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Researchers to Produce Aviation Fuel from CO2, Waste Biomass
December 31, 2015 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(Heriot-Watt University/Biomass Magazine)  Heriot-Watt University is to lead a £2 million ($2.98 million) project to develop low carbon aviation fuels from captured CO2 and waste biomass.
The multi-disciplinary project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research …

Bernie Sanders Unveils Forceful Climate Change Plan, And He’s Going After Big Oil
December 31, 2015 – 8:27 am | No Comment

by Laura Barron-Lopez (The Huffington Post)  He even wants to bar fossil fuel lobbyists from working in the White House.  —  Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) unveiled a forceful climate change plan Monday …

Restaurant Group Advocates the Use of Biodiesel
December 30, 2015 – 7:48 pm | No Comment

(Notimex/La Journada (Google translation))  Mexico City Mexican Restaurant Corporation (CMR) bet on the care of the environment by launching a project to reduce pollution of its truck fleet, which consists of converting used oil and …

Biofuels as Seen by OPEC: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Biofuels in the World Oil Outlook
December 30, 2015 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In this year’s World Oil Outlook, OPEC writes:  The prospects for first generation biofuels are constrained by factors such as land use changes, excessive water usage, and the impact on …

Obama Signs Spending Bill, Tax Extenders Legislation
December 30, 2015 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  On Dec. 18, President Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill and accompanying legislative package of tax extenders into law. The legislation includes two-year extensions of several tax credits that …

Brazil’s Copel Plans 480-kW Biogas Plant in Parana State – Report
December 30, 2015 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

by Lucas Morais  (See News)  Brazilian power utility Copel (BVMF:CPLE6) is partnering Brazil’s International Centre for Renewable Energy (CIBiogas) to develop a 480-kW biogas plant in Parana state.
The project, which will use waste from pig …

ABUTEC Aids In Transformation of Manure into Renewable Energy
December 30, 2015 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(Penn Energy/Renewable Energy World)  ABUTEC’s combustion technology is once again paving the way for waste-to-energy projects through its partnership with Roeslein Alternative Energy.
With almost two million pigs housed throughout nine facilities, Smithfield Foods Missouri produces …

Global Biorefinery Market is Expected to Grow With 14% CAGR During 2015 – 2020: P&S Market Research
December 30, 2015 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

(P&S Market Research/PRNewswire)   The global biorefinery market was valued at $432.4 billion in 2014, and it is expected to grow with a CAGR of 14.0% during 2015 – 2020. The factors driving the growth of …

Paper, Wood Products Manufacturers File Biomass Litigation on CPP
December 30, 2015 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

(American Forest & Paper Association, American Wood Council/Biomass Magazine)  American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman and American Wood Council President and CEO Robert Glowinski have issued the following statements after filing a joint …

How Royal Dutch Shell and Other Companies Are Trying to Make Petroleum Products from Municipal Waste
December 30, 2015 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Hari Pulakkat (Times of India/The Economic Times)  …  Among the most advanced of the lot is Royal Dutch Shell, whose R&D centre in Bengaluru is now trying to scale up a process – called …

FTC Finalizes Proposed Labeling Requirements for Ethanol Blends
December 30, 2015 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Federal Trade Commission has announced final amendments regarding ethanol blends above E10 to its fuel rating rule, which determines the fuel rating that appears on pump labels and …

What $6 Trillion Could Do for Renewable Energy or “The Cost of War”
December 30, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  What if the nearly $6 trillion spent on wars in Afghanistan and Iraq had been spent to generate economic activity for the ethanol industry, asks Mike Bryan. —   …

Six-Year Study Suggests Perennial Crop Yields Can Compete with Corn Stover
December 30, 2015 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Mark E. Griffin (Wisconsin Energy Institute/University of Wisconsin)  A six-year Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) study on the viability of different bioenergy feedstocks recently demonstrated that perennial cropping systems such as switchgrass, giant …

More Bioethanol Plants to Rise in 2016 – Martin
December 30, 2015 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

(The Visayan Daily Star)  More molasses and cane-based bioethanol plants are expected to rise in the country in 2016, Sugar Regulatory Administrator Ma. Regina Martin said yesterday.
In the first quarter of 2016, two more molasses-based …

Iowa Ethanol Plants Produce Record 4 billion Gallons in 2015
December 30, 2015 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/SF Gate)  An Iowa ethanol industry trade group says the state’s refineries produced more than 4 billion gallons of the corn-based fuel additive this year, a new record.
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says Iowa …

ANCAP Effect: ALUR Start Selling Biodiesel Abroad
December 30, 2015 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Oyhenard  (El Observador (Google Translation))  Just a week after the executive define a brake on the mixture of bioethanol with gasoline and biodiesel with diesel, under the process of reorganization and adjustment costs ANCAP …

REACHing towards Cellulosic Fuels: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Mercurius
December 30, 2015 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mercurius says it “has the technology and processes that will, for the first time, make the production of cellulosic biofuels profitable while meeting the needs of the diesel and jet …

The Looming Octane Shortage?
December 29, 2015 – 9:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In a time of rising gasoline demand and targets for higher engine efficiencies, the world could use more octane.  What about ethanol, and what about iso-octane itself? The Digest looks at …

University of Delaware Researchers Develop Algae Biofuels
December 28, 2015 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

by Karen B. Roberts (University of Delaware/Biomass Magazine)   … At the University of Delaware, associate scientist Jennifer Stewart is working to create sustainable algae-based biofuels that could reduce carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions in the atmosphere.

Many …

Renewable Accounts: Big News for Biodiesel
December 28, 2015 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

by David Ripplinger (North Dakota State University)  The domestic level of biodiesel use is mandated to increase to 2 billion gallons a year by 2017, double the minimum amount required by the original law.
How much …

Branched Ketone Biofuels as Blending Agents for Jet-A1 Aviation Kerosene
December 28, 2015 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by Joseph Donnelly, Richard Horton, Kesavan Gopalan, Chris D. Bannister, and Christopher J. Chuck (Energy & Fuels) In this investigation a range of ketone biofuels produced from the alkylation of isoamyl alcohol and isobutanol were examined as …

Centre Offers Biofuel to Delhi to Check Pollution
December 28, 2015 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

(Business Standard)  The Centre is willing to offer one million litres of bio-diesel a day to the Delhi government to combat the rising menace of pollution, Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said …

Students Experiment with Biofuels
December 28, 2015 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Wright (The Herald Independent) What are biofuels? How can they help us meet our future energy needs while minimizing negative environmental impacts?
With support from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) at UW-Madison, students …

TAE Seeks Ethanol Factory
December 28, 2015 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Thailand, Thai Agro Energy has teamed with Kamphaengphet Bio Power—a major producer and exporter of cassava—to develop a new 200,000 liter per day ethanol plant with an estimated total …

Former Hopewell Ethanol Plant Operator Moves into Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
December 28, 2015 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by John Reid Blackwell (Richmond Times-Dispatch)  The former operator of an ethanol plant in Hopewell is now planning to pay its debts under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after several of its creditors tried to force …

Record Production Propels Industry in Face of EPA Rule
December 28, 2015 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  EPA needs to stop micromanaging the RFS—allow the program to work as intended—and the record-setting ethanol industry will continue to perform for American consumers, writes Bob Dinneeen. …

Striving for Clean, Infection-Free Ethanol Production
December 28, 2015 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Two producers share stories of how they keep bacteria in check.  —  In the ethanol industry, having a reputation as a clean plant goes far beyond clean floors …

ACE: Restored Tax Credit to Increase Availability of E85
December 28, 2015 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Bipartisan congressional approval of recent legislation restoring tax credits for retail fuel station owners who buy equipment to offer alternative fuels could further increase availability of E85 and profitability …

USDA to Request Extension of Residue, Biomass Field Study
December 28, 2015 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has published a notice announcing its intention to request a revision and extension of a currently approved information collection for a residue and …

RISC Notice Includes Projected 2017 RFS Rulemaking Timeline
December 28, 2015 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A notice published in the Federal Register by the Regulatory Information Service Center includes a projected timeline for the U.S. EPA’s rulemaking for the 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) …

DuPont Closing Vonore Biorefinery
December 28, 2015 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Melissa Erickson (The Daily Times)  By the end of the year, DuPont will close its biorefinery in Vonore, a facility that was built as a partnership with the state of Tennessee as part of …

The Bioeconomy’s River Pilot: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to the USDA
December 28, 2015 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Reed (US Department of Agriculture/Biofuels Digest)   A great government agency is a little like a river pilot — doesn’t run the ship, but steps in as a vital partner  for complex, critical tasks …

14 More Answers for your Burning Questions about Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, the New Agriculture, and Biobased Products
December 28, 2015 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Q. How have the US elections and the regulatory situation in the US impacted development of biofuels for other countries, particularly Latin America? …  Not much impact from the 2014 …

NCCETC Receives $4.5 Million Grant to Continue Air Quality Improvement Efforts
December 28, 2015 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center)  Funding now available for transportation-related emission reduction projects —  The North Carolina Department of Transportation (N.C. DOT) is continuing to support efforts led by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology …

Spanish Company Receives Patents for 2G Biodiesel from Glycerin
December 28, 2015 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Spain, the European patents office has approved a Europe-wide patent forInKemia IUCT Group’s production process that creates second-generation biodiesel from glycerin through 2033. The patent was developed as part …

A Familiar Friend in Unfamiliar Times: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Sorghum
December 28, 2015 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Bill Rooney (Biofuels Digest/Texas A&M)  Sorghum has been identified by the US Department of Energy as an energy crop of interest. Owing to its high biomass yield, drought tolerance, established production systems, carbon life cycle, genetic resources and potential for further …

Behind the Renewable Energy Curtain in California
December 28, 2015 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by James L. Stewart (Biofuels Digest/California’s BioEnergy Producers Association/Technikon Renewable Energy Solutions)  … With the most aggressive series of carbon emissions reduction benchmarks ever enacted by any government in North America, one would expect a concerted, cooperative effort …

17 Answers for Your Burning Questions about Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, Biomass and More.
December 28, 2015 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Q. We’ve heard a lot about carbon capture, but what about carbon capture and conversion (to a more soluble, transportable and storable form), for example conversion to bicarbonate?
A. To date, …

Electrofuels Update: Patent Granted for CO2-to-Gasoline Process
December 28, 2015 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Maryland, the US Patent and Trademark Office issued patent number 9,217,161for a process to ferment biomass or gases directly to hydrocarbons like hexane and octane.  The process belongs to …

Lux Research Highlights Top 10 Innovative Companies From 2015
December 28, 2015 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Michael Holman (Lux Research)  In 2015, Lux Research analysts profiled 1,189 companies across 20 different emerging technologies. As the year end approaches, we polled the analyst team to select the top 10 companies we …

Viewpoint: US Biodiesel Imports to Grow in 2016
December 28, 2015 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

(Argus)  Imported biodiesel’s share of the US on-road diesel pool is set to double in 2016 as suppliers in Argentina and elsewhere boost volumes after the US government issued clearer rules for blending tax credits …

Successfully Financing Advanced Biobased Projects: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to the USDA Loan Guarantee Program
December 28, 2015 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by John Kirkwood (Biofuels Digest/Faegre Baker Daniels)  Project financing is the financing of infrastructure and industrial projects and relies primarily on the development of a project and its cash flow for repayment — but for a first commercial …

WEBINAR: Successfully Financing Advanced Biobased Projects via the USDA 9003 Loan Guarantee Program — January 5, 2016
December 28, 2015 – 12:32 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Successfully Financing Advanced Biobased Projects via the USDA 9003 Loan Guarantee Program  —  January 5, 2016

The Digest will host a free webinar on January 5, 2016 at 12 ET titled “Successfully financing advanced biobased projects via the USDA 9003 Loan Guarantee program.” Webinar participants include John Kirkwood of Faegre Baker …

Solazyme Chops Roquette (again) in the Great Algae Flour Fight
December 28, 2015 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  a judgment for Solazyme and against Roquette, confirming an earlier arbitration award we covered last February in The Great Algae Robbery, here.

Just before Christmas, Robinson (Judge Sue Robinson, Federal …

Biofuels Move From Lab to Frying Pan
December 23, 2015 – 7:51 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (Wall Street Journal/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  Solazyme Inc., a company founded 12 years ago to make car and truck fuel from algae, is vigorously pushing a new product. But this time, it is fuel for …

Omnibus Funding and Tax Extenders Legislation Includes Important Extensions for Renewable Energy Projects
December 23, 2015 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

by Mark J. Riedy and Heather L. Preston (Kilpatrick Townsend)  On December 18, Congress passed and the President signed into law the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016” and the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act …

These Customers Love E85, for Very Different Reasons
December 23, 2015 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Landon Hall (Fuel Freedom Foundation)  Becka Burke was in no hurry. Even though two of her carrot-topped children, ages 2 and 4, scrambled about inside her giant GMC Yukon XL, Burke not only filled …

Bio-on: World First Facility for Producing Bioplastic from Biodiesel Co-Product Glycerol
December 23, 2015 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/NASDAQ) An agreement signed today by Bio-on and S.E.C.I. S.p.A. part of Gruppo Industriale Maccaferri holding, will see Italy’s and world’s first facility for the production of PHAs bioplastic from biodiesel production co-products, namely glycerol. …

Algae: The Future of Biofuel?
December 23, 2015 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Anmar Frangoul  (CNBC.com)  Recent advances in technology mean the idea of creating fuel from sources as diverse as coffee and whisky is no longer science fiction.
Another potential source gaining traction is algae. According to …

Report: Coal, Biomass Mix May Be in Military Jet Fuel Future
December 23, 2015 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology recently released results of a research project that investigated the technical feasibility, commercial viability and environmental compliance of the …

Ha Noi Promotes Use of Biofuel
December 23, 2015 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

(Viet Nam News)  The Ha Noi People’s Committee has said local committees and other city agencies should use only the E5 biofuel, which contains five per cent ethanol, in their official cars.
The committee will stop …

WEBINAR: BioenergizeME Must-Know Tips for the 2016 BioenergizeME Challenege — Jan. 21, 2016
December 23, 2015 – 3:00 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR: BioenergizeME Must-Know Tips for the 2016 BioenergizeME Challenege  —  Jan. 21, 2016

Wondering what it takes to win the BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge? Want to learn pro-tips for creating a quality infographic and refining your team’s social media campaign? Then join us for a BioenergizeME Office Hours webinar …

After Paris Accord, Most U.S. Republicans Back Action on Climate
December 23, 2015 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Megan Cassella (Reuters)  A majority of U.S. Republicans who had heard of the international climate deal in Paris said they support working with other countries to curb global warming and were willing to take …

USDA Trade Mission Spurs Record Ethanol Exports to China
December 23, 2015 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a significant jump in ethanol exports to China this year, following a USDA-led trade mission to the country last year. Representatives from nine …

Capitalizing on Ethanol’s Strengths
December 23, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Brian Jenning (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol)  Each fall the American Coalition for Ethanol brings members together to identify the goals we’ll pursue for the coming year. We did a series of listening …

One Third of London’s Buses to Run on Waste Fats and Oils
December 23, 2015 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(Transit for London)  Almost a third of London’s bus fleet will soon be running on a greener blend of diesel, resulting in a huge reduction in CO2 emissions of 21,000 tonnes each year which comes …

ADM Announces Agreement to Develop New Ethanol Hub in Selma, North Carolina
December 23, 2015 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(Archer Daniels Midland Company) Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced an agreement with Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE:KMI) and Bailey Feed Mill to construct a new unit train rail facility and ethanol offloading system in …

E15 Acceptance Hits 70% Mark for 2016 Model Year Vehicles in US: Report
December 23, 2015 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, an analysis of 2016 model year  warranty statements and owner’s manuals conducted by the Renewable Fuels Association shows that auto manufacturers explicitly approve E15 (15 percent ethanol 85 percent gasoline) …

Renewable Light Hydrocarbons: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Global Bioenergies
December 23, 2015 – 11:34 am | 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 …

The Next Wave of Industrial Biotechnology (with Bicycles, Unicorns & Rainbows)
December 23, 2015 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Sam Nejame (Promotum/Biofuels Digest)  … At the same time investors saw the rapid expansion in infrastructure that was the ethanol biofuels rollout. At the pump consumers faced $100+ per barrel oil and nearly $4 gasoline. The …

Re-Thinking the Carbon Reduction Value of Corn Ethanol Fuel
December 23, 2015 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Ron Alverson (Ethanol Across America)  It has been seven years since Argonne National Labs (ANL), as part of the Energy Security and Independence Act requirements, first determined the Life Cycle Carbon Intensity of mid-west …

The 7 Flying Reindeer: Renewable Fuel Myths that Continue to Defy Gravity
December 23, 2015 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Food vs Fuel, biofuels causing corn planting to skyrocket, low oil prices killing off renewable fuels, the subsidy myth, the emissions myth, the “people won’t buy the fuels” myth, and …

We’ve Got a Methane Problem
December 23, 2015 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Fred Krupp (GreenBiz/Environmental Defense Fund)  As I write this, a massive methane leak from a ruptured natural gas storage facility in California is causing, every day, as much climate damage over the next 20 years as …

UPS to Power Fleet with Gas from Landfills
December 23, 2015 – 10:15 am | No Comment

by Carla Caldwell (Atlanta Business Chronicle)  Atlanta-based United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) will supply its fleet in two states with renewable natural gas produced by landfills.
UPS says its fleet in Jackson, Miss., and Memphis, …

BETO Announces Notice of Intent (NOI) to Develop Pathways to Biofuels and Bioproducts
December 22, 2015 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department announces its intent to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels.” This FOA supports BETO’s …

What About Willow? Willows Could Be Next Big Thing for Conservation, Biofuel Feedstock
December 22, 2015 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Claire Vath (DTN/The Progressive Farmer)  … “We had something like 200 trespass cows from a nearby land lease,” Willow says. So, they constructed a fence. And while it kept animals out, the damage had already …

Biodiesel Business Academy® Biodiesel Essay Scholarship 2016
December 22, 2015 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

(AltEnergyMag.com/Biodiesel Business Academy)  The program is open to any youth who may be studying in schools, college or university or in profession. The program is not limited to only those who are related to different …

Lehigh Valley Biofuel Entrepreneurs Charged in $50M Federal Scam
December 22, 2015 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Kurt Bresswein (Lehigh Valley Live)  The owners of a Lehigh Valley company are accused of scamming taxpayers out of about $50 million in payments, subsidies and other benefits paid out for purportedly turning cooking …

Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: From Rhetoric to Reality
December 22, 2015 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Shelagh Whitley and Laurie van der Burg (New Climate Economy)  The research underpinning this New Climate Economy Working Paper was a major input into the 2015 New Climate Economy report and articulates the practical steps …

RNG 2016 Fuel, Heat, Power & Policy Conference — December 5-7, 2016 — San Diego, CA
December 22, 2015 – 2:20 pm | No Comment
RNG 2016 Fuel, Heat, Power & Policy Conference — December 5-7, 2016  —  San Diego, CA

The RNG industry’s premier annual policy conference and gathering will once again be hosted at the historic Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA. Make plans to attend and commemorate the 5th anniversary of the …

Can PACE Project Drive Algal Biofuels to Marketability?
December 22, 2015 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Dr. Richard Sayre, a scientist in the Bioenergy and Biome Sciences group at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the New Mexico Consortium, writes in the Santa Fe New Mexican about a new …

TSCA Reform: Detailed Summary of Key Changes in Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697) as Compared with S. 697 Passed by Senate EPW in June
December 22, 2015 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell)  This analysis reviews the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697) as passed by the Senate on December 17, 2015, and compares it to the previous version …

US Department of Energy Awards $13.5 Million to Enhance Sorghum for Biofuel
December 22, 2015 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(Donald Danforth Plant Science Center/EurekAlert!)  The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced that it will be part of a major collaborative research project to improve sorghum’s productivity under resource-limited conditions. The research should lead to …

Fiberight Announces Major Investor during Trash Group’s Meeting
December 22, 2015 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Dawn Gagnon (Bangor Daily News)  Members of the group representing the trash-disposal interests of nearly 200 Maine towns were briefed Wednesday on progress made toward operating their own recycling and processing facility.
Perhaps the biggest …

Sunoco Ethanol Plant in Volney Receives NYS REDC Grant to Support Construction of Barley Malting Facility
December 22, 2015 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

(SatPRNews.com/Marketwired)  $9.1 Million Project to Be Supported by $700,000 Regional Economic Development Council Grant —  The Sunoco Fulton Ethanol manufacturing facility in Volney, N.Y. has received a Central New York Regional Economic Development Grant in …

Experimental Algae to Grow at the Refinery
December 22, 2015 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(PKN ORLEN) PKN ORLEN is starting another R&D project to explore alternative sources of next-generation biocomponents. The Company plans to open a research station at its Production Plant in Płock, where carbon dioxide and process wastewater …

Rapid Development of Cost Superior Bio-Based Processes: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to DMC
December 22, 2015 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DMC’s technology enables reproducibility and robustness to scale; Production of a diversity of targets using a single bioprocess; HTS approaches that translate to full scale performance — and the company says, “50X improvement …

Cellulosic Biofuels: Where are the Gallons? A Digest Special report
December 22, 2015 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest and Iogen)  … The Bottom Line:  Acquire better, cheaper biomass; Release matured market-ready technologies; Find markets where carbon premiums are available to products, not for a free benefit for society …

Are We There Yet? A Biofuel Refinery Update
December 22, 2015 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Tom Ewing (Renewable Energy World)   As oil prices plummet, are drop-in aviation biofuel refineries ever going to be built?  —  In September 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE), along with the Departments of the …

US Wild Bee Numbers Decline as Land Is Converted for Biofuel
December 22, 2015 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Matt McGrath (BBC News)  Wild bees in the US have declined in many farming areas according to the first national effort to map their numbers.  —  The study suggests that between 2008 and 2013, …

Weighing Panama’s Biofuels Policy & Market
December 21, 2015 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

(Stratas Advisors) This segment is from the report, “Panama: Biofuels Policy & Market.” The full report is part of Stratas Advisors’ Global Biofuels Assessment service. Rising oil prices and dependence on imported petroleum products led Panama’s government …

More Biofuel Pumps at Missouri Gas Stations
December 21, 2015 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Mindy Ward (Farm Progress)  Consumers will have more biofuel,ethanol choices at the gas pump. — Mark Cadle sees the investment in biofuel infrastructure in Missouri as a win-win-win. “The goal is to expand markets for …

California LCFS Presents Opportunities for Ethanol Producers
December 21, 2015 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

By John Sens (EcoEngineers/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  CARB readopts standards, and sets time lines and treatment for legacy pathways.  —  In the first three quarters of 2015, California Low Carbon Fuel Standard credits increased in price …

USGC Ethanol Export Program Yields Results in Peru
December 21, 2015 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Grains Council’s ethanol export promotion program has seen an early success with a U.S. exporter confirming sales of 10 million gallons of U.S. ethanol to Peru—valued at more …

Cyanobacteria Efficient at “Harvesting” Light
December 21, 2015 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, have an ingenious system to prepare themselves for the coming daylight when it is dark by setting up a large “antenna.” This antenna helps them capture …

FTC Report: US Ethanol Market Remains Unconcentrated
December 21, 2015 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Federal Trade Commission has issued its 2015 Report on Ethanol Market Concentration. As in prior years, the report concludes that it is “extremely unlikely that a single ethanol …

Linde Hydrogen Fueling System Surpasses One Million Fills at BMW South Carolina Plant
December 21, 2015 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(Fuel Cells Works)  … “Because of the way it is produced, the hydrogen supplied to BMW is sustainable with only a small carbon footprint incurred during shipping,” said Dave Read (Business Development Manager – Hydrogen Fuel Markets). “The …

St. Landry Parish Opens Expanded BioCNG Fuel F(acility
December 21, 2015 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(St. Landry Parish/Biomass Magazine) St. Landry Parish has officially opened its expanded BioCNG Vehicle Fuel Facility at its sanitary landfill, which is now fueling Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. refuse vehicles collecting residential trash in St. Landry …

Brazil Pioneers the Rise of ‘Second Generation’ Biofuel
December 21, 2015 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(Petro-Online.com)  The roads of Brazil are flooded with over 36 million cars. With over 60% of vehicles running on ethanol based petrol, the environmental credentials of the country are impressive. Over the past few years, …

Got the Need for Speed? E85 Is the High-Octane Fuel for You
December 21, 2015 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Landon Hall (Fuel Freedom Foundation)  E85 ethanol has a benefit for just about everybody: Some people like the fact that the fuel often is much cheaper than regular gasoline, even with gas  prices at …

Decarbonising Transport Must Take Centre Stage in Europe’s Efforts to Meet Historic COP21 Ambitions
December 21, 2015 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

(ePURE)  On 12 December, 195 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change agreed to curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and strengthen global action to fight climate change. The Paris Agreement includes an objective …

Biodegradable Chemicals, Renewable, Abundant, Low Cost: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Rivertop Renewables
December 21, 2015 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Rivertop has developed a way to make glucaric acid, glucarates and other biodegradable chemicals from renewable resources in abundant quantity and at a low cost. These and other renewable chemicals …

In Santa’s Stocking: 3 Big Wins for Renewable Fuels, Feedstocks
December 21, 2015 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  $1 biodiesel tax credit extended through 2016, and much more.
In Washington, lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate passed legislation for retroactive reinstatement of the $1 per gallon biodiesel mixture …

Immersive Algae Education Programs Growing in Popularity
December 21, 2015 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Students of algal research, including it’s various applications and business models, have increasing opportunities to get quickly up to speed in many aspects of the rapidly developing, somewhat confounding, algae industry. New …

16th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment: The Food-Energy-Water Nexus — January 19-21, 2016 — Arlington, VA
December 21, 2015 – 11:38 am | No Comment
16th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment:  The Food-Energy-Water Nexus  —   January 19-21, 2016  —  Arlington, VA

The conference will be an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in this emerging field field of practice with  1,200 other leaders in science, technology, government, business, civil society, and education to create strategies and initiatives …

Budget Deal Oil-for-Renewables Trade Would Substantially Reduce Carbon Emissions
December 21, 2015 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Varun Sivaram and Michael Levi (Council on Foreign Relations)  …  In this post we’re going to estimate the climate impact of the renewables tax credit extensions. We focus on 2016-2020 for three reasons: (a) …

Climate Benefits of One of the Oldest Technologies Still in Use
December 18, 2015 – 9:19 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Thanks to decades of innovation, clean diesel technology is helping to deliver significant reductions in GHG emissions and is a major feature of the U.S. climate commitment outlined in the INDC that …

Hydrogen from Biomethane; Gasoline & Diesel from Tree Residue; Cellulosic Ethanol among New Proposed California LCFS Fuel Pathways
December 18, 2015 – 9:01 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff posted 32 new Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) fuel pathway applications for comments at the LCFS website. Among the multiple applications for different processing pathways of …

The Countries That Produce The Most Biofuels [Infographic]
December 18, 2015 – 8:50 pm | No Comment

by Niall McCarthy (Forbes) In 2010, global biofuel production reached approximately 28 billion gallons. Produced when biomass is converted directly into liquid fuel, ethanol and biodiesel are the two most common forms of biofuel in use …

Carson Decries Ethanol Subsidies, Rubio Focuses on Manufacturing
December 18, 2015 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

(RadioIowa)  Republican candidate Ben Carson says he’d like to see all subsidies for the biofuels industry done away with if he wins the White House.
Support for ethanol has become a flash point in the race. On …

Iowa Voters Have Given up on Ethanol; Presidential Candidates Are Following Suit
December 18, 2015 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Evan Halper (Los Angeles Times)  … Now that fuel, corn-based ethanol, finds itself threatened with a defection that was once unthinkable: Iowa voters.
The electorate here in the early voting state often defined by its …

Protecting Public Health Through Cleaner Fuels and Lower Emissions
December 18, 2015 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing examining the health impacts of current octane sources and the need for cleaner, cost-effective octane providers. Octane is necessary for …

University of Illinois Awarded Grant to Support Sorghum Research
December 18, 2015 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois/Biomass Magazine)  The University of Illinois has been awarded a 3-year, $5 million grant from the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy as part of its OPEN 2015 funding initiative (ARPA-E OPEN). Under Principal Investigator …

Chempolis, Avantha Partner to Offer Cellulosic Technology
December 18, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Chempolis, Ltd.)  Chempolis Ltd., a Finland-based biorefining technology corporation, has entered into partnership with Avantha Group’s research wing Avantha Centre for Industrial Research & Development to offer technology to India to extract ethanol from various agricultural residues …

Lifting the U.S. Crude Export Ban: Impact on Oil, Biofuels, Wind & Solar & the Evolution of the U.S. Energy Landscape
December 18, 2015 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

(Genscape)  Now in the hands of president Obama for final sign off, the budget deal that could end the 1975 oil export ban, could also extend investment and Production Tax Credits (ITC and PTC) that …

2016 Smart Cities Innovation Summit — June 13-15, 2016 — Austin, TX
December 18, 2015 – 12:54 pm | No Comment
2016 Smart Cities Innovation Summit  —   June 13-15, 2016  —  Austin, TX

The 2016 Smart Cities Innovation Summit brings together over 100 Cities and their respective leadership to prospect and partner with innovative technology and service providers; linking progressive cities with state-of-art solutions and best practices.
The Smart …

EPA Stands by Biofuels’ Greenhouse Gas Benefits
December 18, 2015 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

(OntarioFarmer.com)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final rules on the volume of biofuels that must be produced from 2014 to 2016 shows the agency is convinced that biofuels reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared with fossil …

Obama Administration Announces Competition to Designate the Third and Final Round of Promise Zones
December 18, 2015 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Today, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that communities may now apply to be designated a …

44 Saltend Workers Face Redundancy as BP Mothball Research Plant
December 18, 2015 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

(Hull Daily Mail) More than 40 staff at a research facility at Saltend have been told they are facing redundancy.  Kingston Research Ltd (KRL) is a joint venture between BP and Du Pont. The plant pilots the …

Findin’ the Benjamins: Stern Brothers’ 2015 8-Slide Guide to Renewable Fuels Project Finance
December 18, 2015 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with Stern Brothers and managing director John …

Aromatics Ascending: IFP Energies Nouvelles, Axens to Accelerate Bio-BTX via Anellotech Partnership
December 18, 2015 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New York, Anellotech, IFPEN and Axens said they have completed construction on a fully-integrated development and testing plant, “TCat-8”, for the production of bio-based paraxylene, benzene, toluene, ortho-xylene and …

The Crushing Burden of Hidden Taxes on E85 Renewable Fuel
December 18, 2015 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There’s historic news out now — that E85 fuel is available on a wholesale basis for less than 85 cents per gallon. The Anderson’s in Denison, Iowa are wholesaling E85 …

US Senate Passes TSCA Reform
December 18, 2015 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by  Gayle S. Putrich (Plastics News) The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would update a decades-old law regulating chemical manufacture, transportation and use, after weeks of waiting under a hold focused on unrelated …

Study: Bioethanol Lowers CO2 Emissions From German Traffic, Creates Added Value
December 18, 2015 – 10:34 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Bioethanol and petrol blends lowered CO2 emissions from road traffic in Germany by around 1.2 million tonnes in the first three quarters of 2015, a new study says.
According to the findings of a …

BETO Seeks Stakeholder Input on the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines
December 18, 2015 – 10:22 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) have released a request for information (RFI) titled “Co-Optimization …

Symposium on Thermal and Catalytic Sciences for Biofuels and Biobased Products — November 1-4, 2016 — Chapel Hill, NC
December 17, 2015 – 5:29 pm | No Comment
Symposium on Thermal and Catalytic Sciences for Biofuels and Biobased Products  —   November 1-4, 2016  — Chapel Hill, NC

The 2016 symposium will spotlight recent technical advances in thermochemical biomass conversion to biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower and provide a showcase for energy experts to introduce themselves and their research to the audience to look …

Petrol Station Owners Face $1 Million Fines for Mis-stating Ethanol Octane rating
December 17, 2015 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Anne Davies  (Sydney Morning Herald)  Service station owners are facing a double whammy over E10 ethanol petrol after the Department of Fair Trading issued warnings they faced fines up to $1 million if they …

How Renewable Ethanol Can Be Produced Sustainably
December 17, 2015 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

(ePURE) … At ePURE, the association representing European ethanol producers, we believe that renewable ethanol can play an important role in decarbonising transport.
Because ethanol can be blended with petrol to run in existing engines, it is …

West Coast Mayors Form EV Consortium, Pledge Carbon Reductions
December 17, 2015 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by  Bengt Halvorson (Clean Car Reports)  … (M)ayors of four large West Coast cities—Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland—met in Portland for a two-day summit and united to reduce carbon emissions on a regional …

Australian Biofuel Use to Plummet Despite Queensland Ethanol Mandate
December 17, 2015 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by  Christine Forster (Platts)  A decision by the Queensland government to mandate the use of ethanol in regular unleaded gasoline sold in the state may provide a small uptick in demand for the blendstock. But …

Alcohol to Renewable Jet Fuel: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Gevo’s ATJ
December 17, 2015 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Alcohol-to-jet. Several are working on it – Byogy, for example, and Vertimass, Virent and LanzaTech. But Gevo has been working through the rigorous ASTM process for six years, which includes …

Consumers Go ‘Green.’ Are We Leveraging This Trend Enough?
December 17, 2015 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Sebastian Søderberg (Novozymes/Biofuels Digest)  … I believe consumers are becoming increasingly aware and concerned about the damage their consumption can cause to the planet. With this awareness, comes a growing focus on products that reduce GHG …

“High Confidence Level” as Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel Closes in on Historic ASTM Approval
December 17, 2015 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As ASTM technical balloting is underway and as experts sift through and request revised submissions of technical data, insiders are pointing to an early 2016 approval for Gevo’s renewable alcohol-to-jet …

Cruz Out of Sync on Ethanol with Likely Republican Caucus-Goers in Iowa Poll
December 17, 2015 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by John McCormick (Bloomberg Politics)  The poll also shows the parochial nature—and potential for hypocrisy—surrounding federal assistance programs  —  Ted Cruz’s position on a requirement that’s key to corn-based ethanol runs counter to the views …

Modeling Climate Change and its Social Costs
December 17, 2015 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Osaretin Oghomwen Omorodion* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On November 13th, the National Academies of Science’s Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education convened with its board of Environmental Change and Society to assess current …

Cheap Gas Spurs SUV Sales and Puts U.S. Climate Goals at Risk
December 17, 2015 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson and Paul Lienert (Reuters)  Surging demand for trucks and SUVs fueled by cheap gasoline is holding back improvements in U.S. fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions, a government report due out on …

Federal Agencies Release Update on National Biogas Activities
December 17, 2015 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  In support of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) jointly released the Biogas …

Clean Energy RNG Fuel for Ryder Trucks
December 16, 2015 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

(Fleets & Fuels)  Ryder Trucks in California to Use ‘Redeem’ Brand Biomethane, Clean Energy to Provide Fuel Station Maintenance Services Too  —  Ryder System natural gas vehicles fueling in Orange and Fontana, Calif. will use “Redeem” …

Oregon Joins Calif., BC in Climate Fight with Clean Fuels Program
December 16, 2015 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  On Dec. 9 the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Commission voted unanimously to finalize the state’s clean fuels program (CFP). Oregon becomes the third jurisdiction on the West Coast—following California and …

Cal DGS Requires Renewable
December 16, 2015 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

(Fleets & Fuels)  Directive Covering Bulk Diesel Buys Issued Wednesday  —  California’s Department of General Services advised state fuel buyers this week that henceforth they are to purchase renewable diesel fuel, “defined as a diesel …

MBA & KS95 Reward Drivers to Switch to E15
December 16, 2015 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twin Cities radio station, KS95 FM, and the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MBA), today rewarded customers who fueled up with E15 at Highland Service Minnoco.
From 11 am to 12 pm, customers who fueled …

Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) Begins Production of Cellulosic Ethanol at Stockton Facility
December 16, 2015 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

(Street Insider)  Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX) announced it is now producing cellulosic ethanol at its Stockton, CA facility using Edeniq, Inc.’s Pathway Technology.
Neil Koehler, the company’s president and CEO, stated, “We are now commercially …

Export Exchange 2016 — October 24-27, 2016 — Detroit, MI
December 16, 2015 – 5:06 pm | No Comment
Export Exchange 2016 — October 24-27, 2016  —   Detroit, MI

Nearly 200 international buyers and end-users are expected to be in Detroit, Michigan from Oct. 24 to 27, 2016  – eager to meet and build relationships with more than 300 domestic suppliers in attendance over three days …

Thoughtful Planning Is Essential To Meet The Renewable Fuel Standard
December 16, 2015 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Ghasideh Pourhashem (Forbes)  …  Originally, along with energy security targets and diversifying U.S. fuel mix, the RFS was designed to lower the lifecycle GHG emissions and combustion-related smog from fossil fuel use. In recent …

Tyner: Decision on RFS Is Statement on Greenhouse Gas Emissions
December 16, 2015 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(Farmers’ Advance)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final rules on the volume of biofuels that must be produced from 2014 to 2016 continues the current policy thrust that biofuels reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared with …

Port of Seattle Partners with Alaska Airlines and Boeing on Plan to Supply Sustainable Aviation Biofuel at Sea-Tac Airport
December 16, 2015 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire)  The Port of Seattle, Alaska Airlines [NYSE: ALK] and Boeing [NYSE: BA] are partnering to move toward a significant environmental goal: powering all flights by all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with sustainable …

Ethanol Production from Paddy Plants Soon
December 16, 2015 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Dilip Kumar Jha (Business Standard)  Avantha Group inks pact with Finland based Chempolis to bring technology to India —  Avantha Group, promoted by $4-billion Gautam Thapar group, has entered into a partnership with Finland-based …

India to Allow Ethanol-Only Vehicles; Response to Be Muted
December 16, 2015 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Mayank Bhardwaj (Reuters)  India will soon allow automakers to manufacture vehicles that can run entirely on ethanol, but adoption is likely to be slow as the country has not been able to source the …

School Teaches Farmers to Brew Own Biodiesel
December 16, 2015 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

(Tennessee State University Newsroom)  Farmers are known to be a pretty independent breed, and a school is teaching them to be energy independent by brewing their own biodiesel. This story from RFD-TV says Tennessee State …

Researchers Turn Fish Waste Into A Coffee-Scented Biofuel
December 16, 2015 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Deirdre Lockwood (Chemical & Engineering News)  Environment: Hydrothermal carbonization transforms seafood discards into hydrochar, a carbon-rich solid —  Before that beautiful salmon filet lands on your plate, a lot of less appetizing stuff gets …

SASB Issues Provisional Sustainability Accounting Standards for Renewable Resources & Alternative Energy Sector
December 16, 2015 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

(Sustainability Accounting Standards Board/PR Newswire) The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board™ (SASB)™, a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides sustainability accounting standards for publicly listed companies in the U.S., today issued provisional standards for six industries in the Renewable …

Coal Dust and Algae Can Help Meet Future Energy Needs
December 16, 2015 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Heather Dugmore (Business Day Live)  A new fuel, Coalgae, produced from a combination of waste coal dust and algae, could save SA up to 40% of its crude oil imports.
Ben Zeelie and his team …

Great Green Fleet Readies to Sail in January
December 16, 2015 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Meghann Myers (Navy Times)  More than six years after it was first announced, the Great Green Fleet will makes its maiden voyage in late January.
The carrier strike group will deploy, fueled with a mix …

Soon, a Fuel Based on Coconut Oil for Your Car
December 16, 2015 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(Times of India)  As the world continues to debate climate change and curb on emissions, this engineering college has developed a coconut oil-based biofuel that that promises to be more eco-friendly by reducing emmision of …

Ramp up Them thar Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Berkeley Lab and ABPDU
December 16, 2015 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Part of the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, established by the United States Department of Energy, is the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit, designed to help ramp up the bioeconomy. ABPDU enables early …

C5 Is the New C6
December 16, 2015 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Goodbye glucose, hello xylose. The X-Factor in the advanced bioeconomy might just be a sugar that starts with an X.  …  When we think about C5s — that are liberated by …

Meet the New Climate Villain: Cheap Oil
December 16, 2015 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Charles Komanoff (Carbon Tax Center)  … The average price of gas sold in the U.S. over the past ten months is 25 percent below last year’s price — the steepest drop in at least 70 …

Electric Planes Aim to Soar High for Cleaner Aviation
December 16, 2015 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Djallal Malti and Bojan Kavcic (Agence France-Presse/Industry Week)  Ultra light, fast and cheap: more than a century after the Wright brothers flew the world’s first powered aircraft, a small Slovenian company now hopes to revolutionize …

Consumers Are A-OK With E15 Fuel
December 15, 2015 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Brian Berk (Convenience Store News)  Study: The alternative fuel is becoming much more “appealing.”  —  Just a few years ago, some convenience store retailers and consumers alike were hesitant to sell and purchase E15 …

BioFuelNet’s Advanced Biofuels Symposium (ABS) — July 6-8, 2016 — Vancouver, British Columbia
December 15, 2015 – 2:24 pm | No Comment
BioFuelNet’s Advanced Biofuels Symposium (ABS)  —  July 6-8, 2016  —  Vancouver, British Columbia

From July 6-8, 2015, BioFuelNet hosts its annual Advanced Biofuels Symposium in Vancouver. This Symposium brings together multi-disciplinary experts in the energy field, including top researchers, industry leaders and innovators from many sectors, to discuss …