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Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
August 8, 2013 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.
-Use a dedicated, self-reducing non-renewable carbon user fee to fund renewable energy R&D.
-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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More Accurate ILUC Carbon Accounting
November 6, 2012 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Dr. Jesper Hedal Kløverpris and Dr. Steffen Mueller have proposed a new approach to measuring the climate impact of biofuels related land-use changes (ILUC) as opposed to other land use changes: “Baseline Time Accounting …

Financing in Place, Cobalt Ready to Deploy n-butanol in Brazil
November 6, 2012 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) With the announcement of new investment from Bunge Global Innovation LLC, Cobalt Technologies’ n-butanol development is ready for deployment in Brazil.  “We’re in a position now where the demonstration …

Perspectives on 2013: Ethanol Industry Executives Approach 2013 with Optimism and Concern.
November 6, 2012 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen & Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Looking into the future, Jeff Roskam, CEO of the Kansas Alliance for Biorefining and Bioenergy, fears any modification of the renewable fuel standard (RFS). “Period,” he …

The Role of Biofuels in a Warming World
November 6, 2012 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

RP Siegel (TriplePundit)  … We know that the 14 billion gallons of ethanol produced by American agriculture last year displaced close to 10 billion gallons of gasoline, reducing carbon emissions that contribute to warming. Biofuel …

Election Day: Amidst Shifting Geopolitical Realities, U.S. Biofuels Industry Seeks Policy Clarity
November 6, 2012 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Mackinnon Lawrence  (Biofuels Digest/Pike Research)  …A lack of clarity around biofuels policy reflects a reshuffling of current geopolitical realities that belies nearly forty years of dependence on Middle East oil.
… Data published by the Energy …

Running from the Bear: Making Biofuels from Municipal Solid Waste
November 6, 2012 – 10:01 am | No Comment

by Ed Hamrick (Biofuels Digest/Greenworld Fuels)  … There are more than two billion tons of MSW produced worldwide every year, with more than 250 million tons per year produced in the USA every year. Disposal of …

Agro2 Achieves Sustainability Certification for Cassava in Panama
November 5, 2012 – 7:14 pm | No Comment

(Agro2/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Agro2 S.A., located in Veraguas, Panama, is proud to be the first company in Panama to be certified by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification confirming the compliance of Agro2’s cassava production …

Profiling Team Romney: Charles Conner
November 5, 2012 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Charles Conner’s extensive background in agriculture includes several years in the USDA as deputy secretary of agriculture as well as serving as acting secretary of agriculture from August 2007 …

Civic and Small-Scale Biofuels Statewide: A Second Annual Convening of Civic, Production, and Agency Parties December 13, 2012 Greensboro, NC
November 5, 2012 – 6:36 pm | No Comment
Civic and Small-Scale Biofuels Statewide:  A Second Annual Convening of Civic, Production, and Agency Parties   December 13, 2012   Greensboro, NC

A range of leaders from the biofuels community will share experiences and trigger ideas for developing successful biomass and biofuel production projects that are smaller in scale. Communities statewide have potential to benefit through locally …

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: 2013 International Biomass Conference & Expo April 8-10, 2013 Minneapolis, MN DEADLINE: December 14, 2012
November 5, 2012 – 1:17 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  2013 International Biomass Conference & Expo  April 8-10, 2013  Minneapolis, MN   DEADLINE: December 14, 2012

Submit your presentation or poster ideas for a chance to present to the largest gathering of biomass professionals in the world. Presentation ideas will be accepted for the 2013 International Biomass Conference & Expo through …

COLUMN-BP Biofuel U-Turn Upsets Second Generation: Wynn
November 5, 2012 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Gerard Wynn (Reuters)  BP’s decision to scrap plans for a U.S. cellulosic ethanol refinery is a setback for second generation biofuels and opens the door to alternatives including Brazilian sugar ethanol, biodiesel and electric …

One-Step Algae Harvesting, Dewatering, FAME Production
November 5, 2012 – 11:29 am | 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 algae to biodiesel in a one-step process using resins. In a paper …

Centre for Process Innovation Helps Make Whisky Fuel
November 5, 2012 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Kelley Price (Evening Gazette)  A Scottish whisky distillery is about to become the first in the world to turn its waste into advanced biofuel – here on Teesside.
Tullibardine, an independent malt whisky producer, is …

Solazyme: The Making Of A Specialty Oil Giant
November 5, 2012 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Kevin Quon (Seeking Alpha)  When it comes to renewable oils company Solazyme (SZYM), it would be good to check your understanding of biofuels at the door. Solazyme’s heterotrophic algae are utilized within a closed fermentation …

Stoel Rives Publishes “The Law of Biorefineries and Advanced Biofuels”
November 5, 2012 – 10:25 am | No Comment

(Stoel Rives)  Businesses benefit by having informed decision makers. That is why Stoel Rives developed the award-winning Renewable + Law blog in 2007, together with a series of “Law of” guidebooks covering the gamut of renewable energy …

Open up the RFS, Says Ethanol Across America White Paper
November 5, 2012 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  KATZEN International chief says generation 1.5 ethanol is the key path to reaching RFS2 targets – with new feedstocks, advanced fermentation plants.
Phil Madson, President of KATZEN International, has authored a …

Algae Producers Look to Market By-Product of Biodiesel
November 2, 2012 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (  Just as ethanol producers have been able to market the co-product dried distillers grains (DDGs) as livestock feed, those folks producing algae for biodiesel want to find more uses for what’s …

NC A&T Earns National Science Foundation Funding to Open Bioenergy Center
November 2, 2012 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

(National Science Foundation)  The Bioenergy Center at North Carolina A&T State University (NCA&T) will be an educational and research resource for the United States in the field of thermochemical conversion of biomass to bioenergy. The …

Iowa RFA Asks Car Makers to Endorse E15
November 2, 2012 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) is asking all auto makers to recommend the use of 15% ethanol blended fuel (E15) for use in new model vehicles.
IRFA has sent letters to the heads …

3rd Commercial Farm Africa March 19-20, 2013 Accra, Ghana
November 2, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment
3rd Commercial Farm Africa  March 19-20, 2013    Accra, Ghana

“Into Africa- Building Local Markets, Improving Farm Productivity & Increasing ROI”
“ Key highlights

Climate change and the impact on global agriculture market
Investment opportunities & land utilization in Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Liberia …

2nd Starch World 2013 January 21-23 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
November 2, 2012 – 11:53 am | No Comment
2nd Starch World 2013  January 21-23   Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

CMT’s first Cassava Starch World (tinh bột sắn) was launched in February 2012 and established itself as the region’s pioneer starch market event connecting the most important global players and stakeholders with Asian opportunities and …

Baseline Time Accounting Significantly Improves the Climate Impact Assessment of Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC)
November 1, 2012 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire)  Accounting for dynamics in the global agricultural area reduces the current estimated contributions to global warming from ILUC by 60-70%
Indirect land use models that forecast the global warming impact of biofuels production incorporate …

Webinar: Beyond the Talking Points: The Truth About Biofuels November 14, 2012
November 1, 2012 – 5:03 pm | No Comment
Webinar:  Beyond the Talking Points: The Truth About Biofuels  November 14, 2012

The U.S. transportation sector runs predominantly on fossil fuels, much of which is imported from countries hostile to us. This reliance—some say dependence—on fossil fuels puts America’s national security and economy  at risk as the …

Using Manure To Mend Mine-Damaged Soils
November 1, 2012 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(USDA Agricultural Research Service)  From 1850 to 1950, the Tri-State Mining District of southwestern Missouri, southeastern Kansas, and northeastern Oklahoma produced 50 percent of the zinc and 10 percent of the lead in the United …

Aussie Brothers Make Biofuel Breakthrough
November 1, 2012 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Nick Perry (The Australian)  A Technology breakthrough by two Australian brothers could offer a solution to the world’s insatiable appetite for food and fuel.
Phillip and Geoff Bell have developed a new way to produce …

Venter: Biofuels ‘Dead’ without U.S. Aid
November 1, 2012 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Bradley J. Fikes  (North County Times)  Famed genomics researcher J. Craig Venter, who is working to develop biofuels from photosynthetic algae, acknowledged this week that alternate fuels are “dead” unless the federal government mandates …

New Calculator Helps Farmers Determine Costs, Benefits of Switching to Energy Crops
November 1, 2012 – 12:39 pm | One Comment

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  Agricultural economists at the University of Illinois have been calculating the costs for farmers to produce biomass energy crops as renewable alternatives to fossil fuels. In fact – they …

UK Gov to Source Palm Oil from Environmental-Friendly Sources by 2015
November 1, 2012 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

(  By the end of 2015, all palm oil used in the UK government’s food and catering services will be from environmentally-friendly sources, the country’s Environment Minister has announced.
…The Renewable Energy Association (REA) commented on …

Biofuel Breakthrough: Quick Cook Method Turns Algae into Oil
November 1, 2012 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/University of Michigan)  It looks like Mother Nature was wasting her time with a multimillion-year process to produce crude oil. Michigan Engineering researchers can “pressure-cook” algae for as little as a minute and transform an …

Climatic Conditions Make Abu Dhabi Ideal for Commercial Production of Biofuels from Algae
November 1, 2012 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(United Arab Emirates/  Abu Dhabi’s abundant sunshine and climate make it a near-ideal location for growing algae for commercial production of biofuels. Such unique geographic and climatic conditions further enhance the opportunity for the Emirate …

Is It Time to Stop Putting Food in Our Cars?
November 1, 2012 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Kenneth P. Green and Elizabeth DeMeo (American Enterprise Institute) The ethanol mandate continues to do more harm than good — inflicting environmental damage, raising food prices, and distorting energy markets. …
Ethanol and Food Prices  …
Ethanol and …

New Technology to Produce Ethanol from Sago
November 1, 2012 – 11:36 am | No Comment

(The Star)  A Japanese technology, which is still in its pilot stage, may be used on sago to produce ethanol.
Kansai Chemical Engineering Company Limited of Bio-Energy Corporation presdent Dr Hideo Noda said in Japan, several …

“Rocks, Again” for Biofuels: New Capital Structures Needed for New Times?
November 1, 2012 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Better routes to capital formation may offer routes to a better world.
… Tax credits, loan guarantees, mandates, subsidies, and grants have been popular with project developers. Increasingly less so with …

Webinar: Global Solutions for Global Challenges: International Collaborations to Advance Bioenergy Research December 5, 2012 1:00PM ET
October 31, 2012 – 5:16 pm | No Comment
Webinar:  Global Solutions for Global Challenges: International Collaborations to Advance Bioenergy Research      December 5, 2012    1:00PM ET

Presenters will highlight the progress of ongoing research collaborations among scientists supported by the Energy Department and researchers from China, Brazil, and other countries around the world. Scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Idaho …

Vnesheconombank, Bright Capital, and Renmatix Consider Implementation of an Investment Project in Biochemical and Biofuels Industries
October 31, 2012 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

(MSN Money/PR NewsWire)  During the first Moscow International Forum for Innovative Development Open Innovations, the State Corporation ‘Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs’ (Vnesheconombank), venture capital firm Bright Capital Management, and Renmatix, the leading …

SAE International Book Takes You Inside the Workings of a Grand Prix Motorcycle Engine
October 31, 2012 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

(Business Journals/SAE/PR NewsWire)  SAE International offers a book that takes readers inside engines of World Championship Grand Prix motorcycles, detailing the design concepts that make them work.
“Engine Design Concepts for World Championship Grand Prix Motorcycles” is …

Bio Architecture Lab, Xunshan Group to Co-Develop 
Integrated Biorefinery
October 31, 2012 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biobased Digest)  Partnership aims for fuels, chemicals & co-products from brown seaweed
In California, Bio Architecture Lab announced an agreement with China’s Xunshan Group, the world’s largest grower of brown seaweed and a …

Profiling Team Romney: Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman
October 31, 2012 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Biodiesel Magazine)  If Republican candidate Mitt Romney wins the election, there’s a good chance Nebraska will once again send a native son to Washington to serve in the president’s cabinet. Last time, …

REG Begins $20 Million Upgrade to Minn.-Based Biodiesel Plant
October 31, 2012 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) … Originally designed as a facility to process vegetable oils such as soybean oil, the $20 million upgrades will allow the facility to take in lower-cost feedstock such as waste vegetable …

E2 Report Projects Increased Advanced Biofuel Production
October 31, 2012 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Biomass Magazine)  A report published by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) demonstrates that the biofuel industry is well-positioned to meet increased demand for advanced biofuels, which will be driven by the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS) and …

F.O. Licht’s Sugar and Ethanol Asia February 26-27, 2013 Bangkok, Thailand
October 31, 2012 – 12:25 pm | No Comment
F.O. Licht’s Sugar and Ethanol Asia   February 26-27, 2013   Bangkok, Thailand

F.O. Licht’s Sugar and Ethanol Asia, which is now in its 7th year, takes place at a time when Asia has moved into the limelight of the sugar and ethanol industry as international suppliers are …

Danish Firm Develops Enzyme to Boost Ethanol Output by 2.5 Percent
October 31, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  Novozymes said it has developed a new enzyme called Avantec that allows more ethanol to be produced from corn.
The Danish industrial enzymes maker said Avantec enables ethanol producers to …

Visiting Farmers See Cattle/Ethanol Operation
October 31, 2012 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  A group of 17 farmers from Canada, Honduras, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, Swaziland, United Kingdom, Uruguay, US, Zambia, and Zimbabwe had the chance to visit a livestock operation …

Cattle, Corn Contribute to Ethanol Bonanza
October 31, 2012 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Art Hovey (Lincoln Journal Star)  The economic bounce that comes from the combination of corn and cattle in Nebraska “is unmatched any other place in the country,” agricultural economist Bruce Johnson told the Nebraska …

Algae Tehnology Europe December 5-7, 2012 Ghent, Belgium
October 31, 2012 – 11:37 am | No Comment
Algae Tehnology Europe   December 5-7, 2012    Ghent, Belgium

Algae Technology Platform Europe: Investors Meet Developers will be on Day 1, December 5, 2012. A practical short course on Algae Harvesting and Processing for Value Added Applications will be held on Day 2 & …

A Million Tonnes of DDGs Pushed onto UK Market
October 31, 2012 – 11:25 am | No Comment

(All About Feed)  Two huge wheat-for-ethanol plants are coming on stream in Britain supplying and extra one million tonnes of distillers grains to the animal feed industry.
Material from these plants will help fill the cattle …

Neste Oil Opens First European Biofuel-from-Waste Pilot Plant
October 31, 2012 – 11:20 am | No Comment

(Energy Efficiency News)  Finnish firm Neste Oil officially opened its first European pilot plant for producing microbial oil from waste material in Porvoo, Finland on Friday.
…Neste Oil, meanwhile, has invested €8 million in its pilot plant as …

Kenoi: Biodiesel Deal of No Benefit to Residents, County
October 31, 2012 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Erin Miller (West Hawaii Today)  Aina Koa Pono’s biodiesel proposal isn’t a good deal for Hawaii County residents, Mayor Billy Kenoi said Monday, hours before the Public Utilities Commission was set to begin its …

California, No Longer the State Where the Future Happens First
October 31, 2012 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by James L. Stewart (Biofuels Digest/BioEnergy Producers Association)  For the past decade, repressive provisions in statute have discouraged developers of conversion technologies from operating in California.
Among its statutory roadblocks, the state has a scientifically inaccurate …

SG Biofuels Expands Jatropha Platform; Confirms $99 Per Barrel Crude Jatropha Oil
October 31, 2012 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Jatropha 2.0 crude oil costs drops below Brent crude petroleum price
In California, SG Biofuels announced at Advanced Biofuels Markets that it has expanded its global network of hybrid trial and …

Los Angeles County Votes in Favor of Waste-to-Energy Development
October 31, 2012 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In California, Los Angeles County is taking action to support the development of technologies to convert landfill waste into biofuels and biopower. In late September the County of Los …

European Next Generation Biofuels Webinar November 19, 2012
October 31, 2012 – 10:23 am | No Comment
European Next Generation Biofuels Webinar   November 19, 2012

New European Biofuels Policies   11:00AM ET  Free
In October, the European Commission proposed major changes to their existing biofuels policy. Under the new proposals, the EC will limit edible feedstock-based biofuels to just 5%. Given the …

Denmark Sets High Goals for Renewables
October 30, 2012 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Roger Moore (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Leifmark LLC)  …If you’re Denmark, and practically surrounded by the North Sea, global warming and the anticipated rise in the ocean level tend to focus the national mind. To thrive …

Mixing Lignocellulosic Slurries Presents Challenges
October 30, 2012 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Gregory T. Benz  (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Benz Technology International Inc.)  Lignocellulosic slurries have long been used for paper production as well as for feedstock for water-soluble polymer production, such as carboxy methyl cellulose. More recently, they …

Ethanol Production from Paper Industry Sludge Examined
October 30, 2012 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

by Ronalds Gonzalez (Ethanol Producer Magazine/North Carolina State University)  The concept of converting paper industry sludge to ethanol has been intensively studied in the past decade. Recently, research at North Carolina State University has shown …

Verifying Forest Sustainability
October 30, 2012 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Charles A. Levesque and Eric W. Kingsley (Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC/Biomass Magazine)  Increased talk about the use of woody biomass for energy in the U.S. has many people wondering how best to assure that …

Missouri High School Prepares to Expand Biodiesel Production Center
October 30, 2012 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba  (Biodiesel Magazine)  In Fenton, Mo., Rockwood Summit High School students and chemistry teacher Darrin Peters have taken hands-on learning to a whole new level with biodiesel production. The journey began five years …

Central European Initiative Ministerial Meeting on Science and Technology and Biofuels Conference Pave the Way for Promoting a Bio-based Economy in CEI Region
October 30, 2012 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(Central European Initiative)  Ministers of Science and their representatives from 18 CEI Member States, together with High Officials from the European Commission and from international scientific institutions attended the CEI Ministerial Meeting on Science and Technology in …

Aurora Algae’s Matt Caspari On Growing Algae in Australia
October 30, 2012 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Recently Aurora Algae 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 its …

A.I.M. Interview: Heliae’s Dan Simon
October 30, 2012 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)  Heliae is the 9th startup for CEO Dan Simon, and the company is finally at his favorite stage. “We are completing our charge through the Valley of Death,” he …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 21st European Biomass Conference and Exhibition June 3-7, 2013 Copenhagen, Denmark DEADLINE: January 21, 2013
October 30, 2012 – 4:20 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  21st European Biomass Conference and Exhibition June 3-7, 2013 Copenhagen, Denmark  DEADLINE:  January 21, 2013

The Call for Abstracts is now open. Be part of the main annual meeting for the international biomass community and present your latest scientific and technological results to biomass specialists and decision makers by submitting …

2nd Annual Southern Bioenergy Networks Meeting December 4-5, 2012 West Memphis, AR
October 30, 2012 – 4:06 pm | No Comment
2nd Annual Southern Bioenergy Networks Meeting   December 4-5, 2012   West Memphis, AR

The Southern Bioenergy Networks Meeting will be a collection of leaders representing state and regional renewable and bioenergy-advocacy organizations.  The Southeast Agriculture and Forest Energy Resources (SAFER) Alliance and the 25x’25 Alliance is convening this one day meeting to …

Biofuels Companies Drop Biomass and Turn to Natural Gas
October 30, 2012 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Bullis (MIT Technology Review)  The high cost of making biofuel from cellulosic sources is prompting a new strategy.
Calysta Energy, a recently unveiled startup based in Menlo Park, California, plans to make diesel fuel …

The Underlying Objection
October 30, 2012 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Is there something deeper going on in all this anti-ethanol rhetoric? Is there some sort of philosophical underlying problem?
…So, is it anti-corn? Is it anti-industrial agriculture? I can understand …

Solar Power, Coconut Biofuel to Meet 150% of Pacific Nation’s Electricity Demand
October 30, 2012 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Mridul Chadha (Clean Technica)  Solar power plants and coconut biofuel-powered generators will be switched on in Tokelau next week as the three-atoll administered region of New Zealand gears up to become the ‘the world’s first truly renewable …

Scottish Buses Switch up to B30 Biofuel
October 30, 2012 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(The Green Car Website)  Stagecoach buses in Scotland are cleaning up their act with a new blend of biofuel.
Some 530 buses and coaches in East Scotland area and almost 400 vehicles vehicles operating as part …

NRC Flies the World’s First Civil Jet Powered by 100 Percent Biofuel
October 30, 2012 – 11:15 am | No Comment

(MarketWire/National Research Council of Canada)  Historic Milestone for the Aviation and Sustainable Energy Industries
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) achieved a major milestone for the aviation industry today as it flew the first civil jet powered …

ZeaChem Completes Construction of Cellulosic Ethanol Biorefinery
October 30, 2012 – 11:07 am | No Comment

(ZeaChem)  ZeaChem Inc., developer of highly-efficient biorefineries, today announced that it has completed construction of its 250,000 gallons per year (GPY) cellulosic ethanol biorefinery in Boardman, Oregon. The project was completed on budget and is …

The 50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy and 30 Hottest Companies in Renewable Chemicals and Biobased Materials for 2012-13 Are Announced
October 30, 2012 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   In California, Renewable oils developer Solazyme took the #1 spot in the 2012-13 “50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy” rankings, announced today by Biofuels Digest at Advanced Biofuels Markets in …

Union of Concerned Scientists: 680 Million Tons of U.S. Biomass Available by 2030
October 29, 2012 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Union of Concerned Scientists has published a report that shows that biomass feedstock has the potential to dramatically increase our nation’s renewable energy supply. The report, titled “The …

Will Global Biofuel Investments Continue?
October 29, 2012 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Historically, 2009 was a hard year for biofuels. Biofuel spending was down to $5.6 billion from $15.4 billion in 2008. Investments in the industry focused on cellulosic technologies and sugarcane. This …

Bioenergy in the High School Classroom: Bioprospecting Lab
October 29, 2012 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Bioprospecting Lab: In collaboration with 2011 Research Experience for Teachers participant Craig Kohn and GLBRC scientists in Cameron Currie’s Lab at UW-Madison, we are developing a new lab sequence in …

Reflections on Developments in the Biorefinery Industry: 4th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference
October 29, 2012 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Stefaniya Becking (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The 4th Nordic Wood Biorefinery conference held in Helsinki, Finland (October 23-25, 2012) brought together over 300 people from around 30 countries. The organizers successfully achieved the goal of …

REAP Grants Include Money for Blender Pumps
October 29, 2012 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A total of $16 million in investment for 244 projects received funding from the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program, including several blender pumps and a few biomass-related projects. …

Profiling Team Romney: US Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas
October 29, 2012 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s short list of possible energy secretaries includes Tea Party-backed U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, the House energy committee chairman who gained infamy for his …

Profiling Team Romney: Florida Ag Commissioner Adam Putnam
October 29, 2012 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Tim Portz (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  At 22 years of age, fifth-generation cattle rancher and citrus grower Adam Putnam was elected to the Florida House of Representatives and was later appointed chairman of that body’s …

USDA GAIN Report Outlines Status of Spain’s Ethanol Industry
October 29, 2012 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The UDSA Foreign Agricultural Service recently published a Global Agricultural Information Network report outlining Spain’s ethanol industry. The report,” titled “Spain’s Bioethanol Standing Report,” notes that the country is …

BSR Publishes Sustainability Report, Seeks Public Comments
October 29, 2012 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  BSR, a nonprofit membership organization focused on consulting, research and cross-sector collaboration, has released a new report that assesses the sustainability impacts of commercial transportation fuels, as well as …

German Greentech Report Highlights Biomass, Biofuels
October 29, 2012 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The German Federal Environmental Ministry has released an environmental technology atlas produced by Roland Gerger Strategy Consultants. The report, titled “GreenTech made in Germany 3.0,” is the third such …

Profiling Team Romney: Continental Resources’ Harold Hamm and American Petroleum Institute’s Jack Gerard
October 29, 2012 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet  (Biodiesel Magazine)  Harold Hamm, a.k.a. “America’s Oil Man,” is chairman of Romney’s energy policy advisory team and likely his first runner-up choice for energy secretary after American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard.
An Oklahoma …

Indonesia Has Potential For Ethanol-Fuel Cars: GM
October 29, 2012 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Heru Andriyanto  (Jakarta Globe)   Indonesia might be a potential market for ethanol-fueled cars, following in the footsteps of other sugarcane-producing nations like Brazil that promote the alternative source to fossil fuel, a General Motors executive …

Scientists Make Case for Sustainable Approach to Bioenergy
October 29, 2012 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Increasing demand for bioenergy feedstock is generating debates about food versus fuel and indirect land-use change. An interdisciplinary team of 11 scientists from seven European countries and the U.S. …

Google Tests Biofuel Car
October 29, 2012 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Leader)  Google has been using Cool Planet Energy Systems’ biofuel blend to run a fleet vehicle at the search giant’s Mountain View, Calif. campus, according to the energy-tech startup.
…During the Google trial, a campus …

Petrobras, Fisheries Ministry Partner to Study Fish Oil Biodiesel
October 29, 2012 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

(Petrobras/ Biodiesel Magazine)  Petrobras Biofuel and the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture signed a memorandum of understanding to expand cooperative programs focused on the exploration and production of biodiesel from residual fish oil.
…The initiative is …

Camelina Researchers on Cutting Edge of Biofuel, Nutraceutical, Livestock Possibilities
October 29, 2012 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Heidi Gaiser (Daily Interlake)  The four partners of Clearwater Biologicals are working to turn a crop popular in the Bronze Age into a 21st-century source of fuel and nutrients — and they are beginning …

Why Cellulosic Ethanol Depends on a Renewable Fuel Standard
October 29, 2012 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by RP Siegel (TriplePundit)  … 3p: If you look at where we today relative to the RFS, it says that by the year 2022, a total of 21 billion gallons of biofuel needs to be provided by something other …

Novozymes Acquires 10% of Beta Renewables for $115M; Companies to Jointly Market, Demonstrate and Guarantee Cellulosic Biofuel Solutions.
October 29, 2012 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Novozymes becomes preferred enzyme supplier for Beta Renewables’ current and future cellulosic biofuel projects; embedded in Proesa production technology.
In Denmark and Italy, Novozymes, the world’s largest producer of industrial enzymes, …

Honeywell Green Jet Fuel(TM) Powers Gulfstream Flights To NBAA
October 29, 2012 – 11:53 am | No Comment

(Honeywell/MarketWatch/PR NewsWire)  Five aircraft fly together for the first time using renewable jet fuel to National Business Aviation Association convention
UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced today that Honeywell Green Jet Fuel(TM) produced using Honeywell’s UOP Renewable …

A.I.M. Interview: ASU’s Dr. Milton Sommerfeld
October 29, 2012 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)  Big algae news in the state of Arizona is the $15 million award by the Department of Energy to Arizona State University to establish a national algae science and …

Saudi Arabia, World’s Leading Oil Producer, to Go “Green” at Home?
October 28, 2012 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by John Daly ( Renewable energy, currently a Republican object of derision and attack on the Obama administration in next month’s U.S. presidential election, may have found a most unlikely ally.
Saudi Arabia.
In an exclusive, Britain’s …

Biofuels Research Project Aims To Study Sustainable Development
October 26, 2012 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Nino Marchetti (EarthTechling)  One of the major issues facing those growing biofuel crops are finding suitable locations where they can be grown sustainably, avoiding competition with food crops for land resources. A new renewable energy research project being …

Integration of Biodiesel RIN Verification in the BQ-9000 Program
October 26, 2012 – 6:24 pm | 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 …

EcoEngineers RIN Program Manages 300 MMgy of Biodiesel Capacity
October 26, 2012 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Baker (EcoEngineeers/Biodiesel Magazine)  Last October, EcoEngineers unveiled its RIN Quality Assurance Program to address RIN fraud that was destabilizing biodiesel RIN markets. At that time, the idea of a RIN QAP was unheard …

NYC Biodiesel-Blended Heating Oil Requirement Starts Oct. 1
October 26, 2012 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  As New York City residents prepare for another winter, they can take comfort in knowing their oilheat is among the cleanest in the nation.  Starting Oct. 1, every gallon of oilheat …

Firm Offers ‘Phased Financing’ for Biodiesel Process Facilities
October 26, 2012 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Nevada-based biodiesel equipment provider International Procurement Tools LLC has announced what it is calling “phased financing,” an approach that allows would-be biodiesel project developers with access to a million dollars …

CALL FOR PAPERS: Alternative Clean Transportation Expo June 24-27, 2013 Washington, DC DEADLINE: December 14, 2012
October 26, 2012 – 5:39 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  Alternative Clean Transportation Expo June 24-27, 2013 Washington, DC  DEADLINE: December 14, 2012

The goal of ACT Expo is to inspire increased implementation of alternative fuel and clean vehicle technologies in all vehicle markets from passenger vehicles to heavy-duty trucking. The conference will provide attendees with a keen …

Alternative Clean Transportation Expo June 24-27, 2013 Washington, DC
October 26, 2012 – 5:30 pm | No Comment
Alternative Clean Transportation Expo   June 24-27, 2013    Washington, DC

Now in its third year, the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo is the transportation industry’s largest alternative fuels and advanced clean vehicle technology conference and expo in North America. ACT Expo is dedicated to showcasing …

Engineering Microbes for Sustainable Manufacturing and Better Biofuels
October 26, 2012 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Ysabel Yates (Renewable Energy World)   …Using microbes to create useful products is nothing new. Humans have been doing it for centuries to bake bread or brew alcohol, for example.  More recent techniques have …

New Advanced Fuels Center Dedicated
October 26, 2012 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Tim Leeds (Havre Daily News)  A standing-room-only crowd filled a newly re-opened building at Montana State University-Northern to hear dignitaries and university representatives talk about the latest addition to its cutting-edge alternative fuels laboratory.
…The …

Biofuel Criticism Draws Rebuttal
October 26, 2012 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Gene Lucht (Iowa Farmer Today)  …That’s what Craig Floss did when several speakers spoke derisively about biofuels during this past week’s World Food Prize symposium.
Floss, executive director of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, says …