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3rd Annual Clean, Low-Carbon Fuels Summit February 3, 2015 Sacramento, CA
January 28, 2015 – 5:48 pm | No Comment
3rd Annual Clean, Low-Carbon Fuels Summit    February 3, 2015   Sacramento, CA

Join us in Sacramento as policymakers and industry leaders discuss these issues at the 3rd Annual Clean, Low-Carbon Fuels Summit. The Summit is an exclusive event where industry leaders representing a wide array of clean …

California Biodiesel Conference February 4, 2015 Sacramento, CA
January 28, 2015 – 5:43 pm | No Comment
California Biodiesel Conference   February 4, 2015  Sacramento, CA

Join us at our 4th annual California Biodiesel Conference for a showcase of biodiesel’s profile as a sustainable, cleaner burning alternative fuel bringing health and economic benefits to California, including those communities most in need.
The …

Biodiesel Industry Honors Champions, Career Long-Achievements
January 28, 2015 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(The National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  … NBB recognizes the 2015 “Eye on Biodiesel” award winners this week. The honorees are:
Innovation
Tom Butcher, Brookhaven National Laboratory. Brookhaven National Laboratory is one of the premier U.S. DOE national laboratories and …

Biobutanol Firms Chart Diverging Paths
January 28, 2015 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

By Melody M. Bomgardner (Chemical and Engineering News)  For years, industrial biotech companies have sought to make renewable chemicals by repurposing the corn fermentation capabilities of underutilized fuel ethanol plants. As recent news from two …

Margins, Fuel, Land Prices among Concerns at Ag Summit
January 28, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Offner (WCFCourier.com) … “With crop prices going down, we think leases are going to have to start being adjustable and they’re going to have to lower land prices and lower rent prices, and that’s …

Straight from the Ethanol Producer to Your Gas Tank
January 28, 2015 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Some ethanol producers are selling E85 directly to drivers like you and me. It seems they take the phrase, cutting out the middleman, very seriously!

The company (Carbon Green Bioenergy …

Welcome to the Twilight Zone
January 27, 2015 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Imagine if you will a country with two natural resource industries. Both produce high demand products. One is the lowest priced producer on the planet and is able …

New Campaign to Urge 2016 Caucus Candidates to Support Renewable Fuels
January 23, 2015 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

by Reid Chandler (WHOTV.com)  Governor Terry Branstad announced Thursday a new campaign promoting the Renewable Fuel Standard, aimed at potential presidential nominees visiting Iowa during the caucus season.

The multimillion-dollar campaign, dubbed America’s Renewable Future, will …

Energy Independence Summit 2015 February 22-24 Washington, DC
January 21, 2015 – 6:58 pm | No Comment
Energy Independence Summit 2015     February 22-24    Washington, DC

Join us in Washington, DC for the nation’s premier alternative fuel vehicle policy summit, where the nation’s Clean Cities Coalitions and transportation energy leaders will convene to share best practices and educate federal policy makers …

Time For a Reality Check On Computer Models
January 20, 2015 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Predictive computer models have their place, writes Bob Dinneen of the RFA, but where concrete real-world data and observations exist, they should take precedence. Sound policymaking and …

Major Gasoline Retailer Sheetz Expands E15 in the Mid-Atlantic
January 20, 2015 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, Sheetz — a major retail gas station chain in the Mid-Atlantic — announced that 60 of its locations in North Carolina will offer E15 by the spring of 2016. This announcement …

More Ethanol Producers Should Sell Directly to Gas Retailers
January 20, 2015 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Ethanol producers that aren’t selling E85 direct to area gas retailers should seriously think about it, according to producers with direct-sales programs in place.
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Although there are other ethanol plants that …

Council Members Push to Bring Greener Fuel to the Staten Island Ferry
January 20, 2015 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Vincent Barone (SI Live)  Conversation has begun between city officials and council members on legislation that would increase the amount of biofuel used in city-owned vessels, including the Staten Island Ferry.
Legislation introduced by Queens Councilman …

Anellotech, IFP Energies Nouvelles and Axens to Develop Aromatics Technology from Non-Food Biomass
January 20, 2015 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Pyromania! Anellotech lands key European partners to commercialize its pyrolysis-based pathway to high-value renewable BTX chemicals.
In New York, Anellotech, IFP Energies nouvelles and its subsidiary Axens have announced a strategic …

Brown Panel: To Cut CO2 Emissions, Make It Profitable
January 19, 2015 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Alex Kuffner (Providence Journal) To get power plants and other large polluters to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases that are driving climate change, make it financially attractive to them.  That was the key takeaway …

US Ethanol Race Car Sponsored by Hydro Dynamics Featured on PBS Show
January 19, 2015 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(PR Web)  Driver Jonathan Olmscheid of the Hydro Dynamics sponsored US Ethanol car discussed benefits of ethanol as a race fuel during an interview on the PBS show “Farm Connections” recorded near the end of …

BP’s Exit from Cellulosic Ethanol: the Assets, the Auction, the Process, the Timing, the Skinny
January 19, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The complete details on BP’s exit and the considerable physical and intellectual assets available for acquisition, in part or in whole.  As BP continues to reel from its oil leak …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 19th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E) July 14-16, 2015 N. Bethesda, MD DEADLINE: March 13, 2015
January 17, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

The 19th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E), will be held July 14-16, 2015 in the Washington DC area. As the longest running green chemistry conference in the United States, GC&E invites scientists, decision-makers, …

National Biodiesel Conference and Expo January 19-22, 2015 Fort Worth, TX
January 17, 2015 – 4:37 pm | No Comment
National Biodiesel Conference and Expo  January 19-22, 2015   Fort Worth, TX

The end of 2014 delivered two powerful shocks to the transportation fuels sector. First, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) refused to decrease production to offset reduced demand, leading to the lowest oil …

CALL FOR PAPERS: Dupont Summit 2015 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy December 4 Washington DC DEADLINE September 15, 2015
January 17, 2015 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

The purpose of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation …

Dupont Summit 2015 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy December 4 Washington DC
January 17, 2015 – 3:10 pm | No Comment
Dupont Summit 2015 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy    December 4     Washington DC

The purpose of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation …

Waste to Biogas & Clean Fuels Finance & Investment Summit March 3-4, 2015 Santa Clara, CA
January 17, 2015 – 2:34 pm | No Comment
Waste to Biogas & Clean Fuels Finance & Investment Summit   March 3-4, 2015   Santa Clara, CA

Infocast’s Waste to Biogas & Clean Fuels F&I Summit will bring together key government decision makers, municipalities, utilities, off-takers, commercial generators and fleet owners with feedstock providers, waste service companies, conversion technology companies, project /infrastructure …

Forest Products and Timberland Investment Conference March 31-April 1, 2015 New York, NY
January 17, 2015 – 2:23 pm | No Comment
Forest Products and Timberland Investment Conference   March 31-April 1, 2015    New York, NY

Once again, RISI and DANA have combined forces to bring together the most compelling conference for the financial community and those engaged in tracking companies and assets or who own and managing timberlands.
The Investment conference will …

Imposing Carbon Price Would Spur Bioenergy, Slash Emissions — MIT Study
January 16, 2015 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Peterka  (E&E Publishing / Greenwire) Bioenergy production would boom and spur steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions if a global price is slapped on carbon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers say in a …

RFS Roundup: Senators Feinstein, Toomey Float Amendment to Cut Corn Ethanol from RFS
January 16, 2015 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Insitute)  On January 16, Sens. Feinstein (D-CA) and Toomey (R-PA) floated an amendment to the Keystone XL pipeline bill, the ‘Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015,’ that would remove corn …

Argonne Model Analyzes Water Footprint of Biofuels
January 16, 2015 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Greg Cunningham (Argonne National Laboratory)  A new version of an online tool created by the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory will help biofuels developers gain a detailed understanding of water consumption of …

Mississippi Files Fraud Lawsuit against Khosla over KiOR
January 16, 2015 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Amy  (The Dispatch/Associated Press)  The state of Mississippi has sued billionaire Vinod Khosla and others, saying they knew long ago that bankrupt biofuel firm KiOR had poor prospects for success, but misled the …

Algae Biomass Organization Applauds Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) for Supporting Carbon Utilization Technology
January 15, 2015 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Senators urge Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency to support carbon utilization throughout their programs.
The Algae Biomass Organization, the trade association for the algae industry, applauded U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse …

World-Herald Editorial: Cellulosic Ethanol Enters the Stage
January 15, 2015 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Omaha.com)  After years of anticipation, cellulosic ethanol production has taken a major step forward, with Iowa leading the way.
Plants in Iowa in 2014 became the first to produce cellulosic ethanol on a commercial scale. Production …

First Biofuels Test Lab in Southeast Open at A-B Tech
January 15, 2015 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Mike Cronin (Citizen-Times)   The Southeast’s first biofuels testing lab will open Wednesday at the Enka campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.
Researchers at the lab “will provide convenient, cost-effective testing of biodiesel to assure quality …

Harvard Defies Divestment Campaigners and Invests Tens of Millions of Dollars in Fossil Fuels
January 14, 2015 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian)  Campaigners protest over ‘blood money’ investments that come ahead of a lawsuit brought by students over Harvard’s refusal to divest from companies that cause climate change
Harvard has newly invested tens …

Enzyme Could Create Biofuels 14 Times Faster than Current Methods
January 14, 2015 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Bill Scanlon (National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Renewable Energy World)   Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed an enzyme that could change the economics of biofuel conversion by converting biomass to …

Crop Outlook Reveals Lower Corn Prices, Shrinking Demand from Biofuels
January 14, 2015 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(American Farm Bureau Federation)  The crop demand outlook for the 2014/15 marketing year is a mixed bag, according to Patrick Westhoff, director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute.
Westhoff gave attendees of the American …

Senator Vows to Bring the ‘Iowa Way’ to D.C.
January 14, 2015 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Peterka  (E&E Daily)  Joni Ernst’s new office is about 1,100 miles from her hometown in rural southwest Iowa, but she’s determined to keep her “Iowa way” in the halls of Congress. …
When it …

Gevo Partners with Brenntag for Bio-Isobutanol Sale
January 14, 2015 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Doris de Guzman (Green Chemicals Blog)  Gevo announced it has launched sales of renewable isobutanol to Brenntag Canada Inc. (Brenntag Canada), a member of the Brenntag group companies for distribution into the solvents, oil & …

Labor Shortage Delays DuPont Plant Completion
January 14, 2015 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Gavin Aronsen  (Ames Tribune)  A worker shortage has delayed the completion date of DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol plant outside Nevada, according to the executive director of the Nevada Economic Development Council and an industry market …

Houston Fueling Station Prepares for B100, B50 Dispensing
January 14, 2015 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Construction is nearly complete at Root Fuel’s revamped Wallisville Road retail fueling location where Houston area truckers and diesel drivers will soon be able to fill up on B100 and …

EPA Approves Algenol Fuels for Renewable Fuel Standard
January 14, 2015 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(Algenol)  Algenol announced today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved fuels made from Algenol’s process as an advanced biofuel, meeting the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction requirements under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Fuels produced from Algenol …

Innovative Research, Applications and Approaches Keep Freudenberg-NOK Ahead of the Competition
January 14, 2015 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies/PR NewsWire)  The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit offers visitors an eye-pleasing preview of new cars and trucks. But in addition to amazing design, many of this year’s hottest vehicles …

Rep. Jared Huffman Introduces New Bill to Replace Gas Tax, Ensure Solvency of Highway Trust Fund, Fight Climate Change
January 14, 2015 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA 2nd)) New bill would ensure solvency of Highway Trust Fund, fully-fund public transportation — Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) today introduced the Gas Tax Replacement Act of 2015, new legislation to stabilize …

Large-Scale Biodiesel Plant Set To Open In Cleveland
January 13, 2015 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(WTOC 11/Associated Press)  … Commercial production at Center Alternative Energy Co. is expected to begin within two weeks, deriving biodiesel from soybean oil, said John Samsel, the company’s president.
Biodiesel burns cleaner than traditional diesel and …

Colorado’s Red Rock Biofuels Investing $200M in Jet-Fuel Project
January 13, 2015 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Wendy Culverwell (Portland Business Journal/Denver Business Journal)  Red Rock Biofuels LLC, based in Fort Collins, is investing $200 million in a biofuel refinery in the rural southern Oregon community of Lakeview.

The Red Rock project …

Pacific Ethanol to Cut Electricity Costs with Cogeneration at Stockton Plant
January 13, 2015 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Mark Anderson (Sacramento Business Journal)  Pacific Ethanol Inc. is installing a $12 million cogeneration system at its Stockton plant that will save the company between $3 million and $4 million annually in electricity costs.
The 3.5 …

Low Oil Prices Hurt Local Ethanol Plants
January 13, 2015 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Devin Bartolotta (KTTC) Many of us may be celebrating at the pump, but low gas prices are a sign of potential trouble for local ethanol plants, which are struggling to break even with such low …

Minnesota Boasts Some Pretty Awesome E85 Prices
January 13, 2015 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A few weeks ago, a reader question sparked an interesting search for answers. That one comment has led to several stories and blogs at our website.
In mid-December, a reader …

Eight under $70: Which Biofuels Ventures Can Beat out Cheap Oil?
January 13, 2015 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Oil prices continue to show incredible volatility. $106 in June, $50 today. Which biofuels ventures have the pro-formas to make money in a tough market? The Digest investigates.

Avello Bioenergy
Cost: $57.50 per …

Energy Department Project Captures and Stores One Million Metric Tons of Carbon
January 12, 2015 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Project achieves major milestone by successfully injecting carbon into saline formation
As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Department of Energy announced today that its Illinois Basin-Decatur Project successfully captured …

7th Annual “Biofuels Beltway March” March 24-25, 2015 Washington, DC
January 12, 2015 – 6:13 pm | No Comment
7th Annual “Biofuels Beltway March”    March 24-25, 2015   Washington, DC

American Coalition for Ethanol.  Please join us at this important event!  There is no registration fee to attend and ACE staff will schedule all meetings on your behalf and provide materials and talking points: participants …

Green Star to Build Algae Facility in Las Vegas
January 12, 2015 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Green Star Products, Inc. (GSPI) has signed a contract to build a demonstration facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, to produce commercial quality algae. The Hybrid Algae Production System (HAPS) facility will be …

Stanford Professors Urge Withdrawal from Fossil Fuel Investments
January 12, 2015 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian)  Faculty members call on university to recognise urgency of climate change and divest from all oil, coal and gas companies
Three hundred professors at Stanford, including Nobel laureates and this year’s …

Soil Sensor Technology Uses Biocomposites
January 9, 2015 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

(North Dakota State University/Biomass Magazine)  A technology developed at North Dakota State University creates precise in-the-ground measurement and monitoring of soil and crop conditions, which could provide opportunities for greater yields. The technology also has …

Gevo Issues Plant Update, Transfers Common Stock Listing
January 9, 2015 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Jan. 8, Gevo Inc. issued an update of operations at its Luverne, Minnesota, plant, reporting that the facility produced more than 50,000 gallons of biobased isobutanol in December. The …

State Panel OKs Rules for Alternative Motor Vehicle Fuels
January 8, 2015 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Steve Law (Portland Tribune)  The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission voted Wednesday to approve operating rules for the state’s Clean Fuels Program, which mandates an overall 10 percent reduction in carbon emissions from gasoline and …

Rising Capacities, Shift to Distributed Models and Policies Are Top Advanced Biofuels Trends, Says E2 Report
January 8, 2015 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The E2 report is something of a hybrid — for one, it includes actual biodiesel production, but in the case of other fuels, it reports production capacity rather than production, …

New Research Links Scores of Earthquakes to Fracking Wells Near a Fault in Ohio
January 8, 2015 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Michael Wines (The New York Times)  Not long after two mild earthquakes jolted the normally steady terrain outside Youngstown, Ohio, last March, geologists quickly decided that hydraulic fracturing operations at new oil-and-gas wells in the …

Sensenbrenner Introduces Legislation Requesting Redundant E15 Study
January 8, 2015 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truit  (Hoosier Ag Today)  On Tuesday, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) once again introduced legislation – H.R. 21 – that would hinder the growth and expansion of E15. The legislation would revoke current approval …

Mechanics Corner: FAME, NERD, GTL and Pond Scum: Powering Equipment in the Future
January 8, 2015 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Allen Schaeffer (Progressive Dairyman/Diesel Technology Forum)  … Moving to ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel was the biggest change in diesel fuel in the last 50 years, and now it’s already been nine years since that happened. …

Spotlight on Iowa
January 7, 2015 – 6:18 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 …

Speeding Cyanobacteria Growth “Brightens” Biofuel’s Future
January 7, 2015 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Mary Beckman (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/R&D Magazine)  Rapidly growing bacteria that live in the ocean and can manufacture their own food hold promise as host organisms for producing chemicals, biofuels and medicine. Researchers at …

Bridj Launched a New Mobile App & Evening Bus Service
January 7, 2015 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Nick DeLuca (Bostinno)  On Monday, January 5, pop-up bus service Bridj launched a new mobile app as part of its beta testing. The sleek new platform is available for both iOS and Android users …

Governor McAuliffe Announces New Virginia Bioscience Initiative
January 7, 2015 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

(Augusta Free Press)  Governor Terry McAuliffe on Thursday announced a Virginia Bioscience Initiative, kicking off the effort with a public and private sector roundtable discussion on the commercialization of university bioscience research at the State …

Blue Ridge Biofuels Expands Biodiesel Production
January 7, 2015 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Blue Ridge Biofuels is expanding biodiesel production by renting space and installing processing equipment at the Catawba County EcoComplex, a LEED Silver certified facility in western North Carolina powered by …

E2 Report: North America’s Advanced Biofuel Industry Produced 800 Million Gallons in 2014
January 7, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

( Environmental Entrepreneurs) Smart clean fuel policies in OR, WA, CA and at federal level could drive additional
job growth, improve air quality, generate more homegrown energy
North America’s advanced biofuel industry reached a production capacity of more than …

CyRide Boosts Biodiesel Use under New Agreement
January 7, 2015 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register)   Ames’ CyRide should be a little more environmentally friendly, under an agreement with biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group.  The Ames-based renewable fuels company said it began providing a biodiesel …

Calif. Governor Wants to Slash Fuel Use, Grow Renewables
January 6, 2015 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) proposed Monday to cut in half the gasoline and diesel fuel used by vehicles and get half the state’s electricity from renewable sources.  Brown set …

Is Cellulosic Ethanol the Next Big Thing in Renewable Fuels?
January 6, 2015 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Sena Christian (EarthIsland.org)   For a long time it seemed like turning the inedible parts of plants into a commercially viable biofuel, known as cellulosic ethanol, was nothing more than a pipedream. The enzymes needed …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2015
January 5, 2015 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who mandates what in biofuels? 64 countries have targets or mandates — but how much where, and when, and what?  In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of …

Biotech Firm Working to Develop Tobacco as Biofuel Crop
January 5, 2015 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Ryntjes (CCTV America)  A U.S biotechnology company is pioneering tobacco as a renewable biofuel crop. Unlike most bio-tech firms, Tyton BioEnergy Systems is not working in a science park close to a university. …

Fry-Oil Biofuel Businesses Suffer as Gas Prices Fall
January 5, 2015 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Natalie O’Neill  (New York Post)  Plunging oil prices mean lean times for the owners of greasy spoons no longer able to cash in on their excess fats, The Post has learned.   When a barrel of …

Grant Funds Research into Nanomaterials Effect on Feedstock Yield
January 5, 2015 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(University of Arkansas at Little Rock/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Arkansas Science and Technology Authority has approved grant funding for a UALR biology professor who says nanomaterials could increase the germination rate and biomass yield of …

Bioenergy Education in Progress: Working Towards the Future
January 5, 2015 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by Austine Decker (NEWBio)  In November 2013 , Paul Heasley, an instructor with State College Area High School’s (SCASD) Career and Technical Center in State College, PA, received funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for …

UMass Amherst Lignin Research Sheds Light on How Plants Adapt to Environmental Stress
January 5, 2015 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, new research may advance our understanding of “how the relative proportions of biopolymers,” like lignin, “are controlled in plant tissue”. The study, led by Sam Hazen at the …

Continual Improvements to Continuous Flow Production
December 31, 2014 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Ming Chai and Gus Kellogg (Greenleaf Biofuels/Biodiesel Magazine)   As most biodiesel start-ups will find, the relatively simple academic theory of converting triglycerides into alkyl esters is not so simple in the real world. Add …

Ever-Evolving Biodiesel Technology Developments
December 31, 2014 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) … Even so-called conventional chemical processing is riddled with original approaches and unique twists. A cookie-cutter industry biodiesel is not. While too many technologies exist in this field to report on, …

Prof. Publishes Paper on Microbial Biofuel Production
December 31, 2014 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(Hofstra University)  Javier A. Izquierdo, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology, has co-authored a research paper for the publication Biotechnology for Biofuels. The work reported in this paper is of high relevance to the field of microbial …

Croda Investing in 100% Sustainable Non-ionic Surfactants by Consuming Bio-ethanol
December 31, 2014 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

(Croda)  Croda International Plc, manufacturers of speciality chemical ingredients that enhance everyday consumer and industrial products, today announced its plans to make a significant investment at its Atlas Point manufacturing site in Delaware, North America …

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 …

Cantwell Says She’ll Play Defense as Ranking Dem on Senate Energy Panel
December 30, 2014 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Kyung M. Song  (Seattle Times)  U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell is set to take over her party’s top seat on the Senate Energy Committee. But Cantwell’s pro-environment agenda likely will find little traction under Republican …

New Conversion Process Turns Biomass ‘Waste’ into Lucrative Chemical Products
December 30, 2014 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(Purdue News)  A new catalytic process is able to convert what was once considered biomass waste into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel for racecars and …

Harvard Researchers Report Bacteria Breakthrough in Mass-Chemical Production
December 30, 2014 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Bartlett (Boston Business Journal)  A Harvard geneticist may have unlocked the code to large-scale chemical and biofuel production, saying that researchers used the theory of evolution to trick bacteria into mass-making useful chemicals.
Reported …

Backers Say Factory Will Buy $26 Million from Farm Sector
December 30, 2014 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Sean Ellis (Capital Press)  The head of a proposed ethanol and food-processing facility near Greenleaf, Idaho, says the plant would purchase $26 million worth of farm commodities from Idaho farmers each year. He also …

Great Lakes Ag Technology Business Incubator Celebrates Opening
December 30, 2014 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

(County of Ottawa, Michigan/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  At a grand opening in early December, Ottawa County, Michigan, announced the official kick‐off of the Great Lakes Ag‐Tech Business Incubator.
The incubator, a non‐profit corporation, will specialize in helping …

Minnesota Ethanol Plant to Produce N-Butanol, Acetone in 2016
December 30, 2014 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The sale of Central MN Ethanol Co-op, a 21 MMgy corn-ethanol plant in Little Falls, Minnesota, closed on Dec. 23. Green Biologics Inc. plans to continue ethanol production until …

Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Aided by Controversial Federal Program
December 30, 2014 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Henry C. Jackson (Capital Press/Associated Press)  The refinery in Hugoton, Kan., built by Seville, Spain-based Abengoa, is the largest cellulosic biorefinery in the world.
At the RV Park he owns in a remote corner of …

You Can Turn E.Coli Bacteria into Microscopic Fuel Factories
December 30, 2014 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Mark Hay (Good Magazine)  At some point in your life, Escherichia coli has probably brought you to your knees topray to the porcelain god. Common bacteria that often live harmlessly in the guts of …

Petroleum Marketers Ask for State Help to Replace Underground Fuel Tanks
December 30, 2014 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa)  Owners of the state’s gas stations and convenience stores are asking Iowa lawmakers to set up a state grant program to replace aging underground storage tanks for gas and …

Crop Technology Day January 20, 2015 Vonore, TN
December 30, 2014 – 11:24 am | No Comment
Crop Technology Day          January 20, 2015     Vonore, TN

The IBSS Partnership in cooperation with Genera Energy, Inc., will host a Crop Technology Day event. The event will be held on January 20, 2015 at the Color Wheel Farm (2632 Niles Ferry Rd., Vonore, …

Delaware-Size Gas Plume over West Illustrates the Cost of Leaking Methane
December 30, 2014 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Joby Warrick   (The Washington Post)   The methane that leaks from 40,000 gas wells near this desert trading post may be colorless and odorless, but it’s not invisible. It can be seen from …

Yellow Hose Program Brings Price Stability to E85 in Michigan
December 29, 2014 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A Michigan ethanol plant has had success with its Yellow Hose program, blending E85 and supplying area retailers, as well as sales at an on-site fuel pump.
Carbon Green Bioenergy …

PacificAg Can Save Ethanol Plants Time & Money
December 29, 2014 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by Talia Bang (Ag NewsWire)  PacificAg, the country’s largest and most experienced biomass harvest company in the country, can help ethanol plants developing or expanding operations into the production of cellulosic ethanol, save time and …

U.S. Navy Flies Supersonic With Gevo ATJ
December 29, 2014 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(Gevo)  Multiple Test Flights Conducted on F/A-18 “Hornet” Using a 50/50 ATJ Blend
The U.S. Navy, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), and Gevo, Inc. (Nasdaq:GEVO), the world’s only commercial producer of renewable isobutanol, announced today the …

Small but Tough: Iridium Nanoparticles Resist Deactivation in Biofuel Production
December 23, 2014 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Scientists characterized catalysts to determine ability to convert methane to more valuable fuels
Results: Steam reforming turns methane from biomass into a mixture that can be further converted into transportation fuels. By …

West Sacramento Says No to Ethanol Trains
December 23, 2014 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Tony Bizjak  (Sacramento Bee)  The city of West Sacramento and a Texas-based gasoline company are battling over whether it’s riskier to ship large amounts of ethanol through city streets on trains or on tanker …

10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014 (Americas)
December 23, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  POET-DSM, Abengoa, Enerkem, GranBio, Raizen plant openings lead the list; REG’s M&A campaign, EPA’s RFS debacle, are other key trends.
They said that cellulosic fuels were “five years away, and always …

Powerdyne to Deliver Jobs and Investment to Terre Haute
December 22, 2014 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

(Powerdyne/PR NewsWire)  Powerdyne Renewable Fuels (“Powerdyne”) www.powerdyne.com, a frontrunner in the national renewable fuel industry, announces it will be investing hundreds of millions of dollars to construct a Sewage-to-Diesel Fuel Facility in Terre Haute, IN …

$3M Grant Supports Bioenergy Development
December 22, 2014 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

(State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry)   Work focuses on making renewable feedstocks more affordable
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded up to $3 million to the SUNY College of Environmental …

New Conversion Process Turns Biomass ‘Waste’ into Lucrative Chemical Products
December 22, 2014 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth K. Gardner (Purdue University) A new catalytic process is able to convert what was once considered biomass waste into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel …

Request for 2015 Research Proposals— DUE Feb. 28, 2015
December 22, 2014 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(New York Corn & Soybean Growers Association)   The New York Corn & Soybean Growers Association is requesting proposals for 2015 soybean research and education. Proposals must be received no later than 4 pm on February …

E15 Ethanol Blend Arrives in Sioux City
December 22, 2014 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Dave Dreeszen (Sioux City Journal)  Motorists in Sioux City now have another choice of ethanol-blended gasoline.  The Murphy USA station next to the Walmart Supercenter at 3400 Singing Hills Blvd. recently became the first …

Five Myths about Gas Taxes
December 22, 2014 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Paul Bledsoe (The Washington Post) A dramatic 40 percent drop in oil prices since June has prompted new discussion aboutraising the long-static federal gasoline tax and has many states considering gas tax hikes as well. …