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Thousands of Spills at US Oil and Gas Fracking Sites
February 22, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

By Matt McGrath (BBC)  Up to 16% of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill liquids every year, according to new research from US scientists. They found that there had been 6,600 releases from these fracked …

Ethanol Industry Provides Critical CO2 Supply
February 20, 2017 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Steffen Mueller (University of Illinois at Chicago/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Strategically located ethanol sources cannot be economically replaced.  —  Carbon dioxide sourced from corn-ethanol plants is not a waste-recovery product but a coproduct that, in …

New Willow Harvester In Action
February 17, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(NewBIO) Something new happened in the bioenergy willow world this week in Pennsylvania.  A new type of willow energy crop harvester got its first run on a willow crop in Pennsylvania.  The machine, a 2 row …

The United States of Oil and Gas
February 15, 2017 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Tim Meko and Laris Karklis (The Washington Post)  There are more than 900,000 active oil and gas wells in the United States, and more than 130,000 have been drilled since 2010, according to Drillinginfo, a …

Ethanol Industry Provides Critical CO2 Supply
February 9, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by  Steffen Mueller (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Strategically located ethanol sources cannot be economically replaced.  —  Carbon dioxide sourced from corn-ethanol plants is not a waste-recovery product but a coproduct that, in many regions, can only …

More Lancaster County Gas Stations Are Selling ‘Cleaner’ Fuel; Here’s What You Need to Know at the Pump
February 7, 2017 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Chad Umble (LancasterOnline)  … Two gasoline-ethanol blends, Unleaded15 and E85, are now available at four of the 13 county locations of convenience store chain Sheetz. … Altoona-based Sheetz says it wants to give customers more options …

Energy Beet Display and Children’s Carbon Cycle Handout Big Hits at Keystone Farm Show
January 16, 2017 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Highlighting Advanced Biofuels USA’s work on a feasibility study of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore energy beet project proved to attract many visitors and a bit of buzz …

Hero BX Offers Branded Bioheat Distributor Program
January 16, 2017 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Erie, Pennsylvania-based biodiesel producer Hero BX announced a new business enterprise Jan. 12, the Hero BX-branded Bioheat program. Bioheat is a blend of biodiesel and heating oil in varying concentrations. …

How Corn Farmers and Ethanol Producers Helped Deliver Trump’s Historic Win
January 6, 2017 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (The Hill/Renewable Fuels Association)  In the flurry of post-election punditry and analysis, much credit was given to disenfranchised factory workers and coal miners in the Rust Belt and Appalachia for delivering Donald …

Mid-Atlantic Biomass Energy Conference and Expo: Building the Bioeconomy — September 12-14, 2017 — State College, PA
January 3, 2017 – 3:52 pm | No Comment
Mid-Atlantic Biomass Energy Conference and Expo: Building the Bioeconomy   —   September 12-14, 2017   —   State College, PA

The Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association (PBEA) is proud to present the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Biomass Conference and Expo, taking place September 12-14, 2017, at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.​

This event will bring together attendees …

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 …

Designing Sustainable, Working Landscapes with Perennial Crops for Bioenergy and Ecosystem Services New Short Course — April 5-6, 2017 — State College, PA
December 19, 2016 – 3:47 pm | No Comment
Designing Sustainable, Working Landscapes with Perennial Crops for Bioenergy and Ecosystem Services New Short Course   —   April 5-6, 2017   — State College, PA

An in-depth look at opportunities for the use of perennial biomass crops in accomplishing conservation and rehabilitation goals on a landscape scale.

Though difficult to quantify in dollars, vegetative ecosystem services such as water filtration, carbon …

State Opens Application Process for Would-Be Hemp Farmers
December 7, 2016 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Lenay Ruhl (Central Penn Business Journal)  …  State regulators announced last week an industrial hemp program that will allow for cultivating and researching hemp in efforts overseen by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Applications to …

Renmatix Turns Biowaste into Plastic. Can the King of Prussia Firm Help Save the Planet?
November 30, 2016 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Aswin Mannepalli (Philadelphia Inquirer)  The King of Prussia company takes biowaste and converts it into useful materials such as bioplastics. So far, it counts Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates as a backer. He led a $14 …

Truth, Lies and Ethanol as a Gasoline Additive
November 9, 2016 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Andres R. Aquino (The Intelligencer)  …  In order to reach the required octane grades of 87, 89 and 93, gasoline is blended with octane boosters. Traditionally, these octane boosters have been the hazardous BTEX …

America’s Most Prolific Gas Play Needs 50 Rigs to Keep Booming
November 7, 2016 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Ari Natter and James Rowley  (Bloomberg)   …  Fifty rigs need to be drilling for natural gas in America’s most prolific shale region to keep production of the fuel from falling — and by one …

McGinty’s Agency Subsidized the Ethanol Company which then Hired Her
November 5, 2016 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Timothy P. Carney (Washington Examiner)  Katie McGinty, the Democrats’ nominee for Senate in Pennsylvania, cashed out of state government and into the subsidized renewable-energy companies whose agenda she had pushed when in office. That …

Lab Testing Underway for Biogas Potential of Spent Mushroom Substrate
October 3, 2016 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(Ag Annex)  Ag-Grid Energy LLC, based in Kennett Square, PA, working with RCM Digesters, located in Berkeley, CA, has selected the Anaerobic Digestion Lab Test Network (ADLTN) to perform a set of four lab tests …

Commissioners Updated on New Factory Coming to Clearfield
September 30, 2016 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Corcino (The Progress)  …  Last week, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that Continental Carbonic Products Inc., a producer and distributor of solid and liquid carbon dioxide and dry-ice blasting machines, is establishing a manufacturing …

Turning CO2 Emissions into Fuel
September 23, 2016 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by  Gary C. Young (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Bio-Thermal Energy Inc.)  A new process for the economical conversion of carbon dioxide into fuels such as ethanol has been developed. The proprietary noncatalytic process combines CO2 with a …

Building the Northeast Bioeconomy: Making Connections — July 24-25, 2017 — State College, PA
September 21, 2016 – 2:44 pm | No Comment
Building the Northeast Bioeconomy: Making Connections   —   July 24-25, 2017   —   State College, PA

SAVE THE DATE  Website coming soon.

Host: Northeast Woody/Warm-Season Biomass Consortium

Location: The Penn Stater Hotel, State College, PA

Dates: July 24-25, 2017

jetBlue loves you: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to SG Preston
September 20, 2016 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   jetBlue has announced a 10-year, 330 million gallon renewable jet fuel purchase agreement with SG Preston. This marks one of the largest renewable jet fuel purchase agreements in aviation history, …

JetBlue Announces One of the Largest Renewable Jet Fuel Purchase Agreements in Aviation History
September 19, 2016 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(JetBlue)  Preparing for a Lower Carbon Future, Airline Partners with SG Preston to Purchase Renewable Jet Fuel;  JetBlue Expects To Take First Delivery of Renewable Jet Fuel In 2019 With A 10-Year Purchase Agreement and …

WEBINAR: The Bioeconomy’s Human Element — September 20, 2016
September 19, 2016 – 1:49 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  The Bioeconomy’s Human Element   —    September 20, 2016

Speaker:  Weston Eaton, Penn State University  —  This month, Weston Eaton, postdoctoral research associate at Penn State University, presents “Socio-cultural factors shaping landowner support for and willingness to plant bioenergy crops.”  Dr. Eaton’s work examines …

Pat Toomey, Katie McGinty Joust over Corporations
September 15, 2016 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

by Marc Levy (Associated Press/The Morning Call)  Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and his Democratic challenger Katie McGinty tangled Monday over the use of corn ethanol in motor fuel and post-recession bank regulations as they …

Fast & Flexible: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Renmatix
September 15, 2016 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renmatix is a technology licensor that enables the production of petrochemicals from plants. The company’s water-based Plantrose process is the lowest cost method for converting a wide range of non-food …

Gates Backs Renmatix; Total Inks 1 Million Ton/Year Cellulosic Sugar License
September 15, 2016 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Pennsylvania, Bill Gates is leading the latest investment round into the pioneering cellulosic sugars producer Renmatix as energy giant Total joins in with second investment and a 1 million …

Energypath 2016: This Is What I Am Talking about! Penn State University Delivered a Complete Multifaceted Week about Renewable Energy and Biofuels
September 13, 2016 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* and Joanne Ivancic** (Advanced Biofuels USA) After Dan Quadros’ oft-repeated criticism about biofuels education and the big gap between research and the job market, he was pleased to experience the best …

$160,000 in Grants Awarded At EnergyPath 2016 — List of Winners
September 12, 2016 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

(West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund)  A collaboration between Sustainable Energy Fund and West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund created Energy Sprout, a competition with the goal of developing new technology and business models that lead to improved …

U.S. Refiners Revamp Operations as Renewable Fuel Costs Surge
September 9, 2016 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters/Yahoo! Finance)  …  The alternative is for merchant refiners to increase their ability to blend ethanol. PBF Energy is the latest refiner to take this approach.
PBF has asked Delaware regulators …

Ensuring Energy Independence Through Bio-Based Energy Systems
September 2, 2016 – 11:01 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  NIFA ‘s Bioeconomy-Bioenergy-Bioproduct portfolio facilitates the development of sustainable regional production systems for biofuels and bio-based products through research, product development and demonstration, extension, and education.

By creating non-carbon based fuels, power …

Iowa Teen Promotes Ethanol at DNC, RNC
August 23, 2016 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Kathie Obradovich (Des Moines Register)  It’s hard to beat this as a summer job for a Des Moines teenager: Two weeks at the Republican and Democratic national conventions as part of an Iowa team promoting ethanol.

Otto …

Penn State to Help Develop Guidelines for Growing Industrial Hemp
August 17, 2016 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by  Sara LaJeunesse (Penn State News)  On July 20, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a law allowing the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and institutions of higher education to grow hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) for research purposes. …

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 …

Designing Sustainable, Working Landscapes with Perennial Crops for Bioenergy and Ecosystem Services New Short Course! — NEW DATE: April 5-6, 2017 — State College, PA
August 12, 2016 – 5:36 pm | No Comment
Designing Sustainable, Working Landscapes with Perennial Crops for Bioenergy and Ecosystem Services New Short Course!  —   NEW DATE:  April 5-6, 2017   —   State College, PA

Save New Date  READ MORE

This short course has been rescheduled for April 5-6, 2017. Offered by Penn State Extension in partnership with Penn State Biomass Energy Center and the NEWBio bioenergy consortium, Designing Sustainable, Working …

Panel Recommends Options to Reduce Aviation Carbon Emissions
July 26, 2016 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Jasen Lee (KSL.com)  Scientists believe that organically produced bio-fuels could be one of the answers to the environmental challenge posed by greenhouse gases emitted around the globe by the commercial aviation industry.

A panel of …

AMERIgreen Energy Lets Students Find #Energy Solutions
July 8, 2016 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Students of all ages were able to voice their ideas on America’s energy future in AMERIgreen Energy’s Video Essay Challenge. Students ranging in grades 1st-12th, as well as undergraduate college students …

They ♥ DME, Yeah Yeah Yeah: NREL, Enerkem Advance BIO-DME to Commercialization
June 27, 2016 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Poor DME. it burns like natural gas, handles like LPG, powers like diesel, and it’s as well-known as a good place for sewing machine repair in Burundi.

San Diego-based Oberon Fuels …

Climate Opportunities: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards
June 24, 2016 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Through The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk and other environmental problems into …

‘Fleet Footprint’ Event Hosted by Amerigreen Energy This Spring
June 22, 2016 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

(Amerigreen Energy/Biodiesel Magazine)  Amerigreen Energy, in conjunction with Clean Cities of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, hosted “The Fleet Footprint Event: Emissions Requirements and the New Energy Landscape,” in Morristown, New Jersey, this spring. The event presented an honest …

Research Assesses AD’s Ability to Remove Drugs, Germs from Manure
June 10, 2016 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Charlotte Hsu (University at Buffalo/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers from four U.S. universities are teaming up with dairy farms across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to study the effect of three different manure management techniques on preventing …

USDA Resumes Incentives to Grow and Harvest Biomass for Energy and Biobased Products
May 28, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that incentives resume this month for farmers and foresters who grow and harvest biomass for renewable energy …

Why Ethanol in Gasoline Remains a Good Idea
May 19, 2016 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by John M. Urbanchuk  (The Intelligencer)  I am writing in response to Andrew Mikula’s May 13 letter (“With oil now plentiful, why the need for ethanol in gasoline?”). Several points come to mind.

Ethanol has several characteristics …

Bringing up Better Biofuel
May 6, 2016 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by  Rosalie Marion Bliss (US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service)  …  Now, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have advanced a process to produce crude liquid fuel called “bio-oil” from agricultural waste. The bio-oil is …

Farmers to Have Role in Changing Ethanol Industry
May 4, 2016 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Rose Spangler (Lancaster Farming)  Ethanol isn’t a new concept. Using corn to make it isn’t either. And Pennsylvania even has a plant to create it, Pennsylvania Grain Processing LLC in Clearfield, which is capable …

Renmatix Turns Biomass into Sugars for Industrial Use
May 3, 2016 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(NewBIO/Cooperative Extension System)  Technology patented by Renmatix enables the manufacture of industrial sugars from biomass on a scale that is commercially cost-effective.

Table of Contents

Introduction
From Biomass to Sugars
Benefits of Supercritical Water
Customers Rebuild …

Keystone Farm Show — January 10-12, 2017 — York, PA
April 22, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment
Keystone Farm Show  —  January 10-12, 2017   —   York, PA

The Keystone Farm Show is the fastest growing farm show on the East Coast! Started in January of 1998 to address the needs of agrimarketers in the Mid-Atlantic area, the show has nearly tripled in …

Biodiesel Catalyst Ranks to Expand
April 18, 2016 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

By Michael McCoy (Chemical and Engineering News)  Seeing more growth ahead, two small companies invest in new plants —  Growth in the biodiesel market is spurring two small companies to invest in U.S. production of …

Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Planned for Spiritwood
April 12, 2016 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Keith Norman (Jamestown Sun) Plans for a $150 million cellulosic ethanol plant at the Spiritwood Energy Park Association industrial park are underway, according to Thomas Corle, founding partner of New Energy Investors, a Pennsylvania …

Oil and Gas Companies Stiff 29,000 Workers Out of $40 Million
April 11, 2016 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by  Alan Neuhauser (US News and World Report)  America’s fracking boom promised big paychecks, but thousands of workers were exploited, the Labor Department says. —  … Despite booming industry profits and record oil and gas output …

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 …

PA Switchgrass Growers’ Group Organizational Meeting — April 18, 2016 — State College, PA
April 1, 2016 – 3:55 pm | No Comment
PA Switchgrass Growers’ Group Organizational Meeting   —   April 18, 2016   —   State College, PA

Join fellow switchgrass growers as we discuss the potential for a statewide group to provide support, information, and networking for growers and sellers of switchgrass.  This meeting brings us together to share ideas and discuss …

Experimental Biomass Harvest a Step toward Sustainable, Biofuels-Powered Future
March 10, 2016 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jeff Mulhollem (Penn State)  The first harvest of 34 acres of fast-growing shrub willow from a Penn State demonstration field this winter is a milestone in developing a sustainable biomass supply for renewable energy and …

Bioenergy and Bioproducts Education Programs — August 15-17 at Wings of Eagles Discovery Center, New York
March 1, 2016 – 2:33 pm | No Comment
Bioenergy and Bioproducts Education Programs  —  August 15-17 at Wings of Eagles Discovery Center, New York

Bioenergy and Bioproducts Education Programs provide professional development and hands-on teaching tools for educators (grades 6 – 16, in-service and pre-service teachers and extension educators) who want to learn and teach about the Bioenergy systems …

EPA Funds Small Businesses to Develop Environmental Technologies
February 29, 2016 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency) Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced eight contracts to small businesses to develop innovative technologies to protect the environment, funded through EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.

“The green technologies that …

Penn State Harvests First Crop of Willow
February 1, 2016 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Michael Jacobson (NEBioenergy) On a cold crisp day in early January, an historic event took place in Central Pennsylvania. The location was minutes from the Penn State campus. The wait was over. The specialized harvesting equipment …

NEWBio Scholarships Available: Online Bioenergy Graduate Education DEADLINE: March 15, 2016
February 1, 2016 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

(NEWBio)  NEWBio is offering a limited number of scholarships for students to take the following online graduate-level bioenergy courses during the summer semester of 2016: ABE884 (Bioenergy Systems) and ABE885 (Bioenergy Harvest and Logistics).  Find …

Cleaning Wastewater With Pond Scum
January 28, 2016 – 11:23 am | No Comment

(Drexel NOW)  A blob of algae scooped from a fountain on South Street almost two years ago, has seeded a crop of the green stuff that Drexel University researchers claim is more effective at treating …

Bringing Up Biofuel
January 15, 2016 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Rosalie Bliss (US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service)   … U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have advanced a process to produce a crude liquid called “bio-oil” from agricultural waste. The team is headed …

Invisible Disaster of Aliso Canyon Leak May Give Methane Rules Momentum
January 15, 2016 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Eric Wolff (Politico Morning Energy)  The massive methane spill at the Aliso Canyon storage field has pumped out at least 77,500 metric tons of gas since Oct. 23, and it will be months before …

Biodiesel Opportunities Abroad
January 13, 2016 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Several U.S. producers, including Genuine Bio-Fuel, Hero BX and the now-defunct Promethean Biofuels, in addition to Miami-based biodiesel exporter and hopeful technology provider Lagosur, sketch out overviews of international developments.

“Taxation, …

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

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

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2016
January 4, 2016 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Who mandates what in biofuels? 64 countries have targets or mandates — but how much where, and when, and what?

In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates …

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 …

Lehigh Valley Biofuel Entrepreneurs Charged in $50M Federal Scam
December 22, 2015 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Kurt Bresswein (Lehigh Valley Live)  The owners of a Lehigh Valley company are accused of scamming taxpayers out of about $50 million in payments, subsidies and other benefits paid out for purportedly turning cooking …

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 …

EnergyPath 2016 Energy Camp, Conference and Expo — July 24-29 — Penn State/State College, PA
November 4, 2015 – 3:18 pm | No Comment
EnergyPath 2016 Energy Camp, Conference and Expo —  July 24-29  —  Penn State/State College, PA

Emerging Technology and Business Models

Energypath is the region’s largest sustainable energy event attracting industry professionals, policymakers and academia throughout the region and across the United States. The goal of Energypath is to increase the knowledge …

U.S. Oil Refiners Look Abroad for Crude Supplies as North Dakota Boom Fades
November 4, 2015 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Catherine Ngai (Reuters) … North Dakota’s Bakken production peaked at 1.153 million barrels per day in June, and had fallen to 1.13 million barrels per day by August, according to state data.

The …

In Search of 100 Million (Truly?) Clean Cookstoves
November 3, 2015 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Marc Gunther (Nonprofit Chronicles)  …  “Why exactly are we ahead with 100 million more wood burning stoves in the world? It’s an output metric and not an impact metric,” says Kevin Starr of Mulago, who …

What to Consider Before Making the Decision to Offer Biodiesel
October 29, 2015 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Jon Scharingson (Renewable Energy Group, Inc./Convenience Store Decisions)  Whether or not to sell biodiesel can be a significant decision for a convenience store owner. Convenience store owners need to determine what will work best for …

SG Preston and IHI E&C Announce Strategic Agreement To Engineer and Construct A Portfolio Of Advanced Renewable Fuels Plants
October 21, 2015 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

(PR Newswire/IHI E&C)  SG Preston, a Philadelphia-based bioenergy company, and IHI E&C, a Houston-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) subsidiary of IHI Corporation, today announced a ground-breaking agreement for a Multi-Facility Program that will include …

DuPont Employees Write Letter to Tommey, Defend RFS
October 19, 2015 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Forty DuPont employees signed a letter sent recently to Sen. Pat Tommey, R-Penn., making it clear they oppose his efforts to modify the renewable fuel standard (RFS) in any …

Toomey Amendment to Doom the US Renewable Fuel Standard Rejected in Senate Committee Vote
October 2, 2015 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, an amendment offered by Senator Pat Toomey that would end a key provision of the RFS – the requirement to blend traditional ethanol-based renewable fuels into U.S. gasoline …

Ethanol Not ‘Racket’
September 15, 2015 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Barry Blitstein (TribLive) Letter to Editor:  Regarding the editorial “The ethanol racket: More perversion” : Calling the ethanol industry a “racket” as if it were a form of organized crime is nothing short of scandalous.

Ethanol …

Tailpipe to Tank
September 14, 2015 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Robert F. Service (Science Magazine)  Stuart Licht has designed the ultimate recycling machine. The solar reactor that he and colleagues built in his lab at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., takes carbon dioxide (CO2) …

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 …

A Report from EnergyPath 2015: NetZero
August 4, 2015 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic area is fortunate to benefit from funds derived from a settlement approved by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission during the Commonwealth’s electric deregulation proceedings.  As part …

Ag Progress Days — August 18-20, 2015 — Rock Springs, PA
August 3, 2015 – 11:20 am | No Comment
Ag Progress Days — August 18-20, 2015 — Rock Springs, PA

Pennsylvania’s largest outdoor agricultural exposition, is held annually during three days in August.

Ag Progress Days features the latest technology and research exhibits, educational programs, and guided tours. Sponsored by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, …

New Holland Agriculture Expands Offerings for Biomass Harvest and Handling
August 3, 2015 – 11:02 am | No Comment

(Extension.org)  Renewable energy production options are growing thanks to expanded farm equipment capabilities for harvesting biofuel feedstocks like shrub willow. — Harvesting is the single most expensive operation in the production of shrub willow biomass, accounting …

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

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

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

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

EPA Honors Winners of the 20th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards/Innovative Technologies Tackle Climate Change, Water, and Chemical Issues
July 13, 2015 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk and other environmental problems into business opportunities, spurring …

WEBINAR: High-Density Baling of Biomass – Applications in Urban Woody Biomass, Switchgrass, and Forest Biomass — July 14, 2015
July 6, 2015 – 7:01 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  High-Density Baling of Biomass – Applications in Urban Woody Biomass, Switchgrass, and Forest Biomass — July 14, 2015

Speaker: Jim Dooley, PhD, P.E., Chief Technology Officer of Forest Concepts
High density bales of biomass enable lower-cost  transport, storage, and processing of feedstocks for advanced biofuels and bioenergy. Most agricultural balers are designed to make …

ARPA-E Awards $30M in High-Risk, High-Reward Moonshot Program to Transform Energy Crops
June 19, 2015 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Six projects land major multi-year awards for Project TERRA, Tramsportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture

In Washington, ARPA-E announced awards totaling $30 million for projects seeking to accelerate the development of …

Unlocking the Biofuel Energy Stored in Plant Cell Walls
June 15, 2015 – 7:56 pm | No Comment

by Cherie Winner (Pennsylvania State University)  By virtue of their chloroplasts, plants are superb harvesters of solar energy. They use it to build leaves, flowers, fruits, stems, and roots. We harvest a small percentage of that …

Pennsylvania State University (PSU): An Example to Follow
May 13, 2015 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA) I had heard about Pennsylvania State University’s bioenergy and biofuels educational initiatives from Advanced Biofuels USA’s Joanne Ivancic, just after starting to work on a project to …

US Taxpayers Subsidising World’s Biggest Fossil Fuel Companies
May 12, 2015 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Damian Carrington and Harry Davies (The Guardian/MSN.com)   The world’s biggest and most profitable fossil fuel companies are receiving huge and rising subsidies from US taxpayers, a practice slammed as absurd by a presidential candidate given …

Evaluating a Groundwater Supply Contamination Incident Attributed to Marcellus Shale Gas Development
May 5, 2015 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Garth T. Llewellyn, Frank Dorman, J. L. Westland, D. Yoxtheimer, Paul Grieve, Todd Sowers, E. Humston-Fulmer, and Susan L. Brantley  (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)  New techniques of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) are …

Keystone Farm Show — January 5-7, 2016 — York, PA
April 24, 2015 – 7:41 pm | No Comment
Keystone Farm Show   —  January 5-7, 2016 — York, PA

The Keystone Farm Show is the fastest growing farm show on the East Coast! Started in January of 1998 to address the needs of agrimarketers in the Mid-Atlantic area, the show has nearly tripled in …

“Biomass Utilization: A Renewable, Versatile Pathway to Fuels and Chemicals” — April 28, 2015 — Breinigsville, PA
April 24, 2015 – 3:02 pm | No Comment
“Biomass Utilization: A Renewable, Versatile Pathway to Fuels and Chemicals”  — April 28, 2015 — Breinigsville, PA

Chuck Coe, Department of Chemical Engineering, Villanova University will speak on “Biomass Utilization: A Renewable, Versatile Pathway to Fuels and Chemicals” at this month’s MAREA meeting at 7:00PM.

Biomass is the only renewable source of organic carbon …

Report: PA Dishes out $3.2 Billion in Fossil Fuels Subsidies while State Faces $1.5 Billion Deficit
April 16, 2015 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Natasha Khan (PublicSource)   A new report out Tuesday says Pennsylvania provided more than $3.2 billion in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, much of which went to the state’s booming natural gas industry, at …

New Study Raises Possible Link between Gas Drilling and Radon Levels
April 10, 2015 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jon Hurdle and Susan Phillips  (StateImpactNPR.org)  Radon levels in buildings near unconventional natural gas development in Pennsylvania are higher than those in other areas of the state, suggesting that hydraulic fracturing has opened up …

4 Minutes with… Mike Glatz, VP Sales & Business Development, Optimus Technologies
March 26, 2015 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Optimus Technologies manufactures the first and only EPA-approved biofuel conversion systems for medium- and heavy-duty diesel trucks. Its fuel partners supply B100/B99 and Optimus-grade biofuel to fleets nationwide. Optimus has …

EnergyPath 2015 — July 20-24 — Scranton, PA
March 23, 2015 – 3:20 pm | One Comment
EnergyPath 2015 —   July 20-24 —  Scranton, PA

Energypath 2015 has something for everyone: Learn about renewable technologies, energy efficiency techniques and start or expand your career in the energy industry with a crash course in sustainable energy.

Energypath is an ideal place to exhibit …

Pittsburgh Expands Use of Optimus Technologies’ Biofuel Conversion Systems
March 11, 2015 – 6:00 am | No Comment

(Optimus Technologies)   Outfitting 20 more public works trucks to reduce fuel costs and to reduce lifecycle emissions over 80%.    – Optimus Technologies today announced the City of Pittsburgh has agreed to expand its use …

Energy Group, Total, Makes Investment & Initiates Joint Development Agreement with Renmatix
March 3, 2015 – 10:45 am | No Comment

(Renmatix/Total/PR Newswire)  – Total invests in Renmatix – Takes equity and Board seat in Philadelphia based licensor of supercritical hydrolysis technology for conversion of biomass into economical cellulosic sugar   — Companies complete Joint Development …

Education: Educator Training Program
March 2, 2015 – 8:28 pm | No Comment

How can you grow your own knowledge and skills to inspire your students? What new opportunities are developing for science-based careers in the region? Learn about this and more at the USDA-sponsored Bioenergy and Bioproducts …

Farm Energy IQ Workshop – PA March 10-12, 2015 University Park, PA
March 2, 2015 – 7:56 pm | No Comment
Farm Energy IQ Workshop – PA    March 10-12, 2015   University Park, PA

Join Penn State Extension at this three day workshop that covers the latest developments and opportunities in farm energy. Topics to be covered include:

Day 1: Smart Energy Buying and Use (energy use monitoring, understanding energy …

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 …

Biofuel Industry Criticizes Toomey, Feinstein RFS Bill
February 27, 2015 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Feb. 26, Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015. The bill, which is cosponsored by Sen. Jeff Flake, …

Toomey, Feinstein Introduce Bill to Repeal Ethanol Mandate
February 27, 2015 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA))  U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) are working to repeal a law that drives up the cost of everything from gasoline to groceries.

The Toomey-Feinstein Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination …

Pittsburgh Looks to Add Biofuel Systems to Trucks
February 18, 2015 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Robert Zullo (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)  Pittsburgh is looking to add new fuel systems to 20 trucks in the Department of Public Works that will allow the engines to run on biofuel as well as traditional …

BIO International Convention June 15-18, 2015 Philadelphia, PA
February 13, 2015 – 6:47 pm | No Comment
BIO International Convention   June 15-18, 2015   Philadelphia, PA

The world’s largest biotechnology gathering, the BIO Exhibition allows exhibitors to reach high-level executives and influential decision makers who come to BIO to discover new players in the industry, form partnerships and evaluate emerging technologies.

The …

5 Years after the Haiti Earthquake, a Breakthrough
February 10, 2015 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Brady Luceno  (Project Gaia)  Five years ago today at approximately 5pm, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked Haiti. Over three million of Haiti’s ten million people were affected, and over 230,000 deaths were reported. The …

Once-Golden Biofuels Market Flattened by Cheap Diesel
February 8, 2015 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Chris Fleisher (Trib Total Media)  Last fall, Ed Vescovi planned to restart a dormant biodiesel plant in Beaver County.  The market for biofuel was shaky. But a new owner, Weavertown Environmental, pledged to get …

NEWBio Funds Five Seed Grants to Advance Project Goals, Expand Northeast Bioenergy
February 6, 2015 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(NEWBio) Five cooperative projects have been funded that advance NEWBio goals and fill in key knowledge gaps related to bioenergy crop expansion in the Northeast U.S:

Abandoned Ag. Lands in the Northeast U.S.:  A GIS-based Analysis …

LANXESS Introduces New Baynox Stabilizers for Biodiesel
February 6, 2015 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

(LANXESS)  Specialty chemicals company LANXESS Corporation has added two new highly concentrated antioxidants to its existing range of biodiesel stabilizers. The new products – Baynox Ultra and Baynox Cargo – will be introduced to the …

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 …

RFS Roundup: Senators Feinstein, Toomey Float Amendment to Cut Corn Ethanol from RFS
January 16, 2015 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Insitute)  On January 16, Sens. Feinstein (D-CA) and Toomey (R-PA) floated an amendment to the Keystone XL pipeline bill, the ‘Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015,’ that would remove corn …

Eight under $70: Which Biofuels Ventures Can Beat out Cheap Oil?
January 13, 2015 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Oil prices continue to show incredible volatility. $106 in June, $50 today. Which biofuels ventures have the pro-formas to make money in a tough market? The Digest investigates.

Avello Bioenergy

Cost: $57.50 per …

Speeding Cyanobacteria Growth “Brightens” Biofuel’s Future
January 7, 2015 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Mary Beckman (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/R&D Magazine)  Rapidly growing bacteria that live in the ocean and can manufacture their own food hold promise as host organisms for producing chemicals, biofuels and medicine. Researchers at …

Bioenergy Education in Progress: Working Towards the Future
January 5, 2015 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by Austine Decker (NEWBio)  In November 2013 , Paul Heasley, an instructor with State College Area High School’s (SCASD) Career and Technical Center in State College, PA, received funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for …

Students Share Experiences from First Run of BioenergizeME Virtual Science Fair
December 18, 2014 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Last week concluded the beta run of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) sponsored BioenergizeME Virtual Science Fair—a high school competition that has students create and share infographics about bioenergy concepts. Student …

Northeast Bioenergy Scholars Program DEADLINE: February 1, 2015
December 12, 2014 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

(NewBIO)  The Northeast Bioenergy Scholars Program is an exciting summer research experience program for enthusiastic undergraduates who are interested in exploring bioenergy utilizing cutting-edge techniques. Check out the list of current topics and locations for …

Direct Measurements of Methane Emissions from Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells in Pennsylvania
December 10, 2014 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Mary Kanga, Cynthia M. Kannoa, Matthew C. Reida, Xin Zhangb, Denise L. Mauzeralla, Michael A. Celia, Yuheng Chen, and Tullis C. Onstott (PNAS)  Abandoned oil and gas wells provide a potential pathway for subsurface migration and emissions …

Plant Expansions Fueled by Shale Gas Boom to Boost Greenhouse Gas, Toxic Air Emissions
December 10, 2014 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Talla Buford (The Center for Public Integrity)  … By 2018, the land (Stacey) Ryan and other holdouts have fought to keep will be consumed by an $8.1 billion ethane cracker and a multibillion-dollar gas-to-liquids …

Lifting America’s Game in Climate Education, Literacy, and Training
December 8, 2014 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(The White House Office of Science and Technology)  …  Continued progress into the future will depend on ensuring a climate-smart citizenry and a next-generation American workforce of city planners, community leaders, engineers, and entrepreneurs who understand the urgent …

Villanova Center for the Advancedment of Sustainability in Engineering Invites Advanced Biofuels USA
November 13, 2014 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  What a wonderful day, talking from dawn ‘til dusk about the past, present and future of biofuels with faculty and students excited about their work in this area.

It was …

People Near ‘Fracking’ Wells Report Health Woes
October 14, 2014 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Wendy Koch (USA Today)  People living near natural-gas wells were more than twice as likely to report upper-respiratory and skin problems than those farther away, says a major study Wednesday on the potential health …

Is Switchgrass the Biofuel Source of the Future?
September 30, 2014 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Sergei Blair  (Town and Country)  Although it may look like an ordinary tall grass, scientists from Penn State’s Cooperative Extension, Montgomery County, said switchgrass—commonly found across much of the eastern and southern Unites States—can …

Keystone Farm Show January 6-8, 2015 York, PA
August 13, 2014 – 8:12 pm | No Comment
Keystone Farm Show   January 6-8, 2015    York, PA

The Keystone Farm Show is the fastest growing farm show on the East Coast! Started in January of 1998 to address the needs of agrimarketers in the Mid-Atlantic area, the show has nearly tripled in …

Water Environment Research Foundation Selects Drexel University to Perform Extraction from Wastewater Research
August 6, 2014 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(prweb.com)  The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) has selected Drexel University to perform research that will monitor and quantify the composition of waste greases to improve knowledge about the feasibility of grease-to-biodiesel processes. A key …

SG Preston Announces World’s Largest Purpose-Built Renewable Diesel Plant in Southern Ohio
August 1, 2014 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(Yahoo! News/SG Preston)  $400 Million Facility in Lawrence County to Create 100 Permanent Jobs and Produce 120 Million Gallons Annually
SG Preston (SGP), a bioenergy leader, today announced the planned development of a 120 million gallon …

The Economic Competitiveness of U.S. Ethanol
July 23, 2014 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

by John M. Urbanchuk  (ABF Economics/Renewable Fuels Association)  … Reflecting this enhanced competitiveness and maturation, ethanol prices (both FOB plant and delivered at key U.S. markets) have declined, while crude oil and conventional gasoline prices remained stable or increased.

Consequently:
1. …

Penn State Offers Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy
July 18, 2014 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Sue Retka Schill (Biomass Magazine)  Bioenergy professionals interested in getting certified or earning a master’s degree might want to check in on Penn State’s program in renewable energy and sustainability systems. The university launched …

World’s Cocoa Crop Could Get a Big Boost from a Simple, Non-Toxic Spray
July 3, 2014 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Seth Palmer  (Phys.Org)  Cocoa farmers this year will lose an estimated 30 to 40 percent of their crop to pests and disease, and with chocolate prices having risen globally by roughly two-thirds in the …

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 …

CREW Requests Investigation Into Industry Influence on RFS
July 1, 2014 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics/Biomass Magazine) Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has requested U.S. EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins investigate whether the Carlyle Group and Delta Airlines improperly influenced the EPA’s proposed renewable fuel …

Fracking Study Finds New Gas Wells Leak More
July 1, 2014 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Seth Borenstein (Associated Press)  In Pennsylvania’s gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells.

The results …

Energy Path 2014 – Path towards Sustainability
June 30, 2014 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuel USA) The 2014 edition of the Energy Path convergence which took place at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, delineates the path that we should take for the betterment of the …

Delta Signs with Carbon War Room to Advance Renewable Jet Fuel
June 17, 2014 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Delta Air Lines is partnering with the Carbon War Room, a nonprofit organization founded by Sir Richard Branson, in an effort to accelerate low-carbon jet fuel production worldwide.

This is part …

Pyrolysis of Biomass for Fuels and Chemicals: NEWBio Webinar Report
June 13, 2014 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The June edition of the Northeast bioenergy webinar series by Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium (NEWBio) featured Kwesi Boateng – Lead Scientist at the United States Department of Energy, Agricultural …

WEBINAR: Pyrolysis of Biomass for Fuels and Chemicals June 10 1:00 Eastern Time
June 3, 2014 – 4:10 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Pyrolysis of Biomass for Fuels and Chemicals   June 10  1:00 Eastern Time

A.A. Kwesi Boateng, Lead Scientist, USDA-ARS, Eastern Regional Research Center, Wyndmoor, PA
This webinar will present the collection of knowledge developed during research into sustainable biofuels and co-products at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the …

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 …

Biofuel-Obsessed U.S. Seen Blowing ‘Historic Opportunity’ in Nascent Green Chemical Market
June 3, 2014 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Peterka (E&E reporter/Greenwire)  The United States may be losing a major opportunity to be a global leader in the growing market for green chemicals because of its overwhelming policy tilt toward biofuels, industry …

International Summit on Past and Present Research Systems of Green Chemistry August 25-27, 2014 Philadelphia, PA
June 3, 2014 – 11:41 am | No Comment
International Summit on Past and Present Research Systems of Green Chemistry     August 25-27, 2014    Philadelphia, PA

OMICS Group invites all the participants across the globe to attend the International Summit on Past and Present Research systems of Green Chemistry during August 25-27, 2014 at Philadelphia, USA. The major objective of the International conference is …

How ‘Big Corn’ Lost the Ethanol Battle to Philadelphia Refiners
May 13, 2014 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Cesary Podkul and Jeff Mason  (Reuters)  Six months ago the U.S. oil industry scored a surprise win against farm groups when the Obama administration proposed slashing the amount of ethanol refiners must blend into …

Teachers’ Perspective – Green Team Algae Project
May 9, 2014 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Pamela Rockwell* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Sid Harwood and Shannon Helzer both have a military background, both are physics teachers at Daniel Boone High School in Birdsboro, PA, and both are committed to the success …

On Montgomery County Farm, Switchgrass Grows into Biofuel Components
April 29, 2014 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Philip Gruber (Lancaster Online)  A plan to make biofuel partially on the farm is starting to take shape in Montgomery County.   Typically, the entire process of converting high-energy crops to biofuel has been done …

New Holland Launches MyNewHolland.com
April 25, 2014 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Chuck (DomesticFuel.com)  … This new virtual community is set up to provide a meeting place to share information, contribute to farming related discussions and access premium contents and services. It is very simple to create …

USDA Researchers Simplify Pyrolysis Processes for Bio-Oil Production
April 18, 2014 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Ann Perry (US Department of Agriculture)   Innovations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are bringing researchers one step closer to developing “green” biofuel production systems farmers can use to meet on-farm energy needs, or to …

Study Raises New Concerns about Emissions from Shale Gas Wells
April 15, 2014 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy (FuelFix)  Researchers found higher-than-expected emissions of a potent greenhouse gas emanating from Pennsylvania wells, according to a study published Monday that adds to concerns about the environmental footprint of natural gas.

The study, conducted …

Toxic Emission Spikes at Fracking Sites Are Rarely Monitored, Study Finds
April 4, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Song and Jim Morris  (InsideClimateNews.org)  Gas drilling facilities have sporadic emission spikes that spew toxins harmful to human health, but states rarely monitor these fleeting events.

People in natural gas drilling areas who complain …

Neighbors Bicker in Pa. over Forced Gas Drilling
April 1, 2014 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Begos and Marc Levy (Associated Press/Fuel Fix)  An energy company is dusting off an old, unused state law that can force property owners to accept oil and gas drilling under their land, pitting …

“Local High School’s Award-Winning Algae-to-Biofuel Research” March 25, 2014 Breinigsville, PA
March 19, 2014 – 10:29 am | No Comment
“Local High School’s  Award-Winning Algae-to-Biofuel Research”    March 25, 2014   Breinigsville, PA

Student presentation of Algae Bioreactor Biofuels Research and facility,  Daniel High School “Green Team,” Birdsboro, PA
On Feb 20, 2014 the Green Team at Daniel Boone High School in Birdsboro, PA, learned they won first prize for …

New Markets for Bioenergy Crops May 20-21, 2014 State College, PA
March 6, 2014 – 7:08 pm | No Comment
New Markets for Bioenergy Crops     May 20-21, 2014    State College, PA

A healthy and resilient bioenergy economy needs to include a diverse market for biomass crops, including non-energy uses of these materials.  Fortunately, many opportunities exist for utilizing cellulosic bioenergy crops in a variety of markets.

Join …

Fermentation Methods and Scale-Up Strategies Workshop March 24-26, 2014 University Park, PA
March 6, 2014 – 6:48 pm | No Comment
Fermentation Methods and Scale-Up Strategies Workshop     March 24-26, 2014    University Park, PA

This course emphasizes the theoretical and practical aspects of laboratory microbial fermentation and scale-up. Participants will get hands-on experience setting up and monitoring fermentors, as well as conducting practical experiments that include the effects of …

Erie Region’s Farmers Consider Energy Crops
March 5, 2014 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Myers (Erie Times-News)  Local farmers soon might be planting crops that previous generations would have plowed under.

That’s the goal of a $10 million, five-year project to convert perennial grasses and other “throwaway” plants …

Summer 2014 NEWBio Graduate Bioenergy Scholarships Available – Apply by March 20, 2014
March 3, 2014 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(NEWBio)    Scholarships are available for two online courses that will be offered this summer: ABE 884: Bioenergy Systems and ABE 885: Bioenergy Harvest & Logistics. The courses are 3 credits each, and scholarships are …