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Two PA Companies Partner to Fuel Economy
April 7, 2017 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(Gant News)  Pennsylvania Grain Processing Corn Merchandiser, Brian Kelly, was a little doubtful four years ago when he first approached Sheetz Inc. about selling new blends of ethanol at its fuel station near Interstate 80 …

Makin’ Hydrocarbons: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Upgrading of Thermochemical Intermediates
February 17, 2017 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To demonstrate an advanced biofuels technology that integrates a catalytic biomass pyrolysis step and a hydroprocessing step to produce infrastructure compatible biofuels, here’s the basic recipe, according to a research …

Piedmont Natural Gas Inks Agreement to Connect Duke to Swine-Gas Project
February 7, 2017 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by John Downey (Charlotte Business Journal)  Piedmont Natural Gas has reached an interconnection agreement with Optima KV for construction of natural gas lines that would put swine-waste gas on Piedmont’s system for use by Duke Energy …

Bio-Oil and Beyond: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to RTI’s Catalytic Upgrading tech for Thermochemical Intermediates to Hydrocarbons
February 7, 2017 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To “Demonstrate an advanced biofuels technology that integrates a catalytic biomass pyrolysis step and a hydroprocessing step to produce infrastructure compatible biofuels,” that’s the ratuional behind a DOE project with …

Ultra-Low Cost Product Development: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to DMC
December 28, 2016 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DMC’s technology enables reproducibility and robustness to scale; Production of a diversity of targets using a single bioprocess; HTS approaches that translate to full scale performance — and the company says, “50X improvement …

Growth Energy, Retailers Pink Out Program Raises $40K
December 6, 2016 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  This past October Growth Energy partnered with several retailers who sell E15 for a Pink Out campaign to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. When a consumer purchased E15 during …

EPA Announces $1.3 Million to Small Businesses to Support the Nation’s Green Economy
December 6, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  This year’s projects focus on cookstoves, manufacturing, toxic chemicals, water, and building materials  —  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $1.3 million to 13 small businesses nationwide to develop and …

Ghost Forests: How Rising Seas Are Killing Southern U.S. Woodlands
November 7, 2016 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Roger Real Drouin (Yale Environment 360)  A steady increase in sea levels is pushing saltwater into U.S. wetlands, killing trees from Florida to as far north as New Jersey. But with sea level projected to …

$1.87M Grant Lets NCBiotech Lead SE Sorghum Initiative
October 12, 2016 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina Biotechnology Center)  The North Carolina Biotechnology Center, aided by a $1.87 million federal grant, has embarked on a three-year project to study the production of sorghum as biomass for fuel and high-value chemicals …

Studies Link Biofuel Demand, Habitat Loss
October 4, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Brad Rich (Coastal Review Online)  As the U.S. and other countries have ramped up development of bio-energy as an alternative to fossil fuels, demand is rising for trees for wood pellets, or biomass, and agricultural …

Letter: Column on Ethanol Gets It Wrong
October 3, 2016 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Paul Fox (Fayetteville Observer)  Jonah Goldberg’s Sept. 5 column “Let’s talk about ethanol” struck me as a little odd. Goldberg has somehow twisted the idea that ethanol and biofuels release more greenhouse gases than …

As Sea Levels Rise, 1.9 Million U.S. Homes Could Be Underwater By 2100
September 5, 2016 – 10:57 pm | No Comment

by Brady Dennis (The Washington Post)  The real estate data firm Zillow recently published a research analysis that estimated rising sea levels could leave nearly 2 million U.S. homes inundated by 2100, a fate that …

RTI International Awarded Project to Support Development of Advanced Biofuels
August 30, 2016 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(RTI International)  The U.S. Department of Energy awarded RTI International a project to support the development of biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can produce variable amounts of fuels or products.

As part of the more than …

Using Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) as a Biofuel Feedstock
August 22, 2016 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Research and Education Foundation) Using a first-of-its-kind Life-Cycle Assessment model of biofuel production using MSW, this report includes an assessment of the environmental impacts associated with MSW conversion via landfill gas-to-energy, waste-to-energy, and gasification/Fischer-Tropsch. How …

There Is an E15 Consumer Disconnect
August 17, 2016 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Susanna Retka-Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sheetz, Thortons executives give careful thought to strategically offering the new fuel. —  Almost weekly, another announcement is made about a retail location offering E15. The rollouts, large and …

Japanese Reporters Travel to the U.S. to Learn About Biotech, Biofuels
August 8, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(Hoosier Ag Today/NAFB News Service)  The U.S. Grains Council says key members of Japan’s media traveled across the United States last week to learn about corn production, ethanol, and biotechnology. The members of Japan’s media …

Bentley Research Fellow Planning Algae Commercialization
August 7, 2016 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Joanna Howarth (Algae Industry Magazine)  Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, Michael Walsh, a research fellow in Bentley University’s Center for Integration of Science and Industry, who holds a doctorate …

Energy Department Announces $11.3 Million for MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts To Enable Biofuels
August 2, 2016 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today up to $11.3 million for three projects that support the development of biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can produce variable amounts of fuels …

Climate Change Risk Threatens 18 U.S. Military Sites: Study
August 1, 2016 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici (Reuters)  Rising sea levels due to hurricanes and tidal flooding intensified by climate change will put military bases along the U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast at risk, according to a report …

Researchers Investigate Impact of Biomass Harvest on Wildlife
July 17, 2016 – 7:42 pm | No Comment

by  D’Lyn Ford (North Carolina State University/Biomass Magazine)  On loblolly pine plantations in the Southeast, timber harvesting often involves an extra step: gleaning woody debris left behind after clearcutting. Branches, treetops and smaller trees are …

Energy Department Awards $18 Million to Develop Valuable Bioproducts and Biofuels from Algae
July 17, 2016 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(U.S. 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 …

Meet the US Farmers Turning Their Tobacco into Airplane Fuel
July 6, 2016 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Jodi Helmer (The Guardian)  As the demand for tobacco declines in the US, farmers in Virginia are experimenting with turning the crop into viable biofuel  —  … One two-acre plot stands apart from the rest, …

North Carolina House Committee Approves Industrial Hemp Research Study
June 21, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(WXII)  North Carolina lawmakers are pushing a proposal to authorize the cultivation of industrial hemp with the goal of allowing researchers to begin planting next spring.

The House Agriculture Committee approved a bill Thursday allowing for …

Repreve Renewables Celebrates Grand Opening of Processing Center
June 6, 2016 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

(Repreve Renewables LLC)  Repreve Renewables LLC celebrated the official opening of its North Carolina processing center on June 1. This investment marks the company’s initiative to build local economies, while providing customers with reliable and …

USDA Announces More Than $8 Million in Payments to Support the Production of Advanced Biofuel
May 27, 2016 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $8.8 million to boost the production of advanced biofuels and sustain jobs at renewable energy facilities …

ASU Scores Chunk of $10M DOE Funding for Bioenergy R&D
May 17, 2016 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $10 million in funding for six projects representing innovative technologies and solutions to advance bioenergy development. These projects, located in Arizona, California, North Carolina, …

USDA, DOE Partner to Invest $10 Million in Green Energy Research
May 9, 2016 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the joint investment of $10 million towards research that will …

Data Firm Backs Wood as Best Choice for Biofuels
April 15, 2016 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  …  In a statement, North Carolina-based Forset2Market said wood works as a logical choice for biofuels because “the number of trees growing in the US has increased by more than 50% in the …

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 …

Farm Bill Energy Programs Enable New Feedstock Production To Help Fuel the Biobased Economy
April 6, 2016 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  … Congress changed mandatory funding for two key bioenergy programs – despite their tangible successes – through its Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Omnibus spending bill. USDA’s Section 9003 Loan …

University of Tennessee Center Continues Efforts to Develop Low-Cost Biofuels and Bio-Based Products
April 4, 2016 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(AZO CleanTech)  A few years ago, petroleum-based products, including gasoline, were not available at affordable prices, unlike the case today. However, the prices are likely to return to the same level in the coming years.

Due …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Symposium on Thermal and Catalytic Sciences for Biofuels and Biobased Products — November 1-4, 2016 — Chapel Hill, NC DEADLINE: May 27, 2016
March 24, 2016 – 3:49 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  Symposium on Thermal and Catalytic Sciences for Biofuels and Biobased Products — November 1-4, 2016 — Chapel Hill, NC     DEADLINE:  May 27, 2016

Abstract submissions will be accepted until May 27, 2016.
Submitters will be notified about acceptance of abstracts on July 1, 2016  READ MORE

Cellulosic Ethanol Will Get Back Up
March 22, 2016 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(RPA News)  Our top story this month is a blunt reminder of how deeply U.S. policy uncertainty cut down and yanked back the progress of commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol over the past few years. The U.S. EPA’s …

Biodiesel Company Plans Expansion to Fort Pierce
March 22, 2016 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Keona Gardner  (TCPalm)   … Indian River Bio Diesel is seeking city approval to operate a plant that would process 250,000 gallons of its product a month in the now-vacant Egan packinghouse, 1103 N. Second …

Bringing up the Throttle on Cellulosic Ethanol
March 18, 2016 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen and Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Although there are challenges facing the second generation ethanol industry, progress is being made — U.S. EPA data shows 2.18 million cellulosic ethanol D3 RINs (renewable identification …

UT and Genera Energy Harvest Hybrid Poplar Stand in Next Step Toward a Biobased Economy UT and Genera Energy Harvest Hybrid Poplar Stand in Next Step Toward a Biobased Economy
March 4, 2016 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Patricia McDaniels (University of Tennessee)  A small stand of poplar trees harvested from a University of Tennessee AgResearch Center is set to help scientists progress further down the path toward low-cost, high-quality biomass and …

Lincoln Terminal Co., a Southeast Oil Products and Biofuels Marketing and Logistics company, said on Monday that it has acquired the Eco terminal (former Crown) in Charlotte, N.C., Last Week, Expanding Its Terminal Network to Four
February 10, 2016 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(TankTerminals.com)  …The Charlotte terminal has a total capacity of 130,000 bbl, and serves gasoline, ULSD, ethanol and biodiesel. The terminal has good tankage flexibility for different products and automated biodiesel blending will be an added …

University of Georgia Scientists Using $5 Million Grant to Combat Invasive Weed Johnsongrass
January 20, 2016 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by James Hataway  (University of Georgia)  A team of researchers led by faculty at the University of Georgia have received a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to find new ways of combating …

Sampson County OKs Incentives Package for 2 Hog Waste Power Plants
January 17, 2016 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Michael Futch (Fayetteville Observer)  Michigan-based NOVI Energy is moving forward with plans to build two anaerobic digester power plants in Sampson County after county commissioners approved incentives for the facilities.

The proposed plants would bring …

More Ethanol Coming to Selma
January 12, 2016 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(The News and Observer)  Two companies have announced ethanol expansion to Selma in recent months; Both will use rail cars and pipes to transport the fuel; The method is deemed safer and greener

Archer Daniels Midland, a food-processing …

NCCETC Receives $4.5 Million Grant to Continue Air Quality Improvement Efforts
December 28, 2015 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center)  Funding now available for transportation-related emission reduction projects —  The North Carolina Department of Transportation (N.C. DOT) is continuing to support efforts led by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology …

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 …

US Department of Energy Awards $13.5 Million to Enhance Sorghum for Biofuel
December 22, 2015 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(Donald Danforth Plant Science Center/EurekAlert!)  The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced that it will be part of a major collaborative research project to improve sorghum’s productivity under resource-limited conditions. The research should lead to …

Symposium on Thermal and Catalytic Sciences for Biofuels and Biobased Products — November 1-4, 2016 — Chapel Hill, NC
December 17, 2015 – 5:29 pm | No Comment
Symposium on Thermal and Catalytic Sciences for Biofuels and Biobased Products  —   November 1-4, 2016  — Chapel Hill, NC

The 2016 symposium will spotlight recent technical advances in thermochemical biomass conversion to biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower and provide a showcase for energy experts to introduce themselves and their research to the audience to look …

Enviva Launches $5 Million Forest Conservation Fund
December 11, 2015 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

(Enviva/Biomass Magazine)  Enviva Holdings LP, the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, recently announced it is establishing the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, a $5 million, 10-year program designed to protect tens of thousands of acres …

Ten States Impose EV Flat Fees; Georgia Is Highest
December 3, 2015 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Danny King (AutoBlog)  Washington, Colorado, Virginia And Oregon Also On Growing List  —   These fees were put into place in order to offset the revenue shortfall from more fuel efficient vehicles, electrified powertrains, …

Roeslein Halfway Done with First Phase of Massive AD Project
November 30, 2015 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  Construction of phase one of Roeslein Alternative Energy’s $80 million anaerobic digestion project is about halfway complete and on schedule to be operational by the middle of next year, the …

Washington State Judge Rules that States Have a “Mandatory Duty” to “Preserve, Protect, and Enhance the Air Quality for the Current and Future Generations”
November 23, 2015 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, King County Superior Court Judge Hollis R. Hill issued a groundbreaking ruling that the “scientific evidence is clear that the current rates of (emissions) reduction mandated by …

Pacific Ag’s National Wheat Straw Harvest Brings Quality, Sustainable and Cost Effective Bio-Material for New Markets
November 16, 2015 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

(Pacific Ag)  For industries like mushroom composting to erosion technology as well as dairy and cattle feed,
Pacific Ag is creating a supply chain for agricultural residue  —  — Pacific Ag, the nation’s largest crop residue …

Eco-Energy Commences Construction at Selma, NC Ethanol Facility
November 6, 2015 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(Market Watch/Eco-Energy Distribution Services)  Eco-Energy Distribution Services, a leading biofuel supply chain company, is pleased to announce the commencement of construction of its distribution facility located within the terminal complex area in Selma, NC. The …

Genera Energy, Precision Hawk Launch Drone/Analytics Partnership for Sustainable Biomass
November 4, 2015 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At ABLC NEXT,  PrecisionHawk and Genera Energy announced a partnership to develop new analysis algorithms specific to improving the efficiency and quality of sustainable biomass crop production and distribution. The …

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: International Biomass Conference and Expo — April 11-14, 2016 — Charlotte, NC DEADLINE: December 18, 2015
November 3, 2015 – 6:15 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR SPEAKERS: International Biomass Conference and Expo — April 11-14, 2016 — Charlotte, NC    DEADLINE: December 18, 2015

Showcase Your Expertise
Now Accepting Presentation Ideas and Poster Abstracts!
Presentation ideas and poster abstracts will be accepted for the 2016 International Biomass Conference & Expo through December 18, 2015. Presentation ideas and poster abstracts may be submitted …

Payne Leads House Members in Calling on EPA to Protect Biofuels Volume Requirement
November 3, 2015 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(Office if Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr.)  As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalizes proposed rules under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) and 15 of his House colleagues …

NC Bioenergy Council Meeting: Forestry & Environmental Outreach Program — December 10, 2015 — Statesville, NC
October 28, 2015 – 2:45 pm | No Comment
NC Bioenergy Council Meeting:  Forestry & Environmental Outreach Program  —  December 10, 2015  —  Statesville, NC

This workshop will provide the opportunity for bioenergy industry stakeholders to meet and have a discussion on the current challenges and opportunities that exist in order to develop solutions that encourage growth in this emerging …

USDA Provides Funding for More Than 1,100 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Nationwide
October 28, 2015 – 10:38 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today (October 26, 2015) announced that USDA is awarding loans and grants that will help more than 1,100 rural small businesses and agricultural producers reduce energy usage …

Priming the Pump for Higher Blends
October 27, 2015 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Ray Defenbaugh (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Prime the Pump/Growth Energy)  Prime the pump, an effort to grow the ethanol market to accelerate the build-out of higher blend retail infrastructure, has had tremendous success, writes Ray Defenbaugh. …

Six Students Win Young Algae Researcher Awards at ABS
October 22, 2015 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization) Six student scientists were presented with the fourth annual Young Algae Researcher Awards earlier this month for their contributions to fields of algae biology and engineering at the 2015 Algae Biomass Summit, the official conference …

Grant to Improve a Sustainable Biofuel Source
October 21, 2015 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Lauren Klamm (Source)  Colorado State University is one of 10 institutions in a $13.8 million research grant to improve sorghum as a sustainable source for biofuel production. … Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, …

UNL Leads $13.5 Million Research to Enhance Sorghum for Biofuel
September 29, 2015 – 8:23 pm | No Comment

by Gillian Klucas (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)  … The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will lead a $13.5 million, multi-institutional research effort to improve sorghum as a sustainable source for biofuel production.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, this …

USDA Invests $100M in Renewable Fuel Pumps: The Deep Dive into Who Got What, and How the Landscape Shifts
September 14, 2015 – 4:44 pm | One Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  USDA announces state finalists for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership. Will it move the needle? The Digest investigates.  In Washington, US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 21 states will receive …

USDA Announces State Finalists for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership
September 10, 2015 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 21 states will receive grants through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to add infrastructure needed to supply more renewable fuel to America’s drivers. Since …

International Biomass Conference and Expo — April 11-14, 2016 — Charlotte, NC
September 9, 2015 – 3:15 pm | No Comment
International Biomass Conference and Expo  —  April 11-14, 2016  —  Charlotte, NC

The 9th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo will take place April 11-14, 2016, at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. This dynamic event unites industry professionals from all sectors of the world’s …

Top 10 Low Carbon Fuels Made from Greenhouse Gases All Around You
September 2, 2015 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  No fossil fuel, no biomass, low carbon, no kidding. —  …  The top 10 new technologies.

Note: Some amazing technologies such as Industrial Microbes, Trelys, Kiverdi and Mango Materials fell outside the …

Protec Takes Unique E15, E85 Approach
August 27, 2015 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Todd Gardner, CEO of Protec Fuel, has more than 30 years in the fuel business. As such, he has been able to launch an interesting model in how they bring more …

Smithfield Foods’ Hog Production Division and Tyton BioEnergy Systems Announce Research Partnership
August 25, 2015 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

(Smithfield Foods/Globe NewsWire)  Smithfield Foods’ Hog Production Division, Murphy-Brown, LLC, and Tyton BioEnergy Systems announced today a research partnership to develop new applications for Tyton’s dedicated, non-smoking tobacco crop and the resulting soil amendment, filtration, …

USDA Announces Incentives to Establish Biomass Crops
August 21, 2015 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announced that enrollment begins today for farmers and forest landowners seeking financial assistance for growing new sources of biomass …

International Biomass Conference and Expo — April 11-14, 2016 — Charlotte, NC
August 19, 2015 – 5:53 pm | No Comment
International Biomass Conference and Expo — April 11-14, 2016 — Charlotte, NC

The International Biomass Conference & Expo unites current and future producers of biomass-derived power, fuels and chemicals with waste generators, energy crop growers, municipal leaders, utility executives, technology providers, equipment manufacturers, project developers, investors and …

New Duke-Led Consortium To Focus On Creating Food And Fuel From Algae
August 17, 2015 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Kati Moore (Duke Environment)  Zackary Johnson, Arthur P. Kaupe Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology in Marine Science at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, has received a grant from the U.S. Department of …

U Georgia Team Discovers Tungsten in Novel Bacterial Enzyme; Potential for Cellulosic Biofuels
August 17, 2015 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A team at the University of Georgia, Athens led by Distinguished Research Professor Michael Adams has discovered tungsten in what appears to be a novel enzyme in the biomass-degrading thermophilic bacterium Caldicellulosiruptor …

2015 Bioenergy Field Day — August 27 — Mills River, NC
August 11, 2015 – 9:20 pm | No Comment
2015 Bioenergy Field Day  — August 27 — Mills River, NC

Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center — This Field Day is designed to provide a time for researchers to share the latest information of the work being conducted on energy crops in Western NC.  …

Viewpoint: Why the EPA Must Move forward with Biofuels
August 6, 2015 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Richard Childress (Charlotte Observer)  As a former NASCAR driver and current team owner, I know a thing or two about engines, performance and fuel. My team’s success depends on using the best technology to …

Voters Want Pro Clean Energy Prez Candidates
August 4, 2015 – 9:52 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  NextGen Climate has released the results of a survey that finds voters in key presidential swing states support transitioning to at least 50 percent clean energy by 2030. Hart Research conducted …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

How Europe’s Climate Policies Led to More U.S. Trees Being Cut Down
June 2, 2015 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Joby Warrick (The Washington Post)  … Soaring demand for this woody fuel has led to the construction of more than two dozen pellet factories in the Southeast in the past decade, along with special port …

Collaboration with Government of Ethiopia, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network (HoA-REC&N) will place Stoves in Refugee Camps and Urban Settings
May 30, 2015 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

(Project Gaia)  Babington Technology announced today its donation of almost $100,000 worth of especially adapted field feeding equipment to Project Gaia, Inc. for testing in refugee camp and urban commercial and institutional settings in Ethiopia. …

USDA to Invest Up to $100 Million to Boost Infrastructure for Renewable Fuel Use, Seeking to Double Number of Higher Blend Renewable Fuel Pumps
May 29, 2015 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest up to $100 million in a Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership to support the infrastructure needed to make …

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

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

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

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

Fuel What Matters Campaign Drives Clean Transportation Choices
April 21, 2015 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina State University/NC Clean Energy Technology Center)  Focus of Air Quality Education Effort are Consumer and Commuter Options  — The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at N.C. State University has announced the start …

Navassa Ordinance Would Allow Biofuel Production
April 21, 2015 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Lynda Van Kuren (StarNews Online) The Navassa Town Council recently tabled a decision on a proposed ordinance that would allow biofuel production in its heavy industrial districts and conditional production in its light industrial district.

The council …

‘Where’s my ethanol?’
March 30, 2015 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The ethanol industry would like nothing better than to have every consumer that wants E85 to have access to it. Unfortunately roll out of E85 stations has been slow, …

New Analysis: Giving Consumers Access to Renewable Fuel Yields Environmental Benefits
March 27, 2015 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

(Fuels America)  A new analysis produced by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s principal research economist Dr. Stefen Mueller found that giving consumers more access to cleaner fuel options like E15 would provide significant environmental …

New Plan Seeks to Turn Chicken Manure to Energy
March 24, 2015 – 7:36 am | No Comment

by Timothy B. Wheeler  (Baltimore Sun)  A New Hampshire-based company has teamed with poultry giant Perdue to propose a $200 million plant on the Eastern Shore to extract energy from chicken manure, offering its plan …

With “True Cost” Of Emissions Factored In, Gasoline Would Cost $3.80/Gallon MORE Than The Pump Price
March 10, 2015 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by James Ayre (CleanTechnica)  If the “true costs” of emissions — increased rates of premature death, illness, increased loads on the healthcare system, lowered crop yields, missed work days, higher insurance damages from extreme weather …

Energy Department Announces $6 Million to Accelerate Alternative Fuel Vehicle Market Growth
March 10, 2015 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy )  The Energy Department announced today $6 million for 11 projects aimed at improving potential buyers’ experiences with alternative fuel and plug-in electric vehicles, supporting training, and integrating alternative fuels into …

Find Policies & Incentives by State
March 6, 2015 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina State University/US Department of Energy) DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by …

Beta Renewables CEO Guido Ghisolfi Dies in Apparent Suicide
March 4, 2015 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The charismatic Beta Renewables CEO is gone, builder of the world’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant.  Guido Ghisolfi, 58, the CEO of Beta Renewables, is dead.  News reports from Italy …

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 …

Maverick Announces Its Oasis BG Gas-to-Liquid Methanol Plant
March 2, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Here we highlight an interesting solution to the problem of organic waste.

In North Carolina, Maverick Synfuels announced the availability of the Maverick Oasis BG Gas-to-Liquid methanol plant product line. These plants …

Corn Growers ‘Pump’ for Higher Demand
February 27, 2015 – 8:21 pm | No Comment

by Nat Williams (AgriNews)  The National Corn Growers Association is going into the gas pump business.  The commodity group is working with service station chains and even manufacturers of pumps in order to expand sales of …

E15’s Big Dance
February 17, 2015 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   The future is bright as hundreds of E15 stations are in the works with many expected to open, writes Bob Dinneen of RFA. It’s still early in …

Agricultural History of North Carolina
February 16, 2015 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by J. Paul Lilly (North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services)   In order to understand both agriculture and forestry as they are today, I believe we need to know what they have evolved from. …

The Cellulosoic Biofuels Odyssey: Crossing the Finish Line
February 15, 2015 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Greg Breining (Bioenergy Connection) When Bioenergy Connection first covered the progress to commercial cellulosic ethanol in 2011, a dozen biofuel companies were claiming they would go big by 2015. After years of industry-wide anticipation and …

Major Gasoline Retailer Sheetz Expands E15 in the Mid-Atlantic
January 20, 2015 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, Sheetz — a major retail gas station chain in the Mid-Atlantic — announced that 60 of its locations in North Carolina will offer E15 by the spring of 2016. This announcement …

First Biofuels Test Lab in Southeast Open at A-B Tech
January 15, 2015 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Mike Cronin (Citizen-Times)   The Southeast’s first biofuels testing lab will open Wednesday at the Enka campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.

Researchers at the lab “will provide convenient, cost-effective testing of biodiesel to assure quality …

Blue Ridge Biofuels Expands Biodiesel Production
January 7, 2015 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Blue Ridge Biofuels is expanding biodiesel production by renting space and installing processing equipment at the Catawba County EcoComplex, a LEED Silver certified facility in western North Carolina powered by …

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 …

The Old Man and the Rising Sea
December 7, 2014 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Guo (The Washington Post)  Assateague, a 37-mile-long smear off the shores of Maryland and Virginia, is the East Coast’s climate change canary. It’s one of the most vulnerable islands in America, almost certain …

Troll the Ancient Waste-Oil Carol : FFA la la la la la la la la la
December 4, 2014 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “On the way” forever, talked up by all, deployed by some – technologies that handle high free fatty acid feedstocks like used cooking oil are coming into their hey-day, via …

Novozymes’ Eversa Enzymatic Biodiesel Solution Ready for Market
December 3, 2014 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  After working with a handful of producers over the past several years to prove the technical and economic viability of liquid enzymatic biodiesel processing, Novozymes is making its Eversa enzymatic …

Safety Your Way
November 19, 2014 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Producers and technology providers, including Pacific Biodiesel, Kelley Green Biofuel, Piedmont Biofuels, WB Services and Crown Iron Works, discuss procedural and design elements to mitigate risk in biodiesel manufacturing.

A philosophical problem …

“What About That, Er, Cellulosic Feedstock?” Pacific Ag CEO Bill Levy on the Where, When and How
November 18, 2014 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Feedstock. Now that cellulosic ethanol has reached scale, it has replaced Motherhood and Apple Pie as staple faves for industry chat. Meanwhile, Pacific Ag has been rolling up the acres, …

Conservative Swing! Udall, Hagan Fall as US Republicans Take Control of the US Senate
November 5, 2014 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The most prominent casualties of the night, in terms of the Advanced Bioeconomy, were Democrats Mark Udall of Colorado and Kay Hagen of North Carolina, whose crucial support in …

Latest School Fundraiser: Biodiesel
October 31, 2014 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  Tired of buying lop-sided candles or ugly wrapping paper just because you want to help your school make a few bucks? Well, maybe you can do like another school in North …

North Carolina State University Announces Biofuel Breakthroughs
October 31, 2014 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina State University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Scientists are using biotechnology to chip away at barriers to producing biofuels from woody plants and grasses instead of the corn and sugarcane used to make ethanol.

NC State’s Forest …

4 Minutes With…Sam Yenne, CEO, Maverick Synfuels
October 15, 2014 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Maverick Synfuels is about converting low value feedstocks into petroleum replacing chemicals and fuels. What makes Maverick unique is our Spoke and Hub deployment model. First we focus on …

Earth to Cellulosic Ethanol: Glad You’re Here, Buddy, What Took so Long? Parts 1 and 2
October 10, 2014 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Cellulosic ethanol arrives at scale — “The five years away forever” put to rest — but are there troubling waters still ahead? For whom, and why?

Part I of II

There’s a …

Boosting Biomass for Bioenergy
October 1, 2014 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by  Katie Fletcher (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Many dedicated energy crops hold promise as feedstocks for next-generation ethanol. Extensive R&D is still needed, however, to overcome the challenges in making these plants viable for commercial applications.

This year, …

Funding Available for Projects Reducing Transportation-Related Emissions in North Carolina
September 8, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center ) Third call includes up to $1,300,000 available to award.

The North Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at N.C. State University has announced a final request for proposals for over …

USDA Announces Loan Guarantee to Help Innovative Company Turn Waste Into Renewable Jet Fuel
September 8, 2014 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  $105 Million loan guarantee provided through the Biorefinery Assistance Program

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has closed on a loan guarantee to Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels, LLC to build a biorefinery …

New Analysis Finds that 10 States Could Provide Abundant Agricultural Byproducts for Low-Carbon Fuel and Electricity
July 22, 2014 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  Sustainable practices can turn crop residues and manure into bioenergy without competing with food supplies

U.S. agriculture could provide up to 155 million tons of crop residues and 60 million tons of …

UPM to Become Exclusive Distributor of Domtar’s BioChoice(TM) Lignin in Europe
July 21, 2014 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

(Domtar)  Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) and UPM (NASDAQ OMX Helsinki: UPM1V) today announced that the companies have entered into an agreement for UPM to become the exclusive distributor of Domtar’s BioChoiceTM lignin in …

N.C. Funds 6 Cellulosic Biofuel, Bioenergy Research Projects
July 10, 2014 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  North Carolina recently awarded six projects a total of $500,000 through the state’s Bioenergy Research Initiative, which is a program of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Special …

How Two Small New York Towns Have Shaken up the National Fight over Fracking
July 3, 2014 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  The multibillion-dollar Anschutz Exploration Corp., which helped make its founder, Philip Anschutz, one of the richest men in America, filed a lawsuit three years ago against Dryden, a small town in …

McIntyre Announces Over $1.7 Million to Support New Biofuel Facility
June 10, 2014 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre)  Project will create 65 jobs and support clean energy production

U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre announced today that the City of Clinton has received $1,758,150 to construct water and sewer infrastructure to support …

Hoke Refinery to Reopen Using Tobacco to Make Ethanol
June 3, 2014 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Matthew Burns (WRAL)   A Virginia company plans to reopen an ethanol refinery in Hoke County, using tobacco as its primary feedstock, officials said Monday.  The former Clean Burn Fuels biorefinery in Raeford has been …

USDA Awarding $6 Million to Prepare Farmers for New Farm Bill Programs
June 3, 2014 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Farm Bill Implementation Continues at Brisk Pace with Universities and State Cooperative Extension Programs Now Set to Help Educate Farmers
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture …

Genetic Assets from Mendel Added to Product Development Program
May 19, 2014 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

(REPREVE® RENEWABLES, LLC)  REPREVE® RENEWABLES, LLC, announced today it has purchased certain genetic assets or germplasm for its giant miscanthus grass product development program from Mendel biotechnology, Inc., a privately held company in Hayward, Calif.

The …

Fermentable Cellulosic Sugars for Capex of 6.5 Cents per Gallon? Freakishly Low-Cost Venture Still at Early-Stage.
May 19, 2014 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s a capex figure so low that it sounds like a decimal point is missing.   Though early-stage and just developing data out of its pilot — it’s well worth seeing …

Asheville Entrepreneur Aims to Harness Cyanobacteria’s Photosynthetic Prowess
May 14, 2014 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Mary-Russell Roberson  (News Observer)  Bruce Dannenberg is a big fan of cyanobacteria – the ancient lineage of organisms you may remember from high school as blue-green algae. Turns out cyanobacteria aren’t algae after all; …

Cheap, Abundant Shale Gas Won’t Significantly Cut U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions
May 12, 2014 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Janet Pelley (Chemical and Engineering News)  Energy: New study looks at the contested effects of increased shale gas production on the release of greenhouse gases

The rapid expansion of shale gas production in the U.S. …

North Carolina Farmers Profit from Inaugural Deployment of Innovative Biomass Crop Production System
May 7, 2014 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(Repreve Renewables/PR Newswire)  North Carolina farmers and landowners are participating in a unique program from Greensboro-based REPREVE® RENEWABLES to grow giant miscanthus grass for renewable product solutions. This innovative program provides famers with an economic …

WEBINAR: Short Rotation Woody Crops for Phytoremediation Applications April 30, 2014 2:00 pm US/Eastern
April 11, 2014 – 4:41 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:   Short Rotation Woody Crops for Phytoremediation Applications    April 30, 2014 2:00 pm US/Eastern

The rapid development of bioenergy industries have the potential to create a large demand for woody biomass that may exceed the ability of conventional forestry to sustainably supply them. Marginal and degraded lands that are …

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: Collective Biodiesel Conference August 14-17, 2014 Pittsboro, NC DEADLINE: uncertain
April 2, 2014 – 1:24 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR SPEAKERS: Collective Biodiesel Conference August 14-17, 2014 Pittsboro, NC   DEADLINE: uncertain

The Collective Biodiesel Conference is geared toward active and open collaboration among participants, including home brewers, grease collectors, multi-million gallon producers, and everyone in between.

This conference is designed to provide sufficient detail for participants to …

Lignin’s Big Leap
March 18, 2014 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Still seeking commercial-scale opportunities, Lignol continues to collaborate with companies that are eager to buy high-purity lignin in bulk. Is this abundant byproduct of pulp and paper milling and …

N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative Seeks Grant Proposals
March 17, 2014 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

( North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   The N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative is seeking grant proposals focused on research and development of agricultural and forestry-based feedstocks for bioenergy production, Agriculture Commissioner Steve …

Nova Synthetix and Precision BioSciences Announce Collaboration to Develop Non-GM, Ricin-Free Castor with Customizable Oil Content
March 14, 2014 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(Precision BioSciences)  Nova Synthetix and Precision BioSciences, Inc., today announced that they have initiated a joint research effort to generate non-GM, ricin-free castor plants using Precision’s Directed Nuclease Editor (DNE) technology in combination with Nova Synthetix’s proprietary plant …

$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 …

Collective Biodiesel Conference August 14-17, 2014 Pittsboro, NC
March 12, 2014 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Collective Biodiesel Conference   August 14-17, 2014   Pittsboro, NC

The Collective Biodiesel Conference is geared toward active and open collaboration among participants, including home brewers, grease collectors, multi-million gallon producers, and everyone in between.

This conference is designed to provide sufficient detail for participants to …

The Hunt for Hydrogen and Hydro-Riches
March 7, 2014 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … “You will never have enough affordable hydrogen.”   Perhaps that is the attractor in the news from little-known Solarvest Bioenergy, when they announced  third party confirmation of their bio-hydrogen expression system following the …

U.S. Transportation: Driving Down the Same Old (Bumpy) Road or Paving a New Way Forward?
March 5, 2014 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Bill Chameides (Duke University)  While the Highway Trust Fund did a fine job of funding infrastructure maintenance for decades, it now is sorely lacking. The taxes collected are nowhere near enough to fund what is …

WEBINAR: In Field Drying of Woody Biomass: A NCSU Project to Transform Forest Economies with a Value Added Fuel March 7, 2014 2:00PM ET
March 3, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR: In Field Drying of Woody Biomass: A NCSU Project to Transform Forest Economies with a Value Added Fuel    March 7, 2014     2:00PM ET

In Field Drying offers the opportunity for woody biomass energy to increase in supply and decrease in cost. Landowners, loggers, and producers all stand to benefit from natural drying processes. NCSU has worked to document …

Obama’s Climate Legacy May Come Down to Coal and ‘No’
February 5, 2014 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Bill Chameides (Duke University)  The Obama administration gave environmentalists little to cheer about last week, but the game is hardly over.  When it comes to climate change, Obama’s rhetoric has been striking and unequivocal (for …

New Technique May Reduce Biofuel Production Costs
January 15, 2014 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Canadian Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a simple, effective and relatively inexpensive technique for removing lignin from the plant material used to make biofuels, which may drive down the cost …

Montana State University Research into Algal Biofuels Keys Larger Study
December 31, 2013 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Sepp Jannotta (MSU News Service)  … Robin Gerlach is the MSU professor coordinating research into the production of oil-producing algae, as well the feasibility of commercial-scale biofuel production based on microbes discovered in Yellowstone National …

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 …

Taming the Dangerous – Yet Beautiful and Profitable – Castor Bean Plant
December 16, 2013 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Burns Jr. (Charlotte Observer)  Novo Synthetix, a small biotechnology company in Research Triangle Park, is marshaling scientific resources statewide to create a nontoxic castor bean, which could provide a significant boost to North …

Biofuels Manufacturer to Create 65 Jobs in Sampson County, N.C.
December 4, 2013 – 10:20 am | No Comment

(Thrive in North Carolina/North Carolina Governor’s Office)  Biochemtex will be locating its new cellulosic biofuels production operations in North Carolina

Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Biochemtex will be …

Biofuels and Climate Change: Pulpwood to the Rescue?
November 18, 2013 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Bill Chameides (Duke University)  New study concludes that biofuels can be part of climate-energy solution.

The debate has been raging for years. Can biofuels, fuels derived from recently alive plant materials (or manure), serve as …

AP Investigation: Obama’s Green Energy Drive Comes with an Unadvertised Environmental Cost
November 12, 2013 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

By Dina Cappiello (Associated Press/StarTribune)  The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America’s push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer …

Future Valmet to Supply a LignoBoost Plant for the New Biorefinery at the Stora Enso Sunila Mill in Finland
November 5, 2013 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Metso)  Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, will supply a LignoBoost lignin separation plant to Stora Enso’s Sunila mill near Kotka in the south east of Finland. The order is one part …

A Systematic Review of Biochar Research, with a Focus on Its Stability in situ and Its Promise as a Climate Mitigation Strategy
October 30, 2013 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Noel P. Gurwick, Lisa A. Moore, Charlene Kelly, Patricia Elias (PLOSone)   Claims about the environmental benefits of charring biomass and applying the resulting “biochar” to soil are impressive. If true, they could influence land management worldwide. Alleged benefits …

Safety From the School of Hard Knocks
October 30, 2013 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Lyle Estill (Piedmont Biofuels/Biodiesel Magazine)  At Piedmont Biofuels we came by our culture of safety the hard way. We’ve been making biodiesel since 2002 and we have lots of “thrills, chills and excitement” to show …

Waste Fat to Biofuels Costs Slashed with New Sugar Based Catalyst
October 21, 2013 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

(Waste Management World)  Researchers at Wake Forest University in North Carolina have developed a new sugar based catalyst that could cut the cost of producing biodiesel from poor quality waste oil and fats, such as …

About the Biofuels Center Shutdown
October 17, 2013 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina State University)  …But, on the other hand, the Biofuels program has managed to bring a lot of new agricultural innovation to North Carolina. So Shane Reese, Communications Manager for the Biofuels Center provided some background …

Hanes Grows Biofuels: Students Focus on Environmental Sustainability
October 17, 2013 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  Under the direction of the Biofuels Center, Hanes Middle School students in Winston-Salem, N.C., plant Switchgrass seedlings at the school’s newly established biofuels demonstration plot—the first in an urban area …