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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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QMAB Launches BAYA® Microalgal Biofuel
November 17, 2014 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  ran-based Qeshm Microalgae Biorefinery Co. (QMAB) has launched a biofuel being marketed as BAYA®, produced from a species of Nannochloropsis (strain 6016) isolated from the Persian Gulf, and employing QMAB’s unique process …

10 Must-See Hot Slides from ABLC Next 2014 – the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference
November 17, 2014 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  10 hot companies, 10 hot slides explaining where they are, what they’re up to, and where they are going, and when and how and why.
Here are new slides from the Advanced …

Scholarships for National Ethanol Conference
November 14, 2014 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com) Students interested in the ethanol industry have a chance to attend the 2015 National Ethanol Conference in Grapevine, Texas through a scholarship opportunity offered by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and …

UN Report Outlines Growing Biofuels Role in Developing Economies
November 14, 2014 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Biofuels now account for 1 percent of global energy use, a new report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development finds. “The State of the Biofuels Market: Regulatory, …

CALL FOR PAPERS, INNOVATIONS: TechConnect World Innovation Conference June 14-17, 2015 National Harbor, MD DEADLINES: December 19 for presentations; January 30 for innovations
November 14, 2014 – 5:19 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS, INNOVATIONS:  TechConnect World Innovation Conference June 14-17, 2015 National Harbor, MD   DEADLINES:  December 19 for presentations; January 30 for innovations

The TechConnect World Innovation Conference is an annual event uniquely designed to accelerate the commercialization of innovations out of the lab and into industry. The Technical Program spotlights applications focused innovations, materials and devices emerging …

TechConnect World Innovation Conference June 14-17, 2015 National Harbor, MD
November 14, 2014 – 5:13 pm | No Comment
TechConnect World Innovation Conference   June 14-17, 2015   National Harbor, MD

The TechConnect World Innovation Conference is an annual event uniquely designed to accelerate the commercialization of innovations out of the lab and into industry. The Technical Program spotlights applications focused innovations, materials and devices emerging …

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture March 9-10, 2015 Abu Dhabi, UAE
November 14, 2014 – 4:50 pm | No Comment
Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture   March 9-10, 2015   Abu Dhabi, UAE

Innovation in agriculture gives us a real chance of feeding nine billion people using less resource and with no environmental damage. It has the potential to offer solutions to combat global warming, provide technologies that can …

4th Starch World January 29-30, 2015 Yangon, Myanmar/Burma
November 14, 2014 – 4:04 pm | No Comment
4th Starch World  January 29-30, 2015     Yangon, Myanmar/Burma

“Market forces and supply/demand balance for carbohydrates – potential for Cassava”
“Will starch based sweeteners beat sugar?”
Starch World is recognised as an important event for the industry and generally targeted at companies involved in Plantation,  Agriculture …

Bioenergy and Sustainable Agriculture: Perennial Biomass Crops for Multiple Benefits November 19, 2014 Decatur, IL
November 14, 2014 – 3:39 pm | No Comment
Bioenergy and Sustainable Agriculture: Perennial Biomass Crops for Multiple Benefits    November 19, 2014    Decatur, IL

Agricultural Watershed Institute, a nonprofit based in Decatur, Illinois, leads a collaborative project to promote perennial crops for bioenergy, forage, clean water and wildlife in the Upper Sangamon Watershed.
Green Lands Blue Waterssupports development of and …

European Algae Biomass April 22-23, 2015 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
November 14, 2014 – 3:32 pm | No Comment
European Algae Biomass April 22-23, 2015  Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Maximising Commercial Successes in Algae Biomass by Combining Focussed R&D with Business Strategy.   ACI’s 5th annual European Algae Biomass Conference will once again bring together senior executives from industry and academia to discuss the latest …

European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Biobased Economy October 20-22, 2015 Madrid, Spain
November 14, 2014 – 2:29 pm | No Comment
European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Biobased Economy   October 20-22, 2015   Madrid, Spain

As always at EFIB, we are on the eternal quest to create more dynamic biobased markets, jobs and growth and products that bring real benefits to communities and to the environment.

Do Falling Gasoline Prices Threaten the Competitiveness of Ethanol?
November 14, 2014 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good  (FarmDocDaily)  Wholesale (CBOB) gasoline prices in the U.S. have declined by about a dollar per gallon, or one-third, since June (see Figure 1). The CBOB price last week was $2.11 …

IEA: ‘The Cost of Fossil Fuels to an Economy Is Not Reduced by Subsidies; It Is Just Redistributed’
November 14, 2014 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Katherine Tweed (GreenTechMedia)  Global subsidies for fossil fuels totaled nearly $550 billion in 2013.
Countries around the globe have committed to reducing subsidies for fossil fuels, primarily oil and gas. But that commitment is not …

Chicken Fat Biodiesel Powering Truck from FL to WA
November 14, 2014 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  A professor of alternative fuels is making a 3,550-mile journey cross country to show how well chicken fat biodiesel can perform. This article from the Murfreesboro (TN) Daily News Journal says …

Video Contest Looks to ‘Fuel the Future’ of Ethanol, Biodiesel
November 14, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  Iowa high school students will once again compete to see who can produce the best video to promote the future of biodiesel, ethanol and E15. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) …

Animal Fat in Airplanes: Could Biofuels Help Airlines’ Bottom Lines?
November 14, 2014 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Benét J. Wilson (BusinessJournalism.org)  Right now, oil prices are down, but nobody expects them to stay there. That is why Airlines for America, the trade organization for the largest U.S. carriers, says its members …

Study: Farmers and Scientists Divided over Climate Change
November 14, 2014 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Natalie van Hoose (Purdue University)   … Growers can manage the potential risks linked to extreme rain events and soil degradation by using adaptive strategies such as planting cover crops, using no-till techniques, increasing the …

EU Transport: Emission Savings of Biofuels 80% Better than Thought, New Calculations Show
November 14, 2014 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

(Ecofys)  European calculation rules substantially underestimate the climate benefit of biofuels in the transport sector. Their greenhouse gas emissions should be compared with the emissions of the fossil fuels that they replace in the market. …

Researchers Discover New Digestive Strategy in Shipworms
November 14, 2014 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Greg St. Martin (News@Northeastern)  An inter­na­tional research team led by Dan Distel, director of the Ocean Genome Legacy Center of New Eng­land Bio­labs at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, has dis­cov­ered a novel diges­tive strategy in ship­worms. …

4 minutes with…Leo Manzer, CEO, Catalytic Insights
November 14, 2014 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Founded and directed DuPont’s Corporate Catalysis Center before retirement in 2005.
… We have had too many failures, not because the technology is no good but because funding firms require success too …

Angola: Biocom Produces Over 3000 Tons of Ethanol in Experimental Phase
November 14, 2014 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(AllAfrica.com)  At least 1.550 tons of sugar and 3.600 cubic metres of ethanol have already been produced in the experimental phase of the Angolan Bio-energy Company (Biocom), located in the Agro-industrial Park of Capanda, Cacuso …

Set up Biofuel Fund, Government Urged
November 14, 2014 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Kennedy Mupeseni (Times of Zambia)  An energy expert has said Government should establish a low interest-rates biofuel fund to be accessed by Zambians for various operations in biofuel value chains.  Biofuel Association of Zambia (BAZ) …

WHO Sets Benchmarks to Reduce Health Damage from Indoor Air Pollution
November 14, 2014 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(World Health Organization)  WHO recommendations, released today, highlight the dangers of burning fuels like unprocessed coal and kerosene in the home, and set targets for reducing emissions of health-damaging pollutants from domestic cookstoves, space heaters …

Gevo Finds a Way
November 14, 2014 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Like Rocky Balboa, no matter how many punches they take, Gevo just won’t fall over.  In fact, the company’s prospects have brightened considerably in recent months — is the company …

Villanova Center for the Advancedment of Sustainability in Engineering Invites Advanced Biofuels USA
November 13, 2014 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  What a wonderful day, talking from dawn ‘til dusk about the past, present and future of biofuels with faculty and students excited about their work in this area.
It was …

Advanced Biofuels’ Beltway Crusader
November 13, 2014 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Tim Portz (Biomass Magazine)  Mike McAdams discusses work on Capitol Hill, founding of the Advanced Biofuels Association and the importance of engaging in the ongoing public debate about renewable fuels.
“We’re the people you hire …

US RFS Biodiesel Mandate Expected at 1.5 Billion Barrels or Less: Traders
November 13, 2014 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  The new 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards biodiesel mandate is expected to be far lower than the industry’s production capacity, sources have told Platts.   Traders and brokers polled by Platts estimated that the new 2014 …

EPA Calls for Nominations for 20th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award
November 13, 2014 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Program adds award to address climate change and promote energy efficiency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced its call for nominations for the 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for …

New Versatile Process Efficiently Converts Biomass to Liquid Fuel
November 13, 2014 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Emil Venere (Purdue News)  Researchers have demonstrated a new process to convert all biomass into liquid fuel, and the method could make possible mobile processing plants.  The researchers at Purdue University filed a patent application …

AG Allies Ask President to Rein in EAP on Biofuels Cuts
November 13, 2014 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

(National Corn Growers Association)  In a letter sent to President Obama this week, the National Corn Growers Association and several agricultural allies asked him to intervene with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding its proposed …

4 minutes with…Sam Jackson, VP, Business Development, Genera Energy
November 13, 2014 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Regardless of the conversion technology or end product, the biomass must still be produced in an economic and environmentally sound method for the industry to be successful. I believe …

Yield Quest for Cellulosic biofuels
November 13, 2014 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Could a new wave of cellulsoic processes find the key to capturing the carbon lost by today’s technologies — and providing a drive to lower costs that busts through infrastructure …

U.S. Department Of Energy Loan Program Breaks Even
November 13, 2014 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Nichola Groom (Reuters/Huffington Post)  The controversial government program that funded failed solar company Solyndra, and became a lighting rod in the 2012 presidential election, is officially in the black.
According to a report by the …

Energy Department Announces New Investments in Gasification Research
November 13, 2014 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, as part of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy approach, the Department of Energy has selected four projects to receive funding for next-generation gasification systems that also reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. …

Ethanol’s Dwindling Discount to Gasoline Could Slow U.S. Biofuel Demand
November 13, 2014 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer  (Reuters Africa)  Ethanol’s smallest discount to gasoline in seven months could reduce demand for U.S. biofuels and make higher ethanol blends such as E85 less profitable, traders and analysts said on Friday.
Ethanol’s …

Enerkem Partners with AkzoNobel to Jointly Explore Development of Waste-to-Chemicals Facilities in Europe
November 12, 2014 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem/PR Newswire)  Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, today announced it has signed an agreement with AkzoNobel, a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, to develop …

German Study Finds GM Crops Good for Farmers and the Environment
November 12, 2014 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Food Safety News) The “pro” side in the debate over the benefit of genetically modified foods got a big boost from science this month, with an international study funded by the German Federal Ministry of …

To Boldly Go Where No Biomanufacturing Has Gone Before
November 12, 2014 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News)  … But mass-efficient payloads should be possible, insist researchers at the University of California, provided space explorers make use of nontraditional biological techniques. In particular, these researchers say synthetic biology …

Can Biofuels Make A Comeback?
November 12, 2014 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Michael Kanellos (Forbes)  … But give biofuel execs credit: they learn from the past. Much of the activity centers around developing fuels and chemicals out of waste products and virtually everyone is adopting strategies …

Indo-US Joint Effort to Derive Non-Food Biofuels from 2017
November 12, 2014 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by N Madhav  (Business Standard)  The initiative would work to deliver a model for production using crops like energy sorghum, bamboo, pearl millet and switch grass
In a significant step towards generating biofuels from non-food plant sources, …

‘Five Years’ Are up for Cellulosic Ethanol
November 12, 2014 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

by Tom Doran (AgriNews)  There’s a running joke that when a researcher is asked when cellulosic ethanol will be viable, their answer is always “five years away.”   That timeframe has officially expired with cellulosic ethanol …

Advanced Biofuels USA Signs on to Letter to EPA Urging the Agency to Adopt Volkswagen of America’s Proposal for Establishing the E85 Weighting Factor (“F factor”) for Model Year 2016-2025 Dual Fuel Vehicles.
November 12, 2014 – 3:41 pm | One Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA signed on to a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging the agency to  adopt Volkswagen of America’s proposal for establishing the E85 weighting factor …

Energy Department Announces New Grant Topics to Help Small Businesses Develop Clean Energy Technologies
November 12, 2014 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy) The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) today announced nine topics and 26 new subtopics under its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Technology Transfer (STTR) programs …

WEBINAR: EERE Cleantech SBIR December 8, 2014 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EST
November 12, 2014 – 1:10 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  EERE Cleantech SBIR   December 8, 2014 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EST

New this year, the EERE SBIR team is providing additional resources and support to potential SBIR/STTR applicants, especially minority- and woman-owned small businesses that seek to move their cutting-edge technologies to market. This includes the …

E85 Sales Have Room for Growth… If Certain Conditions Exist
November 12, 2014 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

(MarketWatch/Fuels Institute)  There are opportunities to grow the E85 market — but only if prices remain significantly below those of regular grade gasoline and the automobile industry continues to produce flex-fuel vehicles at historic rates, …

Wobbling on Climate Change
November 12, 2014 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by  Piers J. Sellers (The New York Times)  I’M a climate scientist and a former astronaut. Not surprisingly, I have a deep respect for well-tested theories and facts. In the climate debate, these things have …

Growth Energy Submits Comments to Washington State on LCFS Draft Report
November 12, 2014 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Today, Growth Energy submitted initial comments to the state of Washington on their draft report regarding the potential implementation of a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). Growth Energy’s comments outline how an implementation …

PhD Thesis Proposes Use of Ethanol and Heterogeneous Catalysts for Biodiesel Production
November 12, 2014 – 11:13 am | No Comment

(Basque Research)   … Chemical engineer Inés Reyero Zaragoza proposed the substitution of methanol by ethanol for the production of biodiesel and the use of a heterogeneous catalyst, which will “result in a reduction of costs …

4 Minutes with…Chad Joshi, CEO, Altranex Corporation
November 12, 2014 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Altranex is a developer and marketer of bio-based chemicals including high-quality renewable lubricating base oil, marine fuels, and chemicals for the polymers/plastics industry.

The industry must overcome the disappointments that has …

At the Forefront of Sustainability: Scania Will Deliver about 1,500 Biodiesel Trucks in 2014
November 12, 2014 – 10:45 am | No Comment

(Scania/Automotive World)  The company’s broad commitment to alternative fuels and sustainable development is now also becoming visible in the form of strong truck sales. In 2014 alone, Scania expects to deliver about 1,500 Euro 6 …

Manly Plant in Line for $530,000 in State Incentives
November 12, 2014 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Molly Montag (Globe Gazette)  Worth County officials on Monday signed off on $530,000 in state incentives for a chemical plant being built in Manly.  The incentive package from the Iowa Economic Development Authority will …

Biofuels Market Insights Survey
November 12, 2014 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week at ABLC Next, PwC’s Brian Carey, at the outset of the first commercial session of the conference, presented results from an incisive industry survey which looked at confidence, …

Hottest Slides from ABLCNext 2014 – the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference
November 12, 2014 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sapphire Energy’s new multi-market product approach

Joule’s breakthrough photosynthetic efficiency

Cellana – multi-products for algae, just like petroleum


WARF Grants License, Takes Stake in Biotech Company Xylome
November 11, 2014 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Kathleen Gallagher (Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel)  The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the technology transfer arm of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has granted a license to and taken a stake in Xylome Corp., a privately-held Madison …

Verticality: A Key Factor in the Food x Fuel Issue
November 11, 2014 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Al Costa (Global Biobusiness)   …To this end, it becomes increasingly clear that “verticality” is a key issue. This means crops which occupy little space horizontally and as much space vertically. After all, a …

Rich Countries Subsidising Oil, Gas and Coal Companies by $88bn a Year
November 11, 2014 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(The Guardian) US, UK, Australia giving tax breaks to explore new reserves despite climate advice that fossil fuels should be left buried
Rich countries are subsidising oil, gas and coal companies by about $88bn (£55.4bn) a year …

Biodiesel Production with Tilapia Oil Assessed
November 11, 2014 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Analia Murias (FIS.com)  Biodiesel production with tilapia oil assessed
Scientists at the State University of West Paraná (UNIOESTE) evaluated tilapia oil performance and acidity according to the kind of waste from this fish, used for …

4 Minutes with…Mark Beemer, CEO, Aventine Renewable Energy
November 11, 2014 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … 5. Install corn oil in each Nebraska facility to be sold to biodiesel producers
6. Consider strategy for micro biodiesel plant installation

10. Continue supporting blender pumps of E15 to break the …

Scania Seeks Six-Month Extension in Pilot Project
November 11, 2014 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Anjaya Anparthi (Times of India)  Swedish bus maker Scania’s ethanol-run bus was introduced in Nagpur two-and-a-half months ago, for a three-month pilot project, in association with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). However, as the Regional Transport …

Clean Energy Works for Us: Q3 2014 Jobs Report
November 11, 2014 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

Clean energy and clean transportation continue to create American jobs and drive economic growth. By tracking job announcements from companies; federal, state and local programs, and initiatives; the media; and other sources,
Environmental Entrepreneurs’ (E2’s) jobs …

Trestle Energy Wins Approval For Innovative, Low-Emissions Biofuel Pathway From British Columbia
November 11, 2014 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Pollution Online/PR Newswire) BC Designates Trestle Energy as Lowest Emissions Ethanol Producer in U.S.
Today, Trestle Energy – an American startup with facilities in Mason City, Iowa – announced that British Columbia, Canada has officially approved its groundbreaking process for producing …

Kander Halts Biodiesel Investment Scam
November 11, 2014 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

(Missouri Secretary of State)  Secretary of State Jason Kander today issued a cease and desist order against Boyd A. Ware of Centralia, Mo., and his company, Central Missouri Energy, LLC. According to the order, Ware …

Bioeconomy Policy for 2015: US Elections, What Happened, What Now?
November 11, 2014 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To open ABLC Next, what we like to call the “heads of the 7 families” — or in this case, the heads of seven key trade associations for the advanced …

Liquid Light, Virent, Rivertop Renewables, NexSteppe Take Top Slots in The 40 Hottest Smaller Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy for 2014-15
November 11, 2014 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Liquid Light took the #1 spot in the 2014-15 “40 Hottest Smaller Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy” rankings, published today in The Digest, the world’s most widely-read advanced bioeconomy daily. …

Genomatica, Solazyme, Amyris, BASF Take Top Slots in The 30 Hottest Companies in Biobased Chemicals & Materials for 2014-15
November 11, 2014 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renewable chemicals developer Genomatica took the #1 spot in the 2014-15 “30 Hottest Companies in Biobased Chemicals and Materials” rankings, published today in The Digest, the world’s most widely-read advanced …

LanzaTech, GranBio, Algenol and Novozymes Take Top Slots in The 50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy for 2014-15
November 11, 2014 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech took the #1 spot in the 2014-15“50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy” rankings, published today inThe Digest, the world’s most widely-read bioeconomy daily. It was first year at the top …

ABO Expands Carbon Utilization Campaign
November 11, 2014 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  he Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), has unveiled a new website —recyclecarbon.org — as part of its ongoing campaign to persuade the EPA to explicitly recognize Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) technologies as …

SkyNRG Nordic Supplies Biofuel to SAS and Norwegian
November 11, 2014 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

(SkyNRG Nordic) SAS and Norwegian operate their first commercial flights on SkyNRG Nordic’s bio jet fuel. Today, SAS flies on bio jet fuel from Trondheim to Oslo and Norwegian from Bergen to Oslo. The bio-flights in Norway …

Khosla-Backed Biofuel Firm Kior Files Bankruptcy, Plans Sale
November 11, 2014 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Dawn McCarty and Justin Doom (Bloomberg/Renewable Energy World) Kior Inc., a maker of biofuels from crops such as switchgrass, wood chips and corn husks, filed for bankruptcy protection with a plan to sell its …

Louisiana Biofuels Projects Help Spur Nationwide Green Jobs Growth
November 10, 2014 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Larino (NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune)    Louisiana added 225 jobs in the biofuels industry during the third quarter, ranking alongside states such as Texas and Connecticut for clean energy job growth, according to the latest …

California Soliciting Comments on LCFS Rule Overhaul
November 10, 2014 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest) In California, the Low Carbon Fuels Standard (LCFS) is being overhauled, and the California Air Resources Board (ARB) is requesting input during the rulemaking comment period by November 17th. Two …

WEBINAR: How to Unlock the Value of Your Residue When Every Dollar Counts November 20
November 10, 2014 – 5:42 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  How to Unlock the Value of Your Residue When Every Dollar Counts   November 20

(Agricen)  Webinar Will Discuss Importance of Nutrient Release From Residue for Next Season’s Crop and Product Applications That Help; Dr. Laura Gentry of Illinois Corn Growers Association Joins as Guest Speaker on Residue Management in …

4 Minutes with…Corinne Young, Chief Advocate, re:chem
November 10, 2014 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … (R)e:chemTM was born out of necessity to spearhead US policy for rapid deployment of the renewable chemical industry and resultant cross sector manufacturing growth.  … Re:chemTM’s specific priorities over the …

Growth Energy Explores Export Opportunities in Panama and Peru
November 10, 2014 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy participated in a market development mission with the U.S. Grains Council and the Renewable Fuels Association to explore export opportunities for U.S. ethanol in Panama and Peru. Alex Marquis, Logistics Manager …

Ensyn Initiates Generation & Sale of Cellulosic RINs Under the RFS2 Program; Ensyn RINs Are Awarded QAP Status
November 10, 2014 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(MarketWired/Ensyn)  Ensyn is pleased to announce that it has initiated the generation and sale of its first RINs (Renewable Identification Numbers) under the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) and that Ensyn’s D7 cellulosic RINs have …

The Inside Story of Renewable Energy Group, as CEO Dan Oh Visits with The Digest
November 10, 2014 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In many ways, REG is the entire industrial biotech business in a nutshell. They’re fermentation (through REG Life Sciences), and thermocatalytic (through REG Geismar and their extensive biodiesel business). …

Chicago Based NZ Company LanzaTech Has Helped Develop a Process that Turns CO2 Emissions into Omega-3 Rich Fatty Acids.
November 10, 2014 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

(The New Zealand Herald)  A leading carbon recycling company has developed a way to turn CO2 emissions into essential omega-3 fatty acids – offering a sustainable alternative to feeding the world’s demand for fish oil.
Now …

Possible Actions on Renewable Energy & Fuels in the 114th Congress
November 8, 2014 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … In early 2014, (Senator James M.) Inhofe (R-OK) expressed interest in repealing the RFS, and instead focus on expansion of domestic oil and gas drilling.  Inhofe wrote that the RFS …

A View of Biofuels History in the US from the Mountains of Tennessee: An Interview with Genera Energy’s Dr. Sam Jackson (Part 1)
November 6, 2014 – 9:29 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In January 2006, President George W. Bush said “switchgrass” in his State of the Union Address as he enthusiastically envisioned a renewable transportation fuels future.1 Within weeks, the price …

Building the New Energy Economy
November 6, 2014 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Justin Heller (Biodiesel Magazine) Akash Energy’s retail division Root Fuel intends to change America’s relationship with fuel. The company’s objective is to utilize the existing, relatively low-cost cardlock infrastructure to create a new consumer fueling experience.
The …

Study Shows Ethanol Impact on Retail AG Service Sales
November 6, 2014 – 8:13 pm | No Comment

(North Dakota Farmers Union/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Ethanol production in North Dakota generates significant income for retail agricultural service and supply dealers, roughly $700 million a year, according to a study recently released by the Center …

USDA: New Switchgrass Variety Promises More Biofuel at Lower Cost
November 6, 2014 – 8:11 pm | No Comment

(USDA Agricultural Research Service/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The release of a new type of switchgrass specifically designed for bioenergy generation has been announced by USDA researchers and their partners. Agricultural Research Service scientists have spent decades working on …

Government to Promote Alternative Fuels and Hybrid Engines
November 6, 2014 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

(Business Standard)  Speaking during the Conference on Biofuel 2014 here today, the Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Nitin Godkari said that his Government would take all efforts to remove hurdles in the increased …

Roussef Re-Elected: How It Impacts the Ethanol Sector in Brazil
November 6, 2014 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Laís Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The final round of the Brazil election happened on October 26th, 2015, and Dilma Roussef, from the Workers Party (PT), was re-elected with 51.4% of the votes. This election …

Will Ethanol Ride the GOP Wave?
November 6, 2014 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Looker (Agriculture.com)  … Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, another ethanol group, agrees that “biofuels policy is bipartisan and always has been.”  But he also looks for more pressure on ethanol in the …

Sugarex Indonesia 2015 April 15-16 Surabaya, Indonesia
November 6, 2014 – 3:35 pm | No Comment
Sugarex Indonesia 2015   April 15-16    Surabaya, Indonesia

Sugarex Indonesia 2015 held only once every 2 years is Indonesia’s largest specialized sugar and bioethanol technology event that brings together an international congregation of sugar companies and also its supporting industries gathered in the …

PALMEX Indonesia 2015 November 3-5 Medan, Indonesia
November 6, 2014 – 3:27 pm | No Comment
PALMEX Indonesia  2015   November 3-5   Medan, Indonesia

PALMEX Indonesia 2015 is a specialized Palm Oil event that demonstrate the latest technologies and developments in the palm oil industry.
Trade fair for palm oil
Palmex Indonesia is one of Asia’s largest palm oil machinery and …

4 minutes with…Mike Hart, CEO, Sierra Energy
November 6, 2014 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Gasification is the missing link between complex feedstocks and a clean synthesis gas for use in a wide variety of biofuel applications.

Our next project is going to be developing a …

Crisis Refining, Eni Relies on Biodiesel, No Job Cuts – AD
November 6, 2014 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Giancarlo Navach (Reuters) Eni aims to solve the problem of refining crisis in Italy – which since 2009 has lost as many as 6 billion Euros and is affected by the continued decline in demand for …

The 2014 US Midterm Elections: How the Advanced Bioeconomy Industry Saw It
November 6, 2014 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Here are the highlights of industry association reaction to the US Midterms, in which US voters turned sharply right and handed control of the Senate and House to the Republican Party.

Iowa …

Pressure Builds on EPA to Back down on Ethanol Emissions, as Society of Automotive Engineers Issues Stunning Rebuke
November 6, 2014 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, what has been described within the industry as “The growing movement to call out the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its ethanol emissions testing procedures” picked up support …

How Can We Get Power to the Poor without Frying the Planet?
November 5, 2014 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by David Robers (Grist)  … Instead, in practice, the other perspective focuses on finding ways for poor countries to leapfrog the fossil-heavy development path taken by today’s rich countries, directly onto a more sustainable, low-carbon …

The Biggest Loser in This Election Is the Climate
November 5, 2014 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Brad Plumer (Vox) In the run-up to the 2014 midterms, a lot of green groups were hoping that this might finally be the election when climate change became a defining issue.

True, there were small shifts …

Connecting the Microcosmos and the Macro World
November 5, 2014 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Glen Martin (O’Reilly Radar)  Christina Agapakis explores the microbiological matrix that binds everything from pecorino to people.

Agapakis is first and foremost a synthetic biologist and a microbiologist, but she’s not particularly happy with the …

California Air Resources Board (ARB) Overhauls Low Carbon Fuel Standard
November 5, 2014 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is in the midst of an overhaul of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).  Two of the issues most important to the low carbon fuels industry are the carbon …

Toxic Chemicals in Gasoline Are Killing Americans
November 5, 2014 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Larry Pearce (The Hill)  In 1990, Congress passed the Clean Air Act Amendments and directed the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce the dangerous chemical additives in gasoline. Today, 24 years later, this law …

Waiting for Permit, Ethanol-Run Bus Deal Ends on November 21
November 5, 2014 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Anjaya Anparthi (The Economic Times/India Times)  The ethanol-run bus pilot project is set to witness yet more uncertainty in coming days. The agreement signed between Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Swedish bus maker Scania …

History of U.S. Biofuel Mandate Provides Opening for Legal Challenge
November 5, 2014 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by  Ayesha Rascoe (Reuters)  Probable legal challenges to proposed cuts in the 2014 U.S. biofuel mandate could focus on a two-word phrase dropped from the U.S. law establishing the renewable fuel program back in 2005: …

More Toxicity in Canola-Based Biodiesel
November 5, 2014 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Rob Payne (Science Network Western Australia)  EXHAUST from pure canola oil biodiesel is more lethal for human epithelial cells than that from traditional diesel, new research contends.
Epithelial cells, which are found in the lining …

Biofuels Remain an Important and Growing Sector for Developing Countries, New UNCTAD Report Says
November 5, 2014 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

(United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)  The report entitled: “The State of the Biofuels Market: Regulatory, Trade and Development Perspectives” offers a comprehensive snapshot of today’s biofuels market and how it contributes to enhancing …

REG Expands Biodiesel Offerings in Northeast, Midwest
November 5, 2014 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Group Inc./Biodiesel Magazine)  Renewable Energy Group Inc. is expanding its division that sells heating oil and petroleum diesel along with biodiesel blends by offering additional biofuel blends in New York, Minnesota and Iowa, …

Mascoma Catches Its Wascaly Wabbit, as Lallemand Acquires the Mascoma Yeast Business
November 5, 2014 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Massachusetts, Mascoma Corporation announced that it has completed the sale of its yeast business to Lallemand Inc., a privately owned company that researches, develops, produces and markets yeasts, bacteria, and …

Conservative Swing! Udall, Hagan Fall as US Republicans Take Control of the US Senate
November 5, 2014 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The most prominent casualties of the night, in terms of the Advanced Bioeconomy, were Democrats Mark Udall of Colorado and Kay Hagen of North Carolina, whose crucial support in …

Biofuel Opportunity: Reviving Algae from the (Almost) Dead
November 5, 2014 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Bill Scanlon (National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Renewable Energy World)  Tucked away in darkness and almost dead, algae can emerge from a frigid and foggy environment to live again — and perhaps even become the seeds …

4 minutes with… Lars Welin, CEO, Taurus Energy
November 4, 2014 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Taurus Energy is a company working to develop the best possible yeast for fermentation of c5 sugars …
We work with customers and their hydrolysate and try to provide a yeast that can …

4 minutes with…Wes Bolsen, Cool Planet, Strategic Partnerships
November 4, 2014 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … I would put the teeth back in RFS2, that actually had renewable fuel mandates with penalties, or converting RFS2 into a national LCFS program.

Taking a step back and giving myself …

A Sustainable, Affordable Diesel Oxygenate
November 4, 2014 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A bolt-on technology for ethanol plants, costing less than $2 per installed gallon, producing a cellulosic biofuel additive that oxygenates diesel fuel at competitive prices?  It’s early stage, but what’s …

Mary Rosenthal, the Algae Biomass Organization’s First Executive Director, Dies at 56
November 4, 2014 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mary Gibson Rosenthal, who served as the Algae Biomass Organization’s first executive director and led its initial battles for algae parity on Capitol Hill, died of cancer on Saturday in Minneapolis, …

Study Finds Use of Biodiesel Lowers Tailpipe Emissions
November 4, 2014 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On October 29, the Mineta National Transit Research Consortium, a U.S. Department of Transportation Center for Excellence, released a peer-reviewed study that examines the emissions profile of a bus fleet …

EIA Reports Ethanol Use Has Lowered Gasoline’s Energy Content – Only Half of the Story
November 3, 2014 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On October 27, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that the use of ten percent ethanol in the gasoline supply has lowered gasoline energy’s content by three percent in a …

U.N. Panel Issues Its Starkest Warning Yet on Global Warming
November 3, 2014 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by Justin Gillis (The New York Times)  … Despite growing efforts in many countries to tackle the problem, the global situation is becoming more acute as developing countries join the West in burning huge amounts of …

Funding Opportunity Announcement: Systems Biology Research to Advance Sustainable Bioenergy Crop Development
November 3, 2014 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

The fund solicits projects on systems-level research to better understand molecular and physiological mechanisms that control bioenergy crop vigor, RUE, resilience/adaptability, etc., and systems biology-enabled investigations on the role of microbial communities on multi-scaled interactions …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals Annual Conference May 6-8, 2015 State College, PA DEADLINE: November 8, 2014
November 3, 2014 – 6:15 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals Annual Conference     May 6-8, 2015     State College, PA    DEADLINE:  November 8, 2014

The PAEP Annual Conference Planning Committee is pleased to announce that the 2015 Annual Conference will take place Wednesday, May 6 – Friday, May 8 at Toftrees Resort located in State College, PA.
We need your …

Willow Biomass Energy and Alternative Applications Short Course November 18-19 Syracuse, NY
November 3, 2014 – 6:09 pm | No Comment
Willow Biomass Energy and Alternative Applications Short Course    November 18-19    Syracuse, NY

This short course will include beginner to intermediate presentations on willow crop production, harvest, utilization for heat and power, alternative applications and environmental benefits with several related tours around the SUNY ESF campus, and an …

Economic Analysis of Shrub Willow Biomass Crops
November 3, 2014 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry)  EcoWillow 2.0 is the most comprehensive and up-to-date financial analysis tool for shrub willow biomass crops. Originally released in 2008 after over 20 years …

Growth Energy Announces Major Sponsorship of FFA Programs
November 3, 2014 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy is pleased to announce a multi-year commitment and new partnership with the National FFA Organization to build on critical projects that prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s leaders in American agriculture. …

Transforming Toxic Waste into Green Energy
November 3, 2014 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by Christian Durand (Concordia University)  Emerging graduate research at Concordia seeks to turn pulp mills into dynamic biorefineries
How can a struggling industry like pulp and paper in Canada be revived? According to Damien Biot-Pelletier, a Concordia …

EU: Reducing the Carbon Content of Transport Fuels
November 3, 2014 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(Balkans News)  The European Commission has adopted a proposal to implement existing obligations in the 2009 amendment of the Fuel Quality Directive. Article 7a of the Fuel Quality Directive obliges suppliers to reduce by 6% …

Secretary of Energy Emphasizes Partnership between Brazil and United States in Biofuels Event on Amazon Cooperation
November 3, 2014 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Laís Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On October 30, 2014, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz gave the keynote speech at the event “FAPESP-U.S. Collaborative Research on the Amazon,” promoted by a partnership between the …

API Says Extending Domestic Fuel Supply Lowers Consumer Gas Prices—Who Knew!?
November 3, 2014 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association) Add another file to the Big Oil hypocrisy dossier.    Yesterday (October 30, 2014), the American Petroleum Institute (API) released a study arguing that the fracking boom has led …

Ethanol Advocate Wants to Keep His Issue on the Front Burner
November 3, 2014 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by David Fondler (Pioneer Press/TwinCities.com)  To Randall Doyal, ethanol seems like a no-brainer: a renewable, domestically produced automotive fuel that reduces the need for imported oil; that burns clean, reducing harmful greenhouse gases and pollution; that …

4 Minutes With…Susan Pond, Program Leader, Alternative Transport Fuels Initiative, University of Sydney
November 3, 2014 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …
Within the next 12 months, I want to see Australia develop strategic policies aimed at: reducing its almost exclusive reliance on imported, liquid fossil fuels for transport energy; mitigating the …

EU Leaders Slow further Decarbonisation of the Transport Sector from UFOP: Sustainability Certification a Discontinued Model?
November 3, 2014 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(UFOP/Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen)  Without a continuation of binding for all Member States targets of greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector, the Union fears for the Promotion of Oil and Protein …

Building Blocks: LanzaTech, IOC, NatureWorks, Calysta make strides on Omega-3s, lactic acid
November 3, 2014 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  In Illinois, LanzaTech and a research team from the IOC-DBT Center for Advanced Bio-Energy Research (an entity co-funded by India’s Department of Biotechnology and Indian Oil Corporation Limited) announced the …

Carbon Correctness, or Alice in Carbonland
November 3, 2014 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Let me get this straight.   The EPA says that emissions from petroleum are bad. Landfilling carbon is really bad. Climate change is really, really bad. Recycling is good. …

Studies Steadily Advance Cellulosic Ethanol Prospects
October 31, 2014 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (Phys.Org)  At the Agricultural Research Service’s Bioenergy Research Unit in Peoria, Illinois, field work and bench investigations keep ARS scientists on the scientific front lines of converting biomass into cellulosic ethanol.
For instance, …

4 Minutes With… Steve Csonka, Executive Director, CAAFI (Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative)
October 31, 2014 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Within CAAFI, I’m sorta the 12th man – a coach, a quarterback, a general manager, a reluctant office linebacker, as well as a cheerleader and mascot, and occasional referee. …

2 SC Firms to Celebrate Nat’l Bioenergy Day via New Collaboration
October 31, 2014 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(Midlands Biofuels/Biodiesel Magazine)  ATP-SC LLC and Midlands Biofuels jointly announced an innovative collaboration to grow biocrops, produce, sell and utilize solid and liquid biofuels, and to expand the state’s bioeconomy, starting in Allendale, S.C., and …

Cellulosic Ethanol produced with Cellerate™ Process Technology Receives EPA Certification for Cellulosic Biofuels RINs
October 31, 2014 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

(Syngenta)  Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) is Quality Assurance Program-certified to generate D3 Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs); Cellerate process technology, enhanced by Enogen® corn enzyme technology, produces cellulosic ethanol from corn kernel fiber; Syngenta to …

Cellulosic Ethanol Prospects Boosted by Research
October 31, 2014 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

(The Crop Site)  US – The potential for producing cost-effective cellulosic ethanol that uses plentiful and sustainable cellulosic plant biomass continues to grow, thanks to research at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
USDA Agricultural Research …

Synergistic Catalysis between Pd and Fe in Gas Phase Hydrodeoxygenation of m-Cresol
October 31, 2014 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Yongchun Hong, He Zhang, Junming Sun, Karim M. Ayman, Alyssa J. R. Hensley, Meng Gu, Mark H. Engelhard, Jean-Sabin McEwen , and Yong Wang   (ACS Catalysis)  In this work, a series of Pd/Fe2O3 …

4 Minutes With…Seth Snyder, Water Initiative Leader, Argonne National Laboratory
October 31, 2014 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … After a decade as the bioenergy technology leader, I just created a new role building a new initiative in water. Water is a critical barrier to sustainable energy in …

Vale deve começar a produzir biodiesel a partir de 2016
October 31, 2014 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(BiodieselBR.com)  A Vale pretende começar a fabricar biodiesel a partir do segundo semestre de 2016. O biocombustível será usado pela mineradora nos equipamentos de suas minas no Norte e nas locomotivas que transportam minério de …

Biodiesel Users Guide
October 31, 2014 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(Blue Ridge Biofuels)  Want to know what exactly biodiesel is? How it works in your vehicle? Any tips or tricks to help you use it in your car or truck? Unfortunately there is not a …

Enerkem: Alberta’s Municipal Waste to Fuels Juggernaut, in Pictures
October 31, 2014 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) How does a technology take municipal solid waste and turn it into liquid fuels and chemicals?  What’s the “death of landfill” all about in terms of creating value streams from …

Lootah Biofuels and Emirates Transguard Collaboration towards Green Initiative
October 31, 2014 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(Lootah Biofuels)  Lootah biofuels, a fully owned subsidiary of SS Lootah group and Emirates Transguard, a leading security service provider  will collaborate on a new initiative to support a sustainable fuel produced from used cooking …

Dead Babies Near Oil Drilling Sites Raise Questions for Researchers
October 31, 2014 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Nancy Lofholm  (The Denver Post)  … For some reason, one that is not known and may never be, Beau (Murphy) and a dozen other infants died in this oil-booming basin last year. Was this …

Researchers Win Funding for Miscanthus, Sorghum Research
October 31, 2014 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois/Biomass Magazine)  Two University of Illinois crop sciences researchers interested in improving plant feedstocks for bioenergy production were selected to receive funding by the USDA and the U.S. Department of Energy as part …

EU GHG Deal Calls for 27 Percent Renewables by 2030
October 31, 2014 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Oct. 24, the European Council issued a statement announcing it has agreed on the 2030 climate and energy policy framework for the European Union. The council has endorsed a …

Fueling a Nation, Feeding the World
October 31, 2014 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  RFA’s “Fueling a Nation, Feeding the World” handbook highlights ethanol’s contribution to the global food and feed supply and contains information that disproves the fabricated food-vs.-fuel argument. The booklet outlines the co-products …

Italy to Require Advanced Biofuels in Gasoline and Diesel
October 31, 2014 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Louise Downing (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Italy today became the first member of the European Union to mandate the use of renewable fuel made from inedible crops.   The law requires that gasoline and diesel contain at …

ANALYSIS: Impact of Coming Brazilian Gasoline Price Rise on Ethanol to Be Minimal
October 31, 2014 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Beatriz Pupo, Alessandra Rosete (Platts) An increase in Brazil’s subsidized gasoline prices by state-owned oil company Petrobras is understood to be getting ever closer.
And the company’s board of directors will meet Friday to again discuss …

History of U.S. Biofuel Mandate Provides Opening for Legal Challenge
October 31, 2014 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Ayesha Rascoe (Reuters Africa)  Probable legal challenges to proposed cuts in the 2014 U.S. biofuel mandate could focus on a two-word phrase dropped from the U.S. law establishing the renewable fuel program back in …

Air France Launches One-Year Sustainable Development Showcase Project Involving Weekly Biofuel Flight
October 31, 2014 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Air France has launched a one-year programme, called ‘Lab’line for the Future’, to showcase various sustainable development projects the airline is undertaking. Starting last week, and running until September 2015, it will operate …

Study Finds a Carbon Gap of 220 Million Tonnes in 2023 Will Require Offsetting by the Airline Industry
October 31, 2014 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online) Even with improvements in aircraft technology, airline efficiencies and operational improvements, together with the introduction of biofuels, there will be a sizeable carbon gap between commercial aviation forecasts and industry targets by 2023, according …

Latest School Fundraiser: Biodiesel
October 31, 2014 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  Tired of buying lop-sided candles or ugly wrapping paper just because you want to help your school make a few bucks? Well, maybe you can do like another school in North …

A Low Carbon Fuel Standard in Washington State: Revised Analysis with Updated Assumptions
October 31, 2014 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(Life Cycle Associates, LLC for the Washington State Office of Financial Management)  … Governor Inslee’s Executive Order 14-04, directed the Office of Financial Management (OFM) to commission an update to the earlier analysis to reassess the …

North Carolina State University Announces Biofuel Breakthroughs
October 31, 2014 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina State University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Scientists are using biotechnology to chip away at barriers to producing biofuels from woody plants and grasses instead of the corn and sugarcane used to make ethanol.
NC State’s Forest …

4 Minutes With…Ashok Mathur, Director Corporate Commercialization, Matheson
October 31, 2014 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Very interested in processes that use oxygen, hydrogen, CO2 and other industrial gases as process feed or to enhance productivity.

Get same government incentives/subsidies as petroleum   READ MORE

Man in Fake Ethanol Project Pleads Guilty to Fraud
October 31, 2014 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

(The Spokesman-Review)  A Spokane ethanol project promising rich financial returns to dozens of local investors turned out to be a fraud.   The man behind the scheme, 55-year-old businessman Robert J. Braun, pleaded guilty this week …