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Total Energy USA November 27-29, 2012 Houston, TX
October 12, 2012 – 12:59 pm | No Comment
Total Energy USA     November 27-29, 2012    Houston, TX

How will energy security be achieved?
Is the oil and gas industry at odds with renewable energy or will synergistic skill sets and technologies advance the race for a cleaner and more efficient energy economy?
What will …

The RFS: It’s Not Broke, Don’t Fix It
October 8, 2012 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  This summer’s drought in the farm belt raised real fears about food supplies and prices. But some in the livestock, poultry and meat processing industries are using …

Ethanol Is Working
October 8, 2012 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Chicago Tribune)  Letter to Editor:   The recent editorial “A crop shortage should provoke policy changes. Are you listening, Congress?” paints a dire picture that forecasts food shortages and civil unrest. Sounds …

Corn Price Decline Less Than 1% With Full RFS Waiver
October 8, 2012 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Corn and Soybean Digest)  A full waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS) conventional biofuel requirement might reduce corn prices by just 0.5% (4¢/bu.) in 2012-2013, according to a new analysis conducted by the Food and Agriculture …

Even with High Gas Prices, Drivers Question Value of E85
October 8, 2012 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Bryce G. Hoffman   (Detroit News)  …While the price of ethanol, or E85, is lower than the price of regular unleaded — the average price in Michigan at the end of last week was …

Ethanol-Infused Gas Takes Test Run in Tainan
October 8, 2012 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Taiwan Today)   Taiwan Institute of Economic Research introduced the benefits of ethanol-infused fuel to the nation’s drivers in Rende Township, Tainan City, Oct. 4.   TIER, subcontracted by the National Science Council to conduct …

Jet Fuel Crop Plan in Abu Dhabi Ready for Take-Off
October 8, 2012 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Caline Malek (The National)  Scientists at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology hope to acquire 200 hectares of land they need to set up a demonstration farm in Abu Dhabi.
“Once we get it, we can …

The Hillary Step: 7 Biofuels Contenders, 7 Routes to Scale, Who’s Near the Summit, Who Will Plant the Flag?
October 8, 2012 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Every biofuels contender has its own route to the top – with unique advantages and technical challenges.  Who is nearing the Summit, what’s their Hillary Step, who’s got Sherpas, who’s …

Incitor and the Birth of a New Low-Cost Fuel Molecule
October 4, 2012 – 11:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A new drop-in, low-cost, high-octane fuel molecule? How does that work, and why, and when?  How does it change the energy independence equation?   Today, the Digest visits Incitor to find …

Global Clean Energy, Inc. Continues Its Algae Development Projects
October 4, 2012 – 10:05 pm | No Comment

(Energy Digital/MarketWire)  Global Clean Energy, Inc., continues to develop its plan to provide the most efficient feedstocks for biomass fuel production. The company has begun to provide for production of Jatropha and switch grass in rural …

Ethanol Plant to Boost Biofuel Output
October 3, 2012 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Louise Lucas and Chris Tighe   (Financial Times)  One of Europe’s biggest ethanol plants is poised to start production in northern England, part of a surge of biofuel capacity expected to come on line in …

Tough Races: 9 Friends of Energy Independence in Tight 2012 Political Campaigns
October 3, 2012 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) It’s a year of low congressional approval and not much congressional action. But every election is an important one, and there’s lots of unfinished business from this past cycle. Here are …

15 Biobased Companies in the 2012 Cleantech 100
October 3, 2012 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …15 biobased and biofuels companies were named to the Global Cleantech 100 by the Cleantech Group, which said that it examined more than 6,000 companies in the Cleantech 100 process. …

Opis LCFS Workshop December 13-14, 2012 San Francisco, CA
October 3, 2012 – 11:13 am | No Comment
Opis LCFS Workshop   December 13-14, 2012    San Francisco, CA

California • New England • Quebec • British Columbia • Oregon • Ontario
The Low Carbon Fuel Standard wave is spreading across North America.
Attend this premiere workshop and hear from the leading authorities who are creating …

$1-2/gal Price Hikes, Refinery Closures Seen Under California LCFS
October 3, 2012 – 10:56 am | No Comment

(  While already suffering through the highest pump prices in the continental U.S., Californians could face even higher gasoline and diesel costs when new low carbon fuel regulations gain traction Jan. 1, warn fuel experts. …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: 2012 Annual Renewable Energy Conference November 5 Jonesboro, AR DEADLINE: October 11, 2012
October 3, 2012 – 10:45 am | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  2012 Annual Renewable Energy Conference  November 5  Jonesboro, AR  DEADLINE: October 11, 2012

(Arkansas State University College of  Agriculture and Technology)  This conference will feature invited speakers from industry, research, outreach, and education communities in the emerging areas of renewable energy. Experts will provide overview of current efforts …

2012 Annual Renewable Energy Conference November 5 Jonesboro, Arkansas
October 3, 2012 – 10:41 am | No Comment
2012 Annual Renewable Energy Conference     November 5   Jonesboro, Arkansas

(Arkansas State University College of  Agriculture and Technology)  This conference will feature invited speakers from industry, research, outreach, and education communities in the emerging areas of renewable energy. Experts will provide overview of current efforts …

Canadian Renewable Fuels Summit 2012 December 3-5 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
October 3, 2012 – 10:33 am | No Comment
Canadian Renewable Fuels Summit 2012     December 3-5    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Canada is now a frontrunner in the worldwide effort to create clean, renewable sources of transportation fuel. The benefits of this approach are many. From an economic standpoint, our industry generates $2 billion in economic …

Integration of Biodiesel RIN Verification in the BQ-9000 Program
October 3, 2012 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Pete Moss (Biodiesel Magazine)  BQ-9000 is the gold standard for quality control in the biodiesel industry. The accreditation program was developed by the National Biodiesel Board to ensure better quality in a rapidly growing …

Report: Large Energy Cuts Can Help Avoid Sequestration
October 2, 2012 – 9:57 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill E2Wire)  A spending watchdog group said Monday that Congress could cut $123.2 billion from energy programs over 10 years in an effort to avoid automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration.
Taxpayers …

A Brief History of Biofuels
October 2, 2012 – 9:50 pm | No Comment

by RP Siegel (TriplePundit) …Back in 1917, Alexander Graham Bell made the following observation in National Geographic, “Alcohol makes a beautiful, clean and efficient fuel. Alcohol can be manufactured from corn stalks, and in fact from almost …

Change the World: Sapphire Energy’s Green Crude Farm, Illustrated
October 2, 2012 – 9:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Growing crude oil as a crop – Sapphire Energy and its Green Crude Farm – can it be the sunlight in your universe and change the world?   What does it look …

Patterson Science Center Approves Demonstration Plot
October 2, 2012 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  The Patterson Science Center, in partnership with the Patterson Foundation and the Caldwell Green Commission, recently approved the establishment of a biofuels feedstock crop demonstration plot on the Patterson Campus …

Getting Into the Business of Biofuel
October 2, 2012 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Andrea Fox  (Water Environment Federation/WEF Highlights) Most wastewater treatment plants do not support acres of sunflowers, rapeseed, or sorghum. However, a grant-funded pilot program at the Neuse River Wastewater Treatment Plant (Raleigh, N.C.) could …

Establishing Energy Grasses in Sprayfields
October 2, 2012 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  As part of its project to establish energy grasses in the southeastern part of the state on hog lagoon sprayfields and verify the economic opportunities for biofuels, the Biofuels Center …

Fuel Freedom Foundation Announces Video Competition Winners
October 2, 2012 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Fuel Freedom Foundation has announced the winners of its first college video competition. The winning films are short segments produced by Chapman University Dodge College of Film and …

NREL Produces Ethylene via Photosynthesis
October 2, 2012 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Scientists at the U.S. DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have demonstrated a better way to use photosynthesis to produce ethylene, a breakthrough that could change the way materials, chemicals, …

Small Solution for Big Biomass Problem
October 2, 2012 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  …High moisture feedstocks can muck up the hammer mill system. However, many advanced biofuel producers do not want completely dry feedstocks.
The solution will lie in a technology that works well to …

Fiberight Looking to Build Four New Maryland Sites, Add Jobs
October 2, 2012 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Gantz (Baltimore Business Journal)  Fiberight LLC has been on the fast track to commercializing owner Craig Stuart-Paul’s technology for turning trash into biofuel since Stuart-Paul founded the company in 2007.  READ MORE

Labeling Renewable Energies: How the Language Surrounding Biofuels Can Influence Its Public Acceptance
October 2, 2012 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Michael A. Cacciatore, Dietram A. Scheufele, Bret R. Shaw (Science Direct/Energy Policy)  Despite growing interest and investments in biological fuels, little is known of how the public form opinions toward this alternative fuel technology. …

OPINION: Critic of DDG Wrong: Ethanol and Distillers Grains Help to Make Most of Every Bushel.
October 2, 2012 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Chad Blindauer (The Daily Republic)  As a farmer and cattle feeder, I felt obligated to write this today to clear up the continued falsities being produced from the author of “Distillers grain not as …

Are High Grain Prices Good for Anyone?
October 2, 2012 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Roy Roberson (Southeast Farm Press)  • Sounds like a good deal for grain growers and a bad one for livestock producers and consumers, but are such high prices really good for any of us?
• …

“Semi-Dwarf” Trees May Enable a Green Revolution for Some Forest Crops
October 2, 2012 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(Oregon State University)  The same “green revolution” concepts that have revolutionized crop agriculture and helped to feed billions of people around the world may now offer similar potential in forestry, scientists say, with benefits for …

Kansas Energy Projects Fuel Economic Promise
October 2, 2012 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Tim Carpenter  (Topeka Capital Journal)  Grants of $20.5 million offer twist to ethanol plant, farm machinery
A $15.9 million investment of federal economic stimulus cash by Gov. Sam Brownback hangs on an Oakley ethanol plant’s …

Ford and GM Okay E15 Blends for New Vehicles
October 2, 2012 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(  Ford Motor Co. and General Motors have quietly approved gasoline blends with up to 15% ethanol for use in later model cars and light trucks, Oil Express has learned.
Together, the automakers produce more than …

Student Program at the 2013 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit February 25-27 National Harbor, MD
October 1, 2012 – 9:01 pm | No Comment
Student Program at the 2013 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit   February 25-27     National Harbor, MD

The 2013 Summit Student Program presents a unique opportunity for student energy leaders to engage with policymakers, entrepreneurs, and scientists, hear real-world perspectives on working in the energy field, and gain exposure to companies and …

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit February 25-27, 2013 National Harbor, MD
October 1, 2012 – 9:00 pm | No Comment
ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit    February 25-27, 2013     National Harbor, MD

ARPA-E will hold its fourth annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit February 25 – February 27, 2013 at the Gaylord Convention Center just outside Washington, D.C. It brings together thought leaders from academia, business, and government …

Why We Need Biofuels
September 30, 2012 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by Gale Buchanan, S.Z. Li, James R. Fischer and Joshua Yean (25 x ’25)  The following guest blog is a response to a recent Wall Street Journal editorial that criticized U.S. biofuel policy. The authors of this rebuttal are from Gale …

National Science Foundation Grants of $947,000 Help University of New Hampshire Professor Boost Ethanol Efficiency
September 30, 2012 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

(University of New Hampshire News)  Xiaowei Teng, assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of New Hampshire, has received two National Science Foundation grants totaling nearly $1 million to improve the efficiency of ethanol …

Fight over Expanding Canola in Oregon Pits Organic Food Lovers against Biofuels Advocates
September 30, 2012 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/Washington Post)  Wet winters and cool, dry summers make Oregon’s Willamette Valley one of the best places on the globe to produce seeds for organic broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and a variety of …

Exclusive: BA’s Biofuels Plant Set for Take-Off before the End of the Year
September 30, 2012 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Will Nichols (Business Green)  Preferred site has been chosen for London facility set to generate two per cent of BA’s fuel from waste
BA is set to begin initial construction on a planned biofuel-from-waste plant …

Praj Focuses on Second Generation Biofuel
September 30, 2012 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Seema Singh (Forbes India/SME Mentor)  … After three years of technology development and plant engineering, Praj is now building a commercial scale demonstration plant to produce ethanol – also called cellulosic ethanol – from biomass, …

Industrial CHP in the U.S. Gets Bump from Executive Order and Biorefinery Expansion
September 30, 2012 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Mackinnon Lawrence (Biofuels Digest/Pike Research)  …Still a nascent industry and a relatively minor player in industrial CHP, industrial biorefining is not explicitly mentioned in the “Executive Order on Accelerating Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency”, …

‘Miracle’ Crop Could Invade Like Kudzu
September 30, 2012 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

By John Murawski  (News and Observer/ Herald)  It’s billed as a champion energy crop that yields three times as much ethanol per acre as corn, a fast-growing field grass that’s ideal for making clean auto …

Bangchak Plans 2nd Plant to Produce Biodiesel
September 30, 2012 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Watchara Pussayanawin  (The Nation)  Bangchak Petroleum plans to build a second biodiesel plant next year with an investment of Bt800 million, adding 300,000 litres of biodiesel annually to the current total of 660,000 litres.
President …

ABS Celebrates Young Algae Researchers and ASP Veterans
September 28, 2012 – 8:41 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Six student scientists were presented with the first Young Algae Researcher Awards today in Denver for their contributions to fields of algae biology and engineering on the final day of the 2012 Algae …

When Will I Be Loved?: Supporters of the US Renewable Fuel Standard Begin to Rally
September 28, 2012 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …“Fuels America is built around one core idea: renewable fuel is essential to the U.S. economy, our nation’s energy security, our rural communities and the environment,” said former Congressman Jim …

Biofuels Center of North Carolina 2012-2013 Request for Proposals
September 28, 2012 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  To accelerate development of a statewide biofuels industry, the Biofuels Center of North Carolina funds projects and activities supporting its legislatively mandated mission of implementing North Carolina’s Strategic Plan for …

Fuel and Technology Alternatives for Buses
September 27, 2012 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

(VTT Technology)  … So far, conventional diesel buses and conventional diesel fuel have dominated the market, with some contribution from natural gas buses. Now we are in a situation in which the technology options are increasing rapidly. …

Biofuel Startups Turn to Cosmetics, Supplements for Profits
September 27, 2012 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Tia Ghose (California Watch)  Once a promising source of green energy, high-tech biofuel is being eclipsed by skin cream and food products as manufacturers shift to more lucrative products.
After Congress enacted a renewable fuel standard in …

One Report Says Global Grain at Record High
September 27, 2012 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Rich Keller (Ag Professional)  As most of the reports circulating in the United States are about anticipated grain shortages in meeting demand, a report came out this week from one organization that was headlined: …

Aurora Algae Secures $2 Million LEED Grant
September 27, 2012 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Aurora Algae has announced the successful completion of requirements for a two million dollar (AUD) Low Emissions Energy Development (LEED) grant, which has been used to advance the Company’s algae-based biomass production at …

Industry Launches “Fuels America” Campaign
September 27, 2012 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  In the face of increasing calls to waive the nation’s Renewable Fuel Standard, biofuel industry stakeholders today announced a major new communications campaign to educate consumers and policy makers about the …

International Project Aims to Develop Water-Efficient Biofuel Crops
September 27, 2012 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Scientists from the University of Liverpool are part of an international research project to apply the properties of drought-adapted desert plants, like agave, to poplar trees, a recognised biofuel crop.
Dr James Hartwell, from the …

FAO Publishes Book on Biofuels Co-Products Use in Animal Feeds
September 27, 2012 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(American Association of Swine Veterinarians)  The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization recently published a book entitled Biofuel co-products as livestock feed – Opportunities and challenges. AASV member Dr Harold Tilstra co-authored Chapter 3; ”Impact of …

Plans for Canada’s Largest Biofuel Facility Announced
September 27, 2012 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(Journal of Commerce)  The largest organics biofuel facility in Canada will be built in Surrey, B.C., as a way to divert waste from the landfill and turn it into natural gas.
…City spokeswoman Tara Foslien says …

Enterprise Holdings Pilots Renewable Synthetic Diesel for Airport Shuttle Buses
September 27, 2012 – 11:52 am | No Comment

(MarketWatch/Enterprise Holdings)  Enterprise Holdings, owner and operator of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands, is piloting a program with Mansfield Oil Company to use renewable synthetic diesel fuel in …

Global Investment in New Biorefinery Infrastructure will Total $170 Billion through 2022, Forecasts Pike Research
September 27, 2012 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(Herald Online)  The biorefining sector, which employs a variety of technology platforms to convert biomass feedstocks into a range of high-demand bio-based products including fuels, chemicals, power, food, and renewable oils, currently sits at the …

Heard it Through the Grapevine: Useful Facts and Scuttlebutt from the Algae Biomass Summit
September 27, 2012 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Jobs, global expansion, proteins vs fuels, new R&D funding – all the big issues are under debate both on and off the floor at the Algae Biomass Summit.
…Jobs   Dr. John …

Disconnect Between Biofuel Mandates & Demand?
September 26, 2012 – 8:36 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  A new study, Global Biofuels Outlook to 2025, authored by Hart Energy, finds a disconnect between mandates established in the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and Renewable Energy Directive in the European …

Utah State Dragster Runs on Cheese Waste Biofuel
September 26, 2012 – 8:20 pm | No Comment

A team of engineering students from Utah State University has set a new land speed record using a car that burns a new form of sustainable biofuel made from a waste product of the cheese manufacturing process.
“How many people …

Biobased Products and Algae
September 26, 2012 – 8:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …For all the excitement about fuels — biobased products may be even a hotter trend for the renewables sector’s hottest feedstock.
One of the big trends this week? The biobased product …

US EPA Direct Final, Proposed Rules Amend Heating Oil Definition
September 26, 2012 – 8:03 pm | No Comment

by Ashley Player (Biodiesel Magazine)  You may or may not have noticed that the U.S. EPA released a direct final rule and proposed rule on Sept.17 modifying the definition of heating oil in the renewable …

Algae Industry Counseled on Sustainability Objectives at Summit
September 26, 2012 – 7:56 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Biodiesel Magazine)  The algae industry’s ambition to build a global industry that is fundamentally sustainable, safe and responsible was the chief topic of discussion on day two of the 2012 Algae Biomass …

EU Non-Food Biofuels Target Needs New Investment -Shell Unit
September 26, 2012 – 7:46 pm | No Comment

(Reuters) * EU shift away from food-based biofuels will need big investment
* EU will need millions of tonnes of non-food biofuels to meet targets
* Investment incentives currently not enough
Large new investment incentives will be needed …

Biodico and LamdaGen Corporation Announce Collaboration
September 26, 2012 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

(Herald Online) Biodico, Inc. and LamdaGen Corporation have announced a collaboration whereby LamdaGen’s nano-based Meta-Catalytic Surface (MCS) technology will be integrated into Biodico’s Research & Development programs for biomass-based diesel, combined heat and power, and biochemicals. …

Enerjetik Plans Denver Facility to Produce Biofuels
September 26, 2012 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

(Denver Business Journal)  Enerjetik LLC of Denver said Tuesday it will partner with a North Carolina company to build a pilot-scale facility in Denver to produce biofuels from solid waste.
The joint technology agreement was reached …

Airbus Adds Massive China Link to Global Biofuels Circle
September 26, 2012 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Ben Sandilands  (Crikey)   With the West Texas Crude oil price at well under $US 100 per barrel and the cross over price for aviation grade biofuels largely assigned to the $US 140-150 barrel …

Whisky Distillery Tries a Wee Dram of Biofuel
September 26, 2012 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(Reuters) A small Scottish whisky maker is aiming to turn its by-products into biofuel and become the world’s first whisky distillery to fuel car and trucks in a move which could see Scotland’s 100-plus distilleries …

Ebony and Ivory: The BioProcess Algae Story
September 26, 2012 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …But carbon dioxide emissions remain. In fact, large corn ethanol plants are considered “major emitters” under EPA rules because one-third of the corn kernel, by weight, is released as carbon …

Ethanol Powered Muscle Cars Hit the Track In Kearney
September 26, 2012 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Emily Roehler (NebraskaTV)  It’s being billed as “8 Seconds of Corn-fed Madness.”
Street-legal muscle cars doing 180 mph on a quarter-mile track, powered by ethanol, the renewable fuel made from corn, will race down the track …

Port of Tampa Prepares to Unveil New Railroad Line to Boost Cargo, Ethanol Markets
September 26, 2012 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Jamal Thalji (Tampa Bay Times)  The transformation of the Port of Tampa will start on land.
The port is nearing completion of the $11 million Tampa Gateway Rail Terminal, a 2-mile rail loop that will speed …

Iowa E15 Sales Strong
September 26, 2012 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  E15 sales in Iowa are proving to be strong right out of the pump. This may be a poor metaphor, but the good news is that Linn Co-op Oil Company, the first …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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