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Scholarships, Poster Session at 2013 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo DEADLINE: November 26, 2012
October 18, 2012 – 8:14 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Members of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel are invited to apply for a scholarship to attend the 2013 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, Feb. 4-7 in Las Vegas.
Students can also share research by submitting an …

I Just Want to Say One Word to You. Just One Word. Are You Listening? Biocatalysts.
October 18, 2012 – 8:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biobased Digest)  Could enzyme biocatalysts replace fermentation among the hottest process platforms in industrial biotech?  Newlight thinks so, as it applies its supercatalyst to low-cost plastics. And no petroleum or food crops …

And He Walked Away… Gunnar Jeannette OK after scary crash in Nissan DeltaWing
October 17, 2012 – 11:14 pm | No Comment

(American Le Mans Series)  Gunnar Jeannette walked away from a horrifying crash in the Nissan DeltaWing on Wednesday during testing for Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda. Despite the car flipping and skidding on the …

$10M Grant Will Fund Research into Biofuel-Based Economic Development
October 16, 2012 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

(Pennsylvania State University)  The Northeast could help lead the way to a renewable-energy-based economy by utilizing marginal and abandoned land to grow energy crops such as perennial grasses and fast-growing woody plants.
That’s the goal of …

Primus Green Energy Serves as Industry Collaborator in $10 Million USDA-Funded Research and Education Project
October 16, 2012 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(Primus Green Energy)  New Northeast Consortium Tasked With Developing Perennial Biomass Feedstock Production Systems
As part of its continued effort to drive the commercialization of alternative fuels, Primus Green Energy Inc. an alternative fuel company based …

BDC Members Tour American Process Inc.’s Cellulosic Ethanol Facility in Alpena, MI, Which Started Up in June 2012
October 16, 2012 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Deployment Consortium/MarketWire)  BDC held its 2012 Fall Symposium in Alpena, MI on September 18 & 19, capping the event with a tour of the new cellulosic ethanol plant owned by American Process Inc. (API), …

Will Algae Ever Power Our Cars?
October 16, 2012 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Marc Gunther (The Guardian)  Scores of companies across the world are racing to unlock algae’s energy potential and create a ‘green crude oil’
Tiny Columbus, New Mexico (population, 1,678) is hot, flat and uncrowded — …

American Cars and Trucks are Burning More Biofuels
October 16, 2012 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clarke (KCET)  Cars and trucks in the U.S. are running on gasoline with a higher proportion of ethanol these days, but limitations in older vehicles are likely to keep that percentage from growing …

Ethanol Myth Busting at Automotive Event
October 16, 2012 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  A panel consisting of an automotive technician, an automotive engineer and an ethanol industry representative had the opportunity to bust some myths about ethanol at the National Automotive Service Task Force …

California Greenhouse Gas Rules Face Major Court Test
October 16, 2012 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Howard Mintz (Mercury News)  Having fended off a challenge to groundbreaking emissions standards for new cars, California now finds itself in a legal tug-of-war to preserve some of its unprecedented regulations to reduce greenhouse …

ASTM D5798 – 11 Standard Specification for Ethanol Fuel Blends for Flexible-Fuel Automotive Spark-Ignition Engines
October 16, 2012 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

(ASTM International)  This Ethanol Fuel Blends specification covers the requirements for automotive fuel blends of ethanol and gasoline for use in ground vehicles equipped with flexible-fuel spark-ignition engines. Fuel produced to this specification contains 51 …

E85, the Cleaner-Burning Fuel for Cars
October 16, 2012 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Peter DeMarco (  A reader from Stoughton was suspicious: A gallon of gas for $3.20? There had to be a catch, he said, and suggested I investigate.

The station offering the amazing deal was the …

Studies Outline State-Level Benefits of the Ethanol Industry
October 16, 2012 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Two new studies were released this week, highlighting the positive effects the renewable fuel standard (RFS) has had in Minnesota and Ohio. One study, titled the “Minnesota Ethanol Industry: …

U.S. Navy Secretary Says Biofuel Technology Has Arrived
October 16, 2012 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Michael Fabey (Aerospace Daily and Defense Report/Aviation Week)  Despite continued opposition from lawmakers like U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the U.S. Navy will continue its efforts to leverage biofuels technology for its ships and …

On Marginal Land, These Grasses May Be Greener
October 16, 2012 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by  Kristofor Husted (KBIA)  In the parched, rolling hills of western Missouri, you might expect to see a desolate scene after this summer’s drought. But in this field, hip-high native grass sways across the landscape like …

Tampa Port Works to Begin Operation of 96-Car Ethanol Unit Train
October 16, 2012 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  There are two ethanol-related firsts at the new Tampa Gateway Rail terminal in Florida. The Port of Tampa now has the nation’s first ethanol unit train-to-refined productions pipeline and …

E-85 Vendor Approved for Crown Point Flex-Fuel Police Cars
October 16, 2012 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Susan Erler (Northwest Indiana Times)  A nearly $200,000 federal grant will help cover the cost of alternative fuel for six police squad cars through 2015.  The six E-85 equipped police vehicles will fill up …

Clean Energy Innovation Depends on a Good Pitch
October 16, 2012 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Kari Lydersen (Midwestern Energy News)  Purdue University associate professor Richard Meilan is striving to develop a poplar tree that grows more quickly and can be more easily converted to biofuel than the average member of the genus …

Global Biofuels Market Forecast to Grow
October 16, 2012 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  According to a new Global Biofuels Market Report, the global biofuels market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 7.7 percent between 2011-2015. A key factor is the expected increase in …

US Grains Council Releases New, Expanded Edition of DDGS Handbook
October 16, 2012 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(Pork Network)  To update current and potential customers on advances in research and end-users’ experience in feeding distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has released the third edition of A Guide …

RFS Waiver Would Have Minor Effect on Corn Price in Short Term
October 16, 2012 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  An October report from the Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute concludes that a reduction in the renewable fuel standard wouldn’t greatly reduce corn prices in the 2012/’13 crop …

LS9 Scales Up in Chemical Business As Biofuels Industry Re-Tools
October 16, 2012 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Bernadette Tansey (Xconomy)  The South San Francisco company LS9 recently produced five tons of industrial chemicals from plant sugars at a Florida demonstration facility, a step toward proving that its genetically engineered microbes can manufacture carbon …

Lufthansa Suspends Biofuel Test Flights
October 16, 2012 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(Deutsche Welle)  Lufthansa has stopped testing biofuel in its aircraft because it has exhausted its stocks of biosynthetic kerosene and no other reliable supplies are available. The final test flight was a long-haul service to …

Obama, Romney Address Biodiesel Question from Soybean Group
October 16, 2012 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

(American Soybean Association/Biodiesel Magazine)  With the national spotlight on the race for the White House, the American Soybean Association reached out to President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for each candidate’s points …

Biofuels Plant Ready to Roll
October 16, 2012 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Paul Morden (Sarnia Observer)  Woodland Biofuels’ $12-million Sarnia demonstration plant is up and could be producing ethanol from wood waste by the end of the year, says president Greg Nuttall.
The newly-built facility is located …

Slip Sliding Away: Grease Thieves Strike East Tennessee
October 16, 2012 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jamie Satterfield (  Every month in the Southeast, thieves rob Griffin Industries of $1.6 million.
So why does Mike McCombs struggle to get law enforcers to care? Because what law enforcement sees as greasy waste …

Saving the Environment…and Some Money: Sandwich Company Recycles Waste Cooking Oil
October 16, 2012 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Mark Burridge (Wicked Local/Sandwich Broadsider)  Cape Cod Biofuels (CCBF) works with restaurants across Cape Cod and the South Shore to convert used cooking oils into biofuels.
Marc Watson, a co-owner of the company, said Cape …

The Greening of Petronas: Oil Giant Signs with LanzaTech to Turn Waste CO2 into Sustainable Chemicals
October 16, 2012 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Malaysia, LanzaTech and the Malaysian national oil company, Petronas, announced they will work together to accelerate the development and commercialization of technologies to produce sustainable chemicals from carbon dioxide …

Iogen Makes a Comeback in Landmark Sugarcane Cellulosic Ethanol Deal with Brazil’s Raizen
October 16, 2012 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  World’s largest producer of sugarcane ethanol commits investment to cellulosic ethanol development with Iogen.
In Brazil, Raízen Group and Iogen Energy announced that Raízen has committed an initial investment to develop a commercial …

Elephant Grass Has Potential as Biofuel Crop in Southern States
October 15, 2012 – 9:15 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   A drought tolerant grass known as elephant grass or napiergrass that is fed to cattle in the tropics is being studied as a possible cellulosic ethanol feedstock in …

Iowa Bioenergy Tour Huge Success
October 15, 2012 – 9:08 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  The 4th Annual Biofuels: Science and Sustainability Tour took place recently hosted by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA). The three-day tour brought several Washington, D.C. policymakers and regulators to Iowa for a inside and …

Standoff at Pump Over New Fuel: Ethanol Lobby vs. Station Owners
October 15, 2012 – 9:03 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Tracy (The Wall Street Journal)  …Since the blend known as E15 first hit the market for regular cars in July, eight fuel stations in Kansas and Iowa have started to sell it, according …

CARS Will Feature Ethanol This Year
October 15, 2012 – 8:52 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  The Congress of Automotive Repair and Service, with the clever acronym of CARS, coming up next week in New Orleans is boasting more mechanical attendees, vendors and attractions than in recent years …

Study Finds a LCFS in Minnesota Would Create Nearly 32,500 Jobs
October 15, 2012 – 8:45 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A study recently published by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst explores some of the economic impacts of establishing a low carbon fuel standard …

Flex Fuel Becomes More Prominent
October 15, 2012 – 8:36 pm | No Comment

by Caleb Taylor  (Paragould Daily Press)   Paragould car dealerships offer flex fuel cars to customers but until recently E85 gasoline has not been available at any local gas stations.
With it opened its new location …

Lootah Biofuels to Jointly Collaborate with AlgaOil and Plan to Extract Biofuel from Algae
October 15, 2012 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

(  Both Lootah Biofuels and AlgaOil Ltd. announced the entry into a new project in which the two companies will merge their expertise together to develop new high oil content raw material for Biofuels such …

Industry Seeks to Weaken EU Cap on Crop-Based Fuels
October 15, 2012 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  …The European Commission is under strong pressure from industry groups and some of its own departments to weaken a planned cap on the use of biofuels made from food crops such as rapeseed and …

Biofuels Plant Up and Running in Lee County
October 15, 2012 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

(WinkNews)  …The motors started running bright and early at 6:00 Saturday morning at FL Biofuels. The facility, which is located next to the State Farmer’s Market on Edison Ave, will turn vegetable oil into Diesel.
The …

The Red-Light District in Biofuels Feedstocks
October 15, 2012 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   …In biofuels, feedstocks come in many shapes, phases, and sizes — but only three colors – red, yellow and green. That’s what our friends in the financial world tell …

Gretna Pushing Biofuels Project
October 15, 2012 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by John Crane (  The CEO of a company that wants to build commercial refinery that would convert feedstock hopes to locate at Gretna Industrial Park.
The town of Gretna and Ken Moss, CEO of Piedmont …

Discovering the Keys to Improved Biofuel Catalysts
October 15, 2012 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

(The Ames Laboratory)   Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Ames Laboratory are learning more about how nano-scale catalytic systems work, and their research could be the key to improved processes for refining …

EU Non-Food Biofuels Target Needs New Investment -Shell Unit
October 15, 2012 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  EU will need millions of tonnes of non-food biofuels to meet targets;   Investment incentives currently not enough
Large new investment incentives will be needed to promote the development of alternative biofuels after the European Union’s …

Burning Man, Burning Microbe: Biofuels beyond Biomass
October 15, 2012 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Are they biofuels? We think so – even if they are post-biomass. They do what organisms have done for eons to make biomass in the first place: convert lifeless CO2, …

The Greening of Dow, the Dao of Dow
October 15, 2012 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The story goes back some time, at least to the formation of Cargill Dow – now NatureWorks – a joint venture which Dow eventually left to Cargill as Dow’s views …

Algae Are a Growing Part of San Diego’s Appeal
October 15, 2012 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Karen E. Kline (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  …The 150-employee company (Sapphire Energy), backed by more than $350 million in public and private funds, is a leader in a rapidly growing cluster of 40 biofuels ventures around …

Castor an Oilseed CropThat Can Cure, Kill You
October 15, 2012 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Harry Cline (Western Farm Press)  Castor beans are back in California as a possible source crop for making biofuels; Castor’s main toxic protein, ricin, is so potent that a single milligram is sufficient to kill …

DOE Considering One-Stop Shop for Biofuels Investors
October 15, 2012 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Amy R. Remo  (Philippine Daily Inquirer)  The Department of Energy is considering putting up a one-stop shop that will facilitate the entry of local and foreign investors in the country’s biofuels industry.
This move is …

Collision Coming between Biofuels Mandates and Market Reality
October 15, 2012 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by University of Illinois (Western Farm Press)  Beyond 2013, there are real questions about the feasibility of meeting the ever-increasing requirements of the RFS, and this concern goes beyond the well-known difficulties with meeting the …

Flying Green: Spotlight on Aviation Biofuels
October 15, 2012 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(Biotech Now)  BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergykicked off it’s Thursday programming with a plenary session calledFlying Green: Why Airlines See a Bright Future in Biofuels. Moderator Ross MacFarlane of Climate Solutions set the stage …

Study: Waiving RFS Could Increase Feed Costs for Livestock, Poultry Producers
October 15, 2012 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)   Waiving the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in 2013 could actually result in higher net feeding costs for livestock and poultry producers, according to a new analysis conducted by Cardno-ENTRIX and commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association …

Dead Stranded Whale to Be Turned into Biofuel
October 15, 2012 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(The Telegraph)   A young whale washed up on a remote beach is to be rendered down to produce around 2,000 litres of biofuel for cars and lorries.

The 10m fin whale, weighing six tons and …

Ethanol Plant to Hold Open House on Oct. 20
October 15, 2012 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(Beaver Dam Daily Citizen)  Everything about ethanol will be discussed at the Friesland Renewable Energy Production facility on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
During the open house, members of the United Wisconsin …

California Invests $5M in Renewable Diesel Demonstration Facility
October 15, 2012 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by SacPort Biofuels  (Biodiesel Magazine)  Sierra Energy Corp. and SacPort BioFuels have jointly announced that the California Energy Commission has invested $5 million to help construct a commercial waste-to-biofuels demonstration facility at the Port of …

Raising Money for the New Biofuels: A Digest Special Report
October 15, 2012 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …We say that biofuels are “capital-intensive,” mainly to be polite. It’s like saying that Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great or Attila the Hun had “land interests”.
…Put it this way. How much …

Local Firm Using Seeds for Biofuel for Jets
October 15, 2012 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Randal Yakey (The News Herald)   Steve Baxley, the senior engineer at Applied Research Associates (ARA), stood Monday among jars of fluids, beakers and equipment, holding a tiny amount of seeds in the palm …

Bioenergy – The Broken Promise
October 15, 2012 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(Linköping University)  Biofuels are going to save us from climate threats and the oil crisis, while at the same time providing an opportunity to the smallholder farmers of the world. Hopes are high, but completely …

Zimbabwe: Chisumbanje’s Ethanol Can Transform People’s Lives – Mangoma
October 15, 2012 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(All Africa)  The Chisumbanje Ethanol Project, if properly managed has the potential of bringing about meaningful development that can change the lives of the people and turn around the fortunes of the country’s economy, Hon. …

Romney: “Biofuels Are Crucial to America’s Energy Future…Maintain the Renewable Fuel Standard.”
October 15, 2012 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Romney campaign issued a long-awaited white paper on agricultural policy. Among the highlights:
…“He will not only accelerate the development of conventional energy sources, but also advance new technologies …

6 Treacherous Biofuels Crevasses, 6 Guides to Steer You
October 15, 2012 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Those momentum killers. Company wreckers. The investor flight-inducing crevasses along the route to the top – that take away a level playing field, remove your access to markets, delay a …

Soufflet Group Opens Facility to Research Solid State Fermentation
October 15, 2012 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(Food Product Design)  The Soufflet Group opened a technological research facility and laboratory dedicated to the research and applications developed by OSIRIS and the Regional Biotechnology Research Programs to increase the value derived from agricultural …

‘An Ohio State Story’: Lab Idea Yields 60 Local Jobs, New Green Industry
October 15, 2012 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

(Ohio State University)  Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee liked what he saw at the Mansfield, Ohio, factory: a syrupy mixture made from crop and biodiesel-processing wastes being turned into polyurethane foam. But he was more …

World Bank Rejects Call to Halt Land Deals
October 15, 2012 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(Newstime Africa)  The World Bank has rejected a call to suspend its involvement in large scale agricultural land acquisition following the release of a major report by the international aid agency Oxfam on the negative …

The Sherpas: 7 Biofuels Feedstock Developers Clearing Paths to the Summit
October 15, 2012 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Every great biofuels technology has its own companion feedstock strategy – with unique advantages and technical challenges.  Who’s got what it takes to be a great Sherpa, providing that feedstock …

Why Are First-Gen Biofuels Companies Having So Much Trouble Making Money?
October 15, 2012 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In biodiesel, the change in REGI guidance is directly related to movements in commodity prices, a steep depreciation in the price of RINs and tighter margins than expected.
On the ethanol …

DeltaWing Racing Forward to 2013 in ALMS: IMSA Confirms Radical Racer Will Be Eligible for Future Championships
October 15, 2012 – 9:28 am | No Comment

(American Le Mans Series)   Next weekend’s Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda will be the first race in North America for the Nissan DeltaWing. The good news is that it certainly won’t be the last.
The …

Which Biofuels Hold the Most Promise for the Future – Interview with Jim Lane
October 14, 2012 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by James Stafford (   Following record droughts across the United States the benefits of the ethanol subsidy were once again hotly debated and biofuels in general found themselves generating quite a few unflattering headlines. But …

Milestones Reached: Cellulosic Ethanol Is Arriving, with Commissioning under Way and More Than 100 MMgy under Construction.
October 14, 2012 – 7:14 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The next five years—the often scoffed mantra of cellulosic ethanol developers—is getting whittled down to the next year or two. A milestone was reached this year when Blue Sugars …

Going for the Fiber
October 14, 2012 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Quad County Corn Processors is working toward production of both grain-based and cellulosic ethanol from the same feedstock.
Travis Brotherson, plant engineer at the 30 MMgy ethanol plant in Galva, …

Renewable Energy: Not Just a Nice Idea
October 14, 2012 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dale (Star Tribune) Commentaries: Considered in context, it’s clear that ethanol has an important role to play.
A commentary about corn ethanol published in the Star Tribune this summer was disappointing (“Too much corn is …

Innovate, Manufacture, Compete: Pew Charitable Trusts Holds Clean Energy Action Plan Workshop
October 14, 2012 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  As a member of the PEW Charitable Trust’s Clean Energy Business Network, Joanne Ivancic, Advanced Biofuels USA executive director,  participated with innovators, investors, manufacturers and policy experts at the ”Innovate, Manufacture, Compete:  A …

New Method of Turning Sewage Sludge into Biodiesel is Low-Cost, High-Yield
October 12, 2012 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Derek Markham (Treehugger) …A team of researchers in South Korea have developed a new process for converting the lipids in sewage sludge into biodiesel, at not only a lower cost than conventional biodiesel, but …

Draft EU Proposals Would Devastate UK Biofuels Industry
October 12, 2012 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Magazine)  The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has warned that the speed and scale of EU proposals are likely to destroy UK biofuels sector innovations rather than building on them.
The UK biofuels industry stands …

Alberta Innovates Funds Biorefining Conversions Network 2.0
October 12, 2012 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(MarketWire)  Hydrocarbon-like fuels and chemicals to come from agricultural and forest biomass
With funding from Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, the Biorefining Conversions Network aims to become a hub for bioeconomy investments and a world class centre …

Ensyn Heads for Brazil; Locks up $20M Investment, Alliance with Pulp Giant Fibria
October 12, 2012 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Ensyn Corporation and Fibria Celulose announced the creation of a strategic alliance between the two companies. This alliance includes the establishment of an equally-owned joint venture for the production of …

Why Ecotricity’s Electric Car Is the Future of Biofuels
October 12, 2012 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Claire (Innovatrs)  …This week, the EU revised its target down to 5% in biofuels, and an additional 5% in a new type of fuel that isn’t manufactured in the same way. They now require …

SWW Energy Provides Promise Converting Waste Water to Biofuel
October 12, 2012 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

(Proactive Investors)  SWW Energy has delivered initial results from its waste water to biodiesel/biofuel testing which has demonstrated the potential for waste water to be converted to a fuel.
Initial observations from the water sample showed usable …

Clariant Joins Advanced Ethanol Council
October 12, 2012 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  …Clariant Corporation recently acquired Süd-Chemie, which has been developing its proprietary sunliquid® process since 2006, including the successful operation of a pilot plant since 2009. Clariant started operation of the largest cellulosic ethanol …

Ministry Promotes Cleaner Fuel
October 12, 2012 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Viet Nam News)  The Ministry of Industry and Trade will promote the consumption of biofuel by providing more information on the economic and environmental advantages of the vegetable–derived petrol alternative.
“The ministry has submitted the Government …

BP Site Finally Sees Activity
October 12, 2012 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Gary Pinnell  ( Today)  After four years of talk, British Petroleum still hasn’t built that ethanol production facility on State Road 70, at the southeastern edge of Highlands County.
However, activity is increasing:
–Plans were filed …

L.A. County Calls For Trash-to-Fuel Legislation
October 12, 2012 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

(Government Technology)  In Los Angeles, one man’s trash is another man’s biofuel – or at least, it will be soon. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved a motion late last month that calls on …

Colorado State University to Build Privately Funded Powerhouse Energy Institute Next to Engines Laboratory
October 12, 2012 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

Colorado State University has started construction on an $18.5 million, 65,000-square-foot expansion of the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory in the historic power plant building in North Old Town.
In the course of the past 20 …

CIIF-OMG Seeks Higher Biodiesel Blend
October 12, 2012 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by James A. Loyola (Manila Bulletin)  …He (CIIF OMG president and chief executive officer Jesus L. Arranza) said the upward adjustment of the minimum mandated biodiesel blend is justified since the production of copra has …

How Do Second-Generation Biofuels Work?
October 12, 2012 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by John Perritano (HowStuffWorks)  At first glance, the fields of miscanthus that blanket Sampson County, N.C., seem of little importance. Standing 4 feet (1.21 meters) taller than a basketball hoop, miscanthus is a giant, spiky, …

Total Energy USA November 27-29, 2012 Houston, TX
October 12, 2012 – 12:59 pm | No Comment
Total Energy USA     November 27-29, 2012    Houston, TX

How will energy security be achieved?
Is the oil and gas industry at odds with renewable energy or will synergistic skill sets and technologies advance the race for a cleaner and more efficient energy economy?
What will …

The RFS: It’s Not Broke, Don’t Fix It
October 8, 2012 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  This summer’s drought in the farm belt raised real fears about food supplies and prices. But some in the livestock, poultry and meat processing industries are using …

Ethanol Is Working
October 8, 2012 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Chicago Tribune)  Letter to Editor:   The recent editorial “A crop shortage should provoke policy changes. Are you listening, Congress?” paints a dire picture that forecasts food shortages and civil unrest. Sounds …

Corn Price Decline Less Than 1% With Full RFS Waiver
October 8, 2012 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Corn and Soybean Digest)  A full waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS) conventional biofuel requirement might reduce corn prices by just 0.5% (4¢/bu.) in 2012-2013, according to a new analysis conducted by the Food and Agriculture …

Even with High Gas Prices, Drivers Question Value of E85
October 8, 2012 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Bryce G. Hoffman   (Detroit News)  …While the price of ethanol, or E85, is lower than the price of regular unleaded — the average price in Michigan at the end of last week was …

Ethanol-Infused Gas Takes Test Run in Tainan
October 8, 2012 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Taiwan Today)   Taiwan Institute of Economic Research introduced the benefits of ethanol-infused fuel to the nation’s drivers in Rende Township, Tainan City, Oct. 4.   TIER, subcontracted by the National Science Council to conduct …

Jet Fuel Crop Plan in Abu Dhabi Ready for Take-Off
October 8, 2012 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Caline Malek (The National)  Scientists at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology hope to acquire 200 hectares of land they need to set up a demonstration farm in Abu Dhabi.
“Once we get it, we can …

The Hillary Step: 7 Biofuels Contenders, 7 Routes to Scale, Who’s Near the Summit, Who Will Plant the Flag?
October 8, 2012 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Every biofuels contender has its own route to the top – with unique advantages and technical challenges.  Who is nearing the Summit, what’s their Hillary Step, who’s got Sherpas, who’s …

Incitor and the Birth of a New Low-Cost Fuel Molecule
October 4, 2012 – 11:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A new drop-in, low-cost, high-octane fuel molecule? How does that work, and why, and when?  How does it change the energy independence equation?   Today, the Digest visits Incitor to find …

Global Clean Energy, Inc. Continues Its Algae Development Projects
October 4, 2012 – 10:05 pm | No Comment

(Energy Digital/MarketWire)  Global Clean Energy, Inc., continues to develop its plan to provide the most efficient feedstocks for biomass fuel production. The company has begun to provide for production of Jatropha and switch grass in rural …

Ethanol Plant to Boost Biofuel Output
October 3, 2012 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Louise Lucas and Chris Tighe   (Financial Times)  One of Europe’s biggest ethanol plants is poised to start production in northern England, part of a surge of biofuel capacity expected to come on line in …

Tough Races: 9 Friends of Energy Independence in Tight 2012 Political Campaigns
October 3, 2012 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) It’s a year of low congressional approval and not much congressional action. But every election is an important one, and there’s lots of unfinished business from this past cycle. Here are …

15 Biobased Companies in the 2012 Cleantech 100
October 3, 2012 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …15 biobased and biofuels companies were named to the Global Cleantech 100 by the Cleantech Group, which said that it examined more than 6,000 companies in the Cleantech 100 process. …

Opis LCFS Workshop December 13-14, 2012 San Francisco, CA
October 3, 2012 – 11:13 am | No Comment
Opis LCFS Workshop   December 13-14, 2012    San Francisco, CA

California • New England • Quebec • British Columbia • Oregon • Ontario
The Low Carbon Fuel Standard wave is spreading across North America.
Attend this premiere workshop and hear from the leading authorities who are creating …

$1-2/gal Price Hikes, Refinery Closures Seen Under California LCFS
October 3, 2012 – 10:56 am | No Comment

(  While already suffering through the highest pump prices in the continental U.S., Californians could face even higher gasoline and diesel costs when new low carbon fuel regulations gain traction Jan. 1, warn fuel experts. …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: 2012 Annual Renewable Energy Conference November 5 Jonesboro, AR DEADLINE: October 11, 2012
October 3, 2012 – 10:45 am | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  2012 Annual Renewable Energy Conference  November 5  Jonesboro, AR  DEADLINE: October 11, 2012

(Arkansas State University College of  Agriculture and Technology)  This conference will feature invited speakers from industry, research, outreach, and education communities in the emerging areas of renewable energy. Experts will provide overview of current efforts …

2012 Annual Renewable Energy Conference November 5 Jonesboro, Arkansas
October 3, 2012 – 10:41 am | No Comment
2012 Annual Renewable Energy Conference     November 5   Jonesboro, Arkansas

(Arkansas State University College of  Agriculture and Technology)  This conference will feature invited speakers from industry, research, outreach, and education communities in the emerging areas of renewable energy. Experts will provide overview of current efforts …