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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 …

Canadian Renewable Fuels Summit 2012 December 3-5 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
October 3, 2012 – 10:33 am | No Comment
Canadian Renewable Fuels Summit 2012     December 3-5    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Canada is now a frontrunner in the worldwide effort to create clean, renewable sources of transportation fuel. The benefits of this approach are many. From an economic standpoint, our industry generates $2 billion in economic …

Integration of Biodiesel RIN Verification in the BQ-9000 Program
October 3, 2012 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Pete Moss (Biodiesel Magazine)  BQ-9000 is the gold standard for quality control in the biodiesel industry. The accreditation program was developed by the National Biodiesel Board to ensure better quality in a rapidly growing …

Report: Large Energy Cuts Can Help Avoid Sequestration
October 2, 2012 – 9:57 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill E2Wire)  A spending watchdog group said Monday that Congress could cut $123.2 billion from energy programs over 10 years in an effort to avoid automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration.
Taxpayers …

A Brief History of Biofuels
October 2, 2012 – 9:50 pm | No Comment

by RP Siegel (TriplePundit) …Back in 1917, Alexander Graham Bell made the following observation in National Geographic, “Alcohol makes a beautiful, clean and efficient fuel. Alcohol can be manufactured from corn stalks, and in fact from almost …

Change the World: Sapphire Energy’s Green Crude Farm, Illustrated
October 2, 2012 – 9:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Growing crude oil as a crop – Sapphire Energy and its Green Crude Farm – can it be the sunlight in your universe and change the world?   What does it look …

Patterson Science Center Approves Demonstration Plot
October 2, 2012 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  The Patterson Science Center, in partnership with the Patterson Foundation and the Caldwell Green Commission, recently approved the establishment of a biofuels feedstock crop demonstration plot on the Patterson Campus …

Getting Into the Business of Biofuel
October 2, 2012 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Andrea Fox  (Water Environment Federation/WEF Highlights) Most wastewater treatment plants do not support acres of sunflowers, rapeseed, or sorghum. However, a grant-funded pilot program at the Neuse River Wastewater Treatment Plant (Raleigh, N.C.) could …

Establishing Energy Grasses in Sprayfields
October 2, 2012 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  As part of its project to establish energy grasses in the southeastern part of the state on hog lagoon sprayfields and verify the economic opportunities for biofuels, the Biofuels Center …

Fuel Freedom Foundation Announces Video Competition Winners
October 2, 2012 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Fuel Freedom Foundation has announced the winners of its first college video competition. The winning films are short segments produced by Chapman University Dodge College of Film and …

NREL Produces Ethylene via Photosynthesis
October 2, 2012 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Scientists at the U.S. DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have demonstrated a better way to use photosynthesis to produce ethylene, a breakthrough that could change the way materials, chemicals, …

Small Solution for Big Biomass Problem
October 2, 2012 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  …High moisture feedstocks can muck up the hammer mill system. However, many advanced biofuel producers do not want completely dry feedstocks.
The solution will lie in a technology that works well to …

Fiberight Looking to Build Four New Maryland Sites, Add Jobs
October 2, 2012 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Gantz (Baltimore Business Journal)  Fiberight LLC has been on the fast track to commercializing owner Craig Stuart-Paul’s technology for turning trash into biofuel since Stuart-Paul founded the company in 2007.  READ MORE

Labeling Renewable Energies: How the Language Surrounding Biofuels Can Influence Its Public Acceptance
October 2, 2012 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Michael A. Cacciatore, Dietram A. Scheufele, Bret R. Shaw (Science Direct/Energy Policy)  Despite growing interest and investments in biological fuels, little is known of how the public form opinions toward this alternative fuel technology. …

OPINION: Critic of DDG Wrong: Ethanol and Distillers Grains Help to Make Most of Every Bushel.
October 2, 2012 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Chad Blindauer (The Daily Republic)  As a farmer and cattle feeder, I felt obligated to write this today to clear up the continued falsities being produced from the author of “Distillers grain not as …

Are High Grain Prices Good for Anyone?
October 2, 2012 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Roy Roberson (Southeast Farm Press)  • Sounds like a good deal for grain growers and a bad one for livestock producers and consumers, but are such high prices really good for any of us?
• …

“Semi-Dwarf” Trees May Enable a Green Revolution for Some Forest Crops
October 2, 2012 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(Oregon State University)  The same “green revolution” concepts that have revolutionized crop agriculture and helped to feed billions of people around the world may now offer similar potential in forestry, scientists say, with benefits for …

Kansas Energy Projects Fuel Economic Promise
October 2, 2012 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Tim Carpenter  (Topeka Capital Journal)  Grants of $20.5 million offer twist to ethanol plant, farm machinery
A $15.9 million investment of federal economic stimulus cash by Gov. Sam Brownback hangs on an Oakley ethanol plant’s …

Ford and GM Okay E15 Blends for New Vehicles
October 2, 2012 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(  Ford Motor Co. and General Motors have quietly approved gasoline blends with up to 15% ethanol for use in later model cars and light trucks, Oil Express has learned.
Together, the automakers produce more than …

Student Program at the 2013 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit February 25-27 National Harbor, MD
October 1, 2012 – 9:01 pm | No Comment
Student Program at the 2013 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit   February 25-27     National Harbor, MD

The 2013 Summit Student Program presents a unique opportunity for student energy leaders to engage with policymakers, entrepreneurs, and scientists, hear real-world perspectives on working in the energy field, and gain exposure to companies and …

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit February 25-27, 2013 National Harbor, MD
October 1, 2012 – 9:00 pm | No Comment
ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit    February 25-27, 2013     National Harbor, MD

ARPA-E will hold its fourth annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit February 25 – February 27, 2013 at the Gaylord Convention Center just outside Washington, D.C. It brings together thought leaders from academia, business, and government …

Why We Need Biofuels
September 30, 2012 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by Gale Buchanan, S.Z. Li, James R. Fischer and Joshua Yean (25 x ’25)  The following guest blog is a response to a recent Wall Street Journal editorial that criticized U.S. biofuel policy. The authors of this rebuttal are from Gale …

National Science Foundation Grants of $947,000 Help University of New Hampshire Professor Boost Ethanol Efficiency
September 30, 2012 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

(University of New Hampshire News)  Xiaowei Teng, assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of New Hampshire, has received two National Science Foundation grants totaling nearly $1 million to improve the efficiency of ethanol …

Fight over Expanding Canola in Oregon Pits Organic Food Lovers against Biofuels Advocates
September 30, 2012 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/Washington Post)  Wet winters and cool, dry summers make Oregon’s Willamette Valley one of the best places on the globe to produce seeds for organic broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and a variety of …

Exclusive: BA’s Biofuels Plant Set for Take-Off before the End of the Year
September 30, 2012 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Will Nichols (Business Green)  Preferred site has been chosen for London facility set to generate two per cent of BA’s fuel from waste
BA is set to begin initial construction on a planned biofuel-from-waste plant …

Praj Focuses on Second Generation Biofuel
September 30, 2012 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Seema Singh (Forbes India/SME Mentor)  … After three years of technology development and plant engineering, Praj is now building a commercial scale demonstration plant to produce ethanol – also called cellulosic ethanol – from biomass, …

Industrial CHP in the U.S. Gets Bump from Executive Order and Biorefinery Expansion
September 30, 2012 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Mackinnon Lawrence (Biofuels Digest/Pike Research)  …Still a nascent industry and a relatively minor player in industrial CHP, industrial biorefining is not explicitly mentioned in the “Executive Order on Accelerating Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency”, …

‘Miracle’ Crop Could Invade Like Kudzu
September 30, 2012 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

By John Murawski  (News and Observer/ Herald)  It’s billed as a champion energy crop that yields three times as much ethanol per acre as corn, a fast-growing field grass that’s ideal for making clean auto …

Bangchak Plans 2nd Plant to Produce Biodiesel
September 30, 2012 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Watchara Pussayanawin  (The Nation)  Bangchak Petroleum plans to build a second biodiesel plant next year with an investment of Bt800 million, adding 300,000 litres of biodiesel annually to the current total of 660,000 litres.
President …

ABS Celebrates Young Algae Researchers and ASP Veterans
September 28, 2012 – 8:41 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Six student scientists were presented with the first Young Algae Researcher Awards today in Denver for their contributions to fields of algae biology and engineering on the final day of the 2012 Algae …

When Will I Be Loved?: Supporters of the US Renewable Fuel Standard Begin to Rally
September 28, 2012 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …“Fuels America is built around one core idea: renewable fuel is essential to the U.S. economy, our nation’s energy security, our rural communities and the environment,” said former Congressman Jim …

Biofuels Center of North Carolina 2012-2013 Request for Proposals
September 28, 2012 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  To accelerate development of a statewide biofuels industry, the Biofuels Center of North Carolina funds projects and activities supporting its legislatively mandated mission of implementing North Carolina’s Strategic Plan for …

Fuel and Technology Alternatives for Buses
September 27, 2012 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

(VTT Technology)  … So far, conventional diesel buses and conventional diesel fuel have dominated the market, with some contribution from natural gas buses. Now we are in a situation in which the technology options are increasing rapidly. …

Biofuel Startups Turn to Cosmetics, Supplements for Profits
September 27, 2012 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Tia Ghose (California Watch)  Once a promising source of green energy, high-tech biofuel is being eclipsed by skin cream and food products as manufacturers shift to more lucrative products.
After Congress enacted a renewable fuel standard in …

One Report Says Global Grain at Record High
September 27, 2012 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Rich Keller (Ag Professional)  As most of the reports circulating in the United States are about anticipated grain shortages in meeting demand, a report came out this week from one organization that was headlined: …

Aurora Algae Secures $2 Million LEED Grant
September 27, 2012 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Aurora Algae has announced the successful completion of requirements for a two million dollar (AUD) Low Emissions Energy Development (LEED) grant, which has been used to advance the Company’s algae-based biomass production at …

Industry Launches “Fuels America” Campaign
September 27, 2012 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  In the face of increasing calls to waive the nation’s Renewable Fuel Standard, biofuel industry stakeholders today announced a major new communications campaign to educate consumers and policy makers about the …

International Project Aims to Develop Water-Efficient Biofuel Crops
September 27, 2012 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Scientists from the University of Liverpool are part of an international research project to apply the properties of drought-adapted desert plants, like agave, to poplar trees, a recognised biofuel crop.
Dr James Hartwell, from the …

FAO Publishes Book on Biofuels Co-Products Use in Animal Feeds
September 27, 2012 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(American Association of Swine Veterinarians)  The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization recently published a book entitled Biofuel co-products as livestock feed – Opportunities and challenges. AASV member Dr Harold Tilstra co-authored Chapter 3; ”Impact of …

Plans for Canada’s Largest Biofuel Facility Announced
September 27, 2012 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(Journal of Commerce)  The largest organics biofuel facility in Canada will be built in Surrey, B.C., as a way to divert waste from the landfill and turn it into natural gas.
…City spokeswoman Tara Foslien says …

Enterprise Holdings Pilots Renewable Synthetic Diesel for Airport Shuttle Buses
September 27, 2012 – 11:52 am | No Comment

(MarketWatch/Enterprise Holdings)  Enterprise Holdings, owner and operator of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands, is piloting a program with Mansfield Oil Company to use renewable synthetic diesel fuel in …

Global Investment in New Biorefinery Infrastructure will Total $170 Billion through 2022, Forecasts Pike Research
September 27, 2012 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(Herald Online)  The biorefining sector, which employs a variety of technology platforms to convert biomass feedstocks into a range of high-demand bio-based products including fuels, chemicals, power, food, and renewable oils, currently sits at the …

Heard it Through the Grapevine: Useful Facts and Scuttlebutt from the Algae Biomass Summit
September 27, 2012 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Jobs, global expansion, proteins vs fuels, new R&D funding – all the big issues are under debate both on and off the floor at the Algae Biomass Summit.
…Jobs   Dr. John …

Disconnect Between Biofuel Mandates & Demand?
September 26, 2012 – 8:36 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  A new study, Global Biofuels Outlook to 2025, authored by Hart Energy, finds a disconnect between mandates established in the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and Renewable Energy Directive in the European …

Utah State Dragster Runs on Cheese Waste Biofuel
September 26, 2012 – 8:20 pm | No Comment

A team of engineering students from Utah State University has set a new land speed record using a car that burns a new form of sustainable biofuel made from a waste product of the cheese manufacturing process.
“How many people …

Biobased Products and Algae
September 26, 2012 – 8:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …For all the excitement about fuels — biobased products may be even a hotter trend for the renewables sector’s hottest feedstock.
One of the big trends this week? The biobased product …

US EPA Direct Final, Proposed Rules Amend Heating Oil Definition
September 26, 2012 – 8:03 pm | No Comment

by Ashley Player (Biodiesel Magazine)  You may or may not have noticed that the U.S. EPA released a direct final rule and proposed rule on Sept.17 modifying the definition of heating oil in the renewable …

Algae Industry Counseled on Sustainability Objectives at Summit
September 26, 2012 – 7:56 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Biodiesel Magazine)  The algae industry’s ambition to build a global industry that is fundamentally sustainable, safe and responsible was the chief topic of discussion on day two of the 2012 Algae Biomass …

EU Non-Food Biofuels Target Needs New Investment -Shell Unit
September 26, 2012 – 7:46 pm | No Comment

(Reuters) * EU shift away from food-based biofuels will need big investment
* 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 …

Biodico and LamdaGen Corporation Announce Collaboration
September 26, 2012 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

(Herald Online) Biodico, Inc. and LamdaGen Corporation have announced a collaboration whereby LamdaGen’s nano-based Meta-Catalytic Surface (MCS) technology will be integrated into Biodico’s Research & Development programs for biomass-based diesel, combined heat and power, and biochemicals. …

Enerjetik Plans Denver Facility to Produce Biofuels
September 26, 2012 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

(Denver Business Journal)  Enerjetik LLC of Denver said Tuesday it will partner with a North Carolina company to build a pilot-scale facility in Denver to produce biofuels from solid waste.
The joint technology agreement was reached …

Airbus Adds Massive China Link to Global Biofuels Circle
September 26, 2012 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Ben Sandilands  (Crikey)   With the West Texas Crude oil price at well under $US 100 per barrel and the cross over price for aviation grade biofuels largely assigned to the $US 140-150 barrel …

Whisky Distillery Tries a Wee Dram of Biofuel
September 26, 2012 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(Reuters) A small Scottish whisky maker is aiming to turn its by-products into biofuel and become the world’s first whisky distillery to fuel car and trucks in a move which could see Scotland’s 100-plus distilleries …

Ebony and Ivory: The BioProcess Algae Story
September 26, 2012 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …But carbon dioxide emissions remain. In fact, large corn ethanol plants are considered “major emitters” under EPA rules because one-third of the corn kernel, by weight, is released as carbon …

Ethanol Powered Muscle Cars Hit the Track In Kearney
September 26, 2012 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Emily Roehler (NebraskaTV)  It’s being billed as “8 Seconds of Corn-fed Madness.”
Street-legal muscle cars doing 180 mph on a quarter-mile track, powered by ethanol, the renewable fuel made from corn, will race down the track …

Port of Tampa Prepares to Unveil New Railroad Line to Boost Cargo, Ethanol Markets
September 26, 2012 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Jamal Thalji (Tampa Bay Times)  The transformation of the Port of Tampa will start on land.
The port is nearing completion of the $11 million Tampa Gateway Rail Terminal, a 2-mile rail loop that will speed …

Iowa E15 Sales Strong
September 26, 2012 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  E15 sales in Iowa are proving to be strong right out of the pump. This may be a poor metaphor, but the good news is that Linn Co-op Oil Company, the first …