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Abengoa Celebrates Grand Opening of Its First Commercial-Scale Next Generation Biofuels Plant
October 17, 2014 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(Abengoa/GlobeNewswire)  U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Kansas Senator Pat Roberts offer remarks during on-site event commemorating landmark occasion for advanced biofuels industry. Abengoa’s proprietary enzymatic hydrolysis technology turns crop residue (stalks, stems and leaves) into a sustainable fuel source – cellulosic ethanol. Abengoa (MCE:ABG.B/P SM) (Nasdaq:ABGB), the international comp…

4 Minutes With…Sam Yenne, CEO, Maverick Synfuels
October 15, 2014 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Maverick Synfuels is about converting low value feedstocks into petroleum replacing chemicals and fuels. What makes Maverick unique is our Spoke and Hub deployment model. First we focus on small-scale modular gas to methanol plants. From there we will vertically integrate into additional feedstocks and converting methanol to higher value products. … Nothing will advance the industry like success. The…

Teknor Apex Company Named Commercial Bioproduct Innovation of the Year award winner and Cenergy USA, Inc. Names Consumer Bioproduct Innovation of the Year
October 7, 2014 – 8:29 am | No Comment

(OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center)  Bioproduct Innovation of the Year Awards Announced at Bioproducts World Showcase and Conference The inaugural Bioproducts Innovation of the Year awards were announced today (October 6, 2014) at the Bioproducts World 2014 Showcase and Conference, being held today through Wednesday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Hilton Columbus Downtown. Teknor Apex Company was named the commercial Bioproduct In…

Gulf Racing Fuels Selling High Performance Fuels Using Gevo’s Renewable Isobutanol
October 3, 2014 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(Gevo)  Initial Focus on Marine and Off-Road Fuel Markets — Gevo, Inc.(Nasdaq:GEVO), the world’s only commercial producer of renewable isobutanol, announced that it is selling renewable isobutanol to Gulf Racing Fuels for their new line of marine and off-road fuels. The new biofuels will meet Gulf Racing Fuels’requirement for an oxygenated off-road fuel. The renewable isobutanol is being produced at Gevo’s Luverne, Minnes…

Funding Available for Projects Reducing Transportation-Related Emissions in North Carolina
September 8, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center ) Third call includes up to $1,300,000 available to award. The North Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at N.C. State University has announced a final request for proposals for over $1,300,000 in federal 2013-2015 funding to award to governments, business, and/or non-profit applicants for transportation technology related emission reduction projects. The Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) Pr…

Breakthrough or No Breakthrough? As UK Research Team Reports Progress toward Renewable Propane, Global Media Goes Gaga
September 8, 2014 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, If you look this week in your Google News alerts, you’ll see an awful lot of breathless headlines around a meme something like “Researchers have engineered the harmless gut bacteria E.coli to generate renewable propane”. Reuters, Gizmodo, the UK’s Daily Telegraph, the massively distributed HuffPost, the Guardian, even stately NBC News have picked up the story. And it’s great in a way — the science of the…

Tennessee AgriTech Challenge November 11, 2014 Murfreesboro, TN
August 29, 2014 – 4:00 pm | No Comment
Tennessee AgriTech Challenge   November 11, 2014    Murfreesboro, TN

SAVE THE DATE This exciting event will feature presentations from agricultural technology start-ups, established companies, venture capitalists and thought leaders to support Governor Haslam’s Rural Challenge: A 10-Year Strategic Plan. More information about the 2014 Tennessee AgriTech Challenge will be distributed in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, we hope you mark your calendars and plan to attend! The event will also feature a speci…

US Biodiesel Supply Kings
August 5, 2014 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine speaks with three leaders in the U.S. biodiesel distribution space about the growth and opportunities in biodiesel distribution, and the challenges that lie ahead. The marked increase in U.S. biodiesel production over the past several years was made possible by producers who risk investment in expansion and growth after gauging existing public policy support and private demand. To move this…

Heard on the Floor at the DOE’s Biomass 2014 conference: US Navy, Abengoa, INEOS Bio, LanzaTech in the Newsmix
July 31, 2014 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Captain James C. Goudreau, Director, Navy Energy Coordination Office:   Stay the course. There is always risk, always naysayers. When we moved from sail to coal, coal to oil, oil to nuclear, there were always people who said we had the wrong idea, or there was no need. Nothing more difficult more perilous than to take lead. Innovators have firm enemies among all those who did well under the old order and lukewarm s…

U.S. DOT Announces Comprehensive Proposed Rulemaking for the Safe Transportation of Crude Oil, Flammable Materials
July 24, 2014 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Transportation)  Releases new data on Bakken crude oil to support increased safety measures The U.S. Department of Transportation today released the details of its comprehensive rulemaking proposal to improve the safe transportation of large quantities of flammable materials by rail – particularly crude oil and ethanol – in the form of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and a companion Advanced Notice of Propo…

Advanced Drop-In Biofuels for Commercial Aviation, Marine Shipping, and Military Applications: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts
July 18, 2014 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

(Navigant Research)  Viewed as a game changer in the race to commercialize advanced biofuels, aviation and marine biofuels represent a very significant opportunity for emerging producers in the advanced biofuels industry. Demand for advanced biofuels produced from sustainable, non-food feedstocks is largely driven by a need to hedge against increases in fuel costs, compliance with emerging emissions regulations, and certification of advanced bio…

Questions and Answers on the Outcome of the Second Call for Proposals under the NER 300 Programme
July 10, 2014 – 10:47 am | No Comment

(Europa.EU)  … NER 300 is one of the world’s largest funding programmes for innovative low-carbon energy demonstration projects. The programme aims to successfully demonstrate environmentally safe carbon capture and storage (CCS) and innovative renewable energy (RES) technologies on a commercial scale with a view to scaling up production of low-carbon technologies in the EU. NER 300 is so called because it is funded from the sale of…

Aurora Algae Farm Throws Down Green Guantlet in Oil State
July 9, 2014 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Tina Casey (Clean Technica) We’ve been following the Aurora Algae company’s progress in Australia for a couple of years, so imagine our surprise when all of a sudden the company popped up deep in the heart of oil country. Earlier this spring Aurora Algae announced that it was planning to convert a former shrimp farm in South Texas to a commercial algae farm, and now it looks like all systems are go. … When Aurora announced its plans for…

Voluntary BQ-9000 Programs Pay Off for Participants, Industry
June 17, 2014 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine) When U.S. biodiesel production began to take off back in 2005, the fledgling industry quickly became familiar with fuel quality issues and concerns. The BQ-9000 quality assurance programs have since been a major contributor to the now phenomenal fuel quality we have come to expect from commercial suppliers. … The BQ-9000 quality assurance programs are designed to help ensure that the biodiesel…

Pyrolysis of Biomass for Fuels and Chemicals: NEWBio Webinar Report
June 13, 2014 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The June edition of the Northeast bioenergy webinar series by Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium (NEWBio) featured Kwesi Boateng – Lead Scientist at the United States Department of Energy, Agricultural Research Service, (USDA-ARS) Eastern Regional Research Center, Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania. He discussed the thermochemical conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals via the pyrolysis p…

All-Renewable Plastic Bottles Creep Closer: Gevo Shipping Renewable PX to Toray
June 2, 2014 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Major step towards stable commercial supply chain for 100% renewable plastic bottling; big step forward for Gevo’s Silsbee operations in paraxylene, jet fuel and iso-octane. From Colorado, news has arrived that Gevo is now selling paraxyleme to Toray, one of the world’s leading producers of fibers, plastics, films, and chemicals. It’s producing PX from isobutanol, one of its three molecules in production (the other…

Fermentable Cellulosic Sugars for Capex of 6.5 Cents per Gallon? Freakishly Low-Cost Venture Still at Early-Stage.
May 19, 2014 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s a capex figure so low that it sounds like a decimal point is missing.   Though early-stage and just developing data out of its pilot — it’s well worth seeing what Sustainable Ethanol Technologies is up to, in its aim to drive down the capital costs of extracting cellulosic sugars from biomass. … Systems usually run into the millions, even at small-scale, for the front end saccharification — that biomass…

RFA Announces Availability of New Training Materials
May 14, 2014 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association has unveiled an updated version of “The Training Guide to Ethanol Emergency Response.” This powerful resource was first developed in 2006 to give first responders, hazmat teams, and safety personnel in-depth information on proper training techniques to respond to an ethanol-related emergency. The training guide has been used at Ethanol Safety Seminars and di…

New Gift Helps Caltech Address Global Challenges in Clean Energy and Sustainability
May 6, 2014 – 11:45 am | No Comment

(California Institute of Technology)  A new $15 million gift by Lynda and Stewart Resnick in support of the Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech will help scientists and engineers advance research aimed at helping humanity sustainably meet its needs for energy, food, clean water, and a healthy environment. This brings total funding of the Resnick Sustainability Institute to nearly $60 million, beginning with a foundational $21 million gif…

SANDAG Awarded $300K Grant for Alternative Fuels Plan
April 24, 2014 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Chris Nichols  (San Diego Union Tribune)  Grant is part of state’s effort to fund clean transportation projects Regional efforts to reduce transportation emissions received a boost this week with the award of a $300,000 state grant to complete an Alternative Fuel Readiness Plan. The San Diego Association of Governments, which plans and finances much of the region’s freeway and transit networks, received the grant from the California Ene…

On a More Positive Note at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference
April 22, 2014 – 11:07 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)   After Day 1 at Biofuels Digests’s ABLC which served up depression, aggravation and despair; the group of intrepid travelers on the journey to a bio-based economy pulled themselves together and renewed what a number of speakers called their fight for the Cause. Afghanistan fuel convoy–US Army photo It helped that the day started with a most inspirational speech from decorated former Army Captain,…

Iowa Economists: 2014 Ethanol Prices Drop to 58% of Retail Gas
April 15, 2014 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The continuing shifting relationships between ethanol, corn and gasoline are the subject of two analyses done by Iowa agricultural economists for the AgMarketing Resource Center newsletter. Don Hofstrand takes a look at the increase in corn production cost and how the saturation of the ethanol market may impact the profitability of the ethanol supply chain, and how these profits may be distri…

Frost & Sullivan: Hydrogen Unlikely to be 21st Century’s Chief Alternative Energy Source
April 1, 2014 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

(Frost & Sullivan/Digital Journal/PR Newswire)  Countries across the globe are desperately looking for alternate sources of power that are dense enough to accommodate consumption needs, while preserving the global ecosystem. Amongst the contenders for mainstream alternative energy production is hydrogen – an energy carrier which increasingly appears to be an unlikely candidate. “The process to extract hydrogen from water – electrolysis…

Making Silk Purses from Sows Ears: Converting Waste Into Energy and Biofuels, Pt 1 and 2
March 27, 2014 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Tim Sklar (Biofuels Digest) Part 1 … It seems that many of the companies providing new biofuels technologies do not fully understanding the competitive environment that they must navigate. As a consequence they fail to develop strategies that will allow the company to successfully compete, as they try to have their technology widely used in a number of projects. Finding a Solution   If biofuels are to become a meaningful part of the cle…

SDTC Looking for Canada’s Next Cleantech Innovators
March 25, 2014 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Sustainable Development Technology Canada) On behalf of the Government of Canada, SDTC is looking for the next wave of innovative cleantech entrepreneurs.  The SD Tech Fund™ is open for applications from February 19th to April 16th, 2014. SDTC supports technologies that address the challenges of Clean Air, Soil, Water and Climate Change, including technology solutions focused on these current technology priority areas: Responsible resource de…

Study: Rural Economies to Benefit from Bioenergy
March 17, 2014 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

…of Missouri professors, rural regions are poised to benefit from bioenergy. While remoteness is a penalty in the centralized petroeconomy, due to high power transmission and fuel transportation costs, those expenditures could be erased with development of a distributed bioeconomy. “This is a prediction of impacts if, when and where rural regions become net producers of energy,” said co-author Thomas Johnson, Frank Miller professor of Agricultural…

Methes Energies Starts Manufacturing Process of One Denami 600 for Aruba Client
March 11, 2014 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(Methes Energies/MarketWire)   Methes Energies International Ltd. (NASDAQ: MEIL), a renewable energy company that offers an array of products and services to biodiesel fuel producers, today announced it has received a deposit from Antilla Energy VBA (formally known as BioFuel Aruba) to start the manufacturing process of one Denami 600 to be delivered to Aruba. The Denami 600 is expected to be delivered in September 2014. Antilla will utilize loc…

Big Oil to Ethanol: Build Your Own Dang Distribution, If You Think E85 Has Blend-Wall Busting Potential
February 20, 2014 – 11:31 am | No Comment

…Now, one of the problems we have is that, although we have 14.6 million flex fuel vehicles they are most widely distributed in Texas, California, and Florida — wheras the vast majority of E85 ethanol is distributed in the Midwest. … RIN prices increase the cost of producing gasoline, and incentivize producers to reduce the supply of gasoline. That makes sense in terms of how markets operate. But does that translate to a retail impact at th…

XTRM Announces Mobile Cannabis/Hemp To Biodiesel Unit
February 7, 2014 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(Baystreet.CA/AccessWire)  Extreme Biodiesel, Inc. (PINK:XTRM) today announced that the Company wholly owned subsidiary XTRM Cannabis Ventures has just completed assembly of its first Mobile Hemp To Biodiesel Production Unit. XTRM Cannabis Ventures will begin marketing and posting specs for the Mobile Hemp to Biodiesel unit shortly on its new website being constructed at http://xtrmcannabisventures.com. … A problem for the biofuel industry…

Vilsack; POET, LanzaTech, Beta Renewables, Genomatica, DuPont, Solazyme, KiOR, Raizen, REG Execs Win Top 100 People in the Bioeconomy poll for 2013-14
December 31, 2013 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the annual poll, voters reward key fighters on the RFS2 front, companies reaching scale, and pioneers in renewable chemicals. Top 300 recognized. In Florida, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack headed the “Top 100 People in the Bioeconomy” as voted by the readers of The Digest and the publication’s editorial board. Vilsack was followed in the top 10 by Solazyme’s CEO Jonathan Wolfson; POET’s Jeff Broin and J…

Universities Receive $10M to Study Biofuels
December 26, 2013 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Martiin Kidston (Missoulian)  If 1 ton of woody debris can produce 50 gallons of fuel, how many gallons of fuel could 42 million acres of dead and dying forests produce? Funded by a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a consortium of five universities, joined by research labs across the Northern Rockies, is looking for ways to turn that mass of dead timber into a carbon-neutral fuel source. Known as the Bioenergy Allian…

Energy Self-Sufficiency in Brazil
December 9, 2013 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Roberto Coelho* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The global energy demand will rise 35% by 2035 due to population and economic growth, taking into account environmental and countries’ regulations. Brazil’s part of this forecast growth in energy demand can be significantly provided by electricity production from renewable sources and also by a huge increase in oil production.  What about the role of biofuels? Self-sufficiency in oil in Brazil was…

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 4th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts June 15-18, 2014 Santa Fe, New Mexico DEADLINE: February 14, 2014
November 19, 2013 – 11:36 am | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  4th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts June 15-18, 2014 Santa Fe, New Mexico   DEADLINE:  February 14, 2014

The 4th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts provides direct interaction for attending delegates, with scientific and technical leaders in this field. Emphasis will be placed on the latest unpublished technical and scientific results, along with discussion and direct interactions with strategic partners and leaders in the field. The conference is designed to facilitate extended discussion periods, dedicated network…

Rebalancing Clean Energy Debate, ACORE Launches EnergyFactCheck.org, @EnergyFactCheck
August 9, 2012 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(ACORE)  First-ever comprehensive platform to tout progress across renewable energy industry, answer critics The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) today launched EnergyFactCheck.org and @EnergyFactCheck, two new resources designed to address the imbalance in America’s debate over clean, and renewable energy. In remarks delivered today at ACORE’s Renewable Energy Finance Forum – Wall Street (REFFWall Street) in New York, ACORE Pr…

Investment Shift for Algae Biofuels, Market to Grow 43.1% Annually Through 2015: SBI Bulletin
July 31, 2012 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

(The Wall Street Journal Market Watch/SBI))  Buoyed by public and private R&D, industry investment from the public and private sectors, fossil fuel prices, and general regulatory support, algae biofuels technologies are ripe for double-digit growth potential over the short term. According to a recent SBI Bulletin by heavy industry and energy research publisher SBI, algae biofuels will post a compound annual growth rate of 43.1% that will lea…

REAP Funding Announced for Blender, Flex-Fuel Pump Projects
July 17, 2012 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Out of 430 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) awards announced by the USDA June 25, four were for blender pumps or flex fuel pumps. In all, projects in Florida, Georgia, Missouri and South Dakota received a total of $112,214 in funding out of more than $6.9 million distributed. They are: * ATJ Corp., $15,551, blender pump, Florida * Down to Earth Retail #1/Rick Huszagh, $29,927, blender pump, Geo…

Unleaded Avgas Transition Aviation Rulemaking Committee Final Report Now Available
July 4, 2012 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

…ap for avgas readiness levels that identifies milestones in the aviation gasoline development process. Establish centralized testing of candidate unleaded fuels which would generate standardized qualification and certification data. Establish a solicitation and selection process for candidate unleaded aviation gasolines for the centralized testing program. Establish a centralized certification office to support unleaded aviation gasoline projects…

Energy Independence Day
July 4, 2012 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The entropy problem in feedstocks   In bioenergy, it’s the chief reason, for example, that otherwise perfectly acceptable fruit waste from citrus harvest is a difficult feedstock for energy production. The process for cellulosic conversion was discovered in the 1990s – so what’s the hold up?  Just not enough fruit waste in a given target area, and the proposed stand-alone refineries are limited so far to an…

“End Fossil Fuel Subsidies” Emerges as Rio+20 Theme; PANGEA Says Focus on “Best Practices” for Biofuels
July 4, 2012 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, “end fossil fuel subsidies” has emerged as a theme at the Rio+20 Summit is underway, where a flash mob of protesters, organized by Earth Day, 350.org and youth groups attending the summit protested $1 trillion per year in subsidies that they said posed a significant barrier to the adioption of clean energy. …Meanwhile,  PANGEA distributed its position paper, “Encouraging sustainable bioenergy to en…

Ethanol Report Visits Bobby Likis
July 3, 2012 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  This edition of “The Ethanol Report” features comments from Bobby Likis of the Bobby Likis Car Clinic Network, a radio, television and internet distributed automotive talk show that recently partnered with the Renewable Fuels Association to help educate both consumers and automotive technicians about ethanol. Likis recently visited Argonne National Labs and the Detroit Technical Campus of Ricardo Engines to…

EnergyPath 2012 Full of Inspiration
June 28, 2012 – 11:39 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  EnergyPath, a project of the Sustainable Energy Fund, provides a unique conference/workshop event to promote implementation of sustainable energy in Pennsylvania, in the broadest sense. Founded in 1999 via a settlement approved by the Pennsylvania Public Utility commission during the state’s electric deregulation proceedings, this private nonprofit organization oversees substantial financial resources d…

Official: Future of BCAP Could Impact Future of Energy Crops
June 25, 2012 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The nearly $10 million awarded by the USDA’s Farm Service Agency to three energy crop project areas on June 13 will be the only funding distributed through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program this year and it’s unclear whether the program will be reauthorized by Congress as part of the next Farm Bill or if legislators will allow it to expire on Sept. 30. BCAP was created by Congress in the 2008 Farm Bi…

Barley’s Biofuel Bang
June 22, 2012 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Chris Guy (US Department of Agriculture)  …ARS scientists say that barley leftovers such as straw, hulls, and dried distiller grains (DDGS) can be used to produce an energy-rich product called bio-oil. Bio-oil offers several advantages. It can potentially be refined, stored and distributed with the current infrastructure of the United States to carry petroleum fuel.  There’s also the possibility that consumers filling up their tanks wit…

State’s Investment in Alternative Energy Showing Progress, Officials Say
June 12, 2012 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Rob Moritz  (Arkansas News Bureau)   While recently promoting the extension of a federal tax break for the wind industry, Gov. Mike Beebe called opponents “un-American.” Later, he described his comment as “hyberbole,” but added, “I stand by the fact that energy independence for America is an American value that all of us ought to be interested in, and one component of energy independence is wind energy.” …The Legislature in 2006 approve…

IEA Bioenergy Invites Feedback on Sustainability Certification of Biomass, Biofuels, and Bioenergy
June 8, 2012 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  IEA Bioenergy invites feedback as part of a global study on sustainability certification of bioenergy. The main goal of the study is to make recommendations for improving the effectiveness of governance and certification systems to benefit sustainable bioenergy deployment. IEA Bioenergy hopes to receive feedback from a broad audience impacted by the sustainability certification of biomass, biofuels, and bioenergy. You…

Gasification May Convert Mesquite and Juniper Wood to a Usable Bioenergy
June 8, 2012 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Kay Ledbetter (Texas AgriLife/Southwest Farm Press)   Biomass gasification is being considered as a possible technology for converting 60 million acres of Texas brush into biofuel, according to Dr. Jim Ansley, Texas AgriLife Research rangeland ecologist in Vernon. A study using an adiabatic bed gasifier to convert mesquite and redberry juniper species foundin the Southern Great Plains into usable bioenergy gases was conducted by Ansley and Dr…

DSM Enzymes for Cellulosic Ethanol Qualified by DONG Energy
June 6, 2012 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(DSM)  Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, has been qualified as supplier of enzymes for DONG Energy – Inbicon’s wheat straw to cellulosic ethanol process. The enzymes have been successfully used in the demonstration scale biorefinery of DONG Energy – Inbicon in Kalundborg, Denmark. The qualification reconfirms the high standard and flexibility of DSM’s cocktail of enzymes to break down and convert the…

Cellulosic Developers Make Case for Integrated Ethanol Production
June 6, 2012 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Corn ethanol and cellulosic ethanol have previously been viewed as entirely separate products which will be manufactured by two unique types of producers, but the concept of integrating cellulosic production into corn ethanol plants is gaining popularity as producers begin to consider the benefits of integrated production models. …Dwight Anderson, bioconversion manager Catchlight Energy LLC, said…

Sugar Rush: The Race Is on to Commercialize Low-Cost, High-Quality Sugars from Nonfood Sources
May 2, 2012 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

…ough ready-to-use sugar feedstock volumes enter the market to meet high demand, its developers understand that a distributed, modular approach is the most practical avenue to achieve economies of scale. … “We see not only supplying the technology to produce sugars, but also the modules to produce them because when you talk about small, distributed plants, they need to be very low in capital cost,” (Comet CEO and founder Andrew) Richard says…

An Analytic Advantage: A New Model Developed by University of Illinois Researchers Can Help Increase Biomass Supply Chain Efficiencies
May 2, 2012 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biorefining Magazine)  …The BioFeed model is the product of University of Illinois researchers funded by BP’s Energy Biosciences Institute under a research program titled Engineering Solutions for Biomass Feedstock Production. According to Kuan Chong Ting, a professor of agricultural and biological engineering who leads the research program, the program itself includes five different task areas including harvesting, crop m…

Innovation Turning Wood Waste into Bio-Fuel for Transportation
May 1, 2012 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Denise Deveau (Financial Post)   {ISSUE} Soaring energy prices are thinning profit margins in the transport sector and increasing operational costs in many manufacturing industries {SHIFT} Turning wood waste into bio-fuel helps industry find a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable energy source to complement traditional fuel A new public-private partnership is set to drive revenue for the forest products industry in Northern Ontario….

North Dakota Research Center Demos Methanol from Wood for Off-Grid Power
April 24, 2012 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

(The Energy & Environmental Research Center/Biorefining Magazine)  The Energy & Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks has successfully developed and demonstrated a mobile, trailer-mounted biomass gasification technology that converts wood waste into methanol and can be transported to remote, off-grid sites. The methanol can then be reformed into hydrogen to power fuel cells to produce electricity….

New NSF Research Grants for Bioenergy, Renewable Fuels and Energy, Bio-Based Chemicals and Renewable Chemical Process Technology
April 10, 2012 – 8:12 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Digest)  In Virginia, the NSF is calling for proposals for biological and chemical technologies, with a deadline of June 19, 2012.  The proposals must deal with the potential for commercialization of the innovation and how it would lead ultimately to revenue generation. It is important that the proposed technology increase the competitive capability of industry, be responsive to societal needs, and is sensitive to solving “real” proble…

Free Ethanol Safety Seminar April 18, 2012 Chattanooga, TN
March 29, 2012 – 12:06 pm | No Comment
Free Ethanol Safety Seminar   April 18, 2012    Chattanooga, TN

The RFA, in partnership with Norfolk Southern Railroad and Tate & Lyle, will be hosting a free Ethanol Safety Seminar in Chattanooga, Tenn., on April 18 at the Chattanooga Fire Department Training Center. There will be a morning session from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and an evening session from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. This course was developed to give first responders, hazmat teams and safety personnel an in-depth look at proper training techniques need…

The Distributed/Centralized BioProduction Approach: Sustainable Biofuels and Bioproducts Are Possible Through the Significant Reduction of Biomass Transportation Costs
March 27, 2012 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Problem Definition :  The production of biofuels in the US is at a substantial roadblock. Due to the high cost of transporting large quantities of low density, low value biomass to biorefineries, the economies of scale that allow the US petroleum industry to minimize production and transportation costs are not available to the biofuel industry. The current biofuel production paradigm is based on the “Midw…

Rail Plan to Ship Ethanol Is Decried
March 9, 2012 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Katheleen Conti (The Boston Globe)  Eight firefighters are seen dousing a couple of rail cars, as bright flames and a plume of dark smoke engulf parts of the freight train in a still image stamped with the message: Ready for ethanol in Chelsea? The deliberately shocking image is being used in fliers distributed by Chelsea Green Space, the environmental justice component of the nonprofit Chelsea Collaborative, to sway public opinion against a…

Nigerian Government Agency Launches Microdistillery and Stoves to Provide Sustainable Ethanol Fuel for Household Cooking, Lighting and Small-Scale Power Generation
February 28, 2012 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(Project Gaia)  Nigerian Government Agency Launches Microdistillery and Stoves to Provide Sustainable Ethanol Fuel for Household Cooking, Lighting and Small-Scale Power Generation The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), a parastatal under the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, has commissioned the installation of an efficient microdistillery (EMD) with a capacity to produce 1,000 liters of ethanol per day from lo…

Up and Running: Retailers Respond Positively to SD Blender Pump Incentive
February 23, 2012 – 10:01 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The application window for South Dakota’s inaugural blender pump grant program may have just opened on Jan. 9, but it already appears that the incentive will be a success. More than half the fiscal year’s available funds had been applied for within a couple of weeks of the Ethanol Infrastructure Incentive Program’s launch, according to South Dakota’s Energy Policy Director Hunter Roberts, leaving littl…

Update on a Mobile Indirect Biomass Liquefaction System
February 1, 2012 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by John P. Hurley (Biomass Power and Thermal Magazine/U.S. Department of Energy, Energy & Environmental Research Center)  Minnesota’s forestry operations produce 300,000 tons per year of wood waste that is not used in any existing or proposed facility. Through the process of indirect liquefaction, this waste can be converted into liquid fuels that could be transported to remote off-grid sites and reformed to hydrogen to power fuel cells prod…

Synenergy Limited LLC and Allard Energy, Inc. to Revolutionize Medium-Scale Distributed Ethanol Fuel Refineries
January 25, 2012 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

…Allard Energy, Inc. is a leading supplier of small- to medium-scale ethanol refineries designed to support a new distributed fuel production model.  Rather than building large-scale ethanol plants, Allard’s distributed fuel production model will have many smaller modular ethanol refineries spread across a geographic region that can leverage different types of feedstock.  This distributed fuel production model closely aligns with the USDA&#8…

The New Biofactories
January 20, 2012 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

…fossil fuels to biological feedstocks like sugar, starch, and cellulose. Bio-manufacturing is less likely to be centralized, like petroleum refineries and ethanol plants, and will instead be more evenly distributed, like beer breweries. Cars themselves might actually become the producers of the very fuels they consume. In the spring of 2007, researchers reported the successful construction of a synthetic pathway consisting of 13 enzymes from dif…

From Field to Biorefinery: Computer Model Optimizes Biofuel Operations
January 19, 2012 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!)  Research into biofuel crops such as switchgrass and Miscanthus has focused mainly on how to grow these crops and convert them into fuels. But many steps lead from the farm to the biorefinery, and each could help or hinder the growth of this new industry. A new computer model developed at the University of Illinois can simplify this transition, researchers say. The model can run millions of simulations, optimizing operations to bri…

Partnership Facilitates Grease Recycling for Biodiesel Production
January 12, 2012 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(BlackGold Biofuels/Biodiesel Magazine)  Through a partnership between BlackGold Biofuels and SLM Facility Solutions Nationwide, restaurants around the U.S. will soon be able to more easily recycle greasy kitchen waste while saving money. BlackGold and SLM have formed a strategic partnership to provide more cost-effective recycling options for hospitality industry wastes. The relationship will enable restaurants, food processors and other buildi…

Boosting Biofuels for Sustainable Energy and Environment
December 28, 2011 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

(European Commission CORDIS)  Europeans believe in a sustainable environment, and a way of ensuring its future is to promote and build energy resources based on residual biomass. Supporting this objective is the BIOBOOST (‘Biomass-based energy intermediates boosting biofuel production’) project. Set to kick off at the start of 2012, BIOBOOST will develop novel energy carriers, generating energy-rich intermediate products from biogeno…

Alta Vista Securities Announces a Joint Venture for a Bioenergy Venture in the Philippines
December 27, 2011 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

(PR-USA.net)     The project will be engaged in jatropha production and biodiesel processing venture in the Sierra Madre Mountain Range of the Philippines. The target aggregate plantation area is 110,000 hectares divided into clusters of 10,000 hectares per clsuter. The total biodiesel annual production at peak capacity is 18 million liters per cluster or 198 million liters for the aggregate area. Through contract production arrangement with far…

Pact Deepens FuelCell’s Reach to Europe, S. America
December 13, 2011 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Brad Kane  (HartfordBusiness.com)   Danbury alternative-power equipment maker FuelCell Energy, Inc. has inked a tentative deal with a Spanish energy provider on Monday to sell biofuel-powered generators to commercial markets in Latin America and Europe. The deal between FuelCell and Abengoa S.A. — which has $7.8 billion in annual revenues, according to its Web site – leverages Abengoa’s expertise developing biofuels with the…

Ethanol-Injection Systems Explained
December 8, 2011 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by John Sherman  (Car and Driver Magazine)  Driving Under the Influence: Ethanol-injection systems aim to use alcohol responsibly. Thanks to the adoption of direct fuel injection, teaming gas and ethanol has the potential to beat diesel efficiency. We can hear your groans already: Our federal government’s effort to curb oil imports by lacing gasoline with ethanol has been a boon to American farmers but a bust to the driving public. The problem i…

FAA Announces Alternative Energy Investments For Cleaner, More Sustainable Jet Fuel
December 2, 2011 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Federal Aviation Administration)  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding $7.7 million in contracts to eight companies to help advance alternative, environmentally-friendly, sustainable sources for commercial jet fuel.  The FAA funds are being distributed by the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) John A. Volpe Center. “These new green aviation fuels will use energy sources right here at home,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportati…

Honeywell and AliphaJet Commit to Commercialize Renewable Drop-in Jet Biofuels at a Dinner Hosted by Former President Jimmy Carter
December 2, 2011 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire/AliphaJet)  At a dinner hosted by President Jimmy Carter with Jack Oswald, CEO of AliphaJet Inc. (www.AliphaJet.com), and Tracey Haslam, Americas vice president, Honeywell Process Solutions (NYSE:HON) (www.honeywellprocess.com), the former President endorsed the collaboration of large and small business to commercialize renewable drop-in biofuels. “I am optimistic about the future of renewable fuels now that breakthrough technologi…

Bio-Ethanol from Norwegian Timber in Statoil Fuel
November 28, 2011 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

(Statoil)  For the first time ever bio-ethanol from Norwegian timber will be blended into transport fuel. The bio-ethanol is produced by the bio refinery Borregaard and will be available to Statoil customers who tank fuel95 at Statoil stations in the eastern region of Norway. Statoil Fuel & Retail in Norway has signed an agreement to buy all available ethanol from Borregaard, approximately 44 000 litres per month. “Using second generat…

Solar Energy Consultant Partners with Advanced Biofuel Developer
November 17, 2011 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Biorefining Magazine)  Australia’s Sunshine Coast could be home to an energy park that combines solar energy and a biomass-to-energy process developed by Aquaflow Bionomic Corp. The future energy facility will hinge on the recently formed partnership between Aquaflow and Energy Parks Australia Pty, a niche consultancy specializing in the development and deployment strategies for large-scale, centralized energy parks that feature…

Raleigh Gets E85 Ethanol Station
November 15, 2011 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by John Murawski  (News Observer)  Raleigh now has a gasoline station that sells E85 ethanol fuel – the 18th such facility in the state built in recent years. The Crown Express Mart on New Bern Avenue began selling the 85 percent-ethanol blend last month. The station, which also sells biodiesel made from plants. …The Crown Express Mart financed the E85 pump with a $104,000 federal grant channeled through the N.C. Department of Transp…

LanzaTech Makes Its First Commercial Sale
November 8, 2011 – 9:45 am | No Comment

(LanzaTech)  LanzaTech has just signed its first commercial customer, marking a milestone in the clean energy technology company’s global development. The customer is Concord Enviro Systems (India) Pvt. Ltd (CES), a Mumbai-based company which has broad ranging investments in various forms of renewable energy. The company’s portfolio of waste-to-energy includes municipal solid waste (MSW) to energy at the largest contributor. Through a group comp…

3rd Biomass Trade & Power February 23-24, 2012 Brussels, Belgium
October 25, 2011 – 3:21 pm | No Comment
3rd Biomass Trade & Power      February 23-24, 2012  Brussels, Belgium

“Ensuring Operational Progress & SustainableGrowthAmidst Overcast Economy” Insights on Global Biomass Trade & Power Generation Growth, EU, UK, Asia & US Biomass’ Commodity Market Development: Standardisation, Feedstock Segmentation, Market Pricing, Liquidity & Trading Dynamics, Procurement Strategy Versus Trader’s Perspective Competitiveness of Wood Pellets Supply Usage Growt…

New Fuel Might Mean Higher Gas Prices for Chicago
October 17, 2011 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Kathryn Ferrara (Medill News Service/Northwest Indiana)  Chicago area drivers may pay more for gasoline next year if the state Legislature adopts a proposed change in the sales tax. Most Chicago area drivers are buying what’s referred to as E10 gasoline, an 10 percent ethanol blend fuel, and get a sales-tax discount on it. A new blend, called E15, is awaiting federal approval, and a pending state bill would switch the tax incentive to t…

Primus Green Energy Produces Drop-In Fuel with 25% Longer Runtime; Proprietary Thermal Chemical Process Successfully Tested In Pilot Production
October 13, 2011 – 8:03 am | No Comment

(Enhanced Online News)    Primus Green Energy (“Primus”), the leader in renewable, drop-in fuel, successfully proved its pilot scale production is capable of producing “drop-in” standard gasoline that achieves 25 percent longer runtime than regular unleaded fuel. The bio-gasoline product was tested on an unmodified engine, following the recent expansion of its development facility in New Jersey. “Proprietary improvements in our front- and back-e…

The Need for a Real Domestic Alternative Energy Policy in the USA
October 4, 2011 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Smolski (OilPrice.com)  …Let us begin with the thought process of Alexander Hamilton in order to frame the argument of building a new industry within the United States correctly in order to compete on the global market. The gist of the argument is that in order for new industries to start up losses have to be guaranteed by the government in order for industry, and at the time the merchant class, to take the risk of investing to b…

A Call for Statutory Clarity
October 3, 2011 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biorefining Magazine)   …Today, in an industry that’s working to produce high-performance, fungible, drop-in molecules, some on the cusp of commercialization, many involved in the biorefining sector contend that the current regulatory regime needs to be altered to allow advanced biofuels, such as biobutanol, to compete with parity in the marketplace. The rapid evolution of advanced biofuels technologies may have outpaced the…

CSX, Kinder Morgan Team up for Ethanol Hub at Port of Tampa
September 20, 2011 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(Tampa Bay Business Journal)  Kinder Morgan Energy Partners , CSX Corp. and the Tampa Port Authority finalized an agreement to bring ethanol into the Tampa market via the nation’s first ethanol unit train-to-pipeline distribution system. TPA will build rail track and support infrastructure to handle 100-car unit train deliveries and a multi-product unit train offloading yard at Hooker’s Point. The new rail facilities will allow CSX (NYSE: CSX…

Powered by Seaweed: Polymer from Algae May Improve Battery Performance
September 16, 2011 – 8:13 am | No Comment

(Clemson)  By looking to Mother Nature for solutions, researchers have identified a promising new binder material for lithium-ion battery electrodes that not only could boost energy storage, but also eliminate the use of toxic compounds now used to manufacture the components. Known as alginate, the material is extracted from common, fast-growing brown algae. In tests so far, it has helped boost energy storage and output for both graphite-based e…

Primus Green Energy Expands Drop-In Fuel Development Plant in N.J., Increases Total Production Capacity
September 10, 2011 – 9:56 am | No Comment

(BusinessWire/Primus Green Energy)  Primus Green Energy (“Primus”), the leader in renewable, drop-in fuel, has expanded its U.S.-based development facility in New Jersey, enabling the company to build its complete, integrated thermal-chemical process. Primus’ game-changing process for converting biomass into gasoline produces a “drop-in” fuel that can immediately and without modification be distributed, sold and consumed in exactly the same way…

Bioenergy Policy Planks Promote Sustainability, Fairness
August 16, 2011 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Earlier this week (July 28, 2011), a coalition of animal agriculture, commodity crop, general farm organization and conservation leaders issued a set of guiding principles and policy planks aimed at reconciling the expansion of biofuel production with maintaining a profitable livestock and grain production industry, all while ensuring the environmental integrity of production lands. These “principles and planks” came together a…

Coal and Ethanol Are Not Alternative Energy Policy
August 10, 2011 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Andrew Smolski (OilPrice.com)  …(E)nergy policy is as defunct as ever and on most fronts the US is lagging far behind. … (T)he US will need this Energy policy to spur growth, create jobs, and remain competitive going forward. Yet, with words out there such as “clean coal” and “corn ethanol” as our savings for the future, it seems that the US gets further and further from the ability to save the economy and closer to suicide. &#823…

Ethanol Across America Releases White Paper Laying Out Path Forward for Cellulosic Ethanol
August 9, 2011 – 10:38 am | No Comment

(BusinessWire/Ethanol Across America)  Paper Makes Case for Commercial Readiness of the Fuel Ethanol Across America, a grassroots education campaign of the Clean Fuels Foundation, today released a white paper detailing ethanol as a molecule and the benefits and future of cellulosic ethanol. The paper, “Creating a Path for Cellulose” is written by Wes Bolsen, chief marketing officer and vice president of government affairs for Coskata Inc., a lea…

A New Catalyst for Ethanol Made from Biomass
August 2, 2011 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!)  Researchers potentially find a renewable path to fuel additives, rubber and solvents Researchers in the Pacific Northwest have developed a new catalyst material that could replace chemicals currently derived from petroleum and be the basis for more environmentally friendly products including octane-boosting gas and fuel additives, bio-based rubber for tires and a safer solvent for the chemicals industry. To make sustainable biofue…

Energy and Forestry Programs Examined During Farm Bill’s Title IX (Energy) Hearing
July 25, 2011 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)   Many programs authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill will expire in 2012 unless they are included in a new Farm Bill. Among those programs that would expire are all the bioenergy initiatives included in Title IX.  These include the Biorefinery Assistance Program (Section 9003), the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program (Section 9005), and BECAP, the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. On July 20, 2011, the House Ag…

CTSI Defense Energy Technology Challenge: Deadline August 5
July 18, 2011 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

Energy security and independence are two goals at the heart of the U.S. Military’s investment in clean energy technologies.  From it’s own research labs to partnerships with start-ups and major contractors, the U.S. Department of Defense is seeking innovative energy solutions to increase the safety of its troops, lower energy costs, and reduce its reliance on foreign energy supplies. With collaboration from the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, CTS…

Biofuels 2.0
July 15, 2011 – 9:30 am | No Comment

Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The rise of themochemical biofuels, the power of markets, and the anarchic essence of energy development …The “failure” of cellulosic ethanol is a failure of the policy framework, I said. It was suicidal to pass legislation that set mandates starting in 2009, when the EPA could not even issue the final RFS2 rules of the road until the summer of 2010 and began imposing the full mandate in January of this year. Ki…

Can California Renewables Survive Democracy?
June 29, 2011 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

…ntil group discussions led by Commission facilitators began. …Several groups talked enthusiastically about distributed renewables. Apparently unaware of the state’s many renewables initiatives, many said California’s investment in utility-scale development should go to taxpayers for rooftop solar, solar water heating and other distributed generation. “Don’t give money to utilities,” one man said, “give it to us. It’s our money.” …Lack…

The Island of Misfit Materials
June 29, 2011 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Over at Blue Marble, think spent waste grains from the alcoholic beverage distillation process, and spent coffee grounds. Generally, these are materials that pile up in landfills. By contrast, at Blue Marble’s first commercial facility, using these unloved, unwanted materials, they began running the fermenters at a 120,000 liter capacity facility last week, and are producing biocrude to be refined for use in…

World’s First Self-Powered Modular Cellulose Ethanol Refinery Announced
June 27, 2011 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

…cleansed and recycled back into the system. The new self-powered modular cellulose ethanol refinery allows for a distributed fuel production model that overcomes all of the issues facing large-scale refineries by creating numerous smaller-scale plants that are not dependent on significant infrastructure, nor are their locations relegated to geographic locations confined to corn or even cropland proximity. This distributed model takes the producti…

2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA
June 24, 2011 – 9:33 am | No Comment
2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings  Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA

(US Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Biomass Program will be conducting detailed biennial peer review meetings of its activities throughout the first half of 2011. The process will begin with platform reviews of the Program’s six technology areas between February 2011 and April 2011. The process will wrap up  June 27-28, 2011 with a two-day Program Peer Review Conference…

Fuels of the Future: The Bioalcohol Paradigm
June 6, 2011 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Drew Sowersby (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Fuels of the Future: The Bioalcohol Paradigm This slide presentation has been created by Drew Sowersby to inform a broad audience about the importance and potential dominance of bioalcohols in the transportation industry as the global transition from non-renewable fossil fuels to renewable advanced biofuels gains momentum. The information contained in these slides supports Advanced Biofuels USA’s m…

3-Way Partnership Formed to Commercialize Biodiesel-Fueled Genset
May 26, 2011 – 9:39 am | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  A three-way partnership between Angel Labs LLC, Industrial Green Power Inc. and Titan Biodiesel was forged whereby Angel Labs will deliver to market its ultra-efficient, six-inch “Massive Yet Tiny” (MYT) engine to power a 40 kilowatt genset distributed by Industrial Green Power Inc., powered by biodiesel fuel supplied by Titan Biodiesel. … The MYT-6 engine can be applied to benefit virtually any engine a…

Beyond Food vs. Fuel: FAO Finds Integrated Food and Energy Farming Could Save the Poor and the Planet
May 17, 2011 – 7:14 am | No Comment

by Joelle Brink (Biofuels Digest Asia)  Before the advent of cheap petroleum, farmers often had their own “fuel patch” of local oilseed crops that served as feedstock for the biodiesel needed to power pumps, generator sets, tractors and other farm machinery. Though carbon footprints weren’t measured back then, theirs must have been extremely small given the local, self -sufficient nature of their operations and the fact that their chief transpor…

Call for Proposals 12th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: Environment and Security January 18-20, 2012 Washington, DC Deadline June 27, 2011
May 16, 2011 – 1:18 pm | No Comment
Call for Proposals 12th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: Environment and Security    January 18-20, 2012    Washington, DC  Deadline June 27, 2011

The National Council for Science and the Environment is currently accepting proposals for its 2012 conference, Environment and Security.  All proposals must be submitted by June 27, 2011 to Caley Corsello at ccorsello@ncseonline.org or by fax at 202-628-4311.  Click HERE to access the proposal form. Once accepted, proposals will be used for either symposia or breakout sessions.  Symposia will take place Wednesday afternoon, January 18th (each of…

Biofuels: Ethical Issues
April 13, 2011 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

The latest report from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, Biofuels: ethical issues, is published today. … The report considers the ethical, social and policy issues raised by biofuels. The rapid adoption of biofuels has been driven by targets and other policy instruments, but first generation biofuels have been widely criticised. There are ongoing efforts to develop new biofuels that aim to avoid the problems of the past, and research into…

KiOR Files $100M IPO – The Complete Digest Analysis
April 13, 2011 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Khosla-backed pyrolysis venture heads for the public markets. Is the IPO window still open? Will this one fly? Should it? The Digest looks at the technology, the team, the progress, the economics, the proof, and the prospects. The KiOR background … $500M from KiOR, $75M from Mississippi … The state approved $51 million in new bonds to support a total of $81 million in incentives supporting the project,…

House Appropriations Committee Releases Final Continuing Resolution; Incrementally Positive for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology Industries
April 13, 2011 – 6:38 am | No Comment

(Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati)  On April 12, 2011, the House Appropriations Committee released the final Continuing Resolution bill for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 (the CR).1 As described below, the CR amends the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) authority to provide loan guarantees pursuant to the Section 1703 innovative projects loan guarantee program and enhances the Section 1705 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) loan…

Spring Ethanol Plant Map Shows 14.31 Billion Gallons of Capacity
April 11, 2011 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Spring 2011 Fuel Ethanol Plant Map is Ethanol Producer Magazine’s twice-yearly look at the industry, being distributed with the May issue, soon to be out. This spring, the printed wall map includes enhancements from a new partnership with the University of North Dakota’s Department of Earth System Science and policy to add new contextual features to the map and improved plant location accu…