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August 8, 2013 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

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

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Biofuel Mimicry
October 2, 2013 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Dan Cossins  (The Scientist)  Could the fungus-gardening activities of leafcutter ants teach humans how to produce sustainable biofuels?
In a humid room at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW), large Tupperware boxes hold thick beds of gray …

ASB Biodiesel Keen to Conquer Local Market with New Plant
October 2, 2013 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Ernest Kao (South China Morning Post)   ASB Biodiesel set to fire up generators and churn out 100,000 tonnes of fuel a year
The operator behind what is soon to become the city’s biggest biodiesel factory …

Tow Company Owner Seeks to Produce Biodiesel Fuel
October 2, 2013 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Larry Barszewski (Sun Sentinel)  … Last year, (Craig) Goldstein started a side business, Oil Recovery Interests, which collects the used oil from food operations from Miami to Tampa, including vendors at Sun Life Stadium, Fort …

Acritaz Greentech Taps Cool Planet System for Commercial Biorefineries in Malaysia
October 2, 2013 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, Cool Planet Energy Systems and Acritaz Greentech announced that they have signed an agreement to explore the building of multiple commercial facilities in Malaysia.
The plan is to begin …

Algenol: Renewable Fuel at 75 Cents below Current Market, as Soon as 2014
October 2, 2013 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In Florida, Algenol CEO Paul Woods announced at the Algae Biomass Summit that the company has switched reactor system and has reached a peak production of 10,400 gallons per acre …

Biofuel Blending Rules Won’t Raise Gas Prices | Commentary
October 2, 2013 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Roll Call/Biotechnology Industry Organization)  … What’s really behind this year’s rapid rise in the price of RINs? And will their cost be passed to consumers at the pump?
A simple exercise in following the …

More Than a Vacation: Visiting an Ethanol Biorefinery in Brazil
October 2, 2013 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Amanda Ferreira (Advanced Biofuels USA)  This past summer I had the opportunity to go to Brazil to visit some of my family whom I hadn’t seen for more than five years.  A lot had …

News Flash: Gas Contains Known Carcinogens
October 1, 2013 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A representative of Big Oil recently made an offensive and ridiculous comment about the RFS.   Early last week, in an article in Reuters, Jack Gerard, chief executive of the …

Local View: Ethanol and Fuel Facts
October 1, 2013 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by F. John Hay   (Lincoln Journal Star)  The Local View article (Issues with ethanol, LJS, 9/27) addressed an individual’s opinion on the demerits of use of ethanol as a transportation fuel and the merits …

Ethanol Byproducts
October 1, 2013 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Lyndee Stabel  (AgWeek)  Paying the feed bill has cleaned out bank accounts faster than Jesse James in recent years, as high corn prices left cattlemen everywhere looking for the cheapest, most efficient alternatives.
Answering that search, …

EPA to Be Hit Hard in Shutdown, Could Delay Renewable Fuel Standard
October 1, 2013 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will take one of the biggest hits of any federal agency if the government shuts down this week, operating with under 7 percent of its employees, according to guidance …

Heliae Starts Up Next-Generation Commercial Algae Facility
October 1, 2013 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Heliae, a leader in the development of advanced algae production technologies, today announced that it has begun operations at its first commercial facility in Gilbert, Arizona. Utilizing the company’s flexible VolarisTMplatform, the …

Father of the Prius Sees Long Road to a Fully Electric Future
October 1, 2013 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by Howard Schneider (The Washington Post)   Toyota Motor Corp. Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada rode his pioneering work on the Prius hybrid to the top of the world’s biggest car company.
But that doesn’t mean he is a …

Webinar: 40th Anniversary of the Oil Embargo October 16, 2013 Noon ET
October 1, 2013 – 6:07 pm | No Comment
Webinar:  40th Anniversary of the Oil Embargo     October 16, 2013    Noon ET

Forty years ago, the Oil Embargo evidenced how dependent the United States is on foreign energy sources. Americans were left vulnerable and exposed to the long-term possibility of high oil prices, disrupted supply, wars driven …

Energy Crops Could Cover Energy Demand in Surplus Agricultural Lands
September 27, 2013 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(BioenergyCrops.com)  A brand new study (2013) found that the projected energy demand (2035) in developing countries, can be covered with energy crops in surplus agricultural lands, then not competing with food production. The study, from the Department …

Biofuel Enviro400s in Canterbury
September 27, 2013 – 11:50 am | No Comment

(BusandCoach.com)  Stagecoach has introduced six new ADL Enviro400s running on 100 per cent biofuel to its fleet in Canterbury. They are running on the Unibus route between the University of Kent and Canterbury bus station. …

Milwaukee Biodiesel Firm Pursues City-Owned Warehouse
September 27, 2013 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jeff Engel  (The Business Journal)  A Milwaukee Common Council proposal would sell a warehouse and vacant lot on West National Avenue to Palko Energies LLC, a sustainable energy consulting company that also buys local …

KiOR Gets $50 Million from Khosla to Double Production
September 27, 2013 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Texas, KiOR announced that it is pursuing plans to double production capacity at its Columbus, Mississippi, cellulosic fuels facility through construction of a second facility incorporating KiOR’s commercially proven technology. …

Questions Arise on Tier 3 Timing as Automakers Cite Rule Delay
September 27, 2013 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Jason Plautz (E&E News/Greenwire)  Questions are rising about when U.S. EPA will release a final rule slashing the amount of sulfur in gasoline, as two key automaker groups say the agency has told them the …

Enerkem and GreenField, Partners in VANERCO, Announce up to $39.8 Million in Repayable Contribution from the Canadian Government
September 27, 2013 – 11:09 am | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Yahoo!Finance/VANERCO)  Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver today confirmed SDTC’s financial contribution in VANERCO, the joint venture partnership formed by Enerkem (www.enerkem.com and GreenField www.gfsa.com) to build and operate a cellulosic ethanol facility integrated with GreenField’s existing …

Poet Venture Primed for Cellulosic Ethanol
September 27, 2013 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Brenda Wade Schmidt  (Argus Leader)  South Dakota-based Poet and its partner in producing ethanol from leaves, cobs and cornstalks plan to open their first cellulosic plant early next year.
By summer, Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels should …

RFS Hasn’t Hurt the Poultry Industry
September 26, 2013 – 8:33 pm | No Comment

by Gary Pestoriou (The Hill’s Congress Blog)    I followed with interest the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearings concerning the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). I became very skeptical of the statements by those representing …

CSC Introduces Biofuels Tech Program
September 26, 2013 – 8:16 pm | No Comment

by Allison Goodrich   (The Register-Mail)   Carl Sandburg College is climbing back on the “go green” bandwagon, making further attempts to help jump start the manufacturing job market through means of a new biofuels-focused program.
The …

Greenbelt’s Distillation Module Exceeds Benchmarks
September 26, 2013 – 7:56 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Greenbelt Resources Corporation has announced successful performance testing results from its automated distillation module. The module, available separately or as part of a complete sustainable energy production system, efficiently generated hydrous ethanol, distilled …

1998 Ethanol Vehicle Challenge: E85 Vehicles Surpass E0 on Dynamometer Tests for Mileage Efficiency
September 26, 2013 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

(Argonne National Laboratory) Sponsored by U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors Corporation, Natural Resources Canada
In the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, college engineering students work together to design, build, and evaluate a state-of-the-art vehicle. …

Renewable Fuels Make a Difference: Opposing View
September 26, 2013 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (USA Today)  Big Oil is pushing back to preserve its market share.
… The RFS is one of the most successful energy policies ever. Since it was enacted in 2005, U.S. dependence on …

Are Ethanol Fuels Better than Petroleum?
September 26, 2013 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by Robert Moffitt  (Twin Cities Daily Planet)  In response to “Ethanol is a not long term solution,” I’ll begin by saying the author made some valid points. No, ethanol is not an environmental, economic and …

N.D. Oil Industry Flares Off $1B Worth of Natural Gas…But Balks at Investments in Renewable Fuels
September 26, 2013 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association) As it turns out, the oil and gas industry really does have “money to burn.” According to a recent study, government data show that nearly 30% of the natural gas …

Biofuels Center Deserves a Better Fate
September 26, 2013 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

by G.K. Butterfield (The Herald Sun)  Without intervention or significant investment from non-profit organizations or the private sector, the Biofuels Center of North Carolina in Oxford is due to close for good on October 1, …

EPA Expands Heating Oil Definition to Allow RINs
September 26, 2013 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expanding the definition of heating oil as part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. This means that renewable heating oil, such as bioheat, a …

Grassley Asks EPA if Ethanol Credit Market Is Being Controlled by Wall Street
September 26, 2013 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering   (Des Moines Register)  As controversy swells over the cost of special credits tied to ethanol, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley asked the agency charged with overseeing the country’s renewable policy for details …

Farmers Demand Permission to Produce Ethanol from Sugarcane
September 26, 2013 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by Vivek Waghmode (Times of  India)   Farmer leaders on Tuesday stepped up their demand for permission to tillers to produce ethanol from sugarcane they produce and sell the byproducts.
“The Centre has permitted to blend only five per cent ethanol into …

New Algal Species for Biofuel Production
September 26, 2013 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

(Cordis) …The EU-funded project ‘Biodiesel production from microalgae’ (ALGFUEL) investigated new species and processes for the production of next-generation biofuels. The project aimed to identify promising new candidates for biofuel production, and to improve the …

Energy as Easy as Waffles
September 26, 2013 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Long-term, there are numerous opportunities for developing the right kind of renewable feedstocks based on careful development of agricultural markets and gaining grower adoption. But anyone who has been through …

The Role of Biorefining in a Future BioEconomy October 24, 2013 Graz, Austria
September 26, 2013 – 1:29 pm | No Comment
The Role of Biorefining in a Future BioEconomy   October 24, 2013    Graz, Austria

Austrian Stakeholder Workshop of IEA Bioenergy Task 42 “Biorefining”
The Austrian Stakeholder Workshop of IEA Bioenergy Task 42 “Biorefining” with the title “The Role of Biorefining in a Future BioEconomy” will be held on 24th of …

BIO Urges EPA to Reject Petroleum Industry’s RFS Waiver Petition
September 26, 2013 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Industry Organization)  The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today wrote to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, asking her to reject the recent petition from American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers …

Jyväskylä Bioenergy 2013 Conference – A look into the Bioenergy Situation Present and Future
September 26, 2013 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

By Aino Siirala (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The Bioenergy 2013 exhibition & conference, in Jyväskylä, Finland, was a two-day event organized annually by Benet Ltd., The Bioenergy Association of Finland and Jyväskylän Messut Ltd. The conference …

Program to Send Next-Gen Scientists to Nat’l Biodiesel Conference
September 25, 2013 – 8:24 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  Look beyond the classroom for educational opportunities, advises Dan Browne, a student at Texas A&M University and co-chair of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel.
Browne has done just that by attending …

One-Sided Report on Biofuels Cost is Wrong
September 25, 2013 – 8:13 pm | No Comment

by Rob Vierhout  (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The “accountancy-model” IISD used was one-sided, looking only at government expenditure but leaving out of the picture the revenues the industry is generating for government and society. A well-respected …

Pounding the Table
September 25, 2013 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

by Ron Lamberty (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol)  An old lawyer’s adage says: “If you have the facts, pound the facts. If you have the law, pound the law. If you don’t have either, …

Believers, Nonbelievers, Activists and Antagonists
September 25, 2013 – 7:52 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Some say renewable energy is like a religion. I suppose it has some of the elements of a religion, in that you have believers, nonbelievers, activists and antagonists and …

Analyzing the Influence of Energy Policy
September 25, 2013 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

by Jake Ferris (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The change in stock levels from 2001-’05 accounted for about $1.28 of the $2.49 per bushel increase in corn prices (Table 2)—just over 50 percent. About 18 cents …

Concord Energy Announces Agreement to Establish Asia Pacific Joint Venture with Cool Planet Energy Systems
September 25, 2013 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire/Cool Planet)  Concord Energy today announced that it has signed an agreement with Cool Planet Energy Systems to establish a joint-venture in the Asia Pacific Region. The JV will develop commercial production facilities for the …

Tides of Prosperity, Past and Present
September 25, 2013 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Similar to the 1970s period of prosperity, Zulauf (Carl Zulauf, economics professor at Ohio State University) says that in 2012 crop prices increased by roughly 200 percent, which he attributes …

Uneven Crop, Shifting Markets: Considering the Prospects for the Corn and Ethanol Markets Ahead.
September 25, 2013 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … (Bruce) Babcock (the Cargill endowed chair of energy economics at Iowa State University) is more optimistic about the potential for E85 consumption to grow. If corn prices stay …

Algae Could Fuel Cleaner Road to Future
September 25, 2013 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by Jan Sluizer (Voice of America)  … “It may not seem as big of an impact, but when you’re talking about potentially millions or billions of gallons in the United States, even a five percent reduction or …

Large-Scale Algal Cultivation, Harvesting and Downstream Processing November 4‐8, 2013 Mesa, AZ
September 25, 2013 – 6:33 pm | No Comment
Large-Scale Algal Cultivation, Harvesting and Downstream Processing      November 4‐8, 2013     Mesa, AZ

ATP3 offers superior formal and informal education and training in the use of microalgae as feedstock for biofuels and coproducts, through hands-on learning opportunities, workshops, and seminars held at ATP3 partner sites and selected public events.
Workshops …

Congressional Efforts Needed to Secure Future
September 25, 2013 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Brian Kuehl  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   … Two tax provisions are critical to continued development of the U.S. cellulosic industry. First, the tax code currently provides a Second Generation Production Tax Credit that gives ethanol …

Chairwoman Stabenow Calls on CFTC to Review Possible Manipulation of Renewable Fuels Market
September 25, 2013 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Greg Akagi    (KansasAgNetwork)  Michigan Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today called on the Commodities Future Trading Commission to review recent allegations about possible …

New Study Refutes Myths about Biofuels’ Impact on Land Use
September 25, 2013 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

(AgProfessional.com)  A new report released from researchers in the Netherlands shows that current models assessing the impact of crops grown for biofuel production on land use do not accurately reflect current production and land use …

Time to Rethink Misguided Policies that Promote Biofuels to Protect Climate
September 25, 2013 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

(Nanowerk News)  …His paper concludes that for now, it makes more sense to enable plants to soak up carbon dioxide through reforestation and to redouble efforts to protect forests, rather than producing and promoting biofuels.
Corn …

Malaysia Launches RM320 Million Clean Energy Fund
September 25, 2013 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(The Malaysia Insider)  Malaysia and Japan-based Asian Energy Investments Pte Ltd. have launched a $100 million (RM320 million) venture capital fund to invest in clean energy projects in Southeast Asia.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak …

UFOP Funds Project for B100 Approval in Deutz Agripower Engines
September 25, 2013 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

(UFOP/Biodiesel Magazine)  The Deutz Agripower engines of the series TCD 7.8 L6, TCD 6.1 L6 and TCD 4.1 L4 can be approved for operation with biodiesel as a pure fuel. This is the result of …

E85′s Value Is Looking Better and Better: Can the Good Times Last?
September 25, 2013 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Instead, it is now gasoline that is upside down, economically — and flex-fuel drivers who value their dollars ought to be considering E85 based on the wholesale prices we’re seeing.
The …

Ford Explains Ethanol Program to ACE Members
September 24, 2013 – 8:04 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  … We’re committed to supporting biofuels by providing a range of products that provide biofuel capability in line with consumer demand. And that is key,” explained Dominic DiCicco with Ford Motor Company …

Big News: No More Requirement to Use Ethanol in Gasoline!
September 24, 2013 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Douglas Durante (The Hill Congress Blog)  … the Clean Air Act amendments of 1990 included a prescribed formula for reformulated gasoline that included an oxygen content, which ethanol provides. Oxygenated fuels promote more complete combustion …

“Flex Fuel Fridays” Raise Awareness of Higher Ethanol Blends
September 24, 2013 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Grooms (Farm Industry News Blog)  Glacial Lakes Energy, a South Dakota ethanol producer, has been raising awareness about the benefits of higher blends of ethanol at several retail fuel stations this summer with …

Energy Beet Group Working toward Commercialization
September 24, 2013 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Helgaas  (Maynard Helgaas, president of Green Vision Group) is saying that commercializing the first energy beet plant is planned for 2014 to 2015. “Energy beets will benefit rural North Dakota communities, …

Fuel with 15 Percent Ethanol Available in ND
September 24, 2013 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/Grand Forks Herald)  Gov. Jack Dalrymple and members of the state’s agriculture and ethanol industries announced the introduction of E15 blended gasoline on Monday in Bismarck.
A new blend of gasoline with 15 percent ethanol …

Commentary: Renewable Fuels Legislation Cuts Crude Prices
September 24, 2013 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Philip K. Verleger, Jr.  (PKVerlegerlLLC.com)  Just as only Richard Nixon could ironically break the US taboo on trading with China, only George W. Bush could have successfully introduced measures to drive down crude prices. These prices …

First Steps Towards Achieving Better and Cheaper Biodiesel
September 24, 2013 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  …Acetals are chemical compounds found in many wines, like port, for example, which give it a unique, sweet smell. However if acetals are blended with biodiesel, they improve its properties. The SUPREN research …

ISU study: Investment in E85 Could Be Cheaper than Purchasing Ethanol Credits
September 24, 2013 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering  (Des Moines Register)  A study from Iowa State University said the cost of installing tanks to handle fuel with 85 percent ethanol could be cheaper than purchasing energy credits to avoid blending …

Undergraduate Bioenergy Scholars Summer Research Program in Northeast US
September 24, 2013 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

The Northeast Bioenergy Scholars Program is an exciting summer research experience program for enthusiastic undergraduates who are interested in exploring bioenergy utilizing cutting-edge techniques. Check out the list of current topics and locations for summer research …

Peoria County Corn/Soy Promoters Offers Multiple Blends of Fuel to Consumers
September 24, 2013 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Steve Tarter (Peoria Journal Star)  … The FS station in Kickapoo, the first station to offer biodiesel over a decade ago, now features a pump that allows drivers to select various grades of ethanol-blended gasoline, …

Organic Waste Transformed into Industrial Prime Material
September 24, 2013 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(Alpha Galileo Foundation)  Researchers at the Iberoamerican University (IBERO) in Mexico City, look to consolidate a pilot biorefinery that will use the waste of various fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants produced in urban and rural …

F.O. Licht’s Sugar and Ethanol Asia February 25-26, 2014 Bangkok, Thailand
September 24, 2013 – 11:59 am | No Comment
F.O. Licht’s Sugar and Ethanol Asia  February 25-26, 2014   Bangkok, Thailand

Bringing together ethanol and biofuel producers, sugar millers, traders, technology companies, shipping and logistics companies and users of fuel, industrial and beverage ethanol, F.O. Licht’s Sugar and Ethanol Asia 2014 will be a unique opportunity …

Is Ethanol Fuel Making Indy 500 Cars ‘Greener’? Fuel Chemist Touts Cleaner Emissions
September 23, 2013 – 9:49 pm | No Comment

by Roxanne Palmer  (International Business Times)  Car racing is fueled by chemistry — and the future of race car fuel is looking greener all the time, some chemists say.
The race cars in the Indianapolis 500 first started using ethanol blends …

It All Started with Stale Marshmallows
September 23, 2013 – 9:34 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … When he was a little boy, the current lab manager at Pinal Energy LLC used to go to work with his father, Keith Kor.  Johannes Kor remembers unwrapping bags …

Cal Poly Gets $1.5 Million for Algae Biofuel Research
September 23, 2013 – 9:28 pm | No Comment

by Kaytlyn Leslie (The San Luis Obisbo Tribune)  Cal Poly will receive $1.5 million to fund biofuel research, according to a Department of Energy news release.
Cal Poly was one of two universities in the country to …

Illinois Ethanol Workers Write to Protect RFS
September 23, 2013 – 9:19 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The employees of Illinois River Energy and GTL Resources Biorefining sent a letter to their Congressional delegation this week urging support of the Renewable Fuel Standard.
“We are the 60 hard working employees of an independently …

RNCOS White Paper: Asia Pacific Leads Biofuel Production Growth
September 23, 2013 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(RNCOS)  In a world which is ever thirsty for energy, economies eye on renewable energy sources to conserve environment and reduce costs. Our recent analysis of global biofuel industry revealed that in 2012, Asia Pacific …

California Resolution Calls for Federal Reform of RFS
September 23, 2013 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The California legislature recently passed Assembly Joint Resolution 21, which urges federal lawmakers and the U.S. EPA to reform the renewable fuels standard (RFS), transitioning away from first-generation biofuels. …

IEA Task 40: Biomass Provides 10 Percent of Global Energy Use
September 23, 2013 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new report from the International Energy Agency takes a global overview of biomass use in the industrial and transport sectors, identifying leading countries and the top 15 …

Online Course: Algae Production Certification Course
September 23, 2013 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: National Algae Association
Type: introduce individuals to the multifaceted concepts of not only strain selection, cultivation, harvesting, and bioproduction methods; but also the economic considerations prevalent in the commercial algae production industry.
Course: NAA Algae Production and …

EIA: E85 Fuel Becoming Price-Competitive with Gasoline in US Midwest
September 23, 2013 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Conglin Xu (Oil & Gas Journal)  E85 motor fuel—gasoline blended with as much as 85% ethanol and commonly used by flexible-fuel vehicles (FFV) in the US and Europe—is becoming increasingly price-competitive with gasoline in several Midwestern …

Ethanol Requirements Good, Not Bad, for America’s Economy, Energy Security
September 23, 2013 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Pam Johnson (Fox News) Opinion:   …That critique has been around for years. But it doesn’t jibe with the facts. Indeed, Big Oil’s call to loosen the nation’s ethanol requirements is misguided.
Corn-based fuel has …

Letter, 9/22: Facts on Ethanol
September 23, 2013 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Todd Brodersen  (Lincoln Journal Star)  In a response to Todd Sneller’s letter, “Ethanol the choice for many reasons,” Steven McManus responded negatively and seemed to substitute fiction for fact to make his points (“Ethanol costly, …

NASCAR Putting Pedal to the Metal on Ethanol
September 23, 2013 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Gabrielle Karol (Fox Business)  When it comes to defending ethanol’s reputation, Illinois Corn Growers Association president Paul Taylor simply points to the race track.
In a Conference Room interview with FBN’s Jeff Flock at Chicagoland Speedway, …

The Pope Runs on Biofuels. Why Can’t You?
September 23, 2013 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Maxx Chatsko (The Motley Fool)  The Vatican splashed down in the news feeds of green enthusiasts everywhere last week when it announced that Pope Francis will trade in his Ford Focus for a 1984 …

Report: Bioenergy Deployment Consortium Fall Symposium
September 23, 2013 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, the Biofuels Development Consortium held their 2013 Fall Symposium a little early this year in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada on August 27–28, its first meeting outside the U.S.
Sarnia is …

Indonesian Government Forces Shell, Total to Boost Biodiesel Mix
September 23, 2013 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Amahl S. Azwar  (The Jakarta Post)  PT Shell Indonesia and PT Total Oil Indonesia will have to increase the proportion of biodiesel in the diesel fuel mix they sell at their gas stations to …

An Ethanol-Fueled Comeback for Sugar Beets
September 23, 2013 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Alice Daniel  (California Report)  California once grew a lot of sugar beets to supply the state’s sugar mills. Most of those the mills are closed now, and farmers have turned to other row crops. But …

Iowa Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Opens Next Year
September 23, 2013 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/Lincoln Journal Star)  South Dakota-based Poet LLC and its Dutch partner say a cellulosic ethanol plant being built in northwest Iowa will open early next year.
By next summer, Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels should have any …

Show Me the Gallons: KiOR’s Progress towards Steady-State Operations
September 23, 2013 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Landmark cellulosic drop-in biofuels producer releases update on early-stage production: is the increasing gallonage enough to silence the critics? …
In July and August, the Columbus facility produced 172,398 gallons of …

Algae Biofuel Can Cut CO2 Emissions by at Least 50% Petroleum Fuels
September 23, 2013 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

(UPI.com)  Algae-derived biofuels can reduce the life cycle of carbon dioxide emissions by at least 50 percent compared to petroleum fuels, a U.S. university study found.
The peer-review study — the first to analyze real-world data …

Webinar: The Sugar Surplus – Solved or Postponed? Oct 10, 2013 10:00 AM EDT
September 23, 2013 – 12:43 pm | No Comment
Webinar:  The Sugar Surplus – Solved or Postponed?     Oct 10, 2013     10:00 AM EDT

The past three years of surplus sugar production has allowed stocks to be rebuilt but producers have been slow to respond to lower prices. With another, admittedly smaller, surplus predicted for next year the question …

ABO Encourages CCR and CCS
September 23, 2013 – 11:52 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) has just encouraged the EPA to include the carbon capture and reuse (CCR) as an approved strategy for compliance under its New Source Performance Standard, a draft …

Ethanol Blend Wall? What Blend Wall?
September 20, 2013 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The oil industry has formally petitioned the EPA to reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements for 2014, arguing that the ethanol market is saturated. But …

Cellulosic Leaders Talk Feedstock Procurement at Nebraska Event
September 20, 2013 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In front of an attentive crowd at the 2013 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo in Omaha, Neb., representatives from Abengoa Bioenergy S.A., Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels LLC and Ineos …

Seminar Focuses on Corn Stover as a Biofuel Feedstock
September 20, 2013 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  As a precursor to the National Advanced Biofuel Conference and Expo in Omaha, Neb., Sept. 10-12, the Corn Stover Harvest & Transport Seminar hashed over the technological, logistical and …

Gas Prices Stuck at $3 and Above
September 20, 2013 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Today (September 17, 2013) marks the 1,000th day in a row that gas prices have been above $3 per gallon. While ethanol provides drivers savings while filling up, AAA says that …

Report Recommends Improvements to RFS Monitoring
September 20, 2013 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA Office of Inspector General has released a report recommending ways the agency should improve monitoring activities for the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program. According to the report, …

Clearing Up A Few Myths About Brazilian Biofuels Trade
September 20, 2013 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Leticia Phillips (The Energy Collective/UNICA) …  Let’s turn to the facts to debunk two leading myths circulating around Washington, D.C. about Brazilian sugarcane ethanol.
Myth #1: Brazil can’t supply sufficient sugarcane ethanol to meet America’s needs.
Reality: …

Is Ethanol Starving Africa?
September 20, 2013 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Amar Toor (The Verge)  Accusations of land grabbing revive debate over “food versus fuel”  …
But some experts say that when it comes to biofuels and food security, it’s not an “either-or” question.
“At the moment …

Zip’s Military Cooking Fuel UK Launch at DSEI
September 20, 2013 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(DSEI)  Zip is unveiling its NEW, powerful, lightweight, non-toxic Military Cooking Fuel at the DSEI exhibition in London in September 2013.
On show in the UK for the first time, Zip’s unique formulation is made from …

Biofuel Pilot Plant Planned for Site of fFrmer Bowater Mersey Mill
September 20, 2013 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(Pulp and Paper Canada)  A pilot project to convert wood into biofuels has plans to be operational by next February after getting loans from the province of Nova Scotia.
The Chronicle Herald reported Aug. 30 that …

POLL: 8 in 10 Want E15 Renewable Fuel at Their Local Gas Station
September 20, 2013 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

(Fuels America)  After 1,002 consecutive days of paying more than $3 for a gallon of gas, Americans are demanding choices at the pump. Our new poll found that 82% of US adults support having E15, …

Biofuel Crop in Need of Insurance Protection, Says University Professor
September 20, 2013 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Claire Everett (Daily Illini)  … Jody Endres, professor in environmental, natural resources and energy law, said while the USDA and other government agencies employ a variety of methods to encourage the growing of miscanthus for biofuel …

ARPA-E Awards $34M in R&D for Advanced Liquid Fuels from Methane
September 20, 2013 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Department of Energy announced that 15 breakthrough energy projects will receive approximately $34 million from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) via the REMOTE program (Reducing …

New Study: Algae Biofuel Cuts CO2 >50% vs. Petroleum
September 20, 2013 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Algae-derived biofuel can reduce life cycle CO2 emissions by 50 to 70 percent compared to petroleum fuels, and is approaching a similar Energy Return on Investment (EROI) as conventional petroleum, according to a …