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Mill, Baby, Mill
June 6, 2012 – 9:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In-field bioprocessing? Dramatically higher plant oil production? R&D breakthroughs offer new paths to victory for Millers vs Drillers.
If you haven’t been getting most of your information on the Renewable Fuel …

Scientists Identify Mechanism for Regulating Plant Oil Production
June 6, 2012 – 8:45 am | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory)  Findings suggest ways to increase oil production for biofuels and industrial processes
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have identified key elements in the biochemical mechanism plants use to …

FBI Raids Park Ridge Renewable Energy Company
June 5, 2012 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Hugh R. Morley and Linh Tat   (NorthJersey.com)   FBI and local law enforcement officers raided a Montvale home and a Park Ridge building that houses several renewable energy companies Thursday in connection with a probe into fraud in the …

American Ethanol Steps in as Sponsor of Two NASCAR Races
June 5, 2012 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   American Ethanol’s partnership with NASCAR has extended with an official sponsorship of two upcoming NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. The American Ethanol 200 will be held July 14 …

Insiders Support Military’s Renewable-Energy Push
June 5, 2012 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Sara Sorcher (National Journal)  Nearly two-thirds of National Journal’s National Security Insiders agree with the military’s push for renewable energy, siding with the Obama administration over some Republicans in Congress who have charged that the …

USDA Deregulates GMO Sugar Beets — Again
June 5, 2012 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Mateusz Perkowski   (Capital Press)  The USDA has decide to again fully deregulate genetically engineered sugar beets that are resistant to glyphosate herbicides.
The agency has found that the crop doesn’t pose a plant pest risk …

IDGA’s Future Power Summit October 10-12, 2012 Washington, DC
June 4, 2012 – 4:19 pm | No Comment
IDGA’s Future Power Summit   October 10-12, 2012  Washington, DC

Managing the Military’s Energy Needs with Tomorrow’s Power Sources Concept Technologies and Platforms
The Defense Department is projected to spend close to $4 billion in its utility bill and $25 billion in fuel costs this year; …

New Early Career Awards Support Biofuels Research
June 4, 2012 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Jill Sakai and Renee Meiller (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  A young generation of researchers are seeking biofuels in some unlikely sounding places: toxic algae blooms and cow stomachs.
Two University of Wisconsin-Madison professors are drawing on …

DE-FOA-0000719: Innovative Biosynthetic Pathways to Advanced Biofuels
June 4, 2012 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Biomass Program has recently developed Critical Technology Goals (CTG) related to a) converting biomass into processable sugars or other fractionation products and b) upgrading those processable sugars or biomass fractions …

Yecch, Ptooey! The 13 Oddest and Strangest Biofuels Feedstocks
June 4, 2012 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Most of the stories we write at the Digest on the subject of biofuels feedstocks fall into the well-established realms of normal. But every once in  a while, a feedstock …

University of Hawaii to Receive $6M for Biofuel Development
June 4, 2012 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(Pacific Business News)  The University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources will receive a $6 million federal grant to continue its work to convert grass and other biomass into biofuel.
The college will …

The Farm Bill Energy Title Is Working and Must Be Renewed
June 1, 2012 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (BIO/Biofuels Digest)  Ten years ago, Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law a Farm Bill that, for the first time, embraced the vital role American farmers, foresters and rural …

EPA Denies Oil’s Request to Waive Cellulosic RFS, Lawsuit Pending
June 1, 2012 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA officially denied the petroleum industry’s request to retroactively waive the 2011 cellulosic biofuel volume requirements under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) on May 22, noting that …

Novozymes Built New Enzyme Plant in U.S. Due to Tax Credit
June 1, 2012 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Novozymes, a global biotech company, first considered building its newly built enzyme production plant in China but eventually zeroed in on the U.S. One big deciding factor was the …

Environmental Activists Attack Crop Insurance Industry
June 1, 2012 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by David Rogers (Politico)  …At issue are government-backed premium discounts designed to make the insurance more affordable to farmers. While not truly cash subsidies, the costs have soared in recent years and fit neatly into …

US Senate Group Starts up “Seed to Wheel” Review of US Renewable Fuel Standard
May 31, 2012 – 9:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, staff members working for least eight US Senators will join a study group aimed at a “seed-to-wheel examination of the US Renewable Fuel Standard,” the Digest has learned.
The …

Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels Update on ASTM Approval
May 30, 2012 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Nate Brown (Federal Aviation Administration)  Power Point presentation with graphics illustrating the steps for new aviation fuel approval, graphic descriptions of anticipated aviation fuels (and progress of various pathways along the process).  Includes alcohol …

Short-Term Politics Stifles Pentagon’s Green Energy Ambitions
May 30, 2012 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by Jen Alic (OilPrice.com)  The US Defense Department consumes more energy than any other department or sector in the country, spending around $20 billion annually by some estimates; but ambitious plans to make it the …

United Cooperative Fitting Cenex Sites for Flex-Fueling
May 30, 2012 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(CSP Daily News)  Installs ethanol blender pumps across southcentral Wisconsin
United Cooperative has been selected to receive a $448,500 Rural Energy for America Program grant to assist with the installation of 36 ethanol flex-fuel blender pumps …

Antibiotic Residues in DDGS Pose Little Risk
May 30, 2012 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(Pork Network)  With recent increased attention by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the use of antibiotics in livestock production, industry experts are turning their attention to potential non-farm sources of antibiotic residues. Could distillers’ dried …

Bacteria Seen as Biofuel Production Key
May 30, 2012 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

(UPI)  …Now scientists led by researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California have discovered how certain bacteria can tolerate those man-made toxic chemicals used in making biofuels.
“Discovering microbes naturally tolerant to salty liquids and understanding …

CBO: Increasing Domestic Oil Doesn’t Help Energy Security Much
May 30, 2012 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Simone Sebastian (FuelFix)  Increasing domestic production of oil won’t significantly boost energy security in the United States, according to a report by the Congressional Budget Office.
The CBO advocated policies that reduce demand for oil, such as …

USDA Projects Record Corn Crop in 2012—What Does it Mean for Ethanol?
May 30, 2012 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  USDA released its first estimate of the 2012 corn crop–and it is a big one.  According to today’s USDA projections, record U.S. corn production of 14.79 billion bushels is …

DOE Offers $5 mln for Work on Alternative Fuel Vehicles
May 30, 2012 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering  (Des Moines Register)  The U.S. Energy Department said on Tuesday (May 8, 2012) it will make $5 million available in 2012 to expand the use of alternative fuel vehicles, including electric models.
The Energy …

Texas AgriLife Feeding Algae to Steers
May 30, 2012 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Blair Fannin (Texas AgriLife Research/Algae Industry Magazine)  Texas AgriLife Research scientist, Dr. Tryon Wickersham, and graduate student, Merritt Drewery, have been conducting feeding trials of algae leftover products (after oil extraction, in powdered form) …

Sorghum Goes Epic, or Is That EPEC? A Primer on Biofuels’ Underdog Feedstock
May 30, 2012 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s up? What’s next? New pathways, plus country-by-country yield data.
Sorghum. It’s a feedstock right out the pages of the old South –  sorghum syrup served with corn bread and Lowcountry …

Wait’ll Next Year: Advanced Biofuels and the Military
May 29, 2012 – 8:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Washington, heartbreak came early in the season when the Senate Armed Services Committee has voted to nix the purchase of aviation biofuels, should they cost more than conventional fossil …

Aviation and Clean Technology Leaders Launch Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiatives
May 29, 2012 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(MASBI)  Regional Initiative with National Reach Working to Achieve Energy Security
United Airlines, Boeing, Honeywell’s UOP, the Chicago Department of Aviation and the Clean Energy Trust today announced the formation of the Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels …

Current and Projected Costs for Biofuels from Algae and Pyrolysis
May 29, 2012 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Consumer Energy Report)   A reader recently called my attention to a new and very interesting presentation from the Department of Energy’s Biomass Program:
Biofuels Design Cases
The presentation explored the question of whether …

Why We Need a Greener Military
May 29, 2012 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Fred Kaplan (Slate)  …The rationale for barring the Navy from buying the 450,000 gallons of biofuels necessary for the experiment is economic: These fuels are too expensive—about four times more costly than conventional fuels.
To …

U.S. Military Deploying Advanced Biofuels | Better Fuels Moment
May 29, 2012 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

As Capitol Hill works to identify smarter investments in clean energy fuels, the Better Fuels Moment takes a closer look at the robust and effective partnership advanced biofuels has with America’s Armed Services, building better …

United Cooperative Installs Ethanol Flex-Fuel Blender Pumps across South-Central Wisconsin
May 25, 2012 – 8:27 pm | No Comment

(Beaver Dam Daily Citizen)  United Cooperative was selected to receive a $448,500 Rural Energy for America Program grant to assist with the installation of 36 ethanol flex-fuel blender pumps and seven biodiesel dispensers at 11 …

US Warplanes Can Fly Faster, Carry Additional Weapons Load Using Advanced Fuels and Biofuels: New Data
May 25, 2012 – 8:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) New tests conducted at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base have revealed that US warplanes are capable of flying faster and carry more payload on missions, when flying with synthetic fuels, including …

Storm Breaks out over E15 Ethanol Engine Test
May 24, 2012 – 8:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What engines failed, and when and why. Was this test designed to fail?
In Washington, the Coordinating Research Council, a non-profit research organization supported by the American Petroleum Institute and a …

Groups Ask Senate to Reconsider NDAA Amendments Blocking Military Use of Alternative Energy
May 24, 2012 – 8:00 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire)  The Advanced Biofuels Association, the Algal Biomass Organization, Airlines for America, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, Growth Energy, and the Pew Charitable Trusts today expressed disappointment that the Senate Armed …

Summary Report of Stakeholder Responses to USDA’s Regional Biofuel Roadmap
May 24, 2012 – 7:58 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  On June 23, 2010, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a strategic biofuels production report, “A USDA Regional Roadmap to Meeting the Biofuels Goals of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) by …

Republicans Blowing up Military’s Plans for Alternative Energy; Democrats Fighting Back
May 23, 2012 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Troy Hooper  (The Colorado Independent)  …House Republicans passed a pair of provisions Friday that would stymie the military’s efforts to incorporate more renewable fuels into its supplies. The defense authorization bill now heads for …

Navy to Demonstrate Great Green Fleet This Summer
May 21, 2012 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

(CNN)  The U.S. Navy for the first time will demonstrate what it calls a Great Green Fleet, a carrier strike group operating in large part on nonfossil fuels, during a larger, 22-nation exercise this summer.
The …

Enough Corn? USDA Says “Abundantly so”, Forecasting Record 2012 Harvest
May 21, 2012 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …The first World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates for 2012, from the US Department of Agriculture, give us an opportunity to review that debate.
Let’s go back 10 years ago, before the …

Renewable Diesel Surges: Emerald Biofuels Announces Major Project in Louisiana
May 21, 2012 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Emerald Biofuels announced that it will build an 85 million gallonrenewable-diesel refineries at a Dow Chemical site in Plaquemine, Louisiana. The company will use Honeywell’s UOP/Eni EcoFining process technology for the …

Long Quest for Multi-Fuel Power Source Yields Army Interest
May 8, 2012 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by John Murawski  (News Observer)  The U.S. military’s quest to outfit American soldiers with an all-in-one power source could lead to a nondescript office in a Morrisville technology park where Triangle startups toil away in …

Increasing Our National Security with New Technology
May 7, 2012 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Retired Lt. Gen. John Castellaw, USMC, American Security Project  (The Hill/Congress Blog)  The United States military is the single largest purchaser of petroleum fuel in the world, burning through about 325,000 barrels of fuel …

National Farmers Union Leads Broad Coalition to Urge Senate to Bring Farm Bill to Floor Vote; Includes Advanced Biofuels USA
May 7, 2012 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

(National Farmers Union)  National Farmers Union (NFU) and a coalition of agricultural, conservation, environmental, energy, forestry, hunger, and rural stakeholders sent a letter to Senate leadership today urging them to bring the Agriculture Reform, Food and …

Refiners Worry Lack of E15 Stations Will Cause RFS Non-Compliance
May 7, 2012 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …API has legally challenged every step of the U.S. EPA’s approval of E15, claiming that more scientific research should be completed before it is allowed to be used in …

From Soil Microbe to Super-Efficient Biofuel Factory?
May 7, 2012 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Dan Krotz  (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Berkeley Lab-led team explores a way to create biofuels, minus the photosynthesis
Is there a new path to biofuels hiding in a handful of dirt? Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley …

Ceres Sweet Sorghum Hybrids Processed by Amyris
May 4, 2012 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

(Ceres)  • Pilot project validates U.S.-produced sweet sorghum as a potential feedstock for advanced biofuels and bio-products.
• Conversion efficiency of sweet sorghum sugars were similar to sugarcane.
Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. (Nasdaq: CERE) today announced …

OriginOil and Algasol Renewables to Develop an Integrated Algae Growth and Harvesting System
May 4, 2012 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(Origin Oil)  Algasol, collaborating with NASA and Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, will bundle its offering with OriginOil’s Algae Appliance™
OriginOil, Inc., developer of breakthrough technology to convert algae into renewable crude oil, and Algasol Renewables, a technology …

Smoking Out Potential: Repurposing Tobacco for Biofuels
May 2, 2012 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biorefining Magazine)  …According to LBNL, the work focuses on transferring a hydrocarbon-synthesizing gene from cyanobacteria into a tobacco plant. The resulting plants would be able to produce fuel molecules within their leaves. …

Case No. 3: EPA Issues Green Diesel Violation for 60M Bad RINs
May 2, 2012 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. EPA issued a Notice of Violation to Houston-based Green Diesel LLC April 30 for generating more than 60 million invalid biomass-based diesel (D-Code 4) renewable identification numbers (RINs) …

United States Leads World in Exports of Ethanol
May 1, 2012 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

(Hart Energy/PR NewsWire)  Hart Energy study insists U.S. production mandates are out of sync with market reality
Hart Energy’s newly released study, U.S. & Brazil Ethanol Outlook to 2022, finds the United States has vaulted over Brazil to lead the world in …

Fifth Stop: Sustainability
April 30, 2012 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Margaret Broeren  (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  …Much more than a buzzword, “sustainable” means that trade-offs—social, environmental and economic factors—have been measured, modeled and validated against actual “boots on the ground data” measured at agricultural …

E15 Gas Brings Conflict to Pumps
April 30, 2012 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  A new blend of ethanol and gasoline may soon show up at the gas station pumps — along with mixed messages on whether it’s safe to put it in your …

Energy Department Announces up to $15 Million to Research Biomass-Based Supplements for Traditional Fuels
April 30, 2012 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  As part of President Obama’s blueprint for an economy fueled by homegrown and alternative energy sources, the Energy Department announced today up to $15 million available to demonstrate biomass-based oil supplements …

Energy Department Announces $2.5 Million to Advance Technologies for Clean-Burning, Efficient Biomass Cookstoves
April 30, 2012 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

The Energy Department announced up to $2.5 million available this year for applied research to advance clean biomass cookstove technologies for use in developing countries. The funding will support the development of innovative cookstove designs …

Diesel Cars Make a Comeback in the U.S.
April 30, 2012 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Julia Pyper  (Scientific American/ClimateWire)   Sooty, finicky diesel engines are a thing of the past, boosting prospects for the fuel-efficient automobiles in America
…On average, about 85 percent of the particle matter emitted from diesel trucks is …

Commission to Decide if Farms Allowed to Produce Ethanol
April 27, 2012 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Diane Wagner   (Rome News Tribune)  The Floyd County Commission is expected to decide at its May 8 meeting if it will allow local farmers to make a limited amount of ethanol onsite, for use as …

Senate Ag Committee OK’s $800M for Farm Bill Energy Programs; DOE OK’d to Move $100M for Advanced Biofuels
April 27, 2012 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Senate Agriculture Committee has approved $800 million in mandatory biofuels-related funding for the proposed energy title in the upcoming Farm Bill.
…Yesterday, Senators Kent Conrad of North Dakota …

EPA Levies Administrative Fines for Invalid Biodiesel RINs
April 26, 2012 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has announced the amount of administrative settlements levied against 30 obligated parties and renewable fuel exporters due to the purchase of invalid biodiesel renewable identification numbers (RINs) …

25x’25 Steering Committee Member Michael Bowman, White House ‘Champion of Change’ Alum, Meets with Obama
April 26, 2012 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Wray, CO Advocate Urges President to Lend More Support to Bioenergy Development, Support Higher Ethanol Blends
Mike Bowman, a member of the National 25x’25 Alliance’s Steering Committee, met with President Obama today and …

Trillium FiberFuels, Oregon State University Get Grant for Advanced Biomass Enzymes
April 26, 2012 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

(Trillium FiberFuels Inc./Biorefining Magazine)  A team of scientists from Trillium FiberFuels and Oregon State University has been awarded a Small Business Technology Transfer grant from the U.S. DOE to further develop innovative enzymes that could …

America’s Biofuel Industry Moves From The Beaker To Barrel, ABFA President Testifies To Congress
April 26, 2012 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels Association)  Testifying today before the U.S. House Small Business Committee’s Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade, Michael McAdams, president, Advanced Biofuels Association – ABFA, said he is, “proud to report to this Committee and …

Groups Call On U.S. Senate to Authorize Funding for Military Biofuel
April 26, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels Association)  Energy security is a vital part of national security; we can improve energy security with advanced biofuel production in the U.S. The Biotechnology Industry Organization, the Advanced BioFuel Association, the Algal Biomass Organization, …

Paper Evaluates Consequences of Dueling CAFE, RFS Policies
April 26, 2012 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Increasing fuel efficiency standards are expected to shrink U.S. gasoline demand over the coming years while, at the same time, the renewable fuel standard (RFS) will require increasing amounts …

EPA Awards More Than $1 Million to College Teams for Innovative Environmental Solutions
April 25, 2012 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded more than $1 million in grants to 15 university and college teams from across the country who participated in the 8th Annual National Sustainable Design …

Forecast Calls for Climate-Smart Business (Part 2): Paul Douglas
April 25, 2012 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Paul Douglas (Bloomberg Business Week)  When will American business wake up to the scientific reality of climate change?
When the common-sense moderate middle wakes up. When pragmatic entrepreneurs and investors realize an intransigent, inflexible and, …

Energy Coalition Disappointed in Farm Bill Draft
April 25, 2012 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  A coalition of trade groups and organizations representing renewable energy, energy efficiency, farm and environmental interests is disappointed in a 2012 Farm Bill draft out of the Senate Agriculture Committee that …

Soy Checkoff Sponsors Tractor Pulls Again to Showcase Biodiesel
April 24, 2012 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

(The United Soybean Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  …As part of a larger strategy to promote soy biodiesel’s benefits among diesel users, the checkoff will once again co-sponsor the National Tractor Pullers Association season of approximately 80 tractor …

Ethanol Producers Step up to Pay for Required E15 Fuel Survey
April 24, 2012 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A group of 99 ethanol producers has taken on the task of funding the nationwide fuel survey required by the U.S. EPA for E15 implementation. The fuel survey represents …

Trading Firm Sues US EPA over Biofuel Credit Scam
April 24, 2012 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Ayesha Rascoe (Reuters)  * Company registered with EPA sold fake credits
* Exxon, Shell, others cited for using invalid credits
* Trading firm says EPA did not do due diligence
A trading company ensnared in the fallout …

UF-Led Research Team Selected for $125 Million Joint U.S.-India Energy Project
April 23, 2012 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

(University of Florida)  A University of Florida-led research team has been selected to participate in a five-year, $125 million energy project involving the United States and India, U.S. Department of Energy officials have announced.
Known as the …

RFA’s Dinneen Tells House Committee to Support Domestic Fuels Protection Act
April 23, 2012 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Providing flexibility to fuel retailers will be key to the continued growth in availability of higher level ethanol blends like E15 and other renewable fuels, according to Renewable Fuels Association President and …

Whatever Happened to Algae and Biofuels?
April 23, 2012 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …A couple of voices expressed caution, prominent among them, algae’s Doctor No, John Benemann of Benemann Associates, who wanted at the time, “if algae looks good [for fuel], we’re all …

Notice of Stakeholder Meeting: Industry Roundtable-DON/USDA/DOE/DOT-FAA Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Initiative May 18, 2012 Washington, DC
April 20, 2012 – 4:19 pm | No Comment
Notice of Stakeholder Meeting: Industry Roundtable-DON/USDA/DOE/DOT-FAA Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Initiative   May 18, 2012   Washington, DC

(U.S. Federal Register)  The United States Department of Navy (DoN) in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration (DOT FAA), …

Tinker, Tailor, Sailor, Fly: Aviation Biofuels Advance, Attract Opponents over Costs
April 19, 2012 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Honeywell and Agrisoma collaborate to pioneer aviation biofuels from a new carinata-based feedstock, critics wonder exactly why the military is paying so much for the biofuels it is utilizing …

Navy Plan Benefits Biomass: Fuel for Carriers, Jets Adds demand for Biofuel Source Other than Corn
April 18, 2012 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  Cellulosic ethanol could use a break, and it appears that the U.S. military may be riding to the rescue.
A Missouri cooperative called (what else?) ShowMe Energy is building an …

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Process Improves Catalytic Rate of Enzymes by 3,000 percent
April 18, 2012 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Light of specific wavelengths can be used to boost an enzyme’s function by as much as 30 fold, potentially establishing a path to less expensive biofuels, detergents and a host of …

Encourage the EPA to Support Biofuels
April 18, 2012 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  A new petition has been launched today (April 11, 1012) to help encourage the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support biofuels development. The petition is sponsored by Frontiers of Freedom, who says …

Community Trap Grease Biodiesel Project Seeks Additional Funding
April 17, 2012 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  A research team investigating the possibility converting trap grease collected from Cincinnati sewer systems into biodiesel will be presenting the initial results of its project at the U.S. EPA’s 2012 …

Butamax and Gevo: Bio’s Montagues and Capulets Get It On, and On, and On
April 17, 2012 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Here’s a 2-Minute Guide to all the Gevo and Butamax hollerin’, and how to separate the alcohol from the folderol.
In case it has escaped your attention, Butamax is suing Gevo …

Steel in the Ground: The Largest Cellulosic Ethanol Plants in the World Are Ready to Prove Their Mettle
April 16, 2012 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Guido Ghisolfi is a confident man. A chemical engineer by trade, at 55, he’s already spent three decades leading research and development (R&D) activities at Italy-based Mossi & Ghisolfi …

Why Decades Can Pass Between Idea and ‘Eureka!’
April 16, 2012 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Matthew L. Wald (The New York Times)  How will the world meet its rising demand for energy? Experience suggests the solutions might already be at hand, although it may be years before they are …

Can Natural Gas Help Stop Global Warming?
April 16, 2012 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Editorial Board (The Washington Post)  Will natural gas hinder the fight against global warming?
…But extracting and transporting all that natural gas, which is mostly methane, also results in fuel leaks. When methane leaks, it …

EBI Network and Pennycress Energy to Explore Alternative Energy Source
April 13, 2012 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(City of Galesburg)  Pennycress Energy and the EBI Network are promoting Pennycress as a renewable, alternative energy fuel crop for the Galesburg/West Central Illinois Region. The project, generating interest among growers, will identify possible investors …

Advanced Biofuels Industry Roundtable May 18, 2012 Washington, DC
April 11, 2012 – 10:59 am | No Comment
Advanced Biofuels Industry Roundtable    May 18, 2012     Washington, DC

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture – along with the Department of Energy, and the Department of Navy – will co-host an Advanced Biofuels Industry Roundtable in Washington D.C. on May 18, …

EPA Approves E15 Ethanol Blend Registrations
April 11, 2012 – 10:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Washington, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the first applications for registration of ethanol for use in making gasoline that contains up to 15 percent ethanol – known as …

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 …

USDA Explores Feasibility of Alternative Energy Production at Airports
April 10, 2012 – 8:00 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  A recent study conducted by researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) highlights the potential for alternative energy production at airports. The study …

Mapping Grasslands for Biofuel Potential
April 10, 2012 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Geological Survey)  USGS scientists have developed a new method for mapping grasslands that demonstrate high potential for growing biofuel crops with relatively little energy input and environmental impact.
The pioneering investigation used remote sensing data …

U.S. Announces Funding for ‘Bio-Oil’
April 10, 2012 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(UPI)   The U.S. Energy Department said up to $15 million is available to help support nearly a dozen so-called bio-oil projects targeted for the transportation sector.
…The Energy Department said the so-called bio-oil precursors could find …

US Department of Energy Biomass Program Seeks Merit Reviewers
April 10, 2012 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Biomass Program is currently seeking qualified individuals to participate in several upcoming merit reviews. Expertise is being sought in the following areas:

Biological conversion of sugars and carbohydrates from biomass (specifically …

US Biofuel Groups Back EPA in Legal Challenge of Renewable Fuels Rule
April 10, 2012 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Six renewable fuel trade associations have filed a motion in federal court to intervene in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency, which is being sued by a major oil and gas trade group …

National Algae Association Industrial Testing Center
March 30, 2012 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

(National Algae Association)  National Algae Association is pleased to announce the opening of a Testing Center. This first-of-its-kind initiative has been on-going as a part of NAA’s algae production incubator program to assist new algae …

Climate Bonds Move Forward
March 30, 2012 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

(SustainableBusiness.com)  Over the past two years, The Climate Bonds Initiative has been creating a new class of bonds that can finance a rapid transition globally to a low-carbon economy.
…Most of the bonds will be bought by institutional investors, …

Is Kansas Ready to Bump to E15 at the Pump?
March 29, 2012 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Steve Everly (Kansas City Star)  Ethanol industry pushes for the state to step up from the E10 blend now offered. But automakers warn of engine damage, voided warranties.
…E10 will still be available, and selling …

Malaysia, Indonesia Refute EPA Report on Palm Oil-Based Biofuels
March 29, 2012 – 11:34 am | No Comment

(Bernama)  Malaysia and Indonesia, the world’s largest producers of palm oil, are on a joint mission to correct and update a United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report that could impact future exports of palm …

When Defending Biofuels, Supporters Point to History
March 28, 2012 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by David Ferris  (Forbes)  At a conference today sponsored by the Carbon War Room outside Washington, D.C., a panel of biofuels entrepreneurs, supporters and financiers pointed to disruptive episodes in American history that bear some similarity to the …

Algal Diesel Outperforms Petrodiesel 2-1 in New Study
March 28, 2012 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  A  team of scientists at the Argonne National Laboratory has published a paper in IOP Science’s Environmental Research Letters comparing the emissions performance of algal biofuels to petroleum fuels. In their qualified …

Central Valley Beet Growers Closer to Massive Bioenergy Plant
March 28, 2012 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Harry Cline (Western Farm Press)  Former sugar beet growers on the West Side of the San Joaquin Valley are expected to learn next month whether they’ll be able to take the next step in …

RFA Anticipates E15 Roll-Out to Begin Soon
March 27, 2012 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Dinneen noted that because ethanol is currently less expensive than gasoline, marketers should be able to offer E15 to consumers for a less expensive price than E10 or any …

Regional Approach to New, Clean Energy Can Improve Our Economy, Security
March 27, 2012 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by LtGen John G. Castellaw, USMC (Ret.) (25 x ’25)   …In spite of claims to the contrary, increased domestic drilling and building pipelines to carry Canadian crude south will not result in energy independence or low …