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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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Renewable Fuel Standard Benefits Consumers, Economy
December 20, 2012 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Tadd Nicholson  (Chillicothe Gazette)   …Blending corn ethanol into gasoline reduces our reliance on foreign oil, helping to meet our nation’s goal of energy independence. In 2011, thanks in part to corn ethanol, the …

Iowa State University Researchers Growing Algae in Poultry Houses
December 20, 2012 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  A research project conducted by several Iowa State University (ISU) researchers is studying the feasibility of growing algae in poultry houses. Poultry manure generates ammonia, a health and safety concern for both animals …

Cellulosic Ethanol Is Coming, Future Uncertain
December 20, 2012 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Amy Mayer (KBIA.org)  Since the introduction of the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2005, the EPA has had to radically reduce expectations. Today, there still isn’t a single commercial-scale plant producing cellulosic ethanol.
Several plants are being built …

Ethanol Plant Gets Clean Environmental Report
December 20, 2012 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

(CBC News)  Ethanol plant gets clean environmental report
A major ethanol research facility in Cornwall, P.E.I. is one step closer to opening.
At a public meeting Tuesday night, Stantec Consulting said it found there is would be …

API Lawsuit on 2011 Cellulosic RFS Volumes Dismissed by Court
December 20, 2012 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele   (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Dec. 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed a lawsuit filed by the American Petroleum Institute against the U.S. EPA. The …

NNFCC Review of the Year: 2012’s Biggest Bioenergy, Biofuels and Bio-Based Products News Stories
December 20, 2012 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Matthew Aylott   (National Non-Food Crops Centre)  NNFCC take a look back at the bioenergy, biofuels and bio-based products stories making the headlines in 2012.
…  In Europe, both Vivergo and Ensus started producing bioethanol made from wheat this year …

Transpetro to Build Ethanol Barges in 2013
December 20, 2012 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media/Transpetro) Transpetro, the logistics unit of state-controlled oil company Petrobras, is close to launching operations at its new shipyard in Aracatuba, in Sao Paulo state, which will build barges to carry ethanol along the …

Eco-Energy to Partner with NuStar in Development of Ethanol Unit Train and Storage Facility in Northern, VA Market
December 20, 2012 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(Eco-Energy/BusinessWire)  Eco-Energy Holdings, Inc. (“Eco-Energy”) is pleased to announce that it is partnering with NuStar Terminals Operations Partnership L.P. (“NuStar”) to jointly develop an ethanol unit train and storage facility to serve the Northern, VA …

The Old Switcheroo — the “Now” of Cellulosic Biofuels vs “Five Years Away” in Oil & Gas
December 20, 2012 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As renewable fuel developers put steel in the ground, oil & gas points to a fossil-based transformation in transportation fuels just “five years away”.
Today, it is the oil & gas …

Ethanol Production Continues for E Energy
December 19, 2012 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Scott Koperski   (Beatrice Daily Sun)  … One key to E Energy Adams’ success has been finding uses for byproducts in ethanol production.
(Carl) Sitzmann (CEO of E Energy Adams) said the starch from corn is the …

Ethanol Still Faces Choppy Seas
December 19, 2012 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Caldwell (Agriculture.com)  …Though Friday’s ruling, on paper, should keep ethanol production chugging along, that doesn’t mean the sector — which has itself been under pressure from drought-fueled higher corn prices — will see choppy …

Refining Chiefs Expect More Regulations under Obama
December 19, 2012 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Simone Sebastian  (FuelFix)  …A number of federal rules that seek to cut emissions and expand biofuel use were passed or discussed during Obama’s first term. Chief executive officers of Phillips 66 and Marathon Petroleum say that …

Citgo Gets Town OK to Build 270,000-Gallon Biofuel Tank in Braintree
December 19, 2012 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by Neal Simpson  (The Patriot Ledger)  Citgo Petroleum Corp. has won town approval to build a 33-foot-tall tank that will store almost 270,000 gallons of biofuel at its Quincy Avenue facility in Braintree.
The town’s planning …

Reaping a Mainland Fuel Harvest
December 19, 2012 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Eric Ng (South China Morning Post)  Projects to convert agricultural waste into ethanol are at an early stage on the mainland, but could provide new sources of this clean energy
Novozymes, the world’s largest industrial …

Fundamentally Bullish on Cellulosic Ethanol
December 19, 2012 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Cobalt Technologies is the latest company to announce its second generation technology will be developed in Brazil.  The final piece in the n-butanol technology developer’s financing came with a commitment from …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 9th International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries June 5-7, 2013 Antwerp, Belgium DEADLINE: January 15, 2013
December 19, 2012 – 5:52 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  9th International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries June 5-7, 2013 Antwerp, Belgium   DEADLINE: January 15, 2013

The 9th edition of the International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries will take place in Antwerp, Belgium, from Wednesday June 5 until Friday June 7, 2013.
Delegates from university, industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations and …

9th International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries June 5-7, 2013 Antwerp, Belgium
December 19, 2012 – 5:49 pm | No Comment
9th International Conference on  Renewable Resources & Biorefineries    June 5-7, 2013    Antwerp, Belgium

The 9th edition of the International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries will take place in Antwerp, Belgium, from Wednesday June 5 until Friday June 7, 2013.
Delegates from university, industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations and …

NIA in Joint Cassava Ethanol Plant Project
December 19, 2012 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(Bangkok Post)  The National Innovation Agency (NIA) joined hands with Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) to support the first pilot plant for ethanol production from cassava pulp in Thailand.
…A feasibility study …

EU Goes Big-Game Hunting: Brussels Grants €199M to Dutch Biorefinery Project
December 19, 2012 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biobased Digest)  Counting the EU out in biobased development?  Not so quick, pilgrim — BioMCN, Siemens, Linde and Visser & Smit Hanab land a whale, grant-wise.
In the Netherlands, a consortium consisting of …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2013 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo and 2013 Islands & Isolated Communities Congress September 9 – 11 Honolulu, Hawaii DEADLINE: March 15 for Panels, May 24 for Proposals
December 19, 2012 – 5:18 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS: 2013 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo and 2013 Islands & Isolated Communities Congress September 9 – 11 Honolulu, Hawaii  DEADLINE: March 15 for Panels, May 24 for Proposals

The event is the preeminent meeting place for international leaders and energy experts at the forefront of the clean energy movement. Securing energy independence and developing a clean energy industry that promotes the vitality of …

2013 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo and 2013 Islands & Isolated Communities Congress September 9 – 11 Honolulu, Hawaii
December 19, 2012 – 5:10 pm | No Comment
2013 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo and 2013 Islands & Isolated Communities Congress   September 9 – 11    Honolulu, Hawaii

The event is the preeminent meeting place for international leaders and energy experts at the forefront of the clean energy movement. Securing energy independence and developing a clean energy industry that promotes the vitality of …

Biodiesel Business Academy Releases 2013 Calendar of Events
December 19, 2012 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba  (Biodiesel Magazine)  India-based Biodiesel Business Academy presents its calendar of events and training programs scheduled in 2013 on nonfood oil-based biofuels. The training portfolio was developed specifically to focus on the needs …

Neste Oil to Produce Biojet as Part of EU-Funded ITAKA Project
December 19, 2012 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

(Neste Oil/Biodiesel Magazine)  Neste Oil has joined the Initiative Towards Sustainable Kerosene for Aviation (ITAKA) project, which is being funded by the EU to support the commercialization and use of renewable aviation fuel in Europe. …

New Television Campaign Shows the ‘Cool’ Side of Bioheat
December 19, 2012 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  Heating oil consumers in the Northeast are learning how making a small change will support American jobs, domestic energy security and cleaner air. It’s thanks to three television commercials airing to promote …

Oregon Energy Plan Calls for Shift in Biomass Investment Approach
December 19, 2012 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Biomass Magazine)  Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber believes energy is the issue of our time, and to address the issue, he has released a 10-year Energy Action Plan. The 48-page plan, put together …

Advanced Ethanol Council Releases Snapshot of Cellulosic Ethanol Production around the World
December 19, 2012 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Advanced Ethanol Council this morning released a report giving a snapshot of cellulosic ethanol producers in the U.S. and around the world. A look at facilities owned by companies such as …

Biofuel Company, Emera Setting up Shop on Mill Site
December 19, 2012 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Nick Moase (The Advance)  The Bowater mill site will soon see activity again, as two businesses take up tenancy.
…Cellufuel will be doing research and development, with plans to create a diesel biofuel demonstration plant …

Last Call for Student Biofuels Campaign Ad
December 19, 2012 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  This could be you at your video premier of your biofuels campaign ad debuted during the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association’s 7th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and Trade Show being held on January …

Verdezyne’s Xylose Isomerase Technology Acquired by DuPont Industrial Biosciences
December 19, 2012 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire) Patented Technology Enables Conversion of Biomass Sugars to Fuels and Chemicals
Verdezyne, Inc., a privately-held industrial biotechnology company focused on producing renewable chemicals, announced the sale of its proprietary xylose isomerase technology, enabling the metabolism of …

Program Launched to Authenticate Feedstock as ‘Renewable Biomass’
December 19, 2012 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  …While the biodiesel industry is working with EPA, obligated parties under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and third-party verifiers to ensure valid generation of renewable identification numbers (RINs)—credits generated with …

Contamination! and Other Crises: 12 Signs That Your Favorite Biofuels Venture May Be in Trouble
December 19, 2012 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Is your favorite biofuels venture in trouble? — or might look in trouble but actually be just fine.  Here are 12 tell-tale signs if you’ve “got trouble, right here in …

Defense Bill Done: Biofuels Survive
December 19, 2012 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Unofficial reports indicate that biofuels provisions have survived a House-Senate conference over the Defense bill.
According to sources, House and Senate conferees have finished work on their conference report on the …

Soy Biodiesel Education Kit Available Free to Indiana Teachers
December 18, 2012 – 7:42 pm | No Comment

(Indiana Soybean Alliance)  Indiana high school students now have the opportunity to make soy biodiesel from the vegetable oil found on grocery store shelves right in their science classrooms, thanks to the Indiana Soybean Alliance …

Cellulosic Biofuel to Surge in 2013 After First U.S. Plants Open
December 18, 2012 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Herndon  (Bloomberg/Renewable Energy World)  Cellulosic biofuel companies will boost production almost 20-fold in 2013 as the first high-volume refineries go into operation, signaling a shift from an experimental fuel into a commercially viable …

6th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry (GSC-6) August 4-7, 2013 Nottingham, UK
December 18, 2012 – 7:27 pm | No Comment
6th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry  (GSC-6)    August 4-7, 2013  Nottingham, UK

The Local Organising Committee for the 6th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry (GSC-6) look forward to welcoming you to Nottingham, “The Home of Robin Hood” during the summer of 2013 (August 4-7) to …

Special Forest Products Journal Biofuels Issue
December 18, 2012 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

(WebWire)  Biofuels made from high yield, short rotation woody crops or from forest residuals and thinnings that are currently left unused have substantial potential to reduce CO2 emissions as well as to contribute to energy …

Saudi Firm to Invest $650m on Sugar, Ethanol in Sudan
December 18, 2012 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

(Saudi Gazette)  Sinnar state signed a partnership with the Saudi Tala Company to produce sugar, ethanol and bio-fuel in Sinnar state from the Jatropha tree to be cultivated in an area estimated at 165,000 acres …

Time for Bold Action on Biofuels
December 18, 2012 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Dave Juday (Hawaii Reporter)   President Obama’s re-election paves the way for him to actually pursue the “all of the above” energy strategy he has promised. After a series of government-backed green tech companies …

National Biodiesel Board Joins Diesel Technology Forum
December 18, 2012 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  The National Biodiesel Board, which represents more than 260 U.S. and international companies that produce and distribute renewable biodiesel fuel, is the newest allied member of the Diesel Technology Forum (DTF).
DTF is …

Sahara Forest Project Launched
December 18, 2012 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

by Mohammad Shoeb  (The Peninsula Qatar)  Qatar has launched a novel pilot project, ‘Sahara Forest’ in collaboration with a Norwegian company, which will help produce food crops (such as tomatoes, cucumber, melon), fodder crops, freshwater, …

Making Sugars, Not Extracting Them: Proterro’s Technology
December 18, 2012 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But very few are working in solid phase – where essentially instead of working with a liquid vat, microbes are growing on a fabric or film — and the …

Why Affordable Renewable Sugars are a Monster Prize
December 18, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Today, we could use a good five-cent renewable sugar, suitable for microorganisms that, from sucrose, make affordable renewable fuels and chemicals. The technologies of companies like Virent, Solazyme, LS9 and …

A Sugar Fix: Proterro, Biofuels and Affordable, Renewable Sugars
December 18, 2012 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Why is making affordable renewable sugars potentially big business? Which intrepid investors have targeted biofuels’ biggest bottleneck?
News has been circulating that Proterro raised $3.5 million for a demonstration-scale of their …

Washington Auto Show February 1-10, 2013, Washington, DC
December 18, 2012 – 11:52 am | No Comment
Washington Auto Show    February 1-10, 2013, Washington, DC

Presenting the very latest in thinking, technology, design, innovation, alternative fuel solutions, automotive safety and state-of-the-art prototypes, The Washington Auto Show is a global consortium of power, exploration and automotive frontiers that can only be …

SAE 2013 Government/Industry Meeting January 30-February 1 Washington, DC
December 18, 2012 – 11:16 am | No Comment
SAE 2013 Government/Industry Meeting     January 30-February 1   Washington, DC

If you want to know how current and future automotive technology, regulations and legislation will affect the design of automobiles in terms of safety, environment and energy conservation you will not want to miss the …

ANSYS Drives Design Of New Mazda SKYACTIV-D Racing Engine
December 18, 2012 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(Yahoo!/PRNewsWire)  Mazda racing teams will zip around the track with greater fuel efficiency and fewer emissions thanks to the motorsports version of its new revolutionary SKYACTIV-D clean-diesel engine, designed by SpeedSource Race Engineering using ANSYS …

Biorefinery for Food, Fuel and Materials 2013 April 7-10 Wageningen, The Netherlands.
December 17, 2012 – 6:47 pm | No Comment
Biorefinery for Food, Fuel and Materials 2013    April 7-10   Wageningen, The Netherlands.

In the symposium on Biorefinery for Food, Fuel and Materials 2013 (BFF2013) the whole biorefinery value chain is considered, from where biomass cultivation is linked with biomass processing steps to the individual applications and recycling …

5th Sugar Asia Exhibition and Conference May 28-29, 2013 Bangkok, Thailand
December 17, 2012 – 6:01 pm | No Comment
5th Sugar Asia Exhibition and Conference   May 28-29, 2013  Bangkok, Thailand

As developing nations accounts for more than 70% of total sugar production, so these nations are the key players in global trade of sugar and its allied products as well. Other industries like Alcohol, Ethanol, …

17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference June 18-20, 2013 Rockville, MD
December 17, 2012 – 5:55 pm | No Comment
17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference June 18-20, 2013 Rockville, MD

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: 17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference June 18-20, 2013 Rockville, MD DEADLINE March 1, 2013
December 17, 2012 – 5:33 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference June 18-20, 2013  Rockville, MD   DEADLINE March 1, 2013

This year the conference theme will explore green chemistry and engineering advancements that will help us meet the challenges of the 21st century and design for a sustainable future. During three days, a wide array …

State Incentives for Alternative-Fuel Projects Linked to Success and Failure
December 17, 2012 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Ayres  (Clarion Ledger)  Mississippi alternative-energy development projects that have received more than $400 million in state backing through loans, grants and other incentives in recent years have seen widely varying degrees of success.
KiOR, a …

House Republicans Plan to Put Fuel Standard on Trial in Next Congress
December 17, 2012 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill E2Wire)  House Republicans plan to put the renewable fuel standard on trial next Congress, a House Energy and Commerce Committee aide told The Hill.
Committee staff is gearing up for hearings …

RFA Helps Santa with Naughty/Nice List
December 17, 2012 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(Brownfield Ag News for America)  …“It’s actually fairly easy this year,” said (Bob) Dinneen (President/CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association). “Just a few weeks ago the American Petroleum Institute (API) came out against the Renewable …

PTT to Offer E20 Gasohol at 1,000 Stations Next Year
December 17, 2012 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Watchara Pussayanawin (The Nation)  PTT will expand to 1,000 the number of petrol stations pumping E20 gasohol, from 600 currently, after the removal of 91-octane petrol from the market next year.
Sarun Rungkasiri, senior executive vice …

Ethanol Imported as Advanced Biofuel Competes with Biodiesel
December 17, 2012 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol imports from Brazil have surged into the U.S. in recent months, University of Illinois ag economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good point out, but not because it …

Kansas Fed Economist Says Markets, Not Mandates, Drive Ethanol
December 17, 2012 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Markets shape ethanol production, Nathan Kauffman, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, argues in the most recent issue of the Main Street Economist. In a …

Oregon to Implement Phase One of Clean Fuels Program
December 17, 2012 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) On Dec. 7, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission elected to begin implementation of the state’s Clean Fuels Program. A spokeswoman for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality confirmed the commission …

National Corn Growers Association Offers Ethanol Facts Resource, Designed for Mobile Platform
December 17, 2012 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The National Corn Growers Association has launched a new web-based resource,www.EthanolFacts.com.
…The home page of EthanolFacts offers links to short articles on hot topics in ethanol circles: flex-fuel vehicles, …

Company Eyes Hemp as Feedstock for Biofuel, Power Generation
December 17, 2012 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  An alternative energy company looking to build multiple energy beet-to-biofuel plants in Kentucky recently became the first corporation to join the Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative Association. Although federal rules …

Insurance Industry Perspectives on Extreme Weather Events
December 17, 2012 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Insitute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) organized a briefing on insurance industry perspectives on recent extreme weather events and how strategic investment can help manage the threats posed by a changing …

U.S. Agricultural Research Is Faltering, Report Warns
December 17, 2012 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Strom  (New York Times)  A blue-ribbon panel of scientific and technology advisers to President Obama warns that the nation risks losing its longstanding supremacy in food production because research in agriculture has not kept up …

DE-FOA-0000812: Carbon, Hydrogen and Separation Efficiencies in Bio-Oil Conversion Pathways(CHASE BIO-OIL PATHWAYS)
December 17, 2012 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy) This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will address research and development (R&D) challenges that were identified at a stakeholder workshop held in December 2011 called “Conversion Technologies for Advanced Biofuels” (CTAB) and from …

Fertile Soil Doesn’t Fall from the Sky
December 17, 2012 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(Helmholtz Centre For Environmental Research – UFZ/The AlphaGalileo Foundation)  The contribution of bacterial remnants to soil fertility has been underestimated until now.
Remains of dead bacteria have far greater meaning for soils than previously assumed. Around …

Growth of Ethanol Fuel Stalls in Brazil
December 17, 2012 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Claudio Angelo (Nature.com)  …Domestic consumption of liquid ethanol this year has been 26% lower than for the same period in 2008. Forty-one of the country’s roughly 400 sugar-cane ethanol plants have closed over that time. …

Cleantech Conservative: 10 New Realities, Priorities for Biofuels in 2013
December 17, 2012 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Douglas Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)   …Throughout his campaign President Obama proclaimed himself an oil and gas supporter even while talking about federal “investments” in green energy. And, while much ink has already been spilled in …

NREL and Johnson Matthey Announce Five-Year Collaboration on Biofuels
December 17, 2012 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Goal is to develop new catalysts to lower costs for producing biofuels
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will partner with Johnson Matthey, a global specialty chemicals company, …

USDA Grants Support Sustainable Bioenergy Production
December 17, 2012 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $10 million in research grants to spur production of bioenergy and biobased products that will lead to the development of sustainable regional systems and help …

EU Farmers and Biofuel Industry Mobilise against the EC Biofuel U-Turn
December 17, 2012 – 11:29 am | No Comment

(AgiTrade) In a letter to the European Commission in early October 2012, Copa-Cogeca, the EU farmers’ and agricultural cooperatives’ organisation, affirmed its opposition to EC proposals to limit to 5% ‘the use of crop-based biofuels’ in …

McDonalds Fleet Traveled 800,000 Miles With Recycled Biofuel
December 17, 2012 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Tafline Laylin (GreenProphet.com)  It has been just 17 months since McDonalds announced its intention to recycle all of its vegetable oil for use as biofuel in its own fleet. Officially launched in July, 2011, the …

U.S. States Threaten Lawsuit against EPA over Regulations
December 17, 2012 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Andrew Hay  (Reuters)  A coalition of seven eastern states led by New York plans to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to issue new guidelines to curb methane emissions, a greenhouse gas …

46% of You Expect to See Biofuels IPOs in the Next 12 Months
December 17, 2012 – 10:22 am | No Comment

(World Biofuels Markets)  The Biofuels Industry Survey Results: Key findings ahead of the World Biofuels Markets Congress & Exhibition
In a recent survey we conducted to bioenergy leading industry experts ahead of the 8th annual World …

Can Algae-Derived Oils Support Large-Scale, Low-Cost Biofuels Production?
December 14, 2012 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

(XS4Green.com)  …John Benemann, Ian Woertz, and Tryg Lundquist, MicroBio Engineering, Inc. (Walnut Creek, CA) and California State Polytechnic University (San Luis Obispo, CA), present the results of an engineering and economic study of vegetable oil …

Tanzania: Villagers Cry Foul On Bio-Fuel Investments
December 14, 2012 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Ashery Mkama   (AllAfrica.com)   Villagers from Kilwa and Rufiji districts have requested the government to involve them in implementation of bio-fuel projects and investments in which huge tracts of land is used.
They told members …

New Algae-Based Biodiesel Meets State Fuel Quality Standards
December 14, 2012 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Kristin Macey (CDFA Division of Measurement Standards/Imperial Valley News)  The Department of Food and Agriculture’s Division of Measurement Standards (DMS) has tested samples of a new 20 percent biodiesel blend fuel made from algae …

Solazyme Crosses the Rubicon
December 14, 2012 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Next-gen renewable oils producer achieves first linear scale-up to 500,000 liter fermenters — clears path for large commercial production volumes.
…To date, no next-generation producer had successfully achieved linear scale-up in …

EESI Discusses Biomass, Bioenergy, and Sustainability With State Environmental Legislators
December 14, 2012 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  EESI Policy Associate Ned Stowe recently gave a presentation on biomass, bioenergy, and sustainability to the 11th Annual Great Lakes Environmental Legislators Forum of the National Caucus …

Green Restaurant ‘Grease’ a Good Thing
December 14, 2012 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Diana Nelson Jones (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)   … Ting Yen stores about 35 pounds of used oil a day in the basement of Sushi Fuku on Oakland Avenue, including contributions from the owner of Oishii Bento …

FRIM Ready to Produce Biodiesel
December 14, 2012 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(The Star Online)  SETIU: The Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) has been successful in growing 6,000 ‘Jarak Pagar’ (Jatropa Curcas) trees, and now, it is ready to plant these trees on a large scale.
The …

Global Biofuel Market Outlook to 2016 – Growing Mainstream Through Government Support
December 14, 2012 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(PRNewswire/Reportlinker.com)  Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue.
The report titled “Global Biofuel Market Outlook to 2016 – Going Mainstream Through Government Support” provides a comprehensive analysis of market size …

Half the Oil: A Plan to Cut Projected U.S. Oil Use in Half in 20 Years
December 14, 2012 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  We have the practical solutions at hand to protect consumers, the climate, and our environment from the growing costs of our oil use.
How? It all comes down to one simple fact:
Using …

15 Burning Questions (and Answers) for Biofuels in 2013
December 14, 2012 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Policy, finance, technology, feedstocks, markets, prices, opposition.  Here’s what’s on your mind, as the critical 2013 deployment year for biofuels looms.
So here are 15 burning questions as suggested by various …

Most U.K. Crops Meet Environmental Biofuel Standards, AHDB Says
December 14, 2012 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Whitney McFerron   (Bloomberg)  Most rapeseed, sugar beet and wheat crops in the U.K. meet environmental standards for use in biofuels, the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board said.
Ninety-seven percent of the country’s rapeseed, all …

The Big Military Biofuels Build-Up: Will It Happen, and How, and Why?
December 14, 2012 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Will Rogers  (Biofuels Digest/Consumer Energy Report)  The recent debate over the role of the military in investing in renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency and conservation programs and alternative biofuels has included many voices that …

Sustainable Energy for All: Focus of Sustainable Energy Symposium
December 14, 2012 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The United Nation’s emphasis of “Sustainable Energy for All” (SE4All) in 2012 wrapped up with a decision to continue the focus with a Sustainable Energy for All Decade.  The …

Cellulosic Biofuel to Surge in 2013 as First Plants Open
December 12, 2012 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Herndon (Bloomberg)
Cellulosic biofuel companies will boost production almost 20-fold in 2013 as the first high-volume refineries go into operation, signaling a shift from an experimental fuel into a commercially viable industry.
Production of the …

Springboard Biodiesel’s BioPro Endorsed by Green Restaurant Ass’n
December 12, 2012 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Chico, Calif.-based Springboard Biodiesel announced that its trademarked BioPro EX has met the Green Restaurant Association’s rigorous endorsement standards for alternative fuel refueling stations. By using the BioPro EX, restaurants …

UI Prof: Ethanol Boom Over; Biodiesel Ramping Up
December 12, 2012 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by Don Dodson (The News Gazette)  A University of Illinois professor says the ethanol boom is over, but farmers may soon enjoy the benefits of a boom in biodiesel.
Scott Irwin, a professor of agricultural and …

UnNintendoed Consequences: Biofuels and the Feedstock Challenge
December 12, 2012 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been years of struggle to get cellulosic feedstock supply chains downfield.  Now, companies like Woodland Biofuels, Sweetwater Energy, Ceres, Delta BioRenewables and Commonwealth Agro-Energy are moving the chains.
…This week …

5th Annual Biofuels Beltway March March 12-13, 2013 Washington, DC
December 12, 2012 – 6:54 pm | No Comment
5th Annual Biofuels Beltway March   March 12-13, 2013   Washington, DC

March 12-13, 2013, ethanol advocates from around the country will meet in Washington, DC to visit with Congressional offices, bringing an important message – the RFS is working. Ethanol benefits consumers, decreases our dependence on foreign oil, …

ISRMAX Asia August 15-17, 2013 Bangkok, Thailand
December 12, 2012 – 6:48 pm | No Comment
ISRMAX Asia  August 15-17, 2013   Bangkok, Thailand

The second edition of ISRMAX Asia 2013 will take place in Thailand again from 15th to 17th August 2013 at IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand.  READ MORE

By-Products: The Key to Ethanol’s Struggles
December 12, 2012 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest/S4CO2)  …An entirely new use of the by-products that can deliver returns directly to the plants is required in order to offset the losses and sustain the ethanol plants.
…CO2 from ethanol …

Understanding Advanced Biofuels June 26-27, 2013 San Francisco, CA
December 12, 2012 – 6:11 pm | No Comment
Understanding Advanced Biofuels   June 26-27, 2013   San Francisco, CA

Course Highlights

Navigating the complex array of pathways from biomass to biofuel
Clear explanations of the technologies and processes: key differences between current, emerging and future generation biofuels
Limitations provided by issues such as land use and sustainability
The …

Understanding Advanced Biofuels February 4-5, 2013 London, UK
December 12, 2012 – 5:58 pm | No Comment
Understanding Advanced Biofuels   February 4-5, 2013   London, UK

Course Highlights

Navigating the complex array of pathways from biomass to biofuel
Clear explanations of the technologies and processes: key differences between current, emerging and future generation biofuels
Limitations provided by issues such as land use and sustainability
The …

World Future Energy Summit January 15-17, 2013 Abu Dhabi, UAE
December 12, 2012 – 5:52 pm | No Comment
World Future Energy Summit    January 15-17, 2013  Abu Dhabi, UAE

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) is the world’s foremost annual event, dedicated to advancing future energy, energy efficiency and clean technologies. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince …

Green Philippines August 15-17, 2013 Manila, Philippines
December 12, 2012 – 5:36 pm | No Comment
Green Philippines   August 15-17, 2013   Manila, Philippines

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Sugar and Ethanol Brazil March 18-20, 2013 Sao Paulo, Brazil
December 12, 2012 – 5:26 pm | No Comment
Sugar and Ethanol Brazil   March 18-20, 2013   Sao Paulo, Brazil

Incresing Agricultural Productivity, Optimising Industrial Efficienacy and Producing Cost Competitive 2G Biofuels and BioChemicals
F.O. Licht’s Sugar and Ethanol Brazil offers vital commercial insights into all aspects of the industry, bringing together experts and senior executives …

FAPRI: RIN Prices Could Be on the Rise
December 12, 2012 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  There could be big money in store for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs)… or not. A new report from the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri(FAPRI-MU) says that …

Just the Ethanol Facts
December 12, 2012 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The National Corn Growers Association has created a simple website that offers just the facts about ethanol.
The website EthanolFacts.com offers information about E15, food versus fuel, energy security, jobs in rural America and …

3 Uses for Biomass No One Ever Saw Coming
December 12, 2012 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biobased Digest)  Biomass in cancer drugs, perfumes, baby-safe cleaners, cosmetics and more.
“I can tell you one thing,” Solazyme CEO Jonathan Wolfson reflected with the Digest not too long ago. “When Harrison and …

Algae Biomass Organization Invites Abstracts of Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles for Posting
December 11, 2012 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

As a service to Algae Biomass Organization members, ABO invites abstracts of peer-reviewed journal articles (authors, title, citation, abstract, author affiliations) to the ABO website.  All articles published in 2012 and after are eligible for …