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Ethanol, Oil Groups Blitz White House as Biofuel Rule Nears
October 31, 2013 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

by Cezary Podkul  (Reuters) Biofuel and oil industry lobbyists have raced to the White House over the past two weeks in a last-ditch effort to sway controversial ethanol blending rules for next year, fueling talk of …

Study Highlights GHG Reduction Potential of Butanol, Drop-In Biofuels
October 31, 2013 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

(Biomass Magazine)  U.K.-based Element Energy recently published a report finding that advanced biofuels offer a more cost-effective means to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the next 17 years, when compared to electric vehicles. The …

Legislation to Eliminate Corn Ethanol A “Killer”
October 31, 2013 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Senator Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Coburn (R-OK) are introducing legislation to eliminate conventional biofuels from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). According to a story first published by Greenwire, the impending bill would …

Biofuel Breaththrough
October 31, 2013 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

(KyivPost)  Ukraine’s government-owned ethanol producer Ukrspyrt and several smaller private producers announced on Oct. 29 that they’re prepared to produce enough bioethanol to meet the need for biofuel as of next year. In 2014, a …

Exclusive: Algenol to Build in Florida
October 31, 2013 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Dave Elias (NBC2/ABC-7.com)  Months after a multi-million dollar company said it won’t build a state-of-the-art ethanol plant in Florida we’ve learned plans have changed. The owner of Algenol says he now plans to build his ethanol …

Cassava for Ethanol Promotion Encouraged in Thailand
October 31, 2013 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  In Thailand, the ministries of Commerce and Energy are reportedly set to cooperate to develop a strategy to promote the production of ethanol from cassava.

In addition to this, the minister has also been …

Biodiesel to Become Available in another Indian State
October 31, 2013 – 11:26 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International) The first biodiesel pump in the state of Maharashtra, India is set to arrive by the end of the year.

It will be operated by My Eco Energy in the city of Pimpri-Chinchwad and the …

Abu Dhabi Institute Aiming to Produce Aviation Fuel from Plants
October 31, 2013 – 11:22 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International) Scientists at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology have acquired 200 hectares of coastal land in the Western Region to set up a demonstration farm with aims to start producing sustainable jet fuel …

Biofuels Feedstock Research Extended
October 31, 2013 – 11:15 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  US-based technology provider Monsanto and plant genomics company Evogene are to extend and expand a research and development collaboration involving biofuels feedstocks up to August 2016.

The collaboration, initially signed in 2008, has focused on …

Algal Biofuels Strategy Workshop November 19-20, 2013 Mesa, AZ
October 31, 2013 – 10:59 am | No Comment
Algal Biofuels Strategy Workshop   November 19-20, 2013   Mesa, AZ

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Algae Program  will host two complementary workshops to discuss research and development needed to achieve affordable, scalable, and sustainable algae-based biofuels. The first …

A Systematic Review of Biochar Research, with a Focus on Its Stability in situ and Its Promise as a Climate Mitigation Strategy
October 30, 2013 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Noel P. Gurwick, Lisa A. Moore, Charlene Kelly, Patricia Elias (PLOSone)   Claims about the environmental benefits of charring biomass and applying the resulting “biochar” to soil are impressive. If true, they could influence land management worldwide. Alleged benefits …

Commentary: Don’t Blame Ethanol for the Dead Zone
October 30, 2013 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Rich Keller (Ag Professional)  Every year, nitrogen used to fertilize corn fields in the Midwest leaches into the Mississippi River and out into the Gulf of Mexico. Experts say the fertilizer feeds a giant algae …

Ethanol Plant Offering Blending Pump Grants
October 30, 2013 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Little Sioux Corn Processors (LSCP), a 110 million gallon per year ethanol plant based in Marcus, Iowa, is offering financial assistance to Iowa retailers who install blender pumps. The LSCP board …

Being Solid and Liquid: The Screwy, Upside-Down World of Renewable Fuels Financing
October 30, 2013 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …“Cowcookies”, the lost Marx Brothers script

Scene, an office on Wall Street. Enter a lender, Harold P. Cheesebreath — and his prospective borrower, Al Cohol.

Cohol: (confidently) See here, it’s a no-brainer. Mandated …

Tri-State Biodiesel’s Triple Play: Fashion, Tribute, Heating
October 30, 2013 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  … Dehran Duckworth, a managing partner at Tri-State Biodiesel, said this was the first year Tri-State Biodiesel won the contract to supply the Aggreko plc generators and temperature control equipment for …

Safety From the School of Hard Knocks
October 30, 2013 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Lyle Estill (Piedmont Biofuels/Biodiesel Magazine)  At Piedmont Biofuels we came by our culture of safety the hard way. We’ve been making biodiesel since 2002 and we have lots of “thrills, chills and excitement” to show …

Cold Flow Treatment: FAME, HVO & Diesel Blends
October 30, 2013 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

By Werner A. Reimann and Bettina A. Siggelkow (Clariant OMS/Biodiesel Magazine)   … The major part of the biodiesel quota in Europe is still covered by first-generation fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) biodiesel, but recent fiscal …

Black Swans, White Swans, Shell’s Shale, Waste Management and Biofuels
October 30, 2013 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the world of venture capital, black swans are a big deal. For example, Khosla Ventures in describing “what we look for” refers to its continuing search for “black swan ideas …

Integrating Place-Specific Livelihood and Equity Outcomes into Global Assessments of Bioenergy Deployment
October 30, 2013 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Felix Creutzig, Esteve Corbera, Simon Bolwig and Carol Hunsberger (IOP Science)    Integrated assessment models suggest that the large-scale deployment of bioenergy could contribute to ambitious climate change mitigation efforts. However, such a shift would …

HLPE Refuses to Release Sources of Funding for Report: GRFA
October 30, 2013 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance)  As the Committee on World Food Security’s (CFS) annual Plenary gets underway in Rome, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) is demanding the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security …

Journey to the Center of the Renewable Fuel Standard
October 30, 2013 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pressure has risen to 30 atmospheres and the temperatures are rising into the hundreds of degrees.  You think: “I’m in a dream, on a journey to the center of …

Ceres and Syngenta Extend Market Development in Brazil
October 29, 2013 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Sacramento Bee/Ceres)  Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. (Nasdaq: CERE) and Syngenta announced today that they have extended a joint market development agreement in Brazil. The companies will move forward with their efforts to promote the …

Alternative Fuels Americas Successfully Recruits United Biofuels of America for “Project Jetropha”
October 29, 2013 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

(Alternative Fuels Americas/BusinessWire)  Alternative Fuels Americas, Inc. (AFAI), an advanced biofuels company, announced today that United Biofuels of America (UBA) has joined AFAI’s Project Jetropha.

“UBA has been recognized by Shell Oil as a top biofuels …

Elevance Planning Another Biofeedstocks Plant
October 29, 2013 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Frank Esposito (Plastics News)  Less than a year after opening its plant in Indonesia, Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. has announced plans to open another bioplastics feedstock plant in Natchez, Miss., by 2016.

Current customer interest in …

EPA Announces Funding for Students’ Innovative Green Technologies
October 29, 2013 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the 2013 recipients of EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Phase I grants. Forty teams of graduate and undergraduate students from across …

Renewable Natural Gas 2013 Conference December 9-11 Coronado, CA
October 29, 2013 – 5:17 pm | No Comment
Renewable Natural Gas 2013 Conference   December 9-11   Coronado, CA

The RNG 2013 conference  will do a dive deep into the issues that affect the natural gas industry- fuel, heat power and public policy. At RNG 2013 you will get real, candid analysis from the …

3rd Starch World 2014 February 17-18 Jakarta, Indonesia
October 29, 2013 – 4:07 pm | No Comment
3rd Starch World 2014    February 17-18    Jakarta, Indonesia

Starch World is recognised as an important event for the industry and generally targeted at companies involved in Plantation , Agriculture / Agro Industrial Crops, Fermentation, Enzymes Suppliers, Companies that uses starch & starch derivatives – …

Stanley Signs Draft Pact with Biomass Company
October 29, 2013 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Dohms (Chippewa Herald)  A draft developer’s agreement between Stanley and a biomass company out of New York has been approved by the city council and is expected to bring more jobs to the …

Biodiversity Risks from Fossil Fuel Extraction
October 29, 2013 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

N. Butt, H. L. Beyer, J. R. Bennett, D. Biggs, R. Maggini, M. Mills, A. R. Renwick, L. M. Seabrook, H. P. Possingham (Science Magazine)  Despite a global political commitment to reduce biodiversity loss by …

Cheaper E-15 Gasoline Debuts in Twin Cities
October 29, 2013 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Jay Kolls (KSTP.com)  There is a new and less-expensive ethanol-blend gasoline available for the first time in Minnesota, according to the new owners of an independent oil company called “Minnoco.” It’s called E-15 and is …

Declining Corn Prices Hurting South Dakota Farmers
October 29, 2013 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Natalie-Lees (Aberdeen News)  Corn is about one-half the price it was a year ago, a movement that will dramatically impact farmers’ bottom lines.

The cash price for corn at North Central Farmers Elevator in Ipswich …

Ethanol Industry Refutes AAA Claims
October 29, 2013 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The American Automobile Association (AAA) is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to “lower the amount of ethanol required to be blended into gasoline for 2014″ in order to “protect drivers by preventing …

Isobutanol to the Rescue
October 29, 2013 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Coast Guard is testing isobutanol gasoline blends in its marine engines.

Since its founding in 1790 as the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, the U.S. Coast Guard has had a …

The First Cruises Running with Bio-Diesel to Protect Environment on Halong Bay, Vietnam
October 29, 2013 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

(TravPR.com)  HalongBay is one of the world’s visually breathtaking locations, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage. However, thank to unstable tourism development in the past, Quang Ninh province has to face an emerging issues which …

Biofuel Maker Pushes Product Use in Market
October 29, 2013 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Eric Ng (South China Morning Post)  ASB Biodiesel seeks to jump-start market for cleaner fuel with fresh call for mandatory blending as it prepares to open plant in Tseung Kwan O

ASB Biodiesel, the developer …

New Winter Crop, Mini-Biorefinery to Launch in DeWitt
October 29, 2013 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Fischer (Stuttgart Daily Leader)  DeWitt became the first Community of Innovation after city leaders saw the opportunity in developing a biofuel resource.

A new winter crop and the technology to turn it into biofuel …

University of Missouri-Kansas City Wins $2M in Grants to Fund Research in Biofuel, Health
October 29, 2013 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Brianne Pfannenstiel (Kansas City Business Journal)  The University of Missouri-Kansas City was awarded two grants totaling more than $2 million this week.

The first is a grant valued at $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute …

Intern Profile: Kyle Sherry
October 29, 2013 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Nicholas De Filippis (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Engineers have come up with many wonderful things from the ships used to explore the world during the Age of Exploration to cars used every day in modern …

Midwestern Ethanol Producers Challenge California Global-Warming Regulations
October 28, 2013 – 7:33 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Fisher (Forbes)  A federal appeals court in California is mulling whether to reconsider a September ruling that upheld state global-warming regulations on ethanol producers.  Critics say the decision gives the Golden State carte blanche to …

Despite Energy Abundance, US Should Curb Oil Dependence: DOE’s Moniz
October 28, 2013 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

by Gary Gentile  (Platts)  America’s abundance of oil and natural gas should not distract policymakers from the long-term goal of reducing our total dependence on oil, especially in the transportation sector, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz …

Export Exchange 2014™ October 20-22, 2014 Seattle, WA
October 28, 2013 – 6:08 pm | No Comment
Export Exchange 2014™   October 20-22, 2014    Seattle, WA

Co-Sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA)

Welcome to the Export Exchange 2014™ meeting information website.

More than 150 international buyers and end-users are expected Oct. 20-22, 2014, in Seattle, Wash., – eager …

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Releases E15 Sales Data, Declares E10 Blend Wall Dead
October 28, 2013 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On the heels of surging E15 and E85 sales, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has declared the so-called E10 blend wall dead. Recent calls to gut the federal renewable …

Webinar Highlights Ethanol Use in Motorsports
October 28, 2013 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol’s role in American motorsports was the subject of Ethanol Producer Magazine’s Oct. 24 webinar.

The webinar was moderated by Tim Portz, executive editor of Ethanol Producer Magazine, and Daniel Schwartzkopf, account manager …

New GREET Fuel Cycle Model Released
October 28, 2013 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Illinois, the Argonne National Laboratory is highlighting a new GREET fuel cycle model release (GREET1 2013) uploaded to the GREET web site.

This release includes the following updates: New marine …

All Innovation of the RES Industry under One Roof
October 28, 2013 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

(Third International Trade Fair for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency RENEXPO® Poland/Solar News)   … The 2nd conference on biofuels during RENEXPO® Poland was also of big interest. The Polish National Chamber of Biofuels, in cooperation with …

Re-Opening of Ethanol Plant Boon for Business
October 28, 2013 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

(ZimbabweDemocracy.com) Following the re-opening of the Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant run by Green Fuel in the poverty-stricken Lowveld, major investments are taking place at Checheche Growth Point with several top banks, retail outlets and other big companies …

Wood Completely Broken Down into Its Component Parts
October 28, 2013 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(Fraunhofer)  Crude oil is getting scarce. This is why researchers are seeking to substitute petroleum-based products – like plastics – with sustainable raw materials. Waste wood, divided into lignin and cellulose, could serve as a …

Farmers Now Harvesting Biomass for Project LIBERTY Opening
October 28, 2013 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Iowa, farmers are now harvesting and delivering cob bales for the 2014 opening of Project LIBERTY in Emmetsburg. The 20 million gallon per year POET-DSM plant will use corn …

Make Hay: The Global Bioenergy Mood
October 28, 2013 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … To check on the current mood, we stopped in this week for a conversation with Novozymes EVP Andy Fordyce, who’s been on the hustings all this year as Novozymes rolled …

European Commission Proposes Airline Carbon Charge for EU Airspace
October 28, 2013 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Barbara Lewis (Reuters)  The European Union on Wednesday revived a proposal to charge foreign airlines for emissions over European airspace, drawing the ire of airline groups who say it goes against spirit of a …

Businesses Flock to White House ahead of Biofuel Rule
October 28, 2013 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Julian Hattem  (The Hill Reg Watch) Officials at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) have been busy meeting with chemical and energy companies in recent days, ahead of the expected release of new …

ACI’s Carbon Dioxide Utilization Congress February 19-20, 2014 San Diego, CA
October 28, 2013 – 12:24 pm | No Comment
ACI’s Carbon Dioxide Utilization Congress   February 19-20, 2014   San Diego, CA

The perception of CO₂ as a waste product is being challenged by the emergence of new industrial applications. CO₂ utilization is now set to play an important role in the development of alternative fuels, ways …

Water, Food, Energy & Innovation for a Sustainable World November 3-6, 2013 Tampa, FL
October 28, 2013 – 11:27 am | No Comment
Water, Food, Energy & Innovation for a Sustainable World   November 3-6, 2013     Tampa, FL

The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America will host more than 4,000 scientists, professionals, educators, and students at the 2013 International Annual Meetings, “Water, Food, Energy …

Wall Street Demands Answers From Fossil Fuel Producers on ‘Unburnable’ Carbon
October 25, 2013 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Douglass (InsideClimate News)  Groundbreaking initiative is forcing an investor rethink: What’s the value of fossil fuel stocks if companies must leave reserves in the ground

A well-heeled coalition of investors is asking top fossil …

National Security Experts Agree: Bust up Big Oil Monopoly
October 25, 2013 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Gary Haer (The Hill Congressional Blog)  For decades, the lack of a sensible U.S. transportation fuels policy hampered our ability to develop alternatives to oil’s stranglehold on the market. That all changed when the …

Wood Chips to Biofuel in Hours
October 25, 2013 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(The Norwegian University of Science and Technology/Alpha Galileo)  Until now, it has taken weeks to make biofuel from trees. This slow pace has been a bottleneck for the industry. Researchers from the Norwegian University of …

Government Raises Fuel Blending Ratio
October 25, 2013 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

by Kudakwashe Pembere  (The Herald)  Government has with immediate effect introduced E10 mandatory blending of anhydrous ethanol and unleaded petrol at levels of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent unleaded petrol. This is in line …

Lawmakers Look at Using Kentucky’s Sweet Sorghum Crop for Biofuel, Not Just for Biscuits
October 25, 2013 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

(KYForward)  Most sweet sorghum in Kentucky becomes syrup and goes on biscuits, but a new group of state lawmakers, experts and farmers has other plans. Instead of on biscuits, they want to put sorghum into …

Bioenergy Research Tour Rolled 900 Miles through Southeast
October 25, 2013 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(University of Tennessee)  “Green diesel” is on the move, and a recent demonstration tour showed Southeastern audiences just how far the biobased fuel can go.

Coordinated by the Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS), …

Biofuels Producers Hunting Foreign Fields
October 25, 2013 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Mackinnon Lawrence (Forbes)  … Companies like SG Biofuels, Ceres, and others are squarely focused on biotechnology innovation, involving complex biological modifications at the crop’s cellular and genetic level.  The central focus of these efforts is the optimization of …

My Eco Energy Entering Bio-Diesel Market
October 25, 2013 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Alka Kshirsagar  (The Hindu Business Line)  Pune-based My Eco Energy is entering the bio-diesel market and the company plans to manufacture the fuel in three locations across the country, and also retail it.

The company is …

Outdoor Power Equipment Institute Advises Consumers to ‘Look Before You Pump’ at Gas Station
October 25, 2013 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

(Outdoor Power Equipment Institute)  The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing 100 small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers, today announced a national ethanol education and consumer …

Is the Renewable Fuel Standard Helping Bring the Next Generation of Biofuels to Market?
October 25, 2013 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  For many supporters of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a key goal was to stimulate the development and use of low-carbon, next generation biofuels – to help …

Canola Could Be New Biofuel Crop for Central Great Plains
October 25, 2013 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(Ag Professional/USDA Agricultural Research Service)  Farmers in the semiarid central Great Plains have traditionally used a two-year, no-till, dryland, winter wheat/fallow cropping system, which stretches scarce soil water supplies and minimizes crop failure from water …

Microbial Reality TV, Anyone? 21 Videos from the Leaders in Advanced Biofuels
October 25, 2013 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Here are 20 others to fill out a collection of videos on the leading companies in the advanced biofuels game.

The challenge of video in making science watchable

For example, there’s a …

This Is How Much and Where Algae Fuel Could Be Grown on the Planet
October 25, 2013 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fehrenbacher (GigaOm)  Utah State University Professor Jason Quinn and his team took 15 years of weather data from over 4,300 places in the world and ran a series of simulations to predict how …

Algae Farm-In-A-Balloon Could Silence The Algae Biofuel Boo-Birds
October 25, 2013 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Tina Casey (CleanTechnica)  A company called Proterro has come up with a super low-cost way to squeeze sucrose out of algae, and if its new pilot-scale facility shakes out successfully, don’t be surprised to …

Algae Biomass Organization Recognizes Six Students with Young Algae Researcher Awards at Algae Biomass Summit in Orlando
October 25, 2013 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  First place awards for students at University of Texas at Austin and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC-San Diego

Six student scientists were presented with the second annual Young Algae Researcher Awards today in …

Congressional Algae Caucus Launched!
October 25, 2013 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Algae Biomass Organization Applauds Reps. Scott Peters and Matt Salmon as New Chairs of the Congressional Algae Caucus.  Bi-partisan group focused on increasing awareness of the potential of algae industry to create …

Bunge Signals a Shift from Sugar; What’s the Impact for Advanced Biofuels?
October 25, 2013 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New York, in the wake of a $37 million Q1 loss in its sugar unit, Bunge CEO Soren Schroder, who took the reins of the company in June, announced …

Got Algae?: The 2013 Algae Biomass Summit
October 25, 2013 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  During four days, from September 31st to October 3rd, people from 34 countries were reunited at the Hilton Hotel in Orlando, Florida, for a wide-ranging discussion of …

See It Now: When, How Will Algenol’s $0.75/Gallon Gas Savings Find a Station Near You?
October 25, 2013 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Everyone asks: exactly when will low-cost, energy-secure alternative fuels appear at the gas station?

You see, that’s where you come in. New technologies face the usual deployment challenges. Permitting, environmental review. …

Companies Rush to Build ‘Bio-Factories’ for Medicines, Flavorings and Fuels
October 25, 2013 – 9:51 am | No Comment

by Ariana Eunjung Cha (The Washington Post)  For scientist Jack Newman, creating a new life-form has become as simple as this: He types out a DNA sequence on his laptop. Clicks “send.” And a few …

Getting to Yes: A Focused Workshop Addressing Key Policy, Legislative, and Regulatory Issues in Commercializing Biobased Products November 11, 2013 Philadelphia, PA
October 24, 2013 – 7:45 pm | No Comment
Getting to Yes: A Focused Workshop Addressing Key Policy, Legislative, and Regulatory Issues in Commercializing Biobased Products     November 11, 2013   Philadelphia, PA

2:30-5:30 p.m., November 11, 2013, at the Chemical Heritage Foundation Center in Philadelphia, PA

Innovation is great, but commercializing innovations is even better. BRAG’s Washington, D.C.-based team of government affairs experts, scientists, lawyers, and public policy managers will present …

2nd International Forum on Commercializing Global Green November 11-13, 2013 Philadelphia, PA
October 24, 2013 – 7:41 pm | No Comment
2nd International Forum on Commercializing Global Green   November 11-13, 2013   Philadelphia, PA

The 2nd International Forum on Commercializing Global Green is more than just a meeting.
It is part of an on-going relationship between SCD-iBIO and the Industrial Biotechnology community.

This year’s Forum will investigate several key markets that …

NAA’s Camp Algae Update
October 24, 2013 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  he National Algae Association (NAA) has released an update on their recently announced incubator program in North Texas. “Camp Algae” is a 17-acre algae farm located 30 miles south of Dallas/Ft. Worth, …

Biodiesel Production Tops 1 Billion Gallons
October 24, 2013 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Industry Poised for Record-Breaking Year

New EPA statistics released Thursday show the biodiesel industry has cracked the 1 billion gallon mark for the third consecutive year, with several months of production remaining.

“This is …

Disrupting the Gas Station: Startup Melds Biofuels, VCs, Grants
October 23, 2013 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Hepler (Silicon Valley Business Journal)  The green fad may be waning for Silicon Valley venture capitalists, but that isn’t slowing growth for Redwood City biofuel startup Propel Fuels.

The company, which increased sales more than fivefold …

U.S. Farm State Lawmakers Urge CFTC to Examine Volatile RINs Market
October 23, 2013 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Cezary Podkul (Reuters)  Thirteen U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday urged the derivatives market regulator to examine fraud and manipulation in the cash market for ethanol blending credits known as RINs, as political scrutiny of the …

Biomass Organizations Write Support Letter for Bioenergy Programs
October 23, 2013 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A group of 30 biomass companies and organizations recently wrote to four congressmen supporting mandatory funding for Farm Bill Energy Title programs.

Addressed to Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; Sen. Thad …

Clean Air & Biodiesel 5th & 6th Grade Lesson & Poster Contest
October 23, 2013 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(American Lung Association of the Midwest)  Did you know that vehicle emissions are the largest source of air pollution in Minnesota? Luckily, cleaner transportation options and use of cleaner fuels like biodiesel helps reduce those …

Minnesota Biodiesel Essay Contest Open to High School Seniors
October 23, 2013 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  October is “Biofuels Month” in Minnesota as proclaimed by Gov. Mark Dayton, and with the state preparing for its move to B10 next year, high school seniors have an opportunity …

Scientists Identify Key Genes to Increase Plant Leaf Oil Content
October 23, 2013 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory/Biodiesel Magazine)  Scientists at the U.S. DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have identified the key genes required for oil production and accumulation in plant leaves and other vegetative plant tissues. Enhancing expression of these …

US EPA’s 2014 RFS Volume Draft Proposal Misses the Boat
October 23, 2013 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) The U.S. EPA’s 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume obligation proposal is under review by the Office of Management and Budget, according to David Korotney with U.S. EPA. While EPA has …

Amyris to Enter Partnership to Supply Renewable Jet Fuel to GOL Airlines
October 23, 2013 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

(Amyris/MarketWatch)  Leading Airline in Brazil Seeks to Use Amyris’s Sugarcane-Derived Jet Fuel Following Industry Validation and Regulatory Approvals
Amyris, Inc. AMRS -0.04% , a leading renewable fuels and chemicals company, and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. (bm&fbovespa:GOLL4)GOL -0.54% , the largest …

Ethanol Research May Move Insects to Pest Status
October 23, 2013 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

(Rapid City Journal/Associated Press)  It’s 2004, and South Dakota State University forage crop breeder Arvid Boe is trying to figure out what insect has been wreaking havoc with his switchgrass plants in an experimental plot …

Tax Incentives Boost Chinese Biodiesel Imports, Replace Diesel
October 23, 2013 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Jaganathan and Judy Hua (Reuters)  China’s biodiesel imports are surging, displacing local diesel sales as some trading companies take advantage of tax and trade incentives the government provides to boost usage of the blended …

New Online Tools to Help Petroleum Industry Grow with Biodiesel
October 23, 2013 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Web portal and newsletter to help petroleum professionals quickly access biodiesel information

Professionals in the petroleum supply chain will now have all the biodiesel information they need to grow their business at their …

Industrial Biobased Ventures Raise $364M in Q3 2013; 5-Minute Guide to the Bioinvesting Landscape
October 23, 2013 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biobased investing continues surging, both direct and via strategics.  The Digest has the data and the scoop in our 5-Minute Guide.

In Florida, Biofuels Digest reports that 9 biobased ventures raised …

Is Straw Germany’s Next Big Energy Resource?
October 23, 2013 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

Tilo Arnhold (Helmholtz Centre For Environmental Research/Renewable Energy World)   Straw from agriculture could play an important role in the future energy mix for Germany. Up until now it has been underutilised as a biomass residue …

Ethanol Promotes Consumer Choice
October 22, 2013 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

Gov. Terry E. Branstad (The Wall Street Journal) Letter to Editor:  The Renewable Fuel Standard provides choice and competition for the American people.

It is disappointing to read your editorial “The Ethanol Enforcers” (Oct. 8) attacking ethanol producers …

New Hope for Ethanol Plant?
October 22, 2013 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Leah Small (Progress-Index)  Vireol, the British energy company that bought the defunct Appomattox Bio Energy plant earlier this year, is now entertaining the idea of opening the local facility for production, according to a …

Energy Security Council Calls on Lawmakers to Open Transportation Fuel Market
October 22, 2013 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Laura Barron-Lopez (The Hill E2Wire)  The surge in domestic oil production and the rise in vehicle fuel economy is not enough to stabilize the effect of global oil prices on the U.S., according to …

Cellulosic Byproduct Increases Ethanol Yield
October 22, 2013 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Scientists from the University of Illinois have reported that they have engineered yeast to consume acetic acid, a previously unwanted byproduct of the process of converting plant leaves, stems and other tissues into …

Pacific Biodiesel, HIPPO Host Hawaii Sustainable Agriculture Tour
October 22, 2013 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(Pacific Biodiesel Technologies/Biodiesel Magazine)   On Oct. 10, Pacific Biodiesel, Big Island Biodiesel and Hawaii Pure Plant Oil hosted a tour to exhibit the community-based biofuel production model that is developing on Hawaii Island—a model that …

Hong Kong Commerce Secretary Gregory So Tours New Biodiesel Plant
October 22, 2013 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(Hong Kong Commerce & Economic Development Bureau/Biodiesel Magazine)   Hong Kong’s Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Gregory So, visited the new biodiesel plant of ASB Biodiesel (Hong Kong) Ltd in Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate …

Is the ILUC Soap Opera Nearing Its Finale?
October 22, 2013 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Rob Vierhout (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ePURE)  It took almost three years for the European Commission to put a bill on the table of the European Parliament and European Union Council of Member States to regulate …

OPIC Expanding Horizons November 13, 2013 San Jose, CA
October 22, 2013 – 4:05 pm | No Comment
OPIC Expanding Horizons   November 13, 2013     San Jose, CA

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), will conduct a workshop for U.S. small to medium size businesses- in San Jose, CA on November 13th – the latest in the highly-successful Expanding Horizons series that helps businesses …

Webinar: Using the New Bioenergy KDF for Data Discovery and Research October 24, 2013 2:00PM Eastern
October 22, 2013 – 3:56 pm | No Comment
Webinar:  Using the New Bioenergy KDF for Data Discovery and Research   October 24, 2013   2:00PM Eastern

On September 19, the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) launched a redesigned version of the Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework (KDF), which features a new look, simplified navigation, and enhanced interactivity. To help users learn how to …

SMEFunds ‘Green Energy & Biofuels’ named Top Clean Energy Investment in West Africa
October 22, 2013 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

(Small World Carbon)  SMEFunds ‘Green Energy & Biofuels’ (Nigeria) has been named the best clean energy investment opportunity in West Africa and overall winner at the West Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing Business Plan …

Webinar: Can Biofuels Help Your City Achieve Its Carbon Reduction Goals? November 13, 2013 2:00PM Eastern
October 22, 2013 – 1:55 pm | No Comment
Webinar:  Can Biofuels Help Your City Achieve Its Carbon Reduction Goals?   November 13, 2013   2:00PM Eastern

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Services Foundation)  Learn how you can lower your city’s carbon footprint and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by participating in this webinar, organized by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) Services Foundation.

City …

Remembering the 1973 Oil Embargo
October 22, 2013 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  What were you doing on Oct. 17, forty years ago? Since I wasn’t born for another nearly three years, I don’t have any memories of those events.

Bob Dinneen recently …

Ethanol Here to Stay, MFA Marketing Head Says
October 22, 2013 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Randy Kirby (Sedalia News Journal)  Tom May, head of marketing for MFA’s fuel program, delivered a speech to the Sedalia Rotary Club on Monday at Best Western State Fair Motor Inn, 32nd and Limit, …

National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center Celebrates 10 Years, Biofuel Industry Growth, Development
October 22, 2013 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen   (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The National Corn-to-Ethanol Center opened its doors for tours, lunch and demonstrations during a recent open house celebration. “We’re not only celebrating our 10 year anniversary but we …

Bipartisan Group of Legislators Introduce RFS Reform Act
October 22, 2013 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

(Office of Representative Jim Costa (D-CA 16th))  Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Jim Costa (D-CA), Steve Womack (R-AR), and Peter Welch (D-VT) released the following statement today regarding the introduction of the RFS Reform Act in …

Poultry Meat Turns into Valuable Bio-Diesel Source
October 22, 2013 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by M.K. Ananth (The Hindu)  Dr. John Abraham, a research scholar in the Veterinary College and Research Institute (VC&RI), here has developed processes that can extract bio-diesel from poultry carcases in a cost-effective manner. The …

USDA Announces Availability of Funding to Develop Advanced Biofuels Projects
October 22, 2013 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of $181 million to develop commercial-scale biorefineries or retrofit existing facilities with appropriate technology to develop advanced biofuels. The U.S. Department of Agriculture …

Sugar Industry for Direct Manufacture of Ethanol
October 22, 2013 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Dilip Kumar Jha (Business Standard)  A practice prevalent globally, to reduce fuel needs

Sugar mills have urged the government to allow direct manufacturing of ethanol from cane. A practice prevalent globally, to reduce fuel needs, it …

Woolworths Limited : Try Before You Buy: Free E10 Fuel Offered to Newcastle Motorists
October 22, 2013 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

(4-Traders.com)  Motorists in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie can get free E10 fuel for one hour today (October 21, 2013)  at Woolworths Petrol in Belmont.

The free fuel hour will kick off on at 9.30am at Woolworths …

Space, the Biobased Frontier: Hot Biotechnologies for the Big Beyond
October 22, 2013 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Next-gen biofuels technologies may be key to making the International Space Station cost effective — not to mention, other destinations in the NASA agenda.  Which may explain why a high-tech …

Evonik Opens New Biodiesel Catalyst Plant in Argentina
October 22, 2013 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

(Evonik Industries AG/Biodiesel Magazine)  On Oct. 21, Essen, Germany-based Evonik Industries started up a new plant for manufacturing biodiesel production catalysts in Argentina.

Patrik Wohlhauser, the member of the Evonik executive board responsible for the South …

Analysis: Brewing U.S. Ethanol Legal Battle Hinges on Meaning of ‘Supply’
October 21, 2013 – 8:04 pm | No Comment

by Cezary Podkul  (Reuters)  The fate of a landmark U.S. requirement to blend increasing amounts of biofuels into the nation’s gasoline pool rests on the meaning of three words tucked into a mammoth law: unless …

How Farmers Get from Sunflowers in the Field to Fuel in the Tank (Video)
October 21, 2013 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Carter  (The Examiner)  …State Line Biofuels operates a 120,000 gallon/year (300 gallon per batch capacity) biodiesel production facility, providing biofuel and livestock meal for on-farm use. The production capacity of State Line Biofuels can additionally serve …

How the OPEC Oil Embargo Sparked Energy Independence — in Brazil
October 21, 2013 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Tiffany Stecker  (ClimateWire/EENews.net)  Forty years ago, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries placed an embargo on petroleum, bringing an oil-addled world to its knees.

… And Brazil — a developing country under military dictatorship at …

Cool Planet Announces Commercial Trials of Biochar
October 21, 2013 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Cool Planet Energy Systems has announced the launch of its trademarked Cool Terra biochar for commercial agricultural trials. The company’s high-performance biochar soil amendments are designed for specific applications.

Rick Wilson, …

Cellulosic Ethanol – Global Production, Major Trends, Regulations, and Key Country Analysis to 2020
October 21, 2013 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(GlobalBioBusiness.com)  “Cellulosic Ethanol – Global Production, Major Trends, Regulations, and Key Country Analysis to 2020” is the latest report from industry analysis specialist GlobalData, offering comprehensive information on the global cellulosic ethanol market. The report …

The Biofuels Benchmarking Annual Report Is Available for Purchase.
October 21, 2013 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

(Christianson & Associates)  The latest annual ethanol industry report, compiled by Christianson & Associates, PLLP (C&A), has been released. The Biofuels Benchmarking 2012-13 Annual Industry Report provides analysis of changes and trends for a broad …

It’s Proper Oversight, Not Bullying
October 21, 2013 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Senator Charles Grassley (The Wall Street Journal) Letter to editor:  In response to you editorial “The Ethanol Enforcers” (Oct. 8): It’s no secret that Big Oil has done nearly everything possible to keep ethanol out of …

Global Farmers Learn Value of Ethanol
October 21, 2013 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Each year during World Food Prize week, the Truth About Trade and Technology Global Farmer Roundtable brings farmers from all over the world to visit Couser Cattle Company in Nevada, Iowa.

Owner Bill Couser not …

Column: Ethanol Worthwhile Endeavor
October 21, 2013 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Gerald Krueger (Aberdeen News)  …  It remains a mystery as to why there are those in our country who oppose the production of ethanol. It is such a breath of fresh air to every aspect …

Waste Fat to Biofuels Costs Slashed with New Sugar Based Catalyst
October 21, 2013 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

(Waste Management World)  Researchers at Wake Forest University in North Carolina have developed a new sugar based catalyst that could cut the cost of producing biodiesel from poor quality waste oil and fats, such as …

Perennial Potential: Wheatgrass Shows Promise as Biofuel, Food
October 21, 2013 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Todd Nelson (Finance & Commerce)  University of Minnesota researchers are working to domesticate a perennial grain crop known as intermediate wheatgrass that one day could appear in your car’s fuel tank, your pantry or …

Bio-Fuel Production Threatens Ghana’s Agriculture – Director
October 21, 2013 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

(Ghana Business News)  Mr Cyril T. Quist, Brong Ahafo Regional Director of  Agriculture,  has said mining and biofuel  production in the country posed a threat to agriculture. He said efforts at promoting sustainable food systems …

MP Defends Region’s Biofuel Industry
October 21, 2013 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Andy Richardson (The Northern Echo)  … Redcar MP Ian Swales defended the industry against Oppositon MPs when they used a Westminster debate to urge the Government to consider more alternative sources of biofuels that do not use …

Hand Up vs. Hand Out: New Government Programs Target Biofuels for Support in US, Canada
October 21, 2013 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …As most know, the US Government in the past few days re-opened for business, and there’s an attractive USDA Loan Guarantee program recently unveiled that aspiring bioeconomy projects definitely will …

Indonesia Palm Expansion Curbs Seen Thwarting 2020 Output Goal
October 21, 2013 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Yayat Supriatna (Reuters)  An Indonesian rule limiting plantation areas to just 100,000 hectares for new palm oil firms threatens an ambitious output goal of 40 million tonnes by 2020 set by the world’s top …

Lemons Fly as Jet Fuel of the Future
October 18, 2013 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(University of Queensland)  A University of Queensland researcher hopes to use a chemical found in lemons and other citrus fruits to make clean, renewable jet fuel.  Dr Claudia Vickers is modifying baker’s yeast to produce a …

Enhancing Photopigment Formation to Boost Biofuel Production
October 18, 2013 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Brand (Royal Society of Chemistry)  Scientists in Australia have developed a nanoparticle light filter system that only lets through wavelengths favourable for microalgae growth. The system could make producing algal biofuels more efficient.

Photosynthetic systems, …

New Device Harnesses Sun and Sewage to Produce Hydrogen Fuel
October 18, 2013 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Tim Stephens (University of California Santa Cruz)  A novel device that uses only sunlight and wastewater to produce hydrogen gas could provide a sustainable energy source while improving the efficiency of wastewater treatment.

A research …

Biofuel Reform Delayed Indefinitely
October 18, 2013 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Dave Keating (European Voice)  Legislation will most likely pass into a second reading.

The European Parliament’s environment committee voted today (17 October) to again deny a negotiating mandate to Corinne LePage, the French Liberal MEP …

Molasses Can Supply 1/3 of Ukraine’s Biofuel Need, Says Official
October 18, 2013 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(Ukrainian  Journal)  The volume of molasses made in Ukraine in a year is enough to produce only 100,000 tons of bioethanol, which is one third of the country’s needs for 2014, Director of Ukrprodspilka Mykola …

Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™ Powers First Commercial Biofuel Flight In Colombia
October 18, 2013 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

(AviationPros.com/Honeywell)  One of the aircraft’s two engines was powered by a 30/70 blend of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel and petroleum-derived jet fuel.

UOP LLC, a Honeywell (NYSE: HON) company, announced today that Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™ …

Petition to Puerto Rico’s Governor to Participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard
October 18, 2013 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

(Causes.com)  In Puerto Rico, an online campaign is trying to collect 1,000 signatures to send to the governor urging him to participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard before Oct. 31.

Having the federal credits and incentives …

US Biodiesel Production Surpasses Set Target for Second Straight Year
October 18, 2013 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(GlobalData)  The US biodiesel industry is on pace to produce more than the 1.28 billion gallons set under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for this year, says a new report from research and consulting firm …

Analyzing the Impacts of Big Oil’s RFS “Dream Scenario”
October 18, 2013 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association) …Slashing the “renewable fuel” portion of the RFS from 14.4 BG to 13.0 BG could have the following impacts:

1.       Corn Prices Sink and Farm Income Falls

Cutting the requirement by 1.4 …

Re-engineering Internal Combustion Engine Could Deliver Big MPG Boost at Lower Cost with Fewer Emissions
October 18, 2013 – 10:04 am | No Comment

by Jim Pierobon (The Energy Collective)  For all the advances with hybrid and pure electric vehicles and the attention they are grabbing, personal, commercial and government vehicles around the world will be using enormous volumes …

Corporate Profits vs Environmental Prophets
October 17, 2013 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … We know where the pollution is originating and what’s causing it. To not impose strict regulations to minimize the emissions from known sources is environmentally irresponsible and is often …

Camelina Company Earns RSB Certification
October 17, 2013 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(RSB Services Foundation)  The RSB Services Foundation, the implementing entity of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), a global sustainability standard and certification system for biofuels and biomaterials production, is pleased to announce that Camelina …

About the Biofuels Center Shutdown
October 17, 2013 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina State University)  …But, on the other hand, the Biofuels program has managed to bring a lot of new agricultural innovation to North Carolina. So Shane Reese, Communications Manager for the Biofuels Center provided some background …

Hanes Grows Biofuels: Students Focus on Environmental Sustainability
October 17, 2013 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  Under the direction of the Biofuels Center, Hanes Middle School students in Winston-Salem, N.C., plant Switchgrass seedlings at the school’s newly established biofuels demonstration plot—the first in an urban area …

Pitt County Features Biodiesel 4 Schools Program in New Video
October 17, 2013 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

(Pitt County Government)  Since 2012, Pitt County Schools has partnered with Green Circle North Carolina to turn used cooking oil into cash for schools, and that partnership is paying dividends.  This video highlights the Biodiesel …

North Carolina’s Growing Strengths: The Solar Center’s Clean Transportation Projects
October 17, 2013 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  Celebrating 25 years at N.C. State University, the N.C. Solar Center continues its commitment to outreach, demonstration, and deployment of technology and policy solutions for a sustainable energy future. One  …

Virent Receives SAFE Innovation Award
October 17, 2013 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

(Virent)  Award Presented at Event marking the 40th Anniversary of the 1973 OPEC Oil Embargo

Virent took third place honors from a field of over 20 applicants in the Emerging Innovation Award presented by Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) …

Radioactive Materials and Contaminants Found at Fracking Wastewater Disposal Site
October 17, 2013 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

(American Chemical Society)   A new study has found that liquid wastes from hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” that was treated and released into local streams in Pennsylvania still contained elevated levels of salts and other contaminants, …

Communicating Sustainability in the Bio-Based Chemical Industry
October 17, 2013 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by Kathryn Sheridan (Sustainability Consult/American Chemical Society)  In recent years, the bio-based chemical industry has experienced steady growth and interest in the ‘bioeconomy’, an economy based on the consumption and production of materials from renewable …

Free Access to First Articles from Environmental Science & Technology Letters
October 17, 2013 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(American Chemical Society)  Environmental Science & Technology Letters, the new peer-reviewed journal complementing Environmental Science & Technology, is offering free access to the first articles published by the journal at pubs.acs.org/estlet. The journal provides an …

Recordings of 2012 Green Chemistry & Engineering Presentations Now Available Online Free
October 17, 2013 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(American Chemical Society)  Watch sessions and presentations from the 2013 ACS Green chemistry Institute’s Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference. Browse 32 technical sessions, which include more than 90 speakers presenting green chemistry research and two …

Carbon Sequestration in Agricultural Soils (English)
October 17, 2013 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(World Bank)  The purpose of this report is to improve the knowledge base for facilitating investments in land management technologies that sequester soil organic carbon. While there are many studies on soil carbon sequestration, there …

Jatropha Project in Guatemala Gets Additional Funding
October 17, 2013 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  SG Biofuels (SGB), an energy crop company has signed a mandate letter with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for the debt financing of its 25,000 acre jatropha bioenergy project in Guatemala. The project …

New National Algae Association Algae Production Incubator in North Texas
October 17, 2013 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  he National Algae Association (NAA) has announced the opening of a new Algae Production Incubator Program, located 30 miles south of Ft. Worth/ Dallas, on 17 acres with 5 available commercial buildings.

The …