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Renewable Fuel Standard Benefits Consumers, Economy
December 20, 2012 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Tadd Nicholson  (Chillicothe Gazette)   …Blending corn ethanol into gasoline reduces our reliance on foreign oil, helping to meet our nation’s goal of energy independence. In 2011, thanks in part to corn ethanol, the …

API Lawsuit on 2011 Cellulosic RFS Volumes Dismissed by Court
December 20, 2012 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele   (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Dec. 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed a lawsuit filed by the American Petroleum Institute against the U.S. EPA. The …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2013 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo and 2013 Islands & Isolated Communities Congress September 9 – 11 Honolulu, Hawaii DEADLINE: March 15 for Panels, May 24 for Proposals
December 19, 2012 – 5:18 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS: 2013 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo and 2013 Islands & Isolated Communities Congress September 9 – 11 Honolulu, Hawaii  DEADLINE: March 15 for Panels, May 24 for Proposals

The event is the preeminent meeting place for international leaders and energy experts at the forefront of the clean energy movement. Securing energy independence and developing a clean energy industry that promotes the vitality of …

Program Launched to Authenticate Feedstock as ‘Renewable Biomass’
December 19, 2012 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  …While the biodiesel industry is working with EPA, obligated parties under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and third-party verifiers to ensure valid generation of renewable identification numbers (RINs)—credits generated with …

Defense Bill Done: Biofuels Survive
December 19, 2012 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Unofficial reports indicate that biofuels provisions have survived a House-Senate conference over the Defense bill.
According to sources, House and Senate conferees have finished work on their conference report on the …

Soy Biodiesel Education Kit Available Free to Indiana Teachers
December 18, 2012 – 7:42 pm | No Comment

(Indiana Soybean Alliance)  Indiana high school students now have the opportunity to make soy biodiesel from the vegetable oil found on grocery store shelves right in their science classrooms, thanks to the Indiana Soybean Alliance …

Cellulosic Biofuel to Surge in 2013 After First U.S. Plants Open
December 18, 2012 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Herndon  (Bloomberg/Renewable Energy World)  Cellulosic biofuel companies will boost production almost 20-fold in 2013 as the first high-volume refineries go into operation, signaling a shift from an experimental fuel into a commercially viable …

Special Forest Products Journal Biofuels Issue
December 18, 2012 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

(WebWire)  Biofuels made from high yield, short rotation woody crops or from forest residuals and thinnings that are currently left unused have substantial potential to reduce CO2 emissions as well as to contribute to energy …

House Republicans Plan to Put Fuel Standard on Trial in Next Congress
December 17, 2012 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill E2Wire)  House Republicans plan to put the renewable fuel standard on trial next Congress, a House Energy and Commerce Committee aide told The Hill.
Committee staff is gearing up for hearings …

Kansas Fed Economist Says Markets, Not Mandates, Drive Ethanol
December 17, 2012 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Markets shape ethanol production, Nathan Kauffman, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, argues in the most recent issue of the Main Street Economist. In a …

U.S. Agricultural Research Is Faltering, Report Warns
December 17, 2012 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Strom  (New York Times)  A blue-ribbon panel of scientific and technology advisers to President Obama warns that the nation risks losing its longstanding supremacy in food production because research in agriculture has not kept up …

DE-FOA-0000812: Carbon, Hydrogen and Separation Efficiencies in Bio-Oil Conversion Pathways(CHASE BIO-OIL PATHWAYS)
December 17, 2012 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy) This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will address research and development (R&D) challenges that were identified at a stakeholder workshop held in December 2011 called “Conversion Technologies for Advanced Biofuels” (CTAB) and from …

NREL and Johnson Matthey Announce Five-Year Collaboration on Biofuels
December 17, 2012 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Goal is to develop new catalysts to lower costs for producing biofuels
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will partner with Johnson Matthey, a global specialty chemicals company, …

USDA Grants Support Sustainable Bioenergy Production
December 17, 2012 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $10 million in research grants to spur production of bioenergy and biobased products that will lead to the development of sustainable regional systems and help …

U.S. States Threaten Lawsuit against EPA over Regulations
December 17, 2012 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Andrew Hay  (Reuters)  A coalition of seven eastern states led by New York plans to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to issue new guidelines to curb methane emissions, a greenhouse gas …

15 Burning Questions (and Answers) for Biofuels in 2013
December 14, 2012 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Policy, finance, technology, feedstocks, markets, prices, opposition.  Here’s what’s on your mind, as the critical 2013 deployment year for biofuels looms.
So here are 15 burning questions as suggested by various …

The Big Military Biofuels Build-Up: Will It Happen, and How, and Why?
December 14, 2012 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Will Rogers  (Biofuels Digest/Consumer Energy Report)  The recent debate over the role of the military in investing in renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency and conservation programs and alternative biofuels has included many voices that …

Sustainable Energy for All: Focus of Sustainable Energy Symposium
December 14, 2012 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The United Nation’s emphasis of “Sustainable Energy for All” (SE4All) in 2012 wrapped up with a decision to continue the focus with a Sustainable Energy for All Decade.  The …

Cellulosic Biofuel to Surge in 2013 as First Plants Open
December 12, 2012 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Herndon (Bloomberg)
Cellulosic biofuel companies will boost production almost 20-fold in 2013 as the first high-volume refineries go into operation, signaling a shift from an experimental fuel into a commercially viable industry.
Production of the …

UI Prof: Ethanol Boom Over; Biodiesel Ramping Up
December 12, 2012 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by Don Dodson (The News Gazette)  A University of Illinois professor says the ethanol boom is over, but farmers may soon enjoy the benefits of a boom in biodiesel.
Scott Irwin, a professor of agricultural and …

Brighter Horizon for Biofuels
December 11, 2012 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)  The biofuel industry breathed a big sigh of relief last month when the EPA declined several governors’ petitions to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard. Then, after a herculean …

Biofuels: A Partnership Between Our Military and Our Department of Agriculture
December 11, 2012 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

byK. McDonald (  …Liquid fuels are embedded into our everyday lives and provide us with what we need. There are the tractors and combines used in agriculture, and the trucks which haul the just-in-time deliveries …

EPA Renewable Fuel Standards Cost Wendy’s $174 Million in Costs
December 11, 2012 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Goins  (  The chairman of Wendy’s Restaurant’s supply chain cooperative, which is responsible for food purchases for Wendy’s Restaurants, says that because of EPA Renewable Fuel Standards every individual Wendy’s Restaurant has to pay …

Biobased Briquettes, Not Bombs, for the Taliban?
December 11, 2012 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From time to time, we report on correspondence exchanged with our veterans and serving men and women in the field, on the subject of the strategic and tactical opportunities in biofuels …

Tennessee Continues Leadership in Energy Crops Research
December 9, 2012 – 9:42 pm | No Comment

by Patricia McDaniels (University of Tennessee/Southeast Farm Press)  A genetic engineering research effort led by a University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture plant scientist is among 66 award-winning projects selected by the U.S. Department of …

Game-Changers: Could Electrofuel Euphoria Exceed Natural Gas Glee?
December 9, 2012 – 9:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The first patent issued out of ARPA-E’s electrofuels program suggests that this technology class is heading for the short-list of “next big thing” in energy conversations.
…Or, that participants were aware …

25x’25 REsource: Standard Definition of Biomass Needed
December 9, 2012 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  … In any strategy aimed at meeting America’s soaring energy demand, biomass must be considered a principal among the several renewable, sustainable solutions that make up the fastest growing domestic energy sector since …

DOE Funds $650K for Algae Research at Stevens Institute
December 9, 2012 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Funded by a $650,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Biomass Program, Dr. Adeniyi Lawal of Stevens Institute of Technology will be leading a team investigating microalgae as a biomass …

Energy Information Administration Releases Annual Energy Outlook 2013 Reference Case; $8 Gasoline, $268 Oil Ahead, Despite Increased US Energy Production, Says EIA
December 6, 2012 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Overall, the reference case predicts that total primary energy consumption will grow by 7 percent, from 98 quadrillion Btu in 2011 to 104 quadrillion Btu in 2035. This is …

Ethanol Use in Gasoline Production Would Be the Same with or without RFS Waiver
December 6, 2012 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Daryll Ray and Harwood D. Schaffer (Southwest Farm Press/University of Tennessee)  …On November 16, 2012, the EPA denied the request of Governor Perdue and others. The short story is that while the EPA recognizes …

ICM, Inc. Successfully Completes 1,000-Hour Run Proving Generation 1.5: Integrated Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology
December 5, 2012 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

(ICM)  ICM, Inc. announces that it successfully completed its 1,000-hour run of an integrated fiber campaign conducted at its pilot plant in St. Joseph, Missouri. ICM has developed and validated its proprietary Generation 1.5 Integrated …

Advanced Biofuels: Key to Military Energy Security
December 5, 2012 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(Pew Charitable Trusts)  The Department of Defense is the world’s largest consumer of liquid fuels (more than 375,000 barrels of oil per day). Last year alone, the military’s energy bill was $17 billion and over the last …

CU-Led Team Receives $9.2 Million DOE Grant to Engineer E. coli into Biofuels
December 5, 2012 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(University of Colorado–Boulder)  A team led by the University of Colorado Boulder has been awarded $9.2 million over five years from the U.S. Department of Energy to research modifying E. coli to produce biofuels such …

EPA Grants Biofuel Pathway for Grain Sorghum
December 5, 2012 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

(FarmFutures) Qualifies some ethanol plants to produce domestic advanced biofuel
The Environmental Protection Agency Monday announced it has approved grain sorghum as an eligible feedstock under the Renewable Fuels Standard.
“This is a significant step forward for the …

RFA to EPA: “Time is Now” to Revise Lifecycle GHG Analyses of Corn and Sugarcane Ethanol
December 5, 2012 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should immediately initiate a process to update its obsolete lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) analyses of corn and sugarcane ethanol for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2), according to …

Group to Sue EPA to Force U.S. Carbon Rules for Transport
December 3, 2012 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici  (Chicago Tribune/Reuters)  A policy reform group plans to issue a notice on Wednesday informing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it will file a lawsuit to force the agency to use federal …

Global Solutions for Global Challenges: International Collaborations to Advance Bioenergy Research December 5, 2012 Webinar
November 30, 2012 – 2:18 pm | No Comment
Global Solutions for Global Challenges: International Collaborations to Advance Bioenergy Research    December 5, 2012    Webinar

On December 5, 2012, from 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. ET, the Biomass Program will host a webinar, “Global Solutions for Global Challenges: International Collaborations to Advance Bioenergy Research.” U.S. national laboratory scientists will discuss collaborations that …

AAA Warns E15 Gasoline Could Cause Car Damage
November 30, 2012 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Gary Strauss (USA Today)  E15, a higher blend of ethanol and gasoline, has rolled out in a handful of states. But its use in older vehicles is generating warnings from AAA, which says E15 …

NREL Researchers Use Imaging Technologies to Solve Puzzle of Plant Architecture
November 30, 2012 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy/National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Breakthrough could help optimize capture of sugars for biofuels
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) combined different …

DE-FOA-0000796: RFI – Carbon, Hydrogen and Separation Efficiencies in Bio-Oil Conversion Pathways (CHASE BIO-OIL PATHWAYS)
November 30, 2012 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  This is a Request for Information (RFI) only. DOE will not pay for information provided under this RFI and no project will be supported as a result of this RFI. This …

“Biofuels Have the Momentum”: US Senate Votes 54-41 to Clear Navy’s Path to Affordable, Advanced Biofuels Capacity
November 30, 2012 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Senate voted 54-41 in favor of an amendment offered by Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina to repeal section 2823 of the annual Defense appropriations bill.
Sec. …

DBI, DNREC Partner in Biofuel Education Project
November 29, 2012 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Laura Crozier (Delaware Biotechnology Institute)   As part of a five-year, $50,000 grant supporting state greenhouse gas reduction projects, the Delaware Biotechnology Institute has partnered with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control…
The …

The False Choice Between Palm Oil And Indonesian Forests
November 29, 2012 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Nigel Sizer (WRI Insights/The Jakarta Post)  …The world’s top scientists are also raising concerns. According to a recent study in Nature Climate Change, from 1990 to 2010, 90 percent of lands converted to oil palm plantations in …

Deputy Assistant Secretary Of The Navy For Energy Visits Military’s Biodiesel-Fueled Steam Plant
November 29, 2012 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

(America’s Navy)  Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy) Tom Hicks toured a steam plant at St. Julien’s Creek Annex in Portsmouth now running on B20, a 20 percent biodiesel, 80 percent number two fuel …

FTC: US Ethanol Market Remains Unconcentrated in 2012
November 29, 2012 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   The market for fuel ethanol in the United States remains unconcentrated, with 154 firms nationwide either producing ethanol or likely to be in production in the next 12 …

Aviation Biofuels, Leading the Way to a New Global Economy
November 29, 2012 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Tom Kadala (Biofuels Digest/ResearchPAYS)  …Aside from shaving off more capacity than they have already, airlines are looking elsewhere to stay in business. One area that remains unexplored is the diversification from a one fuel …

ARPA-E Awards $130 Million for 66 Transformational Energy Technology Projects
November 29, 2012 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Today (November 28, 2012), Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced 66 cutting-edge research projects selected by the Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) to receive a total of $130 …

Colorado State University Receives $2 Million to Develop Biofuels
November 29, 2012 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Bobby Magill (The Coloradoan)  Colorado State University has been awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to genetically modify plants for use as biofuel.
The money will pay for researchers to …

Extend Wind Production Tax Credit and Preserve Military Biofuels Program
November 29, 2012 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Paul Clarke (The Hill E2Wire/Truman National Security Project)  …To free us from the whims of distant countries, America must invest in renewable technologies and take advantage of our energy resources here at home.
Our dependence …

Response to National Council of Chain Restaurants RFS Guest Editorial
November 29, 2012 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  … In regard to the November 28th op-ed, “A Mandate to Raise Food Prices” by Rob Green, Executive Director of the National Council of Chain Restaurants:
If he really believes that …

Affordable Naval Biofuel: First Comes the Feedstock
November 29, 2012 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Is the US government right in aiming to commercialize aviation biofuels production – or should it be aimed at ensuring affordable feedstock?
Pain at the pump. $5 gasoline in California. $8 …

True or False: 10 Percent of US Corn Crop Used for Ant Repellent
November 29, 2012 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Well, that’s an absurd headline, isn’t it? False, false and false.
It’s ridiculous, misleading and harmful to conclude that 10 percent of the US corn harvest is used for ant repellent …

Agriculture Under Secretary Announces Support for Producers of Advanced Biofuels
November 28, 2012 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager today (November 16, 2012) announced payments to 189 companies to support the production and expansion of advanced biofuels.
“These payments support the nation’s expanding …

US Senate Votes 62-37 to Back Military Aviation Biofuels
November 28, 2012 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Senate voted 62-37 in favor of an amendment offered by Senator Mark Udall of Colorado to repeal section 313 of the annual Defense appropriations bill.
Section 313 …

API Files Suit against US EPA for 2013 Biodiesel Usage Increase
November 28, 2012 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The American Petroleum Institute filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Nov. 26 against the U.S. EPA for its decision to mandate the …

Ohio Researchers Trying to Turn Algae into Fuel
November 27, 2012 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(Capital Press)  Researchers already know how to turn algae into fuel. The challenge is how to make that profitable.
A group from the University of Toledo is trying to make the process more efficient and says …

The Information Source for Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles
November 27, 2012 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) provides information, data, and tools to help fleets and other transportation decisions makers find ways to reduce petroleum consumption through the use of alternative and …

How Does Plant Cell Wall Nanoscale Architecture Correlate with Enzymatic Digestibility?
November 27, 2012 – 10:54 am | No Comment

Shi-You Ding, Yu-San Liu, Yining Zeng, Michael E. Himmel, John O. Baker, Edward A. Bayer (Science Magazine)  Greater understanding of the mechanisms contributing to chemical and enzymatic solubilization of plant cell walls is critical for enabling …

NIST Posts Presentations for 4th International Conference on Biofuels Standards
November 26, 2012 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

The National Institute of Standards and Technology announced that it has posted presentations from the 4th International Conference on Biofuels Standards:  Current Issues, Future Trends on its web site.  The purpose of the meeting was …

Biofuels Fight Flares Before Possible Defense Debate
November 26, 2012 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Geof Koss (Roll Call)  More than one-third of the Senate is calling for removal of provisions in the defense authorization bill that would limit military efforts to develop alternative fuels.
In a Nov. 16 letter …

A Better Route to Xylan
November 17, 2012 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Find New Access to Abundant Biomass for Advanced Biofuels
After cellulose, xylan is the most abundant biomass material on Earth, and therefore represents an enormous …

NASA-Rooted Biofuel Project Aims for Shores of Mobile Bay
November 16, 2012 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Marc D. Anderson (  A company using NASA-licensed technology is looking at a small patch of bayfront property to launch what one day could be a revolutionary wastewater-treating and biofuel-creating endeavor.
Since 2009, Algae Systems …

Report: Military Biofuels Programs Poised to Drive Major Economic, Job Growth
November 16, 2012 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Entrepreneurs)   Plans in Congress to kill military biofuels programs could also derail $10 billion+ in economic activity; creation of more than 14,000 jobs, study finds
The military’s plans to expand its use of biofuels in planes, …

EPA Keeps Renewable Fuels Levels in Place After Considering State Requests
November 16, 2012 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that the agency has not found evidence to support a finding of severe “economic harm” that would warrant granting a waiver of the …

25x’25 Commends EPA Decision to Uphold RFS
November 16, 2012 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25) In response to the EPA decision today upholding volume requirements of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, 25x’25 Co-chairmen Read Smith and Bart Ruth issued the following joint statement:
“EPA’s decision today finding no evidence that …

Renewable Fuels: Notices–Denial of Requests for a Waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard
November 16, 2012 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  In August 2012, Governors from several States requested a waiver of the national volume requirements for the renewable fuel standard program (RFS) pursuant to Section 211(o)(7) of the Clean Air Act. …

Standards: Assurance of Quality or a Path toward Exclusion?
November 15, 2012 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  You know you have benefited from a conference when you come away from three days of presentations, panel discussions and a solid dose of audience participation with new understandings …

EPA Releases Draft QAP Requirements for RIN Validation
November 12, 2012 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has released its draft quality assurance plan requirements as part of its work to restructure the renewable fuel standard program to ensure renewable identification number (RIN) credits generated are valid …

Senators Bring Biofuels to Post-Sandy N.J., Address Climate Change
November 12, 2012 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Climate change may gain more attention during the next legislative session. During a press conference to discuss post-election results broadcast by C-SPAN on Nov. 7, Senate Majority Leader Harry …

The Next US Secretary of Energy: Poll
November 12, 2012 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, rumors abound that US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu may step aside shortly for a new Secretary – with President Obama seeking a number of cabinet-level changes to …

Enhanced and Updated USDA Energy Website Makes Information Easy to Access
November 9, 2012 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  In January 2012, USDA launched its brand new Energy Web site.  The site contains agricultural, economic, and social data on renewable energy to assist stakeholders, public users, state and local government in …

The Biofuels Era – A Changing of the Guard?
November 8, 2012 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Darrel Good and Scott Irwin (FarmDocDaily/University of Illinois)  …We begin our analysis by tracing out the implications for biofuels consumption over the next three years based on one potential scenario involving all of the …

After the Election: Biofuels and the Next Four Years
November 8, 2012 – 10:12 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (BIO/Biofuels Digest)  For the advanced biofuels industry, the 2012 election turned on Senate races.
…The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has jurisdiction over the RFS.
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) will remain Chairwoman, but …

Biodiesel Industry Regulated: Ignorance of OSHA, EPA Regulations no Longer Flies for Biodiesel Producers
November 7, 2012 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Nathan Vander Griend (Biodiesel Magazine/ERI Solutions Inc.)  Safety training, work permits, standard operating procedures and what seems to be an almost endless amount of documentation can be a burden to an operating facility. It …

COLUMN-BP Biofuel U-Turn Upsets Second Generation: Wynn
November 5, 2012 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Gerard Wynn (Reuters)  BP’s decision to scrap plans for a U.S. cellulosic ethanol refinery is a setback for second generation biofuels and opens the door to alternatives including Brazilian sugar ethanol, biodiesel and electric …

Open up the RFS, Says Ethanol Across America White Paper
November 5, 2012 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  KATZEN International chief says generation 1.5 ethanol is the key path to reaching RFS2 targets – with new feedstocks, advanced fermentation plants.
Phil Madson, President of KATZEN International, has authored a …

NC A&T Earns National Science Foundation Funding to Open Bioenergy Center
November 2, 2012 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

(National Science Foundation)  The Bioenergy Center at North Carolina A&T State University (NCA&T) will be an educational and research resource for the United States in the field of thermochemical conversion of biomass to bioenergy. The …

Using Manure To Mend Mine-Damaged Soils
November 1, 2012 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(USDA Agricultural Research Service)  From 1850 to 1950, the Tri-State Mining District of southwestern Missouri, southeastern Kansas, and northeastern Oklahoma produced 50 percent of the zinc and 10 percent of the lead in the United …

Aussie Brothers Make Biofuel Breakthrough
November 1, 2012 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Nick Perry (The Australian)  A Technology breakthrough by two Australian brothers could offer a solution to the world’s insatiable appetite for food and fuel.
Phillip and Geoff Bell have developed a new way to produce …

Biofuel Breakthrough: Quick Cook Method Turns Algae into Oil
November 1, 2012 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/University of Michigan)  It looks like Mother Nature was wasting her time with a multimillion-year process to produce crude oil. Michigan Engineering researchers can “pressure-cook” algae for as little as a minute and transform an …

Webinar: Global Solutions for Global Challenges: International Collaborations to Advance Bioenergy Research December 5, 2012 1:00PM ET
October 31, 2012 – 5:16 pm | No Comment
Webinar:  Global Solutions for Global Challenges: International Collaborations to Advance Bioenergy Research      December 5, 2012    1:00PM ET

Presenters will highlight the progress of ongoing research collaborations among scientists supported by the Energy Department and researchers from China, Brazil, and other countries around the world. Scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Idaho …

ZeaChem Completes Construction of Cellulosic Ethanol Biorefinery
October 30, 2012 – 11:07 am | No Comment

(ZeaChem)  ZeaChem Inc., developer of highly-efficient biorefineries, today announced that it has completed construction of its 250,000 gallons per year (GPY) cellulosic ethanol biorefinery in Boardman, Oregon. The project was completed on budget and is …

Bioenergy in the High School Classroom: Bioprospecting Lab
October 29, 2012 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Bioprospecting Lab: In collaboration with 2011 Research Experience for Teachers participant Craig Kohn and GLBRC scientists in Cameron Currie’s Lab at UW-Madison, we are developing a new lab sequence in …

REAP Grants Include Money for Blender Pumps
October 29, 2012 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A total of $16 million in investment for 244 projects received funding from the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program, including several blender pumps and a few biomass-related projects. …

USDA GAIN Report Outlines Status of Spain’s Ethanol Industry
October 29, 2012 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The UDSA Foreign Agricultural Service recently published a Global Agricultural Information Network report outlining Spain’s ethanol industry. The report,” titled “Spain’s Bioethanol Standing Report,” notes that the country is …

Honeywell Green Jet Fuel(TM) Powers Gulfstream Flights To NBAA
October 29, 2012 – 11:53 am | No Comment

(Honeywell/MarketWatch/PR NewsWire)  Five aircraft fly together for the first time using renewable jet fuel to National Business Aviation Association convention
UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced today that Honeywell Green Jet Fuel(TM) produced using Honeywell’s UOP Renewable …

A.I.M. Interview: ASU’s Dr. Milton Sommerfeld
October 29, 2012 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)  Big algae news in the state of Arizona is the $15 million award by the Department of Energy to Arizona State University to establish a national algae science and …

Biofuels Research Project Aims To Study Sustainable Development
October 26, 2012 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Nino Marchetti (EarthTechling)  One of the major issues facing those growing biofuel crops are finding suitable locations where they can be grown sustainably, avoiding competition with food crops for land resources. A new renewable energy research project being …

Integration of Biodiesel RIN Verification in the BQ-9000 Program
October 26, 2012 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Pete Moss (Biodiesel Magazine)  BQ-9000 is the gold standard for quality control in the biodiesel industry. The accreditation program was developed by the National Biodiesel Board to ensure better quality in a rapidly growing …

Notice of Public Meeting to Establish the FAA Center of Excellence (COE) for Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment (AJF&E) November 15-16, 2012 Washington, DC
October 26, 2012 – 1:52 pm | No Comment
Notice of Public Meeting to Establish the FAA Center of Excellence (COE) for Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment (AJF&E)  November 15-16, 2012  Washington, DC

(Federal Aviation Administration)  SUMMARY: The FAA is forming a COE for AJF&E during FY-13. The COE will be a consortium of the FAA, university partners, and private industry affiliates selected by the FAA Administrator to work …

Large-Scale Production of Biofuels Made from Algae Poses Sustainability Concerns
October 25, 2012 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  Scaling up the production of biofuels made from algae to meet at least 5 percent — approximately 39 billion liters — of U.S. transportation fuel needs would place unsustainable demands on energy, water, …

Biodiesel Demand, Profitability Sink
October 25, 2012 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  So much biodiesel has been made and sold this year that the federal mandate for use of the biofuel has largely been met, resulting in a sudden loss of …

Aemetis Granted Fifth U.S. Patent for Cellulosic Biochemical and Biofuel Technology
October 25, 2012 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(Aemetis/BusinessWire)  Aemetis, Inc. (OTCPK: AMTX), an advanced fuels and renewable chemicals company, announced today that the company was awarded a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) titled “Hydrolytic Enzyme Mixtures For …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World – Who Is Moving the Targets?
October 25, 2012 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … United States   Concerns over the price impacts of a devastating US drought have led to call for a waiver in the US Renewable Fuel Standard volumetric targets. Proposed waivers have …

The Pine Beetle Problem: Making Renewable Energy Lemonade from Biomass Lemons
October 24, 2012 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by  Bruce Dorminey (Renewable Energy World)  …Armed with a $200,000 U.S.D.A. two-year research grant, Fernando Resende will start work on a fast pyrolysis mobile reactor next year that could revolutionize how foresters and the timber industry …

HYDRAULIC FRACTURING: Data-Heavy Project Aims to Move Methane Emissions Research beyond ‘He Said, She Said’
October 24, 2012 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Gayathri Vaidyanathan and Saqib Rahim (E&E Publishing/Energy Wire)  A team of academics, natural gas companies and environmentalists is hoping to pull a crucial environmental issue from the jaws of polarization and controversy — and start …

The Dandelion Model: Two-Step Biofuels Technologies and the Emergence of Super-Refineries
October 24, 2012 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can local communities pyrolize their wastes and residues, to make renewable fuels and chemicals at biobased super-refineries?   Two-step processes could be the ticket to the future, according to an …

RTI International to Build Energy Technology Development Facility to Support Biofuels Projects
October 23, 2012 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

(RTI)  RTI International began construction last week on a new 3,000-square-foot energy technology development facility on RTI’s main campus in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
The facility will house a biomass pyrolysis reactor to further extend RTI’s biofuels …

Who Is Responsible for Making Biofuels Affordable?
October 23, 2012 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Dan Parsons (National Defense Magazine)  … Military leaders, particularly within the Navy, want to find a drop-in alternative fuel that will reduce their dependence on foreign oil, but do not want to pay a premium …

Pentagon, World’s Biggest Fossil Fuel User, Shops for Biofuels
October 23, 2012 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Herndon (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Gevo Inc. (GEVO), Syntroleum Corp. and Solazyme Inc. (SZYM) may be among a “small set” of biofuel producers vying for supply contracts from the U.S. Defense Department, the world’s largest consumer of …