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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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Makeover Puts CHARMM Back in Biofuels Business
May 7, 2013 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Bill Scanlon (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Biofuels scientists are asking more complex questions about how molecules spin, bond, and break when enzymes attack plants — all in the name of quickening the process of …

New Report Analyses Current Dutch Biomass Trading
May 7, 2013 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

(Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation)  A recently published report provides an in-depth overview of the current state of affairs in Dutch biomass trading. “We’re satisfied to report a significant increase in certified …

Save $270M! (and Make Biofuels Feedstocks, er, Feasible, er, Now)
May 7, 2013 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Is there bio-based relief for the harried taxpayer in sight?   Could conservationists, growers and biofuels producers find common ground in adapting the Conservation Reserve Program for bioenergy?   Could the US …

Schools Reaping Rewards of Restaurant Leftovers
May 6, 2013 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Erica Anderson (  A local school district is reaping the benefits of restaurant leftovers.   At the start of the academic year, Pitt County Schools partnered with Green Circle N.C. to turn used cooking oil …

US Dominating Cellulosic Ethanol Market
May 6, 2013 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(EnergyDigital) In the ethanol fuel market, the US takes the lead. Pilot and demonstration plants to commence in late 2013.
Ethanol is the most widely acclaimed alternative or additive for gasoline used for running vehicles, and …

North Carolina’s Growing Strengths: Triangle Biofuels Industries
May 6, 2013 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  Based in Wilson, Triangle Biofuels Industries produces biodiesel derived primarily from waste vegetable oils (WVO) obtained from local sources. Its target markets are agricultural, marine, residential, governmental, and commercial diesel …

Researchers Reveal Increased Efficiencies in Ethanol Production
May 6, 2013 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A study by Steffen Mueller, a researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago Energy Resources Center, and John Kwik, president of Dominion Energy Services LLC, surveyed ethanol producers …

API Lands Brazil Investment to Commercialize Cellulosic Process
May 6, 2013 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With a fresh investment from Brazil’s GranBio, American Process Inc. is poised to develop its first commercial-scale cellulosic biorefineries in both the U.S. and Brazil. API CEO Theodora …

Japanese Sewage Plant Extracting Algal Oil for Fuel
May 6, 2013 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Japan News reports that in Miyagino Ward, Sendai, a project has started at a sewage treatment facility to extract a biofuel ingredient from wastewater using algae. This first of its kind …

CALL FOR POSTERS: 17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference Roundtable Poster Reception June 19, 2013 DEADLINE: May 15
May 6, 2013 – 3:56 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR POSTERS:  17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference Roundtable Poster Reception  June 19, 2013   DEADLINE: May 15

Are you involved in research, product development or marketing of greener, industrially relevant alternatives for the pharmaceutical, formulated consumer products, and chemical manufacturing industries?

Present your work at the 3rd Annual ACS GCI Roundtable Poster Reception …

Shell Starts E20 Pump Sales
May 6, 2013 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Yuthana Praiwan  (Bangkok Post)  After several years of consideration, Shell Co of Thailand eventually decided to jump into the gasohol E20 fray, as it foresees a steady rise in local demand.
Shell officially began selling …

DOE Set to Issue Order Requiring 10% Ethanol Fuel Blend
May 6, 2013 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Amy R. Remo  (Philippine Daily Inquirer)  The Department of Energy is set to issue a circular that will require the blending of 10-percent ethanol in all gasoline products.   In the same order, the energy …

Tapping Renewable-Fuel Mandates’ Brakes
May 6, 2013 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Ellyn Ferguson  (Roll Call) A House panel’s decision to look back at mandates set in the 2007 renewable-energy law could be a pivotal moment for industries hoping to slow down growth in the ethanol industry.
The …

Squeezing More From Ethanol
May 6, 2013 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Matthew L. Wald (The New York Times)  Faced with a crop of lemons — too much ethanol, a population of cars not tuned to burn it effectively and a driving public leery of the …

Michigan State University Bioenergy Research Looks for Food and Fuel Solutions
May 6, 2013 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Russ White (MLive)  … Michigan State University leads research of bioenergies and biofuels through AgBioResearch and the Kellogg Biological Station and partnerships with coalitions such as the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and the Global …

Biomass Row Heats up after Green Groups Call for Subsidy Cuts
May 6, 2013 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Shankleman (   …Three campaign groups, backed by 12 organisations in the timber, paper and furniture industries, yesterday warned that a surge in demand for wood as a result of renewable electricity subsidies …

New Yeast Strain Could Lower Costs for Cellulosic Ethanol Production
May 6, 2013 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service)  A new strain of yeast that could help streamline cellulosic ethanol costs and production has been developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers. This …

NREL Researchers Use Enzyme Combination to Break Down Biomass
May 6, 2013 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Enzymes could break down cell walls faster – leading to less expensive biofuels for transportation – if two enzyme systems are brought together in an industrial setting, new research …

New Plant Protein Discoveries Could Ease Global Food and Fuel Demands
May 6, 2013 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Kim McDonald   (University of California at San Diego)  New discoveries of the way plants transport important substances across their biological membranes to resist toxic metals and pests, increase salt and drought tolerance, control water loss …

Ethanol Outpaced by Gasoline on Concern Blend Wall to Cap Demand
May 6, 2013 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  …“The only thing that worries me is the gasoline demand category,” said Jason Ward, an analyst at Northstar Commodity Investments Inc. in Minneapolis. “It’s key because if you start fading on gasoline demand, …

Anaergia Selected by County of Maui to Generate Renewable Fuel from Waste
May 6, 2013 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Anaergia)  Anaergia Inc. today announced that the County of Maui, Department of Finance and Mayor Alan Arakawa provided the intent to award the Integrated Waste Conversion and Energy Project at the Central Maui Landfill in Puunene …

Saltwater Resources and Commercial Algae Production May 9, 2013 Webinar
May 6, 2013 – 1:18 pm | No Comment
Saltwater Resources and Commercial Algae Production    May 9, 2013    Webinar

Mary Rosenthal and leading algae experts from the membership of the Alge Biomass Organization will lead for a webinar on the potential for the use of non-freshwater resources for algae. The webinar takes place on …

Crazy 8s: Algae’s 8 Crazy-Fast Cores of Innovation
May 6, 2013 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s behind the 8-ball, the algae optimists or pessimists?   It all comes down to the pace of innovation in 8 cores.
… In a recent survey of its members, the Algae Biomass …

Whoops: Soils Can’t Lock Away Black Carbon or Biochar, Study Says.
May 6, 2013 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Tim Radford  (The Daily Climate)  Charcoal and other forms of black carbon do not, as previously thought, stay where they are buried. They migrate to the oceans and recirculate the carbon they contain.
Climate scientists …

EPA Methane Report Further Divides Fracking Camps
May 6, 2013 – 10:41 am | No Comment

(National Public Radio/Associated Press)  The Environmental Protection Agency has dramatically lowered its estimate of how much of a potent heat-trapping gas leaks during natural gas production, in a shift with major implications for a debate …

Petroleum Losing Its Luster for Agriculture Sector, Too
May 3, 2013 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

by Tina Casey (TriplePundit)  Just yesterday, we noted that auto manufacturers are beginning to shed their century-old love affair with petroleum, and now it seems that the agriculture sector is ready to move on, too.
On …

Renewables Remain Critical in Meeting Long-Term U.S. Energy Needs
May 3, 2013 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  …It is interesting to see the advances in renewable energy being made in, of all places, nations with the largest oil reserves in the world. According to a recent report from Ernst …

Divisions Appear To Grow Among Biofuels Groups Over EPA Fuels Policies
May 3, 2013 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

(Clean Energy Report)  An initial split between some biofuels groups over EPA’s 2013 renewable fuel standard’s (RFS) production targets appears to be expanding divisions over other agency fuel policies.
Advanced biofuels producers are opposing EPA’s Tier …

Clean Technology Investors Shift Focus to Drilling
May 3, 2013 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Fahey  (Fuel Fix/Associated Press)   A decade ago, large investors in so-called clean technology had a straightforward goal: finance companies that would help eliminate the world’s dependence on oil, natural gas and coal.
But as …

Oil $$, No Ethanol. Coincidence? I Think Not.
May 3, 2013 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (
Last week the biofuel industry took a hit when Florida voted to repeal its Renewable Fuel Standard, HB4001, that required fuel retailers to blend ethanol into their gasoline. The charge against ethanol was led …

Metso-Supplied World’s First Commercial LignoBoost Plant Successfully Starts up at Domtar in the USA
May 3, 2013 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

(Metso) Domtar has successfully started up a commercial-scale LignoBoost™ lignin separation plant at its Plymouth, North Carolina mill, in the USA. This is the first commercial installation of a LignoBoost plant in the world and the …

Innovation Coupons Worth € 10.000 to Assess the Feasibility of an Innovative Bio-Based Idea
May 3, 2013 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

(Bio Base NWE)  The project Bio Base NWE is funded under the Interreg IVB NWE framework and has the objective to support the development of the bio-based economy in North West Europe (see for …

Is Any Science Safe?
May 3, 2013 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Kenneth Prewitt (Science Magazine) Editorial: This month, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) will apply two criteria in its review of research proposals: intellectual merit and impact. One discipline, however, will have to meet a further …

Advanced Biofuels USA Supports Proposed Tier 3 Higher Octane Vehicle Fuel and Emissions Regulations, with Recommendations for Implementation
May 3, 2013 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  As part of the recently proposed Tier 3 motor vehicle fuel and emission regulations, EPA had included a very forward looking idea that could bring higher octane, higher ethanol (E-30) gasoline to …

The Promiscuous, the Selective, and Biofuels
May 3, 2013 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Promiscuous, because a zillion organisms know how to use photosynthesis, under a zillion set of circumstances, to turn simple and abundant molecular compounds — like carbon dioxide and water — …

Unconventional Secretion, Unconventional Solutions
May 3, 2013 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Min Zhang and Randy Schekman (Science Magazine)  Most eukaryotic secretory proteins are directed into the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) by an amino-terminal signal peptide (leader sequence) and progress to the cell surface through vesicular flow via …

Biofuel Groups Encourage Lawmakers to Maintain the RFS
May 3, 2013 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Several biofuel trade organizations have weighed in on white paper published by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the impact the renewable fuel standard (RFS) has had on the U.S. …

Florida Legislation Threatening Algenol’s Expansion in State
May 3, 2013 – 10:34 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Tim Engstrom reports in Gannett’s that a bill to repeal Florida’s Renewable Fuel Standard passed in the current legislative session and sent to Gov. Rick Scott for signing is putting Algenol’s …

Utah’s Young Biodiesel Phenom
May 3, 2013 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Introducing Zerina Ocanovic, an amazingly bright student who exemplifies the youthful passion and ingenuity of the biodiesel industry’s future
To those who have lost hope in the future of American youth …

RFA to House Committee: RFS is Single Most Important Economic Value-Added Market for Agriculture
May 3, 2013 – 1:03 am | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  In seventeen pages of comments, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) answered questions put forth in the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Assessment on Agricultural Sector …

Bill Requiring More E15 Study out of Committee, Gets CBO Review
May 3, 2013 – 12:55 am | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A bill proposed Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., that would put E15 on hold for another round of studies was evaluated by the Congressional Budget Office.
…H.R. 875 would require the …

Ethanol Plant Faces Wrecking Ball
May 3, 2013 – 12:49 am | No Comment

by Katy Stech (The Wall Street Journal) Struggling Fuel-Making Facilities Are in Danger of Falling to Liquidators Before Market Recovers
When the New Energy Corp. ethanol plant in South Bend, Ind., was idled by its bankruptcy …

Los Alamos National Lab Improves Biomass-to-Fuel Process
May 3, 2013 – 12:35 am | No Comment

(Los Alamos National Laboratory/Biodiesel Magazine)  …Los Alamos scientists and collaborators from The University of Guelph in Canada published an article in the scientific journal Nature Chemistry this week that could offer a big step on the path …

Biodiesel Producer Community Fuels Gets BQ-9000 Lab Certification
May 3, 2013 – 12:29 am | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  California-based Community Fuels recently earned BQ-9000 Laboratory certification, making it the first biodiesel producer in the nation to receive this third-party approval. “We are serious about quality and believe that …

German Rapper Smudo’s Bioconcept Car to Perform in 24-Hour Race
May 3, 2013 – 12:23 am | No Comment

(UFOP/Biodiesel Magazine)  On May 19, more than 200 race cars will start at the traditional ADAC 24-hour race on the Nürburgring’s legendary Nordschleife track. With more than 200,000 visitors, it is the largest motor sporting …

RETECH 2013 September 9-11 Washington, DC
May 3, 2013 – 12:09 am | No Comment
RETECH 2013   September 9-11    Washington, DC

In September, RETECH will unite business leaders, investors, technology innovators, federal, state, and local government officials and university educators from across the world to address today’s most pressing issues and opportunities facing every discipline of …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2013 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo September 10-12 Omaha, NE DEADLINE: May 22, 2013
May 2, 2013 – 9:11 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS: 2013 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo   September 10-12   Omaha, NE  DEADLINE: May 22, 2013

Produced by BBI International, this national event will feature the world of advanced biofuels and biobased chemicals—technology scale-up, project finance, policy, national markets and more—with a core focus on the industrial, petroleum and agribusiness alliances …

2013 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo September 10-12 Omaha, NE
May 2, 2013 – 9:00 pm | No Comment
2013 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo   September 10-12   Omaha, NE

Produced by BBI International, this national event will feature the world of advanced biofuels and biobased chemicals—technology scale-up, project finance, policy, national markets and more—with a core focus on the industrial, petroleum and agribusiness alliances …

Algae Fertilizer in Development by Old Dominion University and NP
May 2, 2013 – 8:50 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Nutrients PLUS (NP), a company headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Old Dominion University (ODU), in Norfolk, Virginia, have applied for a patent on recent discoveries they’ve made related to the use …

Duckweed as a Cost-Competitive Raw Material for Biofuel Production
May 2, 2013 – 8:32 pm | No Comment

(American Chemical Society)  The search for a less-expensive, sustainable source of biomass, or plant material, for producing gasoline, diesel and jet fuel has led scientists to duckweed, that fast-growing floating plant that turns ponds and …

Nexant Analyzes Next-Generation Sugar Technologies
May 2, 2013 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

Nexant today announced the release of an assessment of next-generation and cellulosic sugar technologies. This new Nexant report—Cellulosic Sugars: Unlocking Biomass’ Potential—examines the different technology choices available.
“Cellulosic and other next-generation sugar processes are becoming technically robust, …

Virent Delivers Plant-Based Jet Fuel to U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory for Testing
May 2, 2013 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Produces Drop-In Jet Fuel from 100% Renewable Plant Sugars
In Wisconsin, Virent announced the delivery of 100 gallons of its bio-based jet fuel to the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) for …

Gevo’s Gevolution
May 2, 2013 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The stock has not recovered much — but it’s remarkable the progress the company has made, all the same. Analysts are now expecting the company to bring its first production …

Biodiesel: The Other Green Biofuel
May 2, 2013 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

by Joe Jobe (The Wall Street Journal/National Biodiesel Board)  It is not true that all renewable fuels are the same and that advanced biofuels aren’t being produced on a commercial scale (“An Ethanol Spring,” Review & …

2013 U.S. Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Awards DEADLINE for nominations: May 15, 2013
May 2, 2013 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

One goal of C3E is to create opportunities for women in clean energy.
The US program recognizes, through a $10,000 award, the outstanding achievements of mid-career women working to advance clean energy. C3E Ambassadors select the …

University of Vermont Biomass to Biofuels Fall Course August 26, 2013 – December 04, 2013 Vermont
May 2, 2013 – 3:50 pm | No Comment
University of Vermont Biomass to Biofuels Fall Course    August 26, 2013 – December 04, 2013   Vermont

SUBJECT: Biomass to Biofuels course: 4 credits Fall 2013 starting August 26th
Biomass to Biofuels course, 2013 Fall Semester, University of Vermont
– a complete Bio Renewable Energy Program
4 Credits, August 26, 2013 to December 4, 2013 …

Study Shows Ethanol Reducing Footprint
May 2, 2013 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  A new study indicates that ethanol production is continuing to reduce its energy and environmental footprint.
The study, entitled “2012 Corn Ethanol: Emerging Plant Energy and Environmental Technologies”, found that recent innovations in …

Colorado Needs the Renewable Fuel Standard
May 2, 2013 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Kent Peppler (Denver Post)  …But predictions of more off-the-charts wildfires this summer are a reminder of how fragile it all is and how much we have to lose. Renewable fuels can help us protect …

Renewable Energy Groups in Spat over Imports
May 2, 2013 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Darren Goode (Politico)  An effort by ethanol backers to get the Environmental Protection Agency to scale back the amount of advanced biofuels required in the U.S. gasoline supply this year has opened a rift …

Biodiesel’s Position in the Unfair War on Ethanol
May 2, 2013 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  If RFS detractors get their way, biodiesel may become a casualty of the war against ethanol. It’s up to all of us to make sure this doesn’t happen
In editorials and …

Biofuel Based on Banana Waste
May 1, 2013 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(Fresh Plaza)  Bananas in poor condition could become a type of biofuel thanks to a study by the Canary Islands Technological Institute (ITC) with the support of the DISA Foundation.
Douglas Escalante (an intern of the …

UMaine’s Paper Days Focuses on Future of Nanofibers, Biofuels and Industries that Will Benefit Maine
May 1, 2013 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Nick McCrea (Bangor Daily News)  …University of Maine researchers updated more than 300 forestry and paper industry officials, stakeholders and politicians on what the university’s research could mean for the future during the first …

EU Standards Group Proposes 26 Product Categories for Long-Term Biobased R&D Program
May 1, 2013 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, the EU funded research project on bio-based product standards, (Knowledge Based Bio-based Products’ Pre-Standardization (KBBPPS), held a workshop in Cologne to inform stakeholders about the project’s objectives and …

Iowa State University Seeks Livestock Producers’ Input for Ethanol Survey
May 1, 2013 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(PorkNetwork)   Iowa State University is conducting a nationwide survey of livestock producers’ use of feed-related coproducts from ethanol production. … Livestock producers are invited to take the survey online until June 19 at:   READ MORE and MORE (Ethanol …

Clariant Looks to Biofuel Amid Disposals of Older Assets
May 1, 2013 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Andrew Noel (Bloomberg)  Clariant AG (CLN) said it’s prepared to take on a partner and help fund a second-generation bioethanol plant to prove the effectiveness of its biotechnology and compete against Royal DSM NV …

“Technology Incubation in Agriculture”: New White Paper from Kapyon Ventures
May 1, 2013 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …Today, we excerpt from a white paper detailing Kapyon’s incubation model:
“New ventures will be less capital intensive and innovation will be driven more by inventiveness rather than infrastructure.”

[Today], the importance of biomass …

Canergy Taps Beta Renewables for 25M Gallon Advanced Biofuels Project in California
May 1, 2013 – 9:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Energy cane for California’s Imperial Valley?   Canergy lines up Beta, CHS, Certis as partners for greenfield low-carbon fuel project slated for 2016 opening.
In California, Canergy announced that it has selected …

Maine Legislator Turns up Heat on Ethanol Battle
April 30, 2013 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Eva Murray (Bangor Daily News)  …Rep. Jeff Timberlake, R-Turner, has been heading up an effort in the Maine Legislature to revisit ethanol and to encourage fuel suppliers to make a non-ethanol product available to …

Refiners’ RFS Agenda Is to Stop Competition
April 30, 2013 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dale (The Hill/Michigan State University)  The oil industry hopes to protect its control over America’s fuel supply by undermining renewable fuels. By confusing us with misleading claims and outright falsehoods, oil companies hope …

Big Oil Hates Ethanol
April 30, 2013 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Michael Thede (Kearney Hub)  Letter to Editor:  Recent efforts by several members of Congress to dismantle the federal Renewable Fuel Standard are a direct attack on a domestic biofuels program that generates enormous benefits …

National Associations Refuse Commission’s Proposal on iLUC
April 30, 2013 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

(Asociación de Productores de Energías Renovables Biocarburantes – Spain; Associação Portuguesa de Produtores de Biocombustíveis – Portugal; Krajowa Izba Biopaliw – Poland; Renewable Energy Association – United Kingdom; Verband der Deutschen Biokraftstoffindustrie – Germany)  We support the current target …

Method to Oxidose Renewable Chemicals from Biofuel Byproducts
April 30, 2013 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Ben Messenger  (Waste Management World)  A method of using oxygen to convert lignin, a byproduct of biofuel production, into a form that could replace fossil fuels as a source of renewable chemical feedstocks has …

EU Fiddling while Oil Burns – Time for Proactive Biofuels Policy
April 30, 2013 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by by Francis X. Johnson (Public Service Europe)  Policies should focus on long-term approaches to a sustainable biofuels market development, rather than short-term reactive approaches
Europe’s relationship with biofuels has been marked by dramatic turns. Biofuels for …

China Eastern Airlines to Run Commercial Flights on Biofuel
April 30, 2013 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Joao Peixe (  China Eastern Airlines has just announced that it will begin operating commercial flights which run on 100% biofuel, having completed a successful trial of the renewable aviation fuel on Wednesday.
After an 85 …

Community Fuels Is the First Biodiesel Producer in the Nation to Secure BQ9000 Laboratory Certification
April 30, 2013 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(Community Fuels)  Community Fuels earned BQ9000 Laboratory certification on March 14th making it the first biodiesel producer in the nation to receive this third party approval. “We are serious about quality and believe that biodiesel with reliable …

New Cab in Boise Will Run on French Fry Oil
April 30, 2013 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Glen Beeby (  …Recab will soon have older model Mercedes Benz cars that have been converted to run on bio-diesel. One of the owners James Orr got the idea from his love of vintage …

Brisbane Picked for Green Fuel Study
April 30, 2013 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Steve Creedy (The Australian)  Brisbane Airport has been earmarked as the site of Australia’s first sustainable aviation fuel “bio-port”.
Virgin Australia, Brisbane Airport Corporation and sustainable fuel company SkyNRG today announced a feasibility study that …

Biofuels and the Problem of Tropical Islands, Part II of II
April 30, 2013 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …It used to be that the outskirts of Honolulu had the dual scent of diesel and pineapple processing — but now, all you really smell is the diesel. Sugarcane and …

Advanced Biofuels to Retrofit Moses Lake Plant for Cellulosic
April 30, 2013 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Advanced Biofuels Corp. has bought a legacy 7 MMgy ethanol plant in Moses Lake, Wash., with plans to retrofit existing systems and install new pretreatment process equipment, converting …

National Labs Release New Biochemical Biorefinery Sizing Study
April 30, 2013 – 11:55 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory have released a joint study on biochemical biorefinery sizing. “Investigation of biochemical biorefinery sizing and …

Bioenergy Benefits across the Supply Chain
April 30, 2013 – 11:49 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  On Earth Day and every day, BETO is working to improve the sustainability of the transportation industry in the United States through the development and deployment of commercially viable, high-performance, domestic …

Wall Street Transcript Interview with the Founder, Chairman, President and CEO of Dyadic International (DYAI), Mark Emalfarb
April 29, 2013 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

(The Wall Street Journal/Dyadic)  …We are using that technology to produce enzymes for converting biomass into cellulosic sugars to produce second-generation fuels and chemicals, like ethanol, butanol, succinic acid, lactic acid, etc. We are also …

State College Mayor Urges Fossil Fuel Divestment
April 29, 2013 – 7:14 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/  The mayor of the central Pennsylvania borough of State College has endorsed a campaign that urges municipalities to divest from fossil fuel companies, the environmental group said in a release Thursday.
Borough Mayor …

Hyundai Tech Center Expansion to Allow More Emissions Testing
April 29, 2013 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Alisa Priddle (Detroit Free Press)  An expansion of Hyundai’s eight-year-old technical center in Superior Township, east of Ann Arbor, will require 50 new jobs and enable more vehicle emission testing.
…The new testing chambers can …

DF Cast: Researchers, Advocates Clash on Algae Biodiesel Feasibility
April 29, 2013 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (  Some researchers say that, at current production levels, algae biodiesel is not a commercially viable product. But some algae advocates believe researchers might have some ulterior motives for coming to that …

Recipe for Low-Cost, Biomass-Derived Catalyst for Hydrogen Production
April 29, 2013 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory)  Promising results are a step toward a range of renewable energy strategies fueled by Nature
In a paper to be published in an upcoming issue of Energy & Environmental Science (now available online), …

University of Missouri Gets $2 Million Grant for Sustainability Research from Rental Car Company’s Foundation
April 29, 2013 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

(Kansas City Star/Associated Press)  A St. Louis-based rental car company has announced a $2 million gift to the University of Missouri.
The donation from Enterprise Holdings Foundation, the philanthropic arm of St. Louis-based Enterprise car-rental company, …

UPM and VTT to Initiate Fleet Tests of Wood-Based Diesel Using Volkswagen Cars
April 29, 2013 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

UPM, VTT and VV-Auto Group will start fleet tests of renewable domestic diesel.  Biofuel will be produced by UPM, fleet tests will be coordinated by VTT and cars will be supplied by VV-Auto Group. Fleet …

Biofuels and the Problem of Tropical Islands, part I of II
April 29, 2013 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Though there are exceptions among the archipelagoes with access to offshore oil assets — Indonesia comes to mind— but these are, in the main, exceptions to what might be described …

Researchers Examining Fertilizers for Algae Biofuels
April 29, 2013 – 11:27 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  One of the major roadblocks to mass-producing algae for biofuels, observes researchers at the University of Michigan College of Engineering, is the need for fertilizer. Although algae have trouble reusing the nitrogen …

IMF Rejects Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Calls for Reform
April 26, 2013 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

By Paul Brown (Climate News Network/  Fossil fuel subsidies provided by both rich and poor countries to keep their citizens happy are holding back the world economy, accelerating climate change and damaging the health of …

Farm Bill Energy Programs Help Meet Nation’s Energy, Economic Needs
April 26, 2013 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  …But the growth in new, clean energy is only just beginning, driven in large part by the energy programs first enacted in the 2002 Farm Bill and renewed again in 2008. Now …

Energy Committee Seeks Stakeholder Comments on the Impacts of the RFS on Agriculture
April 26, 2013 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The House Committee on Energy and Commerce is continuing its assessment of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The Committee has issued its second white paper focusing on “Agricultural Sector Impacts.” …

Biomass Battles
April 26, 2013 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Research Web)  …It referred to a report by North Energy Associates (NEA) and Forestry Research (FR) produced for DECC, which tried to answer the question: ‘Is it better to leave wood in the forest …

Rural America Tells Washington: Clean Energy Works for Us
April 26, 2013 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Nicole Lederer (Huffington Post) … One thing I’ve noticed over the years: The changing face of the clean energy industry. Increasingly, clean energy business leaders come from rural areas. They are farmers. They are community …

Joule Announces BNEF Award, and Progress with Gasoline, Jet Fuel
April 26, 2013 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On April 23 Joule Unlimited announced it was selected as a 2013 Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The award aims to recognize game-changing clean energy companies. …

NASA Measures Effects of Biofuel on Jet Engines, Environment
April 26, 2013 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Brock Vergakis  (Associated Press/The Washington Post) NASA researchers said Thursday that test flights conducted in California have shown a commercial jet could fly safely with a blend of jet fuel that includes a plant oil.
Scientists …

CME, ICE Rivalry Enters Biofuel Arena
April 26, 2013 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Reuters/Chicago Tribune)  The battle between CME Group Inc. and the IntercontinentalExchange moves to the market for biofuel credits next month.
CME will launch contracts to trade renewable identification numbers (RINs) on May 13, two weeks after …

Irreversible Does Not Mean Unavoidable
April 26, 2013 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by H. Damon Matthews, Susan Solomon (Science Magazine) Understanding how decreases in CO2 emissions would affect global temperatures has been hampered in recent years by confusion regarding issues of committed warming and irreversibility. The notion that there will …

NASCAR Launches Initiatives Further Inspiring Fans to Positively Impact Environment
April 26, 2013 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(NASCAR) NASCAR Race to Green™ Will Rally Fans, Industry and Partners around Sustainable Behavior
NASCAR Green Clean Air Tree Planting Program™ Delivered by UPS to Neutralize Carbon Emissions of All NASCAR National Series Racing in 2013
NASCAR Releases …