

Solazyme and Roquette Sign Agreement to Create Global Nutritional Joint Venture
November 9, 2010 – 8:05 am | No Comment

(Solazyme)  Joint Venture will accelerate the Commercialization of Revolutionary Microalgae-Based Healthy Food Ingredients and Oils
olazyme, Inc. the California-based leader in renewable oil and bioproducts and Roquette Frères, the global starch and starch-derivatives company headquartered in …

Industrial Biotech World 2011 February 22-24 Amsterdam, Netherlands
November 9, 2010 – 7:46 am | No Comment
Industrial Biotech World 2011 February 22-24 Amsterdam, Netherlands

The continued development of the biorefinery industry is of critical importance to the move to a bio-based economy, and the subsequent need to significantly upscale this industry presents a huge opportunity for organisations across the …

OBP Presents: Advanced Biofuels Research Pathways November 18 3:00 ET Webinar
November 8, 2010 – 6:10 pm | No Comment
OBP Presents: Advanced Biofuels Research Pathways November 18 3:00 ET Webinar

(US DOE Biomass Program)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Biomass Program is hosting a Webinar on Thursday, November 18, 2010, from 3:00–4:30 p.m. EST, entitled “Advanced Biofuels Research Pathways.” This Web conference is the …

Sheetz Creating E-85 ‘Clean Fuel Corridor’
November 8, 2010 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

(PRNewswire)  Pennsylvania motorists wishing to use E-85, a cleaner fuel consisting of 85 percent Ethanol, will soon have a more consistent source of fuel as they travel between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.
Sheetz today unveiled its “East-West …

Guidance for Boat Owners: E10 and Winterization
November 8, 2010 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  It’s time to take your boat out of the water and store it for the winter months. To assure proper storage and preparation guidelines are followed, the Renewable Fuels Association has put …

2010 Biomass to Fuels Summit Summarized: Waste Should Not Be Ignored
November 8, 2010 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Pete Davey (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Scientists, Engineers, Lawyers, Politicians and Businessmen/women alike descended upon Vancouver, WA for the 2010 Biomass Fuels Summit on October 12th. The summit’s first panel was introduced by the moderator John …

EU Biofuels Goals May Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Lobby Groups Say
November 8, 2010 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Alex Morales  (Bloomberg)  Biofuels targets in the European Union could raise emissions of greenhouse gases because forests and wetlands will be destroyed to grow the crops necessary, nine environmental groups said in a study.
…The EU …

Exxon’s SVP Swiger Says Lower Carbon with Algae
November 8, 2010 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  In a keynote speech at this week’s Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, Andy Swiger, senior vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation, said that strong partnerships and innovation are crucial to meet …

Grass Could Turn Toxic Waste into Energy
November 8, 2010 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Carl Holm  (ABC Science)  A team of Australian and Chinese scientists claims to have pioneered a method to decontaminate polluted land and provide an ecologically renewable energy resource in the process.
They say the secret lies …

USDA Looks into Pennycress for Biodiesel
November 8, 2010 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel)   The USDA is looking into turning a common weed into biodiesel.
Researchers with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have found that field pennycress, better known in some circles as stinkweed, puts out a …

Valley Company to Test New Crop for Biofuel
November 8, 2010 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

(The Business Journal)  A $2-million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) will help to install a testing facility in Hanford to evaluate biofuel production using a crop new to the Central Valley.
The grant, part of …

Ethanol Queries Welcomed
November 8, 2010 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Diane Krieger Spivak (Post-Tribune)  Earl Powers said he is ready to answer questions regarding his proposed nearly $300 million garbage-to-ethanol plant.
Powers, president of Evansville-based Powers Energy of America, said Wednesday he will attend the Lake …

Cellulosic Biofuel Output Will Lag 2011 Requirements, EIA Forecast Shows
November 8, 2010 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Herndon (Bloomberg)  Oil companies won’t be able to get as much cellulosic biofuel as they might need next year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
EIA, a unit of the Energy Department that compiles …

BP Sees Biofuel Growth from U.S. Grass, Brazil Sugar
November 8, 2010 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Laura MacInnis   (Reuters)  BP is focusing its biofuel efforts on Brazilian sugar cane and U.S. energy grasses, holding off on investments in the rest of the world for the moment, a senior executive of the …