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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. …

U.S. Army Goes All Jay Leno on Cyclone Biofuel Steam Engines
December 28, 2011 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Tina Casey (CleanTechnica)
The U.S. Army is developing high tech steam engines that can run on biofuels, and not just for show. The steam engines, manufactured by Florida-based Cyclone Power Technologies, Inc, will be used in combat …

University of Georgia, University of Puerto Rico, to Launch Algal Fuels R&D Center
December 28, 2011 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Georgia, the University of Georgia has teamed with the University of Puerto Rico to develop a new R&D center that will focus on algae-based biofuels thanks to a $4 million grant …

Cooperative Research and Development Agreement: Usage of Biodiesel Fuel Blends Within Marine Inboard Engines
December 27, 2011 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

(InfotechSpotlight)  …The Coast Guard announces its intent to enter into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Cummins, Inc., to identify and investigate the advantages, disadvantages, required technology enhancements, performance, costs, and other issues …

Coskata’s $100 million IPO: The 10-Minute Version
December 27, 2011 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The first gas fermentation technology to come to the public markets: Coskata files its $100 million IPO.  Here’s our 10-minute version of the filing, with a translation of the risks …

Ethanol Plants Add to Pollution
December 27, 2011 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Cody Winchester and Megan Luther  (Argus Leader)  Industry tops in state for toxic emissions
…For the past five years in South Dakota, ethanol plants have been the leading emitters of carcinogens — toxins thought or known …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding To Create Jobs, Reduce Energy Costs for Agricultural Producers and Rural Small Businesses
December 27, 2011 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today (December 14, 2011) announced loans and grants for agricultural producers and rural small businesses across the country to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in …

Biofuel Research Boosted by Discovery of How Cyanobacteria Make Energy
December 27, 2011 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  A generally accepted, 44-year-old assumption about how certain kinds of bacteria make energy and synthesize cell materials has been shown to be incorrect by a team of scientists led by Donald Bryant, the …

OriginOil Enters Joint Venture to Develop Biorefineries for U.S. Department of Defense Biofuels Programs
December 27, 2011 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(OriginOil)  JV receives preliminary funding commitment of $4.5 million to carry out bankable feasibility studies
OriginOil, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to extract oil from algae and an emerging leader in the global algae oil …

LCAC 91 Achieves Navy’s Fastest Maritime Surface Craft Speed on Algal Fuel Blend
December 27, 2011 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Naval Sea Systems Command (  The Navy successfully concluded its final alternative fuel demonstration for the year today with the Dec. 7-9 operational tests of the 50/50 algae-derived, hydro-processed algal oil and petroleum F-76 …

Visionary Group in Montana Tells Us Their Rural Transit Success Story
December 23, 2011 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by David Goldberg (Transportation for America)  …To fill gaps in service, Opportunity Link two years ago led the creation of North Central Montana Transit.
NCMT is miraculous for a number of reasons.
First, it offers fixed-route service. Many …

News You Can Use: 5 Biofuels Reports Worth Getting Now
December 23, 2011 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …1. The USDA’s crop land report.
What: An in-depth analysis of U.S. land use patterns released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows total cropland decreased by 34 million …

Los Alamos National Laboratory Announces Top 10 Science Stories of 2011
December 23, 2011 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

(Los Alamos National Laboratory)  Los Alamos National Laboratory’s top 10 science stories of 2011 illustrate the broad variety of scientific excellence that’s the hallmark of the Laboratory. This year’s stories include alternative energy research, world …

US – Ethanol Growth Not Leading to Cropland Expansion-New USDA Report Shows
December 23, 2011 – 11:04 am | No Comment

(  An in-depth analysis of U.S. land use patterns released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows total cropland decreased by 34 million acres from 2002 to 2007, the lowest level since USDA began …

DOE Researchers Achieve Important Genetic Breakthroughs to Help Develop Cheaper Biofuels
December 23, 2011 – 9:51 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) announced today a major breakthrough in engineering systems of RNA molecules through computer-assisted design, which could lead to important …

Airlines Must Pay for Carbon Emissions on European Flights, High Court Rules
December 23, 2011 – 9:25 am | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)  Europe’s highest court ruled Wednesday that the European Union has the legal right to force foreign airlines to pay for their greenhouse gas emissions, a decision that could boost …

2100 CAAFI General Meeting Presentations Available Online
December 22, 2011 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

Presentations delivered by the various panel members are available on the CAAFI Expo website.  READ MORE
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RIN Compliance and D-Code Pathway Definitions (PDF) – Luce
Business Team Panel Discussion Elements of Alternative Fuels – Business Case …

Hart Energy Report Suggests Blend Wall Could Drive up RIN Prices
December 22, 2011 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The anticipated saturation of the U.S. ethanol market could have interesting implications for the future renewable identification numbers (RINs) market, according to a report recently released by Hart Energy. …

Metso to Deliver the First Commercial LignoBoost Plant to Domtar in North America
December 19, 2011 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

(Metso)  Metso will supply the world’s first commercial installation of LignoBoost technology to Domtar in North America. The equipment will be intergrated with the Plymouth North Carolina pulp mill. The LignoBoost process separates and collects …

Battery-Car Future Undercut by Europe, Improvements in ICE Technology
December 19, 2011 – 8:26 am | No Comment

by Neil Winton (Detroit News)  Investment bank Morgan Stanley came up with a nasty surprise for Nissan-Renault and other cheer-leaders for battery powered cars when it cut its electric vehicle sales forecast by nearly 50 …

Washington State University Center at Prosser Researches Possible Biofuels
December 15, 2011 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Ross Courtney (The Seattle Times/Yakima Herald-Republic)  …”You get down to it, it’s dirty work,” said Steve Fransen, a research agronomist at the Washington State University Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center.
He means research, not …

The Death of Range Fuels Shouldn’t Doom All Biofuels
December 15, 2011 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Kevin Bullis (MIT Technology Review)  This month, Range Fuels, one of the first companies in a wave of startups that promised cheap biofuels made from sources such as wood chips rather than corn, shut …

Drop-in Biofuels Take Flight in Commerce City, Colorado
December 15, 2011 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by John Schueler (US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy works in partnership with industry to develop, build, operate and validate integrated biorefineries across the country at various scales …

Mascoma Awarded $80 Million from the DOE for Construction of Commercial-Scale Hardwood Cellulosic Ethanol Facility in Kinross, Michigan
December 15, 2011 – 10:41 am | No Comment

(MarketWatch/Mascoma)  Fully-funded commercial-scale facility
Mascoma Corporation, a renewable fuels company, announced today that it has signed a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to assist in the design, construction and operation of a …

Reaching the E15 Summit: Getting the Waiver Was Easy, Compared to the Work Required to Fulfill Requirements for E15 Implementation
December 14, 2011 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …The industry believed it had the scientific backing to support the use of higher ethanol blends in all vehicles and said allowing higher blends into the market would create …

Why the Farm Bill Needs a Robust Energy Title
December 14, 2011 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

byJames C. Greenwood and Robert Johnson (The Hill Congress Blog/BIO/National Farmers’ Union)   Maintaining agricultural productivity in America is indispensable to our economic security, so a safety net for farmers is very important. But abundant affordable …

The Cellulosic Ethanol Debacle: Congress Mandated Purchase of 250 Million Gallons in 2011. Actual Production: 6.6 Million.
December 14, 2011 – 9:56 am | No Comment

(The Wall Street Journal) Review & Outlook:  Years before the Obama Administration dumped $70 billion into solar and wind energy and battery operated cars, and long before anyone heard of Solyndra, President Bush launched his …

The 10 Top Unanswered Biofuels Questions for 2011
December 14, 2011 – 9:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Your calls and emails are always the highlight of our days. Most questions can be answered johnny-on-the-spot. Some are still out there and well worth arguing over. Here are the …

Maersk and the U.S. Navy Collaborate on Biofuel Initiative
December 13, 2011 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

(The Maritime Executive)  Maersk and the U.S. Navy are testing algae-based biofuel on the container ship Maersk Kalmar. The ship is en route from Northern Europe to India.
Maersk Kalmar has two key attributes that make …

Valero Partnering to Build Ethanol Plant in Michigan
December 12, 2011 – 8:25 am | No Comment

(Valero)  New Hampshire-based biofuels company Mascoma Corp. has entered into an agreement with energy giant Valero to build a plant that produces ethanol in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula using Mascoma’s proprietary technology.

Mascoma, of Lebanon, agreed to …

Codexis, Mascoma Show that Low-Cost Sugar is the Key, as Biofuels Moves from R&D into Industrial Era
December 12, 2011 – 7:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …“The government rushed into investments, with no diligence,” says Codexis chief Alan Shaw. “They are just not industrialists, in my opinion.”
Two major announcements this week drive the point home in …

Why Biorefining Loan Guarantees Give Back: Think Money, Jobs and Military Might
December 10, 2011 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Biorefining Magazine)  …In the letter, the group pointed out the need for programs like the 9003 Biorefinery Loan Guarantee Program offered through USDA. “Loan guarantees are the most cost-effective way to develop …

Nominations Sought for 2012 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards
December 10, 2011 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting nominations for the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. Green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce both the use …

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces Over $100 Million to Promote Innovative and Clean-Fuel Transit Projects
December 9, 2011 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Transportation)  U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today (November 17, 2011) announced that 46 innovative transit projects chosen for their capacity to help cut the nation’s dependence on oil and create a marketplace …

Gevo Receives Key Patent from USPTO for Efficient Production of Isobutanol
December 9, 2011 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

(Gevo)  Gevo, Inc., a renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company, today received a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) on another aspect of its yeast technology that enables the low-cost, high-yield …

Energy Department Announces New Initiative to Remove Barriers for Industry to Work with National Labs, Commercialize Technology
December 9, 2011 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  As part of President Obama’s commitment to helping U.S businesses create jobs and strengthen their competitiveness by speeding up the transfer of federal research and development from the laboratory to the …

National Science Foundation, Japan Science and Technology Agency Issue New Joint Awards To Reduce Pesticide Pollution And Promote Biofuel
December 8, 2011 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(Red Orbit)  The carbon footprint of humans will be reduced by four awards for plant and microbial research issued under a new joint U.S./Japanese program
Four joint United States and Japanese research teams have been awarded …

Carbon Accounting for Forests, Forest Products, and Bioenergy: Recent Studies Released
December 8, 2011 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)A number of new scientific studies have been released examining whether and how forests, forest management practices, forest products, and bioenergy from forests either contribute to or help mitigate climate change …

Halting Harmful Invaders: Research Identifies Acceptable Biofuel Feedstocks
December 8, 2011 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Good biofuel feedstocks are highly productive, have low input requirements and are widely adaptable. Unfortunately, those same traits are also common with invasive species.
Language addressing invasive species is included …

Turn Up the Heat: Researchers Explore Heat-Resistant Enzymes
December 8, 2011 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …“Thermophilic fungi can be found worldwide, most commonly in habitats where self-heating of plant material results in high temperatures, such as compost heaps, municipal waste, plant straw, and animal …

Analyzing Concerns of EPA Regulatory Overreach
December 8, 2011 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is under persistent pressure from lawsuits and the threat of legislation that could either repeal its authority to regulate air and water pollution, or defund its …

OriginOil Announces New Research Agreement with U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory
December 8, 2011 – 11:33 am | No Comment

(OriginOil)  OriginOil will work with DOE’s Office of Biomass Programs to create standards for algal biomass
OriginOil, Inc. (OTC/BB: OOIL), the developer of a breakthrough technology to extract oil from algae and an emerging leader in the global …

Iowa State University Scientists Part of US-Japan Team Set to Research Gene Chemistry to Enhance Biofuel, Biochemical Technology
December 8, 2011 – 10:08 am | No Comment

(PressZoom/Iowa State University)   An Iowa State University research team is collaborating with scientists at the Samuel Roberts Nobel Foundation and also with scientists in Japan to develop an international partnership to help make strides …

For Obama’s Green-Car Revolution, Fits and Starts
December 8, 2011 – 7:52 am | No Comment

by Carol D. Leonnig and Joe Stephens (The WashingtonPost) The Obama administration has poured roughly $5 billion in taxpayer funds into the electric-car industry, offering incentives to manufacturers, their suppliers and even car buyers who might want …

Congress ‘Lost faith’ in Advanced Bioenergy, Key Lawmaker Says
December 7, 2011 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Philip Brasher (Des Moines Register)  Programs the Obama administration has been pushing to promote next-generation biofuels are likely to have little funding in the next farm bill, according to the top Democrat on the …

RFA Responds to Letter Sent to Senate Committee
December 7, 2011 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Ann Marie Edwards (  The Renewable Fuels Association(RFA) has sent a letter to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee leadership refuting statements that were made in a Nov. 30th letter sent to the committee by …

Algae InSight
December 7, 2011 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Mary Rosenthal (Algal Biomass Organization)  …There are four key takeaways from these meetings that I think are critical for our industry as we close out 2011 and plan for 2012.
1. Support for renewable energy …

Group Seeks Classification as Advanced Biofuel for Energy Beets
December 7, 2011 – 9:03 am | No Comment

by Sue Roesler (Farm & Ranch Guide)    Cole Gustafson, department chair of the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University, said while there’s more concerns about corn ethanol at the …

PetroAlgae’s IPO: The 10-Minute Version
December 7, 2011 – 8:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can PetroAlgae find a market for its feed among the aficionados of alfalfa and fishmeal, with fuels on the side?  In its recent IPO revision, it says “sure can”.
… PetroAlgae …

U.S. Biofuel Camelina Production Set to Soar
December 6, 2011 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by John Daly (  Biofuel sources currently under development include algae, jatropha and camelina. Of the three, camelina is increasingly emerging as the frontrunner in attracting initial investment worldwide, as global demand for aviation fuel …

Clean-Energy Policies Create Jobs, and Congress Should Take Note
December 5, 2011 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(The Boston Globe) Editorial:  …But Solyndra’s subsequent failure isn’t a sign that the administration has gone too far; rather, it’s a sign that Congress, which tolerates all manner of explicit and implicit subsidies for fossil …

The Range Fuels Failure
December 5, 2011 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Let’s talk about Range Fuels, the good and the bad.
In Georgia, the AgSouth Farm Credit bank, which is the lender of record for an $80 million construction loan that Range …

E. Coli Bacteria Engineered to Eat Switchgrass and Make Transportation Fuels
December 5, 2011 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) Researchers Reach Milestone on the Road to Biofuels
A milestone has been reached on the road to developing advanced biofuels that can replace gasoline, diesel …

Xconomist of the Week: 5 Questions with Sapphire Energy CEO Jason Pyle
December 5, 2011 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Bruce V. Bigelow (Xconomy)  …Jason Pyle:  …So soon, we will see the U.S. military as the leading customer for crude oil replacements. As pressure rises on the commercial airline industry (which uses most of …

Dynamic Fuels and Solazyme Partner to Supply Renewable Fuel to U.S. Navy
December 5, 2011 – 11:12 am | No Comment

(Solazyme)  Dynamic Fuels, LLC, a joint venture between Tyson Foods, Inc.  and Syntroleum Corporation, has been awarded a contract to supply the U.S. Navy with 450,000 gallons of renewable fuels.  Solazyme, Inc., a renewable oil …

Why the Shift over to Alcohol-to-Jet Fuels? Will ATJ Avoid the Cost Problems Plaguing Oilseed-bBased Fuels?
December 5, 2011 – 9:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …But to make affordable jet fuel, say at a $4.00 cost per gallon to the airline, you really need to get feedstock at under 30 cents per pound, or less …

USDA Announces New Insurance Pilot Program for Biofuel-Friendly Oilseed Crop with Potential to Create Jobs, Stimulate Rural Economies
December 5, 2011 – 9:39 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) has announced a new pilot program of insurance for camelina beginning with the 2012 crop year. Camelina is an oilseed crop …

Enzyme Study Shows DDGS Dewatering Applications
December 5, 2011 – 9:30 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A one-month plant trial showed a commercial enzyme could help extract water from distillers grains, saving natural gas, electricity and water used in the ethanol process. More work needs …

US Ethanol Dampens Global Crude Oil Prices
December 3, 2011 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

(Malaya Business Insight)  Increasing ethanol in the U.S. gasoline supply would lead to lower crude oil prices.
This is the conclusion of a study assessing the impact of US ethanol on fossil fuel markets by the …

Navy Maritime Surface Craft Sets Speed Record on Algal Fuel Blend
December 3, 2011 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biorefining Magazine)  In a continued effort to test and validate advanced biofuel utilization in both air and sea crafts, the U.S. Navy successfully concluded its final demonstration of the year Dec. 7-9 …

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

(Federal Aviation Administration)  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding $7.7 million in contracts to eight companies to help advance alternative, environmentally-friendly, sustainable sources for commercial jet fuel.  The FAA funds are being distributed by …

Navy Energy Director Speaks on US Need for Global Biofuels
November 29, 2011 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biorefining Magazine)  The military has been especially active in the push to develop biobased jet fuel, but the U.S. Department of Defense’s interest in biomass-based energy sources is not limited to biofuels. …

Research Reduces Toxins, Improves Distillers Grains
November 29, 2011 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Matt Soberg (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Virginia Tech and USDA researchers developed strategy that reduces barley toxins sometimes present in distillers grains used for animal feed. The strategy modifies the ethanol fermentation process and focuses …

USPTO to Re-Examine One Butamax Patent in Gevo-Butamax Dispute
November 29, 2011 – 9:31 am | No Comment

by Megan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, Gevo Inc. announced the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is reconsidering a patent issued in August to Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC for a fuel additive. Gevo claims that, “substantial …

DOD Steps Up Innovation in Installation Energy, Recognizes Limits in Biofuels
November 28, 2011 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Matt Hourihan (The Energy Collective) …In the other development, a report released earlier this month by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs and the Defense Logistics …

Crop of the Week: Sugar Cane
November 28, 2011 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Kurt Nolte(Yuma Sun/Yuma County Cooperative Extension)  • Sugar cane is an exploratory crop in Yuma County and, like sweet sorghum, is being researched for the production of biofuels in Arizona.
• Sugar cane is considered …

Lawmakers Nearing Deal on Farm Subsidies
November 21, 2011 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Philip Brasher (Des Moines Register)  A draft summary of the new farm bill that lawmakers have been finalizing says farmers will have a new subsidy system to supplement the coverage they now have through …

Analysis: U.S. Government a Tenuous Beachhead for Biofuel Firms
November 21, 2011 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

(CNBC/Reuters)  The U.S. military has emerged as a key ally for fledgling producers of non-food-based biofuels, who find themselves threatened by looming budget cuts and growing political hostility to renewable energy funding.
A U.S. Navy plan …

Supercommittee Should Preserve Farm Energy Programs in the Farm Bill for in the Best Interest of the Nation: William Richards and Dennis McGinn
November 21, 2011 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by William Richards and Dennis McGinn (The Plain Dealer)  Guest Columnists:  The future of the government’s role in U.S. agriculture remains about as uncertain today as it was before the 1933 enactment of the Agricultural …

Corn Gene Boosts Biofuels from Switchgrass
November 21, 2011 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  …Unlike the starch sugars in grains, the complex polysaccharides in the cellulose of plant cell walls are locked within a tough woody material called lignin. For advanced biofuels to be economically competitive, scientists …

Waste Management Invests in Fulcrum, Provides $70M Debt for First Commercial Project
November 21, 2011 – 9:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Texas, Waste Management announced that it has closed an equity investment in Fulcrum BioEnergy.  In connection with this investment, WM agreed to a secured loan facility that provides for WM’s …

EPA, DOE Release 2012 Fuel Economy Guide
November 18, 2011 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Want to know what the best vehicles are for fuel economy, including flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs)? Consult the 2012 Fuel Economy Guide, released by the U.S. EPA and U.S. DOE …

Toward More Cost-Effective Production of Biofuels from Plant Lignocellulosic Biomass
November 18, 2011 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  …However, technologies are being developed to generate bioethanol from non-food sources, such as the lignocellulosics present in switchgrass and trees. The sugars locked in the polymers of cell walls, i.e., cellulose, hemicellulose and …

Navy Launches Its Largest Biofuel Test for Ship
November 18, 2011 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Julie Watson (AP/Yahoo! News)  The U.S. Navy launched its largest alternative fuel test to date on Wednesday, pumping 20,000 gallons of algae-based fuel into a destroyer ship that will embark on a 20-hour trip along the California …

Firm Says it Was Sold Phony Fuel Credits
November 17, 2011 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Courthouse News Service)  A fuel distributor claims two companies sold it millions of “fraudulently created, and thus invalid” renewable fuel identification numbers. RIN numbers are part of the U.S. EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard program, to …

EIA Issues 2012 Cellulosic Biofuel Predictions
November 17, 2011 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. DOE’s Energy Information Administration predicts that only six cellulosic biofuel producers will make fuel available for sale in 2012, producing a total of just 6.9 million gallons …

Out from Solyndra’s Shadow
November 17, 2011 – 8:54 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/BIO)  Federal loan guarantees may be scuttled after the Solyndra affair – but should the baby really be thrown out with the bathwater?
…But the programs’ untimely end may coincide with the …

S-Day: US Must Keep Its Eyes on the Clean Energy Prize, Despite Setbacks
November 17, 2011 – 8:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Here the Digest’s take: for bioenergy, S-Day is about Solyndra and Secretary Chu, but it isn’t really much about bioenergy. Out of an $80 billion authorization for clean energy loan …

Companies Cited by EPA for Fake Biofuel Credits
November 16, 2011 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Ayesha Rascoe (Reuters)  …The EPA has issued 24 notices of violation to more than a dozen companies, including units of Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil and Morgan Stanley, for the use of invalid renewable …