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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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Renewable Fuel Standard Rules Give Boost to Biogas
August 11, 2014 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Bilek (Biomass Magazine)   There is little doubt that allowing biogas-based transportation fuel projects to sell either advanced biofuel or cellulosic compliance credits will give a big boost to U.S. projects.
In early July, the …

SIC Officials Hoping to Offer Biofuel Certification
August 11, 2014 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Nick Mariano  (The Southern Illinoisan)  A Southern Illinois college is hoping to offer the first national certification in the country for training in biofuels processing, the instructor for the program said Tuesday.
Southeastern Illinois College …

Increasing Ethanol Plant Throughput
August 11, 2014 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Syngenta’s Enogen corn trait technology is the first genetically modified output trait in corn specifically for the ethanol industry and in the past two years since it has been released the …

RFS Update from EPA at ACE Meeting
August 11, 2014 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Environmental Protection Agency official Paul Machiele visited the American Coalition for Ethanol conference this week in Minneapolis to discuss various issues, including plans for the 2014 volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard …

World Bank: Climate-Smart Development Benefits Lives, Jobs, GDP
August 11, 2014 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Sue Retka Schill (Biomass Magazine) Advanced biofuels and biomass play supporting roles in several scenarios examined in a recent report from the World Bank Group looking at climate-smart development. The report introduces a new …

Building a Long Term, Sustainable Supply Chain for Cellulosic Biofuels Industry
August 11, 2014 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuel USA) On Tuesday, July 15 2014, Biofuels Digest hosted a webinar discussing creating sustainable supply chains for cellulosic biofuels – a germane issue that will ultimately determine the commercial viability …

UK Aviation Group Calls for Government Backing to Kick-Start Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuels
August 11, 2014 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(GreenAir Online) The potential to reduce UK aviation’s annual carbon emissions by up to 1.7 million tonnes by 2030 through the uptake of sustainable aviation fuels can only be realised with government support, says UK industry …

Japanese Initiative Launched to Develop Next-Generation Sustainable Aviation Biofuel Sector by 2020
August 11, 2014 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(GreenAir Online) Japan has become the latest country to launch a government-backed initiative to investigate the potential of developing a domestic sustainable aviation biofuel industry. Over 30 companies and organisations from the aerospace, fuel, engineering, finance …

Brazil’s GOL to Start International Flights using Newly-Certified Amyris/Total Renewable Jet Fuel
August 11, 2014 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Less than a month after approval for commercial use by fuel certification body ASTM International, Brazilian carrier GOL has announced it is to begin flying with blended farnesane renewable jet fuel developed by the …

Why Business Leaders Support a Price on Carbon
August 11, 2014 – 11:29 am | No Comment

(The World Bank)  The companies we turn to every day for electricity, transportation, consumer goods, and even electronics face risks from climate change. Most need reliable water for production processes and products. Extreme weather and …

Start-up HY-TEK Bio Awarded $500,000 in Global Innovative Carbon Use Competition
August 9, 2014 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

(HY-TEK Bio)  HY-TEK Bio LLC, a Howard County biotech start-up, has been awarded a $500,000 grant in the first round of the Change and Emissions Management Corporation’s (CCEMC) $35 million international Grand Challenge: Innovative Carbon Uses. HY-TEK …

Dyadic, CIMV to Collaborate on Second Generation Biofuels
August 8, 2014 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Dyadic International Inc./Biomass Magazine)  Dyadic International Inc., a global biotechnology company whose patented and proprietary technologies are used to develop, manufacture and sell enzymes and other proteins for the bioenergy, bio-based chemical, biopharmaceutical and industrial …

Reaching out in D.C.
August 8, 2014 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Gene Lucht (Iowa Farmer Today)   …. But, when the Iowans visited Washington recently a few of them also spoke with members of Congress and congressional staffers from non-ag regions in an effort to educate …

Ripe for Ethanol Innovations: Midlands Research Is Boosting Value of Corn Distillation Process
August 8, 2014 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Russell Hubbard  (Omaha World-Herald)  It starts out as freeze-dried fungus or bacteria from Denmark and ends up being one of the key ingredients in what some are calling Nebraska’s and Iowa’s shot at the …

Export Opportunities for Ethanol and DDGs
August 8, 2014 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  U.S. exports of ethanol totaled 59.9 million gallons (mg) in June, up 13% from the seven-month low in May, according to a Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) analysis of government data, and the …

DDG Manufacturers Seek Better Understanding of FSMA Compliance
August 8, 2014 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A popular breakout session at the 2014 American Coalition for Ethanol conference discussed the potential impacts the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act may have on plant …

Local Corn To Ethanol Fuel Helping Consumers
August 8, 2014 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Kayla Vanover  (WBKO)  … “Ethanol being 105-octane, you can blend it was 84-octane base gasoline and get your 87-octane. That is going to make gasoline cheaper because ethanol is cheaper than gas,” said Mick Henderson, General …

Retailer Roundtable: Giving People the Choice of Higher Blends
August 8, 2014 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Much discussion of the E10 blend wall was to be found at the 2014 American Coalition of Ethanol conference. The last day of events began with retailers who were …

China Loses Appeal of WTO Ruling on Exports of Rare Earths
August 8, 2014 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  … China produces more than 90 percent of the world’s rare earths, which are key elements in defense industry components and modern technology from iPhones and disk drives to wind turbines. It imposed strict export …

Purdue Research: Cover Crops Make Stover More Sustainable, Profitable
August 8, 2014 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Lindsey Alexander  (Purdue University)  Farmers using cover crops as a soil conservation method can remove much more corn stover per acre for biofuels or other uses and at the same time potentially increase their …

11,000 Biogas Project Opportunities in the US? USDA, DOE, EPA Publish Biogas Opportunities Roadmap
August 8, 2014 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, USDA, EPA and the US DOE published the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap, and concluded that:
· Developing a viable biogas industry in the U.S. can boost the economy and provide a reliable, …

Regulations Needed to Identify Potentially Invasive Biofuel Crops
August 8, 2014 – 11:55 am | One Comment

(University of Illinois  College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences/EurekAlert!)  If the hottest new plant grown as a biofuel crop is approved based solely on its greenhouse gas emission profile, its potential as the next …

The Clean Plate Club: The Search for Value from Food Waste Finds a Center of Gravity in Hawaii
August 8, 2014 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  All that food waste, all that potential value. What’s being done about all that material heading from the garbage pail to the landfill?   Turns out, the State of Hawaii and …

Automakers Gear up for Changes as Govt Pushes Ethanol-Blended Petrol
August 7, 2014 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

by Swaraj Baggongkar (Business Standard)  To curb petrol import costs, the NDA government is pushing for a 10% ethanol mix in petrol
A long-delayed proposal to add 10 per cent ethanol into petrol will most likely force …

Vilsack Says Voluntary Conservation Programs Are Working
August 7, 2014 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Ken Anderson  (Brownfield Ag News)  There’s been considerable debate as to whether farming conservation practices should remain voluntary or be made mandatory.  But Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack believes voluntary programs are working and that …

Students Present Research at Ethanol Conference
August 7, 2014 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Several University of Minnesota students are giving the ethanol industry a preview of their cutting-edge research in biofuels, biochemicals and bioproducts during the 27th Annual Ethanol Conference in Minneapolis. One such student is …

Ethanol Explosive for Cruz, Paul
August 7, 2014 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by  Alexander Bolton (The Hill)  Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rand Paul (Ky.) are trying to avoid an ethanol landmine in Iowa.

Iowa kingmakers in the party such as Sen. Chuck Grassley want the Republican presidential nominee …

Florida Biodiesel, Inc. Has Delivered a Biodiesel Plant to Avandith Energy in Nigeria
August 7, 2014 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(Florida Biodiesel, Inc./PR.com)  Florida Biodiesel, Inc. has completed a B-60 Biodiesel plant sale to Avandith Energy in Lagos, Nigeria. The Biodiesel production equipment will be used to demonstrate Green Fuel technology and produce Biodiesel for …

Colombia’s Palm Oil Output Seen by Oil World Climbing to Record
August 7, 2014 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(BlackSeaGrain/Bloomberg)  Palm oil production in Colombia will climb to a record this year as trees planted three years ago start to bear fruit, Oil World said.
Colombian output of palm oil, used for cooking and to …

8 Trends Driving Aviation Biofuels Today
August 7, 2014 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  SkyNRG is undertaking its first major feedstock project in South Africa, featuring a nicotine-free energy tobacco crop that’s developed by Sunchem under the name of Solaris.
Which is an excellent …

Boeing and South African Airways to Fly Planes on Tobacco Fuel
August 7, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Eduard Gismatullin (Bloomberg)  Boeing Co. (BA) and state-owned South African Airways SOC Ltd. agreed to cooperate to produce jet fuel from a new type of tobacco plant to reduce environmental pollution.
The partners will use …

Fulcrum BioEnergy and Cathay Pacific Announce Strategic Investment
August 7, 2014 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(Fulcrum BioEnergy/PRNewswire) — Cathay Pacific Airways announced today that it is the first airline investor in Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. (“Fulcrum”), a US-based sustainable biofuel developer, as part of the airline’s biofuel strategy and to help …

Thin Stillage, Potential for Valuable Biobased Products
August 7, 2014 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The 2014 American Coalition for Ethanol conference included a discussion of research efforts aimed at making ethanol plants more profitable. Ken Valentas, professor at the University of Minnesota, and …

Producers Share Revolutionary Efforts at Corn Ethanol Plants
August 7, 2014 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Many ethanol advocates attending and speaking at the 2014 American Coalition for Ethanol conference are not strangers to the ethanol industry. Even though they have been with the industry …

Mid-Year RIN Update
August 7, 2014 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Nick Paulson (Farm Doc Daily/University of Illinois)   … However, D4 generation has rebounded substantially since February, averaging more than 227 million RIN gallons from March through June. Through June, a total of 1.209 billion D4 …

Water Environment Research Foundation Selects Drexel University to Perform Extraction from Wastewater Research
August 6, 2014 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(prweb.com)  The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) has selected Drexel University to perform research that will monitor and quantify the composition of waste greases to improve knowledge about the feasibility of grease-to-biodiesel processes. A key …

E15 Coming to Missouri
August 6, 2014 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

(nacsonline.com)  New, non-mandatory rules that go into effect June 1 will allow Missouri gasoline retailers to sell E15, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. With the change, Missouri joins a dozen other states that offer E15.
However, not everyone is as …

Biofuels for Road Transportation Will Reach Nearly $338 Billion in Annual Revenue by 2022, Forecasts Navigant Research
August 6, 2014 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by (mfrtech.com/BUSINESS WIRE) Over the next 8 years, biofuels are expected to become an important part of the fuel mix for road transportation, accounting for 7.5 percent of liquid fuels consumed in the sector by …

Improving Commercial Viability of Biofuels
August 6, 2014 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Sean Nealon (UCR Today) RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — A University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering professor is one of the authors of a paper recently published in Science that outlines ways companies can …

Oil Companies Achieve 1.37 Per cent Blending of Ethanol with Petrol: Govt
August 6, 2014 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

(The Asian Age) Oil marketing companies could achieve only 1.37 per cent blending of ethanol with petrol against the target of five per cent;…
… But now, the new government will take steps in the sector as …

Biofuels Making Progress on Two Continents
August 6, 2014 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

(RenewableEnergyWorld.com)  New Hampshire, USA — …  In a move that could restore biofuel market uncertainty in Europe, this week (June 11, 2014) energy ministers are expected to reach political agreement on measures to incorporate indirect …

Aviation Biofuel Takes Flight
August 6, 2014 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Zoe Martin (Iowa Farmer Today)MONTICELLO — After years of research, biofuels in the aviation industry are almost ready for take off.
The requirements to replace jet fuel at 40,000 feet present a challenge, but airplane …

Ireland Forced to Import 84% of Biofuel Needed
August 6, 2014 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Margaret Donnelly (Agriland) Ireland imported 126 liters of biofuels in 2013, 84% of what we used, according to An Taisce.
An Taisce says the EU biofuels policy is failing to meet one of its key aims, namely, …

Not Just Koala Chow: Genetic Secrets of Eucalyptus Tree Revealed
August 6, 2014 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Will Dunham (Reuters) Eucalyptus leaves are the main food supply for Australia’s koalas, but there is a lot more to the tree than that.

An international team of researchers this week unveiled the genetic blueprint of …

Ethanol Production, Plagued by Yogurt Bacteria, Getting Viral Cure
August 6, 2014 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Summer (livescience.com/Phage Biocontrol, Inc.) The beneficial microbes that convert milk into yogurt and act in people’s guts to promote digestive health cause big problems in ethanol fermentation tanks. When fermenting corn to create ethanol, lactic …

US Biodiesel Supply Kings
August 5, 2014 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine speaks with three leaders in the U.S. biodiesel distribution space about the growth and opportunities in biodiesel distribution, and the challenges that lie ahead.
The marked increase in U.S. …

Here We Go Again: Huelskamp Draws Ire of Ag Groups because of Ethanol
August 5, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Myrick (HutchNews.com)  By now, we’re used to it. U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler/Hutchinson, has drawn criticism from Kansans because of his actions in Washington, D.C. And again it involves agriculture, the state’s leading …

Global Gasoline Guzzling Set To Plummet
August 5, 2014 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Joshua S. Hill (CleanTechnica)  Policies designed to minimise and redefine dependence upon oil for transportation have been the talk of many towns around the world over the past several years, leading Navigant Research to …

Increasing Ethanol Yield
August 5, 2014 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  One way enzyme technology can help ethanol plants is by yielding more ethanol per bushel of corn.
At the recent Corn Utilization and Technology Conference, Nathan Kreel with Novozymes talked about Olexa, a unique enzyme …

Ceres to Expand Product Development in Sorghum and Sugarcane Under Brazil’s Agricultural Innovation Program
August 5, 2014 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

(Ceres)   Ceres, Inc. (Nasdaq: CERE), an agricultural biotechnology and seed company, today announced that the company will enhance its product development programs in Brazil and expand its development activities in biotech traits for sorghum and sugarcane over the …

Enhancing Biofuel Yields from Biomass with Novel New Method
August 5, 2014 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Sean Nealon (UCR Today)  A team of researchers, led by Professor Charles E. Wyman, at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have developed a versatile, relatively non-toxic, and efficient way to …

Save up to $4M per Year on Biomass Costs? Yep, Genera Energy Has an App for That.
August 5, 2014 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Tennessee, Genera Energy has come up with a biomass management methodology that results in a 13% reduction in the delivered cost of biomass feedstock — or as much as …

UOP’s Ecofining Tech Linked to Massive Renewable Diesel Project in Ohio
August 5, 2014 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Will the old Buckeye Ethanol site in South Point, Ohio be transformed into an ultra-modern base for renewable diesel and jet fuel blendstocks?
That’s the vision for a new project origination …

Bangchak Buys B765m Ethanol Plant
August 4, 2014 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

(Bangkok Post)  SET-listed Bangchak Petroleum Plc (BCP), a majority state-owned refiner, has signed an agreement to buy most of a bioethanol factory in Chachoengsao for 765 million baht.  President Vichien Usanachotes said the board on …

Comment Period Starts for Oil-Train Rules
August 4, 2014 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  The Obama administration Friday formally published proposals in the Federal Register to strengthen safety rules for trains carrying crude oil and other fuels, kicking off a two-month period in which the public can comment.
The …

Missing the Forest for the Trees on Fuel Prices
August 4, 2014 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Anne Steckel (The Hill/National Biodiesel Board)  … Afraid of losing their stranglehold on the fuels market, petroleum groups have long complained that the RFS is unnecessary. More recently, their arguments have become more brazen, suggesting …

Kansas Ethanol Plants Start Producing New Corn Diesel
August 4, 2014 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

By Megan Hart (Topeka Capital-Journal)  Fuel is chemically identical to petroleum-based diesel
Two ethanol plants in Kansas have started turning a different part of corn into a fuel they say can replace conventional diesel.
Jeff Oestmann, president …

Obama’s Delay on Renewable Fuel Puts Producers in Bind
August 4, 2014 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

By Mark Drajem   (Bloomberg)  In the arid Imperial Valley of California, Tim Brummels is trying to turn an agricultural cousin of sugarcane into low-carbon ethanol.
It’s the kind of climate-friendly project supporters have pined for …

Canada’s SDTC Accepting Statements of Interest for Future Grant Round
August 4, 2014 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Sustainable Development Technology Canada announced that it is accepting Statements of Interest from August 27th to October 15th, 2014. SDTC invests in late-stage development and pre-commercial demonstration of …

Greenhouse Gas Report to Assist Producers Facing Climate Challenges
August 4, 2014 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a report that,for the first time, provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and carbon storage from various …

GTL Joint Venture
August 4, 2014 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

(Velocys plc)  Velocys plc (VLS.L), the technology innovator for smaller scale gas-to-liquids (GTL), is pleased to announce that it has entered a joint venture (JV) with Waste Management, NRG Energy (NRG), and Ventech Engineers International …

ABB, Renewable Algal Energy Collaborate to Commercialize Algae Production for Renewable Fuels, Nutraceuticals
August 4, 2014 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(ABB, Renewable Algal Energy)  ABB technology for control and efficiency of algae harvesting and conversion process; algae used for nutritional supplements, animal feed and fuel
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced that it …

E15, E85 and Biodiesel Now Available At Several Murphy USA Locations in Iowa
August 4, 2014 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  Murphy USA Converts Four Stations in Iowa to Now Offer More Low-Cost, Locally-Produced Renewable Fuels Blends
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today announced Murphy USA has just converted four stations to now …

AgriLife Research Study: Mesquite a Complementary Biofuel Feedstock
August 4, 2014 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Kay Ledbetter (AgriLife Today)  As requirements grow for use of cellulosic biofuels to meet the energy needs of the nation, researchers look at potential feedstocks and any effects these alternative sources may have on greenhouse …

Stanford Prof Says California Can Exit Fossil Fuels by 2050, and Create 220,000 Jobs in the Process
August 4, 2014 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Stanford engineering professor Mark Jacobsen, writing in Energy, says that the state of California could completely abandon fossil fuels by 2050 with dedicated development of its solar, wind, …

Kansas GOP Set to Split over Renewable Fuel Standard in Bruising Primary Fight
August 4, 2014 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Kansas, one of the more interesting political battles of the US 2014 election season will take place on Tuesday August 4, when Republican (and Tea Party-fave) congressman Tim Huelskamp …

Algae’s Secret Investor Trims the Sails: Reliance Re-Ups Algenol, Algae.Tec, Drops Aurora Algae
August 4, 2014 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Though neither Reliance, Algenol nor Aurora Algae have agreed to go on the record and comment on the state of relations, we can now report that the Digest has learned …

All-in-One Energy System Offers Greener Power for Off-Grid Homes, Farms
August 1, 2014 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

(Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)  An innovative ‘trigeneration’ system fuelled entirely by raw plant oils could have great potential for isolated homes and businesses operating outside grid systems both in the UK and abroad.
Developed …

Biofuel Groups Press White House on More than Just 2014 Targets
August 1, 2014 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Ayesha Rascoe  (Reuters)  The U.S. biofuel industry is urging the Obama administration to go beyond simply raising proposed targets for use of the fuels, making the case instead for fundamental changes to the government’s …

First International Commercial Flight Completed with Newly Approved Amyris-Total Aviation Biofuel
August 1, 2014 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

(Amyris)  GOL Airlines Flight from Orlando to Sao Paulo First to Use Sugarcane-Derived Renewable Jet Fuel
On July 31, Amyris partnered with Brazilian airline, GOL, to fly the industry’s first commercial flight with farnesane, the recently approved renewable …

SG Preston Announces World’s Largest Purpose-Built Renewable Diesel Plant in Southern Ohio
August 1, 2014 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(Yahoo! News/SG Preston)  $400 Million Facility in Lawrence County to Create 100 Permanent Jobs and Produce 120 Million Gallons Annually
SG Preston (SGP), a bioenergy leader, today announced the planned development of a 120 million gallon …

The Boss From Hell? EPA, Congress and Advanced Biofuels
August 1, 2014 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Here are 5 Tell-Tale Signs that you have the Boss from Hell.   And when it comes to the US federal government and advanced biofuels, all five are kinda pointin’ right …

New Jobs Coming Through Two Lawrence County Businesses
July 31, 2014 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Darrah Wilcox  (WCHSTV.com)  … The latest announcement for the Tri-State is a $400 million biodiesel facility at The Point business park, and a medical billing business on County Road 1. The biodiesel facility could bring about …

Einstein Fellows Collaborate with DOE on Bioenergy Social Media Challenge
July 31, 2014 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Anne Artz    (Triangle Coalition for STEM Education)  Five Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows (AEF) and a group from the Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) together designed a high school competition …

What’’s So Advanced about Advanced Biofuels? September 3, 2014 Frederick, MD 4:00 for tweens; 6:00 for teens
July 31, 2014 – 3:22 pm | No Comment
What’’s So Advanced about Advanced Biofuels?  September 3, 2014   Frederick, MD  4:00 for tweens; 6:00 for teens

What Are Advanced Biofuels? Why Are They Important? What Are They Used For? How Are They Made? Can We Buy Them NOW? Presented by Joanne M. Ivancic, Executive Director, Advanced Biofuels USA.

Age Group:   tweens

Event Type:
STEM …

Heard on the Floor at the DOE’s Biomass 2014 conference: US Navy, Abengoa, INEOS Bio, LanzaTech in the Newsmix
July 31, 2014 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Captain James C. Goudreau, Director, Navy Energy Coordination Office:   Stay the course. There is always risk, always naysayers. When we moved from sail to coal, coal to oil, oil to …

The 25 Hottest Topics in the Advanced Bioeconomy
July 31, 2014 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  1. The Hot 50 and Hot 30:  A perennial favorite. This year, Solazyme topped the list while LanzaTech slipped into second place.  …
2. The Top 100 People:  Another perennial. This …

Biodiesel 2014: Fame and Misfortune?
July 30, 2014 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by William Woebkenberg (Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America)  In these presentation slides from a July 2014 US Department of Energy EIA conference, Bill Woebkenberg explains Mercedes’ support for world-wide B5 biodiesel/FAME blends and the …

PUMP, Documentary on Oil Monopoly, to Hit Theaters in September
July 28, 2014 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In New York, PUMP, the latest documentary feature film from Joshua Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell, will be making its long awaited premiere this September in specially selected theaters around the …

Robert Rubin: How Ignoring Climate Change Could Sink the U.S. Economy
July 27, 2014 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rubin (The Washington Post)  Good economic decisions require good data. And to get good data, we must account for all relevant variables. But we’re not doing this when it comes to climate change …

14 Concepts that Will Be Obsolete after Catastrophic Climate Change
July 27, 2014 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway (The Washington Post)  Naomi Oreskes is a professor of the history of science at Harvard University. Erik Conway is a historian of science and technology at the California Institute …

White House Gathers Senate Dems on RFS Proposal
July 25, 2014 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  In what could be seen as a sign that an unpopular decision is about to be rendered by the Obama Administration on ethanol and biodiesel, a select group of Senate Democrats …

Spinach Could Lead to Alternative Energy More Powerful than Popeye
July 25, 2014 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Gardner (Purdue University)  … Purdue University physicists are part of an international group using spinach to study the proteins involved in photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert the sun’s energy into carbohydrates used to …

Grains Council Working on Ethanol Exports
July 25, 2014 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is working on promoting exports of U.S. ethanol through a partnership between USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).
“We’ve been working …

24-7 Van Lines Reducing Cost of Los Angeles Cross Country Mover Services With Updated “Green” & More Energy Efficient Fleet of Trucks
July 25, 2014 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(24-7 Van Lines/PRWeb)  24-7 Van Lines is pleased to announce that customers and the environment will benefit from their newly enhanced and upgraded fleet of class 4-8 trucks that is powered solely by bio-diesel and …

Rethinking the Future of Biofuels: Leveraging Three Routes Forward
July 25, 2014 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Lew Fulton (University of California-Davis Institute of Transportation Studies)   … In a new white paper released this week by the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis (ITS-Davis), we measure the incremental changes that …

Montanans Turn Barley into High-Value Feed, Ethanol
July 25, 2014 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Researchers in Montana are looking at an enzymatic treatment for barley that produces a high-value protein concentrate, describing ethanol as the process coproduct.
Feed barley has been an important …

Toolkit For Ethanol’s Next Stage
July 24, 2014 – 7:52 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Forward-thinking producers will build on technological improvements implemented in recent years.
There are multiple options in the ethanol producer’s toolkit in the ongoing quest to improve efficiency and yield. They …

Why Does Politics Keep Getting in the Way of Pricing Carbon? – Part 1
July 24, 2014 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Jesse Jenkins (The Energy Collective)  Summary

While a carbon price is every economists’ favorite climate plan, real-world political constraints get in the way (just ask Australia!)
In a new paper in Energy Policy, I examine a …

U.S. DOT Announces Comprehensive Proposed Rulemaking for the Safe Transportation of Crude Oil, Flammable Materials
July 24, 2014 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Transportation)  Releases new data on Bakken crude oil to support increased safety measures
The U.S. Department of Transportation today released the details of its comprehensive rulemaking proposal to improve the safe transportation of …

Biodiesel Statement on Senate RFS Meeting
July 24, 2014 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  The National Biodiesel Board released the following statement from Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel Thursday after White House adviser John Podesta briefed a group of Senate Democrats on the pending …

Pain at the Pump: An Illustrated Guide to the War over E85, Gasoline
July 24, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Why is everyone yakking about E85? FTC investigations. Key Senators on the warpath. Antitrust allegations. In short, all kinds of crazy.  What’s exactly going on?
In today’s Digest, we’ve prepared our illustrated …

The Economic Competitiveness of U.S. Ethanol
July 23, 2014 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

by John M. Urbanchuk  (ABF Economics/Renewable Fuels Association)  … Reflecting this enhanced competitiveness and maturation, ethanol prices (both FOB plant and delivered at key U.S. markets) have declined, while crude oil and conventional gasoline prices remained stable or increased.
Consequently:
1. …

Gas Processing Contract in Stockholm Awarded to Schmack Carbotech
July 23, 2014 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(MyNewsDesk.com/Schmack Biogas GmbH)    Schmack Carbotech has been awarded the contract to construct a plant with a processing capacity of 2000 Nm3/h in raw biogas in Sofielund Huddinge, Stockholm. Gas with a methane content of …

The Origin of Sex
July 23, 2014 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algae researchers think they may have discovered a trigger that establishes gender, and sexual reproduction.   We humans experience asexual cellular division, or mitosis, though we rarely write songs or poetry …

Sugar Rush at Ethanol Plant Fuels fight with Nebraska Corn Farmers
July 22, 2014 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer  (Reuters)  An ethanol plant in Nebraska corn country is pumping out fuel made from sugar beets, and corn farmers are suing to stop it – a small-town dispute that offers an unusual …

New Council of International Biotech Associations Formed
July 22, 2014 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Industry Organization)  An international confederation of biotechnology trade associations announced today the ratification of bylaws creating the International Council of Biotechnology Associations (ICBA), with the expressed purpose of advocating for public policies that support …

More Energy from a Litre of Biofuel
July 22, 2014 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(University of Twente)  Catalyst developed at University of Twente helps achieve European 2020 objective
Oil produced from biomass – such as wood chips or plant residues – seldom has the same quality and energy content as …

The Green Roads Map
July 22, 2014 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Defense Fund)  Mapping the Companies Driving California’s Clean Transportation Future
EDF’s Green Roads Map, completed with assistance from CALSTART, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), plots the companies demonstrating how clean …

Petrobras Said to Miss 2014 Ethanol Relief on Lack of Supply
July 22, 2014 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Mario Sergio Lima (Bloomberg)  Brazil is delaying until at least 2015 an increase in the ethanol portion used to blend with gasoline, a government official with knowledge of the decision said.
The government will take …