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Four Freedoms for the 21st Century
October 24, 2014 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Over the past year we have seen some remarkable developments in the sector, starting right here in Alberta with the completion and opening of the Enerkem advanced biofuels plant …

Cellulosic Gasoline
October 23, 2014 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(University of California Office of Research)  Tech ID: 23816 / UC Case 2014-170-0   Abstract:  A simple method of synthesizing gasoline from cellulosic biomass.

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Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a novel synthesis …

The Economic and Climate Implications of Methane Emissions from the Oil & Gas Sector October 30, 2014 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Washington, DC
October 23, 2014 – 1:53 pm | No Comment
The Economic and Climate Implications of Methane Emissions from the Oil & Gas Sector   October 30, 2014   2:00 pm – 3:30 pm    Washington, DC

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing examining methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that gas leaks from this sector are responsible …

A Host of Chemicals Emissions Are Seeping from Oil and Gas Operations
October 23, 2014 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Mark Jaffe (The Denver Post)  A host of chemical emissions seep are seeping from oil and gas drilling pads with different ones coming from different places in the operation – from the wellhead to …

Major Indo-U.S. Advanced Bioenergy Consortium Launches
October 21, 2014 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Martin (Washington University in St. Louis)   The government of India’s Department of Biotechnology, Indian corporate leaders and Washington University in St. Louis have invested $2.5 million to launch the Indo-US Advanced Bioenergy …

New Fueling Permit Brings Biodiesel Back to Maalaea Harbor
October 21, 2014 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(Pacific Biodiesel Technologies/Biodiesel Magazine)  Divers and crew aboard Aqua Adventures Maui are no longer breathing petroleum exhaust when they begin their diving experience from the swim step of the vessel. In a demonstration of its …

Industrial Biotechnology’s 2014 in Pictures: The Year of Steel
October 21, 2014 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  When we think of the past 12 months and the remainder of 2014, we’re going to look back on it as the Year of Steel for the advanced bioeconomy.  Click …

RFA’s 20th Annual National Ethanol Conference (NEC): Going Global February 18-20, 2015 Grapevine, TX
October 20, 2014 – 6:17 pm | No Comment
RFA’s 20th Annual National Ethanol Conference (NEC): Going Global      February 18-20, 2015     Grapevine, TX

Come celebrate the RFA’s 20th Annual National Ethanol Conference (NEC): Going Global, being held February 18-20, 2015 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.  Started in 1996, the NEC continues to …

Military Mobile Power Summit January 13-14, 2015 Alexandria, VA
October 20, 2014 – 5:21 pm | No Comment
Military Mobile Power Summit    January 13-14, 2015   Alexandria, VA

DSI’s Military Mobile Power Summit is a senior level, educational “Town Hall” forum that will bring together selected technology, engineering, and requirements offices, along with thought leaders to key policy-makers across military and civilian offices in …

19th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E) July 14-16, 2015 N. Bethesda, MD
October 20, 2014 – 4:12 pm | No Comment
19th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E)    July 14-16, 2015    N. Bethesda, MD

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, …

Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo (FEW) June 1-4, 2015 Minneapolis, MN
October 20, 2014 – 3:55 pm | No Comment
Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo (FEW)   June 1-4, 2015  Minneapolis, MN

Now in its 31st year, the FEW provides the global ethanol industry with cutting-edge content and unparalleled networking opportunities in a dynamic business-to-business environment. The FEW is the largest, longest running ethanol conference in the …

BioPlastics: The Re-Invention of Plastics via Renewable Chemicals January 28-30, 2015 Miami, FL
October 20, 2014 – 3:50 pm | No Comment
BioPlastics: The Re-Invention of  Plastics via Renewable Chemicals     January 28-30, 2015   Miami, FL

It’s Time…to Refresh our Understanding of BioPlastics!!!
After decades of slow development & commercial acceptance, the last 5-10 years have witnessed the spirit of innovation in the field of chemicals/polymers in a manner similar to the …

International Biomass Conference and Expo April 20-22, 2015 Minneapolis, MN
October 20, 2014 – 3:40 pm | No Comment
International Biomass Conference and Expo    April 20-22, 2015   Minneapolis, MN

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

Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Auditor Course December 1-3, 2014 Miami, Florida
October 20, 2014 – 3:27 pm | No Comment
Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Auditor Course  December 1-3, 2014    Miami, Florida

Are you interested to learn how biomaterial sustainability certification works? Or do you want to become an RSB auditor to go out and verify the sustainability of any feedstock world-wide? Then join us for the upcoming …

ACI’s Annual Lignofuels Americas Summit March 25-26, 2015 Milwaukee, WI
October 20, 2014 – 2:51 pm | No Comment
ACI’s Annual Lignofuels Americas Summit   March 25-26, 2015    Milwaukee, WI

Opportunities for Cost-Competitive Liquid Fuels from Lignocellulosic Feedstocks in the Americas
ACI’s Annual Lignofuels Americas Summit will be taking place in US on March 2015.  The two day conference will offer a series of informative formal …

CALL FOR PAPERS: Southern Crossroads: Progress In the Science & Technology of Biomass Production, Processing and Use February 2-4, 2015 Auburn, AL DEADLINE: December 1, 2014
October 20, 2014 – 2:16 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS: Southern Crossroads: Progress In the Science & Technology of Biomass Production, Processing and Use February 2-4, 2015 Auburn, AL   DEADLINE:  December 1, 2014

The Southeastern Sun Grant Center invites you to participate in the Regional Conference on Southern Crossroads: Progress In the Science & Technology of Biomass Production, Processing and Use.
The Conference will focus on the scientific progress …

Southern Crossroads: Progress In the Science & Technology of Biomass Production, Processing and Use February 2-4, 2015 Auburn, AL
October 20, 2014 – 2:12 pm | No Comment
Southern Crossroads: Progress In the Science & Technology of Biomass Production, Processing and Use    February 2-4, 2015   Auburn, AL

The Southeastern Sun Grant Center invites you to participate in the Regional Conference on Southern Crossroads: Progress In the Science & Technology of Biomass Production, Processing and Use.
The Conference will focus on the scientific …

CALL FOR PAPERS: National Algae Association Algae Production Workshop Fall 2014 DEADLINE: October 30, 2014
October 20, 2014 – 1:40 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  National Algae Association Algae Production Workshop  Fall 2014  DEADLINE:  October 30, 2014

We will be focusing on five (5) areas of interest:
Commercial cultivation, harvesting and extraction of haematococcus pluvialis for astaxanthin
Algae for feeds
Spirulina for food
CO2 sequestration at coal-fired power plants, cement plants and refineries.
Using sterilized wastewater
If you …

Missing Link Awarded Four Patents for Algae Biomass Technology
October 20, 2014 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Texas, Missing Link Technology has been awarded patents for its deep water growth, harvesting, oils extraction, and biocrude extraction integrated suite of solutions. The patents focus on algae technology, …

ZeaChem, Leaf Resources Sign Collaboration Agreement for Leaf Glycell
October 20, 2014 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Colorado, ZeaChem has signed a Collaboration Agreement with Leaf Resources. The agreement covers ZeaChem’s evaluation of the Leaf Glycell process for the production of fermentable sugars at ZeaChem’s demonstration plant at …

Virginia Releases New Energy Plan
October 17, 2014 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Oct. 14, Gov. Terry McAuliffe officially unveiled the 2014 Virginia Energy Plan, which aims to provide a strategic vision for energy policy within the state. According to information …

RFA Hammers CARB on ILUC Analysis
October 17, 2014 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)   Renewable Fuels Association’s (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen has submitted a letter to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) where he expresses concern over their analysis of indirect land …

Abengoa Celebrates Grand Opening of Its First Commercial-Scale Next Generation Biofuels Plant
October 17, 2014 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(Abengoa/GlobeNewswire)  U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Kansas Senator Pat Roberts offer remarks during on-site event commemorating landmark occasion for advanced biofuels industry.
Abengoa’s proprietary enzymatic hydrolysis technology turns crop …

Balancing Birds and Biofuels: Grasslands Support More Species than Cornfields
October 17, 2014 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Kelly April Tyrrell (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  In Wisconsin, bioenergy is for the birds. Really.  In a study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Alternative Clean Transportation Expo May 4-7, 2015 Dallas, TX DEADLINE December 5, 2014
October 16, 2014 – 7:14 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Alternative Clean Transportation Expo  May 4-7, 2015  Dallas, TX  DEADLINE December 5, 2014

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

ACT Expo May 2-5, 2016, Long Beach, CA
October 16, 2014 – 7:11 pm | No Comment
ACT Expo May 2-5, 2016,  Long Beach, CA

May 2-5, 2016, as the sixth annual ACT Expo returns to the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California.
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Alternative Clean Transportation Expo May 4-7, 2015 Dallas, TX
October 16, 2014 – 7:03 pm | No Comment
Alternative Clean Transportation Expo  May 4-7, 2015  Dallas, TX

Join us at North America’s largest clean fleet event May 4-7, 2015, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, for a closer look at how alternative clean transportation can lower your fleet’s …

Manchin, Whitehouse Tour Algae Facility, Discuss Role of CO2 Utilization
October 16, 2014 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  In a sign of growing awareness among policy makers of carbon utilization as a climate change mitigation platform, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) today paid a joint visit to …

Large-Scale Algal Cultivation, Harvesting and Downstream Processing November 3-7, 2014 Mesa, AZ
October 16, 2014 – 3:24 pm | No Comment
Large-Scale Algal Cultivation, Harvesting and Downstream Processing     November 3-7, 2014   Mesa, AZ

This November 3-7, ATP3 in Arizona is hosting a workshop for those interested in learning algae cultivation and processing techniques. These workshops are a must for any company or individual that wants to make the …

EPA Honors the Winners of the 19th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards/ Winning Technologies Tackle Climate Change and Promote Energy Efficiency
October 16, 2014 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk into business opportunities, spurring innovation and economic development.
“From …

Michigan State Discovery Boon for Biofuels and Even Cancer Treatment
October 16, 2014 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Michigan, discovery of a cellular snooze button has allowed a team of Michigan State University scientists to potentially improve biofuel production and offer insight on the early stages of …

California Low Carbon Fuels Coalition to Launch Amidst Recent Policy Losses
October 15, 2014 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest) In California, the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition will be launching to obtain continuous funding for the low carbon fuels industry through California legislation until 2016. The target legislation would establish multiple …

Cool Planet Takes Big Steps toward Scale for Waste-to-Gasoline, Soil Amendment
October 15, 2014 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) USDA issues $91M loan guarantee conditional commit to Cool Planet.  Obama Administration back building of the company’s first commercial plant in Louisiana, as it opens its first commercial-scale Cool Terra …

4 Minutes With…Sam Yenne, CEO, Maverick Synfuels
October 15, 2014 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Maverick Synfuels is about converting low value feedstocks into petroleum replacing chemicals and fuels. What makes Maverick unique is our Spoke and Hub deployment model. First we focus on …

BIB Receives $9.9M Biobased Education Grant
October 15, 2014 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  The Building Illinois’ Bioeconomy (BIB) consortium has received a $9.9 million grant to create an Illinois network of biobased training and employment pathways that can be completed in two years or …

Mechanics See Ethanol in Action at NASCAR
October 15, 2014 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder  (DomesticFuel.com)   Mechanics in Kansas had the opportunity to learn about NASCAR first hand when they attended the Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the Kansas …

Minnesota Ethanol Producer Named Chairman of the Renewable Fuels Association
October 15, 2014 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  (October 1, 2014) DES MOINES, Iowa — Today, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) announced the election of Randall Doyal, General Manager and CEO of Minnesota-based Al-Corn Clean Fuel, as the next Chairman …

ACCESS II Confirms Jet Biofuel Burns Cleaner
October 15, 2014 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Flying high above the California desert, NASA researchers recently took to the skies for the second year in a row with a DC-8 and other aircraft to study the effects …

4 Minutes With…John Williams, President, Scoville Public Relations
October 15, 2014 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … I serve as the chief communications strategist for early stage clean technology companies, with a focus on bio-based fuels and chemicals. I work closely with clients to align their communications …

EPA Announces Winning P3 Student Teams for Pioneering Projects to Solve Environmental Problems
October 15, 2014 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(US Enviromental Protection Agency)  “Each year, the projects and designs created by the P3 teams surpass expectations,” said Lek Kadeli, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “These students are creating sustainable …

Brighter Brights and More Sustainable Whites
October 14, 2014 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Broadening the sources and uses for cellulosic ethanol.
As we reported yesterday (October 6, 2014)  in the Digest, DuPont and Procter & Gamble, announced a collaboration to use cellulosic ethanol in …

Energy Department Announces $13.4 Million to Develop Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts
October 14, 2014 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department announced today (October 9, 2014) up to $13.4 million for five projects to develop advanced biofuels and bioproducts that will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, …

4 Minutes With…John Reilly, Managing Director, WestPark Capital
October 14, 2014 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We finance alternative energy companies especially in biofuels and chemicals. … In the next twelve months would like to finance $100 million into alternative energy companies with breakthrough proven technology.

You must …

Airlines Fly the Skies on a Sugar High
October 14, 2014 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Amy Yee (The New York Times)  The red-and-white Boeing 737 looked like any other plane on the tarmac at Orlando International Airport. But on a clear day last July, the plane became the first …

Biofuel Leaders Says EPA Has Treated Industry Unfairly
October 14, 2014 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  In Minneapolis, industry officials say federal government erred in setting low targets for biofuels delivered at the pump.   Leaders of the nation’s biofuels industry on Monday accused the Obama administration …

ExxonMobil to Invest $1 Million in Iowa State University Biofuels Research
October 14, 2014 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register)  Oil and gas giant ExxonMobil Corp. is investing $1 million over two years to establish an advanced biofuels research program at Iowa State University, the partners said today.
The ExxonMobil …

Research Teams Collaborate on Unique Biodiesel Study
October 14, 2014 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(Keene State University)  … And, combusting biodiesel fuel produces less particulate pollution than does petroleum diesel. That’s true even with B-20, the standard ratio of 20% biodiesel, 80% petroleum diesel.
Efficient, renewable, healthier for the environment, …

4 Minutes With…Svitlana Kroll, Senior Research Scientist, Southwest Research Institute
October 14, 2014 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … With more than 65 years of experience in automotive and fuels research and development, SwRI is uniquely positioned as an international expert in the research, development and testing of renewable …

Where Are We with Algae Biofuels? Parts 1 and 2
October 14, 2014 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The state of R&D so far. 4 NAABB advances  have brought the cost of algae biocrude oil down to $7.50 per gallon.  3 roadblocks remain between today’s cost and $3.00.  In our …

People Near ‘Fracking’ Wells Report Health Woes
October 14, 2014 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Wendy Koch (USA Today)  People living near natural-gas wells were more than twice as likely to report upper-respiratory and skin problems than those farther away, says a major study Wednesday on the potential health …

Argonne Lowers Land Use Change GHG Emissions for Corn Ethanol
October 10, 2014 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The estimation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions due to land use change (LUC) for corn ethanol has been ratcheted down by Argonne National Laboratory. The recently published manual …

Advanced Ethanol Makers Are Trying To Give Big Oil A Run For Its Money
October 10, 2014 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Ken Silverstein (Forbes)  Big Oil can’t put the brakes on a new renewable fuels factory in Iowa — one that will seek to supplement petroleum with next-generation cellulosic ethanol. The “Project Liberty” facility will …

California Approves $12 Million for Energy Efficiency and Alternative Fuel Programs
October 10, 2014 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

(Imperial Valley News)  … During its monthly business meeting, the five-member Commission also approved more than $5.1 million in grants to Community Fuels, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, and the South Coast Air Quality Management …

4 Minutes With…Tim Hughes, Director of Biofuels, Department of Energy Development and Independence, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet
October 10, 2014 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … It is imperative that several of the commercial advanced and cellulosic ethanol and renewable fuel projects succeed in being cost competitive and returning dividends to their shareholders. While most businesses …

Baker Commodities Acquires New Leaf Biofuel
October 10, 2014 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

(Feedstuffs.com)  Baker Commodities, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has acquired a controlling interest in San Diego, CA-based New Leaf Biofuel. Baker Commodities, Inc., a leader in the rendering and recycling industry since 1937, …

New RFA Case Study: Evidence of E85 Price Gouging?
October 10, 2014 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  E85 retailers in the St. Louis area may be purposely price gouging Missouri drivers, according to an in-depth case study released today by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). During the 2014 summer …

MEDIA ADVISORY: Grand Opening of New Entrepreneurial Teaching Laboratory at MU
October 10, 2014 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

(University of Missouri)  WHAT: The grand opening of the Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Center for Agricultural Development at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). The ADM Center for Agriculture …

4 Minutes With…Chris Groobey, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
October 10, 2014 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Our energy practice focuses solely on renewable and other advanced forms of energy, including fuels and chemicals. … We in this industry absolutely must finance and complete a handful of successful …

Ex-Cofounder at KIOR Claims Technology not Working
October 10, 2014 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

(Global BioBusiness)  A former cofounder of biofuel maker KiOR says he tried to warn other board members about problems with KiOR’s technology. The claims come from Mr. Paul O’Connor, who cofounded the company and worked …

Bioethanol Plant Fuelling CHP Facility
October 10, 2014 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

By David Appleyard (Co-Generation and On-Site Power Production)  A new bioethanol production plant that has been commissioned in Brazil is helping to fuel an adjacent cogeneration facility that supplies process steam, as well as electricity …

Earth to Cellulosic Ethanol: Glad You’re Here, Buddy, What Took so Long? Parts 1 and 2
October 10, 2014 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Cellulosic ethanol arrives at scale — “The five years away forever” put to rest — but are there troubling waters still ahead? For whom, and why?
Part I of II
There’s a …

DuPont’s $500 Million Ethanol Bet Panned by Peltz to Pay Off
October 9, 2014 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by Patrick Winters and Jack Kaskey (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  DuPont Co. (DD:US) said a $500 million bet on producing ethanol from corn crop waste, singled out by activist investor Nelson Peltz as lavish, will pay off …

Novozymes Looks beyond the ‘Fantasy Fuel’ It Helped to Turn into Reality
October 9, 2014 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Sabina Zawadzki (Reuters)
* Three of four advanced biofuel plants use Novozymes enzymes
* Biomass conversion could transform Novozymes in future
* Biofuel sector in continuing U.S. regulatory battle
 
When Denmark’s Novozymes first wondered in 2000 how its …

Ethanol Reduces Use of Imported Oil, Is Sustainable
October 9, 2014 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Douglas Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/DelMarVa Now)  A recent column from Dan Ervin is so wholly lacking in facts, the author does himself a disservice.   The renewable fuel requirement supports U.S. agriculture and …

Teknor Apex Company Named Commercial Bioproduct Innovation of the Year award winner and Cenergy USA, Inc. Names Consumer Bioproduct Innovation of the Year
October 7, 2014 – 8:29 am | No Comment

(OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center)  Bioproduct Innovation of the Year Awards Announced at Bioproducts World Showcase and Conference
The inaugural Bioproducts Innovation of the Year awards were announced today (October 6, 2014) at the Bioproducts World 2014 Showcase and …

Sweet Sorghum Production Guide Released
October 3, 2014 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Nikki Henderson (ArkLaTex Homepage)  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 commercial production …

New Approach to Boosting Biofuel Production
October 3, 2014 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Anne Trafton (MIT News Office)  Different environment helps yeast tolerate high levels of ethanol, making them more productive.   Yeast are commonly used to transform corn and other plant materials into biofuels such as ethanol. …

Valero Officials Say Ethanol Business Is Booming
October 3, 2014 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Steve Sharp (Watertown Daily Times)  Valero Renewables officials from San Antonio, Texas, presented an update Wednesday afternoon to the Daily Times during what has become a fairly frequent media briefing and visit to their …

Gulf Racing Fuels Selling High Performance Fuels Using Gevo’s Renewable Isobutanol
October 3, 2014 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(Gevo)  Initial Focus on Marine and Off-Road Fuel Markets — Gevo, Inc.(Nasdaq:GEVO), the world’s only commercial producer of renewable isobutanol, announced that it is selling renewable isobutanol to Gulf Racing Fuels for their new line of marine and …

US Homeland Security Moves to Tackle Climate Change Risks
October 3, 2014 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Anderson (Reuters)  Protecting the infrastructure of American cities from the effects of climate change is rising on the agenda of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to a top agency official.
“Increasingly, we’ve …

Don’t Cut the Line on Biofuels
October 2, 2014 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) (The Hill)  Ethanol and biodiesel are important to the national economy and U.S. energy independence. It’s frustrating when a powerful agency and top executive branch leaders in Washington, D.C., don’t …

Governors urging Obama Administration on RFS: Protect Consumer Choice, Jobs, and Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil
October 2, 2014 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, chairman and vice chairman of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, sent a letter urging the Obama Administration to ensure the development of domestically …

State of the Algae Industry: 10 Top-Level Commercial Leaders Look at the Path to Scale
October 2, 2014 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  10 leaders, 10 enterprises, 10 paths to scale — what’s really key to making algae a commercial crop for feed, fuel and pharma, soon?
This week at the Algae Biomass Summit, …

National Algae Association Claims That Algae Won’t Be Grown in Washington, DC
October 2, 2014 – 11:22 am | No Comment

(National Algae Association/PR.com)  After over 6 decades of time, and billions of dollars spent at the direction of the Department of Energy and other government agencies, one thing is for sure – algae for fuels …

Algae Industry Growing, Transforming
October 1, 2014 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Jason Alexander and Matt Carr (U-T San Diego)  … All too often, algae are associated with negative events (i.e. algal blooms in Toledo, Ohio, earlier this summer). But algae are incredible organisms with nearly limitless …

Mike Breen Headlines 8th Annual Algae Biomass Summit
October 1, 2014 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Operation Free)  Truman Project Executive Director Mike Breen Highlights Need for Expanded Sources of Renewable Energy
Former U.S. Army Captain and Truman Project Executive Director Mike Breen spoke at the 2014 Algae Biomass Summit. During his …

EPA Should Uphold Law on Ethanol
October 1, 2014 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Bartholomew L. Mcleay (Kansas City Star) … Congress led rural America to believe strict volume purchase requirements in RFS for corn ethanol, for example, would keep them safe. The law is clear. RFS is not …

Fuel Standard Good for US’s Economic Engine
October 1, 2014 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) (The Hill)  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 …

With Consolidation Comes Strength
October 1, 2014 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Consolidation is making the ethanol industry stronger, writes Mike Bryan. Companies that do not consolidate can still survive or even thrive but they are more vulnerable to changes in …

Capturing the California ‘Golden Gallon’
October 1, 2014 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Biodiesel produced from corn distillers oil (CDO) is assigned an extremely low carbon intensity (CI) score under the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard, making it a tremendously …

Ahead of His Time
October 1, 2014 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The idea of wet biomass storage has yet to catch on in the cellulosic industry, despite long-term use in the pulp and paper industry.
Jim Hettenhaus is a passionate advocate …

Stover Pellets Pack in the Pounds
October 1, 2014 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Pelletizing corn stover offers some tantalizing prospects. Where it is virtually impossible to load a truck to maximum weight with bales, one could with pellets. The densification process …

Boosting Biomass for Bioenergy
October 1, 2014 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by  Katie Fletcher (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Many dedicated energy crops hold promise as feedstocks for next-generation ethanol. Extensive R&D is still needed, however, to overcome the challenges in making these plants viable for commercial applications.

This year, …

Technology From Honeywell’s UOP To Be Used To Produce Renewable Diesel For U.S. Military
October 1, 2014 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

(Honeywell)  Emerald Biofuels LLC to produce renewable diesel under U.S. Department of Defense program
UOP LLC, a Honeywell (NYSE: HON) company, announced today that its advanced process technology will be used to produce renewable diesel for the U.S. military …

California May Be Biofuel and Fossil Free by 2050 but Needs Biodiesel to Get There
October 1, 2014 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In California, researchers have published a study that shows the state could be powered entirely be renewable resources by 2050. The study focuses on water, wind and sunlight, ostensibly pushing biofuels …

Lakeview Biofuel Plant Proposal Raises Air Quality Concerns
October 1, 2014 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Cassandra Profita (KUOW.org)  A project proposed in Lakeview, Oregon, would turn woody biomass from logging into biofuels for Southwest Airlines, the U.S. Navy and Marines.
The biofuel would have fewer greenhouse gas emissions than traditional …

Cellulosic Ethanol: A Technology Update October 6, 2014 Washington, DC
September 29, 2014 – 2:42 pm | No Comment
Cellulosic Ethanol: A Technology Update     October 6, 2014     Washington, DC

Monday, October 6, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
2226 Rayburn House Office Building
Independence Avenue SW and South Capitol Street
Free and open to the public
Please RSVP to expedite check-in
A live webcast will be streamed at 3:00 PM …

The Digest Interview: Guido Ghisolfi, CEO, Beta Renewables
September 26, 2014 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The project that got the ball rolling in so many ways was the Beta Renewables plant in Crescentino, Italy — a 20 million gallon first commercial project that officially opened …

Algae Systems Eyes Biofuels Commercialization
September 26, 2014 – 9:39 am | No Comment

by Bonaire Le (Algae Industry Magazine)  Algae Systems, a five-year-old start-up, announced last month that it has completed a pilot plant in Daphne, Alabama, and demonstrated the ability to produce algae biofuel at a price lower …

Purdue Study Uncovers Details on Plant Building Blocks
September 26, 2014 – 9:24 am | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  Purdue University researchers said Wednesday they have discovered the structure of the enzyme that makes cellulose, a finding that could make it easier to break down plant materials used to …

Workshop: Waste-to-Energy Roadmapping November 5-6, 2014 Arlington, VA
September 25, 2014 – 4:13 pm | No Comment
Workshop: Waste-to-Energy Roadmapping   November 5-6, 2014   Arlington, VA

The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) at the Department of Energy aims to identify and address key technical barriers to the commercial deployment of liquid transportation fuels from waste feedstocks.  As a part of this effort, …

Impact of Ethanol Mandates on Fuel Prices when Ethanol and Gasoline are Imperfect Substitutes
September 25, 2014 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Sébastien Pouliot and Bruce A. Babcock (Iowa State University)  Past studies that examine the impact of ethanol mandates on fuel prices make the assumption that ethanol and gasoline are perfect substitutes because they are both sources …

Bacteria Found in Cow Rumens Could Be Harnessed to Process Biofuel
September 25, 2014 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(University of Wisconsin-Madison)  What do biofuels look like on the Wisconsin landscape? Some might think of corn or switchgrass. But what about that herd of cows?  What you can’t see might fool you. Cows are …

4 Minutes With…Steve Hartig, General Manager Licensing, POET DSM Advanced Biofuels
September 25, 2014 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … It’s typical Steve (Hartig) — rarely in the limelight, but always in the know…
We are focused on taking the strengths of POET in ethanol and DSM in biotechnology and focusing …

Proterro and Bunge To Conduct Pilot Study in Brazil of Proterro’s Sucrose-production Technology
September 25, 2014 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(Proterro/BusinessWire)  Biofeedstock company Proterro and Bunge Global Innovation, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of global agribusiness and food company Bunge Limited (Bunge), will conduct a pilot study of Proterro’s sucrose-production technology in Brazil.
Under a joint …

KLM Picks Amyris-Total Renewable Jet Fuel as Climate Takes Center Stage in NY and at the UN
September 25, 2014 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renewable jet fuel makes another remove forward — as a new study concludes that delay on implementing RFS2 could be the equivalent of building 5.5 new coal-fired power plants in …

Beginning in 2016, Southwest Airlines Will Use Biofuels
September 25, 2014 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(Dallas Morning News)  Southwest Airlines announced Wednesday that it plans to buy some biofuels made from waste wood for use in its San Francisco Bay airports beginning in two years.
To use Southwest’s phrasing, it is …

Natural Gas Usage Will Have Little Effect on CO2 Emissions, UCI-Led Study Finds
September 25, 2014 – 11:03 am | No Comment

(University of California-Irvine)   Abundant supplies of natural gas will do little to reduce harmful U.S. emissions causing climate change, according to researchers at UC Irvine, Stanford University, and the nonprofit organization Near Zero. They found …

Louisiana Entrepreneur Embodies Industry Switch from Emphasis on Biofuels to Bioproducts
September 23, 2014 – 9:04 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Golden Leaf Energy’s Troy A. Clark grew up in Louisiana. Studying chemical engineering at Tulane University brought him into contact with the oil industry. And yet, as his career …

US Navy, DOE, USDA Award $210M for 3 Biorefineries and Mil-Spec Fuels
September 19, 2014 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Washington, the Department of Defense has awarded $210 million under the Defense Production Act to Emerald Biofuels, Fulcrum BioEnergy and Red Rock Bio towards the construction of biorefineries that produce cost-competitive, drop-in …