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Webcast on Environmental Sustainability in Biofuel Production August 15, 2012
July 26, 2012 – 3:26 pm | No Comment
Webcast on Environmental Sustainability in Biofuel Production   August 15, 2012

The Energy Department will present a live webcast titled Assessing Impacts of Regional Water Resource Use and Availability on Bioenergy Production on August 15, 2012, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
This webinar is intended …

US Biofuel Advocates Urge Congress to Continue Pentagon Funding
July 26, 2012 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by David Alexander   (Reuters)  * Ex-Senator Warner leads veterans in pushing alternative fuels
* Senator Inhofe seeks accounting for Green Fleet demonstration
* Fossil fuel dependence means more conflict, veterans warn
Military veterans and former lawmakers urged …

NCERC Converts Corn Bran to Fuel for First Time in History
July 26, 2012 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by David Pruitt   (The Alestle)  On July 16 and 17, John Caupert, director of SIUE’s National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center, met with USDA officials about a new process the NCERC has discovered to use corn …

DOE Biofuels Videos Available Online
July 26, 2012 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)Lab Creates DOE ‘Breakthrough’ Video Highlighting Biofuels Research   Breaking down high-energy plants, such as switchgrass and miscanthus, cheaply and efficiently — and turning them into advanced biofuels — has long been …

Pursuing Abundance: USDA, DOE Invest $41M to Drive Biofuels Feedstock Yields, Diversification
July 26, 2012 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The recent focus on drought, and the scarcity scare, shows that diversification and yield enhancement remain the bioeconomy’s chief weapons in the war on availability and affordability.   The USDA and …

University of Dayton Building $850K Outdoor Algae Lab
July 25, 2012 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Dave Larsen (Dayton Daily News)  The facility will be used to develop advanced jet fuels for Air Force.
The University of Dayton Research Institute will start construction July 9 on a new $850,000 outdoor algae …

Agrivida Launches Field Trials to Test Modified Corn Stover
July 25, 2012 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Massachusetts-based Agrivida Inc. is conducting the first year of USDA-permitted field trials to grow corn that has been engineered to include enzymes in the corn stalk. The addition should …

Multiple Coproducts Needed to Establish Cellulosic Ethanol Industry
July 25, 2012 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Arthur Kollaras, Paul Koutouridis, Mary Biddy and James D. McMillan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Feed yeast, green coal contribute to bottom line
…History shows that once an industry is established, significant technological improvements quickly evolve. But …

Former Absolute Fuels CEO Arrested, Criminal Proceedings Begin
July 25, 2012 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Criminal proceedings are underway against Jeffrey David Gunselman, former CEO of Texas-based Absolute Fuels, in U.S. District Court as Judge Sam Cummings filed an official complaint last week authorizing Gunselman’s …

KiOR Renewable Gasoline Will Fuel Cars This Year
July 25, 2012 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has granted KiOR Inc. the necessary permit to sell renewable cellulosic gasoline in the U.S. According to Fred Cannon, the EPA’s acceptance of KiOR’s advanced biofuel blendstock …

New Database from NREL Makes Costs of Energy Technologies More Transparent
July 25, 2012 – 10:57 am | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  A new web application collects cost and performance estimates for electric generation, advanced vehicles, and renewable fuel technologies and makes them available for utilities, policy makers, consumers, and academics. The Transparent Cost …

Yabba Dabba Rabba Dopsis: A Coming Revolution in Crop Yields during Times of Drought?
July 25, 2012 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Here we are, some 30+ years into the era of genetic modification of crops. The primary breadbasket of the world, the United States, is experiencing its most severe drought conditions …

Seafaring Biofuels: Finding the Right Fuel for the Fleet
July 24, 2012 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Ysabel Yates (Renewable Energy World)  …For the next two years, Rolf Reitz and his team will be developing a model to work out the right mix of biofuel for the Navy’s fleet. Reitz’s work is critical …

‘Green Strike Group’ Offers Point of Pride, Not Political Divisiveness
July 23, 2012 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  As the “green strike group” makes its way through the waters of the Pacific Rim this week, the performance of the advanced biofuels helping power many of those ships is a cause …

ACORE Convenes Transportation And Renewable Energy Industry
July 23, 2012 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(ACORE) Leaders from across the country in the transportation and renewable energy sectors convened at an American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) forum on Tuesday in Washington to chart a course for expanding the use …

Industry in High Gear to Secure Critical Federal Policy Decision
July 23, 2012 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Anne Steckel  (National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine) …Starting this year, the RFS calls for a minimum of 1 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel (mostly biodiesel) to be used each year in the U.S. fuel supply …

Yulex Corp and Cooper Tire Receive $6.9 Million USDA Grant
July 23, 2012 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

(PRWeb)  Yulex Corporation, as part of a consortium headed by Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded the company and its consortium partners a $6.9 million grant. …

Baby vs Bathwater: When Does Budget Prudence Tip over into Energy Shortsightism?
July 23, 2012 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

Joelle Brink (Biofuels Digest)  …The Navy doesn’t go to war, or even a war simulation, with unproven technology. That sends a message loud and clear to those who hope the Age of Biofuels has not …

Ethanol Industry Commends Court for RFS Ruling
July 23, 2012 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Growth Energy/Renewable Fuels Association (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …(T)he U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a petition  by the Chicken Council challenging the U.S. EPA rulemaking on the renewable fuel …

CLAIM: The Obama Administration Is Forcing the U.S. Navy to Use Unproven Biofuels.
July 23, 2012 – 11:28 am | No Comment

(Energy FactCheck)  FACT:  1.  The U.S. Navy’s biofuel initiative began in 2006 when President George W. Bush’s Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, initiated a task force to explore options for reducing the military’s dependence on fossil …

Solazyme and Gevo Inc. Part Of Pentagon Effort To Switch To Biofuels
July 23, 2012 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Marcus Stern   (Reuters)  * Republicans call green fleet program too expensive  * Pentagon says biofuels costs will drop
Two companies involved on the ground level of an expensive Pentagon effort to embrace biofuels have …

Can Biofuels Really Make a Nation Safer?
July 20, 2012 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …“It didn’t take long to figure out,” he (Dan Nolan, a retired US Army Colonel and CEO of  Sabot 6) recalled, “how many casualties we were taking in Iraq and …

Perry Hall Man Convicted in Biodiesel Fraud Case
July 20, 2012 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Timothy B. Wheeler (Baltimore Sun)  A federal jury convicted a Perry Hall man Monday of wire fraud and money laundering for selling $9 million worth of bogus biodiesel credits to commodities brokers and oil companies …

Designing Microbes that Make Energy-Dense Biofuels without Sugar
July 20, 2012 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(R&D Magazine)  With metabolically engineered microorganisms hungry for levulinic acid rather than sugar, a University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) chemical and biological engineer aims to create more sustainable, cost-effective processes for converting biomass into high-energy-density hydrocarbon …

US Annual Energy Outlook 2012 published by EIA
July 20, 2012 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Energy Information Administration released its Annual Energy Outlook for 2012. Among changes in this year’s Outlook, an updated Reference case was included as part of this …

Biofuels Find a Home within the U.S. Coast Guard
July 20, 2012 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Alicia Moore (HydrogenFuelNews.com)  …The U.S. Coast Guard has also taken a keen interest in biofuels, using them to power the ship Henry Blake on its maiden voyage.
Henry Blake combines diesel with biofuel   The ship …

Innovative Pilot and Demonstration Scale Production of Advanced Biofuels
July 20, 2012 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The intent of this FOA is to identify, evaluate, and select innovative pilot- or demonstration-scale integrated biorefineries that can produce hydrocarbon fuels that meet military specifications for JP-5 (jet fuel primarily …

RFI – Enhanced Algal Biofuel Intermediate Yields (EABIY)
July 20, 2012 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The purpose of this request for information (RFI) is solely to solicit input for DOE consideration in the development of future algal biofuels research, development, and deployment (RD&D) programs. Information obtained …

Death Valley Days: The Biofuels Financing Saga
July 20, 2012 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As bio-based companies race across the Valley of Death, in the dash for scale, who’s getting financing now, and how?
The path to financing success in bio-based project development used to …

Australian Navy Goes Green with New US Biofuel Deal
July 20, 2012 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Brendan Nicholson (The Australian)  THE Royal Australian Navy has taken a major step towards “greening” its warships and aircraft with a new agreement that will give it access to technology being developed in the …

More Access to Advanced Biofuels Becoming an Issue of National Security
July 20, 2012 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

(MultiService.com)  Advanced biofuels are gaining popularity throughout the United States thanks to their financial and environmental benefits. Domestic biofuels can especially benefit the Department of Defense, which uses a substantial amount of fuel each year. …

The 6 Big Myths of Military Biofuels
July 20, 2012 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In this context we’d like to examine assertions made in a feature story on the Green Strike Group published this week in Wired’s online Danger Room, entitled “How the Navy’s …

#GreatGreenFleet: SECNAV, CNO Visit Nimitz For Great Green Fleet Demonstration
July 20, 2012 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan A. Colon (USS Nimitz Public Affairs/America’s Navy)  The Secretary of the Navy, the honorable Ray Mabus, and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, visited the aircraft carrier …

Push in Congress to Ban Biofuels in Military Has Big Long-Term Costs
July 19, 2012 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Norman Seip (Christian Science Monitor)  The US armed services is working hard to wean itself off of fossil fuels and foreign oil. Yet some in Congress, for short-term savings, want to ban them from …

The Navy’s Green Strike Group Sails on Biofuels Blend: Will It Sail Again?
July 19, 2012 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As the Pacific-based forces of Can-Do battle the Washington-based forces of Shouldn’t-Try, we look at the 6 Big Myths of Military Biofuels
In Hawaii, the US Navy demonstrated its Green Strike Group as …

USNS Henry J. Kaiser Delivers Biofuel for RIMPAC’s Great Green Fleet Demo
July 18, 2012 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

(The Maritime Executive)  Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187), which is currently providing logistical support for U.S. Pacific Fleet’s biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise off Hawaii, will deliver 900,000 gallons …

Old Frog, New Tricks: The Rise of Magnetic Biofuels
July 18, 2012 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can the harnessing of the powers of magnetism overcome cost challenges in algal biofuels?  Researchers across the globe pursue the answers.
…For the fossil molecule, its time within a living system …

Modeling Biofuel Fitness for the Sea
July 18, 2012 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

(University of Wisconsin-Madison)  With the help of a $2 million grant from the U.S. Office of Naval Research, mechanical engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will develop a tool to characterize the performance of a …

RAND Says US Military Cannot Reduce Biofuels Price; Should Exit Development; BIO Disagrees
July 18, 2012 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, a new study by the RAND Corporation says that the US military’s petroleum demand of 340,000 barrels per day, compared to global demand of 87 million barrels per …

Ads Hit GOP Lawmakers for Opposing Navy Biofuels
July 18, 2012 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Herb (The Hill/Defcon Hill)  A liberal-leaning national security group has a six-figure ad campaign attacking four Republicans, including potential vice presidential pick Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), …

Pentagon Biofuels Effort Aids Energy Independence
July 17, 2012 – 8:10 pm | No Comment

By Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine)  (Politico)  It’s disappointing that Congress may try to second-guess the Pentagon’s attempts to tackle one big problem: our dependence on foreign oil.
Without changes to …

Danforth Center Part of Biofuel Study
July 17, 2012 – 7:56 pm | No Comment

by Tim Bryant   (STLToday.com)   The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is among five recipients of a $12.1 million federal grant to develop drought-tolerant grass as a sustainable source of biofuel.
Developing bioenergy grasses with …

Biofuel Groups File Petition in Oil Lawsuit
July 17, 2012 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Six biofuel industry organizations have jointly petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers …

Protabit Wins Award to Advance Biofuels Research
July 17, 2012 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

(The Bioenergy Site)  US-based Protabit, an off-shoot from the California Institute of Technology, has been awarded a Small Business Innovative Research grant (phase one) for engineering cellulose enzymes.
The computational protein software platform designers will use …

GOP Puts Biofuels on the Chopping Block
July 17, 2012 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill/E2Wire)  The biofuels industry is at loggerheads with House Republicans, who are eyeing its funding for elimination in the farm bill.
Biomass and biofuels groups warn that the loss of $800 million …

White House Official: Congress ‘Short-Sighted’ on Biofuels
July 17, 2012 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman  (The Hill/E2Wire)  Congress “needs to get beyond short-sightism” that is stunting investment in and handcuffing Defense Department use of biofuels, a senior White House energy official said Wednesday at a conference in …

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 …

Biofuels Patent Marks Milestone for Madison Research Hub
July 17, 2012 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

Thomas Content (Journal Sentinel)  C5-6 Technologies of Middleton and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center in Madison are celebrating a milestone – the awarding of the first patent from the center’s next-generation biofuels research.
The patent …

EdeniQ Receives $3.9M Grant for Biofuel Research
July 17, 2012 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

(The Business Journal)   EdeniQ, a biofuels technology company based in Visalia, received a $3.9 million grant from the California Energy Commission to help in its efforts of researching the commercial potential of cellulosic ethanol.
The …

New UMaine Technology Center to Turn Wood Chips and Grass into Fuel and Plastics
July 17, 2012 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

by Nick McCrea  (Bangor Daily News)  A research and technology hub that one day could help wean the United States off foreign oil opened Monday in a former paper products shipping bay on the grounds …

RFA Partners with Talker Likis to Educate about Ethanol
July 17, 2012 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  Getting out the facts about ethanol is what the Renewable Fuels Association is all about. That’s why the RFA is partnering with car-talk host Bobby Likis to extend their ethanol educational …

Despite EPA Action, E15 Blend Widely Unavailable
July 17, 2012 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Pat Curtis  (RadioIowa)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today (June 15, 2012) gave final approval to retailers to sell gasoline containing up to 15-percent ethanol. However, it may be a while before motorists see …

Hurdle Cleared for Sale of 15% Ethanol Blends
July 17, 2012 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Ciindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The Environmental Protection Agency has given its approval for the first retailers to sell 15% ethanol blended fuel.
…EPA announced today (June 15, 2012) the approval of the first Misfueling Mitigation Plans (MMPs) for …

Fraud Cases Leave Biodiesel Industry Reeling
July 13, 2012 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Timothy B. Wheeler (The Baltimore Sun)  Biodiesel producers told a congressional panel Wednesday that they’re struggling to stay afloat in the aftermath of fraud cases uncovered in Baltimore and Texas, and a spokesman for petroleum …

Rural Energy Programs Cut under House Panel’s Version of Farm Bill
July 6, 2012 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(The Hill/E2Wire)Five rural energy programs will end while others will be slimmed down if a draft version of the 2012 farm bill released Thursday becomes law.
The cuts, made by leaders of the House Agriculture Committee, will total …

Blue Sugars Claims First Cellulosic RIN, Extends Petrobras Deal
July 5, 2012 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

By Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Blue Sugars Corp., formerly KL Energy Corp., can lay claim to a first in the world of cellulosic ethanol technology developers. “It was surprising to us when EPA confirmed [we …

Heat-Loving Bacteria Could Lead to Next-Generation Microbe
July 5, 2012 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Key proteins have been identified in a family of bacteria that help the microbes grab onto pieces of plant material in order to better degrade it. This was discovered …

Solazyme Announces Successful Commissioning of Integrated Renewable Oil Production Biorefinery in Peoria, Illinois
July 5, 2012 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Solazyme)   Solazyme, Inc., a renewable oil and bioproducts company, announced today the successful commissioning of its first fully integrated biorefinery (IBR) in Peoria, Illinois, to produce algal oil. Solazyme has been running routine fermentations at …

Hey Kids! Grab Your Scissors and Glue! Fun, Transformative Things to Do with Bacteria!
July 5, 2012 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Of all the microbes we know – and, basically, the human body is a boutique hotel for hosting them, with researchers now estimating that for every human cell in a …

Proposed CAFE Standards Could Pose Deadly Threat to Biofuels
July 4, 2012 – 8:34 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A coalition of agriculture and bioenergy groups, led by the 25x’25 organization, filed late comments with the U.S. EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on June 28 to draw attention …

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

(Federal Aviation Administration)  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is committed to developing a fiscally responsible action plan to meet the agency’s goal of making an unleaded fuel available for most of the general aviation fleet …

USDA Partners with GE Aviation for Biojet Fuel
July 4, 2012 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(TheBioEnergySite.com)  The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has joined forces with jet engine producer General Electric (GE) Aviation, in addition to the Ohio Aerospace Institute, air carriers and producer groups, to produce renewable jet fuel …

Air Force Tests Jet Using Gevo Biofuel
July 4, 2012 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Mark Harden (BizJournals.com/Denver Business Journal)  The U.S. Air Force has flown the first successful test flight using a type of biofuel provided by Colorado’s Gevo Inc.
The single-seat, twin-engine Air Force A-10 Thunder Bolt jet …

Ohio State Partner in $5.7M Grant to Develop New Biofuel
July 4, 2012 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Mauricio Espinoza (Ohio State University/North Texas d-News) Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) will play a key role in the engineering of a novel plant-based fuel, funded by a $5.7 million grant …

Myriant’s Debt Deal: A Light at the End of a Long, Bio-Based Tunnel
July 4, 2012 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Myriant closes first bio-based chemicals loan under USDA’s Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program.  Industry’s first private bond placement under innovative structure developed to finance advanced industrial scale-up; Q1 2013 …

The Obama Plan for Cost-Competitive, Military Biofuels: The 10-Minute Guide
July 3, 2012 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The Obama Administration has laid out an integrated strategy for commercializing advanced biofuels, with a focus in this phase on military advanced biofuels at cost-competitive prices with conventional fuels.
The vehicle …

Congressman Introduces Phantom Fuel Reform Act
July 3, 2012 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(CSP Daily News)  Would eliminate EPA mandates for use of biofuels that do not yet exist
Representative Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has introduced the Phantom Fuel Reform Act (H.R. 6047) to reform an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …

Energy Outlook: E85, FFV Market Shares to Lead Growth
July 3, 2012 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   The latest look at long-term projections by the U.S. DOE’s Energy Information Administration shows E85 use growing to a 37 percent share of domestic ethanol production by 2035. The …

Here Comes the Great Green Fleet
July 3, 2012 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Galrahn (Information Dissemination)  With the Great Green Fleet putting to sea for the upcoming RIMPAC 2012 exercise, and more specifically now that the USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T AO 187) has 900,000 of super expensive …

Maryland Man Convicted in Biodiesel Scam
June 28, 2012 – 7:13 am | No Comment

by Ann E. Marimow (The Washington Post)  A Maryland man was convicted Monday of selling phony bio­diesel credits in a fraud case that has raised concerns about oversight of a renewable fuels program run by the Environmental …

Continued EPA Delay over Taking Action on Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aircraft Engines Angers US Environmental Groups
June 27, 2012 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  A longstanding fight between a coalition of four US environmental groups and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) looks set to continue after the EPA ruled out any short-term decision on whether greenhouse gas …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding for Projects to Boost Renewable Energy Production, Reduce Energy Consumption
June 26, 2012 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has selected for funding 450 projects nationwide, including 31 in North Carolina, that are focused on helping agricultural producers and rural small businesses …

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 …

Gevo v. Butamax: Judge Denies Injunction Request
June 25, 2012 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The latest chapter is near closure on the butanol patent dispute between Gevo Inc. and Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC. In an opinion filed June 19, U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson denied Butamax’s …

New Kids on the Block: 12 hot bio-based technologies worth watching (Parts 1 and 2)
June 25, 2012 – 9:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Yet, even in an era where venture capital has been harder to come by (Why? See these 42 article links under the rubric, “The VC Model is Broken” ) — some great …

New $40 Million Funding Annoucement for Military, Aviation Biofuels from DOE
June 22, 2012 – 9:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  n Washington, the DOE released details of a long-awaited funding opportunity announcement for advanced biofuels for aviation and military applications, titled “Innovative Pilot and demonstration-scale production of advanced biofuels.”
According to …

Everett-Based Coast Guard Ship Testing Biofuel
June 22, 2012 – 8:58 pm | No Comment

by Doug Esser (Seattle Times)  The Coast Guard’s Everett-based buoy tender, Henry Blake, completed its first biofuel-propelled voyage Thursday. The Coast Guard is partnering with the Navy in research of algae-based biofuels for ships, a …

Why the RAND Report on Biofuels and the U.S. Military Has It Wrong
June 22, 2012 – 8:41 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Holland (Consumer Energy Report)  The RAND corporation recently released a report “Promoting International Energy Security” for the U.S. Air Force that, for the most part, contained the conventional wisdom about oil prices and …

E15 Biofuel Officially Approved for Sale in U.S. by Environmental Protection Agency
June 22, 2012 – 7:58 pm | No Comment

(AutomotiveDiscovery)   While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has officially approved E15 biofuel for retailers to start selling, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute disagrees and calls E15 “dangerous” and sites that it could “destroy or damage …

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 …

Ag Interests Say Biofuel Production Not “Incentivized”
June 20, 2012 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(FarmProgress.com)  Ag interest groups filed comments with the National Highway Traffic Safety Council and others Thursday calling for increased incentives for biofuel use.
A coalition of agricultural interest groups says proposed new corporate average fuel economy …

$4.3 Million to Be Invested in Shrub Willow Growth for Renewable Fuel
June 15, 2012 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(Observer-Dispatch)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest $4.3 million to ReEnergy and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to encourage growth of shrub willow as a renewable energy fuel, according to a news …

Biofuels Could Bolster National Security, Leaders Say
June 15, 2012 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Barrie Barber (Stars and Stripes/Dayton Daily News)  A top British envoy says the U.S. and the U.K. could collaborate more on the development and use of biofuels in the military to boost both nations’ …

2012 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program and Vehicle Technologies Program Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting
June 14, 2012 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

Each year at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program and Vehicle Technologies Program Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting (AMR) hydrogen, fuel cell and advanced vehicle technologies projects funded …

RIN Programs Merge to Stabilize Biodiesel Market
June 14, 2012 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba  (Biodiesel Magazine)  An agreement has been struck between Genscape Inc. and Lee Enterprises Consulting to merge Lee Enterprises’ renewable identification number (RIN) verification program, RIN 9000, into Genscape’s trademarked RIN Integrity Network.
Supported …

EdeniQ, NREL, Aemetis, Kent Bioenergy among Winners of California Clean Energy Grants
June 14, 2012 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, the California Energy Commission approved funding of $23,110,015 for projects that will advance the development of green fuels, and the installation of fueling stations.  The awards are provided …

Tobacco, Alcohol And … Seaweed? Three Innovative Methods For Producing Biofuels
June 14, 2012 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Max Frankel (ThinkProgress)   …But in the world of science, researchers around the world are working on some very innovative ways to produce gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from more sustainable feedstocks.
Here’s a look …

Biofuels: Better for Airplanes, Too?
June 14, 2012 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Margaret Ryan (AOLEnergy)  Biofuels could be a “game changer” for both military and commercial aviation, says Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Terry Yonkers, because they’re proving to have advantages over petroleum-based jet fuels that go beyond …

Dial 9011 for Crop Assistance
June 14, 2012 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Section 9011 of the Farm Bill – the Biomass Crop Assistance Program – USDA deploys $9.6M in new investments in bioenergy crops as questions revolve around the program’s future and …

USDA Selects Chemtex for $3.9 million BCAP Project
June 13, 2012 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

(Chemtex International/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Chemtex International announced today (June 13, 2012) that it has been selected by the USDA to participate in the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. The $3,996,000 award will support establishing and growing over 4,000 acres …

University of Cincinnati Collaboration Leads to Biodiesel Research
June 13, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Feoshia Henderson  (SoapboxMedia)  Fueled by a US EPA grant, University of Cincinnati faculty and students are leading an effort to transform cooking grease into biodiesel on a regional scale.
This project is a collaboration among UC, the …

Amyris is Awarded $8 million DARPA Contract under ‘Living Foundries’ Program
June 12, 2012 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

(Amyris)  Amyris to develop improved DNA assembly and integration across biological platforms
Amyris, Inc. announced today (June 12, 2012)  it has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) …

North Carolina on Mission to Build Biofuel Industry, Company Sees Ethanol Coming from Grassy Fields
June 11, 2012 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Emery P. Dalesio  (The Republic/AP)  An Italian company’s Wilmington-based subsidiary is geared up to build a factory that can convert grassy plants into fuel for cars and trucks amid Sampson County’s hog and turkey …

DoT Algal Fuel Test Results Show Potential
June 7, 2012 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Maritime Administration (MARAD) of the U.S. Department of Transportation has released its analysis of a test conducted with algae-based biofuel on one of its large commercial-size vessels. This research used marine …

The Coalition of the Unwilling and the Doctrine of Underwhelming Force
June 7, 2012 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Terrabon CEO Gary Luce says the biofuels industry must rethink the Renewable Fuel Standard, to create the stability for capital formation and prevail over a coalition of wealthy, entrenched opponents.
…As …

Military Biofuels Ban Moves Forward, Ignites Criticism, Backlash
June 7, 2012 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Meg Cichon (Renewable Energy World)  As a proposed ban on military investment and use of biofuels inches closer to fruition in Washington, several groups are speaking out against the bill.

Pentagon Budget Bill, H.R. 4310, …

Expect Brutal Fight for RFS and E15
June 7, 2012 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Greg Martin (AgInfo.net)  …DINEEN: The RFS is under attack in Washington today. I don’t see for a moment that it will be unraveled this year but they will continue to fight next year and …

My Energy Gateway Website Launches, Provides Resources for Those Pursuing an Education in Energy Efficiency
June 6, 2012 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(Association of Energy Services Professionals)  In launching MyEnergyGateway.org today (May 8, 2012), the AESP Foundation said the site will provide extensive information on the available training programs, degrees and certifications that focus on energy efficiency, sustainability, green …

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 …