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New Resource for Farmers: A Legal and Regulatory Overview of On-Farm Biodiesel Production in Vermont
February 29, 2016 – 7:40 pm | No Comment

(VTDigger.org)  Vermont Law School research commissioned by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund will help reach biodiesel goals of Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan  —  A new report, On-Farm Biodiesel Production in Vermont: Legal and Regulatory Overview, …

Biodiesel in a Caustic Flash
February 29, 2016 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

(AlphaGalileo.org)  Biodiesel represents a potentially cleaner and more sustainable fuel than those derived from crude oil. Now, scientists have developed a high-speed conversion that turns waste cooking oil into fuel using ultrasound and caustic soda. …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: 11th Biennial Meeting of the Short Rotation Woody Crops Operations Working Group on Short Rotation Woody Crop Science and Technology in an Uncertain Global Marketplace October 11-13, 2016 Fort Pierce, FL DEADLINE: March 16, 2016
February 29, 2016 – 7:21 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  11th Biennial Meeting of the Short Rotation Woody Crops Operations Working Group on Short Rotation Woody Crop Science and Technology in an Uncertain Global Marketplace October 11-13, 2016 Fort Pierce, FL DEADLINE: March 16, 2016

The Short Rotation Woody Crops Operations Working Group is a private and public partnership. Our mission is to promote collaborative efforts in developing needed operations for plantings that comply with the principles of economic viability, …

EPA Funds Small Businesses to Develop Environmental Technologies
February 29, 2016 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency) Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced eight contracts to small businesses to develop innovative technologies to protect the environment, funded through EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.
“The green technologies that …

Platts, Department of Commerce’s ITA Form Strategic Agreement
February 29, 2016 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(Platts/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Platts, the leading independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets and a division of McGraw Hill Financial, has entered into a strategic agreement with the U.S. …

White Mountain Biodiesel Announces Plans to Expand Plant Capacity and Begin Direct Sales of Biodiesel to Retail Customers
February 29, 2016 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

(White Mountain Biodiesel) NBB member White Mountain Biodiesel, LLC announced today that it has begun the expansion of its plant in North Haverhill, NH. The expansion, which will occur over the next two years, will …

Stimulating Investment To Grow the Biobased Economy
February 29, 2016 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  … The challenge our industry faces right now is to continue building investment in the biobased economy. That can be accomplished with both policy and non-policy activities.

On the policy …

2016 Advanced Bioeconomy Deployment Report
February 29, 2016 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest has released its February 2016 edition of the Advanced Bioeconomy Deployment Report, including industry projects under development through 2019, and statistics and surveys on the industry growth outlook. …

50 BC Cleantech CEOs Send Prime Minister Trudeau an Open Letter Outlining a National Cleantech Growth Strategy
February 29, 2016 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

(BC Cleantech CEO Alliance /NewsWire)  The BC Cleantech CEO Alliance is a group of cleantech entrepreneurs and CEOs committed to accelerating British Columbia as a global hub of cleantech innovation, talent, capital and solutions to …

Ethanol Keeps Gasoline Prices Down
February 29, 2016 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Fred Yoder (The Columbus Dispatch/Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association) When the original renewable fuel standard was passed in 2005, gasoline manufacturers were under heavy pressure to do something about the contamination of thousands of …

Benefits and Ordeals of a Biofuel Project in Nigeria
February 29, 2016 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Oladunjoye A. Waleola (Avandith Renewable Energy Limited Nigeria; special to Advanced Biofuels USA)  Avandith Renewable Energy Limited Nigeria is a company deeply involved in Jatropha curcas cultivation as well as biofuel production. We have …

OUR VIEW: Ethanol Supports May Have Outlived Usefulness
February 29, 2016 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Tom Dennis (Grand Forks Herald)  …  What happened is that crude oil production soared in North Dakota and elsewhere around the United States. More domestic oil production means less need to import foreign oil—and …

Gary W. Johnson, Board of Contributors: Clearing up Facts about Ethanol and Your Vehicle
February 27, 2016 – 8:09 pm | No Comment

by Gary W. Johnson (WacoTrib.com)  … In this instance, the numbers quoted for bad-gasoline engine emissions with ethanol blends is a prediction based on ethanol harming and even shutting down catalytic converters. It was a prominent …

Ethanol in Fuel: Is the Bad Rap Deserved?
February 27, 2016 – 7:57 pm | No Comment

by Ed Wodalski (Pumper Magazine)  Ethanol-blended fuels receive criticism for creating wear and tear on small engines  —  Should you use ethanol-blended, oxygenated fuel in your small engine? The short answer is yes, but …
Today’s spark-ignited, …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstocks Conference —- June 6-8, 2016 — Miami, FL DEADLINE:
February 27, 2016 – 7:37 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstocks Conference —- June 6-8, 2016 — Miami, FL   DEADLINE:

New fuels, chemicals, and materials are changing our ideas of performance, cost and sustainability.
But nothing will be accomplished without sustainable, affordable feedstock — for the growers, project developers investors, governments and the public. What’s working …

Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstocks Conference —- June 6-8, 2016 — Miami, FL
February 27, 2016 – 7:30 pm | No Comment
Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstocks Conference   —-   June 6-8, 2016  —  Miami, FL

SUSTAINABLE, AFFORDABLE, RELIABLE, AVAILABLE — THE DRIVE FOR BIOECONOMY FEEDSTOCKS AND THE BUILDING OF A SUPPLY CHAIN
New fuels, chemicals, and materials are changing our ideas of performance, cost and sustainability.
But nothing will be accomplished without …

DOE Posts Presentations from Hydrogen, Hydrocarbons, and Bioproduct Precursors from Wastewaters Workshop
February 27, 2016 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

The Hydrogen, Hydrocarbons, and Bioproduct Precursors from Wastewaters Workshop was held March 18–19, 2015, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Washington D.C. offices. Sponsored by the DOE’s Bioenergy and …

New Vehicle Initiative Aims to Make Fuel and Engines Work Together More Efficiently
February 27, 2016 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Reuben Sarkar (Department of Energy)  Recently I had the pleasure of briefing members of Congress on EERE’s groundbreaking fuel-engine co-optimization initiative. The new, multi-year project combines previously independent areas of biofuels and engine combustion research …

Biomass Research And Development Technical Advisory Committee Public Meeting — March 8-9, 2016 — Arlington, VA
February 27, 2016 – 7:06 pm | No Comment
Biomass Research And Development Technical Advisory Committee Public Meeting  —  March 8-9, 2016  —  Arlington, VA

Purpose of Meeting: To develop advice and guidance that promotes research and development leading to the production of biobased fuels and biobased products.
Tentative Agenda: Agenda will include the following:
Update on USDA Biomass R&D Activities
Update on …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Bioresources as a Key to Value Added Products — April 29-30 — Uttar Pradesh, India DEADLINE: March 15, 2016
February 27, 2016 – 6:51 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  Bioresources as a Key to Value Added Products   —   April 29-30  —  Uttar Pradesh, India   DEADLINE:  March 15, 2016

The objective of the conference is to disseminate the knowledge about the recent advances in development of value added products from bioresources. The national conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers, research scholars, …

Bioresources as a Key to Value Added Products — April 29-30 — Uttar Pradesh, India
February 27, 2016 – 6:48 pm | No Comment
Bioresources as a Key to Value Added Products   —   April 29-30  —  Uttar Pradesh, India

The objective of the conference is to disseminate the knowledge about the recent advances in development of value added products from bioresources. The national conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers, research scholars, …

Ensyn Biocrude Receives CARB Approvals for Refinery Coprocessing
February 27, 2016 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Ensyn Corp.’s chief technology officer Barry Freel announced the company has been granted key regulatory approvals by California Air Resources Board pursuant to the low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) on …

Vilsack, Goodlatte Debate Biofuels Policy
February 27, 2016 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Ken Anderson (Brownfield Ag News)  Federal support for biofuels came up for discussion at this week’s House Agriculture Committee hearing on the state of the rural economy.
Representative Bob Goodlatte of Virginia questioned Agriculture Secretary …

JetBlue Joins The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials
February 26, 2016 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials/BusinessWire)  As the First U.S. Airline Member, JetBlue Joins this Coalition of Global Companies to Research the Sustainability of Aviation Biofuels  —  JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq:JBLU) today announced it has joined The Roundtable …

Optimizing Biofuel Production from Algae Using Carbon Dioxide Emissions
February 26, 2016 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

(American Chemical Society) The combustion of fossil fuels drives the world’s energy production, but it also emits carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases. In recent years, researchers have worked to cultivate alternative, renewable energy sources, …

Two Funders. One Process. $40 Million Competition
February 26, 2016 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(CCEMC and SDTC) CCEMC and SDTC are offering a unique joint funding opportunity to Canadian clean technology innovators and entrepreneurs. There is up to $40 million in funding available, with a maximum of $10 million …

Science: 2015 Well Blowout Doubled Los Angeles’ Methane Leak Rate
February 26, 2016 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Meagan Phelan (AAAS.org) The first quantitative estimates of the Aliso Canyon well blowout reveal that it released more than 100,000 tons of the powerful greenhouse gas methane.
A new study provides one of the first quantitative …

A Strong, Sustainable Step in the Green Direction for On-Site Fuel Provider Diesel Direct
February 26, 2016 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Direct/PR Log)  Diesel Direct announced the acquisition of all assets of Pure Energy, Inc.  The strategic purchase includes all mobile fueling customers, a full portfolio of biodiesel products, and Pure Energy’s sustainable energy intellectual …

Agile Biomanufacturing Industry Listening Day Workshop — March 15, 2016 — Berkeley, CA
February 26, 2016 – 4:57 pm | No Comment
Agile Biomanufacturing Industry Listening Day Workshop  —   March 15, 2016  —  Berkeley, CA

A consortium of nine national laboratories is holding the Agile Biomanufacturing Industry Listening Workshop on March 15, 2016 in Berkeley, California, to increase understanding of industry needs around synthetic biology.
U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories …

Gevo Signs Licensing and Joint Development Agreements With Porta
February 26, 2016 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

(GEVO)  Gevo and Porta Are Targeting the Construction of at Least Four Isobutanol Plants in Argentina; First Plant to be Wholly Owned by Porta, With a Targeted Production Capacity of Up to Five Million Gallons …

Bio Plant for Handling Household Waste to Be Built in UK
February 26, 2016 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(DONG Energy/Biomass Magazine)  A world first bio plant for handling unsorted household waste will be built in Northwich, Cheshire by DONG Energy.
It will be the first bio plant in the world to handle unsorted household …

Ethanol Market Participants at Odds over Chinese Import Viability
February 26, 2016 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Toh Wei Zheng (Platts)  There was considerable debate about the role of China as a potential export market for ethanol in the long run during the FO Licht Sugar & Ethanol conference held in Bangkok, …

Corn Growers’ Ethanol Committee Meets with California Officials
February 26, 2016 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(Crop Protection News)  The ethanol committee of the National Corn Growers Association met with California regulators and industry leaders to talk about the economy, reducing greenhouse gases, and producing higher quality blends that can be …

Ethanol Fuels Missouri Corn Checkoff Success
February 26, 2016 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Benjamin Herrold (Missouri Farmer Today)  Gary Marshall has seen how the Missouri corn checkoff has shaped the industry and impacted farmers. Marshall, the CEO of the Missouri Corn Growers Association and the Missouri Corn Merchandising …

DSM’s Welsh Talks Company’s Plans to Shift Investments to China
February 26, 2016 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Monica Trauzzi (OnPoint/E&E TV)  As the renewable fuel standard continues to face legal and legislative challenges, advanced biofuels companies are seeking alternative investment markets. During today’s OnPoint, Hugh Welsh, president of DSM North America, …

Is The Electric Vehicle A Crude Oil Killer?
February 26, 2016 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Forbes) … Petroleum is in an entirely different category. It is used primarily for transportation, and it has held more than 90% of the transportation market for over 60 years.

Biofuels made a push …

Ethanol Mandate and the Price You Pay for Gas
February 26, 2016 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(Agricultural & Applied Economics Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Just last year the USA Today and Chicago Tribune called for an end to the mandate that was created, in part, to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign …

The Myth about Renewable Energy Subsidies
February 26, 2016 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Giles Parkinson (Clean Technica)  Ever hear the story about why renewable energy can’t compete without a subsidy? You hear it all the time from the fossil fuel industry. And the response from renewables? Take …

Presidential Candidates Give Voters Big Choices on Energy Plans
February 26, 2016 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Natalie Jacewicz (Scientific American)  From Trump to Sanders, the 2016 White House hopefuls emphasize different strategies, from wind power to oil drilling. As Super Tuesday primaries loom, here is a comparison …  Marco Rubio: …

Fact Checking the 10th GOP Debate
February 26, 2016 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Glenn Kessler and Michelle Ye Hee Lee (The Washington Post)  “What I said is that ethanol [mandate] will phase out; it is phasing out now. By 2022, that program expires by virtue of the existing …

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Talks GMOs And Ethanol
February 26, 2016 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Robin Young (NPR’s Here and Now)
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is the only member of the cabinet who’s been there since President Obama took office. He heads a department that oversees a wide swath of …

Finland to Provide US$88 Million Investment Aid to Renewables Projects
February 26, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Nerijus Adomaiti  (Channel NewsAsia/Reuters)  Finland will provide 80 million euros (US$88 million) in aid to biofuel and new energy technology projects to meet its climate goals by 2030, the government said on Thursday.
The Nordic …

New Way to Reduce Plant Lignin Could Lead to Cheaper Biofuels
February 26, 2016 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Berkeley Lab and Joint BioEnergy Institute scientists harness enzyme in effort to cut pretreatment costs  —  Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have shown …

Biofuels Retail Advancement in Wisconsin Transportation (BRAWT) Program
February 26, 2016 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin Clean Cities)  On October 28, 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, Office of Energy Innovation (OEI) had been awarded $3.7 million through the Biofuels Infrastructure …

Don’t Save Energy, Save Exergy! The Enemy of Progress a/k/a Waste Heat
February 26, 2016 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  One of the most important efforts to reduce waste heat is in transportation engines.  …   In transportation engine efficiency, there’s nothing more ambitious on the agenda than the US …

Abengoa Bioenergy Files for Chapter 11 for Parent and 5 Subsidiaries
February 25, 2016 – 8:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Missouri, Abengoa Bioenergy US Holding, LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri on behalf of itself and 5 of its …

Op-Ed: South Carolina Boats, Presidential Candidates and Ethanol Blended Fuels
February 25, 2016 – 7:59 pm | No Comment

(BOAT-US) … E0 (zero-ethanol) gasoline, which is sold at marinas and gas stations, is in effect being pushed out of boat fuel market to make room for the Renewable Fuel Standard-mandated E15 and higher ethanol blends. …

EPA ‘Committed’ to Releasing RFS on Time
February 25, 2016 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

By Spencer Chase (Agri-Pulse) After failing in recent years to meet mandated timelines for the Renewable Fuel Standard, the Environmental Protection Agency is vowing to get the program back on schedule.
“We don’t like missing deadlines at …

WEBINAR: Examples of Positive Bioenergy and Water Relationships in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and Europe — April 6, 2016
February 25, 2016 – 6:55 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR: Examples of Positive Bioenergy and Water Relationships in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and Europe  —  April 6, 2016

GBEP Activity Group 6:  This webinar provides the opportunity to share and discuss positive examples of bioenergy and water relationships from Africa, Asia & the Pacific and Europe. Please also note that a similar webinar focused …

Boeing, Aeromexico, Mexican Government Collaborate on Sustainable Aviation Biofuel Research and Development
February 25, 2016 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

(Boeing/PR Newswire)  Initiative supports Mexico’s aviation sector, environmental and socio-economic goals  —  Boeing [NYSE: BA], Aeromexico and Mexico’s Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA) will collaborate with a biojet program supported by Mexico’s Sector Fund for …

Zeitgeist at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference
February 25, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

 
by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  You might think that annual conferences feel the same year after year. Not true.  One of the reasons to attend conferences is to get an update on the dynamic …

ACORE’s Advanced Biofuel Leadership Conference Summary
February 24, 2016 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

(ACORE) On February 19, the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) presented a panel at the Advanced Biofuel Leadership Conference (ABLC) before a full room for a Friday afternoon on, “Standing together: Lessons learned across the …

Is the Climate Changing for Fossil Fuel Investments?
February 24, 2016 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

(Morgan Stanley)  As the world embraces a low-carbon economy, should investors change how they view fossil fuel investments?  —  … Most investors interested in establishing a fossil-fuel aware portfolio can follow a four step roadmap to …

Apply to Sustainable Development Technology Canada
February 24, 2016 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

(Sustainable Development Technology Canada) Continuing to support and invest in Canada’s cleantech sector—and the companies that strive to improve the environmental and economic impacts of technology through innovation and entrepreneurship —Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is …

The Little Photosynthetic Monster: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to ZeaKal
February 24, 2016 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) PhotoSeed technology  READ MORE

TechStory: ZeaKal’s Series B Points the New Way of Accelerating Biotech Companies to Infinty and Beyond
February 24, 2016 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  It’s Toy Story all over again. You remember Woody’s struggle to avoid being tossed onto the shelf when Buzz Lightyear arrives.  So it is with biotechnology. It takes years, …

QU Makes Headway on Algae Project
February 24, 2016 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Joey Aguilar (Gulf Times)  Qatar University (QU) project to develop sustainable technologies from algae has entered the second phase, officials have said.
The Algal Technologies Programme (ATP), of  the university’s  Centre for Sustainable Development, seeks to …

Renewable Fuels Association Welcomes Auto Industry Vet Tracey King to Staff
February 24, 2016 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Auto industry veteran Tracey King has joined the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) as the organization’s new Technical Director. King will serve as the RFA’s top liaison to the automakers, and will focus …

Global Ethanol-Based Vehicle Market 2016-2020
February 24, 2016 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

(ReportsNReports)  Market overview of ethanol-based vehicles   —  The market research analyst predicts the global ethanol-based vehicle market to grow at a CAGR of more than 6% during the forecast period. The shift from petroleum-based …

No Bill Gates, We Don’t Need ‘Energy Miracles’ To Solve Climate Change
February 24, 2016 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Joe Romm (Think Progress)   For six years, Bill Gates has been arguing that we need “energy miracles” to avoid catastrophic climate change. For six years, he has been wrong.
In fact, Gates is more wrong …

Army to Lease Land to HECO for Biodiesel-Fueled Power Project
February 24, 2016 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  The Army has announced the availability of the record of decision (ROD) to lease land and grant easements on Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield to Hawaii Electric Co. (HECO) …

College Student Assesses Biodiesel Production on Minnesota Campus
February 24, 2016 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Jenna Ray (Biodiesel Magazine/University of Minnesota, Morris)  The possibility of biodiesel production at the University of Minnesota, Morris, is driving Hannah Goemann, a junior biochemistry major from Wells, Minnesota. Goemann is partnering with the …

Researching A Rather Prickly Subject
February 24, 2016 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Brynne McMurray (Moapa Valley Progress)  Behind the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Office in Logandale is a remarkable research project. In a unique garden spot, professors are investigating the biofuel and other properties of …

This Startup Just Launched With A New Way to Turn Seawater into Hydrogen
February 24, 2016 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fehrenbacher (Fortune Magazine)  With funding from the early investor behind GoPro, this new startup has an ambitious plan.
People don’t really talk about the “hydrogen economy” like they did a decade ago. It’s a …

Raizen Has Lowest Price as Cellulosic Ethanol Hinges on Feedstock Cost
February 24, 2016 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research/MarketWired)  Of the Six Existing Commercial Cellulosic Ethanol Facilities, Raizen’s Projected Price of $2.17 per Gallon Is Lowest, as Innovations Help Bring Next-Generation Biofuels to Market, Says Lux Research
Six companies have now brought cellulosic …

UW Scientists Team up with Big Oil to Develop Renewable Jet Fuel
February 24, 2016 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Content  (Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel)  …  In one project among several around the nation, ExxonMobil is working with researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on technology to bring down the cost of renewable …

New Ammonia Biomass Pretreatment Process Improves Yield with Lower Enzyme Loading; Improving Cellulosic Biofuel Economics
February 24, 2016 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A team from the US, China and India, led by researchers from Michigan State University, has developed a new liquid ammonia biomass pretreatment methodology called Extractive Ammonia (EA). EA-pretreated corn stover delivers …

Biodiesel Popularity and Use Continues to Grow
February 24, 2016 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

By Andrea Johnson (Minnesota Farm Guide)  … “We’re very proud of what biodiesel has become in Minnesota, and the importance that it is having across the nation to provide safe and clean fuels for millions of …

A New Recipe for Biofuel: Genetic Diversity Can Lead to More Productive Growth
February 24, 2016 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org) … Today, scientists are exploring how grasses, and switchgrass in particular, can enrich the nation’s biofuel supply, which is currently dominated by corn, a crop relatively easy to convert to biofuel but also in demand …

Best for Biofuels
February 24, 2016 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Dave Evensen (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Research finds where bioenergy crops would grow best while minimizing detrimental effects on aquatic ecosystems  —  … Researchers at the University of Illinois used detailed models to examine impacts …

India’s HPCL Eyes Bihar Sugar Mills for Captive Ethanol Production
February 24, 2016 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Ajoy K Das (ICIS News)  India’s Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) is keen to venture into sugar production, making it the first among the country’s oil refiner-marketer to seek captive ethanol capacity through acquisition, a …

IEA and GBEP Launch Bioenergy and Water Paper
February 24, 2016 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Italy, IEA Bioenergy and the Global Bioenergy Partnership have published the “Examples of Positive Bioenergy and Water Relationships,” which includes examples that illustrate an encouraging variety both in terms …

High Margin Alternatives to Petroleum: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Earth Energy Renewables
February 24, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Earth Energy Renewables is a company focused on commercializing bio-based chemicals and fuels. The company has demonstrated success in creating high-margin green alternatives to petroleum-based products.  With a robust technology …

To Have and Have Not: Energy Security vs Energy Independence in a World Awash in Cheap Oil
February 24, 2016 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The following slides and comments are excerpted and expanded from remarks by Digest editor & publisher Jim Lane at the Energy Security Breakfast at ABLC 2016, held last week in …

Fuel of the Future
February 24, 2016 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Karen B. Roberts (University of Delaware)  UD scientist’s research shows promise in creating sustainable algae-based biofuels  —  At the University of Delaware, associate scientist Jennifer Stewart is working to create sustainable algae-based biofuels that could reduce …

Putting Corn in Your Car Isn’t as Crazy as It Sounds
February 23, 2016 – 8:15 pm | One Comment

by Nathanael Johnson (Grist)  When I first looked at the environmental impact of corn ethanol I thought it was simple: Grow an acre of corn for fuel and it means you have to grow another …

Breaking Europe’s Addiction to Oil
February 23, 2016 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Peder Holk Nielsen (Novozymes)  Former Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Novozymes’ CEO take steps to highlight Europe’s problematic addiction to oil – and what can be done …

Analysis: ‘TTIP Would Benefit US Biofuels’
February 23, 2016 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) If the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, currently being negotiated by the United States and the European Union becomes reality, a recent analysis by the Center for Agricultural …

Opinion: South Dakotans Send Ethanol Message
February 23, 2016 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Orrie Swayze (AgWeek)  The idea that shale makes us crude oil independent is an oil industry fantasy that enables us to deny we willfully sacrifice our troops to fight endless Middle East conflicts to support …

Edgington Letter: The RFS Does Work
February 23, 2016 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Chris Edgington (Globe Gazette)  … Today, energy represents 5.2 cents of every dollar spent on food versus 6.8 cents in 2008. According to the USDA the average grocery bill is up 1 percent in 2015 …

Swallowing the Frog
February 23, 2016 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Doug Rich (High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal)  The best statement made about the current market situation for grains at the Kansas Commodity Classic came from Chris Novak, CEO of the National Corn Growers Association. Novak …

Climate and Health Impacts of US Emissions Reductions Consistent with 2 °C
February 23, 2016 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Drew T. Shindell, Yunha Lee & Greg Faluvegi (Nature Climate Change)  An emissions trajectory for the US consistent with 2 °C warming would require marked societal changes, making it crucial to understand the associated benefits. Previous …

Valero Asks EPA to Redefine RFS Definition of Obligated Party
February 23, 2016 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Valero Energy Corp. has filed with a petition for reconsideration with the U.S. EPA, asking it to revise its definition of “obligated party” under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). …

The Highway to High Octane: Ethanol’s Attempts to Gain Ground in US Gasoline
February 23, 2016 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Herman Wang and Jeff Bair (Platts)  Capitol Crude:  The US Oil Policy Podcast  —  The US is likely to raise its gasoline octane standard over the next decade or so, which has the ethanol …

ACE Video Illustrates E15 Retail Market Potential
February 23, 2016 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In a new animated video geared toward retail fuel station owners, the American Coalition for Ethanol is illustrating the market potential of E15. The two minute animation highlights the rapidly growing …

Powerful Crap: The Quest to Turn Smelly Sewage into Sweet Biodiesel
February 23, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by David MacNeal (Ars Technica)  The facility smell? “That’s money,” Todd French says. “That’s what it smells like.” —  “By the time it gets here, David, it’s no longer my poop,” says microbiologist Todd French …

China Prepares to Sell Ageing Corn from Bulging Stockpiles
February 23, 2016 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

(Business Recorder/Reuters)  China is preparing to sell ageing corn from its bulging national reserves to companies that can use it to churn out products such as ethanol or starch, industry sources said on Wednesday. The …

From February 2016: Approval for Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO): Mercedes-Benz Truck Models Approved for Alternative Fuel HVO
February 23, 2016 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Daimler)  Approval for trucks with heavy-duty OM 470, OM 471 engines as well as medium-duty OM 936 and OM 934 variants; Use of HVO validated by extensive testing; maintenance intervals unchanged; The HVO raw material is sourced …

German Sugarbeet Consumption for Ethanol Jumps 9% in 2015
February 23, 2016 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, sugarbeet led the way in 2015 with 9% more used for ethanol production than the previous year, while production from feed grain fell nearly 2%, with overall production …

Yogi Berra on Bioenergy
February 23, 2016 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Douglas Faulkner (Biofuels Digest/Leatherstocking)  … In reflecting recently about the state of bioenergy and trends in the transportation industry, I was reminded of one of my favorite sayings of his (Yogi Berra’s): “The future ain’t …

Ensyn Chairman Dr. Robert Graham Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at ABLC 2016
February 23, 2016 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, Ensyn Chairman Dr. Robert Graham has received the 2016 Holmberg Award for Lifetime Achievement in Bioenergy.  …  Commenting on the award, Jim Lane said “Bob Graham founded Ensyn in …

7 Megatrends for the Bioeconomy
February 23, 2016 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Where is the bioeconomy headed? In the annual State of the Industry briefing at the 2016 Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference, the Digest presented a survey on that topic.
Here are the …

Obama Proposes Increased Funding for BETO
February 23, 2016 – 11:50 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request was released earlier this month, proposing increased funding levels for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The request proposes $278.9 million for the Bioenergy …

Second-Generation Biofuel Markets: State of Play, Trade and Developing Country Perspectives
February 23, 2016 – 9:56 am | No Comment

(United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)  UNCTAD’s first report on the state of biofuel technologies in 2007 highlighted a sector with great potential, but at the time that was a long way off from …

A.G. Schneiderman Reaches Agreement With Buffalo Biodiesel Over Lawsuits Targeting Small Businesses
February 22, 2016 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

(Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman)  Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced an agreement with Buffalo Biodiesel, a company that collects cooking oil waste and converts it into biodiesel, over claims that the company filed …

Duckweed to Biofuel Plant to Set up in Sparta, Ga.
February 22, 2016 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/Florida Times Union)  $4 million facility would convert duckweed in wastewate treatment ponds to fuel, officials say — WMAZ-TV reports officials in Sparta announced Wednesday that Duckweed USA will be setting up shop at the …

Ethanol and the Race to Higher Octane Standards in the US: Fuel for Thought
February 22, 2016 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Herman Wang (Platts)  With the US likely to raise the gasoline octane standard in the next decade or so to achieve greenhouse-gas emissions regulations and fuel efficiency targets, the domestic ethanol industry is promoting its …

Despite Lawsuits, EPA Investigation, Renewable Fuel Standard ‘Not Doomed’
February 22, 2016 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Lyons Hardcastle  (Enviromental Leader)  In the latest efforts to repeal the US biofuel mandate, last week the American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers both filed lawsuits challenging the Renewable Fuel …

Dinneen: State of the Ethanol Industry Remains Strong
February 22, 2016 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … “I am very pleased to have representatives from China, India, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru here today to learn the advantages of increased ethanol use and make important and lasting commercial …

RFA: Report Offers Recommendations on How to Market Ethanol
February 22, 2016 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  During the National Ethanol Conference, Matthew Willcox, executive director of the Institute of Decision Making, discussed how insights from behavioral science can be used by fuel marketers to affect consumer …

GRFA Calls on National Governments to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies
February 22, 2016 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Bliss Baker, the president of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, recently called upon national leaders to take advantage of the low price and abundant stockpiles of crude oil to …

Alliance BioEnergy: CTS Pilot Plant Producing Cellulosic Sugar
February 22, 2016 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(Alliance BioEnergy Plus/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. is pleased to announce that the CTS pilot plant located at the company’s subsidiary Ek Laboratories, is now running the complete conversion process from raw feedstock …

ORNL: Titan Probes Depths of Biofuel’s Biggest Barrier
February 22, 2016 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Ask a biofuel researcher to name the single greatest technical barrier to cost-effective ethanol, and you’re likely to receive a one-word response: lignin.
Cellulosic ethanol—fuel derived from woody plants and waste biomass—has …

Report: Energy Efficiency of Ethanol Continues to Improve
February 22, 2016 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Reports recently published by the USDA Office of the Chief Economist and the University of Missouri’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute demonstrate that ethanol production continues to become …

New Study Released, FFV Campaign Launched at Ethanol Conference
February 22, 2016 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   … A new campaign, called “Flex My Choice,” gives consumers a voice to support FFVs. The effort is aimed at automakers, auto dealers and the U.S. EPA. As the CAFE …

Octane Benefits Highlighted at National Ethanol Conference
February 22, 2016 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Held Feb. 15 to 17 in New Orleans, the NEC painted a strong future for the ethanol industry in the speakers addressing the conference theme, “Fueling a High …

Comet Biorefining to Build Biomass Sugar Plant in Ontario
February 22, 2016 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

(Comet Biorefining/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Comet Biorefining Inc. has announced the location of its commercial-scale biomass-derived sugar facility in the TransAlta Energy Park in Sarnia, Ontario.  The 60 million pounds per year plant will come online in …

McCarthy Addresses RFS, Role of Biomass in CPP during Hearing
February 22, 2016 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Feb. 11, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing on U.S. EPA policies that impact the rural economy. The renewable fuel standard (RFS) and Clean Power Plan …

Cellulosic Ethanol Falls A Few Billion Gallons Short
February 22, 2016 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Energy Trends Insider) … From zero commercial production in 2006, (Vinod) Khosla foresaw the first 100 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol hitting the market in 2008 (see Slide 78), ramping rapidly to 2.5 …

Book Review: Biofuels, Food Security and Developing Economies
February 22, 2016 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

(merinews)  …  Giving the intensity of debate of food versus fuel debate, Naziz (Mintz-Habib)’s fascinating study explores how and in what circumstances Biofuel crops contribute to either perpetuating or alleviating poverty and food in security …

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Research Showing Significant Improvement in Efficiency of Ethanol Production and Other Trends
February 22, 2016 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released a statement on two recent research reports supported by USDA focused on ethanol and other renewable fuels, one published by USDA’s Office of the Chief …

Ethanol Mandate Triggers `Constant Litigation,’ USDA Chief Says
February 22, 2016 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  EPA reduced ethanol volumes below statutory levels in November; Valero Energy files suit against U.S. government over target — The conflict between agriculture and petroleum interests over the government’s ethanol mandate shows no …

Let’s Not Leave the Discussion in Iowa
February 22, 2016 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ICM/Urban Air Initiative)  … Regardless of where candidates stood on ethanol, having this first step on the road to the White House begin in Iowa provides an opportunity to talk about …

Biofuels ‘Here and Now’ Solution
February 22, 2016 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Grey (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Canadian Renewable Fuels Association)  Biofuels are an important part of the renewable energy mix and an internal tool in the fight against climate change, writes Jim Grey. … Biofuels, such as …

38th SBFC Awards Nominations Due Monday, February 29
February 22, 2016 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

(Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology)  Nominations are still being accepted for the SBFC Awards. Nominations submitted will be reviewed by the SBFC Awards Committee and winners will be announced on the website. Awards will …

Going Full Throttle with Ethanol
February 22, 2016 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Richard Childress (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Richard Childress Racing)  E15 is a great fuel for Richard Childress Racing and for the entire NASCAR community, writes the former driver and team owner of RCR. … At RCR, we …

Oil Consumers Puppets on a String
February 22, 2016 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With the technology we have today, it’s a disgrace that we still largely depend on oil as our main source of energy, writes Mike Bryan. … The oil industry is …

Promising Jet Fuel Market Looms for Upgraded Bioethanol, Butanol
February 22, 2016 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Kapil Lokare (Lee Enterprises/Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Jet Fuel Potential  — Another large-scale market attracts developers in alcohol-to-jet fuel blends. For example, a Boeing 747 consumes approximately 1 gallon of fuel per second. Over the course of …

Meeting the California Low Carbon Challenge
February 22, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Susanna Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Eighty-nine ethanol producers west of the Mississippi River prepare for the revised LCFS.  … After a couple of years in limbo due to challenges to the Low Carbon Fuel …

Fungi from Goats’ Guts Could Lead to Better Biofuels
February 22, 2016 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Matt McGrath (BBC)  The legendary abilities of goats and sheep to digest a wide range of inedible materials could help scientists produce cheaper biofuels.
Researchers say fungi from the stomachs of these animals produce flexible …

Analyst: Biofuels Consolidation Will Continue in 2016
February 22, 2016 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

(Ocean Park Advisors/Ag Professionals)  … “Our experience leads us to believe there will be an increased number of owners and boards of renewable fuel companies evaluating their options in 2016, if not testing the market for …

BioFuelNet Canada Brings Biofuels Education to Canadian High Schools
February 22, 2016 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Quebec, BioFuelNet Canada has partnered with Talk Energy Week to participate as panelists at schools in eight Canadian cities, where they will be discussing sustainable advanced biofuels with over …

Bioethanol Made from Agricultural Residues Used for the First Time in Cleaning Agents
February 22, 2016 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(Clariant)  Clariant and Werner & Mertz collaborate; Clariant supplies cellulosic ethanol made with sunliquid® technology for Frosch® Bio-Spirit Multisurface-Cleaner; Second-generation bioethanol is produced from local agricultural residues without competing with food sources
Clariant, a world leader in specialty …

American Chemical Society Launches Biochemical Technology Leadership Roundtable
February 22, 2016 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the American Chemical Society in cooperation with LanzaTech, Intrexon and other leading bio-based chemical companies, announced at ABLC the formation of a Biochemical Technology Leadership Roundtable. This collaboration …

The Revolution in Biobased Materials: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide to the USDA BioPreferred Program
February 22, 2016 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the goal of the BioPreferred program is to increase the purchase and use of biobased products. The BioPreferred program was created by the 2002 …

6 Things Bernie Sanders Would Do to Crack Down on Fracking, Even if Congress Doesn’t Go Along
February 22, 2016 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Ben Adler (Grist)  … Instead of embracing gas as a supposedly cleaner “bridge fuel,” Sanders wants to go straight to renewables.
Here are the six most significant executive actions that a President Sanders would likely take …

Protein and Perfume: At ABLC, Even Less of a Focus on Fuels
February 22, 2016 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by Pavel Molchanov (Raymond James/Biofuels Digest)  This week, we attended the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference, a major annual gathering of firms in the bioindustrial space. As we noted in our conference recap from March 2015, the …

College Professor Patents Products that Could Change the Way Biofuels React to the Elements
February 22, 2016 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by Katherine Grandstrand (McClatchy/Vehicle Service Pros)  A South Carolina college professor has procured a patent for a product that changes the way biofuels react to the elements.
That product could make the fuels more popular in cold …

US Aims at 30% Penetration of Biomass Carbon in US Transport by 2030: New Federal Report Debut at ABLC 2016
February 22, 2016 – 10:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, the Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee has recommended “targeting a potential 30% penetration of biomass carbon into the U.S. transportation market by 2030 in a sustainable and cost-effective manner to create …

GFBiochemicals Acquires Segetis, Enters the US Market
February 19, 2016 – 8:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, GFBiochemicals announced at ABLC 2016 that it has acquired the assets and intellectual property of Segetis, a US-based, venture-backed levulinic acid derivatives producer Segetis has more than 50 patents …

Comet to Build 30K Ton Biomass Sugar Plant in Ontario
February 19, 2016 – 7:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, Comet Biorefining announced at ABLC 2016 the location of its commercial-scale biomass-derived sugar facility in the TransAlta Energy Park in Sarnia, Ontario. The 60 million pounds per year …

EPA Awards Grants to 38 Student Teams for Innovative Sustainable Projects
February 16, 2016 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency/ForConstructionPros.com)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 38 People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grants to university student teams for proposed projects to develop new, sustainable products and strategies. Each team …

Global Sustainability Standards Conference — May 11, 2016 — Washington, DC
February 16, 2016 – 4:52 pm | No Comment
Global Sustainability Standards Conference  —  May 11, 2016  —  Washington, DC

The major annual event for sustainability standards and certification.  Over 200 sustainability leaders and experts from business, government, NGOs and academia in Washington DC will come together to explore the role of standards in driving greater …

Price of Oil Crushes Liquid Transportation Fuels–Renewable and Not — Now What?
February 16, 2016 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

Editorial by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “Europe should promote the development of home-grown alternatives to imported oil and gas,”  according to former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who was Danish Prime Minister from November …

Bailout the US Shale Oil/Gas Industry or Fund Clean Sustainable Renewable Transportation? A New Way of Looking at the Options. Press Release
February 16, 2016 – 10:45 am | No Comment

For Immediate Release February 12, 2016—Frederick, MD Advanced Biofuels USA correspondent Robert E. Kozak analyses the potential for a reinvigorated US shale oil/gas industry with and without government subsidies; and compares it to the potential for near-term …

The Usual Suspects in Renewable Jet Fuels
February 16, 2016 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Kapil Lokare (Lee Enterprises/Renewable Energy World)  As renewables are moving from niche to mainstream, the industry is facing a paradigm shift in cost, quality, complexity, and scale ­— creating opportunities to develop new and different …

Bet on Biofuels, Not Russian Gas, Former NATO Chief Tells EU
February 16, 2016 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Ewa Krukowska (Bloomberg/Renewable Energy World)  European Union governments and companies would do better increasing production of renewables, such as biofuels, than counting on a natural-gas pipeline from Russia to ensure energy security, former NATO …

New Method for Bio-Designing Yeast Could Improve Biofuel Production
February 16, 2016 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  An assistant research specialist at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) has designed a new strain of yeast that could improve the efficiency of making fuel from cellulosic biomass …

JP Energy Partners Announces Ethanol Unit Train Project and Pipeline System Interconnection Agreement for its North Little Rock Refined Products Terminal
February 16, 2016 – 10:05 am | No Comment

(Digital Journal/ JP Energy Partners LP)  JP Energy Partners LP (“JP Energy”) (NYSE:JPEP) today (February 15, 2016) announced that it has initiated the expansion of its existing rail facilities at its North Little Rock refined products …

Harnessing the Power of Biology: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Genomatica
February 16, 2016 – 10:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  1. Harnessing the power of biology to unlock new alternative feedstocks.  —  Genomatica is a widely-recognized technology leader for the chemical industry, and for four years running has been the #1-ranked …

Researchers ‘Explode’ Sugar Beet Cells for Faster Fermentation
February 15, 2016 – 8:44 pm | No Comment

(Wageningen University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The European ERA-NET innovation project ChemBeet is developing a very promising technology in which cells are exploded to create a faster and cheaper fermentation process.
“The sugar from sugar beet can be …

USGC’s Aqua Feeding Trials in Vietnam Show Promising Results
February 15, 2016 – 8:37 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Results of two distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) aqua feeding trials conducted by the U.S. Grains Council in Vietnam show that U.S. DDGS is an economical and nutritious way …

Technology Harnesses Waste Gases for Power
February 15, 2016 – 8:32 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Castro (Alain Castro, CEO of Irvine, California-based Ener-Core) means he believes Ener-Core’s patented Power Oxidizer, which turns low-value industrial waste gases into base-load, on-site power, is poised to …

ACE: GREET Shows Improvement in Life Cycle Ethanol Emissions
February 15, 2016 – 8:21 pm | No Comment

by Kassidi Andres (Ethanol Producer Magazine) New research by American Coalition for Ethanol President Ron Alverson indicates life cycle modeling has demonstrated significant improvement in emissions performance of the corn-based ethanol life cycle, with continued improvements expected …

Advanced Biofuels USA’s Executive Director Participates in Energy & Sustainability Extravaganza
February 15, 2016 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The Association of Energy Engineers – National Capital Chapter, Leaders in Energy, and George Mason University’s Center for Energy Science and Policy hosted the Women in Energy and Environmental …

CALL FOR POSTERS: Emerging Technologies Student Leaders Conference DEADLINE: February 26, 2016
February 15, 2016 – 3:03 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR POSTERS:  Emerging Technologies Student Leaders Conference    DEADLINE: February 26, 2016

TechConnect, in partnership with the University of Virginia’s Nano and Emerging Technologies Club (NExT), the University of Central Florida’s Society for Emerging and NanoTechnologies (SENT), and SUNY Albany’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Club is proud …

#RFS Is a Top Issue for Ag Equipment Makers
February 15, 2016 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) hosted an Ag Executive Outlook panel during the opening day of the 2016 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville this week and one of the top …

Oil Rout to Spark U.S. Ethanol Consolidation, Green Plains Says
February 15, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg/Chicago Tribune)  The cheapest crude oil prices in 12 years could spark a wave of ethanol industry mergers in 2016, Green Plains Inc., a producer of the biofuel, said Thursday.
So far this …

Abu Dhabi Goes Green! Used Cooking Becomes Biodiesel in New Project
February 15, 2016 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Sarvy Geranpayeh  (Albawaba)  Tadweer, the Centre of Waste Management Abu Dhabi, has launched an initiative to convert household’s cooking oil waste into biodiesel for vehicles.
The project has been started in Abu Dhabi’s Al Raha area …

Biofuel Company with Polygamous Ties Spent Big on Utah Politicians even as Frauds Were Found
February 15, 2016 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Nate Carlisle and Brian Maffly (The Salt Lake Tribune)  Federal agents raided offices of Washakie and Kingstons amid claims the company hasn’t actually manufactured its own biofuels.  —  The storage tanks Washakie Renewable Energy …