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Highlights from the Casselton Agronomy Farm Field Day
July 31, 2015 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Dale Hildebrant  (Farm & Ranch Guide)  … Using dried distillers grain as a fertilizer source
The first stop on the tour was a plot where research is being done to use dried distillers grain (DDG) from …

Bioenergy 2015 Posts Presentations
July 31, 2015 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy)  … We know many of you are interested in some of the presentations from our great lineup of speakers. We have posted select presentations from the conference to our Bioenergy 2015 presentations website.
They …

Algae.Tec Ships Innovative Algae.Tec Fuels Technology Arrives for Install at Monster Reliance Refinery in India
July 31, 2015 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia,  Algae.Tec has shipped 7 containers of equipment, including photobioreactor modules and solar light units, on schedule and received in Jamnagar, India for installation within the world’s largest oil …

Gevo Announces First Pump Sales of Isobutanol-Blended Gasoline at Express Lube Service Station in Texas
July 31, 2015 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(GEVO)  Sales Focused at Owners of Boats, Outdoor Equipment and Off-Road Vehicles — Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO), has announced that Express Lube of Fredericksburg, Texas, is the first U.S. service station to sell gasoline blended with Gevo’s …

Abengoa: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide
July 31, 2015 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Abengoa is active in three areas in biofuels: a. Traditional fermentation of cereal grains and sugar cane for the commercial production of bioethanol; b. Traditional transesterification for the production of …

Rice Is Nice, but Can It Be Less of a Methane-Belching Device? PNNL Says “Yes, If You Take Our Advice”
July 31, 2015 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found that with the addition of a single gene, rice can be cultivated to emit virtually no methane from …

Iowa Wholesale E85 Available for More Than $1.00 Less Than Regular Unleaded Gasoline
July 31, 2015 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Iowa, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association highlighted, via its E85 Wholesale Price Listing Program, that wholesale E85 ethanol is available for up to a $1.18 per gallon, or up …

Shampoo, New and Improved! BASF and Solazyme Launch the First Commercial Microalgae-Derived Betaine Surfactant
July 31, 2015 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, BASF and Solazyme have launched of the first commercial surfactant derived from microalgae oil, a high performance algal betaine for use in home and personal care applications.
Generally speaking, …

$1 Million Fund to Develop Algae Biofuels
July 31, 2015 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A research team from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a multi-program US security laboratory, has received an additional $1 million (appr. €907,000) to protect algal crops by developing ‘probiotic’ bacteria to combat pond infestation …

How One Farm Is Growing Food and Biofuels While Helping to Save the Environment
July 29, 2015 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Padma Nagappan (TakePart)  … Now researchers at the United States Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory think they have a solution that allows farmers to profit from growing both food and advanced biofuels while benefitting …

The Future of Low-Carbon Road Transport: What Role for Second-Generation Biofuels?
July 29, 2015 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by  Joern Huenteler and Henry Lee (Belfer Center Programs or Projects)  The promise, prospects, and public policy trade-offs related to second-generation biofuels in road transport were addressed in an executive session convened at The Henry …

Despite Drawbacks, Watsonville Sold on Biodiesel
July 29, 2015 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Masters (Santa Cruz Sentinel)  A Watsonville street sweeper has been running on a potent biodiesel mix produced from beef tallow for the past year.
“Our fleet has used a 5 percent mix for years, …

Biodiesel Used as Home Heating Fuel
July 29, 2015 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association is developing a marketplace for biodiesel as a home heating fuel. CEO Tom Slunecka says while many homes in the U.S. are heated by natural …

Sensenbrenner Bill Would Limit Biofuel Blends
July 29, 2015 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin Ag Connection)  Wisconsin Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner introduced legislation this week that requires the Environmental Protection Agency to limit the volume of cellulosic biofuel to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply to what is …

The Race to Meet Carbon-Neutral Biofuel Targets Could Put Human Health and Food Crop Production at rRisk unless It Is Carefully Planned, According to New Research.
July 29, 2015 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  A new study, led by Professor Nick Hewitt of Lancaster University, examined changes in ground level ozone in response to projected land use change associated with future biofuel cultivation.
Publishing in the journal Environmental …

Renewable Energy in Rockland: Hearing on Stony Point Biofuel Plant
July 29, 2015 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Akiko Matsuda (Lohud.com)  …  New Planet Energy, which specializes in renewable-energy production using waste materials, along with local developer MBC Contractors, wants to build a waste-to-energy facility in an industrial zone off Holt Drive.
The proposal …

Utah-Based Biodiesel Firm Launches Crowdfunding Campaign
July 29, 2015 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Logan, Utah-based Argo Fuels announced it is launching an Idiegogo crowdfunding campaign July 21 to raise money for the purchase of feedstock and preparation for large-scale biodiesel production using its …

Winners Announced in Minnesota Biodiesel Essay Contest
July 29, 2015 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) First- and second-place winners have been announced for the 2015 Clean Air Choice Biodiesel Essay Scholarship. Brianna Bredeson, a recent graduate of Willmar Senior High School, won first place for her …

San Francisco Mayor Says City Fleet to Use Renewable Diesel
July 29, 2015 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

( The Office of Mayor Edwin M. Lee/Biodiesel Magazine)  San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced July 21 that his city will leapfrog its efforts to protect the climate from harmful effects of diesel emissions …

E85 Promotion Offered at Poynette Cenex Station on Friday
July 29, 2015 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin Ag Connection)  Flex fuel vehicle owners have another opportunity to fill up with E85 for just 85-cents per gallon at a participating Cenex stations this summer. This Friday, flex fuel vehicle drivers will be …

China Voters Mull Support for Fiberight Waste-to-Energy Project (China, Maine, that Is)
July 29, 2015 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Maine, the Board of Selectmen for the township of China are looking at supporting the Fiberight waste-to-energy project planned for Hampden, Maine, when their trash contract with Penobscot Energy …

UPS Makes Substantial Move To Renewable Fuels
July 29, 2015 – 11:55 am | No Comment

(UPS/Globe Newswire)  UPS® (NYSE:UPS) today announced agreements for up to 46 million gallons of renewable fuels over the next three years, constituting a 15-fold increase over prior contracts and making UPS one of the largest …

NM Lawmakers Call on Administration to Curb Natural Gas Waste Causing Methane Hot Spot Over San Juan Basin
July 28, 2015 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Tom Udall (D-NM))  In a letter this week to Office of Management and Budget (OPM) Director Shaun Donovan, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and …

Vt. Farmer Helps Others Produce Biofuels
July 28, 2015 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Carter  (Daily Yonder)  After learning to make biofuel to use on his own farm, John Williamson has expanded his business to help others create their own energy. For Williamson, there’s a diversified income …

Poultry Industry Critical of O’Malley’s Stance on Biofuel
July 28, 2015 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by John Fritze (Baltimore Sun)  … Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, is winning praise from corn farmers in Iowa for his support of a federal mandate to blend …

Branstad & Vilsack Discuss Boosting ‘Biochemical’ Production in Iowa
July 28, 2015 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa)  Governor Terry Branstad wants Iowa to become the first state to offer a tax credit for transforming the “biochemicals” that are a byproduct of ethanol production. Branstad discussed the issue …

Minnesota Electric Co-op Opens Ethanol Plant in North Dakota
July 28, 2015 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  … Dakota Spirit AgEnergy, 78 percent owned by a Minnesota cooperative power company, is a 65 million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant built next to one of the ­electric utility’s coal-fired power plants. It …

United Airlines Invests in Biofuels
July 28, 2015 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(SustainableBusiness.com)  A few years ago, we were hearing a lot about airlines testing and beginning to run on biofuels (combined with petroleum). With the latest announcements, are we ready for take off?
This summer, United Airlines begins …

Funds Bolster Algae Biofuel Development
July 28, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Greg Watry (R&D Magazine) Rotifers are semitransparent microscopic animals. Watching them feed under a microscope, one can’t help but feel a sense of awe at nature’s complexity. Its oval-shaped body rotates as it ingests small beads …

4 Minutes with… Susan Seagren, Director, AMCREF Community Capital
July 28, 2015 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  AMCREF invests in projects and business located in the Southern U.S. that generate high quality jobs and provide environmental benefits. We provide low cost capital via a federal program …

Efficient Electrochemical CO2 Conversion Powered by Renewable Energy
July 28, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Douglas R. Kauffman, Jay Thakkar, Rajan Siva, Christopher Matranga, Paul R. Ohodnicki, Chenjie Zeng, and Rongchao Jin (ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces)  The catalytic conversion of CO2 into industrially relevant chemicals is one strategy for …

What’s U(o)P at UOP? The Renewables Story, Revealed.
July 28, 2015 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … For a decade, it’s (UOP’s) been an unquestioned leader in renewable fuels and chemicals development. Technologies like its HEFA jet fuel conversion (the first certified renewable jet fuel), its Ecofining …

Ricketts, Reynolds Rally against Feds’ Plan for Ethanol Cut
July 28, 2015 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by  Russell Hubbard (Omaha World-Herald)  In a seldom-seen cross-border stand in support of ethanol, the governors of Nebraska and Iowa on Friday urged an embrace of the corn-derived motor fuel as a crucial local industry …

21st Century Farming: Local Farms Consider Generating Energy
July 28, 2015 – 9:22 am | No Comment

by Sylvia Carignan (Frederick News Post) The future of Frederick County agriculture sits in a plastic tank in a dusty, cow-scented barn outside of Middletown.
South Mountain Creamery’s soybean press takes soybeans and creates soy oil, stored …

Drilling into Distillation, Dehydration
July 27, 2015 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Companies aim to tweak and transform key systems to reduce energy use and resolve bottlenecks. — Optimization efforts most often look at boosting yield, but as finely tuned and …

RFA: Boat Racers Return to Kansas for ‘Shootout’ on the Water
July 27, 2015 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The National Boat Racing Association recently held its annual Garnett Ethanol Hydroplane Shootout in Garnett, Kansas. The July 12–13 event, which was sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association, East Kansas …

RFA: Motorcyclists Celebrate 75 Years at Sturgis
July 27, 2015 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association will once again partner with the Buffalo Chip Campground to host the 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which is set to take place Aug. 3–9 in Sturgis, South Dakota.
This year’s …

Engineering the Future of Biofuel: UC Santa Cruz iGEM 2015
July 27, 2015 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(University of California Santa Cruz)   We are the UC Santa Cruz iGEM team! We are a team of 24 bioengineers, biochemists, and MCD biologists and overall a group of passionate undergraduates involved in an exciting international …

Scientist: The Ethanol Mandate Harms Air Quality, ‘Leads To Increased Mortality’
July 27, 2015 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Michael Bastasch (Daily Caller)  A University of Minnesota scientist told lawmakers Thursday that mandating ethanol be blended into fuel supplies is leading to more deaths from poor air quality in the Midwest and along …

World’s Largest Alternative & Renewable Fuels Consulting Group Announces Strategic Alliance with Zeton Inc
July 27, 2015 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(Digital Journal/Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc.)  Lee Enterprises Consulting Adds World Leader in Pilot Plant Design and Fabrication to Team of Experts — Lee Enterprises Consulting, the world’s largest alternative and renewable fuels consulting group, is pleased …

B100 Available at Root Fuel’s Wallisville Road Station in Houston
July 27, 2015 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Six months after opening its Wallisville Road fuel station in Houston selling B20, Root Fuel is now offering B50 and B100 at the same location. “It’s a big, big day,” …

New Holland Partners with State University of New York on Biomass Research
July 27, 2015 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

(New Holland)  Following the United States Department of Energy’s announcement to award State University of New York up to $3.5 million to fund a research project that seeks to develop ways to reduce the cost …

Biogas! The Big Cellulosic Fuel Breakthrough?
July 27, 2015 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Already, biogas as a renewable fuel is accounting for 90% of all cellulosic RIN production under the Renewable Fuel Standard.  Food and paper manufacturers, ethanol & biodiesel plants, cities, landfill …

American Ethanol Heads to the Brickyard
July 24, 2015 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

(National Corn Growers Association)  … Fans will also be able to learn more about American Ethanol or show their support of the clean burning fuel by visiting the Biofuels Mobile Education Center in the fan midway …

Surplus Biodiesel Equipment Scheduled for Online Auction Ending on Tuesday, August 18
July 22, 2015 – 10:36 am | No Comment

(Maas Companies)  Maas Companies will auction surplus Biodiesel Process Equipment on Tuesday, August 18  via a timed online auction.  The equipment is located at 6683 Cow Creek in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.  Maas Companies specializes in …

UCSC Students Seek Solutions in Salt
July 21, 2015 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Masters (Santa Cruz Sentinel)  The salt ponds of Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, just north of San Jose International Airport, may hold the key to a sustainable energy source.
For more …

State Board Grants Provisional Charter for NY Climate Museum
July 21, 2015 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Fitzgerald (Associated Press)  The plan for a museum in the city that would focus on climate and climate change, with exhibits that could relate to health, social justice and rain-delayed baseball games, moved …

New Corn Traits Yield Homegrown Enzymes for Ethanol
July 21, 2015 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Tim Tierneyn (Syngenta)  Plymouth Energy collaborates with corn growers to increase plant efficiency and make ethanol more sustainable. … Sourcing alpha amylase enzyme directly from area corn growers and working with them to enhance grain quality …

In Stunning Spectacle, RI Tall Ship Sails for First Time
July 21, 2015 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Mark Schieldrop (Bristol-Warren Patch)  Narragansett Bay was graced by the mighty presence of the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry on Thursday as she set sail for the first time on wind power alone on a …

Technologies Pitch The Public To Help Them Win SAFE Energy Security Prize: SeaChange Group
July 21, 2015 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

(Securing America’s Future Energy) Today’s low prices at the pump may have many people believing our nation’s energy security problem has been solved, but don’t be fooled. The truth of the matter is energy security …

Poplar-Based Bioethanol Production Awaits Spike In Price Of Crude
July 21, 2015 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dorminey (Renewable Energy World)  As the world’s fastest growing temperate tree species, poplar can add a dozen feet annually and reach maturity in as few as four years.  One of its hybrids, populus …

Red Rock Reaches Agreement with FedEx Express to Provide Biofuels for Renewable, Low-Carbon Jet Fuel
July 21, 2015 – 8:28 am | No Comment

(Red Rock Biofuels LLC)  Red Rock Biofuels LLC, a pioneer in renewable biofuels, announced today that it will produce approximately three million gallons of low-carbon, renewable jet fuel per year for FedEx Express, a subsidiary …

6th Biobased Chemicals: Commercialization & Partnering Conference — November 16-17, 2015 — San Francisco, CA
July 20, 2015 – 7:04 pm | No Comment
6th Biobased Chemicals: Commercialization & Partnering Conference — November 16-17, 2015 — San Francisco, CA

We welcome you to GTCbio’s 6th Biobased Chemicals: Commercialization & Partnering Conference, which will be held on November 16-17, 2015 in San Francisco, CA. This two-day conference brings together top representatives who are engaged in …

Scientists Hijack Light-Loving Bacteria to Make High-Value Products
July 20, 2015 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

(Nanowerk News/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Scientists have directed a common bacterium to produce more of a valuable fatty acid, lauric acid, than it typically does. The achievement is noteworthy not simply because of the increased …

BioPower Operations Corporation’s Subsidiary Green3Power Wins Award to Build a $175 Million Renewable Energy Facility in St. Lucie County, Florida Using the G3P Gasification Technology
July 20, 2015 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

(BioPower Operations Corporation)  BioPower Operations Corporation (OTCQB: BOPO) (“BioPower” or the “Company”) announced today (June 30, 2015) that its wholly-owned subsidiary Green3Power Operations Inc. (G3P) has won the award to build a $175 Million renewable …

Fields of Gold Transform Into Biodiesel at Wastewater Treatment Plant
July 20, 2015 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(City of Raleigh)  Deep in the southeastern corner of Wake County are a series of rolling fields that look like they are more suitable for a Van Gogh painting than part of the Raleigh landscape. …

Advocating for Ethanol: Walz Visits Janesville Plant
July 20, 2015 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by Philip Weyhe (Janesville Argus)  First District Congressman Tim Walz, D-Mankato, stopped by Guardian Energy in Janesville Friday morning with his sights set on highlighting ethanol production as an “all-American” and efficient energy solutions service.
After …

Biodiesel Industry Falters; Lack of Support Cited
July 20, 2015 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

by Austin DuVall (Arkansas Business)  Arkansas’ biodiesel industry has failed to live up to its early promise, and Troy Hornbeck says he knows why.
Hornbeck, who with his two brothers, Jon and Jeff, founded Arkansas SoyEnergy …

International Research Team Seeks More Efficient Biomass Refinement Processes
July 20, 2015 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)  Researchers from across the world, including from Virginia Tech, plan to mimic the chemistry of the brown rot fungus to improve biorefining processes. BioMim, a $4 million, four-year project …

American Coalition for Ethanol Conference — August 19-21, 2015 — Omaha, Nebraska
July 20, 2015 – 3:52 pm | No Comment
American Coalition for Ethanol Conference — August 19-21, 2015 — Omaha, Nebraska

ACE’s annual conference is unique in the world of renewable fuels because it is specifically tailored to the interests and needs of the people of ethanol — the folks who are really in the trenches. …

Ethanol Organization Dreams Big, Values Grassroots
July 20, 2015 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The man who led the effort to form ACE was 67 years old when he took on the project. Today, the organization is still fighting for farmers and all …

Renewable Fuel Standards Continue to Work
July 20, 2015 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Dave Eckhardt (Colorado Corn Growers Association/Pueblo Chieftan) … Perhaps the EPA has forgotten the RFS is working.  It’s helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Last year, ethanol lowered CO2-equivalent GHG emissions from transportation by 39.6 million …

Researchers from Israel and Florida Awarded Funding for Biogas
July 17, 2015 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev/Biomass Magazine)  Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel and University of Florida researchers have been awarded a United States-Israel Bi-national Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD) grant to …

Johnson Matthey Process Technologies and Rennovia Announce On Time Start-up of Mini-Plant for Bio-Based Glucaric Acid Production Using Jointly Developed Technology
July 17, 2015 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(Rennovia)  Johnson Matthey Process Technologies, a global provider of advanced process technologies, and Rennovia Inc., a privately held company that develops novel catalysts and processes for the cost advantaged production of chemical products from renewable …

1st Annual Methane Bioengineering Summit — September 1, 2015 — San Diego, CA
July 16, 2015 – 6:08 pm | No Comment
1st Annual Methane Bioengineering Summit  —  September 1, 2015 — San Diego, CA

EXPLORE THE POTENTIAL OF METHANE AS A SUSTAINABLE FEEDSTOCK TO ENABLE BIOTECHNOLOGY-BASED INDUSTRIAL AND CONSUMER PRODUCTS
Join leading experts from biotechnology companies, academic institutions, government and the industry to discuss:
Policy, regulatory and environmental drivers — including …

UMD Program Approves 15 Technology Product Development Projects Teaming Maryland Companies With System Faculty — Four Aquaculture Projects Highlight Round
July 16, 2015 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute )  The Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program, an initiative of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, has approved …

$2.69 per Gallon! Cheaper Fuel Alternative Comes to Valley
July 16, 2015 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Megan Terlecky (News Channel 3 KESQ)  E85 is made up of 85% corn ethanol but only flex fuel vehicles can use it
It’s called E85. It’s made up of 85 percent corn ethanol and burns clean. …

Corn Growers Rally for RFS in DC
July 16, 2015 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Hundreds of corn farmers from across America were in Washington D.C. today (July 15, 2015) to rally for the cuts to corn ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFs) to be …

Gov. Dayton Signs E15 Dispenser Bill: Law Goes into Effect July 1
July 15, 2015 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The E15 Dispenser bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton, goes into effect July 1 and will help up to 100 fuel retailers in the state make minor modifications …

Renewable Fuel Efforts Forge Ahead
July 15, 2015 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Janelle Atyeo (Tri-State Neighbor)  South Dakota groups are pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to set higher standards for renewable fuels, highlighting what ethanol has done for the rural economy and for the environment.
Rural development …

US and Netherlands Researchers Identify Chemical Transformations in Zeolites
July 15, 2015 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(Chemicals-Technology)  Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), UOP and Netherlands-based Utrecht University have found a way to understand chemical transformations occurring within zeolites.
Zeolites are crystalline solid structures made up of …

Cellana – The 2015 8-Slide Guide — Algae to Fuels, Feed and Nutraceuticals with an Integrated Biorefinery Focus.
July 15, 2015 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Cellana’s patented ALDUO system enables economic, sustainable, and consistent production of photosynthetic, non-GMO algae at industrial scale. Cellana intends to construct and operate commercial facilities to produce these products as …

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference NEXT — November 2-5, 2015 — San Francisco, CA
July 15, 2015 – 11:52 am | No Comment
Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference NEXT — November 2-5, 2015 — San Francisco, CA

The new fuels, chemicals, and materials that are changing our ideas of performance, cost and sustainability. And the powerful platform technologies behind them — genetics, green chemistry, robotics, sensors, and analytics. See it come to …

Blog: Research Projects Look into Low-Lignin Plants
July 14, 2015 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  You may have heard the old joke, “you can make anything out of lignin, except money.” Well, I hope to still be writing about ethanol the day that’s been …

Valero Expands into Ethanol Export Market for 1st Time
July 14, 2015 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Valero Energy Corp, one of the biggest U.S. oil refiners, is preparing to sell ethanol for export for the first time, the company said, betting on the $2 billion overseas market …

Bush in Sioux City: Phase out Renewable Fuel Standard
July 14, 2015 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Bret Hayworth (The Globe Gazette)  Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Monday again asserted a position that could give him trouble with some Iowa voters, as he supports an end to a federal rule …

Hot Buttered Rum Uses Biofuel while Traveling to Iowa and Beyond
July 14, 2015 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Pat Curtis (Radio Iowa)  … Bluegrass act Hot Buttered Rum typically tours the country in a van and band member Nat Keefe says they’ve always tried to do so in an environmentally friendly manner.
Their previous …

Ethanol and Biodiesel: Guilty as Charged
July 14, 2015 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Paul Driessen (Town Hall) … The tale of Philip Joseph Rivkin (aka Felipe Poitan Arriaga) reveals an equally disgusting aspect of the mandate, resulting from the absurdly complex Renewable Identification Number (RIN) system devised by EPA …

Boosting Biofuel Production: New MIT Research Finds Supplements Help Yeast Survive.
July 14, 2015 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Nancy Stauffer (MIT Energy Initiative)   Chemical engineers and biologists at MIT have found a simple way to make yeast produce more ethanol from sugars: Spike the mixture they’re growing on with two common chemicals. Adding …

Couple Found Guilty of Stealing Money for Biodiesel Plant
July 14, 2015 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

(WBIR)  A Knoxville couple is found guilty of taking grant money to create a bio diesel plant, then spending it on themselves.
John Brichetto, CEO of Northington Energy, and his wife, Lisa Horn-Brichetto, were each charged …

One Billion Pounds of Carbon-Negative Plastic, Made from Greenhouse Gas and Pure Air
July 14, 2015 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Newlight Technologies has signed a 20-year take-or-pay off-take agreement with Vinmar International for 1 billion pounds of AirCarbon PHA.
Critical to the deal? Newlight’s catalyst aims to transform the …

EPA Honors Winners of the 20th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards/Innovative Technologies Tackle Climate Change, Water, and Chemical Issues
July 13, 2015 – 1:12 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 and other environmental problems into business opportunities, spurring …

E85 Drops to More than $1 Lower than Wholesale Gasoline
July 13, 2015 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Iowa, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association’s E85 Wholesale Price Listing Program detailed that E85 is priced at up to a $1.14 discount to petroleum-based gasoline, a 50% overall discount per …

Novvi Engine Oil Achieves Critical Performance Milestones
July 13, 2015 – 10:19 am | No Comment

(Novvi/BusinessWire)  Novvi, a leading producer of high performance renewable oils, today announced Novvi engine oils are now American Petroleum Institute (API) certified and delivered superior performance over more than a half million miles of raceway …

Flogas Group Signs Letter of Intent with Sparks-based Alkcon Corporation
July 10, 2015 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

(Alcon Corporation)  Alkcon Corporation (the “Company”), a developer of natural gas
processing equipment, has entered into an exclusivity agreement and a Letter of Intent with Flogas Group
(“Flogas”) of Leicestershire, England. The agreement grants Flogas the exclusive …

Hybrid Electric-Biodiesel Buses: Cleaner, Fuel-Saving Alternative for Public Transportation
July 10, 2015 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Milsa Vijayadharan* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Hybrid Electric-Biodiesel Buses used in California, Washington and Michigan Model Lower GHG Emissions Options for Cities Everywhere
Public transportation plays an important role in green and sustainable practices. Public transportation use means fewer cars …

NE Ethanol Board Working to Make Ozone Rules Workable
July 10, 2015 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(WNAX)  Nebraska Ethanol Board leaders are working with various city officials in the region to find ways to make EPA’s proposed Ozone regulations more workable. Nebraska Ethanol Board Administrator Todd Sneller says there’s a great …

What’s up with Algae Now?
July 10, 2015 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … 31 Algae players, what do they make now, and how are they making out? … Here’s our company by company guide to 31 of the players on the scene — project …

Energy Department Awards $18 Million to Develop Valuable Bioproducts and Biofuels from Algae
July 10, 2015 – 11:52 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced six projects that will receive up to $18 million in funding to reduce the modeled price of algae-based biofuels to less than $5 per gasoline gallon …

Methane Leaks Raise New Questions about Natural Gas Sites
July 10, 2015 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Rhiannon Meyers (Houston Chronicle)   Some natural gas operations in the Barnett Shale leaked more methane than previously thought, underscoring the need for better and more frequent monitoring and repair of equipment, new studies by …

Biofuels Can Be a Bigger Part of Green Energy
July 8, 2015 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Johannes Escudero, Tim Cremins and Jose Mejia  (The Sacramento Bee)  Despite California’s leadership in green energy promotion, our state is a woefully lopsided net importer of clean biofuels.
State lawmakers have a golden opportunity to …

Unlocking Lignin for Sustainable Biofuel
July 8, 2015 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/NewsWise)  Lignin–hemicellulose simulation demonstrates potential for predictive modeling using NAMD  —  Turning trees, grass, and other biomass into fuel for automobiles and airplanes is a costly and complex process. Biofuel researchers are …

Scientists Study Ways to Integrate Biofuels and Food Crops on Farms
July 8, 2015 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Payal Marathe (Argonne National Laboratory)  We ask a lot of the land: feed the world with crops, power the world with bioenergy, retain nutrients so they don’t pollute our water and air. To help …

Finding an Off Switch in Wood Formation
July 8, 2015 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by D’Lyn Ford (North Carolina State University)  The same process plants use to respond to environmental stress acts as an on/off switch for a key enzyme in wood formation, NC State researchers have found.
The discovery improves …

Hospital Honored for Biofuel Initiative
July 7, 2015 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(New Hampshire Business Review)  Memorial Hospital in North Conway has been named the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Sustainable Business of the Year, in recognition of its switch to a new form of renewable …

Integrating Source Apportionment Tracers into a Bottom-up Inventory of Methane Emissions in the Barnett Shale Hydraulic Fracturing Region
July 7, 2015 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Amy Townsend-Small, Josette E. Marrero, David R. Lyon, Isobel J. Simpson, Simone Meinardi, and Donald R. Blake  (Environmental Science and Technology)  A growing dependence on natural gas for energy may exacerbate emissions of the greenhouse …

Renewable Fuel Policy Lagging
July 7, 2015 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Ken McCauley (Garden City Telegram)  … American farmers stepped up when called upon, increasing production levels of corn ethanol to meet the growing standards. We restructured our production plants and ways of life to help …

Oregon Declares Biomass Carbon Neutral
July 7, 2015 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  After a House vote of 44-9, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that exempts biomass-derived carbon dioxide emissions from regulation under certain air pollution laws.
The bill defines biomass …

Perennial Biofuel Crops’ Water Consumption Similar to Corn
July 7, 2015 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Converting large tracts of the Midwest’s marginal farming land to perennial biofuel crops carries with it some key unknowns, including how it could affect the balance of water between rainfall, evaporation and …

Solar Fuels: Making Hydrocarbon Fuels Directly from CO2 and Sunlight
July 7, 2015 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Drop-in Hydrocarbon fuels made directly by plants? Here. we look at the science and risks of turning an “ability” into an “industrial reality”.
It’s common knowledge that terrestrial plants (and many …