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California Energy Commission Awards $35M for Alternative Fuels Development
June 4, 2012 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, the state Energy Commission today unanimously approved funding of $35,031,310 to projectsthat will accelerate the development of green fuels and technology in California. The awards are provided through the …

A Tale of Two Energy Cities
June 4, 2012 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A major plant opening by Novozymes in Nebraska and a project announcement from ExxonMobil in Texas, highlight the opportunities and challenges for industrial biotechnology
…In Blair, Cargill’s corn-based, wet mill ethanol …

DE-FOA-0000719: Innovative Biosynthetic Pathways to Advanced Biofuels
June 4, 2012 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Biomass Program has recently developed Critical Technology Goals (CTG) related to a) converting biomass into processable sugars or other fractionation products and b) upgrading those processable sugars or biomass fractions …

Government of Canada Announces Three New Research Networks Focusing on Elderly Care, Biofuels and Marine Environment
June 4, 2012 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

(MarketWatch)  New research networks will advance the care available to elderly patients, boost the production of sustainable biofuels and improve our ability to respond to marine emergencies or environmental changes. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister …

Yecch, Ptooey! The 13 Oddest and Strangest Biofuels Feedstocks
June 4, 2012 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Most of the stories we write at the Digest on the subject of biofuels feedstocks fall into the well-established realms of normal. But every once in  a while, a feedstock …

Students Research, Advance Alternative Fuels
June 4, 2012 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Hosea Sanders (ABC local WLS)  …The Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora is a state-supported residential high school that cultivates exceptional young minds in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. And …

Scientists Map and Sequence Genome of Switchgrass Relative Foxtail Millet
June 4, 2012 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(PhysOrg)  A newly published genetic sequence and map of foxtail millet, a close relative of switchgrass and an important food crop in Asia, is giving scientists working to increase biofuel and crop yields a powerful …

University of Hawaii to Receive $6M for Biofuel Development
June 4, 2012 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(Pacific Business News)  The University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources will receive a $6 million federal grant to continue its work to convert grass and other biomass into biofuel.
The college will …

GE Builds Green-Car Testing Ground for Corporate Fleets
June 4, 2012 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by David Shaffer (The Bellingham Herald/McClatchy)   One of the world’s top leasing companies is betting that corporations with fleets of cars and trucks increasingly will want them to be powered by electricity and other …

ASTM Creates First Standard for Midlevel Ethanol Blends
June 4, 2012 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new midlevel ethanol blend standard recently completed by scientific standards development body ASTM International could serve as the missing link necessary for blender pumps to become widely used …

Australia Renewable Energy Fund Set to Invest in Solar, Biofuels
June 4, 2012 – 11:32 am | No Comment

Australia’s A$200 million ($196 million) renewable energy venture capital fund is set to unveil its first two investments in the solar and biofuels industries by the end of September.
Southern Cross Venture Partners, named manager of …

Ceci Api Biomassa Mozambique to Harvest It’s First Crop of Jatropha
June 4, 2012 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Macauhub)  The first crop of jatropha of biofuel company Ceci Api Biomassa Mozambique is due to be harvested by July, the company’s chief executive told Mozambican news agency AIM.
Domercico Manfredi also said that the harvest, …

Pasture Rent Considerations for Beef Producers
June 4, 2012 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by South Dakota State University (iGrow)  Rental rates for range and pastureland are on the rise, due to increasing demands for corn, says Ken Olson, SDSU Extension Beef Specialist.
“Increasing demand for corn for ethanol production …

The Farm Bill Energy Title Is Working and Must Be Renewed
June 1, 2012 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (BIO/Biofuels Digest)  Ten years ago, Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law a Farm Bill that, for the first time, embraced the vital role American farmers, foresters and rural …

Greek Entrepreneurs to Cultivate Algae for Biofuel
June 1, 2012 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(Business Partners)  A duo of Greek entrepreneurs recently unveiled its plans to commercially produce algae biomass for use as an alternative industrial fuel.
The idea—a pioneering effort in Greece—claimed first prize for Alternative Agriculture in the …

EPA Denies Oil’s Request to Waive Cellulosic RFS, Lawsuit Pending
June 1, 2012 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA officially denied the petroleum industry’s request to retroactively waive the 2011 cellulosic biofuel volume requirements under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) on May 22, noting that …

Switching to a Green Economy Could Mean Millions of Jobs, Says UN
June 1, 2012 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(The Guardian)  United Nations Environment Programme says global move to low-carbon economy means millions could be lifted from poverty
Tens of millions of new jobs can be created around the world in the next two decades …

Alcorn State University Looks at Bamboo for Biofuels
June 1, 2012 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Vershal Hogan  (Natchez Democrat)  Alcorn State University  has conducted research into using bamboo as a feedstock for biofuels production.  READ MORE

Novozymes Built New Enzyme Plant in U.S. Due to Tax Credit
June 1, 2012 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Novozymes, a global biotech company, first considered building its newly built enzyme production plant in China but eventually zeroed in on the U.S. One big deciding factor was the …

Environmental Activists Attack Crop Insurance Industry
June 1, 2012 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by David Rogers (Politico)  …At issue are government-backed premium discounts designed to make the insurance more affordable to farmers. While not truly cash subsidies, the costs have soared in recent years and fit neatly into …

US Senate Group Starts up “Seed to Wheel” Review of US Renewable Fuel Standard
May 31, 2012 – 9:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, staff members working for least eight US Senators will join a study group aimed at a “seed-to-wheel examination of the US Renewable Fuel Standard,” the Digest has learned.
The …

Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels Update on ASTM Approval
May 30, 2012 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Nate Brown (Federal Aviation Administration)  Power Point presentation with graphics illustrating the steps for new aviation fuel approval, graphic descriptions of anticipated aviation fuels (and progress of various pathways along the process).  Includes alcohol …

Short-Term Politics Stifles Pentagon’s Green Energy Ambitions
May 30, 2012 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by Jen Alic (OilPrice.com)  The US Defense Department consumes more energy than any other department or sector in the country, spending around $20 billion annually by some estimates; but ambitious plans to make it the …

Expert Says Business, Military Can Lead U.S. Away from Fossil Fuels
May 30, 2012 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Morgan Lee (U-T San Diego)  There’s a persistent view that the United States can best compete in the global economy by keeping energy prices low.
Amory Lovins is out to prove otherwise by helping private …

Gasoline Suppliers Overcomplying with Ethanol Content Rules
May 30, 2012 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Martin Mittelstaedt  (The Globe and Mail)  Federal law forces oil companies to sell gasoline in Canada with an ethanol content of 5 per cent, but the industry is going one better.
Oil refiners like ethanol …

United Cooperative Fitting Cenex Sites for Flex-Fueling
May 30, 2012 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(CSP Daily News)  Installs ethanol blender pumps across southcentral Wisconsin
United Cooperative has been selected to receive a $448,500 Rural Energy for America Program grant to assist with the installation of 36 ethanol flex-fuel blender pumps …

Change to Gas Pump Labels Coming in June
May 30, 2012 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Richmond County Daily Journal) Starting June 1, consumers will notice changes to the way ethanol-blended gasoline is labeled at their local gas station.
The N.C. Rules Review Commission this week approved changes adopted by the Gasoline …

Former U.S. Ambassadors: Cut Foreign Oil Dependence to Help Reign in Trade Deficit
May 30, 2012 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Restuccia (The Hill/E2Wire)  A bipartisan coalition of former U.S. ambassadors urged President Obama Thursday to drastically cut dependence on foreign oil in order to help reign in the country’s trade deficit.
The coalition, known …

Iowa State Team Gets Grant for Biomass Pretreatment Research
May 30, 2012 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Iowa Energy Center recently awarded three grants to research projects focused on improving thermochemical conversion of biomass to biofuels and renewable chemicals. The selected projects will receive one-year research and …

‘Hydrogen Is Tomorrow’s Biofuel’ Say Scientists
May 30, 2012 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(University of Birmingham)  Researchers from the University of Birmingham are creating clean hydrogen from food waste paving the way for a bioenergy alternative for the future.
Currently, Brazil is the world’s most intensive user of bioethanol as …

Antibiotic Residues in DDGS Pose Little Risk
May 30, 2012 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(Pork Network)  With recent increased attention by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the use of antibiotics in livestock production, industry experts are turning their attention to potential non-farm sources of antibiotic residues. Could distillers’ dried …

GM Jatropha Hopes to Break into Biodiesel Market
May 30, 2012 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Kristie Neo  (ChannelNewsAsia)   The world’s first genetically modified Jatropha plant can produce biodiesel faster and better.  Plans are in the pipeline to start field trials and commercialise it in three years.   With genetic modification, …

Bacteria Seen as Biofuel Production Key
May 30, 2012 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

(UPI)  …Now scientists led by researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California have discovered how certain bacteria can tolerate those man-made toxic chemicals used in making biofuels.
“Discovering microbes naturally tolerant to salty liquids and understanding …

Congressmen Defend Ethanol
May 30, 2012 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman  (DomesticFuel.com)  Members of Congress are exchanging dueling fact sheets about corn ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2).
Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) sent an email last month to members of the House Commerce, …

Ellison Wants to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies
May 30, 2012 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Brett Neely  (Minnesota Public Radio)  U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison introduced legislation Thursday to end all subsidies for fossil fuels.
Ellison said the oil, gas and coal industries will get $113 billion worth of government support …

CBO: Increasing Domestic Oil Doesn’t Help Energy Security Much
May 30, 2012 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Simone Sebastian (FuelFix)  Increasing domestic production of oil won’t significantly boost energy security in the United States, according to a report by the Congressional Budget Office.
The CBO advocated policies that reduce demand for oil, such as …

Big Oil’s Big in Biofuels
May 30, 2012 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Ken Wells (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  …In the last decade, the industry says, it has put $71 billion into zero- and low-emission and renewable energy technologies. The U.S. government, by contrast, has spent about $43 billion on similar …

USDA Projects Record Corn Crop in 2012—What Does it Mean for Ethanol?
May 30, 2012 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  USDA released its first estimate of the 2012 corn crop–and it is a big one.  According to today’s USDA projections, record U.S. corn production of 14.79 billion bushels is …

Ethanol Backers Push Back against Anti-Renewables PAC
May 30, 2012 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  …The executive director of the Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, said AFP should “stop the hypocrisy and to get its facts straight when it comes to ethanol and oil …

DOE Offers $5 mln for Work on Alternative Fuel Vehicles
May 30, 2012 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering  (Des Moines Register)  The U.S. Energy Department said on Tuesday (May 8, 2012) it will make $5 million available in 2012 to expand the use of alternative fuel vehicles, including electric models.
The Energy …

BioTork Develops Xylose-Fermenting Yeast for Ethanol Facilities
May 30, 2012 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  After nearly two years of collaborative research, biotechnology company BioTork LLC and the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center have developed a yeast strain capable of fermenting the xylose found in …

Will US Federal Fleet Help Alternative Fuel Switch?
May 30, 2012 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by John Kemp (Reuters COLUMN)  Widespread use of alternative motor fuels has been hampered by lack of fuel distribution infrastructure, despite strongly favourable economics for alternatives to gasoline and diesel, and a range of financial …

ASTM Lowers E85′s Minimum Ethanol Volume to 51 Percent
May 30, 2012 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Scientific standards development body ASTM International (formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials) recently made significant changes to its E85 specification, lowering the approved minimum ethanol …

Texas AgriLife Feeding Algae to Steers
May 30, 2012 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Blair Fannin (Texas AgriLife Research/Algae Industry Magazine)  Texas AgriLife Research scientist, Dr. Tryon Wickersham, and graduate student, Merritt Drewery, have been conducting feeding trials of algae leftover products (after oil extraction, in powdered form) …

Pure Gasoline Options Shrink: Subgrade Blends Soon Will Spread Eastward in S.D.
May 30, 2012 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Cody Winchester (Argus Leader)  Sometime this summer, already-scarce blends of pure gasoline will become more rare in western South Dakota.
That’s because the largest refineries that supply the Plains Rocky Mountain Pipeline terminal in Rapid …

Molecular Sponge Absorbs Toxins, Produces Biofuel

May 30, 2012 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by William DeKay (The Western Producer)  Lee Wilson thinks he has found a cost effective way to help produce biofuel using wheat straw.
In a lab at the University of Saskatchewan, the chemist and his team …

Human Waste-to-Biodiesel Plant to Create Sanitation Revolution in Ghana
May 30, 2012 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(JoyOnline)  Human waste could soon be a precious commodity in Kumasi and other parts of the country with an ongoing solution to transform fecal sludge treatment into a profit-making venture.
Waste Enterprisers Limited, a sanitation and …

Munster Council Sets Hearings on Trash-to-Ethanol Agreement
May 30, 2012 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Lu Ann Franklin (Northwest Indiana Times) The Town Council will hear public comments about signing the interlocal agreement with Lake County Solid Waste District for the proposed trash-to-ethanol facility in Schneider on June 4 and …

Sorghum Goes Epic, or Is That EPEC? A Primer on Biofuels’ Underdog Feedstock
May 30, 2012 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s up? What’s next? New pathways, plus country-by-country yield data.
Sorghum. It’s a feedstock right out the pages of the old South –  sorghum syrup served with corn bread and Lowcountry …

Illovo Pulls out of Mali Sugar Project on Security Concerns
May 29, 2012 – 8:32 pm | No Comment

by Mike Cohen (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Illovo Sugar Ltd. (ILV), Africa’s largest sugar producer, said it has ended its involvement in the Markala sugar project in Mali because of incomplete funding and a deteriorating security situation …

Wait’ll Next Year: Advanced Biofuels and the Military
May 29, 2012 – 8:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Washington, heartbreak came early in the season when the Senate Armed Services Committee has voted to nix the purchase of aviation biofuels, should they cost more than conventional fossil …

General Electric To Invest BRL500 Million In Brazil Technology Center
May 29, 2012 – 7:46 pm | No Comment

(Fox Business)  General Electric Co. (GE) said Thursday it will invest 500 million reais ($245.5 million) in a research-and-development center in Rio de Janeiro.
The center, which should be operational in the second half of 2013 …

World’s First Carbon-Neutral Higher-Speed Locomotive
May 29, 2012 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Joshua S. Hill (CleanTechnica.com)  The Coalition for Sustainable Rail (CSR) announced Tuesday plans to create the world’s first carbon-neutral higher-speed locomotive.
The plan is simple: “create the world’s cleanest, most powerful passenger locomotive, proving the …

Party in Minnesota: Gevo Starts up Commercial Scale, Advanced Biofuels Plant, Ahead of Schedule
May 29, 2012 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, Gevo announced it has begun startup of the world’s first commercial biobased isobutanol production plant located in Luverne, Minn.
“At 1 p.m. MDT yesterday we made history by initiating production of …

Agri Investment Forum June 27, 2012 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
May 29, 2012 – 6:49 pm | No Comment
Agri Investment Forum    June 27, 2012   Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Agri Investment Forum is the only program of events in Canada dedicated to showcasing the highest potential emerging and growth stage agri-businesses. The Forum brings together active institutional and private investors with leading edge …

4th Annual OPIS RFS2, RINs & Biodiesel Forum October 18-19, 2012 Chicago, IL
May 29, 2012 – 6:40 pm | No Comment
4th Annual OPIS RFS2, RINs & Biodiesel Forum     October 18-19, 2012    Chicago, IL

A comprehensive course detailing the new policy and economic drivers of biofuel supply and demand.
Top experts in the fields of biofuels production, marketing, risk management, RINs accounting and environmental compliance will give you all the answers you …

Video: BYU Students Win Formula Hybrid Competition
May 29, 2012 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

(Gas2) … The annual SAE Formula Hybrid competition challenges teams of college engineering students to build fast and efficient hybrid racers. …
BYU’s Hybrid Blue can go from 0-60 mph in just 3 seconds, and it dominated …

Aviation and Clean Technology Leaders Launch Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiatives
May 29, 2012 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(MASBI)  Regional Initiative with National Reach Working to Achieve Energy Security
United Airlines, Boeing, Honeywell’s UOP, the Chicago Department of Aviation and the Clean Energy Trust today announced the formation of the Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels …

GraalBio Investimentos Plans to Invest $724.5 Million in Five Cellulosic Ethanol Projects in Brazil
May 29, 2012 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, GraalBio Investimentos plans to invest $724.5 million in five cellulosic ethanol plants during the next few years. The first 21.6 million gallon facility in Alagoas that will use sugarcane bagasse …

Mallee Harvester Reaches Milestones
May 29, 2012 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

(Stock Journal)  The prototype mallee harvester developed by Biosystems Engineering and Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) has exceeded expectations in the final stages of its development.
During trials near Casino in New South Wales, …

The Wilmington Express: The 10-Minute Guide to Dupont and Advanced Biofuels
May 29, 2012 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … (T)he company’s metrics in cellulosic biofuels are starting to look compelling. Not only is commercialization a lot less than five years away – a massive breakout in capacity building …

When, Where and How Wood Is Used Impact Carbon Emissions from Deforestation
May 29, 2012 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Research Web)  A new study from the University of California, Davis, provides a deeper understanding of the complex global impacts of deforestation on greenhouse gas emissions.
The study, published May 13 in the advance online …

Only Biofuels Will Cut Plane Emissions
May 29, 2012 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Ben Caldecott  (The Guardian)   We need something that can deliver emission reductions from existing fleets of planes – and the solution already exists
…The positive progress on including aviation in Europe’s carbon trading scheme this week is welcome, …

Current and Projected Costs for Biofuels from Algae and Pyrolysis
May 29, 2012 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Consumer Energy Report)   A reader recently called my attention to a new and very interesting presentation from the Department of Energy’s Biomass Program:
Biofuels Design Cases
The presentation explored the question of whether …

Evogene’s Subsidiary, Evofuel, and T6 Industrial to Collaborate on Biodiesel Feedstock Production in Argentina
May 29, 2012 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

(Evogene)  Collaboration represents expansion of Evofuel’s Latin American operations, currently focused on Brazil
Evogene Ltd.  and T6 Industrial S.A., a leading biodiesel producer in Argentina, today announced that Evofuel Ltd., Evogene’s wholly owned subsidiary, and T6 …

Why We Need a Greener Military
May 29, 2012 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Fred Kaplan (Slate)  …The rationale for barring the Navy from buying the 450,000 gallons of biofuels necessary for the experiment is economic: These fuels are too expensive—about four times more costly than conventional fuels.
To …

AFS BioOil Invites Strategic Partners to Tour Its Algae Commercial Module
May 29, 2012 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(MarketWatch/PRNewsWire)  AFS BioOil has announced that its state-of-the art facility located at a wastewater treatment plant in the San Francisco Bay Area is open for tours for strategic partners and customers. The volume of the …

Husky Energy Unveils Carbon Capture and Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative
May 29, 2012 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

(Husky Energy)  Husky Energy unveiled its carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and liquefaction project in Lloydminster, a facility that allows the Company to recover more oil from existing fields while reducing emissions at its ethanol plant.
“This …

U.S. Military Deploying Advanced Biofuels | Better Fuels Moment
May 29, 2012 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

As Capitol Hill works to identify smarter investments in clean energy fuels, the Better Fuels Moment takes a closer look at the robust and effective partnership advanced biofuels has with America’s Armed Services, building better …

Ethanol Plant Set to Begin Production Soon, Job Opportunities Available
May 29, 2012 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Brittany Boyer (WJAC TV)  Pennsylvania Grain Processing has officially closed on the purchase of the former Bionol Ethanol plant in Clearfield.
According to a news release obtained by 6 News, production at the plant is …

Waste Lines: The Hottest Trends with Bio’s Coolest Feedstock
May 29, 2012 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Regardless of its naming deficiencies, waste has been hot and getting hotter as a bioenergy feedstock because it solves three of the most pressing problems blocking capacity expansion.
1. The feedstocks …

Princeton Senior Exploring Solution Of Bamboo As Biofuel
May 25, 2012 – 8:54 pm | No Comment

(Climate Central/OPB.org) …But a Princeton University senior named Amanda Rees may have come up with the most promising solution so far. Rees, 22, is convinced that an important part to the world’s energy future may …

Biofuel Production Facilities Spotlight Next Generation
May 25, 2012 – 8:45 pm | No Comment

by Matt Daily (Reuters/Huffington Post)  After a decade of promise, advanced biofuels makers are entering a crucial make-or-break period with the first of a new generation of production facilities about to come on line.
The new …

United Cooperative Installs Ethanol Flex-Fuel Blender Pumps across South-Central Wisconsin
May 25, 2012 – 8:27 pm | No Comment

(Beaver Dam Daily Citizen)  United Cooperative was selected to receive a $448,500 Rural Energy for America Program grant to assist with the installation of 36 ethanol flex-fuel blender pumps and seven biodiesel dispensers at 11 …

US Warplanes Can Fly Faster, Carry Additional Weapons Load Using Advanced Fuels and Biofuels: New Data
May 25, 2012 – 8:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) New tests conducted at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base have revealed that US warplanes are capable of flying faster and carry more payload on missions, when flying with synthetic fuels, including …

US Military Looking at Wood-Based Biofuels
May 25, 2012 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

(Western Farm Press)  The U.S. military is very interested in alternative fuels — in particular, the wood-based biofuels being researched and produced at the University of Maine. Three methods, or pathways, to producing biofuel for …

China Takes Off
May 25, 2012 – 7:33 pm | No Comment

by James Fallows (Popular Science)  The largest nation on Earth is flying more people more places than ever before. Its struggle to do so without (further) destroying the environment could show the rest of the …

CleanStar Launches First Cooking Fuel Facility in Mozambique; Alternative to Charcoal Cooking, Health Risks, at Hand in Africa
May 25, 2012 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Mozambique, the first sustainable cooking fuel facility was inaugurated by Federal Minister of Agriculture José Pacheco. The CleanStar project will produce ethanol-based cooking fuel for sale with the company’s cookstoves, …

15th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum June 21, 2012 Washington, DC
May 25, 2012 – 3:28 pm | No Comment
15th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum    June 21, 2012     Washington, DC

The Sustainable Energy Coalition - in cooperation with Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucuses - will host the 15th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum.
This …

Memorial Day Gas Prices and Fuel Efficiency
May 25, 2012 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(PEW Charitable Trust)  …More than 31 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from their homes over the Memorial Day weekend. With gas averaging $3.67 per gallon, consumer fuel costs will exceed $171 million …

Is the Long Ethanol Boom Coming to a Close?
May 25, 2012 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics University of Illinois)…The rise in ethanol production has recently run up against what is known as the “blend wall.” Domestic ethanol consumption is almost entirely in the …

What’s Up in Brazilian Biofuels? The 10-Minute Guide
May 24, 2012 – 8:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In today’s Digest, we pull together the strands in a 10-Minute Guide that looks at the 20 top stories this year out of Brazil, and adds context.
Overall, we see 3 …

Storm Breaks out over E15 Ethanol Engine Test
May 24, 2012 – 8:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What engines failed, and when and why. Was this test designed to fail?
In Washington, the Coordinating Research Council, a non-profit research organization supported by the American Petroleum Institute and a …

Virgin Uses Biodiesel at Brisbane Airport
May 24, 2012 – 8:24 pm | No Comment

(Yahoo! Finance) Virgin Australia says it has started trialling the use of biodiesel to power some ground vehicles at Brisbane Airport.
The fuel for the eight-week trial will contain 80 per centconventional diesel and 20 per cent biodiesel made from …

Biofuels Company to Repay County
May 24, 2012 – 8:19 pm | No Comment

by Noah Haglund  (The Weekly Herald)  The company has agreed to compensate the county for $143,000 in goods and services it didn’t deliver for a canola project.
Snohomish County’s experiment helping farmers turn crops into biodiesel …

Groups Ask Senate to Reconsider NDAA Amendments Blocking Military Use of Alternative Energy
May 24, 2012 – 8:00 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire)  The Advanced Biofuels Association, the Algal Biomass Organization, Airlines for America, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, Growth Energy, and the Pew Charitable Trusts today expressed disappointment that the Senate Armed …

Summary Report of Stakeholder Responses to USDA’s Regional Biofuel Roadmap
May 24, 2012 – 7:58 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  On June 23, 2010, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a strategic biofuels production report, “A USDA Regional Roadmap to Meeting the Biofuels Goals of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) by …

Ethanol Fuel Prices Explained
May 24, 2012 – 7:48 pm | No Comment

(Zimbabwe Independent) Green Fuel has dismissed claims by government that it has not furnished it with the cost structure into its wholesale price of E10.
Senior officials of the company outlined its cost structure at a …

Energy Station of the Future: Propel Launches First Clean Mobility Center
May 24, 2012 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Free tire air for improved fuel economy; bicycle tuning; renewable fuels; on-demand carbon offsets; at-pump recycling; community transit info; Propel’s got it all going in the Golden State.
In California, Propel Fuels …

The $6 Gasoline That Almost Was
May 24, 2012 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mad as heck about $5 gasoline? According to new research from Iowa State, the price could have hit $6 per gallon, if the US had not had its ethanol supply.
A …

East Africa: U.S. Firm to Turn Hyacinth Into Ethanol
May 24, 2012 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by David Muwanga  (AllAfrica.com)  As the East African Community (EAC) was planning to release a total of Ksh1b for the removal of the water hyacinth from Lake Victoria, a United States based technology company has …

Pacific Nations under Threat from Rising Seas Vow to Abandon Diesel
May 24, 2012 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

(Radio New Zealand International)  Pacific nations which are most under threat from rising seas have vowed to abandon diesel and other dirty, expensive fuels and replace them with clean sources of energy.
Using coconut biofuel and …

Ethanol Benefits Thrown into Doubt
May 24, 2012 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Sean Nicholls  (Sydney Morning Herald/New South Wales)  THE value of the NSW ethanol mandate has been questioned by the NSW Treasury in documents that describe it of questionable benefit to motorists and a policy …

Nature Highlights Advancements in Biocatalysis and its Potential Impact on the Production of Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, and Pharmaceuticals
May 24, 2012 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

(MarketWatch)  Nature published a paper that discusses the recent advances in biocatalysis, and the impact it is having on the commercial development of biofuels, renewable chemicals, and pharmaceutical products. The paper was published by researchers …

NCERC Researchers Produce First Cellulosic Ethanol From Corn Kernel
May 24, 2012 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

(PRWEB)  Researchers at The NCERC today announced that they have successfully produced ethanol from the cellulosic portion of the corn kernel. “This research is demonstrated proof of the viability of ‘generation 2.0 ethanol,’” NCERC Director …

E15: The New Ethanol Blend Webinar May 29, 2012 1:00PM CT
May 24, 2012 – 4:58 pm | No Comment
E15: The New Ethanol Blend Webinar   May 29, 2012   1:00PM CT

EPA’s recent announcement on E15 being a legal fuel has created many questions about the path to E15 implementation. There are still obstacles that stand in the way of this fuel being available to consumers, …

Biofuels at the Tipping Point
May 23, 2012 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Margaret Ryan (AOL Energy)  While the “food versus fuel” debate has grabbed headlines, biofuels technology worldwide has been accelerating down the learning curve and is at a “tipping point” for commercialization.
That was the consensus of an …

Consumer Reports Survey: Americans Say Fuel Economy Most Important Car Buying Factor
May 23, 2012 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Consumer Reports)  Nearly three-quarters of drivers would consider an alternative fuel vehicle for their next car
…Some two-thirds of owners surveyed said they expected their next vehicle to get better fuel mileage than the one …

Republicans Blowing up Military’s Plans for Alternative Energy; Democrats Fighting Back
May 23, 2012 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Troy Hooper  (The Colorado Independent)  …House Republicans passed a pair of provisions Friday that would stymie the military’s efforts to incorporate more renewable fuels into its supplies. The defense authorization bill now heads for …

Navy to Demonstrate Great Green Fleet This Summer
May 21, 2012 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

(CNN)  The U.S. Navy for the first time will demonstrate what it calls a Great Green Fleet, a carrier strike group operating in large part on nonfossil fuels, during a larger, 22-nation exercise this summer.
The …