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17 Foundations Join Forces to Divest Fossil-Fuel Stocks
January 31, 2014 – 7:42 pm | No Comment

by Ben Gose (The Chronicle of Philanthropy)  Seventeen foundations with nearly $2-billion in assets have vowed to divest the fossil-fuel stocks in their endowments and invest at least 5 percent of their assets in clean-energy companies, and …

Obama Skips Biofuels in State of the Union, Touts Clean Energy
January 31, 2014 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  President Barack Obama stressed the need for the nation to “double-down” on clean energy during his Jan. 24 State of the Union address, but neglected to include biofuels in …

Obama Touts All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy in State of the Union Speech; Draws “Trying to have it both ways” Ire from Biofuels, Environmental Groups
January 31, 2014 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Draws fire from biofuels, environmental groups for emphasis on fossil fuels, back-off on renewables; 110,000 sign VoteVets.org  petition in support of RFS

Biofuels reaction: rhetoric nice, but reversal on RFS hits …

ACORE’s National Renewable Energy Policy Forum March 27-28, 2014 Washington, DC
January 31, 2014 – 6:34 pm | No Comment
ACORE’s National Renewable Energy Policy Forum   March 27-28, 2014   Washington, DC

Join renewable energy leaders and policy makers from Capitol Hill and across the country as we assess renewable energy market growth and make the case for a coherent, long-term and consistent federal policy framework to …

Info Meetings on Energy Beets Set around North Dakota
January 31, 2014 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

(Bismark Tribune)  Informational meetings are being held in several North Dakota cities this week to update farmers on the effort to develop a biofuel sugar beet industry in the state.
The development of beets as a …

DE-FOA-0000991: FY 2014 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement
January 31, 2014 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Vehicle Technologies Office supports a broad research, development, and deployment technology portfolio focused on reducing the cost and improving the performance of a mix of near- and long-term vehicle technologies …

UT Austin Engineer Converts Yeast Cells into ‘Sweet Crude’ Biofuel
January 31, 2014 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

(University of Texas at Austin) Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering have developed a new source of renewable energy, a biofuel, from genetically engineered yeast cells and ordinary table sugar. This yeast …

Native Plant May Be Next Source of Biofuel
January 31, 2014 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Antoine Abou-Diwan  (Imperial Valley Press)  It doesn’t look like much at the moment, but research at a small field here may one day yield a domestic source of biofuel.  Researchers at the University of …

Porsche Wins First IMSA Green Racing Challenge at Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona
January 26, 2014 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The Porsche 911 (running as #911),fielded by Porsche North America,  and driven by Porsche works drivers Richard Leitz, Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet, won not only the GTLM class …

Green Racing Challenge Is Back
January 25, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

By Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Green Racing 2.0 was announced today just before the start of the Rolex 24 Hour Race at Daytona International Speedway. Scott Atherton, President and COO of the race’s sanctioning …

Future of Green Racing Looks Bright
January 25, 2014 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  When the organizers of the American Le Mans Series announced the merger with NASCAR’s GRAND-AM series, we noted that the future of green racing was uncertain.  GRAND-AM vehicles never …

VP Racing Fuels Named Official Fuel Provider of IMSA
January 24, 2014 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

(VP Racing Fuels)  Multiple Green Fuel Formulatins to be Utilized across Multiple Series: The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today (January 20, 2014) named VP Racing Fuels the Official Fuel Provider and a Proud Partner of …

Yulex Corporation Opens Guayule Seed & Genetics Center
January 21, 2014 – 8:18 pm | No Comment

(Yulex/Reuters)  Yulex Corporation, an agricultural biomaterials company, today announced the opening of a Seed & Genetics Center focused on plant breeding, molecular genetics and development of agronomic best practices to support the global cultivation of …

Advanced Biofuels USA Submits Comments on EPA’s RFS RVO Proposed Rule
January 20, 2014 – 10:38 pm | One Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In regard to the determination of the Applicable Volume of ethanol and other biofuels allowed for Renewable Identification Number (RIN) credits in 2014, Advanced Biofuels USA finds that EPA …

Study Suggests E30 Biofuel Offers Huge Efficiency Improvement
January 20, 2014 – 8:52 pm | No Comment

(The Green Car Website)  How much of an impact could a mid-level biofuel blend have on the efficiency of the vehicles we drive? According to researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the improvements could be …

Governor’s Climate Report Estimates Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Would Add $1.17 Per Gallon
January 20, 2014 – 8:45 pm | No Comment

by Todd Myers (Voice of the Valley)  According to The Seattle Times, Governor Inslee is upset at a Republican claim that a Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) would increase the price of a gallon of gas …

LANXESS Introduces New Stabilizer Baynox Extra for Biodiesel
January 20, 2014 – 8:37 pm | No Comment

(LANXESS/NewsWire Today)  Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has added Baynox Extra, a highly concentrated liquid stabilizer for biodiesel, to its range. The easy-to-meter additive effectively prolongs the shelf life of biodiesel, even when it contains polyunsaturated …

Boeing Joins New BIOjet Abu Dhabi Team to Grow Biofuel Supply Chain in United Arab Emirates
January 20, 2014 – 8:33 pm | No Comment

(Boeing/PR NewsWire)  – Collaboration focuses on research, feedstock production and refining capability  – Announcement follows Etihad 777 biofuel demonstration flight in Abu Dhabi
 Boeing [NYSE: BA], Etihad Airways, Takreer, Total and the Masdar Institute of Science …

Jolt! Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota aims to boost Chems and Advanced Biofuels Industries with New Policy Initiatives
January 20, 2014 – 8:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Minnesota, the Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota, who announced their 2014 Minnesota legislative agenda today at the Minnesota Green Chemistry Conference, is proposing the creation of a new production incentive …

Evaluating EPA’s Arguments for RFS Waiver Authority
January 20, 2014 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Coppess (FarmDocDaily)  …The heart of the matter is whether the waiver authority Congress provided to the EPA allows it to waive the specific RFS requirements on the basis of the infrastructural challenges posed by …

OBIC’s Dr. Barbara Vieira Joins Advanced Biofuels USA’s Board of Directors
January 20, 2014 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At its sixth annual meeting on January 14, 2014, Advanced Biofuels USA elected and welcomed Barbara Vieira, Ph.D., Assistant Director of the Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center at Ohio State University to …

2014 BIO International Convention June 23-26 San Diego, CA
January 17, 2014 – 5:26 pm | No Comment
2014 BIO International Convention   June 23-26    San Diego, CA

Thousands of companies from around the world and all industry segments will be at BIO, ready to build strategic partnerships. Attend the Global Event for Biotechnology and you will reap the benefits of an efficient four …

Argus European Biofuels and Feedstocks Trading 2014 October 15-16 London, UK
January 17, 2014 – 5:20 pm | No Comment
Argus European Biofuels and Feedstocks Trading 2014     October 15-16     London, UK

The Argus European Biofuels and Feedstocks Trading 2013 addressed major issues shaping the European business.
The conference focused on European biofuels trading, but also addressed biofuels policy, risk management, sustainability, pricing, market growth, the hot topics …

Argus European Biomass Trading 2014 April 9-10, 2014 London, UK
January 17, 2014 – 5:13 pm | No Comment
Argus European Biomass Trading 2014   April 9-10, 2014    London, UK

The global biomass industry is entering a key period of transition with production of industrial wood pellets increasing and a thriving heating market. The Argus European Biomass Trading 2014 conference is an ideal forum for …

World Bio Markets Asia June 17-18, 2014 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
January 17, 2014 – 5:07 pm | No Comment
World Bio Markets Asia    June 17-18, 2014    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Recent times have seen rapid economic growth and industrialisation in Asia. With its enriched feedstock resources and high consumer demand, there has never been a better time to develop an Asian bioeconomy and promote the …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: 18th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E) June 17-19, 2014 North Bethesda, MD DEADLINE: February 28
January 17, 2014 – 4:56 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  18th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E)   June 17-19, 2014   North Bethesda, MD   DEADLINE:   February 28

In 2014, the conference theme, “Advancing Chemistry, Innovating for Sustainability,” highlights innovations in the science and application of greener chemistry & engineering needed to build a more sustainable future. Over three days, a wide array …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Commercial Algae Cultivation, Harvesting, Extraction Technologies and Networking Workshop February 28, 2014 Richmond, CA DEADLINE: January 28
January 17, 2014 – 3:53 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Commercial Algae Cultivation, Harvesting, Extraction Technologies and Networking Workshop    February 28, 2014   Richmond, CA   DEADLINE:  January 28

NAA is all about collaboration between commercially-minded algae researchers, commercial algae producers, commercial algae production equipment providers, water process engineers, private industry, students, vets, investors, lenders and IP attorneys, and when they all get together, …

SAE High Octane Fuels Symposium: Where CAFE and RFS Meet January 21, 2014 Washington, DC
January 17, 2014 – 2:36 pm | No Comment
SAE High Octane Fuels Symposium: Where CAFE and RFS Meet        January 21, 2014   Washington, DC

The 2014 High Octane Fuels Symposium will feature discussions among industry leaders focusing on two key aspects of high-octane fuels that were identified during the 2013 symposium.
The first session will explore whether high-octane fuels can …

World Leaders Promote Sustainable Production to Meet Global Food Challenges
January 17, 2014 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  The annual Global Forum for Food and Agriculture is currently underway in Berlin and those attending are grappling with a formidable challenge: finding ways to insure food security around the world as …

Power Surge: Energy Security and the Department of Defense
January 17, 2014 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(The PEW Charitable Trusts)  How the Department of Defense Leverages Private Resources to Enhance Energy Security and Save Money on U.S. Military Bases
The U.S. Department of Defense defines installation energy security as the ability to …

Nonenzymatic Sugar Production from Biomass Using Biomass-Derived γ-Valerolactone
January 17, 2014 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy S. Luterbacher, Jacqueline M. Rand, David Martin Alonso, Jeehoon Han, J. Tyler Youngquist, Christos T. Maravelias, Brian F. Pfleger, James A. Dumesic (Science Magazine)    Widespread production of biomass-derived fuels and chemicals will require …

Obama Administration Launches Quadrennial Energy Review
January 17, 2014 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(The White House)  First QER Will Focus on Transmission and Distribution Infrastructure  —  President Obama signed a Memorandum directing his Administration to conduct a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER).  This first QER will focus on the …

BP Sees Renewables Outpacing Fossil Fuels, Eclipsing Nuclear
January 16, 2014 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Sally Bakewell (Bloomberg)  Renewables will continue to be the fastest-growing energy source, supplying a bigger share of the world’s needs than nuclear by 2025, according to BP Plc.

“While the OECD economies have led in …

Webinar: The Role of the Renewable Fuels Standard and Renewable Identification Numbers in Driving Biofuels Production and Technology Development January 24, 2014 2:00PM ET
January 16, 2014 – 11:58 am | No Comment
Webinar:  The Role of the Renewable Fuels Standard and Renewable Identification Numbers in Driving Biofuels Production and Technology Development   January 24, 2014    2:00PM ET

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the most effective policy tool to date to simultaneously reduce our dependence on foreign oil, expand production of renewable fuels and give future generations a nation that is stronger, …

France’s Largest Multifeedstock Biodiesel Plant Opens
January 15, 2014 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) BDI-BioEnergy International AG announced that it has completed commissioning of the largest multifeedstock biodiesel plant in France, Estener’s 75,000 ton (22.5 MMgy) plant in Le Havre. The plant processes used cooking …

Corn Farmers Eye Other Crops for Next Year
January 15, 2014 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Kai Ryssdal (MarketPlace.org)  … Keith Alverson, a sixth generation ethanol corn farmer in Chester, South Dakota, says it’s all about supply and demand. Corn prices were up last year thanks to two years of drought …

Akash Energy to offer B100 at 2 Newly Acquired Houston Stations
January 15, 2014 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Akash Energy Inc., a new player in the Houston energy sector, recently acquired two Houston GasCard stations that currently offer E10 and B20. Akash will be rebranding the stations as …

Neil Young Responds to PMO’s Defence of Oilsands
January 15, 2014 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Trinh Theresa Do  (CBC News)   Singer takes aim at government spokesman’s suggestion that even rock stars rely on the oil industry
When it comes to Canada’s oilsands, Neil Young isn’t keen to let the Prime …

The Cruze Offers B20 Mass Appeal
January 15, 2014 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Jenna Higgins Rose (Biodiesel Magazine)  MTV brought music videos to the masses. Can the diesel Chevy Cruze do the same for B20? The Cruze is a potential game changer because it bridges the gap …

Commercializing Enzymatic Biodiesel Production
January 15, 2014 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Hobden (Biodiesel Magazine)  Viesel Fuel, in collaboration with Novozymes and Tactical Fabrication, has developed and implemented a biodiesel production process using enzymes to produce at a rate of 5 MMgy. The company says …

Low-Cost Biodiesel Production
January 15, 2014 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  As federal biodiesel policy uncertainty rises, low-cost biodiesel production with new technologies to allow processing of cheaper, lower quality feedstocks, is paramount. Biodiesel Magazine provides a cross-section of new technologies …

Elegant Engineering
January 15, 2014 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A recently issued U.S. patent, the culmination of more than five years of lab-scale and pilot-plant research at Texas Tech University, provides simplicity and holds great promise for economical, large-scale …

New Technique May Reduce Biofuel Production Costs
January 15, 2014 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Canadian Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a simple, effective and relatively inexpensive technique for removing lignin from the plant material used to make biofuels, which may drive down the cost …

Rift over New EU Energy, Climate Policy Deepens
January 15, 2014 – 11:59 am | No Comment

by Barbara Lewis  (Reuters)  European Commissioners clashed on Friday over what the European Union’s climate and energy policy goals for 2030 should be, with time for agreement running short ahead of their planned publication this …

RTA Powers 11 Buses By Biofuel, 60 In 3 Years
January 15, 2014 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(Middle East Events)  The number of Green Buses powered by biofuel within the fleet of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA)has risen to 11 buses under a plan based on the Green Economy initiative launched …

IHI Biotech Unit Succeeds in Cutting Cost of Growing Oil-Producing Algae
January 15, 2014 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Japan Times)  Biofuel research firm IHI NeoG Algae LLC, a unit of major heavy machinery maker IHI Corp., has succeeded in cutting the cost of producing oil from algae, an alternative to crude oil-based fuel. …

EU Sees Rising Food Output by 2023 on Export and Biofuel Demand
January 15, 2014 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Rudy Ruitenberg (Bloomberg)  European Union production of foodstuffs from cheese to poultry to wheat is predicted to climb by 2023 on demand for exports and the manufacturing of biofuels from grains, the 28-nation bloc …

Boeing Seeks Approval for Green Diesel as New Aviation Biofuel
January 15, 2014 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Stephen Trimble (FlightGlobal)  Boeing will seek approval by the end of this year to clear a green diesel blend as an alternative to Jet-A for turbine-powered aircraft.
If approved, Boeing believes this emerging source of …

GranBio’s Alagoas Cellulosic Ethanol Project, in Pictures and Video
January 15, 2014 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Down in the northeast of Brazil, a signature cellulosic biofuels project nears completion.  What does it look like? Here’s our biggest picture set ever. It’s the GranBio first commercial project …

Aphios Granted Patent for Cellulosic Biomass Pretreatment
January 14, 2014 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

(Aphios/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Aphios Corp. has announced that it was granted U.S. Patent No. 8,540,847 entitled “Methods and Apparatus for Processing Cellulosic Biomass,” for its Aosic enabling technology platform.
… Trevor P. Castor, inventor of the Aosic …

The Time Is Now for Farmers to Comment
January 14, 2014 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Grebner (Browfield Ag News)  There’s just a few weeks left for farmers to submit comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed cuts to the Renewable Fuels Standard.
The Indiana Corn Growers Association and the …

Record Corn Crop Gets Little Reaction
January 14, 2014 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For all the media melodrama displayed at this time last year when the USDA released its tally on the drought-suppressed 2012 corn crop, there’s been predictably little ado over …

Webinar: Implementing Best Practices in Corn Stover Harvest & Collection January 23, 2014 3:00 PM ET
January 14, 2014 – 7:06 pm | No Comment
Webinar:  Implementing Best Practices in Corn Stover Harvest & Collection   January 23, 2014    3:00 PM ET

This webinar will offer a comprehensive discussion on the evolving best practices for gathering, storing and handling corn stover for later use in biofuel production. Given the near completion of Abengoa’s cellulosic plant in Kansas …

The Renewable Energy Academy Program’s Farm Energy Day Crawford County Feature: Perennial Grass Energy February 5, 2014 Meadville, PA
January 14, 2014 – 5:43 pm | No Comment
The Renewable Energy Academy Program’s Farm Energy Day Crawford County Feature: Perennial Grass Energy   February 5, 2014     Meadville, PA

This Farm Energy Day program, to be held on February 5 at Ernst Conservation Seeds in Meadville, PA, will provide overviews of a sampling of sustainable and renewable (“green”) energy issues as they relate to …

Local Company Uses Biofuel for Transport
January 14, 2014 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

(Nelson Star)  For the first time since the horse and carriage, BC organic fruit is again being delivered without fossil fuels.
Kootenay foodies and entrepreneurs Paul and Clare Kelly of Winlaw are helping shoppers at organic …

2013 Report on the International and Chinese Biodiesel Industry
January 14, 2014 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Research and Markets)  Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “2013 Report on the International and Chinese Biodiesel Industry” report to their offering.
“2013 Report on the International and Chinese Biodiesel Industry”, provides an overview of …

Hydrogen, Gasoline, Solar Panel Hybrid or Cellulosic Ethanol: What’s Better, What’s Best?
January 14, 2014 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This past week, we’ve had the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Plenty of opportunities for new automotive technologies to strut …

Boeing Finds Significant Potential In ‘Green Diesel’ As A Sustainable Jet Fuel
January 14, 2014 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(AviationPros.com/PR NewsWire)  Boeing [NYSE: BA] has identified “green diesel,” a renewable fuel used in ground transportation, as a significant new source of sustainable aviation biofuel that emits at least 50 percent less carbon dioxide than …

Timberland, Seventh Generation Take Green Chemistry Mainstream
January 14, 2014 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Monica Becker and Amy Perlmutter (GreenBiz.com)  … Now 10 organizations from the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3), including Timberland, Valspar and Seventh Generation, will spearhead a one-year collaborative project aimed at bringing green chemistry into the mainstream.
The development follows …

Chillin’ at the Keystone Farm Show
January 10, 2014 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)   Thanks again to Lee Publications, Inc., the Keystone Farm Show organizers, for donating exhibit space to Advanced Biofuels USA at the York, PA “Farm Show for Farmers” January …

Sourcing the Force
January 6, 2014 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  Recruiting employees isn’t currently a problem for advanced biofuel companies, but as the industry grows, a lack of engineers may pose problems.
Despite being met with a number of hurdles including …

NEWBio Webinar – The Status and Potential Future of Biomass Harvesting Guidelines February 11, 2014 1:00 PM ET
January 6, 2014 – 6:50 pm | No Comment
NEWBio Webinar – The Status and Potential Future of Biomass Harvesting Guidelines     February 11, 2014  1:00 PM ET

Evans will present a comprehensive review of existing biomass harvesting guidelines from Maine to South Carolina, which demonstrates commonalities across regions and some important differences. In addition to state level guidelines, Dr. Evans will present …

NEWBio Bioenergy Scholar Program Application Deadline February 15, 2014
January 6, 2014 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

The Bioenergy Scholars Program offers summer research work to undergraduates, who can apply to work at one of several universities in the Northeast US (including Penn State, Cornell, Rutgers, West Virginia University, SUNY ESF, and …

NEWBio Webinar – Biofuel Industry Economic Impacts and Analysis: Reporting the Facts in an Environment of Hype January 14, 2014 1:00PM ET
January 6, 2014 – 6:30 pm | No Comment
NEWBio Webinar – Biofuel Industry Economic Impacts and Analysis: Reporting the Facts in an Environment of Hype   January 14, 2014    1:00PM ET

While we often articulate the overall benefits of biofuels development in the U.S. along lines of environmental improvement coupled with a vague notion of energy security, most state and regional interest in biofuels development hinges …

Extension Programs: NewBio Webinars 2nd Tuesdays
January 6, 2014 – 6:12 pm | No Comment
Extension Programs:  NewBio Webinars  2nd Tuesdays

Join us on the second Tuesday of each month for our “Northeast Bioenergy Webinar Series”. These online, hour-long presentations are free to the public, and feature fascinating and important topics related to bioenergy in the …

Students at ACTC Study the Power of Soy
January 6, 2014 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Mike James (The Independent)  Looking at the tiny vial of golden soybean oil on his desk reminds Shannon McCarty that technical education must keep up with technology.
In this case, it means the diesel mechanics …

New University Analysis: No Changes Needed to 2014 and 2015 Renewable Fuel Requirements
January 6, 2014 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(KTIC Blogs)  The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to slash 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) blending requirements is unwarranted and economically irrational, according to a new analysis released today by Iowa State University’s Center for …

Gilbert Company Grows Algae with Hope of Profiting from Its Many Uses
January 6, 2014 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Randazzo  (The Republic/AZCentral.com)  Inside a greenhouse operated by Heliae Development, paddle wheels tranquilly push along green-tinted water in a large, oval raceway, gently churning the water and ushering it through a continuous loop …

Sen. Amy Klobuchar: Renewable Fuel Standard Is Working, So Why Change It?
January 6, 2014 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

Senator Amy Kolbuchar (D-MN) (Post Bulletin)  … Unfortunately, a recent proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency to lower the biofuel targets for 2014 threatens the progress we have made.

The EPA’s proposed Renewable Fuel Standard rule would, …

Council Will Consider Fuel Storage Facility
January 6, 2014 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Pamela Gould (The Free Lance-Star) Fredericksburg City Council will hold six public hearings on Jan. 14, including a request from Lincoln Terminal Co. to convert the Quarles Petroleum site into a storage and distribution facility …

Commercializing Enzymatic Biodiesel Production
January 6, 2014 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Hobden (Viesel Fuel LLC/Biodiesel Magazine)  Viesel Fuel, in collaboration with Novozymes and Tactical Fabrication, has developed and implemented a biodiesel production process using enzymes to produce at a rate of 5 MMgy. The …

US Secretaries of Defense, Agriculture and Energy Push for Cost-Competitive, Drop-In Advanced Military Biofuels Program
January 6, 2014 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Agriculture, and Secretary of Energy delivered four co-signed letters to the heads of key House and Senate committees and subcommittees, in support …

Wyoming May Act to Plug Abandoned Wells as Natural Gas Boom Ends
January 6, 2014 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Dan Frosch (New York Times)  Hundreds of abandoned drilling wells dot eastern Wyoming like sagebrush, vestiges of a natural gas boom that has been drying up in recent years as prices have plummeted.  The …

Americans’ View of Clean Energy Rebounds
January 3, 2014 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Mark Harden (Denver Business Journal)  Americans’ views toward clean and renewable energy improved in 2013 from a year earlier, following a few years in which support slipped, according to a new report from Boulder-based Navigant …

Are Natural Gas Suppliers Purposely Overproducing?
January 3, 2014 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

by Ron Adams (The Energy Collective)  On December 27, 2013, Matt Wald published a piece in the New York Times titled New Energy Struggles on Its Way to Markets that points to the predictable consequences of having …

Cold Flow Properties for Blends of Biofuels with Diesel and Jet Fuels
January 3, 2014 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Anne L. Lown, Lars Peereboom, Sherry A. Mueller, James E. Anderson, Dennis J. Miller, Carl T. Lira (Fuel)  •We report cloud point temperatures of diesel, jet fuel, and biofuel mixtures.
•Compound classes included alkanes, ethers, ketones, …

The Digest’s Bioeconomy Achievement Awards for 2013-14
January 3, 2014 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Beta Renewables, Abengoa, Enerkem, Proterro among the winners for Project of the Year — as residues and waste are keys to the big wins.  For Fuel of the Year, Renewable …

Third Bioenergy Fuels & Products Conference & Expo March 18-19, 2014 Atlanta, Georgia.
January 3, 2014 – 11:46 am | No Comment
Third Bioenergy Fuels & Products Conference & Expo   March 18-19, 2014    Atlanta, Georgia.

We are pleased to announce that the third Bioenergy Fuels & Products Conference & Expo will be held Tuesday-Wednesday, March 18-19, 2014 in the Grand Ballroom North of the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in …

Growdiesel Summit 2014 February 28 Raigad, Maharashtra, India
January 3, 2014 – 11:19 am | No Comment
Growdiesel Summit 2014   February 28    Raigad, Maharashtra, India

Growdiesel is the sole renewable oil and gas exploration and production organization in India working on next generation cleanfuels. Our specialization lies in developing high-risk ideas into high-value businesses. Growdiesel has developed cutting edge technologies, …

Top Five Energy Stories for 2013
January 2, 2014 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by  Laura Barron-Lopez (The Hill E2Wire) … 5. Retreat on Ethanol   —  The debate over the country’s renewable fuel mandate, which determines how much ethanol and biofuels refiners must blend into the nation’s fuel supply, raged …

Improved Margins Could Support Ethanol Production Despite the EPA
January 2, 2014 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Xun Yao Chen  (MarketRealist.com)  The EIA’s proposal to cut use of ethanol in oil has also negatively impacted corn prices this year. A significant portion of corn is used to produce ethanol, so a …

Happy New Year Ethanol Report
January 2, 2014 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  … Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen takes a look back at 2013 for the ethanol industry and a look ahead to what 2014 may have in store.
…Among the topics …

Ethanol’s Story
January 2, 2014 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)   The Missouri Corn Growers Association has produced a video that tells “the greatest story never told” – Quiet Revolution: The Ethanol Story. READ MORE    WATCH VIDEO

Effects of Piston Bowl Geometry on Combustion and Emission Characteristics of Biodiesel Fueled Diesel Engines
January 2, 2014 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by J. Li, W.M. Yang, H. An, A. Maghbouli, S.K. Chou (Fuel)  This paper presents the numerical study of the effects of piston bowl geometry on combustion and emission characteristics of a diesel engine fueled with …

Castor Production in Bahia Will Grow 560% in 2013/2014
January 2, 2014 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by alana Fraga (RevistaGlobalRural)  Petrobras and the state government invested over £ 10 million in cultivation for biodiesel production
The castor production in Bahia should have an increase of over 560% in the 2013/2014 harvest in …

Obtained a Biofuel that Extends the Life of Vehicles
January 2, 2014 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

(Iberio-American Agency for the Diffusion of Science and Technology)  Entrepreneurs get a biodiesel with higher qualities traditionally  …
However, the Mexican firm entrepreneurs Der Tek, managed to get biofuel superior to traditional biodiesel qualities. According to Jonathan …

How Much Will You Pay for Renewable Fuels?
January 2, 2014 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In early December, The Digest undertook a voluntary survey on renewable fuels and pricing, inviting its global readership to answer four questions relating to the price of ethanol, biodiesel, jet fuel …

Students See Algae Biomanufacturing In Their Future
January 2, 2014 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(National Algae Association)  When the National Algae Association opened its test center for algae production technologies and methods to high school and college students, many interesting things started to happen! Students are given the opportunity …

State, Nat’l Soy Boards Tour NYC Depts. Using Biodiesel, Bioheat
January 2, 2014 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Nebraska Soybean Association/Biodiesel Magazine)  As you can imagine, a lot goes into powering the city that never sleeps. Whether it’s helping to fuel America’s largest city fleet, clearing snow off the runway at JFK in …

Troubling Advanced RIN Carryover Scenario under RFS Proposal
January 2, 2014 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  In a recent farmdocDaily post, Nick Paulson, assistant professor in the University of Illinois Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, addresses renewable identification number (RIN) stocks and the implications of the U.S. EPA’s …

York Scientists’ Significant Step forward in Biofuels Quest
January 2, 2014 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(University of York) Scientists at the University of York have made a significant step in the search to develop effective second generation biofuels.  Researchers from the Department of Chemistry at York have discovered a family of …

Field Trial with Lignin Modified Poplars Shows Potential for Bio-Based Economy, but Also that Work Still Needs to Be Done
January 2, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

(VIB)  The results of a field trial with genetically modified poplar trees in Zwijnaarde, Belgium, shows that the wood of lignin modified poplar trees can be converted into sugars in a more efficient way. These …

Ethanol Plunges Most in Two Weeks as Cheaper Corn Reduces Costs
January 2, 2014 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Ethanol futures plunged the most in two weeks as cheaper prices for corn, the worst-performing commodity this year, made it more profitable for distillers to increase output. … Ethanol’s discount to gasoline …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2014
January 2, 2014 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 62 countries.
The bulk of mandates …

Bio-Energy Forest Plantations for the Southeastern United States
January 2, 2014 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Jeff Wright (ArborGen Inc./Renewable Energy World)  Bio-energy forest plantations will supplement woody biomass from other sources such as logging residues. In the southern U.S., projections are for an increase of up to 25 million …

Brazil’s Ethanol Sector, Once Thriving, Is Being Buffeted by Forces Both Man-Made, Natural
January 2, 2014 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Juan Forero (The Washington Post) … The allure for these giants is Brazil itself, where most cars are built to run on the biofuel. An even bigger, largely untapped market awaits in the United States, where …