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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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Deinove Signs Bioethanol Research Deals with Suez, Abengoa
June 4, 2014 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

(Reuters Africa)  French green biotech firm Deinove said on Tuesday it had signed research agreements with France’s Suez Environnement and Spanish energy company Abengoa to develop bacteria-based second generation bioethanol.
The company, which develops biofuels and …

AMI’s Green Polymer Chemistry 2015 March 18-19 Cologne, Germany
June 3, 2014 – 5:57 pm | No Comment
AMI’s Green Polymer Chemistry 2015 March 18-19 Cologne, Germany

AMI’s Green Polymer Chemistry 2015 is the 4th edition of the international conference on sustainable synthesis of plastics and elastomers including materials currently available in the marketplace. The event will take place from 18-19 March 2014 at the Maritim Hotel, Cologne, Germany. …

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: AMI’s Green Polymer Chemistry 2015 March 18-19 Cologne, Germany DEADLINE: September 12, 2014
June 3, 2014 – 5:52 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR SPEAKERS: AMI’s Green Polymer Chemistry 2015   March 18-19     Cologne, Germany   DEADLINE: September 12, 2014

AMI’s Green Polymer Chemistry 2015 is the 4th edition of the international conference on sustainable synthesis of plastics and elastomers including materials currently available in the marketplace. The event will take place from 18-19 March 2014 at the Maritim Hotel, Cologne, Germany. …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Algae Production Workshop July 2014 Texas DEADLINE: June 15
June 3, 2014 – 5:45 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Algae Production Workshop    July 2014   Texas   DEADLINE: June 15

Join commercially-minded Algaepreneurs, Researchers and Equipment Companies involved in the Algae Production Industry. Be involved and present at our next Commercial Algae Production Networking Workshop in July 2014. Sharing of information and collaboration is key to building the …

August 2014 Field Days Focus on Switchgrass as Bioenergy Feedstock August 19 – Beaver Crossing, Nebraska; August 20 – Dawson, Nebraska
June 3, 2014 – 5:34 pm | No Comment
August 2014 Field Days Focus on Switchgrass as Bioenergy Feedstock     August 19 – Beaver Crossing, Nebraska; August 20 – Dawson, Nebraska

It’s not uncommon for farms to have troublesome areas where corn and soybean yields don’t quite measure up due to various physical features because of their vulnerability to soil erosion. These underutilized areas and marginal lands might …

GTCbio’s 5th Biobased Chemicals: Commercialization & Partnering Conference September 18-19, 2014 San Francisco, CA.
June 3, 2014 – 5:10 pm | No Comment
GTCbio’s 5th Biobased Chemicals: Commercialization & Partnering Conference   September 18-19, 2014     San Francisco, CA.

This two-day conference brings together top representatives who are engaged in establishing a major transformation in the global chemical and energy industries – from petroleum to biobased.
The conference will look to examine new supply chain …

2014 Extension Energy and Environment Summit September 23-25 Ames, IA
June 3, 2014 – 4:29 pm | No Comment
2014 Extension Energy and Environment Summit     September 23-25    Ames, IA

The 2014 National Bioenergy and Environment Summit will provide a forum for the exchange of biorenewables and sustainability research findings and educational ideas, methods, and techniques for Extension Educators, NGO’s and outreach and policy professionals with agriculture, …

Conference on Pan American Biofuels and Bioenergy Sustainability July 22-25, 2014 Recife, Brazil
June 3, 2014 – 4:24 pm | No Comment
Conference on Pan American Biofuels and Bioenergy Sustainability     July 22-25, 2014   Recife, Brazil

The PanAm RCN will be holding its first Conference on Pan American Biofuels and Bioenergy Sustainability, co-organized by AIChE, IfS and SBE, on July 22-25, 2014 at the Golden Tulip Recife Palace hotel in Recife, Brazil.
The implications …

2014 International Poplar Symposium VI (IPS VI) July 20-24 Vancouver, British Columbia
June 3, 2014 – 4:17 pm | No Comment
2014 International Poplar Symposium VI (IPS VI)   July 20-24     Vancouver, British Columbia

On Sunday afternoon and evening (20 July, 2014) we welcome participants to UBC for registration and an informal reception.
From Monday (21 July, 2014) through Wednesday (23 July, 2014) we hold our International Poplar Symposium VI.  …

WEBINAR: Pyrolysis of Biomass for Fuels and Chemicals June 10 1:00 Eastern Time
June 3, 2014 – 4:10 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Pyrolysis of Biomass for Fuels and Chemicals   June 10  1:00 Eastern Time

A.A. Kwesi Boateng, Lead Scientist, USDA-ARS, Eastern Regional Research Center, Wyndmoor, PA
This webinar will present the collection of knowledge developed during research into sustainable biofuels and co-products at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: International Summit on Past and Present Research Systems of Green Chemistry August 25-27, 2014 Philadelphia, PA DEADLINE: June 16
June 3, 2014 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

OMICS Group invites all the participants across the globe to attend the International Summit on Past and Present Research systems of Green Chemistry during August 25-27, 2014 at Philadelphia, USA. The major objective of the International conference is …

Biofuels Are Part of Vibrant Energy Marketplace
June 3, 2014 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by  Rebecca Maitland  (Houston Chronicle)  … Biofuels’ primary benefits are in energy security, economic growth and environmental performance.
“Biofuels reduce dependence on imported fuels. This strengthens our energy security while also creating jobs and improving local economies,” …

Hoke Refinery to Reopen Using Tobacco to Make Ethanol
June 3, 2014 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Matthew Burns (WRAL)   A Virginia company plans to reopen an ethanol refinery in Hoke County, using tobacco as its primary feedstock, officials said Monday.  The former Clean Burn Fuels biorefinery in Raeford has been …

USDA Awarding $6 Million to Prepare Farmers for New Farm Bill Programs
June 3, 2014 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Farm Bill Implementation Continues at Brisk Pace with Universities and State Cooperative Extension Programs Now Set to Help Educate Farmers
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture …

Successful Production of High-Octane Renewable Gasoline from Woody Biomass
June 3, 2014 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

(Gas Technology Institute) In a recently completed project, Gas Technology Institute (GTI) worked with Haldor Topsoe, Inc. on an integrated biorefinery to make renewable “drop-in” gasoline, successfully producing a high-octane transportation fuel. The use of renewable gasoline could reduce lifecycle …

Biofuel-Obsessed U.S. Seen Blowing ‘Historic Opportunity’ in Nascent Green Chemical Market
June 3, 2014 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Peterka (E&E reporter/Greenwire)  The United States may be losing a major opportunity to be a global leader in the growing market for green chemicals because of its overwhelming policy tilt toward biofuels, industry …

Garbage-to-Gas Progress May Open Green Frontier in Iowa
June 3, 2014 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Gabriella Dunn (Des Moines Register)  … Iowa’s budding advanced biofuels industry stretches from Emmetsburg in the west to Marion in the east.
Although business and political challenges remain, engineers have concocted an expensive cocktail of enzymes …

International Summit on Past and Present Research Systems of Green Chemistry August 25-27, 2014 Philadelphia, PA
June 3, 2014 – 11:41 am | No Comment
International Summit on Past and Present Research Systems of Green Chemistry     August 25-27, 2014    Philadelphia, PA

OMICS Group invites all the participants across the globe to attend the International Summit on Past and Present Research systems of Green Chemistry during August 25-27, 2014 at Philadelphia, USA. The major objective of the International conference is …

ACORE Announces Submission of Comments on DOE’s Biofuel Research and Development Pathways
June 3, 2014 – 10:41 am | No Comment

(American Council On Renewable Energy)  Today (June 2, 2014), the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) announced that it has submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) which sought stakeholder input regarding the biofuel pathways …

A-Gas Launches ‘Even Greener’ Carbon Dioxide, Derived from Sugar Beet
June 3, 2014 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by  Andrew Gaved (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Magazine)  Refrigerant, branded ‘eCO2’, offers sustainable sourcing and lower moisture content than current offerings, distributor claims.  In a first for the UK, A-Gas has launched a new high specification …

EPA Outlines 30% Cut in Power-Gen CO2 by 2030: What’s the Role for Carbon Capture and Use, Algae?
June 3, 2014 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  EPA comes down hard on CO2, with proposed rule calling for deep emission cuts, but opts for highly-flexible, state-by-state approach.   Carbon Capture and Use not deemed a key strategy, but …

All-Renewable Plastic Bottles Creep Closer: Gevo Shipping Renewable PX to Toray
June 2, 2014 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Major step towards stable commercial supply chain for 100% renewable plastic bottling; big step forward for Gevo’s Silsbee operations in paraxylene, jet fuel and iso-octane.
From Colorado, news has arrived that …

Recent Ethanol Blending Margins
June 2, 2014 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin (University of Illinois/FarmDocDaily)  Ethanol prices went on a tear in March and April 2014 and reached new record levels exceeding $3 per gallon (see earlier farmdoc daily articles here and here).  A single factor did not appear …

ACE Informs Motorists that Many Vehicles Are Eligible to Use E15
June 2, 2014 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   The summer driving season is now hitting the United States, and the Senior Vice President for the American Coalition for Ethanol, Ron Lamberty, says many motorists might not realize …

Biodiesel Producers, Farmers Take to The Hill
June 2, 2014 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (domesticfuel.com) Biodiesel producers and farmers who raise the feedstocks for the biodiesel industry took to Capitol Hill this week, joining a group of U.S. Senate Democrats in their calls to end policy uncertainty that …

Biodiesel Producer Certain Uncertainty Will End
June 2, 2014 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (domesticfuel.com) The manager of a biodiesel refinery from the Nation’s largest biodiesel producer believes the uncertainty in the green fuel’s future will disappear. I caught up with Bryan Christjansen, a general manager for …

Ethanol on the Rails
June 2, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (domesticfuel.com) In the last couple of weeks there have been two derailments of trains carrying crude oil, one in Virginia on April 30 and one in Colorado on May 9. These incidents …

Students’ Biodiesel Wins Environmental Award
June 2, 2014 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (domesticfuel.com) A project by a group of Tennessee high school students to make and promote biodiesel garnered an environmental award in that state. The Whites Creek High School group is the winner …

Poplars Designed for Deconstruction: A Major Boon to Biofuels
June 2, 2014 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

(University of Wisconsin-Madison/Biomass Magazine)  What began 20 years ago as an innovation to improve paper industry processes and dairy forage digestibility may now open the door to a much more energy- and cost-efficient way to …

Neol Biosolutions to Scale up Microbioil-2.0 Process at CB2G
June 2, 2014 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(Neol Biosolutions/Biomass Magazine)  Neol Biosolutions, a 50/50 joint venture between Repsol and Neuron Bio, has reached an agreement with the Center for Second Generation Biofuels (CB2G) of CENER, the Spanish National Renewable Energy Centre, in order …

Researchers Find Potential to Grow Biofuel Feedstock on PV Farms
June 2, 2014 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Ker Than( Stanford University/Biomass Magazine) Growing agave and other carefully chosen plants amid photovoltaic panels could allow solar farms not only to collect sunlight for electricity but also to produce crops for biofuels, according to …

MSC Developing Sustainable Seaweed Standard
June 2, 2014 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) The London, England-based Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is expanding its sustainability standard beyond wild-capture fish and invertebrate fisheries for the first time to include various groups of wild macroalgae. With global seaweed …

Proposals for a Reform of the Renewable Energy Directive to a Renewable Energy and Materials Directive (REMD)
June 2, 2014 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Michael Carus, Lara Dammer, Andreas Hermann and Roland Essel (nova-Institute)  nova-paper #4 “Proposals for a Reform of the Renewable Energy Directive to a Renewable Energy and Materials Directive (REMD)” presents a reform proposal that …

Companies Quietly Apply Biofuel Tools to Household Products
June 2, 2014 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Stephanie Storm (The New York Times)  Consumer products containing ingredients made using an advanced form of engineering known as synthetic biology are beginning to show up more often on grocery and department store shelves.
A …

EPA Funds Cook Stoves Research to Ameliorate Air Quality and Mitigate Climate Change
May 30, 2014 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

By Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuel USA) If the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) systematic analysis study of 2010 is anything to go by, then by the time you are done reading this article about 35 …

UK Researchers Aim to Convert Oilseed Straw into Biofuels
May 30, 2014 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Institute of Food Research/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at the Institute of Food Research are looking at how to turn straw from oilseed rape into biofuel. Preliminary findings are pointing at ways the process could be made …

European Scientists Stabilize Bio-Oil for Use as Marine Biofuel
May 30, 2014 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

(Aston University/Biomass Magazine)  A sustainable biofuel made from Norwegian forest wood waste could help transform the shipping industry and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.
Alternative sustainable fuels are urgently needed in the marine transport sector due …

EPA: Cellulosic RINs Were Generated in April
May 30, 2014 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for April, reporting that both D3 cellulosic biofuel and D7 cellulosic diesel RINs were generated during the month.
EIA data …

Addressing Climate Change in South Dakota
May 30, 2014 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by US Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) (Black Hills Pioneer)    … Our state’s long-standing leadership in renewable fuels like wind power and ethanol has helped us be a part of the solution.  … South Dakota has tremendous …

Renewable Energy Group Buys Tyson Foods’ Stake in Dynamic Fuels
May 30, 2014 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(Arkansas Business)  Renewable Energy Group Inc. has reached an agreement with Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale to acquire Tyson’s 50 percent ownership of Dynamic Fuels LLC, the companies announced Wednesday.
The deal, contingent upon REG’s previously …

Fargo Conference Highlights Future for Biotechnology
May 29, 2014 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(Forum News Service/SC Times)  Opportunities to provide bio-based industrial products exist, but they probably will need to provide price, utility and environmental benefits, especially if they want to compete at a premium to petrochemical substitutes, …

Nearly 120 Companies Ask Obama to Boost Biodiesel Standard
May 29, 2014 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  One hundred seventeen biodiesel companies and affiliated businesses from 41 states called on President Obama Wednesday to stand behind his past support for the U.S. biodiesel industry by continuing sustainable growth under …

Using Less Corn Ethanol Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions
May 29, 2014 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Working Group)  The Environmental Protection Agency’s pending proposal to cut the amount of corn ethanol that must be blended into gasoline in 2014 by 1.39 billion gallons would lower U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by …

US Navy Supports ASU’s Development of Algae-Based Biofuels
May 29, 2014 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Mason  (Arizon State University Light Works)  The similarities between the U.S. Navy and civilian cities and industry may not be readily apparent, said Dennis McGinn, U.S. Navy Assistant Secretary for Energy, Installations and Environment, …

Biomass Supplies Applies for RSB Sustainability Certification: Biomass Supplies Would Be First RSB-Certified Company in Sri Lanka
May 29, 2014 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is pleased to announce that Biomass Supplies has applied for RSB certification.
Biomass Supplies is pioneering innovative and progressive partnerships with small farmers and land owners …

CALL FOR POSTERS: Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy July 29-30 Washington, DC DEADLINE: June 10
May 29, 2014 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) invites students, researchers, public and private organizations, and members of the general public to submit poster abstracts for consideration for the annual Biomass Conference Poster Session. …

B Ready For B10 Workshop Series June 10-July 22, 2014 Workshop locations vary throughout Minnesota
May 28, 2014 – 6:37 pm | No Comment
B Ready For B10 Workshop Series   June 10-July 22, 2014     Workshop locations vary throughout Minnesota

B Ready For B10.  This summer Minnesota will take the next step forward in renewable fuel use. Beginning July 1 until September 30, 2014, all #2 diesel fuel will contain 10% biodiesel (B10). In 2015 …

Managing Climate Risks in the Southeast
May 28, 2014 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

By Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuels USA). The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) hosted a briefing, on May 22, on Capitol Hill, examining the current and projected impacts of climate change in the Southeast, and …

EPA Funds University Research on Cleaner Fuel Burning to Improve Air Quality/The World Health Organization Estimates that Cookstove Smoke Accounts for over 4 Million Premature Deaths Annually
May 28, 2014 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new funding for six universities to research cleaner technologies and fuels for cooking, lighting, and heating homes that will help improve air quality …

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus Outlines A More Self-Sufficient, Efficient Future For The Fleet
May 28, 2014 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Harress (International Business Times)  … For Mabus (Ray Mabus, the secretary of the Navy), who had come to New York for Fleet Week, the real story was taking place on the drawing boards, where …

Texas Nearly Takes Top Clean Energy Jobs Spot
May 28, 2014 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Houston Chronicle/McClatchy-Tribune Regional News/RenewablesBiz.com)  Texas added nearly 800 clean energy jobs during the first three months of the year, putting the Lone Star State second only to Idaho and above California, …

Fuels America Campaign Reminds Drivers of Savings
May 28, 2014 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  Just as a good-sized portion of the country is hitting the road for Memorial Day weekend, Fuels America launches an ad campaign to remind drivers just how much they are saving at the …

Former Ethanol Car Driver Wins Indy 500
May 28, 2014 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  It was mid-season in 2007 when Ryan Hunter-Reay burst on the IndyCar Series scene wearing the green and blue ethanol logo for Rahal-Letterman Racing. He finished 6th in his first Indy 500 in …

Walking a Rough Road to a World Free of Non-Renewable Sources of Energy: Memories of 2014 International Biomass Conference and Expo
May 27, 2014 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

By Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Imagine a world without non-renewable energy sources, where we just use sun, wind, and biomass to generate our electricity for industries and homes, and fuel for transportation. …

Defusing the Cellulosic Bomb inside the Renewable Fuel Standard
May 27, 2014 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuel Digest)  Thought the 2014 volume debate over the Renewable Fuel Standard was tough enough?What about the ticking bomb inside the RFS — that could completely flat-line the value of cellulosic RINs …

Palm Oil, Deforestation, and the Fast Food Industry: Would You Like a Side of Forests with That?
May 27, 2014 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Calen May-Tobin (Union of Concerned Scientists/Tropical Forest and Climate Initiative )  … In our report Donuts, Deodorant, Deforestation, UCS was one of the first groups to highlight how little the fast food sector as a whole has …

ACE Informs Motorists Most New Model Vehicles Eligible For E15 Blends
May 27, 2014 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

(Biofuel Journal)  The summer driving season is now hitting the United States, and the Senior Vice President for the American Coalition for Ethanol, (ACE) Ron Lamberty says many motorists might not realize it, but they could be eligible …

Transportation Forecast: Light Duty Vehicles
May 27, 2014 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

(Navigant) Light Duty Stop-Start, Hybrid Electric, Plug-In Hybrid Electric, Battery Electric, Natural Gas, Fuel Cell, and Conventional Vehicles: Global Market Forecasts, 2014-2035
…  Over 1.2 billion vehicles are on the world’s roads today, and more than 95% belong …

US Senate Completes Mark-Up on Defense Budget, Supports Continuation of Advanced Biofuels Program
May 27, 2014 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act, following mark-up, is reported to not include any attempts to undermine the Defense Production Act’s Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Production Project, …

Fortunately, Unfortunately: Pathways and Barriers to Algae Biofuels at Scale
May 27, 2014 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Think algae biofuels are real and near? Or, think it’s a promotional scheme for attracting finance for nutraceuticals and academic bridges-to-nowhere?  The barriers might be more, or less, daunting than …

How Fossil Fuel Interests Attack Renewable Energy
May 27, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Gabe Elsner (Energy and Policy Institute/Renewable Energy World)   Fossil fuel-funded front groups repeatedly spread disinformation on renewable energy standard and net metering policies in an effort to overturn pro-clean energy laws in 2013 and 2014.

A …

Climate Panel and Years of Living Dangerously
May 27, 2014 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

By Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Enlightening and Shocking are apt words that describe the eighth episode of the Years of Living Dangerously that was screened on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, May 20. The event, …

US Fleet Conversion Turns Navy to Biofuels
May 27, 2014 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Brendan Nicholson (The Australian)  Australia’s defence ties to the US have taken on a green hue, with the Royal Australian Navy planning to make all its ships and aircraft biofuel-capable within six years.  READ …

Making Money from Lignin: Roadmap Shows How to Improve Lignocellulosic Biofuel Biorefining
May 27, 2014 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Brett Israel (Georgia Institute of Technology)  When making cellulosic ethanol from plants, one problem is what to do with a woody agricultural waste product called lignin. The old adage in the pulp industry has …

RTA Expands Green Bus Fleet
May 27, 2014 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Shafaat Shahbandari  (Zawya/Gulf News)  Dubai: A total of 118 biodiesel-powered green buses will be in operation in Dubai by the end of this year as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) expands its green …

Sixth Circuit Greenlights Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
May 27, 2014 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Paul E. Gutermann (Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP/Lexology.com)  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held this week that the Department of Energy (DOE) complied with its obligations under the National Environmental …

Future Uncertain for Ukiah Biodiesel Producer
May 27, 2014 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Justine Fredericksen  (Daily Journal News)  Cash-strapped Yokayo Biofuels is for sale … “The grant was to install an enzymatic process that would increase our capacity by about 75 percent, which would dramatically increase the yield …

Mauritius: The EU Will Provide 4 Million Euro to Support the Use of Ethanol as Fuel
May 27, 2014 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

(AgenceEcoFin.com)  … But Mauritius will now demonstrate strong commitment, after blowing 10 million euros for non-compliance with EU indicators relating to the production of electricity.
”  With regard to the use of ethanol in Mauritius, we make no …

Patriot Renewable Fuels Hires Leifmark to Plan First Stage of Major US Cellulosic Ethanol Project
May 27, 2014 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Inbicon technology planned as centerpiece of low-carbon, high-profit platform: “Patriot will lead the way.”
In Illinois, Patriot Renewable Fuels announced that Leifmark has been hired to create a custom Project Definition, …

When Refiners Cry Wolf, Who Will Be Fooled?
May 27, 2014 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)   EPA’s proposed rule went too far in correcting a problem largely of the refiners’ own making.  It’s in the nation’s interest to put the final RFS rule back …

Microalgae in Animal Feed
May 27, 2014 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Although the use of whole microalgae in animal diets has long been studied, the 
de-fatted biomass of microalgal species, derived from biofuel production research, has only recently shown feasibility in replacing corn …

Cheaper Renewable Fuels: Is Algae the Missing Ingredient?
May 27, 2014 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Lozanova (Triple Pundit) … “Not all algae can be lumped together,” says Paul Woods, CEO of Algenol, a biotechnology company that produces ethanol and other fuels. “There are lots of [algae-based biofuel] programs that use …

Biofuels Forum Underscores Increased Emission Benefits from Ethanol
May 23, 2014 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Ethanol’s role in the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions was underscored this week in a forum of biofuel value chain partners, conservation and greenhouse gas experts organized by the 25x’25 Alliance …

Why Amyris, Total SA, and The Boeing Company Are Excited About Renewable Jet Fuel
May 23, 2014 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Maxx Chatsko (The Motley Fool)  The global aviation industry accounts for roughly 2% of all greenhouse gas emissions. On a per-passenger basis, a flight on an airplane emits far more greenhouse gases than the …

Minnesota Is First to Mandate B10 Biodiesel
May 23, 2014 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  The land of 10,000 lakes becomes the first for another 10… a 10 percent biodiesel mandate. The move from a B5 to B10 blending requirement for summer months starting this July …

Aftermath of Climate Change: National Landmarks at Risk
May 23, 2014 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuels USA) With the impact of climate change becoming evident by the day, many of the United States iconic landmarks are at risk as never before. On the 20th of May, …

Where is Blue Carbon Going?
May 23, 2014 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On Wednesday, May 21, 2014, a panel of experts discussed the importance of blue carbon and the ramifications of its release in a “Managing Our Planet” seminar series developed …

E15 Arrives in Missouri, though Consumers May Have to Look Hard to Find It
May 23, 2014 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Jacob Barker (St. LouisPost-Dispatch)  It’s hard to find a gas station these days that doesn’t sell a 10 percent ethanol blend. A 15 percent mix, now that it’s available, probably won’t become as common …

ACT Expo 2014- North America’s Largest Clean Fleet Expo
May 23, 2014 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Milsa Vijayadharan* (Advanced Biofuels USA)   ACT Expo 2014, co-located with NVG Global 2014, was held on May 5-8 in Long Beach CA. It was the largest clean transportation industry gathering in North America. The …

US Navy Approves Biofuels MILSPECS, Opens Pacific Fuel Buy
May 22, 2014 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Washington, the Navy’s Director of Operational Energy, Chris Tindal, advises the Digest:
“As of two weeks ago, the Navy has fully approved MILSPECs for JP-5, JP-8, and F-76 for the …

“But I Won’t Cry for Yesterday”: The Re-Making of the US Ethanol Industry
May 22, 2014 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The migration from first-gen to next-gen biofuels is becoming less ‘Invisible’ — and the new landscape is not, by anyone’s estimation, an ‘Ordinary World’.   If Aemetis’ latest earnings hadn’t rocked …

InteSusAl Project Building One-Hectare Demo Unit
May 22, 2014 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) The InteSusAl Consortium of biotechnology experts has started building a one-hectare unit in Southern Portugal that will demonstrate an innovative integrated approach to produce microalgae biomass with biodiesel validation in a sustainable manner.
The demonstration …

Renewable Energy Group Agrees to Acquire Tyson Foods’ Half Ownership of Dynamic Fuels
May 22, 2014 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Group)  Deal to Result in REG Owning All of 75-Million Gallon Renewable Diesel Biorefinery
Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) has reached an agreement with Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) to acquire Tyson’s 50% …

Alternative Jet Fuels: Federal Activities Support Development and Usage, but Long-term Commercial Viability Hinges on Market Factors
May 22, 2014 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

(Government Accountability Office)   The federal government supports the development and use of alternative jet fuels through both broad and targeted initiatives. Broad national strategies promote the development of a variety of alternative fuels—including alternative jet fuel—to help achieve …

New Joint Ventures Aim to Establish Hemp-Ethanol Pilot Plant
May 22, 2014 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Biomass Magazine) Edmonton, Alberta-based Syngar Technologies Inc. has announced two separate joint venture projects that will, together, help make hemp-to-cellulosic ethanol a step closer to reality.
Syngar Technologies, which was featured in a March 2012, …

House Committee Passes Anti-Biofuel Amendments in Markup Session
May 22, 2014 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) On May 7, the House Armed Service Committee held a markup session on H.R. 4435, the fiscal year 2015 national defense authorization bill. During that markup session, committee members voted in …

The Bio-Fuel Sector Is Attracting Some Big Names
May 22, 2014 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Reuben Brewer (The Motley Fool)  Solazyme (NASDAQ: SZYM  ) and FutureFuel (NYSE: FF  ) are two relatively small companies largely focused on the emerging bio-fuel market. However, they aren’t the only players in the space. And some of the other companies, …

Mallee Biofuels May Fuel Perth Engines
May 22, 2014 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International) By 2030, young mallee trees could create an aviation grade bio kerosene  Airline operations from Perth could see its flights fuelled up to 100% with the aviation grade bio kerosene, according to a report …

Södra and Statkraft to Form New Biofuel Company
May 22, 2014 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Södra and Statkraft have signed a letter of intent to create a company that will produce biofuels using forest raw material.
The agreement means that Statkraft, a renewable energy producer, will acquire Södra Cell Tofte, which …

NASA and DLR Research Biofuel-Powered Flights
May 22, 2014 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and the Canadian National Research Council (NRC) are researching the use of biofuels in their flights by undertaking a …

KLM Embarks on Transatlantic Biofuel Trial
May 22, 2014 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International) KLM has launched a six month biofuel trial using an A330-200 on flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Aruba and Bonaire in the Netherlands Antilles.  The Initiative Towards Sustainable Kerosene for Aviation (ITAKA) sourced the …

Draft Appropriations Bill Aims to Cut Funding for BCAP, REAP
May 22, 2014 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The House Appropriations Committee has released its fiscal year 2015 agricultural appropriations bill, which aims to reduce funding levels for several Farm Bill Energy Title programs. A markup session on …

COLUMN-Money to Burn: OPEC’s Wasteful Energy Subsidies: Kemp
May 19, 2014 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by John Kemp (Reuters Africa)  Fossil fuel subsidies cost governments in emerging markets more than $500 billion every year and are a major contributor to climate change, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) and …

Putting the Squeeze on Gasoline
May 19, 2014 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Taylor (Chronicle Herald Wheels)  It’s a breakthrough that has eluded engine researchers for more than a century. Now, it might be as little as five years away.

The dream of using diesel’s compression-ignition idea …

Genetic Assets from Mendel Added to Product Development Program
May 19, 2014 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

(REPREVE® RENEWABLES, LLC)  REPREVE® RENEWABLES, LLC, announced today it has purchased certain genetic assets or germplasm for its giant miscanthus grass product development program from Mendel biotechnology, Inc., a privately held company in Hayward, Calif.
The …

A Strong Voice in Indiana
May 19, 2014 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Dukart (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Ethanol plants in Indiana account for some 600 jobs, with an additional 4.9 jobs created for every job at an ethanol plant. The industry has pumped $1.5 billion in …

Biobased Delta Teams up with Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
May 19, 2014 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

(Biorizon)  South-western Netherlands-based Biobased Delta Foundation has agreed to work closely with the Canadian sustainable chemistry alliance Bioindustrial Innovation Canada. Together they aim to accelerate the international commercialization of advanced new technologies. Biorizon is one …

Another Day, Another Oil Spill
May 19, 2014 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  An oil pipeline ruptured in Los Angeles on LA Street yesterday and in response Americans United For Change said, “Like oil spills? You’ll love what happens after dismantling the Renewable Fuel Standard. …

Advanced Biofuel Producers Anticipate the Greatest Impact from Proposed Changes to the RFS
May 19, 2014 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association) Today (May 15, 2014), 33 advanced biofuel companies, led by the Advanced Ethanol Council and Biotechnology Industry Organization, sent a letter to President Barack Obama to express the industry’s concern about the proposed rule for …

Fermentable Cellulosic Sugars for Capex of 6.5 Cents per Gallon? Freakishly Low-Cost Venture Still at Early-Stage.
May 19, 2014 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s a capex figure so low that it sounds like a decimal point is missing.   Though early-stage and just developing data out of its pilot — it’s well worth seeing …

20th Asia International Sugar Conference August 26-28, 2014 Yogyakarta, Indonesia
May 19, 2014 – 12:26 pm | No Comment
20th Asia International Sugar Conference   August 26-28, 2014   Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Now into its 20th year, IBC’s Asia sugar conference has established itself as the preferred annual meeting point for sugar industry players in Asia. It remains the ONLY conference with a comprehensive focus on trade, …

Senators and Industry Speak Out In Favor of Biodiesel
May 18, 2014 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Jesse Stolark  (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  With a final decision in the Renewable Volume Obligates (RVOs) expected in June, the biodiesel industry is getting increasingly vocal about the damage that regulatory uncertainty has …

17th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum July 31, 2014 Washington, DC
May 18, 2014 – 4:07 pm | No Comment
17th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum     July 31, 2014   Washington, DC

This year’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO expects to bring together more than 50 businesses, sustainable energy industry trade associations, government agencies, and energy policy research organizations to showcase the status and near-term potential …

Joule Achieves ASTM Compliance for Sustainable Diesel, Jet Fuel
May 18, 2014 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(Joule)  Marking another step towards commercial readiness of CO2-neutral fuels,  Joule today announced that its Sunflow®-D and Sunflow®-J products meet the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) for diesel and jet fuel, respectively. Joule products achieve …

Lignin Valorization: Improving Lignin Processing in the Biorefinery
May 16, 2014 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Arthur J. Ragauskas, Gregg T. Beckham, Mary J. Biddy, Richard Chandra, Fang Chen, Mark F. Davis, Brian H. Davison, Richard A. Dixon, Paul Gilna, Martin Keller, Paul Langan, Amit K. Naskar, Jack N. Saddler, Timothy …

Media Advisory: Waterloo and Bordeaux to Launch Canada’s First Bachelor of Bio-based Chemistry Program at Conference
May 16, 2014 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by (University of Waterloo) Media are invited to attend as researchers from Waterloo and Bordeaux gather to create a bio-chemistry program that will support research into sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels.
The University of Waterloo and Université …

Media Advisory: Waterloo and Bordeaux to Launch Canada’s First Bachelor of Bio-based Chemistry Program at Conference
May 16, 2014 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by (University of Waterloo) Media are invited to attend as researchers from Waterloo and Bordeaux gather to create a bio-chemistry program that will support research into sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels.
The University of Waterloo and Université …

SkyNRG Supplies KLM’s New Series of Transatlantic Biofuel Flights to Aruba and Bonaire
May 16, 2014 – 9:56 am | No Comment

(SkyNRG)  SkyNRG, the global market maker for sustainable fuels, will supply sustainable jet fuel to a new series of KLM flights from Amsterdam to the Caribbean islands Aruba and Bonaire. The program will run for …

Smallholder Group Certification Standard
May 15, 2014 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  RSB recognizes the complex realities of smallholder production systems and is committed to make the RSB certification requirements more accessible to small producers, in order to facilitate their entry into the …

Unilever Protects Wildlife Habitat through RSB Certification
May 15, 2014 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

(National Wildlife Federation) Last week, Unilever announced that any product certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) will be considered to be “sustainably sourced” according to their corporate standards. This step helps to simplify the assessment of sustainability of Unilever’s …

Joyce Admits Budget Will Be Tough for Rural Australia
May 15, 2014 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(ABC Rural)  … The ethanol and biodiesel industries face grant cuts worth millions of dollars.
The Ethanol Production Grants program will be scrapped from July 2015, saving the government $120 million.
The Dalby Biorefinery, in Queensland, is Australia’s …

Grants Further Environmental Policy Research
May 15, 2014 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Stacy Shackford (Cornell Chronicle)  … A $499,998 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture – one of two awarded to Cornell as part of a $12 million program – …

‘Green Bank’ Would Fund Private Eco-Energy Projects
May 15, 2014 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Hamish Rutherford (Stuff Business Day)  Increased royalties from oil and gas would be used to create a profit-oriented Green Investment Bank under Green Party proposals.
Co-leader Russel Norman has unveiled plans for “an enduring, government-owned, …

How Laboratory Information Management Systems Can Prepare Labs for Biofuels Growth
May 15, 2014 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Colin Thurston (Thermo Fisher Scientific)  With dramatic drops in U.S. energy imports, a clear sign of our growing energy independence, it would appear that renewables investment is at risk, including within the biofuels market. …

$2M Supports Soybean Research
May 15, 2014 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Lab Canada)  A University of Guelph scientist using genetics to improve Ontario’s most valuable crop has received nearly $2 million in government and industry support.
Prof. Istvan Rajcan, Department of Plant Agriculture, was recently awarded a …

Ames Lab Creates Multifunctional Nanoparticles for Cheaper, Cleaner Biofuel
May 14, 2014 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(e! Science News)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has created a faster, cleaner biofuel refining technology that not only combines processes, it uses widely available materials to reduce costs. Ames Laboratory scientists have …

RFA Announces Availability of New Training Materials
May 14, 2014 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association has unveiled an updated version of “The Training Guide to Ethanol Emergency Response.” This powerful resource was first developed in 2006 to give first responders, hazmat …

Hot Intel! Rockin’ Slides from the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology
May 14, 2014 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Pennsylvania, the 11th World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, produced by BIO, opened today with a flurry of announcements and presentations.
Here are hot slides … and links to presentations.  READ …

KiOR update: “We do not believe we can restart the Columbus facility on an economically viable basis at this time.”
May 14, 2014 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The following is excerpted from KiOR’s most recent 10-Q quarterly report, as filed with the SEC.
“We have substantial doubts about our ability to continue as a going concern. To continue as …

ADM Embraces Sustainable Palm Oil
May 14, 2014 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Illinois, Archer Daniels Midland Company announced its intention to exclusively offer Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certified sustainable palm oil to North American customers beginning in 2015. ADM is …

UK Report Highlights Economic Impact of Bioenergy, Biofuels
May 14, 2014 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.K.-based Renewable Energy Association has published the results of an analysis that determined the renewable energy supports more than 100,000 jobs in the U.K. and has attracted almost …

Majority of Americans Support the RFS
May 14, 2014 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine) A recent poll of 1,000 Americans shows 65 percent support the renewable fuel standard, writes Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association. And, 78 percent …

Asheville Entrepreneur Aims to Harness Cyanobacteria’s Photosynthetic Prowess
May 14, 2014 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Mary-Russell Roberson  (News Observer)  Bruce Dannenberg is a big fan of cyanobacteria – the ancient lineage of organisms you may remember from high school as blue-green algae. Turns out cyanobacteria aren’t algae after all; …

Biodiesel Producers Hit Hard by Policy Uncertainty: Survey Finds Nearly Six in Ten Have Idled Production
May 14, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board) Policy setbacks in Washington are taking a major toll on the most successful advanced biofuel in the U.S., according to a nationwide survey of biodiesel producers released Wednesday.
The survey, conducted by the National …

Addax Bioenergy Certified by Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials
May 14, 2014 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

(Sierra Express Media)  Addax Bioenergy (SL) Limited has been fully and formally certified under the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). This is said to quite an achievement and everyone involved has to be commended. RSB …

Tanzania Hosts Ethanol Project
May 14, 2014 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Agro EcoEnergy has invested $550 million (€400 million) in sugarcane farming for an ethanol project.
The subsidiary of Swedish based EcoEnergy Africa AB has set up a special purpose project company, Bagamoyo EcoEnergy, to …

California Council on Science and Technology Releases Report on Expanding Biofuels in California
May 14, 2014 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

(California Council on Science and Technology)  Advanced biofuels have the potential to provide California with economic opportunities while reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the state’s climate and clean air policies. However, the state may …

Utah Law Encourages Biodiesel Use
May 14, 2014 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  While H.R. 5 signed by Gov. Herbert encourages biodiesel use in Utah, exactly how the state plans to do so is less than clear
… The bill expresses support for the …

Navy, Marines to Partner with Purdue to Make Switch to Alternative Energy Sources, Biofuels
May 14, 2014 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/The Republic)  Purdue University is teaming up with the U.S. Navy on a project to help the military tap into alternative power sources.
Purdue President Mitch Daniels and U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus signed an agreement …

Fuels America to Prez: Your RFS Proposal at Odds with National Climate Assessment
May 14, 2014 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In a letter to President Obama, leaders of America’s renewable fuel industry urge the Administration to rethink its proposal to weaken the bipartisan Renewable Fuel Standard – a proposal that …

Climate Change Deemed Growing Security Threat by Military Researchers
May 14, 2014 – 11:43 am | No Comment

By Coral Davenport (The New York Times)  The accelerating rate of climate change poses a severe risk to national security and acts as a catalyst for global political conflict, a report published Tuesday by a leading government-funded military …

Fuel from the Sea: Scale Model WWII Craft Takes Flight with Seawater
May 14, 2014 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Daniel Parry  (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory/Renewable Energy World)   Navy researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Materials Science and Technology Division, demonstrate proof-of-concept of novel NRL technologies developed for the recovery of carbon …

DuPont CEO Asks Congress, White House to Keep Ethanol Mandate
May 14, 2014 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  The top executive with seed and chemical maker DuPont said Tuesday that Congress and the Obama administration must preserve a law requiring ethanol to be blended into the gasoline supply.
Ellen …

Mozambique Plans to Start Ethanol Production
May 13, 2014 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International) xperts in Mozambique are meeting to discuss strategies for producing clean energy to reduce pollution and costs in the import of fossil fuel.   Mozambique is looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by producing ethanol …

Ethanol Plant to Build Renewable Diesel Facility
May 13, 2014 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International) Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy’s ethanol plant in Phillipsburg, Kansas, will build a renewable diesel facility on site.

The facility will also produce denaturant, fuel gas, and steam for use at the existing facility.  READ MORE
 

Zimbabwean Investor Keen to Launch $500 Million Ethanol Plant
May 13, 2014 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A Zimbabwean investor is looking to plough $500 million (€360 million) into an ethanol production plant in Kawambwa, Luapula Province, in Zambia.

(Luapula Province’s permanent secretary Chanda) Kasolo believes Zambia can save huge sums of …

Ethanol Producer Brings Biodiesel to Cambridge
May 13, 2014 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Cole Epley (Omaha.com) The Michigan-based parent company of a southwestern Nebraska ethanol plant has opened a new travel center in Cambridge, Neb., adding to the state’s short list of retail locations where consumers can purchase …

City Trash-To-Biofuel Project Takes Step Ahead for Blairstown, Marion
May 13, 2014 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Rick Smith (The Gazette)”First-in-the-nation” plant to convert municipal solid waste and other trash into cellulosic biofuel
No Martians are landing, but loads of steel began arriving on Monday for the takeoff of project to expand …

Letter: Don’t Blame Ethanol
May 13, 2014 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Greg Krissek (Lawerence- Journal World)  To the editor: Kansas University biologist Chip Taylor has brought ethanol to the top of his list of enemies to monarch butterflies in an article published on March 31. Over the …

ACE: Blend Wall Cost Reporting Wrong
May 13, 2014 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Domestic Fuels) Several recent media reports have reported that the “blend wall” cost refiners nearly $1.35 billion last year. The blend wall is the amount of ethanol that can be blended into the fuel …

FORUM: A Brief Lesson On Ethanol And Food Prices
May 13, 2014 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Kelvin Alversion (Rapid City Journal) We are blessed as Americans to have the safest, most affordable and abundant food supply in the world. Consumers have thousands of choices when it comes to food any time …

With RENEW, University at Buffalo Researchers Are Tackling Major Issues Related to Energy, Water and the Environment
May 13, 2014 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Cory Nealon (University at Buffalo)  Investigating how latent pesticides affect public health. Creating window coatings that reduce buildings’ heating and cooling costs. Developing policies to promote land conservation. Examining what incentives prompt people to …

Vermont Tech Announces Gift from Entrepreneur David Blittersdorf to Support Renewable Energy Bachelor’s Degree
May 13, 2014 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

(Vermont Technical College)  Vermont Business Leader Urges State to Keep Momentum on Energy Goals
Vermont Tech announced today that David Blittersdorf, well-known renewable energy entrepreneur and president and Chief Executive Officer of Williston-based AllEarth Renewables, has …

LanzaTech, INVISTA Aim for Waste-CO2-to-Chemicals in New Pact
May 13, 2014 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In Kansas, INVISTA and LanzaTech signed a research and development agreement focused on the development of gas-fermentation process technology for the production of industrial chemicals from carbon dioxide and hydrogen …

The Pyromaniax: Anellotech Starts up Pearl River BTX Pilot Plant
May 13, 2014 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Meets December 2013 commitment to be able to provide BTX developmental quantities to strategic partners.   Plant begins production of 1 kg quantities of BTX, now available to support Anellotech’s ongoing …

Return of the Pyromaniax: Proton Power and Its Hydrous Pyrolysis Process for Super Low-Cost Hydrogen
May 13, 2014 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A new wonder technology to behold: über low-cost hydrous pyrolysis for power and fuels.  What’s up at the front lines with the pyro kings?
A few weeks ago, in our continuing …

How ‘Big Corn’ Lost the Ethanol Battle to Philadelphia Refiners
May 13, 2014 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Cesary Podkul and Jeff Mason  (Reuters)  Six months ago the U.S. oil industry scored a surprise win against farm groups when the Obama administration proposed slashing the amount of ethanol refiners must blend into …

Focus on Biofuels Is Key to Renewable Energy Success | Commentary
May 13, 2014 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Byron Dorgan (Roll Call) … But today, I’m concerned about the administration’s recent proposal that would put an end to the growth of this emerging American energy industry. The EPA proposal, if left unchanged, would …

Collaborative Growth Platform
May 13, 2014 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Guardian Energy intends to keep local ownership a viable part of the ethanol industry, building on the success of the Renewable Products Marketing Group, another collaborative effort of a …