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E15 Fuel Now Available in Orlando Area Kissimmee Citgo, Protec Fuel, Expand E15 Availability in Fla.
May 26, 2015 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

(Protec Fuel)  –Offering the first E15 in the greater Orlando area, Kissimmee Citgo, assisted by Protec Fuel, has launched the 88-octane E15 ethanol blend fuel. E15 can run in any 2001 and newer gasoline engine …

San Francisco Gets New Biodiesel-Electric Bus; Many More to Come
May 20, 2015 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

(San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency)  The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which oversees all transportation in the city, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), has taken delivery of its first New Flyer Industries electric trolley and …

Gulfstream, World Fuel Sign Renewable Fuels Agreement
May 20, 2015 – 10:44 am | No Comment

(Gulfstream Aerospace, Corp./Biomass Magazine)  Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and its fuel supplier, World Fuel Services Inc., recently finalized a three-year agreement that provides Gulfstream with a consistent supply of renewable fuels for its daily flight operations …

Ethanol Industry Thrives, but Faces Challenges
May 19, 2015 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

by Amie Sites (AgriNews)  Education continues to be a vital part of helping consumers understand the value of ethanol.
Industry leaders in the ethanol sector gathered at the Indiana Ethanol Forum in Indianapolis to highlight the benefits …

Energy Giant Presses Case for Georgia-to-Jacksonville Pipeline
May 19, 2015 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Mary Landers (Florida Times/Union/  Kinder Morgan cites increased highway safety and possibly lower gasoline prices in region — In an 11th-hour effort to show its Palmetto Pipeline is needed in Georgia, energy giant Kinder Morgan …

Site Offers Ethanol Blend Options
May 19, 2015 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

(AgriNews) Jasper County residents now have a new option when it comes to purchasing ethanol fuel blends.
Iroquois BioEnergy Co. opened a retail site to offer ethanol blends, including E10, E15, E30 and E85 at its ethanol …

Fischer, Smith Applauded for Support of E15 Legislation
May 19, 2015 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Robert Pore (The Independent)  Sen. Deb Fischer and Rep. Adrian Smith are being applauded for their support of a a bill to expand the volatility waiver for blends of American Ethanol up to 15 …

King Bill Establishes Biomass Emissions as Carbon Neutral
May 19, 2015 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, has introduced legislation that aims to ensure emissions generated from sustainably harvested biomass would be considered carbon neutral under the U.S. EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. …

Sen. Ron Wyden Introduces Grant Program to Improve Biomass Innovation
May 19, 2015 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Jaclyn Brandt (Fierce Energy)  Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has been working to increase the use of biomass in his state and the country, and has introduced another bill with the goal of improving technologies …

Santorum Talks Ethanol and Helping Working Families
May 19, 2015 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Linh Ta (Des Moines Register)  … One of the things that’s helped rural small towns and farmers, particularly in Iowa, is the Renewable Fuel Standard, (former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick) Santorum said.
By using ethanol to create …

Op-ed: Tell EPA to Support Biofuels
May 19, 2015 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by B. Gunner Greene (Lafayette Journal & Courier)  … You might call biofuels in Indiana a growing industry.  Of course, as many farmers and business owners already know, the EPA has a tendency to insert itself …

Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee Meets in May
May 19, 2015 – 1:48 pm | No Comment
Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee Meets in May

(Department of Energy/Federal Register) This notice announces an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee under Section 9008(d) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 amended by the Agricultural Act …

4 Minutes with… Mike Lewis, Co-Founder, Pearson Fuels
May 19, 2015 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Pearson Fuels develops alternative fuel infrastructure at both the retail and terminal level and then concentrates on maximizing throughput of those assets.
We built the first retail E85 site on …

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center: Basic Research for Cellulosic Biofuels in the US
May 19, 2015 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA) This reports on part of a trip to Wisconsin to visit the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), University of Wisconsin (UW), a dairy farm that uses …

A.I.M. Interview: SFCC’s Luke Spangenburg
May 18, 2015 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)  The vision of developing a community college degree program to train a high technology algae workforce was launched at New Mexico’s Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) in 2009. Charles …

18th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum — July 9, 2015 — Washington, DC
May 15, 2015 – 3:03 pm | No Comment
18th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum  —  July 9, 2015 — Washington, DC

The 18th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO and Policy Forum will bring together up to 50 businesses, trade associations, and government agencies to showcase renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. In every …

Massachusetts Senators Ask Administration to Put Moratorium on Bioenergy Until 2020
May 15, 2015 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  In a May 8 letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Senators Markey and Warren, both Democrats from Massachusetts, question the value of bioenergy, energy sourced from cellulosic and woody material, …

Experts: Bioenergy Industry Has Potential to Bring Jobs to North Carolina
May 15, 2015 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Jeffrey  (Triangle Business Journal)  With crude oil prices hovering around $60 per barrel, policymakers may not feel as much pressure to embrace renewable forms of energy.  But bioenergy experts say it would be a …

2015 AIChE Annual Meeting — November 8-13 — Salt Lake City, UT
May 15, 2015 – 11:27 am | No Comment
2015 AIChE Annual Meeting  —  November 8-13 —  Salt Lake City, UT

The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and …

Green Power CEO to Go to Trial for Fraud
May 15, 2015 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by Kristi Pihl (Tri-City Herald)   A serial fraudster charged with swindling investors in his failed Pasco biofuel company will stand trial after all.  U.S. District Court Judge Sal Mendoza Jr. rejected on Thursday a plea …

ABO Applauds Senators Manchin and Heitkamp on Introduction of Carbon Utilization Legislation
May 14, 2015 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Addition of just 12 words could accelerate pace of large scale, emissions reducing algae projects at fossil fired power plants — The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the US algae …

Senators Show Support for Biodiesel Industry
May 14, 2015 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  … Joining Sen. Heitkamp were Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Al Franken (D-MN), as well as biodiesel producers, who also stressed how the …

Terry Anderson: ‘American Ethanol’ to the Rescue in New Campaign
May 14, 2015 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Terry Anderson (Midwest Producer News) … The “American Ethanol” campaign is to make it personal for the public, that the components in gasoline are not healthy, and to have a third party tell the story, …

4 Minutes with… Cory-Ann Wind, Lead Staff Oregon Clean Fuels Program, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
May 14, 2015 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  ODEQ is the regulatory agency that oversees the Oregon Clean Fuels Program, Oregon’s version of the low carbon fuel standards. The program’s goal is to reduce the carbon intensity …

Auctions for All Assets of Two Silicon Valley-Based Clean Technology Firms: Biofuel producer, Cobalt Technologies and Flow Cell Energy Storage Company, EnerVault
May 14, 2015 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(Silicon Valley Disposition/PRNewswire)   Silicon Valley Disposition ( announced today that it will simultaneously run online auctions of all of physical assets from the head quarter facilities for Cobalt Technologies located in Mountain View, California …

Biodiesel to Help Power U.S. Leg of Volvo Ocean Race
May 14, 2015 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

(  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is a supporting sponsor for the Newport Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race, providing blends of biodiesel for use on the Volvo Ocean 65 race boats and in all …

Kansas Plant Maximizes Value of Inputs by Adding Diesel Production
May 14, 2015 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Loretta Sorensen (Midwest Producer)  … But one Kansas ethanol company, East Kansas Agri-Energy LLC (EKAE), is taking steps to stabilize its business with diversified income streams generated from the same corn source used to make …

Dyadic Receives Funding for New Advanced Biofuels Program
May 14, 2015 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

(Dyadic/PR Newswire)   Dyadic International, Inc. (“Dyadic”) (OTCQX: DYAI), a global biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of enzymes and other proteins for the bioenergy, bio-based chemicals, biopharmaceutical, food and feed industries, …

State Releases Final Fracking Statement
May 14, 2015 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Scott Waldman (Capital New York) … The Department of Environmental Conservation released the 2,000-page final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement for fracking, which opponents and proponents around the country have been awaiting since Gov. Andrew Cuomo …

With Clean Fuels as Law, Oregon Biofuel Maker Prepares for Major Expansion
May 13, 2015 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Wendy Culverwell (Portland Business Journal)  A Eugene biofuel company that converts used cooking oil into fuel is in expansion mode thanks to Oregon’s Clean Fuels program.  SeQuential Pacific Biofuels expanded its production capacity in …

Pennsylvania State University (PSU): An Example to Follow
May 13, 2015 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA) I had heard about Pennsylvania State University’s bioenergy and biofuels educational initiatives from Advanced Biofuels USA’s Joanne Ivancic, just after starting to work on a project to …

Let’s Talk About It: Biofuels — 2015 Summer Mondays: June 29, July 27 and August 31 — Frederick, MD
May 13, 2015 – 12:10 pm | No Comment
Let’s Talk About It: Biofuels —  2015 Summer Mondays: June 29, July 27 and August 31 — Frederick, MD

At the Frederick County Public Library in Frederick, Maryland, Advanced Biofuels USA executive director, Joanne Ivancic, will present a 3-part discussion series about advanced biofuels based on work being done by this internationally recognized educational nonprofit organization …

At the Gas Pump, US Biofuel Lobby Scores a Point against Big Oil
May 12, 2015 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  … Over the past few months, privately held retailers Kum & Go and Sheetz have become the first significant chains to announce plans to start selling E15, a gasoline with 15 percent …

US Taxpayers Subsidising World’s Biggest Fossil Fuel Companies
May 12, 2015 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Damian Carrington and Harry Davies (The Guardian/   The world’s biggest and most profitable fossil fuel companies are receiving huge and rising subsidies from US taxpayers, a practice slammed as absurd by a presidential candidate given …

Food and Fuel: A Model for Bioenergy Feedstock/Vegetable Double-Cropping Systems
May 12, 2015 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Stephanie Henry (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences)  …  Researchers realize that biomass feedstocks will need to come from many different sources, including crop residues, forest residues, and …

The Push Is on for “High Renewable Content Fuels”
May 12, 2015 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  In the world of gasoline replacement, it is any fuel which has a renewable content higher than the typical E10 ethanol saturation point. It can include drop-in renewable gasoline, …

Biodiesel Factory Project Needs Final $850K
May 12, 2015 – 9:54 am | No Comment

(The Recorder)  Co-op faces June 1 deadline on construction bids.  The member-owned co-op that’s trying to build a $4.2 million biodiesel factory in the Greenfield Industrial Park is racing toward a June 1 deadline on …

Why Fungi-Based Biofuels Could Eventually Replace Conventional Jet Fuel
May 11, 2015 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Roy Hales (Renewable Energy World) The University of Washington is developing a fungi based aviation biofuel that might be competitive on the open market. Fungi naturally do many of the complicated chemical processes required by …

Iowa Leaders Call for Biochemical Tax Credits for Ethanol, Biodiesel
May 11, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Dave Dreeszen (Sioux City Journal) Durham (Debi Durham, the state’s economic development director), a former Siouxland Chamber of Commerce president, is championing legislation that would set aside up to $15 million in tax credits per year …

E85 Now Available at Shoemaker’s South
May 11, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(Lincoln Journal Star)  Shoemaker’s South fueling station at U.S. 77 & Saltillo Road in southwest Lincoln is now offering E85 — a blend of 85 percent American ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.  Shoemaker’s adds to …

Ethanol Friendly to Hoosier Economy in 2014
May 11, 2015 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Cayla McLeland (HoosierAgToday)  The Indiana Corn Marketing Council has released their economic impact study of the ethanol industry  in 2014 and shared their findings at their annual Ethanol Forum yesterday in Indianapolis. Director of …

Taurus Energy and Partners in Tough Competition Awarded EU Financing for 2nd Generation Ethanol Project
May 11, 2015 – 11:38 am | No Comment

(Taurus Energy)  The EU-Commission has awarded 20 million EURO in financing for the development of a strategically important 2nd generation ethanol demo plant in France. The award is shared with French production companies CIMV (group …

Joule, Audi Confirm Revolutionary Sunflow Fuel Meets US, EU Specs
May 11, 2015 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, news arrives from Joule that the company’s CO2-recycled  ethanol meets US and European fuel specifications. No one is dying of surprise that they would do so, but  getting …

Joule Raises $40M, as “Fuel from Thin Air” Preps for Commercial Scale in 2017.
May 11, 2015 – 9:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   In Massachusetts, the remarkable journey of Joule Unlimited towards commercial-scale continued to add exciting chapters with the news that the company has closed on $40 million in private equity …

Carson: Use Oil Subsidies to Build Ethanol Pumps
May 8, 2015 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Kathie Obradovich (Des Moines Register)  In his first trip to Iowa as an official presidential candidate, Republican Ben Carson waded into the shark-infested ethanol issue up to his neck and then did a leisurely …

ACE Power by People Advertisement Urges President to Keep RFS on Track
May 8, 2015 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  ACE ad highlights how RFS is an example of policy done right.  Capitalizing on President Barack Obama’s visit to Watertown, South Dakota, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) placed a full …

4 Minutes with… Philip T. Pienkos, Ph.D. Principal Group Manager Bioprocess R&D National Bioenergy Center, NREL
May 8, 2015 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … NREL is the only national lab devoted solely to the development of technologies applied to renewable energy and energy efficiency. In the National Bioenergy Center, we are focused on conversion …

Another Biofuels Production Technology Heads to the Fracking Hills for Development: KmX Chemical Corp Looks to Fracking Industry for Business
May 8, 2015 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Another in our series of stories about promising technologies applicable to the development of a robust advanced biofuel economy diverting to fossil fuel use for research, development and deployment.
This …

Contribution of the Ethanol Industry to the Economy of Minnesota
May 8, 2015 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

John M. Urbanchuk and Stuart D. Norvell (Agriculture and Biofuels Consulting, LLP/ Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)   From the farm to the fuel pump, the ethanol industry is a vital component of Minnesota’s economy. Ethanol plants provide jobs …

Quantifying the Emissions from a Large Ethanol Refinery
May 8, 2015 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)  Refining ethanol may release more of some pollutants than burning it in vehicles.    After quantifying the airborne emissions from the nation’s third largest ethanol refinery, a team led by …

BP Warns State It Will Close Jennings Biofuels Site
May 8, 2015 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

(The Advertiser)  BP is closing its biofuels plant in Jennings, ending jobs there for 56 people.  Aline Thoeny, human resources manager for BP, sent notice Monday to Andre France of the Louisiana Workforce Commission Dislocated …

4 Minutes with… Lisa Hughes, Industrial Biotechnology Industry Specialist, DEED
May 8, 2015 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development(DEED)is the state’s principal economic development agency. … My role as the industry specialist with DEED is to continue to expand Minnesota’s bioindustrial cluster …

Alaska Airlines, Gevo to Demonstrate Renewable Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel in Upcoming Flight
May 8, 2015 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Alaska Airlines ups the ante in the search for sustainable, affordable jet fuels.  In Colorado, Gevo and Alaska Airlines announced a strategic alliance to purchase Gevo’s renewable jet fuel and fly …

Whitefox Signs Agreement with Pacific Ethanol Inc.
May 8, 2015 – 10:07 am | No Comment

(Whitefox)  Whitefox (, the clean fuel membrane specialist, announced today that it has signed an agreement with California based Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (Nasdaq: PEIX) for the delivery of an industrial scale membrane system. The objective …

Renmatix Acquires Mascoma Demonstration Plant in New York
May 6, 2015 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Another step towards commercial scale, aimed at “secure supply” of cellulose-lignin solids for Renmatix’ Georgia facility
Renmatix announced that it has acquired existing assets of the former Mascoma corporation’s 56,000 square …

DEKRA Announces Risi Competizione’s Ferrari F458 Italia Green Challenge Winner of TUDOR Championship Race in Monterey, CA
May 6, 2015 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(MarketWatch/DEKRA North America, Inc.)  DEKRA North America, Inc. congratulates Risi Competizione’s Ferrari F458 Italia as the winner, for the third consecutive time, of the DEKRA Green Challenge Award in the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Wastewater Remediation Using Algae and Growing Algae Commercially Using Wastewater — September 2015 — The Woodlands, TX DEADLINE: June 30, 2015
May 5, 2015 – 6:34 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  Wastewater Remediation Using Algae and Growing Algae Commercially Using Wastewater — September 2015 — The Woodlands, TX  DEADLINE: June 30, 2015

Algae Is used to clean wastewater. Some wastewaters can be used to grow algae commercially. Wastewater operators and municipalities, algae companies,commerially-minded algae researchers and equipment companies will explore new wastewater opportunities in cleaning and the …

Miscanthus Hybrid May Be Boon For Biofuel Industry
May 5, 2015 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(Locker Gnome)  … Scientists at the University of Illinois recently reported the first natural occurrence in several decades of Miscanthus hybrid plants in Japan.
“If M. x giganteus is the only variety available, there are certainly risks …

Profit in Plug and Play
May 5, 2015 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  A cutting-edge waste-to-energy venture at an Oregon landfill will channel flared gas into ethanol production, and potentially other renewable fuels if future markets are favorable.

At Knott Landfill in Bend, Oregon, Waste …

Algae Cultivation, Help From LSC-Montgomery Biotechnology Lab Leads High School Student to Science Award
May 5, 2015 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

(The Paper)  …  Today, the local growth of two commercially important algae strains, Nannochloropsis occulata and haematococcus pluvialis, is providing one local ninth grader, and the Lone Star College-Montgomery biotechnology lab that assisted him in …

Fulcrum BioEnergy Awards Engineering, Procurement And Construction Contract To Abengoa
May 5, 2015 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc.)  Fixed-Price Contract Guarantees Cost, Schedule and Plant Performance —  Launches Commercialization of Fulcrum BioEnergy’s Process for Converting Household Garbage into Low-Cost Renewable Jet Fuel and Diesel
Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc., announced today that it …

Scott Walker’s Stance on Ethanol Prompts Concerns
May 5, 2015 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Jason Stein  (Journal Sentinel)  As likely presidential candidate Scott Walker has shifted his position on a federal ethanol mandate, some of the fuel’s skeptics at home in Wisconsin are wary.
At an Iowa roundup for White …

Evaluating a Groundwater Supply Contamination Incident Attributed to Marcellus Shale Gas Development
May 5, 2015 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Garth T. Llewellyn, Frank Dorman, J. L. Westland, D. Yoxtheimer, Paul Grieve, Todd Sowers, E. Humston-Fulmer, and Susan L. Brantley  (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)  New techniques of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) are …

Schwarzenegger: Three Things Weightlifting and California Can Teach Us About How To Save the World
May 5, 2015 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Arnold Schwarzenegger (Time Magazine)  … When I praise Governor Brown, some people look at me like I’ve lost my mind. I’m a Republican, and he is a Democrat. In our current political climate, we are supposed …

Bill Would Lift Biodiesel Requirements in Winter
May 5, 2015 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Abby Spegman (The Bulletin)  Bend-La Pine say bus troubles have force school cancellations … School districts east of the Cascades are among the groups backing a bill in Salem that would drop the mandated use …

Moline’s use of alternative fuels has attracted attention in Iowa
May 4, 2015 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Dawn Neuses ( … Moline has 180 vehicles, or units of motorized equipment, that run on alternative fuels — E85, compressed natural gas (CNG), propane, biodiesel or all-electric.
There are only 30 vehicles that run on …

Urban Air Initiative Partners in Clean Fuels Omaha Campaign
May 4, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Kim Trinchet (Urban Air Initiative) The Urban Air Initiative joined with a broad cross section of public and private interest groups supporting the call for more aggressive regional pollution control measures in the Omaha-Council Bluffs …

Ellis: Why Did It Take so Long for Obama to Visit?
May 4, 2015 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Ellis (Argus Leader)  … In 2008, Obama was the pro-ethanol candidate, while Republican John McCain was the candidate calling for an end to subsidies and mandates enjoyed by the industry. During his presidency, …

Neighbors Come out in Opposition of Proposed Ethanol Plant near Caldwell
May 4, 2015 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Torrie Cope (Idaho Press-Tribune)  Residents who live in the area of Lower Pleasant Ridge Road fear that a proposed ethanol plant could lower their property values, spoil their views and bring unwanted traffic, noise …

The DOE’s 12 Top Biobased Molecules – What Became of Them?
May 4, 2015 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … If they handed out Platinum and Gold certification to scientific papers as we do with recorded music, “Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass” would be a multi-platinum chart-busting monster. This …

ZERO SOUTH Heads to Pole Powered by 100% Biofuels
May 1, 2015 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Jonathon Ramsey, in a recent AutoBlog post, described ZERO SOUTH’s mission: “One modified Hummer H1, traveling with another vehicle that looks like a modified Hummer H1, will spend six …

Chemistry & Biology in Bioenergy: Summer Interdisciplinary Workshop for High School Teachers — July 13-17, 2015 — Knoxville, TN
May 1, 2015 – 11:01 am | No Comment
Chemistry & Biology in Bioenergy: Summer Interdisciplinary Workshop for High School Teachers — July 13-17, 2015 — Knoxville, TN

Join a 5-day workshop to explore bioenergy connections to Tennessee Science Standards for chemistry, physics, and biology, along with career opportunities for students in agriculture and biofuels production.
The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture in …

Regulations Could Hamper Biomass Project
April 30, 2015 – 8:07 pm | No Comment

by Brent Shrum (The Western News)  Libby is the top choice for a company looking to build a $46 million plant that would use new technology to turn forest debris into 5 million gallons of liquid …

California Is Smiling On Renewable Diesel HPR Fuel
April 30, 2015 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Cobb (Hybrid Cars)  … More than a pilot project, last month’s launch of 18 stations for the diesel alternative is being propped by a few laws including California’s Low Carbon Fuel standard described by …

South Carolina Tapped for New Pipeline, Tank Farm
April 30, 2015 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Tonya Maxwell (Greenville Online)  Groundwork for a proposed underground pipeline is beginning in South Carolina, one that would carry fuel from Florida to a tank farm near Belton, where company officials expect to construct …

This Modified Hummer Hybrid Will Go to the South Pole on Biofuel
April 30, 2015 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Jonathon Ramsey (AutoBlog) Zero South Has Been Planning This Trip For At Least Seven Years — One modified Hummer H1, traveling with another vehicle that looks like a modified Hummer H1, will spend six to 10 …

Three Brothers Plead Guilty to $145 Million Biofuels Fraud Scheme in Indiana
April 30, 2015 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

(Department of Justice)  Chad Ducey, 39, of Fishers, Indiana, pleaded guilty yesterday for his role in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling biodiesel incentives. His two brothers, Chris …

California’s New Goal: 40% Lower Emissions by 2030
April 30, 2015 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(  … California will cut greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030, below 1990 levels, making it possible to reach the ultimate goal of 80% cuts by 2050, he says.
These goals are the same as the European Union and are …

Cargill Acquires OPX Biotechnologies
April 30, 2015 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Moguls of Minneapolis pick up an advantaged route to key renewable chemicals.
News has filtered out from Cargill that the agricultural giant has acquired OPX Biotechnologies’ proprietary fermentation-based processes and …

World-Herald Editorial: Ethanol Comes into Its Own
April 29, 2015 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(Omaha World-Herald)  For years, Nebraskans wondered whether the state’s fledgling ethanol sector would amount to much. Now, the answer is in, as explained in a new report from University of Nebraska economists.  From small beginnings …

Argonne Leadership Computing Facility Supercomputer Helps Identify Materials to Improve Fuel Production
April 29, 2015 – 11:09 am | No Comment

(Newswise/Argonne National Laboratory)  With access to supercomputing resources at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility, a research team from the University of Minnesota and …

Biodiesel Plant Retrofitting Underway
April 29, 2015 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Scott Koperski  (Beatrice Daily Sun)  A massive retrofitting of the Duonix biodiesel plant in west Beatrice is underway and on schedule to put the plant into production later this year.  Duonix Beatrice, a joint …

Big Ox Energy Breaks Ground in South Sioux City
April 29, 2015 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Bret Hayworth (Sioux City Journal) … Big Ox Energy, a Denmark, Wis.-based firm, has begun construction on a $30 million plant that will take organic waste from industrial plants and turn it into methane. …
Big …

Counterpoint: E15 Good for Car Owners and Environment
April 28, 2015 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Joel Hennen (Chicago Sun-Times)  … Unfortunately, I’ve heard a lot of misinformation during the debate about the Chicago Clean Air Choice Ordinance, which would free Chicago fuel retailers from the oil industry’s burdensome restrictions, allowing them …

Kum & Go to Offer E15 at More than 65 Stores in 7 States
April 28, 2015 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Kum & Go has announced it will begin offering E15 as a fuel option. Over the next two years, the company plans to make E15 available at more than …

Discovery of New Plant Switch Could Boost Crops, Biofuel Production
April 28, 2015 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  A team of Michigan State University researchers has discovered a switch that regulates plant photosynthesis – the process that lets plants store solar energy and use it to grow and produce food.
Photosynthesis …

Downsize Bioenergy Risk while Approaching Scale: Partnering with ZeaChem’s Technology Institute
April 28, 2015 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) For most investors, building a demonstration-scale facility in order to get, and validate, data for the last pre-commercial stages, is a necessary evil somewhere between diaper-changing and a colonoscopy on the …

Major Advance in Artificial Photosynthesis Poses Win/Win for the Environment
April 28, 2015 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Berkeley Lab Researchers Perform Solar-powered Green Chemistry with Captured CO2 — A potentially game-changing breakthrough in artificial photosynthesis has been achieved with the development of a system that can …

New Study Highlights Fast Pyrolysis Bio-Oil Yields of 17-27% from Cellulosic Feedstocks
April 27, 2015 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, a new study released in the journal Energy & Fuels is providing the first, fully integrated assessment of common feedstocks from the field to refinery-ready crude fuel, …

Surfing into a Greener Future
April 27, 2015 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

(University of California — San Diego)  World’s first algae-based, sustainable surfboard produced by UC San Diego biology and chemistry students  —  UC San Diego’s efforts to produce innovative and sustainable solutions to the world’s environmental …

Propel Fuels Relocates Headquarters to Sacramento
April 27, 2015 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Propel Fuels)  Announces new management and directors, strategic focus and operating milestones.   Propel Fuels, California’s largest retailer of low-carbon liquid fuels, has announced it will move its headquarters from Redwood City to Sacramento. As California’s …

Local Elementary, High School Students Exhibit Algae Projects at Arizona State University
April 27, 2015 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(Arizona State University)  Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus hosted the Night of the Open Door on Feb. 20, an occasion to highlight clubs and organizations that dedicate themselves to science. The Arizona Center for Algae …

Keystone Farm Show — January 5-7, 2016 — York, PA
April 24, 2015 – 7:41 pm | No Comment
Keystone Farm Show   —  January 5-7, 2016 — York, PA

The Keystone Farm Show is the fastest growing farm show on the East Coast! Started in January of 1998 to address the needs of agrimarketers in the Mid-Atlantic area, the show has nearly tripled in …

Engineered Softwood Could Transform Pulp, Paper and Biofuel Industries
April 24, 2015 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  Scientists have demonstrated the potential for softwoods to process more easily into pulp and paper if engineered to incorporate a key feature of hardwoods. The finding, published in this week’s …

AgEnergy USA, Perdue Farms Partner on Clean Bay Biogas Project
April 24, 2015 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Megan Greenwalt (Waste 360) … Anaerobic digester developer AgEnergy USA and Perdue Farms, a major chicken processing company based in Salisbury, Md., recently signed a letter of intent for a project that will use poultry waste …

The Catalyst That Refused To Die
April 24, 2015 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Battelle-led group succeeds in US Department of Energy challenge — 1,000 hours of continuous biomass hydrotreating on a single catalyst charge.  The undefeated champ hits 1200 hours before being retired …

A.I.M. Interview: Sapphire Energy’s Bryn Davis
April 24, 2015 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine) In January of this year, after six months of plummeting oil prices, Sapphire Energy CEO James E. Levine announced that the company – with eight years and $300+ million …

Scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute Publish Paper Outlining Efficient Synthetic Biology Methods to Genetically Engineer Microalgae
April 24, 2015 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(J. Craig Venter Institute)  Results have important implications in developing algae-based products such as biofuels and chemicals  —  Scientists from the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit genomic research organization, published a paper today …

Editorial: Bright Future ahead for Local High School Student
April 24, 2015 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(Deming Headlight)  Like other high school seniors, Sophia Sánchez-Maes of Mayfield High is weighing her options as she considers where she will go next. … Sánchez-Maes was a photonics research intern at the University of New …

Scientists Employ Algae as Biofuel, to Mop up Pollutants
April 24, 2015 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

By Chukwuma Muanya (The Guardian)  Scientists have expanded the frontiers in the use of micro-organisms such as bacteria and algae for biofuel and in bioremediation with the utilization of wastewater algae.
Scientists, in one of the …