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Biodiesel Sees the Sea: New Sailing School Vessel Fueled with B20
February 22, 2017 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Newport Biodiesel provides 6,000 gallons of B20 for voyage ending in Cuba  —  A one-of-a-kind ship with a special mission is now fueled with 20 percent biodiesel as it begins a voyage …

Decentralized Organics to Energy with Containerized Anaerobic Digestion
January 3, 2017 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by John D. Forcier (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  Most trash and recycled waste materials are being processed on a regional basis to maximize the economy of scale. There have been various attempts to gather …

With Canada and Mexico on Board, Carbon Pricing Could Become a Reality Across North America with Expanded U.S. Action
November 4, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(Center for American Progress)  Carbon taxes and emissions trading systems, once considered political moonshots in the battle to combat carbon emissions, have found purchase in Canada, Mexico, and parts of the United States, raising the …

Cessna 182 Crosses Country on Biofuel
May 4, 2016 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association)  Ross McCurdy, a science teacher from Ponaganset High School in Glocester, Rhode Island, has flown to Santa Monica, California, and back in a 1980 diesel-powered Cessna 182 owned by a …

Biofuel Plane Makes Stop in Walnut Ridge
April 19, 2016 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

by Seth Stephenson (WMCActionNews5.com) A Rhode Island science teacher made a stop in Walnut Ridge Sunday during his cross country flight using a Cessna powered by biofuel.  Ross McCurdy, the pilot, teaches science and alternative energy at …

Circling Opportunity
April 7, 2016 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  Blue Sphere Corp.’s two-prong business development strategy in the global waste-to-energy industry is proving to be fruitful.  —  … Blue Sphere’s first two stateside anaerobic digestion (AD) projects have reached final …

Science Teacher Plans First Coast-to-Coast Biofuel Flight
March 23, 2016 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Megan Elliott (Flying Magazine)  First transcontinental flight using aviation biofuel in a certified light aircraft. — High-school science teacher Ross McCurdy is planning the first transcontinental flight using aviation biofuel in a certified light aircraft. …

A Look at Six State Proposals to Tax Carbon
March 21, 2016 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Peter Vail and Dallas Burtraw (Resources for the Future)  As the political likelihood of passing comprehensive national climate policy has remained low, many states have taken up the mantle. This devolution of climate policy has been …

Algae Industry Magazine’s 2015 International Readers’ Poll — Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
January 11, 2016 – 10:51 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  In any industry, a few incredible people make an enormous impact. The algae industry is fortunate to honor Algae Ambassadors that are great scientists and industry leaders. They are also superb educators …

Electric Cars Can’t Take the Cold
December 7, 2015 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Plungis (Bloomberg)  Batteries generate power less efficiently as temperatures drop.  —  … The trouble is, except for Oregon, none of the states have California’s temperate weather. The batteries used by the greener cars generate electricity …

A High Price to Pay: The Hidden Costs of Corn-Ethanol Mandates on New England
November 10, 2015 – 11:30 am | No Comment

(Center for Regulatory Solutions)  …   How have the RFS and federal corn consumption mandates impacted non-corn states, and the small businesses struggling to stay competitive in the global economy? According to a new study …

Senators Push White House on Ethanol Mandate
October 5, 2015 – 10:11 pm | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  A group of senators is pushing the White House to issue a strong mandate for ethanol fuel.  Fourteen senators — a mix of Republicans and Democrats, many from ethanol-producing Midwestern states …

Home Heating Oil Industry Using Biodiesel to Revive and Reinvent Itself
August 24, 2015 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  The heating oil market is well established along the East Coast with approximately 6.2 million homes relying on it during the winter. But progressive states in that region are …

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 …

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

(VolvoOceanRaceNewport.com)  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 …

Malloy’s Rhode Island Company Recognized for Use of Biodiesel
April 13, 2015 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(vtdigger.org/TH Malloy and Sons)  Jim Malloy, of Plainfield, Vermont, is being recognized for his contributions to reducing the use of petroleum fuel in the transportation sector. His business, TH Malloy and Sons in Newport, Rhode …

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

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

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

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

Crooked Brothers Sentenced over Huge Waste Cooking Oil for Biofuel Scam in Rhode Islanld
December 12, 2014 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by  Ben Messenger (Waste Management World)    Two brothers in their 70s have been sentenced for conspiring to sell and transport used cooking oil stolen from restaurants in Rhode Island and Massachusetts to a processing …

Biomass Producers Today, Carbon Kings Tomorrow
December 11, 2014 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Matt Carr (Biomass Magazine/Algae Biomass Organization)  … To control carbon dioxide (CO2), the agency (Environmental Protection Agency) places a significant emphasis on burying emissions underground (carbon capture and sequestration or CCS), but I believe …

Sen. Whitehouse to Push Carbon Price Bill
October 29, 2014 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by  Laura Barron-Lopez  (The Hill) Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) is preparing legislation that will put a price on carbon and he plans to introduce it next month.   Whitehouse announced the legislation during a conference …

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 …

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 …

RI Producer To Supply Biodiesel For America’s Newest Tall Ship
May 6, 2014 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Tall Ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry (Biodiesel Magazine) While lathes are turning in Washington State, dozens of riggers have begun working on the standing rigging that will faithfully support the three masts of SSV Oliver …

Biofuels, Biomass Projects among Latest Round of REAP Funding
October 2, 2013 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Biodiesel Magazine)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced funding for projects in 22 states to help reduce energy consumption and cost, as well as for increasing the use of renewable technologies, including …

Algae Illustrated–ABO’s New Industry Project Book
August 2, 2013 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  The algae industry is moving faster than many people suspect. To help demonstrate how far along so many of ABO’s members are we  recently created the Algae Industry Project Book, an illustrated guide …

Rhode Island Passes Statewide Bioheat Requirement
July 23, 2013 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  State’s oil heat to contain 2 percent biodiesel by 2014
The governor of Rhode Island signed landmark legislation recently that will ensure all of the state’s heating oil becomes Bioheat® by 2014.  Starting July 1, …

Clear PVC Aimed at Biofuels Development
July 9, 2013 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by Michael Lauzon (Plastics News) Teknor Apex Co. has developed a clear, rigid PVC compound with UV resistance aimed primarily at outdoor tubing.
The Pawtucket, R.I., firm claims the new resin is well-suited to emerging technologies in algae …

Zero Waste and Plant Optimization
March 23, 2013 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  When Pacific Biodiesel Technologies’ Big Island Biodiesel refinery came online last year, it was marketed as a state-of-the-art, zero-waste plant. The facility, scaled at 16,000 gallons a day, was Hawaii’s …

Science Teacher Tests Biofuel Plane
March 5, 2013 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Neil Remiesiewicz and Steve Nielsen  (WPRI.com)   Ross McCurdy, who teaches at Ponaganset High School, teamed up with other fliers to take their biodiesel-powered aircraft for a test flight Saturday.
McCurdy and the team modified a …

How a Microbial Biorefinery Regulates Genes
February 21, 2013 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

(Brown University)  Digesting lignin, a highly stable polymer that accounts for up to a third of biomass, is a limiting step to producing a variety of biofuels. Researchers at Brown have figured out the microscopic …

ACORE Releases 2012 State-by-State Resource for Renewable Energy
November 12, 2012 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

(ACORE)  The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) released the 2012 edition of its report, Renewable Energy in the 50 States, as an interactive, online resource. Compiling updated financial data, resource potentials, market and policy …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Support for Producers to Grow Renewable Feedstocks for Advanced Biofuels
July 31, 2012 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced payments for 125 advanced Biofuel producers across the country to support the production and expansion of advanced biofuels from a wide variety of non-food sources, …

Low Carbon Fuel Standard Could Double Gas Prices
March 27, 2012 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  A new study released today by the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) indicates that a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states could result in doubling gasoline prices and other negative …

The Olive Economy
March 23, 2012 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Here are five types of technologies that straddle the political divide between green and black.
Re-using industrial waste gases  Here are three companies aiming at capturing CO2 and either directly converting to …

An Endeavor into Biofuel: University of Rhode Island Fuels Its Research Vessel with Biodiesel
March 2, 2012 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  In mid-January the University of Rhode Island topped off its research ship Endeavor’s fuel tank with 53,000 gallons of biodiesel-blended fuel. The move was the initial step in URI’s plan …

Scholastic Beginnings: Bob Cerio Blazed the Biodiesel-Blended Heating Oil Trail—This Is His Story
March 2, 2012 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver ( Biodiesel Magazine)  Until 2001, the electrode tip or the fuel nozzle in an oilheat burner didn’t mean much to the biodiesel industry. But after an energy resource manager for the Warwick, …

Cassandra Lin, Rhode Island Student, Applauded For Recycled Biodiesel Project
October 19, 2011 – 6:55 am | No Comment

by Pete Danko (Earth Techling/Huffington Post)   …The child this time is 13-year-old Cassandra Lin, who two years ago came up with the idea of collecting used cooking oil in the Westerly, R.I., area where she …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Payments to Producers in 41 States to Expand the Production and Availability of Advanced Biofuels
September 28, 2011 – 9:16 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today (September 27, 2011) announced that USDA will make payments to more than 160 energy producers in 41 states to support and ensure the production and expansion …

Electrofuels Research November 6-9, 2011 Providence, RI
August 26, 2011 – 11:16 am | No Comment
Electrofuels Research     November 6-9, 2011     Providence, RI

In order to ensure our national security, it is imperative that we change the way we produce and use energy. To aid this goal, SBE is initiating a new Conference series on Electrofuels Research to be …

The XTL Diet: New Paths to Feasible, Domestic Low-Carb Fuels
August 23, 2011 – 6:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can synthetic biology capture and utilize CO2 to such an extent that it not only can make money – but can mitigate the carbon intensity of no-no feedstocks like coal, …

Newport Issues RFQ for Algal Fuels Demo
August 4, 2011 – 9:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Rhode Island, the City of Newport is soliciting a Statement of Qualifications (QBS) for the creation of a Demonstration Project converting naturally occurring algae into a biodiesel for the …

2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA
June 24, 2011 – 9:33 am | No Comment
2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings  Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA

(US Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Biomass Program will be conducting detailed biennial peer review meetings of its activities throughout the first half …

Clean Energy and Power, Inc. Launches Renewable Energy Bio Fuels Division
November 22, 2010 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(MarketWire)  Company Is in Final Negotiations With a Strategic Partner
Clean Energy and Power, Inc.  announced  that management has decided to launch a new division focusing on renewable energy developed from non-edible feedstock. This decision comes after …

Chemists Improve Synthesis of Biodiesel
October 25, 2010 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Sahil Luthra  (The Brown Daily Herald)  Two Brown chemists have developed a more efficient way to produce biodiesel from waste vegetable oil.  
Using two catalysts common in organic chemistry, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jason Sello …