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Global Biofuels Consumption to Reach 135 Billion Gallons by 2018
August 15, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(  GIA (Global Industry Analysts) announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Biofuels (Bioethanol and Biodiesel) markets. The global consumption of Biofuels (Bioethanol and Biodiesel) is projected to reach 135 billion gallons by …

BP Biofuels, Texas AgriLife Research Sign Agreement to Advance Biofuel Feedstock Development
August 15, 2012 – 11:53 am | No Comment

(Texas AgriLife)  BP Biofuels and Texas AgriLife Research, part of The Texas A&M University System, have signed a three-year agreement to develop and commercialize cellulosic feedstocks for the production of advanced biofuels.
The collaboration will utilize …

Waste to Energy & Biofuel Projects Backed in BC
August 15, 2012 – 11:26 am | No Comment

(Waste Management World)  The agricultural industry in British Columbia, Canada is set to benefit from an investment in two waste to energy and biofuel projects under the Canada-B.C. Agri-Innovation Program.
According to the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, an …

Appeal Filed on Biodiesel Approval; Arcata Staff Seeks Clarification
August 15, 2012 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(Times-Standard) The Arcata Planning Commission will meet to discuss clarifications about a previous approval of a Footprint biodiesel plant on Giuntoli Lane.
According to staff reports, an appeal was filed by the owners of the neighboring Town …

North Carolina, Arkansas, Maryland and Delaware Request Renewable Fuel Standard Waiver
August 15, 2012 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the governors of North Carolina, Arkansas, Maryland and Delaware made a formal request for a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard, in response to the 2012 US drought, …

Biodiesel on the March; REG Reports Record Revenues for Q2
August 15, 2012 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …As is sometimes overlooked, the advanced biofuels pool in the US Renewable Fuel Standard is not only a qualifying pool for cellulosic biofuels – which have struggled to come to …

Certificate in Biofuels September 10-11, 2012 London, UK
August 14, 2012 – 6:50 pm | No Comment
Certificate in Biofuels    September 10-11, 2012  London, UK

A comprehensive 2 day introduction to biofuels feedstocks, processes, markets and economics

Navigating the complex array of pathways from biomass to biofuel
Clear explanations of the technologies and processes for 1st, 2nd and future generation biofuels
Limitations provided …

“Get the Facts on Canadian Biofuels Opportunities” August 15, 2012 11:00AM CST Free Webinar
August 14, 2012 – 4:57 pm | No Comment
“Get the Facts on Canadian Biofuels Opportunities”    August 15, 2012   11:00AM CST  Free Webinar

“Building Biofuels Partnerships and Financing Clean Energy Projects in Canada“
 This complimentary, one-hour webinar is designed to help clean energy companies and developers better understand clean energy opportunities in Canada and current policies to maximize success for …

BChemicals 2012 December 13-14 Cité des Sciences, Paris, France
August 14, 2012 – 4:51 pm | No Comment
BChemicals 2012    December 13-14 Cité des Sciences, Paris, France

The two-day trade show wishes to bring together all the actors of this sector through a conference program based on the innovation and economic analysis.
We will especially focus on the sector’s market outlets and distributors …

US Ethanol Mandate Waiver Would Not Destroy Corn Demand: Deutsche Bank
August 14, 2012 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  A waiver of the US ethanol mandate would not destroy corn demand because current gasoline blending economics still favor the use of the corn-based biofuel, Deutsche Bank’ analysts Michael Lewis and Christina McGlone said …

Court: Gevo Again Free to Sell Isobutanol into Auto Fuels Market
August 14, 2012 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen  (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A little more than a month after a temporary court order prohibited Gevo from selling bio-isobutanol into the automotive fuels market, the company announced Aug. 13 that the order …

Bioenergy Research and the Future for Michigan Farmers
August 14, 2012 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Russ White and Mackenzie Mohr(Michigan Live) …“One of the things that we’re evaluating with cellulosic ethanol is (if there) are there places we can produce these crops on lands that aren’t producing food crops,” he …

Chevron Lummus joins ARA’s 100% Drop-In Aviation Biofuel Initiative
August 14, 2012 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New Mexico, ARA announced today that Chevron Lummus Globalhas joined the ReadiJet Alternative Fuel Initiative to develop drop-in biofuels for jet and diesel engines, eliminating the need for blending with …

Senegalese Villagers Vow to Fight Biofuels Project
August 14, 2012 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(AFP/Global Energy World)  Villagers from northern Senegal vowed Thursday to fight a project by Senegalese and Italian investors to produce biofuels on their land, a venture already forced to relocate once by deadly protests.
“We will …

Where Does Mitt Sit? A Look at a Romney Administration and Biofuels
August 14, 2012 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …The Romney platform is remarkable, vis-a-vis biofuels, for ignoring the word altogether – so we are left to guess as to an incoming Administration’s attitude towards nearly 10 percent of …

New Paradigms Rising for Biofuels
August 14, 2012 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Douglas L. Faulkner (“The Cleantech Conservative”/Biofuels Digest)  …Meanwhile, the oil and gas industry is gaining political strength as its production (and fortunes) rise and conservatives win more elections.
Our diminishing reliance on foreign oil and …

JOil Sees Transformation of the Economics of Jatropha with Biomass Fuel Cake and Animal Feed Meal Production
August 13, 2012 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

(JOil) JOil (S) Pte. Ltd., a scientific bioenergy crop developer of a new generation of Jatropha, sees the potential to double the product revenue per hectare from Jatropha plantations with biomass fuel cakes and animal feed meal. This …

World Ethanol and Biofuels November 5-8, 2012 Munich, Germany
August 13, 2012 – 5:33 pm | No Comment
World Ethanol and Biofuels    November 5-8, 2012   Munich, Germany

With 70+ speakers, 700+ delegates from 45+ countries, 40 different sessions, social events and structured networking over …

Biomass: From Grow to Go October 24-25, 2012 Vonore, TN
August 13, 2012 – 4:45 pm | No Comment
Biomass: From Grow to Go   October 24-25, 2012   Vonore, TN

A University of Tennessee field day and workshop event
Biomass is rapidly becoming a leading source of clean, renewableenergy.  This free two-day event will feature independent programs on biomass production and utilization.  The purpose of the …

GTI Developing Biomass Conversion Technology
August 13, 2012 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Gas Technology Institute’s (GTI’s) new pilot-scale IH2 Plant in Chicago, Illinois, demonstrates their efforts to broaden biomass-to-liquid hydrocarbon fuel conversion. The 70-year-old research, development and training organization has turned much of its research …

BIOM2E Global Bioenergy Congress September 25-27, 2012 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
August 13, 2012 – 2:54 pm | No Comment
BIOM2E Global Bioenergy Congress   September 25-27, 2012  Amsterdam, The Netherlands

BIOM2E 2012: The Bioenergy Event Bringing Together The Entire Value Chain – From Mass To Energy, Heat, And Fuel For Transport
Welcome to BIOM2E 2012, the leading international conference exploring everything from feedstock supply and trading, …

Paul Ryan’s Energy Record Elates Right, Deflates Greens
August 13, 2012 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Restuccia (Politico)  The Wisconsin Republican has been an outspoken critic of President Barack Obama’s clean energy agenda, offering a fiscal plan earlier this year that neatly mirrors the GOP’s policy priorities. The plan would …

New Technique Yields Information Critical to Biofuels Research
August 13, 2012 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

(R&D Magazine)  Pioneering mass spectrometry methods developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Ames Laboratory are helping plant biologists get their first glimpses of never-before-seen plant tissue structures.
The new method opens up new realms …

Scottish Renewables Investment Tops £2.8bn
August 13, 2012 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by James Murray (Business Green)  Scotland’s status as one of the world’s leading renewable energy markets was again underlined last week, after new figures revealed the sector has attracted more than £2.8bn of capital investment …

Biofuels Industry Group Pushes Lawmakers on Corn Ethanol Views
August 13, 2012 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill/E2Wire)  … The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has been warning its political allies on Capitol Hill that attacks against corn ethanol will hinder next-generation fuels, too.
BIO has reached out to lawmakers …

Midwest Drought Helps Push U.S. Gasoline Prices Higher
August 13, 2012 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  Gasoline prices in the United States rose over the past two weeks, driven partly by supply disruptions and a drought-induced rise in ethanol prices, a widely followed survey showed on Sunday.
…Trilby Lundberg, who conducts …

10 Ways Ethanol is Helping Livestock Producers
August 13, 2012 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  … (E)thanol production provides multiple benefits to Midwestern livestock producers:
1. The ethanol industry has driven the production of a larger corn crop. Simply put, there is more corn to go around.
2. The …

Ethanol Credits May Ease Pressure on U.S. Corn, IEA Says
August 13, 2012 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Nariman Gizitdinov (Bloomberg)  Ethanol credits held by U.S. refiners may help reduce demand for the blending fuel and ease pressure on rising prices of corn, from which ethanol is made, the International Energy Agency said.
The …

Biofuels Certification: Opportunities for Procurement and Trading October 4, 2012 Geneva, Switzerland
August 13, 2012 – 11:06 am | No Comment
Biofuels Certification: Opportunities for Procurement and Trading    October 4, 2012   Geneva, Switzerland

Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels Co-Hosts Geneva Seminar on Biofuels Certification: Opportunities for Procurement and Trading
RSB is pleased to co-host a seminar on Biofuels Certification: Opportunities for Procurement and Trading with Kingsman.  The seminar will be …

Czarnikow Sees Improved EU Ethanol Outlook After U.S. Drought
August 10, 2012 – 10:16 pm | No Comment

by Whitney McFerron (Bloomberg)  Surging corn prices and policy changes in the U.S. and European Union mean the outlook for the EU’s ethanol industry has “improved dramatically” this year, Czarnikow Group Ltd. said.
U.S. ethanol prices have …

Lower U.S. Corn Crop Doesn’t Justify Ethanol Waiver, RFA Says
August 10, 2012 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by (Bloomberg) …Refiners can meet biofuel targets by drawing from ample stockpiles and utilizing excess credits, known as Renewable Identification Numbers, that can be submitted in lieu of physically blending a gallon of ethanol to …

New Biofuels Offer Hope to Hungry World
August 10, 2012 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by James Melik  (BBC News)  …The chairman of the world’s largest food producer is highly critical of the rise in bio-diesel.
Peter Brabeck-Letmathe of Nestle says crops produced for biofuel use land and water which would …

Keystone Farm Show January 8-10, 2013 York, PA
August 10, 2012 – 3:56 pm | No Comment
Keystone Farm Show   January 8-10, 2013   York, PA

The Keystone Farm Show is the fastest growing farm show on the East Coast! Started in January of 1998 to address the needs of agrimarketers in the Mid-Atlantic area, the show has nearly tripled in …

California Awards 1.8M to Yokayo Biofuels for Biodiesel Expansion
August 10, 2012 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   In California, the state Energy Commission today unanimously approved funding of $1,974,330 for the expansion and upgrade of a biodiesel production facility and buy-downs of alternative-fuel vehicles.
The awards improve …

House Disaster Assistance Allows Good Intentions to Overwhelm Good Sense
August 10, 2012 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  While passage last week by the House of Representatives of a bill that would provide much needed relief to drought-stricken livestock producers is laudable, the means by which the bill would pay …

FuturaGene Launches Field Trials in China to Couple Desert Reversal and Local Socio-Economic Benefit
August 10, 2012 – 10:21 am | No Comment

(FuturaGene/Yahoo!) FuturaGene, a world leader in the enhancement of yield and sustainability of woody crops for plantation forestry, biopower and biofuel markets, has launched four field trials for selection and improvement of plant species in …

Cargill Smallholders Receive European Certification for the Supply of Sustainable Biofuels
August 10, 2012 – 10:07 am | No Comment

(  Smallholders at Cargill’s palm oil plantation, PT Hindoli in South Sumatra, Indonesia, recently became the one of the first smallholders to receive official certification for sustainable palm oil supply for biofuels, according to the …

Brazil Is Zooming Ahead on Ethanol
August 10, 2012 – 9:50 am | No Comment

by Weiner and George Clingan (Miami Herald)  As the world watches the 2012 London Olympics, the United States ought to brace for a looming embarrassment at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Unless we act …

Southern Africa Development Community Countries Meet on Algae Development
August 10, 2012 – 9:40 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Leaders of the 14-member Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) came together at the St. George Hotel in Pretoria, South Africa, July 24-27, for a workshop on emerging technologies for sustainable biofuels and …

3rd Annual European Algae Biomass Conference April 24-25, 2013 Vienna, Austria
August 9, 2012 – 7:16 pm | No Comment
3rd Annual European Algae Biomass Conference   April 24-25, 2013   Vienna, Austria

ACI’s 3rd annual European Algae Biomass Conference will once again bring together senior executives from industry and academia to discuss the latest commercial and technical developments, challenges and research breakthroughs throughout the entire algae value chain.
The …

Food and Fuel: Back on the Table
August 9, 2012 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by Robert Vierhout (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Other favorite critics such as Oxfam also see the present situation as a new opportunity to slam the EU biofuel policy. The head of the EU office crucifies the policy …

Fighting the Good Fight
August 9, 2012 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Though it sometimes can be easy to lose sight, the increasing challenges we face are directly correlated to our achievements. In particular, with higher blends of ethanol in …

Bacterial Inhibition Without Antibiotics
August 9, 2012 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Sami Faour  (Ethanol Producer Magazine/BetaTec Hop Products)  A method for controlling infection and maximizing ethanol yields
…Growth of contaminating lactic acid bacteria is a major problem in industrial alcohol fermentations. These bacteria can grow under …

COLUMN-U.S. Use of Corn for Ethanol Is High but Hyped: Wynn
August 9, 2012 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Gerard Wynn (Reuters)  …It has now become ubiquitous to quote the ethanol industry’s corn consumption at 40 percent of the national crop.
But the estimate is inaccurate, by assuming away ethanol co-products and in particular …

More Biodiesel, Ethanol Choices on I-75 Green Corridor
August 9, 2012 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (  Taking that cross-country, summer trip just got a little greener as four more E85 ethanol and three more biodiesel blend stations have opened up along Interstate 75 in Georgia. That particular …

US Drought to Hit Ethanol Exports, Not Gas Prices – EIA
August 9, 2012 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  …But gasoline prices should be spared despite the loss of ethanol output, the EIA said on Wednesday. “The impact of the forecasted decline in domestic ethanol production should be primarily reflected in reduced ethanol …

Representative Bob Filner Introduced the Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2012, H.R. 6275
August 9, 2012 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(Clean Energy Victory Bonds)  On August 2, Representative Bob Filner and 10 cosponsors introduced the Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2012, H.R. 6275 in the House of Representatives. The bill, officially entitled “To promote …

“Ukroliya” Asks to Limit the Export of the Promising Crop
August 9, 2012 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

Complications connected with export of the national grain lead to the idea to change the structure of agricultural production. Some experts think that grain could be substituted by rape, as this crop is always in …

Eco Ventures Awarded Local Permits for Biofuel Production; Company Anticipates Commencing Commercial Biofuel Production in Q1-13
August 9, 2012 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

(PRNewswire) Eco Ventures Group, Inc., an emerging producer of diversified, sustainable alternative energy, today announced that both Lake County and the City of Groveland, Florida have awarded the Company biofuel fabrication, manufacturing and sales permits.
Along with the County’s permits, …

Solazyme, Gevo, Amyris Earnings, Outlook: the 5-Minute Version
August 9, 2012 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Solazyme, Gevo and Amyris report on results for Q2, update forward guidance – what does the data reveal about demand, supply of advanced biofuels and co-products?  We digest down …

INEOS Bio Facility Receives Registrations from U.S. EPA for Production and Sale of Next Generation Cellulosic Ethanol.
August 9, 2012 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(INEOS Bio)  Florida project is first large-scale facility to receive registrations for the production of advanced cellulosic biofuels from non-food vegetative waste materials

INEOS Bio announced that its joint venture project in Florida has been granted Parts …

Rebalancing Clean Energy Debate, ACORE Launches, @EnergyFactCheck
August 9, 2012 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(ACORE)  First-ever comprehensive platform to tout progress across renewable energy industry, answer critics
The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) today launched and @EnergyFactCheck, two new resources designed to address the imbalance in America’s debate over …

Carbon Credits Gone Awry: Coolant Companies Raise Output of Harmful Gas
August 9, 2012 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

By Elisabeth Rosenthal and Andrew W. Lehren (The New York Times)  …But where the United Nations envisioned environmental reform, some manufacturers of gases used in air-conditioning and refrigeration saw a lucrative business opportunity.
They quickly figured out that …

Advanced Biofuels Workshop Guest Speaker Presentations Posted
August 9, 2012 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  On August 1, the US Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration held a workshop with video conferencing.  Specifically, the Office of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Analysis conducted a workshop to explore …

Morgan Stanley Says Policy Changes Won’t Hurt Ethanol Demand
August 8, 2012 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Whitney McFerron (Bloomberg BusinesssWeek)  Potential changes in a U.S. government mandate for ethanol are unlikely to “materially impact” demand for the gasoline additive made from corn, Morgan Stanley said.
Livestock producers and some U.S. lawmakers have …

Raleigh Lands Grant for Biodiesel Production at Wastewater Plant
August 8, 2012 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(City of Raleigh, NC/Biodiesel Magazine)  The city of Raleigh has received a $100,000 grant from the Biofuels Center of North Carolina to purchase processing equipment and begin biofuel production at the Neuse River Wastewater Treatment …

Midwestern Governors Association Urges All OEMs to Support B20
August 8, 2012 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(The Iowa Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  The Midwestern Governors Association has formally asked every major diesel engine and vehicle manufacturer to support the use of biodiesel blends of at least 20 percent (B20) in all diesel-powered …

RFS2 Compliance: Little Known Facts Can Have a Big Impact
August 8, 2012 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Ashley Player (Biodiesel Magazine/Frazier, Barnes & Associates)  …One potential gray area is the treatment of off-spec biodiesel—many facilities simply sell the material without RINs to be reprocessed by other biodiesel plants. A question that …

Ethanol Producers Adapt to Drought, Corn Prices
August 8, 2012 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Nebraska ethanol producers are responding to a tough market.  With excessive drought conditions and nearly record high corn prices, ethanol producers have decreased their consumption in recent weeks. Latest estimates show …

The Rise And Fall Of The Company That Was Going To Have Us All Using Biofuels
August 8, 2012 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Grushkin (  Amyris’s breakthroughs in bioengineering–and its plans to make biofuels from Brazilian sugarcane–promised to transform how the world’s businesses produce energy, cosmetics, and medicine. Then reality (and Wall Street) got in the …

Grease Traps To Fuel Tanks: Biodiesel Venture Brings Tech To Wastewater Treatment Plant
August 8, 2012 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Brian Dowling (Hartford Current) …Richard Parnas, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Connecticut’s Institute of Materials Science, a few years ago started converting the school’s used cooking oil, known as yellow …

Ethanol Industry Touts Lower Gas Prices with New “Open Road” Ads
August 8, 2012 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Convenience Store Decisions)  Following on the success of its long-running “Right Here, Right Now” ads, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is debuting a new ad which focuses on ethanol’s ability to lower gas prices at …

EPA’s 2017-2025 Light Duty Vehicle Rule Discourages Alternative Fuel Use
August 8, 2012 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest/BIO)  …While there are a number of obstacles impeding further growth in alternative energy, few are as critical as the joint EPA/NHTSA proposed rules establishing light-duty vehicle GHG and fuel economy …

Natural Gas and Electrofuels: One-Stop Shopping for Energy Independence
August 8, 2012 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Fewer people know that natural gas is a platform for producing ethanol – either through fermentation or catalytic conversion (typically via methanol) – and drop-in fuels using the methanol-to-gasoline method …

Scientists Create Low-Lignin Plants with Improved Potential for Biofuel Production
August 8, 2012 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(  Engineered enzyme alters cell wall composition in ways that could make it easier to convert plant biomass into biofuels
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have created a new enzyme …

Harvesting Hawaiian Plants to Make Jet Fuel and Clean diesel? $6 Million Grant to Oregon State University Researchers Should Help
August 8, 2012 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Ian C. Campbell (The Oregonian) …A new $6 million federal grant to develop jet fuel and clean diesel from grass and sugarcane could help. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture money to researchers at Oregon State University, the …

Biodiesel Demand Estimates Now Provided in Petroleum Supply and Demand Balances
August 8, 2012 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Energy Information Administration)  Biodiesel production data were reported for the first time in U.S. and regional petroleum supply and disposition balances as published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in the Petroleum Supply Monthly(PSM) …

Doe Run Plants Biofuel Crop as Test Program to Restore Mine Tailings Sites
August 8, 2012 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(Yahoo!/PRWeb)  The Doe Run Company is participating in a pilot project with MFA Oil Biomass LLC and Missouri University of Science and Technology to plant Miscanthus grass to help transform mine tailings sites into potential biofuel crop sites.
The Doe Run Company is participating …

Propel Fuels’ Clean Mobility Center Deploys Instant Carbon-Offset Options for Customers
August 8, 2012 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Propel Fuels has become the first company to enable consumers to offset their driving emissions at the pump any time they fill their tank. Propel’s flagship Clean Mobility …

Sinopec Unit Ready to Produce Biofuel
August 8, 2012 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Liang Fei (Global Times)  A unit of China Petrochemical Corp (Sinopec Group), China’s largest oil producer by sales revenue, is seeking to produce aviation fuel from used cooking oil, The Economic Observer reported Saturday, …

Answers for Your Biofuels Questions: Coskata, LanzaTech, Butanol
August 8, 2012 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Here in Digestville, we debut this week a content collaboration withConsumer Energy Report, a must-see content site that we recommend you check out and bookmark. Twice a month, we’ll check …

Fulcrum Receives Conditional USDA Loan Guarantee for Nev. Plant
August 8, 2012 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Sue Retka Schill (Biomass Magazine) Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. received a $105 million condition loan guarantee from the USDA, putting its planned 10 MMgy Sierra BioFuels Plant closer to groundbreaking. “This USDA loan guarantee provides a …

Grant to Study Willow as Promising Bioenergy Crop
August 8, 2012 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Cornell University (R&D Mag)  The commercialization of shrub willow as a bioenergy crop could be years closer, thanks to a $1.37 million grant that will allow Cornell researchers to take advantage of the newly …

Using Halophytes to Grow Fuel
August 8, 2012 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(  Halophytes are salt-tolerant plants that are found throughout the world. Halophytes can be used to grow both fuel and food, and a NASA facility is attempting to use halophytes for large-scale fuel production. The aim …

Biodiesel Plant Set to Launch Near Sombra
August 8, 2012 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Tyler Kula (The Observer)  A biodiesel company that creates fuel from vegetable oil and animal fat is set to begin production near Sombra next month, its president says.
Mississauga-based Methes Energies Canada Inc. will host …

Algae.Tec Announces Commissioning of Advanced Algae to Biofuels Facility
August 8, 2012 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Yahoo!Finance)  The Algae.Tec advanced engineered algae to biofuels facility Shoalhaven Onewas officially opened today by the New South Wales Minister for Resources and Energy the Honourable Chris Hartcher, MP.
A VIP crowd including executives from the …

Solazyme Receives Fuel Registration From EPA for Soladiesel®RD
August 8, 2012 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

(Solazyme)  Solazyme, Inc., a renewable oil and bioproducts company, announced today that it has been granted registration for SoladieselRD fuel by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  This registration enables SoladieselRD to be sold commercially either …

Is the Renewable Fuels Standard Withering on a Vine?
August 8, 2012 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Pavel Molchanov (Raymond James & Associates)  In addition to declining U.S. oil demand and surging liquids production from onshore shale plays, there is a third component to our thesis that the nation is moving towards oil …

Cobalt, Rhodia Ink Joint Development Deal for Biobutanol Demonstration Plant in Brazil
August 8, 2012 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Cobalt Technologies and Rhodia announced they will begin joint development and operation of a biobutanol demonstration facility in Brazil. The Cobalt/Rhodia plant will utilize sugarcane bagasse to make …

Tax Extenders Package; Algae Wins Tax Credit Parity
August 8, 2012 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Meanwhile, the Senate Finance Committee marked up the Family and Business Tax Cut Certainty Act of 2012, which included key energy efficiency and biofuels tax credit provisions.  Included in …

E85 + Small Displacement Turbocharged Engine = High Efficiency and Mileage: Proof from the Racetrack
August 7, 2012 – 12:36 pm | One Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “2 more laps on 4 or 5 less gallons.” Mid-Ohio Honda Indy 200 Winner Scott Dixon in post-race interview
We added Green Racing to the Advanced Biofuels USA website to …

Fuel Efficiency and Cellulosic Ethanol Fuel MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge Winners at ALMS Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge
August 4, 2012 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Racing with E85, BMW Team Rahal Letterman Lanigan Wins Mid-Ohio MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge.  Nissan Wins For First Time.
In its fourth season, the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge awards the “cleanest, fastest, moste …

Advanced Biofuels USA Updates Next Generation Engines White Paper
August 2, 2012 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  With Ford’s Ecoboost engines in about 40% of F-150 fleet and three shifts working in Cleveland, Ohio to keep up with demand, along with the increasing popularity of GM’s …

A Glimpse of the Alternative Fuel Future
August 2, 2012 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Matthew L. Wald (New York Times) …While a variety of new fuel technologies are advancing, policy makers can be assured that the internal combustion engine will remain dominant for decades, the National Petroleum Council told the …

Grassley Delivers Harsh Criticism of RFS Waiver Effort
August 2, 2012 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Brownfield Ag News)  Some strong criticism today from Iowa Senator Charles Grassley directed towards that coalition of livestock, meat and poultry groups asking for changes to the Renewable Fuels Standard’s ethanol mandate.
“I think that what …

Petroleum Refiners Get out the Old Fear-Mongering Playbook for Attack on Renewable Fuel Standard
August 2, 2012 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (BIO/Biofuels Digest)  Despite oil industry claims of “$10 million in fines for non-existent fuels” – they paid exactly $19,010.16 for cellulosic ethanol waivers in 2010, costing US consumers 14 millionths of one …

Toyota to Launch Ethanol Hybrid Prius in Brazil
August 2, 2012 – 10:43 am | No Comment

(  Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will launch the world’s first hybrid vehicle that uses ethanol in Brazil later this year.
The Prius hybrid, with a fuel economy of 32.6 kilometers per liter, will be …

Agro2 Expands Cassava Production Due to High Demand
August 2, 2012 – 10:40 am | No Comment

(Digital Journal)  Agro2, S.A., a leading cassava producer located in Veraguas, Panama, is expanding its current cassava production due to popular demand. In addition to a small-scale ethanol plant producing 500 liters of ethanol per …

South African Airways Aims for 50 per cent Biofuel by 2020
August 2, 2012 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Kamalpreet Badasha (  State-owned South African Airways (SAA) aims to decrease its carbon footprint by using biofuel for 50 per cent of its fuel supply by 2020.
The announcement was made by public enterprises minister Malusi Gigaba …

Senate Panel Approves Defense Bill with Biofuels Funds
August 2, 2012 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Susan Cornwell (Reuters/Chicago Tribune News)  A Senate subcommittee approved legislation on Tuesday that continues funding for the Pentagon’s use of biofuels, a senator said, in a move pushing back against critics trying to limit outlays …

Food Supply Chain Waste ‘Offers New Source’ for Chemicals and Materials
August 2, 2012 – 10:26 am | No Comment

(University of York) Scientists at the University of York are leading a major new EU-backed network that is exploring ways of using waste as an alternative carbon source, employing green and sustainable chemical technologies.
York’s Green …

Cheaper Chemicals from Algae, Farms, and Forests
August 2, 2012 – 10:17 am | No Comment

(Business Wire/Lux Research)  Harvesting Technologies Can Cut Feedstock Costs by $25 per Ton, says Lux Research.
The bio-based materials and chemicals industry needs to tap newer, non-food sources of biomass and cellulosic material and raise volumes …

The Republic of Biofuels and the Age of Plenty
August 2, 2012 – 9:52 am | No Comment

by Mackinnon Lawrence (Biofuels Digest/Pike Research)  Since its inception, the bio-based economy — a multifaceted effort aimed at supplanting fossil fuels with biomass resources as the engine of the global economy — has been squarely focused …

US Senate Tax Bill Would Extend Biodiesel, Cellulosic Tax Credits
August 2, 2012 – 9:47 am | No Comment

(Platts)  The $1.01/gal federal tax credit for cellulosic fuel production, as well as the $1/gal biodiesel tax credit, would each be extended under a proposal released Wednesday by the Senate Finance Committee.
The cellulosic credit would …

Uncertainties about the GHG Emissions Saving of Rapeseed Biodiesel
August 2, 2012 – 9:38 am | No Comment

by Gernot Pehnelt and Christoph Vietze  (Friedrich Schiller University and the Max Planck Institute of Economics)   During the last years, the renewable energy strategy of the European Union (EU) and the proposed policies and regulations, namely the Renewable Energy …

See for Yourself: New BIO Book Showcases Visible Progress in Industrial Biotech
July 31, 2012 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Industry Organization)  BIO recently introduced a picture book of biorefineries across the United States,“Visible Progress in Commercialization of Advanced Biofuels, Biobased Products and Renewable Chemicals”, which showcases commercial, demonstration and even new pilot facilities. Some of …

Algae InSight: Executive Directors Report
July 31, 2012 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by Mary Rosenthal (Algal Biomass Organization)  As we all basked in the glory of the annual Independence Day festivities, we were reminded once again about the importance of “Buying American.” Nowhere was this more evident …

Slippery Business: Inside Big Oil’s Little Hint that It’s Picking Romney to Win.
July 31, 2012 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Steve Levine (Foreign Policy)   …Three years ago, we saw a very different Rex Tillerson. In January 2009, the ExxonMobil CEO was so worried about the Obama juggernaut that he engineered a wholesale change …

Growth Energy, Pump Equipment Manufactures to Increase E15 Access
July 31, 2012 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With increasing consumer demand for higher blends of ethanol, following the U.S. EPA approval of E15 for commercial sale, several fuel dispensing equipment manufacturers have introduced new products for retailers to …

Sunliquid Cellulose Ethanol Process Reaches Demo Scale in Germany
July 31, 2012 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant is now operating its demonstration-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Straubing, Germany. With an annual capacity of up to 1,000 tons (330,000 MMgy), the demonstration …