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Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
August 8, 2013 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

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

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Why Affordable Renewable Sugars are a Monster Prize
December 18, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Today, we could use a good five-cent renewable sugar, suitable for microorganisms that, from sucrose, make affordable renewable fuels and chemicals. The technologies of companies like Virent, Solazyme, LS9 and …

A Sugar Fix: Proterro, Biofuels and Affordable, Renewable Sugars
December 18, 2012 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Why is making affordable renewable sugars potentially big business? Which intrepid investors have targeted biofuels’ biggest bottleneck?
News has been circulating that Proterro raised $3.5 million for a demonstration-scale of their …

Washington Auto Show February 1-10, 2013, Washington, DC
December 18, 2012 – 11:52 am | No Comment
Washington Auto Show    February 1-10, 2013, Washington, DC

Presenting the very latest in thinking, technology, design, innovation, alternative fuel solutions, automotive safety and state-of-the-art prototypes, The Washington Auto Show is a global consortium of power, exploration and automotive frontiers that can only be …

SAE 2013 Government/Industry Meeting January 30-February 1 Washington, DC
December 18, 2012 – 11:16 am | No Comment
SAE 2013 Government/Industry Meeting     January 30-February 1   Washington, DC

If you want to know how current and future automotive technology, regulations and legislation will affect the design of automobiles in terms of safety, environment and energy conservation you will not want to miss the …

ANSYS Drives Design Of New Mazda SKYACTIV-D Racing Engine
December 18, 2012 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(Yahoo!/PRNewsWire)  Mazda racing teams will zip around the track with greater fuel efficiency and fewer emissions thanks to the motorsports version of its new revolutionary SKYACTIV-D clean-diesel engine, designed by SpeedSource Race Engineering using ANSYS …

Biorefinery for Food, Fuel and Materials 2013 April 7-10 Wageningen, The Netherlands.
December 17, 2012 – 6:47 pm | No Comment
Biorefinery for Food, Fuel and Materials 2013    April 7-10   Wageningen, The Netherlands.

In the symposium on Biorefinery for Food, Fuel and Materials 2013 (BFF2013) the whole biorefinery value chain is considered, from where biomass cultivation is linked with biomass processing steps to the individual applications and recycling …

5th Sugar Asia Exhibition and Conference May 28-29, 2013 Bangkok, Thailand
December 17, 2012 – 6:01 pm | No Comment
5th Sugar Asia Exhibition and Conference   May 28-29, 2013  Bangkok, Thailand

As developing nations accounts for more than 70% of total sugar production, so these nations are the key players in global trade of sugar and its allied products as well. Other industries like Alcohol, Ethanol, …

17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference June 18-20, 2013 Rockville, MD
December 17, 2012 – 5:55 pm | No Comment
17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference June 18-20, 2013 Rockville, MD

The Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E), held June 18-20, 2013 in the Washington DC area, is an opportunity for you—whether you’re a scientist, decision-maker, student, or advocate—to propel your understanding of green chemistry and …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference June 18-20, 2013 Rockville, MD DEADLINE March 1, 2013
December 17, 2012 – 5:33 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference June 18-20, 2013  Rockville, MD   DEADLINE March 1, 2013

This year the conference theme will explore green chemistry and engineering advancements that will help us meet the challenges of the 21st century and design for a sustainable future. During three days, a wide array …

State Incentives for Alternative-Fuel Projects Linked to Success and Failure
December 17, 2012 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Ayres  (Clarion Ledger)  Mississippi alternative-energy development projects that have received more than $400 million in state backing through loans, grants and other incentives in recent years have seen widely varying degrees of success.
KiOR, a …

House Republicans Plan to Put Fuel Standard on Trial in Next Congress
December 17, 2012 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill E2Wire)  House Republicans plan to put the renewable fuel standard on trial next Congress, a House Energy and Commerce Committee aide told The Hill.
Committee staff is gearing up for hearings …

RFA Helps Santa with Naughty/Nice List
December 17, 2012 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(Brownfield Ag News for America)  …“It’s actually fairly easy this year,” said (Bob) Dinneen (President/CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association). “Just a few weeks ago the American Petroleum Institute (API) came out against the Renewable …

PTT to Offer E20 Gasohol at 1,000 Stations Next Year
December 17, 2012 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Watchara Pussayanawin (The Nation)  PTT will expand to 1,000 the number of petrol stations pumping E20 gasohol, from 600 currently, after the removal of 91-octane petrol from the market next year.
Sarun Rungkasiri, senior executive vice …

Ethanol Imported as Advanced Biofuel Competes with Biodiesel
December 17, 2012 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol imports from Brazil have surged into the U.S. in recent months, University of Illinois ag economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good point out, but not because it …

Kansas Fed Economist Says Markets, Not Mandates, Drive Ethanol
December 17, 2012 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Markets shape ethanol production, Nathan Kauffman, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, argues in the most recent issue of the Main Street Economist. In a …

Oregon to Implement Phase One of Clean Fuels Program
December 17, 2012 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) On Dec. 7, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission elected to begin implementation of the state’s Clean Fuels Program. A spokeswoman for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality confirmed the commission …

National Corn Growers Association Offers Ethanol Facts Resource, Designed for Mobile Platform
December 17, 2012 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The National Corn Growers Association has launched a new web-based resource,
…The home page of EthanolFacts offers links to short articles on hot topics in ethanol circles: flex-fuel vehicles, …

Company Eyes Hemp as Feedstock for Biofuel, Power Generation
December 17, 2012 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  An alternative energy company looking to build multiple energy beet-to-biofuel plants in Kentucky recently became the first corporation to join the Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative Association. Although federal rules …

Insurance Industry Perspectives on Extreme Weather Events
December 17, 2012 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Insitute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) organized a briefing on insurance industry perspectives on recent extreme weather events and how strategic investment can help manage the threats posed by a changing …

U.S. Agricultural Research Is Faltering, Report Warns
December 17, 2012 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Strom  (New York Times)  A blue-ribbon panel of scientific and technology advisers to President Obama warns that the nation risks losing its longstanding supremacy in food production because research in agriculture has not kept up …

DE-FOA-0000812: Carbon, Hydrogen and Separation Efficiencies in Bio-Oil Conversion Pathways(CHASE BIO-OIL PATHWAYS)
December 17, 2012 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy) This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will address research and development (R&D) challenges that were identified at a stakeholder workshop held in December 2011 called “Conversion Technologies for Advanced Biofuels” (CTAB) and from …

Fertile Soil Doesn’t Fall from the Sky
December 17, 2012 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(Helmholtz Centre For Environmental Research – UFZ/The AlphaGalileo Foundation)  The contribution of bacterial remnants to soil fertility has been underestimated until now.
Remains of dead bacteria have far greater meaning for soils than previously assumed. Around …

Growth of Ethanol Fuel Stalls in Brazil
December 17, 2012 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Claudio Angelo (  …Domestic consumption of liquid ethanol this year has been 26% lower than for the same period in 2008. Forty-one of the country’s roughly 400 sugar-cane ethanol plants have closed over that time. …

Cleantech Conservative: 10 New Realities, Priorities for Biofuels in 2013
December 17, 2012 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Douglas Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)   …Throughout his campaign President Obama proclaimed himself an oil and gas supporter even while talking about federal “investments” in green energy. And, while much ink has already been spilled in …

NREL and Johnson Matthey Announce Five-Year Collaboration on Biofuels
December 17, 2012 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Goal is to develop new catalysts to lower costs for producing biofuels
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will partner with Johnson Matthey, a global specialty chemicals company, …

USDA Grants Support Sustainable Bioenergy Production
December 17, 2012 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $10 million in research grants to spur production of bioenergy and biobased products that will lead to the development of sustainable regional systems and help …

EU Farmers and Biofuel Industry Mobilise against the EC Biofuel U-Turn
December 17, 2012 – 11:29 am | No Comment

(AgiTrade) In a letter to the European Commission in early October 2012, Copa-Cogeca, the EU farmers’ and agricultural cooperatives’ organisation, affirmed its opposition to EC proposals to limit to 5% ‘the use of crop-based biofuels’ in …

McDonalds Fleet Traveled 800,000 Miles With Recycled Biofuel
December 17, 2012 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Tafline Laylin (  It has been just 17 months since McDonalds announced its intention to recycle all of its vegetable oil for use as biofuel in its own fleet. Officially launched in July, 2011, the …

U.S. States Threaten Lawsuit against EPA over Regulations
December 17, 2012 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Andrew Hay  (Reuters)  A coalition of seven eastern states led by New York plans to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to issue new guidelines to curb methane emissions, a greenhouse gas …

46% of You Expect to See Biofuels IPOs in the Next 12 Months
December 17, 2012 – 10:22 am | No Comment

(World Biofuels Markets)  The Biofuels Industry Survey Results: Key findings ahead of the World Biofuels Markets Congress & Exhibition
In a recent survey we conducted to bioenergy leading industry experts ahead of the 8th annual World …

Can Algae-Derived Oils Support Large-Scale, Low-Cost Biofuels Production?
December 14, 2012 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

(  …John Benemann, Ian Woertz, and Tryg Lundquist, MicroBio Engineering, Inc. (Walnut Creek, CA) and California State Polytechnic University (San Luis Obispo, CA), present the results of an engineering and economic study of vegetable oil …

Tanzania: Villagers Cry Foul On Bio-Fuel Investments
December 14, 2012 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Ashery Mkama   (   Villagers from Kilwa and Rufiji districts have requested the government to involve them in implementation of bio-fuel projects and investments in which huge tracts of land is used.
They told members …

New Algae-Based Biodiesel Meets State Fuel Quality Standards
December 14, 2012 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Kristin Macey (CDFA Division of Measurement Standards/Imperial Valley News)  The Department of Food and Agriculture’s Division of Measurement Standards (DMS) has tested samples of a new 20 percent biodiesel blend fuel made from algae …

Solazyme Crosses the Rubicon
December 14, 2012 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Next-gen renewable oils producer achieves first linear scale-up to 500,000 liter fermenters — clears path for large commercial production volumes.
…To date, no next-generation producer had successfully achieved linear scale-up in …

EESI Discusses Biomass, Bioenergy, and Sustainability With State Environmental Legislators
December 14, 2012 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  EESI Policy Associate Ned Stowe recently gave a presentation on biomass, bioenergy, and sustainability to the 11th Annual Great Lakes Environmental Legislators Forum of the National Caucus …

Green Restaurant ‘Grease’ a Good Thing
December 14, 2012 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Diana Nelson Jones (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)   … Ting Yen stores about 35 pounds of used oil a day in the basement of Sushi Fuku on Oakland Avenue, including contributions from the owner of Oishii Bento …

FRIM Ready to Produce Biodiesel
December 14, 2012 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(The Star Online)  SETIU: The Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) has been successful in growing 6,000 ‘Jarak Pagar’ (Jatropa Curcas) trees, and now, it is ready to plant these trees on a large scale.
The …

Global Biofuel Market Outlook to 2016 – Growing Mainstream Through Government Support
December 14, 2012 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(PRNewswire/ announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue.
The report titled “Global Biofuel Market Outlook to 2016 – Going Mainstream Through Government Support” provides a comprehensive analysis of market size …

Half the Oil: A Plan to Cut Projected U.S. Oil Use in Half in 20 Years
December 14, 2012 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  We have the practical solutions at hand to protect consumers, the climate, and our environment from the growing costs of our oil use.
How? It all comes down to one simple fact:
Using …

15 Burning Questions (and Answers) for Biofuels in 2013
December 14, 2012 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Policy, finance, technology, feedstocks, markets, prices, opposition.  Here’s what’s on your mind, as the critical 2013 deployment year for biofuels looms.
So here are 15 burning questions as suggested by various …

Most U.K. Crops Meet Environmental Biofuel Standards, AHDB Says
December 14, 2012 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Whitney McFerron   (Bloomberg)  Most rapeseed, sugar beet and wheat crops in the U.K. meet environmental standards for use in biofuels, the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board said.
Ninety-seven percent of the country’s rapeseed, all …

The Big Military Biofuels Build-Up: Will It Happen, and How, and Why?
December 14, 2012 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Will Rogers  (Biofuels Digest/Consumer Energy Report)  The recent debate over the role of the military in investing in renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency and conservation programs and alternative biofuels has included many voices that …

Sustainable Energy for All: Focus of Sustainable Energy Symposium
December 14, 2012 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The United Nation’s emphasis of “Sustainable Energy for All” (SE4All) in 2012 wrapped up with a decision to continue the focus with a Sustainable Energy for All Decade.  The …

Cellulosic Biofuel to Surge in 2013 as First Plants Open
December 12, 2012 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Herndon (Bloomberg)
Cellulosic biofuel companies will boost production almost 20-fold in 2013 as the first high-volume refineries go into operation, signaling a shift from an experimental fuel into a commercially viable industry.
Production of the …

Springboard Biodiesel’s BioPro Endorsed by Green Restaurant Ass’n
December 12, 2012 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Chico, Calif.-based Springboard Biodiesel announced that its trademarked BioPro EX has met the Green Restaurant Association’s rigorous endorsement standards for alternative fuel refueling stations. By using the BioPro EX, restaurants …

UI Prof: Ethanol Boom Over; Biodiesel Ramping Up
December 12, 2012 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by Don Dodson (The News Gazette)  A University of Illinois professor says the ethanol boom is over, but farmers may soon enjoy the benefits of a boom in biodiesel.
Scott Irwin, a professor of agricultural and …

UnNintendoed Consequences: Biofuels and the Feedstock Challenge
December 12, 2012 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been years of struggle to get cellulosic feedstock supply chains downfield.  Now, companies like Woodland Biofuels, Sweetwater Energy, Ceres, Delta BioRenewables and Commonwealth Agro-Energy are moving the chains.
…This week …

5th Annual Biofuels Beltway March March 12-13, 2013 Washington, DC
December 12, 2012 – 6:54 pm | No Comment
5th Annual Biofuels Beltway March   March 12-13, 2013   Washington, DC

March 12-13, 2013, ethanol advocates from around the country will meet in Washington, DC to visit with Congressional offices, bringing an important message – the RFS is working. Ethanol benefits consumers, decreases our dependence on foreign oil, …

ISRMAX Asia August 15-17, 2013 Bangkok, Thailand
December 12, 2012 – 6:48 pm | No Comment
ISRMAX Asia  August 15-17, 2013   Bangkok, Thailand

The second edition of ISRMAX Asia 2013 will take place in Thailand again from 15th to 17th August 2013 at IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand.  READ MORE

By-Products: The Key to Ethanol’s Struggles
December 12, 2012 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest/S4CO2)  …An entirely new use of the by-products that can deliver returns directly to the plants is required in order to offset the losses and sustain the ethanol plants.
…CO2 from ethanol …

Understanding Advanced Biofuels June 26-27, 2013 San Francisco, CA
December 12, 2012 – 6:11 pm | No Comment
Understanding Advanced Biofuels   June 26-27, 2013   San Francisco, CA

Course Highlights

Navigating the complex array of pathways from biomass to biofuel
Clear explanations of the technologies and processes: key differences between current, emerging and future generation biofuels
Limitations provided by issues such as land use and sustainability
The …

Understanding Advanced Biofuels February 4-5, 2013 London, UK
December 12, 2012 – 5:58 pm | No Comment
Understanding Advanced Biofuels   February 4-5, 2013   London, UK

Course Highlights

Navigating the complex array of pathways from biomass to biofuel
Clear explanations of the technologies and processes: key differences between current, emerging and future generation biofuels
Limitations provided by issues such as land use and sustainability
The …

World Future Energy Summit January 15-17, 2013 Abu Dhabi, UAE
December 12, 2012 – 5:52 pm | No Comment
World Future Energy Summit    January 15-17, 2013  Abu Dhabi, UAE

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) is the world’s foremost annual event, dedicated to advancing future energy, energy efficiency and clean technologies. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince …

Green Philippines August 15-17, 2013 Manila, Philippines
December 12, 2012 – 5:36 pm | No Comment
Green Philippines   August 15-17, 2013   Manila, Philippines

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Sugar and Ethanol Brazil March 18-20, 2013 Sao Paulo, Brazil
December 12, 2012 – 5:26 pm | No Comment
Sugar and Ethanol Brazil   March 18-20, 2013   Sao Paulo, Brazil

Incresing Agricultural Productivity, Optimising Industrial Efficienacy and Producing Cost Competitive 2G Biofuels and BioChemicals
F.O. Licht’s Sugar and Ethanol Brazil offers vital commercial insights into all aspects of the industry, bringing together experts and senior executives …

FAPRI: RIN Prices Could Be on the Rise
December 12, 2012 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (  There could be big money in store for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs)… or not. A new report from the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri(FAPRI-MU) says that …

Just the Ethanol Facts
December 12, 2012 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  The National Corn Growers Association has created a simple website that offers just the facts about ethanol.
The website offers information about E15, food versus fuel, energy security, jobs in rural America and …

3 Uses for Biomass No One Ever Saw Coming
December 12, 2012 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biobased Digest)  Biomass in cancer drugs, perfumes, baby-safe cleaners, cosmetics and more.
“I can tell you one thing,” Solazyme CEO Jonathan Wolfson reflected with the Digest not too long ago. “When Harrison and …

Algae Biomass Organization Invites Abstracts of Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles for Posting
December 11, 2012 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

As a service to Algae Biomass Organization members, ABO invites abstracts of peer-reviewed journal articles (authors, title, citation, abstract, author affiliations) to the ABO website.  All articles published in 2012 and after are eligible for …

Low-Cost Cellulosic Sugars, Ho! EdeniQ to Build demo Plant in Brazil
December 11, 2012 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biobased Digest)  California’s cellulosic gearhead gurus head from the San Joaquin Valley to Sao Paulo, in search of big, aggregated loads of sugarcane bagasse.
In California, Edeniq announced that it has begun engineering …

Tick-Tick-Tick. Crude Oil from Algae in 60 Seconds, Really?
December 11, 2012 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Biobased Digest/Energy Trends Insider)  Researchers tout a process to make oil from algae biomass – is it pyro oil or a real biocrude?
…Researchers at the University of Michigan announced that they had …

Brazil Sugar-Cane Research Agency to Build Demonstration Plant
December 11, 2012 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Stephan Nielsen (Bloomberg)  Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira, the Brazilian sugar-cane research agency, will build an 80 million- real ($38.5 million) plant to demonstrate a method of producing ethanol from crop residues.
The plant, with the …

Idemitsu, Cambodia Sign Biofuel Production Deal
December 11, 2012 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(Daily Yomiuri)  Idemitsu Kosan Co. said Monday it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Cambodian government to promote biofuel production in the Southeast Asian country.
The move is part of plans by the Japanese …

500 Farmers Recruited For Gigantic Iowa Biofuel Plant
December 11, 2012 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Tina Casey  (Clean Technica) DuPont is building one of the world’s largest cellulosic biofuel plants in Nevada, Iowa; and it’s going to take a lot of corn stover to keep this baby humming, to the tune of …

Propel Fuels Lands $21 Million as Top Biofuels Downstream Player Expands
December 11, 2012 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …With the new funding, Propel will be able to accelerate the build out of its network of stations that offer drivers the cleanest, most sustainable, domestically produced fuels on the …

Brighter Horizon for Biofuels
December 11, 2012 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)  The biofuel industry breathed a big sigh of relief last month when the EPA declined several governors’ petitions to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard. Then, after a herculean …

Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference April 15-17, 2013 National Harbor, MD
December 11, 2012 – 5:12 pm | No Comment
Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference  April 15-17, 2013    National Harbor, MD

Biofuels Digest announced that ABLC 2013 – the annual Leadership Week for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals, and biobased materials will return to Washington DC, on April 15-17, 2013 at the Gaylord National Resort & Conference …

Methes Energies Receives CRFA’s New Producer of the Year Award
December 11, 2012 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

(Menthes Energies International/Biodiesel Magazine)  … Recently commissioned, Methes Energies’ new Sombra, Ontario, facility has a capacity of 50 MMly (13 MMgy). The facility operates with Methes’ own technology, the Denami 3000, which can produce biodiesel from a wide …

Biofuels: A Partnership Between Our Military and Our Department of Agriculture
December 11, 2012 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

byK. McDonald (  …Liquid fuels are embedded into our everyday lives and provide us with what we need. There are the tractors and combines used in agriculture, and the trucks which haul the just-in-time deliveries …

Unleash Clean Power
December 11, 2012 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  Communities can benefit financially and environmentally from bioenergy produced from common sources such as vegetative waste materials, fast-growing grasses, and agricultural residues. And clean fuel and electricity produced from these sustainable, …

Biomax Sets up Venture with Jeddah Firm for Bio-Fuel Unit
December 11, 2012 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Amit Mitra (The Hindu Business Line)  Bio-fuel maker Biomax Fuels has set up a 50:50 joint venture with the Jeddah-based Middle East Environment Protection Co to set up the first bio-fuel plant in Saudi …

EPA Renewable Fuel Standards Cost Wendy’s $174 Million in Costs
December 11, 2012 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Goins  (  The chairman of Wendy’s Restaurant’s supply chain cooperative, which is responsible for food purchases for Wendy’s Restaurants, says that because of EPA Renewable Fuel Standards every individual Wendy’s Restaurant has to pay …

Biobased Briquettes, Not Bombs, for the Taliban?
December 11, 2012 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From time to time, we report on correspondence exchanged with our veterans and serving men and women in the field, on the subject of the strategic and tactical opportunities in biofuels …

Fossil-Fuel Subsidies of Rich Nations Five Times Climate Aid
December 11, 2012 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Alex Morales (Bloomberg)  Rich countries spend five times more on fossil-fuel subsidies than on aid to help developing nations cut their emissions and protect against the effects of climate change, the Oil Change International campaign …

46% Expect to See Biofuels IPOs in the Next 12 Months
December 11, 2012 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In a recent survey conducted with bioenergy leading industry experts ahead of the 8th annual World Biofuels Markets Congress & Exhibition, 51% of those who responded rated their government’s policy as supportive, …

Climate Talks Focus on Fossil Fuel Subsidies
December 10, 2012 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Karl Ritter (Associated Press/Salt Lake Tribune)   Hassan al-Kubaisi considers it a gift from above that drivers in oil- and gas-rich Qatar only have to pay $1 per gallon at the pump.
…Qatar — the host …

Tennessee Continues Leadership in Energy Crops Research
December 9, 2012 – 9:42 pm | No Comment

by Patricia McDaniels (University of Tennessee/Southeast Farm Press)  A genetic engineering research effort led by a University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture plant scientist is among 66 award-winning projects selected by the U.S. Department of …

British Airways’ Jet Biofuel Plant Will Open in 2015
December 9, 2012 – 9:37 pm | No Comment

by Leon Kaye (TriplePundit)  …British Airways (BA) announced that it has found a site for a bio-refinery that will generate up to 50,000 tons of jet fuel annually. In a partnership with the American aviation …

Australia : Coalition Supports International Biodiesel Plant in Dandenong
December 9, 2012 – 9:32 pm | No Comment

(  Innovation, Services and Small Business Minister Louise Asher today officially launched, in conjunction with McDonald s Australia, Neutral Fuels new biodiesel processing facility in Dandenong.
Neutral Fuels has secured McDonald s as a major customer …

Game-Changers: Could Electrofuel Euphoria Exceed Natural Gas Glee?
December 9, 2012 – 9:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The first patent issued out of ARPA-E’s electrofuels program suggests that this technology class is heading for the short-list of “next big thing” in energy conversations.
…Or, that participants were aware …

Peterson Brothers Take Gangnam Style to the Farm
December 9, 2012 – 8:11 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Precision Pays)  The Peterson Brothers from Kansas became social media rock stars in June with a little YouTube video called “I’m Farming and I Grow It” which now has nearly 8 million views.
The boys now have …

25x’25 REsource: Standard Definition of Biomass Needed
December 9, 2012 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  … In any strategy aimed at meeting America’s soaring energy demand, biomass must be considered a principal among the several renewable, sustainable solutions that make up the fastest growing domestic energy sector since …

DOE Funds $650K for Algae Research at Stevens Institute
December 9, 2012 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Funded by a $650,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Biomass Program, Dr. Adeniyi Lawal of Stevens Institute of Technology will be leading a team investigating microalgae as a biomass …

What a Treat: Dupont Summit 2012: Pressing Issues Amid the Political Maelstrom
December 9, 2012 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  As part of its mission to bring together people who feel that policies (and not just government policies, but policies of companies, of universities, and indeed of all kinds …

Novel Pretreatment for Cellulosic Bio-Ethanol Production “Glycerol Bio-Refinery Process”
December 6, 2012 – 7:26 pm | No Comment

(Leaf Energy)  The patent application titled “Methods for Converting Lignocellulosic Material to Useful Products” (“Glycerol Bio-refinery process”) describes the process developed at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) by Zhanging Zhang, Ian O’Hara and William …

Combined Bacterial/Metal Catalysis Turns Sugars to Jet Fuel
December 6, 2012 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by John Timmer (Ars Technica)  …The process relies on a specific species of bacteria, Clostridium acetobutylicum. Given a source of sugar (which can be obtained by digesting cellulose in plants), these bacteria will produce a mixture …

Could Biofuels Be Produced from A Tobacco Tree?
December 6, 2012 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  With a grant from the European Union, researchers at Royal Holloway, School of Biological Sciences, will test this theory based on initial findings that the Nicotiana Glauca produces compounds that could be …

IISD-Led Seminar Offers Global Perspective on Biofuel Subsidies: Issues Policy Brief
December 6, 2012 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(International Institute for Sustainable Development) “Rational policies should be based on understanding the real impacts of government support to biofuels on the environment and the society,” said Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP and chair of GLOBE EU. …

Texas Farm Bureau Conference Exposes Rift on Ethanol
December 6, 2012 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by J.B. Smith (  …“It’s farmers vs. ranchers,” said McLennan County Farm Bureau president and delegate Kevin Huffman in an interview.
Huffman, who raises cattle, corn, wheat and cotton near McGregor, opposed both amendments but said …

CO2 Emissions Could Feed Algae Biofuel Bonanza
December 6, 2012 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Max Paris (CBC News)  U.S. Steel Canada announces pilot project that will test Pond Biofuels technology
U.S. Steel Canada announced Tuesday it will partner with Union Gas and Pond Biofuels to test an innovative system …

Shell Helix Sets the Standard in Biofuels Compatibility
December 6, 2012 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

(MoneyLife)  …For the first time, however, the oils also went through a new CEC L-105 Low-Temperature Pumpability test. This analysed theirperformance in the presence of a biofuel, reflecting the growing importance of these fuels in the …

Peruvian Sugar Giant Gears up for Ethanol Production
December 6, 2012 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  Peru’s Coazucar is set to become that country’s third producer of fuel-grade ethanol.
Coazucar, a subsidiary of Peru’s multinational Grupo Gloria and the country’s largest sugar producer, has secured the required permits to begin …

SavOn Converts to Ethanol-Free Location
December 6, 2012 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(Convenience Store News)   SavOn Convenience Stores converted its store at the corner of Genesee and Main Streets in Oneida to offer ethanol-free fuel only. The operator of 12 convenience stores in central New York noted that …

Energy Information Administration Releases Annual Energy Outlook 2013 Reference Case; $8 Gasoline, $268 Oil Ahead, Despite Increased US Energy Production, Says EIA
December 6, 2012 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Overall, the reference case predicts that total primary energy consumption will grow by 7 percent, from 98 quadrillion Btu in 2011 to 104 quadrillion Btu in 2035. This is …

Ethanol Use in Gasoline Production Would Be the Same with or without RFS Waiver
December 6, 2012 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Daryll Ray and Harwood D. Schaffer (Southwest Farm Press/University of Tennessee)  …On November 16, 2012, the EPA denied the request of Governor Perdue and others. The short story is that while the EPA recognizes …

How to Keep Biofuels Sustainable
December 5, 2012 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by RP Siegel (TriplePundit) While the bio-based economy should be more sustainable than the alternative – any good idea can be implemented poorly. I asked Jesper Hedal Kløverpris, Sustainability Manager for Novozymes, how we can ensure that …

Guyana, UK Company Sign Contract for Bioethanol Oroduction at Albion
December 5, 2012 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

by Denis Scott Chabrol (Demera Waves)  The United Kingdom-based Whitefox Technologies, together with its partner Green, have secured a bioethanol contract with the Guyanese Government.
Whitefox said it is working together with the Brazilian company, Green, …

Cote d’Ivoire Launches PPP for Biofuels
December 5, 2012 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

(Alternative Energy Africa)   A public-private partnership (PPP) has been launched to promote the production of ethanol from cassava and sugarcane in Cote d’Ivoire which would be used for clean cook stoves.  READ MORE

Grass for Biofuel Could be the Next Cash Crop in Aroostook County
December 5, 2012 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Julia Bayly (Bangor Daily News)  …The Center for Rural Sustainable Development at the University of Maine at Fort Kent last week announced it has received a $62,334 grant to study farmer interest in large-scale grass biomass production …

ICM, Inc. Successfully Completes 1,000-Hour Run Proving Generation 1.5: Integrated Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology
December 5, 2012 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

(ICM)  ICM, Inc. announces that it successfully completed its 1,000-hour run of an integrated fiber campaign conducted at its pilot plant in St. Joseph, Missouri. ICM has developed and validated its proprietary Generation 1.5 Integrated …