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August 8, 2013 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.
-Use a dedicated, self-reducing non-renewable carbon user fee to fund renewable energy R&D.
-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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Advanced Biofuels Companies Showcase Progress
September 13, 2012 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Colleen Lerro  (BIO)  Wednesday at the National Press Club, several advanced biofuels companies joined BIO to showcase the progress the industry has made in recent years.
U.S. companies have worked to rapidly scale up advanced …

The Biobased A List: Biobased Cookstoves and the Himalayas
September 12, 2012 – 9:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biobased Digest)  …In Nepal, the Himalayan Stove Project — a US-based charity— is distributing free, clean-burning, highly efficient cookstoves in the Trans-Himalayan region. These stoves burn biomass fuel – typically wood or …

The U.S. Military’s Great Green Gamble Spurs Biofuel Startups
September 12, 2012 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Todd Woody (Forbes Magazine)  …Funded with $85 million from Bill Gates and other investors – plus $104 million in government cash and loan guarantees – the world’s only commercial outdoor algal biorefinery went online this summer …

Joule Commissions First SunSprings Plant to Demonstrate Commercial Readiness for Solar Fuels
September 12, 2012 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, Joule announced the commissioning of its first SunSprings demonstration plant in Hobbs, New Mexico, where the company will prove its scalable platform for solar fuel production – the …

Renewable Biogas: Next RFS Darling or Marginal Fuel?
September 12, 2012 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Mackinnon Lawrence (Biofuels Digest/Pike Research)  …The Toilet Bike, though, brings to light questions around the broader potential for biogas as a renewable transportation fuel, an application that has been gaining increased attention in recent years. …

Alaska Air Group Issues First Comprehensive Corporate Sustainability Report
September 12, 2012 – 8:53 am | No Comment

(MarketWatch/Alaska Air)  …Key highlights of the report include:
Alaska and Horizon improved their fuel efficiency, resulting in 30 percent less carbon emissions in the environment (measured by flying one passenger one mile). These reductions were accomplished …

BIO International Convention April 22-25, 2013 Chicago, IL
September 11, 2012 – 4:35 pm | No Comment
BIO International Convention April 22-25, 2013 Chicago, IL

Thousands of companies from around the world and all industry segments will be at BIO, ready to build strategic partnerships. Attend the Global Event for Biotechnology and you will reap the benefits of an efficient four …

Call for Presentations: BIO International Convention April 22-25, 2013 Chicago, IL DEADLINE: September 27, 2012
September 11, 2012 – 12:13 pm | No Comment
Call for Presentations: BIO International Convention  April 22-25, 2013   Chicago, IL  DEADLINE: September 27, 2012

The 2013 BIO International Convention program will feature more than 100 breakout sessions in 13 specialty tracks covering a wide variety of topics relevant to the biotechnology industry including healthcare, environmental issues, food and agriculture, …

Ethanol Mandate Waiver: Decks Stacked Against Petitioners
September 11, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Marlo Lewis (  The Governors of Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico, and North Carolina have petitioned EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to waive the mandatory ethanol blending requirements established by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The petitioners hope thereby to lower and stabilize corn prices, which recently hit record …

Ethanol and the Journalism It Attracts
September 11, 2012 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Terry Daynard  (The Record)   Opinion pieces about fuel ethanol have been popular among national journalists this summer, most seem written quickly and researched poorly.
The one published recently by news services columnist Carol Goar …

Linn Co-op to Get Boost with E15 Sales
September 11, 2012 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(The Gazette)  The Linn Co-op Oil Co. in Marion will get a big helping of promotional support next week as it becomes one of the first Iowa fuel retailers to offer E15 for mainstream vehicles.
The Iowa Renewable Fuels …

Brazil to Demand More Fuel Efficient Cars -Sources
September 11, 2012 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Jeferson Ribeiro (Reuters)  *Brazil to announce rules in coming weeks -gov’t sources
* Carmakers need more fuel efficiency to keep tax discount
* New standards should boost investment in engine plants
Brazil will demand that carmakers improve …

Exclusive: EU to Limit Use of Crop-Based Biofuels – Draft Law
September 11, 2012 – 10:47 am | No Comment

(Reuters) The European Union will impose a limit on the use of crop-based biofuels over fears they are less climate-friendly than initially thought and compete with food production, draft EU legislation seen by Reuters showed.
The …

Farm Waste Biofuels Plant LS9 Starts Production
September 11, 2012 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Paul Brinkman (South Florida Business Journal)  Officials at LS9, a new biofuel plant in Okeechobee, said Monday it completed its first production run of fatty alcohols, which are used in detergents.
The San Francisco-based company …

Clean Tech R&D Funding for Small Business: NextGen Biofuels Fund Call for Proposals
September 11, 2012 – 10:13 am | No Comment

(MentorWorks)  Due to a decrease in emerging technologies there is a great barrier to market entry for many Canadian entrepreneurs, especially innovators that develop sustainable technologies. The NextGen Biofuels Fund program incorporates the same fundamental principles as …

Aquadudes: 15 Saltwater-Based Energy Technologies Here to Save the Day
September 11, 2012 – 10:04 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Take the conflict over drilling for oil on federal lands in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. If you drilled the provable oil reserve in the entire federal ANWR and …

1st Florida Department of Environmental Protection Permit for Treatment of Biofuels
September 11, 2012 – 9:22 am | No Comment

(PRLog/Clark Environmental, Inc) Clark Environmental, Inc., announced today it has received the first Florida Department of Environmental Protection permit to Thermally Treat Liquid Biofuel Contaminated Soils.  This permit enables Clark Environmental to remediate soils contaminated with …

Biofuel Company To Test Algae-to-Fuel Pilot Plant at Forsite Development’s ReVenture Industrial Park
September 11, 2012 – 9:00 am | No Comment

(CoStar Research)  South Carolina Firm To Test Commercial Viability of Algae-based Biofuel Process at Former Textile Dye-Manufacturing Site
Later this month if all goes as planned, Renewed World Energies (RWE), an alternative energy development company based …

ICM: Why We Must Keep the Renewable Fuel Standard
September 10, 2012 – 9:14 pm | No Comment

by Dave Vander Griend (ICM/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  I was disappointed to read the Aug. 24Wichita Eagle editorial titled “End Ethanol Mandate.” It was important for us to provide factual information instead of misinformation.
First, the U.S. ethanol industry …

Online Course: Introduction to Biofuels
September 10, 2012 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: Agrow Knowledge-The national resource center for agriscience & technology education
Type: basic: Overview/ Introduction course
Course: Introduction to Biofuels 
Course description:
AgrowKnowledge has been expanding its collections of materials available to educators by producing high quality …

Online Course: Biofuels – Biomass Pretreatment Technologies
September 10, 2012 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: Technology ED- continuing education for scientists and engineers 
Type: basic: Overview/ Part of Certificate Program (CP)
Course: Biofuels- Biomass Pretreatment Technologies
Course description:   Lignocellulosic materials provide a raw material source for biofuel conversion and …

Online Course: Biofuels – Algae Biofuel
September 10, 2012 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: Technology ED- continuing education for scientists and engineers 
Type: basic: Overview/ Part of Certificate Program (CP)
Course: Biofuels- Algae Biofuel
Course description:  Fuel derived from renewable resources present an attractive alternative to petroleum, with benefits …

US Department of Energy Biomass Program Overview Slide Presentation Posted
September 10, 2012 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

The US Department of Energy, EERE  Biomass Program posted an updated version of its Program Overview presentation. This presentation is an interactive walk through of the Program’s vision of advancing the biofuels and bioproducts industry, …

Online Course: Biofuels- Cellulose Ethanol
September 10, 2012 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: Technology ED- continuing education for scientists and engineers 
Type: basic: Overview/ Part of Certificate Program (CP)
Course: Biofuels- Cellulose Ethanol
Course description:  Fuel derived from renewable resources present an attractive alternative to petroleum, with benefits …

Online Course: Biofuels – An Introduction
September 10, 2012 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: Technology ED – continuing education for scientists and engineers 
Type: basic: Overview/ Part of Certificate Program (CP) 
Course: Biofuels- An Introduction
Course description:   Fuel derived from renewable resources present an attractive alternative to petroleum, …

Online Course: Biofuel Production Operations
September 10, 2012 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: ed2go, Cengage Learning 
Type: basic: Overview/technical Course 
Course: Biofuel Production Operations
Course description:   The Biofuel Production Operations Online Training Program will give you the education you need to begin an exciting career in biofuel …

Online Course: Process Safety Management for the Biofuel Industry Biofuels
September 10, 2012 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: California State University East bay -continuing education
Type: Technical/ Part of Certificate Program (CP)/ Online Green Professional Development
Course: Process Safety Management for the Biofuel Industry Biofuels
Course description:   In 2009, the United States …

Online Course: Introduction to Sustainable Energy
September 10, 2012 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: Massachusetts Institute of Technology-OpenCourseWare
Type: Overview/survey course – publication of the course materials that support the dynamic classroom interactions of an MIT education.
Course: Introduction to Sustainable Energy
Instructors: Prof. Michael Golay, Randall Field, Prof. …

Online Course: Fueling Sustainability: Engineering Microbial Systems for Biofuel Production
September 10, 2012 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: Massachusetts Institute of Technology-OpenCourseWare
Type: Overview/survey course – publication of the course materials that support the dynamic classroom interactions of an MIT education. 
Course: Fueling Sustainability: Engineering Microbial Systems for Biofuel Production
Instructor: Dr. Michelle …

Student Makes Fuel From Algae
September 10, 2012 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jennifer Marino Walters (Scholastic News)  A Minnesota teen has discovered a way to power trucks and cars with algae
Sixteen-year-old Josh Wolf spends up to 40 hours each week in a portable garage behind his family’s …

Advanced Biofuels Pioneer Terrabon Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: One-off or Trend?
September 10, 2012 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Closely-watched green gasoline producer collapses as Waste Management declines next financing round.  What does it mean for companies like Fulcrum Bioenergy, Enerkem, Agilyx, Agnion, Renmatix, Genomatica, and InEnTec? The Digest …

It’s Time to Get Serious about Science
September 10, 2012 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Cooper and Alan I. Leshner (The Washington Post) Op Ed:  Some policymakers, including certain senators and members of Congress, cannot resist ridiculing any research project with an unusual title. Their press releases are …

Biogas Boom in Germany Leads to Modern-Day Land Grab
September 10, 2012 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Nils Klawitter (Der Spiegel)  Creating energy from corn once seemed like a revolutionary idea in Germany. But subsidies for the biogas industry have led to entire regions of the country being covered by the …

The Zymobile—a 2011 Dodge Charger Flex-Fuel Vehicle (FFV)
September 7, 2012 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  The Zymobile—a 2011 Dodge Charger flex-fuel vehicle (FFV)—is owned and operated by Novozymes, the leading provider of enzymes used to make biofuels.
Capable of running on an 85-percent ethanol blend, the …

South Valley Ethanol Puts Call out for Sorghum
September 7, 2012 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by John Lindt (The Business Journal)  The Valley’s only ethanol production plant is encouraging local farmers to plant grain sorghum next spring, promising to buy the grain to make ethanol instead of using Midwestern corn.
“We …

Westborough I-90 Service Plaza Gets E85 Flex Fueling Pump
September 7, 2012 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Brian Benson (Metro West Daily News)  Service plazas along Interstate 90 in Westborough and Charlton now feature the first E85 Flex Fueling stations on the Massachusetts Turnpike, the state Department of Transportation announced….
Transportation Secretary and …

Asheville Restaurants to Recycle with Local Biofuels Producers under New Certification
September 7, 2012 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  Restaurants in Asheville, N.C., are now required to recycle their used cooking oil through local biofuels producers in order to receive Green Restaurant Association (GRA) certification. The GRA is a …

Energy from Plants: Grass May Grow into Fuel of the Future
September 7, 2012 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by John Ramsey (Fayetteville Observer)  The grass grows as tall as two men and thick as a jungle.
This, farmers across the Cape Fear region keep hearing, is the future of ethanol. The giant miscanthus is …

The Fearless Emergency of Now
September 7, 2012 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Todd Atkinson  ( US Department of Agriculture  Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service/Biomass Magazine)  Since the 20th century, scientists have worked to cure cancer. They have yet to succeed.
Many researchers develop hypotheses that end in disappointment, with …

The Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico Shrinks; Will Perennial Biomass Crops Help Keep It That Way?
September 7, 2012 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  With an extreme drought across the nation’s agricultural heartland, Mother Nature has been able to accomplish in one extremely dry summer what conservationists have been trying to do for decades: …

Triangle Company Helping Turn Trash into Fuel
September 7, 2012 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Kerstin Nordstrom (News Observer)   …A Triangle-based company has now come up with a way to turn that trash into treasure. Well, fuel.
The secret is using enzymes. Novozymes, a company with its North American …

Food Crises and Technological Phobia
September 7, 2012 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Drew Kershen (BioFortified)  …I do not write to enter the debate focused on fuel standards, markets and commodity speculators.   I acknowledge that other factors also contribute to food crises, particularly in developing nations – …

tcbiomass2013 September 3-6 Chicago, IL
September 7, 2012 – 4:08 pm | No Comment
tcbiomass2013   September 3-6   Chicago, IL

Gas Technology Institute is pleased to announce tcbiomass2013, the International Conference on Thermochemical Biomass Conversion Science. Mark your calendars for Chicago from 3-6 September 2013 and plan to connect with many of the world’s leading …

Advanced Biofuels, a Transformative Industry
September 7, 2012 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Bruce C. Folkedahl (Biomass Magazine/Energy & Environmental Research Center) As part of the ongoing research at the Energy & Environmental Research Center, we have been developing a catalytic pathway to convert ethanol or mixtures of …

Bioethanol or Biodiesel: Europe Hesitates over Indirect Impact of Green Fuel
September 7, 2012 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Bowden (Renewable Energy World)  For years Europe has encouraged motorists to use diesel over petrol in its efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions. Now, as the focus switches to introducing renewable fuels, it …

Trash-to-Ethanol Saga Marked by Constant Change, Missed Deadlines
September 7, 2012 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Marc Chase (Northwest Indiana Times)  With new owners possibly on the horizon for the proposed Schneider trash-to-ethanol plant, some Lake County waste officials say it is the perpetuation of a four-year-old game of musical …

Corn Growers Tout Ethanol Production Benefits
September 7, 2012 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Jenni Grubbs (The Fort Morgan Times)  …While most vehicles’ engines cannot run on straight or even large percentages of ethanol, some of it is added to gasoline to add more oxygen, which helps the …

BP Biofuels Targets Gulf Coast for Energy Crop Production
September 7, 2012 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Biomass Magazine)  A new research effort by BP Biofuels has reaffirmed the energy giant’s role in the Gulf Coast region’s economic health. Through a three-year project, BP Biofuels will work with Texas …

In Race to Algae Fuel, Sapphire Scores Point for Open Ponds
September 7, 2012 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

Martin Lamonica  (MIT Technology Review)  Sapphire Energy has started operation of its demonstration-scale algae farm, a project which perhaps brings more clarity to an industry debate over the best way to grow algae.
The San Diego-based …

Algae Industry Could Create Pilbara Jobs
September 7, 2012 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(ABC News)  The State Government says the development of an algae aquaculture industry in the Pilbara has the potential to create new jobs outside the resources sector.
It has released a report explaining how the region …

5th International Environmentally Friendly Vehicle Conference September 10-12, 2012 Baltimore, MD
September 7, 2012 – 1:44 pm | No Comment
5th International Environmentally Friendly Vehicle Conference      September 10-12, 2012   Baltimore, MD

Hosted in the United States for the first time, the fifth summit of the International Environmentally Friendly Vehicle Conference offers a unique opportunity to showcase progress and innovation in transportation.  This conference will bring together …

Immature Switchgrass Could Help Cellulosic Ethanol Industry
September 7, 2012 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (US Department of Agriculture Agriculture Research Service)  A gene that keeps switchgrass forever young could have far-reaching implications for the development of the plant as a biofuel crop, according to U.S. Department of …

Ethanol Plant Coming to Whitley County
September 7, 2012 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

(WYMT-TV)  Pikeville-based Patriot Bioenergy Corporation has announced it will construct an ethanol plant in Whitley County, creating more than one hundred jobs.
For years now, ethanol has been used as an additive in gasoline to help …

UN: No Evidence of New Food Price Crisis
September 7, 2012 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(ABC News)  Prices of basic foods remained flat in August, offering assurances that a repeat of the global food price crisis that sparked rioting several years ago is unlikely, U.N. food agency officials said Thursday.
While …

Ethanol to Reduce Global GHGs Emissions By 100 Million Tonnes in 2012
September 7, 2012 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance)  As the world gathers at the Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change in Hanoi, Vietnam, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) released its annual Green House Gas (GHG) …

Kiverdi Receives Energy Commission Funding for Its Pioneering Carbon Conversion Platform
September 7, 2012 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(Kiverdi)  Kiverdi, Inc., a privately held, advanced sustainable oil and chemicals company, was awarded a $747,126 grant from the California Energy Commission’s Research, Demonstration, and Development program for its efforts to develop beneficial uses of …

World Energy and Hydro Dynamics Team up to Promote SPR Cavitation Reactor Technology
September 7, 2012 – 10:46 am | No Comment

(Hydro Dynamics)  - Hydro Dynamics, Inc., makers of innovative ShockWave Power Reactor (SPR) technology and longtime biodiesel industry leader World Energy, through its WMG Services, LLC business unit, announced today that the companies have teamed up to expand …

The Trash Spread: Enerkem Heads for Scale, with Advanced Biofuels from MSW
September 7, 2012 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Breakthroughs in making consistent syngas from negative-cost municipal solid waste spells “big prospects” for Enerkem in biobased fuels and chemicals.
In oil we have the crack spread, corn ethanol and soy-based …

UFOP Questions Science of Recent GHG Study on Rapeseed Biodiesel
September 6, 2012 – 9:10 pm | No Comment

by Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e.V. (UFOP) (Biodiesel Magazine)  Experts from the Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e.V. (UFOP) question the scientific quality of the recent study, “Uncertainties about the GHG …

Researchers Develop One-Step Algae Harvesting, FAME Conversion
September 6, 2012 – 8:54 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin have developed a proof-of-concept design to harvest, dewater and convert the dried algae to biodiesel in a one-step process using resins.
In a …

PTT Pins Hopes on Algae-Based Biofuel
September 6, 2012 – 8:51 pm | No Comment

(Bangkok Post)  National oil conglomerate PTT Plc expects algae-based biofuel will be commercially viable by 2017 at the price of US$150 per barrel, says chief executive Pailin Chuchottaworn.
Within that date algae-based petrol could be able …

California Clean Fuel Standard Poised to Drive Growth in Biofuels Industry
September 6, 2012 – 8:38 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire)  E2 Report: Biofuel industry well positioned to meet demand under California standard
Despite a challenging year, the advanced biofuels industry continues to grow, according to a new report from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). Biofuel production capacity has …

Ethanol Production to Reduce GHG Emissions by 100 Million Tonnes
September 6, 2012 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(New Energy World Network)  Global ethanol production will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 100 million tonnes in 2012, a report by The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) has found.
…Bliss Baker, spokesperson for the GRFA, said, ‘This …

Analysis: U.S. Bankers Say, Love or Hate It, Ethanol Here to Stay
September 6, 2012 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Christine Stebbins  (Reuters) …”Ethanol demand is the linchpin of the current pricing model that we have,” said Michael Swanson, agricultural economist at Wells Fargo, the largest commercial bank lender to U.S. farmers. “It’s a …

Biofuel Development Company Infinite Enzymes Wins Research Grant
September 6, 2012 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Michael Sheffield (Memphis Business Journal)  Infinite Enzymes LLC has received a $450,000 Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to advance its enzyme development technology.
This is the second Small Business …

Biofuel Waste Product Recycled for Electricity
September 6, 2012 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  A by-product of biofuel manufacture can power microbial fuel cells to generate electricity cheaply and efficiently, according to scientists presenting their work at the Society for General Microbiology’s Autumn Conference. The work could …

Volvo Successfully Field Tests Biofuel Made from Pulp Industry Waste
September 6, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(Waste Management World)  Successful field tests of vehicles powered by a biofuel derived from the black liquor wastes produced at a pulp mill have been conducted by Volvo Trucks.
The company said that ten of its …

Hard to Pass Food-Price Spikes on to Consumers
September 6, 2012 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Neil Shah (The Wall Street Journal)  America’s widest drought since 1956 has killed corn, soybean and wheat crops and raised the risk of higher prices for everything from hamburgers and Coke to cooking oil. …

Super-cali-thali-terpa-butyl-peta What? The Hockey-Stickin’, Flash-Mobbin’ Growth in Biobased Intermediates
September 6, 2012 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The new trend in biofuels is not a biofuel at all – it’s an (usually unpronounceable) intermediate that can be refined into an array of fuels, chemicals, flavors, fragrances, and …

Bill to Eliminate Ethanol Funding Signed
September 5, 2012 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

(Hanford Sentinel)  … AB 523 eliminates all future state funding for the production of ethanol derived from corn after July 2013. Valadao’s office said about $6 million is provided to a very small group of …

Naval Postgraduate School Researchers Evaluate Biofuels for Powering the Fleet
September 5, 2012 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Stein (Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System)  …NPS Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Associate Professor Dr. Christopher Brophy, and MAE Professor and Chairman Dr. Knox Millsaps, are working to help the Navy understand …

Swedish-Kenyan Wins Prize For Kenyan Biofuel Business
September 5, 2012 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

(Ventures-Africa)  A 32-year-old Swedish-Kenyan has won the European-African Entrepreneurship Award for a proposal to covert used cooking oils, widely used in the restaurant industry, into biodiesel.
The awards were held in The Hague in the Netherlands, with nine …

Progressive Fuels Launches Easy Trade Platform for Energy, Agriculture and Biofuel Markets
September 5, 2012 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, Progressive Fuels Limited announced the launch of a new trading platform called Easy Trade. PFL developed East Trade in conjunction with Elysian Systems (a subsidiary of The Chicago …

Native Plants Fuel Ethanol Plant
September 5, 2012 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

(Yahoo! News)  Applied Ecological Services, The Earth Partners, LP, and POET team up to apply science to industry: Cross-sector demonstration showcases the potential of conservation biomass as an alternative energy source.
It’s a very good week for the United States alternative energy …

Platts Unveils Comprehensive Biofuels News and Pricing Service
September 5, 2012 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

(Platts/PR NewsWire)  Consolidates News, Analysis and Pricing in Three Biofuels-Specific Products
A comprehensive array of news, market analysis and pricing is now available to the burgeoning biofuels sector through three new products from Platts, a leading …

Codexis, Shell Redraw the Advanced Biofuels Map with Global Enzyme Rights Deal
September 5, 2012 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In California, Codexis announced that Shell has granted Codexis a royalty-bearing, non-exclusive license to develop, manufacture, use and sell cellulase enzymes developed under the companies’ Amended and Restated Collaborative Research …

China to Give Subsidies to Domestic Airlines, Plane Makers, to Help in Biofuels Development
September 5, 2012 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(Fuels and Lubes)  China will channel part of the Civil Aviation Development Fund (CADF) to support energy-saving campaigns of domestic airlines and plane manufacturers.
The funds in the CADF, or the former airport construction fee, will …

Sugarcane As Industrial Commodity Pressed
September 5, 2012 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Melody M. Aguiba  (Manila Bulletin)  The government should now position sugarcane as an industrial commodity, particularly for bioethanol, and sugar as a mere by-product which is the way to survive in a stiffly competitive …

Warnings Ignored in Range Fuels Debacle
September 5, 2012 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Dan Chapman  (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)   … In a blistering critique obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, (Hosein) Shapouri (a senior economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington) labeled the proposed Range Fuels plant …

Ireland Says Competitive Algal Biofuels within 15 Years
September 5, 2012 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Mark Keenan writes in The Independent that within 15 years, Irish drivers will be filling up their vehicles with biofuel made from Irish grown algae. The projection comes from Julie Maguire, of …

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Highlights Renewable Fuels Industry’s Top 10 Efficiency and Technology Innovations of the Past Decade
September 5, 2012 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  As a part of its 10th Anniversary celebration of progress and prosperity, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today released a list of the ethanol and biodiesel industry’s Top 10 efficiency …

Biofuel Groups Intervene to Defend EPA’s Advanced and Cellulosic Biofuel Targets
September 5, 2012 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Seven biofuel organizations today filed an intervenors brief in the American Petroleum Institute case against the Environmental Protection Agency challenging the 2012 cellulosic and advanced biofuel requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard. …

New Holland Promotes Ethanol at Farm Progress Show
September 5, 2012 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  New Holland was all about American Ethanol at the 2012 Farm Progress Show this past week in Boone, Iowa.
“This year we’ve got a whole emphasis on a brand new partnership with American Ethanol,” said …

2012 TAPPI International Bioenergy & Bioproducts Conference October 17-19 Savannah, GA
September 5, 2012 – 2:43 pm | No Comment
2012 TAPPI International Bioenergy & Bioproducts Conference   October 17-19   Savannah, GA

“This three-day, highly focused conference takes a fresh look at biomass development, as well as the thermochemical and biochemical biorefineries that can be profitably integrated into pulp mills. Keynote addresses from two forest-based biorefinery companies …

IEA Bioenergy Conference 2012 November 13-15 Vienna, Austria
September 5, 2012 – 2:32 pm | No Comment
IEA Bioenergy Conference 2012   November 13-15   Vienna, Austria

As part of the main conference program we have asked several of our Task 39 industrial members to profile the progress they have made in moving towards the commercialization of advanced biofuels, using a variety …

North Dakota and Montana: Opportunity Knocks for the Bioeconomy, along the Northern Tier
September 4, 2012 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Despite low levels of publicity, North Dakota and Montana are making great strides in bioeconomy development – with a combination of strong R&D, feedstock abundance and some hot processing technologies.
…The …

Major Changes in the Algae Production Industry
September 4, 2012 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

(National Algae Association/PR Log)  Raceway ponds were never meant to be used for industrial algae production.
When the Department of Energy initiated the Aquatic Species Program years ago, there was no other choice. Raceway ponds were …

Top Ten: Britain’s Most Progressive Biofuel and Biochemical Companies
September 4, 2012 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Matthew Aylott (National Non-Food Crops Centre)   NNFCC gives its top ten of Britain’s most progressive biofuel and biochemical companies.
TMO Renewables …
Green Biologics …
British Airways …
Ensus …
BP …
Johnson Matthey …
Croda …
Harvest Energy …
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Future of Green Racing Uncertain
September 4, 2012 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  John Dagy’s September 1st article  that broke the story of NASCAR merging their GRAND-AM sports car series with the American Le Mans racing series probably didn’t mean …

Ethanol Offers American Drivers Relief at the Pump
September 4, 2012 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  …Gas prices have been increasing as well. However, relief at the gas pump is possible thanks to America’s growing use of ethanol.
According to updated research released by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development …

The Top 10 Advanced Biofuels and Biorefining Companies in Asia
September 4, 2012 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …While the economic growth in China has been drawing virtually all the headlines in recent years, the “Tiger” economies of Southeast and South Asia have been fast-growing for a long …

A Novel Nanobio Catalyst for Biofuels
September 4, 2012 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Argonne National Laboratory)  Nanoparticles synthesized from noble metals such as ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, silver (Ag), osmium, iridium, platinum, and gold (Au) are attracting increased attention by researchers around the world looking for advances in such …

Australian Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Fuels forms
September 4, 2012 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, the Australian Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (AISAF) was inaugurated on 08 August 2012. It has funding for 12 months in the first instance. The Steering Committee held …

Japanese Group Plans to Employ OriginOil’s Algae Harvesting Systems at More Than 100 Sites
September 4, 2012 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(OriginOil)  Algae has the unique potential in Japan to both provide renewable fuels and help eliminate radioactive materials
OriginOil, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough energy production process for the oil and algae industries, announced today that …

BIOTECH: Carlsbad Firm Uses Yeast for ‘Green’ Chemicals from Veggie Oil to Nylon
September 4, 2012 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Bradley J. Fikes (North County Times)  Vegetable oils are versatile substances. They’re used not only for cooking, but also for making soaps and for biofuels. If Carlsbad-based Verdezyne Inc. is successful, you may soon …

Initial Positioning of Biofuels in North Carolina Counties
August 31, 2012 – 8:52 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  Gaining large biofuels production capacity across the state will require realistic juncture of feedstocks and production technologies. Grown or secured from waste materials, feedstocks must be directed to a centralized …

The Lowdown on Making Jet Fuel and Diesel from Biomass
August 31, 2012 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Biofuels Digest/Consumer Energy Report)  Distillates are petroleum products that includes diesel, jet fuel, and fuel oil. Renewable distillates may be categorized as substitutes or drop-in replacements. The most common distillate substitute is …

Fly the Bio Skies: 10 Milestones in the Summer of Aviation biofuels
August 31, 2012 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   …But in many respects, its been a summer about aviation biofuels – starting with the demonstration of the US Navy’s Green Strike Group and continuing to announcements of projects …

Teaching a Microbe to Make Fuel
August 30, 2012 – 9:36 pm | No Comment

by David L. Chandler (MIT News)   Genetically modified organism could turn carbon dioxide or waste products into a gasoline-compatible transportation fuel.
A humble soil bacterium called Ralstonia eutrophahas a natural tendency, whenever it is stressed, to stop …

Announce Megainversión to Generate Biofuels
August 30, 2012 – 9:22 pm | No Comment

(El Universal)  Biofuel producers announced the investment of over $ 100 million to plant oilseeds and grasses that will be employed in the industry biocumbustible whose consumption is increasing in the world.
In the meeting with …