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Proactive Biodiesel Blending Practices Help Improve Performance
June 14, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Paul Nazzaro (Advanced Fuel Solutions Inc./Biodiesel Magazine)  As biodiesel continues to emerge as a sought-after blending component for generic distillates in the Northeast and beyond, a recent study commissioned by the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association …

It’s Time for States to Save the Planet: State-Level Carbon Taxes Offer a Path to the Ultimate Climate Solution.
May 8, 2017 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

by Charles Komanoff (Huffington Post)  The Carbon Tax Center is out with a new report timed to the surging climate movement. We surveyed all 50 U.S. states (and Washington, DC) to identify the ones with …

Biodiesel Helps UConn Gain Green Rating at All 8 Dining Halls
May 3, 2017 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Reitz (UConn Communications/Biodiesel Magazine)  UConn has become one of a select few public universities in the U.S. to achieve green certification for every dining hall on campus, based on practices used at each …

CARB Finds Vehicle Standards Are Achievable and Cost-Effective
March 27, 2017 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(California Air Resources Board)  CARB votes to move forward with greenhouse gas reductions and zero emission programs through 2025; action sets the table for accelerating programs post-2025  —  Today (March 24, 2017) California re-affirmed its …

Yale, Penn State Team Receives $1.2M Co-Optima Award to Investigate Sooting Behavior of Biofuels
March 6, 2017 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(MoveEnergy)  Penn State Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Yuan Xuan and researchers at Yale University will work together to identify clean-burning biofuels for next-generation internal combustion engines under to a $1.2 million award from the …

What Blend Wall? Why Facts Trump Rhetoric Every Time
January 25, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  Half of U.S. states blended more than 10 percent ethanol, RFA’s president and CEO points out in his View from the Hill column —  Reps. Bill Flores, R-Texas, and …

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 …

Energy Department Announces Up to $7 Million for the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines
December 29, 2016 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the Energy Department (DOE) announced up to $7 million for eight universities to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission engines. Under the Co-Optimization …

Plant Scientists Study Interactions between GMOs and the Environment
July 19, 2016 – 9:42 pm | No Comment

(University of Connecticut)  … The research team is led by professor emerita Carol Auer and supported by a grant from the Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grant Program, an initiative of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and …

Kolmar Scoops up U.S. Biodiesel Plant as Trader Seeks to Expand
January 11, 2016 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Kolmar Group AG’s U.S. unit has bought a small Connecticut biodiesel plant, the Swiss commodities trader’s first ever acquisition of an asset, in a move that may stir hopes of renewed …

Report: Coal, Biomass Mix May Be in Military Jet Fuel Future
December 23, 2015 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology recently released results of a research project that investigated the technical feasibility, commercial viability and environmental compliance of the …

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 …

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 …

Ocean Circulation Change: Sea level Spiked for Two Years along Northeastern North America
March 2, 2015 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/University of Arizona)  Sea levels from New York to Newfoundland jumped up about four inches in 2009 and 2010 because ocean circulation changed. The unusual spike in sea level caused flooding along the northeast …

Fry-Oil Biofuel Businesses Suffer as Gas Prices Fall
January 5, 2015 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Natalie O’Neill  (New York Post)  Plunging oil prices mean lean times for the owners of greasy spoons no longer able to cash in on their excess fats, The Post has learned.   When a barrel of …

Continual Improvements to Continuous Flow Production
December 31, 2014 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Ming Chai and Gus Kellogg (Greenleaf Biofuels/Biodiesel Magazine)   As most biodiesel start-ups will find, the relatively simple academic theory of converting triglycerides into alkyl esters is not so simple in the real world. Add …

The 41 Weirdest Things Ever Used to Make Biofuels
December 31, 2014 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Bunnies, liposuction fat, Prince Charles’ leftover wine, day-old whale, the human poo bus, fire ants dipped in hexane, old beer, raging fireballs, vibrating blobs, dope, and even the New Orleans …

Hemp Produces Viable Biodiesel, UConn Study Finds
December 12, 2014 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Christine Buckley  (University of Connecticut) Of all the various uses for Cannabis plants, add another, “green” one to the mix.
Researchers at UConn have found that the fiber crop Cannabis sativa, known as industrial hemp, has properties …

Mayor Finch Holds Groundbreaking at Tri-State Biodiesel, Creating 25 New Green Jobs at Eco-Technology Park
October 28, 2014 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Tri-State Biodiesel)  …  The Tri-State Biodiesel project is part of a significant green investment into the Bridgeport Eco-Industrial Park that supports the creation of new “green collar” jobs. Tri-State Biodiesel expects to create an additional …

USDA Funds Bio-Energy Research in Central CT
August 13, 2014 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. )  Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT), a non-profit economic development organization based in East Hartford, Conn., was awarded a Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) to work on …

EPA Funds Cook Stoves Research to Ameliorate Air Quality and Mitigate Climate Change
May 30, 2014 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

By Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuel USA) If the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) systematic analysis study of 2010 is anything to go by, then by the time you are done reading this article about 35 …

Students and Companies Worldwide Invited to Join Open-Source Embry-Riddle Project to Develop Renewable Jet Fuel
February 6, 2014 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  Senior students at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Prescott, Arizona are taking part in an open-source project to develop jet biofuel. The ‘CapStone’ project is also inviting the participation of students and academics …

Students and Companies Worldwide Invited to Join Open-Source Embry-Riddle Project to Develop Renewable Jet Fuel
February 6, 2014 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  Senior students at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Prescott, Arizona are taking part in an open-source project to develop jet biofuel. The ‘CapStone’ project is also inviting the participation of students and academics …

Tri-State, LARD Purchase Bridgeport Biodiesel; Upgrades Planned
November 21, 2013 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(Tri-State/Biodiesel Magazine)  New York City-based Tri-State Biodiesel and its parent company, The Sustainable Biodiesel Company, have partnered with New Jersey-based Lard-NABF LLC (LARD) to purchase and upgrade the Connecticut-based biodiesel production business, Bridgeport Biodiesel.
This partnership …

Connecticut Innovations Awards $150,000 to AgriFuels
July 22, 2013 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Rocky Hill, CT-based Connecticut Innovations (CI), the state’s quasi-public authority responsible for growing Connecticut businesses through innovative financing and strategic assistance, has awarded a Connecticut Innovation Challenge grant of $150,000 to AgriFuels LLC …

Greenleaf Sets the Bar for Safe, Efficient Biodiesel Production
February 21, 2013 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Gus Kellogg, Rahul Bobbili and Dianna Overmyer (Sustainable Planet)  Greenleaf Biofuels recently began producing biodiesel fuel at its New Haven, Connecticut plant. When fully operational the facility is slated to produce up to 10 million …

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 …

Students Rock Ethanol
November 7, 2012 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  High school senior Jason Girouard from Brimfield, Massachusetts has won the Ethanol Rocks video contest sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association. Girouard was awarded $1,500. Freshman Emily Yue from Gilford, Connecticut and …

Genuine Bio-Fuel to Open Biodiesel Refinery in Lincoln Park, NJ
August 15, 2012 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(Genuine Bio-Fuel/Biodiesel Magazine)  Genuine Bio-Fuel Inc., headquartered in Indiantown, Fla., expands its operations to Lincoln Park, N.J., with the build-out of a state-of-the-art biodiesel refinery at the Lincoln Park Airport, while creating15 to 30 new …

Grease Traps To Fuel Tanks: Biodiesel Venture Brings Tech To Wastewater Treatment Plant
August 8, 2012 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Brian Dowling (Hartford Current) …Richard Parnas, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Connecticut’s Institute of Materials Science, a few years ago started converting the school’s used cooking oil, known as yellow …

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 …

EERC to Develop Biofuel for US Military
March 2, 2012 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Kari Williamson (Renewable Energy Focus)  The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) will develop alternative liquid fuels, including biofuel, for US military applications under a US$906,000 contract from the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology …

US Coast Guard Conducts B100 Trial in 49-Foot BUSL Boat
February 29, 2012 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. Coast Guard is exploring the possibility fueling some of its vessels with biodiesel. According to Rich Hansen, branch chief of the USCG’s Research and Development Center surface branch, …

Bridgeport Biodiesel Holds Grand Opening for New Plant in Connecticut
February 15, 2012 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  Bridgeport BioDiesel LLC hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of its 1 MMgy biodiesel multifeedstock production facility located in Bridgeport, Conn.
Originally conceived in 2008, Bridgeport BioDiesel co-owner …

University of Georgia Scientists ‘Hijack’ Bacterial Immune System
January 6, 2012 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Sam Fahmy  (University of Georgia)  …Now, a team of University of Georgia researchers has discovered how to harness this bacterial immune system to selectively target and silence genes. The finding, published today in the …

Pact Deepens FuelCell’s Reach to Europe, S. America
December 13, 2011 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Brad Kane  (HartfordBusiness.com)   Danbury alternative-power equipment maker FuelCell Energy, Inc. has inked a tentative deal with a Spanish energy provider on Monday to sell biofuel-powered generators to commercial markets in Latin America and Europe.
The …

Greenleaf Biofuels Holds 10 MMgy Plant Groundbreaking Ceremony
December 7, 2011 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  Greenleaf Biofuels LLC held a groundbreaking ceremony for its 10 MMgy biodiesel plant in New Haven, Conn., on Nov. 4. The event took place adjacent to the cleared building lot …

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 …

One-Pot Catalytic Conversion of Cellulose and of Woody Biomass Solids to Liquid Fuels
September 13, 2011 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Theodore D. Matson, Katalin Barta, Alexei V. Iretskii, and Peter C. Ford  (Journal of the American Chemical Society)  Efficient methodologies for converting biomass solids to liquid fuels have the potential to reduce dependence on …

Combinatorial Life Cycle Assessment to Inform Process Design of Industrial Production of Algal Biodiesel
September 13, 2011 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Laura B. Brentner, Matthew J. Eckelman, and Julie B. Zimmerman  (Environmental Science & Technology)     The use of algae as a feedstock for biodiesel production is a rapidly growing industry, in the United …

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 …

Ag Secretary Touts Agrivida
May 16, 2011 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Donna Goodison (Boston Herald)  Greater Boston doesn’t usually rate as a Hub of agriculture but yesterday U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Medford to praise start-up Agrivida Inc. as an example of how …

Oregon’s Diesel to Contain 5 Percent Renewable Biodiesel
April 12, 2011 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Oregon is about to become the second state to require that most of the diesel sold there contain at least 5 percent biodiesel (B5). The National Biodiesel Board applauded the state on …

UGES Expands New York Rail-to-Rack Biodiesel Terminal
March 30, 2011 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  Ultra Green Energy Services Inc. expanded operations at the New Hyde Park Fuel Terminal in New Hyde Park, N.Y., by increasing railcar storage capacity by 30 percent. The terminal, owned …

UConn Reactor Uses More Efficient Process to Make Biodiesel Fuel
March 22, 2011 – 6:59 am | No Comment

(PhysOrg.com)  Deep inside the University of Connecticut’s chemical engineering building in Storrs, Professor Richard Parnas and a team of students quietly monitor a murky brown emulsion bubbling inside an enormous 6-inch diameter glass tube like …

Biofuel Plant to Use Cooking Waste
February 22, 2011 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Gavan Gideon  (Yale Daily News)  Leftover cooking oil from (Yale) University dining halls will soon contribute to an expanding renewable energy industry.
Connecticut-based Greenleaf Biofuels is planning construction of a biodiesel production facility in New …

Biofuels Facility Planned for New Haven Terminal Site
February 7, 2011 – 8:52 am | No Comment

by Mary E. O’Leary  (New Haven Register)  A biofuels production facility with water transport access in the city’s port is being planned for the New Haven Terminal property.
Greenleaf Biofuels would operate the plant at 100 …

10 to watch: Senators on Energy
February 5, 2011 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Darren Goode (Politico)  With Republicans controlling the House and ramping up oversight and investigations of the Obama administration, focus at least initially in the next Congress will be on the Senate to lay a …

Seaweed: The New Trend in Water Purification
January 4, 2011 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(PhysOrg.com)   Charles Yarish is, by his own definition, a seaweed enthusiast. Over his 35-year career, the Stamford professor of ecology and evolutionary biology has followed his marine algae instincts around the world, studying seaweeds’ relationships, their …

Scientists Say It Is High Time for Hemp-Based Biofuel
October 12, 2010 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Danny Bradbury (BusinessGreen)   University of Connecticut reveals plan to build biofuel research plant capable of turning hemp into biodiesel.
Researchers at the University of Connecticut have found that hemp is a viable feedstock for biodiesel …