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Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
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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Beets Being Considered for Ethanol Production
February 22, 2013 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Holdman (Bismark Tribune) Research scientists at Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory are testing sugar beets as a new source of ethanol.
Igathi Cannayen presented his research this week at the lab’s annual research conference …

As Prices at the Pump Go Up, Up, Up American Ethanol is the Motorist’s Friend
February 22, 2013 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  If you’ve been paying more at the pump for gasoline, you aren’t alone. And, if it weren’t for U.S. ethanol, you’d be paying even more.
…Gas prices are skyrocketing despite …

Industry Groups Appeal High-Ethanol Fuel Case to Supreme Court
February 22, 2013 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Ben Goad (The Hill Reg Watch)  A coalition of industry groups asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to reconsider a lower court’s finding in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2011 decision to …

Bioenergy Combined with CCS Could Enable Carbon-Negative Energy
February 21, 2013 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Stanford University’s Global Climate and Energy Project has released a report highlighting the potential to combine bioenergy production with carbon capture and storage techniques to enable carbon-negative energy …

The USDA’s BioPreferred Program – in Suspended Animation — What Next?
February 21, 2013 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BioBased Digest)  … It is a program that encourages companies to voluntarily register the amount of biobased content in their products — and, for those that pass a minimum content threshold, the …

E85 Fuel Saves at the Pump, but Comes with a Cost Later
February 21, 2013 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Frank Witsil (Detroit Free Press)  With gas prices pushing $4 a gallon in Michigan, drivers may be tempted to try a less expensive alternative – E85, an ethanol blend – which is selling in …

Avoiding Virus Dangers in ‘Domesticating’ Wild Plants for Biofuel Use
February 21, 2013 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  In our ongoing quest for alternative energy sources, researchers are looking more to plants that grow in the wild for use in biofuels, plants such as switchgrass.
However, attempts to “domesticate” wild-growing plants …

Engineered Yeast Makes More Biofuels
February 21, 2013 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Helen Tunnicliffe (TCE Today)  Moving process to mitochondria ups production 260%
Chemical engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have engineered yeast to increase production of isobutanol, a promising biofuel, by 260%.
Isobutanol, a heavy alcohol, contains more …

EU Should Phase Out Support for Land-Based Biofuels, Lobbies Say
February 21, 2013 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by Ewa Krukowska (Bloomberg) The European Union should phase out support for land-based biofuels that displace food production and indirectly boost emissions, eight lobbies said in a letter to the bloc’s energy ministers.
The groups, including Transport …

Energo Zelena Rendering Company Started Up
February 21, 2013 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

(ElectraWinds)   Energo Zelena, Electrawinds’ rendering project in Serbia, is fully operational after a start-up period of a few weeks. This animal-waste product processing project is a new step in Electrawinds’ vertical integration and provides the …

Greenleaf Sets the Bar for Safe, Efficient Biodiesel Production
February 21, 2013 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Gus Kellogg, Rahul Bobbili and Dianna Overmyer (Sustainable Planet)  Greenleaf Biofuels recently began producing biodiesel fuel at its New Haven, Connecticut plant. When fully operational the facility is slated to produce up to 10 million …

Great Big Things from Tiny Lil’ Algae: 10 Algae Trends for 2013
February 21, 2013 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  22 projects around the world show the multi-faceted promise of algae.  Concrete, polyurethane, bioplastics, cosmetics and, oh, fuels — so many big things to make from algae, it’s become a …

How a Microbial Biorefinery Regulates Genes
February 21, 2013 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

(Brown University)  Digesting lignin, a highly stable polymer that accounts for up to a third of biomass, is a limiting step to producing a variety of biofuels. Researchers at Brown have figured out the microscopic …

Sugarcane Fibre Could Boost Biofuel Development – Study
February 21, 2013 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Natasha Odendaal  (Creamer Media’s Engineering News)  A doctorate study undertaken by Stellenbosch University Department of Process Engineering student Yuda Benjamin has found that the fibres of some varieties of sugarcane had the potential to boost the production …

Fresno Biodiesel Plant Gets $6M Grant
February 21, 2013 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(The Business Journal)  A planned biodiesel production facility will begin operating next year thanks to a $6-million grant approved this week by the California Energy Commission.
The facility is one of six projects throughout the state …

The Biorefinery Project of the Future — Today
February 21, 2013 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … As we highlighted this week in the Digest, Chromatin and Pacific Ethanol announced that they have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce, deliver and use locally grown sorghum in …

Team Develops Sustainable Process for Wastewater Algae to Biocrude
February 19, 2013 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

(FIS.com)  A team at the University of Kansas has demonstrated the feasibility of an integrated wastewater algae-to-biocrude process using hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) that can sustainably cultivate algal biomass for biofuel production. A paper on their …

The Dew Drop Inn — Who’s Dropping in What in Biofuels?
February 19, 2013 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  B20, B5, B100, E10, E22, E15, M50, E85, Bu12.5, HEFA 50.  Is your head swimming with acronyms and blend ratios?  Who exactly is making drop-in fuels, and what does that …

Corporations, Investors ‘Grabbing’ Land and Water Overseas
February 19, 2013 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by By Brian Bienkowsk (Environmental Health News)  As a growing population stresses the world’s food and water supplies, corporations and investors in wealthy countries are buying up foreign farmland and the freshwater perks that come with …

Canadian Government Invests in Biofuel Initiatives
February 19, 2013 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Canadian government has announced investments in two projects that will benefit the biofuel and biorefining industries. On Feb. 13, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada announced a $600,000 investment that …

Ethanol Industry Pushes Back against Legislation to Block E15
February 19, 2013 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Feb. 14, U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and David Vitter, R-La., introduced legislation that would overturn U.S. EPA approval of E15 for model year 2001 and newer light …

Recent Land Use Change in the Western Corn Belt Threatens Grasslands and Wetlands
February 19, 2013 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Christopher K. Wright and Michael C. Wimberly (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)   In the US Corn Belt, a recent doubling in commodity prices has created incentives for landowners to convert grassland to …

Solid Energy Sells Its Biofuel Arm to Management
February 19, 2013 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Michael Berry (The Press/Stuff.co.nz)  Solid Energy’s biofuel company has been sold to its management, two Christchurch men who are confident of making a profit with the business that stumped the state.
Biodiesel New Zealand has …

Peru’s Maple Shifting to Cane Ethanol in ‘Transformational Year’
February 19, 2013 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Stephan Nielsen (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Maple Energy Plc, the Peruvian company that made more than 99 percent of its revenue from selling petroleum products in 2011, expects to get more than half its business from …

Biofuels Digest’s SuperData: 150 Free Biofuels Downloads
February 19, 2013 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, Biofuels Digest published its newly-improved and updated SuperData site — now with 150 free downloads, including must-read industry and energy sector forecasts, hard-to-find presentations and both new and …

New Initiative Equips Farmers to Combat Climate Change and Increase Food Security
February 19, 2013 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire) Radio Lifeline, a non-profit based in the US, announces the launch of the Black Earth Project, a new initiative designed to help farmers mitigate the growing effects of climate change. Radio Lifeline’s partner in this project is re:char, a …

Bill Would Limit EPA’s Ability to Increase Cellulosic RFS Volumes
February 19, 2013 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Pending legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives aims to limit the ability of the U.S. EPA to increase the cellulosic biofuel requirements its sets each year under the …

AEC Responds to The Wall Street Journal Coverage
February 15, 2013 – 8:34 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Ethanol Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Wall Street Journal editorial board has once again demonstrated that it either does not understand why Congress decided to require oil companies to use cellulosic biofuels five years ago or it is not …

VayuGrid Signs Agreement for Biofuel Zones in Zambia
February 15, 2013 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(VayuGrid/PR NewsWire)  EEP-SEA Selects VayuSap™ Among 168 Other Projects for a Grant of Over $1 Million
India-based VayuGrid and Zambia-based BetterWorld Energy have inked an agreement to partner on VayuSap™ biofuel development zones in Zambia. The development zones, based …

Weighing Obama’s SOTUS Proposal: More Oil Drilling to Fund Clean Energy?
February 15, 2013 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Snyder (Bloomberg/Renewable Energy World)  President Barack Obama’s proposal to fund clean-energy research with fees paid by oil and gas producers is renewing a debate over whether the promise of innovation tomorrow is worth expanding …

Praj to Start Building India Sugar-Cane Waste Fuel Plant by May
February 15, 2013 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Stephan Nielsen (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Praj Industries Ltd., an engineering company backed by billionaire Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, expects to begin construction on a $30 million biofuel demonstration plant in India before building one in the U.S.
Construction on …

Urban Air Initiative Worried About Stocks, Not Ethanol
February 15, 2013 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by John Davis and Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Ethanol is good for taking harmful particles out of automobile emissions, but a group committed to cleaner air is worried that gasoline makers might just end up putting …

If You’re Not Extracting Corn Oil, Why Not?
February 15, 2013 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by John Davis and Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Ethanol producers need to squeeze every penny out of their operations. But one expert in the field of corn oil wonders why some refiners aren’t trying to capture …

The Ethanol Blend Wall, Biodiesel Production Capacity, and the RFS…Something Has to Give
February 15, 2013 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (FarmDocDaily/University of Illinois)  …Our focus is on the increasing difficulty of meeting the RFS for both renewable biofuel (domestically produced ethanol) and advanced biofuels in the next 12 to …

Stop Them, If You’ve Heard This One Before
February 15, 2013 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …U.S. ethanol production proved to be the remedy to our imported oil addiction, driving America’s dependence down from 60 percent in 2005 to 41 percent last year. …

Energy Department Announces New Investment to Advance Cost-Competitive Hydrogen Fuel
February 15, 2013 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced a $1 million investment to analyze and evaluate potential cost-competitive pathways for producing and transporting hydrogen fuel. The project selected—led by Strategic Analysis, Inc. in Arlington, …

EU Biofuels Policy Still Driving the Second Scramble for Africa
February 15, 2013 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

(ActionAid)  At a seminar on biofuels in Dublin yesterday, David Barissa, a leading expert on food security and land rights from ActionAid Kenya spoke of the litany of broken promises, rights violations and destruction which …

Fracking Success Hits Biofuels Investment
February 15, 2013 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Jason Krupp (EIN News)  Petrol retailer Z Energy says world oil prices could plunge by almost half in the next five years, as United States oil and gas production booms because of “fracking”.
Fracking is …

Harper Government Announces Clean Technology Projects Across Canada
February 15, 2013 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Sustainable Development Technology Canada) The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today was joined by the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment, to announce an important investment to support 23 clean technology projects …

That Darn Devil, Them Dang Details: What’s Really Driving Food Prices?
February 15, 2013 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the new USDA long-term forecasts, rising global meat consumption stands out as a driver of rising food prices, exports.
…But you might ask yourself — in a world where you …

NRDC Post-State of the Union Poll: 60 Percent of Americans Support Presidential Action to Fight Ravages of Climate Change
February 15, 2013 – 11:26 am | No Comment

(Natural Resources Defense Council)  NRDC’s polling immediately after the State of the Union made clear that Americans consider climate change a serious problem and want the President to take action.
Sixty-five percent of Americans think that …

DOE Seeks Comment on Efforts to Improve Vehicle Performance, Fuel Economy
February 15, 2013 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department on February 1 invited public comment on an upcoming solicitation totaling more than $50 million for new research projects that will develop advanced technologies to improve vehicle performance …

Big Steps in Biofuels: ACORE’s Renewable Energy Policy Forum ‘13
February 15, 2013 – 11:02 am | No Comment

By Joshua Rathod (Advanced Biofuels USA) Thinking about the back and forth on EPA’s cellulosic fuel mandates in the last month, the press on the harmful effects of diverting food crops for fuel processing in …

New Policy Can Put the EU on Track to Reach 100% Renewable Energy
February 15, 2013 – 11:00 am | No Comment

(World Wildlife Fund)  Today WWF launched a new report – Putting the EU on Track for 100% Renewable Energy [1] – which shows where Europe needs to be by 2030 in order to reach a fully renewable …

Sustainable Bioenergy and Grasslands on the Edge
February 15, 2013 – 10:58 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Crops)  There is an increasing interest worldwide on developing sustainable bioenergy alternatives for low competitive lands where food production profitability is scarce or where soils and climates  are not suited for traditional activities or …

New DOE Research: RFS a Proven Economic Success with Minimal Impact on Food Prices or Land Use
February 14, 2013 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association) A new research article published last month in the academic journal Biofuels concluded that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is producing significant positive economic effects in the United States. According to the paper, authored by researchers …

Bridges to Commercialization
February 14, 2013 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biobased DIgest)  Bringing your biobased technology forward through the Valley of Death may require a bridge over troubled waters.  Here are partners worth knowing.
… Bioenergy commercialization is long, expensive and risky. Derisking …

Ethanol Industry Poised for Surge in Fuel Made from Crop Waste
February 14, 2013 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/Omaha.com)  After decades of talk, the ethanol industry is building multimillion-dollar refineries in several states that will use corn plant residue, wood scraps and even garbage to produce the fuel additive.
The breakthrough comes at …

Novozymes Wins $2.5M Grant to Study Turning Corn Stalks into Biofuel
February 14, 2013 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

(WRAL Tech Wire)  Novozymes, which operates its North American headquarters in Franklinton, N.C., has landed a federal grant worth as much as $2,5 million for research into ways to turn corn leaves and stalk, or …

Biofuels Center Announces 2012-2013 Targeted Biofuels Development Funding Program, Strengthening Western NC
February 14, 2013 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  The Biofuels Center of North Carolina announced Monday, 4 February 2013, it will award up to $1.1 million for projects that address identified areas of critical need related to the …

North Carolina’s Growing Strengths: East Carolina University
February 14, 2013 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  East Carolina University associate professor Baohong Zhang is currently working on cutting-edge approaches to increasing feedstock yields of Switchgrass for biofuels. Dr. Zhang and his collaborators have found that Switchgrass …

Z Energy Renews Quest for Biofuels
February 14, 2013 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

(Radio New Zealand News)  Service station chain Z Energy is expecting a new push to replace some of its fossil fuels with renewables will be a struggle.
The company wants to revive a biofuel project in …

Transporter Engineering for Improved Tolerance against Alkane Biofuels in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
February 14, 2013 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Binbin Chen, Hua Ling and Matthew Wook Chang (Biotechnology for Biofuels)  Hydrocarbon alkanes, components of major fossil fuels, are considered as next-generation biofuels because their biological production has recently been shown to be possible. However, …

More Fuel for Pilbara Biodiesel Company
February 14, 2013 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Stephen Stockwell (ABC Rural)  Mine camp catering company, ESS, will now send all the used cooking oil from its Western Australian kitchens to be turned into biodiesel.
AshOil, a subsidiary of the Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation, …

FAA and Spain Cooperate in Alternative Aviation Fuels
February 14, 2013 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

(Federal Aviation Administration) The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency (AESA) signed a Declaration of Cooperation to promote the development and use of sustainable alternative aviation fuels in the …

Harper Government Helps Find Sweet New Uses for Sugar Beets
February 14, 2013 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(MarketWire/Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)  Sugar beet growers are finding new and innovative uses for their crops thanks to support from the Harper Government. Member of Parliament LaVar Payne (Medicine Hat), on behalf of Agriculture Minister …

Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation
February 14, 2013 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released two comprehensive reports today that synthesize the scientific literature on climate change effects and adaptation strategies for U.S. agriculture and forests. The reports, entitled Climate Change and Agriculture: …

More B For Me Please
February 14, 2013 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  … Biodiesel can be a good tool in a farm business but Alicia Clancy, Manager of Corporate Affairs for the Renewable Energy Group (REG) said that biodiesel can play a bigger role than …

Senator Dorgan: We Must Be Relentless
February 14, 2013 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)   Former North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan is truly an advocate for biofuels. While in office, Dorgan authored the first renewable fuel bill, requiring 8 billion gallons of biofuels. When President …

Lignol Makes Progress in Cellulosic Ethanol, Lignin Development
February 14, 2013 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Lignol Innovations Ltd. has landed a commercial supply agreement with a European producer of sustainable thermoplastics. The subsidiary of Lignol Energy Corp. has delivered samples of its trademarked …

Iowa Army National Guard Launches E85 Mission
February 14, 2013 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

(FlexFuelUS)  The Iowa Army National Guard is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the deployment of ethanol. More than half o f its 577
non-tactical vehicles a t Camp Dodge nowrunonE85thankstoaconcerted commitment to meet or …

New Ethanol Terminal in Birmingham Could Mean Cheaper Gas, CEO Says
February 14, 2013 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Stan Diel (AL.com)  A new $17 million ethanol terminal near I-65 and Finley Boulevard could lower the cost of gasoline at the pump for Alabama consumers, the CEO of the terminal’s owner said today.
The …

DoE, Treasury: $150 Million in Tax Credits for Clean Energy
February 14, 2013 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The U.S. Departments of Energy and the Treasury have announced the availability of $150 million in Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits for clean energy and energy efficiency manufacturing projects across the United …

White House Wants $2 billion to Give Cleaner Transport a Boost
February 14, 2013 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Patrick Rucker (Reuters)  President Barack Obama wants Congress to create a $2 billion clean-energy transportation fund using fees paid by oil and gas producers on federal lands, the White House said Wednesday, expanding a plan announced …

Fuels America Sends Snarky Valentine to Big Oil
February 13, 2013 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  So goes the new theme from Fuels America, who debuted their We Love Oil!campaign this afternoon. It’s all on (hilarious) video, well worth a share — starring snarky polar bears, oil-slicked birds …

CALL FOR PAPERS: Algae Biomass Summit September 30-October 3, 2013 Orlando, FL DEADLINE: April 3, 2013
February 13, 2013 – 3:57 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  Algae Biomass Summit   September 30-October 3, 2013    Orlando, FL   DEADLINE: April 3, 2013

The Algae Biomass Organization is now accepting abstracts for speaking and poster opportunities for the 2013 Algae Biomass Summit, to be held at the Hilton Orlando in Orlando, Florida, September 30th to October 3rd.
The large …

EnergyPath July 29-August 2, 2013 Villanova, PA
February 13, 2013 – 3:13 pm | No Comment
EnergyPath  July 29-August 2, 2013   Villanova, PA

Energypath is an annual five-day conference that brings together thought leaders in industry, academia, government, and finance to deliver critical knowledge and independent analysis on future trends in sustainable energy technologies, policies and markets.   …

How to Play Cheap Natural Gas
February 13, 2013 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BioInvest Digest)  All you have to say is “natural gas” and a lot of people in the biobased world turn pale, tremble, and scamper into corners.
The cause for anxiety? It seems to …

AGT System Turns Low-Cost Byproducts into High-Quality Biodiesel
February 13, 2013 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(Alfa Laval/Biodiesel Magazine)  Alfa Laval introduces its Advanced Glycerol Treatment system, a prefabricated, turn-key biodiesel pretreatment solution for virtually any existing transesterification plant—scalable for a capacity of 400 to 40,000 gallons per day. The AGT …

McDonald’s UAE, Emirates Transport Discuss Biodiesel Initiative
February 13, 2013 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Weber Shandwick (MENA/Biodiesel Magazine)  McDonald’s UAE this week showcased its successful biodiesel initiative to executives from Emirates Transport, the leading transportation company in the country, during a visit to the Neutral Fuels biorefinery in …

US EPA’s Byron Bunker Deciphers Biodiesel RIN QAP Proposed Rule
February 13, 2013 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  After U.S. EPA’s much-anticipated renewable identification number (RIN) quality assurance program (QAP) proposed rule was released last week, biodiesel producers and industry stakeholders at the 2013 National Biodiesel Conference & …

Verdezyne: It’s Nylonic, Baby
February 13, 2013 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BioBased Digest)  … When last we checked in with Verdezyne at length, the company had a transformative cellulosic biofuels fermentation technology and a real foothold en route to bioadipic acid as well …

Gaining Community Support for Biomass Projects
February 13, 2013 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

Al Maiorino (Public Strategy Group, Inc./Algae Industry Magazine)  Questions are increasingly raised concerning the various environmental, economic, and social issues that surround biomass production and use. But with continuous research and dedication to the advancement …

Colorado Ethanol Producer Begins Shift from Corn to Woody Biomass
February 13, 2013 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Steve Raabe (Denver Post)  A Colorado ethanol producer is set to employ a landmark technology that could help resolve the food vs. fuel controversy swirling around corn-based ethanol.
Front Range Energy in Windsor successfully has …

Western Biomass Energy in Chapter 11 Reorganization
February 13, 2013 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Just months after shipping a load of bagasse-based cellulosic ethanol to Brazil, Western Biomass Energy LLC filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy on Oct. 31. Peter Gross, CEO of Blue …

Webinar – Measure Biofuel Parameters – When And Where You Need To March 5, 2013 16:00 UTC
February 13, 2013 – 11:29 am | No Comment
Webinar – Measure Biofuel Parameters – When And Where You Need To   March 5, 2013  16:00 UTC

The increased growth in the use of biofuels and associated regulations has presented the industry with a unique set of challenges. The breadth of source materials requires careful control of the quality of the end …

USDA: Global Ethanol Production to Grow 40 Percent through 2022
February 13, 2013 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Feb. 11 the USDA released a report detailing its agricultural projections for the next 10-year period. According to the paper, titled “USDA Agricultural Projections to 2022,” long-run developments …

The POTUS and His SOTUS: RT@moreofthesame TL;DR
February 13, 2013 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The SOTUS contained 18 references to energy — more than enough for the Digest to take a close look at what was said, what was not — and the likelihood of all …

“The Number-One Objective Is to Combat Climate Change”
February 12, 2013 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by  Marie-Martine Buckens (Europolitics)  Interview with MEP Corinne Lepage (ALDE, France)
French MEP Corinne Lepage (ALDE) was named rapporteur, in late 2012, on the controversial issue of biofuels. She prefers to call them agrofuels, in reference to …

Successful Production of Bio-diesel from Catfish Waste
February 12, 2013 – 11:13 am | No Comment

(The Fish Site)  Hiep Thanh Seafood Processing Corporation (HTFood) has successfully produced bio-diesel from catfish fat.
Waste catfish material such as intestine, bone and fat are all used in the process of converting catfish waste material …

Doing More with Less: Biofuels and Rural Economic Development
February 12, 2013 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Mary Solecki (California Progress Report)  …And I think that is what’s at the heart of the biofuels movement: doing more with less. How can we deliver our energy needs from domestic sources and still deliver …

Soybeans Could Be Next Chapter of Biofuels Boom
February 12, 2013 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Tom Doran  (AgNews) …Under the current Renewable Fuels Standards, continued growth in corn-based ethanol use is uncertain do to several factors, including the 10 percent blend wall, slow implementation of higher blend, declining total …

Biowaste: Driving Fuels
February 12, 2013 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Mona-Maria Brinker & Roger Coombs (Waste Management World)  Rising prices, continued conflict in producing regions and the spectre of peak oil have highlighted uncertainties about the future of fossil transport fuels in Europe. Mona-Maria Brinker …

4 Big Reasons to Increase Ethanol Blends
February 12, 2013 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by  Maxx Chatsko (The Motley Fool)  …Here are four reasons action is desperately needed.
1. Economic catalyst
When the RFS became law in 2005, it was easy for critics to muffle the optimism for a future ethanol industry. Some …

Biofuels from Waste Key to European Energy Ambitions
February 12, 2013 – 10:29 am | No Comment

by Ben Messenger  (Waste Management World)   Advanced biofuels produced from waste feedstocks are a key component of EU climate and energy ambitions, and offer a huge opportunity to drive economic growth in Europe, according to the European Biofuels …

Brock University and Niagara College Students Provided Educational Opportunities with Welland Biodiesel Company
February 12, 2013 – 10:23 am | No Comment

(Great Lakes Biodiesel/BusinessWire)  World Class Niagara-based Educational Institutions Provide Companies Like Great Lakes Biodiesel with Access to Top Notch R&D Facilities and Highly Trained Job Ready Graduates
Great Lakes Biodiesel (GLB) in Welland has partnered with …

FOGFUELS™ Announces Partnership with the City of Atlanta
February 12, 2013 – 10:10 am | No Comment

(FOGFUELS)  The City of Atlanta Brings on FOGFUELS to Help Clean Up Sewage and Create a Sustainable Energy Source
FOGFUELS™ announced a new partnership with the City of Atlanta. FOGFUELS will use its patented process to transform …

The Electric Car Mistake
February 12, 2013 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Charles Lane (The Washington Post)  The Obama administration’s electric-car fantasy finally may have died on the road between Newark, Del., and Milford, Conn.
The New York Times’s John M. Broder reported Friday that the Tesla Model S …

Genomatica and The Art of Big Wave Surfing
February 12, 2013 – 9:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In synthetic biology these days, there are the Big Wave surfers too — companies like Amyris, Solazyme, Gevo, Genomatica, Verdezyne, Rivertop Renewables, Myriant, Segetis, BioAmber, Cobalt, Green Biologics, Butamax, LanzaTech, …

CALL FOR PAPERS: Symposium on Thermal and Oxidative Stability of Biodiesel Blended D975 and D7467 Compliant Fuels: Excluding S5000 Grade Fuels June 27, 2013 Montreal, Quebec, Canada DEADLINE: March 8, 2013
February 11, 2013 – 6:35 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS: Symposium on Thermal and Oxidative Stability of Biodiesel Blended D975 and D7467 Compliant Fuels: Excluding S5000 Grade Fuels    June 27, 2013      Montreal, Quebec, Canada  DEADLINE: March 8, 2013

To provide a technical forum to present papers that discuss current phenomena associated with the thermal and oxidative instability of biodiesel blended D975 & D7467 compliant fuels; excluding S5000 grade fuels. This is unique from …

Symposium on Thermal and Oxidative Stability of Biodiesel Blended D975 and D7467 Compliant Fuels: Excluding S5000 Grade Fuels June 27, 2013 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
February 11, 2013 – 6:32 pm | No Comment
Symposium on Thermal and Oxidative Stability of Biodiesel Blended D975 and D7467 Compliant Fuels: Excluding S5000 Grade Fuels    June 27, 2013      Montreal, Quebec, Canada

To provide a technical forum to present papers that discuss current phenomena associated with the thermal and oxidative instability of biodiesel blended D975 & D7467 compliant fuels; excluding S5000 grade fuels. This is unique from …

REQUEST FOR PAPERS: 17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference June 18-20, 2013 Rockville, MD DEADLINE: March 2, 2013
February 11, 2013 – 6:27 pm | No Comment
REQUEST FOR PAPERS: 17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference June 18-20, 2013 Rockville, MD   DEADLINE: March 2, 2013

The Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E), held June 18-20, 2013 in the Washington DC area, is an opportunity for you—whether you’re a scientist, decision-maker, student, or advocate—to propel your understanding of green chemistry and …

CALL FOR PAPERS: Biochemicals & Bioplastics 2013 June 19-20 Frankfurt, Germany DEADLINE: unclear
February 11, 2013 – 6:05 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  Biochemicals & Bioplastics 2013   June 19-20   Frankfurt, Germany   DEADLINE: unclear

Biorenewable chemicals are chemicals derived from bio-based feedstocks, which are renewable since they can be seasonally cultivated and exploited, as corn, sugar cane, wheat and cellulose. In most cases, prior to conversion to chemicals, the …

Biochemicals & Bioplastics 2013 June 19-20 Frankfurt, Germany
February 11, 2013 – 6:02 pm | No Comment
Biochemicals & Bioplastics 2013   June 19-20   Frankfurt, Germany

Biorenewable chemicals are chemicals derived from bio-based feedstocks, which are renewable since they can be seasonally cultivated and exploited, as corn, sugar cane, wheat and cellulose. In most cases, prior to conversion to chemicals, the …

CALL FOR PAPERS: ACI’s 4th Annual Lignofuels Summit September 25-26, 2013 London, UK DEADLINE unclear
February 11, 2013 – 5:49 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS: ACI’s 4th Annual Lignofuels Summit    September 25-26, 2013    London, UK  DEADLINE unclear

The two day conference will bring together key industry stakeholders to discuss ways of advancing biotechnologies for cost-competitive biorefineries  in the face of political & economic uncertainty within the sector.

Lignofuels Production Update – What’s Next?
Sustainable …

ACI’s 4th Annual Lignofuels Summit September 25-26, 2013 London, UK
February 11, 2013 – 5:47 pm | No Comment
ACI’s 4th Annual Lignofuels Summit    September 25-26, 2013    London, UK

Advanced Biotechnologies for Cost-Competitive Biorefineries
ACI’s 4th Annual Lignofuels Summit will be taking place in London, UK on 25th & 26th September 2013.  The two day conference will bring together key industry stakeholders to discuss ways …

CALL FOR PAPERS: North American Biochar Symposium 2013 October 13-16, 2013 Amherst, MA DEADLINE: March 4, 2013
February 11, 2013 – 5:35 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS: North American Biochar Symposium 2013  October 13-16, 2013    Amherst, MA  DEADLINE: March 4, 2013

2013 Symposium will be organized into the following Tracks:

Feedstocks and Technology
Benefits of Biochar
Scales, Sales, and Marketing
Policy and Community Engagement

We are pleased to be accepting submissions of abstracts! We look forward to hearing about your work.
Initial …

CALL FOR PAPERS and POSTERS: tcbiomass2013 September 3-6, 2013 Chicago, IL DEADLINE: March 15, 2013
February 11, 2013 – 5:27 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS and POSTERS: tcbiomass2013 September 3-6, 2013 Chicago, IL   DEADLINE:  March 15, 2013

The tcbiomass2013 Technical Program Committee invites you to share your latest breakthroughs, experiences, and innovations with the global bioenergy industry. A broad array of papers will be selected for oral or poster presentation at dedicated …

Platts 2nd Annual Biofuels Conference 2013 June 10-11 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
February 11, 2013 – 5:15 pm | No Comment
Platts 2nd Annual Biofuels Conference 2013   June 10-11    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Building on the success of our inaugural event in 2012, Platts will once again bring together leaders of the Biofuels community to discuss how a stable legal framework can be developed to enable biofuels to …

World Biofuels 2013 May 23-24 Seville, Spain
February 11, 2013 – 5:08 pm | No Comment
World Biofuels 2013    May 23-24     Seville, Spain

Organised by F.O. Licht and Focus-Abengoa, World Biofuels 2013 is one of the most important fixtures in the biofuels calendar.  A dynamic and highlyauthoritative global biofuels conference, the 2 days in Seville are dedicated to giving you …