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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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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 …

Presidential Candidates Support RFS
September 26, 2012 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  Both President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney say they support maintaining the Renewable Fuel Standard in answers to an American Farm Bureau Federation questionnaire on agricultural issues.
“Our rural communities, farmers, and …

Green MEP Joins Row over Biofuel Plant at Shoreham Port
September 26, 2012 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

(Shoreham Herald)  A SUSSEX MEP is the latest to say “no” to a proposals for a biofuel power station in Shoreham.

Adur District Council is currently considering an application, to build the facility at the town’s port. …

Studies Show Energy Beets Can Be Grown in Non-Traditional Sugarbeet Areas
September 26, 2012 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Sue Roesler  (Minnesota Farm Guide)  Energy beets are growing hardy for the second year in a row in crop fields south of Minot’s NDSU Northern Research Extension Center near Minot, N.D.
They will soon be …

Aviation Biofuel World Leaders BioJet and JATRO Sign Major Collaboration Agreement
September 26, 2012 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(BioJet)  JATRO AG today (September 25, 2012) announced formation of a major Horizontal Collaboration Agreement with BioJet International Ltd.
The intended horizontal collaboration between the Companies in the format of a Strategic Alliance is meant to create a …

Dupont Summit 2012: Pressing Issues Amid the Political Maelstrom December 7 Washington, DC
September 26, 2012 – 1:11 pm | No Comment
Dupont Summit 2012: Pressing Issues Amid the Political Maelstrom   December 7   Washington, DC

The Summit will be held at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC on Friday, December 7, 2012. The purpose of the conference is to promote dialogue about current policy concerns and to provide …

Call for Proposals: Dupont Summit 2012: Pressing Issues Amid the Political Maelstrom DEADLINE October 15, 2012
September 26, 2012 – 1:07 pm | No Comment
Call for Proposals:  Dupont Summit 2012: Pressing Issues Amid the Political Maelstrom  DEADLINE October 15, 2012

The Policy Studies Organization (PSO) invites you to submit a proposal for the Dupont Summit focused on science, technology and environmental policy issues. The Summit will be held at the Carnegie Institution for Science in …

New Technique Yields Never-Before-Seen Information Critical to biofuels Research
September 25, 2012 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Laura Millsaps (DOE Pulse)  Pioneering mass spectrometry methods developed at DOE’s Ames Laboratory are helping plant biologists get their first glimpses of never-before-seen plant tissue structures.
The new method opens up new realms of study, ones that might …

Biofuels Rarely Better than Petrol
September 25, 2012 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

(  Biofuels have an undeserved reputation for environmental friendliness, according to a study commissioned by the Federal Energy Office and released Monday. The study re-evaluated the ecological effects of biofuels and their production processes.
Empa, an …

Canada Launches First Ever 100% Biojet-Fuelled Flight
September 25, 2012 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, the first flight in the world to ever be entirely powered by biojet fuel will depart from Ottawa in late October. In partnership with Applied Research Associates and Agrisoma …

Renmatix Unveils State-of-the-Art R&D Facility at Pennsylvania Headquarters
September 25, 2012 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(Renmatix)  U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) visits facility to discuss job creation and growth of biobased markets
Renmatix, the leading manufacturer of cellulosic sugars for biobased chemical and fuel markets, marked the opening of a new …

Gevo to Switch Back to Ethanol Production, from Biobutanol, at Minnesota Integrated Biorefinery
September 25, 2012 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reoptimizing its technology, now expects return to reach target isobutanol production rates in 2013.
In Colorado, Gevo announced that, while making significant progress towards economic production levels, the company does not …

Take It to the Limit: Algenol and Rising Yields in Advanced Biofuels
September 25, 2012 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algenol hits 7000 gallon per acre mark in field operations. What’s the impact for Algenol, for energy independence, for the cost of transport fuel?
…Algenol CEO Paul Woods revealed that the …

Air Force Picks Honeywell Unit for Biofuels
September 24, 2012 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Joe Cogliano  (Dayton Business Journal)  A division of Honeywell International Inc. is being tapped by the U.S. Air Force to expand the domestic supply of biofuels.
On Thursday, the Defense Department announced Des Plaines, Ill.-based UOP LLC was …

WUSTL Students Study Biofuels in Brazil
September 24, 2012 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

(Washington University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Through the International Experience Program at Washington University in St. Louis, undergraduate students gain real-life and classroom experiences focusing on the difficult energy decisions countries must make.
This unique program takes students …

Energy Sorghum Demonstrates Potential During Dry Summer
September 24, 2012 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Dan Conable (Cato Analytics LLC/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Despite weather challenges and the learning curve for farmers unfamiliar with this energy sorghum, one of the first commercial-scale plantings of the crop in the northeastern U.S. has …

Purdue Gets $5.2 Million to Develop New Biofuel Process
September 24, 2012 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Brian Wallheimer (Purdue University)  If Purdue University researchers have their way, the term “biofuel plant” will take on a whole new meaning.
A team received a $5.2 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to develop a …

Oshawa Port Authority Plans Public Meeting on Proposed Plant
September 24, 2012 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Oshawa Port Authority in Ontario is planning an event to help answer questions its local community has with regard to a proposed ethanol plant.  The OPA announced its …

E15 Now Offered at Five Kansas Stations
September 24, 2012 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  As predicted, the Sept. 15 expiration of EPA’s summer volatility restriction has resulted in an increase in E15 offerings. This week five stations in Kansas begin offer E15, bringing the …

Government Invests Strategically In Canola Sector
September 24, 2012 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(The Bioenergy Site)  Canada’s canola sector will benefit from a targeted research and development plan to promote the industry’s strategic growth. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced support for the Canola Council of Canada in developing …

Reps. Olson, Blackburn Introduce ‘Stop RIN Fraud Act of 2012′
September 24, 2012 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  U.S. Reps. Pete Olson, R-Texas, and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., introduced the Stop RIN Fraud Act of 2012 (H.R. 6444) Sept. 20 to shore up weaknesses in the U.S. EPA’s renewable identification …

Dyadic and SEKAB Cooperate On Verifying Effective Enzymes For The Production Of Cellulosic Sugars
September 24, 2012 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(RedOrbit/PR NewsWire)  Dyadic International, Inc., a global biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of enzymes and other proteins for the bioenergy, bio-based chemicals, biopharmaceutical and industrial enzyme industries, announced today the …

EPA Biodiesel Mandate Get a Boost From Repurposed Imaging Equipment
September 24, 2012 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jason Mick (Daily Tech)  New method could repurpose existing equipment, improve the efficiency of biodiesel extraction
Biodiesel production tends to boil down (no pun intended) to one of two methods –repurposing waste oil to auto-capable fuel or …

Arcata Council Moves Forward on Biodiesel Approval
September 24, 2012 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(Times-Standard)  The Arcata City Council voted this week to allow a proposed biodiesel plant on Giuntoli Lane.
The council unanimously approved environmental findings, a mitigated negative declaration and a planned development permit. The council continued the …

The Age of Upstream
September 24, 2012 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …You see it everywhere. Oil producers are happy, refiners are squeezed. Corn, soy and sugar prices are at historic highs, ethanol and biodiesel producers are squeezed. Iron prices are high, …

Eni Plans to Convert Venice Refinery Into Biofuels Facility
September 24, 2012 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Dan Liefgreen (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Eni SpA (ENI), Italy’s largest oil company, plans to convert its Venice refinery into a biofuels facility by 2014.
Eni staff met labor unions and city staff to review the project, …

Co-Products Help Keep Ethanol Producers Profitable in Lean Times
September 24, 2012 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Coproducts are becoming an increasingly important factor in ethanol plant profitability, according to the third annual benchmarking report released Sept. 18 by Christianson & Associates PLLP.
Coproduct revenue had remained …

Crop Prices Probably Peaked After Drought Cuts U.S. Output
September 24, 2012 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Luzi Ann Javier (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Rallies in corn, wheat and soybeans because of drought in the U.S., the top grains shipper, are probably over and it would need worsening weather elsewhere to push up …

Corporate Social Responsibility: Creating Value through Collaborative Sustainable Development November 5-9, 2012 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
September 24, 2012 – 11:48 am | No Comment
Corporate Social Responsibility: Creating Value through Collaborative Sustainable Development    November 5-9, 2012   Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The essential course to prepare professionals to work in the expanding field of corporate social responsibility and sustainable development 
McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development and the law firm of Fasken Martineau are …

Europe Considers Suspending Airline Emissions Charge
September 24, 2012 – 11:35 am | No Comment

(Associated Press/The Guardian)  Officials stress the need to avert a trade war with major economic powers such as China and the United States
European officials signaled on Tuesday that they may recommend the suspension of the continent’s …

Nissan DeltaWing Returns to Racing at Petit Le Mans
September 24, 2012 – 10:56 am | No Comment

(American LeMans Series) …  The pioneering, dart-shaped Nissan DeltaWing will compete in the 1,000-mile Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda on Oct. 17-20 at Road Atlanta. The revolutionary race car was designed to perform like …

Online Course: HAZWOPER Courses
September 24, 2012 – 10:30 am | No Comment

Name of Provider: eTraining
Type: course required for those working with/potentially exposed to hazardous substances
Course: HAZWOPER 40 Hour Course (24 Hour Course, 8 Hour Refresher)
Course description:
eTraining’s online 40 Hour Hazwoper Course has been designed for, and is required to …

Extramural Research – People, Prosperity and the Planet
September 23, 2012 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  WHAT IS EPA’s P3 Program? P3 stands for People, Prosperity and the Planet.  Through this EPA program, college students can benefit people, promote prosperity and protect the planet by designing solutions that …

EU U-Turn Spells Doom for Food-Based Biofuels Boom
September 21, 2012 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Nigel Hunt and Charlie Dunmore (Reuters)  European Union plans to cap the use of food-based biofuels are a major setback for an industry once seen playing a central role in the fight against climate change, …

Analysis: Brazil Ethanol Returns to US as Biofuel Rules Pave Way
September 21, 2012 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Reese Ewing (Reuters)  Brazilian ethanol is rushing back into the United States after a three-year ebb, drawn less by the severe drought that has inflated corn costs than by biofuel regulations that could more …

Scholarships Offered for Students to Attend National Ethanol Conference
September 21, 2012 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  The Renewable Fuels Association’s (RFA) annual National Ethanol Conference (NEC)is a great place to learn the ins and outs of the ethanol industry as well as network with key industry experts. That is …

First Biorefinery Producing Wood-Based Biodiesel
September 21, 2012 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  Finland-based UPM’s facility is located in Lappeenranta, south-eastern Finland, and will produce biodiesel from crude tall oil at the company’s Kaukas mill site. This integration will offer synergies, such as a wastewater treatment …

Requests to Waive the Renewable Fuel Standard in the Aftermath of the 2012 Heat Wave and Drought
September 21, 2012 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute) In the wake of the devastating heat wave and drought which covered much of the United States this year, it has become clear that there will be less …

Global 2012 Corn Crop To Be Second Largest in History: OECD Official’s Comment on Biofuels Misguided
September 21, 2012 – 10:19 am | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance)  Today (September 20, 2012) the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) criticized OECD senior counsellor, Carmel Cahill, for making unsubstantiated comments targeting the role of biofuels mandates in food price inflation. Evidence …

Brazilian Biofuels That Cause Land-Use Change May Have Much Larger Non-GHG Air Quality Emissions Than Fossil Fuels
September 21, 2012 – 10:09 am | No Comment

by C.-C. Tsao , J. E. Campbell, M. Mena-Carrasco, S. N. Spak, G. R. Carmichael, and Y. Chen  (Environmental Science and Technology)  Although biofuels present an opportunity for renewable energy production, significant land-use change resulting from …

Ocean Renewable Energy: The Next Frontier?
September 21, 2012 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Christopher D. Barry and Paul Kamen of the Ocean Renewable Energy Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers have scribed a fascinating, 26-page “Overview of Ocean Renewable Energy,” which includes …

The Big A: Little Algae Go Big, Industrial and Global, and Just as Eco-Friendly as Ever
September 21, 2012 – 9:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Big Auto, Bio Oil, Big Ag, Big Pharma, Big Food – touching them all, now and increasingly, is Big A, as algae technologies gain in scale, scope and world-wide reach.
… “Identification …

High Octane Number Ethanol–Gasoline Blends: Quantifying the Potential Benefits in the United States
September 20, 2012 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

by J.E. Anderson, D.M. DiCicco, J.M. Ginder, U. Kramer, T.G. Leone, H.E. Raney-Pablo, T.J. Wallington (Fuel)  Ethanol provides a significant contribution to road transportation fuel in the US, Brazil, and elsewhere. Renewable fuels regulations in the …

Why Have U.S. Oil Imports Declined in Recent Years?
September 20, 2012 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by John Miller (The Energy Collective)  …All politics aside, what factors have actually contributed towards reducing U.S. oil imports recently?
…Since 1973 U.S. domestic oil production (crude oil + natural gas (NG) liquids) declined continuously to …

Comparison of Direct Transesterification of Algal Biomass under Supercritical Methanol and Microwave Irradiation Conditions
September 20, 2012 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Prafulla D. Patil, Veera Gnaneswar Gude, Aravind Mannarswamy, Peter Cooke, Nagamany Nirmalakhandan, Peter Lammers, Shuguang Deng (Fuel)  In this comparative study, direct conversion of algal biomass into biodiesel using supercritical methanol (SCM) and microwave-assisted (MW) …

Biodiesel Production from Waste Cooking Oils
September 20, 2012 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Anh N. Phan, Tan M. Phan (Fuel)  Alkali-catalyzed transesterification of waste cooking oils, collected within Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, with methanol was carried out in a laboratory scale reactor. The effects of methanol/waste cooking …

Catalytic Upgrading of Biorefinery Oil from Micro-Algae
September 20, 2012 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by N.H. Tran, J.R. Bartlett, G.S.K. Kannangara, A.S. Milev,  H. Volkb, M.A. Wilson (Fuel)  Micro-algae are seen as one of the major future fuel sources. Culture and growth of oil rich micro-algae and catalytic process for …

Transesterification of Vegetable Oil into Biodiesel Catalyzed by CaO: A Review
September 20, 2012 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Masato Kouzu, Jyu-suke Hidaka (Fuel)  Vegetable oil is one of the biomass resources generated from carbon dioxide and water with the aid of photosynthesis, and is converted into an alternative to fossil diesel fuel …

Latest Developments on Application of Heterogenous Basic Catalysts for an Efficient and Eco Friendly Synthesis of Biodiesel: A Review
September 20, 2012 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Yogesh C. Sharma, Bhaskar Singh, John Korstad  (Fuel) Heterogeneous catalysts are now being tried extensively for biodiesel synthesis. These catalysts are poised to play an important role and are perspective catalysts in future for biodiesel production …

Characteristics of Hemicellulose, Cellulose and Lignin Pyrolysis
September 20, 2012 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by Haiping Yang, Rong Yan,  Hanping Chen, Dong Ho Lee, Chuguang Zheng  (Fuel)  The pyrolysis characteristics of three main components (hemicellulose, cellulose and lignin) of biomass were investigated using, respectively, a thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA) with differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) detector …

Advancements in Development and Characterization of Biodiesel: A Review
September 20, 2012 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Y.C. Sharma, B. Singh, S.N. Upadhyay (Fuel) An ever increasing demand of fuels has been a challenge for today’s scientific workers. The fossil fuel resources are dwindling day by day. Biodiesel seems to be a solution for …

Butanol Backers Push Retrofit Effort as Ethanol Boom Fades
September 20, 2012 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Nicholas Zeman  (Engineering News-Record)  As U.S. subsidies for ethanol continue to disappear, retrofit installations to produce butanol—touted as a superior fuel with superior financial incentives—are catching on at plants, says butanol technology provider Butamax, …

UCSD Chemists Develop Protein Reverse Tagging Method
September 20, 2012 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Kim McDonald  (Algae Industry Magazine)  Chemists at UC San Diego have developed a method that for the first time provides scientists the ability to attach chemical probes onto proteins and subsequently remove them in …

Environmental Regulations Kindle the Southeast Asian Automotive Biofuels Market, Finds Frost & Sullivan
September 20, 2012 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

(Frost & Sullivan/Sacramento Bee)  Removing subsidies for conventional fuels and providing incentives for biofuels will bolster market growth
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (, Strategic Analysis of Southeast Asian Automotive Biofuels Market, finds that the market …

Planes of the Future Could Fly on Sawdust or Straw
September 20, 2012 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Jean Décotte (Reuters)  * A horsey twist to the search for alternative aviation fuel
* French project targets use of farm waste on a large scale
* Inventor dismisses fears of biofuel vs food competition
Passenger jets …

Soros Economic Development Fund and IFU Invest Millions in Food Security and Clean Cooking Venture in Africa
September 20, 2012 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

(Soros Economic Development Fund)  Soros Economic Development Fund and IFU Invest Millions in Food Security and Clean Cooking Venture in Africa
Funding for CleanStar Mozambique benefits smallholder farmers and the environment, creates jobs, and protects families …

The Louisville Biodiesel Cooperative and St. Francis School Pleased to Announce a Partnership to Recycle Waste Cooking Oil
September 20, 2012 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Louisville Biodiesel Cooperative)  The Louisville Biodiesel Cooperative and St. Francis School are pleased to announce a partnership to recycle Waste Cooking Oil.
Co-founded by St. Francis School parent Christian Thalacker, the Louisville Biodiesel Cooperative collects used …

50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy, 30 Hottest Companies in Renewable Chemicals and Biobased Materials; Voting Opens
September 20, 2012 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The annual rankings competition opens up for the hottest companies in the sector; who will be #1 – who will get your vote?  New annual Biofuels Databook published for selectors; …

Bio-Based Chemicals Conference and Exhibition March 13-14, 2013 Rotterdam, The Netherlands
September 20, 2012 – 10:33 am | No Comment
Bio-Based Chemicals Conference and Exhibition      March 13-14, 2013       Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The Bio-based Chemicals Conference and Exhibition will return for a 5th year as part of Europe’s largest bioeconomy event – the 8th Annual World Biofuels Markets. Taking place in Rotterdam at the Beurs-World Trade Center, …

Grow Your Own Energy: A NASA-Backed Experiment Harvests Algae for Oil, Releases Fresh Water
September 19, 2012 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Trent (Slate)  …Algae are single-celled organisms that thrive globally in aqueous environments and convert CO2 into carbohydrates, protein, and natural oils. For some species, as much as 70 percent of their dry weight is …

Utah State Team Sets New Speed Record on Waste-Based Biodiesel
September 19, 2012 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)   A team of faculty and students from Utah State University set a land speed record this month in a student-built car run on biodiesel fuel also produced by the …

New Partnership Forged as NYC Prepares for Oct. 1 Bioheat Mandate
September 19, 2012 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Bioheat veteran Michael Devine and his company Earth Energy Alliance Inc. struck an agreement with Amerigreen Energy to help New York metropolitan fuel dealers thrive as New York City’s biodiesel-blended …

UMass-Amherst Team Solves Mystery of Cellulose Chains Breakdown
September 19, 2012 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What exactly happens in depolymerization, as hydrogen bonds break down?  How could that revolutionize the process of making fuels, solvents, thinners, lacquers or paints out of biobased materials?
Before one is …

U.S. Getting Closer to Energy Independence
September 19, 2012 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Steve Everly (The Kansas City Star)  …A multiprong effort that includes increased domestic oil and natural-gas production, energy efficiency, and more biofuels has already helped push petroleum imports down to 45 percent of the …

Response To EPRINC Study: “Ethanol’s Lost Promise”
September 19, 2012 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  About EPRINC: EPRINC is a non-profit group funded by Big Oil, staffed by former oil company employees, and directed by a board of trustees that is a veritable who’s-who …

SXSW Eco October 3-5, 2012 Austin, TX including i2i Awards
September 19, 2012 – 2:20 pm | No Comment
SXSW Eco October 3-5, 2012 Austin, TX including i2i Awards

SXSW Eco will feature sessions from experts in the public, private and academic sectors committed to finding solutions for a sustainable world.
SXSW Eco is a three-day conference addressing the need for a concerted, cross sector approach …

AIRSHOW-Airlines Grapple with Food vs Biofuel Debate
September 19, 2012 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Maria Sheahan and Victoria Bryan (Reuters)  …Airlines, keen to cut pollution from jet fuel ahead of EU penalties from next year, and biofuel associations at the Berlin ILA air show this week said their …

Finding the Right Biofuels for the Southeast: A Range of Alternatives
September 19, 2012 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service)  …Of the five regions, the Southeast has the greatest natural capacity in the continental United States, with sufficient sunshine, soils, water, and other natural resources to produce more …

Sorghum Eyed as a Southern Bioenergy Crop
September 19, 2012 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Sweet sorghum is primarily grown in the United States as a source of sugar for syrup and molasses. But the sturdy grass has other attributes that could make it uniquely suited to production as …

Promoting Ethanol at Chicagoland Speedway
September 19, 2012 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Chuck Zimmerman (  The President of the Chicagoland Speedway believes that Illinois Farmers and American Ethanol have been great partners for NASCAR.
…The Chicagoland race featured an Illinois Family Farmers exhibit in Champions Park outside the track that featured …

New eBay for Recyclable Oils Makes It Way Easier to Power Your Biodiesel Car
September 19, 2012 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Sarah Miller (Grist)  …The challenge is not that we are an economy with a dearth of disgusting grease; the problem is getting said disgusting grease from people who would otherwise throw it out to …

EPA OK’s 30% Increase in US Biomass-Based Diesel Mandate as Domestic Production Capacity Expands
September 19, 2012 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What will bigger targets mean for producers, livestock, obligated refiners, and the diesel-using public?
In Washington, the EPA issued its final rule for 2013 establishing 1.28 billion gallons as next year’s …

Ancient Diatoms Could Make Biofuels, Electronics, and Health Food
September 19, 2012 – 10:51 am | No Comment

(Oregon State University)  Diatoms, tiny marine life forms that have been around since the dinosaurs, could finally make biofuel production from algae truly cost-effective – because they can simultaneously produce other valuable products such as …

France to Close the Door on Shale Gas Exploration
September 19, 2012 – 9:06 am | No Comment

(EnergyMarketPrice)  Speaking at the opening of an environmental conference in Paris, the French President François Hollande announced he has rejected several applications to begin extracting natural gas and oil from shale using hydraulic fracking practice, …