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Baltimore Grand Prix Launches Plan to be American’s Most Sustainable Race Event
January 31, 2011 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

(American Le Mans Series)  The Baltimore Grand Prix today announced  at the Washington Auto Show a strategy that would result in it becoming the most sustainable racing event in the U.S.   Scott Atherton, President and …

Endicott Biofuels LLC to Construct 30-Million Gallon-Per-Year Second-Generation Biorefinery at KMTEX Ltd. Facility in Port Arthur, Texas
January 31, 2011 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

(Endicott Biofuels)  Endicott Biofuels, LLC (EBF) has signed an agreement with KMTEX Ltd. (KMTEX) to construct a 30-million gallon-per-year biorefinery in Port Arthur, Texas, that will employ EBF’s proprietary technology for the production of high-purity …

Gingrich to Obama: Focus on Energy
January 31, 2011 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Kathie Obradovich (Des Moines Register)  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is mulling a 2012 run for president, called on President Obama to use his State of the Union speech tonight to make the …

Iowa Economy Powered by Renewable Fuels
January 31, 2011 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com) …At the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit in Des Moines on Tuesday, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) released a new study detailing the positive benefits that provides for Iowa.
According to the report, …

Ford Mustang E85 Hybrid At Washington DC Auto Show Gets 110 MPG
January 31, 2011 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Amie Williams (Mustang Evolution/The Auto Channel)  …Doug’s Ford Mustang utilizes 350 times less gasoline than the Toyota Prius. He has tried desperately in the last three years to get an OEM company to take …

Cost of Electricity Will Not Rise: Dr. Joseph Romm at the Green Car Summit. Bartlett Proposes Open Fuels Act
January 31, 2011 – 2:25 pm | 2 Comments

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Produced by the Green Car Journal and the Washington Auto Show, each January the Green Car Summit convenes a panel of experts “to address the critical issues of the …

DOE Federal Lab Says Life Cycle Analysis Does Not Factor in Rare Earth Metals or Mountain Top Removal
January 31, 2011 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the Green Car Summit on Capitol Hill on January 26, 2011, Don Hillebrand, Director of the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory spoke about the process …

Small-Scale Enzyme Research Could Have Big Biomass Implications
January 31, 2011 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Researchers at the U.S. DOE’s Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, based at the University of Wisconsin and Michigan State University, are three years into a research project focused on identifying …

Ethanol Trade Groups Bash Draft EPA Report
January 31, 2011 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Ben Geman (The Hill/E2Wire)  The ethanol industry is quickly attacking a draft EPA study that details a slew of ecological harms that could accompany increased biofuels production.
“EPA’s failure to provide this report in any context …

Biofuels and the Environment: the First Triennial Report to Congress (External Review Draft)
January 31, 2011 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  The “Biofuels and the Environment: The First Triennial Report to Congress (External Review Draft)” (EPA/600/R-10/183A) report, prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA’s Office of Research and …

Project Eyes Algae for Biofuel
January 31, 2011 – 10:04 am | No Comment

by Lori Shull (Watertown Daily Times)  Algae could, one day, save the Development Authority of the North Country money on its power bills.
The agency is teaming up with a group of researchers from Clarkson University …

“Stay Midwest, Young Biofuels Entrepreneur”: a Counterpoint
January 31, 2011 – 9:55 am | No Comment

by Todd Taylor with Christina Connelly, Ralph Groschen, Mark Lindquist, Gregg Mast, Tim Welle and Doug Cameron (Biofuels Digest/Minnesota)  …Venture capitalists in California support and encourage these and many other companies and deserve ample credit for …

Shell Exits Algae as It Commences “Year of Choices”
January 31, 2011 – 9:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Last week [after previously exiting their investment in Choren, a Fischer-Tropsch technology based in Germany]  Shell announced that it will will exit its shareholding in Cellana, a joint venture between …

Norwegian Biodiesel Blend No Threat to Public Health
January 31, 2011 – 9:15 am | No Comment

(Argus Media)  A study by Norwegian authorities has found that the amount of biodiesel used in blends for road fuel in the country poses no more harm to public health than pure fossil fuel diesel. …

Bio-dynamic Group Announces Fuel Ethanol Production Plan
January 31, 2011 – 9:14 am | No Comment

(PR Log)  According to Industrial Biotechnologies China News,unlike most producers of cellulosic-based ethanol adopting straw as raw material, the joint venture will choose kenaf as raw material with several obvious strengths.
On January 6, 2011, Bio-Dynamic …

Thieves Busted Stealing Gallons of Used Cooking Grease
January 31, 2011 – 9:00 am | No Comment

(KSN.com)  …At 5:30 Tuesday morning at an east Wichita Burger King, an alert manager saw someone with a Ford truck sucking out the grease from storage containers in the back of the restaurant which contained …

Educators Will Be Trained in Ways to Teach about Biofuels, Thanks to $5 Million Grant
January 30, 2011 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Stacey Shackford (Cornell Chronicle)  From the farm to the fuel pump, Cornell educators hope to get youngsters excited about science, technology, engineering and math through interactive lessons in bioenergy with the help of $5 …

Advanced Biofuels USA Stuck in the Snow, Washington Post Interview
January 28, 2011 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA) It’s called making the best of an awful situation.
Advanced Biofuels USA board member, Bob Kozak, and executive director Joanne Ivancic carpooled to Washington DC from the organization’s office …

Is BCAP on the Chopping Block?
January 28, 2011 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, sources indicate that “the interim final rule is at the printer for the federal register” with respect to Section 9003 (Farm Bill) loan guarantees from the USDA, indicating …

Bugs Might Convert Biodiesel Waste Into New Fuel
January 28, 2011 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(NewsWire/University of Alabama)  A strain of bacteria found in soil is being studied for its ability to convert waste from a promising alternative fuel into several useful materials, including another alternative fuel.
A graduate student at …

Enervation Advisors Aquires Tri-City Energy Biodiesel
January 28, 2011 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  …The company will deploy multiple feedstock technology as rising costs of feedstocks are a common source of financial hardship for biofuel plants. It has recently been reported that rising corn prices are …

Go West, Young Biofuels Entrepreneur
January 28, 2011 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   …California remains the heartland of technological innovation and there is no place on earth where ideas go farther, faster, and find more support from academia, the science establishment, and …

India Unveils Coastal Saline Crop Initiative
January 28, 2011 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by P Sivaramakrishnan (BBC News) A pilot project to see if cash crops can be grown in the salty ground of India’s coastal areas has been launched.   The area in Tamil Nadu …

BAAC, Bangchak to Grow Oil Palm Trees
January 28, 2011 – 10:58 am | No Comment

(Bangkok Post)  The Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) and Bangchak Petroleum Plc have teamed up to grow oil palm for a biodiesel project.
The state bank will allow the oil company to lease 1,200 …

Sustainable Palm Oil Output, Use Grow Last Year
January 28, 2011 – 10:51 am | No Comment

(Commodity Online)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) ended the year 2010 with strong growth in both the production and use of RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil.
Compared to 2009, numbers doubled, in many cases even …

Can We Innovate Our Way Out of the Challenges that Confront Us?
January 28, 2011 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by Joelle Brink  (Biofuels Digest-Asia)  As New Year celebrations get under way throughout Asia, the year in biofuels is shaping up to be one of uncertainty.  Already, notable advances in sustainable palm oil supply, cellulosic …

USDA Accomplishments in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
January 28, 2011 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Tom Vilsack (USDA)  At President Obama’s direction, the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working hard to unleash the power of America’s innovators and entrepreneurs to build a green energy economy.   By producing renewable energy – …

Missed Today’s Town Hall with Sec. Chu?
January 28, 2011 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Ginny Simmons (Energy.gov)  During the event, Secretary Chu highlighted several parts of the President Obama’s clean energy and innovation agenda:
•    Ending taxpayer subsidies for fossil fuels so we can increase our investments in clean …

New Biofuel Development Guidelines Unveiled in Dar
January 28, 2011 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Michael Haonga (IPP Media/The Guardian)  Tanzania has reaffirmed its commitment to sustain a multi-faceted strategy for harnessing power from various sources, including biofuel, to cover any shortfall.
The assurance was made in Dar es Salaam …

European Commission Approves State Support for Development of Second Generation Biofuel
January 28, 2011 – 10:26 am | No Comment

(Chemrec)  The European Union has  approved the SEK 500 million (€55 million, $75 million) R&D  grant  awarded by the Swedish Energy Agency towards the industrial scale demonstration biofuels plant based on Chemrec’s gasification technology at …

OriginOil Lands First Order for Industrial Scale Algae Oil Extraction System
January 28, 2011 – 10:17 am | No Comment

(OriginOil)  Owner of three ‘CO2 to energy’ projects will pilot extraction unit at large coal-fired power plant
OriginOil, Inc., the developer of breakthrough technology to transform algae, the most promising source of renewable oil, into a true …

Green Jobs Offer Limited Hope to Iowa
January 28, 2011 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Philip Brasher (Des Moines Register)  …The potential for some green jobs, especially in biofuels, is dependent on technologies and processes that haven’t proved economical. Ethanol giant Poet LLC wants to produce fuel from corncobs, …

The Big Build-Out: Paying for Biofuels at Scale
January 28, 2011 – 10:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The USDA tells us that more than 500 biorefineries will be need to be built between now and 2022 in the United States to meet the added requirements for advanced …

An Opportunity to Kick our Fossil-Fuel Addiction
January 28, 2011 – 9:43 am | No Comment

(The Independent)  Pressure on Opec, which has a vested interest in a high oil price, offers no long-term solution
Is the world on the brink of another ruinous oil shock? The International Energy Agency (IEA), which speaks …

Why Indiabulls Sec is Betting on Praj Inds?
January 28, 2011 – 9:24 am | No Comment

(Sugar Industry)   Praj Industries, a small cap company provides turnkey plants and equipments for fermentation and distillation systems used in bio fuels processing, primarily which are ethanol related.
Sabyasachi Ganguly, Analyst, Indiabulls Securities and author …

The Bitter Taste of India’s Sugar Woes
January 28, 2011 – 9:16 am | No Comment

by Joelle Brink (Biofuels Digest-Asia)  India’s recent flip-flops on sugar supply and exports have angered many in the sensitive global commodities markets and even been ascribed to a sort of national dementia. But as is …

Feeding Glycerin to Swine Can Be Done
January 26, 2011 – 8:24 am | No Comment

(Prairie Farmer)  Researchers recommend feeding glycerin up to 15%. Glycerin did not have an effect on meat quality.
An increased interest in biofuel production and a growing need to find cost-effective livestock feedstuff alternatives has led …

Jerusalem Artichokes Emerging as a Biofuels Crop
January 26, 2011 – 8:15 am | No Comment

(WATTagnet.com)  Scientists in Canada are evaluating Jerusalem artichoke production as a feedstock for biofuels production. The versatile crop has many industrial applications and could displace some corn which is currently diverted to ethanol.
It is anticipated …

Lugar Introduces Dual Fuels Vehicles Bill
January 26, 2011 – 8:11 am | No Comment

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar introduced today the “Dual Fuel Vehicles Bill of 2011.”  The bill will provide future vehicle owners a choice in fueling options through the production of vehicles that can operate on multiple …

Sen. Harkin Introduces “Biofuels Market Expansion Act”
January 26, 2011 – 8:08 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced a new piece of legislation today, called the “Biofuels Market Expansion Act of 2011.”  The bill, if passed, would ensure an increasing number of automobiles …

Terrabon Exceeds Yield Targets for Biogasoline from Garbage
January 26, 2011 – 7:48 am | No Comment

(Eco Friendly Magazine)  Using CRI/Criterion’s catalyst technologies, Terrabon, Inc. has exceeded its target yield threshold of 70 gallons of biogasoline per dry ton of garbage received from the cafeteria dumpsters and paper shredders at Texas A&M …

Loan Guarantees To Gain Steam in 2011: The DOE’s View
January 26, 2011 – 7:42 am | No Comment

by Jonathan Silver (DOE/Biofuels Digest)  …After a year of unprecedented growth, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) has emerged as one of the largest and most productive project finance organizations in the …

RAND Study Says Advanced Biofuels Offer No Direct Military Benefit
January 26, 2011 – 7:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …We hereby sentence the authors to a one-year subscription to Biofuels Digest.
We continue to sound the alarm on “studies” that are, in essence, reviews of peer-reviewed literature reviews and interviews …

Advanced Biofuels Association Responds to Faulty Study by RAND
January 25, 2011 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels Association)  ABFA President Michael McAdams responded to the RAND Corporation’s release today of results of its study, Alternative Fuels for Military Applications:
“Shame on the RAND Corporation as it does a great disservice to …

Algal Biomass Organization Questions Flawed RAND Report
January 25, 2011 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(Algal Biomass Organization)  Today, the RAND Corporation published a study and accompanying press release calling into question the effectiveness of renewable fuels for military use.
The report can be found here:http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/monographs/2011/RAND_MG969.pdf
A copy of the press release …

No Direct Military Benefit from Use of Alternative Fuels by Armed Forces
January 25, 2011 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(RAND Corporation)  If the U.S. military increases its use of alternative fuels, there will be no direct benefit to the nation’s armed forces, according to a new RAND Corporation study.
Any benefits from investment in alternative fuels …

The Future of Ethanol
January 25, 2011 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)   …What is lacking is the infrastructure to get that ethanol to the consumer. Juan Sesmero, Asst. Professor of Ag Economics at Purdue, says improving the infrastructure is key …

New Technique to Extract Bio-Ethanol from Noodles
January 25, 2011 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(The Mainichi Daily News)  A machinery maker here has launched a facility to extract bio-ethanol from udon noodles.
Machinery manufacturer Chiyoda Seisakujo is set to run tests at its bio-ethanol extraction plant in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, …

Teesside Biofuels Firm Spends £6m to tackle Bad Smell
January 25, 2011 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Karl   (Make Biofuel)  A biofuels company on Teesside has pledged to spend £6m on ridding its plant of a bad smell which has sparked complaints from residents.
Ensus opened its bioethanol plant at Wilton …

Danforth Center’s “Conversations” Series Continues with Let’s Talk About… Biotechnology in the United States: Balancing Regulation, Research and Scientific Discovery February 17, 2011 St. Louis, MO
January 25, 2011 – 2:05 pm | No Comment
Danforth Center’s “Conversations” Series Continues with Let’s Talk About… Biotechnology in the United States: Balancing Regulation, Research and Scientific Discovery    February 17, 2011   St. Louis, MO

(iNewswire)   The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center will host its quarterly “Conversations” Series, this time focusing on the Progression of Plant Science, on Thursday, February 17, 2010 from 5:15 – 7:00 p.m. at the …

High Quality of U.S. Corn to Yield More Ethanol: Executive
January 25, 2011 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by Charles Abbott  (Reuters)  The higher quality of the U.S. corn crop could yield more ethanol per bushel and divert less of the crop to biofuels, which could raise tight ending stocks by 20 percent, …

Fate of the Union: 3-Point Plan for biofuels
January 25, 2011 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Biofuels Digest)  …While some would choose to ignore reality, the nation can produce more ethanol sustainably using grains like corn, wheat and barley. …The nation can also produce significant volumes …

Penn State Demonstrates Biofuel Crops for PA
January 25, 2011 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Kelsey McNeeley and Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA/Lancaster Farming)  In 2002, Penn State University began using 20 percent (B20) biodiesel fuel on campus in the division of farm operations.  Because of their expertise in biodiesel, Penn …

Vinod Khosla on the Technology Pathway to Biofuels
January 24, 2011 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Vinod Khosla (Green Tech Media)  Part 1: Production technologies: where are we? The financial crisis of 2008 set back a number of projects and slowed actual construction of pilot and demo plants like it …

Great Falls Misses Out on Federal Ethanol Funding
January 24, 2011 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Richard Ecke  (Great Falls Tribune)  …A proposed Great Falls ethanol plant would be the country’s first to use wheat and barley to create ethanol, according to developer Gary Hebener of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Project officials …

Corn Profitable for Farmers, Less So for Ethanol
January 24, 2011 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  The surge in corn prices since mid-2010 has bolstered the profits of corn farmers but has eaten away at the profitability of ethanol producers.
…Ethanol producers meanwhile saw a dramatic …

Diversifying Feedstock Options Reduces Risk
January 24, 2011 – 9:56 am | No Comment

by Jennifer Shike (University of Illinois)  Researchers are studying novel and traditional woody plants as short rotation crops for biomass production to help diversify and expand bioenergy research efforts at the University of Illinois.
“Diversification of …

A.I.M. Interview: Sapphire Energy’s CEO Dr. Jason Pyle
January 24, 2011 – 9:23 am | No Comment

by David Schwartz   (Algae Industry Magazine)   Dr. Jason Pyle, the high profile CEO at the even more high profile “green crude” developer, Sapphire Energy, holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Physiology, as …

Biofuels Group Offering Grants to Kentucky High Schools
January 24, 2011 – 8:42 am | No Comment

(WKYT/AP)  The Kentucky Biofuels for Schools Program is offering grants to high schools in the state that design projects to teach, produce and use biofuels in their schools and community.
The Kentucky Biofuels for Schools Program is offering …

Nebraska’s ‘Golden Triangle’ Attracts Cattle
January 24, 2011 – 8:34 am | No Comment

(Nebraska Farmer)  The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and the Nebraska Corn Board have jointlyreleased a video that shows the opportunities available for feeding cattle in Nebraska.
…”We have talked about Nebraska’s Golden Triangle of corn, livestock …

Tailoring Biomass to Fit the Biofuels Pipeline
January 23, 2011 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Maureen McCann (Professor, Purdue University) Dr. McCann begins by describing the different plant cell wall architectures belonging to various types of feedstock.  She shows how different processing methods can be utilized to more …

User Facility Capabilities to Accelerate Impact in Biomass
January 23, 2011 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by David Hoyt (Senior Research Scientist, Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) Hoyt first provides an overview of EMSL and their mission to integrate experimental and computational resources with innovative technologies to support …

The Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility: Advancing Biofuels Technology
January 23, 2011 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Jane Fisher (Senior Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Fisher first provides a general overview of the biofuel production process, identifying key areas for potential cost reductions through R&D and commercial scale production.  Fisher focuses …

Advancing Next-Generation Biofuels
January 23, 2011 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Blake Simmons (Vice-President, Deconstruction Division, Joint BioEnergy Institute)  Simmons provides an overview of Joint Bioenergy Institute (JBI) and their research associated with converting cellulosic biomass to biofuel.  He describes the challenges of the various …

An Algal Biofuels Consortium
January 23, 2011 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Jose A Olivares (Executive Director, The National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bio-Products Los Alamos National Laboratory) Dr. Olivares first provides an overview of the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bio-Products organization.  …

Coordinating Basic/Foundational Science and Applied R&D II: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
January 23, 2011 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Timothy Donohue (Director, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Professor of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison)  Dr. Donohue first provides an overview of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center.  Donohue moves on to discuss …

Rediscovering Genes Related to Biomass Recalcitrance Using a Combination of High Throughput and High Resolution Plant Cell Wall Characterization Methods
January 23, 2011 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Mark Davis (BioEnergy Science Center, National Bioenergy Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Dr. Davis discusses a multidisciplinary approach to overcoming the current inability to access sugars in lignocellulosic biomass.  By quickly identifying key …

DOE Office of Biomass Program: Enzyme Improvements
January 23, 2011 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Liz Moore (Project Officer, Biomass Program, Golden Field Office, U.S. Department of Energy) Moore begins with a breakdown of the cost structure describing the manufacturing process of ethanol from feedstock.  She shows how each …

2nd Annual Next Generation Bio-Based Chemicals Summit February 14-17, 2011 San Diego, CA
January 23, 2011 – 3:34 pm | No Comment
2nd Annual Next Generation Bio-Based Chemicals Summit  February 14-17, 2011  San Diego, CA

The Next Generation Bio-Based Chemicals Summit is a new & growing tradition for key industry players, leading developers, government representatives, ground breaking researchers, and renowned financiers to discuss the innovations of these high-value bio-based assets. Our …

CARB to Review Ethanol Carbon Intensity Amendments
January 22, 2011 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The California Air Resources Board will hold a public hearing Feb. 24 to consider 25 amendments proposed by various ethanol producers, representing 1.6 billion gallons of annual domestic production, …

Energizing Agriculture
January 22, 2011 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

Editorial (Tampa Bay Online)  …Grassley’s backing of the 45-cent-per-gallon tax credit for ethanol blended with gasoline is based, we suspect, less on contributions from corn farmers than on the fact that most Iowa voters like …

Biofuels: Earliest Investors Stand to Profit Most
January 22, 2011 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Andy Obermueller (Seeking Alpha/Street Authority)   …As prices at the pump inch higher, the United States will again begin to look seriously at alternative fuels. For some, this will mean electric vehicles, but for …

EPA Announces a Waiver to Allow the Use of Gasoline Containing Greater than 10% Ethanol in 2001 though 2006 Light-Duty Vehicles.
January 22, 2011 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  In response to a request by Growth Energy under section 211(f)(4) of the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has partially granted a waiver to allow fuel and fuel …

The Path Forward for Federal Biofuel Incentives
January 22, 2011 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

(25 x’25)   The belief that the ethanol industry is entering a new era is nearly universal. As Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President Bob Dinneen put it this week, “new challenges to ethanol policies will be …

Fill ’er Up, with Fuel Made in Oregon
January 21, 2011 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by Merry MacKinnon (Pamplin Media Group)  …Jana Gastellum, global warming program director for the Oregon Environmental Council, says the sustainable approach to making biodiesel for heavier vehicles and ethanol for passenger cars is to concentrate …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Producer Payments to Promote Bioenergy Production in Rural America
January 21, 2011 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

(USDA) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced new investments in 33 states to support the production and usage of advanced biofuels. Vilsack highlighted these projects as ways the Obama Administration is working to reduce the …

Southeastern Alabama Gets E85 Pumps
January 21, 2011 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Flex fuel vehicle (FFV) drivers in southeast Alabama now have two new locations to get 85 percent ethanol fuel with the opportunity to get mid grade ethanol blends in the future.
Inland …

USDA Announces Grants to Boost Sustainable Bioenergy Education
January 21, 2011 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced January 18, 2011, two grants that will create educational opportunities in math and science for students interested in bioenergy and bio-based products.
“Bioenergy and bio-based products hold …

Many Shades of Green: Diversity and Distribution of California’s Green Jobs
January 21, 2011 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

(Next 10)  Many Shades of Green provides the most comprehensive green jobs accounting to date, systematically tracking the most recent available data on green companies, job type, location and growth across every sector and region …

Algae Growing, Harvesting and Extraction Technologies Workshop March 28, 2011 New York, NY
January 21, 2011 – 1:55 pm | No Comment
Algae Growing, Harvesting and Extraction Technologies Workshop   March 28, 2011    New York, NY

In continuing its efforts to fast-track commercialization of algae production, The National Algae Association’s next workshop, March 28, 2011, in New York City, will focus on progress in growing, harvesting and extraction methods, along with …

New Issue Brief Highlights Positive Economic Impacts of Ethanol Production
January 21, 2011 – 11:12 am | No Comment

(Clean Fuels Foundation)   The Ethanol Across America education campaign released the latest in its series of Issue Briefs today on the Economic Impacts of Ethanol Production that illustrates the significant benefits of ethanol production …

Novozymes Sees U.S. Ethanol Market At 13.8 Billion Gallons In 2011
January 21, 2011 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Jens Hansegard (Dow Jones/Automated Trader)   Danish biotech company Novozymes (NZYM-B.KO), the world’s largest producer of industrial enzymes with about 47% of the global market, estimates that the U.S. biofuel industry will grow about 5% …

Masdar Institute Completes First Sustainability Assessment for Biofuels Production from an Integrated Seawater Agriculture System
January 21, 2011 – 10:29 am | No Comment

(BusinessWire/Masdar Institute)  Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI), the Boeing Company, Etihad Airways, and Honeywell’s UOP announced January 19, 2011, the completion of a Sustainability Assessment of the Integrated Seawater Agriculture System (ISAS) for …

ADM Gives US$10 Million to Found Institute to Reduce Global Postharvest Loss of Grains, Oilseeds
January 21, 2011 – 10:15 am | No Comment

(BusinessWire/ADM)  University of Illinois research center will work to preserve more of what’s grown worldwide
Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today founded the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss with a US$10 million …

Department of Energy Announces Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework
January 21, 2011 – 9:37 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  …As part of the Department of Energy’s comprehensive strategy to support the production of advanced biofuels, Secretary Chu also announced the launch of a new online collaboration tool and data resource …

Department of Energy Offers First Conditional Commitment for a Loan Guarantee for Advanced Biofuels Plant
January 21, 2011 – 8:36 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Project Expected to Create Over 700 Jobs and Nearly Triple Amount of Renewable Diesel Produced Domestically
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu January 20, 2011, announced the offer of a conditional commitment to …

Bioprospecting: Searching for a Diamond in the Muck
January 20, 2011 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Bill Scanlon (National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Renewable Energy World)  Most people scorn algae as pond scum, but Lee Elliott embraces the slime, captures it, filters it, and analyzes it for its potential to grow like …

Rentech Fuels First Cross-Country Drive on 100% Synthetic Diesel
January 20, 2011 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

(Rentech)  Over 5000 Mile Round-Trip Drive Includes Stop at the 2011 Washington Auto Show
Rentech, Inc. (NYSE AMEX: RTK) today announced that its synthetic RenDiesel® fuel is powering an Audi A3 TDI in a cross-country drive …

Coskata Supported Biorefinery Selected To Receive $250 Million Loan Guarantee From USDA
January 20, 2011 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(Coskata)  Guarantee will support a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol facility in Alabama
Coskata Inc., a developer of technology for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals, was notified by the USDA of their intent to provide a …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Outlines Progress on Effort to Advance Renewable Energy Production in America
January 20, 2011 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

(USDA)  Expansion of Biofuels Reaches All Regions of the Country
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced January 20, 2011, that biofuels and biomass energy projects across America have been selected for funding to continue the Administration’s support …

Sandia Researchers Tailoring Fungi-Based Biofuels to Meet the Needs of Current, Advanced Combustion Engines
January 20, 2011 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

(Sandia National Laboratories)  Engine experts and biofuels researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are working on a project that aims to modify an endophytic fungus so that it will produce fuel-type hydrocarbons for transportation purposes.
The biofuels …

Florida Biodiesel, Inc., Will Save the Biodiesel Industry up to 5% on Production Costs
January 20, 2011 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(PR-USA.net) Florida Biodiesel, Inc. has released the Cyclonic Mixer, an inline high shear blender that is 100 times more effective in mixing feedstock and catalyst for the transesterification of Biodiesel.  This new technology can lower the …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces BioPreferred Final Rule
January 20, 2011 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

(USDA)  BioPreferredSM Program Designates Eight New Biobased Product Categories; More than 600 additional biobased products now eligible for preferred Federal purchasing
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the designation of eight additional biobased product categories which are …

Qantas to Sign LOI for Algae-Based Aviation Biofuel
January 20, 2011 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At a series of public and private meetings this week on the Rodeo Drive of algae, North Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla, California, Qantas confirmed that it is in …

BP: Renewables Grow Faster than Fossil, But Stay in Minority
January 20, 2011 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Michael Kanellos (GreenTechMedia)  Renewable energy and biofuels will be the fastest growing segment in energy, according to BP, but fossil will still rule the roost.
The annual report from the energy giant (see full PDF …

What Matters in Biofuels?
January 20, 2011 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Vinod Khosla (GreenTechMedia)  Given the likely continued dominance of the internal combustion engine, cellulosic and sugar-derived fuels offer one of the lowest risk advances to quickly and affordably achieve low-carbon transportation. Furthermore, substituting higher …

Enerkem Awarded Loan Guarantee from U.S. Department of Agriculture for Its Mississippi Waste-to-Fuel Biorefinery
January 20, 2011 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem)  Enerkem Inc. today announced that Enerkem Corporation, its wholly-owned U.S. affiliate, has  obtained a conditional commitment  for an US$  80 million  loan guarantee by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), for  the construction of its  landmark waste-to-biofuels …

Muradel Founded in Australia to Produce Algae
January 20, 2011 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  A new Australian company has been established to produce commercial quantities of clean, “green” fuels from algae. The company, Muradel Pty Ltd, is a joint venture of Murdoch University, Adelaide Research & Innovation …

Donald C. Erbach, Ph.D., Joins Advanced Biofuels USA Board of Directors
January 20, 2011 – 7:28 am | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  Donald C. Erbach, Ph.D., was welcomed as a new member of the Advanced Biofuels USA’s board of directors at their annual meeting January 19, 2011, in Frederick, Maryland.  “We are extremely pleased …

The Time to Plan for Ethanol’s Future is Now
January 19, 2011 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Porter J. Martin and Gregory J. Lynch    (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   …
Can ethanol survive without these supports? I believe the answer is yes, if we take steps to plan now. Why? Because we have …

Genera Identifies Switchgrass as Starting Point
January 19, 2011 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Research being conducted in Tennessee to take biomass from the “farm gate to the biorefinery gate” has zeroed in on switchgrass. That’s not to say that switchgrass is the …

Chinese Company to Grow Biofuel Plant in Congo Republic, Xinhua Reports
January 19, 2011 – 9:27 am | No Comment

(Bloomberg)  A Chinese company plans to produce jatropha … in the Democratic Republic of Congo,…Greater Kingdom Group, has asked for 10,000 hectares in each of the provinces… READ MORE

Ethiopia: E10 Petroleum Coming in Weeks
January 19, 2011 – 9:23 am | No Comment

by Hayal Alemayehu   (NewsDire)   The government is schedule to increase the proportion of ethanol being blended in benzene to 10 percent beginning March 7. For over a year now, the benzene that has been …

China Will Scale Faster Than US in Race for New Transport Fuels, Accenture Report Finds
January 19, 2011 – 8:58 am | No Comment

(BusinessWire/Accenture)  China could lead the race to roll out electric vehicles and will deploy new transport technologies at scale more quickly than the United States, according to a report by Accenture that compares the two …

Chromatin’s Yield Machine: Is Instant Gene-Stacking a Game-Changer for Energy Crops?
January 19, 2011 – 8:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Illinois, Chromatin announced the successful first demonstration that genes can be assembled, stacked, and expressed in sugarcane using the company’s mini-chromosome technology.
Now, what exactly is a gene stack and …

Biofuel Truck Quietly Proves Nothing Need Go to Waste
January 19, 2011 – 8:29 am | No Comment

by Isaac Davison  (NZHerald.co.NZ)    …The truck, launched in Rodney yesterday by Auckland Mayor Len Brown, is the result of the first successful New Zealand project to turn landfill gas into a transport fuel. …

Advancing Colorado’s Renewable Energy (ACRE) Doles out Colorado Renewable Energy Grants
January 19, 2011 – 8:04 am | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)   The Advancing Colorado’s Renewable Energy program awarded 15 grants totaling more than $600,000 in an effort to spur additional instate renewable energy development. Administered by the Colorado Agricultural Value …

As Gas Prices Rise, State Looks at Fuel Alternatives
January 18, 2011 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Robyn L. Minor (Bowling Green Daily News)  Officials studying logistical challenges facing biofuel progress
With gas prices in December seeing the biggest jump in 18 months, consideration of alternative fuel development moves to the forefront.
“Gas …

Spinning ILUC Policy the European Way
January 18, 2011 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Robert Vierhout  (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It took the European Commission several stakeholder meetings, two public consultations and many more economic modelling studies to conclude that the indirect land use change (ILUC) effects of biofuel …

A Million Dollars a Month
January 18, 2011 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Antonio Acost  (Faribault County Register)  It pays to conserve energy. Especially, if you are producing ethanol.
Corn Plus officials in Winnebago will soon receive a check in the mail for $12 million.
“It’s going to keep …

30 Years of Unparalleled Progress
January 18, 2011 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   …When the Renewable Fuels Association was formed in late 1980, America was producing just 175 million gallons of ethanol per year. Today, the industry produces more …

Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board Joins Clean Fuels Foundation Flex Fuel Vehicle Awareness Campaign
January 18, 2011 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

(Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board)   Grain producers from the state of Maryland announced they have awarded a grant to the Clean Fuels Foundation for a statewide program to increase the sale of high level ethanol …

College Students Lack Scientific Literacy, Study Finds
January 18, 2011 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Most college students in the United States do not grasp the scientific basis of the carbon cycle – an essential skill in understanding the causes and consequences of climate change, according to …

AGQM-Project Report: “Recommendations for a Mexican Biodiesel Standard and the Infra-Structure Required for Its Handling”
January 18, 2011 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

(IEA Bioenergy Task 39)  Since governments and societies becoming more and more aware of the geopolitical, economical and environmental risks of oil dependency biofuels are gaining a rising attention. In Mexico the use of biodiesel …

The Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission Has Published “Prospects for Agricultural Markets and Income 2010-2020”.
January 18, 2011 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

(IEA Bioenergy Task 39)  The outlook consists of a set of market and sector income prospects elaborated on the basis of specific assumptions regarding macroeconomic conditions, the agricultural and trade policy environment, weather conditions and …

Approaches for Optimising the Greenhouse Gas Balance of Biodiesel Produced from Rapeseed
January 18, 2011 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

(IEA Bioenergy Task 39)  On the request of the UFOP, the DBFZ examined several approaches to improving the Green-House-Gas (GHG) saving balance of biodiesel produced from rape seed. The work was based on the so …

Fuels of the Future 2011: 8th International Conference on Biofuels January 24-25 Berlin, Germany
January 18, 2011 – 12:22 pm | No Comment
Fuels of the Future 2011:  8th International Conference on Biofuels    January 24-25    Berlin, Germany

Representatives of the biofuels industry in Germany and other European countries will attend the 8th International BBE/UFOP Conference “Fuels of the Future 2011” on 24th and 25th January 2011 at the International Congress Centre in …

BioGrace – Public Workshops on Harmonised Calculation of GHG Emission February – June various locations
January 18, 2011 – 12:16 pm | No Comment
BioGrace – Public Workshops on Harmonised Calculation of GHG Emission    February – June various locations

(IEA Biotask 39)  The EU-funded project BioGrace makes biofuel GHG calculations transparent. The BioGrace consortium consists of eight European bioenergy organisations, which receive funding from Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme for a two-year period. Transparent …

City’s Biofuel Experiment Ends
January 18, 2011 – 9:58 am | No Comment

by Denis Langlois   (OwenSoundSunTimes.com)  Owen Sound is scrapping its environmentally conscious biodiesel program due to its cost and a “considerable” number of engine failures.
…The city first fuelled a bus on a blend of diesel …

Genetic Mutation Helps Plants Use Less Water without Biomass Loss
January 18, 2011 – 9:52 am | No Comment

(NewKerala.com)  Purdue University researchers have made a discovery that could reduce the amount of water required for growing plants and help plants survive and thrive in adverse conditions. They have found a genetic mutation that allows a …

How Agricultural Biotechnology Boosts Food Supply and Accomodates Biofuels
January 18, 2011 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Steven Sexton, David Zilberman   (National Bureau of Economic Research)  Increased global demand for biofuels is placing increased pressure on agricultural systems at a time when traditional sources of yield improvements have been mostly exhausted, generating …

Climate Capitalism and Biofuels Ready to Break Out in 2011
January 18, 2011 – 9:29 am | No Comment

by Boyd Cohen  (Triple Pundit)   …However, over the past several years, we have seen significant advances in the development of biofuels in favor of more sustainable practices. And given the growing demand for biodiesel, …

Canadian Biodiesel Plant to Make Fuel from Flax
January 18, 2011 – 9:19 am | No Comment

by Susan Taylor  (Reuters)  A tiny Canadian startup company that is preparing to open a biodiesel plant in Toronto this spring says it will produce clean fuel, animal feed and human food all from the …

Biofuel Crops Proposed for South Florida Land Targeted for Water Storage, Environmental Restoration
January 18, 2011 – 9:13 am | No Comment

by Andy Reid  (Sun Sentinel)    Instead of planting more sugar cane and citrus, biofuel farming could spread to South Florida land set aside for future water management and environmental restoration.
The South Florida Water Management District …

Lotta Watta: Algal Innovators Pioneering New Extraction Techniques
January 18, 2011 – 7:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   In Ohio, Algaeventure Systems advises that, today, they are releasing an RFP targeting the nation’s leading algae producers to act as demonstration sites for its SLS Industrial algae dewatering technology …

Improving Photosynthesis for Hydrogen and Fuels Production Through Genetic Optimization of Algae January 24, 2011 Webinar 12:00PM EST
January 17, 2011 – 9:53 am | No Comment
Improving Photosynthesis for Hydrogen and Fuels Production Through Genetic Optimization of Algae    January 24, 2011   Webinar  12:00PM EST

Dr. Tasios Melis of UC Berkeley, a pre-eminent researcher in the field of Photobiological Hydrogen Production, will be providing an overview of his invention disclosing methods and compositions to minimize the chlorophyll antenna size of …

NX Global to Develop Canadian, US Algae Projects
January 17, 2011 – 9:45 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  NX Global Inc. has received a $100 million funding commitment from a private U.S.-based organization. The financial support will be used to purchase property and fund construction on a waste-to-energy …

IndianOil and LanzaTech Sign MOU for Fuel Grade Ethanol Technology
January 17, 2011 – 9:32 am | No Comment

(myCFO/LanzaTech)  IndianOil, India’s flagship petroleum major, and LanzaTech, a leading clean energy technology company, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for collaboration in a technology demonstration that will enable IndianOil to produce fuel grade …

Report: Range Fuels to Shut Down Plant
January 17, 2011 – 9:22 am | No Comment

by Ucilia Wang  (Earth2Tech/Reuters)  The bad news about the layoffs at cellulosic biofuel maker Range Fuels just got worse. The financially-strapped company plans to shut down its plant in Georgia after making just one batch …

Range Fuels Confirms Layoffs, New Funding Drive; Executes Planned Shutdown in GA after First Ethanol Run
January 17, 2011 – 8:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, Range Fuels confirmed to a variety of media outlets that it had made layoffs in Colorado and Georgia, and will shut down its Soperton, Georgia plant after an …

Scandinavia Goes Viking in Advanced Biofuels
January 17, 2011 – 8:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In the Old Norse, the term “viking” meant to “undertake an expedition” and it later came to characterize the raiders, settlers and traders that epitomized an era of Scandinavian …

A New Racing Simulator from Argonne National Laboratory
January 14, 2011 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(American Le Mans Series)  Driving the Green Racing Movement
One of the most important jobs of the technical community isn’t necessarily the technology developed. Rather it’s education and promotion of such advancements. Without the support and …

National Energy Security: U.S. Government Eyes Biofuels
January 14, 2011 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(BIO tech NOW)  Defense Department details military needs for advanced biofuels
The U.S. military has a real need for biofuels.
The Navy sets its requirement at 336 million gallons by 2020.
…Paul Bryan, biomass program manager for the …

Finding Common Ground: Stay Halts Destruction of Planted Sugar Beets
January 14, 2011 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(BIO tech NOW)  BIO and government make case for allowing interim planting of genetically biotech beets until APHIS completes its environmental impact statement
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has issued a …

Michigan Corn Farmers Showcase Ethanol as Performance Fuel
January 14, 2011 – 9:57 am | No Comment

(Michigan Ag Connection)  …Ethanol, 200 proof alcohol, is a renewable fuel made from corn. It has been used mainly in automobiles, but is now being looked at for use and increased performance of snowmobiles. The …

Blender Pumps in North Dakota
January 14, 2011 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by KXMBTV Bismarck (KXNet.com)    Producing a new fuel mix…right at the station, ethanol blender pumps are helping push the demand for ethanol.
At Wilton Cenex they’re blending their own mix of gasoline and ethanol right at the pump.  Consumers …

Clean Diesel To Power “American Idol” Bus Tour; National 16-City Tour To Be Fueled By Biodiesel
January 14, 2011 – 8:02 am | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum) American Idol is kicking off its 10th season with a four-week, 16-city national “Idol Across America Mobile Experience” that will be powered by a clean diesel bus using renewable biodiesel fuel – …

Advanced Biofuels Company Algae.Tec Lists on ASX
January 14, 2011 – 7:47 am | No Comment

Algae.Tec Limited (ASX: AEB) an advanced biofuels company with a pioneering highly-efficient algae growth and harvesting system (the McConchie-Stroud System) is listing on the ASX today at 10am WST January 14, 2011. The McConchie-Stroud System …

Biofuel Bonanza for East TN Farmers
January 14, 2011 – 7:43 am | No Comment

(Nashville Business Journal)  East Tennessee farmers have started to reap benefits from efforts to turn switchgrass into biofuel, with at least one farmer saying that if he had it to do over again, he would …

Power Fund Board Approves Terms for Iowa Cellulosic Ethanol Project by DuPont-Danisc
January 14, 2011 – 7:39 am | No Comment

(Iowa Office of Energy Independence)  Project Would Produce Jobs and New Energy Technology for Iowa
The Iowa Power Fund Board (Board) approved terms January 12, 2011, to start contract negotiations on a grant award for one of …

GTI and CRI/Criterion Inc. Sign Licensing Agreement for IH2 Process Technology to Produce Cellulosic Gasoline and Diesel Hydrocarbon Blendstock
January 14, 2011 – 7:31 am | No Comment

GTI announced it has signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with CRI/Criterion Inc., for its Integrated Hydropyrolysis and Hydroconversion (IH2) technology, which converts biomass directly into cellulosic gasoline and diesel hydrocarbon blendstocks. This licensing agreement …

110 Advanced Biofuels Projects Now in Development: Advanced Biofuels Tracking Database for Q1 2011
January 14, 2011 – 7:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biofuels Digest is projecting that global advanced biofuels capacity will reach 4.003 billion gallons by 2015, based on company announcements to date. Today, the Digest released version 1.7 of its free …

EPA Delays Climate Rules for Biomass Industry
January 13, 2011 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin (Washington Post)  In another sign that the Environmental Protection Agency is moderating its climate policy, it announced Wednesday it would exempt the biomass industry from limits on greenhouse gas emissions for three years.
More than two …

The Economics of Biofuels
January 13, 2011 – 10:40 am | No Comment

(Pacific Rim BioEnergy)  Note: This is an update from an earlier post. The earlier post outlined the concepts but did not have any specific details. This post utilizes current figures and displays the economic principals …

Low Cost Algae Oil Production System Advances
January 13, 2011 – 10:31 am | No Comment

by Bob Brooks (Automotive Industries)  Photon8, a new venture algae oil development firm has emerged from research work at the University Of Texas, Brownsville, TX, by placing its priority on the economics of making algal …

Valero Invests in Mascoma, Signs Cellulosic Ethanol Offtake Agreement; Inks LOI for up to $50M in Equity
January 13, 2011 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New Hampshire, Mascoma announced that Valero Energy  has joined as an investor in the company.
Further, Mascoma, Valero, and Mascoma’s operating subsidiary, Frontier Renewable Resources, (jointly owned with J.M. Longyear) …

Top 11 Algae Market Trends For 2011
January 13, 2011 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Will Thurmond (Biofuels Digest/ Emerging Markets Online)  1 Emerging Markets Growth US and EU-based algae producers and licensors of technology are increasingly looking to the Emerging Markets in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the …

The Elusive Green Economy
January 13, 2011 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Joshua Green (The Atlantic)  It feels like 1977 all over again: economy in the doldrums, crisis in the Middle East, and a charismatic new Democrat in the White House preaching the gospel of clean …

The Business Response to Climate Change February 10, 2011 Washington, DC
January 13, 2011 – 9:22 am | No Comment
The Business Response to Climate Change   February 10, 2011    Washington, DC

The Business Response to Climate Change is a student-­organized conference that will explore how forward thinking businesses seize market opportunities for clean technologies. We will discuss:

How clean technologies can be financed and commercialized.
The challenges and …

New Research Shows Bioenergy Crops are Complementary, Not Competitors
January 12, 2011 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

(The Farm Trader)  With public debate surrounding how Australia can meet its future energy needs gathering pace in recent weeks, three new RIRDC reports on potential bioenergy feedstocks will serve as a valuable addition to …