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ICAO Must Design Robust Sustainability Criteria for Aviation Biofuels into Its Market Measure
September 30, 2015 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Aviation industry leaders will gather next week in Geneva for their green conference and congratulate themselves on their efforts to reduce emissions. But a reality check is needed. A bio-fuelled flight here and …

First Flight Imminent as South African Tobacco Crop to Jet Biofuel Project Earns RSB Sustainability Approval
September 30, 2015 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(Green Air Online)  The South African ‘Project Solaris’ initiative that is developing an energy-rich tobacco crop for use as a feedstock for producing aviation biofuel has been awarded certification by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials …

Judge Dismisses Challenge to Oregon Climate Change Program
September 30, 2015 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan J. Cooper (Associated Press/MMC News)  A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by oil companies challenging an Oregon carbon-reduction mandate.  U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken said Oregon’s low-carbon fuel standard does …

San Francisco Seeks Renewable Diesel
September 30, 2015 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(Fleets and Fuels)  It’s Mostly for Muni as City Seeks Nearly 22 Million Gallons — The City and County of San Francisco is taking bids for approximately 21.1 million gallons of renewable diesel for the three-year …

CARB Re-Adopts State’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard
September 30, 2015 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The California Air Resources Board has re-adopted a Low Carbon Fuel Standard requiring a 10 percent reduction in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 2020.
“Unlike the EPA, California’s …

OCTA Wants RNG for All of Its Buses
September 30, 2015 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

(Fleets and Fuels)  Demand for Three Years at Four Locations Is About 20 Million DGEs  —  Southern California’s Orange County Transportation Authority wants to switch to renewable natural gas to power its existing fleet of …

New Flex-Fuel Pumps Allow Minnesotans to Breathe Easier, Save Money
September 30, 2015 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Peterson and Jeffrey Jackson (Owatonna People’s Press)  … We all want to breathe cleaner air and save a few bucks when we put fuel in our vehicles. I am proud to say that Minnesota’s …

Barley Straw Shows Potential as Transport Biofuel Raw Material
September 30, 2015 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/University of Eastern Finland)  The hemicellulose sugars of barley straw can be effectively fermented into biobutanol, when starch is added during the pre-treatment or fermentation process, shows a new University of Eastern Finland study.
Seeking to …

Horse Is Your Own Micro-Power Generator that Turns Waste into Biofuel and Fertilizer – Video
September 30, 2015 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(AutoEvolution) A report by United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) has found that about one-third of all food produced worldwide gets lost or wasted in food production and consumption systems. We’re …

A Biorefinery Approach for Castor Biodiesel — Whole Plant Used for 100% Renewable Biodiesel
September 30, 2015 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Helen Tunnicliffe (The Chemical Engineer Today)  Chemical engineers from Iran have found a way to produce biodiesel from castor oil without the need for extra petrochemical methanol, using a biorefinery set-up.
Producing biodiesel from vegetable …

Aemetis Harvesting Biomass Sorghum in California
September 30, 2015 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(Aemetis/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Aemetis Inc., an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company, announced the harvesting of 12- to 15- foot tall biomass sorghum grown in Central California that was produced using proprietary Nexsteppe seed genetics. …

Amyris and Solazyme at Risk of Taint from Volkswagen NOx Scandal, Says Website; Solazyme Says “Heck No!”
September 30, 2015 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, TheTruthAboutCars reported that Amyris and Solazyme risk being painted with the same tainted brush as Volkswagen due to the fact that both companies collaborated with the company to test …

The Isooctane Revolution: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Global Bioenergies
September 30, 2015 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Global Bioenergies is a pioneer in the development of one-step fermentation processes for the direct and cost-efficient transformation of renewable resources into light olefin hydrocarbons, the key building blocks of …

Understanding Advanced Biotechnology Commercialization, Parts 1, 2 and 3
September 30, 2015 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  … In an effort to better educate the advanced biotech community on the reality of commercialization, I have developed a video series that is a “deep dive” into the …

The Birth of SuperDuper Gasoline via Earth-Friendly Renewable Hydrocarbons
September 30, 2015 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Move over Super, here comes SuperDuper. All the high octane and performance, and the renewability too, at a price you can afford.  Biofuels are adding options for drop-in, low-carbon, super-perfornance …

Rutgers Report Assesses New Jersey Bioenergy Potential
September 30, 2015 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  A recent Rutgers University assessment on bioenergy potential in New Jersey found that the state producers over 7 million dry tons of biomass annually, over 4 million of which could …

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $22.5 Million to Put More Low and No-Emission Vehicles into Service Across America
September 30, 2015 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(US Department of Transportation)  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is announcing the availability of $22.5 million through the latest round of the Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo) that …

The United States Has Been a Net Exporter of Ethanol since 2010
September 29, 2015 – 8:27 pm | No Comment

(WHO Radio)  … The United States is the world’s largest producer and consumer of ethanol, and prior to 2010 relied partly on imports to meet domestic demand. But beginning in 2010, the United States emerged as …

UNL Leads $13.5 Million Research to Enhance Sorghum for Biofuel
September 29, 2015 – 8:23 pm | No Comment

by Gillian Klucas (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)  … The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will lead a $13.5 million, multi-institutional research effort to improve sorghum as a sustainable source for biofuel production.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, this …

Suspected Biodiesel Fraud Scheme on 3 Continents Puts Man before Portland Jury
September 29, 2015 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Denson (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)  Jack Holden is either a big-dreaming businessman whose failure to cash in on the biodiesel wave separated investors from more than $1 million, or he’s a skilled con man …

Blog: Roadside Assistance for Proud Ethanol Supporters
September 29, 2015 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  When is the last time you were stranded on the side of the road, wishing you were a member of a motor club? Or, perhaps, you are already a …

Levelland Helping to Transform Wastewater into Ethanol
September 29, 2015 – 8:00 pm | No Comment

by Wes Rapaport (Everything Lubbock)  But, it’s kind of a misnomer, because it does get treated. —  The City of Levelland has partnered with a company to transform wastewater into ethanol products.  Diamond Ethanol uses …

How Many Deaths Did Volkswagen’s Deception Cause in the U.S.?
September 29, 2015 – 7:48 pm | No Comment

by Margo Sanger-Katz and John Schwartz (New York Times)  Volkswagen’s diesel deception unleashed tons of extra pollutants in the United States, pollutants that can harm human health. So while many commentators have been quick to say that …

Introducing the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE
September 29, 2015 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by Paul Bunje (NRG COSIA)  More than a decade ago, a group of researchers published a landmark study showing the correlation between human development and energy consumption. The conclusion? Industrialized countries and those that have …

Estonia Turns to Biomethane to Fuel Public Transport
September 29, 2015 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  The government of Estonia has passed a bill which will secure a large investment into the Baltic country’s biomethane market and infrastructure.
In the expansion project’s pilot phase, the Estonian state will support the …

New Report Showcases Climate Action in the Aviation Sector
September 29, 2015 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

(Air Transport Action Group)  From solar power installations at a hundred airports around the world, to tablet computers for pilots, brand new aircraft designs and flights on fuel made with waste gas from steel plants, …

Makers of Fuel From Plants Feel Forsaken in Obama’s Climate Push
September 29, 2015 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg/Renewable Energy World)   Producers of motor fuels from plant waste say they have been left behind in President Barack Obama’s push to fight climate change.
Executives from about two dozen companies that produce advanced …

The 800 Ways Taxpayer Money Supports Fossil Fuel Industries
September 29, 2015 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Reed Landberg (Bloomberg/Renewable Energy World)  If the world seeks to lower carbon emissions, why is support for fossil fuels so strong? —   As world leaders converge on New York for a United Nations gathering …

Stems, Sticks Seen Driving Biofuel’s Next Expansion After 2020
September 29, 2015 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg/Renewable Energy World)  The next generation of biofuels that don’t use food crops as a raw material are starting to take hold, with a big expansion of the industry coming after 2020, …

What Is the Future of Ethanol in Brazil? Perspectives from Datagro Sugar and Ethanol Conference
September 29, 2015 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Laís F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The effect of increased consumption of ethanol due to the reduction of state tax called ICMS (Tax over Merchandise and Services Circulation) has been the reason for celebration …

BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge Kicks Off
September 29, 2015 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  What is biomass? Where does biomass come from? How are biofuels made?  What is bioenergy?  Participate in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge to explore these questions and …

Many Conservative Republicans Believe Climate Change Is a Real Threat
September 29, 2015 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Coral Davenport (The New York Times)  A majority of Republicans — including 54 percent of self-described conservative Republicans — believe the world’s climate is changing and that mankind plays some role in the change, …

Los Alamos Explores Hybrid Ultrasmall Gold Nanocluster for Enzymatic Fuel Cells
September 29, 2015 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/US Department of Energy)  New technique removes barrier to development of biofuel cells with efficient performance  —  With fossil-fuel sources dwindling, better biofuel cell design is a strong candidate in the energy field. In research …

Spanish Company Launches Energy Island Project Using 100% Renewables
September 29, 2015 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Spain, PlanetEnergy has launched its energy island project, producing 100% of household energy requirements from organic waste, wastewater, and manure waste with solar, wind, batteries and biodiesel backup. The …

Biofuels, Oil Palm and Agribusiness in Southeast Asia – Planning for Sustainability?
September 29, 2015 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Stockholm Environment Institute)  This brief draws together SEI research done between 2011 and 2014 on agribusiness developments – especially of oil palm – in Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
The brief presents overarching insights from …

Plan Can Capture Board Used Oil to Create Biodiesel
September 29, 2015 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

(El Universo – Google Translation)  The Municipal San José and the company Oil Recycling Centre (ARC) in Quito drive a project that involves collecting used vegetable oil to transform it into biodiesel.
Through an agreement between …

Third Person Sentenced in Las Vegas for International Biofuel Fraud Conspiracy
September 29, 2015 – 10:45 am | No Comment

(Federal Bureau of Investigation)  Alex Jariv, 28, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced today in federal court to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release for his role in illegal schemes to …

Sugar Is the New Crude: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to American Process
September 29, 2015 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Although American Process has been most closely associated with its complete cellulosic biofuels package — of late, the company has been much in focus because of its capabilities in producing …

We Should Not Be Surprised about Volkswagen’s “Diesel-Gate”
September 29, 2015 – 10:12 am | No Comment

by Bill Brandon (Biofuels Digest) Fooling with computers to give false readings has happened before. It is important to recognize similarities to earlier cases and EPA’s role in them.
The 1998 consent decree
In October 1998, the DOJ …

Conversion of Alcohols to Enantiopure Amines through Dual-Enzyme Hydrogen-Borrowing Cascades
September 29, 2015 – 10:12 am | No Comment

by Francesco G. Mutti, Tanja Knaus, Nigel S. Scrutton, Michael Breuer, Nicholas J. Turner* (Science Magazine)  A clean and green approach to amines  —   Enzymes evolved to operate in water and to modify their substrates …

NOxgate Expands: 93% of Diesel Vehicles Tested Fail to Meet Euro 6 NOx Emission Standards; Average Is 7 Times over the Limit
September 29, 2015 – 10:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The VW crisis just keeps getting worse, with Volkswagen suspending its VW, Audi, and Porsche R&D chiefs, as Audi confirmed that 2.1 million of its vehicles were outfitted with defeat devices, …

VW Scandal Raises Doubts over Clean Diesel and Lab-Based Emissions Testing
September 28, 2015 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) On September 22, Volkswagen Motors (VW) admitted that it had cheated on emissions testing in Europe and the United States, by installing a piece of software known as a ‘defeat device’ …

Cracking the Nut ’16 — March 1-2, 2016 — Washington, DC
September 28, 2015 – 6:26 pm | No Comment
Cracking the Nut ’16  —  March 1-2, 2016  —  Washington, DC

Cracking the Nut is coming back to DC! After three years abroad, the 2016 Cracking the Nut conference will take place in Washington, DC on March 1-2, 2016.
Connexus is working with the Inter-American Development Bank, USAID and …

MTA Wins Round in Biodiesel Battle
September 28, 2015 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Bray (Truck News)  … That’s according to Terry Shaw, executive director of the Manitoba Trucking Association, who told Truck West recently that after the Manitoba government decided to up the biodiesel mandate above the …

Making Money from CO2
September 28, 2015 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Plester (The Guardian)  Imagine if waste carbon dioxide in the air could be turned into useful products such as fuels, building materials or even baking powder. At a stroke it would help get rid …

E85 Makes Original RFS Target Feasible
September 28, 2015 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Sebastien Pouliot and Bruce A. Babcock (Iowa Farmer Today)  … Estimation of the demand for E85 requires data matching various E85 price levels with the corresponding amount of E85 sales.
A rich source of data was …

Belgian Scientists Look for Biofuel Clues in Panda Poo
September 28, 2015 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

by Robert-Jan Bartunek  (Reuters)   Belgian researchers are examining the excrement of giant pandas to try to understand how they can digest tough bamboo, hoping for clues on how to develop new generations of biofuel.
The genetic make-up …

Calling All Technicians: 20 Facts About Ethanol
September 28, 2015 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Bobby Likis (Car Clinic Network/Renewable Fuels Association) Today’s hot topic?   Ethanol.  Bobby’s “Calling All Technicians…20 Facts about Ethanol” is designed to demystify – make that “de-myth-ify” – ethanol.  The more you know, the more you …

The Drivers Seat: Ethanol Update
September 28, 2015 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Bobby Likis (Car Clinic Network)  Recently, Lauren Fix appeared on the Jacki Daily Show and took aim at Ethanol.  Really?   Yes, something needs to be fixed. And it’s not ethanol.  What needs to be …

R Stands for Renewables, even Biofuels
September 28, 2015 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Timothy J. Rudnicki, Esq (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The recent release of the Clean Power Plan has started to spawn community gatherings and agency presentations. Stakeholders are being called upon to help inform a regulatory process …

World Bio Markets — March 14-17, 2016 — Amsterdam, Netherlands
September 28, 2015 – 3:53 pm | No Comment
World Bio Markets   —   March 14-17, 2016   —   Amsterdam, Netherlands

Where senior executives build and grow partnerships across the bio-based value chain.  —  For the 11th successive year WBM unites the leaders of the bio-based economy for a senior executive level gathering. Bringing together core strategic …

Coca-Cola And PepsiCo To Increase Fuel Efficiency, Reduce High-Carbon Fuel In Truck Fleets
September 28, 2015 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(Meltwater Press/Breaking Energy)  PepsiCo and Coca-Cola have committed to reducing reliance on high-carbon fuels, increasing the fuel efficiency of their car and delivery truck fleets, and increasing transparency with public reports on their progress. Coca-Cola and …

After Pope’s Speech, House Turns to Bill That Bars Tallying “Social Cost” of Carbon
September 28, 2015 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Ben Geman (National Journal)  … Later Thursday, the House is slated to be­gin de­bat­ing GOP le­gis­la­tion to stream­line en­vir­on­ment­al ana­lyses and per­mit de­cisions for pro­jects “un­der­taken, re­viewed, or fun­ded by Fed­er­al agen­cies.”
Tucked in­to the bill, called …

Angry Birds Takes on Climate Change
September 28, 2015 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Lucia Grenna (EcoWatch)  … To encourage a binding climate agreement at the United Nations meeting in Paristhis December, Rovio is doing their part, by creating Angry Birds: Champions for Earth, a special tournament on Angry Bird Friends, …

California Air Regulators Readopt Fuel Standard to Fight Climate Change
September 28, 2015 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Tony Barboza (Los Angeles Times)  Clifornia air quality officials on Friday approved updates to a key climate change rule that will force reductions in carbon pollution from gasoline and diesel fuel over the next …

Irwin, Good Analyze Ethanol, Biodiesel RINs Relationships
September 28, 2015 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol D6 RIN prices have stayed relatively stable over the summer while D4 biodiesel RINs prices plummeted, Illinois economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good point out in a recent …

CBDA to Source Jatropha Seeds for Bio-Diesel Plant
September 28, 2015 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(The Pioneer)  The Chhattisgarh Biofuel Development Authority (CBDA) will be sourcing huge amount of Jathropha curcas seed (Ratanjot) for its bio-diesel manufacturing plant in Raipur.
Notably, the CBDA has produced more than 180,000 litres of semi-finished …

Poll: Majority of Nebraskans Want to Develop Ethanol Industry
September 28, 2015 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The majority of Nebraskans who responded to a Rural Nebraska Poll are in favor of developing alternative sources of energy, including ethanol and biodiesel.
About 2,000 rural Nebraska residents responded to …

Why Do Biofuels Seem to Be Stalled?
September 28, 2015 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Deutsche Welle) On the heels of the VW scandal, many are asking why eco-friendly transport seems to be stalled. Biofuels that don’t compete with food production may indeed play an important future role, says Nicholas Wagner …

Internships: Connecting Talent with Opportunities
September 28, 2015 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(Colleges and Institutes of Canada)    Colleges and Institutes of Canada (CICan) has launched the Clean Tech Internship, an opportunity for small- and medium-sized cleantech businesses to take on a highly-qualified intern at no or …

Nation’s Strictest Regulatory Board Affirms Biodiesel as Lowest-Carbon Fuel
September 28, 2015 – 11:20 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)   In a fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, California’s Air Resources Board has spent years looking for the cleanest, most efficient ways to cut carbon. Turns out, biodiesel is at the top …

Joint FAPESP-BBSRC Call for Collaborative Proposals in Integrated Biorefinery Approaches for the Manufacture of Advanced Biofuels
September 28, 2015 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) )  The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) in Brazil www.fapesp.br/en and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) in the UK www.bbsrc.ac.uk are pleased to announce a joint call for collaborative …

Sustainable Marine Fuel Initiative Consortium to Launch 2-Year Testing, Certification, Scaling Effort for Drop-In Marine Biofuels
September 28, 2015 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, the Sustainable Marine Fuel initiative will be launched on October 7th by Boskalis, Wärtsilä, and GoodFuels Marine and supported by Carbon War Room, Zero and both the …

Belgian Solar Car Produced with Bio-Based rRsins to Compete at the World Solar Challenge 2015
September 28, 2015 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(Cardolite Corporation, SHD composite Materials Ltd and Solvay) Cardolite Corporation, SHD composite Materials Ltd and Solvay are supporting the Punch Powertrain Solar Team from the University of Leuven in building the PunchOne, a Belgian solar car based on …

$1M USDA Grant Awarded to The Climate Trust to Build Conservation Investment Fund
September 28, 2015 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Climate Trust received a $1 million Conservation Innovation Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to launch their inaugural investment fund; structured to provide carbon …

Elephant in the Bio-Room: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to BASF
September 28, 2015 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BASF is the world’s leading chemical company, ranked by sales. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. BASF had sales of …

BASF, Genomatica Target Asia for Commercial Production of Renewable Butanediol
September 28, 2015 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  License agreement adds countries in Southeast Asia; Optional capacity for up to 75,000 metric tons per year; Targeting large-scale commercial production of renewable butanediol using Genomatica technology
In California, BASF and …

China! Boeing, Algenol, Inventure Deals Propel Industrial Biotech Momentum
September 28, 2015 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … As President Xi visits North America, China signs 3 major deals in industrial biotechnology.  The East is Red, it’s been said, and the future looks that way too.  The US …

Modular Biodiesel Processing Plants for Emerging Markets
September 26, 2015 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

(70CentsAGallon.com)  Biodiesel production is growing around the world and emerging markets have the most to gain from this industry. Norway, Turkey, South Africa and Greece are a few areas of the world that have begun …

Excerpts from Pope Francis’ Speech at the United Nations
September 26, 2015 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(from text published by Al Jazeera)  …  The International Financial Agencies should care for the sustainable development of countries and should ensure that they are not subjected to oppressive lending systems which, far from promoting …

Attacks on Renewable Energy Policy by Fossil Fuel Interests 2013-2014
September 26, 2015 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Gabe Elsner (Energy & Policy Institute)  Fossil fuel and utility interests, concerned about the rise of cheap clean energy, are financing attacks on pro-clean energy policies in an effort to delay the growth of their …

Why Airplanes Could Soon Be Flying on Seeds
September 24, 2015 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Anmar Frangoul (CNBC.com)  In 2012 – almost 100 years since the Wright brothers made history – another historic flight took place when the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) flew what it described as, “The …

Total Plans $500 Million Annual Investment in Renewable Energy
September 24, 2015 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Javier Blas (Bloomberg Business)  French oil company targets `fast growing’ solar and biofuels;  Total already owns majority stake in U.S. solar firm SunPower  —  Total SA plans to invest $500 million a year in renewable …

The Key to Water Security Could Be Lurking in a New Mexico Sewage Farm
September 24, 2015 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Mark Harris (The Guardian)  In Las Cruces, New Mexico, a pilot project is using heat-loving algae to clean wastewater and generate energy  … “Galdieria sulphuraria is one of the most interesting microorganisms on the planet,” …

Statement from Advanced Biofuels USA in Response to International Climate Science Coalition Press Release
September 24, 2015 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  In the spirit of Pope Francis, and in response to press release from the International Climate Science Coalition’s (ICSC) we invite the ICSC to join Advanced Biofuels USA and the biofuels community …

Excerpts: Pope Francis’s Speech to Congress
September 24, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(as published in The Washington Post)  … Your own responsibility as members of Congress is to enable this country, by your legislative activity, to grow as a nation. You are the face of its people, their …

Pope on Wrong Side of History on Climate Change – Global Warming Policies Are the Real Threat to the World’s Most Vulnerable People
September 24, 2015 – 11:06 am | No Comment

(International Climate Science Coalition/PR Newswire) “Rather than simply follow the United Nations on climate change, Pope Francis must consider whether U.N. climate policies are doing more harm than good,” said Tom Harris, Executive Director of the …

FGVH Said to Be Target of Global Anti-Palm Oil Lobby
September 24, 2015 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Mohamad Azlan Jaafar   (Malaysia Reserve)  Several anti-palm oil groups are pressuring international manufacturers to boycott products from Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGVH), according to industry sources.
FGVH, Malaysia’s largest oil palm planter, is being …

Sustainable, Affordable, Reliable, Available: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide to NexSteppe and advanced sorghum
September 24, 2015 – 9:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  NexSteppe is dedicated to pioneering the next generation of scalable, reliable, cost-effective feedstock solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biobased products industries. Using advanced breeding techniques and cutting-edge analytical technologies, …

Crack Spread, Crush Spread, Fuse Spread
September 24, 2015 – 9:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The most fundamental economic in the oil & gas business has historically been the crack spread, which is the price difference between the value of crude oil and the underlying …

CALL FOR PAPERS: Algae Europe — December 1-3, 2015 — Lisbon, Portugal DEADLINE: October 30, 2015
September 24, 2015 – 9:04 am | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  Algae Europe —  December 1-3, 2015  —  Lisbon, Portugal   DEADLINE:  October 30, 2015

ALGAE EUROPE 2015 reunites
ALGAE EUROPE brings together the 2nd EABA and EC Algae Contractor´ Conference and the 9th International Algae Congress. The Conference is organized by EABA, the European Commission and DLG BENELUX. The Conference …

Algae Europe — December 1-3, 2015 — Lisbon, Portugal
September 24, 2015 – 9:01 am | No Comment
Algae Europe —  December 1-3, 2015  —  Lisbon, Portugal

ALGAE EUROPE 2015 reunites
ALGAE EUROPE brings together the 2nd EABA and EC Algae Contractor´ Conference and the 9th International Algae Congress. The Conference is organized by EABA, the European Commission and DLG BENELUX. The Conference …

Fossil Fuel Divestment Pledges Surpass $2.6 Trillion
September 23, 2015 – 8:09 pm | No Comment

(PR Newswire/Divest/Invest)  Global Divest-Invest Coalition Announces Major Commitments as World Leaders Gather at UN; Thousands of new commitments represent a 50-fold increase in one year
The movement to divest from fossil fuels and invest in renewable …

Romanian Manufacturer Introduces First Biodiesel-Run Locomotive
September 23, 2015 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

(Romania Insider)  Locomotive producer Reloc – Electroputere VFU Craiova has developed the first locomotive in Romania which runs exclusively on biodiesel or vegetable oil, with no added fuel. The engine has the same power and …

Read Pope Francis’ Speech That He Gave at the White House
September 23, 2015 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(ABC News)  … Mr. President, I find it encouraging that you are proposing an initiative for reducing air pollution. Accepting the urgency, it seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which …

Biofuel Production Is Complex
September 23, 2015 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Len Calderone (Robotics Tomorrow/Altenergymag.com)  Introduction of biofuels is proceeding so quickly, that the environmental risks of biofuel production are being disregarded. Without careful and thorough assessment and regulation, the promise of biofuels may well …

Global Bio-based Butanol Market 2015-2019 – Key Vendors are Butalco, Butamax, Cobalt, Gevo, Green Biologics, Laxmi Organic Industries, Novozymes, Syntec Biofuel & ZeoChem
September 23, 2015 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

(PR Newswire/Research and Markets)  Research and Markets  has announced the addition of the“Global Bio-based Butanol Market 2015-2019” report to their offering.
The global bio-based butanol market to grow at a CAGR of 9.27% over the period …

China Looks to Algenol’s Carbon Mitigation Technology to Reduce Rising Global CO2 Levels and Help Combat Climate Change
September 23, 2015 – 4:05 pm | One Comment

(Algenol)  U.S.-based Algenol will partner with South China’s Fujian Zhongyuan New Energy Company, Ltd. (ZYNE) to develop projects throughout Southern China, utilizing carbon emissions to create renewable fuels. The goal is to provide solutions for …

Biomaterials May Be Next Growth Engine for Paper Industry
September 23, 2015 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by  Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg Business)  As the digital age curtails use of newsprint and stationary, European paper makers are retooling their factories to produce more profitable materials that go into everything from fuels to sweeteners …

Hippo Valley Eyes Ethanol Fuel Market, Says in Talks with Regulator to Get Producers Licence
September 23, 2015 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

(New Zimbabwe)  Hippo Valley Estates, a unit of South Africa’s Tongaat Hulett, says it intends to break into the local ethanol fuel market and is engaged with the energy regulator to acquire the relevant licences.
In …

Senate Democrats Introduce Comprehensive National Energy Bill
September 23, 2015 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Senate democrats introduced a national energy bill Sept. 22 that they says offers a pathway to a cleaner energy future and economy.  The American Energy Innovation Act of …

Twofold Renewable in Tulare County
September 23, 2015 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Keith Loria (Biomass Magazine)  California’s Calgren Renewable Fuels uses renewable energy generated onsite to power its renewable fuel production process.
When the Calgren Ethanol Biodigester officially opened in Tulare County, California, early this year, it represented …

Governor Branstad Hopes to Return from Seattle with Trade Deals
September 23, 2015 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Dar Danielson (RadioIowa)  Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is in Seattle today (September 22, 2015) attending the U.S. China Governors Forum.  “We will be attending a conference with five either governors or party leaders from …

King County Seattle Biodiesel Water Taxis
September 23, 2015 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(Fleets & Fuels)  Two New Cummins-Powered 104-Foot Vessels to Operate on B10 — Seattle-area King County has deployed two new 104-foot water taxis and will operate them on B10 biodiesel from local sources.
“Using homegrown biodiesel, our …

CC&R-Greenlane Truck Biomethane
September 23, 2015 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(Fleets & Fuels)  Greenlane Is Supporting a New Digester in Southern California With an Initial Production Target of One Million DGEs Per Year: State’s First for ‘Pipeline-Quality RNG from Organics Recycling’ — CR&R Waste & Recycling expects by …

Used Cooking Oil from KFCs in India to Be Converted to Biodiesel
September 23, 2015 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

(Advait Bio Fuel LLP/Biodiesel Magazine)  Yum! Restaurants India Pvt Ltd., which operates KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut in India, has signed an agreement with Advait to collect its used cooking oil (UCO) from KFC …

West Virginia Engineer Presented VW Emissions Findings a Year Ago
September 23, 2015 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by David Morgan (Automotive News/Reuters)  Daniel Carder, an unassuming 45-year-old engineer with gray hair and blue jeans, appears an unlikely type to take down one of the world’s most powerful companies.
But he and his small …

Amyris Announces Multi-Year Technology Investment Agreement With DARPA Worth Up to $35 Million
September 23, 2015 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(Amyris)  Anticipated to Expand Portfolio by Adding Hundreds of Molecules Across Multiple Development Platforms – Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS), the industrial bioscience company, today announced a multi-year, Technology Investment Agreement (TIA) worth up to $35 million with …

Genomic Regions Containing Two-Thirds of All Annotated Barley Genes Have Been Sequenced
September 23, 2015 – 11:33 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Researchers generated nearly 16,000 sequences of gene-containing regions for barley, mapping approximately two-thirds of all annotated barley genes.
While researchers continue to work on a complete reference sequence for the barley genome, the determination of …

Stanford Food Waste to Be Sent to New Reprocessing System
September 23, 2015 – 10:19 am | No Comment

by Caleb Smith (The Stanford Daily)  During this coming school year, and possibly by the end of the month, a large proportion of Stanford’s food waste will be sent to an innovative new reprocessing system …

The Building Block Builders: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to BioAmber
September 23, 2015 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From the company’s IPO Prospectus: “Our proprietary technology platform combines industrial biotechnology, an innovative purification process and chemical catalysis to convert renewable feedstocks into chemicals that are cost-competitive replacements for petroleum-derived …

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2nd Annual Journal on Policy & Complex Systems Budding Scholars Conference — December 4, 2015 — Washington, DC DEADLINE: November 1, 2015
September 22, 2015 – 5:27 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PROPOSALS:  2nd Annual Journal on Policy & Complex Systems Budding Scholars Conference — December 4, 2015 — Washington, DC  DEADLINE:  November 1, 2015

The Journal on Policy & Complex Systems is proud to announce it will be hosting a conference for graduate students, post-docs, and budding scholars as part of the Dupont Summit, which will be held Friday, …

2nd Annual Journal on Policy & Complex Systems Budding Scholars Conference — December 4, 2015 — Washington, DC
September 22, 2015 – 5:24 pm | No Comment
2nd Annual Journal on Policy & Complex Systems Budding Scholars Conference  —  December 4, 2015 — Washington, DC

The Journal on Policy & Complex Systems is proud to announce it will be hosting a conference for graduate students, post-docs, and budding scholars as part of the Dupont Summit, which will be held Friday, …

BIO Latin America Conference — October 14-16, 2015 — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
September 22, 2015 – 5:17 pm | No Comment
BIO Latin America Conference — October 14-16, 2015 —  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

BIO Latin America is the ideal venue to explore the innovation and partnering opportunities in Latin America’s rapidly-growing life science industry. Join high level executives, government leaders, academics and investors from around the globe to …

ATAG Global Sustainable Aviation Summit — September 29-30, 2015 — Geneva, Switzerland
September 22, 2015 – 1:41 pm | No Comment
ATAG Global Sustainable Aviation Summit — September 29-30, 2015  — Geneva, Switzerland

Experts from the aviation industry, governments and environmental groups are in Geneva next week for a series of meetings on sustainable aviation development. The headline event is the Global Sustainable Aviation Summit, hosted by the …

New Enzyme for Ethanol Producers Reduces Use of Chemicals and Saves Costs
September 22, 2015 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

(Novozymes)  Novozymes Liquozyme® LpH enables smoother ethanol processing at low pH and improves the working environment.  —  Today, Novozymes announced the launch of a new enzyme for ethanol producers who want to reduce their use …

Poll: Rural Nebraskans Ready to Act on Climate Change
September 22, 2015 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

(High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal)  Many rural Nebraskans are concerned about potential weather problems in their area, and most believe the state should develop a plan for adapting to climate change to reduce its impact on …

Trade Mission Tour to Stop at Two Ethanol Plants
September 22, 2015 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  An Illinois Department of Agriculture-led tour begins Sept. 21, with stops at a variety of grain-related businesses around the state, including Marquis Energy LLC, a 140 MMgy ethanol plant …

Biofuels Capacity to Grow to 61 BGY in 2018
September 22, 2015 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research/MarketWired)  Ethanol and Biodiesel Continue Their Domination but Remain Relatively Flat, While Novel Fuels and Novel Feedstocks Grow at Double-Digit Rates, Says Lux Research
Global biofuels capacity will grow to 61 billion gallons per year …

VW Says 11 Million Cars Affected Globally as Scandal Widens
September 22, 2015 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Chris Reiter (Bloomberg/MSN.com)  Volkswagen AG said irregularities on diesel- emission readings extend to 11 million vehicles around the world, forcing the German carmaker to set aside 6.5 billion euros ($7.3 billion) in an initial …

EU Extends Import Duties on U.S. biodiesel to 2020
September 22, 2015 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  The European Union is extending anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties imposed on U.S. biodiesel imports for a further five years, until September 2020, maintaining its defence against trade in the renewable fuel source.
The bloc set …

ADB, Japan Companies Plan Asia Green-Energy Fund
September 22, 2015 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Nikkei Asian Review)  The Asian Development Bank will team with Japanese companies to establish a roughly $750 million fund investing in Asia’s alternative energy industry.

Asia Climate Partners will use ADB’s connections and information network to …

Association Partners EAIF to Establish Ethanol, Power Plant
September 22, 2015 – 11:45 am | No Comment

(News Agency of Nigeria)  The Nigerian Cassava Growers Association of Nigeria (NCGA) on Wednesday said it would partner with the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) to establish an ethanol plant.  The National President of the …

PSU Automotive Students Get Training in Biodiesel
September 22, 2015 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Lisa Olliges (KOAM TV)  Today PSU automotive students are learning how bio-diesel works as the alternative fuel becomes more mainstream. First it was ethanol now its bio-diesel.
Steven Benzel, an automotive technology major says the course …

Abu Dhabi Bio Jet Fuel Project Nears Test Stage
September 22, 2015 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Alexander Cornwell (Gulf News Aviation )  Boeing, together with Etihad Airways, Takreer, Masdar and Total, has been working since January 2014 to develop biofuel in emirate —
An initiative to produce environmentally friendly aviation jet fuel …

Break out the Bubbly: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Champagne-Ardennes in the Advanced Bioeconomy
September 22, 2015 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Addressing the Western Europe market, creating a European unit with optimal operating range, or seeking to operate a facliity and watching the opex?  We can send you in the right …

The Digest’s 2015 6-Minute Country Guide to France’s Advanced Bioeconomy
September 22, 2015 – 10:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mandates and national consumption
Key takeaway: France is part of the EU and its overall Renewable Energy Directive, and is ramping up national targets. But think chemicals as well. France is …

States Get Targets for Ethanol Production
September 22, 2015 – 10:25 am | No Comment

by Banikinkar Pattanayak  (The Financial Express)  Food department asks major producers to ramp up ethanol supply in a bid to promote its blending with petrol — Close on the heels of Prime Minister Narendra Modidirecting various …

Building a Biofuel-Boosting Swiss Army Knife
September 22, 2015 – 10:19 am | No Comment

(Phys.org/Michigan State University)  Researchers at Michigan State University have built a molecular Swiss Army knife that streamlines the molecular machinery of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, making biofuels and other green chemical production from …

Waste Is a Terrible Thing to Mind: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Enerkem
September 22, 2015 – 10:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Enerkem’s technology converts non-recyclable municipal solid waste (i.e. garbage) into clean fuels and renewable chemicals.
Enerkem Alberta Biofuels is the world’s first commercial biorefinery to use municipal solid waste to produce methanol and ethanol. This facility …

California’s Legislature Drops Petroleum Reduction to Pass SB 350; Approves Escalating State Procurement of Very Low Carbon Fuels; and Leaves Nearly $1B of Cap and Trade Revenue on the Table
September 22, 2015 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Graham Noyes (Biofuels Digest/Low Carbon Fuels Coalition)  The first year of California’s legislative session ended dramatically with a mix of successes and setbacks for the low carbon fuel industry. California leads the nation on …

Volkswagen NOxGate Probe Widens
September 22, 2015 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A 6-year Volkswagen scheme to defraud emissions regulators, uncovered by the US Environmental Protection Agency and disclosed publicly in recent days, has caught the eye of other countries and stakeholders …

Algae at the Crossroads: Tackling Big Markets, Big Challenges in the New Carbon Economy
September 22, 2015 – 9:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The make-or-break moment for algae-based and cyanobacteria fuels is nigh upon us, and it turns on the prospects for carbon capture and use.  Will policymakers enable low-cost carbon to become …

Final EnAlgae Report Card Published ahead of Close out
September 22, 2015 – 9:33 am | No Comment

(EnAlgae)  The final report card for the EnAlgae project has been published and is now available online.  Focusing on products and impact, the report summarises the work undertaken during the lifetime of the project and …

Study: EPA May Be Underestimating Landfill Methane
September 22, 2015 – 9:25 am | No Comment

by Bobby Magill (Climate Central)  Landfills may be emitting more methane than previously reported because the Environmental Protection Agency may be drastically underestimating how much garbage is being deposited in landfills across the U.S., according …

Green Group: Fossil Fuel Phase-Out Possible by 2050
September 22, 2015 – 9:11 am | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  The world could completely phase out fossil fuels and use only renewable energy by 2050, activist group Greenpeace concluded in a new report.
In a joint project with the German Aerospace …

Nidera Earns RSB Certification For Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil
September 22, 2015 – 8:59 am | No Comment

(Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials)  Nidera has earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification for the production and trading of biofuels from used cooking oil. Nidera operates worldwide as a commodity service and solutions provider …

Gasoline Aromatics: the New Lead?
September 21, 2015 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  After scientists found that toxic lead particles in engine exhaust were accumulating in bodies and affecting brain health, amendments to the Clean Air Act 25 years ago prohibited the use of …

Test Plots of Poplar Trees May Hold Key to Bio-Fuels Development
September 21, 2015 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

by Eric Mortenson (Capital Press)  The recent drop in oil prices put the brakes on biofuel production, but industry insiders believe in the long-term promise of the technology. — It’s like leasing ground to the future. On …

PhyCO2, MSU Develop Algae Tech to Capture Power Plant CO2
September 21, 2015 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

(PhyCO2/Biomass Magazine)  Michigan State University and PHYCO2 have entered into a partnership to develop algae technologies produced from PHYCO2’s revolutionary and patented concept that promotes algae growth and sequesters, or captures, carbon dioxide from power plant …

Time to Cap Fossil Fuel Pollution
September 21, 2015 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Instead of setting a blend wall for ethanol, why not set a fossil fuel pollution cap, writes Mike Bryan of BBI International. — … I have a crazy idea. Instead …

Cellulosic Feedstocks of the Future
September 21, 2015 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Commercial-scale production and harvest of several annual and perennial biomass feedstocks is under way, paving the way for biofuels, biopower and biobased products. — … There are, however, a handful …

Florida Biodiesel Delivers Plant to Grand Bahama Power Co
September 21, 2015 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

(Florida Biodiesel, Inc./The Bahamas Investor)  The Grand Bahama Power Company has chosen Florida Biodiesel’s B-500 Biodiesel processor for their prime transesterification facility. The plant will process used cooking oil collected locally into Biodiesel fuel.
The Grand …

Leave Light on for Ethanol Consumers
September 21, 2015 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Ron Lamberty (American Coalition for Ethanol)  Don’t stop me if you’ve heard this one. It’s a marketing story. Really.
A moth goes into a podiatrist’s office.
The podiatrist greets him and asks, “How can I help …

India Targets 20% Blending of Diesel to Biodiesel by 2017
September 21, 2015 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Zandile Mavuso (Engineering News)  The Indian government is planning to boost the use of biofuels in transport fuels after recognising the country’s major contribution to air pollution.  Owing to this, a proposal by the …

Vertimass, Technip to Work together to Scale up ORNL Technology
September 21, 2015 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Vertimass/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Vertimass LLC announced the company has chosen Technip to provide pilot testing, scale-up, and initial plant design for their novel technology for converting alcohol to renewable gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel blend …

Farmers Co-op Hosting Grand Opening of Renewable Fuels Station
September 21, 2015 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Farmers Cooperative Co., in conjunction with the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board, announced a grand opening event will be held for a newly operational …

Pataki Flips Stance on Renewable Fuel Standard
September 21, 2015 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Linh Ta (Des Moines Register)  Former New York Gov. George Pataki said Saturday that he would keep the government’s promise of the Renewable Fuel Standard, changing his stance on the issue since discussing it …

Rural Issues Focus of 3 Candidates’ Stops in West Des Moines
September 21, 2015 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Kim Norvell (Des Moines Register)  … U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and former senators Jim Webb and Rick Santorum were invited by the agricultural network to a taping of its Rural Town Hall, a one-hour TV show …

The Grand Vision Realized
September 21, 2015 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  … In 2006 Indiana was in the midst of a revolution, a revolution that would change the fabric of the Hoosier farm economy forever. Ethanol plants were popping up around …

Algenol on Mission to Change World
September 21, 2015 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Casey Logan (News-Press)  … (Algenol CEO Paul) Woods isn’t on the mission alone. Algenol employs more than 200 people in Lee County, he said, and the company has invested $260 million here.

“This is the first …

Let’s Bring Competition to the Fuel Pump
September 21, 2015 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by John Hofmeister (Citizens for Affordable Energy/Wall Street Journal)   … Today’s 93 million barrels of production versus 91.5 million barrels of demand will be displaced by 2018 to 2020 by 99-100 million barrels of demand offset …

New ORNL Catalyst Addresses Engine Efficiency, Emissions Quandary
September 21, 2015 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  A catalyst being developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory could overcome one of the key obstacles still preventing automobile engines from running more cleanly and …

Aemetis Breaks the Blending Barrier in India with High Quality Distilled Biodiesel
September 21, 2015 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

(Aemetis)   Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX), an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company, announced distilled biodiesel produced by its subsidiary in India has been used by bulk customers to replace 100% petroleum diesel with 100% …

Poll: 7 in 10 Iowans Want to Benefit from E15 Ethanol Savings
September 21, 2015 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Iowa, consumers showed their enthusiasm toward E15 in a recent poll conducted by the Tarrance Group, where respondents overwhelmingly supported the use of E15. When participants were asked if …

Oregon’s Clean Fuels Law Ignites More Political Wrangling
September 21, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Ian K. Kullgren  (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)  … One of the law’s biggest advocates threatened to join forces with opponents this week over proposed changes. A new environmental coalition launched ads attacking proposed ballot measures. Lawsuits …

New Clean Energy Technology Debuts in Placer County
September 21, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(Placer County)  A new technology for converting forest waste into renewable natural gas was demonstrated for the first time ever today in Auburn.
The process, developed by Canadian firm G4 Insights, converts scraps and small trees …

Executives Criticize RFS Delays on Cellulosic Growth
September 21, 2015 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Executives from the advanced biofuels industry are criticizing the Obama Administration for not adhering to its promise to support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). They say the lack of adhering to …

Ending the Pretreatment Crisis? The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to MBI’s AFEX Cellulosic Pretreatment Technology
September 21, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For every ton of corn, wheat, and rice harvested today, an equal amount of biomass is left behind on the fields. Within this biomass — of which nearly 2 billion …

Algae Fuel, Algae Research Clusters: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to BIOFAT
September 21, 2015 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BIOFAT is a microalgae-to-biofuel FP7 demonstration project that integrates the entire value chain of algae process from optimized growth, starch and oil accumulation, to downstream processing (biorefinery) including biofuel production …