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Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
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-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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United Airlines Invests in Biofuels
July 28, 2015 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(SustainableBusiness.com)  A few years ago, we were hearing a lot about airlines testing and beginning to run on biofuels (combined with petroleum). With the latest announcements, are we ready for take off?
This summer, United Airlines begins …

Funds Bolster Algae Biofuel Development
July 28, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Greg Watry (R&D Magazine) Rotifers are semitransparent microscopic animals. Watching them feed under a microscope, one can’t help but feel a sense of awe at nature’s complexity. Its oval-shaped body rotates as it ingests small beads …

Omani Scientists Working to Produce Biofuel from Agricultural Waste
July 28, 2015 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by M Najmuz Zafar (Muscat Daily)  A group of scientists and academics are undertaking a research on producing biofuel from biological and agricultural waste, which they say, will lay the foundation of biofuel industry in …

Algae Biomass Organization Hails Carbon Utilization Language in Senate Energy Legislation
July 28, 2015 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Latest bill to encourage using carbon dioxide as a feedstock for valuable products — The Algae Biomass Organization, the trade association for the algae industry, hailed language included in the energy reform package …

4 Minutes with… Susan Seagren, Director, AMCREF Community Capital
July 28, 2015 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  AMCREF invests in projects and business located in the Southern U.S. that generate high quality jobs and provide environmental benefits. We provide low cost capital via a federal program …

200,000 Comments on the Renewable Fuel Standard Delivered to EPA: “Stand by Me” Says Rural US to Washington
July 28, 2015 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, representatives from Fuels America and other advocates for “clean, secure, American energy” delivered over 200,000 comments to the EPA in support of a strong final rule under the …

Efficient Electrochemical CO2 Conversion Powered by Renewable Energy
July 28, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Douglas R. Kauffman, Jay Thakkar, Rajan Siva, Christopher Matranga, Paul R. Ohodnicki, Chenjie Zeng, and Rongchao Jin (ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces)  The catalytic conversion of CO2 into industrially relevant chemicals is one strategy for …

The Digest Adds Six, Drops Nine from Digest Bioeconomy Index, Reflecting Diversification, Market Cap Shifts
July 28, 2015 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, The Digest announced six additions and nine drops from the Digest Equity Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks. Corbion, Deinove, Global Bioenergies, Green Plains Partners, …

Research and Markets: Pine-Derived Chemicals (TOFA, TOR, Gum Turpentine, Gum Rosin, Pitch, Sterols) Market 2015 – Global Trends & Forecast to 2020
July 28, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(Research and Markets/BusinessWire) Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/hjlj3s/pinederived) has announced the addition of the “Pine-Derived Chemicals Market by Type (TOFA, TOR, Gum Turpentine, Gum Rosin, Pitch, Sterols), Application (Paints & Coatings, Adhesives & Sealants, Surfactants, Printing Inks), …

Import Tariffs to Keep EU Biofuel Industry ‘Stagnant’
July 28, 2015 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

(Agrimoney.com)  The European biofuels industry is to stagnate next year, according to a report from the US Department of Agriculture’s bureau in The Hague, unless import tariffs are relaxed.
The bureau noted that the EU has …

CSIRO’s Tobacco Oil Project: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide
July 28, 2015 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A game-changing new platform — in tobacco?  Controversial by its feedstock role for the cigarette industry, tobacco’s been unjustly overlooked. Yet, according to Australia’s CSIRO, “tobacco can greatly expand global capacity …

What’s U(o)P at UOP? The Renewables Story, Revealed.
July 28, 2015 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … For a decade, it’s (UOP’s) been an unquestioned leader in renewable fuels and chemicals development. Technologies like its HEFA jet fuel conversion (the first certified renewable jet fuel), its Ecofining …

ACORE Submits Comments on Renewable Fuel Standard
July 28, 2015 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(American Council On Renewable Energy) Calls for EPA to revise 2014-2016 renewable volume obligations to more accurately reflect the production capabilities of the biofuels industry. — Today (July 27, 2015), the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) …

Big Oil and Big Corn Blitz EPA on Biofuels Plan
July 28, 2015 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  U.S. farmers, biofuel makers, and oil companies have mounted last-ditch efforts to push regulators to overhaul a controversial plan for biofuel use, homing in on the price Americans pay for gasoline …

National Biodiesel Board Submits RFS Comments
July 28, 2015 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Calls for Additional Growth in Biodiesel Sector — The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) on Monday called on the EPA to strengthen its proposal for biodiesel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
In extensive …

Ricketts, Reynolds Rally against Feds’ Plan for Ethanol Cut
July 28, 2015 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by  Russell Hubbard (Omaha World-Herald)  In a seldom-seen cross-border stand in support of ethanol, the governors of Nebraska and Iowa on Friday urged an embrace of the corn-derived motor fuel as a crucial local industry …

SkyNRG and Partners Take the Development of Sustainable Jet Fuel in Sweden to the Next Level
July 28, 2015 – 10:10 am | No Comment

(SkyNRG)  Things are coming together for sustainable jet fuel in Sweden; co-funding mechanisms, political buy-in, development of regional supply chains, engagement of key stakeholders in the aviation sector and even involvement of single end-users.
First of …

21st Century Farming: Local Farms Consider Generating Energy
July 28, 2015 – 9:22 am | No Comment

by Sylvia Carignan (Frederick News Post) The future of Frederick County agriculture sits in a plastic tank in a dusty, cow-scented barn outside of Middletown.
South Mountain Creamery’s soybean press takes soybeans and creates soy oil, stored …

Why Airlines Keep Pushing Biofuels: They Have No Choice
July 28, 2015 – 9:10 am | No Comment

by  Jonathan Fahey and Scott Mayerowitz (Associated Press) The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to …

Drilling into Distillation, Dehydration
July 27, 2015 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Companies aim to tweak and transform key systems to reduce energy use and resolve bottlenecks. — Optimization efforts most often look at boosting yield, but as finely tuned and …

NCGA Invests an Additional $500,000 in Prime the Pump
July 27, 2015 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(National Corn Growers Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The National Corn Growers Association took another big step toward providing the driving public with lower gas prices and more fuel choice including better access to higher blends of …

Trialing Innovation
July 27, 2015 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry is known to be innovative.  But, whether it’s testing a new feedstock, incorporating a new enzyme, yeast or other fermentation aid, or perhaps tweaking a …

RFA: Boat Racers Return to Kansas for ‘Shootout’ on the Water
July 27, 2015 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The National Boat Racing Association recently held its annual Garnett Ethanol Hydroplane Shootout in Garnett, Kansas. The July 12–13 event, which was sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association, East Kansas …

RFA: Motorcyclists Celebrate 75 Years at Sturgis
July 27, 2015 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association will once again partner with the Buffalo Chip Campground to host the 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which is set to take place Aug. 3–9 in Sturgis, South Dakota.
This year’s …

Liquid Light, Coca-Cola Sign Technology Development Agreement
July 27, 2015 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Liquid Light/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Liquid Light announced it has signed a technology development agreement with The Coca-Cola Co. The objective of the agreement is to accelerate the development of Liquid Light’s technology which can make mono-ethylene glycol …

4 Minutes with… Mitrajit Mukherjee, President, Exelus
July 27, 2015 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Exelus is developing a first-of-a-kind process to convert virtually any type of ligno-cellulosic biomass into a clean, environmentally friendly “Bio-naphtha” a paraffinic hydrocarbon similar to fossil-based light naphtha. Bio-naphtha …

Spain Increases Biofuel Targets to Meet European Standards
July 27, 2015 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(PetrolPlaza)  Spain´s government is setting an increased national target for biofuel or ethanol composition of gasoline and diesel fuels to 8.5% by the year 2020, the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism  —  In an …

Engineering the Future of Biofuel: UC Santa Cruz iGEM 2015
July 27, 2015 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(University of California Santa Cruz)   We are the UC Santa Cruz iGEM team! We are a team of 24 bioengineers, biochemists, and MCD biologists and overall a group of passionate undergraduates involved in an exciting international …

Scientist: The Ethanol Mandate Harms Air Quality, ‘Leads To Increased Mortality’
July 27, 2015 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Michael Bastasch (Daily Caller)  A University of Minnesota scientist told lawmakers Thursday that mandating ethanol be blended into fuel supplies is leading to more deaths from poor air quality in the Midwest and along …

World’s Largest Alternative & Renewable Fuels Consulting Group Announces Strategic Alliance with Zeton Inc
July 27, 2015 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(Digital Journal/Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc.)  Lee Enterprises Consulting Adds World Leader in Pilot Plant Design and Fabrication to Team of Experts — Lee Enterprises Consulting, the world’s largest alternative and renewable fuels consulting group, is pleased …

B100 Available at Root Fuel’s Wallisville Road Station in Houston
July 27, 2015 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Six months after opening its Wallisville Road fuel station in Houston selling B20, Root Fuel is now offering B50 and B100 at the same location. “It’s a big, big day,” …

RFS Deadline Nears / Move to Expand Biodiesel Questioned
July 27, 2015 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Todd Nealey (DTN/The Progressive Farmer)  … Both biofuels and oil industry officials offered hints as to the direction potential lawsuits could take once EPA finalizes the rule that would provide a bump to biomass-based diesel …

Brazil’s President Rousseff Christens Raizen Cellulosic Biofuels Plant
July 27, 2015 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Iogen’s technology at commercial-scale, and officially open for business.  In Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff launched Iogen Energy’s cellulosic ethanol technology at the official opening of Raízen`s newly expanded Costa Pinto …

4 Minutes with…Pramod Kumbhar, CTO, Praj Matrix R & D Center
July 27, 2015 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Praj provides technology and EPC for ethanol plants and has > 600 references across continents. The focus of Praj Matrix is biotechnology. After seven years of development we have LC …

“The Time Is Ripe” for a Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit
July 27, 2015 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Corinne Young and Michele Jalbert (Biofuels Digest/Renewable Chemicals and Advanced Materials Alliance (re:chem))  … Buoyed in wake of our successful Farm Bill expansion of USDA 9003 loan guarantees to renewable chemicals/bioproduct manufacturing and progress toward …

BIC Project Aims at Commercialization of Cellulosic Sugar Production in Ontario, Canada
July 27, 2015 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Ontario, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada has completed phase 1 of a project to assess the economic viability of the agricultural biomass to cellulosic sugar value chain in Canada.
The Cellulosic Sugar …

OFA – LCF Reduce Cornstalk Supply Chain Cost Projections up to 40%
July 27, 2015 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Ontario, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and La Coop fédéréem, after two years of work with value chain players, including farmers, have been able to reduce projected corn stalk …

New Holland Partners with State University of New York on Biomass Research
July 27, 2015 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

(New Holland)  Following the United States Department of Energy’s announcement to award State University of New York up to $3.5 million to fund a research project that seeks to develop ways to reduce the cost …

Ginkgo Bioworks: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide
July 27, 2015 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who are they? “Nature’s biodiversity holds answers to challenges in health, energy, food, materials, and more,” they say. “Organism Engineers at Ginkgo learn from Nature to develop new organisms that …

Veterans: Renewable Fuel Law a National Security Issue
July 27, 2015 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Carol Hunter (Des Moines Register)  Three retired military officers made the case Wednesday that development and use of renewable fuels is a key component of national security.  Specifically, the officers argued that Congress should …

Biogas! The Big Cellulosic Fuel Breakthrough?
July 27, 2015 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Already, biogas as a renewable fuel is accounting for 90% of all cellulosic RIN production under the Renewable Fuel Standard.  Food and paper manufacturers, ethanol & biodiesel plants, cities, landfill …

Study: Lifting US Crude Export Ban Could Lead to Layoffs
July 27, 2015 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(Downstream Today/The CRUDE Coalition)  Exporting U.S. crude oil would raise gasoline, diesel and home heating prices, cutting into the vast benefits Americans are enjoying from lower crude oil prices, according to a new report by …

American Ethanol Heads to the Brickyard
July 24, 2015 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

(National Corn Growers Association)  … Fans will also be able to learn more about American Ethanol or show their support of the clean burning fuel by visiting the Biofuels Mobile Education Center in the fan midway …

Surplus Biodiesel Equipment Scheduled for Online Auction Ending on Tuesday, August 18
July 22, 2015 – 10:36 am | No Comment

(Maas Companies)  Maas Companies will auction surplus Biodiesel Process Equipment on Tuesday, August 18  via a timed online auction.  The equipment is located at 6683 Cow Creek in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.  Maas Companies specializes in …

UCSC Students Seek Solutions in Salt
July 21, 2015 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Masters (Santa Cruz Sentinel)  The salt ponds of Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, just north of San Jose International Airport, may hold the key to a sustainable energy source.
For more …

State Board Grants Provisional Charter for NY Climate Museum
July 21, 2015 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Fitzgerald (Associated Press)  The plan for a museum in the city that would focus on climate and climate change, with exhibits that could relate to health, social justice and rain-delayed baseball games, moved …

American Energy Alliance Scorecard
July 21, 2015 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

(American Energy Alliance) The American Energy Scorecard educates lawmakers about the most important energy votes of the year and empowers the American people to hold their elected officials accountable for the decisions they make in Washington.

Eliminating …

4 Minutes with… Robert E. Fogg, President/CEO/GM, Q-Team Tree Service
July 21, 2015 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … we are interested in using our 2,000+ annual tons of wood waste in the off-season to create a product that we can sell for a profit. We have 27 acres …

New Corn Traits Yield Homegrown Enzymes for Ethanol
July 21, 2015 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Tim Tierneyn (Syngenta)  Plymouth Energy collaborates with corn growers to increase plant efficiency and make ethanol more sustainable. … Sourcing alpha amylase enzyme directly from area corn growers and working with them to enhance grain quality …

New IMO Biofuels Regulation May Catch Product Tankers Unawares
July 21, 2015 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Holly Birket (Splash24/7)  New IMO regulations for the carriage of biofuels may lead to a shortage of product tankers eligible to carry the cargo if shipowners are not ready to meet the new requirements, an environmental consultancy …

In Stunning Spectacle, RI Tall Ship Sails for First Time
July 21, 2015 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Mark Schieldrop (Bristol-Warren Patch)  Narragansett Bay was graced by the mighty presence of the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry on Thursday as she set sail for the first time on wind power alone on a …

Technologies Pitch The Public To Help Them Win SAFE Energy Security Prize: SeaChange Group
July 21, 2015 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

(Securing America’s Future Energy) Today’s low prices at the pump may have many people believing our nation’s energy security problem has been solved, but don’t be fooled. The truth of the matter is energy security …

Lagosur Breaks New Ground – Exporting Biofuel to Latin America
July 21, 2015 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(Lagosur) Lagosur is proud to announce the first business focused on the exportation of biodiesel to Latin America. As part of a two-part strategy and innovative business model, Lagosur has launched part one of the business …

Poplar-Based Bioethanol Production Awaits Spike In Price Of Crude
July 21, 2015 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dorminey (Renewable Energy World)  As the world’s fastest growing temperate tree species, poplar can add a dozen feet annually and reach maturity in as few as four years.  One of its hybrids, populus …

Red Rock Reaches Agreement with FedEx Express to Provide Biofuels for Renewable, Low-Carbon Jet Fuel
July 21, 2015 – 8:28 am | No Comment

(Red Rock Biofuels LLC)  Red Rock Biofuels LLC, a pioneer in renewable biofuels, announced today that it will produce approximately three million gallons of low-carbon, renewable jet fuel per year for FedEx Express, a subsidiary …

6th Biobased Chemicals: Commercialization & Partnering Conference — November 16-17, 2015 — San Francisco, CA
July 20, 2015 – 7:04 pm | No Comment
6th Biobased Chemicals: Commercialization & Partnering Conference — November 16-17, 2015 — San Francisco, CA

We welcome you to GTCbio’s 6th Biobased Chemicals: Commercialization & Partnering Conference, which will be held on November 16-17, 2015 in San Francisco, CA. This two-day conference brings together top representatives who are engaged in …

4 Minutes with… Kaisu Annala, Strategic Director, Cleantech Ministry of Employment and the Economy of Finland
July 20, 2015 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The new government of Finland has included in its strategy a total chapter for bioeconomy and clean solutions (=cleantech). The targets has been set for 10-year and governmental 4-year timeframes.

The …

Scientists Hijack Light-Loving Bacteria to Make High-Value Products
July 20, 2015 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

(Nanowerk News/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Scientists have directed a common bacterium to produce more of a valuable fatty acid, lauric acid, than it typically does. The achievement is noteworthy not simply because of the increased …

BioPower Operations Corporation’s Subsidiary Green3Power Wins Award to Build a $175 Million Renewable Energy Facility in St. Lucie County, Florida Using the G3P Gasification Technology
July 20, 2015 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

(BioPower Operations Corporation)  BioPower Operations Corporation (OTCQB: BOPO) (“BioPower” or the “Company”) announced today (June 30, 2015) that its wholly-owned subsidiary Green3Power Operations Inc. (G3P) has won the award to build a $175 Million renewable …

Waste Cooking Oil From Mexico City’s Restaurants Could Power the City’s Buses
July 20, 2015 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Kate Wheeling (Pacific Standard Magazine)  Biodiesel from the waste cooking oil produced by the capital city’s restaurants could help to power the cities public transit system, and reduce emissions in the process.
… A team of researchers …

Special China Report: 10 Top Advanced Bioeconomy Stories in China and Taiwan
July 20, 2015 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The 10 Biggest Advanced Bioeconomy stories of the year we reported from the world’s second-biggest economic region.
1. DuPont, New Tianlong Industry Co. ink Cellulosic Ethanol pact; China’s first Advanced Renewable …

Iran’s Algiran Teams with Indian Scientist
July 20, 2015 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  lgiran, an Iranian algal biotech company, has recently established a pilot scale algal cultivation demonstration facility at the Chabahar Free Zone, in the Baluchistan Province of Iran. …

The team is looking at …

Fields of Gold Transform Into Biodiesel at Wastewater Treatment Plant
July 20, 2015 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(City of Raleigh)  Deep in the southeastern corner of Wake County are a series of rolling fields that look like they are more suitable for a Van Gogh painting than part of the Raleigh landscape. …

EgyptAir Plans to Launch Its First Bio-Fuel-Run Jet in a Year
July 20, 2015 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(Egypt Independent)  EgyptAir plans to launch its first plane run on biofuel, replacing traditional jet fuel, in one year, said Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal during a graduation project ceremony for students of the Engineering …

Advocating for Ethanol: Walz Visits Janesville Plant
July 20, 2015 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by Philip Weyhe (Janesville Argus)  First District Congressman Tim Walz, D-Mankato, stopped by Guardian Energy in Janesville Friday morning with his sights set on highlighting ethanol production as an “all-American” and efficient energy solutions service.
After …

Biodiesel Industry Falters; Lack of Support Cited
July 20, 2015 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

by Austin DuVall (Arkansas Business)  Arkansas’ biodiesel industry has failed to live up to its early promise, and Troy Hornbeck says he knows why.
Hornbeck, who with his two brothers, Jon and Jeff, founded Arkansas SoyEnergy …

First Ethanol Powered Bus Taken for Final Test
July 20, 2015 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

by Anjaya Anparthi  (Times of India)  As a step towards launch of ethanol-run buses on commercial basis throughout India, the first ever bus running in the city on pilot basis has been taken for final test. …

International Research Team Seeks More Efficient Biomass Refinement Processes
July 20, 2015 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)  Researchers from across the world, including from Virginia Tech, plan to mimic the chemistry of the brown rot fungus to improve biorefining processes. BioMim, a $4 million, four-year project …

American Coalition for Ethanol Conference — August 19-21, 2015 — Omaha, Nebraska
July 20, 2015 – 3:52 pm | No Comment
American Coalition for Ethanol Conference — August 19-21, 2015 — Omaha, Nebraska

ACE’s annual conference is unique in the world of renewable fuels because it is specifically tailored to the interests and needs of the people of ethanol — the folks who are really in the trenches. …

Ethanol Organization Dreams Big, Values Grassroots
July 20, 2015 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The man who led the effort to form ACE was 67 years old when he took on the project. Today, the organization is still fighting for farmers and all …

DOE Seeks Nominations for Biomass Advisory Committee
July 20, 2015 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is soliciting nominations for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. …

4 Minutes with… Dr Marc Sabourin, EVP Business Development Americas, Leaf Resources Limited
July 20, 2015 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Leaf Resources is a process technology company, providing economical biobased solutions for commercial production of cellulosic sugars and other lignocellulosic platforms derived from biomass. Our technology, combines crude glycerine and …

7 Biofuels Groups Aim to Extend “Critical Advanced Biofuel Tax Incentives”
July 20, 2015 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, a group of biofuel trade organizations sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) encouraging extension of critical advanced …

Advanced Ethanol Council Changes Name to Advanced Biofuels Business Council, Expands Membership
July 20, 2015 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, Advanced Ethanol Council, founded in 2011 to represent advanced and cellulosic ethanol producers and technology providers, is expanding its organizational charter to include other types of advanced biofuels. …

Genomatica: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide
July 20, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Genomatica is a widely-recognized technology leader for the chemical industry, and for four years running has been the #1-ranked company in the Hot 30.  It delivers new manufacturing processes that enable …

USDA Overhauls Its Section 9003 Biorefinery Loan Guarantee Program: What’s In It for You?
July 20, 2015 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Mark J. Riedy and Ben Snowden (Kilpatrick Townsend/Biofuels Digest)   The USDA has completely overhauled what used to be known as Biorefinery Assistance Program and now is called the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing …

Thirty-Six Senators Call for Biodiesel Growth
July 20, 2015 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Republicans and Democrats Urge EPA to Strengthen RFS Proposal — Thirty-six U.S. senators from across the country urged the Obama administration Monday to strengthen biodiesel volumes in a pending Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) …

More unused oil, gas wells linger without permanent seals increasing risk
July 20, 2015 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Donn (Associated Press/Los Angeles Daily News)  Five years after the Obama administration promised to move swiftly to permanently plug unused oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico, even more shafts are …

Unhealthy Fixation
July 20, 2015 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by William Saletan (Slate)  The war against genetically modified organisms is full of fearmongering, errors, and fraud. Labeling them will not make you safer.
They Want You to Be Overwhelmed … Hundreds of organizations, including Consumers Union, …

Grassley Secures Inclusion of Wind Energy, Biodiesel, Cellulosic Ethanol, Education Provisions in Committee Tax Extenders Package
July 20, 2015 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(KIOW Radio)  Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa secured the inclusion of tax incentives for wind energy, biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol in the bipartisan tax extenders bill the Finance Committee will consider on Tuesday.  The bill also contains …

Renewable Fuel Standards Continue to Work
July 20, 2015 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Dave Eckhardt (Colorado Corn Growers Association/Pueblo Chieftan) … Perhaps the EPA has forgotten the RFS is working.  It’s helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Last year, ethanol lowered CO2-equivalent GHG emissions from transportation by 39.6 million …

Ethanol Working to Benefit Brazil, America, the World
July 20, 2015 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Leticia Phillips (UNICA/Ethanol Producer Magazine)    Brazil and the U.S. have a responsibility to collaboratively build a global biofuels market, writes Leticia Phillips of UNICA, following a visit between Brazilian President and President Obama.
In …

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: Lignofuels 2016 Summit — January 20-21 — Munich, Germany DEADLINE: unclear
July 17, 2015 – 4:29 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  Lignofuels 2016 Summit — January 20-21 — Munich, Germany   DEADLINE: unclear

Already on its 8th edition, this two day conference will bring together key lignofuels stakeholders to join our in-depth discussions and excellent networking, including leaders from advanced generation biofuels companies from across the globe.
During the …

WEBINAR: Program Update on USDA’s 9003 Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program — August 6, 2015
July 17, 2015 – 4:26 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR: Program Update on USDA’s 9003 Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program  —  August 6, 2015

This presentation will update companies on the latest developments in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 9003 Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program after release of the new interim final rule on June …

2015 European Biopolymer Summit — December 9-10 — London, UK
July 17, 2015 – 4:15 pm | No Comment
2015 European Biopolymer Summit — December 9-10 — London, UK

ACI’s The 2015 European Biopolymer Summit, taking place in London, UK, on 9th – 10th December 2015, will bring together key industry experts to discuss the latest strategies and methods to overcome current challenges, and …

The Future of Aromatics 2016 — January 13-14 — Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 17, 2015 – 4:00 pm | No Comment
The Future of Aromatics 2016 — January 13-14 — Amsterdam, Netherlands

ACI’s The Future of Aromatics 2016 will be taking place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 13th — 14th January 2016. The two day event will bring together key industry stakeholders from the aromatic and petrochemical …

Lignofuels 2016 Summit — January 20-21 — Munich, Germany
July 17, 2015 – 3:55 pm | No Comment
Lignofuels 2016 Summit —  January 20-21 — Munich, Germany

Already on its 8th edition, this two day conference will bring together key lignofuels stakeholders to join our in-depth discussions and excellent networking, including leaders from advanced generation biofuels companies from across the globe.
During the …

IEA Bioenergy Conference 2015 — October 27-29 — Berlin, Germany
July 17, 2015 – 3:45 pm | No Comment
IEA Bioenergy Conference 2015 — October 27-29  — Berlin, Germany

Bioenergy plays a significant role in the IEA Special Report Energy and Climate Change at the upcoming UN Climate
Change Conference.
In the IEA World Energy Outlook Special Report Maria van der Hoeven the Executive Director of the …

Court Dismisses E30 Test Fuel Case, But Decision Could Help Open Door for Mid-Level Blends
July 17, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by  Laura Small (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On July 14, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a petition from the Energy Future Coalition and other biofuel interests to review an Environmental Protection Agency …

EPA Chief Defends RFS Proposal to Corn Growers
July 17, 2015 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Speaking to members of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) meeting in Washington DC this week, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy defended her agency’s proposed volume obligations under the Renewable …

Researchers from Israel and Florida Awarded Funding for Biogas
July 17, 2015 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev/Biomass Magazine)  Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel and University of Florida researchers have been awarded a United States-Israel Bi-national Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD) grant to …

New Family of Chemical Structures Remove CO2 from Gas Mixtures
July 17, 2015 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

(Stockholm University/Biomass Magazine)  A newly discovered family of chemical structures, published in Nature, could increase the value of biogas and natural gas that contains carbon dioxide. The new chemical structures, known as zeolites, have been …

High School Students Take Control of Bioethanol Pilot Plant in Mackay
July 17, 2015 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by David Sparkes (ABC Rural)  As the Queensland Government and industry players try to usher in a new era for bioethanol production, a group of high school students have been put through their paces at …

China to License DuPont Technology to Build Ethanol Plant
July 17, 2015 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  DuPont said Thursday it will license its technology to construct the largest cellulosic ethanol manufacturing plant in China.
As part of the agreement with New Tianlong Industry Co., DuPont said …

The Future Will Run on Algae
July 17, 2015 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Lufkin (Gizmodo) … They slurp in sunlight, and convert it to energy. They’re also able to suck up carbon dioxide emitted by power plants and cars, turning it into oxygen. So they run on …

EPA Begins Publishing Annual Data on RIN Sales, RIN Holdings
July 17, 2015 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In early July, the U.S. EPA released renewable identification number (RIN) sales data aggregated by renewable fuel standard (RFS) party type for the first time. The newly released data …

Johnson Matthey Process Technologies and Rennovia Announce On Time Start-up of Mini-Plant for Bio-Based Glucaric Acid Production Using Jointly Developed Technology
July 17, 2015 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(Rennovia)  Johnson Matthey Process Technologies, a global provider of advanced process technologies, and Rennovia Inc., a privately held company that develops novel catalysts and processes for the cost advantaged production of chemical products from renewable …

Understanding Global Agriculture in 15 Minutes
July 17, 2015 – 10:09 am | No Comment

by By Tom Schenk (Agriculture 2.0)  Over the past ten years, scores of articles have been written about the merits of investing in farmland as well as the challenges of producing enough food to feed a …

1st Annual Methane Bioengineering Summit — September 1, 2015 — San Diego, CA
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1st Annual Methane Bioengineering Summit  —  September 1, 2015 — San Diego, CA

Join leading experts from biotechnology companies, academic institutions, government and the industry to discuss:
Policy, regulatory and environmental drivers — including …

Pulp2Value: European Project Realises New Value Chains for Sugar Beet
July 16, 2015 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

(Wageningen UR) Wageningen URFood & Biobased Research is launching a large-scale European project in collaboration with Cosun (coordinating partner) and ten businesses from the Netherlands and abroad to extract more value from sugar beet pulp. After …

Notice of Opportunity To Comment on an Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Attributable to Production and Transport of Cotton (Gossypium spp.) Seed Oil for Use in Biofuel Production
July 16, 2015 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting comment on its analysis of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the production and transport of Gossypium spp. seed oil (“cottonseed oil”) feedstock for …

THE CASE FOR BIOFUEL: The Magic Bullet for Energy Security and Rural Development in Africa
July 16, 2015 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Around 770,000 BC, it was fire, at some point – wood, dung and coal, to the now-ominous fossil fuels. This is the evolution of energy, and today the evolution …

UMD Program Approves 15 Technology Product Development Projects Teaming Maryland Companies With System Faculty — Four Aquaculture Projects Highlight Round
July 16, 2015 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute )  The Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program, an initiative of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, has approved …

$2.69 per Gallon! Cheaper Fuel Alternative Comes to Valley
July 16, 2015 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Megan Terlecky (News Channel 3 KESQ)  E85 is made up of 85% corn ethanol but only flex fuel vehicles can use it
It’s called E85. It’s made up of 85 percent corn ethanol and burns clean. …

Corn Growers Rally for RFS in DC
July 16, 2015 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Hundreds of corn farmers from across America were in Washington D.C. today (July 15, 2015) to rally for the cuts to corn ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFs) to be …

Seaweed as a Sustainable Feedstock of the Future
July 16, 2015 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Studies conducted by EnAlgae partners in Ireland, France and Belgium point the way to seaweed being a viable and sustainable feedstock for the future in North West Europe (NWE). This is the …

Federal Court Slams Ethanol and EPA in One Ruling
July 16, 2015 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano  (Washington Examiner)  A federal appeals court slammed the ethanol industry on Tuesday for suing the Environmental Protection Agency, and then slammed the EPA’s defense even though the agency won the case.
The D.C. …

Ethiopia: The Biofuel Myth
July 16, 2015 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by Jose Graziano DA Silva (UN Food and Agriculture Organization/AllAfrica.com)  Over the past several years, biofuels have become a bone of contention. For some, a renewable energy source produced from organic matter amounts to a …

Corbion: The 2015 8-Slide Guide
July 16, 2015 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Corbion has over 80 years of experience in fermentation and downstream processing, is the global market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives and lactides, and a leading company in …

GO Resources to Commercialize High-Tech, Super High Oleic Safflower Oil
July 16, 2015 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renewable alternative to petroleum-based raw materials with multiple applications in the biolubricants, biochemical and bioplastics industries.  In Australia, GO Resources has entered into an exclusive worldwide licence with Australia’s national …

4 Minutes with… Mahmood Ebadian, Founder, Biomass Supply Chain Consulting
July 16, 2015 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … My role is to design, plan and schedule biomass supply chains for commercial-scale biofuel plants.
I am currently working on two projects: 1) the viability study of the production of biojet …

Petroleum, Supply Ministries Cooperate to Transform Cooking Oil into Biodiesel
July 15, 2015 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Menna Samir (Daily News Egypt)  …  A protocol agreement to activate the reuse of cooking oil and transform it into biodiesel was signed between the Ministries of Petroleum and Supply, as well as the Alexandria …

Gov. Dayton Signs E15 Dispenser Bill: Law Goes into Effect July 1
July 15, 2015 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The E15 Dispenser bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton, goes into effect July 1 and will help up to 100 fuel retailers in the state make minor modifications …

Renewable Fuel Efforts Forge Ahead
July 15, 2015 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Janelle Atyeo (Tri-State Neighbor)  South Dakota groups are pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to set higher standards for renewable fuels, highlighting what ethanol has done for the rural economy and for the environment.
Rural development …

WEBINAR: USDA 9003 Program Winning Strategies for Success Webinar — July 23, 2015 — 3:00 PM EST
July 15, 2015 – 5:31 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  USDA 9003 Program Winning Strategies for Success Webinar  —  July 23, 2015  —  3:00 PM EST

free webinar on Thursday, July 23 at 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EST to obtain key information and assistance regarding the USDA 9003 Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program.
The USDA’s Section 9003 Program …

Germany’s Obligation to Reduce GHGs Drives Competition
July 15, 2015 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP)) With an average greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction of 60 percent, the competition for the highest GHG efficiency is starting. This was confirmed in the first quarterly …

Network Rail and Bio-Bean to Produce Green Energy from Station Coffee Waste
July 15, 2015 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

(Power-Technology)  Bio-bean and Network Rail have extended their partnership to start a new recycling project that will turn coffee waste into fuel and will be used to cut down the costs for railway in the …

Increasing U.S. Energy Security and Reducing Greenhouse Gases in the Transportation Sector: Electricity vs. Biofuels
July 15, 2015 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(OurEnergyPolicy.org)  The question is: How can U.S. policymakers best support energy security and GHG emission reduction, considering the need for both biofuels and low-carbon electric vehicles? What fraction of transport energy can be supplied by each …

4 Minutes with… Jason Force, CEO, Iron Goat
July 15, 2015 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Iron Goat is an agricultural robotics company with an innovative direct-to-pellet harvester technology. Our role in the advanced bioeconomy is to provide a method to lower the harvest process cost …

EU Council Formally Approves New Biofuel Rules
July 15, 2015 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Expert/ePURE)  EU Ministers have today officially rubber-stamped new rules to address indirect land use change (ILUC) impacts associated with biofuels. The new rules, which have been discussed by the EU institutions for 3 years, …

US and Netherlands Researchers Identify Chemical Transformations in Zeolites
July 15, 2015 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(Chemicals-Technology)  Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), UOP and Netherlands-based Utrecht University have found a way to understand chemical transformations occurring within zeolites.
Zeolites are crystalline solid structures made up of …

Crisis in Brazilian Sugarcane Industry with Closures and Redundancies
July 15, 2015 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Marcelo Toledo from Ribeirao Preto (Folha de S.Paulo)  The pessimistic predictions of the Brazilian sugarcane industry for 2015/16 appear to be coming true, with plant closures, redundancies and requests for judicial recovery.  This is …

Cellana – The 2015 8-Slide Guide — Algae to Fuels, Feed and Nutraceuticals with an Integrated Biorefinery Focus.
July 15, 2015 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Cellana’s patented ALDUO system enables economic, sustainable, and consistent production of photosynthetic, non-GMO algae at industrial scale. Cellana intends to construct and operate commercial facilities to produce these products as …

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference NEXT — November 2-5, 2015 — San Francisco, CA
July 15, 2015 – 11:52 am | No Comment
Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference NEXT — November 2-5, 2015 — San Francisco, CA

The new fuels, chemicals, and materials that are changing our ideas of performance, cost and sustainability. And the powerful platform technologies behind them — genetics, green chemistry, robotics, sensors, and analytics. See it come to …

China’s Algae Crisis Offers Feedstock for U.S. Plastics Firm
July 15, 2015 – 11:28 am | No Comment

Nina Ying Sun (Plastics News)  Lake Taihu, the third largest freshwater body in China, once was pure and beautiful and one of my fondest childhood memories. But like many things in China, it has fallen …

Treat Climate Change as Seriously as National Security: Report
July 15, 2015 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Alister Doyle (Reuters)  Governments should treat climate change as seriously as threats to national security or public health, partly by focusing more on the worst scenarios of rising temperatures, an international report said on …

Blog: Research Projects Look into Low-Lignin Plants
July 14, 2015 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  You may have heard the old joke, “you can make anything out of lignin, except money.” Well, I hope to still be writing about ethanol the day that’s been …

Ethanol Chronicles Launches Blog to Answer Fuel Critics
July 14, 2015 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

By Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Auto Channel recently launched the Ethanol Chronicles to aggregate questions and information on ethanol. The Auto Channel is a focused content channel covering all things automotive. A long-time champion …

Valero Expands into Ethanol Export Market for 1st Time
July 14, 2015 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Valero Energy Corp, one of the biggest U.S. oil refiners, is preparing to sell ethanol for export for the first time, the company said, betting on the $2 billion overseas market …

How the Future of Biofuels Is Taking Shape
July 14, 2015 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Iván Martén (Wall Street Journal)  Global production of biofuels has surged over the past decade or so, with annual production climbing from approximately 10 billion liters in 2000 to nearly 80 billion liters in …

Bush in Sioux City: Phase out Renewable Fuel Standard
July 14, 2015 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Bret Hayworth (The Globe Gazette)  Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Monday again asserted a position that could give him trouble with some Iowa voters, as he supports an end to a federal rule …

Hot Buttered Rum Uses Biofuel while Traveling to Iowa and Beyond
July 14, 2015 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Pat Curtis (Radio Iowa)  … Bluegrass act Hot Buttered Rum typically tours the country in a van and band member Nat Keefe says they’ve always tried to do so in an environmentally friendly manner.
Their previous …

Ethanol and Biodiesel: Guilty as Charged
July 14, 2015 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Paul Driessen (Town Hall) … The tale of Philip Joseph Rivkin (aka Felipe Poitan Arriaga) reveals an equally disgusting aspect of the mandate, resulting from the absurdly complex Renewable Identification Number (RIN) system devised by EPA …

How Bath Research Could Reduce Water Scarcity in Middle East
July 14, 2015 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by Hanna Loraine  (University of Bath)  A Jordanian PhD student has come to Bath to investigate how our algae research could help clean wastewater in her country.  …  New ways of cutting down water wastage …

IncBio to Supply 22.5 MMgy Biodiesel Plant to Colombia
July 14, 2015 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Portugal-based IncBio has secured an agreement to design and build a 75,000-ton-per-year (22.5 MMgy) biodiesel plant for Biocosta Green Energy S.A. in Santa Marta, Colombia.
The plant will produce biodiesel from …

Vecoplan Awarded Contract to Build Feedstock Processing System for Fulcrum Bioenergy
July 14, 2015 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Vecoplan has executed a fixed-price contract with Fulcrum BioEnergy, to design, engineer, install and commission a municipal solid waste (MSW) feedstock processing system for Fulcrum’s Sierra BioFuels Plant.
Fulcrum has developed a reliable and …

It’s Time for a Non-Renewable Carbon User Fee for Fuels — Press Release
July 14, 2015 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

“If we’re serious about reducing Climate Change caused by Green House Gases, then we need serious actions,” said Joanne Ivancic, Executive Director of Advanced Biofuels USA on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. “The first steps …

4 Minutes with… Carl Glanzman, PE Manager, Nishnabotna Naturals
July 14, 2015 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … DDG value added products (plant nutrition), soil mycorhizoidal stimulant production, design of passive and active heating and cooling systems for year-round produce production using dried distiller grains, consulting on design and enhancement of …

British Drivers Face Higher Petrol Prices after Brussels Renews Push for Eco-Friendly Fuel
July 14, 2015 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Ben Riley-Smith (The Telegraph)  Millions of British drivers could be forced to spend more filling up their cars after oil companies came under renewed pressure from Brussels to roll out environmentally friendly petrol.

The European …

Boosting Biofuel Production: New MIT Research Finds Supplements Help Yeast Survive.
July 14, 2015 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Nancy Stauffer (MIT Energy Initiative)   Chemical engineers and biologists at MIT have found a simple way to make yeast produce more ethanol from sugars: Spike the mixture they’re growing on with two common chemicals. Adding …

Ethiopia Blends 12.5 Million Liters of Ethanol with Benzene
July 14, 2015 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

(Walta information Center/2Mercato)  Ethiopia has blended 12.5 million liters of ethanol with benzene in the past fiscal year, according to the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy.
Bezuneh Tolecha, Public Relations Head at the Ministry, told …

Couple Found Guilty of Stealing Money for Biodiesel Plant
July 14, 2015 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

(WBIR)  A Knoxville couple is found guilty of taking grant money to create a bio diesel plant, then spending it on themselves.
John Brichetto, CEO of Northington Energy, and his wife, Lisa Horn-Brichetto, were each charged …

Philippines Ethanol Imports to Decline within 2-3 Years: Roxol
July 14, 2015 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Julien Hall (Platts)  Philippines ethanol import volumes will decline in the next few years as domestic production is boosted by a shift from a number of potable ethanol producers towards fuel-grade ethanol, Luis Villa-Abrille, …

One Billion Pounds of Carbon-Negative Plastic, Made from Greenhouse Gas and Pure Air
July 14, 2015 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Newlight Technologies has signed a 20-year take-or-pay off-take agreement with Vinmar International for 1 billion pounds of AirCarbon PHA.
Critical to the deal? Newlight’s catalyst aims to transform the …

It’s Time for a Non-Renewable Carbon User Fee for Fuels
July 13, 2015 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA introduced a new idea for capturing externalities of non-renewable fuels at the Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum held in the Caucus Room …

Advanced Biofuels USA Exhibits and Presents at Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum
July 13, 2015 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  This year’s CREEE EXPO + Forum brought together 46 organizations showcasing a cross-section of renewable energy (biofuels/biomass, geothermal, solar, water, wind) and energy efficiency technologies, including at least three …

EPA Honors Winners of the 20th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards/Innovative Technologies Tackle Climate Change, Water, and Chemical Issues
July 13, 2015 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk and other environmental problems into business opportunities, spurring …

Estimating the Benefits from Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reductions
July 13, 2015 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Howard Shelanski and Maurice Obstfeldb (The White House)  … The social cost of carbon (SCC) is a tool that helps Federal agencies decide which carbon-reducing regulatory approaches make the most sense—to know which come at …

Improving Algal Biocrude from Hydrothermal Liquefaction
July 13, 2015 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)   Biocrude oil obtained from hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) of algae can be an energy-efficient replacement for the fossil crude oil normally used in the production of fuels. HTL is a high-pressure, high-temperature …

Fossil Fuel Industry Must ‘Implode’ to Avoid Climate Disaster, Says Top Scientist
July 13, 2015 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Damian Carrington (The Guardian)  ‘The age of carbon is over’ and a transition to a greener economy is inevitable, says Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, adviser to the German government and Pope Francis

Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, an …