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Energy from Plants: Grass May Grow into Fuel of the Future
September 7, 2012 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by John Ramsey (Fayetteville Observer)  The grass grows as tall as two men and thick as a jungle.
This, farmers across the Cape Fear region keep hearing, is the future of ethanol. The giant miscanthus is …

The Fearless Emergency of Now
September 7, 2012 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Todd Atkinson  ( US Department of Agriculture  Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service/Biomass Magazine)  Since the 20th century, scientists have worked to cure cancer. They have yet to succeed.
Many researchers develop hypotheses that end in disappointment, with …

Food Crises and Technological Phobia
September 7, 2012 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Drew Kershen (BioFortified)  …I do not write to enter the debate focused on fuel standards, markets and commodity speculators.   I acknowledge that other factors also contribute to food crises, particularly in developing nations – …

In Race to Algae Fuel, Sapphire Scores Point for Open Ponds
September 7, 2012 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

Martin Lamonica  (MIT Technology Review)  Sapphire Energy has started operation of its demonstration-scale algae farm, a project which perhaps brings more clarity to an industry debate over the best way to grow algae.
The San Diego-based …

Immature Switchgrass Could Help Cellulosic Ethanol Industry
September 7, 2012 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (US Department of Agriculture Agriculture Research Service)  A gene that keeps switchgrass forever young could have far-reaching implications for the development of the plant as a biofuel crop, according to U.S. Department of …

California Clean Fuel Standard Poised to Drive Growth in Biofuels Industry
September 6, 2012 – 8:38 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire)  E2 Report: Biofuel industry well positioned to meet demand under California standard
Despite a challenging year, the advanced biofuels industry continues to grow, according to a new report from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). Biofuel production capacity has …

Analysis: U.S. Bankers Say, Love or Hate It, Ethanol Here to Stay
September 6, 2012 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Christine Stebbins  (Reuters) …”Ethanol demand is the linchpin of the current pricing model that we have,” said Michael Swanson, agricultural economist at Wells Fargo, the largest commercial bank lender to U.S. farmers. “It’s a …

Biofuel Development Company Infinite Enzymes Wins Research Grant
September 6, 2012 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Michael Sheffield (Memphis Business Journal)  Infinite Enzymes LLC has received a $450,000 Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to advance its enzyme development technology.
This is the second Small Business …

Naval Postgraduate School Researchers Evaluate Biofuels for Powering the Fleet
September 5, 2012 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Stein (Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System)  …NPS Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Associate Professor Dr. Christopher Brophy, and MAE Professor and Chairman Dr. Knox Millsaps, are working to help the Navy understand …

Warnings Ignored in Range Fuels Debacle
September 5, 2012 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Dan Chapman  (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)   … In a blistering critique obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, (Hosein) Shapouri (a senior economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington) labeled the proposed Range Fuels plant …

Biofuel Groups Intervene to Defend EPA’s Advanced and Cellulosic Biofuel Targets
September 5, 2012 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Seven biofuel organizations today filed an intervenors brief in the American Petroleum Institute case against the Environmental Protection Agency challenging the 2012 cellulosic and advanced biofuel requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard. …

North Dakota and Montana: Opportunity Knocks for the Bioeconomy, along the Northern Tier
September 4, 2012 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Despite low levels of publicity, North Dakota and Montana are making great strides in bioeconomy development – with a combination of strong R&D, feedstock abundance and some hot processing technologies.
…The …

Major Changes in the Algae Production Industry
September 4, 2012 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

(National Algae Association/PR Log)  Raceway ponds were never meant to be used for industrial algae production.
When the Department of Energy initiated the Aquatic Species Program years ago, there was no other choice. Raceway ponds were …

A Novel Nanobio Catalyst for Biofuels
September 4, 2012 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Argonne National Laboratory)  Nanoparticles synthesized from noble metals such as ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, silver (Ag), osmium, iridium, platinum, and gold (Au) are attracting increased attention by researchers around the world looking for advances in such …

Fly the Bio Skies: 10 Milestones in the Summer of Aviation biofuels
August 31, 2012 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   …But in many respects, its been a summer about aviation biofuels – starting with the demonstration of the US Navy’s Green Strike Group and continuing to announcements of projects …

Teaching a Microbe to Make Fuel
August 30, 2012 – 9:36 pm | No Comment

by David L. Chandler (MIT News)   Genetically modified organism could turn carbon dioxide or waste products into a gasoline-compatible transportation fuel.
A humble soil bacterium called Ralstonia eutrophahas a natural tendency, whenever it is stressed, to stop …

Functional Characterization of the Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) R2R3-MYB Transcription Factor PvMYB4 for Improvement of Lignocellulosic Feedstocks
August 30, 2012 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

Hui Shen, Xianzhi He, Charleson R. Poovaiah, Wegi A. Wuddineh, Junying Ma, David G. J. Mann, Huanzhong Wang,  Lisa Jackson, Yuhong Tang, C. Neal Stewart Jr, Fang Chen, Richard A. Dixon (New Phytologist)

The major obstacle for bioenergy production from switchgrass biomass is the low saccharification efficiency …

Genetic Manipulation of Lignin Reduces Recalcitrance and Improves Ethanol Production from Switchgrass
August 30, 2012 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Chunxiang Fu,  Jonathan R. Mielenz, Xirong Xiao, Yaxin Ge, Choo Y. Hamilton,  Miguel Rodriguez, Jr.,  Fang Chen, Marcus Foston,  Arthur Ragauskas, Joseph Bouton, Richard A. Dixon, and Zeng-Yu Wang  (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)   Switchgrass is a leading dedicated bioenergy …

Salicylic Acid Mediates the Reduced Growth of Lignin Down-Regulated Plants
August 30, 2012 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

Lina Gallego-Giraldo, Luis Escamilla-Trevino,  Lisa A. Jackson, and Richard A. Dixon (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)   Down-regulation of the enzyme hydroxycinnamoyl CoA: shikimate hydroxycinnamoyl transferase (HCT) in thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) and alfalfa (Medicago sativa) leads …

Mutation of WRKY Transcription Factors Initiates Pith Secondary Wall Formation and Increases Stem Biomass in Dicotyledonous Plants
August 30, 2012 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

Huanzhong Wang,  Utku Avci,  Jin Nakashima,  Michael G. Hahn, Fang Chen, and Richard A. Dixon (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)  Stems of dicotyledonous plants consist of an outer epidermis, a cortex, a ring of secondarily …

Engineers Pursue Flexible Electronics, Self-folding Structures and Controlled Photosynthesis on a Grand Scale
August 30, 2012 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

(National Science Foundation)  The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced 15 Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) grants for fiscal year 2012, awarding nearly $30 million to 68 investigators at 26 institutions.
During the next …

Michigan Tech Leads International Study of Social, Environmental Impacts of Biofuel Production
August 30, 2012 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Donovan  (Michigan Tech News)  Is it possible to develop and produce biofuels in a sustainable way, without harming people or the environment?  What policies need to be put in place to help that happen?
Nearly …

EPA, DOT Finalize Fuel Efficiency Rule, Address Biofuel Comments
August 30, 2012 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Transportation finalized new fuel efficiency standards on Aug. 28. The new corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards will increase fuel economy to …

Discovery of Plant Gene Lays Groundwork for Improved Biofuel Processing
August 30, 2012 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by James Hataway (UGA Today)  Since 2007, researchers at the BioEnergy Science Center, one of three Department of Energy-funded research centers, have partnered to figure out how to break down plants so that they easily …

EPA Proposed Rule “National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter”: Urban Air Initiative Comments
August 30, 2012 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative) From a letter to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, August 30, 2012:  Urban Air Initiative (UAI) appreciates this opportunity to comment on the Agency’s proposal to address one of our most …

Obama Fuel-Economy Rule Gives Sweeteners To Honda, Tesla
August 29, 2012 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Angela Greiling Keane (Bloomberg)  Honda Motor Co. (7267), which last year complained that a proposed fuel-economy rule was unfair to non- U.S. automakers, got a boost when the final version added extra credits for …

25x’25 Statement on the Obama Administration’s Final 2017 and Later Model Year Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards
August 28, 2012 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  The 25x’25 Alliance’s preliminary review of the final rule outlining 2017 and Later Model Year Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards reveals that it does not provide …

White House Finalizes 2025 ‘Historic’ Fuel Rules for Automakers
August 28, 2012 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by David Shephardson  (Detroit News)   The Obama administration has finalized the landmark 2017-25 fuel economy rules that will nearly double the efficiency of the nation’s cars and trucks over the next 13 years to …

EPA’s 2017-2025 Light Duty Vehicle Rule Discourages Alternative Fuel Use
August 28, 2012 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Boyden Gray & Associates (25 x ’25)   While there are a number of obstacles impeding further growth in alternative energy, few are as critical as the joint EPA/NHTSA proposed rules establishing light-duty vehicle …

Ethanol Stays in Gasoline Even If Mandate Ends
August 28, 2012 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Ethanol, the best-performing energy commodity this year, is cheaper than gasoline, encouraging refiners to use the biofuel even if President Barack Obama’s administration ends a requirement to do so.
A 49 …

Biofuel Research: Possibilities Still Growing at University of Georgia
August 28, 2012 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

(Ledger-Enquirer)  …Researchers at the University of Georgia may be close to finding it. A report by Susan Mittleman on Georgia Public Broadcasting and transcribed on the Public Broadcasting Atlanta website (pba.org) describes a promising new …

Obama Administration Finalizes Historic 54.5 mpg Fuel Efficiency Standards/ Consumer Savings Comparable to Lowering Price of Gasoline by $1 Per Gallon by 2025
August 28, 2012 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency/The White House)  The Obama Administration today finalized groundbreaking standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025. When combined with …

In the Year 2025: Cars and Trucks Are Going To Get Great Gas Mileage
August 28, 2012 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Josh Vorhees (Slate)  The Obama administration is set today to formally sign off on its latest round of strict new fuel-efficiency standards for the nation’s cars and trucks later.

The expected new fleet-wide average come …

Biofuels Lobby Asks Obama to Keep US Ethanol Mandate Amid Drought
August 28, 2012 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Eight groups representing a cross section of the US biofuels industry asked the White House on Monday to keep the ethanol mandate in place, despite governors’ calls to shrink it in response to a …

A Waiver that Wouldn’t Be Wise
August 27, 2012 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Adam Monroe (News Observer)  Last week Gov. Beverly Perdue filed a waiver request for the Renewable Fuel Standard, one of the nation’s most successful energy policies and of critical importance to North Carolina’s economy, …

Can Ethanol Cut Foreign Oil Imports?
August 27, 2012 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Ken Silverstein (Forbes)  …By most standards, the hope that is such first-generation fuel additives are supplanted by next-generation ones, or those produced from cellulose. Worth it?
Such fibers are abundant and could supply 130 million …

Methylation by a Unique α-class N4-Cytosine Methyltransferase Is Required for DNA Transformation of Caldicellulosiruptor bescii DSM6725
August 27, 2012 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Daehwan Chung, Joel Farkas, Jennifer R. Huddleston, Estefania Olivar, Janet Westpheling  (PLoS ONE)  Thermophilic microorganisms capable of using complex substrates offer special advantages for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to biofuels and bioproducts. Members of the Gram-positive bacterial genus Caldicellulosiruptor are …

Biofuels Group: Big Oil Also behind Ethanol Waiver Requests
August 27, 2012 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill/E2Wire)  …Monte Shaw, executive director with the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, credits the uptick in gubernatorial and congressional interest to oil groups viewing 2013 as the last chance to nix the …

Sapphire Energy’s Commercial Demonstration Algae-to-Energy Facility Now Operational
August 27, 2012 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Sapphire Energy)   Initial Phase of World’s First Green Crude Farm Completed On Time and On Budget
Sapphire Energy, Inc., one of the world leaders in algae-based green crude oil production, today announced the first phase …

International Cooperation to Develop Global Bioenergy Capacity: US and Brazil Bilateral Collaboration on Biofuels
August 27, 2012 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

Presentation by Helena Chum (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) US led by its State Department, and Brazil led by Department of Energy of the Ministry of Foreign Relations, have entered into an MOU to advance cooperation …

Issue Brief: Renewable Biomass Can Help Reduce U.S. Petroleum Dependence: Farm Bill Energy Programs Are Key
August 26, 2012 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Renewable biomass has a significant potential to improve U.S. energy security, advance rural economic development and energy security, protect and restore water quality and other environmental resources, and …

Soybean Quality, Yield Susceptible to Manmade Materials in Soil
August 26, 2012 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

(National Science Foundation/Biodiesel Magazine)  Researchers contend that manufactured nanomaterials—now popular in consumer products such as shampoos, gels, hair dyes and sunscreens—may be detrimental to the quality and yield of crops, as reported in a paper in …

Meanwhile, the Next Generation Advanced Biofuels Industry Is Scaling Up
August 25, 2012 – 8:23 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Cleaner, more sustainable, more climate-friendly, more affordable advanced biofuels are closer to reality than many outside the industry seem to think. At least three new, advanced biofuel biorefineries are being …

Farm Bill Now Coalition Pushes for New Farm Bill
August 25, 2012 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

(Delta Farm Press)  A coalition of 39 of the nation’s foremost agricultural organizations has formed in an effort to raise public awareness of the need for Congress to pass a new, comprehensive, five-year farm bill before …

Aemetis Announces Renewable Jet and Diesel Fuel Technology License Agreement With Chevron Lummus Global
August 24, 2012 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(Business Wire/Aemetis)  Biofuels ISOCONVERSION Process licensed by Aemetis to produce 100% drop-in renewable jet and diesel fuels from plant oils
Aemetis, Inc., an advanced fuels and renewable chemical company, announced today that the company signed a …

Ethanol Waiver May Lower Corn But Raise Gas Prices
August 23, 2012 – 9:27 pm | No Comment

by Bertha Coombs (CNBC)  Calls are growing to suspend the federal ethanol production mandate next year, as the worst drought in more than half a century has devastated the corn crop in the U.S. The …

University of Arkansas at Monticello Scientists Receive National Science Foundation Grant; Research May Impact Biofuels Industry
August 23, 2012 – 9:06 pm | No Comment

(My Monticello News)  The study of microscopic algae may seem to have little practical application to those unfamiliar with the science, but a current project being conducted by two University of Arkansas at Monticello scientists …

Chemtex Lands $99M USDA Loan Guarantee for North Carolina Cellulosic Biofuels Project
August 23, 2012 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In North Carolina, Chemtex announced that it has received a $99 million conditional loan guarantee from USDA, under the USDA’s 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program for the engineering and construction of …

Missouri Organizes for Energy Independence
August 23, 2012 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Like many states (or countries) that have limited oil reserves or reserves that are economically unfeasible to extract at this time – the path to energy independence lies generally in …

Request for Comment on Letters Seeking a Waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard
August 22, 2012 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  On August 20, 2012, EPA issued a request for comment on letters seeking a waiver of the volume requirements of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The Governors of Arkansas and North Carolina …

Ethanol RINs Slide on Waiver Fears
August 22, 2012 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Janet McGurty  (Reuters) Renewable fuel credit prices fell across the board on Tuesday as fears of an ethanol waiver roiled the Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) market.
Benchmark E12 RINS, referring to RINs created in 2012, …

Berkeley Lab Scientists Develop New Way to Study Inner-Workings of Algae Cells
August 22, 2012 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Dan Krotz  (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Molecular transporter could advance development of algae-based biofuels, pharmaceuticals
Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Stanford University have developed a way …

U.S. Army Examines Smaller, Flex-Fuel Generators
August 22, 2012 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Adam Stone  (Defense News)  The U.S. Army is testing new power packs that could run on virtually any fuel, including gasoline, ethanol and diesel.
Developed by INI Power of Morrisville, N.C., the alternative energy power …

Chrysler Helps “Tell the Story” of Ethanol
August 22, 2012 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Chrysler sees great value in ethanol. James Frusti, Chrysler Group manager of Fuels, Energy and Regulatory Affairs, presented the company’s ethanol strategy as part of the auto industry’s greater efforts of collaboration during the 25th Annual …

US EPA Seeks Input on Ethanol Mandate Waiver Requests
August 22, 2012 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Reuters)  * EPA to gather public comment for 30 days
* EPA must make decision on ethanol waivers by November
* Petitioners must show mandate causing severe economic harm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday said it …

EPA Awards Kuehnle for Innovative Algae Work
August 21, 2012 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Kuehnle AgroSystems, a Honolulu, Hawaii-based company that develops algae for use in biofuels, is receiving a clean technology award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld has formally …

Drought Sparks Intense Fight over RFS Waiver
August 20, 2012 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Talk of a possible renewable fuel standard (RFS) waiver request became a reality in mid-August, when the U.S. EPA was officially petitioned. The clock starts on a 90-day deadline …

Court Ruling Paves Way for E15 Gas Use
August 20, 2012 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Robert Pore (The Grand Island Independent)  Higher ethanol blend could be used by nearly two-thirds of vehicles on road
On Friday, the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with the Environmental …

Advanced Biofuels USA Finds Clean Energy Victory Bonds (HR 6275) Lacking
August 17, 2012 – 10:11 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  A bill to establish a US Treasury funding mechanism that would finance “clean energy” projects has been introduced as part of a renewable electrical energy bill (HR 6275) …

Syntroleum Announces Dynamic Fuels Receipt of Renewable Gasoline Registration From EPA
August 17, 2012 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(Syntroleum)  Syntroleum Corporation,  a renewable and synthetic fuels technology company, today announced that Dynamic Fuels, LLC has been granted Part 79 registration for its Renewable Gasoline Blendstock 10 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). …

Rural Business-Cooperative Service Inviting Applications for Value-Added Producer Grants
August 17, 2012 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)   USDA announces the availability of grants through the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program for Fiscal Year 2012. Approximately $14 million in competitive grant funds for FY 2012 is available to …

EPA to Approve Sorghum for Cleaner Ethanol; Experts Say Grain Has Less Impact on Food Prices
August 16, 2012 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

(The Washington Post/Associated Press)  The federal government is on the verge of approving a grain mainly used as livestock feed to make a cleaner version of ethanol, a decision officials say could give farmers a …

Mizzou Researchers Win $5.4 Million Biofuel Grant
August 16, 2012 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Amir Kurtovic (St. Louis Business Journal)  …A team of University of Missouri researchers has won a $5.4 million grant to study alternative biofuels that do not impact the already strained food supply.
…Shibu Jose and his …

EPA to Propose US Biofuel Fraud Fix by End of 2012
August 16, 2012 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Tracy (Hydrocarbon Processing)  …The US Environmental Protection Agency late Tuesday made its first specific promises to address fraud in the alternative fuels market, a signal that months of negotiations with industry representatives are …

Butamax Granted Biobutanol DHAD Enzyme Patent 8,241,878; Files Additional Lawsuit against Gevo for Patent Infringement
August 15, 2012 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(Butamax)  Butamax™ Advanced Biofuels, LLC, the biobutanol technology leader, announced today the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Butamax™ Patent Number 8,241,878. This patent provides early protection for high activity enzymes that perform a key …

Ethanol Plant Closures Cause DDGS Supply Issues
August 15, 2012 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(Drovers Cattle Network)  The 2012 drought is not only taking its toll on U.S. Midwest crop and livestock producers. Ethanol plants also are succumbing as high corn prices dry up their operating margins. Suspension of …

EPA Should Reject NC Gov’s RFS Waiver Request, Says RFA
August 15, 2012 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Responding to an official waiver request of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released the following statement:
“The Environmental Protection Agency should reject …

North Carolina, Arkansas, Maryland and Delaware Request Renewable Fuel Standard Waiver
August 15, 2012 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the governors of North Carolina, Arkansas, Maryland and Delaware made a formal request for a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard, in response to the 2012 US drought, …

Biodiesel on the March; REG Reports Record Revenues for Q2
August 15, 2012 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …As is sometimes overlooked, the advanced biofuels pool in the US Renewable Fuel Standard is not only a qualifying pool for cellulosic biofuels – which have struggled to come to …

Bioenergy Research and the Future for Michigan Farmers
August 14, 2012 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Russ White and Mackenzie Mohr(Michigan Live) …“One of the things that we’re evaluating with cellulosic ethanol is (if there) are there places we can produce these crops on lands that aren’t producing food crops,” he …

New Technique Yields Information Critical to Biofuels Research
August 13, 2012 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

(R&D Magazine)  Pioneering mass spectrometry methods developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Ames Laboratory are helping plant biologists get their first glimpses of never-before-seen plant tissue structures.
The new method opens up new realms …

10 Ways Ethanol is Helping Livestock Producers
August 13, 2012 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  … (E)thanol production provides multiple benefits to Midwestern livestock producers:
1. The ethanol industry has driven the production of a larger corn crop. Simply put, there is more corn to go around.
2. The …

Ethanol Credits May Ease Pressure on U.S. Corn, IEA Says
August 13, 2012 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Nariman Gizitdinov (Bloomberg)  Ethanol credits held by U.S. refiners may help reduce demand for the blending fuel and ease pressure on rising prices of corn, from which ethanol is made, the International Energy Agency said.
The …

Lower U.S. Corn Crop Doesn’t Justify Ethanol Waiver, RFA Says
August 10, 2012 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by (Bloomberg) …Refiners can meet biofuel targets by drawing from ample stockpiles and utilizing excess credits, known as Renewable Identification Numbers, that can be submitted in lieu of physically blending a gallon of ethanol to …

COLUMN-U.S. Use of Corn for Ethanol Is High but Hyped: Wynn
August 9, 2012 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Gerard Wynn (Reuters)  …It has now become ubiquitous to quote the ethanol industry’s corn consumption at 40 percent of the national crop.
But the estimate is inaccurate, by assuming away ethanol co-products and in particular …

US Drought to Hit Ethanol Exports, Not Gas Prices – EIA
August 9, 2012 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  …But gasoline prices should be spared despite the loss of ethanol output, the EIA said on Wednesday. “The impact of the forecasted decline in domestic ethanol production should be primarily reflected in reduced ethanol …

INEOS Bio Facility Receives Registrations from U.S. EPA for Production and Sale of Next Generation Cellulosic Ethanol.
August 9, 2012 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(INEOS Bio)  Florida project is first large-scale facility to receive registrations for the production of advanced cellulosic biofuels from non-food vegetative waste materials

INEOS Bio announced that its joint venture project in Florida has been granted Parts …

Advanced Biofuels Workshop Guest Speaker Presentations Posted
August 9, 2012 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  On August 1, the US Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration held a workshop with video conferencing.  Specifically, the Office of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Analysis conducted a workshop to explore …

RFS2 Compliance: Little Known Facts Can Have a Big Impact
August 8, 2012 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Ashley Player (Biodiesel Magazine/Frazier, Barnes & Associates)  …One potential gray area is the treatment of off-spec biodiesel—many facilities simply sell the material without RINs to be reprocessed by other biodiesel plants. A question that …

EPA’s 2017-2025 Light Duty Vehicle Rule Discourages Alternative Fuel Use
August 8, 2012 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest/BIO)  …While there are a number of obstacles impeding further growth in alternative energy, few are as critical as the joint EPA/NHTSA proposed rules establishing light-duty vehicle GHG and fuel economy …

Natural Gas and Electrofuels: One-Stop Shopping for Energy Independence
August 8, 2012 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Fewer people know that natural gas is a platform for producing ethanol – either through fermentation or catalytic conversion (typically via methanol) – and drop-in fuels using the methanol-to-gasoline method …

Scientists Create Low-Lignin Plants with Improved Potential for Biofuel Production
August 8, 2012 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(ECNMag.com)  Engineered enzyme alters cell wall composition in ways that could make it easier to convert plant biomass into biofuels
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have created a new enzyme …

Harvesting Hawaiian Plants to Make Jet Fuel and Clean diesel? $6 Million Grant to Oregon State University Researchers Should Help
August 8, 2012 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Ian C. Campbell (The Oregonian) …A new $6 million federal grant to develop jet fuel and clean diesel from grass and sugarcane could help. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture money to researchers at Oregon State University, the …

Biodiesel Demand Estimates Now Provided in Petroleum Supply and Demand Balances
August 8, 2012 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Energy Information Administration)  Biodiesel production data were reported for the first time in U.S. and regional petroleum supply and disposition balances as published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in the Petroleum Supply Monthly(PSM) …

Fulcrum Receives Conditional USDA Loan Guarantee for Nev. Plant
August 8, 2012 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Sue Retka Schill (Biomass Magazine) Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. received a $105 million condition loan guarantee from the USDA, putting its planned 10 MMgy Sierra BioFuels Plant closer to groundbreaking. “This USDA loan guarantee provides a …

Grant to Study Willow as Promising Bioenergy Crop
August 8, 2012 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Cornell University (R&D Mag)  The commercialization of shrub willow as a bioenergy crop could be years closer, thanks to a $1.37 million grant that will allow Cornell researchers to take advantage of the newly …

Using Halophytes to Grow Fuel
August 8, 2012 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(NextBigFuture.com)  Halophytes are salt-tolerant plants that are found throughout the world. Halophytes can be used to grow both fuel and food, and a NASA facility is attempting to use halophytes for large-scale fuel production. The aim …

Solazyme Receives Fuel Registration From EPA for Soladiesel®RD
August 8, 2012 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

(Solazyme)  Solazyme, Inc., a renewable oil and bioproducts company, announced today that it has been granted registration for SoladieselRD fuel by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  This registration enables SoladieselRD to be sold commercially either …

Is the Renewable Fuels Standard Withering on a Vine?
August 8, 2012 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Pavel Molchanov (Raymond James & Associates)  In addition to declining U.S. oil demand and surging liquids production from onshore shale plays, there is a third component to our thesis that the nation is moving towards oil …

Fuel Efficiency and Cellulosic Ethanol Fuel MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge Winners at ALMS Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge
August 4, 2012 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Racing with E85, BMW Team Rahal Letterman Lanigan Wins Mid-Ohio MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge.  Nissan Wins For First Time.
In its fourth season, the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge awards the “cleanest, fastest, moste …

A Glimpse of the Alternative Fuel Future
August 2, 2012 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Matthew L. Wald (New York Times) …While a variety of new fuel technologies are advancing, policy makers can be assured that the internal combustion engine will remain dominant for decades, the National Petroleum Council told the …

Senate Panel Approves Defense Bill with Biofuels Funds
August 2, 2012 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Susan Cornwell (Reuters/Chicago Tribune News)  A Senate subcommittee approved legislation on Tuesday that continues funding for the Pentagon’s use of biofuels, a senator said, in a move pushing back against critics trying to limit outlays …

Algae InSight: Executive Directors Report
July 31, 2012 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by Mary Rosenthal (Algal Biomass Organization)  As we all basked in the glory of the annual Independence Day festivities, we were reminded once again about the importance of “Buying American.” Nowhere was this more evident …

Touchstone Steps up Algae Fuel Project in Ohio
July 31, 2012 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Touchstone Research Laboratory, of Triadelphia, WV is scaling up its Department of Energy (DOE)-funded project to produce fuels and other high-value, bio-based products from algae. The laboratory is working with DOE’s National …

Letter to the Editor – Response to Wall Street Journal: Purpose over Panic. Fact over Fear.
July 31, 2012 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  Mr. Larry Pope’s July 27th op-ed “The Ethanol Mandate is Worse Than The Drought” calls out for a rebuttal.  It is a bit astonishing to read an op-ed in the Wall …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Support for Producers to Grow Renewable Feedstocks for Advanced Biofuels
July 31, 2012 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced payments for 125 advanced Biofuel producers across the country to support the production and expansion of advanced biofuels from a wide variety of non-food sources, …

Cow Manure Is Focus of Biofuel Research
July 31, 2012 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

The race to create a better, less controversial biofuel has spawned plenty of research into a variety of potential new sources – including switchgrass, cornstalks and algae.
One goal behind the next generation of ethanol fuel …

US Farmers Urge Obama Administration to Suspend Ethanol Quota Amid Drought
July 31, 2012 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian)  The Obama administration was urged on Monday to stop diverting grain to gas amid warnings of an “imminent food crisis” caused by America’s drought.
US government forecasts of a 4% rise in food prices for US …

Key Senate Biofuels Critic under Fire over Nat-Gas Fuel Earmarks
July 31, 2012 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Arch-critic of the cost of military biofuels — Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe — comes under scrutiny over earmarks for natural gas-based military fuels that cost 29 times more than conventional …

Professor Wins Bioenergy Grant, Fuels Change
July 31, 2012 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Nathan Simone (The Auburn Plainsman)  Sushil Adhikari, assistant professor of biosystems engineering, recently received a $335,748 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct bioenergy research, specifically Adhikari’s speciality, the conversion of biomass into …