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Everett-Based Coast Guard Ship Testing Biofuel
June 22, 2012 – 8:58 pm | No Comment

by Doug Esser (Seattle Times)  The Coast Guard’s Everett-based buoy tender, Henry Blake, completed its first biofuel-propelled voyage Thursday. The Coast Guard is partnering with the Navy in research of algae-based biofuels for ships, a …

Why the RAND Report on Biofuels and the U.S. Military Has It Wrong
June 22, 2012 – 8:41 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Holland (Consumer Energy Report)  The RAND corporation recently released a report “Promoting International Energy Security” for the U.S. Air Force that, for the most part, contained the conventional wisdom about oil prices and …

No One Size Fits All, Says Bio-Fuels Panel at Rio+20
June 22, 2012 – 8:26 pm | No Comment

(United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)  On the eve of the official opening of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development — Rio+20, a panel discussion was organized by UNCTAD on exploring new sustainable and …

Who Shall Dare: Biobutanol and the Intrepid Ethanol Producer
June 22, 2012 – 8:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Declining ethanol margins and plant idlings; ethanol price gloom; controversy over RFS2 targets.   Despair? Bah! It all spells “opportunity” for the intrepid ethanolista.
This week in biofuels, two storylines that …

E15 Biofuel Officially Approved for Sale in U.S. by Environmental Protection Agency
June 22, 2012 – 7:58 pm | No Comment

(AutomotiveDiscovery)   While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has officially approved E15 biofuel for retailers to start selling, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute disagrees and calls E15 “dangerous” and sites that it could “destroy or damage …

Plant Research Funding Crucial for the Future
June 22, 2012 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

(Western Farm Press/Carnegie Institute)  The scientific community needs to make a 10-year, $100 billion investment in food and energy security, says Carnegie’s Wolf Frommer and Tom Brutnell of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
The scientific …

End the Subsidies of Fossil Fuel
June 22, 2012 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg)  There may be little reason to hope the Rio+20 meeting in Brazil this week will lead to major global action against climate change. World leaders have skipped it. The draft agreement the delegates from 190 countries have written is …

Senate Passes Farm Bill with Strong Energy Title and Strengthened Conservation Provisions
June 22, 2012 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  A bipartisan majority in the Senate approved the Farm Bill after debating and voting on more than 70 amendments. Amendments to weaken or repeal key programs in the energy and …

Barley’s Biofuel Bang
June 22, 2012 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Chris Guy (US Department of Agriculture)  …ARS scientists say that barley leftovers such as straw, hulls, and dried distiller grains (DDGS) can be used to produce an energy-rich product called bio-oil. Bio-oil offers several …

Struggling Ethanol Makers Diversify to Corn Oil
June 22, 2012 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  Pacific Ethanol Inc on Thursday said it was launching a corn oil business, the latest U.S. ethanol maker to move to diversify its revenue stream in an industry where margins have been depressed as …

More Fuel Plants Are Eyeing Isobutanol
June 22, 2012 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  Four more ethanol plants are considering retrofits to produce the new biofuel, bringing planned conversions to seven.
A third Minnesota ethanol plant is considering a shift in production to a new …

Ag Interests Say Biofuel Production Not “Incentivized”
June 20, 2012 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(FarmProgress.com)  Ag interest groups filed comments with the National Highway Traffic Safety Council and others Thursday calling for increased incentives for biofuel use.
A coalition of agricultural interest groups says proposed new corporate average fuel economy …

DeltaWing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
June 17, 2012 – 8:28 pm | No Comment

By Bob Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Senior Green Racing Editor Bob Kozak has been following the breakthrough DeltaWing race car since the project started. He thinks it has a lot to teach us as we …

25x’25 June Webinar on CAFE/Greenhouse Gas: “Conflicting Federal Mandates Threaten Ethanol Industry and Ag Economy” June 28, 2012 12:00-1:30PM ET
June 16, 2012 – 5:41 pm | No Comment
25x’25 June Webinar on CAFE/Greenhouse Gas:  “Conflicting Federal Mandates Threaten Ethanol Industry and Ag Economy”   June 28, 2012   12:00-1:30PM ET

To register for this free webinar, click here!
While there are a number of major obstacles impeding further growth in ethanol production, few are as critical as the joint Environmental Protection Agency/National Highway Traffic Safety Agency …

World Faces Economic, Not Caloric, Famine
June 15, 2012 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(AgWired)  Farmers of the world are producing enough food to meet the demands of wiping out all hunger in the world. But hunger still exists. Why? Dr. Chris Mallett, Corporate VP of Research and Development …

Indy Circuit to Use E85 for Races
June 15, 2012 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Tim Hoskins (Iowa Farmer Today)  With a new design, Indy Car also has changed the fuel mixture to E-85 for cars competing on the circuit.
The Iowa Corn 250 IZOD IndyCar Series will be June …

$4.3 Million to Be Invested in Shrub Willow Growth for Renewable Fuel
June 15, 2012 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(Observer-Dispatch)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest $4.3 million to ReEnergy and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to encourage growth of shrub willow as a renewable energy fuel, according to a news …

Castor Bean Moving Forward On New Biodiesel Crop Opportunity
June 15, 2012 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

(Oil Voice)  Center for Jatropha Promotion & Biodiesel (CJP) has been promoting the farming of Castor bean, a seed producing plant that grows arid/semi arid, as a feedstock for biodiesel. The crop will not compete …

Biofuels Could Bolster National Security, Leaders Say
June 15, 2012 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Barrie Barber (Stars and Stripes/Dayton Daily News)  A top British envoy says the U.S. and the U.K. could collaborate more on the development and use of biofuels in the military to boost both nations’ …

More Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car Airport Shuttle Buses Running on Biodiesel
June 15, 2012 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

(MarketWatch)  Enterprise Holdings, owner and operator of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands, is converting even more of its airport shuttle buses to 20 percent biodiesel (B20) and exploring …

Identifying, Avoiding Scams in Large Biodiesel Project Funding
June 15, 2012 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Peter Brown (Biodiesel Magazine/Euro Marketing Tools Inc.)  Financing large projects that include biodiesel processors, crushers and support equipment has become very complex, attracting a new type of predator with clever tricks to fraudulently divert …

EU Biofuel Aid ‘Inflates Food Cost’
June 15, 2012 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(Belfast Telegraph)  European Union support for biofuel production could force the price of food crop staples up by as much as 36% by the end of the decade, a report has warned.
Development charity ActionAid warned …

International Conference on Biofuels for Sustainable Development of Southern Europe (Bio4SuD) November 19-20, 2012 Thessaloniki, Greece
June 14, 2012 – 2:19 pm | No Comment
International Conference on Biofuels for Sustainable Development of Southern Europe (Bio4SuD) November 19-20, 2012 Thessaloniki, Greece

This conference is organized as part of the BIOFUELS-2G demonstration project funded by the European Union and the LIFE+ Programme.
The Bio4SuD conference aims to:

highlight promising R&D activities in the fields of biofuels production
present demonstration projects …

Call for Papers: International Conference on Biofuels for Sustainable Development of Southern Europe (Bio4SuD) November 19-20, 2012 Thessaloniki, Greece DEADLINE June 30
June 14, 2012 – 2:03 pm | No Comment
Call for Papers: International Conference on Biofuels for Sustainable Development of Southern Europe (Bio4SuD)   November 19-20, 2012  Thessaloniki, Greece DEADLINE  June 30

The call for abstracts is currently open for presentations in the International Conference on Biofuels for Sustainable Development of Southern Europe (Bio4SuD), which will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece on 19-20th of November 2012.
The Bio4Sud …

2012 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program and Vehicle Technologies Program Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting
June 14, 2012 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

Each year at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program and Vehicle Technologies Program Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting (AMR) hydrogen, fuel cell and advanced vehicle technologies projects funded …

DuPont, BP Win Temporary Halt to Rival Isobutanol Sales
June 14, 2012 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  A joint venture between DuPont Co. (DD) (DD) and BP Plc (BP/) won a court order temporarily preventing a competing biofuel company from trying to sell isobutanol produced at a plant that came online last …

RIN Programs Merge to Stabilize Biodiesel Market
June 14, 2012 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba  (Biodiesel Magazine)  An agreement has been struck between Genscape Inc. and Lee Enterprises Consulting to merge Lee Enterprises’ renewable identification number (RIN) verification program, RIN 9000, into Genscape’s trademarked RIN Integrity Network.
Supported …

EdeniQ, NREL, Aemetis, Kent Bioenergy among Winners of California Clean Energy Grants
June 14, 2012 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, the California Energy Commission approved funding of $23,110,015 for projects that will advance the development of green fuels, and the installation of fueling stations.  The awards are provided …

Tobacco, Alcohol And … Seaweed? Three Innovative Methods For Producing Biofuels
June 14, 2012 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Max Frankel (ThinkProgress)   …But in the world of science, researchers around the world are working on some very innovative ways to produce gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from more sustainable feedstocks.
Here’s a look …

Biofuels: Better for Airplanes, Too?
June 14, 2012 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Margaret Ryan (AOLEnergy)  Biofuels could be a “game changer” for both military and commercial aviation, says Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Terry Yonkers, because they’re proving to have advantages over petroleum-based jet fuels that go beyond …

Dial 9011 for Crop Assistance
June 14, 2012 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Section 9011 of the Farm Bill – the Biomass Crop Assistance Program – USDA deploys $9.6M in new investments in bioenergy crops as questions revolve around the program’s future and …

Cameroon: Investors Seek to Boost Biofuel Production
June 14, 2012 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Elias Ntungwe Ngalame (AllAfrica)  Biofuel production initiatives are gaining ground in Cameroon as the government seeks to reduce the Central African country’s energy deficit while fighting climate change.
Although biofuel production has not yet reached a …

Minnesota Corn Growers Say Ethanol is Fueling Rural Economies
June 14, 2012 – 10:32 am | No Comment

(MarketWatch)  From small-town mayors to President Obama, there is one thing on the minds of all elected officials: putting more Americans back to work. And while recent unemployment numbers have been less than encouraging, the …

BioTork Announces Collaboration with BASF
June 14, 2012 – 9:59 am | No Comment

(BioTork)  Harnessing the Power of Adaptive Evolution to Further Improve the Efficiency of Metabolic Engineering
BioTork announces collaboration with BASF to optimize certain microbial strains for the industrial production of bio-based polymers and green chemicals. After six …

USDA Selects Chemtex for $3.9 million BCAP Project
June 13, 2012 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

(Chemtex International/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Chemtex International announced today (June 13, 2012) that it has been selected by the USDA to participate in the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. The $3,996,000 award will support establishing and growing over 4,000 acres …

Centre for Jatropha Promotion Announces Pongamia Progress
June 13, 2012 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele   (Biodiesel Magazine)  The Centre for Jatropha Promotion & Biodiesel (CJP) recently announced progress on its work with pongamia, a legume tree that bears inedible oilseeds. According to the CJP, it has …

5th Global Jatropha Hi-tech Integrated Nonfood Biodiesel Farming & Technology Training Programme September 5-9. 2012 Rajasthan, India
June 13, 2012 – 1:52 pm | No Comment
5th Global Jatropha Hi-tech Integrated Nonfood Biodiesel Farming & Technology Training Programme    September 5-9. 2012   Rajasthan, India

CJP provides you a single platform, the best expertise to discuss and analyze the present and future dynamics of JATROPHA from a technological and socio-economic angle. All who has yet to make decision on big …

Diesel Technician Curriculum for Biodiesel Accredited by ASE
June 13, 2012 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

(Biodiesel Magazine/National Biodiesel Board)  …This week, the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation officially awarded the Automotive Service Excellence accreditation to the NBB Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians curriculum. NATEF is the body responsible for accrediting schools and curriculum nationwide. …

The Global Energy Market Welcomes US
June 13, 2012 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …The economy of Australia is one of the best in the world, but the focus has not been on renewable energy. Interestingly, with all of the mineral resources that …

The Future for Corn Stover in Biofuels
June 13, 2012 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The future of using corn stover for advanced biofuels was one of the discussion topics at last week’s Corn Utilization Technology Conference in Indianapolis.
…(Nathan) Mosier (with the Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering at …

Scientists, Environmentalists, Biofuels Industry Unite to Save RFS, Extend Biofuels Incentives
June 13, 2012 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington,  in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, leading environmental, science and advanced …

University of Cincinnati Collaboration Leads to Biodiesel Research
June 13, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Feoshia Henderson  (SoapboxMedia)  Fueled by a US EPA grant, University of Cincinnati faculty and students are leading an effort to transform cooking grease into biodiesel on a regional scale.
This project is a collaboration among UC, the …

UNEP Releases Global Renewables Status Report 2012
June 13, 2012 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Megan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Kenya, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) published its Global Renewables Status Report 2012, which showed that renewables accounted for almost half of the estimated 208 gigawatts (GW) of …

New Mexico Town Grows Algae for Biofuels
June 13, 2012 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(Sustainable Business Oregon)  …On a small, razed patch of dirt about a mile outside town, water slowly circulates in four oval-shaped ponds. A bright emerald green sparkles in the water, reflecting thick strains of algae …

Incitor Incorporated Receives $1.5 Million Series A Investment
June 13, 2012 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(BusinessWire) Rapidly Growing Renewable/Biomass Energy and Chemical Company Receives Funding Led by the Cottonwood Technology Fund
Incitor Incorporated (“Incitor”), a Delaware Corporation based in Albuquerque, N.M. ( http://www.incitor.com ), announced today that the Cottonwood Technology Fund (“Cottonwood”) …

LS9 Opens Its Innovative Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Plant in Florida
June 13, 2012 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of biofuels’ hottest companies transitions from research phase to operating phase with opening of demo plant in Okeechobee – what’s next, and where?
…The opening of that fermenter column is …

NEF Announce Development of CEEDSTM, the Easy Way to Establish Energy Crops
June 13, 2012 – 11:13 am | No Comment

(New Energy Farms) New Energy Farms (NEF) has developed a revolutionary new method of propagating energy grasses; this will reduce farmer establishment costs by 50% or more. Cost effective scaling of perennial energy grasses such …

Honeywell Enters Canadian Flight Programme to Test a New Biofeedstock and Higher Blends of Its Green Jet Fuel
June 12, 2012 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  Honeywell’s UOP has started what it describes as the world’s first comprehensive test programme involving its Green Jet Fuel product and a new biofeedstock specifically designed for biofuel production. A series of test flights …

Sahara Forest Project Launches
June 12, 2012 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

(Sahara Forest Project)…A one hectare site outside Doha, Qatar, will soon host the SFP Pilot Plant. It will contain a unique combination of promising environmental technologies carefully integrated in a system to maximize beneficial synergies. A wide …

Amyris is Awarded $8 million DARPA Contract under ‘Living Foundries’ Program
June 12, 2012 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

(Amyris)  Amyris to develop improved DNA assembly and integration across biological platforms
Amyris, Inc. announced today (June 12, 2012)  it has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) …

State’s Investment in Alternative Energy Showing Progress, Officials Say
June 12, 2012 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Rob Moritz  (Arkansas News Bureau)   While recently promoting the extension of a federal tax break for the wind industry, Gov. Mike Beebe called opponents “un-American.”
Later, he described his comment as “hyberbole,” but added, …

Research Center Makes Biofuel Breakthrough
June 12, 2012 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Kathie Bassett (The Telegraph)  Researchers at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville have successfully produced an environmentally friendly, cost-effective biofuel from the non-edible portion of a corn kernel.
“What we did was take the most common form …

Ethanol Producers Share Strategies for Success in FEW Panel
June 11, 2012 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Four executives of ethanol plants gathered on stage during the general session June 5 at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) to have a conversation about running …

The Future of BioFuels
June 11, 2012 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

(California Academy of Sciences)  The future of biofuel technologies needs to take a whole-picture approach.  WATCH VIDEO

Environmental Benefit of Biofuels Is Overestimated, New Study Reveals
June 11, 2012 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert)  Two scientists are challenging the currently accepted norms of biofuel production. A commentary published today in GCB Bioenergy reveals that calculations of greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions from bioenergy production are neglecting crucial information that has led …

North Carolina on Mission to Build Biofuel Industry, Company Sees Ethanol Coming from Grassy Fields
June 11, 2012 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Emery P. Dalesio  (The Republic/AP)  An Italian company’s Wilmington-based subsidiary is geared up to build a factory that can convert grassy plants into fuel for cars and trucks amid Sampson County’s hog and turkey …

Indian Researchers Study Lipid Production Potential of Fungi
June 11, 2012 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  A research paper published in the peer reviewed journal Microbial Cell Factoriesshows that single-cell oils accumulated by oleaginous fungi have potential for use as a biodiesel feedstock. According to the paper, …

The Hot Zone: Thermocatalytic Biofuels Projects Are Going South – Here’s Who and Why
June 11, 2012 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …With the coming of advanced bioprocessing, the picture of opportunity has radically changed and the Southeast, Northwest, and Southwest, in particular, have been assessing their opportunities and attracting projects.
…But in …

BASF Launches AgBalance in Canada, with First Study to Measure Sustainability in Canola
June 11, 2012 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(BASF)  BASF Canada Inc. (BASF) is set to launch a new method to measure sustainability in Canada. The company’s new proprietary tool, AgBalance™ , uses a set of 69 indicators to calculate the social, economic and environmental impact …

ReCommunity Recycling, UMass Team up on Trash-to-Fuel Project
June 11, 2012 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Kinney (Gazette)   A company that runs recycling centers all over the country has researchers in UMass’ biofuels program thinking trash can to gas can.
ReCommunity Recycling has committed $635,000 to the Institute for Massachusetts …

IEA Bioenergy Invites Feedback on Sustainability Certification of Biomass, Biofuels, and Bioenergy
June 8, 2012 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  IEA Bioenergy invites feedback as part of a global study on sustainability certification of bioenergy. The main goal of the study is to make recommendations for improving the effectiveness of governance and certification …

Wishful Thinking: If We Only Had a Stable Energy Policy
June 8, 2012 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

byRobert Rapier  (Christian Science Monitor)  In this column energy expert Rapier provides three examples — originating with both Democrats and Republicans and impacting both renewable energy and fossil fuels — of how constantly shifting legislation …

Gasification May Convert Mesquite and Juniper Wood to a Usable Bioenergy
June 8, 2012 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Kay Ledbetter (Texas AgriLife/Southwest Farm Press)   Biomass gasification is being considered as a possible technology for converting 60 million acres of Texas brush into biofuel, according to Dr. Jim Ansley, Texas AgriLife Research …

Biofuels, Food Drive St. Louis Dreams of a Plant Revolution
June 8, 2012 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Marc Gunther (GreenBiz.com)  St. Louis doesn’t turn up on lists of America’s most innovative cities. But when it comes to plants, the city matters, thanks in part to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. And if …

Perception vs Reality: The 8 Most Common Biofuels Myths
June 8, 2012 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Attacks from the usual opponents are generally in the form of statements that sound vaguely scientific, or fact-based. Often with a scientist in tow. Beware. Not every person in the …

Data on Biodiesel Production Shows Harmful Impact of Stop-and-Go, Short-Term Policies
June 7, 2012 – 8:06 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On May 4, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released monthly data on biodiesel production in the United States since 2009. Biodiesel production fell dramatically during 2010 when Congress decided not …

Financing the Commercialization of Biofuels and Bio-based Chemicals: The Tutorial July 30-August 1, 2012 San Diego, CA
June 7, 2012 – 7:27 pm | No Comment
Financing the Commercialization of Biofuels and Bio-based Chemicals: The Tutorial      July 30-August 1, 2012     San Diego, CA

After years of development, many biofuels and bio-based technology companies now are ready to deploy their technology into the marketplace. However, securing the capital to commercialize biofuels and bio-based chemical technologies at times can be …

DoT Algal Fuel Test Results Show Potential
June 7, 2012 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Maritime Administration (MARAD) of the U.S. Department of Transportation has released its analysis of a test conducted with algae-based biofuel on one of its large commercial-size vessels. This research used marine …

2012 Collective Biofuels Conference August 17-19 Temecula, CA
June 7, 2012 – 6:00 pm | No Comment
2012 Collective Biofuels Conference   August 17-19    Temecula, CA

The 2012 Collective Biofuels Conference hosted by Promethean Biofuels will take place August 17th through 19th at the beautiful Temecula Creek Inn.  This years’ conference will feature  a wide variety of topics including biofuel basics, …

Enerkem Begins Ethanol Production from Waste at Its Demonstration Facility in Westbury, Quebec
June 7, 2012 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(PRNewsWire/Enerkem)  Enerkem Inc., a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals company, announced today the initial production of cellulosic ethanol from waste materials at its demonstration facility in Westbury, Québec.
“The start of ethanol production at our Westbury facility is …

Fuel Cells Operating Directly on Ethanol
June 7, 2012 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

(Phys.org) — Researchers at the Center for Energy Research at UC San Diego recently demonstrated the best performance for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) operating directly on ethanol without external reformation. The work was performed …

How to Make Renewable Energy Competitive
June 7, 2012 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Felix Mormann and Dan Reicher   (New York Times)  If renewable energy is going to become fully competitive and a significant source of energy in the United States, then further technological innovation must be accompanied …

The Coalition of the Unwilling and the Doctrine of Underwhelming Force
June 7, 2012 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Terrabon CEO Gary Luce says the biofuels industry must rethink the Renewable Fuel Standard, to create the stability for capital formation and prevail over a coalition of wealthy, entrenched opponents.
…As …

Dutch Autosport Industry Drives Forward in Fuel Sustainability Stakes
June 7, 2012 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The 48th edition of the ELE Rally in the Netherlands hosted races that had cars fuelled by Gasoline Ethanol Methanol (GEM) from second generation biofuels producer BioMCN.
…The BioMCN GEM concept has been developed and …

Military Biofuels Ban Moves Forward, Ignites Criticism, Backlash
June 7, 2012 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Meg Cichon (Renewable Energy World)  As a proposed ban on military investment and use of biofuels inches closer to fruition in Washington, several groups are speaking out against the bill.

Pentagon Budget Bill, H.R. 4310, …

Expect Brutal Fight for RFS and E15
June 7, 2012 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Greg Martin (AgInfo.net)  …DINEEN: The RFS is under attack in Washington today. I don’t see for a moment that it will be unraveled this year but they will continue to fight next year and …

EU Revises Horizon 2020 Programme to Make Gas a Green Fuel
June 7, 2012 – 10:58 am | No Comment

(Power-Technology.com)  Gas has been reclassified as a green source of power by Horizon 2020, an €80bn European Union programme unveiled last year, which could have serious repercussions for the renewable energy industry.
According to a document …

UOP Now Producing Economic Bio Oil at 7 Locations
June 6, 2012 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

by Bob Brooks (Automotive Industries)  $45/bbl RTP bio oil from biomass, developed by Montreal based Ensyn Corporation, is now in production at 7 UOP locations(one in Canada). As affiliates of Ensyn, UOP and Chevron will …

Green Fuel Is Possible with Artificial Ecosystems
June 6, 2012 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(PhysOrg)  For algae to power our cars and planes, production needs to be low carbon and cost effective, which means working with natural processes, not against them, say scientists.
Algae could become an important source of …

University of Delaware Explores H. akashiwo Algae for Treating Smokestack Emissions
June 6, 2012 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  University of Delaware researchers are studying whether the algal species Heterosigma akashiwocan neutralize harmful smokestack emissions – and also serve as a source of eco-friendly biofuel. The project is an outgrowth of biochemist Kathryn …

Biofuels 2012: Diversify, Optimise, Commercialise October 16-19 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
June 6, 2012 – 4:30 pm | No Comment
Biofuels 2012: Diversify, Optimise, Commercialise      October 16-19  Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Biofuels 2012 is the place where strategic, commercial, R&D and technical experts from biofuels producers, oil companies, second generation biofuels companies, the transport sector, policy managers and solution providers meet to discuss the latest industry critical developments in:
Supply …

UK-Based Agri Opens State-of-the-Art Biodiesel Plant in Liverpool
June 6, 2012 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

(Agri Energy/Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.K.’s largest used cooking oil biodiesel plant launched in Liverpool today. The opening comes on the back of a multimillion pound investment into biodiesel production by Agri.
The advanced processing plant in …

My Energy Gateway Website Launches, Provides Resources for Those Pursuing an Education in Energy Efficiency
June 6, 2012 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(Association of Energy Services Professionals)  In launching MyEnergyGateway.org today (May 8, 2012), the AESP Foundation said the site will provide extensive information on the available training programs, degrees and certifications that focus on energy efficiency, sustainability, green …

Researchers Look at Using Food Waste for Hydrogen
June 6, 2012 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  What might be a good use of food waste? Hydrogen. Researchers from the University of Birmingham in the UK are creating bioenergy in the form of hydrogen for use an an alternative to …

UK Report Gives Guidance for Developing Algal Industry
June 6, 2012 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  new “Strategy Research Agenda” report from the UK-based Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (AB-SIG) highlights the benefits of cultivating and using both macro and microalgae in a wide range of products. It …

Refuelling the Future: Sustainable, Drop-In aviation Biofuel Is a Reality but Challenges Remain, Says Boeing
June 6, 2012 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  Back in 2005, the idea of using biofuels to power commercial and military jets seemed beyond the range of modern science. While suitable for cars and trucks, biofuels offered little hope they could meet …

Advanced Biofuels Markets: The Race for Scale October 29-31, 2012 San Francisco, CA
June 6, 2012 – 2:03 pm | No Comment
Advanced Biofuels Markets: The Race for Scale     October 29-31, 2012    San Francisco, CA

Now a 3rd annual event, Green Power Conferences are pleased to announce the Advanced Biofuels Markets 2012 conference and exhibition: The World’s Leading Advanced Biofuels CEO Conference.
Why attend?  Following the Obama Administration releasing its National …

UMass Amherst Researchers Work to Improve Camelina Yields
June 6, 2012 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele  (Biodiesel Magazine)   A team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst is working to significantly increase the oil yields of camelina with the goal of creating a commercially viable crop for …

Singapore Partnership Develops GM Jatropha with High Oleic Acid
June 6, 2012 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(Biodiesel Magazine/JOil)  Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory and JOil Pte. Ltd. have successfully developed genetically modified jatropha plants with high oleic acid content in seeds.
“Oleic acid is the most desirable oil component for the purpose of …

Hero Seeks Ethanol Engine Partners for Brazil: Corporate India
June 6, 2012 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Karthikeyan Sundaram and Siddharth Philip (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)   Hero MotoCorp Ltd. (HMCL), India’s biggest motorcycle maker, is seeking partners for products such as blended-fuel compatible engines as it prepares to tap customers in Brazil …

DSM Enzymes for Cellulosic Ethanol Qualified by DONG Energy
June 6, 2012 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(DSM)  Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, has been qualified as supplier of enzymes for DONG Energy – Inbicon’s wheat straw to cellulosic ethanol process. The enzymes have been successfully used …

Cellulosic Developers Make Case for Integrated Ethanol Production
June 6, 2012 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Corn ethanol and cellulosic ethanol have previously been viewed as entirely separate products which will be manufactured by two unique types of producers, but the concept of integrating cellulosic …

Marco Andretti Promotes E85, Same Fuel Used in IndyCars
June 6, 2012 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Mark Victoria   (KTIV.com)  …The Kum and Go in Morningside was selling E85 gas for .85 cents.
Marco Andretti, of the Andretti racing family, was there with officials from the Iowa Corn Growers Association.
He was …

Vanguarda Seeks First Profit In Shift To Soybeans
June 6, 2012 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Lucia Kassai and Stephan Nielsen (Bloomberg)  Vanguarda Agro SA (VAGR3), the Brazilian farm company that lost 97 percent of its value since going public in 2006, expects to make a profit for the first time this year …

Canadian Biodiesel Producer Planning Production Facility in Bayonne
June 6, 2012 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Andrew Steadman (The Jersey Journal)   Canadian biodiesel company BIOX Corporation has signed an agreement with the International-Matex Tank Terminals company to build a new, 100 million liter production facility in Bayonne.
The planned facility, slated for …

Mill, Baby, Mill
June 6, 2012 – 9:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In-field bioprocessing? Dramatically higher plant oil production? R&D breakthroughs offer new paths to victory for Millers vs Drillers.
If you haven’t been getting most of your information on the Renewable Fuel …

Scientists Identify Mechanism for Regulating Plant Oil Production
June 6, 2012 – 8:45 am | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory)  Findings suggest ways to increase oil production for biofuels and industrial processes
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have identified key elements in the biochemical mechanism plants use to …

Anticipating Asia: Asian Biofuels Consumption Expected to Grow Substantially
June 5, 2012 – 8:49 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Conditions are ripe for biofuels demand and production to boom in Asia over the next few years, as steady growth in countries such as China, India and Japan will …

How to Fight the ‘Not in My Back Yard’ Syndrome
June 5, 2012 – 8:22 pm | No Comment

by Al Maiorino (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Public Strategy Group)  You have plans to build a biorefinery.  Jobs, tax revenue, and much more are the benefits that will resonate with the community.  At the first public hearing, …

FBI Raids Park Ridge Renewable Energy Company
June 5, 2012 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Hugh R. Morley and Linh Tat   (NorthJersey.com)   FBI and local law enforcement officers raided a Montvale home and a Park Ridge building that houses several renewable energy companies Thursday in connection with a probe into fraud in the …