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Biomass Feedstock Survey – Producer Participation Wanted
December 19, 2014 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(Biomass Blog)  The Mississippi State University Department of Agricultural Economics is reaching out to agricultural producers in the Southeast region and asking them to participate in an on-line survey. The survey is part of a …

UPDATED: Finland Provides Money to Build Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
December 19, 2014 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The government of Finland announced Dec.17 that it granted $36.8 million (€30 million) to help build a cellulosic ethanol plant. A separate project to produce biogasoline, biodiesel and smaller …

Battle Resumes over Clean Fuels Program
December 19, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Steve Law (Portland Tribune)  Another showdown looms in Salem between Big Oil and environmentalists, but this time environmentalists appear to have the upper hand.
Heavy lobbying last year by the Western States Petroleum Association helped …

New York State Awards Bioenergy Projects with Economic Development Grants
December 19, 2014 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In New York state, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that $709.2 million in economic and community development funding has been awarded through Round IV of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) …

Leifmark and New Holland Run Stover Harvest Trials in Western Iowa to Cut Investor Risk for Cellulosic Ethanol Refineries
December 19, 2014 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

(Liefmark/PR NewsWire)   In two Iowa cornfields in early November, Leifmark, LLC and New Holland Agriculture teamed up to test equipment and methods used to gather, bale, and store the corn stover left behind after …

University of Minnesota Report Contains Inaccurate and Misleading Information on Ethanol
December 19, 2014 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The recent report released by the University of Minnesota, “Life Cycle Air Quality Impacts Of Conventional And Alternative Light-Duty Transportation In the United States,” contains several inaccuracies and misleading information.

In particular, its conclusion …

REG Newton Unveils $13.2 Million Upgrade
December 19, 2014 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Jamee A. Pierson (Newton Daily News)   …The upgraded process, including distillation, removes impurities and leaves behind a very pure form of biomass-based diesel. The final product exceeds industry quality standards and also performs …

From Flushing to Fuel: How Bioenergy Spectrum Solutions Will Change Waste Disposal
December 18, 2014 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(EIN PressWire) … BioEnergy Spectrum Solutions, or BESS, has a plan based on technology developed by Mississippi State University that can take the sludge from waste water facilities and use it to make fuel that can …

Students Share Experiences from First Run of BioenergizeME Virtual Science Fair
December 18, 2014 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Last week concluded the beta run of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) sponsored BioenergizeME Virtual Science Fair—a high school competition that has students create and share infographics about bioenergy concepts. Student …

Gov. Inslee Wants To Cap And Tax Emissions From Washington State’s Major Polluters
December 18, 2014 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Katie Valentine (ThinkProgress)   Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has big plans for carbon reductions in his state, as outlined in climate change and transportation proposals announced by the governor’s office this week.
On Tuesday, Inslee …

Seeds of Cellulosic Ethanol
December 18, 2014 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  … During a presentation at the American Seed Trade Association CSS 2014 and Seed Expo last week in Chicago, John Pieper with Dupont Industrial Biosciences talked about the importance of seed …

Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York
December 17, 2014 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

(North Country Public Radio)  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.
Acting Health Commissioner Howard …

Algenol Wins Global Energy Award
December 17, 2014 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Algenol Biofuels has been named the recipient of the 2014 Global Energy Award for Industry Leadership in Biofuels, presented by PLATTS Global Energy Awards. PLATTS, a global provider of information for the …

Virent Announces World’s First Demonstration of Full Range of Bio-Aromatics Production
December 17, 2014 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Virent) New Systems Enable Samples for Product Validation and Market Trials
Virent announced that it has successfully produced bio-paraxylene, bio-toluene and bio-benzene at demonstration scale and has confirmed that all three chemicals meet typical industry specifications.  Virent hasalso produced …

Water Environment Research Foundation Increases Research to Further Sustainability
December 17, 2014 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Water Environment Research Foundation/PR Web)  The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is expanding its research with three new projects that examine wastewater as a resource. Two of the projects seek to show that materials in …

New Waste-to-Energy Facility Proposed in Hampden
December 17, 2014 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Terry Stackhouse  (WABI TV)  A group managing the trash disposal needs of nearly 190 Maine towns wants to build a new, multi-million dollar, solid waste processing facility in Hampden.  Developers from the Municipal Review …

Milo in the Limelight
December 16, 2014 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Nicholas Gergin (Lincoln Journal Star)   … The ancient grain, also known as milo, is enjoying some time in the limelight thanks to strong demand from China and low corn prices.

Milo takes less water to …

The Evolution of Minnesota’s Ethanol Industry Parts 1 and 2
December 16, 2014 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  The Minnesota ethanol industry is evolving even in the face of growth challenges including continued uncertainty around the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Since 2007 the industry has improved by leaps and …

NDSU: New Plastic Disappears When You Want It to
December 15, 2014 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

(North Dakota State University/Biomass Magazine)  A discovery by researchers at North Dakota State University, Fargo, holds scientific promise that could lead to a new type of plastic that can be broken down when exposed to …

Vega Biofuels Named Key Player in Global Biochar Market Industry Analysis
December 15, 2014 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(Vega Biofuels/Stock News Now/MarketWired)  Biochar Market to Be Valued at $572 Million by 2020.  VEGA BIOFUELS, INC. (OTC PINK: VGPR) announced today that a recent market research analysis named Vega as a “key player” in …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Alternative Clean Transportation Expo May 4-7, 2015 Dallas, TX DEADLINE: uncertain
December 15, 2014 – 3:05 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  Alternative Clean Transportation Expo May 4-7, 2015 Dallas, TX   DEADLINE:  uncertain

Nearly 200 transportation industry leaders will present throughout the four-day program on the key fueling, equipment, technology, and policy advancements driving the future of sustainable transportation. Are you interested in joining the speaker roster?
Real-world fleet …

Early Slowdown Signs Emerge for U.S. Oil States after Crude Slide
December 15, 2014 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Tim Reid (Reuters)  … In Houston, Texas, the first oil industry layoffs have been announced, with realtors there predicting a sharp decline, up to 12 percent, in home sales next year.
Alaska’s 2015 fiscal year …

Small Number of Wells Responsible for Methane Emissions
December 15, 2014 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Max B. Baker (Star-Telegram)  A small number of natural gas wells are responsible for the majority of the methane gas being released into the atmosphere during production, but at higher levels than previously estimated …

Genera Receives Growth Investment from WindSail Capital Group
December 12, 2014 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(Genera Energy)  Biomass supply company, Genera Energy, receives strategic financing to support business growth
Leading biomass supply company, Genera Energy Inc., has received a strategic financing commitment from WindSail Capital Group, a Boston-based investment firm that …

Indirect Land Use Change: ARB Needs Evidence, Not Theory
December 12, 2014 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Steve Shaffer (Capitol Weekly)  …  More than two millennia later, Sacramento has its own version of the Flat Earth Society—the California Air Resources Board (ARB). Only this time, the debate isn’t over the shape …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: tcbiomass2015: Technology for the Bioeconomy November 2-5 Chicago, IL DEADLINE: April 10, 2015
December 12, 2014 – 3:28 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: tcbiomass2015: Technology for the Bioeconomy    November 2-5   Chicago, IL     DEADLINE: April 10, 2015

Join the thermochemical bioenergy community and meet the experts that are shaping the world for tomorrow.
Don’t miss your chance to attend the 4th international conference on thermochemical biomass conversion science, tcbiomass2015; an event that gives …

World Agri-Tech Investment Summit March 3-4, 2015 San Francisco, CA
December 12, 2014 – 3:16 pm | No Comment
World Agri-Tech Investment Summit    March 3-4, 2015   San Francisco, CA

March 2015 will see the launch of the acclaimed World Agri-Tech Investment Summit in the US following two highly successful events in London. The summit brings together a unique combination of agenda-setting thought-leaders, drivers of …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: International Biomass Conference and Expo April 20-22, 2015 Minneapolis, MN DEADLINE: December 23, 2014
December 12, 2014 – 3:09 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  International Biomass Conference and Expo April 20-22, 2015 Minneapolis, MN    DEADLINE:  December 23, 2014

The 8th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo will take place April 20-22, 2015, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This dynamic event unites industry professionals from all sectors of the world’s interconnected …

2015 Alternative Clean Transportation “ACT” Expo May 4-7 Dallas, TX
December 12, 2014 – 2:58 pm | No Comment
2015 Alternative Clean Transportation “ACT” Expo   May 4-7    Dallas, TX

North America’s Largest Clean Fleet Show
Join us in Dallas for the 2015 Alternative Clean Transportation “ACT” Expo. All weight classes and alternative fuel types are represented—electric, hybrid, hydrogen, natural gas, propane autogas, and renewable fuels—providing …

Northeast Bioenergy Scholars Program DEADLINE: February 1, 2015
December 12, 2014 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

(NewBIO)  The Northeast Bioenergy Scholars Program is an exciting summer research experience program for enthusiastic undergraduates who are interested in exploring bioenergy utilizing cutting-edge techniques. Check out the list of current topics and locations for …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Southern Crossroads: Progress In Biomass Production, Processing and Use February 2-4, 2015 Auburn, AL DEADLINE: December 15, 2014
December 12, 2014 – 2:18 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  Southern Crossroads: Progress In Biomass Production, Processing and Use February 2-4, 2015 Auburn, AL   DEADLINE:  December 15, 2014

The Southeastern Sun Grant Center will host a regional conference — “Southern Crossroads: Progress In Biomass Production, Processing and Use“.  It will be held February 2-4, 2015 at the Hotel at Auburn University in Auburn, …

Southern Crossroads: Progress In Biomass Production, Processing and Use February 2-4, 2015 Auburn, AL
December 12, 2014 – 2:15 pm | No Comment
Southern Crossroads: Progress In Biomass Production, Processing and Use     February 2-4, 2015    Auburn, AL

On February 2–4, 2015, the Southeastern Sun Grant Center hosts its 2015 Regional Conference, Southern Crossroads: Progress In the Science & Technology of Biomass Production, Processing and Use, at the Hotel at Auburn University, AL. The …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: The 5th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts June 7-10, 2015 San Diego, CA DEADLINE: January 30, 2015
December 12, 2014 – 2:10 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  The 5th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts June 7-10, 2015 San Diego, CA    DEADLINE: January 30, 2015

The 5th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts provides direct interaction for attending delegates, with scientific and technical leaders in this field. Emphasis will be placed on the latest unpublished technical and scientific …

The 5th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts June 7-10, 2015 San Diego, CA
December 12, 2014 – 2:05 pm | No Comment
The 5th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts      June 7-10, 2015       San Diego, CA

The 5th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts provides direct interaction for attending delegates, with scientific and technical leaders in this field. Emphasis will be placed on the latest unpublished technical and scientific …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 37th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals April 27-30, 2015 San Diego, CA DEADLINE: December 7, 2014
December 12, 2014 – 1:31 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 37th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals April 27-30, 2015 San Diego, CA     DEADLINE: December 7, 2014

The Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology is currently accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations to be presented at the 37th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals. Technical presentations make up the majority …

37th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals April 27-30, 2015 San Diego, CA
December 12, 2014 – 1:22 pm | No Comment
37th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals     April 27-30, 2015     San Diego, CA

The meeting format for the 37th SBFC will have a total of 18 oral presentation sessions, 2 evening poster sessions as well as 2 special topics sessions will be convened over three and a half …

Hemp Produces Viable Biodiesel, UConn Study Finds
December 12, 2014 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Christine Buckley  (University of Connecticut) Of all the various uses for Cannabis plants, add another, “green” one to the mix.
Researchers at UConn have found that the fiber crop Cannabis sativa, known as industrial hemp, has properties …

Crooked Brothers Sentenced over Huge Waste Cooking Oil for Biofuel Scam in Rhode Islanld
December 12, 2014 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by  Ben Messenger (Waste Management World)    Two brothers in their 70s have been sentenced for conspiring to sell and transport used cooking oil stolen from restaurants in Rhode Island and Massachusetts to a processing …

Iowa’s Advanced Energy Industry Employs More than 22,000, with the Most Jobs in Energy Efficiency, Advanced Fuels, and Wind Power
December 12, 2014 – 11:48 am | No Comment

(Advanced Energy Economy)  First-time Survey of Iowa Firms Projects 6 Percent Job Growth in Coming Year
Advanced energy employment in Iowa is more than 22,000 strong and on pace to reach nearly 24,000 jobs in 2015, …

9th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit & Trade Show January 27, 2015 Altoona, Iowa
December 11, 2014 – 6:29 pm | No Comment
9th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit  & Trade Show      January 27, 2015      Altoona, Iowa

The 9th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and Trade Show
The Summit is FREE & Open to the Public.
Pre-Registration is Required.
Featuring Retired Four-Star GeneralWesley Clark On American Ethanol & Energy Security
Join us January 27, 2015 at …

BP Said Planning to Close US Cellulosic Operation by End-1Q 2015
December 11, 2014 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Sheela Tobben (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  BP Plc (BP/) plans to close down its U.S. cellulosic operation by the end of next year’s first quarter, according to a person familiar with the development.
The business was part of …

E85 Prices Shock EPM Reader
December 11, 2014 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Big Oil isn’t above stooping to dirty tricks to mislead consumers into thinking E85 isn’t a good fuel to buy, including by trying to price the fuel right out …

Biomass Producers Today, Carbon Kings Tomorrow
December 11, 2014 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Matt Carr (Biomass Magazine/Algae Biomass Organization)  … To control carbon dioxide (CO2), the agency (Environmental Protection Agency) places a significant emphasis on burying emissions underground (carbon capture and sequestration or CCS), but I believe …

California’s ILUC Analysis Must Consider Newly Released Real-World Data
December 11, 2014 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has again called on the California Air Resource Board (CARB) to adjust its current indirect land use change (ILUC) analysis to better reflect real-world land use patterns. …

Message to the Masses
December 11, 2014 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The biofuels mobile education center is a 45-foot long trailer filled with interactive touch screen computers, educational displays, movies and more, to educate visitors about ethanol and other biofuels.

Curt …

Spotlight on Iowa
December 11, 2014 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol Producer Magazine digs into the details of ethanol production in Iowa and how the industry got started.
When Jerry Mohr, president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association board of …

Prime the Pump Seeks to Expand E15 Infrastructure
December 11, 2014 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The fate of the Chicago E15 ordinance is still unknown. Passed by the city council’s finance committee on Monday, a vote by the full council was deferred Dec. 10 …

4 Minutes with…Thomas Leue, President, Homestead Engineering
December 11, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Homestead Engineering has been a biodiesel producer and for the past 14 years has sold Yellow Brand Biodiesel, always B-100, retail throughout Western Massachusetts, both packaged and bulk deliveries. For …

Process Converts Human Waste into Rocket Fuel
December 11, 2014 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

Brad Buck  (University of Florida)  Buck Rogers surely couldn’t have seen this one coming, but at NASA’s request, University of Florida researchers have figured out how to turn human waste — yes, that kind — into …

Kahului Biodiesel Price Lowest in Hawaiʻi
December 11, 2014 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

(Maui Now)  Pacific Biodiesel’s Hobron fueling station now has the lowest diesel price in the state, according to a press release issued by the company today.  B20, which is a blend of 20% biodiesel and …

Viesel Develops Continuous Enzymatic Biodiesel Process
December 11, 2014 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Brent Chrabas (Viesel Fuel LLC/Biodiesel Magazine)  In collaboration with Tactical Fabrication of Dublin, Georgia, and Novozymes of Denmark, a novel biodiesel production technology developed by Viesel Skunk Works LLC will soon be offered commercially. …

Rivertop Renewables to Start Commercial-Scale Production in 2015
December 11, 2014 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Contract manufacturing agreement with DTI speeds Rivertop’s time to market for its novel performance chemicals
In Montana, Rivertop Renewables announced that it has begun construction of its first commercial plant, located at …

REG Acquires Majority Stake in Petrotec; Tender Offer for All Shares Imminent
December 11, 2014 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  US biodiesel leader heads for the EU – what’s up with used cooking oil, and what is REG’s path forward with the German-based biodiesel producer?  In Iowa, Renewable Energy Group …

Not Broken, Don’t Fix It: Why Congress Should Refrain from RFS Reform
December 10, 2014 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by James C. Greenwood (The Hill/Biotechnology Industry Organization)  The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) failure to issue a final 2014 rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and other missteps are being misinterpreted or misconstrued as a …

AG Schmidt Challenges EPA Ethanol Emissions Model
December 10, 2014 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

(Office of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt)  Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has asked a federal appeals court to block new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that discourage the use of ethanol by requiring states …

Direct Measurements of Methane Emissions from Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells in Pennsylvania
December 10, 2014 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Mary Kanga, Cynthia M. Kannoa, Matthew C. Reida, Xin Zhangb, Denise L. Mauzeralla, Michael A. Celia, Yuheng Chen, and Tullis C. Onstott (PNAS)  Abandoned oil and gas wells provide a potential pathway for subsurface migration and emissions …

Plant Expansions Fueled by Shale Gas Boom to Boost Greenhouse Gas, Toxic Air Emissions
December 10, 2014 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Talla Buford (The Center for Public Integrity)  … By 2018, the land (Stacey) Ryan and other holdouts have fought to keep will be consumed by an $8.1 billion ethane cracker and a multibillion-dollar gas-to-liquids …

Abengoa Plant May Reopen
December 9, 2014 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Joshua Lucero  (Portales News-Tribune)  More than two years after the Abengoa plant went off-line, Houston, Texas, based Natural Chem Group is looking to acquire the plant and resume operations.
Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. Director …

Solanbridge Group Announces Reseller Agreement With Vega Biofuels SLNX to Market Biochar in Canada, Jamaica, and South Central Asia
December 8, 2014 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

(Accesswire/Solanbridge Group)  Solanbridge Group Inc (OTC: SLNX) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Reseller Agreement with Georgia-based Vega BioFuels, Inc (OTC: VGPR) where Solanbridge has the opportunity to market Vega’s Biochar product …

Milo Poised to Help Water Woes in Western Kansas
December 8, 2014 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Tim Unruh (Salina Journal)  Grain sorghum could be among the keys to reducing the massive mining of water in western Kansas, once it’s deemed economically desirable.
Long an ugly stepcousin in the family of Kansas …

Model Evaluates Where Bioenergy Crops Grow Best
December 8, 2014 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Farmers interested in bioenergy crops now have a resource to help them determine which kind of bioenergy crop would grow best in their regions and what kind of harvest to …

Quality Farms Plans Waste Alcohol-to-Fuel Ethanol Plant in S.C.
December 8, 2014 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

(South Carolina Department of Commerce/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A processor and convertor of wine and beer waste into fuel-grade ethanol and livestock feed is establishing operations in Marion County. Quality Farms is investing $1.9 million resulting in the …

4 Minutes with…Tim Sklar, President, Sklar & Associates
December 8, 2014 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Sklar & Associates is a South Carolina based consulting firm now specializing in Biofuels project development. … S&A is actively engaged in development of a biorefinery converting 360,000 dry tons per …

2015 Agricultural Outlook “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century” February 19-20 Arlington, VA
December 8, 2014 – 4:23 pm | No Comment
2015 Agricultural Outlook  “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century”   February 19-20    Arlington, VA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced speakers for the 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum, “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century,” to be held from Feb. 19-20, 2015, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, Arlington, …

Large Scale Microbial Production of Advanced Biofuels: How Big Can We Go?
December 8, 2014 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Gregory T. Benz (Benz Technology International, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  Conventional biofuels, whether from starch, sugar or lignocellulosic materials, tend to be low energy density products such as ethanol or butanol. These are made using catabolic …

Lifting America’s Game in Climate Education, Literacy, and Training
December 8, 2014 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(The White House Office of Science and Technology)  …  Continued progress into the future will depend on ensuring a climate-smart citizenry and a next-generation American workforce of city planners, community leaders, engineers, and entrepreneurs who understand the urgent …

The Old Man and the Rising Sea
December 7, 2014 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Guo (The Washington Post)  Assateague, a 37-mile-long smear off the shores of Maryland and Virginia, is the East Coast’s climate change canary. It’s one of the most vulnerable islands in America, almost certain …

How Much Will Falling Gasoline Prices Affect Ethanol and Corn Demand?
December 5, 2014 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (FarmDocDaily/University of Illinois)  In a recent farmdoc daily article (November 12, 2014) we initiated a discussion of whether the decline in gasoline prices had been large enough to threaten the …

4 Minutes with…Jeff Lievense, EVP Process Technology, Genomatica
December 5, 2014 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Our engineering team — numbering 30 and growing — translates biology into 100 kiloton fermentation-based chemical plants that perform. We speak both languages — biology and engineering — fluently.

If you …

All I Need is the Air That I Breathed: Microbial Dairies Using CO2, Sunlight and Water
December 5, 2014 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Take CO2, add water and an energy source: voila, Fuels & Chemicals from Microbial Dairies.  We revisit 3 top practitioners of the art and one outlier, and their progress.

There are a …

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 …

4 minutes with…Peter Keeling, Innovation and Industry Collaboration Director, Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (Iowa State)
December 5, 2014 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … CBiRC was founded in 2008 with funding from NSF, creating an Engineering Research Center focused on advanced manufacturing for sustainable biobased chemicals. The R&D program creates a multi-year, interdisciplinary, multi-institutional …

Troll the Ancient Waste-Oil Carol : FFA la la la la la la la la la
December 4, 2014 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “On the way” forever, talked up by all, deployed by some – technologies that handle high free fatty acid feedstocks like used cooking oil are coming into their hey-day, via …

Governor Bentley to Visit Algae Systems, Inc.
December 4, 2014 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Hal Scheurich (Fox10TV.com)  A biochemical company based in Daphne is ready to expand from its small research facility. Algae Systems, Inc. has spent the last few years perfecting waste water treatment using algae common …

New Castle Plant Lines up $170 Million Green Upgrade
December 4, 2014 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Montgomery (The News Journal)  An international specialty chemical manufacturer plans what state officials described Wednesday as a $170 million green upgrade to its plant near New Castle.
It is a move that will save …

New Ethanol Gas Pumps Open in Fort Myers
December 4, 2014 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Brittany Weiner (ABC-7)  Lee County is now home to one of the first ethanol gas stations in Florida.  The higher-octane gas is cheaper and better for the environment, but we found local mechanics who …

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference March 11-15, 2015 Washington, DC
December 4, 2014 – 6:08 pm | No Comment
Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference   March 11-15, 2015   Washington, DC

ABLC is the gathering point for the top leaders in the Advanced Bioeconomy — bringing together the entire spectrum of advanced Fuels, Chemicals & Materials CEOs and senior executives, business development, R&D leaders, strategic partners, …

Energy Department Announces $7 Million to Develop Advanced Logistics for Bioenergy Feedstocks
December 4, 2014 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department announced today up to $7 million for two projects aimed at developing and demonstrating ways to reduce the cost of delivering bioenergy feedstocks to biorefineries.  Examples of bioenergy …

Elsevier Science Publishes “Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels” by Anju Dahiya (Editor)
December 4, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(Elsevier)  Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels examines all current and emerging feedstocks and the advanced processes and technologies enabling the development of their end products, ranging from solid (wood energy, grass energy, and other biomass) to …

Novozymes’ Eversa Enzymatic Biodiesel Solution Ready for Market
December 3, 2014 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  After working with a handful of producers over the past several years to prove the technical and economic viability of liquid enzymatic biodiesel processing, Novozymes is making its Eversa enzymatic …

Vertimass Receives Up to $2 Million Grant From U.S. Department of Energy to Convert Ethanol Into Jet Fuel, Diesel Fuel, and Gasoline
December 3, 2014 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(Vertimass)  “Green” Catalyst Technology Will be Commercialized Into Stocks Compatible With Current Transportation Fuel Infrastructure
Vertimass LLC announced today the company has received a grant of up to $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy. …

Sweet Smell of Success: JBEI Researchers Boost Methyl Ketone Production in E. coli
December 3, 2014 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris  (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Two years ago, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) engineered Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria to convert glucose into significant quantities of methyl ketones, …

4 minutes with…Basil Karampelas, President, American Process
December 3, 2014 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We’ve developed 2 proprietary biorefinery technologies producing low-cost cellulosic sugars from non-food based biomass. Our Green Power+ technology produces low-cost cellulosic sugars from the hemicelluloses. AVAP technology produces cellulosic sugars …

Ethanol Facility Proposed in Southwestern Idaho
December 3, 2014 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Sean Ellis (Capital Press)  A proposed ethanol facility in Southwestern Idaho would convert barley and tubers into fuel. It’s not the first ethanol facility proposed in the Treasure Valley and two others have failed to …

USDA Announces Support for Producers of Advanced Biofuel
December 3, 2014 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is making $5.6 million in grants to 220 producers across the nation to support the production of advanced biofuels, and is awarding more …

Edeniq Heads down Success-at-Scale Avenue, in China
December 3, 2014 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Virtuosos of Visalia land a major contract with China giant Global Bio-chem — a 50KT cellulosic sugars plant is underway in Jilin province.
In California, Edeniq announced a Joint Development Agreement …

Iowa Novices Expected to Join Republican Chorus of EPA Critics
December 2, 2014 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Peterka (E&E Publishing)  The two new members headed to the House from Iowa are so far untested in a political office but are likely to add to the GOP voice against environmental regulations.
David …

EPA Puts RFS In Jeopardy
December 2, 2014 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jacqui Fatka (Farm Futures)  Actions taken by EPA to help keep RFS alive have actually backfired and brought more attacks in defending Congress’ intent.

Wally Tyner, Purdue University ag economist, said it’s quite ironic that …

Flex Fuel Awareness Campaign Completes Mid-Atlantic Road Show Promiting High Level Ethanol Blends
December 1, 2014 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Journal)  The FlexFuel Awareness Campaign completed a highly successful tour of several key locations in Maryland and Virginia last week as part of the Mid Atlantic Alternative Fuel Road Show.
The tour featured exhibits and …

IRFA Reminds Diesel Users Biodiesel Can Stretch Supply
December 1, 2014 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  Following Gov. Branstad’s Emergency Proclamation Due to Diesel Shortages, IRFA Reminds Users Biodiesel Can Help
Following Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s emergency proclamation to allow for more transport of diesel products, the Iowa …

Briefing: Cellulosic Ethanol: A Technology Update
December 1, 2014 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Carole Abourached* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) recently held a briefing on the technologies involved in commercial cellulosic ethanol production. Cellulosic ethanol is produced from agricultural residues such as …

Billionaire Vinod Khosla’s Big Dreams for Biofuels Fail to Catch Fire
November 30, 2014 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  Just over a year ago, billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla was bubbling with optimism about one of his latest investments: KiOR, a biofuel outfit he said would turn wood …

Sustainability Taking Shape, One French Fry at a Time
November 26, 2014 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

(K-State Research and Extension)  Converting cooking oil into fuel – the Biodiesel Initiative at Kansas State University allows for collaboration among many campus departments and industry organizations.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The sound of a diesel engine …

High Turkey Prices: Don’t Blame Ethanol
November 26, 2014 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Alan Neuhauser  (U.S. News and World Report/MSN.com)  No clucking way.   Turkey prices are still higher than average, the American Farm Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics found last week – but don’t blame the Environmental …

Pacific Ethanol Receives $3 Million Grant
November 25, 2014 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by Reed Fujii (Recordnet.com)  State energy officials awarded Pacific Ethanol Inc. $3 million to help develop grain sorghum as a low-carbon feedstock, replacing some of the corn traditionally used, at its plants in Stockton and …

Model Evaluates Where Bioenergy Crops Grow Best
November 25, 2014 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois)  Farmers interested in bioenergy crops now have a resource to help them determine which kind of bioenergy crop would grow best in their regions and what kind of harvest to expect.
Researchers at …

Gevo Signs Letter of Intent With Highlands EnviroFuels to License Isobutanol Technology for Florida Plant
November 25, 2014 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

(Gevo)  Plant to Convert Sugar Cane and Sweet Sorghum to 20-25 Million Gallons Per Year of Isobutanol
Gevo, Inc.(Nasdaq:GEVO), the world’s only commercial producer of renewable isobutanol, announced today that Highlands EnviroFuels, LLC (“Highlands”) has signed …

4 Minutes with…Graham Noyes, Attorney, Keyes, Fox & Wiedman; Acting Executive Director, Low Carbon Fuels Coalition
November 25, 2014 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … My regulatory work focuses on the RFS, LCFS, and Cap & Trade. My transactional work involves maximizing the value of environmental attributes, and developing and negotiating various agreements including joint …

White House Threatens to Put Brakes on Alternative Fuels
November 25, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Evan Halper (Los Angeles Times)  As biotech masterminds and venture capitalists scramble to hatch a new generation of environmentally friendly fuels that can help power the average gasoline-burning car, they are confronting an unexpected …