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We Could See You in the Gas Tank Later, Alligator: Researchers Study Producing Biodiesel From Alligators
April 24, 2014 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

by Henry Fountain (The New York Times)  … “Biodiesel is made from all sorts of fats and oils,” said Ben Evans of the National Biodiesel Board, a trade group based in Washington. While oils made from …

SANDAG Awarded $300K Grant for Alternative Fuels Plan
April 24, 2014 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Chris Nichols  (San Diego Union Tribune)  Grant is part of state’s effort to fund clean transportation projects
Regional efforts to reduce transportation emissions received a boost this week with the award of a $300,000 state …

EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet Competition at the USA Science and Engineering Festival
April 24, 2014 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

Tomorrow (April 25, 2014), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe will open the USA Science and Engineering Festival, which hosts student teams from colleges and universities across the country who exhibit sustainable …

RIN Stocks Part II – ‘Healthy’ Levels
April 24, 2014 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by  Rob Johansson and Seth Meyer (FarmDocDaily/USDA) Building on the discussion of RIN pricing and stock holding (here) we explore what a ‘healthy’ RIN bank may look like, estimate RIN stocks for 2014. The availability of RIN stocks …

Commentary: Cellulosic Ethanol Worse than Gas? Not so Fast
April 24, 2014 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Brendan Jordan  (Midwest Energy News)   A new academic paper on biofuels was released this week, and some media outlets have reached sweeping conclusions. “Fuels from corn waste not better than gas,” claimed the Associated …

Report: Ethanol Industry Creates Thousands of Kansas Jobs; $1B in Wages
April 24, 2014 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Dan Voorhis  (The Wichita Eagle)  The ethanol industry contributes more than 16,000 jobs and $1 billion in wages into the Kansas economy, according to a new study released Wednesday by Fuels America, a coalition of …

Ethanol from Energy Beets: A Viable Option?
April 24, 2014 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dorminey (Renewable Fuel World)  US farmers are exploring the use of energy beets to produce ethanol. Requiring less water and containing more sugar than corn, they could be just what the market needs.
Corn …

Arizona Students Showcase Algae Research for the Public
April 24, 2014 – 10:01 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Students from three Arizona universities will demonstrate their algae research projects at an Innovation Showcase May 1, in Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Fitness Complex, and again during a formal public presentation …

Advanced Biofuels USA Celebrates Earth Week with 10 Excellent Reasons to Transition to Sustainable Renewable Fuels
April 18, 2014 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)   “Why Transition to Sustainable Renewable Fuels?” asks Advanced Biofuels USA, providing as an answer, 10 Excellent Reasons in a one-page Earth Week handout for use by civic organizations, church stewardship groups, environmental …

AAAS Fellowships At The Bioenergy Technologies Office
April 18, 2014 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(U.S Department Of Energy) The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) regularly engages fellows in the sciences through the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship program. The program provides opportunities for …

Why Renewable Fuel Standard Matters
April 18, 2014 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jess Oestmann (The Hays Daily News) When it comes to developing alternatives to fossil fuels and foreign oil, should the United States move forward or backward?
That’s the issue before the federal Environmental Protection Administration as …

Nebraska Corn Producers Are Excited About Brazilian Biofuels
April 18, 2014 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(Nebraska Corn Board/Ethanol Producer Magazine) A group of Nebraska, Iowa, and Ohio corn farmers have returned from a multi-state trade mission to Brazil excited about the potential relationships and similarities of ethanol fuel.
The objective of this …

USDA Researchers Simplify Pyrolysis Processes for Bio-Oil Production
April 18, 2014 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Ann Perry (US Department of Agriculture)   Innovations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are bringing researchers one step closer to developing “green” biofuel production systems farmers can use to meet on-farm energy needs, or to …

Dr. Stephen Mayfield: When Will Algae-based Transportation Fuels Be Economically Viable?
April 17, 2014 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Stephen Mayfield (International Society for Applied Phycology Newsletter)   I am often asked, “When will algae-based transportation fuels be commercially available?” My answer tends to be that they are available now, and have been since roughly …

CALL FOR POSTERS and PRESENTATIONS: 2014 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo; Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase; Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase September 15-17 Honolulu, HI DEADLINES: April 30 and May 31
April 17, 2014 – 5:46 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR POSTERS and PRESENTATIONS: 2014 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo; Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase; Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase    September 15-17    Honolulu, HI   DEADLINES:  April 30 and May 31

The 2014 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo will be held jointly with the Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase and the Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase at the Hawai‘i Convention Center, September 15 …

2014 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo; Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase; Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase September 15-17 Honolulu, HI
April 17, 2014 – 5:28 pm | No Comment
2014 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo; Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase; Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase    September 15-17    Honolulu, HI

The 2014 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo will be held jointly with the Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase and the Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase at the Hawai‘i Convention Center, September 15 …

REFF-Wall Street June 25-26, 2014 New York, NY
April 17, 2014 – 3:56 pm | No Comment
REFF-Wall Street  June 25-26, 2014  New York, NY

REFF-Wall Street is the premier renewable energy financing event in the U.S.  Attendees of this event include CEOs and other senior company officials, lenders, investors, investment bankers, private equity investors, venture capitalists and other top …

RIN Stocks Part I – Valuation
April 17, 2014 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Rob Johansson and Seth Meyer (USDA/FarmDocDaily)  … It is clear that the bankable (and borrowable) nature of RINs allow obligated parties to optimize their compliance costs over time.  In the past, pre-blendwall, it was relatively inexpensive to generate …

Media Invited to California Briefing, Tour Highlighting Alternative Jet Fuel Research
April 17, 2014 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(National Aeronautics and Space Administration/PR NewsWire/Yahoo!News)  An HU-25C jet from NASA’s Langley Research Center will be in California next month as part of a flight test to assess biofuel and other jet fuel alternatives. News …

Two $125,000 State Grants to Boost Usage of Higher Ethanol, Biodiesel Blends
April 17, 2014 – 10:47 am | No Comment

by O. Kay Henderson  (RadioIowa)  Two Iowa retailers are each getting $125,000 in state funding to help finance installation of blender pumps that will dispense a higher concentration of ethanol and biodiesel. The Creston-based Farmers …

GeoSynFuels Purchases, Retrofits Idle Demonstration Plant
April 16, 2014 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Golden, Colo.-based GeoSynFuels LLC has acquired the cellulosic demonstration facility formerly owned and operated by Blue Sugars Corp., the parent company of Western Biomass Energy LLC. GSF plans to retrofit …

Illinois Corn and Cattle Producers Coexist Well
April 16, 2014 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(Brownfield Ag News)  An Illinois beef industry leader says cattle and corn farmers in the state complement each other very well, no matter what the market is. Illinois Beef Association Executive Vice President Reid Blossom …

U.S. Port Officials, Environmentalists, Industry & Top EPA Officials Meet In Baltimore to Advance More Sustainable Ports Agenda
April 16, 2014 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Proven and potential solutions to improve the air quality and the environmental profile of major U.S. ports is the focus today of a port stakeholder summit organized by the U.S. Environmental Protection …

Iowa Economists: 2014 Ethanol Prices Drop to 58% of Retail Gas
April 15, 2014 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The continuing shifting relationships between ethanol, corn and gasoline are the subject of two analyses done by Iowa agricultural economists for the AgMarketing Resource Center newsletter.
Don Hofstrand takes a look …

Dual Turning Point for Biofuels
April 15, 2014 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Clifford Krauss (The New York Times)  … But even as Abengoa and other companies prepare to produce significant amounts of cellulosic ethanol, using corn stalks and wheat straw as opposed to corn itself, the appetite …

CSR Partners with Indiana Rail Road to Convert Railroad Ties into Biofuel
April 15, 2014 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

(Coalition for Sustainable Rail)  The Coalition for Sustainable Rail (CSR) announced April 14 that it is initiating research on conversion of used railroad ties into an advanced biofuel. This research, funded through a generous grant …

10 Bellwether Biofuels & Biobased Projects for 2014
April 15, 2014 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Advanced biofuels – are plans turning into reality? Are development plans realistic? When these 10 projects open for business (or not) in 2014, you’ll know for sure.
…Well, the picture is incomplete.
Plants …

Scripps, UCSD Algae Biofuel Programs Rated Top In US By DOE
April 15, 2014 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

(Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego/Biodiesal Magazine) Fossil fuel use, even with the environmental and economic security challenges it poses, remains the dominant source of energy in the U.S. But its 80-percent share of the …

Office Of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Internships and Fellowships
April 15, 2014 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

EERE offers exciting student volunteer internships throughout the year in its Washington, D.C., headquarters. These volunteer internships provide exciting opportunities for students to learn through direct experience about the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy. In addition, …

The California Drought Equation Stresses Need For Biofuels
April 15, 2014 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Peter Brown( Biofuels Magazine) Except for volume, biofuels and petroleum-derived products have reached parity in production efficiency and availability. What that means is that anything pulled from the earth can now be created from …

Study Raises New Concerns about Emissions from Shale Gas Wells
April 15, 2014 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy (FuelFix)  Researchers found higher-than-expected emissions of a potent greenhouse gas emanating from Pennsylvania wells, according to a study published Monday that adds to concerns about the environmental footprint of natural gas.
The study, conducted …

Researchers Find Potential to Grow Biofuel Feedstock on PV Farms
April 14, 2014 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Ker Than (Stanford University/Biomass Magazine)  rowing agave and other carefully chosen plants amid photovoltaic panels could allow solar farms not only to collect sunlight for electricity but also to produce crops for biofuels, according …

CARB’s ILUC Analysis Out of Date, Out of Step with Current Independent ILUC Studies
April 14, 2014 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) pertinent to CARB’s draft indirect land use change (ILUC) analysis.
Geoff Cooper, RFA’s senior vice president, notes in his submission …

Can Warplanes Fly Farther, Carry More Weapons, with Advanced Biofuels? More New Data.
April 14, 2014 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … A China Lake-based research team finds terpene fuels that add 13% to the performance, compared to fossil fuels.   We take a look at the new breed of renewable fuels — …

A Rivertop Runs Through It: Rivertop Renewables lands $26M as Cargill, First Green Partners climb aboard
April 14, 2014 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Rivertop to accelerate commercialization of novel, sustainable chemicals for consumer products and industrial applications.  How does an early-stager get to the next level? Try a hot anchor product, innovative technology, …

ND Sen. Heidi Heitkamp Finds Identity as a Top Democratic Critic of Obama’s Energy Policy
April 14, 2014 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Henry C. Jackson (Associated Press/The Republic)  … Heitkamp came directly to the Senate from the energy industry, where she worked for 12 years, including as a director of Dakota Gasification Company, a coal and natural …

WEBINAR: Short Rotation Woody Crops for Phytoremediation Applications April 30, 2014 2:00 pm US/Eastern
April 11, 2014 – 4:41 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:   Short Rotation Woody Crops for Phytoremediation Applications    April 30, 2014 2:00 pm US/Eastern

The rapid development of bioenergy industries have the potential to create a large demand for woody biomass that may exceed the ability of conventional forestry to sustainably supply them. Marginal and degraded lands that are …

Renewable Energy Latin American & Caribbean Conference & Exhibition (RELACCx) November 20-21, 2014 Fajardo, Puerto Rico
April 11, 2014 – 4:04 pm | No Comment
Renewable Energy Latin American & Caribbean Conference & Exhibition (RELACCx)     November 20-21, 2014    Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Renewable Energy Latin America & Caribbean Conference & Exhibition (RELACCx, is the premier renewable energy finance and development event for Latin America and the Caribbean. This two-day conference will take an in-depth look at political …

NASA Signs Agreement with German, Canadian Partners to Test Alternative Fuels
April 10, 2014 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(National Aeronautics and Space Administration/PRNewsWire)   NASA has signed separate agreements with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to conduct a series of joint flight tests to study the atmospheric effects of emissions …

Changing Water into Wine: Er, Will Jet Fuel Do?
April 9, 2014 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Hydrocarbon fuel from seawater and nothing else? Is it possible?  Not only possible, but demonstrated as a process, and tested in a model plane.   How does it rate on the …

MARAD Releases Results of Renewable Diesel Testing
April 4, 2014 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On March 28, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the results of biofuel testing completed onboard the training ship State of Michigan. The tests compared operational, vibration and air …

First Functional ‘Designer’ Chromosome in Yeast Is Synthesized
April 4, 2014 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

(NYU Langone Medical Center/Biomass Magazine)   An international team of scientists led by Jef Boeke, director of NYU Langone Medical Center’s Institute for Systems Genetics, has synthesized the first functional chromosome in yeast, an important step in the …

Toxic Emission Spikes at Fracking Sites Are Rarely Monitored, Study Finds
April 4, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Song and Jim Morris  (InsideClimateNews.org)  Gas drilling facilities have sporadic emission spikes that spew toxins harmful to human health, but states rarely monitor these fleeting events.
People in natural gas drilling areas who complain …

About the Fossil Fuel Divestment Convergence 2014
April 4, 2014 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

(StudentsDivest.org)  From April 4th to 6th, 300 students from over 75 colleges and universities from across the United States and Canada will gather at San Francisco State University for the 2nd annual student-led Fossil Fuel …

Transgenic Trees Make Easy-Chew Wood for Biofuels
April 4, 2014 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Richard Van Noorden (Science Magazine)  The poplars in the greenhouse near John Ralph’s laboratory show no outward signs of weakness, but they have a secret soft spot. Thanks to genetic engineering, their wood contains an …

Hawaii Lawmakers Give Unanimous Approval To Studying Hemp
April 3, 2014 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Johnny Green (The Weed Blog/The Joint Blog)  Hawaii’s House Committee on Agriculture, and the state’s House Judiciary Committee, have both voted unanimously in favor of Senate Bill 2175, a proposal to establish a two-year research program to study …

Jon Bruning Tours Chief Ethanol
April 3, 2014 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Baumgarten (KHAS TV)  …On Wednesday, Attorney General Jon Bruning toured a facility that seems to be thriving.  Bruning was at Chief Ethanol in Hastings.
He talked about the importance of ethanol to Nebraska’s economy, but also …

DSM to Make Biofuel by July as EPA Considers Cutting Requirement
April 3, 2014 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Ehren Goossens  (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Royal DSM NV (DSM), the world’s largest vitamin manufacturer, expects to begin producing cellulosic ethanol in the U.S. by July as the government considers reducing the amount of renewable fuel …

Sapphire Develops NM Bio-Fuels Potential
April 3, 2014 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

By Alta LeCompte(Las Cruces Bulletin) On a tour Thursday, Jan. 23, of Sapphire Energy’s research and development facility in the West Mesa Industrial Park, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich addressed the unique nature of the advanced biodiesel industry …

Midtex Oil Offers E85 in San Marcos, Texas
April 3, 2014 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Midtex Oil, L.P. is now offering E85 at its Spirit-branded convenience store located in San Marcos, Texas. Its fifth E85 station in the state, it is located off the interstate at …

Rail Bottleneck for Grain, Ethanol Shippers
April 2, 2014 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Peter Harriman (Argus Leader)  …But while BNSF Railway spokeswoman Amy McBeth says the problem is operational and not systemic, and the bottleneck will be cleared, Soy Transportation Coalition Executive Director Mike Steenhoek points to …

New Iowa TV Ad Praises both Braley and Branstad
April 2, 2014 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Jacobs (Des Moines Register)  As new negative advertising hits Iowa today skewering Democrat Bruce Braley for insulting farmers, a positive ad thanking the U.S. Senate candidate also goes up today.
The pro-veterans political organization …

Highly Powerful New Biofuel Could Change Rocket Engines Forever
April 2, 2014 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

(RT.com)  Scientists have scored a breakthrough in high-energy biofuels by producing a bacterium that synthesizes highly-efficient pinene, a hydrocarbon made by trees. It could soon replace existing alternatives and usher in a new era of …

Springboard Biodiesel Donates Processor to Nonprofit Organization
April 2, 2014 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel equipment manufacturer Springboard Biodiesel has donated a BioPro 380 processing unit to the Center for Sustainable Energy Farming, a Torrance, Calif.-based nonprofit research organization. The BioPro 380 converts a wide variety of …

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: Collective Biodiesel Conference August 14-17, 2014 Pittsboro, NC DEADLINE: uncertain
April 2, 2014 – 1:24 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR SPEAKERS: Collective Biodiesel Conference August 14-17, 2014 Pittsboro, NC   DEADLINE: uncertain

The Collective Biodiesel Conference is geared toward active and open collaboration among participants, including home brewers, grease collectors, multi-million gallon producers, and everyone in between.
This conference is designed to provide sufficient detail for participants to …

Vilsack Outlines 3-Pronged RFS, U.S. Ethanol Strategy
April 2, 2014 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Jeannine Otto (AgriNews)  Defend, expand, export. …
“We need to make sure that people understand this entire standard is under attack. Folks in Congress, some folks in Congress, would like to do away totally with the …

Sunshine Biofuels Offers Drop-in, “Spill Safe” and Biodegradable Marine Diesel Fuel
April 2, 2014 – 11:21 am | No Comment

(Sunshine Biofuels/PR WEB) The company now brings replacement fuel for marine diesel that can save thousands of dollars per week and effectively reduce environmental impact.
Sunshine Biofuels now offers a replacement fuel for marine diesel and fuel …

X-Crobes: Kuraray Invests in Amyris, What’s Next for Synth-Bio and Performance Molecules?
April 2, 2014 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In California, Amyris and Kuraray announced the expansion and extension of their ongoing collaboration in high performance polymers using Biofene, Amyris’s brand of renewable farnesene.
Amyris and Kuraray launched the collaboration …

VIASPACE Signs Giant King Grass Contract for Bio Electricity and Advanced Biofuels In Imperial Valley California
April 2, 2014 – 10:22 am | No Comment

(VIASPACE) VIASPACE Inc. (OTCQB: VSPC) today announced that the company has signed a contract with Mesquite Lake Water and Power LLC to provide Giant King Grass for a biomass power plant and a companion advanced biofuels …

Supercritical Biodiesel Method Creates Less Waste From Fats
April 2, 2014 – 10:15 am | No Comment

By Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Researchers reported on a novel method this week at the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, to produce biodiesel from crude animal fats, including waste fat from alligators, using supercritical methanol …

Microbial Synthesis of Pinene
April 1, 2014 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

Stephen Sarria , Betty Wong , Hector García Martín , Jay D. Keasling, and Pamela Peralta-Yahya (ACS Synthetic Biology)  The volumetric heating values of today’s biofuels are too low to power energy-intensive aircraft, rockets, and …

Neighbors Bicker in Pa. over Forced Gas Drilling
April 1, 2014 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Begos and Marc Levy (Associated Press/Fuel Fix)  An energy company is dusting off an old, unused state law that can force property owners to accept oil and gas drilling under their land, pitting …

World-Herald Editorial: Wait Is Ending for Cellulosic
April 1, 2014 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(Omaha World-Herald)  … The first commercial production of cellulosic ethanol began in 2013, and this year biomass plants in Iowa will be taking the lead in expanding capacity. The facilities will take crop waste and non-edible …

Ethanol Plant CO2 Sequestration Project Reaches New Milestone
April 1, 2014 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The $163.9 million Illinois Basin-Decatur Project celebrated as new milestone as its carbon sequestration project stored 750,000 metric tons carbon dioxide from Archer Daniels Midland Co.’s ethanol plant in …

Researcher Wins Grant for Hybrid Conversion Biofuel Process
April 1, 2014 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Oklahoma State University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Hasan Atiyeh, assistant professor in biosystems and agricultural engineering, recently received a South Central Sun Grant Award to advance the development of a new hybrid conversion process.
“The hybrid gasification-syngas fermentation …

Georgia Tech Students Top Clemson and UMD in DOE $100,000 ACC Clean Energy Challenge Final Four
April 1, 2014 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

(University of Maryland/PR Newswire)  A team of four students from the Georgia Institute of Technology developing a new electrical power grid technology with an Internet-like control architecture won the third annual ACC Clean Energy Challenge and the Department of …

Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association Teams Up With KS95
April 1, 2014 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) … MBA has embarked on several new campaigns to increase E85 and E15 usage. One of these campaigns is with KS95, one of the top radio stations in the Twin Cities.
We will be running …

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: 3rd International Frontiers in Biorefining Conference October 21-24, 2014 St. Simons Island, GA DEADLINE: August 31, 2014
April 1, 2014 – 2:33 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  3rd International Frontiers in Biorefining Conference October 21-24, 2014 St. Simons Island, GA    DEADLINE:  August 31, 2014

The steering committee is soliciting abstracts for both oral and poster presentations as part of the conference. Limited space is available for presentations emphasizing the latest developments on transformation of renewable carbon building blocks to …

3rd International Frontiers in Biorefining Conference October 21-24, 2014 St. Simons Island, GA
April 1, 2014 – 2:23 pm | No Comment
3rd International Frontiers in Biorefining Conference   October 21-24, 2014     St. Simons Island, GA

The University of Tennessee Center for Renewable Carbon, in partnership with the Southeastern Regional Sun Grant Center, is hosting the 3rd International Conference on Chemicals and Products from Renewable Carbon. This meeting is a unique …

Northwest Wood-Based Biofuels+Co-Products Conference April 28-30, 2014 Seattle, WA
April 1, 2014 – 1:48 pm | No Comment
Northwest Wood-Based Biofuels+Co-Products Conference   April 28-30, 2014    Seattle, WA

In conjunction with Washington State University Extension, USDA is co-hosting the Northwest Wood-Based Biofuels/Co-Products Conference in late April. The conference will be April 28-30, 2014 in Seattle, Wash.
The goal of the conference is to bring together …

Research Summary: Sequestration of Carbon by Shrub Willow Offsets Greenhouse Gas Emissions
April 1, 2014 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Extension.org)  Grown for biofuel, energy-efficient shrub willow sequesters carbon below-ground, life-cycle assessment shows.  Shrub willow is a short-rotation woody biomass crop that could be an important part of our renewable energy future. By sequestering carbon …

Solving the Industrial Building Mystery
April 1, 2014 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Opening up your ethanol plant for public tours is a wonderful educational opportunity that could do wonders for your business and the industry as a whole.

I wonder how many …

Resistance is Not Futile: Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Engineer Resistance to Ionic Liquids in Biofuel Microbes
April 1, 2014 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), a multi-institutional partnership led by Berkeley Lab, have identified the genetic origins of a microbial resistance …

Of Auxins, Toxins and Raging Hormones: Does Biochar Really Work?
April 1, 2014 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … One of the latest entries is a study out of the UK’s University of Southampton, with assist from researchers in Scotland and Italy, that delves into the pros and cons …

Purdue Researchers Launch Innovative Biomass Renewable Energy Company
March 28, 2014 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Phillip Fiorini and Cynthia Sequin (Purdue University)   Purdue University researchers are launching a company focusing on an innovative process that could revolutionize how lignocellulosic biomass is used to make biofuels and other bio-based products and chemicals.
Spero …

Gevolution 2014: Gevo’s Forward Progress, and Some Side-by-Side
March 28, 2014 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Gevo reports its 4Q results and adds back some ethanol production, we look at the short-term gains and the long-term implications.   Why ethanol, why now — what’s the latest …

Making Silk Purses from Sows Ears: Converting Waste Into Energy and Biofuels, Pt 1 and 2
March 27, 2014 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Tim Sklar (Biofuels Digest) Part 1 … It seems that many of the companies providing new biofuels technologies do not fully understanding the competitive environment that they must navigate. As a consequence they fail to …

Solazyme Launches Drilling Fluid Product, Encapso, and Embarks on $150M Debt/Equity Raise
March 27, 2014 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Solazyme announced its entry into the oil and gas drilling fluids additive market. Building upon its proprietary platform of high performance, sustainable Tailored oils, Solazyme has introduced Encapso, …

Integrating Perennial Grasses for Sustainable Agricultural Systems to Maximize Farm Profitability
March 27, 2014 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

(North Central Regional Center for Rural Development) Innovations in Agriculture and Rural Development
A free webinar series designed for business owners and entrepreneurs to learn more about university developed technology that may be relevant to your current or future …

Webinar–NCRCRD: Innovations in Agriculture & Rural Development March 27, 2014 noon ET
March 26, 2014 – 6:56 pm | No Comment
Webinar–NCRCRD: Innovations in Agriculture & Rural Development   March 27, 2014    noon ET

Innovations in Agriculture and Rural Development: a free webinar series designed for business owners and entrepreneurs to learn more about technology that may be relevant to your current or future business operations.
Expediting the Commercialization of …

E15 Now Available in Cambridge, Neb.
March 25, 2014 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Anew Travel Center in Cambridge, Neb., now offers E15 to consumers for use in 2001 and newer vehicles. The expanded offering of E15 will create savings at the pump for consumers. Currently, …

Hydro Dynamics Cavitation Reactor Installed at Pilot Plant
March 25, 2014 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

(Hydro Dynamics/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Hydro Dynamics Inc. of Rome, Ga., has announced that a ShockWave Power Reactor has been purchased and installed in a commercial cellulosic pilot plant in Italy. The SPR was purchased after successful …

DNA Analysis Strategy Aids in Study of Biofuel Feedstocks
March 25, 2014 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Researchers from Michigan State University, U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory published the largest soil DNA sequencing effort.
“The Great Prairie represents the largest …

Report: Biofuels, Other Factors to Lower Fuel Demand in Calif.
March 25, 2014 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Bloomberg New Energy Finance has published a new white paper that provides analysis of California’s transportation fuel market. The paper, titled “2020 California transport outlook: the decarbonisation drive,” highlights …

Algae Testing & Evaluation Facility
March 25, 2014 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

(Utah State University)  The Algae Test & Evaluation Facility (AT&E) was established in collaboration with Logan City Environmental Department and Utah State University as a pilot facility co-located at the City of Logan Wastewater Treatment …

Health Effects of Fine Particles from Vehicle Emissions April 1, 2014 Washington, DC
March 25, 2014 – 4:35 pm | No Comment
Health Effects of Fine Particles from Vehicle Emissions   April 1, 2014    Washington, DC

Numerous scientific studies have linked exposure to particle pollution – especially fine particles – to a variety of serious health problems and premature death.  Particle pollution from gasoline use in motor vehicles is caused entirely …

It’s Up to Farmers to Tell Agriculture’s Story
March 25, 2014 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by James Henry (AgriNews)  … President Don Villwock stressed during Indiana Farm Bureau’s Spring Conference in Indianapolis that weather cannot be farmers’ main topic of conversation.
“We need to stay on point. We need to stay on …

More Ethanol-to-Crude Rail Facility Conversions Unlikely in California: Analyst
March 25, 2014 – 3:44 pm | Comments Off

(Platts)  More conversions of California ethanol rail unloading terminals to crude service are unlikely, following Kinder Morgan’s switch of its Richmond, California, unloading facility, an analyst said Monday.
“The other big [ethanol] terminals aren’t as close …

Council Considers Ethanol Plant Grant
March 25, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by  Caitlin Davis (The Hopewell News)  A $250,000 grant to aid the Vireol ethanol plant in Hopewell has reached a roadblock. The grant would help facilitate the opening of the plant, which currently has not begun …

Waste Management, Velocys, NRG, Ventech Form Renewables, Natgas-to-Fuels JV
March 25, 2014 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  First plant go/no-go expected in 2014; target: Oklahoma.  Future expansion in North America, UK, China.
In Oklahoma, Velocys, Waste Management, NRG Energy, and Ventech Engineers International announced a joint venture to …

100% Drop-In Aviation Fuels Are Closer, as Blue Sun Demo Plant Goes 24/7 in Missouri
March 25, 2014 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … This week, Blue Sun Energy, ARA, and Chevron Lummus Global achieved a key development milestone with their 100 barrel/day (4,200 gallon/per day) demonstration-scale Biofuels ISOCONVERSION facility in St. Joseph, Mo. …

Biofuel PR Firm Launched to Help Tell America’s Biofuel Story
March 25, 2014 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

(Biofuel PR)  Communications firm to bridge gap between national campaigns and local community
Veteran biofuel experts Joshua Morby and Joanna Schroeder have launched Biofuel PR in response to the ethanol industry’s call for assistance in helping …

Woodbine Students Learn about Algae Growth at Laboratory
March 25, 2014 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Richard Degener (Press of Atlantic City)  Pond scum could be in the future for eighth-grader Dylan Cruz.
Cruz was one of 17 Woodbine Elementary School students who toured the Garden State bioEnterprises laboratory this week on …

Joint Statement: Ethanol Industry Files to Take LCFS Fight to United States Supreme Court
March 21, 2014 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy)  Following the January decision by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to deny rehearing en banc in the litigation regarding California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), the Renewable …

Chesapeake Renews Permission for Biodiesel Fuel Plant
March 20, 2014 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Sheler (Virginia Pilot/HamptonRoads.com)  The (Chesapeake) City Council renewed its permission Tuesday for an alternative energy company to make biodiesel fuel in Deep Creek.
Plans call for Tidewater Biodiesel LLC to build a plant in …

Unless Manhattan Project for Algae
March 20, 2014 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(National Algae Association/PRWeb)  On August 2, 1939, just before the beginning of World War II, Albert Einstein wrote to then President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Einstein and several other scientists told Roosevelt of efforts in Nazi …

VIII New York Sugar & Ethanol Conference May 14, 2014 New York, NY
March 19, 2014 – 2:10 pm | No Comment
VIII New York Sugar & Ethanol Conference    May 14, 2014    New York, NY

The International Sugar Organization and DATAGRO have chosen the Starlight Roof, at the Waldorf Astoria, as the perfect location to organize their VIII New York Sugar & Ethanol Conference. Its elegance and symbolic meaning to the …

AIM Interview: Scripps’ Dr. Mark Hildebrand
March 19, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)   A new report issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) ranked 28 Algae Technology Area projects. Dr. Mark Hildebrand and his team at Scripps Institution of …

“Local High School’s Award-Winning Algae-to-Biofuel Research” March 25, 2014 Breinigsville, PA
March 19, 2014 – 10:29 am | No Comment
“Local High School’s  Award-Winning Algae-to-Biofuel Research”    March 25, 2014   Breinigsville, PA

Student presentation of Algae Bioreactor Biofuels Research and facility,  Daniel High School “Green Team,” Birdsboro, PA
On Feb 20, 2014 the Green Team at Daniel Boone High School in Birdsboro, PA, learned they won first prize for …

USDA FSA-RMA Joint Stakeholder Listening Session on Farm Bill Implementation March 27, 2014 Washington, DC
March 19, 2014 – 10:05 am | No Comment
USDA FSA-RMA Joint Stakeholder Listening Session on Farm Bill Implementation      March 27, 2014     Washington, DC

You are invited to join representatives from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Risk Management Agency (RMA) for a Stakeholders Listening Session on our preparations to implement the provisions from the Agricultural Act of …