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-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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An Industrial Perspective on Sustainability
March 29, 2009 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Peter Halling (Novozymes, Inc.) He talked about an industry perspective, from the point of view of Novozymes, a company that actively pursues sustainability in its business practices. Novozymes is the world leader in industrial enzymes and …

Challenges and Science Needed to Describe Sustainable Biofuel Production
March 29, 2009 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Jeffrey Steiner (Agricultural Research Services, USDA). In this talk he points out the importance of rural landscapes and ecosystem services.
·         The success of the supply chain depends on productive, profitable, and good resource …

Challenges for Sustainable Second Generation Biofuels
March 29, 2009 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Mark Jacobs (Meridian Institute). He represented the Council on Sustainable Biomass Production (CSBP).
CSBP is developing the standards to indicate sustainability issues through principles, criteria, and indicators. These address the climate change, biological diversity …

Defining Bioenergy Sustainability
March 29, 2009 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by moderator Dr. Virginia H. Dale (Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Lab.) who emphasized the components that make up sustainability.  
·         The challenge is to find “bioenergy options that facilitate smooth interactions of …

Furanics: A Refreshing New Take on Biofuels from Avantium Technologies
March 29, 2009 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Simon Bennett  (CleanTech Investor)  ‘Furanics’ are a new class of biofuels, named after the furan rings in the fuel’s molecules. The molecule contains six carbon atams and one oxygen atom and has a high …

Honeywell’s UOP and Ensyn Launch Envergent Technologies to Offer Second-Generation Biomass Technology
March 24, 2009 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced today that it has launched Envergent Technologies, LLC, a joint venture with Ensyn Corp., to offer technology and equipment to convert second-generation biomass into pyrolysis oil for power generation, …

Developments in Algal Harvesting, Dewatering and Drying
March 23, 2009 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

Univenture, Inc. and AlgaeVenture Systems, announced the details of a disruptive solid liquid separation and dewatering technology specifically designed for microalgae which reduces the cost barrier for harvesting, dewatering, and drying by over 99.75%.  Prototype …

Caltech Scientists Create New Enzymes for Biofuel Production
March 23, 2009 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

In a paper published  in the early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Frances H. Arnold, the Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry at Caltech, and her …

Defining Sustainability: Science, Standards, and Scorecards: Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels
March 20, 2009 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

Barbara Bramble  (National Wildlife Federation), in her talk, emphasized the importance of sustainable biofuels and developing strategies to reduce GHG  emissions through the energy security, stabilization of commodity prices, and promotion of rural development.
But the problem …

Defining Sustainability: Science, Standards, and Scorecards: An Industrial Perspective on Sustainability
March 20, 2009 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Peter Halling (Novozymes, Inc.) He talked about an industry perspective, from the point of view of Novozymes, a company that actively pursues sustainability in its business practices. Novozymes is the world leader in industrial …

Defining Sustainability: Science, Standards, and Scorecards: Challenges and Science Needed to Describe Sustainable Biofuel Production
March 20, 2009 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Jeffrey Steiner (Agricultural Research Services, USDA). In this talk he points out the importance of rural landscapes and ecosystem services.
·         The success of the supply chain depends on productive, profitable, and good resource …

Defining Sustainability: Science, Standards, and Scorecards: Challenges for Sustainable Second Generation Biofuels
March 20, 2009 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Mark Jacobs (Meridian Institute). He represented the Council on Sustainable Biomass Production (CSBP).
CSBP is developing the standards to indicate sustainability issues through principles, criteria, and indicators. These address the climate change, biological diversity …

Defining Sustainability: Science, Standards, and Scorecards: Defining Bioenergy Sustainability
March 20, 2009 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by moderator Dr. Virginia H. Dale (Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge  National Lab.) who emphasized the components that make up sustainability.  
 
 

·         The challenge is to find “bioenergy options that facilitate smooth interactions of …

University of Illinois Begins New Bioenergy Master’s Degree
March 19, 2009 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

Interest in bioenergy and renewable energy sources continues to increase and now students can earn a Master of Science degree in bioenergy from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of …

Enerkem Brings Next-Generation Biofuels Project to Mississippi
March 19, 2009 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

Enerkem Inc., a leading advanced biofuels and green chemicals technology company, announced plans to build and operate a second-generation biofuels production facility in Pontotoc, Mississippi, USA. 
It is expected to produce 20 million gallons per year …

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) Posts Biofuels Guide on Senate Web Site
March 19, 2009 – 11:03 am | No Comment

To help individuals and corporations navigate and access the various federal programs and grants available, Senator Cantwell has released a comprehensive biofuels guide. READ MORE

An Industrial Perspective on Sustainability
March 17, 2009 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

Peter Halliing, Novozymes, discussed the value of using enzymes and microbes in production of advanced biofuels to increase efficiency and yield–to produce more with less.  From the “Devining Sustainability: Science, Standards and Scorecards” session of …

Defining Bioenergy Sustainability
March 17, 2009 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

Virginia Dale and Keith Kline, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, discuss the elements of sustainability from a environmental, economic and social perspectives.  Download PDF

Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels
March 17, 2009 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

Barbara J. Bramble, National Wildlife Federation, described this international multi-stakeholder initiative to develop principles and criteria for sustainable biofuels production that will be simple, accessible and implemented worldwide; generic to all crops; adaptable to new information; efficient …

Challenges adn Science Needed to escribe Sustainable Biofuel Production
March 17, 2009 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

Jeffrey Steiner, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, describes the current circumstances of developing criteria and indicators for sustainable biofuels production as comparable to building a plane and flying at the same time.  He is optimistic that today’s …

Modeling Land Use and Land Use Change in Brazil
March 17, 2009 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

Leila Harfuch, Brazilian Institute for International Trade Negotiations, presents studies of land use patterns and changes in Brazil with attention to pasture, rain forest, sugar cane and other crop cultivation.  From the “Devining Sustainability: Science, …

A Systems Approach to Biomass Sustainability
March 17, 2009 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

M. Christina Negri, Argonne National Laboratory, presentation for the “Defining Sustainability: Science, Standards and Scorecards” session of the US Department of Energy’s Biomass 2009 conference.  The goal of the project is to develop and analyze …

Challenges for Sustainable Second Generation Biofuels
March 17, 2009 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

Barbara Stinson, Meridian Institute, explains the creation of and purpose of a Council on Sustainable Biomass Production.  From the Defining Sustainability:  Science, Standards adn Scorecards session of the US Department of Energy’s Biomass 2009 conference.   …

The Coskata Syngast-to-Ethanol Platform
March 17, 2009 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

Bill Roe, Coskata, describes Coskata’s “feedstock flexible” ethanol production process and provides and update on commercialization developments.  From the Advanced Biofuels Research& Development session of the US Department of Energy’s Biomass 2009 conference.  Download PDF

Where We Are and Where We Are Going
March 17, 2009 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

Jim Imbler, Zeachem, provides a view of the world of cultivation and production of advanced biofuels–illustrated with Zeachem’s experiences so far.  From the Advanced Biofuels Research & Development sessions at the US Department of Energy’s …

Targeting Plant Cell Walls at Joint BioEnergy Institute
March 17, 2009 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

Josh Heaslewood, JBEI at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, explains issues of biomass recalcitrance and work being done to convert hemicellulose, pectin and cellulose into the building blocks of advanced biofuels.   From the Advanced Biofuels Research …

Fuel Synthesis and Sustainabilty Activities in the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
March 17, 2009 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

Tim Donohue, GLBRC, explains the work being done to promote and develop the conversion of biomass to fuels.  Includes illustration and discussion of catalytic and enzymatic processes.  From the Advanced Biofuels Research & Development session …

The BioEnergy Science Center: Initial Results in Overcoming Biomass Recalcitrance
March 17, 2009 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

Brian Davison, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, provides an in-depth look at the challenges to breaking down cellulose so that it can be used to produce advanced biofuels.   From the Advanced Biofuels Research & Development session …

State of Technology Assessment
March 17, 2009 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

Andy Aden, National Renewable Energy Laboratory provides an assessment including biochemical and thermochemical pathways, and a review of sustainability challenges.  From the Advanced Biofuels Research and Development session at the US Department of Energy’s Biomass 2009 conference.  …

Abengoa Bioenergy: Hybrid Biorefinery Concept
March 17, 2009 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

Gerson Santos-Leon, Abengoa Vioenergy New Technologies, presents a combination enzymatic and gasification process as part of the Biofuels Commercialization session of the US Department of Energy’s Biomass 2009 conference.   Download PDF

Biofuels Commercialization: The Federal Role in Fostering Investment
March 17, 2009 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

William F. Hagy, III, USDA Rural Development, describes programs available under the 2008 Farm Bill to promote and support development and implementation of biofuels projects. From the Biofuels Commercialization session of the US Department of Energy’s …

Creating a Sustainable Biofuels Future
March 17, 2009 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

Jennifer Holmgren, UOP, gives an international view of the future outlook for biofuels and engines technology integration from an industry perspective.  She touches on a variety of feedstocks and uses from jet fuels to auto …

Outlook for Biofuels in Brazil
March 17, 2009 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

Emerson Kloss, Embassy of Brazil in Washington, DC, summarizes biofuels production and use in Brazil as part of the International Outlook session at the US Department of Energy Biomass 2009 conference.   Download PDF

Biofuels Policy Update: The European Union
March 17, 2009 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

Laurent Javaudin, Delegation of the European Commission to the US, summarizes EU legislation and activities regarding biofuels.  Download PDF

Commercial Challenges Facing Cellulosic Ethanol
March 17, 2009 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

Jack Huttner, DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol, explores the current science and financial situation of cellulosic ethanol production and commercialization.  From the plenary session of the US Department of Energy’s Biomass 2009 conference.  Download PDF

A DOE Perspective on Sustainability
March 17, 2009 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

Zia Haq, US Department of Energy’s Office of the Biomass Program, describes DOE’s programs with regard to sustainable biofuels development and implementation.   From the plenary session of DOE’s Biomass 2009 conference.  Download PDF

Growing Energy
March 17, 2009 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

Richard Hamilton, Ceres, discusses indirect land use change theories and development of improved energy crops and cultivation around the world.  Download PDF

Overcoming Barriers to Growth of the Biofuels Industry
March 17, 2009 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

Brent Erickson, Biotechnology Industry Organization.  Includes discussion of the “blend wall.”  From the plenary session at the US Department of Energy Biomass 2009 conference.  Download PDF

Promise vs. Potential of Sustainable Biofuels
March 17, 2009 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD6th), known as “Congressman Peak Oil” presents the problem of peak oil and analyzes the potential of sustainable biofuels.  Download PDF.

Greenhunter Biofuels Announces Distillation Capabiliites in Advance of Cold-Soak Filtration Test Effective Date
March 12, 2009 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

In October of 2008, ASTM International, originally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, added the “Cold Soak Filtration Test” procedure to its mandated biodiesel testing methods.  The stated goal of the Cold …

$2.77 Million Boost from NC Biofuels Center
March 11, 2009 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

The Biofuels Center of North Carolina, which is tasked by the General Assembly with developing a biofuels sector in North Carolina, sets aside more than half its annual budget for grants to accelerate the technologies …

Michigan State and Michigan Tech Share Trees-to-Biofuels Grant
March 10, 2009 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

Research to turn trees into liquid fuel gets a boost with approval of the $410 billion federal omnibus spending bill today. The bill allocates $1.4 million for a new biofuel research program at the Michigan …

Shell And Codexis Deepen Collaboration To Speed Arrival Of Next Generation Biofuel
March 10, 2009 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

Royal Dutch Shell plc and Codexis, Inc., announced an expanded agreement to develop better biocatalysts that could accelerate commercialisation of next generation biofuels. … As part of the agreement, Codexis will work closely with Shell …

Growth Energy Policy Brief: California’s Dangerous Gamble with Indirect Land Use Change
March 10, 2009 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

Carbon accounting will play an important role in comparison of greenhouse gas emissions related to various transportation fuels.  The federal Renewable Fuel Standard requires lifecycle GHG emissions analyses of biofuels as compared to those for …

Advanced Biofuels USA Comments on CA Waiver Review
March 7, 2009 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

A public hearing concerning this reconsideration was held on March 5, 2009, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Deadline to submit written comments was April 6, 2009. READ MORE.

Advanced Biofuels USA Executive Director, Joanne Ivancic, attended the hearing.  …

New Trade Association Formed for North America Camelina Industry
March 4, 2009 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

GREAT FALLS, Mont., — Thirteen seed companies, processors and researchers of camelina have formed the first trade association focused on camelina production and processing in North America. The North American Camelina Trade Association (NACTA) will …

UW-Green Bay to Research Marginal Lands for Energy Crops
March 2, 2009 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

Planting agricultural crops in poorly drained or marginal soil areas may be delayed, prevented or unprofitable for traditional farming. However, these areas may be ideally suited for native, mixed-species grasslands that can withstand harsher conditions, …

University of Minnesota Reports on Life-Cycle Analysis Related to Corn Stover
March 2, 2009 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

Research shows that, as a fuel for heat and power applications, corn stover reduces the life-cycle fossil-fuel emissions of carbon dioxide by factors of approximately 15 and 25 compared to natural gas and coal, respectively. …

Doubling a Gene in Corn Results in Giant Biomass
March 2, 2009 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

University of Illinois plant geneticist Stephen Moose has developed a corn plant that yields corn that would make good silage, due to a greater number of leaves and larger stalk, which could also make it …

110 Scientists Complain that California Promotes Fossil Fuels; Are Opposed to Selective Enforcement of Indirect Effects in California’s Proposed Low Carbon Fuel Standard
March 2, 2009 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

In a letter to California Governor Schwarzenegger, biomass to bioenergy researchers warn that this field of studying indirect land use change effects is in its nascent stage, is controversial in much of the scientific community, …

French Aerospace Lab, Onera, Heads Alternative Aviation Fuel Study
March 1, 2009 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

 

 

Onera has been chosen by the European Commission (Directorate-General for Energy and Transport) to conduct a strategic feasibility and impact study on alternative fuels for aviation, called SWAFEA: Sustainable Way for Alternative Fuel and Energy …

Industrial Biotechnology in China Amidst Changing Market Conditions
February 27, 2009 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Nesbitt (Journal of International Commerce and Economics)  The increasing use of industrial biotechnology by the Chinese liquid biofuels and chemical industries is expected to help offset energy security and environmental concerns generated by China’s robust economic …

ASTM Sets the Standard for Biodiesel
February 27, 2009 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Kessel Nelson   (ASTM International Standardization News)    Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants has produced a set of standards for a non-petroleum fuel: biodiesel.   READ MORE

Report Shows Advanced Biofuels Industry Can Create Jobs, Economic Growth
February 27, 2009 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

Continuing to build advanced biofuels production capacity can create thousands of new jobs throughout the economy, contributing to U.S. economic growth and increasing energy security. The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) welcomed the release of a …

Enzymatic Deconstruction of Xylan for Biofuel Production
February 27, 2009 – 9:18 am | No Comment

by Dylan Dodd and Isaac K. O. Cann  (Global Change Biology Bioenergy)   The combustion of fossil-derived fuels has a significant impact on atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels and correspondingly is an important contributor to anthropogenic global climate …

Changes in Soil Organic Carbon under Biofuel Crops
February 27, 2009 – 9:10 am | No Comment

by Kristina J. Anderson-Teixeira, Sarah C. Davis, Michael D. Masters and Evan H. Delucia  (Global Change Biology Bioenergy)   One potentially significant impact of growing biofuel crops will be the sequestration or release of carbon (C) in …

Mascoma Facility Generating Cellulosic Ethanol With Assistance from New York State Agencies
February 25, 2009 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

Mascoma Corporation, a leader in the development of low carbon cellulosic ethanol, announced that the company’s demonstration facility in Rome, New York, is now producing ethanol from non-food cellulosic biomass.  The demonstration facility has the …

QuantumSphere Awarded Research Grant to Turn Algae into Biofuels
February 24, 2009 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

California Energy Commission awards $100k grant to turn algae blooms in the Salton Sea into methane, hydrogen, and synthetic gasses.  READ MORE

BP and Verenium Form Leading Cellulosic Ethanol Venture to Deliver Advanced Biofuels
February 18, 2009 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

The joint venture company will initially focus on developing and securing financing for a first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol facility in Highlands County, Florida and expects to break ground on that site in 2010. The estimated …

Enzyme Cocktail Converts Cellulosic Materials, Water into Hydrogen Fuel
February 16, 2009 – 7:12 am | No Comment

Researchers at Virginia Tech, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the University of Georgia have produced hydrogen gas pure enough to power a fuel cell by mixing 14 enzymes, one coenzyme, cellulosic materials from nonfood …

POET’s Project Liberty Cellulosic Ethanol Pilot Plant Uses Corn Cobs as Feedstock
February 12, 2009 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

A leading U.S. ethanol producer, Poet, announced the opening of an $8 million pilot plant that will produce cellulosic ethanol from corn cobs and other crop residue. READ MORE

POET to Discuss Cellulosic Ethanol, Cob Harvesting with Northwest Iowa Farmers
February 12, 2009 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

Harvesting cobs will provide an additional revenue stream for farmers, without requiring them to change their planting practices. Agriculture equipment manufacturers are developing a wide range of options for farmers to ensure that harvesting cobs …

Blade Switchgrass Management Guide for Bioenergy Now Available
February 11, 2009 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ — A new crop management guide is available for producers interested in learning more about growing switchgrass as a non-food, low-carbon source for biofuels and biopower.  Published by Blade …

Energy, Biotechnology and Agribusiness Veterans Form SG Biofuels to Develop Jatropha as Low-Cost, Sustainable Oil
February 10, 2009 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

Following three years of research, a team of energy, biotechnology and agribusiness veterans announced the formation of SG Biofuels, a San Diego, CA-based plant oil company specializing in the development of Jatropha as a low-cost, …

Biofuels can provide Viable, Sustainable Solution to Reducing Petroleum Dependence, says “90-Billion Gallon Biofuel Deployment Study”
February 10, 2009 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

An in-depth study by Sandia National Laboratories and General Motors Corp. has found that plant and forestry waste and dedicated energy crops could sustainably replace nearly a third of gasoline use by the year 2030.  …

Two-Step Chemical Process Turns Raw Biomass into Biofuel
February 10, 2009 – 7:27 am | No Comment

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a two-step method to convert the cellulose in raw biomass into a promising biofuel.  The key to the new process is the first step, in which cellulose …

Researchers Seek to Create Ethanol from Idaho Agricultural Waste
February 9, 2009 – 7:30 am | No Comment

Researchers from Idaho’s three largest public universities are seeking to create ethanol from the Gem state’s agricultural waste. And they have a realistic shot at converting potato, sugar beet and other agricultural waste – perhaps …

Camelina Crop May Save the Day for Northwest Pa. Farmers, Landowners
February 8, 2009 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Andrea Zippay (Farm and Dairy)  A rather low-budget, low-input crop may be a boon to northwest Pennsylvania farmers.   Camelina sativa, an oilseed from the Brassica family, is a valuable crop for biofuel production. Already …

USDA and USDoE Announce Funding for Biomass Research and Development Initiative
February 6, 2009 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

On January 30, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy (DOE) announced up to $25 million (subject to appropriations) in funding for research and development of technologies and processes to produce biofuels, bioenergy, and …

SG Biofuels Launches Jatropha Developer at 2009 National Biodiesel Conference
February 2, 2009 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

Following three years of research, a team of energy, biotechnology and agribusiness veterans today announced the formation of SG Biofuels, a San Diego, CA-based plant oil company specializing in the development of Jatropha as a …

Japan Airlines Flight Brings Aviation One Step Closer to Using Biofuel
February 2, 2009 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

Japan Airlines (JAL) became the first airline to conduct a demonstration flight using a sustainable biofuel primarily refined from the energy crop, camelina. It was also the first demo flight using a combination of three …

Sirona Fuels Acquires Blue Sky Biofuels and Invests in Jatropha to Expand Production of High-Quality, Sustainable Biofuel
February 2, 2009 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

Through its purchase of Blue Sky Biofues, Sirona has acquired an Oakland, CA-based refinery that produces high-quality biodiesel from both virgin and non-virgin feedstocks. READ MORE

Sustainable Oils, Inc., provided camelina-based fuels for Japan Airlines demo flight.
January 30, 2009 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

Also known as gold-of-pleasure or false flax, camelina, the main feedstock used for the recent Japan Airlines test flight, is good candidate for a sustainable biofuel source, given its high oil content and ability to …

California State Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Standards; Greenhouse Gas Regulations; Reconsideration of EPA’s Denial of a Waiver of Preemption
January 30, 2009 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

The California Air Resources Board in December 2005 requested a waiver of pre-emption for its greenhouse gas regulations for certain new motor vehicles beginning with Model Year 2009. On March 6, 2008, EPA published a …

New Catalyst Paves the Path for Ethanol-Powered Fuel Cells
January 29, 2009 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

A team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Delaware and Yeshiva University, has developed a new catalyst that could make ethanol-powered …

Genome Sequence Shows Sorghum’s Immense Potential
January 29, 2009 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

Southerners may best know sorghum as sweet, biscuit-topping syrup. But the small grain’s uses range from a dependable, drought-tolerant food crop to biofuel source, says a University of Georgia researcher who led a team that …

Wood-Boring Marine Bug’s Stomach Bugs Studied in UK Biofuels Research
January 28, 2009 – 7:53 am | No Comment

Research is under way to pinpoint the enzymes produced in the four-spotted gribble’s stomach, and the genes that control them, so that the process can be applied to woody biofuel crops such as willow. The …

UK’s Biggest Public Investment in Bioenergy Research Includes Advanced Biofuels
January 28, 2009 – 7:48 am | No Comment

At the University of Nottingham, two of six research projects being run by the national £27m BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre hope to lead the way in the development of sustainable bioenergy fuels — Ethanol and …

DARPA Contract Awarded to Develop Jet Biofuel from Algae
January 26, 2009 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

On January 26, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) a contract to help develop an alternative to petroleum-based jet fuel from agricultural and aquacultural feedstocks.  The contract is …

The Myth of the Plug-In Hybrid
January 23, 2009 – 8:33 am | No Comment

You have heard the hype, the hope, the promise that electric cars are our hope for a clean, low-carbon, sustainable transportation future.   CLICK HERE to see a brief comparison of  sustainability of near-term plug-in hybrid technology, …

Michigan State University Pre-Treatment Process Cuts Cost of Making Cellulosic Biofuels
January 22, 2009 – 8:23 am | No Comment

A patented Michigan State University process to pre-treat corn-crop waste before conversion into ethanol means extra nutrients don’t have to be added, cutting the cost of making biofuels from cellulose. READ MORE

Detroit Auto Show’s Electric Promises Belie Internal Combustion Reality
January 20, 2009 – 8:46 am | No Comment

”Listening, watching and reading the international media’s reporting on the Detroit car show, you could be forgiven for thinking that we will soon all be zipping around noiselessly in environmentally neutral electric cars.”   Neil Winton …

Bionavitas Announces Light Immersion Technology to Aid Algae Growth for Biofuels Production
January 19, 2009 – 11:02 am | No Comment

The “self-shading” phenomenon for algae results in a layer that limits the amount of algae per acre that can be grown and harvested. The Light Immersion Technology developed by Bionavitas fundamentally changes this equation by …

Study Finds Biofuel Carbon Footprint Overstated
January 15, 2009 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

A  Michigan State University study finds that the life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions may be significantly less than other studies have indicated.  The researchers found that the carbon “pay back” time – the theoretical amount of …

South Dakota POET Plant Produces Cellulosic Ethanol from Corn Cobs
January 13, 2009 – 4:21 pm | One Comment

Following a successful start-up in the fourth quarter of 2008, POET Research Center in Scotland, S.D. is now producing cellulosic ethanol at a pilot scale, completing a crucial step toward development of commercially viable cellulosic …

Algae, Coal, and Jatropha: the Future of Aviation Fuels?
January 12, 2009 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

On January 7, 2009, Continental Airlines flew a successful demonstration out of Houston in partnership with Boeing, GE Aviation/CFM International, and Honeywell’s UOP. One of the Boeing 737’s two engines was powered with standard A1 …

Cornell Technology Makes Biogas Greener
January 9, 2009 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

Cornell plant scientists have invented a new method that uses manure and other farm byproducts to remove toxic hydrogen sulfide from biogas — a renewable energy source — derived from the breakdown of animal waste.  …

Sugar Cane Stalks Serve as Cellulosic Ethanol Feedstock in Louisiana
January 9, 2009 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

Verenium operates one of the nation’s first cellulosic ethanol pilot plants, an R&D facility, in Jennings, Louisiana and has recently entered the start-up phase at its 1.4 million-gallon-per-year demonstration-scale facility.  Stacks of crushed sugar cane …

California Scientists Create E.Coli-based Fuel That’s Much More Efficient Than Ethanol
January 8, 2009 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

U.S. scientists say they can turn E.coli, a strain of bacteria present in the human digestive tract, into a fuel that is twice or three times more efficient than ethanol. The scientists, attached to the …

BioJetFuel Powers Passenger Jet Test Flight
January 7, 2009 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

A New Zealand Air passenger jet partially powered by a 50-50 blend of oil from jatropha plants and standard A1 jet fuel successfully completed a two-hour flight December 30 to test a biofuel that could …

Human Stomach Bugs Used to Make Biofuels
January 7, 2009 – 8:00 am | No Comment

California scientists say they can use E.coli, a strain of bacteria present in the human digestive tract, to make a fuel that is twice or three times more efficient than ethanol. READ MORE: Article 1 …

Termite Stomach Bug Used to Make Cellulosic Ethanol and Other Biochemicals
January 7, 2009 – 7:57 am | No Comment

ZeaChem, a company that uses the microbes in termite guts to make ethanol, announced it has raised $34 million to build its first plant.  The biorefinery, which could be located in Boardman, Ore., will begin …

Switchgrass-Ethanol Study Shows Positive Findings
January 6, 2009 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

Switchgrass grown for biofuel production produced 540 percent more energy than needed to grow, harvest and process it into cellulosic ethanol, according to estimates from a large on-farm study by researchers at the University of …

Green Solutions for the Stimulus Package: Advanced Biofuels Research Funding
January 6, 2009 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

THE PROBLEM:        
How do we get money circulating in the economy  FAST, EASILY and EFFECTIVELY?
THE SOLUTIONS:

FAST:  

Invest in Renewable Energy Programs to Promote Energy Independence by Fully Funding Title II of the 2007 Energy Act and Title …

Renewable Energy R&D Should Be A Priority in the Stimulus Package
December 30, 2008 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

In order for the “green-collar” jobs component of the Economic Stimulus package to be sustainable, the technologies needed to produce inexpensive sustainable renewable energy have to be available. Unfortunately, because of a lack of government …

DOE Announces Funding Opportunity of up to $200 Million for Pilot and Demonstration Scale Biorefinery Projects – Projects Will Demonstrate Continued Commitment to Develop Sustainable, Cost-Competitive Advanced Biofuels
December 26, 2008 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

U.S. Department of Energy, December 22, 2008      The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the issuance of a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for up to $200 million over six years (FY 2009 – FY 2014), …

Clean Cities Solicitation Seeks Projects for Biofuels Outreach and Education
December 23, 2008 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

Area of Interest 3 (DE-PS26-09NT01236-03): Education and Outreach Workshops for Petroleum Reduction Fuels and Technologies Educational information and materials developed under this award will be used to establish a special Clean Cities learning program. This …

50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy of 2008 Published by Biofuels Digest
December 22, 2008 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

Among the top 50, 17 are active in cellulosic ethanol development, nine are developing algae-to-energy systems, and nine are producing other advanced biofuels or waste-to-energy technologies. The companies range from start-ups, funded by venture capital …

New Mapping Tool Models Nutrient Pools in Forests Harvested for Biomass
December 20, 2008 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

University of New Brunswick forestry professor Paul Arp has devised a tool that shows how removing the forestry sector’s leftovers – the biomass – will affect how much wood the Crown forests produce sustainably by …

New Crop Modeling Tool for Predicting Sorghum Production
December 19, 2008 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

Researchers at Texas A&M have developed a new modeling tool to help prospective biofuel producers better estimate sorghum crop yield potential in a given region under various conditions. READ MORE.

Study Shows Bioenergy Could Become Major Energy Source in 2030
December 19, 2008 – 7:36 am | No Comment

Two German scientists investigated the feasibility of replacing fossil fuels with biomass as the primary energy supply. Their paper, published in the journal Naturwissenschaften, posited a scenario in which degraded lands were planted with fast …

Ethanol, Biomass May Fuel Fuel Cells
December 17, 2008 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology are exploring the use of biomass or ethanol as a primary fuel in fuel cells instead of hydrogen to produce energy from electrochemical reactions with fewer emissions and …

Waste Coffee Grounds Offer New Source Of Biodiesel Fuel
December 15, 2008 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

Researchers in Nevada are reporting that waste coffee grounds can provide a cheap, abundant, and environmentally friendly source of biodiesel fuel for powering cars and trucks. READ MORE.

Diverse Crops Better for Sustainable Biofuel Production
December 15, 2008 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

Shifting more acreage to corn production may not be the best way to meet increasing renewable fuel production requirements, researchers at Michigan State University and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center are finding.  Growing a …

Ceres, Inc., Introduces Dedicated Energy Crop Seeds
December 11, 2008 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

California-based crop company Ceres Inc. has introduced two varieties each of switchgrass and high-biomass sorghum specifically designed to boost energy crop yields.  Early buyers of the seeds include DOE-backed biofuels companies building demonstration cellulosic ethanol …

Study Finds That Without a Price on Carbon, Regular Hybrids can Lower Lifecycle CO2 Emissions As Effectively as Plug-in Hybrids, and At Lower Cost
December 11, 2008 – 10:36 am | No Comment

A new working paper from Duke University finds that in the absence of a price signal for CO2, regular hybrids can lower lifecycle carbon dioxide emissions as effectively as plug-in hybrids, and at a considerably …

Scientists Seek to Turn Waste Glycerol Biofuels into High-Value Gas
December 10, 2008 – 11:17 am | No Comment

For every tonne of biodiesel made from vegetable oil, 100kg of thick, viscous glycerol is produced as a byproduct. The annual 6.8 billion liters of biodiesel production in the EU yields around 680,000 tonnes of …

UGA Researchers Looking to Turn Fruit into Fuel
December 10, 2008 – 9:46 am | No Comment

by April Sorrow (University of Georgia)  Half of all the fruit grown in Georgia is never eaten by people or animals. It rots in the fields. A University of Georgia researcher says that spoiled fruit …

Modified Lignin Has Potential Benefits for Ethanol, Advanced Biofuels, Paper, and Feed
December 9, 2008 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists, in partnership with USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), have synthesized a new form of lignin that breaks down more readily than that which occurs in nature. Lignin is the mortar that …

USDA Offers Guaranteed Loans for Commercial-Scale Biorefineries
December 7, 2008 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering to guarantee loans of up to $250 million for commercial-scale biorefineries that produce biofuels from something other than corn starch. One company that plans to apply for …

Critique of the Obama/Biden Energy Plan
December 6, 2008 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak, Advanced Biofuels USA Board Member

(I was quite disappointed to see no mention of low GHG biofuels and quite a reliance on oil, gas, and coal, for a plan that is being …

Freeways to Fuels (F2F)
November 30, 2008 – 9:51 am | No Comment

by Dallas Hanks and Ralph Whitesides  (Utah State University)  … Nearly all highway, airport, railway and military areas in the United States have fallow agronomic areas that require regular maintenance to keep them from becoming …

Fungal Diesel Could Be New Fuel Source
November 29, 2008 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Sam Bond (edie.net)  A fungus that makes biodiesel as part of its natural lifecycle has attracted the attention of American scientists wishing to tap into its potential.   The fungus has been discovered living in …

Utah’s Green Star Products, Inc., Plans Expanded Advanced Biofuels Production
November 25, 2008 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

In 2006, Green Star started plans to construct biorefineries that produce ethanol from low cost agricultural waste products (wood chips, switch-grass, rice stalks, municipal waste, etc.) from biomass based on its proprietary process patents and …

NASCAR Hires Lynch to Head ‘Green’ Initiative
November 20, 2008 – 12:16 pm | One Comment

As NASCAR develops an industry-wide initiative to address the environment, the sanctioning body has taken an even bigger step in hiring Dr. Mike Lynch to head up a new Green initiative.

“Mike will be developing and …

Missouri Voters Approve a Renewable Energy Requirement
November 12, 2008 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

Missouri voters approved a measure that will require the state’s investor-owned utilities to draw on renewable energy for 15% of their electricity supply by 2021. The Missouri Clean Energy Initiative, or Proposition C, passed easily, …

Meeting Ethanol Mandates in California: A 5-Part Series
October 23, 2008 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

Spot.us, a new venture dedicated to crowdfunded reporting, was able to commission Wired.com staff writer Alexis Madrigal to move forward with his article on meeting ethanol mandates in California.  Gas2.0 is proud to be the first …

The Science of Green Racing: Fuel for the Future
October 8, 2008 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

The Drayson Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT2 racing car (007) runs on 2nd generation E85 (85% proof) bioethanol fuel which is produced by the hydrolysis, or breaking down, of the cellulose found in waste wood using …

Great Plains – The Camelina Company and the EERC Poised to Produce 100 Percent Renewable Jet Fuel from Camelina
October 2, 2008 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

Great Plains-The Camelina Company has studied the science and agronomy of camelina for over 10 years and for the past three years has contracted with growers throughout the United States and Canada to grow the …

Novel Fungus Helps Beetles to Digest Hard Wood
September 29, 2008 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by  Amit Avasthi and Vicki Fong (Penn State University, gantdaily.com)  A little known fungus tucked away in the gut of Asian longhorned beetles helps the insect munch through the hardest of woods according to a team …

From Sugar To Gasoline: ‘Green Gasoline’ Crafted From Sugar and Carbohydrates
September 19, 2008 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

Following independent paths of investigation, two research teams are announcing this month that they have successfully converted sugar-potentially derived from agricultural waste and non-food plants-into gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and a range of other valuable …

Chesapeake Cellulosic Biofuels Report Released
September 18, 2008 – 11:05 am | No Comment

The Report of the Chesapeake Cellulosic Biofuels Project Next-Generation Biofuels: Taking the Policy Lead for the Nation was released at the Cellulosic Biofuels Summit held on September 4, 2008 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

“This publication represents the …

Fusion Enzymes for Biofuels
September 15, 2008 – 11:29 am | No Comment

C2 Biotechnologies, LLC  of Germantown, New York  (C2B) harnesses the power of biology to fuse different proteins, specifically, enzymes with desirable characteristics, into one product using a fusion enzyme technology platform.  Download PDF or READ MORE

Green Auto Racing? How Can that Be?
September 7, 2008 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

On August 28 and 29, a group of well-connected “car guys” (male and female) got together to discuss the future of personal transportation in the world. They did so through the prism of international car …

Comments on Implementation of Title IX, Energy Authorities of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
September 5, 2008 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak, President, Atlantic Biomass Conversions, Inc.; Board Member, Advanced Biofuels USA 
Title IX Implementation: Overall Goals  
First and foremost I urge whichever Administration takes office in January to honor the intent of Title IX legislation, to …

80% of British Biofuels are Unsustainable
August 29, 2008 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Fred Pearce (New Scientist)  Biofuels have received another environmental black mark. A survey commissioned by the UK government found that over 4 litres in every 5 supplied at British pumps fail to meet basic …

Agriculture’s Role in Fueling the BioCar of the Future
August 28, 2008 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

Until recently, Americans thought very little of filling up our gas tanks. Gas was gas. Where it came from was of little concern, as long as it powered our cars to get us where we …

$2.00/gal Bio Diesel Fuel Ready for Production
August 28, 2008 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

Several thousand gallons of bio diesel fuel that meets ASTM specification D-975 have been produced, road tested in diesel vehicles and declared ready for volume production, according to Harrison Dillon, President and Chief Technology Officer, …

Department of Defense Advanced Aviation Biofuels Program
August 6, 2008 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

The Defense Department has been directed to explore a wide range of energy alternatives and fuel efficiency efforts in a bid to reduce the military’s reliance on oil to power its aircraft, ground vehicles and …

Giant Grass Miscanthus Can Meet US Biofuels Goal Using Less Land Than Corn Or Switchgrass
August 4, 2008 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

ScienceDaily (Aug. 4, 2008) — In the largest field trial of its kind in the United States, researchers have determined that the giant perennial grass Miscanthus x giganteus outperforms current biofuels sources – by a …

FAA Selects X PRIZE Foundation for Grant to Spur Renewable Aviation Fuels and Technologies
July 25, 2008 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters announced July 10, 2008, that the FAA has selected the X PRIZE Foundation to develop a strategy to create monetary incentives for developing renewable aviation fuels and technologies to stem …

Lufthansa Aims to Use Some Biofuel
June 30, 2008 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

The German airline, Lufthansa, plans to cut 25 percent of its carbon dioxide emissions by 2020.  Luftansa announced plans to clean up emissions at the airline, aiming to use 10 percent biofuel in its fleet by 2020.  …

Crawford County Farmers Growing Camelina for Biofuel
June 15, 2008 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(Farm and Dairy)  In most places in the East, they’re still talking about the coming biofuels revolution. But in Crawford County, Pennsylvania — thanks largely to Penn State Cooperative Extension — farmers already are involved …

Getting Real About Oil
May 7, 2008 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

Presidential hopeful John McCain said it this week and he can’t deny it.  

The war in Iraq is about our dependency on foreign oil. He’s right and he needn’t apologize for it.

And look where it’s …

Now Sunlight CO2 and Bacteria Equals Ethanol
April 30, 2008 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

(New Energy and Fuel) A new bacterium, a cyanobacterium that is energized by sunlight and excretes the sugars glucose and sucrose with some cellulose has been created by Dr. R. Malcolm Brown and Dr. David Nobles …

Biofuels from Sugar Beets
April 30, 2008 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

 Sugar beet pulp left over from sugar production is rich in 5-carbon (C-5) and 6-carbon (C-6) sugars that are ideal for the production of advanced biofuels.   Atlantic Biomass Conversions, Inc., is currently developing “evolved” enzyme …

Biofuels and the Energy-Water Nexus
April 28, 2008 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Ron Pate (Sandia National Laboratories)  This presentation explores the demands of water on renewable energy development, including biofuels.  READ MORE

Juice: Alternate Fuels World Announcing the Advanced Biofuels Association
April 27, 2008 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

I recently spoke with Joanne Ivancic, the founder and director of the recently formed Advanced Biofuels USA … (She) perceived that a whole contingent of biofuels developers were not being either recognized or represented.
And surely …

Advanced Biofuels USA Forms in Maryland to Lobby for Next-Gen Biofuels
April 22, 2008 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

In Maryland, a trade association has been formed to advocate and lobby in behalf of second generation biofuels. Advanced Biofuels USA will serve individuals, farm co-ops, start-up companies and commercial-scale producers a voice in influencing …

Advanced biofuels organization formed
April 21, 2008 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

A Maryland-based nonprofit has been established to promote the interests of the advanced biofuels industry.   READ MORE

Biofuel Promotion Group Organized
April 17, 2008 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

A new organization aimed at promoting advanced biofuels industry has been founded in Frederick. Advanced Biofuels USA wants to bring to the forefront the interests of the developing advanced biofuels industry, founder Joanne Ivancic said …

Breeding and Biotechnology Increase the Productivity and Efficiency of Maize
April 17, 2008 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

Mike Edgerton (Monsanto) from the Global Stewardship session at the Biomass 2008 conference.  Download PDF.

Ag Biotechnology Improvements for Dedicated Energy Crops
April 17, 2008 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

Neal Gutterson (Mendel Biotechnology) from the plenary sesssion at the Biomass 2008 conference.

Designing Proactive Bioenergy Choices in a Landscape Context
April 17, 2008 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

Virginia Dale and colleagues (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) from Stewardship sesssion at Biomass 2008 conference.  Bioenergy feedstock choices.  Download PDF.

Accelerating Production of Advanced Biofuels with Industrial Biotech Breakthroughs
April 17, 2008 – 11:46 am | No Comment

From the open plenary session of the Biomass 2008 Conference.   Download PDF.

International GeneSyst Converts Municipal Waste to Ethanol
March 30, 2008 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

GeneSyst upgraded the weak acid hydrolysis process to convert biomass from municipal waste to fuel ethanol by making it a ‘continuous (flow) process ‘ using the patented Gravity Pressure Vessel instead of the former ‘pump …

Bio Aviation Fuel
March 29, 2008 – 9:12 am | No Comment

by Jennifer Holmgren (UOP) This March 2008 presentation reviews biomass-based manufacturing technologies and aviation fuel requirements.  READ MORE

Graduate students and American Indian tribes work for biofuel solutions
March 14, 2008 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

March 14, 2008    In the midst of rising concern about energy sources, many are looking at local, waste-derived biofuels as a renewable alternative to fossil fuels.  Most biofuel in the United States is made from plants, …

Alternative Fuels – Green Racing What Is That, And Is It Possible?
February 27, 2008 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Rob Fisher   (Circle Track)  …”A little over two years ago at the SAE congress there was a meeting of a new technical working group. People from all over the racing community were at this …

Using Plants to Turn Solar Energy Into Useful Products: Framing the Biofuels Debate at the Proper Point on the Technology Curve
February 14, 2008 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

 …It is difficult to argue with scientific measurements and peer review when they are discussing the first generation technologies, with little relevance of the overall shift towards renewables and greentech that is making all industry …