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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.
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-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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Online Course: Biofuels- Cellulose Ethanol
September 10, 2012 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: Technology ED- continuing education for scientists and engineers 
Type: basic: Overview/ Part of Certificate Program (CP)
Course: Biofuels- Cellulose Ethanol
Course description:  Fuel derived from renewable resources present an attractive alternative to petroleum, with benefits …

Online Course: Biofuels – An Introduction
September 10, 2012 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: Technology ED – continuing education for scientists and engineers 
Type: basic: Overview/ Part of Certificate Program (CP) 
Course: Biofuels- An Introduction
Course description:   Fuel derived from renewable resources present an attractive alternative to petroleum, …

Online Course: Biofuel Production Operations
September 10, 2012 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: ed2go, Cengage Learning 
Type: basic: Overview/technical Course 
Course: Biofuel Production Operations
Course description:   The Biofuel Production Operations Online Training Program will give you the education you need to begin an exciting career in biofuel …

Online Course: Process Safety Management for the Biofuel Industry Biofuels
September 10, 2012 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: California State University East bay -continuing education
Type: Technical/ Part of Certificate Program (CP)/ Online Green Professional Development
Course: Process Safety Management for the Biofuel Industry Biofuels
Course description:   In 2009, the United States …

Online Course: Introduction to Sustainable Energy
September 10, 2012 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: Massachusetts Institute of Technology-OpenCourseWare
Type: Overview/survey course – publication of the course materials that support the dynamic classroom interactions of an MIT education.
Course: Introduction to Sustainable Energy
Instructors: Prof. Michael Golay, Randall Field, Prof. …

Online Course: Fueling Sustainability: Engineering Microbial Systems for Biofuel Production
September 10, 2012 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: Massachusetts Institute of Technology-OpenCourseWare
Type: Overview/survey course – publication of the course materials that support the dynamic classroom interactions of an MIT education. 
Course: Fueling Sustainability: Engineering Microbial Systems for Biofuel Production
Instructor: Dr. Michelle …

Student Makes Fuel From Algae
September 10, 2012 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jennifer Marino Walters (Scholastic News)  A Minnesota teen has discovered a way to power trucks and cars with algae
Sixteen-year-old Josh Wolf spends up to 40 hours each week in a portable garage behind his family’s …

Advanced Biofuels Pioneer Terrabon Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: One-off or Trend?
September 10, 2012 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Closely-watched green gasoline producer collapses as Waste Management declines next financing round.  What does it mean for companies like Fulcrum Bioenergy, Enerkem, Agilyx, Agnion, Renmatix, Genomatica, and InEnTec? The Digest …

It’s Time to Get Serious about Science
September 10, 2012 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Cooper and Alan I. Leshner (The Washington Post) Op Ed:  Some policymakers, including certain senators and members of Congress, cannot resist ridiculing any research project with an unusual title. Their press releases are …

Biogas Boom in Germany Leads to Modern-Day Land Grab
September 10, 2012 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Nils Klawitter (Der Spiegel)  Creating energy from corn once seemed like a revolutionary idea in Germany. But subsidies for the biogas industry have led to entire regions of the country being covered by the …

The Zymobile—a 2011 Dodge Charger Flex-Fuel Vehicle (FFV)
September 7, 2012 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  The Zymobile—a 2011 Dodge Charger flex-fuel vehicle (FFV)—is owned and operated by Novozymes, the leading provider of enzymes used to make biofuels.
Capable of running on an 85-percent ethanol blend, the …

South Valley Ethanol Puts Call out for Sorghum
September 7, 2012 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by John Lindt (The Business Journal)  The Valley’s only ethanol production plant is encouraging local farmers to plant grain sorghum next spring, promising to buy the grain to make ethanol instead of using Midwestern corn.
“We …

Westborough I-90 Service Plaza Gets E85 Flex Fueling Pump
September 7, 2012 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Brian Benson (Metro West Daily News)  Service plazas along Interstate 90 in Westborough and Charlton now feature the first E85 Flex Fueling stations on the Massachusetts Turnpike, the state Department of Transportation announced….
Transportation Secretary and …

Asheville Restaurants to Recycle with Local Biofuels Producers under New Certification
September 7, 2012 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  Restaurants in Asheville, N.C., are now required to recycle their used cooking oil through local biofuels producers in order to receive Green Restaurant Association (GRA) certification. The GRA is a …

Energy from Plants: Grass May Grow into Fuel of the Future
September 7, 2012 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by John Ramsey (Fayetteville Observer)  The grass grows as tall as two men and thick as a jungle.
This, farmers across the Cape Fear region keep hearing, is the future of ethanol. The giant miscanthus is …

The Fearless Emergency of Now
September 7, 2012 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Todd Atkinson  ( US Department of Agriculture  Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service/Biomass Magazine)  Since the 20th century, scientists have worked to cure cancer. They have yet to succeed.
Many researchers develop hypotheses that end in disappointment, with …

The Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico Shrinks; Will Perennial Biomass Crops Help Keep It That Way?
September 7, 2012 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  With an extreme drought across the nation’s agricultural heartland, Mother Nature has been able to accomplish in one extremely dry summer what conservationists have been trying to do for decades: …

Triangle Company Helping Turn Trash into Fuel
September 7, 2012 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Kerstin Nordstrom (News Observer)   …A Triangle-based company has now come up with a way to turn that trash into treasure. Well, fuel.
The secret is using enzymes. Novozymes, a company with its North American …

Food Crises and Technological Phobia
September 7, 2012 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Drew Kershen (BioFortified)  …I do not write to enter the debate focused on fuel standards, markets and commodity speculators.   I acknowledge that other factors also contribute to food crises, particularly in developing nations – …

tcbiomass2013 September 3-6 Chicago, IL
September 7, 2012 – 4:08 pm | No Comment
tcbiomass2013   September 3-6   Chicago, IL

Gas Technology Institute is pleased to announce tcbiomass2013, the International Conference on Thermochemical Biomass Conversion Science. Mark your calendars for Chicago from 3-6 September 2013 and plan to connect with many of the world’s leading …

Advanced Biofuels, a Transformative Industry
September 7, 2012 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Bruce C. Folkedahl (Biomass Magazine/Energy & Environmental Research Center) As part of the ongoing research at the Energy & Environmental Research Center, we have been developing a catalytic pathway to convert ethanol or mixtures of …

Bioethanol or Biodiesel: Europe Hesitates over Indirect Impact of Green Fuel
September 7, 2012 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Bowden (Renewable Energy World)  For years Europe has encouraged motorists to use diesel over petrol in its efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions. Now, as the focus switches to introducing renewable fuels, it …

Trash-to-Ethanol Saga Marked by Constant Change, Missed Deadlines
September 7, 2012 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Marc Chase (Northwest Indiana Times)  With new owners possibly on the horizon for the proposed Schneider trash-to-ethanol plant, some Lake County waste officials say it is the perpetuation of a four-year-old game of musical …

Corn Growers Tout Ethanol Production Benefits
September 7, 2012 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Jenni Grubbs (The Fort Morgan Times)  …While most vehicles’ engines cannot run on straight or even large percentages of ethanol, some of it is added to gasoline to add more oxygen, which helps the …

BP Biofuels Targets Gulf Coast for Energy Crop Production
September 7, 2012 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Biomass Magazine)  A new research effort by BP Biofuels has reaffirmed the energy giant’s role in the Gulf Coast region’s economic health. Through a three-year project, BP Biofuels will work with Texas …

In Race to Algae Fuel, Sapphire Scores Point for Open Ponds
September 7, 2012 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

Martin Lamonica  (MIT Technology Review)  Sapphire Energy has started operation of its demonstration-scale algae farm, a project which perhaps brings more clarity to an industry debate over the best way to grow algae.
The San Diego-based …

Algae Industry Could Create Pilbara Jobs
September 7, 2012 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(ABC News)  The State Government says the development of an algae aquaculture industry in the Pilbara has the potential to create new jobs outside the resources sector.
It has released a report explaining how the region …

5th International Environmentally Friendly Vehicle Conference September 10-12, 2012 Baltimore, MD
September 7, 2012 – 1:44 pm | No Comment
5th International Environmentally Friendly Vehicle Conference      September 10-12, 2012   Baltimore, MD

Hosted in the United States for the first time, the fifth summit of the International Environmentally Friendly Vehicle Conference offers a unique opportunity to showcase progress and innovation in transportation.  This conference will bring together …

Immature Switchgrass Could Help Cellulosic Ethanol Industry
September 7, 2012 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (US Department of Agriculture Agriculture Research Service)  A gene that keeps switchgrass forever young could have far-reaching implications for the development of the plant as a biofuel crop, according to U.S. Department of …

Ethanol Plant Coming to Whitley County
September 7, 2012 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

(WYMT-TV)  Pikeville-based Patriot Bioenergy Corporation has announced it will construct an ethanol plant in Whitley County, creating more than one hundred jobs.
For years now, ethanol has been used as an additive in gasoline to help …

UN: No Evidence of New Food Price Crisis
September 7, 2012 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(ABC News)  Prices of basic foods remained flat in August, offering assurances that a repeat of the global food price crisis that sparked rioting several years ago is unlikely, U.N. food agency officials said Thursday.
While …

Ethanol to Reduce Global GHGs Emissions By 100 Million Tonnes in 2012
September 7, 2012 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance)  As the world gathers at the Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change in Hanoi, Vietnam, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) released its annual Green House Gas (GHG) …

Kiverdi Receives Energy Commission Funding for Its Pioneering Carbon Conversion Platform
September 7, 2012 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(Kiverdi)  Kiverdi, Inc., a privately held, advanced sustainable oil and chemicals company, was awarded a $747,126 grant from the California Energy Commission’s Research, Demonstration, and Development program for its efforts to develop beneficial uses of …

World Energy and Hydro Dynamics Team up to Promote SPR Cavitation Reactor Technology
September 7, 2012 – 10:46 am | No Comment

(Hydro Dynamics)  - Hydro Dynamics, Inc., makers of innovative ShockWave Power Reactor (SPR) technology and longtime biodiesel industry leader World Energy, through its WMG Services, LLC business unit, announced today that the companies have teamed up to expand …

The Trash Spread: Enerkem Heads for Scale, with Advanced Biofuels from MSW
September 7, 2012 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Breakthroughs in making consistent syngas from negative-cost municipal solid waste spells “big prospects” for Enerkem in biobased fuels and chemicals.
In oil we have the crack spread, corn ethanol and soy-based …

UFOP Questions Science of Recent GHG Study on Rapeseed Biodiesel
September 6, 2012 – 9:10 pm | No Comment

by Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e.V. (UFOP) (Biodiesel Magazine)  Experts from the Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e.V. (UFOP) question the scientific quality of the recent study, “Uncertainties about the GHG …

Researchers Develop One-Step Algae Harvesting, FAME Conversion
September 6, 2012 – 8:54 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin have developed a proof-of-concept design to harvest, dewater and convert the dried algae to biodiesel in a one-step process using resins.
In a …

PTT Pins Hopes on Algae-Based Biofuel
September 6, 2012 – 8:51 pm | No Comment

(Bangkok Post)  National oil conglomerate PTT Plc expects algae-based biofuel will be commercially viable by 2017 at the price of US$150 per barrel, says chief executive Pailin Chuchottaworn.
Within that date algae-based petrol could be able …

California Clean Fuel Standard Poised to Drive Growth in Biofuels Industry
September 6, 2012 – 8:38 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire)  E2 Report: Biofuel industry well positioned to meet demand under California standard
Despite a challenging year, the advanced biofuels industry continues to grow, according to a new report from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). Biofuel production capacity has …

Ethanol Production to Reduce GHG Emissions by 100 Million Tonnes
September 6, 2012 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(New Energy World Network)  Global ethanol production will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 100 million tonnes in 2012, a report by The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) has found.
…Bliss Baker, spokesperson for the GRFA, said, ‘This …

Analysis: U.S. Bankers Say, Love or Hate It, Ethanol Here to Stay
September 6, 2012 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Christine Stebbins  (Reuters) …”Ethanol demand is the linchpin of the current pricing model that we have,” said Michael Swanson, agricultural economist at Wells Fargo, the largest commercial bank lender to U.S. farmers. “It’s a …

Biofuel Development Company Infinite Enzymes Wins Research Grant
September 6, 2012 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Michael Sheffield (Memphis Business Journal)  Infinite Enzymes LLC has received a $450,000 Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to advance its enzyme development technology.
This is the second Small Business …

Biofuel Waste Product Recycled for Electricity
September 6, 2012 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  A by-product of biofuel manufacture can power microbial fuel cells to generate electricity cheaply and efficiently, according to scientists presenting their work at the Society for General Microbiology’s Autumn Conference. The work could …

Volvo Successfully Field Tests Biofuel Made from Pulp Industry Waste
September 6, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(Waste Management World)  Successful field tests of vehicles powered by a biofuel derived from the black liquor wastes produced at a pulp mill have been conducted by Volvo Trucks.
The company said that ten of its …

Hard to Pass Food-Price Spikes on to Consumers
September 6, 2012 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Neil Shah (The Wall Street Journal)  America’s widest drought since 1956 has killed corn, soybean and wheat crops and raised the risk of higher prices for everything from hamburgers and Coke to cooking oil. …

Super-cali-thali-terpa-butyl-peta What? The Hockey-Stickin’, Flash-Mobbin’ Growth in Biobased Intermediates
September 6, 2012 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The new trend in biofuels is not a biofuel at all – it’s an (usually unpronounceable) intermediate that can be refined into an array of fuels, chemicals, flavors, fragrances, and …

Bill to Eliminate Ethanol Funding Signed
September 5, 2012 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

(Hanford Sentinel)  … AB 523 eliminates all future state funding for the production of ethanol derived from corn after July 2013. Valadao’s office said about $6 million is provided to a very small group of …

Naval Postgraduate School Researchers Evaluate Biofuels for Powering the Fleet
September 5, 2012 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Stein (Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System)  …NPS Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Associate Professor Dr. Christopher Brophy, and MAE Professor and Chairman Dr. Knox Millsaps, are working to help the Navy understand …

Swedish-Kenyan Wins Prize For Kenyan Biofuel Business
September 5, 2012 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

(Ventures-Africa)  A 32-year-old Swedish-Kenyan has won the European-African Entrepreneurship Award for a proposal to covert used cooking oils, widely used in the restaurant industry, into biodiesel.
The awards were held in The Hague in the Netherlands, with nine …

Progressive Fuels Launches Easy Trade Platform for Energy, Agriculture and Biofuel Markets
September 5, 2012 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, Progressive Fuels Limited announced the launch of a new trading platform called Easy Trade. PFL developed East Trade in conjunction with Elysian Systems (a subsidiary of The Chicago …

Native Plants Fuel Ethanol Plant
September 5, 2012 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

(Yahoo! News)  Applied Ecological Services, The Earth Partners, LP, and POET team up to apply science to industry: Cross-sector demonstration showcases the potential of conservation biomass as an alternative energy source.
It’s a very good week for the United States alternative energy …

Platts Unveils Comprehensive Biofuels News and Pricing Service
September 5, 2012 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

(Platts/PR NewsWire)  Consolidates News, Analysis and Pricing in Three Biofuels-Specific Products
A comprehensive array of news, market analysis and pricing is now available to the burgeoning biofuels sector through three new products from Platts, a leading …

Codexis, Shell Redraw the Advanced Biofuels Map with Global Enzyme Rights Deal
September 5, 2012 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In California, Codexis announced that Shell has granted Codexis a royalty-bearing, non-exclusive license to develop, manufacture, use and sell cellulase enzymes developed under the companies’ Amended and Restated Collaborative Research …

China to Give Subsidies to Domestic Airlines, Plane Makers, to Help in Biofuels Development
September 5, 2012 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(Fuels and Lubes)  China will channel part of the Civil Aviation Development Fund (CADF) to support energy-saving campaigns of domestic airlines and plane manufacturers.
The funds in the CADF, or the former airport construction fee, will …

Sugarcane As Industrial Commodity Pressed
September 5, 2012 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Melody M. Aguiba  (Manila Bulletin)  The government should now position sugarcane as an industrial commodity, particularly for bioethanol, and sugar as a mere by-product which is the way to survive in a stiffly competitive …

Warnings Ignored in Range Fuels Debacle
September 5, 2012 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Dan Chapman  (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)   … In a blistering critique obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, (Hosein) Shapouri (a senior economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington) labeled the proposed Range Fuels plant …

Ireland Says Competitive Algal Biofuels within 15 Years
September 5, 2012 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Mark Keenan writes in The Independent that within 15 years, Irish drivers will be filling up their vehicles with biofuel made from Irish grown algae. The projection comes from Julie Maguire, of …

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Highlights Renewable Fuels Industry’s Top 10 Efficiency and Technology Innovations of the Past Decade
September 5, 2012 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  As a part of its 10th Anniversary celebration of progress and prosperity, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today released a list of the ethanol and biodiesel industry’s Top 10 efficiency …

Biofuel Groups Intervene to Defend EPA’s Advanced and Cellulosic Biofuel Targets
September 5, 2012 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Seven biofuel organizations today filed an intervenors brief in the American Petroleum Institute case against the Environmental Protection Agency challenging the 2012 cellulosic and advanced biofuel requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard. …

New Holland Promotes Ethanol at Farm Progress Show
September 5, 2012 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  New Holland was all about American Ethanol at the 2012 Farm Progress Show this past week in Boone, Iowa.
“This year we’ve got a whole emphasis on a brand new partnership with American Ethanol,” said …

2012 TAPPI International Bioenergy & Bioproducts Conference October 17-19 Savannah, GA
September 5, 2012 – 2:43 pm | No Comment
2012 TAPPI International Bioenergy & Bioproducts Conference   October 17-19   Savannah, GA

“This three-day, highly focused conference takes a fresh look at biomass development, as well as the thermochemical and biochemical biorefineries that can be profitably integrated into pulp mills. Keynote addresses from two forest-based biorefinery companies …

IEA Bioenergy Conference 2012 November 13-15 Vienna, Austria
September 5, 2012 – 2:32 pm | No Comment
IEA Bioenergy Conference 2012   November 13-15   Vienna, Austria

As part of the main conference program we have asked several of our Task 39 industrial members to profile the progress they have made in moving towards the commercialization of advanced biofuels, using a variety …

North Dakota and Montana: Opportunity Knocks for the Bioeconomy, along the Northern Tier
September 4, 2012 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Despite low levels of publicity, North Dakota and Montana are making great strides in bioeconomy development – with a combination of strong R&D, feedstock abundance and some hot processing technologies.
…The …

Major Changes in the Algae Production Industry
September 4, 2012 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

(National Algae Association/PR Log)  Raceway ponds were never meant to be used for industrial algae production.
When the Department of Energy initiated the Aquatic Species Program years ago, there was no other choice. Raceway ponds were …

Top Ten: Britain’s Most Progressive Biofuel and Biochemical Companies
September 4, 2012 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Matthew Aylott (National Non-Food Crops Centre)   NNFCC gives its top ten of Britain’s most progressive biofuel and biochemical companies.
TMO Renewables …
Green Biologics …
British Airways …
Ensus …
BP …
Johnson Matthey …
Croda …
Harvest Energy …
Greenergy … …

Future of Green Racing Uncertain
September 4, 2012 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  John Dagy’s September 1st article  that broke the story of NASCAR merging their GRAND-AM sports car series with the American Le Mans racing series probably didn’t mean …

Ethanol Offers American Drivers Relief at the Pump
September 4, 2012 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  …Gas prices have been increasing as well. However, relief at the gas pump is possible thanks to America’s growing use of ethanol.
According to updated research released by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development …

The Top 10 Advanced Biofuels and Biorefining Companies in Asia
September 4, 2012 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …While the economic growth in China has been drawing virtually all the headlines in recent years, the “Tiger” economies of Southeast and South Asia have been fast-growing for a long …

A Novel Nanobio Catalyst for Biofuels
September 4, 2012 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Argonne National Laboratory)  Nanoparticles synthesized from noble metals such as ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, silver (Ag), osmium, iridium, platinum, and gold (Au) are attracting increased attention by researchers around the world looking for advances in such …

Australian Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Fuels forms
September 4, 2012 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, the Australian Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (AISAF) was inaugurated on 08 August 2012. It has funding for 12 months in the first instance. The Steering Committee held …

Japanese Group Plans to Employ OriginOil’s Algae Harvesting Systems at More Than 100 Sites
September 4, 2012 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(OriginOil)  Algae has the unique potential in Japan to both provide renewable fuels and help eliminate radioactive materials
OriginOil, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough energy production process for the oil and algae industries, announced today that …

BIOTECH: Carlsbad Firm Uses Yeast for ‘Green’ Chemicals from Veggie Oil to Nylon
September 4, 2012 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Bradley J. Fikes (North County Times)  Vegetable oils are versatile substances. They’re used not only for cooking, but also for making soaps and for biofuels. If Carlsbad-based Verdezyne Inc. is successful, you may soon …

Initial Positioning of Biofuels in North Carolina Counties
August 31, 2012 – 8:52 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  Gaining large biofuels production capacity across the state will require realistic juncture of feedstocks and production technologies. Grown or secured from waste materials, feedstocks must be directed to a centralized …

The Lowdown on Making Jet Fuel and Diesel from Biomass
August 31, 2012 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Biofuels Digest/Consumer Energy Report)  Distillates are petroleum products that includes diesel, jet fuel, and fuel oil. Renewable distillates may be categorized as substitutes or drop-in replacements. The most common distillate substitute is …

Fly the Bio Skies: 10 Milestones in the Summer of Aviation biofuels
August 31, 2012 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   …But in many respects, its been a summer about aviation biofuels – starting with the demonstration of the US Navy’s Green Strike Group and continuing to announcements of projects …

Teaching a Microbe to Make Fuel
August 30, 2012 – 9:36 pm | No Comment

by David L. Chandler (MIT News)   Genetically modified organism could turn carbon dioxide or waste products into a gasoline-compatible transportation fuel.
A humble soil bacterium called Ralstonia eutrophahas a natural tendency, whenever it is stressed, to stop …

Announce Megainversión to Generate Biofuels
August 30, 2012 – 9:22 pm | No Comment

(El Universal)  Biofuel producers announced the investment of over $ 100 million to plant oilseeds and grasses that will be employed in the industry biocumbustible whose consumption is increasing in the world.
In the meeting with …

Algae Biofuel in Wastewater Treatment – Interactive Web Conference September 13th, 11:00 – 12:30 PM EDT; 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM BST
August 30, 2012 – 9:16 pm | No Comment
Algae Biofuel in Wastewater Treatment – Interactive Web Conference  September 13th, 11:00 – 12:30 PM EDT; 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM BST

Algae Biofuel in Wastewater Treatment-Market Potential, Current State of the Art and Future Directions
About 10 years ago, algal biofuel was a hot topic, but not a viable source of renewable energy. Today, that’s changing. The …

Tulare Plant Exploring Algae for Jet Fuel
August 30, 2012 – 9:07 pm | No Comment

by Ben Keller  (The Business Journal Now)  The wastewater from Tulare County dairy operations may soon be used to power jets zooming overhead thanks to a brand new facility converting moist algae into biofuel.
Recently, the …

Israel’s Univerve Working to Commercialize Algae
August 30, 2012 – 8:34 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) new company from Tel Aviv, Israel, called Univerve is working to turn algae into a clean third-generation renewable fuel. Ohad Zuckerman, the CEO and co-founder of Univerve in 2009, is devising a systems process to …

Proposed Canadian Plant Gains Approval, Local Community Objects
August 30, 2012 – 8:15 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The community of Oshawa, Ontario is taking action against the recent approval of a proposed ethanol plant. On Aug. 9, the Oshawa Port Authority announced its approval for FarmTech …

Novozymes, Terranol Partner on Yeast to Boost Biofuels Industry
August 30, 2012 – 8:00 pm | No Comment

by Sally Bakewell (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Novozymes A/S (NZYMB) agreement to market Terranol A/S’s yeast technology as the world’s biggest maker of enzymes seeks to make biofuels from energy crops and agricultural waste commercially viable.
…Novozymes supplies enzymes …

Beyond the Biofuel-bashing Editorials: Ethanol Really Reduces Prices at the Pump
August 30, 2012 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  The following editorial was submitted to the Wall Street Journal, but was rejected by the Editorial Features Staff. Beyond the Biofuel-bashing Editorials: Ethanol Really Reduces Prices at the Pump  By Bob …

Functional Characterization of the Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) R2R3-MYB Transcription Factor PvMYB4 for Improvement of Lignocellulosic Feedstocks
August 30, 2012 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

Hui Shen, Xianzhi He, Charleson R. Poovaiah, Wegi A. Wuddineh, Junying Ma, David G. J. Mann, Huanzhong Wang,  Lisa Jackson, Yuhong Tang, C. Neal Stewart Jr, Fang Chen, Richard A. Dixon (New Phytologist)

The major obstacle for bioenergy production from switchgrass biomass is the low saccharification efficiency …

Genetic Manipulation of Lignin Reduces Recalcitrance and Improves Ethanol Production from Switchgrass
August 30, 2012 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Chunxiang Fu,  Jonathan R. Mielenz, Xirong Xiao, Yaxin Ge, Choo Y. Hamilton,  Miguel Rodriguez, Jr.,  Fang Chen, Marcus Foston,  Arthur Ragauskas, Joseph Bouton, Richard A. Dixon, and Zeng-Yu Wang  (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)   Switchgrass is a leading dedicated bioenergy …

Salicylic Acid Mediates the Reduced Growth of Lignin Down-Regulated Plants
August 30, 2012 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

Lina Gallego-Giraldo, Luis Escamilla-Trevino,  Lisa A. Jackson, and Richard A. Dixon (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)   Down-regulation of the enzyme hydroxycinnamoyl CoA: shikimate hydroxycinnamoyl transferase (HCT) in thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) and alfalfa (Medicago sativa) leads …

Mutation of WRKY Transcription Factors Initiates Pith Secondary Wall Formation and Increases Stem Biomass in Dicotyledonous Plants
August 30, 2012 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

Huanzhong Wang,  Utku Avci,  Jin Nakashima,  Michael G. Hahn, Fang Chen, and Richard A. Dixon (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)  Stems of dicotyledonous plants consist of an outer epidermis, a cortex, a ring of secondarily …

What Does a Brazilian Ethanol Producer Weigh?
August 30, 2012 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Nick Cressey (Green Power Conferences/World Biofuels Markets News)  I am a Brazilian ethanol refinery. I am not very big but I am happy and I make a comfortable profit. I have one nice big …

Neste Oil Completes First Phase of Its Microbial Oil Pilot Plant
August 30, 2012 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

(Neste Oil Corp./Biodiesel Magazine)  Neste Oil has completed the first phase of its project to build a pilot plant for producing microbial oil. Construction of the plant is on-schedule and on-budget. The first phase will …

Engineers Pursue Flexible Electronics, Self-folding Structures and Controlled Photosynthesis on a Grand Scale
August 30, 2012 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

(National Science Foundation)  The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced 15 Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) grants for fiscal year 2012, awarding nearly $30 million to 68 investigators at 26 institutions.
During the next …

Michigan Tech Leads International Study of Social, Environmental Impacts of Biofuel Production
August 30, 2012 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Donovan  (Michigan Tech News)  Is it possible to develop and produce biofuels in a sustainable way, without harming people or the environment?  What policies need to be put in place to help that happen?
Nearly …

UC Riverside Developing Biofuel Formulations for California
August 30, 2012 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Sean Nealon  (UCR Today)  Research supports several California measures that aim to increase the use of renewable fuels and reduce greenhouse gases
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s College of Engineering – Center for Environmental …

Kitchen Grease Haulers Now Required to Register with Maryland Department of Agriculture
August 30, 2012 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Southern Maryland Online)   Kitchen grease may not seem high on the list of valuable items a thief might steal, but the practice has become so widespread and potentially dangerous that the Maryland Department of Agriculture …

Brazilian Ethanol Exports to U.S. Likely to Grow – Datagro
August 30, 2012 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Reese Ewing  (Reuters Africa)  Exports of Brazilian ethanol to the U.S. market are likely to grow, while still allowing Brazil to increase its blend of the biofuel in gasoline in early 2013, local sugar …

EPA, DOT Finalize Fuel Efficiency Rule, Address Biofuel Comments
August 30, 2012 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Transportation finalized new fuel efficiency standards on Aug. 28. The new corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards will increase fuel economy to …

Discovery of Plant Gene Lays Groundwork for Improved Biofuel Processing
August 30, 2012 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by James Hataway (UGA Today)  Since 2007, researchers at the BioEnergy Science Center, one of three Department of Energy-funded research centers, have partnered to figure out how to break down plants so that they easily …

EPA Proposed Rule “National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter”: Urban Air Initiative Comments
August 30, 2012 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative) From a letter to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, August 30, 2012:  Urban Air Initiative (UAI) appreciates this opportunity to comment on the Agency’s proposal to address one of our most …

Online Courses: New Stanford Certificate in Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies
August 29, 2012 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: Stanford University- Stanford Center for Professional Development 
Name of Course: New Stanford Certificate in Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies
Part of a Certificate Program
Course description: 
Take courses in energy topics such as biofuels online at …

Obama Fuel-Economy Rule Gives Sweeteners To Honda, Tesla
August 29, 2012 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Angela Greiling Keane (Bloomberg)  Honda Motor Co. (7267), which last year complained that a proposed fuel-economy rule was unfair to non- U.S. automakers, got a boost when the final version added extra credits for …

South Dakota’s Biofuels and Economic Boom
August 29, 2012 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  South Dakota has become one of the fastest-growing states in the US, at the same time as it has achieved energy independence through development of its biofuels fleet.  Coincidence, or …