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Farmers to Plant Most Acres Since 1984, Prompted by Higher Crop Prices
February 14, 2012 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Wilson and Whitney McFerron (The Washington Post)  …Global food costs are down 11 percent from a peak a year ago as grain output rises from China to Canada, U.N. data show.
…The Agriculture Department affirmed its forecast for …

Genetic Advancement
February 13, 2012 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biorefining Magazine)  RNA devices could lead to cheaper advance biofuels
Computer aided design (CAD) tools have long been used by architects, engineers and others to design buildings, circuits and a wide range of …

2013 Administration Proposed Budget: Biofuel/Biomass Impact Analysis — Or — We Read the Fine Print so You Don’t Have To
February 13, 2012 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  As required by the Constitution, the President submitted to Congress today his proposed budget for the operation of the United States government for the coming year (FY 2013). The …

Consultant Suggests Changes to Energy Department’s Loan Reviews in the Wake of Solyndra
February 13, 2012 – 11:59 am | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  A White House consultant’s report said Friday that the Energy Department should bolster its ability to assess loan guarantee risks in the wake of the Solyndra bankruptcy, and urged the department …

Controversial Wood-to-Ethanol Plant May Finally Get under Way in Upper Peninsula
February 13, 2012 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Katherine Yung (Detroit Free Press)  After a lengthy delay, construction of what could be the nation’s first large-scale wood-to-ethanol plant in the country is to start this year in Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula.
If successful, …

Obama Administration Slows Environmental Rules as It Weighs Political Cost
February 13, 2012 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)  …Rules aimed at curbing emissions from cars and light trucks are on hold because the White House has yet to give the Office of Management and Budget the go-ahead …

Request for Information (RFI) on Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0000671 for Chemo/electro-autotrophic Synthesis of Liquid Fuels at Scale
February 13, 2012 – 10:14 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is solely to solicit input for ARPA-E consideration to inform the possible development of future chemo/electro-autotrophic fuel production programs.  Information obtained may be used …

Vilsack Says Rules on Biofuels Face Threat
February 13, 2012 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  He says diluting standards could hurt Midwest interests
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack warned an Iowa group Friday in Ankeny that “the Midwest could be damaged” if oil interests …

Bombshell Study: High Methane Emissions Measured Over Gas Field “May Offset Climate Benefits of Natural Gas”
February 13, 2012 – 8:39 am | No Comment

by Joe Romm (ThinkProgress.org)  Air sampling by NOAA over Colorado Finds 4% Methane Leakage, More Than Double Industry Claims
How much methane leaks during the entire lifecycle of unconventional gas has emerged as a key question in the …

What Do We Do with Rufus? RFS, That Is, the Elephant in the Room
February 13, 2012 – 8:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Around the halls of the Digest, we call him Rufus, the elephant in the room. Elsewhere, RFS, or the Renewable Fuel Standard, is the accepted descriptor.
Under any name, there’s been …

DOE to Fund High-Risk Wind, Other Clean Energy Technologies
February 9, 2012 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Richard Kessler  (RechargeNews.com)  The Energy Department (DOE) expects to award up to $150m in its latest funding round to support high-risk transformational concepts and technologies that can reduce US dependence on fossil fuels and …

House Committee Members, Industry Slam Effort to Delay E15
February 8, 2012 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology met Feb. 7 to markup H.R. 3199, a bill introduced last fall by committee Vice Chairman Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., that would require …

EPA Annnounces Release of Draft Report: Biofuels and the Environment: The First Triennial Report to Congress
February 8, 2012 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  The Biofuels and the Environment: The First Triennial Report to Congress (External Review Draft) (EPA/600/R-10/183A) report, prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA’s Office of Research and Development, is …

Conversion Technologies for Advanced Biofuels Workshop (CTAB) Report Out February 9, 2012 Webinar
February 8, 2012 – 1:52 pm | No Comment
Conversion Technologies for Advanced Biofuels Workshop (CTAB) Report Out   February 9, 2012   Webinar

On December 6-8, 2011 the U.S. Department of Energy’s Biomass program hosted a workshop at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, VA to update its existing technology roadmaps to focus on advanced hydrocarbon biofuel production …

US Navy Taps into Queensland University of Technology Biofuel Capabilities
February 8, 2012 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(Queensland University of Technology)  Biofuel technology being developed by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) researchers has caught the interest of the US Navy, which is currently in Australia on an alternative fuel fact-finding mission.
The US …

Aviation and Military Biofuels: New Thinking on Finance, Fuels
February 8, 2012 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …While most of the United States was focused on the 2012 Super Bowl, the CSPAN television network snuck a revealing interview from Brian Lamb with Secretary of the Navy, former …

Piedmont Biofuels Successfully Scales up Commercial Enzyme-Based Biodiesel Production
February 7, 2012 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(Piedmont Biofuels)  Breakthrough Expedites Transformation of Biodiesel Production
Piedmont Biofuels announced today(February 7, 2012)  that the company has commenced the first commercial scale zero-waste production of biodiesel in the United States using its proprietary approach of …

Oil Refiners and Biofuels: 2012 to Feature Fight over RFS, Cooperation on RIN Fraud
February 7, 2012 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Florida, the National Biodiesel Conference — biodiesel’s grandest show — opened with exuberance over 2011 results, and resolve to meet the industry’s two major issues in 2012, defense of …

Republicans to Investigate EPA Handling of Renewable-Fuel Rules
February 6, 2012 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem (Bloomberg)  The House Energy and Commerce Committee said it will investigate the actions of the Environmental Protection Agency in combating fraud in the renewable-fuels program.
The EPA discovered that fuel credits, which can …

LanzaTech Seeks Success Where Another Failed
February 6, 2012 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by S. Heather Duncan (Macon Telegraph)  Although the company that purchased a defunct ethanol refinery in Soperton has some of the same financial backers as previous owners who lost the plant to foreclosure, leaders of …

John Lindt: Biofuel Maker to Double Employees
February 6, 2012 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by John Lindt (Visalia Times-Delta)  Edeniq is expanding in the Visalia Industrial Park expecting to turn on its new pilot cellulosic ethanol plant in March, with plans to double employment this year, said Scott Janssen, …

Inaugural Sustainable Maritime Fuels Forum Draws US, Australian Biofuels Leadership
February 6, 2012 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane/Dr. Susan Pond (Biofuels Digest/Dow Sustainability Program at the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre)  In Australia, the inaugural Sustainable Maritime Fuels Forum was held this week as part of the Pacific …

USDA Announces Funding for Two Renewable Energy Programs
February 4, 2012 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of funds for Fiscal Year 2012 for two key programs to encourage the use of renewable biomass and production of advanced biofuels. About …

Senate Energy Outlook Hearing Focuses on Fossils First
February 3, 2012 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Witnesses projected strong growth for renewable fuels use in both the power generation and transportation sectors over the next 20 years during a Senate energy committee held Jan. 31, …

North Dakota State University Partner in $1 Million Energy Beet Project
February 3, 2012 – 11:03 am | No Comment

(AgWeek/NDSU Agriculture Communication)  A project that will develop an advanced biofuel from energy beets and provide growers across North Dakota with a new industrial crop is taking another important step forward, fueled by a significant …

When Bio and Solar Converge: 6 Hot Projects at the Bio-Solar-Electric Frontier
February 3, 2012 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … When it comes down to it, a living organism such as a plant is an incredibly sophisticated next-gen solar panel, harvesting light as well as CO2, water and nutrients …

Why the Military Hates Fossil Fuels
February 3, 2012 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Amy Westervelt (Forbes)  …Time and again top military leaders have spoken out against our dependence on oil as a matter of national security. The thing you need to remember about the military, though, is that …

Hundreds of Jobs Planned by New Owner of Range Fuels
February 2, 2012 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by S. Heather Duncan (Macon.com)  The new owner of a shuttered ethanol plant in Soperton plans to eventually add hundreds of jobs there to produce ethanol and other chemicals, a company official said this week.
That …

Wisconsin Bioenergy Research Center to Open in Madison This Fall
February 2, 2012 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biorefinery Magazine)  The newest of three bioenergy research facilities in the U.S. is slated to come online this fall on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, as construction is progressing on …

Words from the Wise: A Study by a Group of Forest Scientists Confirms Forest-Derived Bioenergy Results in No Net Carbon Release
February 1, 2012 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Anna Austin (Biomass Power and Thermal Magazine)  A recently released study authored by nine scientists from multiple organizations  and universities, including the U.S. Forest Service, may be poised to clear up some confusion. With …

US Forces Give the Nod to Biofuels
February 1, 2012 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

Michael Richardson (Canberra Times)  Don’t laugh! The United States military is dead serious about being able to fly its combat and cargo planes on jet fuel derived from algae and plants, and to power many …

Airlines for America Urges Commercial Development of Biofuels
February 1, 2012 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Kate Rice (TravelPulse)   … The Farm to Fly partnership was established in July 2010 to advance a comprehensive and sustainable aviation biofuels rural-development plan. As the lead agency responsible for feedstock development and production …

Making Nature’s Best Better to Produce Biofuels
February 1, 2012 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

(National Science Foundation)  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory uses supercomputer simulations to explore designer enzymes for renewable fuels

“Cellulose in the biosphere can last for years,” said Gregg Beckham, a scientist in the National Bioenergy Center at …

A Low-Cost, Low-Risk Path to Meeting US Biofuels Targets
February 1, 2012 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The challenges?    Well, there have been three grand ones.
First, the development of economically feasible technologies. Second, the financing and construction of new capacity, including any bolt-ons, restarts or retrofits …

Obama Directs Military to Cut Petroleum Consumption 30 Percent
February 1, 2012 – 10:16 am | No Comment

(NCTechNews)  …In order to comply with and support these directives, Fort Bragg partnered with the Defense Energy Supply Center and the Army Petroleum Center to construct the Green Biofuel Superstation to serve its flex-fuel fleet …

2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit February 27-29 National Harbor, MD
January 31, 2012 – 4:49 pm | No Comment
2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit   February 27-29    National Harbor, MD

The event is designed to bring together key players from across the energy ecosystem – researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives, and government officials – to share ideas for developing and deploying the next generation of …

Biomass 2012 July 10-11, 2012 Washington, DC
January 30, 2012 – 11:38 am | No Comment
Biomass 2012    July 10-11, 2012   Washington, DC

On July 10–11, 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Biomass Program will host its fifth annual conference, with Advanced Biofuels USA as a co-host.   Biomass 2012: Confronting Challenges, Creating Opportunities – Sustaining a Commitment to …

Butamax™ Refutes Unfounded Allegations of Infringement
January 30, 2012 – 10:01 am | No Comment

(Butamax)  Butamax(TM) Advanced Biofuels, LLC, the biobutanol technology leader, responded to the latest lawsuit filed by Gevo, Inc. related to isobutanol flash fermentation technology.
“Let us state emphatically, Butamax does not infringe the generic product separation …

EPA Issues Notice of Data Availability Concerning Renewable Fuels Produced from Palm Oil Under the RFS Program
January 27, 2012 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  he U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) to release its lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) analysis of palm oil used as a feedstock to produce biodiesel and …

CAAFI Launches Path to Alternative Jet Fuel Readiness
January 26, 2012 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

(CAAFI)  The goal of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative® (CAAFI®) is to facilitate the development and deployment of alternative jet fuels that offer equivalent levels of safety and performance and compare favorably on cost …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Support for a New Advanced Biofuel Production Facility in Oregon: Project will Create Jobs, Expand Production of Biofuels
January 26, 2012 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has approved a conditional commitment in the amount of $232.5 million to ZeaChem Boardman Biorefinery, LLC (ZBB) through the Biorefinery Assistance Program. ZBB …

Cal Poly Partners with California Energy Commission to Launch Algae-Based Wastewater Treatment Plant
January 26, 2012 – 10:23 am | No Comment

(California Polytechnic State University)  Cal Poly faculty and students will demonstrate a new technology that uses algae to treat wastewater and produces biofuel as a byproduct. The system could be used at wastewater treatment facilities …

Lignol Receives Approval of Four New Key Biorefining and Lignin Patent Application
January 25, 2012 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(Lignol)  Lignol Energy Corporation (TSXV: LEC), a leading technology company in advanced biofuels and renewable chemicals, today announced that it has received confirmation that four new patent applications have been approved, bringing the total number of approved patents …

Retired Army General Calls Biofuels “Ammunition”
January 25, 2012 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Like oil in World War II, U.S. Army Ret. General Paul J. Kern believes that biofuels are the “ammunition” for America today. …The main focus of the highly decorated retired army …

Maersk Tests SoladieselRD(R) in 6,500 Nautical Mile Commercial Voyage
January 25, 2012 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

(MarketWIre/Solazyme)  Solazyme, Inc., a renewable oil and bioproducts company, announced today that Maersk Line, one of the biggest shipping companies in the world, has completed the testing of Solazyme’s 100% algal derived renewable diesel as …

Gevo Wins Key Patent, Sues Dupont, Butamax
January 25, 2012 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, Gevo has received a patent on its GIFT separation unit, addressing the separation technology used to produce propanols, butanols, pentanols, and hexanols.  The claims also address how ethanol plants …

2012 Farm Bill Biomass/Biofuel Recommendations
January 24, 2012 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Retain Agricultural Land: Agricultural and forest lands are vulnerable to loss due to reduction of the dairy and pulp/paper industries and conversion to residential or commercial development.  They …

USDA Makes 2012 REAP Funding Available
January 24, 2012 – 10:40 am | No Comment

by Anna Austin (Biomass Power and Thermal Magazine)  The USDA announced Jan. 20 a Notice of Funding Availability for its Rural Energy for America Program, and is inviting agricultural producers and rural small businesses to …

Robo-Copter Will Keep Tabs on Navy’s Biofuel Plants
January 24, 2012 – 9:26 am | No Comment

by Spencer Ackerman and Noah Shachtman (Wired)  The Navy is hoping to one day run a huge chunk of its fleet on biofuels. So the Navy’s advanced researchers — and their partners at the U.S. Department …

POET, DSM Form Landmark Cellulosic Ethanol Joint Venture
January 24, 2012 – 8:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Two titans form a monster JV, starting out with a $250M investment.
…In Iowa, Poet has teamed with Dutch-based Royal DSM to create a 50/50 joint venture called Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels that will …

Keeping Pace
January 23, 2012 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  Is there sufficient supply of feedstock to support the build-out of a 6 billion gallon biodiesel industry over the next decade?
…If the industry stands a chance competing with Big Oil …

Algae: The Cornerstone Feedstock
January 23, 2012 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Riggs Eckelberry (Algae Industry Magazine)  If only there were enough algae to meet the demand. Algae is highly productive, soaks up toxins and CO2, and can be grown without impacting food or fresh water …

Fungus Research at Montana State University Could Help Biofuels Production
January 23, 2012 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Jason Bacaj  (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)  …(Mark) Kozubal found the fungus could survive in an acidic habitat with a pH of 6, an acidity level similar to cow’s milk. What was really amazing, though, was …

LanzaTech Raises $58M in Series C Round; Petronas Becomes Strategic Investor
January 23, 2012 – 8:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In India, LanzaTech is working with Indian Oil and Jindal Power and Steel Limited on a facility to convert industrial waste gases into ethanol. It also has partnered with Concord …

NPRA Calls on EPA to Reconsider Cellulosic Biofuel Volumes
January 20, 2012 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

(National Petrochemical & Refiners Association/Yahoo!)  The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, American Petroleum Institute and Western States Petroleum Associationjointly filed a petition today requesting that the Environmental Protection Agency waive the 2011 cellulosic biofuel volume mandate in its entirety, …

Biofuels – Coast Guard Going Green
January 20, 2012 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  To comply with the mandate to increase the use of alternative fuels, the Coast Guard has enlisted the help of Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers with expertise in fuels and engines. …

Biofuel from beneath the Waves
January 20, 2012 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Zoe Cormier (Nature)  Engineered bacterium can produce ethanol directly from seaweed.
Bioengineers have devised a way to produce ethanol from seaweed, laying the groundwork for a biofuel that doesn’t sacrifice food crops.
Yasuo Yoshikuni and his …

Finding Growth Potential for Biomass: An Outlook for 2012 & Beyond Under Current Realities February 1, 2012 Webinar
January 20, 2012 – 1:20 pm | No Comment
Finding Growth Potential for Biomass: An Outlook for 2012 & Beyond Under Current Realities   February 1, 2012    Webinar

This webinar will highlight opportunities for financing biomass projects from a variety of different sources such as government programs, hybrid financial mechanisms, offshore funding and the US capital markets.  Topics include the status of government …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Streamlines Access to Energy Investment Information at USDA
January 20, 2012 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the launch of a USDA energy website that will provide stakeholders fast and efficient access to USDA energy efficiency and renewable energy data. Today’s announcement builds …

USDA Approves Conditional Commitment for $25M Guaranteed Loan for New Fiberight Biorefinery
January 20, 2012 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved a conditional commitment for a $25 million guaranteed loan to build a biorefinery plant with funding support from USDA’s Biorefinery Assistance Program. The plant will be …

Time to Assess Biomass Project Funding Options
January 20, 2012 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Emily Chad and Todd Taylor (Biomass Power and Thermal Magazine)  A veritable alphabet soup of government funding programs exist that can help you get your project off the ground. These programs include:
• USDA Biorefinery …

Iowa State University-Led Group Awarded $25 Million Grant for Land Use, Biofuel Production Study
January 19, 2012 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

(Iowa State University)  Now, an Iowa State University-based study over the next five years will examine whether a single, coordinated production system can address all of these concerns while making profits for producers.
A multi-state, interdisciplinary …

Conference Keynote: Landfills Will Become a Thing of the Past
January 18, 2012 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Anna Austin (Biomass Power and Thermal)  …(Sierra Energy CEO Mike) Hart was the keynote speaker at the third annual Pacific West Biomass Conference & Trade Show in San Francisco, Calif., Jan 16-18. He delivered a …

Can Bacteria Produce “Drop-In” Biofuels?
January 18, 2012 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Umair Irfan  (ClimateWire/Scientific American)Scientists are seeking help from microbes to produce road-ready biofuels
…As they move, breathe, eat and reproduce, bacteria produce byproducts like ethanol and hydrogen while feeding on simple sugars, starches and sunlight. …

Ethanol’s Octane Provides Proactive Opportunity
January 16, 2012 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol)  … The new CAFE standards apply to light-duty vehicles beginning in model year 2017, requiring a nationwide average of 54.5 miles per gallon by model year 2025. …

Federal Cutbacks Not Stopping MFA Biofuels Plan
January 16, 2012 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Jacob Barker (Columbia Tribune)  Despite large cuts to the federal program supporting it and concerns from some groups about environmental impacts, a project to begin growing a giant perennial grass to serve as a …

OriginOil and Department of Energy to Develop Direct Conversion of Algae into Renewable Crude Oil for Existing Oil Refineries
January 16, 2012 – 10:43 am | No Comment

(OriginOil)  Company partners with Idaho National Laboratory to enable algae growers to enter the global crude oil market
OriginOil, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to extract oil from algae and an emerging leader in the …

Fuel Testing Reveals Higher Octane in Ethanol: Addition of Ethanol Shows Improved Performance Benefits
January 13, 2012 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Anne Marie Edwards (DomesticFuel.com)  Last July, the government announced plans to raise corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards to 54.5 MPG by 2025. The automotive industry responded saying the MPG number was an attainable goal …

EPA Releases First GHG Emissions Data Reporting Results
January 13, 2012 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Power plants were found to be the largest stationary source of direct emissions, producing a combined total of more than 2,300 million metric tons of CO2e from 1,555 facilities …

Vilsack Comments on RFS and Biodiesel Tax Credit
January 13, 2012 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  …During a press conference at AFBF (American Farm Bureau Federation) on Monday, (Agriculture Secretary Tom) Vilsack said he believes it is important to keep the RFS2 in place for multiple reasons. “One, …

Tell Them Willie and Ike Are Here
January 13, 2012 – 9:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Brooke Coleman, executive director of the Advanced Ethanol Council, turned attention to free market principles and market access, after the New York Timesran astory on cellulosic biofuels mandates, titled “A Fine …

Next Up: Abengoa in Early Planning for Second Cellulosic Plant
January 12, 2012 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It’s only been a few months since Abengoa Bioenergy broke ground on its 23 MMgy multifeedstock cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kan., but so far, construction of its first …

The ILUC Debate, Four Years Later
January 12, 2012 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dineen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   …The scientific community has better data, improved modeling tools, and a better appreciation of the uncertainty and complexity involved in ILUC analysis. But, above all, they …

Clearing a Potential Road Block to Bisabolane: Key Enzyme Structure Identified
January 12, 2012 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris (PhysOrg.com)   JBEI researchers determined the structure of the AgBIS enzyme and found it to consist of three helical domains, the first three-domain structure ever found in a synthase of sesquiterpenes. This …

The Litmus Test: 8 Projects for 2012 Will Test Perceptions, Reality for Advanced Biofuels
January 12, 2012 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …First commercial projects from newly-minted public companies Solazyme, Gevo and KiOR. Two trash-to-biofuels projects from INEOS Bio and Enerkem, located in Florida and Alberta. Europe’s largest biosuccinic acid project, scheduled …

Finding a Way to Put a Zebra in Your Tank
January 10, 2012 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

by Guy Gugliotta (New York Times)   …Dr. (David A.) Mullin (a professor of molecular biology at Tulane University)was collecting manure from giraffes and other exotic ruminants at the zoo, a few blocks from his laboratory. …

Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Identification of Additional Qualifying Renewable Fuel Pathways Under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program
January 9, 2012 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA is issuing a direct final rule identifying additional fuel pathways that EPA has determined meet the biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel or cellulosic biofuel lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction requirements specified …

US EPA Publishes Direct Final Rule for Camelina RFS2 Pathway
January 9, 2012 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  On Jan. 5, the U.S. EPA issued a direct final rule regarding RFS2 pathways for four new biofuel feedstocks, including camelina oil, energy cane, giant reed and napiergrass. While the …

ACT Completes 20kW Crude Glycerol Burner, Using Biodiesel By-Product
January 9, 2012 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In North Carolina, Applied Combustion Technologies announced the completion of a DOE grant to build and test a prototype crude glycerol burner. The 20 kW burner utilizes a novel spray atomization, …

ZeaChem, and the Renewable Fuel Standard
January 9, 2012 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ZeaChem launches its 250,000 gallon per year core process.  How could this possibly matter, in the context of a 500 million gallon cellulosic biofuels target for 2012, that was waived …

Virent Announces Issuance of Five U.S. Patents
January 6, 2012 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

(Virent)  Company Increases Protection of its BioForming® Technology
Virent announced the issuance of five new U.S. patents covering aspects of its catalytic BioForming® platform. Three of the patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 8,053,615, 8,017,818 and 7,977,517, cover …

Sunn Hemp Shows Promise as Biofuel Source
January 6, 2012 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (US Department of Agriculture)  Work by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggests that farmers in the Southeast could use the tropical legume sunn hemp (Crotalaria juncea) in their crop rotations …

LanzaTech to Convert Acquired Ethanol Plant for Biochemicals
January 6, 2012 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg)  LanzaTech NZ Ltd., a closely held biofuels company backed by billionaire Vinod Khosla, will convert a U.S. cellulosic ethanol plant it bought from Range Fuels Inc. to produce chemicals from biomass.
The $5.1 million deal completed …

Range Fuels Sells Government-Backed Biofuel Plant to LanzaTech
January 6, 2012 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg)  Range Fuels, Inc.,…, a closely held U.S. cellulosic ethanol company that was offered $156 million in federal government backing, sold its only factory to LanzaTech NZ Ltd. as part of a government-approved liquidation.
The U.S. Department …

Overcoming the Challenge of Cheap Sugars: Unmarketable Hawaiian Papaya Used to Produce Green Fuels
January 6, 2012 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(Biotork)  BioTork has successfully converted unmarketable Hawaiian papayas to fatty acids that can be refined into green fuels. This result is a first milestone in a developmental research project conducted in collaboration with the US Dept of …

Clean Cities Publishes Guide to Alternative Fuel Lawn Equipment
January 2, 2012 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  A single commercial mower can use as much gasoline or diesel fuel each year as a commercial work truck does. Fortunately, petroleum-based fuels aren’t the only options when it comes to …

Top 10 Biofuels Predictions for 2012
January 2, 2012 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …10. Advanced biofuels capacity surges to 1 billion gallons, globally. We see 570 million gallons in capacity from Neste Oil alone; 137 Mgy from Diamond Green, 75 Mgy from Dynamic …

USDA Helps Install 266 Blender Pumps through REAP
December 30, 2011 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   The USDA announced the final round of fiscal year 2011 Renewable Energy for America Program awards on Dec. 14. The awards included grants for 12 blender pump projects …

CAD for RNA: Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Develop CAD-Type Tools for Engineering RNA Control Systems
December 30, 2011 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  The computer assisted design (CAD) tools that made it possible to fabricate integrated circuits with millions of transistors may soon be coming to the biological sciences. Researchers at …

Risk Management Agency Announces Pilot Crop Insurance Program for Camelina
December 30, 2011 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  The USDA’s Risk Management Agency has developed a pilot program to insure camelina. The program, which will be available in selected counties in Montana and North Dakota for the 2012 …

Algae Perspectives: A Look Back…a Look Forward
December 30, 2011 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Mary Rosenthal (Algal Biomass Organization)  …Many of you will remember that 2011 began with a discouraging report that claimed algae biofuels could never play a role in US energy security. We at the Algal …

New Mexico State University Advances their Algae Test Bed Research
December 30, 2011 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Since early October, New Mexico State University’s Institute for Energy & the Environment (IEE) researchers have been transitioning from algae operations in the IEE water and energy lab to the Algae Test …

What in the World Are “Feedstock Logistics”?
December 30, 2011 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Steven Thomas (US Department of Energy)  Biomass feedstocks – the raw organic material that can be converted into biofuel, biopower, or bioproducts – come in many forms, from woody crops like hybrid poplar and …

Bioenergy Pumps New Life into Pulp and Paper Mills
December 30, 2011 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Neil Rossmeissl (US Department of Energy)  Despite Americans’ voracious appetite for paper products — a staggering 700 pounds per person annually — America’s pulp and paper industry has been struggling as of late due to …

Blend-Your-Own at the Pump
December 30, 2011 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Tim Hoskins  (Iowa Farmer Today)  Blender gas pumps are viewed as one way to increase ethanol sales and allow for a transition to higher ethanol-blended gasoline.
A blender pump is connected to two fuel tanks, …

Harvesting Both Corn Grain and Stover in Adverse Weather
December 29, 2011 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Cole Gustafson, Thein Maung and David Ripplinger (North Dakota State University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  NDSU quantifies the cost and time involved in corn stover collection
…The research team at  North Dakota State University in Fargo recently …

Good Digestion: It’s Been a Bumpy Road to Full-Scale Adoption of Anaerobic Digestion Technologies at Ethanol Plants
December 29, 2011 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Despite the promise of methane from anaerobic digestion technology, low natural gas rates and other factors have kept ethanol producers from jumping in with both feet.
…On top of the …

EPA Finalizes 2012 Renewable Fuel Standards
December 28, 2011 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  he U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized the 2012 percentage standards for four fuel categories that are part of the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program (RFS2). EPA continues to support greater …

2nd Lawsuit Challenges Ethanol Project in UP
December 28, 2011 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(WLNS/AP)  Critics of a refinery planned for the Upper Peninsula have filed a second lawsuit against the project.
Larry Klein and the Sierra Club claim the U.S. Energy Department failed to follow federal environmental law when …

The 11 Top Biofuels Trends of 2011
December 28, 2011 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There were IPOs a go-go, a big comeback from biodiesel. The global ethanol fleet has acquired new popularity amongst advanced biofuels developers looking for capital light steel in the ground. …