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Japanese Biotech Euglena Hopes to Flourish Overseas
May 22, 2017 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Akiyo Yasuda (Nikkei Asia Review)  Producer of algae-based products looks to China, Southeast Asia to drive growth  —  Tokyo-based euglena, a biotech venture formed by the University of Tokyo is expanding overseas operations. The producer …

New Strategy to Enhance the Efficiency of Cereal Straw for Biofuel Production
May 9, 2017 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Hong Kong)  Straw is commonly used for feeding animals, burning, baling, etc. As one of the “Three Canton Treasures”, straw can actually be used as a raw material to produce biofuel.

With an increasing …

Why a Hong Kong Plant Scientist with a Biofuel Research Breakthrough Has to Leave for Greener Pastures
May 5, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Viola Zhou (South China Morning Post)  Lydia Lam Pui-ying will further her study at Kyoto University in Japan  —
Hong Kong and Japanese scientists have discovered a new way to make biofuel from rice straw, …

Fast, Low Energy, and Continuous Biofuel Extraction from Microalgae
May 1, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Kumamoto University)  … Recently, efforts have been made by researchers in Japan to reduce the cost of biodiesel production by using pulsed electric fields (PEF) to extract hydrocarbons from microalgae. A milli- or microsecond PEF is …

Making Oil from Algae: Towards More Efficient Biofuels
April 26, 2017 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/Kobe University)  The mechanism behind oil synthesis within microalgae cells has now been revealed by a research team. This discovery could contribute to the development of biofuels, they say. The findings were published on April …

Algal Residue — An Alternative Carbon Resource
April 13, 2017 – 10:19 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Many microalgae strains have received attention in biomass production due to their high biomass productivity per unit time and per unit area. Algae produce oil as well as carbohydrates, occurring mainly in …

From Sake Brewing to Energy Production: How Innovation in Biofuels Is Coming From Unlikely Places
March 27, 2017 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

(Mitsubishi Heavy Industries/Forbes)  … Biofuels are one example of the unique synergy that arises when energy developers think “outside the box”. In shifting the focus to fermentation, researchers find themselves relying on sake brewers to produce …

Food, Face Cream and Jet Fuel: Japanese Firm Finds Many Uses for Algae
March 27, 2017 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Sarah Karacs  (CNN Tech)  A tiny organism thinner than a strand of hair could help fuel airplanes in the future.  Japanese firm Euglena has been cultivating a type of algae for use in food …

Biofuel Produced by Microalgae
March 8, 2017 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

(Tokyo Institute of Technology/EurekAlert!) The perimeter of lipid droplet in their cells is an important place for oil synthesis  —  Photosynthetic organisms such as plants and green algae can transform atmospheric carbon dioxide into carbon storage …

Fact Sheet: Jobs in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (2017)
February 17, 2017 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) defines green jobs as either “jobs in businesses that produce goods and provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources” or …

Mechanism for Photosynthesis already Existed in Primeval Microbe
February 6, 2017 – 9:17 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/Kobe University)  A Japanese research group led by Associate Professor ASHIDA Hiroki (Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University), Academic Researcher KONO Takunari (Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University), and …

Australian Canola: European Union Fuels Demand
February 6, 2017 – 9:07 pm | No Comment

by Peter Hemphill (The Weekly Times) More than 80 per cent of Australia’s canola oil will end up in the fuel tanks of Euro­pean cars and trucks, rather than as human food, this year.

Data compiled …

PTG to Make Ethanol from Cassava Pulp
January 13, 2017 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(Bangkok Post) PTG Energy Plc (PTG), a SET-listed oil retailer, and Eiamburapa Co (EBP), a top producer of tapioca products, have teamed up to develop what they say will be the world’s first facility that makes …

Toray to Make Biofuel Feedstock from Sugar Cane in Thailand
January 6, 2017 – 11:12 am | No Comment

(Nikkei Asian Review)  Japanese company’s tech can cut costs at planned processing plant  —  Toray Industries looks to tap sugar cane waste in Thailand to produce raw materials for biofuel, a revenue source that fits with …

Replacing Diesel: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels
January 2, 2017 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oberon Fuels is facilitating the growth of the DME transportation industry by converting biogas and other hydrocarbon rich waste streams to higher valued commodities such as DME. Using its proprietary …

Tossed Aside in the ‘White Gold’ Rush: Indigenous People Are Left Poor as Tech World Takes Lithium from under Their Feet
December 19, 2016 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

Story by Todd C. Frankel and Peter Whoriskey; Photos and videos by Michael Robinson Chavez; Video editing by Jorge Ribas (The Washington Post)  In the thin air of the salt flats here, nearly 13,000 feet above sea …

U.S. Ethanol Exports Increase as More Countries Take Steps to Fight Air Pollution
December 8, 2016 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Corn)  … As the world strives to meet goals set by global climate initiatives, U.S. ethanol provides an affordable solution. Government mandates, which dictate a certain amount of ethanol to be blended with gasoline, …

Japan’s First Private Rocket Nears the Launch Pad
December 2, 2016 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

(Nikkei Asian Review)  A startup founded by maverick Japanese entrepreneur Takafumi Horie is poised to launch a test rocket as early as January. If successful, it will be Japan’s first private rocket to reach an …

University of Botswana Unveils Experimental Biodiesel Vehicle
November 17, 2016 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

(Univeristy of Botswana)  The University of Botswana took its research programme to loftier heights when it launched an experimental vehicle that uses biodiesel fuel on November 14, 2016. The vehicle uses blended fuel (B10) which …

The New World Has Arrived: 16th International Conference Datagro Sugar and Ethanol Promotes the Innovations of the Sector
October 24, 2016 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Laís Forti Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On October 17-18, 2016, Datagro held its 16th International Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Once again, this event reunited many great specialists of the sector. Innovations and public policies …

USGC Study: U.S. Corn Ethanol Can Assist Japan In Reaching Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets
October 21, 2016 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council)  A recently released U.S. Grains Council (USGC) study finds that a significant portion of U.S.-produced corn ethanol will likely meet Japan’s 50 percent greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction threshold over gasoline, supporting the …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Mars, Mitsui
October 7, 2016 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  In this slide deck, we looked …

Come to Bioenergy Country: or, the Bioenergy Countries’ Report
October 6, 2016 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the EU, the International Energy Agency has released its Bioenergy Countries’ Report, outlining the national renewable energy targets, total primary energy supply and contribution of bioenergy.  We’ve presented the information …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste, Nissan
October 5, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  In this slide deck, …

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Publishes Regular GAIN Reports on Biofuels in Countries around the World
September 30, 2016 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service publishes regular GAIN reports on biofuels in countries around the world. Some of the recent reports included the European Union (download), Japan (download), Philippines (download), Brazil (download), Colombia (download), Canada (download), Thailand …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Tesoro, Toyota
September 29, 2016 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  In this slide deck, we looked …

Vietnam Fuel Giant Asks for Tax Support to Keep Unpopular Biofuel in Business
September 22, 2016 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

(VN Express International)  The government continues to miss its targets for the cleaner, cassava-based fuel. State-owned fuel giant PetroVietnam has asked the government for tax support to save its new biofuel business from going bankrupt due …

Water-Energy Dependence around Pacific Rim Mapped in New Sandia Study
September 20, 2016 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Sandia National Laboratories)  A wide-ranging analysis of water vulnerability across the Pacific — including the U.S., China, Russia and Japan — has identified hundreds of locations where energy production depends upon scarce water supplies.

The Sandia …

Japan’s Ethanol Imports Expected to Increase Slightly
September 19, 2016 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Japan recently filed an annual biofuels report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network that highlights the country’s ethanol use and production.

According to the report, Japan …

Chinese Ethanol Almost Competitive Enough to Export
September 12, 2016 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Xiaojuan Gao (Platts)  The export arbitrage for China ethanol has narrowed to the point where transactions could be occurring very soon, market participants said Friday, citing a combination of factors including increasing international ethanol market …

Could Ethanol Power the Future for Electric Cars?
August 16, 2016 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Gallas (BBC)  The automotive industry is rushing to produce electric vehicles (EVs) as the world tries to move away from polluting hydrocarbons to greener, cleaner fuels.

But EVs still only account for 1% of …

Japan Industry and Policy News: Practical Use of the Next Generation MicroalgaeDerived Bio-Fuel
August 15, 2016 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Manuel Herrador (EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation)  ISUZU MOTORS Co. Ltd. and EUGLENA Co. Ltd. aiming at practical use of the next generation “Midorimushi” microalgae-derived bio-fuel by 2018 with the “DeuSEL” project —  ISUZU …

Japanese Reporters Travel to the U.S. to Learn About Biotech, Biofuels
August 8, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(Hoosier Ag Today/NAFB News Service)  The U.S. Grains Council says key members of Japan’s media traveled across the United States last week to learn about corn production, ethanol, and biotechnology. The members of Japan’s media …

Nissan Unveils World’s First Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell Vehicle
August 5, 2016 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

(Nissan Motor Co./Automotive World) In Brazil today, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today revealed the world’s first Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC)-powered prototype vehicle that runs on bio-ethanol electric power.

Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn said: “The e-Bio …

Mitsubishi Chemical : and Mitsui Zosen Machinery & Service to Form Tie-up to Produce and Sell Zeolite Membranes
July 19, 2016 – 9:28 pm | No Comment

(4 Traders/Mitsubishi Chemical)  Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Mitsui Zosen Machinery & Service, Inc.

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC; Head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Hiroaki Ishizuka) and Mitsui Zosen Machinery & Service, Inc. …

EU to Introduce CO2 Emission Limits for Trucks
July 18, 2016 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Julia Fioretti (Reuters)  The European Commission will propose limits for the first time on CO2 emissions from trucks and will also set new fuel efficiency standards for cars and vans from 2020, according to …

Moving beyond Automotive towards Earth & Resources: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Toyota Tsusho
July 18, 2016 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we report that Toyota Tsusho has been identified as a major strategic investor in Anellotech, which is developing a pyrolysis-based technology for making bio-based BTX molecules as an …

Toyota: Let’s Go Places with Anellotech, Bio-Places That Is
July 18, 2016 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New York, Toyota Tsusho was identified this week as a multinational strategic equity investor in Anellotech and corporate partner in the renewable aromatic chemicals supply chain. Toyota Tsusho is …

The Olympic Village of the Future
July 8, 2016 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Heather Hansman (Popular Science)  … But Japan, home of the 2020 games, wants to make the event good for their country and society. The nation has done it before. To host the 1964 Olympics, Japan …

Turn and Face the Strange: The New Algae Makes a Bowiesque Pivot into New Markets
July 1, 2016 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But the RE in algae these days has been, more or less, REposition. Possibly REthink. Certainly not much REfinance, or REcommit to the original targets. The algae business models of …

USGC Discusses Work To Build Ethanol Markets At 2016 Fuel Ethanol Workshop And Expo
June 24, 2016 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council)  U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Manager of Ethanol Export Promotion Programs Ashley Kongs presented the roadmap for building global ethanol export demand developed by the organization and its domestic partners, including the Renewable …

Could the Hydrogen Economy Run on Ethanol?
June 21, 2016 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Geoffrey Styles (The Energy Collective)  Plans for a fuel cell car running on ethanol look like a clever way to circumvent the obstacles faced by other fuel cell vehicles.  However, it is not clear that …

Why Airbus Wants Slime from Green Algae to Fuel Its Planes
June 17, 2016 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Ben Rosen (Christian Science Monitor)  Algae grows faster and produces higher energy yields than other plants, but is much more expensive to turn into fuel than traditional petroleum byproducts.   —  …   Airbus researchers …

A Fuel Cell Vehicle Revolution: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Nissan’s SOFC System
June 16, 2016 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fuel cells are important technology. You may remember them from the space program. They show up in the drama of Apollo 13, for example. Many car companies have investigated their …

Nissan Develops New Ethanol Fuel Cells to Jump Infrastructure Hurdle
June 14, 2016 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Hans Greimel (Automotive News)  Nissan Motor Co. has developed a new kind of fuel cell drivetrain for cars that taps an onboard tank of ethanol instead of pressurized hydrogen, delivering a cheaper and safer …

G7 Nations Pledge to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies by 2025
June 6, 2016 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Karl Mathiesen (The Guardian)  Leaders of the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the EU urge all countries to join them in eliminating support for coal, oil and gas in a decade …

Workshop In Japan Aims To Dispel Myths On U.S. Ethanol GHGs
May 20, 2016 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council)  The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its industry partners sought to dispel myths about U.S. ethanol and open the door for the renewable fuel in the Japanese market this week at a …

Suzuki Says Discrepancies Mar Japanese Emissions Testing
May 19, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(Law 360)   Suzuki Motor Corp. on Wednesday said an internal investigation prompted by regulatory scrutiny over emissions and fuel efficiency standards has shown “discrepancies” in the testing methods used for 16 car models sold …

Ethanol Sets Sights on Asia-Pacific Region
May 18, 2016 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Tom C. Doran (AgriNews)  The U.S. Grains Council has long served as an international promoter of corn and other grain exports and has expanded its efforts to include ethanol and dried distillers grains with …

Muradel Refocuses Whyalla Biofuel Venture
April 26, 2016 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)   Valerina Changarathil writes in Adelaide Now that the Whyalla, Australia-based commercial biofuel producer Muradel will receive a new federal grant next month to start scaling up its demonstration plant as it …

The RITE Bioprocess: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Green Earth Institute
April 25, 2016 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Earth Institute Co., Ltd. is focused on producing carbon-neutral biofuels and green chemicals derived from non-food biomass, such as leaves and stems of plants, instead of using food and …

Japanese Team Cracks into Biofuel with Crab Shells
April 8, 2016 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Takuro Kusashio (Nikke)  Researchers at Kobe University say they have found a possible way to turn bits of crustaceans and insects into ethanol for about the same cost as producing the fuel from corn.

Chitin, …

Study: Bubbles Boost Efficiency of Biorefinery Systems
March 2, 2016 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Brooks Hays (UPI)  Researchers say their breakthrough can be scaled for industrial biomass processing.  —  A team of researchers in Japan have developed a relatively simple pretreatment strategy to boost the efficiency of biorefinery …

Moment of Truth for Pioneering Biofuel Project
February 9, 2016 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Mbongeni Mguni  (Mmegi Online)  A one-hectare plot containing 1,526 Jatropha trees bears the country’s hopes for greater energy diversity and the promise of an alternative revenue source for farmers. This week, Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI, …

Analyzing Biofuels From Rice 2016 – Research and Markets
February 8, 2016 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(Research and Markets/BusinessWire)  Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/fnbdpf/analyzing) has announced the addition of the “Analyzing Biofuels from Rice” report to their offering.

This report on Analyzing Biofuels from Rice is a comprehensive digest on biofuels and endeavors …

Export Markets for ‘Liquid Corn’
January 22, 2016 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Global trade for U.S. ethanol has been trending up in the past decade, becoming an important part of the industry’s growth strategy.  —   Looking at the numbers, it doesn’t …

Anellotech’s Partner in Pursuit of 100% Renewable Plastic Bottles Revealed…It’s Suntory
January 19, 2016 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Anellotech’s 80-foot high development unit readies for installation, the giant Japanese beverage maker is revealed as its collaboration partner.

Whether Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Orangina, Aquafina water, Gatorade, Schweppes is your …

Japan Airlines to Build First Biofuel Plant for Its Planes
January 14, 2016 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(4-Traders.com)   Japan Airlines, or JAL, plans to build Japan’s first plant that will turn waste into fuel to be used as biofuel in its planes, economic daily Nikkei reported Thursday.

JAL is building its first …

Port of Seattle Partners with Alaska Airlines and Boeing on Plan to Supply Sustainable Aviation Biofuel at Sea-Tac Airport
December 16, 2015 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire)  The Port of Seattle, Alaska Airlines [NYSE: ALK] and Boeing [NYSE: BA] are partnering to move toward a significant environmental goal: powering all flights by all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with sustainable …

U.S., Japan, Germany Among 18 Nations to Build Carbon Markets
December 15, 2015 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Mathew Carr (BloombergBusiness)  Markets will help drive emission reductions under Paris deal;
Rules needed to ensure markets have environmental integrity —  Eighteen nations including the U.S., Japan and Germany will work together to develop international …

Why Algae Could Be the Greatest—and Trickiest—Fuel Source of All
December 9, 2015 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Lufkin (Gizmodo)  From powering airplanes to replacing nuclear energy, algae has been touted as a green energy miracle. So if our waterways are already filled with the stuff, why isn’t it filling the …

Rich Nations’ Fossil Fuel Subsidies Exceed Climate Aid 40 to 1: Researchers
December 4, 2015 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Chris Arsenault (PlanetArk.org/Reuters)  Wealthy nations spend 40 times as much money subsidizing fossil fuel production as they contribute to the Green Climate Fund to help poor countries adapt to global warming, a research group said …

ANA to Use Euglena Jet Fuel Made From Green Algae at Japan Plant
December 2, 2015 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

by Chris Cooper (Bloomberg)  ANA Holdings Inc., Japan’s largest airline, plans to use a Euglena Co. biofuel made from algae as the supplier builds a demonstration plant in Yokohama.

ANA will use a mix of about …

Biofuel Enzymes Market to Top USD 1bn in 2020 with Cellulosic Ethanol Help
December 2, 2015 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Plamena Tisheva (SeeNews)  The global market for biofuel enzymes is to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.4% over the next five years, driven by the shift to cellulosic ethanol, BCC Research says in …

20-Nation Mission Innovation Coalition Launches to Spur Clean Energy R&D, Investment
November 30, 2015 – 9:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In France, President Obama and French President Hollande, along with a wide range of other top global leaders, are announcing today the launch of “Mission Innovation,” a 20-country initiative to …

Global Markets and Technologies for Biofuel Enzymes
November 18, 2015 – 11:35 am | No Comment

(PR Newswire/BCC Research)  This BCC Research report explores present and future strategies within the biofuel enzymes market, which includes amylase, cellulose, xylanase, lipase and other enzymes such as protease, lysomax, FermaSure, etc. Forecasts provided through …

Hydrolysis of Woody Biomass by a Biomass-Derived Reusable Heterogeneous Catalyst
November 11, 2015 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Hirokazu Kobayashi, Hiroyuki Kaiki, Abhijit Shrotri, Kota Techikawara and Atsushi Fukuoka (Chemical Science)    Biomass is the sole carbon-based renewable resource for sustaining the chemical and fuel demands of our future. Lignocellulose, the primary …

Merging Refinery Tech with Biofuels: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Honeywell’s UOP
October 30, 2015 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating …

Uncertainty for Alleged Fraud in the Biodiesel Plant Barajas de Melo
October 22, 2015 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

(El Dario (Google translation))  …  “What matters to Barajas de Melo and all its neighbors is that this plant is definitely over. They take four or five years building it and are talking about an …

Davao City Recipient of JICA Biodiesel Project
October 20, 2015 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Antonio L. Colina IV (Minda News)  The City Government of Davao is the country’s sole recipient of a biodiesel project from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) that will convert used cooking oil to fuel, …

Volvo Trucks Underlines Its Commitment to HVO
October 7, 2015 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Michael Nash  (Automotive World)  Volvo Trucks is gearing up to ensure its Euro VI engines support hydrotreated vegetable oils (HVO)

Just as it did with its Euro V engines, Volvo Trucks is readying its Euro …

BASF, Genomatica Target Asia for Commercial Production of Renewable Butanediol
September 28, 2015 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  License agreement adds countries in Southeast Asia; Optional capacity for up to 75,000 metric tons per year; Targeting large-scale commercial production of renewable butanediol using Genomatica technology

In California, BASF and …

ADB, Japan Companies Plan Asia Green-Energy Fund
September 22, 2015 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Nikkei Asian Review)  The Asian Development Bank will team with Japanese companies to establish a roughly $750 million fund investing in Asia’s alternative energy industry.

Asia Climate Partners will use ADB’s connections and information network to …

New Algae Biomass Research Center for Japan
September 15, 2015 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  In Japan, the Algae Biomass Energy System Development Research Center, headed by Professor Makoto Watanabe, was established at the University of Tsukuba on July 1. The new organization’s duties include fundamental research …

Genetic Manipulation for Algal Biofuel Production
September 8, 2015 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

(Tokyo Tech News)   Studies of the genes involved in oil synthesis in microalgae allow scientists to use a gene promoter to increase algal production of triacylglycerols, which in turn enhances potential biofuel yields.  …  Now, …

A New Transgenic Plant to Produce Biofuel
September 8, 2015 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

(Tokyo Tech News)  Tokyo Tech researchers successfully introduced an engineered lipid remodeling system into a transgenic plant to enhance biofuel production.
Triacylglycerols from plants can be used to produce environmentally friendly and renewable biodiesel. Therefore, there …

NYK to Participate in the Ownership of Canola Oil Venture in Tsunami Recovery Effort
August 27, 2015 – 10:12 am | No Comment

(Hellenic Shipping News)  NYK has concluded a contract with United Green* for partial ownership of a canola flower field along the Sanriku shoreline, an area that suffered extensive damage from the tsunami that accompanied the …

1st Algae-Based Oil Producing Facility in Fukushima Set up in Devastated Region
August 26, 2015 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

(The Asahi Shimbun)   An experimental facility to produce oil from algae was constructed on former farmland that was abandoned after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami struck the region. … The Minami-Soma city …

DENSO to Build Large Test Facility for Production of Biofuel from Microalgae
August 25, 2015 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(DENSO)   DENSO Corporation today (August 19, 2015) announced that it will build a large 20,000 square meter test facility for the culture of Pseudochoricystis ellipsoidea, an oil-producing microalga patented by DENSO that is used …

US Biofuels Part of Food, Feed Global Solution
August 25, 2015 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Cleaner burning, higher performing fuels and their nutritious coproducts are valuable at home and abroad, and have the potential to resolve many issues around the globe, writes Tom …

Some Of The Coolest Biofuel Stories Of The Year (So Far)
August 21, 2015 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Meagan Parrish (Manufacturing.net)  …It’s always a fun game to see what’s being used to make new fuels — so let’s play it, with a look at some of the coolest biofuel stories to hit the …

State-of-the-Art Algae PBRs
August 10, 2015 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  Photobioreactor manufacturers detail their latest designs and performance metrics and provide project updates from around the globe. … Whether through open ponds, raceways or closed photobioreactors (PBR), growing algae is both …

Mechanism of an Enzyme for Biofuel Production
August 3, 2015 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(U-Tokyo Research) Missing link in microbial cellulose decomposition — A University of Tokyo research group has revealed for the first time the three-dimensional structure and mechanism of action of a key enzyme of bio-fuel production, cellobionic acid …

Seeking Success in Succinic, Succinctly, Sustainably
July 29, 2015 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The real deal is succinic acid and polybutylene succinate. The latter found in everything from boxes, bags, tableware, even mulching films. If we haven’t seen SucciniMania quite yet, well, it’s …

Research and Markets: Pine-Derived Chemicals (TOFA, TOR, Gum Turpentine, Gum Rosin, Pitch, Sterols) Market 2015 – Global Trends & Forecast to 2020
July 28, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(Research and Markets/BusinessWire) Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/hjlj3s/pinederived) has announced the addition of the “Pine-Derived Chemicals Market by Type (TOFA, TOR, Gum Turpentine, Gum Rosin, Pitch, Sterols), Application (Paints & Coatings, Adhesives & Sealants, Surfactants, Printing Inks), …

Why Airlines Keep Pushing Biofuels: They Have No Choice
July 28, 2015 – 9:10 am | No Comment

by  Jonathan Fahey and Scott Mayerowitz (Associated Press) The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to …

Drilling into Distillation, Dehydration
July 27, 2015 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Companies aim to tweak and transform key systems to reduce energy use and resolve bottlenecks. — Optimization efforts most often look at boosting yield, but as finely tuned and …

What’s up with Algae Now?
July 10, 2015 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … 31 Algae players, what do they make now, and how are they making out? … Here’s our company by company guide to 31 of the players on the scene — project …

This Pond Scum May Fuel Your Airplane
July 8, 2015 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Tom Redmond and Yuko Takeo  (Bloomberg Business)  The future of Japan’s biofuel industry may be pond scum. Or more specifically, green algae that’s swirling around in tanks on a tropical Okinawan island.  That’s what …

First Methanol-Powered Diesel Engine Debuted by MAN D&T
July 2, 2015 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

By Charlie Bartlett (Seatrade Maritime News)  MAN Diesel & Turbo has run successful tests of a new liquid-gas-injection engine, the ME-LGI, set for installation on a newbuild Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) methanol carrier series.

Taking place at …

Japan Aims to Use Biofuels for Flights by 2020 Tokyo Olympics
July 2, 2015 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Chisaki Watanabe (Bloomberg)  Japan will draw up a plan to introduce biofuels to power commercial flights by the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games as part of efforts to shift to cleaner fuel.

A task force set …

Cassava-Run Biomass Plant Closer to Fruition
June 30, 2015 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Chan Muyhong (Phnom Penh Post) A planned biomass plant run on cassava in Battambang province looks ever more likely after a trial period with 100 farmers was successfully completed.

Idemitsu Oil & Gas signed a memorandum of …

Cracking The Kernel For Higher Value Products
June 29, 2015 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Researchers hope phytate replicates the corn oil extraction success story, but the history of zein shows it can be a slow and difficult road to success.

Diversification of coproducts …

Building Markets for Ethanol Exports
June 19, 2015 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Expanding export markets for U.S. ethanol was the focus last month as a group of industry representatives to Mexico and Japan on trade missions coordinated through a partnership between …

Global Tall Oil Fatty Acid Market: Application in Biodiesel Production to Increase Scope
May 30, 2015 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

(Digital Journal/ReleaseWire/Transparancy Market Research)  Tall Oil Fatty Acid (Oleic Acid, Linoleic acid, and Others) Market by Applications (Dimer Acids, Alkyd Resins, Fatty Acid Esters, and Others) for Soaps & Detergents, Coatings, Lubricants, Plastics, Fuel Additives, …

The Aviation Renewable Fuels Imperative
May 26, 2015 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From remarks by Antonio De Palmas — president, Boeing Italy, at the World Bioenergy Leadership Forum … Aviation is 2% of all 2010 CO2e emissions, expected to grow to 3.5% …

Stepping Up to a Currency Molecule
May 14, 2015 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Biobased chemicals are two steps closer to the tipping point when the growing demand for sustainable products opens huge global markets for renewables. Last fall, DuPont announced a …

U.S. Ethanol Now Exported to Many Markets
May 14, 2015 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

(National Corn Growers Association)  A recent chart from the U.S. Grains Council illustrates the wide range of markets for U.S. ethanol exports in 2014. This is a change from just four years ago, when more …

Miscanthus Hybrid May Be Boon For Biofuel Industry
May 5, 2015 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(Locker Gnome)  … Scientists at the University of Illinois recently reported the first natural occurrence in several decades of Miscanthus hybrid plants in Japan.

“If M. x giganteus is the only variety available, there are certainly risks …

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies Develops Bio-Renewable Rubber to Reduce Carbon Footprint
April 21, 2015 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

(AZOCleanTech.com) With the ever-increasing emissions standards and push for sustainability solutions, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies has developed an ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber compound from a polymer produced from sugarcane-based feedstock.

The bio-renewable rubber, for which development …

Netherlands-Based Firm to Open Ethanol Plant
April 6, 2015 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

(Sun Star)  A Netherlands-based firm is set to pour in P13.5 billion investments in the eastern coast of Zamboanga City.  Second district Representative Lilia Nuño said the Van Kessel Inc. is putting up an Ethanol …

Rubber Security
March 31, 2015 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Though we usually think of diversifying away from petroleum via the fuels for our cars — what about the petroleum in the tires?  Rubber security, as it turns out, offers …

Mie Grad Students Make Biofuel from Unwanted Fruit
March 26, 2015 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

(Japan Times)  Graduate students at Mie University have produced biofuel from the region’s tangerines, saying the technique provides a use for unwanted fruit. They believe it could be promoted as a locally sourced form of …

Renewable Energy Facility in Calabarzon
March 3, 2015 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(Philippine Information Agency)  An alternative source that does not rely on fossil fuels was established in Infanta, Quezon to help supply the energy demand in rice and rice-based communities, Jan. 29. Located in Brgy. Binonoan, the …

Uncertainty in RFS Sends the US Ethanol Industry to Overseas Markets: A Report from the National Ethanol Conference, “Going Global”
February 26, 2015 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Lais F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Last week, from February 17 to 21, the 20th National Ethanol Conference “Going Global” was held in Grapevine, Texas, with the participation of several representatives of the ethanol …

What’s New, Different and Hot in Military and Aviation Biofuels
February 20, 2015 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the world of aviation biofuels, the bands and the bunting are rolling out less frequently. But mostly, because the sector has moved out of a noise-filled early R&D phase …

Ethanol Expands Global Reach, RFA Releases New 2014 Export/Import Publication
February 8, 2015 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  U.S. ethanol exports reached near-record levels in 2014, sending 836 million gallons of ethanol worth $2.1 billion to international markets, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) explained today in its new publication “2014 …

Toward the Next Biofuel: Secrets of Fistulifera solaris
February 6, 2015 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

( American Society of Plant Biologists/Biomass Magazine) … One such microalga is a species of diatom called Fistulifera solaris, which is emerging as a promising candidate for next-generation biofuel technology. Diatoms are microscopic algae that are major …

Renewable Biofuel Production Avoids Competition with Food Resources
February 6, 2015 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!) The efficient production of both biofuel and animal feed from 1 crop is now possible, and can be done on a farm without the need for off-site processes

The efficient production of both biofuel and animal …

Beyond Boats To China
January 19, 2015 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  After halting distillers grains imports late last year, the world’s top DDGS buyer is poised to resume business, but on what terms?

The prospect of China reissuing distillers grains import …

Opening Channels For Export
January 19, 2015 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Grains Council is teaming up with Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service on a new four-way partnership in ethanol export …

Biofuel from Unmarketable Oranges
January 5, 2015 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Floro Mercene (Tempo)  The town of Mihama in Mie Prefecture, Japan, is known as “the town where you can pick Mikan (Mandarin oranges) all year long. The mikan is the most popular fruit in …

The 41 Weirdest Things Ever Used to Make Biofuels
December 31, 2014 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Bunnies, liposuction fat, Prince Charles’ leftover wine, day-old whale, the human poo bus, fire ants dipped in hexane, old beer, raging fireballs, vibrating blobs, dope, and even the New Orleans …

10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014: Asia and Oceania
December 29, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The East is Green. Asia is confirmed as “the new Brazil” as project developers head en masse to the friendly receptions in Asian countries — based on energy diversification and …

Conventional Gasoline Models are Expected to Represent Less Than Half of Vehicles Sold Worldwide by 2017
December 23, 2014 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(Navigant Research)  Stop-start capability anticipated to be the most important innovation in improving fuel efficiency, report concludes

A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the emerging global market for technologies that improve fuel economy, including global …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS, POSTERS: 7th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry (GSC-7) and 4th JACI/GSC Symposium July 5-8, 2015 Tokyo, Japan DEADLINE: February 6, 2015
December 11, 2014 – 4:22 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS, POSTERS:  7th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry (GSC-7) and 4th JACI/GSC Symposium July 5-8, 2015 Tokyo, Japan   DEADLINE:  February 6, 2015

With the purpose of promoting chemical technology innovation for sustainable development, the JACI/GSC Symposium is held in Japan annually by JACI, while the International GSC Conference is held biennially on a rotating basis in the …

7th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry (GSC-7) and 4th JACI/GSC Symposium July 5-8, 2015 Tokyo, Japan
December 11, 2014 – 4:18 pm | No Comment
7th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry (GSC-7) and 4th JACI/GSC Symposium       July 5-8, 2015     Tokyo, Japan

With the purpose of promoting chemical technology innovation for sustainable development, the JACI/GSC Symposium is held in Japan annually by JACI, while the International GSC Conference is held biennially on a rotating basis in the …

Ethanol Joins U.S. Fuels Dominating Global Export Market: Energy
December 5, 2014 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Mario Parker (The Washington Post/Bloomberg)  The U.S. is adding ethanol to the list of fuels it dominates in world markets.
Exports of the additive derived from corn rose 31 percent this year to the highest …

Mie University Researchers Convert Discarded Oranges into ‘Juiced-Up’ Biofuel
November 18, 2014 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

By Fumiko Takaki (The Asahi Shimbun)  Scientists at Mie University here have developed a biofuel from unmarketable oranges and waste left over after making orange juice that may put the squeeze on existing bioethanol as …

Growth Energy Explores Export Opportunities in Panama and Peru
November 10, 2014 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy participated in a market development mission with the U.S. Grains Council and the Renewable Fuels Association to explore export opportunities for U.S. ethanol in Panama and Peru. Alex Marquis, Logistics Manager …

Japanese Initiative Launched to Develop Next-Generation Sustainable Aviation Biofuel Sector by 2020
August 11, 2014 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(GreenAir Online) Japan has become the latest country to launch a government-backed initiative to investigate the potential of developing a domestic sustainable aviation biofuel industry. Over 30 companies and organisations from the aerospace, fuel, engineering, finance …

Grains Council Working on Ethanol Exports
July 25, 2014 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is working on promoting exports of U.S. ethanol through a partnership between USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

“We’ve been working …

New Council of International Biotech Associations Formed
July 22, 2014 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Industry Organization)  An international confederation of biotechnology trade associations announced today the ratification of bylaws creating the International Council of Biotechnology Associations (ICBA), with the expressed purpose of advocating for public policies that support …

Some Steam in the Summer of Algae 2014
July 21, 2014 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization) Every summer ABO members and supporting organizations make announcements, host events, and tell the story of the algae industry’s exciting growth that is creating new jobs, new sources of domestic fuels, food, feed …

Algae Underfunded in Energy Hunt
July 18, 2014 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

By Kazuaki Nagata ( The Japan times)…While the technology itself is not new, Japanese scientists say they believe oil from aquatic algae could become an important raw material as biomass technology improves and the world looks …

Navy Looks to Biofuels in 2016
July 18, 2014 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Mark Matsunaga (U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs/The Lemoore Navy News)  Ships and aircraft in the next Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise could be running on biofuels, and they won’t even need to know …

Japan’s Isuzu, Euglena to Begin Biodiesel Development With Algae
July 2, 2014 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Chisaki Watanabe  (Bloomberg)  Isuzu Motors Ltd. (7202) and Euglena Co. (2931) will work together to develop a new kind of biodiesel using algae, with a goal of establishing the technology by 2018.

The companies want …

Heliae Expands Global Footprint With First Joint Venture in Japan
July 1, 2014 – 10:30 am | No Comment

(Heliae/MarketWired/Digital Journal)  Heliae, a leader in the development of advanced algae production technologies, today announced a partnership with Japan-based Sincere Corporation, a waste management and recycling company, to form a joint venture and develop a …

U.S. Ethanol Exports Hit 25-Month High; Brazil is Top Customer
March 11, 2014 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Ann Lewis (Renewable Fuels Association)  U.S. ethanol shipments in January rocketed to 86.2 million gallons (mg), marking the highest monthly export volume since December 2011, according to government data released last week. Exports were …

The 10 Hottest Trends in Algae
March 4, 2014 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algae has been touted as the ultimate platform for fuels, chemicals, nutraceuticals, proteins — even cancer therapies.

There’s been a rate of progress that would impress any devotee of Moore’s Law …

Vilsack Renews Endorsement of Ethanol in Phoenix
February 28, 2014 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack left no one in doubt regarding his commitment to the ethanol industry in Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 27. The ethanol producers, farmers and …

Yamaha XTZ150S Crosser BlueFlex (Ethanol) Launched in Brazil
February 13, 2014 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

by Sam Sims (Ultimate MotorCycling)  …One of the biggest problems with Ethanol is it leans out a motorcycle’s air-fuel mixture, which can cause major damage. Many newer cars arrive with fuel-injection systems that can compensate …

IHI Biotech Unit Succeeds in Cutting Cost of Growing Oil-Producing Algae
January 15, 2014 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Japan Times)  Biofuel research firm IHI NeoG Algae LLC, a unit of major heavy machinery maker IHI Corp., has succeeded in cutting the cost of producing oil from algae, an alternative to crude oil-based fuel. …

Toyota to Race Biodiesel SUV in 2014 Dakar Rally
December 18, 2013 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(Japan Times)  Toyota Auto Body Co. has entered a team in the 2014 Dakar Rally, the subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corp. said.

The team plans to run a Toyota Land Cruiser 200 sport utility vehicle in …

Algae Tricked into Staying up Late to Produce Biomaterials
November 22, 2013 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, Md. and Waseda University in Tokyo have modified cyanobacteria’s biological clock to remain in its daytime state.

“We have shown that manipulating …

Report: Carbon Taxes, Trading Bring Most Cost-Effective Pollution Cuts
October 15, 2013 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by Ben Geman (The Hill E2Wire)  A new report finds that the most cost-effective climate change policies are the ones with the least political traction in the United States.

Imposing an explicit cost on carbon pollution …

Bio Diesel Fuel Project Gains Momentum
August 15, 2013 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Keikantse Lesemela (The Monitor)  In support of the bio diesel fuel project in Botswana, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) donated equipment worth an estimated P2 million.

The research project was carried out in April 2011 …

A New Use for Algae in Biofuel Production
July 30, 2013 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  According to an article in the journal Phycologia, a recent research study examined a promising freshwater algal strain for possible genetic engineering applications that could make it a viable biofuel. The research, conducted …

Africa: Algae Biofuels Deemed Unsuitable for Developing Nations
July 22, 2013 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Joel Winston (AllAfrica)  Significant uncertainties about the development of algae biofuels and a lack of research and development capabilities make this potential energy source an unsuitable option for developing countries, according to researchers from …

Expanding Trade Opportunities in South Korea and Japan
May 30, 2013 – 8:56 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Davis (Renewable Fuels Association)  As part of the RFA’s commitment to increasing ethanol export markets, I recently had the unique opportunity to join the U.S. Grains Council on a trade mission to South …

G8 under Pressure to Rethink Biofuel Mandates
May 9, 2013 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(EurActiv)

Leaders of the EU and their partners in the G8 nations are under mounting pressure to reconsider their support for biofuel targets amid concern that plant oil production competes with food output in poor countries.

Britain, …

Japanese Sewage Plant Extracting Algal Oil for Fuel
May 6, 2013 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Japan News reports that in Miyagino Ward, Sendai, a project has started at a sewage treatment facility to extract a biofuel ingredient from wastewater using algae. This first of its kind …

New Plant Protein Discoveries Could Ease Global Food and Fuel Demands
May 6, 2013 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Kim McDonald   (University of California at San Diego)  New discoveries of the way plants transport important substances across their biological membranes to resist toxic metals and pests, increase salt and drought tolerance, control water loss …

Japan’s JX to Start Selling ETBE-Blended Gasoline in Northeast from May
April 23, 2013 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Takeo Kumagai (Platts)  Japan’s largest refiner JX Nippon Oil & Energy is set to start selling ETBE-blended gasoline from its branded service stations in the northeast of the country, taking the number of outlets at …

International Regulation of Microorganisms for Biofuel or Chemical Production: Europe, Asia and Australia
March 26, 2013 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by David Glass (DGlassAssociates.com)  In two blog entries in 2010, I described the possible regulatory regimes that might affect the use of genetically modified microorganisms or plants in the production of biofuels or bio-based chemicals, …

Beta Renewables Sees 2015 as Boom Year for Cellulosic Biofuels
March 5, 2013 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Nina Chestney (Reuters)  * U.S. cellulosic biofuel goals not reached

* Beta sees industry stepping up output by 2015

* New players could emerge from eastern Europe

Biofuels made from wood waste and sugarcane have languished well …

Sugar Company Expands to Biofuel and Electricity
February 11, 2013 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Tassia Sipahutar (The Jakarta Post)   State-owned sugar and tobacco plantation firm PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) X is expanding into biofuel production and electricity this year in an effort to offset increasing sugar manufacturing costs.

The firm …

Mazda’s Newest Race Cars Are Powered By Chicken Guts
January 21, 2013 – 8:44 pm | No Comment

by Joann Muller (Forbes)  When the grueling 2013 Rolex 24 endurance race kicks off at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 26, the field will include three Mazda6 race cars powered by an unusual type of renewable fuel.

The ultra-clean, synthetic …

The Potential of Di-Methyl Ether (DME) as an Alternative Fuel for Compression-Ignition Engines: A Review
January 17, 2013 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Constantine Arcoumanis, Choongsik Bae, Roy Crookes, Eiji Kinoshita (Fuel/Science Direct)  This paper reviews the properties and application of di-methyl ether (DME) as a candidate fuel for compression-ignition engines. DME is produced by the conversion of …

Evolving Ethanol to Meet Challenges
December 27, 2012 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Emily Bruns (Ashton Gasette)  In an effort to evolve with the constant changes and challenges within a $50 billion industry, Rochelle’s Illinois River Energy ethanol plant began producing and industrial corn oil on Nov. …