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Bioenergy Education Program Comes to SFSC This Fall
July 18, 2014 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(South Florida State College)  Beginning this fall, South Florida State College (SFSC) will offer a Bioenergy Education Program to provide students with a foundation of environmental sciences and renewable energy.
With a rising interest in green …

10 MegaVitaVegeTrends for Mega-Efficient Biofuels
July 16, 2014 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Are your biotechnologies run down, listless? Do they poop out at pitch meetings? Are they unpopular?   The answer to your problems may well be in this list — in the …

Kingsman Miami Sugar Conference September 11-12, 2014 Miami, FL
July 11, 2014 – 3:15 pm | No Comment
Kingsman Miami Sugar Conference     September 11-12, 2014    Miami, FL

This event gives you the information you need about the state of the sugar industry in the Americas. Building on the outstanding success of the Kingsman events in Dubai and Asia-Pacific, this is a regional …

Algenol’s Algae-Based Biofuel: The Next Generation in Renewable Energy
July 9, 2014 – 8:07 pm | No Comment

by Jenna Iacurci (Nature World News) Algenol, an up-and-coming company that specializes in algae-based biofuels, has developed and perfected its revolutionary technology, likely securing its spot as the next generation’s leader in renewable energy.
In collaborating …

Cellulosic Ethanol Deemed Good Fit in Idaho
July 9, 2014 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

(Capital Press)   IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — As the first commercial cellulosic ethanol plants open in the U.S. this year, energy experts say Idaho is well positioned to follow the leaders with a small facility that …

Brazilian Airline GOL to Make First International Commercial Flights With Newly Approved Amyris-Total Aviation Biofuel
July 9, 2014 – 10:46 am | No Comment

(Amyris/GlobeNewsWire)  International Flights From Florida to Sao Paulo Using Sugarcane-Derived Renewable Jet Fuel Support GOL Environmental Performance Objectives
Amyris (Nasdaq:AMRS) has partnered with Brazilian airline GOL (NYSE:GOL) to begin the first commercial route with farnesane, the …

After False Start, Biofuels Industry May Yet Impact Highlands County
June 17, 2014 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Marc Valero (Highlands Today) SEBRING — Three years ago, Highlands County was on the cusp of a bio boom time with hundreds of jobs looming in construction, agriculture and technology with buzz words such as …

The I-75 Biofuels Corridor: Now, the World’s Longest
June 12, 2014 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Complete this summer — this 1786-mile stretch of American interstate highway aims to offer the longest all-biofuels driving experience on the planet.  B20, E85? Here are the need-to-knows.
This week across six US …

Walking a Rough Road to a World Free of Non-Renewable Sources of Energy: Memories of 2014 International Biomass Conference and Expo
May 27, 2014 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

By Dan Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Imagine a world without non-renewable energy sources, where we just use sun, wind, and biomass to generate our electricity for industries and homes, and fuel for transportation. Is it …

Fortunately, Unfortunately: Pathways and Barriers to Algae Biofuels at Scale
May 27, 2014 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Think algae biofuels are real and near? Or, think it’s a promotional scheme for attracting finance for nutraceuticals and academic bridges-to-nowhere?  The barriers might be more, or less, daunting than …

Cheaper Renewable Fuels: Is Algae the Missing Ingredient?
May 27, 2014 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Lozanova (Triple Pundit) … “Not all algae can be lumped together,” says Paul Woods, CEO of Algenol, a biotechnology company that produces ethanol and other fuels. “There are lots of [algae-based biofuel] programs that use …

Company that Makes Biofuel from Weeds Considers Move to Volusia
May 12, 2014 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

by Clayton Park  (Daytona Beach News-Journal) A South Dakota company that has developed a way to convert pond weeds into ethanol fuel is looking to relocate to either Volusia County or Houston, Texas.

The Volusia County Council …

Puckett Attendance Center Will Produce Biodiesel in the Classroom with Renewable Energy Equipment
May 8, 2014 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(Florida Biodiesel, Inc./PR.com)  Puckett Attendance Center has chosen the B-60 Biodiesel processor as their hands-on educational tool to demonstrate to students how to produce renewable energy. “The students will process recycled oil they collect into …

UF/IFAS Researchers Target Eucalyptus as Source of Fuel for Biomass Production
May 7, 2014 – 8:47 pm | No Comment

(University of Florida)  University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers working to produce ethanol from plant material are taking a hard look at eucalyptus as a possible source for the clean fuel.
Joe Sagues, director …

Proterro Reaches Sugar-Making Milestones
April 25, 2014 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

(Proterro/Biomass Magazine)  “Proterro has reached its Q1 sugar-production pilot milestones,” CEO Kef Kasdin recently reported at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference.
Updating attendees on Proterro’s progress in developing an affordable, clean sugar feedstock for biofuels and …

For the Greater Green: Algae-Based Advanced Biofuels Bring a Clean, Affordable Solution
April 25, 2014 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Paul Woods (Algenol/Renewable Energy World)  …  When it comes to fuel production, climate change is a crucial issue that cannot be avoided. In the U.S., 3,600 million metric tons of CO2 are emitted from stationary …

Ethanol from Energy Beets: A Viable Option?
April 24, 2014 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dorminey (Renewable Fuel World)  US farmers are exploring the use of energy beets to produce ethanol. Requiring less water and containing more sugar than corn, they could be just what the market needs.
Corn …

Sunshine Biofuels Offers Drop-in, “Spill Safe” and Biodegradable Marine Diesel Fuel
April 2, 2014 – 11:21 am | No Comment

(Sunshine Biofuels/PR WEB) The company now brings replacement fuel for marine diesel that can save thousands of dollars per week and effectively reduce environmental impact.
Sunshine Biofuels now offers a replacement fuel for marine diesel and fuel …

IMSA Green Alternative Fuels Lauded by DOE, EPA
March 15, 2014 – 11:53 pm | No Comment

Leaders from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined top executives from the automobile and fuel industries Saturday at Sebring International Raceway to praise the International Motor Sports …

$100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge Announces Elite Eight Plus Two, Will Vie To Reach Final Four
March 13, 2014 – 11:35 pm | No Comment

(University of Maryland/Yahoo! News)  The $100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge, a business plan competition supported by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) encouraging students from universities in the southeastern United States …

Cellulosic Ethanol Fights for Life
March 13, 2014 – 12:47 am | No Comment

by Mark Peplow (Nature)  Pioneering biofuel producers hope that US government largesse will ease their way into a tough market.
…Thousands of tonnes of corn stover — the leaves, stalks and husks left over after the maize …

The Sugar Producers
March 12, 2014 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sweetwater Energy and Proterro, two companies using widely different approaches, aim for low-cost sugar that may give today’s corn ethanol plants a glide path into advanced ethanol production. They’re …

Algae Biomass Organization Hails New Publication that Identifies Most Promising Locations for Commercial Algae Production Projects
March 11, 2014 – 11:52 am | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Analysis can reduce time, cost associated with site development
The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the algae industry, today (March 10, 2014) lauded a new publication from the Pacific Northwest …

Team Converts Sugarcane to a Cold-Tolerant, Oil-Producing Crop
March 4, 2014 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Diana Yates (University of Illinois)  A multi-institutional team reports that it can increase sugarcane’s geographic range, boost its photosynthetic rate by 30 percent and turn it into an oil-producing crop for biodiesel production.
These are …

Proterro Wins Key Notice of Allowance for its Photobioreactor from USPTO
February 24, 2014 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Photobioreactor is a key innovation in Proterro’s patented sugar-making process now deployed at the company’s pilot plant in Orlando, Florida
In New Jersey, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has …

Why the Promise of Cheap Fuel from Super Bugs Fell Short
February 6, 2014 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by Martin LaMonica (MIT Technology Review)  The sell-off of synthetic biology pioneer LS9 goes to show that making biofuels from genetically engineered microbes has yet to deliver economically.

LS9 had hoped to be selling diesel to …

36th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals April 28-May 1, 2014 Clearwater Beach, FL
February 6, 2014 – 4:41 pm | No Comment
36th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals  April 28-May 1, 2014   Clearwater Beach, FL

Don’t miss the 36th SBFC in Clearwater Beach, Fl! This year’s Symposium will be held April 28-May 1 at the Hilton Clearwater Beach in Florida.   The SBFC provides an excellent opportunity to network and engage …

Porsche Wins First IMSA Green Racing Challenge at Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona
January 26, 2014 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The Porsche 911 (running as #911),fielded by Porsche North America,  and driven by Porsche works drivers Richard Leitz, Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet, won not only the GTLM class …

Green Racing Challenge Is Back
January 25, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

By Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Green Racing 2.0 was announced today just before the start of the Rolex 24 Hour Race at Daytona International Speedway. Scott Atherton, President and COO of the race’s sanctioning …

Future of Green Racing Looks Bright
January 25, 2014 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  When the organizers of the American Le Mans Series announced the merger with NASCAR’s GRAND-AM series, we noted that the future of green racing was uncertain.  GRAND-AM vehicles never …

Low-Cost Biodiesel Production
January 15, 2014 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  As federal biodiesel policy uncertainty rises, low-cost biodiesel production with new technologies to allow processing of cheaper, lower quality feedstocks, is paramount. Biodiesel Magazine provides a cross-section of new technologies …

Commercializing Enzymatic Biodiesel Production
January 6, 2014 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Hobden (Viesel Fuel LLC/Biodiesel Magazine)  Viesel Fuel, in collaboration with Novozymes and Tactical Fabrication, has developed and implemented a biodiesel production process using enzymes to produce at a rate of 5 MMgy. The …

Scientific Results Presented at 2013 ASA Annual Meeting Indicated: The Environmental Benefits of Biofuels Are Much More than We Had Thought
December 31, 2013 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Danilo Gusmao de Quadros (Advanced Biofuels USA)*  The substitution of fossil fuels by advanced biofuels per se has a huge impact on the environment through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, consequently mitigating global …

Algenol Produces “Algae Sex Tape”
December 27, 2013 – 11:15 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  … Algenol Biofuels has released its “Algae Sex Tape,” a sensual, pro-alternative energy, take on making ethanol from algae…with a passion.
Using sophisticated graphics, slow motion and provocative angles, the Algenol video exposes the …

Ineos Bio Announces Operational Progress at Florida Plant
December 16, 2013 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

(Ineos Bio/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … ”INEOS Bio’s Vero Beach facility has made significant operational progress and we are steadily moving towards stable operations in 2014 with a focus on improving performance metrics throughout next year,” said …

USDA and DOE Fund 7 Research Projects to Develop Plant Feedstocks for Bioenergy
December 16, 2013 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy (DOE) today announced $8 million in research grants to develop non-food feedstocks that can be used for bioenergy. The grants are part of …

Growing Algae to Produce Clean Fuel and Offset Carbon Emissions
November 21, 2013 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Meg Cichon (Renewable Energy World)  … On Monday afternoon, Power-Gen and Renewable Energy World attendees headed to the Culture Fuels site to learn about their algal biomass technology. According to Mike Welch, research associate in …

Reshaping American Energy—A Look Back at BETO’s Accomplishments in 2013.
November 21, 2013 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  BETO recently published a new two-page overview document that highlights significant Office achievements from 2013. One noteworthy success was the demonstration of two cellulosic ethanol production processes at a cost of …

Next Generation of Biofuels Is Still Years Away
November 14, 2013 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Jonathan Fahey (Associated Press)  The first trickle of fuels made from agricultural waste is finally winding its way into the nation’s energy supply, after years of broken promises and hype promoting a next-generation fuel …

Exclusive: Algenol to Build in Florida
October 31, 2013 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Dave Elias (NBC2/ABC-7.com)  Months after a multi-million dollar company said it won’t build a state-of-the-art ethanol plant in Florida we’ve learned plans have changed. The owner of Algenol says he now plans to build his ethanol …

Water, Food, Energy & Innovation for a Sustainable World November 3-6, 2013 Tampa, FL
October 28, 2013 – 11:27 am | No Comment
Water, Food, Energy & Innovation for a Sustainable World   November 3-6, 2013     Tampa, FL

The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America will host more than 4,000 scientists, professionals, educators, and students at the 2013 International Annual Meetings, “Water, Food, Energy …

Is the Renewable Fuel Standard Helping Bring the Next Generation of Biofuels to Market?
October 25, 2013 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  For many supporters of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a key goal was to stimulate the development and use of low-carbon, next generation biofuels – to help …

Algae Farm-In-A-Balloon Could Silence The Algae Biofuel Boo-Birds
October 25, 2013 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Tina Casey (CleanTechnica)  A company called Proterro has come up with a super low-cost way to squeeze sucrose out of algae, and if its new pilot-scale facility shakes out successfully, don’t be surprised to …

Got Algae?: The 2013 Algae Biomass Summit
October 25, 2013 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Dan Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  During four days, from September 31st to October 3rd, people from 34 countries were reunited at the Hilton Hotel in Orlando, Florida, for a wide-ranging discussion of the advances …

See It Now: When, How Will Algenol’s $0.75/Gallon Gas Savings Find a Station Near You?
October 25, 2013 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Everyone asks: exactly when will low-cost, energy-secure alternative fuels appear at the gas station?
You see, that’s where you come in. New technologies face the usual deployment challenges. Permitting, environmental review. …

Highlights from 2013 ABLC-Next; Hot Slides, Hot Perspectives, Parts I, II, III, IV and V
October 15, 2013 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) As ABLC-Next concludes, here is the first installment in a review of the hottest slides, stories, intrigue and perspective from the Big Conversation amongst the bioeconomy’s elite.
… (see these slides and …

Proterro Meets Key Milestones: Tests Confirm Photobioreactor Robustness; Commissioning of Pilot Plant in Process
October 2, 2013 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(Proterro)  The biofeedstock company also validates low fabrication cost and completes preliminary design, layout, and cost estimate for demonstration-scale plant.
– Proterro, Inc., the only biofeedstock company that actually makes sucrose instead of extracting it from crops …

Algae Biomass Summit Opens with Focus on Meeting Customer Demand
October 2, 2013 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  … Speaking to a packed conference hall, executives from Algenol, Sapphire Energy, Cellana, BioProcess Algae, Heliae, Algix and Aurora Algae all emphasized scaling up production as the industry’s next major priority as it …

Tow Company Owner Seeks to Produce Biodiesel Fuel
October 2, 2013 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Larry Barszewski (Sun Sentinel)  … Last year, (Craig) Goldstein started a side business, Oil Recovery Interests, which collects the used oil from food operations from Miami to Tampa, including vendors at Sun Life Stadium, Fort …

Algenol: Renewable Fuel at 75 Cents below Current Market, as Soon as 2014
October 2, 2013 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In Florida, Algenol CEO Paul Woods announced at the Algae Biomass Summit that the company has switched reactor system and has reached a peak production of 10,400 gallons per acre …

Cellulosic Leaders Talk Feedstock Procurement at Nebraska Event
September 20, 2013 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In front of an attentive crowd at the 2013 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo in Omaha, Neb., representatives from Abengoa Bioenergy S.A., Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels LLC and Ineos …

Ethanol Industry on the Offensive after August Recess
September 9, 2013 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … (Paul) Bertels (vice president of production and utilization for the National Corn Growers Association) said the harvest should bring in about 12.9 billion bushels of corn, the third largest …

University of Florida/IFAS Study Finds Algal Cells Create Fat More Quickly Than Thought, Could Aid Biofuel research
September 3, 2013 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Mickie Anderson (University of Florida)   … Many research teams in academia and private industry are struggling, however, with one vexing problem with algae as a fuel source: The conditions that promote algal growth aren’t the …

Algae Biomass Summit Adds Young Innovators Lounge
August 29, 2013 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) has announced the addition of a Young Innovators Lounge to this year’s Summit, taking place September 30–October 3, in Orlando, Florida. Specifically aimed at connecting young ABO …

Trash Into Gas, Efficiently? An Army Test May Tell
August 27, 2013 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Paul Tullis (The New York Times)  …But big drawbacks have prevented the wholesale adoption of trash-to-gas technology in the United States: incineration is polluting, and the capital costs of new plants are enormous. Gasification …

Carinata: Valuable Biofuel Potential for Florida Farmers
August 23, 2013 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Les Harrison  (SouthEast Farm Press/UF Extension, Wakulla County)  A canola cousin, carinata produces oil seeds that can be used to make an alternative fuel which is virtually indistinguishable from petroleum counterparts.  Researchers at the …

36th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals April 28-May 1, 2014 Clearwater Beach, FL
August 23, 2013 – 4:48 pm | No Comment
36th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals      April 28-May 1, 2014    Clearwater Beach, FL

The Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemical covers topics such as:

Enzyme Science & Technology
Biomass Supply & Sustainability
Plant Science & Technology
Algae Science & Technology
Biomass Recalcitrance
Pretreatment & Fractionation
Bacterial Science & Technology
Yeast and Fungal Science & Technology
Bioprocessing & Separations …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 36th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals April 28-May 1, 2014 DEADLINE: November 17, 2013
August 23, 2013 – 4:32 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  36th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals  April 28-May 1, 2014  DEADLINE:   November 17, 2013

Abstract submission is now open for the 36th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals (SBFC). The 36th SBFC will be held April 28-May 1, 2014 at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Hotel in Clearwater Beach, …

National Ethanol Conference February 17-19, 2014 Orlando, FL
August 22, 2013 – 5:42 pm | No Comment
National Ethanol Conference   February 17-19, 2014   Orlando, FL

Since 1996, the RFA’s National Ethanol Conference (NEC) has been recognized as the preeminent conference for delivering accurate, timely information on marketing, legislative and regulatory issues facing the ethanol industry.  With numerous networking opportunities, more business meetings …

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Biomass Conference and Expo March 24-26, 2014 Orlando, FL DEADLINE November 29, 2013
August 15, 2013 – 6:03 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  International Biomass Conference and Expo   March 24-26, 2014   Orlando, FL   DEADLINE  November 29, 2013

Presentation ideas and poster abstracts will be accepted for the 2014 International Biomass Conference & Expo through November 29, 2013. Presentation ideas and poster abstracts may be submitted in one of four tracks:
Track 1: Pellets …

International Biomass Conference and Expo March 24-26, 2014 Orlando, FL
August 15, 2013 – 6:00 pm | No Comment
International Biomass Conference and Expo   March 24-26, 2014   Orlando, FL

Attendees of the 2014 International Biomass Conference & Expo seek solutions to the everyday challenges they face.
The 7th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo will take place March 24-26, 2014, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, …

Florida Biofuels Plant Temporarily Closed, May Not Reopen
August 14, 2013 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Mary Wozniak (News Press) The Florida Biofuels plant is temporarily closed, and it’s possible the facility will not reopen, the company’s operation manager said today.
The plant has already been closed for two weeks , Chris Speake, …

Biomass 2013: How The Advanced Bioindustry is Reshaping American Energy
August 8, 2013 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Nicholas De Filippis (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On July 31 experts on bio-based products from around the world converged on the Washington Convention Center to attend the two day Biomass 2013 Conference hosted by the …

7 Hot Energy Crops for Advanced Biofuels: What’s Happening?
August 8, 2013 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Miscanthus, sorghum, switchgrass, jatropha, camelina, carinata, and arundo. Who’s doing what to bring these crops to scale — and who are the potential big winners?
… Just when you start feeling great …

First Facility in the World Using New Advanced Bioenergy Technology to Convert Waste to Renewable Fuel and Electricity
August 5, 2013 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(INEOS Bio)  INEOS Bio Produces Cellulosic Ethanol at Commercial Scale
INEOS Bio today announced that its Indian River BioEnergy Center (Centre) is now producing cellulosic ethanol at commercial scale. First ethanol shipments will be released in August. …

Success of Florida Waste-to-Ethanol Plant Sparks New Hope for Shelved Lake County Project
August 5, 2013 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Carrie Napoleon (Post-Tribune/Chicago Sun Times)  Breakthrough technology behind the Schneider trash-to-ethanol plant proposed by Powers Energy apparently has been proven.
Whether that means construction of the plant in the small Lake County town will move …

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 …

Biofuels Digest’s 5-Minute Guide to Loan Guarantees: Who Got ‘Em, What’re They Doing?
July 30, 2013 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In today’s Digest – visit our 5-Minute Guide to Loan Guarantees — INEOS Bio, Myriant, Sapphire Energy, Abengoa, Chemtex, Enerkem, Fiberight, Fulcrum, ZeaChem – Plus POET-DSM, Diamond Green Diesel, Coskata and Range Fuels
Projects open …

Vulnerable Maryland Weighs Threat of Sea-Level Rise
July 29, 2013 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Darryl Fears   (The Washington Post)  It was scary enough that a team of experts on sea-level rise projected that Maryland’s coastal waters could rise to six feet in this century. But to hammer …

Gevo Supplies U.S. Coast Guard With Isobutanol-Blended Gasoline
July 26, 2013 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(MarketWatch/Gevo)  Fuel to be Used for Testing in Marine Engine Applications
Gevo, Inc., has begun supplying the U.S. Coast Guard R&D Center with initial quantities of finished 16.1% renewable isobutanol-blended gasoline for engine testing.
“Gevo’s proprietary isobutanol-blended …

Viesel Fuel Completes Upgrade at Enzymatic Biodiesel Plant in Stuart, FL
July 23, 2013 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

(Viesel Fuel/Biofuels Journal)   Viesel Fuel, LLC announced that they have completed the upgrade of the Viesel Fuel facility to produce biodiesel using an enzymatic process developed by Novozymes of Denmark.
Viesel Fuel has obtained approvals from the …

Fast Swimmers: 10 Algae Technologies, Where Are They in the Race for the Summit?
July 23, 2013 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The Summer of Algae has passed, but dozens of companies have remained hot in pursuit of a solution for fuels, feed, nutraceuticals, fragrances, flavorings and tailored renewable oils.
Their technologies? Closed …

12 Bellwether Biofuels Projects – Where Do They Stand?
July 22, 2013 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   Advanced biofuels – mirage or reality? In January we wrote: “When these 12 projects open for business (or not) in 2013, you’ll know for sure.”  So, what do we know?

We …

Momentum: 12 Biobased Ventures Raise $435M in Q2 2013; 32 Projects Being Built off the Balance Sheet
July 10, 2013 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Despite negative press from Bloomberg, biobased investing is surging, both direct and via strategics.  The Digest has the data and the scoop.
After we profiled, last April, 17 biobased ventures who …

Letter to the Editor – Dinneen to Big Oil: Focus on the Facts
May 28, 2013 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  In an interview published on May 22, Charles Drevna, President of the American Fuels & Petrochemical Manufacturers, disparaged the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and claimed it negatively effects consumers. He couldn’t …

Support Growing for Veto of Ethanol Bill
May 28, 2013 – 10:41 am | No Comment

(News Press)  A bio-energy company on the Treasure Coast has joined Fort Myers-based Algenol Inc. in calling for Gov. Rick Scott to veto a measure that would repeal the state law requiring most gasoline sold …

Douglas Durante: Florida’s Ethanol Program Needs to Stay the Course
May 8, 2013 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

(Tallahassee.com)  Having spent some time on the ground in Tallahassee and talking with several legislators over the past few years, it is clear the ethanol program the state has developed is not understood and certainly …

Florida Sunshine Fueling the Growth of Algenol and Its Blue-Green Algae
May 8, 2013 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Carlin Rosengarten  (Fueling Growth) Nearly 30 years ago, Paul Woods invented the Direct to Ethanol technology that his company, Algenol Biofuels, utilizes today to produce ethanol from blue-green algae at its state-of-the-art commercial development campus …

Oil $$, No Ethanol. Coincidence? I Think Not.
May 3, 2013 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)
Last week the biofuel industry took a hit when Florida voted to repeal its Renewable Fuel Standard, HB4001, that required fuel retailers to blend ethanol into their gasoline. The charge against ethanol was led …

Florida Legislation Threatening Algenol’s Expansion in State
May 3, 2013 – 10:34 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Tim Engstrom reports in Gannett’s news-press.com that a bill to repeal Florida’s Renewable Fuel Standard passed in the current legislative session and sent to Gov. Rick Scott for signing is putting Algenol’s …

Evers Wins Ethanol-Free Gas Victory
April 25, 2013 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

(NorthEscambia.com)  Sen. Greg Evers is applauding the passage of his bill that allows Florida consumers to choose gas that is ethanol free.
…The bill passage prompted a joint statement from a joint statement, Bob Dinneen, President …

Groundwork Begins on Florida Sweet Sorghum-to-Ethanol Plant
April 23, 2013 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

By Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Site preparation has begun and plans are being finalized for a formal groundbreaking ceremony to be held in the next few weeks at the country’s first sweet sorghum-to-ethanol …

Sugar Shock: Sweetwater, Naturally Scientific Ink $250M Pact for Biobased Sugars
April 19, 2013 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The end-goal? High-value oils. Low-cost sugars become shock troops in the war for sustainability.
In New York, we’ve learned that Sweetwater Energy will announce a project today to provide Naturally Scientific …

Florida Legislature Poised to Pull the Plug on Florida’s Bioenergy Sector
April 19, 2013 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

(Business Wire/Florida Biofuels and Bioenergy Association)  $1 Billion in Investment At Risk
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Florida Legislature will consider HB4001, which repeals the Renewable Fuels Standard set in 2008. With a federal mandate for 10 percent ethanol …

LS9 Expands Operations in Florida
April 18, 2013 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … LS9 CEO Tjerk de Ruiter announced the expansion of its operations at the Company’s Okeechobee, Florida demonstration facility with a successful customer trial.
The Florida facility was initially designed, and has …

Florida Senate Bill Repealing Ethanol Requirement Rewritten with Only ‘Nice Words’
April 10, 2013 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Ritchie  (The Florida Current)  A Senate bill that would repeal the 2008 requirement that gasoline in Florida contain about 10 percent ethanol was rewritten on Tuesday to remove the repeal.
Bill supporters say the law …

Fertilizer Production at North Dakota Ethanol Plants Explored
April 8, 2013 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Prairie Business) Colorado company Agrebon Inc. and North Dakota partners are in discussions with North Dakota’s two largest ethanol plants in Casselton and Hankinson to build small-scale nitrogen fertilizer factories on their campuses.
…Each …

ACC Clean Energy Challenge Announces Elite Eight Plus Two, Will Vie to Reach Final Four
April 5, 2013 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

(Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute/PR NewsWire)  The $100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge, a business plan competition supported by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) encouraging students from universities in the southeastern United …

BioNitrogen Signs Second Supply Agreement with United Suppliers – Is Urea on the Move?
April 5, 2013 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BioBased Digest)  In Florida, BioNitrogen Corp. announced that it has signed a supply agreement with United Suppliers, Inc. for the offtake of urea fertilizer for its planned plants in Pointe Coupee Parish, …

Genuine Bio Fuel Inc.’s Second Chance Program Proves to Be a Model for Successful Hiring in the Biodiesel Industry
April 5, 2013 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

(PR Web/Genuine Bio-Fuel Inc.)  Genuine Bio-Fuel Inc., a privately funded leader in the biodiesel fuel industry, has successfully designed a unique employment program to enrich the Florida’s Indiantown community.
Genuine Bio-Fuel Inc., a leading biodiesel producer …

The Algae Biomass Organization Announces Algae Biomass Summit 2013 Student Travel Grants DEADLINE April 17, 2013
March 27, 2013 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  The Algae Biomass Organization is pleased to announce that it is offering a minimum of seven $500 travel grant scholarships to attend the 7th Annual Algae Biomass Summit in Orlando, FL, USA, …

Florida Bill Would Repeal Ethanol Requirement
March 26, 2013 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  A bill has been introduced in the Florida legislature that would repeal the state’s Renewable Fuel Standard Act.
Currently, the Florida law requires that all gasoline sold or offered for sale by a terminal …

Biorefinery 2015 – The Shape of Advanced Biofuels to Come – Part II
March 26, 2013 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today in part II, we look at a new set of technologies coming along that are redefining our ideas about scale and cost.
… A barrier to long term deployment? The …

Cleantech Open to Expand to South Florida — Expects Biomass, Biogas, Biofuels, BioEnergy and Algae Startups in Its Mix
March 19, 2013 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Cleantech Open, which has helped startups raise $800 million for over 700 alumni since its inception in 2006, announced that it is expanding to South Florida to …

Algenol Hits 9K Gallons/Acre Mark for Algae-to-Ethanol Process
March 12, 2013 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algae pioneer now at 50% above original productivity target — aims to complete demo in 2013, head for commercial-scale in 2014.
In Florida, Algenol confirmed that the company had exceeded production …

Big Oil’s Big Smear?
March 4, 2013 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Brad Krohn (Biofuels Digest/United States EnviroFuels, LLC)   Big Oil’s best kept secret from the American consumer is Brazil’s fuel ethanol mandate, which started during the 1970s as a result of the OPEC oil …

Dubai Giant Invests in Algenol
February 22, 2013 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Lytle (NaplesNews.com)  …Paul Woods, founder and CEO of Algenol Biofuels, which is making ethanol from algae and is about to go into major production, said global giant Reliance Industries Limited has put up …

The Renewable Fuel Standard Works
February 11, 2013 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Martin and Jim Collins (Politico) The fuels of the future are here today, and we can thank Congress for enacting the Renewable Fuel Standard. This bedrock policy has brought us to the point where …

Florida Innovates with Its Eucalyptus and Citrus for Biomass Production
January 22, 2013 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dorminey (Renewable Energy World)  By taking full advantage of both its natural subtropical climate and its own citrus resources, Florida’s fledgling biomass energy sector looks to be finally coming into its own.

Two recent initiatives …

Mazda’s Newest Race Cars Are Powered By Chicken Guts
January 21, 2013 – 8:44 pm | No Comment

by Joann Muller (Forbes)  When the grueling 2013 Rolex 24 endurance race kicks off at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 26, the field will include three Mazda6 race cars powered by an unusual type of renewable fuel.
The ultra-clean, synthetic …