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Good Neighbors (Anaerobic Digesters)
November 21, 2014 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher  (Biomass Magazine)  Lately, cellulosic ethanol plant startups have basked in the bioenergy limelight. While less celebrated, anaerobic digesters are adding value to operations and seem to be trending in blueprints.
When ethanol plants …

Biofuel Survivor Joule Lands New CEO, Plans Larger CO2-to-Fuel Plants
November 21, 2014 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Martin LaMonica  (Xconomy)  The list of advanced biofuel companies that failed to live up to their ambitions is long and discouraging. Joule Unlimited, though, appears to be making progress despite the headwinds of skeptical investors …

Analyst: KiOR Columbus Plant May End up Sold as Scrap
November 21, 2014 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Jack Weatherly (Mississippi Business Journal)   Finding a buyer for the idled KiOR biofuels plant at Columbus would be a tough sell, according to Pavel Molchanov, an equity analyst who had covered Pasadena, Texas-based …

Plant to Create Jobs
November 21, 2014 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Doug Carder (The Ottawa Herald)  In Anderson County where agriculture is king — accounting for 72 percent of the county’s economy — a group is preparing to make a $12 million to $16 million …

What the EPA’s Latest Announcement Means?
November 21, 2014 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) The EPA’s long-awaited announcement on the RFS targets for 2014 were finally announced today. And the announcement? No decision on the 2014 RFS targets would be made in 2014.
But what does this …

Good Jobs, Green Jobs 2015 April 13 Washington, D.C
November 21, 2014 – 3:40 pm | No Comment
Good Jobs, Green Jobs 2015  April 13  Washington, D.C

Good Jobs, Green Jobs is the nation’s leading forum for strategizing and implementing environmental solutions that create and maintain quality, family-sustaining jobs and ensure the health and safety of our workplaces and communities.
This year’s Conference …

WEBINAR: Using B100 in Our Class-8 Trucking Operations (60 trucks) in Tennessee March 19, 2015 10:00 AM ET
November 21, 2014 – 3:09 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Using B100 in Our Class-8 Trucking Operations (60 trucks) in Tennessee   March 19, 2015   10:00 AM ET

Part of the Biofuels Outreach Project (BOP) – The 2014-2015 Biodiesel & Ethanol Webinars

Each webinar will run roughly 30-45 minutes with time to get any questions you have answered.
We will be using the Cisco WebEx …

WEBINAR: Government Biodiesel Success Stories from East TN December 2, 2014 10:00AM ET
November 21, 2014 – 2:57 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Government Biodiesel Success Stories from East TN   December 2, 2014   10:00AM ET

Part of the Biofuels Outreach Project (BOP) – The 2014-2015 Biodiesel & Ethanol Webinars

Each webinar will run roughly 30-45 minutes with time to get any questions you have answered.
We will be using the Cisco WebEx …

U.S. Ethanol Industry Frets over Washington Green Fuels Study
November 21, 2014 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Don Jenkins (Capitol Press)  A consultant says ethanol made from Brazilian sugarcane could help Washington reduce carbon emissions.
Midwest ethanol producers are lobbying Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to not adopt a low carbon fuels standard.
An …

Biofuels Initiative Shifts Gears
November 21, 2014 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Don Jenkins  (Capital Press)  Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest is three years into a five-year, $40 million project to produce a green alternative to petroleum fuel.
… Three years into a five-year, $40 million program, a …

Guest Opinion: Ethanol Policy and the Economy
November 21, 2014 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Paul Kenney (North Platte Bulletin)  Recent reports from the University of Nebraska clearly document the impressive economic benefits that occur when the corn, cattle and ethanol industries are efficiently integrated. Economists describe the economic …

4 Minutes with…Rich Altman, Executive Director Emeritus, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, CAAFI
November 21, 2014 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … To complement the efforts of our Sponsors and CAAFI Executive Director Steve Csonka my focus is on implementing State initiatives on the East Coast in partnership with USDA / DOE …

Beet Ethanol Demonstration Project to Begin Next Month
November 21, 2014 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Ben Keller (The Business Journal)  A new source of transportation fuel may soon flow from the Central Valley if a pilot-scale biorefinery wrapping up later this year in Fresno County proves successful in converting …

Shell: Expects to Be Producing Advanced Biofuels at Scale, in US, by End of Decade
November 21, 2014 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Shell VP Matthew Tipper, at ABLCNext:  “We will likely begin manufacture in the southeast United States. We plan to be operational by late this decade.  “We believe our best bet …

Close, But No Cigar: Greenspeed Truck Apparent Record-Breaker Doesn’t Count
November 20, 2014 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

from a note from Mike Shipman (Blue Planet Photography, LLC) The Greenspeed truck broke their previous El Mirage record of 155mph with a run of 156.182 mph on Sunday, the second day of racing. But …

Cornstalks Aren’t Just for Scarecrows Anymore
November 20, 2014 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Reanna Trudell and Daniel Adams (US Department of Energy) …  Our scientists have identified corn stover, which includes the corn plant’s stalks, husks, cobs, and leaves, as a plentiful and reliable feedstock for producing bioenergy. The …

Lab Discovery: Water Leads to Chemical that “Gunks Up” Biofuels Production
November 20, 2014 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Study shows water trips up key chemical reactions that turn plants into fuels, provides scientific principles that can speed up biofuel development
… Trying to understand the chemistry that …

‘Welcome to the Future’
November 20, 2014 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Construction on Abengoa’s self-powered cellulosic ethanol facility is complete. But that doesn’t mean efforts to innovate are over.
Javier Garoz Neira, CEO of Abengoa Bioenergy, told attendees at the company’s …

Advocates: Minnesota Needs More Alternative Fuel
November 20, 2014 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Logan Wroge  (Twin Cities Daily Planet)   … “A token amount of renewable energy isn’t going to cut it. We need a total transition,” said Simone Childs-Walker, a member of the student group Fossil …

Closing In on Butanol for Biofuel
November 20, 2014 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service)  Butanol is the go-to industrial solvent for products such as lacquers and enamels, but it might also play a substantial role in the production of …

From Table To Truck: How Food Waste Could Run Your Car
November 20, 2014 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Cassandra Profita (Northwest Public Radio)  … 21-year-old Matt Coffman is a formula drift race car driver. This year, he switched to a new fuel that’s made from fermented food waste. …
“People are just all …

Tulsa Man Leverages Biodiesel to Change Food Truck Industry Image
November 19, 2014 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Tulsa, Okla.-based food truck entrepreneur Wil Braggs, known as The Cheese Guy, is working to change people’s perceptions of the food truck industry by going green.
“There is a reputation among …

Springboard Intro’s Methanol Recovery, Soap-Casting Equipment
November 19, 2014 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Chico, Calif.-based biodiesel equipment manufacturer Springboard Biodiesel recently introduced its GL95/MC12/BD380 trio to recover more than 99 percent of excess methanol mixed in with the glycerin that’s produced when making biodiesel. …

Safety Your Way
November 19, 2014 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Producers and technology providers, including Pacific Biodiesel, Kelley Green Biofuel, Piedmont Biofuels, WB Services and Crown Iron Works, discuss procedural and design elements to mitigate risk in biodiesel manufacturing.
A philosophical problem …

Buster Biofuels to Employ Viesel Fuel Enzymatic Biodiesel Process
November 19, 2014 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)   A 5 MMgy plant under construction in San Diego, Buster Biofuels, will be producing biodiesel using the latest process technology of enzymatic production.
Buster Halterman, CEO of Buster Biofuels, told …

E15 Now Approved for Use in Two-Thirds of New Cars – Chicago Looks at E15 Again
November 19, 2014 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  According to an analysis of vehicle owners manuals for model year 2014 and 2015 cars, conducted by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), two-thirds of new car owners’ manuals approve the use of E15 …

Biotech Program Inspires Interest in Science at Splendora ISD
November 19, 2014 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Buckner (Cleveland Advocate)  Splendora High School is continuing to stress the importance of career and technical courses by bringing students in on a cutting edge program and innovation in science.
The multifaceted Biotechnology Program, …

USDA Looks to Get Ethanol from Kudzu
November 19, 2014 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  It might be the scourge of the south, but kudzu could become the next feedstock for biofuels.  “When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade,” says Lewis Ziska with the U.S. …

4 Minutes with…Tim Lust, CEO, National Sorghum Producers
November 19, 2014 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … NSP is focused on several items at the moment: successful advanced biofuel RFS2 pathways for grain sorghum oil to biodiesel and sweet sorghum to ethanol, a cellulosic RFS2 pathway …

Harvesting Poplar to Fuel Green Energy
November 19, 2014 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Patricia Townsend (Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest)  Fall is harvest season and kicks off AHB’s first harvest of hybrid poplar for bioenergy.  The Jefferson, Oregon and Hayden, Idaho demonstration sites were both harvested at the end …

California Approves $13.5 Million in Loans for Energy-Efficient Upgrades to Schools
November 19, 2014 – 11:38 am | No Comment

(California Energy Commission)  Grants for alternative and renewable fuel projects totaling nearly $8 million also approved
The California Energy Commission approved $13.5 million for energy efficiency measures to 14 schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, …

Fuel Standard Good for US Economy
November 18, 2014 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Tim Walz (D-Minn.) (AgWeek)  Imagine a future where America controls its own energy destiny — a future in which we stop spending $1 billion per day on foreign oil and start investing those funds …

New CARD Study on Indirect Land Use Change
November 18, 2014 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  A new analysis of real-world land use data by Iowa State University raises serious concerns about the accuracy of models used by regulatory agencies regarding “indirect land use changes” (ILUC) attributed …

4 Minutes With…Han Chen, CEO, Algenetix
November 18, 2014 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … We have been successful with PhotoSeed now in several crops where we have increased lipids in the vegetative tissue to 8% dry weight. With next generation improvements, Algenetix is …

Grant Given to Arkansas Company Making Compostable Bag
November 18, 2014 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

(THV11)  A company affiliated with the University of Arkansas that makes a compostable bag as a substitute for plastic bags has been awarded a $741,221 grant by The National Science Foundation.
The grant to cycleWood Solutions …

Smokeless Biofuel Saves Lives in Africa
November 18, 2014 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Julie Fahnestock (Just Means)  … In fact, traditional cooking methods—open fires of wood and chemically based charcoals—have been deemed “the silent killer.” According to the World Health Organization, more people in the developing world …

“What About That, Er, Cellulosic Feedstock?” Pacific Ag CEO Bill Levy on the Where, When and How
November 18, 2014 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Feedstock. Now that cellulosic ethanol has reached scale, it has replaced Motherhood and Apple Pie as staple faves for industry chat. Meanwhile, Pacific Ag has been rolling up the acres, …

10 Must-See Hot Slides from ABLC Next 2014 – the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference
November 17, 2014 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  10 hot companies, 10 hot slides explaining where they are, what they’re up to, and where they are going, and when and how and why.
Here are new slides from the Advanced …

CALL FOR PAPERS, INNOVATIONS: TechConnect World Innovation Conference June 14-17, 2015 National Harbor, MD DEADLINES: December 19 for presentations; January 30 for innovations
November 14, 2014 – 5:19 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS, INNOVATIONS:  TechConnect World Innovation Conference June 14-17, 2015 National Harbor, MD   DEADLINES:  December 19 for presentations; January 30 for innovations

The TechConnect World Innovation Conference is an annual event uniquely designed to accelerate the commercialization of innovations out of the lab and into industry. The Technical Program spotlights applications focused innovations, materials and devices emerging …

TechConnect World Innovation Conference June 14-17, 2015 National Harbor, MD
November 14, 2014 – 5:13 pm | No Comment
TechConnect World Innovation Conference   June 14-17, 2015   National Harbor, MD

The TechConnect World Innovation Conference is an annual event uniquely designed to accelerate the commercialization of innovations out of the lab and into industry. The Technical Program spotlights applications focused innovations, materials and devices emerging …

Bioenergy and Sustainable Agriculture: Perennial Biomass Crops for Multiple Benefits November 19, 2014 Decatur, IL
November 14, 2014 – 3:39 pm | No Comment
Bioenergy and Sustainable Agriculture: Perennial Biomass Crops for Multiple Benefits    November 19, 2014    Decatur, IL

Agricultural Watershed Institute, a nonprofit based in Decatur, Illinois, leads a collaborative project to promote perennial crops for bioenergy, forage, clean water and wildlife in the Upper Sangamon Watershed.
Green Lands Blue Waterssupports development of and …

Do Falling Gasoline Prices Threaten the Competitiveness of Ethanol?
November 14, 2014 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good  (FarmDocDaily)  Wholesale (CBOB) gasoline prices in the U.S. have declined by about a dollar per gallon, or one-third, since June (see Figure 1). The CBOB price last week was $2.11 …

Chicken Fat Biodiesel Powering Truck from FL to WA
November 14, 2014 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  A professor of alternative fuels is making a 3,550-mile journey cross country to show how well chicken fat biodiesel can perform. This article from the Murfreesboro (TN) Daily News Journal says …

Video Contest Looks to ‘Fuel the Future’ of Ethanol, Biodiesel
November 14, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  Iowa high school students will once again compete to see who can produce the best video to promote the future of biodiesel, ethanol and E15. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) …

Researchers Discover New Digestive Strategy in Shipworms
November 14, 2014 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Greg St. Martin (News@Northeastern)  An inter­na­tional research team led by Dan Distel, director of the Ocean Genome Legacy Center of New Eng­land Bio­labs at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, has dis­cov­ered a novel diges­tive strategy in ship­worms. …

Gevo Finds a Way
November 14, 2014 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Like Rocky Balboa, no matter how many punches they take, Gevo just won’t fall over.  In fact, the company’s prospects have brightened considerably in recent months — is the company …

Villanova Center for the Advancedment of Sustainability in Engineering Invites Advanced Biofuels USA
November 13, 2014 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  What a wonderful day, talking from dawn ‘til dusk about the past, present and future of biofuels with faculty and students excited about their work in this area.
It was …

New Versatile Process Efficiently Converts Biomass to Liquid Fuel
November 13, 2014 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Emil Venere (Purdue News)  Researchers have demonstrated a new process to convert all biomass into liquid fuel, and the method could make possible mobile processing plants.  The researchers at Purdue University filed a patent application …

4 minutes with…Sam Jackson, VP, Business Development, Genera Energy
November 13, 2014 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Regardless of the conversion technology or end product, the biomass must still be produced in an economic and environmentally sound method for the industry to be successful. I believe …

To Boldly Go Where No Biomanufacturing Has Gone Before
November 12, 2014 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News)  … But mass-efficient payloads should be possible, insist researchers at the University of California, provided space explorers make use of nontraditional biological techniques. In particular, these researchers say synthetic biology …

‘Five Years’ Are up for Cellulosic Ethanol
November 12, 2014 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

by Tom Doran (AgriNews)  There’s a running joke that when a researcher is asked when cellulosic ethanol will be viable, their answer is always “five years away.”   That timeframe has officially expired with cellulosic ethanol …

Wobbling on Climate Change
November 12, 2014 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by  Piers J. Sellers (The New York Times)  I’M a climate scientist and a former astronaut. Not surprisingly, I have a deep respect for well-tested theories and facts. In the climate debate, these things have …

Growth Energy Submits Comments to Washington State on LCFS Draft Report
November 12, 2014 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Today, Growth Energy submitted initial comments to the state of Washington on their draft report regarding the potential implementation of a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). Growth Energy’s comments outline how an implementation …

Manly Plant in Line for $530,000 in State Incentives
November 12, 2014 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Molly Montag (Globe Gazette)  Worth County officials on Monday signed off on $530,000 in state incentives for a chemical plant being built in Manly.  The incentive package from the Iowa Economic Development Authority will …

WARF Grants License, Takes Stake in Biotech Company Xylome
November 11, 2014 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Kathleen Gallagher (Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel)  The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the technology transfer arm of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has granted a license to and taken a stake in Xylome Corp., a privately-held Madison …

Trestle Energy Wins Approval For Innovative, Low-Emissions Biofuel Pathway From British Columbia
November 11, 2014 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Pollution Online/PR Newswire) BC Designates Trestle Energy as Lowest Emissions Ethanol Producer in U.S.
Today, Trestle Energy – an American startup with facilities in Mason City, Iowa – announced that British Columbia, Canada has officially approved its groundbreaking process for producing …

Kander Halts Biodiesel Investment Scam
November 11, 2014 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

(Missouri Secretary of State)  Secretary of State Jason Kander today issued a cease and desist order against Boyd A. Ware of Centralia, Mo., and his company, Central Missouri Energy, LLC. According to the order, Ware …

Louisiana Biofuels Projects Help Spur Nationwide Green Jobs Growth
November 10, 2014 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Larino (NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune)    Louisiana added 225 jobs in the biofuels industry during the third quarter, ranking alongside states such as Texas and Connecticut for clean energy job growth, according to the latest …

California Soliciting Comments on LCFS Rule Overhaul
November 10, 2014 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest) In California, the Low Carbon Fuels Standard (LCFS) is being overhauled, and the California Air Resources Board (ARB) is requesting input during the rulemaking comment period by November 17th. Two …

The Inside Story of Renewable Energy Group, as CEO Dan Oh Visits with The Digest
November 10, 2014 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In many ways, REG is the entire industrial biotech business in a nutshell. They’re fermentation (through REG Life Sciences), and thermocatalytic (through REG Geismar and their extensive biodiesel business). …

Chicago Based NZ Company LanzaTech Has Helped Develop a Process that Turns CO2 Emissions into Omega-3 Rich Fatty Acids.
November 10, 2014 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

(The New Zealand Herald)  A leading carbon recycling company has developed a way to turn CO2 emissions into essential omega-3 fatty acids – offering a sustainable alternative to feeding the world’s demand for fish oil.
Now …

A View of Biofuels History in the US from the Mountains of Tennessee: An Interview with Genera Energy’s Dr. Sam Jackson (Part 1)
November 6, 2014 – 9:29 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In January 2006, President George W. Bush said “switchgrass” in his State of the Union Address as he enthusiastically envisioned a renewable transportation fuels future.1 Within weeks, the price …

Building the New Energy Economy
November 6, 2014 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Justin Heller (Biodiesel Magazine) Akash Energy’s retail division Root Fuel intends to change America’s relationship with fuel. The company’s objective is to utilize the existing, relatively low-cost cardlock infrastructure to create a new consumer fueling experience.
The …

Study Shows Ethanol Impact on Retail AG Service Sales
November 6, 2014 – 8:13 pm | No Comment

(North Dakota Farmers Union/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Ethanol production in North Dakota generates significant income for retail agricultural service and supply dealers, roughly $700 million a year, according to a study recently released by the Center …

Will Ethanol Ride the GOP Wave?
November 6, 2014 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Looker (Agriculture.com)  … Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, another ethanol group, agrees that “biofuels policy is bipartisan and always has been.”  But he also looks for more pressure on ethanol in the …

4 minutes with…Mike Hart, CEO, Sierra Energy
November 6, 2014 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Gasification is the missing link between complex feedstocks and a clean synthesis gas for use in a wide variety of biofuel applications.

Our next project is going to be developing a …

California Air Resources Board (ARB) Overhauls Low Carbon Fuel Standard
November 5, 2014 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is in the midst of an overhaul of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).  Two of the issues most important to the low carbon fuels industry are the carbon …

REG Expands Biodiesel Offerings in Northeast, Midwest
November 5, 2014 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Group Inc./Biodiesel Magazine)  Renewable Energy Group Inc. is expanding its division that sells heating oil and petroleum diesel along with biodiesel blends by offering additional biofuel blends in New York, Minnesota and Iowa, …

Mascoma Catches Its Wascaly Wabbit, as Lallemand Acquires the Mascoma Yeast Business
November 5, 2014 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Massachusetts, Mascoma Corporation announced that it has completed the sale of its yeast business to Lallemand Inc., a privately owned company that researches, develops, produces and markets yeasts, bacteria, and …

Conservative Swing! Udall, Hagan Fall as US Republicans Take Control of the US Senate
November 5, 2014 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The most prominent casualties of the night, in terms of the Advanced Bioeconomy, were Democrats Mark Udall of Colorado and Kay Hagen of North Carolina, whose crucial support in …

Biofuel Opportunity: Reviving Algae from the (Almost) Dead
November 5, 2014 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Bill Scanlon (National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Renewable Energy World)  Tucked away in darkness and almost dead, algae can emerge from a frigid and foggy environment to live again — and perhaps even become the seeds …

4 minutes with…Wes Bolsen, Cool Planet, Strategic Partnerships
November 4, 2014 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … I would put the teeth back in RFS2, that actually had renewable fuel mandates with penalties, or converting RFS2 into a national LCFS program.

Taking a step back and giving myself …

A Sustainable, Affordable Diesel Oxygenate
November 4, 2014 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A bolt-on technology for ethanol plants, costing less than $2 per installed gallon, producing a cellulosic biofuel additive that oxygenates diesel fuel at competitive prices?  It’s early stage, but what’s …

Study Finds Use of Biodiesel Lowers Tailpipe Emissions
November 4, 2014 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On October 29, the Mineta National Transit Research Consortium, a U.S. Department of Transportation Center for Excellence, released a peer-reviewed study that examines the emissions profile of a bus fleet …

Willow Biomass Energy and Alternative Applications Short Course November 18-19 Syracuse, NY
November 3, 2014 – 6:09 pm | No Comment
Willow Biomass Energy and Alternative Applications Short Course    November 18-19    Syracuse, NY

This short course will include beginner to intermediate presentations on willow crop production, harvest, utilization for heat and power, alternative applications and environmental benefits with several related tours around the SUNY ESF campus, and an …

Economic Analysis of Shrub Willow Biomass Crops
November 3, 2014 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry)  EcoWillow 2.0 is the most comprehensive and up-to-date financial analysis tool for shrub willow biomass crops. Originally released in 2008 after over 20 years …

Ethanol Advocate Wants to Keep His Issue on the Front Burner
November 3, 2014 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by David Fondler (Pioneer Press/TwinCities.com)  To Randall Doyal, ethanol seems like a no-brainer: a renewable, domestically produced automotive fuel that reduces the need for imported oil; that burns clean, reducing harmful greenhouse gases and pollution; that …

Building Blocks: LanzaTech, IOC, NatureWorks, Calysta make strides on Omega-3s, lactic acid
November 3, 2014 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  In Illinois, LanzaTech and a research team from the IOC-DBT Center for Advanced Bio-Energy Research (an entity co-funded by India’s Department of Biotechnology and Indian Oil Corporation Limited) announced the …

Studies Steadily Advance Cellulosic Ethanol Prospects
October 31, 2014 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (Phys.Org)  At the Agricultural Research Service’s Bioenergy Research Unit in Peoria, Illinois, field work and bench investigations keep ARS scientists on the scientific front lines of converting biomass into cellulosic ethanol.
For instance, …

2 SC Firms to Celebrate Nat’l Bioenergy Day via New Collaboration
October 31, 2014 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(Midlands Biofuels/Biodiesel Magazine)  ATP-SC LLC and Midlands Biofuels jointly announced an innovative collaboration to grow biocrops, produce, sell and utilize solid and liquid biofuels, and to expand the state’s bioeconomy, starting in Allendale, S.C., and …

Cellulosic Ethanol produced with Cellerate™ Process Technology Receives EPA Certification for Cellulosic Biofuels RINs
October 31, 2014 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

(Syngenta)  Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) is Quality Assurance Program-certified to generate D3 Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs); Cellerate process technology, enhanced by Enogen® corn enzyme technology, produces cellulosic ethanol from corn kernel fiber; Syngenta to …

Synergistic Catalysis between Pd and Fe in Gas Phase Hydrodeoxygenation of m-Cresol
October 31, 2014 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Yongchun Hong, He Zhang, Junming Sun, Karim M. Ayman, Alyssa J. R. Hensley, Meng Gu, Mark H. Engelhard, Jean-Sabin McEwen , and Yong Wang   (ACS Catalysis)  In this work, a series of Pd/Fe2O3 …

Enerkem: Alberta’s Municipal Waste to Fuels Juggernaut, in Pictures
October 31, 2014 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) How does a technology take municipal solid waste and turn it into liquid fuels and chemicals?  What’s the “death of landfill” all about in terms of creating value streams from …

Dead Babies Near Oil Drilling Sites Raise Questions for Researchers
October 31, 2014 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Nancy Lofholm  (The Denver Post)  … For some reason, one that is not known and may never be, Beau (Murphy) and a dozen other infants died in this oil-booming basin last year. Was this …

Researchers Win Funding for Miscanthus, Sorghum Research
October 31, 2014 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois/Biomass Magazine)  Two University of Illinois crop sciences researchers interested in improving plant feedstocks for bioenergy production were selected to receive funding by the USDA and the U.S. Department of Energy as part …

Latest School Fundraiser: Biodiesel
October 31, 2014 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  Tired of buying lop-sided candles or ugly wrapping paper just because you want to help your school make a few bucks? Well, maybe you can do like another school in North …

A Low Carbon Fuel Standard in Washington State: Revised Analysis with Updated Assumptions
October 31, 2014 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(Life Cycle Associates, LLC for the Washington State Office of Financial Management)  … Governor Inslee’s Executive Order 14-04, directed the Office of Financial Management (OFM) to commission an update to the earlier analysis to reassess the …

North Carolina State University Announces Biofuel Breakthroughs
October 31, 2014 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina State University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Scientists are using biotechnology to chip away at barriers to producing biofuels from woody plants and grasses instead of the corn and sugarcane used to make ethanol.
NC State’s Forest …

Man in Fake Ethanol Project Pleads Guilty to Fraud
October 31, 2014 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

(The Spokesman-Review)  A Spokane ethanol project promising rich financial returns to dozens of local investors turned out to be a fraud.   The man behind the scheme, 55-year-old businessman Robert J. Braun, pleaded guilty this week …

Study Casting Doubt on GHG Benefits of Corn Stover Ethanol Draws Sharp Criticism by Other Researchers; Liska Responds
October 31, 2014 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A study published earlier this year in the journal Nature Climate Change that cast doubt on whether biofuels produced from corn residue could meet federal mandates for cellulosic biofuels to reduce greenhouse …

National Ethanol Conference Scholarships Available
October 30, 2014 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

(National Ethanol Conference)  Now in its sixth year, the NEC Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Foundation and the Renewable Fuels Association, seeks to attract students of higher learning who wish to pursue a …

Ethanol Maker Green Plains Says Rail Transport Not Keeping up as More Embrace E15
October 30, 2014 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Russell Hubbard (Omaha World-Herald)  Green Plains Inc., whose shares have climbed 80 percent this year, told investors Wednesday that higher blends of ethanol are making it into the nation’s gas supply but that congested rail …

What the Candidates Say: Sen. Al Franken, Mike McFadden, Rep. Collin Peterson, etc.
October 30, 2014 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) With the mid-term elections around the corner, we asked several candidates running for office their views on biofuels. The candidates were selected on their current committee positions at the federal and state …

Fuels America Debuts Campaign for RFS Supporters Facing Reelection
October 30, 2014 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the US, Fuels America has launched a six-figure TV and radio campaign in Minnesota, Michigan, and Nebraska thanking American renewable fuels champions Sen. Al Franken, Rep. Collin Peterson, Rep. …

Engineering Organisms for Renewable Energy
October 30, 2014 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Rutgers-Camden News Now)  … Using a software program they developed, computer science majors Jim Kelley and Tony Lane create mathematical models of organisms to better predict how they can be engineered to produce desirable products.
“We’re …

Virent and the PlantPET Technology Collaborative (PTC) Sign Expression of Interest to Access Commercial Quantities of Virent’s BioFormPX® Paraxylene
October 30, 2014 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

(Virent)  Virent’s Bio-based Paraxylene, BioFormPX®, Will Allow PTC Members to Offer Customers 100% Renewable and Recyclable PET Resin and Polyester
October 30, 2014 – Virent and the PlantPET Technology Collaborative (PTC) today announced that the parties …

Appalachian Biofuels LLC to Invest $3.5 Million in Headquarters and New Biodiesel Production Facility
October 30, 2014 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

(Governor Terry McAuliffe)  Governor McAuliffe Announces 40 New Jobs in Russell County
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today (October 29, 2014) that Appalachian Biofuels LLC will invest $3.5 million to establish its headquarters and enzymatic biodiesel production …

$7.9M Raised to Fight Maui GMO Ballot Initiative
October 30, 2014 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/The Maui News/Bellingham Herald) A group backed by biotech companies raised more than $7.9 million to fight a Maui ballot initiative calling for a moratorium on genetically modified organisms.
Campaign Spending Commission records for the …

LSU AgCenter Releases Sweet Sorghum Production Guide
October 29, 2014 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

(Louisiana State University/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Sweet sorghum is not currently grown as a commercial crop in Louisiana, but in the future, producers may consider growing it for use as a biofuel feedstock.  To help guide …

Fiberight Still Working toward MSW Plant in Iowa
October 29, 2014 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Despite delays, Fiberight’s plans to produce cellulosic ethanol from municipal solid waste (MSW) in Iowa are moving forward. In fact, an equity drive happening now is attracting quite a …