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-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.
-Use a dedicated, self-reducing non-renewable carbon user fee to fund renewable energy R&D.
-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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Young Algaeneers Symposium June 14-16, 2012 Wageningen, The Netherlands
January 31, 2012 – 5:04 pm | No Comment
Young Algaeneers Symposium    June 14-16, 2012    Wageningen, The Netherlands

From June 14 to 16, 2012, the first edition of the Young Algaeneers Symposium will be organized in Wageningen, the Netherlands, to gather young scientists (PhD students and postdocs in their first 4 years), working …

2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit February 27-29 National Harbor, MD
January 31, 2012 – 4:49 pm | No Comment
2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit   February 27-29    National Harbor, MD

The event is designed to bring together key players from across the energy ecosystem – researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives, and government officials – to share ideas for developing and deploying the next generation of …

International Biodiesel Markets – Developments in Production and Trade
January 31, 2012 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  The global biodiesel market has shown an exponential growth in production and trade across the past decade. Nowadays, more biodiesel than ever before is sourced from abroad and procurement areas – especially of …

Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Woodfuels: A Joint Publication of FAO and IEA Bioenergy
January 31, 2012 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  As a potential substitute for fossil fuels, wood energy can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. FAO’s programme on wood energy promotes sustainable wood energy systems as a contribution to sustainable forest management, livelihoods …

Short Rotation Eucalypt Plantations for Energy in Brazil
January 31, 2012 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  Brazil has over 4 million hectares of eucalypt plantations. Within that estate some plantations are dedicated to the production of charcoal while in some areas multiple land use includes forestry and agricultural production. …

Quantifying Environmental Effects of Short Rotation Coppice on Biodiversity, Soil and Water
January 31, 2012 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)   This report was prepared as a joint effort by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, University of Rostock, Chalmers University of Technology, Georg-August University of Goettingen, University of …

Brazil to Breathe Life into Faded Cuban Sugar Sector
January 31, 2012 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Esteban Israel and Peter Murphy (Reuters Africa)  Brazilian builder Odebrecht plans to produce sugar in Cuba, the company said on Monday, as looser restrictions on foreign investment in the communist island raise hopes of a recovery in the once-booming …

Homeowners and Businesses Who Invest in Renewable Energy Could Get a Tax Break under Plan
January 31, 2012 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Mary Ellen Klas  (Miami Herald)  Legislators revive the debate over renewable energy in Florida with a Senate bill that promises tax credits for companies and homeowners.
…The bill, SB 7202, would allow for large companies, …

Canadian Ethanol Plant Will Operate ‘Off Grid’
January 31, 2012 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   A project to build an ethanol plant co-located with anaerobic digesters is in its final phase. Growing Power Hairy Hill L.P., a 40 MMly feed wheat ethanol plant …

Biodiesels Pollute More than Crude Oil, Leaked Data Show
January 31, 2012 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

(EurActiv)  Greenhouse gas emissions from biofuels such as palm oil, soybean and rapeseed are higher than those for fossil fuels when the effects of Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) are counted, according to leaked EU …

From Seaweed to Biofuels
January 31, 2012 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(Novozymes)  A new research collaboration between Novozymes and Sea6 Energy will explore enzymatic technology to produce fuel ethanol, fine chemicals, and protein from seaweed.
Novozymes, the world leader in bioinnovation, announced an exploratory research agreement with …

Value Creation, Value Unlocking, Value Add
January 31, 2012 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Companies creating opportunities in feedstocks are getting lots of love from investors, and giant downstream partners like BP and Shell.  What’s up in the new upstream?
…At the same time, investors …

Mediterranean Consortium Promotes Biodiesel Production
January 31, 2012 – 11:36 am | No Comment

(Cyprus Mail)  A consortium comprising 12 organisations from Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Lebanon and Egypt has been established to study the production of biodiesel from algae in selected Mediterranean countries.
The consortium is coordinated by the …

Policy Day at the Washington DC Auto Show
January 30, 2012 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On the day before the Washington DC Auto Show opens to the public, there is an event called Policy Day. Administration officials and high ranking auto company executives give …

What is Cellulosic Ethanol? The Future Fuel
January 30, 2012 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

(EcoGreen4US) … Cellulosic ethanol is produced from plant fibre which is widely available almost anywhere in the world. Today, producing cellulosic ethanol is not in a laboratory anymore. A number ofmanufacturing plants around the world have been producing cellulosic ethanol asalternative to diesel and gasoline orpetrol.
Some of the plant fibres which …

OriginOil Announces It Can Produce Algae Fuel In Existing Oil Refineries
January 30, 2012 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Demorro (Gas2) …But new research shows that our existing oil refineries could process crude algae oil, meaning most of the infrastructure is already in place.
OriginOil, a leader in algae fuel research, has announced …

Natural Gas vs. Energy Innovation
January 30, 2012 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Kate Bechen  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The production of ethanol is a complex, energy intensive process. Critics often cite the energy usage of ethanol plants and the wastes produced by the production of ethanol, especially …

Company Advocates for the Use of Biodiesel at Power Plants
January 30, 2012 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)   Alabama-based Clean Energy Pathways Inc. is working to help coal-fired utilities meet state and federal compliance standards by helping to identify methods to increase efficiency and produce a portion of …

CALL FOR PAPERS: World Clean Technology Summit September 26-28, 2012 Kampala, Uganda
January 30, 2012 – 1:57 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  World Clean Technology Summit    September 26-28, 2012   Kampala, Uganda

Every year, Pilot International continues to provide a Global Platform for Advancement of Innovations and Clean Technology for a Sustainable World.
The growth and success of our events is testament to Pilot Internationals’
determination to provide a …

World Clean Technology Summit September 26-28, 2012 Kampala, Uganda
January 30, 2012 – 1:54 pm | No Comment
World Clean Technology Summit    September 26-28, 2012   Kampala, Uganda

Every year, Pilot International continues to provide a Global Platform for Advancement of Innovations and Clean Technology for a Sustainable World.
The growth and success of our events is testament to Pilot Internationals’ determination to provide a …

‘Biofuels Beltway March’ March 27-28, 2012 Washington, DC
January 30, 2012 – 12:28 pm | No Comment
‘Biofuels Beltway March’   March 27-28, 2012    Washington, DC

The American Coalition for Ethanol confirmed the dates for its fourth annual “Biofuels Beltway March” in Washington, DC. ACE’s fly-in will be held Tuesday, March 27 and Wednesday, March 28, headquartered at the Washington Court …

Biomass 2012 July 10-11, 2012 Washington, DC
January 30, 2012 – 11:38 am | No Comment
Biomass 2012    July 10-11, 2012   Washington, DC

On July 10–11, 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Biomass Program will host its fifth annual conference, with Advanced Biofuels USA as a co-host.   Biomass 2012: Confronting Challenges, Creating Opportunities – Sustaining a Commitment to …

Australian Tree Offers Texas Growers Biofuel Alternative
January 30, 2012 – 10:15 am | No Comment

by Logan Hawkes (Southwest Farm Press)

Biodiesel is experiencing a historic surge worldwide.
Pongamiapinnata is becoming a popular oilseed choice for biofuel production and has captured the attention of U.S. growers.
Pongamia is one of the few nitrogen-fixing trees …

Butamax™ Refutes Unfounded Allegations of Infringement
January 30, 2012 – 10:01 am | No Comment

(Butamax)  Butamax(TM) Advanced Biofuels, LLC, the biobutanol technology leader, responded to the latest lawsuit filed by Gevo, Inc. related to isobutanol flash fermentation technology.
“Let us state emphatically, Butamax does not infringe the generic product separation …

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs – from Community Fuels
January 30, 2012 – 9:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  2.4 million man-years of employment – from replacing 10 percent of gasoline consumption with ethanol made from agricultural waste?  That’s the tale of the tape from the  “Moving Towards a …

Governments Key To Commercializing Biofuels
January 30, 2012 – 9:40 am | No Comment

by Graham Warwick (Aviation Week)  …But as 2012 progresses, industry is looking to governments to capitalize on the rapid technical progress made in approving bio-derived jet fuels by providing the funding support necessary to scale …

DuPont Works with Iowa State University on Residue Buildup
January 30, 2012 – 9:26 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  In order to discover better ways to harvest, store and transport corn residue, DuPont is working with Iowa State University to combat residue buildup.
If the residue buildup is able to be reduced then …

Outdoor Power Equipment Maker Kicks off Ethanol Awareness Effort
January 30, 2012 – 9:22 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Husqvarna, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of outdoor power equipment, has launched a new promotion focused on educating its customers about ethanol use in small engines. The Husqvarna …

Research, Process, Testing—Repeat: Is there a Science to Financing Science?
January 27, 2012 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Robert Bailey (Biorefinery Magazine/Trusted Advisory)  …As in any bold challenge to old thinking, the biofuels industry is running into resistance to funding. The Valley of Death is where concepts lie in finance limbo between proven …

Why a Government-Based Business Strategy is Tricky
January 27, 2012 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Biorefining Magazine)  Experts say it’s counterproductive, but biorefining firms continue on with government
The government is a tricky organization to work with. At least that’s what Pamela Serino, director for the quality and …

Aviation Must Tackle Its Environmental Impact Before It Can Be Allowed to Grow, Says UK’s Aviation Regulator
January 27, 2012 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  Although aviation is a key driver of growth, without tackling its global and local environmental impact, the industry will not be able to realise its economic potential, says the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). …

EPA Issues Notice of Data Availability Concerning Renewable Fuels Produced from Palm Oil Under the RFS Program
January 27, 2012 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  he U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) to release its lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) analysis of palm oil used as a feedstock to produce biodiesel and …

Bernie Sanders Pledges Legislation Ending ‘Absurdity’ of Federal Fossil Fuel Subsidies
January 27, 2012 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Mat McDermott  (TreeHugger)  We just learned, based on IEA calculations, if all fossil fuel subsidies were eliminated it would result in greenhouse gas emission cuts deep enough to get us halfway to preventing dangerous climate change. Indeed, …

Consumers Have More Options at the Pump
January 27, 2012 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Grebner  (Brownfield Ag News)   Fort Wayne, Ind. residents will have additional options when it comes to filling up their flex-fuel vehicles.  The flex-fuel pump – the first of its kind offers drivers the option for E85 or …

The Downside to America’s Fracking Frenzy
January 27, 2012 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by John Mathews (The Globalist)  …Today it is no longer evil oil companies riding roughshod over ranchers in Texas, but shale gas prospectors riding over communities’ rights wherever they drill — in the Antrim shale …

Gas Mileage, Brand Perception Dominate J.D. Powers ‘Avoidance’ Study
January 27, 2012 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

(MSN Autos)  New-vehicle buyers heavily influenced by a general feeling about a brand, but specific about fuel-efficiency ratings.
…Fuel efficiency, in fact, was found to be “the most influential reason for purchasing a particular vehicle model,” …

Microbubbles Provide New Boost for Biofuel Production
January 27, 2012 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert)  …Now, a team led by Professor Will Zimmerman in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Sheffield, believe they have solved the problem. They have developed an inexpensive way of …

Scots Whisky Biofuel Team Launch Start-Up
January 27, 2012 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

(Edinburgh Napier University)  A NEW company has been launched to commercialise a process for producing biofuel made from whisky by-products.

Celtic Renewables Ltd, a spin-out from Edinburgh Napier University’s Biofuel Research Centre, will initially focus on Scotland’s …

A New Era of Domestic Energy
January 27, 2012 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Mary Rosenthal (Biofuels Digest/Algal Biomass Organization)  …We need to change our approach. Below are three things the biofuels industry in general, and the algae industry in particular can do in 2012 to help accelerate …

2012 ABO Legislative Fly-in February 29-March 1 Washington, DC
January 27, 2012 – 11:51 am | No Comment
2012 ABO Legislative Fly-in   February 29-March 1   Washington, DC

ABO members who attend will be able to meet with their representatives in the 113th Congress and advocate for ABO’s legislative agenda. A legislative briefing on March 1st will feature key speakers from the Senate and …

The World’s Fastest Vehicle Fueled by Vegetable Oil Showcased at DC Auto Show
January 26, 2012 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak and Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Dave Schenker, founder and president of  the Greenspeed club came to the DC Auto Show to showcase the 1998 Chevy S-10 pickup, modified by Boise …

CAAFI Launches Path to Alternative Jet Fuel Readiness
January 26, 2012 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

(CAAFI)  The goal of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative® (CAAFI®) is to facilitate the development and deployment of alternative jet fuels that offer equivalent levels of safety and performance and compare favorably on cost …

Crash-Testing the Plug-In: Ford CEO Alan Mulally on the Pitfalls of His Company’s Newest Car.
January 26, 2012 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Lipman (The Daily Beast)  For more than three years, President Obama has been singing the praises of electric cars. He’s repeatedly called for 1 million plug-in and hybrid vehicles on the road by 2015. He’s …

Building a World Market from Scratch
January 26, 2012 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Alvaro Cordero  (Ethanol Producer Magazine/U.S. Grains Council)  From a barely recognized feed alternative 10 years ago, distillers dried grains with solubles continues to gain recognition and markets. DDGS is now widely recognized internationally, where …

Rolling into the Forage Market
January 26, 2012 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Cattlemen are increasingly turning to value-added distillers grains products from SweetPro Feeds
…Using the coproduct from ethanol production as a medium for vitamins, minerals, yeast and enzymes provides benefits that …

Plastics Cozy Up to Distillers Grains
January 26, 2012 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Can a Nebraska company process wet distillers grains into a biobased resin to replace conventional petroleum-based resins? Laurel BioComposite LLC says yes.
…The pilot plant started up the end of …

Mixing it Up: Combining Stover with Distillers Grains for Cattle Feed
January 26, 2012 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Corn stover has been used in small amounts as cattle feed for more than 100 years. Separately, distillers grains has grown in popularity as a cattle feed over the …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Support for a New Advanced Biofuel Production Facility in Oregon: Project will Create Jobs, Expand Production of Biofuels
January 26, 2012 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has approved a conditional commitment in the amount of $232.5 million to ZeaChem Boardman Biorefinery, LLC (ZBB) through the Biorefinery Assistance Program. ZBB …

French Biofuel Aid Helps Farmers, Costs Public: Study
January 26, 2012 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Gus Trompiz (Reuters)  French state support for crop-based biofuels has brought benefits for farming but also hidden costs for motorists who have ended up having to consume more fuel and pay higher prices, the …

South Africa Company to Invest E3bn in Local Ethanol Project
January 26, 2012 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Nomthandazo Nkambule  (The Swazi Observer)  A South African based company will invest about E3 billion in an ethanol project to be established along the Siphofaneni/Lavumisa corridor
Minister of Agriculture Clement Dlamini said the company, FuelEthanol and Agricultural Plantation, completed …

Cal Poly Partners with California Energy Commission to Launch Algae-Based Wastewater Treatment Plant
January 26, 2012 – 10:23 am | No Comment

(California Polytechnic State University)  Cal Poly faculty and students will demonstrate a new technology that uses algae to treat wastewater and produces biofuel as a byproduct. The system could be used at wastewater treatment facilities …

Return of the Pyromaniax
January 26, 2012 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …You just can’t turn your back for very long, around the Pyromaniax – the researchers around the world working on pyrolysis. Now, pyro comes in several flavors – fast pyrolysis, …

The Latest Victim of Shale Gas — Clean Energy Technology
January 25, 2012 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Steve LeVine (Foreign Policy/Oil And Glory)  In the new issue of Wired, Julie Eilperin writes that clean-technology investment is in the throes of going bust, at least in the United States. That includes solar, wind and biofuels.
…Citi …

Synenergy Limited LLC and Allard Energy, Inc. to Revolutionize Medium-Scale Distributed Ethanol Fuel Refineries
January 25, 2012 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Allard Energy, Inc.)  Synenergy Limited, LLC, a global green solutions provider, today announced their distributorship with Allard Energy, Inc. (formerly, Allard Research and Development LLC), a leading innovator for small to medium scale ethanol production. Allard …

Lignol Receives Approval of Four New Key Biorefining and Lignin Patent Application
January 25, 2012 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(Lignol)  Lignol Energy Corporation (TSXV: LEC), a leading technology company in advanced biofuels and renewable chemicals, today announced that it has received confirmation that four new patent applications have been approved, bringing the total number of approved patents …

Clean Cities Coalitions, Industry Partners Host Texas Workshops
January 25, 2012 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  Clean Cities coalitions in Texas have partnered with Renewable Energy Group Inc. and Omaha, Neb.-based wholesale biodiesel distributor Bosselman Energy to co-host four workshops in four different cities throughout the …

Soy Board Announces Outreach Initiatives to Support Biodiesel
January 25, 2012 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  The United Soybean Board recently announced it plans to deliver funds through its Green Ribbon Fairs reimbursement program encouraging fairs across the country to promote the use of soy-based products, …

United Arab Emirates School Buses to Fill up on Biodiesel Blends
January 25, 2012 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  A fleet of school buses in the United Arab Emirates will soon be fueled by a biodiesel blend. Lootah Biofuels, a fully owned subsidiary of S.S. Lootah Group, and School …

University of Washington Students to Design Ultra-Efficient Hybrid Powered by Biodiesel
January 25, 2012 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  …The latest iteration of the program, EcoCAR2, kicked off in mid-2011. A total of 16 teams were selected to participate in the current competition co-sponsored by General Motors Corp. Over …

Joule Unlimited, CPFD Software Win State Job Training Funds
January 25, 2012 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by  Megan Kamerick  (New Mexico Business Weekly)  …The JTIP board approved $263,542.58 for Joule Unlimited    to create 20 jobs. The company is building the first phase of its commercial plant in Hobbs on land owned by the state …

Retired Army General Calls Biofuels “Ammunition”
January 25, 2012 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  Like oil in World War II, U.S. Army Ret. General Paul J. Kern believes that biofuels are the “ammunition” for America today. …The main focus of the highly decorated retired army …

FAO Chief Biofuel Criticism ‘Misinformed,’ Industry Lobby Says
January 25, 2012 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by  Rudy Ruitenberg (Bloomberg Business Week)  Criticism of biofuels and their impact on commodity prices by the new director general of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization is “simplistic and misinformed,” an industry lobby said.
Higher …

Obama Calls for End to Oil Subsidies
January 25, 2012 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (   In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama voiced strong support for renewable energy and an end to oil subsidies.
“We have subsidized oil companies for a century. …

Branstad Disses WSJ
January 25, 2012 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

Gov. Terry Branstad is quick to counterattack against any and all of Iowa’s critics and on Tuesday he included the nation’s largest business newspaper in comments to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association annual meeting in …

SkyNRG Serves First Middle Eastern Airline Etihad Airways via Boeing “Fuel from the Factory” Option
January 25, 2012 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

(SkyNRG)  SkyNRG, the Amsterdam-based global market maker in sustainable jet fuel has supplied its first customer via a “fuel-from the factory ” option made possible with U.S. partners EPIC Aviation and Boeing.
Etihad Airways, the national …

Bills Aim to Help Establish Arizona as Algae-Farming Center
January 25, 2012 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Testa (Cronkite News)   Anticipating a day when Arizona becomes a leader in producing algae for biofuel, a Tucson lawmaker is pushing to have algae farms and related facilities defined — and taxed …

Maersk Tests SoladieselRD(R) in 6,500 Nautical Mile Commercial Voyage
January 25, 2012 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

(MarketWIre/Solazyme)  Solazyme, Inc., a renewable oil and bioproducts company, announced today that Maersk Line, one of the biggest shipping companies in the world, has completed the testing of Solazyme’s 100% algal derived renewable diesel as …

Cyprus Wants to Grow Tiny Algae and See if They Are a Good Biofuels Alternative to Diesel
January 25, 2012 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

(  Cyprus Agricultural Research Institute, a non-profit branch of the Agriculture Ministry, wants to grow tiny algae and see if they are a good biofuels alternative to diesel reports Cyprus Mail. …A solution seems to …

Pond Biofuels to Pilot Cement Absorption System
January 25, 2012 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

(Daily Commercial News)  Pond Biofuels is piloting a new carbon dioxide (CO2) absorption system at St. Marys Cement.
The new system will reduce greenhouse gases by absorbing dirty smokestack emissions to grow algae which can be …

Gevo Wins Key Patent, Sues Dupont, Butamax
January 25, 2012 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, Gevo has received a patent on its GIFT separation unit, addressing the separation technology used to produce propanols, butanols, pentanols, and hexanols.  The claims also address how ethanol plants …

And Now, a Word from Davos: “Moving towards a Next-Generation Ethanol Economy”.
January 25, 2012 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bloomberg New Energy Finance launched its report “Moving towards a next-generation ethanol economy”. Commissioned by Novozymes, the report estimates the socioeconomic prospects of deploying advanced biofuels in eight of the highest agricultural-producing …

“ALL-of-the-Above” Except Biofuels
January 25, 2012 – 9:37 am | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Here’s the President’s new energy policy. 
“This country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy – a strategy that’s cleaner, cheaper, and full …

Earthquakes, Water Pollution and Increased Greenhouse Gas Emissions? Fracking – Strike Number Three?
January 24, 2012 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by John Daly (  …While U.S. energy companies began fracking for gas in the late 1990s, there was a dramatic increase in 2005 after the administration of President  George W. Bush exempted fracking from regulations …

The Commercial Impacts of Biofuel Sustainability April 4, 2012 London, UK
January 24, 2012 – 12:59 pm | No Comment
The Commercial Impacts of Biofuel Sustainability    April 4, 2012  London, UK

Course objectives

How is “sustainability” determined?
Why does it matter from a business perspective?
Which issues (including policy and certification) do you need to understand?
What are the costs to a business and what are the market/sales advantages?

Designed for …

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo June 4-7, 2012 Minneapolis, MN DEADLINE February 10, 2012
January 24, 2012 – 12:44 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo   June 4-7, 2012  Minneapolis, MN    DEADLINE  February 10, 2012

Submit your presentation idea today! This is the year to present.
Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to reach thousands of ethanol industry decision makers. With 4 tracks, 30 panels, 130-plus speakers, 300-plus exhibits and an anticipated …

2012 Farm Bill Biomass/Biofuel Recommendations
January 24, 2012 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Retain Agricultural Land: Agricultural and forest lands are vulnerable to loss due to reduction of the dairy and pulp/paper industries and conversion to residential or commercial development.  They …

USDA Makes 2012 REAP Funding Available
January 24, 2012 – 10:40 am | No Comment

by Anna Austin (Biomass Power and Thermal Magazine)  The USDA announced Jan. 20 a Notice of Funding Availability for its Rural Energy for America Program, and is inviting agricultural producers and rural small businesses to …

Ethanol Group Makes Suggestions for State of the Union Speech
January 24, 2012 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  American ethanol production is creating jobs, energizing rural economies, reducing oil imports, and helping all consumers save money at the pump emphasized the Renewable Fuels Association today in a letter to …

Judge Denies Petition to Implement California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard
January 24, 2012 – 10:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill denied the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) motion to stay the decision he issued on December 29, 2011 that had halted the enforcement of …

Cepsa Useful Microalgae Grown to Produce Biodiesel
January 24, 2012 – 10:04 am | No Comment

(EuropaPress)  Research Center and the Department Cepsa Cepsa working since 2010 in a research project to evaluate the feasibility of using microalgae in obtaining useful fatty acids for the production of biodiesel.  READ MORE

Durham Scientists Study Plants for Biofuel Production
January 24, 2012 – 9:40 am | No Comment

by Whitney L.J. Howell  (NewsObserver)  …Inside its redesigned, sustainable lab space near the Durham Performing Arts Center, GrassRoots Biotechnology uses patented research methods to study plant genes.
The goal, said company co-founder Philip Benfey, is to …

Inverbio Project Starts Production of Ethanol from Sugar Cane
January 24, 2012 – 9:32 am | No Comment

(E-Consulta)  The Veracruz Institute of Bioenergetics (Inverbio) began work for the start of production of 2 000 hectares of sugar cane for bioethanol in the area known as La Brena, Tlalixcoyan Township, with the participation …

Robo-Copter Will Keep Tabs on Navy’s Biofuel Plants
January 24, 2012 – 9:26 am | No Comment

by Spencer Ackerman and Noah Shachtman (Wired)  The Navy is hoping to one day run a huge chunk of its fleet on biofuels. So the Navy’s advanced researchers — and their partners at the U.S. Department …

Texas Farmer Wades into ‘Feed versus Fuel’ Battle
January 24, 2012 – 9:18 am | No Comment

(National Corn Growers Association)  Ongoing media coverage on corn usage tends to sensationalize trends by pitting demand from the ethanol industry against that from livestock, but Corn Board member Wesley Spurlock, a Texas farmer, has …

Policies for Bioenergy in an Era of Austerity
January 24, 2012 – 9:08 am | No Comment

By Douglas L. Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)  What should be the priorities for federal government support for bioenergy, in an era of fiscal austerity and a broken consensus on energy policy?
My goal is develop interactively with …

POET, DSM Form Landmark Cellulosic Ethanol Joint Venture
January 24, 2012 – 8:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Two titans form a monster JV, starting out with a $250M investment.
…In Iowa, Poet has teamed with Dutch-based Royal DSM to create a 50/50 joint venture called Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels that will …

Low Carbon Fuel Standard: A Petroleum Marketer’s Perspective
January 23, 2012 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  California’s low carbon fuel standard is a hot topic at this week’s California Biodiesel & Renewable Diesel Conference in San Francisco. During a panel titled “California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard …

Von Wedel Discusses Biodiesel Fuel Quality Issues at California Show
January 23, 2012 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  Although the biodiesel industry is maturing, fuel quality is still a central issue. Randall von Wedel, principal biochemist with BioSolar Group and CytoCulture International Inc., closed the California Biodiesel & …

NBB’s Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians Training Program Earns ASE Accreditation
January 23, 2012 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by National Biodiesel Board (Biodiesel Magazine)  The National Biodiesel Board’s Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians training program has taken a huge leap forward in becoming the nation’s first Automotive Service Excellence accredited program for supplying biodiesel …

Global Pongamia World 2012 June 25-26 Jaipur, India
January 23, 2012 – 4:26 pm | No Comment
Global Pongamia World 2012   June 25-26  Jaipur, India

2 Day Pongamia State of Art International Workshop
Development of pongamia as a biofuel crop has largely been underway in India, at CJP where scientists have been assessing new crops to support sustainable rural development. There is significant …

Exploring New Feedstock Sources: Pongomia Shows Promise as New Oil Source
January 23, 2012 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  A legume tree native to tropical and temperate regions around the world is attracting attention as a potential new biodiesel feedstock. Pongamia Pinnata—also known as Millettia Pinnata—produces oil-rich seeds that …

Feedstock Flexibility: Key to Future Profitability?
January 23, 2012 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Pete Moss (Biodiesel Magazine/Frazier, Barnes & Associates)  …Refined soybean oil is more expensive than degummed. Tallow is more expensive than yellow grease and so on. But why is soybean oil more expensive when it …

A Critical Component
January 23, 2012 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  Choosing the most appropriate feedstock pretreatment method for a given facility can make or break plant economics
A wide variety of feedstock pretreatment materials and technologies is readily available in the …

Keeping Pace
January 23, 2012 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  Is there sufficient supply of feedstock to support the build-out of a 6 billion gallon biodiesel industry over the next decade?
…If the industry stands a chance competing with Big Oil …

Oilheat’s War of Attrition: Can Oilheat Compete with Natural Gas in the Northeast?
January 23, 2012 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine) … Northeasterners will be cozying up to heat that primarily comes in one of two forms—heating oil or natural gas—and the competition behind the scenes between the companies supplying those …

Algae: The Cornerstone Feedstock
January 23, 2012 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Riggs Eckelberry (Algae Industry Magazine)  If only there were enough algae to meet the demand. Algae is highly productive, soaks up toxins and CO2, and can be grown without impacting food or fresh water …

Nuffield Council and Bioethics Publishes Biofuels Teaching Resources
January 23, 2012 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has published a set of teaching resources based on its report Biofuels: ethical issues. The resources introduce students to the advantages and disadvantages of different types of biofuels, and include …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2nd International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts June 10-13, 2012 San Diego, CA DEADLINE: February 24, 2012
January 23, 2012 – 1:07 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  2nd International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts   June 10-13, 2012     San Diego, CA   DEADLINE:  February 24, 2012

The 2nd International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts provides a new level of direct interaction between the leaders in the scientific field, the strategic partners and the attending delegates. Emphasis will be placed …

2nd International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts June 10-13, 2012 San Diego, CA
January 23, 2012 – 1:04 pm | No Comment
2nd International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts    June 10-13, 2012    San Diego, CA

The 2nd International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts provides a new level of direct interaction between the leaders in the scientific field, the strategic partners and the attending delegates. Emphasis will be placed …

Embrapa Will Charge Less Than Monsanto for Modified Sugar Cane
January 23, 2012 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Stephan Nielsen (Bloomberg)  Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuaria, Brazil’s state-owned agricultural research agency, plans to charge less than major seed companies including Monsanto Co. (MON), Bayer AG (BAYN) and Syngenta AG (SYNN) when it begins selling sugar cane that’s genetically …