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The Future of Biofuels in 10 Charts and Maps
March 30, 2013 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Martin (Union of Concerned Scientists)  … The good news is that biofuel production can responsibly continue to grow if we switch from corn to biomass as a source material or feedstock. Our recent analysis confirms that biomass is available …

University of Cincinnati Student Presents Pioneering Fuel Technology
March 30, 2013 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Arthur Davies (University of Cincinnati)  Current and future researchers alike are teaming up to focus on one common goal: to lead America’s energy efforts. The next generation of scientists have put biodiesel, U.S.’s only …

Better Biofuels
March 30, 2013 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by James Hataway  (UGA Research)  … Li Tan was examining some of the sugars, proteins and polymers that make up plant cell walls, which provide the structural support and protection that allow plants to grow. Yet his …

Bio-diesel Fuel Company Owner Sentenced to 188 Months in Federal Prison for Crimes Connected to Illegal Fuels Scheme / Jeffrey Gunselman also fined $175,000 and ordered to pay nearly $55 million in restitution
March 29, 2013 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Jeffrey David Gunselman, 30, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 188 months in federal prison, fined $175,000 and ordered to pay more than $54.9 million in …

EPA Proposes Achievable Cleaner Fuels and Cars Standard, Slashing Air Pollution and Providing Extensive Health Benefits
March 29, 2013 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Based on extensive input from auto manufacturers, refiners, and states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed sensible standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution, prevent …

Renewed Interest in Grain Sorghum in Nebraska
March 29, 2013 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Ken Anderson (Browfield Ag News)  A combination of dry weather and increased demand from the ethanol sector could have grain sorghum poised for a comeback in Nebraska.

Grain sorghum plantings in the state plummeted from 550-thousand …

E85 Sales Plummet 26 Percent in Minnesota
March 29, 2013 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  As the price spread diminished between the high-ethanol gasoline blend and regular fuel, some drivers of Flex Fuel vehicles stopped pumping it into their tanks.

Minnesota sales of the high-ethanol gasoline …

Biofuels, Renewables Strongly up Since 2008, Says New EIA Report
March 29, 2013 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Maryland, the “Monthly Energy Review” by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), with data through December 31, 2012 is showing that renewable energy sources and natural gas expanded rapidly during the …

Congress’s Affair With Ethanol: Love Gone Wrong?
March 29, 2013 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Bill Chameides (The Green Grok/Duke University)  …As a libation, ethanol’s been around for a long, long time. As a fuel, it dates back to 1826 when it was first used in an internal combustion engine. …

WBA: Enough Land for More Food, Feed, Biofuels
March 29, 2013 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  There is enough land available to produce more food, more feed and more biofuels, which are not the cause of global malnutrition problems, according to the World Bioenergy Association.

WBA makes …

11 Reasons Why You Should Invest in the Biodiesel Industry
March 29, 2013 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine/MarketWire)  Below is breakdown of the latest, sourced information as to why investment in biodiesel is a sound decision written by Ron Kotrba, Editor of Biodiesel Magazine.

1. Jump in on a growing …

A.I.M. Interview: Fermentalg’s CEO Pierre Calleja
March 28, 2013 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Founded in 2009 by Pierre Calleja, Fermentalg is a French-based industrial biotechnology company specializing in the bio-production of chemical compounds from microalgae, for use in everyday products. Its patented technologies allow the …

SCS Expands Biofuel Certification Services into Southeast Asia
March 28, 2013 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

( SCS Global Services/PR NewsWire)   SCS Global Services has announced the expansion of its biofuel certification services in Southeast Asia. The veteran third-party environmental certification body will now conduct audits under the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) …

The Cutting Edge of Corn Stover and Switchgrass Supply: A Comprehensive Feedstock Solution
March 28, 2013 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Supplying high-quality feedstock for use in a broad range of sustainable conversion processes to produce advanced biofuels is a complex, multi-step process. Each step in the feedstock supply and logistics chain—from …

European Commission Publishes Progress Report on RED
March 28, 2013 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On March 27 the European Commission published its first Renewable Energy Progress Report under the Renewable Energy Directive, showing that the EU as a whole is on its trajectory …

SDTC’s SD Tech Fund™ Is Accepting Proposals for Funding from February 20th to April 17th, 2013
March 28, 2013 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

(Sustainable Development Technology Canada)  Between research and commercialization lie the critical stages of development and demonstration: the points at which technologies leave the laboratory and undergo conclusive real-world testing.

Traditionally, development and demonstration have suffered from …

US Refiners May Boost Renewables Spending if RFS Targets Not Lowered: Moody’s
March 28, 2013 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Beth Evans  (Platts)  Ratings agency Moody’s expects US refiners to increase investments in renewables blending and infrastructure if federal renewables targets are not lowered.

“In the absence of any EPA waivers to meeting the renewable …

Study Shows RINs Not Factor in Higher Gasoline, Fuel Group Says
March 28, 2013 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  A surge in the value of Renewable Identification Numbers for ethanol compliance isn’t one of the reasons for higher gasoline retail prices, the Renewable Fuels Association said, citing a study by …

EcoEngineers RIN QAP Forum Webinar April 3, 2013 2:00 PM EST
March 28, 2013 – 3:10 pm | No Comment
EcoEngineers RIN QAP Forum Webinar    April 3, 2013    2:00 PM EST

With speculation swirling around EPA rulemaking on quality assurance programs, EcoEngineers has announced that it is offering a free webinar for renewable fuel producers to offer clear direction for successfully implementing policies currently in process.

The …

Biomass 2013: How the Advanced Bioindustry Is Reshaping American Energy July 31-August 1 Washington, DC
March 28, 2013 – 2:38 pm | No Comment
Biomass 2013:  How the Advanced Bioindustry Is Reshaping American Energy    July 31-August 1  Washington, DC

On July 31–August 1, 2013, US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Advanced Biofuels USA will co-host the sixth annual biomass conference, Biomass 2013: How the Advanced Bioindustry is Reshaping American Energy, at the …

Webinar: Biomass and the Military April 25, 2013 10:00AM EST
March 28, 2013 – 2:26 pm | No Comment
Webinar: Biomass and the Military  April 25, 2013   10:00AM EST

On Thursday, April 25, 2013, from 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. EST, Bioenergy Technologies Office staff members will talk about the latest joint efforts between the Department of Energy and the U.S. Navy to use biopower and …

Computational Studies in Lignocellulose Deconstruction April 15, 2013 12:40 PM – 2:15 PM EDT Webinar
March 28, 2013 – 2:23 pm | No Comment
Computational Studies in Lignocellulose Deconstruction   April 15, 2013 12:40 PM – 2:15 PM EDT  Webinar

On April 15, 2013, from 1–2:15 p.m. ET, Dr. “Gnana” S. Gnanakaran—of Los Alamos National Laboratory—will present a webinar on his team’s molecular research on lignocellulosic biomass. Lignocellulose is a promising carbon-neutral source of energy …

Carbon Accounting of Forest Bioenergy: Conclusions and Recommendations from a Critical Literature Review
March 28, 2013 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

(European Commission Joint Research Centre Institute for Energy and Transport)  In the current European energy policy framework, biogenic CO2 emissions from combustion of forest biomass used for energy and transport purposes are set to zero.

Biomass …

Zimbabwe: Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant Reopens
March 28, 2013 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Tendai Mugabe (AllAfrica.com)  Green Fuel resumed operations at its ethanol plant here yesterday, raising prospects that the country could soon start the mandatory blending of fuel that has been on the cards for sometime.

There …

PTT Plans B7 Biodiesel Trial on Buses
March 28, 2013 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(Bangkok Post)  Oil giant aims to prove quality of green fuel.

PTT Plc, the national oil conglomerate, will hold a field trial of B7 biodiesel on public buses in Bangkok starting next month, with commercial sales …

Consortium Dumps Schneider Trash-to-Ethanol Deal
March 28, 2013 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Carrie Napoleon (Post-Tribune/Chicago Sun-Times)   The deal to transfer ownership of the long-delayed trash-to-ethanol plant in Schneider has been scrapped.

SMC LLC, the local construction consortium established to purchase the technology rights and contract for …

Algae Biofuels and the Prisoner’s Dilemma
March 28, 2013 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …As can be seen in the research by Perrine, Negi, and Sayre — a more optimal light distribution strategy is available to algae but they don’t take it, because they …

IMF: Governments Need to End Energy Subsidies
March 28, 2013 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Howard Schneider (The Washington Post)  Government subsidies of gasoline, electricity and other energy sources amount to about $1.9 trillion a year and should be ended or offset with taxes used to battle climate change and pay …

IMF: Want to Fight Climate Change? Get Rid of $1.9 Trillion in Energy Subsidies.
March 28, 2013 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Brad Plumer (The Washington Post)  What’s the simplest way to tackle global warming? Make sure that fossil fuels are priced properly and not subsidized.

That’s the core idea behind a large new report (pdf) from the International Monetary …

Destination Green: ICAO Symposium on Aviation and Climate Change May 14-16, 2013 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
March 27, 2013 – 6:37 pm | No Comment
Destination Green: ICAO Symposium on Aviation and Climate Change   May 14-16, 2013   Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Every three years, ICAO organizes a major environmental event to share information on the latest developments in the area of aviation and environment with its Members States and other key stakeholders. The purpose of these …

ATAG’s Aviation & Environment Workshop May 13, 2013 Montreal, Canada
March 27, 2013 – 6:34 pm | No Comment
ATAG’s Aviation & Environment Workshop    May 13, 2013    Montreal, Canada

The only event to be jointly organised in cooperation with the leading industry associations: ACI, CANSO, IATA and ICCAIA.
The aviation industry has joined forces like no other industry to work on common programmes to reduce …

Study Finds Technology and Biofuels Will Not Be Enough to Meet Aviation Carbon Targets without Emissions Trading
March 27, 2013 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  The aviation industry regards market-based measures (MBMs) as a temporary fix in achieving the carbon-neutral growth (CNG) goal from 2020 onwards until the benefits of new technology and operational advances, together with the uptake …

NASA Project Seeks to Assess Biofuel Environmental Performance at Altitude and Impact on Contrails Formation
March 27, 2013 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  A team of NASA researchers has begun a programme of flight tests that will compare the environmental impacts from emissions and contrails of a blended fuel containing 50 per cent biofuel against those from …

Nobel Prize-Winning US Economists Urge Obama to Support Carbon Pricing in Global Negotiations on Aviation Emissions
March 27, 2013 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  A group of 32 leading US economists, including eight Nobel Prize winners, have written an open letter to President Obama urging him to advance proposals at ICAO for a global market-based measure that would …

The Algae Biomass Organization Announces Algae Biomass Summit 2013 Student Travel Grants DEADLINE April 17, 2013
March 27, 2013 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  The Algae Biomass Organization is pleased to announce that it is offering a minimum of seven $500 travel grant scholarships to attend the 7th Annual Algae Biomass Summit in Orlando, FL, USA, …

Ash from Refuse Could Become Hydrogen Gas
March 27, 2013 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Lund University)  …The ash is what is left when rubbish has been burnt in thermal power stations. A researcher from Lund University in Sweden has now developed a technique to use the ash to produce …

Algae.Tec Using Shipping Containers to Grow Algae
March 27, 2013 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  …And some, such as the folks at Algae.Tec, are looking to green shipping containers to grow a literal green feedstock.

“What we wanted was a significant bulk outcome, in other words fuels and …

UC San Diego/Scripps Use Unique DAF Process to Harvest Algae
March 27, 2013 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim McMahon (Biodiesel Digest)  Since 2008, the San Diego Center for Algal Biotechnology (SD-CAB) has been conducting research into algal applications for biofuel. This has been a joint collaboration between several departments of the …

American University to Celebrate Switch to B20 at April 2 Event
March 27, 2013 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  For biodiesel fans in the Washington, D.C., area, American University is the place to be April 2 as the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition co-hosts an engagement highlighting American …

An Animal to Feed Your Eco-Car
March 27, 2013 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Solrun Dregelid  (University of Bergen) The marine animal tunicate can be used both as biofuel and fish food, according to prize-winning research at UiB and Uni Research.

On the ocean floor, under the pier, and …

BioNitrogen to Conduct Feasibility Study for Fertilizer Plant in Alberta, Canada
March 27, 2013 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(BioNitrogen)  BioNitrogen Corporation, a cleantech company that utilizes proprietary technology to build environmentally-friendly plants that convert biomass into urea fertilizer, announced today that it has signed an agreement with the Battle River Agri-Ventures Co-op in …

ACE’s New Infographic Highlights How The RFS Is An American Success Story
March 27, 2013 – 11:55 am | No Comment

(HoosierAgToday)  For the second year in a row the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has created an ‘infographic’ promoting the benefits of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Entitled “An American Success Story,” the new infographic …

Energy Department Launches New Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative
March 27, 2013 – 11:26 am | No Comment

(U. S. Department of Energy)  As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to revitalizing America’s manufacturing sector, today the Energy Department launched the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI), a new Department initiative focused on growing American manufacturing …

University of Georgia Discovery May Allow Scientists to Make Fuel from CO2 in the Atmosphere
March 27, 2013 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by James Hataway  (University of Georgia)  Excess carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere created by the widespread burning of fossil fuels is the major driving force of global climate change, and researchers the world over …

ARPA-E Launches $20M Project REMOTE – Bioconversion of Natural Gas to Liquid Fuels
March 27, 2013 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ARPA-E aims to drive liquid fuel production from abundant, affordable methane — and sees biobased technology as the path forward.

In Washington, ARPA-E released its long-awaited funding opportunity announcement for Project …

Automakers Ask Supreme Court to Take up Ethanol Challenge
March 27, 2013 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by David Shephardson (Detroit News)  Major automakers asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to approve a higher blend of ethanol for vehicles from 2001 and newer.

The …

Letter to President Obama on Climate Change: From the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology
March 26, 2013 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

(Center for Climate and Security)  The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, or PCAS, recently released a set of recommendations for President Obama on addressing climate change. The top-line recommendations include:

Focus on national preparedness for climate …

Florida Bill Would Repeal Ethanol Requirement
March 26, 2013 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  A bill has been introduced in the Florida legislature that would repeal the state’s Renewable Fuel Standard Act.

Currently, the Florida law requires that all gasoline sold or offered for sale by a terminal …

DOE Gives Southern Research Institute $925,000 for Bio-Oil Work
March 26, 2013 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Biomass Magazine)  Southern Research Institute won a $925,000 energy award from the U.S. DOE to develop a mild liquefaction process to convert biomass to petroleum refinery-ready bio-oils.

“We hope the project will advance …

Ethanol RINs Fall to Lowest Level in March on Slowing Demand
March 26, 2013 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Prices for 2012 and 2013 US ethanol renewable credits, also known as RINs, on Monday fell to their lowest levels in March on slowing demand from obligated parties, sources said.

On Monday, 2012 and 2013 …

RFS: #1 on Big Oil Hitlist for a Reason
March 26, 2013 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Brooke Coleman (National Journal/Advanced Ethanol Council)  First, let’s assess what we know to be true …

RFS2 is just five years old. We are about one-third of the way through a 15-year commitment to diversify …

Ministers Block EU Proposal to Limit Some Biofuels
March 26, 2013 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(EurActiv)  Several European ministers are blocking the EU’s proposal to curb the use of conventional biofuels, while some dispute claims the demand for crop-based oils drives deforestation and food insecurity in other parts of the …

Iowa City Moving Ahead with Trash-to-Biofuel Research
March 26, 2013 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Gregg Hennigan (The Gazette)  Estimates indicate plan could reduce landfill waste by up to 80 percent

Iowa City is moving forward with exploring a project that could divert solid waste from the landfill for use in …

Biorefinery 2015 – The Shape of Advanced Biofuels to Come – Part II
March 26, 2013 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today in part II, we look at a new set of technologies coming along that are redefining our ideas about scale and cost.

… A barrier to long term deployment? The …

International Regulation of Microorganisms for Biofuel or Chemical Production: Europe, Asia and Australia
March 26, 2013 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by David Glass (DGlassAssociates.com)  In two blog entries in 2010, I described the possible regulatory regimes that might affect the use of genetically modified microorganisms or plants in the production of biofuels or bio-based chemicals, …

BSCS Seeks Teacher-Collaborators for Research Project Funded by the National Science Foundation DEADLINE March 31, 2013
March 25, 2013 – 9:28 pm | No Comment

(Biological Sciences Curriculum Study)  Teacher-collaborators will field test a 3-credit, online, graduate-level course designed to enhance teachers’ knowledge and practice related to energy concepts. The course is titled Energy: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Teachers (EMAT). Teacher-collaborators and …

The Bioenergy Farm Game
March 25, 2013 – 9:22 pm | No Comment

(Great Lakes BioEnergy Research Center)  In this board game, players take on the role of bioenergy crop farmers trying to earn a living while being good environmental stewards. In the process, players explore the economic …

Bioenergy Institute for Educators Now Accepting Applications for 2013! DEADLINE March 31, 2013
March 25, 2013 – 9:07 pm | No Comment

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Institute dates: June 24-29, 2013    Application dealdine: March 31, 2013,

In this one-week summer program, teams of educators core areas of GLBRC research, get hands-on experience with our education materials, and …

You Don’t Say?
March 25, 2013 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Ron Lamberty (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …The subhead of the article was “The U.S. will be the world’s leading energy producer, if we allow it.” That was a remarkably incomplete description.  A more …

Optimistic Bearing: Staying Bullish on Ethanol Even in the Trough of Negative Margins.
March 25, 2013 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …“Ethanol’s value proposition, as a very cost-effective molecule in the motor gasoline pool, has proven itself over time, and we’re very confident of that in the future,” says …

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology Paper Says 2050 Food, Fuel Needs Can Be Met
March 25, 2013 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The world will be capable of meeting its needs for food, fuel and fiber in 40 years, according to a paper from the Council for Agricultural Science and …

Senators Ask McCarthy to Outline Response to RIN Price Increase
March 25, 2013 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sens. David Vitter, R-La., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, have sent a letter to U.S. EPA administrator nominee Gina McCarthy, asking her to outline “how she will protect American citizens …

Bloomberg New Energy Finance Report More Accurately Compares Renewable, Fossil Resources
March 25, 2013 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new report published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyzed wind and bioenergy resources in the U.S. and Brazil using a lifetime production method, allowing for more accurate comparisons …

The RIN Fact Sheet: Understanding the EPA’s Flexible System for Obligated Parties to Meet the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)
March 25, 2013 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

(Clean Fuels Development Coalition)  Background:  The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was established under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and later modified through the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The RFS requires that …

The Bayou State Will Benefit from a Beefed-up Biofuels Sector
March 25, 2013 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

Dr. Mike Strain (Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry/25 x ’25) … However, many do not realize that Louisiana’s strong agriculture and forestry industries have also primed us to be a national leader in new …

Study Shows Carbon Sequestration from Corn Production Runs Deep
March 25, 2013 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  The ethanol industry has some good news to share. And it comes in an arena where the domestically produced biofuel has often been challenged – carbon sequestration and the life-cycle assessment of …

Turning Cow Manure Into Brown Gold
March 25, 2013 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  In the heart of Wisconsin, a project is underway to produce energy from a resource that is in little danger of running low: cow manure, or “brown gold.” Thanks to a …

California Farmers Team up to Build Bio-Refinery that Will Convert Sugar Beets to Ethanol
March 25, 2013 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/Washington Post)  Amid the vast almond orchards and grape fields that surround Five Points in California’s Central Valley, a once-dominant crop that has nearly disappeared from the state’s farms is making a comeback: sugar …

Desperate Times for Big Oil
March 25, 2013 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Dana Blankenhorn  (TheStreet)  These are desperate times for Big Oil.  Fracking (which involves shooting water and sand into a wellhead, at high pressure, fracturing the surrounding rock) brings enormous profits, but anyone can frack. The …

Environmentalists Shouldn’t Side with Big Oil against Biofuels
March 25, 2013 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  There’s a fight for the future of American motor fuels – renewable fuels versus fossil fuels. Environmentalists shouldn’t have much trouble deciding which side they’re on.

After all, the major …

Ethanol the Enemy?
March 25, 2013 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(CNBC) …there’s fierce debate that ethanol requirements may be driving up gas prices. from the investor perspective, is there real opportunity inethanol, or is ethanol maybe the enemy? here to debate, retired four star general wesley clark with a big bet on ethanol …

Hemp Bill Passes Second Reading in Hawaii Senate
March 25, 2013 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Thomas H. Clarke (The Daily Chronic)  A bill that would establish a two-year hemp pilot program in Hawaii passed a second reading with amendments on the floor of the Senate last week, and has …

Peach Genome Offers Insights into Breeding Strategies for Biofuels Crops
March 25, 2013 – 11:26 am | No Comment

(Science Codex)  Rapidly growing trees like poplars and willows are candidate “biofuel crops” from which it is expected that cellulosic ethanol and higher energy content fuels can be efficiently extracted. Domesticating these as crops requires …

Auburn Researcher Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award to Study Biofuels
March 25, 2013 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Jessica Nelson  (Auburn University)  Maobing Tu, an assistant professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, has received a $401,155 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award for his research in biofuels …

Biorefinery 2015 – Transformations in Biofuels Costs, Financing
March 25, 2013 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The first wave of cellulosic biofuels projects are now reaching completion.  But what does the next wave look like – from technology to financing? We explore the trends in our …

Energy Farms: Is the Time Ripe?
March 23, 2013 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Peter Brown (Biodiesel Magazine/ Euro Marketing Tools)  Biodiesel, ethanol and livestock production, wind turbines and photovoltaic installments situated in close proximity make energy—and economic—sense

The concept is that if alternate forms of energy can be produced …

Zero Waste and Plant Optimization
March 23, 2013 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  When Pacific Biodiesel Technologies’ Big Island Biodiesel refinery came online last year, it was marketed as a state-of-the-art, zero-waste plant. The facility, scaled at 16,000 gallons a day, was Hawaii’s …

Biodiesel Growth Opportunities
March 23, 2013 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A sit-down with Dave Elsenbast, vice president of supply chain management for Renewable Energy Group Inc.  For more than 25 years, Dave Elsenbast has been a leader in agricultural business …

How Much More Domestic Corn Ethanol and Imported Sugar Ethanol Should EPA Require in 2013?
March 23, 2013 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking comments from stakeholders on the EPA’s proposed Renewable Fuel Standards for 2013. The proposed final standards would require the blending of more domestic …

Maersk Working on Two Biofuel Projects
March 22, 2013 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

(Ship & Bunker)  A.P. Møller-Maersk (Maersk) says it is working with partners on two projects designed to develop biomass-based marine fuels.

Both projects involve work on an organic polymer called lignin found in plants, which is …

Response to FT: E10 Blend Wall is Fiction
March 22, 2013 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association) In regard to your recent editorial (“Bloated biofuels,” March 20), you don’t need Bill Gates’ IQ to really understand what is going on with the so-called “ethanol blend wall” …

US Congress Committee Examines RFS, Plans Hearings on Renewable Mandate
March 22, 2013 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  A third key congressional committee has entered the debate over the Renewable Fuel Standard, calling for comment on a series of questions and issuing a “white paper” detailing concerns about the biofuels mandate and …

First E15 Gas Station Gets Warning from ConocoPhillips, Might Have to Stop Ethanol Sales
March 22, 2013 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

by Jon LeSage  (AutoBlogGreen)  Ethanol advocates are continuing to throw down the gauntlet with Big Oil. Jabs have been thrown through satire and blogging – now the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is throwing a hook by going after ConocoPhillips, …

Big Oil, Renewable Fuels Advocates Point Fingers at Each Other for High Gas Prices
March 22, 2013 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  Gasoline prices remain stuck above $3.50 per gallon despite the highest monthly domestic oil production in 21 years.

Big Oil and renewable fuels advocates on Wednesday blamed each other for …

Renewable Fuels Facing Challenges in Face of Drought
March 22, 2013 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Steve Tarter (Journal Star)  …But Ron Miller, the former CEO of Aventine Renewable Energy, the Pekin-based ethanol supplier, and now an industry consultant, said that the past year wasn’t unique.

“No doubt 2012 was a …

Big Oil’s Choice: Complain About 70-Cent RINs, or Invest 6 Cents in Modern Infrastructure?
March 22, 2013 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  …Still, all this rhetoric from Big Oil about the economic impacts of RINs and the so-called “blend wall” got us thinking about a simple question: If oil refiners and …

Cellulosic Biofuels in the US: How Much and How Soon? 2014′s Terrific Ten
March 22, 2013 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Although no commercial-scale cellulosic biofuels facilities are operating in the United States at present, at least ten projects exceeding 20 million gallons per year are expected to begin operations by …

I Have a Ream: Biofuels Digest’s 60-Second Guide to this Week’s DC Overload
March 22, 2013 – 9:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week in Washington, it has been one for the record books, emailwise and biofuelswise. Reams and reams of emails attest to the seriousness of the stakes — as NGOs, …

Ethanol–Does the RFS Matter?
March 21, 2013 – 9:24 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (University of Illinois/FarmDocDaily)  …The suggestion to waive the mandate assumes that ethanol production and blending is motivated only by the RFS and that a lower mandate would result in less …

Upton, Waxman Launch Debate on Biofuels Mandate
March 21, 2013 – 8:26 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (National Journal)  …Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., and ranking member Henry Waxman, D-Calif., released the first in a series of white papers on Wednesday seeking input on how—or whether—Congress should …

Senate Rejects Amendment Gutting Military Biofuels Program by 40-59 Vote
March 21, 2013 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill E2Wire)  An amendment to a $984 billion Senate government funding bill that would have stripped funds from the Defense Department’s drop-in biofuels program failed by a 40-59 vote on Wednesday.

Sen. …

Ethanol Plant Gets New Owner
March 21, 2013 – 8:10 pm | No Comment

by Leah Small (Progress-Index)  The future of the Appomattox Bio Energy Plant is ripe with uncertainties and unexpected turns after Future Fuels LLP of Great Britain agreed to buy the facility for an unknown sum …

Pump E-85 for 85 Cents a Gallon
March 21, 2013 – 8:04 pm | No Comment

by Brooke Hasch  (ConnectTriStates.com)  … If only for a few hours, Roger Law’s Service Station provided ethanol, or E-85, for just 85 cents a gallon. Customers could fill up to 10 gallons worth that amount.

E-85 …

Big Oil Calls for End of Renewable Fuel Standard
March 21, 2013 – 7:53 pm | No Comment

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  Major oil companies called on Congress Wednesday to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard, the six-year-old federal law mandating biofuels use that is the base of demand for both ethanol …

Ethanol Industry Responds to API’s Latest RFS Attack
March 21, 2013 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. ethanol industry is responding to the oil industry’s latest attack on the renewable fuel standard (RFS). On March 20, the American Petroleum Institute released the results of …

New Committee Working to Ensure Canada’s Renewable Fuels Future
March 21, 2013 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

(Canadian Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association has announced a new committee and classification of membership to advance next generation biofuels in Canada. The new committee and its members represent leaders …

Ethanol Plant to Reopen — Mujuru
March 21, 2013 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(News Day)  Acting President Joice Mujuru has assured villagers and other stakeholders that the closed Chisumbanje ethanol plant will be reopened next week.

…The ethanol plant has not been operating since last year owing to fighting …

Update: Valero Says Ethanoll Blending Costs to Double or Triple this Year
March 21, 2013 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Alison Sider (Dow Jones Newswire/Lloyds)  Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) said it will have to spend two or even three times as much as it did last year to comply with the federal ethanol blending …

California Energy Commission Awards $2.6 Million to Buster Biofuels
March 21, 2013 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Digest)  In California, the state’s Energy Commission approved $5,580,773 for clean-energy transportation projects ranging from producing biofuels to making trucks run cleaner. Buster Biofuels, LLC, based in the San Diego area, will receive $2,641,723 to …

Gevo vs Butamax: Butamax Heads for Appeal after Court Setback
March 21, 2013 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …To Gevo, Butamax we now attend, 


And their legal record, we now amend.

The Federal judge overseeing the complex patent infringement litigation between Gevo and Butamax has issued a series of pre-trial …

Next-Gen Biofuels Making Slow, Slow, Slow Progress in 2013
March 20, 2013 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by Katie Feherenbacher  (Gigaom)  Companies that are still looking to produce biofuels from plant waste (and not corn) are making slow, but steady progress on milestones in 2013.

On Monday, KiOR, which was largely funded by …

Big Oil’s 100-Year Incentive Birthday Bash Hosted by…Biofuels?
March 20, 2013 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

by Meg Cichon  (Renewable Energy World)  Happy birthday, Big Oil! A group gathered in Washington D.C. this week to celebrate 100 years of tax subsidies for the oil industry – but attendees certainly weren’t oil-industry insiders …

Idle Ethanol Plants Wait for New Fuel Standards
March 20, 2013 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Grant Gerlock (KBIA)  Ethanol is an up and down industry, and right now it’s down. Ethanol plants in at least 13 states have stopped running over recent months because of higher corn prices and …

Are Algae Biofuels a Realistic Alternative to Petroleum?
March 20, 2013 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Ian Branam (Scientific American)  Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found that nearly 14 percent of land in the continental United States, or roughly the combined area of Texas and New Mexico, …

Fast Stop in Cresco, Iowa Offering E15
March 20, 2013 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Dave Sovereign from Cresco, Iowa has been busy. Last week he helped to convert the Fast Stop station he owns in his hometown to E15. Then he caught an airplane to …

CALL FOR PAPERS: World Clean Technology Summit (WCTS) October 31-November 2, 2013 Kampala, Uganda DEADLINE: August 1
March 20, 2013 – 3:56 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS: World Clean Technology Summit (WCTS)   October 31-November 2, 2013    Kampala, Uganda   DEADLINE: August 1

Founded in 2006, Pilot International was the first private sector driven International Organization based in Uganda, whose purpose is to promote global sustainable development for the benefit of humanity and the planet. Since its foundation, …

World Clean Technology Summit (WCTS) October 31-November 2, 2013 Kampala, Uganda
March 20, 2013 – 3:47 pm | No Comment
World Clean Technology Summit (WCTS)   October 31-November 2, 2013    Kampala, Uganda

Founded in 2006, Pilot International was the first private sector driven International Organization based in Uganda, whose purpose is to promote global sustainable development for the benefit of humanity and the planet. Since its foundation, …

Principles and Processes: Algae Culture Maintenance, Production and Downstream Processing May 6-10, 2013 Mesa, AZ
March 20, 2013 – 3:31 pm | No Comment
Principles and Processes: Algae Culture Maintenance, Production and Downstream Processing   May 6-10, 2013   Mesa, AZ

This workshop covers the fundamentals of managing microalgae cultures, culturing techniques, measuring biomass, high-value natural products, harvesting and processing technologies, as well as life cycle analysis and operation at the commercial scale. Topics presented are …

EU Biofuel Policies: DBFZ Explains, Comments on EC Proposals
March 20, 2013 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(UFOP/Biodiesel Magazine) The German Research Center for Biomass (DBFZ) was commissioned by the German oilseed promotional council (UFOP) to explain the proposals by the European Commission regarding the amendment of the Renewable Energies Directive and …

Southern Research Institute Wins $925,000 Dept. of Energy Award to Liquefy Biomass for Production of Transportation Fuels
March 20, 2013 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(Southern Research Institute)  Research could encourage blending of bio-oils into refinery streams for producing renewable diesel and gasoline

Durham, North Carolina — Southern Research Institute today announced it has entered into a cooperative agreement with the …

SGB Confirms Genetic Diversity of Jatropha Is Comparable to Corn
March 20, 2013 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

(SG Biofuels/Biodiesel Magazine)  …Through the use of new genetic technologies, SGB’s scientists have revealed that the company’s germplasm collection can be divided into a number of distinct heterotic clades, or genetically related groupings of plants. In …

The Sustainability of Advanced Biofuels in the EU
March 20, 2013 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

(Institute for European Environmental Policy)  This report focuses on the potential sustainability of an advanced biofuel industry relying on mainly wastes and residues as the feedstock base. Presented as a series of ‘factsheets’ we consider …

Colonial Pipeline to Ship Biodiesel on Georgia Line by End-March
March 20, 2013 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Colonial Pipeline will begin shipping biodiesel blends on its pipeline to central and southern Georgia by the end of the month, the company said Monday, calling it a first for the nation’s largest volume …

KiOR Now Shipping World’s First Cellulosic Diesel from Its First Commercial Plant
March 20, 2013 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Texas, KiOR announced the initial shipments of cellulosic diesel from its first commercial-scale facility in Columbus, Mississippi.

KiOR’s facility uses pine wood chips previously feeding a shut down paper mill …

Antitrust Complaint Filed against ConocoPhillips over “Anti-Competitive Activities”
March 20, 2013 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Is ConocoPhillips unlawfully attempting to limit competition in the fuels marketplace? We’ll find out soon.

In Florida, Biofuels Digest filed an antitrust violation complaint against ConocoPhillips with the US Department of …

Sapphire Energy Enters Into A Commercial Agreement With Tesoro For Purchase Of Green Crude Oil
March 20, 2013 – 11:08 am | No Comment

(Tucson News/Sapphire Energy)  Sapphire Achieves Major Milestone with Continuous Green Crude Oil Production

Sapphire Energy, Inc., a leader in algae-based Green Crude oil production, today announced it has entered into a commercial agreement with Tesoro Refining …

Petroleum Use, Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Automobiles Could Drop 80 Percent by 2050; Efficiency, Alternative Fuels, and Strong Government Policies Will Be Needed
March 19, 2013 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

(National Academies of Science)  A new National Research Council report finds that by the year 2050, the U.S. may be able to reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent for light-duty vehicles — cars …

Researchers Building Stronger, Greener Concrete with Biofuel Byproducts
March 19, 2013 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

(Kansas State University) Kansas State University civil engineers are developing the right mix to reduce concrete’s carbon footprint and make it stronger. Their innovative ingredient: biofuel byproducts.

“The idea is to use bioethanol production byproducts to …

International Regulation of Microorganisms for Biofuel or Chemical Production: North and South America and Africa
March 19, 2013 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by David Glass (DGlassAssociates.com)  … The use of genetically modified microorganisms (GMOs) in manufacturing will likely face a fairly straightforward regulatory process in most countries, because such “contained” uses will generally pose far fewer hypothetical …

Energy Security Trust Counterproductive Says Advanced Biofuels USA Preferring a True Carbon Tax and Apollo Program Scale Efforts
March 19, 2013 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

Advanced Biofuels USA, an internationally respected nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting the understanding, development and use of advanced biofuels as an energy security, economic development, military flexibility and climate change/pollution control solution finds the …

35th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals April 29-May 2, 2013 Portland, OR
March 19, 2013 – 12:20 pm | No Comment
35th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals    April 29-May 2, 2013   Portland, OR

Interest in producing greater amounts and a wider array of bio-based fuels and chemicals products from non-traditional renewable feedstocks such as algal and terrestrial biomass continues to surge, driven by higher prices for traditional commodity …

Operation Deathanol, RINs, and the Selling of the Fossil Fuels Story
March 19, 2013 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Read any stories about renewable fuels lately in mainstream media? Bet they’re bad ones.  Here we look at the latest chapter in the “death to all renewables” propaganda war.

If you …

Construction on Clinton Biofuel Refinery Could Start as Early as Fall
March 19, 2013 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by John Ramsey (FayObserver.com)  Construction on a $170 million refinery in Clinton to convert 20 million tons of grass into fuel each year could start as early as this fall.

Chemtex, an international company with offices …

Cleantech Open to Expand to South Florida — Expects Biomass, Biogas, Biofuels, BioEnergy and Algae Startups in Its Mix
March 19, 2013 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Cleantech Open, which has helped startups raise $800 million for over 700 alumni since its inception in 2006, announced that it is expanding to South Florida to …

Did Little Algae Freedom Fighters Win the Cold War?
March 19, 2013 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …This past week in Rotterdam, I ran into algae biofuels’ very own “Dr. No”, John Benemann — known for his succinct and characteristic analysis of new ventures aimed at making …

Biochemical Production of Ethanol and Fatty Acid Ethyl Esters from Switchgrass: A Comparative Analysis of Environmental and Economic Performance
March 18, 2013 – 8:05 pm | No Comment

by Scott M. Paapa, Todd H. West, Dawn K. Manley, Eric J. Steen, Harry R. Beller, Jay D. Keasling, Dean C. Dibble, Shiyan Chang, Blake A. Simmons (Biomass and Bioenergy)  As advances in biotechnology have …

Lignol Announces Investment and Technology Collaboration with Territory Biofuels Limited
March 18, 2013 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

(Lignol)  Lignol Energy Corporation (TSXV: LEC) (“LEC” or “the Company”), a leading technology company in the advanced biofuels and renewable chemicals sector, today announced that it has subscribed for convertible notes with a principal value …

Algaetech International Signs R&T Agreement with EADS and AMIC for Wastewater Remediation Using Algae for Jet Fuel Production.
March 18, 2013 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(Algaetech International)  AMIC, Malaysia, and Algaetech International Sdn Bhd, Malaysia, announces the signing of a Research & Technology agreement on a “Waste to Fuel” project today 4th March 2013, at Algaetech International corporate head office. With …

Green Bonds Offer Cheaper Debt for First Advanced Biofuel Plants
March 18, 2013 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Louise Downing  (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Alternative forms of financing such as so-called green bonds may spur companies to build their first advanced-biofuels plants, the head of environmental finance atCitigroup Inc. (C) said.

Green bonds for carbon-reducing projects, …

Biotech Corn Offers Siouxland Ethanol Plants Higher Output, Lower Costs
March 18, 2013 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by David Dreeszen  (Sioux City Journal)  …What makes it more valuable?

The variety, called Enogen, is genetically engineered to boost ethanol output and reduce energy costs and water use. The hybrid, developed by Syngenta, contains a …

Alternative Fuels on the Rise in Wisconsin
March 18, 2013 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

by Josh Lintereur (htrnews.com/Sheboygan Press Media)  …There are now about 250 Wisconsin retailers and other businesses offering alternative fuels, such as natural gas, biodiesel, E85, and electric, with more in development, according to Wisconsin Clean …

Ethanol Producers Respond to Market Conditions
March 18, 2013 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Energy Information Administration/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Beginning in summer 2012, the prices of ethanol and corn reached levels where production costs at relatively simple ethanol plants exceeded revenue. These simple plants, which are not able …

Cresco’s Fast Stop Becomes Iowa’s Newest E15 Station
March 18, 2013 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Fast Stop in Cresco, Iowa, is now offering E15 as a registered fuel, joining Kountry Korner in Baxter to be the second station to offer the fuel to 2001 …

Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office Comments on Air Force Strategic Studies Quarterly Article: Energy Insecurity, The False Promise of Liquid Biofuels
March 18, 2013 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy/Department of Defense)  General Comments
Although the author has done an extensive literature reading in the biofuels area, the paper does not have any analysis of critical issues of energy systems including petroleum …

Another Voice Calls for E85 as a Solution to the RINs Conundrum
March 18, 2013 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by John Kingston  (Platts)  The idea of using E85 as a way out of the blendwall/RINs issue in the US has another backer.

But it’s not a new backer. Well-known energy economist Phil Verleger several years …

National Biodiesel Day Puts Spotlight on America’s Advanced Biofuel
March 18, 2013 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  From the delivery of food and goods, to city fleets and transit systems, to construction and other heavy equipment, diesel-power is driving our economy and with it biodiesel use is on the …

Clean Edge Report Projects Growth in Global Biofuel Industry
March 18, 2013 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Regarding biofuels, the report found that wholesale pricing of ethanol and biodiesel reached $95 billion in 2012, an increase from $83 billion the previous year. Production also increased from …

U.S. Biofuels & Ethanol Mandate: More Vulnerable Than Ever Now?
March 18, 2013 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by John Voelcker (Green Car Reports)  …Now two bills recently introduced into Congress seek to delay or ban altogether the sale of E15 gasoline, which contains 15 percent ethanol rather than the 10-percent maximum standard …

Profitable Time to Venture into Biodiesel
March 18, 2013 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Intan Farhana Zainul (The Star)  …I was given a chance to attend the Palm and Lauric Oils Conference & Exhibition Price Outlook 2013/2014 (POC 2013) recently. More than 2,000 participants from over 50 nations …

Two New Biofuel Tilapia-Based Plants Built
March 18, 2013 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(FIS)  In late March, the opening of two biofuel tilapia- based plants in the towns Jaguaribara and Morada Nova, in Vale do Jaguaribe, was announced by Joacir Moreira, one of the coordinators of the project …

Island for biofuel
March 18, 2013 – 11:13 am | No Comment

(Fiji Times)  THE people of Rabi are trying to uphold the Secretariat of the Pacific Communities’ (SPC) dream of replacing normal fuel with biofuel by 30 per cent in the year 2015.

…”Analysis has been carried …

Ethanol Surplus May Lift Gas Prices
March 18, 2013 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Matthew L. Wald (New York Times) A glut of ethanol in the gasoline supply is threatening to push up prices at the pump and may have exacerbated the growing cost gap between regular gasoline and …

Biofuels Digest’s 10-Minute Guide to the Obama Administration’s New Energy Policy
March 18, 2013 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Major push from Obama on energy.  From DOE: “Liquid fuels demand can be sufficiently reduced so that biomass can meet all liquid fuel needs.”  What’s up? 

…“I’m proposing that we take …

Sugar Beet Feedstock Use Increases in Germany
March 15, 2013 – 8:51 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Bundesverband der deutschen Bioethanolwirtschaft (BDBe), a German ethanol trade organization, has released production statistics for 2012. According to the organization, German ethanol production increased by 7.4 percent last …

ETH Bioenergy, Inbicon Partner on Cellulosic Ethanol in Brazil
March 15, 2013 – 8:25 pm | No Comment

(ETH Bioenergy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Brazil-based ETH Bioenergy, a company of the Odebrecht Group, which operates in the production of ethanol, sugar and electricity from biomass of cane sugar, and Inbicon, a Danish company owned by …

Algae from UAE Desert Saltflats Could Be Biofuel of the Future
March 15, 2013 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Hector Hernandez (The National)  …One area of particular interest is the energy potential of algae that live in the desert’s saltflats – known as sabkha.

Algae is one of the many forms of plant …

A.I.M. Interview: Dr. Isaac Berzin
March 15, 2013 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)  It was in 2001 when Dr. Isaac Berzin, a PhD Chemical Engineer at MIT’s Center for Space Research, started to question the work of the Department of Energy’s Aquatic …

Time to Stop Subsidizing Status Quo
March 15, 2013 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It came as no surprise that the American Petroleum Institute recently called for a repeal of the renewable fuel standard (RFS), the most successful energy policy this nation …

Global Warming: We’d Better Get A Move On!
March 15, 2013 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Ironically, the effort to reduce global warming through the reduction of CO2 is one of the clear advantages of biofuels. Ethanol has been demonstrated through multiple studies to …

Six Sigma Provides Analytical Tool for Ethanol Producers
March 15, 2013 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by  James Frugé and Raul Gamboa (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With corn costs comprising over 87 percent of the cost of ethanol production, a small improvement in corn-to-ethanol yield can have a large impact on plant profitability. …