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Ohio Project Receives $4 Million for Algae Research
September 14, 2012 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Jon Strunk reports that over the last two months, University of Toledo (UT) researchers have won $4 million in nationally competitive awards from the federal government to explore ways society can benefit …

Heineman Declares September as Renewable Fuels Month at Husker Harvest Days
September 14, 2012 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Robert Pore (The Independent)  During the last 25 years, Nebraska has seen its ethanol industry develop into the nation’s second-biggest producer at 2 billion gallons a year from 24 ethanol plants.
Gov. Dave Heineman declared …

Fall Fuel Change Brings New Opportunities for E15
September 14, 2012 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Sept. 15 marks the expiration date for the U.S. EPA’s summer volatility restriction for gasolines. The EPA’s prior E15 approval included a summer vapor pressure restriction to 9 …

Enzymatic Digestibility of Corn Stover Fractions in Response to Fungal Pretreatment
September 14, 2012 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Zhifang Cui, Caixia Wan, Jian Shi, Robert W. Sykes, and Yebo Li (Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research)  Corn stover fractions (leaves, cobs, and stalks) were studied for enzymatic digestibility after pretreatment with a white rot fungus, Ceriporiopsis subvermispora. Among the three …

The Lowdown on Methanol and Dimethyl Ester as Advanced Biofuels
September 14, 2012 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Biofuels Digest/Energy Trends Insider)  …Methanol is cheap to produce and has been tested extensively as a gasoline replacement. It is the simplest alcohol and one of the world’s most widely used commodity chemicals. …

Er, Did the EU Really Just Abandon Biofuels?
September 14, 2012 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As reported elsewhere in the Digest today and throughout this week, In Brussels, a draft proposal is under consideration in the EU to eliminate food-crop subsidies for biofuels production by …

Final CAFE-GHG Rule Impedes Biofuel Development and Use
September 14, 2012 – 10:40 am | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  The nearly 2,000-page final rule establishing federal corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for light duty vehicles, beginning with the 2017 model year, are, undoubtedly, ambitious, even historical. A call …

Jet Green: Airlines’ Need for Cheap, Plentiful Biofuel Is Forcing the Industry to Scale up
September 14, 2012 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Tim Newcomb (Time Business)  At an August meeting in Washington, 17 countries, including the U.S., reaffirmed the aviation industry’s goal of achieving carbon-neutral growth by 2020. It was the most ambitious effort yet to address …

Biofuels Supporters Buoyed after Meetings with Lawmakers
September 14, 2012 – 10:00 am | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill/E2Wire)  …Tom Buis, the CEO of biofuels industry group Growth Energy, said the “170-some appointments” biofuels proponents held Monday through Wednesday assured him of bipartisan and administration commitment to the renewable …

Speak My Language: The Simple Facts about Renewable Energy and How to Use Them September 19, 2012 Webinar
September 14, 2012 – 9:23 am | No Comment
Speak My Language:  The Simple Facts about Renewable Energy and How to Use Them  September 19, 2012    Webinar

In the modern media age, it sometimes seems that every debate is reduced to slogans and marketing campaigns.  Thus, we hear about “clean coal technology,” “clean-burning natural gas” and the construction of pipelines from Canada …

Fueling California Releases First of its Kind Comprehensive Issue Brief on California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)
September 13, 2012 – 8:59 pm | No Comment

(Fueling California)  Issue brief reviews and highlights, the best and most current research and analysis on all viewpoints of the LCFS
Fueling California  released “A Comprehensive Analysis of Current Research and Outlook for the Future,” a …

Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (ACIB) Develops Advanced Biofuels without Food Use
September 13, 2012 – 8:04 pm | No Comment

(  …Biofuels of the 2nd generation are made of agricultural waste – from wood chips, straw or specially cultivated “energy crops”. The Austrian competence centre acib (Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology) has found ways to …

Researchers Win Grant to Assess Impact of Bioenergy Projects
September 13, 2012 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A team of researchers will spend the next five years assessing the social, economic and ecological impacts of bioenergy projects happening in Michigan, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Led by …

Arizona State University Lands $15M DOE Grant for Algae Test Bed Project
September 13, 2012 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Patrick O’Grady  (Phoenix Business Journal)  Arizona State University will lead a consortium of public and private groups on a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy that will examine test beds for algae research.
The grant, …

New App Provides Green Fuel Map for the U.S.
September 13, 2012 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

by Antonio Pasolini  (Gizmag)  Switching to a vehicle running on alternative fuel presents a clear challenge – where do you fill it up? Designed by Leonardo Academy, Cleaner and Greener Fuels is a free app …

Middle River Teen Wins Minn. Statewide Biodiesel Essay Contest
September 13, 2012 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(American Lung Association/Biodiesel Magazine)  Morgan Dahl, a 2012 graduate of Greenbush-Middle River High School, has been named as the first place finisher of the Reuben Youngerberg Memorial Biodiesel Essay Scholarship, an annual scholarship open to …

Airbus Announces Chinese Partnership, Opens Student Competition
September 13, 2012 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  Airbus recently announced a partnership with China-based Tsinghua University to complete a sustainability analysis of potential biojet feedstocks in China and to determine the most effective ways to support the …

Vilsack, Mabus Highlight Navy Energy Independence in Norfolk, Va.
September 13, 2012 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

(Biodiesel Magazine/USDA)  US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Energy for Navy Tom Hicks toured the USS Monterey (CG 61) at the Naval Station Norfolk (Va.) on Saturday, Sept. 8, and …

RFS Waiver Comment Period Extended
September 13, 2012 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a 15 day extension of the comment period on the requests for a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), who filed for …

Dyson Racing to Run Flybrid KERS Hybrid System
September 13, 2012 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

(Dyson Racing)  The corollaries that racing is always pushing the boundaries of technology and Dyson Racing never stands still meet this weekend at the American Le Mans Series VIR 240.  The defending series champions will …

World First: A DEINOVE Bacteria Transforms Biomass Into 2nd Generation Bioethanol
September 13, 2012 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/DEINOVE)   This breakthrough using Deinococcus could be the solution to a global issue: replacing fossil fuel with a fuel from nonfood biomass
announced that its R&D team and its partners in the DEINOL program …

Australia Defines Best Algae Cultivation Locations
September 13, 2012 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Scientists have identified a number of Western Australia (WA) sites capable of producing large quantities of commercial biofuel from microalgae. They say the best sites for big-scale algal biofuel plants include stretches …

OEM Support for B20 Reaches All-Time High
September 13, 2012 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  2012 is proving to be another big year for biodiesel in a number of ways, but possibly one of the most exciting areas of growth has been the number of original …

Solving a Great Biodiesel Mystery
September 13, 2012 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) The best researchers scratch their heads at rare, isolated cases of storage tank filter clogging with biodiesel blends
The introduction of ultra-low sulfur fuel for on-road diesel in 2006-’07 brought unexpected consequences …

EPA’s Jackson Pressed on Four-Gallon-Minimum Mandate of Ethanol Blend
September 13, 2012 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

(PJ Tatler)  Republicans on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee are going after the EPA’s recent decision to mandate consumers purchase at least four gallons of fuel from blender pumps that dispense both E15 …

S&T Microbiologist Patents Process that Could Improve Biofuel Production
September 13, 2012 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

(Missouri University of Science & Technology)  Biofuel production can be an expensive process that requires considerable use of fossil fuels, but a Missouri University of Science and Technology microbiologist’s patented process could reduce the cost …

Advanced Biofuels in US, Canada to Surge to 1.6-2.6 Billion Gallons by 2015 amidst Domestic Manufacturing Comeback
September 13, 2012 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  New downloadable reports from Environmental Entrepreneurs and PriceWaterhouseCoopers detail strong advances in advanced biofuels, chemicals, wood, plastic and rubber sectors.
In California, Environmental Entrepreneurs has just released its annual survey of …

Food vs Fuel: Can We Get it Off the Table?
September 13, 2012 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by  Robert Vierhout (Ethanol Producer Magazine/EPURE)  …If a magazine like the Economist is writing that the U.S.A. uses 40 percent of its corn for the production of biodiesel (yes, he said biodiesel), you wonder if the …

The Industry’s Stake in this Election
September 13, 2012 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol)  …What we have going for us is that ethanol has a compelling story to tell. We can and should go on offense. The RFS costs taxpayers …

Citgo Proposes Biodiesel Tank Construction
September 13, 2012 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Joseph Markman)  (Braintree Patch)  The Braintree Planning Board continued Citgo’s request for construction of a 270,000-gallon tank until its November meeting
Under a proposal before the Planning Board, Citgo would build a new steel tank at its …

RFA Says Ethanol is Not to Blame for Diesel Fuel Corrosion Incidents
September 13, 2012 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Kristy Moore (Renewable Fuels Association)  Over the past 5 years, the RFA has been closely following the oil industry’s investigation into a recent rash of corrosion incidents in storage and handling equipment for Ultra …

Market Speculators, Oil Drive High Food Prices
September 13, 2012 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. drought, disastrous as it is, does not signal Armageddon for food prices, biofuels and the poor. First, one needs to understand that the main drivers behind rising …

Fears of Global Food Price Crisis Recede
September 13, 2012 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Nigel Hunt and Veronica Brown (Reuters)    * USDA report paints less severe corn crop picture than feared
* FAO says situation seems comfortable
* Analysts still wary on prices as U.S. corn harvest in early stages
The …

France Seeks Biofuels Pause in Global Food Strategy
September 13, 2012 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Pineau and Sybille de La Hamaide  (Reuters) * France pushes for worldwide pause in biofuel growth
* Biofuels push joins Hollande’s call for strategic food stockpile
* France says will mobilise G20 for better farm coordination
A French plan …

Ethanol Latin America December 3-5, 2012 Piura, Peru
September 13, 2012 – 3:14 pm | No Comment
Ethanol Latin America   December 3-5, 2012   Piura, Peru

F.O. Licht’s Ethanol Latin America 2012 provides a unique opportunity to meet, network and do business with decision-makers from the Latin American region and beyond.
At this event you will be able to:

Identify production growth opportunities within …

Council of Energy Resource Tribes-BioJet-Tartoosh Biofuel/Bioenergy Project Ready for Takeoff
September 13, 2012 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

(BioJet)  The Council of Energy Resource Tribes (CERT) today announced the execution of the long-term Development Agreement enabling the 10-15 year major biofuel/bioenergy project between CERT, BioJet, and Tartoosh Environmental. The project, tagged “Thunderbird”, is a multifeedstock, multi-technology …

Advanced Biofuels Companies Showcase Progress
September 13, 2012 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Colleen Lerro  (BIO)  Wednesday at the National Press Club, several advanced biofuels companies joined BIO to showcase the progress the industry has made in recent years.
U.S. companies have worked to rapidly scale up advanced …

The Biobased A List: Biobased Cookstoves and the Himalayas
September 12, 2012 – 9:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biobased Digest)  …In Nepal, the Himalayan Stove Project — a US-based charity— is distributing free, clean-burning, highly efficient cookstoves in the Trans-Himalayan region. These stoves burn biomass fuel – typically wood or …

The U.S. Military’s Great Green Gamble Spurs Biofuel Startups
September 12, 2012 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Todd Woody (Forbes Magazine)  …Funded with $85 million from Bill Gates and other investors – plus $104 million in government cash and loan guarantees – the world’s only commercial outdoor algal biorefinery went online this summer …

Joule Commissions First SunSprings Plant to Demonstrate Commercial Readiness for Solar Fuels
September 12, 2012 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, Joule announced the commissioning of its first SunSprings demonstration plant in Hobbs, New Mexico, where the company will prove its scalable platform for solar fuel production – the …

Renewable Biogas: Next RFS Darling or Marginal Fuel?
September 12, 2012 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Mackinnon Lawrence (Biofuels Digest/Pike Research)  …The Toilet Bike, though, brings to light questions around the broader potential for biogas as a renewable transportation fuel, an application that has been gaining increased attention in recent years. …

Alaska Air Group Issues First Comprehensive Corporate Sustainability Report
September 12, 2012 – 8:53 am | No Comment

(MarketWatch/Alaska Air)  …Key highlights of the report include:
Alaska and Horizon improved their fuel efficiency, resulting in 30 percent less carbon emissions in the environment (measured by flying one passenger one mile). These reductions were accomplished …

BIO International Convention April 22-25, 2013 Chicago, IL
September 11, 2012 – 4:35 pm | No Comment
BIO International Convention April 22-25, 2013 Chicago, IL

Thousands of companies from around the world and all industry segments will be at BIO, ready to build strategic partnerships. Attend the Global Event for Biotechnology and you will reap the benefits of an efficient four …

Call for Presentations: BIO International Convention April 22-25, 2013 Chicago, IL DEADLINE: September 27, 2012
September 11, 2012 – 12:13 pm | No Comment
Call for Presentations: BIO International Convention  April 22-25, 2013   Chicago, IL  DEADLINE: September 27, 2012

The 2013 BIO International Convention program will feature more than 100 breakout sessions in 13 specialty tracks covering a wide variety of topics relevant to the biotechnology industry including healthcare, environmental issues, food and agriculture, …

Ethanol Mandate Waiver: Decks Stacked Against Petitioners
September 11, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Marlo Lewis (  The Governors of Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico, and North Carolina have petitioned EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to waive the mandatory ethanol blending requirements established by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The petitioners hope thereby to lower and stabilize corn prices, which recently hit record …

Ethanol and the Journalism It Attracts
September 11, 2012 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Terry Daynard  (The Record)   Opinion pieces about fuel ethanol have been popular among national journalists this summer, most seem written quickly and researched poorly.
The one published recently by news services columnist Carol Goar …

Linn Co-op to Get Boost with E15 Sales
September 11, 2012 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(The Gazette)  The Linn Co-op Oil Co. in Marion will get a big helping of promotional support next week as it becomes one of the first Iowa fuel retailers to offer E15 for mainstream vehicles.
The Iowa Renewable Fuels …

Brazil to Demand More Fuel Efficient Cars -Sources
September 11, 2012 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Jeferson Ribeiro (Reuters)  *Brazil to announce rules in coming weeks -gov’t sources
* Carmakers need more fuel efficiency to keep tax discount
* New standards should boost investment in engine plants
Brazil will demand that carmakers improve …

Exclusive: EU to Limit Use of Crop-Based Biofuels – Draft Law
September 11, 2012 – 10:47 am | No Comment

(Reuters) The European Union will impose a limit on the use of crop-based biofuels over fears they are less climate-friendly than initially thought and compete with food production, draft EU legislation seen by Reuters showed.
The …

Farm Waste Biofuels Plant LS9 Starts Production
September 11, 2012 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Paul Brinkman (South Florida Business Journal)  Officials at LS9, a new biofuel plant in Okeechobee, said Monday it completed its first production run of fatty alcohols, which are used in detergents.
The San Francisco-based company …

Clean Tech R&D Funding for Small Business: NextGen Biofuels Fund Call for Proposals
September 11, 2012 – 10:13 am | No Comment

(MentorWorks)  Due to a decrease in emerging technologies there is a great barrier to market entry for many Canadian entrepreneurs, especially innovators that develop sustainable technologies. The NextGen Biofuels Fund program incorporates the same fundamental principles as …

Aquadudes: 15 Saltwater-Based Energy Technologies Here to Save the Day
September 11, 2012 – 10:04 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Take the conflict over drilling for oil on federal lands in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. If you drilled the provable oil reserve in the entire federal ANWR and …

1st Florida Department of Environmental Protection Permit for Treatment of Biofuels
September 11, 2012 – 9:22 am | No Comment

(PRLog/Clark Environmental, Inc) Clark Environmental, Inc., announced today it has received the first Florida Department of Environmental Protection permit to Thermally Treat Liquid Biofuel Contaminated Soils.  This permit enables Clark Environmental to remediate soils contaminated with …

Biofuel Company To Test Algae-to-Fuel Pilot Plant at Forsite Development’s ReVenture Industrial Park
September 11, 2012 – 9:00 am | No Comment

(CoStar Research)  South Carolina Firm To Test Commercial Viability of Algae-based Biofuel Process at Former Textile Dye-Manufacturing Site
Later this month if all goes as planned, Renewed World Energies (RWE), an alternative energy development company based …

ICM: Why We Must Keep the Renewable Fuel Standard
September 10, 2012 – 9:14 pm | No Comment

by Dave Vander Griend (ICM/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  I was disappointed to read the Aug. 24Wichita Eagle editorial titled “End Ethanol Mandate.” It was important for us to provide factual information instead of misinformation.
First, the U.S. ethanol industry …

Online Course: Introduction to Biofuels
September 10, 2012 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: Agrow Knowledge-The national resource center for agriscience & technology education
Type: basic: Overview/ Introduction course
Course: Introduction to Biofuels 
Course description:
AgrowKnowledge has been expanding its collections of materials available to educators by producing high quality …

Online Course: Biofuels – Biomass Pretreatment Technologies
September 10, 2012 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: Technology ED- continuing education for scientists and engineers 
Type: basic: Overview/ Part of Certificate Program (CP)
Course: Biofuels- Biomass Pretreatment Technologies
Course description:   Lignocellulosic materials provide a raw material source for biofuel conversion and …

Online Course: Biofuels – Algae Biofuel
September 10, 2012 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: Technology ED- continuing education for scientists and engineers 
Type: basic: Overview/ Part of Certificate Program (CP)
Course: Biofuels- Algae Biofuel
Course description:  Fuel derived from renewable resources present an attractive alternative to petroleum, with benefits …

US Department of Energy Biomass Program Overview Slide Presentation Posted
September 10, 2012 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

The US Department of Energy, EERE  Biomass Program posted an updated version of its Program Overview presentation. This presentation is an interactive walk through of the Program’s vision of advancing the biofuels and bioproducts industry, …

Online Course: Biofuels- Cellulose Ethanol
September 10, 2012 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: Technology ED- continuing education for scientists and engineers 
Type: basic: Overview/ Part of Certificate Program (CP)
Course: Biofuels- Cellulose Ethanol
Course description:  Fuel derived from renewable resources present an attractive alternative to petroleum, with benefits …

Online Course: Biofuels – An Introduction
September 10, 2012 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: Technology ED – continuing education for scientists and engineers 
Type: basic: Overview/ Part of Certificate Program (CP) 
Course: Biofuels- An Introduction
Course description:   Fuel derived from renewable resources present an attractive alternative to petroleum, …

Online Course: Biofuel Production Operations
September 10, 2012 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: ed2go, Cengage Learning 
Type: basic: Overview/technical Course 
Course: Biofuel Production Operations
Course description:   The Biofuel Production Operations Online Training Program will give you the education you need to begin an exciting career in biofuel …

Online Course: Process Safety Management for the Biofuel Industry Biofuels
September 10, 2012 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: California State University East bay -continuing education
Type: Technical/ Part of Certificate Program (CP)/ Online Green Professional Development
Course: Process Safety Management for the Biofuel Industry Biofuels
Course description:   In 2009, the United States …

Online Course: Introduction to Sustainable Energy
September 10, 2012 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: Massachusetts Institute of Technology-OpenCourseWare
Type: Overview/survey course – publication of the course materials that support the dynamic classroom interactions of an MIT education.
Course: Introduction to Sustainable Energy
Instructors: Prof. Michael Golay, Randall Field, Prof. …

Online Course: Fueling Sustainability: Engineering Microbial Systems for Biofuel Production
September 10, 2012 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

Name of Provider: Massachusetts Institute of Technology-OpenCourseWare
Type: Overview/survey course – publication of the course materials that support the dynamic classroom interactions of an MIT education. 
Course: Fueling Sustainability: Engineering Microbial Systems for Biofuel Production
Instructor: Dr. Michelle …

Student Makes Fuel From Algae
September 10, 2012 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jennifer Marino Walters (Scholastic News)  A Minnesota teen has discovered a way to power trucks and cars with algae
Sixteen-year-old Josh Wolf spends up to 40 hours each week in a portable garage behind his family’s …

Advanced Biofuels Pioneer Terrabon Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: One-off or Trend?
September 10, 2012 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Closely-watched green gasoline producer collapses as Waste Management declines next financing round.  What does it mean for companies like Fulcrum Bioenergy, Enerkem, Agilyx, Agnion, Renmatix, Genomatica, and InEnTec? The Digest …

It’s Time to Get Serious about Science
September 10, 2012 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Cooper and Alan I. Leshner (The Washington Post) Op Ed:  Some policymakers, including certain senators and members of Congress, cannot resist ridiculing any research project with an unusual title. Their press releases are …

Biogas Boom in Germany Leads to Modern-Day Land Grab
September 10, 2012 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Nils Klawitter (Der Spiegel)  Creating energy from corn once seemed like a revolutionary idea in Germany. But subsidies for the biogas industry have led to entire regions of the country being covered by the …

The Zymobile—a 2011 Dodge Charger Flex-Fuel Vehicle (FFV)
September 7, 2012 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  The Zymobile—a 2011 Dodge Charger flex-fuel vehicle (FFV)—is owned and operated by Novozymes, the leading provider of enzymes used to make biofuels.
Capable of running on an 85-percent ethanol blend, the …

South Valley Ethanol Puts Call out for Sorghum
September 7, 2012 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by John Lindt (The Business Journal)  The Valley’s only ethanol production plant is encouraging local farmers to plant grain sorghum next spring, promising to buy the grain to make ethanol instead of using Midwestern corn.
“We …

Westborough I-90 Service Plaza Gets E85 Flex Fueling Pump
September 7, 2012 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Brian Benson (Metro West Daily News)  Service plazas along Interstate 90 in Westborough and Charlton now feature the first E85 Flex Fueling stations on the Massachusetts Turnpike, the state Department of Transportation announced….
Transportation Secretary and …

Asheville Restaurants to Recycle with Local Biofuels Producers under New Certification
September 7, 2012 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  Restaurants in Asheville, N.C., are now required to recycle their used cooking oil through local biofuels producers in order to receive Green Restaurant Association (GRA) certification. The GRA is a …

Energy from Plants: Grass May Grow into Fuel of the Future
September 7, 2012 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by John Ramsey (Fayetteville Observer)  The grass grows as tall as two men and thick as a jungle.
This, farmers across the Cape Fear region keep hearing, is the future of ethanol. The giant miscanthus is …

The Fearless Emergency of Now
September 7, 2012 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Todd Atkinson  ( US Department of Agriculture  Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service/Biomass Magazine)  Since the 20th century, scientists have worked to cure cancer. They have yet to succeed.
Many researchers develop hypotheses that end in disappointment, with …

The Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico Shrinks; Will Perennial Biomass Crops Help Keep It That Way?
September 7, 2012 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  With an extreme drought across the nation’s agricultural heartland, Mother Nature has been able to accomplish in one extremely dry summer what conservationists have been trying to do for decades: …

Triangle Company Helping Turn Trash into Fuel
September 7, 2012 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Kerstin Nordstrom (News Observer)   …A Triangle-based company has now come up with a way to turn that trash into treasure. Well, fuel.
The secret is using enzymes. Novozymes, a company with its North American …

Food Crises and Technological Phobia
September 7, 2012 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Drew Kershen (BioFortified)  …I do not write to enter the debate focused on fuel standards, markets and commodity speculators.   I acknowledge that other factors also contribute to food crises, particularly in developing nations – …

tcbiomass2013 September 3-6 Chicago, IL
September 7, 2012 – 4:08 pm | No Comment
tcbiomass2013   September 3-6   Chicago, IL

Gas Technology Institute is pleased to announce tcbiomass2013, the International Conference on Thermochemical Biomass Conversion Science. Mark your calendars for Chicago from 3-6 September 2013 and plan to connect with many of the world’s leading …

Advanced Biofuels, a Transformative Industry
September 7, 2012 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Bruce C. Folkedahl (Biomass Magazine/Energy & Environmental Research Center) As part of the ongoing research at the Energy & Environmental Research Center, we have been developing a catalytic pathway to convert ethanol or mixtures of …

Bioethanol or Biodiesel: Europe Hesitates over Indirect Impact of Green Fuel
September 7, 2012 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Bowden (Renewable Energy World)  For years Europe has encouraged motorists to use diesel over petrol in its efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions. Now, as the focus switches to introducing renewable fuels, it …

Trash-to-Ethanol Saga Marked by Constant Change, Missed Deadlines
September 7, 2012 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Marc Chase (Northwest Indiana Times)  With new owners possibly on the horizon for the proposed Schneider trash-to-ethanol plant, some Lake County waste officials say it is the perpetuation of a four-year-old game of musical …

Corn Growers Tout Ethanol Production Benefits
September 7, 2012 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Jenni Grubbs (The Fort Morgan Times)  …While most vehicles’ engines cannot run on straight or even large percentages of ethanol, some of it is added to gasoline to add more oxygen, which helps the …

BP Biofuels Targets Gulf Coast for Energy Crop Production
September 7, 2012 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Biomass Magazine)  A new research effort by BP Biofuels has reaffirmed the energy giant’s role in the Gulf Coast region’s economic health. Through a three-year project, BP Biofuels will work with Texas …

In Race to Algae Fuel, Sapphire Scores Point for Open Ponds
September 7, 2012 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

Martin Lamonica  (MIT Technology Review)  Sapphire Energy has started operation of its demonstration-scale algae farm, a project which perhaps brings more clarity to an industry debate over the best way to grow algae.
The San Diego-based …

Algae Industry Could Create Pilbara Jobs
September 7, 2012 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(ABC News)  The State Government says the development of an algae aquaculture industry in the Pilbara has the potential to create new jobs outside the resources sector.
It has released a report explaining how the region …

5th International Environmentally Friendly Vehicle Conference September 10-12, 2012 Baltimore, MD
September 7, 2012 – 1:44 pm | No Comment
5th International Environmentally Friendly Vehicle Conference      September 10-12, 2012   Baltimore, MD

Hosted in the United States for the first time, the fifth summit of the International Environmentally Friendly Vehicle Conference offers a unique opportunity to showcase progress and innovation in transportation.  This conference will bring together …

Immature Switchgrass Could Help Cellulosic Ethanol Industry
September 7, 2012 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (US Department of Agriculture Agriculture Research Service)  A gene that keeps switchgrass forever young could have far-reaching implications for the development of the plant as a biofuel crop, according to U.S. Department of …

Ethanol Plant Coming to Whitley County
September 7, 2012 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

(WYMT-TV)  Pikeville-based Patriot Bioenergy Corporation has announced it will construct an ethanol plant in Whitley County, creating more than one hundred jobs.
For years now, ethanol has been used as an additive in gasoline to help …

UN: No Evidence of New Food Price Crisis
September 7, 2012 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(ABC News)  Prices of basic foods remained flat in August, offering assurances that a repeat of the global food price crisis that sparked rioting several years ago is unlikely, U.N. food agency officials said Thursday.
While …

Ethanol to Reduce Global GHGs Emissions By 100 Million Tonnes in 2012
September 7, 2012 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance)  As the world gathers at the Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change in Hanoi, Vietnam, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) released its annual Green House Gas (GHG) …

Kiverdi Receives Energy Commission Funding for Its Pioneering Carbon Conversion Platform
September 7, 2012 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(Kiverdi)  Kiverdi, Inc., a privately held, advanced sustainable oil and chemicals company, was awarded a $747,126 grant from the California Energy Commission’s Research, Demonstration, and Development program for its efforts to develop beneficial uses of …

World Energy and Hydro Dynamics Team up to Promote SPR Cavitation Reactor Technology
September 7, 2012 – 10:46 am | No Comment

(Hydro Dynamics)  – Hydro Dynamics, Inc., makers of innovative ShockWave Power Reactor (SPR) technology and longtime biodiesel industry leader World Energy, through its WMG Services, LLC business unit, announced today that the companies have teamed up to expand …

The Trash Spread: Enerkem Heads for Scale, with Advanced Biofuels from MSW
September 7, 2012 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Breakthroughs in making consistent syngas from negative-cost municipal solid waste spells “big prospects” for Enerkem in biobased fuels and chemicals.
In oil we have the crack spread, corn ethanol and soy-based …

UFOP Questions Science of Recent GHG Study on Rapeseed Biodiesel
September 6, 2012 – 9:10 pm | No Comment

by Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e.V. (UFOP) (Biodiesel Magazine)  Experts from the Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e.V. (UFOP) question the scientific quality of the recent study, “Uncertainties about the GHG …

Researchers Develop One-Step Algae Harvesting, FAME Conversion
September 6, 2012 – 8:54 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin have developed a proof-of-concept design to harvest, dewater and convert the dried algae to biodiesel in a one-step process using resins.
In a …

PTT Pins Hopes on Algae-Based Biofuel
September 6, 2012 – 8:51 pm | No Comment

(Bangkok Post)  National oil conglomerate PTT Plc expects algae-based biofuel will be commercially viable by 2017 at the price of US$150 per barrel, says chief executive Pailin Chuchottaworn.
Within that date algae-based petrol could be able …

California Clean Fuel Standard Poised to Drive Growth in Biofuels Industry
September 6, 2012 – 8:38 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire)  E2 Report: Biofuel industry well positioned to meet demand under California standard
Despite a challenging year, the advanced biofuels industry continues to grow, according to a new report from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). Biofuel production capacity has …

Ethanol Production to Reduce GHG Emissions by 100 Million Tonnes
September 6, 2012 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(New Energy World Network)  Global ethanol production will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 100 million tonnes in 2012, a report by The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) has found.
…Bliss Baker, spokesperson for the GRFA, said, ‘This …

Analysis: U.S. Bankers Say, Love or Hate It, Ethanol Here to Stay
September 6, 2012 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Christine Stebbins  (Reuters) …”Ethanol demand is the linchpin of the current pricing model that we have,” said Michael Swanson, agricultural economist at Wells Fargo, the largest commercial bank lender to U.S. farmers. “It’s a …