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ATW’s 5th Annual Eco-Aviation Conference & Awards Ceremony June 20-21, 2012 Crystal City, VA
December 30, 2011 – 4:26 pm | No Comment
ATW’s 5th Annual Eco-Aviation Conference & Awards Ceremony     June 20-21, 2012   Crystal City, VA

ATW’s 5th Annual Eco-Aviation Conference looks at the strategies and technologies being implemented by the air transport industry as it strives to create a greener, sustainable future.
ATW’s Annual Eco-Aviation Conference was the first and still …

Cassava Starch World 2012 February 22-24 Phnom Penh, Cambodia
December 30, 2011 – 3:55 pm | No Comment
Cassava Starch World 2012   February 22-24  Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Centered around the theme on Finding Value Added Applications for Cassava, CMT’sCassava Starch World conference is a must attend event for the entire supply chain of the industry.
Find out key issues on

Cassava Starch outlook – markets, economics and its …

Canadian Company Works to Showcase Closed-Loop Ethanol Plant
December 30, 2011 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  By the end of January, Atlantic BioEnergy Corp. expects to be producing ethanol at its new $6.2 million demonstration plant in Cornwall, Prince Edward Island. The 79,000 gallon a …

USDA Helps Install 266 Blender Pumps through REAP
December 30, 2011 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   The USDA announced the final round of fiscal year 2011 Renewable Energy for America Program awards on Dec. 14. The awards included grants for 12 blender pump projects …

CAD for RNA: Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Develop CAD-Type Tools for Engineering RNA Control Systems
December 30, 2011 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  The computer assisted design (CAD) tools that made it possible to fabricate integrated circuits with millions of transistors may soon be coming to the biological sciences. Researchers at …

New Biofuel Production Technologies: Overview of These Expanding Sectors and the Challenges Facing Them
December 30, 2011 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(IFP Energies Nouvelles)  The numerous research programmes looking at new-generation biofuels that were initiated over the last ten years are now starting to bear fruit. Although no plants are producing and
marketing biofuels yet, the large-scale, industrial …

Risk Management Agency Announces Pilot Crop Insurance Program for Camelina
December 30, 2011 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  The USDA’s Risk Management Agency has developed a pilot program to insure camelina. The program, which will be available in selected counties in Montana and North Dakota for the 2012 …

Algae Perspectives: A Look Back…a Look Forward
December 30, 2011 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Mary Rosenthal (Algal Biomass Organization)  …Many of you will remember that 2011 began with a discouraging report that claimed algae biofuels could never play a role in US energy security. We at the Algal …

New Mexico State University Advances their Algae Test Bed Research
December 30, 2011 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Since early October, New Mexico State University’s Institute for Energy & the Environment (IEE) researchers have been transitioning from algae operations in the IEE water and energy lab to the Algae Test …

Japan: New Venture to Pursue Mass Production of Algae Biofuel
December 30, 2011 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  rom the Denki Shimbun Electric Daily News comes a story about three Japanese companies: IHI Corporation, Gene and Gene Technology (G&GT), and the Neo-Morgan Laboratory Incorporated (NML) that have just announced establishing …

What in the World Are “Feedstock Logistics”?
December 30, 2011 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Steven Thomas (US Department of Energy)  Biomass feedstocks – the raw organic material that can be converted into biofuel, biopower, or bioproducts – come in many forms, from woody crops like hybrid poplar and …

Bioenergy Pumps New Life into Pulp and Paper Mills
December 30, 2011 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Neil Rossmeissl (US Department of Energy)  Despite Americans’ voracious appetite for paper products — a staggering 700 pounds per person annually — America’s pulp and paper industry has been struggling as of late due to …

UK Companies to Invest £2.5bn in Renewables
December 30, 2011 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Angela Monaghan (The Telegraph)  The plans, announced in the financial year so far, could create almost 12,000 jobs across the country according to research by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

It came as …

New Leaf Biofuel to Supply Biodiesel to San Diego School Buses
December 30, 2011 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesle Magazine)  San Diego-based biodiesel producer New Leaf Biofuel LLC has forged an agreement with the San Diego Unified School District to supply biodiesel to its fleet of more than 500 buses …

Blend-Your-Own at the Pump
December 30, 2011 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Tim Hoskins  (Iowa Farmer Today)  Blender gas pumps are viewed as one way to increase ethanol sales and allow for a transition to higher ethanol-blended gasoline.
A blender pump is connected to two fuel tanks, …

Biofuel Subsidies Need Reform
December 30, 2011 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Nathanael Green (Energy Now/Natural Resources Defense Council)  …Our dependence on oil hurts our economy, helps our adversaries and puts our security at risk. Each day we send over $1 billion overseas for oil, often …

Sony’s Bio Battery Turns Waste Paper into Electricity
December 30, 2011 – 11:06 am | No Comment

(BBC)   Sony has unveiled a paper-powered battery prototype in Japan.
The technology generates electricity by turning shredded paper into sugar which in turn is used as fuel.
…The process works by using the enzyme cellulase to decompose …

Alta Vista Securities Announced It Has Closed a Seven Million Dollar Joint Venture Investm
December 30, 2011 – 11:01 am | No Comment

(PRLog)  Alta Vista Securities today (December 29, 2011) announced today a new Bioenergy Joint Venture focusing on the processing of Rice, Sugarcane and Coconut into energy producing Biofuels
Pacific Biofuels Corporations will establish three biofuels plants …

Nova Scotia CleanTech Open Top 10 Announced
December 30, 2011 – 10:55 am | No Comment

(PR Log)  Innovacorp today announced the list of clean technology start-ups moving on to round two of the Nova Scotia CleanTech Open competition.
Innovacorp today announced the list of clean technology start-ups moving on to round …

Black Pearl Capital Partners Acquires Former Blackburn Paper Mill as it Continues Development of its UK Renewable Energy Parks
December 30, 2011 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(PR NewsWire)  Start of demolition works at the former chemical plant in Castleford
Black Pearl Capital Partners (“BPCP”) today announced that it has acquired a 118 acre infrastructure site near Blackburn, UK. The site which formerly operated …

Report “The GBEP Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy”
December 30, 2011 – 10:40 am | No Comment

(Global Bioenergy Partnership)  In November 2011 the GBEP Steering Committee endorsed the report The Global Bioenergy Partnership Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy. It was developed by GBEP Partners and Observers through the GBEP Task Force on Sustainability …

Major Step Forward Towards Drought Tolerance in Crops
December 30, 2011 – 10:31 am | No Comment

(Science Daily)  When a plant encounters drought, it does its best to cope with this stress by activating a set of protein molecules called receptors. These receptors, once activated, turn on processes that help the …

Iowans Fueled with Pride Publishes Iowa Caucus Voter Guide
December 30, 2011 – 10:15 am | No Comment

(Iowans Fueled with Pride)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today announced the release of the Iowans Fueled with Pride coalition 2012 Iowa Caucus Voter Guide.  The guide outlines the positions of presidential candidates campaigning …

San Francisco to Turn Xmas Trees into Biofuel
December 30, 2011 – 9:59 am | No Comment

(Bay City News Service)  Christmas trees in San Francisco will be used as biofuel as part of the city’s 25th annual “Treecycling” program, which officials celebrated with a “chipping of the trees” event outside City …

US Federal Court Issues Injunction against California Low Carbon Fuel Standard
December 30, 2011 – 9:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane  and Todd Guerrero  (Biofuels Digest/Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.)  Us federal judge rules that California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard interferes with the “maintenance of a national economic union unfettered by state-imposed limitations on …

Harvesting Both Corn Grain and Stover in Adverse Weather
December 29, 2011 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Cole Gustafson, Thein Maung and David Ripplinger (North Dakota State University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  NDSU quantifies the cost and time involved in corn stover collection
…The research team at  North Dakota State University in Fargo recently …

The Quest for Maximum Yield
December 29, 2011 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol producers who don’t relentlessly focus on yield may be leaving precious revenue on the table
In 2010, plants with higher-than-average ethanol yield brought in $1.6 million in revenue over …

Good Digestion: It’s Been a Bumpy Road to Full-Scale Adoption of Anaerobic Digestion Technologies at Ethanol Plants
December 29, 2011 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Despite the promise of methane from anaerobic digestion technology, low natural gas rates and other factors have kept ethanol producers from jumping in with both feet.
…On top of the …

Forging Ahead: Enterprising Retail Operators Install E85 Pumps Despite Pricing Uncertainties
December 29, 2011 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Retailers are concerned about increasing E85 prices as a result of the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit’s expiration, says Todd Garner, CEO of Boca Raton, Fla.-based ethanol marketer and …

Growing Pains: Brazil’s Sugarcane Ethanol Industry Hits a Snag
December 29, 2011 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Brazil began developing its domestic ethanol industry in the 1970s in response to the worldwide oil crisis that hit countries with little to no oil production, including Brazil, extremely …

Looking at Life Without an Ethanol Subsidy
December 29, 2011 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(Farm Futures)  Failure to renew the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit will create a new world for the industry.
…What many consumers don’t realize is that the tax credit didn’t go to ethanol plants, it went …

Expiring Ethanol Credit to Add to Gas Price Jump
December 29, 2011 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

(WRAL)  Lack of action by state lawmakers and Congress is expected to raise gas prices in North Carolina by more than 8 cents a gallon, starting Sunday.
Half of the increase comes from the state. North …

Biotech Firms Go after Smart Enzymes to Fuel Energy Sector
December 29, 2011 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Vishal Dutta (The Times of India/Economic Times)  Biotech companies producing industrial enzymes are gradually moving to cellulosic enzymes that help in bio-fuel generation. Enzymes are biological catalysts and when added to agriculture residue speed up …

Fla. Shouldn’t Give up on Renewable Fuels
December 29, 2011 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

(Orlando Sentinel) Editorial:  …This month a state House panel approved a bill to repeal the 2008 state law that requires most gasoline sold in Florida to include up to 10 percent ethanol. Sponsor Matt Gaetz, …

Texas Issues New Guidelines Facilitating Greater Biodiesel Use
December 29, 2011 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kortrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Last week the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality concluded that air quality is simply not a reason for concern regarding biodiesel volumes associated with federally required use. The federal renewable …

Robinson Remains Believer as Biofuel Projects Move Ahead
December 29, 2011 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Gene Zaleski (The Times and Democrat)  …Orangeburg County (South Carolina) Development Commission Executive Director Gregg Robinson said while there are challenges in alternative fuel production, they can be overcome. He remains bullish on alternative …

New Ethanol Blender Pumps in Illinois
December 29, 2011 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  …Growth Energy, Horizon Fuels, the American Lung Association and Marquis Energy partnered to help with the promotions and labeling for the three new Flex Fuel pumps at the Princeton Fast Stop.  “It …

How Virent Is Using Plants To Replace Oil
December 29, 2011 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Z. Arndt (FastCompany)   …(W)e speak with Mary Tilton, VP of plant operations at Virent, which is using chemistry to turn plants into fuel.
“We are replacing crude oil. We’re using catalytic chemistry to …

Mascoma, Codexis Closing in on Commercialized Cellulosic Biofuels
December 29, 2011 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Derek Mead (GreenTechMedia)  Biofuel up-and-comers Codexis and Mascoma both have big news that means cellulosic ethanol production is right around the corner.
…With traditional sugar feedstocks — and in the U.S., that means corn — …

Increased Estimates of Air-Pollution Emissions from Brazilian Sugar-Cane Ethanol
December 29, 2011 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

C-C. Tsao, J. E. Campbell, M. Mena-Carrasco, S. N. Spak, G. R. Carmichael & Y. Chen  (Nature Climate Change)  Accelerating biofuel production has been promoted as an opportunity to enhance energy security, offset greenhouse-gas emissions and support rural economies. However, large …

Ethanol-Friendly Manitoba: Shell Scouts Commercial-Scale Cellulosic Opportunities
December 29, 2011 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Royal Dutch Shell plc is in the early stages of a development project that would site a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in southern Manitoba. “It’s very, very, very early …

Corn Stover Marketing Will Require Much More Market Analysis Than Corn Marketing
December 29, 2011 – 10:57 am | No Comment

(FarmGateBlog.com)  Many Cornbelt farmers are planning to deliver corn stover to the local ethanol plant to generate a new income stream.  Others are planning to cultivate and harvest switchgrass, miscanthus, or other biomass crops also …

Biofuels, Gas Station Groups Form Alliance
December 29, 2011 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, which represents the state’s ethanol and biodiesel producers, and the Iowa Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores have announced a joint venture to explore how …

From Farm to Biorefinery: Ethanol Production Efficiency Improves
December 29, 2011 – 10:25 am | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  …According to a landmark study by the Keystone Alliance (a group including both farm groups and environmental organizations, such as Environmental Defense Fund and The Nature Conservancy) the amount of …

EPA Finalizes 2012 Renewable Fuel Standards
December 28, 2011 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  he U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized the 2012 percentage standards for four fuel categories that are part of the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program (RFS2). EPA continues to support greater …

Biodiesel Production by Ultrasound-Assisted Transesterification: State of the Art and the Perspectives
December 28, 2011 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Vlada B. Veljković , Jelena M. Avramović, Olivera S. Stamenković (Science Direct)  In the present paper state-of-the art and perspectives of ultrasound-assisted (UA) biodiesel production from different oil-bearing materials using acid, base and enzyme catalysts are critically discussed. …

Relative Potential of Biosynthetic Pathways for Biofuels and Bio-Based Products
December 28, 2011 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Deepak Dugar & Gregory Stephanopoulos (Nature Biotechnology)
To the Editor:
Concerns about the sustainability of fossil fuels and global warming1, along with energy security2, have provided a strong incentive recently toward research and development of carbon-neutral alternatives including next-generation …

Jim Rekoske From Honeywell On Developing Biofuels
December 28, 2011 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Z. Arndt (FastCompany)  “We’ve been in the industry for 97 years, and we’re very good at knowing how to make the right fuels for the right specifications. We transform natural oils to look …

Eni Signs Cooperation Agreements with Sonangol
December 28, 2011 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(Eni)  The agreement is a further step in the consolidation of Eni’s presence in Angola.
Eni signed today three agreements in Luanda to further strengthen its cooperation with the Angolan national oil company, Sonangol.
Through the agreements …

Trash-to-Ethanol Plant Still Planned for Lake County
December 28, 2011 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

(Network Indiana)  Evansville-based Powers Energy of America is still planning on buying land in south Lake County and building a facility that will convert trash into ethanol in about three years from now.
Lake County Solid …

Wayne Keith Sets a New World Wood Gas Speed Record
December 28, 2011 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by David Bransby(Auburn University/Biofuels Digest)  We hear a lot about “drop-in” fuels these days. While this term typically means an infrastructure-compatible liquid transportation fuel, Wayne Keith has come up with his own version of a …

International Biodiesel Markets – Developments in Production and Trade
December 28, 2011 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(German Union for the Promotion of Oils and Protein Plants — UFOP)  The global biodiesel market has shown an exponential growth in production and trade across the past decade. Nowadays, more biodiesel than ever before is sourced …

Christmas Waste Paper Could Be Turned Into High Grade Biofuel
December 28, 2011 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(RedOrbit)  UK’s wrapping paper and festive cards could provide energy to send a bus to the moon more than 20 times
If all the UK’s discarded wrapping paper and Christmas cards were collected and fermented, they …

NEXIM Grants $695m Loans for Renewable Energy
December 28, 2011 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Emeka Ugwuanyi (The Nation)  As part of contribution to developing and using renewable energy as against the current dependence on fossil  fuels, the  Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) said it has given out $695 million as …

Saint Aubin se lance dans les sucres spéciaux, l’éthanol et les bio-fertilisants
December 28, 2011 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Seenayen ( Lexpress)  En droite ligne avec le concept Maurice Ile Durable, le groupe sucrier s’engage dans la production d’électricité, d’éthanol et de bio fertilisant. Il va aussi commercialiser des sucres spéciaux ainsi qu’un …

2nd Lawsuit Challenges Ethanol Project in UP
December 28, 2011 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(WLNS/AP)  Critics of a refinery planned for the Upper Peninsula have filed a second lawsuit against the project.
Larry Klein and the Sierra Club claim the U.S. Energy Department failed to follow federal environmental law when …

CAAFI Expo–Alternative Aviation Fuels Interests Convene to Build Momentum for Near Term Commercialization
December 28, 2011 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(CAFFI)  Potential investors and business buyers and government policy makers will have a unique chance to  get to know key players in the development and deployment of alternative aviation fuels at the Commercial Alternative Aviation …

The 11 Top Biofuels Trends of 2011
December 28, 2011 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There were IPOs a go-go, a big comeback from biodiesel. The global ethanol fleet has acquired new popularity amongst advanced biofuels developers looking for capital light steel in the ground. …

Too Costly to Turn Cooking Oil into Biodiesel, Says Middleman
December 28, 2011 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

(The Star)  Most of the used cooking oil collected from kitchens are no longer recycled for biodiesel because of the high cost involved, according to a middleman.
The middleman, who only wanted to be known as …

John Lewis Use Biodiesel to Power Jungheinrich Forklift
December 28, 2011 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

(Warehouse News)  At its distribution centre at Brackmills, Northamptonshire, leading retailer John Lewis is turning waste cooking oil from its in-store restaurants into eco-friendly biodiesel which it is using to power  a Jungheinrich counterbalanced forklift …

U.S. Army Goes All Jay Leno on Cyclone Biofuel Steam Engines
December 28, 2011 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Tina Casey (CleanTechnica)
The U.S. Army is developing high tech steam engines that can run on biofuels, and not just for show. The steam engines, manufactured by Florida-based Cyclone Power Technologies, Inc, will be used in combat …

Vilsack, Heads of BP, Amyris, Raizen, Solazyme Head Top 100 People List
December 28, 2011 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack headed the “Top 100 People in Bioenergy” as voted by the readers of Biofuels Digest and the Digest’s editorial board, just edging out BP …

Boosting Biofuels for Sustainable Energy and Environment
December 28, 2011 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

(European Commission CORDIS)  Europeans believe in a sustainable environment, and a way of ensuring its future is to promote and build energy resources based on residual biomass. Supporting this objective is the BIOBOOST (‘Biomass-based energy …

Biofuels Face a Reality Check
December 28, 2011 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Sommer  (KQED)  …The idea behind biofuels is pretty simple. Plants take sunlight and use that energy to make sugars. The biofuels industry wants to transform those sugars into fuel. That requires some molecular …

Fuel From Waste?
December 28, 2011 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Robert F. Service (Science Magazine)  In the biofuels business, the idea of converting nonfood plants to fuels is like a mirage: enticing but seemingly just out of reach. To do it, the industry must …

Area Plant Makes Bio-Resins for Plastics
December 28, 2011 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Dave Dreeszen (Sioux City Journal)  A northeast Nebraska start-up company has produced its first batches of an ag-based material that holds great promise for the global plastics industry.
Laurel BioComposite LLC recently opened a pilot …

Control Union’s Verkerk Says Biofuels Will Grow Europe Canola Market
December 28, 2011 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Scott Larson   (The Star Phoenix)  A new market for canola growers is opening up in Europe, says a representative for Control Union, a Netherland-based company that certifies supply chains for products entering Europe.
While …

French Group Tereos Internacional and Brazil’s Petrobras to Study Ethanol Production in Mozambique
December 28, 2011 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

(Macau Hub)  French group Tereos Internacional and Brazilian energy company Petrobras Wednesday in Maputo signed a protocol of intentions with Mozambican state oil and gas company Petróleos de Moçambique (Petromoc) to study the feasibility of …

The Magic Word is…Adipic. Looking at Verdezyne and Its Bull Markets
December 28, 2011 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …But think nylon, the wonder material. Friend of low-cost carpet, your latest pair of Jimmy Choo sneakers, or mass-market, ready-to-wear fashion sold at everyday low prices. Adipic is a major …

EU Sets Out Plans for Cutting emissions by over 80% without Disrupting Energy Supplies and Competitiveness.
December 28, 2011 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(European Commission)  Committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80-95% below 1990 levels by 2050, the EU is exploring the challenges of decarbonisation.
In March this year the EU published its low-carbon roadmap covering all sections …

University of Georgia, University of Puerto Rico, to Launch Algal Fuels R&D Center
December 28, 2011 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Georgia, the University of Georgia has teamed with the University of Puerto Rico to develop a new R&D center that will focus on algae-based biofuels thanks to a $4 million grant …

DuPont and Rosetta Green Sign Research Agreement to Identify Drought Tolerance Genes in Corn and Soybeans
December 28, 2011 – 11:21 am | No Comment

(DuPont)  DuPont and Rosetta Green Ltd. have entered into a strategic research agreement to identify drought tolerance genes in corn and soybeans.
“Drought can lead to losses for corn growers of up to $13 billion annually,” said John …

SEKAB E-Technology AB Ends its Operational Commitment in the Ethanol Pilot
December 27, 2011 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

(MyNewsDesk.com/SEKAB)  SEKAB announced today that the company will end the operation and collaboration agreement for maintenance and operation of the Ethanol Pilot, owned by EPAB (Ethanol Pilot of Sweden AB). SEKAB has been working with …

Shell Wins Ad Watchdog Challenge over Green Biofuel Claims
December 27, 2011 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

(Click Green)  The UK’s advertising watchdog has ruled in favour of oil giant Shell over marketing claims its biofuels reduced CO2 emissions.
A national ad campaign for Shell included the boast that biofuel was “one of …

Cooperative Research and Development Agreement: Usage of Biodiesel Fuel Blends Within Marine Inboard Engines
December 27, 2011 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

(InfotechSpotlight)  …The Coast Guard announces its intent to enter into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Cummins, Inc., to identify and investigate the advantages, disadvantages, required technology enhancements, performance, costs, and other issues …

Coskata’s $100 million IPO: The 10-Minute Version
December 27, 2011 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The first gas fermentation technology to come to the public markets: Coskata files its $100 million IPO.  Here’s our 10-minute version of the filing, with a translation of the risks …

Industry, Academic Professionals Offer Advice for President Obama’s Bioeconomy Blueprint
December 27, 2011 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Alex Philippidis (Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News)  President Barack Obama’s administration has begun reviewing suggestions for a National Bioeconomy Blueprint detailing measures by which the Obama administration intends to apply biological research innovations toward national …

Discovery On How Sugars Are Moved Throughout a Plant
December 27, 2011 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  …But how the sucrose produced in the leaves via photosynthesis is delivered to the transporters that move it into the phloem has remained a mystery. Thus, a critical piece of the molecular pump …

Who Will Control the Green Economy­­?
December 27, 2011 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

(ETC Group)  New report on Corporate Concentration in the Life Industries
From the UN Rio+20 preparatory meetings in New York, ETC Group today launchesWho Will Control the Green Economy? The 60-page report connects the dots between …

Another Blue Chip Partnership: Bioplastics Alliance With Coca-Cola
December 27, 2011 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Pavel Molchanov, Cory J. Garcia, Stacey Hudson (Raymond James)  Our industry brief from June 10, “Bio-Based Plastics: In Coke-Pepsi War’s New Front, Gen2 Biofuels Set to Benefit,” introduced the bioplastics opportunity as it relates to …

Ethanol Plants Add to Pollution
December 27, 2011 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Cody Winchester and Megan Luther  (Argus Leader)  Industry tops in state for toxic emissions
…For the past five years in South Dakota, ethanol plants have been the leading emitters of carcinogens — toxins thought or known …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding To Create Jobs, Reduce Energy Costs for Agricultural Producers and Rural Small Businesses
December 27, 2011 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today (December 14, 2011) announced loans and grants for agricultural producers and rural small businesses across the country to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in …

Biofuel Research Boosted by Discovery of How Cyanobacteria Make Energy
December 27, 2011 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  A generally accepted, 44-year-old assumption about how certain kinds of bacteria make energy and synthesize cell materials has been shown to be incorrect by a team of scientists led by Donald Bryant, the …

Biofuel, Renewable Chemical Advocates Push Reliable Tax Incentives, S. 1764
December 27, 2011 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Jeanne Roberts (Energy Boom)  On Wednesday, December 14, representatives from the nation’s biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased products industries provided written testimony to a U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee aimed at insuring the smooth continuation of …

Alta Vista Securities Announces a Joint Venture for a Bioenergy Venture in the Philippines
December 27, 2011 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

(PR-USA.net)     The project will be engaged in jatropha production and biodiesel processing venture in the Sierra Madre Mountain Range of the Philippines. The target aggregate plantation area is 110,000 hectares divided into clusters …

On Electric-Vehicle Incentives, Diesel Defenders Cry Foul
December 27, 2011 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Paul Stenquist (New York Times)  The U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars, a Washington-based advocacy group whose members include Bosch, Honeywell and BorgWarner, all major automotive suppliers, released a white paper on Monday to make …

OriginOil Enters Joint Venture to Develop Biorefineries for U.S. Department of Defense Biofuels Programs
December 27, 2011 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(OriginOil)  JV receives preliminary funding commitment of $4.5 million to carry out bankable feasibility studies
OriginOil, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to extract oil from algae and an emerging leader in the global algae oil …

LCAC 91 Achieves Navy’s Fastest Maritime Surface Craft Speed on Algal Fuel Blend
December 27, 2011 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Naval Sea Systems Command (Navy.mil)  The Navy successfully concluded its final alternative fuel demonstration for the year today with the Dec. 7-9 operational tests of the 50/50 algae-derived, hydro-processed algal oil and petroleum F-76 …

Visionary Group in Montana Tells Us Their Rural Transit Success Story
December 23, 2011 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by David Goldberg (Transportation for America)  …To fill gaps in service, Opportunity Link two years ago led the creation of North Central Montana Transit.
NCMT is miraculous for a number of reasons.
First, it offers fixed-route service. Many …

To Survive, Some Biofuels Companies Give Up on Biofuels
December 23, 2011 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Bullis (MIT Technology Review)  Gevo, a prominent advanced-biofuels company that has received millions in U.S. government funding to develop fuels made from cellulosic sources such as grass and wood chips, is finding that …

Chemicals and Biofuel from Wood Biomass
December 23, 2011 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(PhysOrg.com)  A method developed at Aalto University in Finland makes it possible to use microbes to produce butanol suitable for biofuel and other industrial chemicals from wood biomass. Butanol is particularly suited as a transport …

BP Quits Solar Business
December 23, 2011 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Shifra Mincer  (AOL Energy)  BP has confirmed it will be closing down operations of 40-year-old BP Solar.
…This July, BP Solar shut down its residential rooftop and sales business, concentrating only on large utility-scale projects, BP spokesman Robert …

ASX Announcement: Algae.Tec and Luthansa Sign MOU
December 23, 2011 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(Algae.Tec)  Algae.Tec Ltd and the major European airline Lufthansa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly evaluate the potential for algae oil from Algae.Tec’s bio-reactors to be developed into a sustainable source of aviation …

Vertis Signed up as Agent for BioMCN in Central Europe
December 23, 2011 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(BioMCN)  Environmental commodity broker Vertis Environmental Finance have signed an agency agreement with BioMCN for the representation and sales of bio-methanol in Central Europe. BioMCN is the largest 2nd generation biofuels producer in the world, …

Increase Waste Vegetable Oil Collections With Durable Recycling Containers By Moeller
December 23, 2011 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by The Moore Company (PerishableNews.com)  …Moeller’s line of rugged plastic products includes a waste oil shuttle to drain fryolators and transport grease, a small transport caddy, grease carts designed to fit into tight spaces, an …

BlueFire Renewables Launches Subsidiary and Formalizes Funding Agreements in 2011; Sets Sights on Further, Significant Milestones for 2012
December 23, 2011 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(Blue Fire Renewables)  …To meet increasing demand for cellulosic sugars (“The New Oil”) BlueFire formed SucreSource, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary that will manufacture cellulosic sugars from biomass for Biofuel, Bioplastic and Specialty Chemical markets. …

Flex-Fuel Cars Find Few Pumps, Chargers Aplenty: BGOV Barometer
December 23, 2011 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Angela Greiling Keane  (Bloomberg)  Public charging stations for electric autos outnumber outlets for alternative motor fuels by almost two to one, even though there are hundreds of times more flex- fuel vehicles than plug-in …

News You Can Use: 5 Biofuels Reports Worth Getting Now
December 23, 2011 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …1. The USDA’s crop land report.
What: An in-depth analysis of U.S. land use patterns released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows total cropland decreased by 34 million …

Los Alamos National Laboratory Announces Top 10 Science Stories of 2011
December 23, 2011 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

(Los Alamos National Laboratory)  Los Alamos National Laboratory’s top 10 science stories of 2011 illustrate the broad variety of scientific excellence that’s the hallmark of the Laboratory. This year’s stories include alternative energy research, world …

Algae Biofuel Pilot Plant Construction Starts
December 23, 2011 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Analia Murias (FIS Worldnews)  The Biotechnology Consortium (Bal Biofuels) began the construction of the Experimental Centre of Algae (CEA) in Puerto Montt Campus of the University of Los Lagos. The plant is expected to be …

South Dakota Has $950,000 for Blender Pumps
December 23, 2011 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Ann Marie Edwards (DomesticFuel.com)  South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says $950,000 in grants will be made available through the Governor’s Office of Economic Development to help pay for the installation of blender pumps and associated infrastructure …

Ethanol Racing Fuel Firm Gets Paul Dana Award
December 23, 2011 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  If not for the vision of Paul Dana that ethanol could fuel Indy Racing cars, Ignite Racing Fuel might never have existed.
The Indiana company this week received the 2011 Paul Dana Excellence …

U.S. Ethanol Tax Break Ends, Brazil Sees an Opening
December 23, 2011 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Charles Abbott and Reese Ewing  (Drovers Cattle Network)  A U.S. ethanol tax credit costing roughly $6 billion a year will expire on Dec. 31, with the U.S. industry declaring itself ready to stand on …

CARB Releases 2011 LCFS Review Report
December 23, 2011 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The California Air Resources Board has completed the first required formal review of the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, a regulatory program that requires stakeholders to reduce the carbon …

Ethanol Critic’s Argument Relies on Faulty Information
December 23, 2011 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Skunes (InForum)  In response to Ross Nelson’s “Ethanol? I’ll supply the shovels” column on Nov. 27, we should take a look at these issues using current and correct information.
…Corn-based ethanol is a viable …

Kansas City Firm to Re-Open Mead Ethanol Plant
December 23, 2011 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Art Hovey (Lincoln Journal Star)  Spectrum Business Ventures of Kansas City aims to bring a closed ethanol plant near Mead out of mothball status in the next few months.
The former E3 Biofuels plant attracted …

US – Ethanol Growth Not Leading to Cropland Expansion-New USDA Report Shows
December 23, 2011 – 11:04 am | No Comment

(BiofuelsChat.com)  An in-depth analysis of U.S. land use patterns released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows total cropland decreased by 34 million acres from 2002 to 2007, the lowest level since USDA began …

Researchers Discover a Way to Significantly Reduce the Production Costs of Fuel Cells
December 23, 2011 – 10:32 am | No Comment

(EurekAlert/Aalto University)  This ALD method for manufacturing fuel cells requires 60 per cent less of the costly catalyst than current methods.
-This is a significant discovery, because researchers have not been able to achieve savings of …

Government of Canada Invests in Clean Energy in Alberta
December 23, 2011 – 10:20 am | No Comment

(Natural Resources Canada)  Canada strengthened its position as a clean energy superpower today with a Government of Canada investment that will support the production of biodiesel, sustain job creation and help stimulate the economy. Jim …

Are Biofuels the Best Use of Our Limited Land Resources?
December 23, 2011 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Tyler Hamilton (OilPrice.com)  …This isn’t just about corn; it’s also about how we choose to use agricultural residues, municipal organic waste, wood waste, algae biomass, and non-food crops.
Does it make sense to just burn …

DOE Researchers Achieve Important Genetic Breakthroughs to Help Develop Cheaper Biofuels
December 23, 2011 – 9:51 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) announced today a major breakthrough in engineering systems of RNA molecules through computer-assisted design, which could lead to important …

Endesa to Perform Industrial Test of CO2 Capture Using Microalgae
December 23, 2011 – 9:41 am | No Comment

(Endesa)  Madrid

• Expansion of the Almería plant to demonstrate the technical and economic viability of the technology.

• The success of the first stage of the project has led Endesa to carry out trials with two new …

Airlines Must Pay for Carbon Emissions on European Flights, High Court Rules
December 23, 2011 – 9:25 am | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)  Europe’s highest court ruled Wednesday that the European Union has the legal right to force foreign airlines to pay for their greenhouse gas emissions, a decision that could boost …

The Selling of Renewable Fuels
December 22, 2011 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In all the discussions about renewable fuels R&D, engineering, policy, finance, and construction, the customer – that is, you and me – generally are an afterthought.
Could be because most renewable …

2100 CAAFI General Meeting Presentations Available Online
December 22, 2011 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

Presentations delivered by the various panel members are available on the CAAFI Expo website.  READ MORE
Business Team

RIN Compliance and D-Code Pathway Definitions (PDF) – Luce
Business Team Panel Discussion Elements of Alternative Fuels – Business Case …

Neste Oil Achieves Milestones at Rotterdam, Porvoo Refineries
December 22, 2011 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biorefining Magazine)  Global refining and marketing company Neste Oil Corp. held a grand opening ceremony at its 800,000-metric-ton (240 MMgy) renewable diesel—trademarked NExBTL—production facility at the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands.
…Neste Oil currently …

Hart Energy Report Suggests Blend Wall Could Drive up RIN Prices
December 22, 2011 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The anticipated saturation of the U.S. ethanol market could have interesting implications for the future renewable identification numbers (RINs) market, according to a report recently released by Hart Energy. …

Gaia Association and SEI Launches New Initiative to Produce Clean Cooking Fuel from Waste for Addis Ababa Households
December 19, 2011 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

(Project Gaia)  On November 23, Gaia Association, in partnership with Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the Ethiopian Environmental Protection Authority, launched the new project “Fuel from Waste: Demonstrating the Feasibility of Locally Produced Ethanol for …

Metso to Deliver the First Commercial LignoBoost Plant to Domtar in North America
December 19, 2011 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

(Metso)  Metso will supply the world’s first commercial installation of LignoBoost technology to Domtar in North America. The equipment will be intergrated with the Plymouth North Carolina pulp mill. The LignoBoost process separates and collects …

Battery-Car Future Undercut by Europe, Improvements in ICE Technology
December 19, 2011 – 8:26 am | No Comment

by Neil Winton (Detroit News)  Investment bank Morgan Stanley came up with a nasty surprise for Nissan-Renault and other cheer-leaders for battery powered cars when it cut its electric vehicle sales forecast by nearly 50 …

Sorghum Biofuel Plant Mulled
December 15, 2011 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by James Konstantin Galvez (The Manila Times)  The Department of Agriculture (DA) is in talks with San Carlos Bioenergy Inc. (SCBI) for the construction of a bioethanol processing plant in Negros Occidental to push the …

Washington State University Center at Prosser Researches Possible Biofuels
December 15, 2011 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Ross Courtney (The Seattle Times/Yakima Herald-Republic)  …”You get down to it, it’s dirty work,” said Steve Fransen, a research agronomist at the Washington State University Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center.
He means research, not …

The Economics of Higher Ethanol Blends
December 15, 2011 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Kim Clark (Nebraska Corn Board)  …Although you have increased horsepower when using ethanol blended fuel, fuel mileage may decrease as the amount of ethanol in your fuel increases. However, studies have shown the optimal ethanol blend …

The Death of Range Fuels Shouldn’t Doom All Biofuels
December 15, 2011 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Kevin Bullis (MIT Technology Review)  This month, Range Fuels, one of the first companies in a wave of startups that promised cheap biofuels made from sources such as wood chips rather than corn, shut …

Drop-in Biofuels Take Flight in Commerce City, Colorado
December 15, 2011 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by John Schueler (US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy works in partnership with industry to develop, build, operate and validate integrated biorefineries across the country at various scales …

Boyacá Will Build First Beet Based Ethanol Plant
December 15, 2011 – 10:56 am | No Comment

(La Republica) Bogotá for the first quarter of 2012 would begin building the first plant producing ethanol from sugar beet, a project that has been brewing for four years, and became the first of its …

Mascoma Awarded $80 Million from the DOE for Construction of Commercial-Scale Hardwood Cellulosic Ethanol Facility in Kinross, Michigan
December 15, 2011 – 10:41 am | No Comment

(MarketWatch/Mascoma)  Fully-funded commercial-scale facility
Mascoma Corporation, a renewable fuels company, announced today that it has signed a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to assist in the design, construction and operation of a …

Aurora Develops New Techniques for Genetic Optimization of Algae
December 15, 2011 – 7:19 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Aurora Algae is using a novel technique for genetic optimization to create advanced-trait algae strains for product development in the pharmaceutical, nutrition, renewable energy and animal feed markets. This technology enables genetic …

China Initiative to Curb Illegal Use of Waste Vegetable Oil
December 14, 2011 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  A crackdown in China aimed at eliminating the illegal practice of using waste cooking oil to produce food products could increase the amount of the waste material available for biodiesel …

OnSite Energy Partners with MSU’s Freeway to Fuels Project
December 14, 2011 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by  Bryan Sims  (Biodiesel Magazine)  Having finished the first phase of exploring the feasibility of growing, harvesting and utilizing bioenergy crops last year on unconventional growing lands in Michigan, such as highway right-of-ways, vacant urban …

Sugarcane Ethanol Economics
December 14, 2011 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Between 2006 and 2011, the price of sugar, while having numerous peaks and valleys, has risen from about 18 cents per pound to as high as 29 cents per …

Reaching the E15 Summit: Getting the Waiver Was Easy, Compared to the Work Required to Fulfill Requirements for E15 Implementation
December 14, 2011 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …The industry believed it had the scientific backing to support the use of higher ethanol blends in all vehicles and said allowing higher blends into the market would create …

Why the Farm Bill Needs a Robust Energy Title
December 14, 2011 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

byJames C. Greenwood and Robert Johnson (The Hill Congress Blog/BIO/National Farmers’ Union)   Maintaining agricultural productivity in America is indispensable to our economic security, so a safety net for farmers is very important. But abundant affordable …

Loss of Federal Incentives Could Hurt Cellulosic Ethanol Development
December 14, 2011 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Robert Pore (The Independent)  …Nebraska’s ethanol industry could be adversely impacted if Congress doesn’t extend key tax incentives, especially those for cellulosic ethanol, a Nebraska Ethanol Board official said.
The incentives that the Advanced Ethanol …

Switchgrass as Ideal Biofuel Feedstock?
December 14, 2011 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Derek Mead (CleanTechMedia)  Can biofuel be economically coaxed from a modest plant?
…A new research review published today(December 13, 2011)  in the journal GCB Bioenergy states that switchgrass is indeed viable as a cellulosic feedstock, as has …

Doing the Ethanol Shuffle
December 14, 2011 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  There’s a hot new craze called the “Ethanol Shuffle” that’s sweeping seaports from Sao Paulo to Los Angeles. No, it’s not a new dance, this shuffle is all about …

Global Biofuels Output Slows on Less Brazilian Ethanol, IEA Says
December 14, 2011 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Ola Gala (Bloomberg)  World production of biofuels will increase at a slower pace than previously forecast in the next five years as Brazil’s ethanol output declines and the U.S. market becomes saturated, the International Energy Agency …

The Cellulosic Ethanol Debacle: Congress Mandated Purchase of 250 Million Gallons in 2011. Actual Production: 6.6 Million.
December 14, 2011 – 9:56 am | No Comment

(The Wall Street Journal) Review & Outlook:  Years before the Obama Administration dumped $70 billion into solar and wind energy and battery operated cars, and long before anyone heard of Solyndra, President Bush launched his …

S. African Biofuel Plan May Boost Sorghum Sixfold, Grain Says
December 14, 2011 – 9:45 am | No Comment

by Carli Lourens (Bloomberg) South Africa’s proposed mandatory blending of biofuels with gasoline and diesel may signal the start of a biofuels industry and boost sorghum output sixfold, an economist at the farmers’ body Grain SA …

Leadership Role for Malaysia in Aviation Biofuel
December 14, 2011 – 9:39 am | No Comment

(Business Times)  Selecting an optimal algae strain to produce jet fuel in Malaysia will be a top research priority in the first year of Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre’s (AMIC) operation.
With RM15 million having been approved …

Seminar Touts Small-Scale Biofuel Production on Wisconsin Farms
December 14, 2011 – 9:32 am | No Comment

by Nathan Phelps  (Green Bay Press-Gazette)  On-site production of fuel builds security
…Small-scale production of biodiesel and other biofuels derived from sources like canola was the focus of a seminar Friday in Denmark.
On-farm production of fuels …

Cooking Oil, Anyone?
December 14, 2011 – 9:23 am | No Comment

(SmyrnaVinings.com)  The City of Smyrna plans to open a biodiesel processing plant, designed to cut fuel costs and reduce fossil fuel consumption, by January 2012. The use of biodiesel results in the substantial reduction of unburned …

Licella, Air NZ, Virgin, Norske Skog Ink Pacts to Develop Aviation Fuels from Bio-Oil
December 14, 2011 – 9:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, Licella had a big day, announcing the opening of its demonstration plant, a JV with Norsk Sko called Licella Fibre Fuels to commercialize the technology, and MOUs with …

The 10 Top Unanswered Biofuels Questions for 2011
December 14, 2011 – 9:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Your calls and emails are always the highlight of our days. Most questions can be answered johnny-on-the-spot. Some are still out there and well worth arguing over. Here are the …

Bio-Ethanol Plant Secures Local Support
December 13, 2011 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(Manila Bulletin)  Multinational firm Green Future Innovations, Inc. (GFII) has become more determined to pursue its 11,000-hectare sugar plantation for bio-ethanol plant in San Mariano, Isabela as multi-sectoral groups rally behind the project, which is …

Thai Airways Starts Biofuel Flights
December 13, 2011 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Garry Robertson   (Carrentals.co.uk)  …In fact, this carrier will now be the first airline in all of Asia to undertake a commercial passenger flight using only biofuel. Reports show that this flight will be available …

Sunflower Power And The Next Generation of Ulster Engineers
December 13, 2011 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

(University of Ulster)  University of Ulster engineers and pupils at a Portadown primary school have teamed up in a search for greener, more sustainable new fuels that could prove vital to our future energy requirements.
Scientists from …

Evogene Expands Biofuel Activity in Brazil With SLC Agricola
December 13, 2011 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

(MarketWatch)  Expanded Agreement Follows Successful Completion of Field Trials
Evogene Ltd. and SLC Agricola, a leading agribusiness company in Brazil, today announced expansion of their agreement for the development of castor bean seeds as a cost …

Pact Deepens FuelCell’s Reach to Europe, S. America
December 13, 2011 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Brad Kane  (HartfordBusiness.com)   Danbury alternative-power equipment maker FuelCell Energy, Inc. has inked a tentative deal with a Spanish energy provider on Monday to sell biofuel-powered generators to commercial markets in Latin America and Europe.
The …

Maersk and the U.S. Navy Collaborate on Biofuel Initiative
December 13, 2011 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

(The Maritime Executive)  Maersk and the U.S. Navy are testing algae-based biofuel on the container ship Maersk Kalmar. The ship is en route from Northern Europe to India.
Maersk Kalmar has two key attributes that make …