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What Are Advanced Biofuels? Part of a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future!
April 17, 2012 – 10:42 am | No Comment
What Are Advanced Biofuels?  Part of a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future!

Advanced Biofuels are high-energy liquid transportation fuels derived from: low nutrient input/high per acre yield crops; agricultural or forestry waste; or other sustainable biomass feedstocks including algae.  The key word is “sustainable.”
A technical definition that …

Community Trap Grease Biodiesel Project Seeks Additional Funding
April 17, 2012 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  A research team investigating the possibility converting trap grease collected from Cincinnati sewer systems into biodiesel will be presenting the initial results of its project at the U.S. EPA’s 2012 …

Butamax and Gevo: Bio’s Montagues and Capulets Get It On, and On, and On
April 17, 2012 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Here’s a 2-Minute Guide to all the Gevo and Butamax hollerin’, and how to separate the alcohol from the folderol.
In case it has escaped your attention, Butamax is suing Gevo …

EU Requires Sustainable Biofuels: How U.S. Ethanol Producers Can Become Certified
April 16, 2012 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Antje Grzesik (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ISCC System GmbH)  …The EU Renewable Energy Directive (Directive 2009/28/EC) establishes a common framework for the promotion of energy from renewable sources in the European Union. In the area of biofuels …

Energy Beets: Who Will Leap First?
April 16, 2012 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  North American sugar-to-ethanol strategy differs from Brazil’s, Europe’s
…North Dakota-based Green Vision Group is resolutely moving forward with a plan to build multiple 20 MMgy dedicated energy beet plants in …

Steel in the Ground: The Largest Cellulosic Ethanol Plants in the World Are Ready to Prove Their Mettle
April 16, 2012 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Guido Ghisolfi is a confident man. A chemical engineer by trade, at 55, he’s already spent three decades leading research and development (R&D) activities at Italy-based Mossi & Ghisolfi …

Intensive 3-crop Rotation May Boost Biofuel Economics
April 16, 2012 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Vicky Boyd (The Grower)  Growing a biofuels crop on old citrus ground or rotating it with vegetables just doesn’t pencil out, even with today’s high fuel prices.
But add in a legume cover crop and …

Scott Defies Tea Party on Renewable-Energy Bill
April 16, 2012 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Saunders (The News Service of Florida/Orlando Sentinel)  Gov. Rick Scott late Friday disregarded pressure from tea party and conservative groups and a controversial measure including tax breaks for renewable-energy production to become law without his signature.
Scott’s decision …

New Biofuel Could Have an Edge over Ethanol
April 16, 2012 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  Scientists who have tested isobutanol, a fuel alcohol made from corn, say it packs more energy and has other pluses over ethanol.
A biofuel that will be produced commercially in Minnesota …

Why Decades Can Pass Between Idea and ‘Eureka!’
April 16, 2012 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Matthew L. Wald (The New York Times)  How will the world meet its rising demand for energy? Experience suggests the solutions might already be at hand, although it may be years before they are …

Brazil’s Biofuel Boom: Mark McHugh
April 16, 2012 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Peter Byrne  (The Energy Report)  Believe it or not, industry experts see biofuels accounting for up to 25% of global energy consumption by 2050. With this long-term vision in mind, Mark McHugh, president and …

Waste Conversion Technologies a Profitable Solution to Waste
April 16, 2012 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Oliver Saunders (Renewable Energy World/Renewable Waste Intelligence)  The waste conversion market is set to be worth $26bn by 2016. Waste conversion is becoming the only viable answer to the waste problem spreading over the …

Can Natural Gas Help Stop Global Warming?
April 16, 2012 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Editorial Board (The Washington Post)  Will natural gas hinder the fight against global warming?
…But extracting and transporting all that natural gas, which is mostly methane, also results in fuel leaks. When methane leaks, it …

Algae Instrumentation Manufacturer Launches Scholarship Program
April 13, 2012 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Fluid Imaging Technologies)  Fluid Imaging Technologies Supports Biofuel, Nutraceutical Research Worldwide
Yarmouth, ME: Laboratory instrumentation manufacturer Fluid Imaging Technologies, Yarmouth, Maine ( has launched a scholarship program offering students up to $1,000.00 per year for up to …

Solutions4CO2 Inc. Announces Joint Venture with BARD Holding, Inc.
April 13, 2012 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

(Solutions4CO2)  Solutions4CO2 Inc. (“S4CO2”), is pleased to announce a joint venture with BARD Holding, Inc. ( ) (the “S4CO2 – BARD Joint Venture”) to co-develop waste gas/water to co-products facilities in Canada. The initial phase …

EBI Network and Pennycress Energy to Explore Alternative Energy Source
April 13, 2012 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(City of Galesburg)  Pennycress Energy and the EBI Network are promoting Pennycress as a renewable, alternative energy fuel crop for the Galesburg/West Central Illinois Region. The project, generating interest among growers, will identify possible investors …

Que SARA, Será (Whatever Is Sustainable, Will Be): Sorghum, Water and Biofuels
April 13, 2012 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There’s water, water everywhere, hardly a drop to use. The latest on Sustainable, Affordable, Reliable, Available biomass feedstocks that keep down the stress on our water tables.
…The basic dilemma in …

Australia’s Qantas Makes First Commercial Biofuel Flight
April 13, 2012 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

(AFP)  Australia’s Qantas Friday launched the nation’s first commercial flight using a mixture of refined cooking oil, saying it would not survive if it relied solely on traditional jet fuel.
The Airbus A330 left Sydney for …

Algae-Fueled Motorcycle Sets Speed Record
April 12, 2012 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) Below the Surface’s “Driving Innovation” Team established the first official algae-fueled motorcycle speed records during The Texas Mile land speed event on March 24th, 2012. Team leader Kristian Gustavson reached 94.6 mph …

Compared to What: the Low-Down on Alt Energy Subsidies
April 12, 2012 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Hybrids, plug-in electrics struggle to pass the consumer’s “compared to what” test – and how much do those tax credits cost, anyway?
…Take, for example, the trouble with hybrids. We saw a …

Growing Risk: Addressing the Invasive Potential of Bioenergy Feedstocks
April 12, 2012 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Aviva Glaser and Patty Glick  (National Wildlife Federation)  Without question, America needs to transition to a cleaner, more sustainable energy future. As we move forward with our energy choices, we must be mindful of how …

Used Cooking Oil Turns to Biodiesel in South Florida
April 12, 2012 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Doreen Hemlock (SunSentinel)  …A $4 million biodiesel plant is now being built, the largest to serve the tri-county area. The South Florida plant will convert waste cooking oil from suppliers such as restaurants at Miami International Airport to …

University Converting Cooking Oil into Biodiesel
April 12, 2012 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

By Caroline Baity (Daily Gamecock)  Program aims to offset fuel cost, turn profit    Thanks to two grants worth a combined $89,090, USC’s Sustainable Carolina program now has the ability to turn all that greasy oil …

State Bonds Will Build Facilities for Aviation Biofuels
April 12, 2012 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Camden  (The Spokesman-Review)  …Among legislation closely followed by Spokane businesses was an aviation biofuels plan that allows bonds from the state’s Housing Finance Commission to be sold to help build facilities to turn …

Back to Bedford Falls
April 12, 2012 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …How about investing in the world around you?
…What can a leader do? He or she can help you to change your fate, through simple acts of investing your own energy …

Lights, Camera, Contest! NCGA Prepares for New Ethanol Education Competition
April 12, 2012 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(National Corn Growers Association)   Young ethanol enthusiasts and aspiring actors alike should start shoring up scripts and collecting cameras to create entries for a new video contest created by the National Corn Growers Association’s …

On the Road to Gobig: Refinery Intermediates Offer Scale for Advanced Biofuels
April 12, 2012 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Honeywell’s UOP announced two projects this week, and generally more attention was paid by ABLC delegates to its ATJ (alcohol to jet) technology release, suggesting that, in the near term, …

High Octane Number Ethanol–Gasoline Blends: Quantifying the Potential Benefits in the United States
April 11, 2012 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by J.E. Anderson, D.M. DiCicco, J.M. Ginder, U. Kramer, T.G. Leone, H.E. Raney-Pablo, T.J. Wallington (FUEL/  Ethanol provides a significant contribution to road transportation fuel in the US, Brazil, and elsewhere. Renewable fuels regulations in the US and EU imply that ethanol …

Introduction to Advanced Biofuels May 31, 2012 London, UK
April 11, 2012 – 11:00 am | No Comment
Introduction to Advanced Biofuels     May 31, 2012   London, UK

Designed to be accessible to non-experts and the commercially-minded, this course describes the variety of feedstocks, routes and processes through which biomass can be converted to valuable fuels, energy and other co-products – on large …

Advanced Biofuels Industry Roundtable May 18, 2012 Washington, DC
April 11, 2012 – 10:59 am | No Comment
Advanced Biofuels Industry Roundtable    May 18, 2012     Washington, DC

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture – along with the Department of Energy, and the Department of Navy – will co-host an Advanced Biofuels Industry Roundtable in Washington D.C. on May 18, …

Land Matters: Sizing Up the Bioenergy Potential of Marginal Lands
April 11, 2012 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Greg Breining (University of Minnesota/Bioenergy Connection)   …Did demand for biofuel feedstocks, such as corn, sugarcane, rapeseed, and soybeans, drive the high cost of food? Many analysts later pinned most of the blame on commodities …

EPA Approves E15 Ethanol Blend Registrations
April 11, 2012 – 10:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Washington, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the first applications for registration of ethanol for use in making gasoline that contains up to 15 percent ethanol – known as …

New NSF Research Grants for Bioenergy, Renewable Fuels and Energy, Bio-Based Chemicals and Renewable Chemical Process Technology
April 10, 2012 – 8:12 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Digest)  In Virginia, the NSF is calling for proposals for biological and chemical technologies, with a deadline of June 19, 2012.  The proposals must deal with the potential for commercialization of the innovation and how …

USDA Explores Feasibility of Alternative Energy Production at Airports
April 10, 2012 – 8:00 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  A recent study conducted by researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) highlights the potential for alternative energy production at airports. The study …

Mapping Grasslands for Biofuel Potential
April 10, 2012 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Geological Survey)  USGS scientists have developed a new method for mapping grasslands that demonstrate high potential for growing biofuel crops with relatively little energy input and environmental impact.
The pioneering investigation used remote sensing data …

U.S. Announces Funding for ‘Bio-Oil’
April 10, 2012 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(UPI)   The U.S. Energy Department said up to $15 million is available to help support nearly a dozen so-called bio-oil projects targeted for the transportation sector.
…The Energy Department said the so-called bio-oil precursors could find …

US Department of Energy Biomass Program Seeks Merit Reviewers
April 10, 2012 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Biomass Program is currently seeking qualified individuals to participate in several upcoming merit reviews. Expertise is being sought in the following areas:

Biological conversion of sugars and carbohydrates from biomass (specifically …

2012 Sorghum Renewables Summit April 19-20 Denver, CO
April 10, 2012 – 1:16 pm | No Comment
2012 Sorghum Renewables Summit    April 19-20    Denver, CO

The 2012 Sorghum Renewables Summit brings together the industry’s leading researchers and companies for an event beginning 1:30pm on April 19 through 11:15am on April 20 in Denver, Colo.

As an adaptable, efficient and sustainable crop, …

The Biofuels Pricing Pickle
April 10, 2012 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (T)here’s an awful lot of talk about $18 per gallon biofuels and $26 biofuels going around. When mentioned, it is invariably presented as a sign that the industry is …

US Biofuel Groups Back EPA in Legal Challenge of Renewable Fuels Rule
April 10, 2012 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Six renewable fuel trade associations have filed a motion in federal court to intervene in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency, which is being sued by a major oil and gas trade group …

Commercial Algae Production Technologies and Networking Workshop May 8, 2012 Fairfield, NJ
April 10, 2012 – 12:53 pm | No Comment
Commercial Algae Production Technologies and Networking Workshop    May 8, 2012    Fairfield, NJ

Including a tour of Glenn Mills to  view a  commercial-scale algae extraction
The National Algae Association is the first non-profit algae production trade association in the US.  In continuing its efforts to fast-track commercial algae production, National Algae Association’s next …

Tidbits from the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference
April 6, 2012 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Four days of total immersion in advanced biofuels’ language and culture at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, 107 presentations, leaves one’s mind spinning and stomach churning.   …

Advanced Biofuels USA Joins Over One Hundred Groups to Urge Support for Farm Bill Energy Programs
April 6, 2012 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

(  More than 100 diverse groups representing agriculture, energy, rural development and conservation called on Congress today (April 5, 2012) to renew and fund core energy programs in the Farm Bill that push forward clean, …

Advanced Biofuels USA Daily News Posts Limited Due to Funding Constraints
April 5, 2012 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

Due to funding constraints, Advanced Biofuels USA is limiting posting of daily news about advanced biofuels.  Instead, we will enhance our focus on writing original pieces highlighting what is going on with advanced biofuels policy …

National Algae Association Industrial Testing Center
March 30, 2012 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

(National Algae Association)  National Algae Association is pleased to announce the opening of a Testing Center. This first-of-its-kind initiative has been on-going as a part of NAA’s algae production incubator program to assist new algae …

Climate Bonds Move Forward
March 30, 2012 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

(  Over the past two years, The Climate Bonds Initiative has been creating a new class of bonds that can finance a rapid transition globally to a low-carbon economy.
…Most of the bonds will be bought by institutional investors, …

Advanced Biofuels USA office closed
March 29, 2012 – 8:00 pm | Comments Off

The Advanced Biofuels USA office will be closed from March 30 to April 6.We will not be providing daily updates at this time.
Until we are back, here are resources you can use to continue to …

20 New England Oilheat Dealers Pledge to Switch to Bioheat
March 29, 2012 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  …Twenty new oilheat dealers officially registered as Bioheat dealers at the New England Bioheat Symposium on March 22 in Boston, which will give homeowners and other traditional oilheat users more access …

India Official Sheds Light on Local Biodiesel Industry
March 29, 2012 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine) …Although India’s biodiesel industry is small, it does show potential for growth. This week World Health Energy Holdings announced plans to establish algae biodiesel production in two areas of the country are …

34th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals April 30-May3, 2012 New Orleans, LA
March 29, 2012 – 4:00 pm | No Comment
34th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals    April 30-May3, 2012   New Orleans, LA

We have assembled an impressive technical program that includes 19 sessions with one Special Topic evening session on international bioenergy center progress, as well as 2 large poster sessions. Technical topics span new biomass sources …

Scaling Sustainable Transportation Fuels from Biomass May 31, 2012 Washington, DC
March 29, 2012 – 2:10 pm | No Comment
Scaling Sustainable Transportation Fuels from Biomass    May 31, 2012    Washington, DC

Opportunities in Scaling Sustainable Transportation Fuels in Biomass: A Workshop
Thursday, May 31st, 2012       NAS Keck Center Room 100         500 5th ST NW, Washington, DC 20001
The National Academy of Sciences’ Chemical Sciences …

All Florida Ag Show April 25-26, 2012 Sebring, FL
March 29, 2012 – 1:57 pm | No Comment
All Florida Ag Show   April 25-26, 2012   Sebring, FL

The All Florida Ag Show is the only industry gathering dedicated to bringing together members of all agricultural sectors across the Sunshine State in one place to discuss issues, exchange ideas, and learn about new …

Tom Murphy Interview: Resource Depletion is a Bigger Threat than Climate Change
March 29, 2012 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by James Stafford (  Rising geopolitical tensions and high oil prices are continuing to help renewable energy find favour amongst investors and politicians. Yet how much faith should we place in renewables to make up …

Ethanol Safety Seminar June 13, 2012 Dubuque, IA
March 29, 2012 – 12:14 pm | No Comment
Ethanol Safety Seminar   June 13, 2012     Dubuque, IA

Where:  Dubuque County Emergency Responder Training Facility
14928 Public Safety Way
Dubuque, IA 52202
Times: 9:00 am − 2:00 pm or
5:30 pm − 10:00 pm
Who Should Attend:

Emergency Responders
Fire Departments
Local Emergency Planning Committees
Safety Managers   READ MORE

Ethanol Safety Seminar May 7, 2012 Spartanburg, SC
March 29, 2012 – 12:12 pm | No Comment
Ethanol Safety Seminar     May 7, 2012    Spartanburg, SC

Where:  Spartanburg Community College
Health Sciences Building − Community Room
800 Brisack Rd.
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Times: 9:00 am − 2:00 pm or
5:30 pm − 10:00 pm
Who Should Attend:

Emergency Responders
Fire Departments
Local Emergency Planning Committees
Safety Managers   READ MORE

Ethanol Safety Seminar May 22, 1012 Rockford, IL
March 29, 2012 – 12:09 pm | No Comment
Ethanol Safety Seminar    May 22, 1012   Rockford, IL

Where:  Clock Tower Resort & Conference Center
Wallingford Ballroom
7801 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
Times: 9:00 am − 2:00 pm or
5:30 pm − 10:00 pm
Who Should Attend:

Emergency Responders
Fire Departments
Local Emergency Planning Committees
Safety Managers  READ MORE

Free Ethanol Safety Seminar April 18, 2012 Chattanooga, TN
March 29, 2012 – 12:06 pm | No Comment
Free Ethanol Safety Seminar   April 18, 2012    Chattanooga, TN

The RFA, in partnership with Norfolk Southern Railroad and Tate & Lyle, will be hosting a free Ethanol Safety Seminar in Chattanooga, Tenn., on April 18 at the Chattanooga Fire Department Training Center. There will …

Qantas to Charter Australia’s First Commercial Flight Powered by Cooking Oil
March 29, 2012 – 11:52 am | No Comment

(CNNGo)  First biofuel flight will take off on April 13 from Sydney
…Qantas is the latest airline to launch a flight powered by cooking oil.
Tickets are currently on sale for Australia’s first commercial biofuel flight, which …

Is Kansas Ready to Bump to E15 at the Pump?
March 29, 2012 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Steve Everly (Kansas City Star)  Ethanol industry pushes for the state to step up from the E10 blend now offered. But automakers warn of engine damage, voided warranties.
…E10 will still be available, and selling …

Malaysia, Indonesia Refute EPA Report on Palm Oil-Based Biofuels
March 29, 2012 – 11:34 am | No Comment

(Bernama)  Malaysia and Indonesia, the world’s largest producers of palm oil, are on a joint mission to correct and update a United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report that could impact future exports of palm …

The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota Releases Roadmap for Minnesota’s Advanced Biofuels and Biobased Chemicals Industry
March 29, 2012 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(Enhanced Online News/Live Science Alley)  Today (March 28, 2012), The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota released a comprehensive white paper detailing the extent and impact of the advanced biofuels and biobased chemicals industry and providing a …

The Serious Fraud Office Launches an Investigation into Sustainable AgroEnergy, Operator of an Unregulated Investment Scheme.
March 29, 2012 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Gavin Lumsden (CityWire)   The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has launched an investigation into Sustainable AgroEnergy, a London-based company that promoted itself to Sipp investors as a specialist in renewable biofuel crops and ‘green oil’ from Asia.
According to Citywire’s New …

The Victory Plant
March 29, 2012 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last July, the Digest launched a project called “Victory Plants” and set about recruiting a Biofuels Council of Advisors on Science, Technology and Economics to define a threshold standard for advanced manufacturing …

BDC Spring 2012 Symposium Bioproduct Opportunities May 7 – 9 Knoxville, TN
March 28, 2012 – 5:59 pm | No Comment
BDC Spring 2012 Symposium Bioproduct Opportunities    May 7 – 9   Knoxville, TN

Discover Opportunities for Bio-Deployment at the 2012 Spring Symposium 
BDC will host its Spring Symposium in Knoxville, Tennessee on May 7-9 at the Airport Marriott Courtyard.  The Symposium includes tours of the Oak Ridge National Laboratories …

Navy Plan Benefits Biomass
March 28, 2012 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  Fuel for carriers, jets adds demand for biofuel source other than corn
A Missouri cooperative called (what else?) ShowMe Energy is building an $80 million, 3 million gallon facility that …

DuPont Lands Award for Feedstock Innovation
March 28, 2012 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Cori Anne Natoli (DelawareOnline)  The DuPont Co. won the 2012 Sustainable Biofuels award for its research project on the transport and storage of corn stover for conversion to biofuel.
The Stover Harvest Project is a collaborative effort …

When Defending Biofuels, Supporters Point to History
March 28, 2012 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by David Ferris  (Forbes)  At a conference today sponsored by the Carbon War Room outside Washington, D.C., a panel of biofuels entrepreneurs, supporters and financiers pointed to disruptive episodes in American history that bear some similarity to the …

ADM Funds Distillers Grains Research in China
March 28, 2012 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Archer Daniels Midland Co. is expanding its research activities related to the use of distillers grains and corn stover to replace corn in cattle diets, recently announcing a two-year …

Algal Diesel Outperforms Petrodiesel 2-1 in New Study
March 28, 2012 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  A  team of scientists at the Argonne National Laboratory has published a paper in IOP Science’s Environmental Research Letters comparing the emissions performance of algal biofuels to petroleum fuels. In their qualified …

Government Drags Feet on Biofuel Project
March 28, 2012 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

(Business Day) State wants industry to source feedstock from small-scale farmers, writes Hopewell Radebe
The government has not moved an inch on the proposal by the farming community to include maize as an alternative crop for …

Pest Insects to Help Produce Ethanol
March 28, 2012 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(Chalmers)  Pest insects in tropical rainforests can be a valuable natural asset. So believes Lisbeth Olsson, who is hunting for new enzymes in partnership with Vietnamese researchers.
…Together, researchers from Chalmers and Vietnam are now going …

Eight Biofuels-Related Groups Send Letter to Congress Championing the Success of the RFS
March 28, 2012 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) joined with seven other biofuel-related organizations to champion the success of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator …

Central Valley Beet Growers Closer to Massive Bioenergy Plant
March 28, 2012 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Harry Cline (Western Farm Press)  Former sugar beet growers on the West Side of the San Joaquin Valley are expected to learn next month whether they’ll be able to take the next step in …

Pie in the Sky
March 28, 2012 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Companies like KiOR, ZeaChem, Virent take aim at a tasty aviation biofuels market with new recipes and game-changing economics
…If you can produce in-spec, sustainable, low-carbon, renewable jet fuel at $3.32 …

2nd International Lignin Biochemicals Conference June 21, 2012 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
March 28, 2012 – 12:23 pm | No Comment
2nd International Lignin Biochemicals Conference  June 21, 2012   Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sources of Lignin
FP Innovations

Commercial Applications
Woodbridge Group
and Others
Research & Development
NSERC Biomaterials and Chemicals Strategic Network (Lignoworks)
National Research Council
University of Toronto – Centre for Biocomposites & Biomaterial Processing
Wageningen UR Lignin Platform
and Others

Government Funding
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research …

Ukrainian Bioenergy Business Forum 2012 September 27-28 Kiev, Ukraine
March 28, 2012 – 12:13 pm | No Comment
Ukrainian Bioenergy Business Forum 2012    September 27-28     Kiev, Ukraine

Over 200 bioenergy experts are expected to join the Ukrainian Bioenergy Business Forum 2012 conference cum exhibition. Taking place in Kiev on 27-28 September 2012, this strictly B2B conference focuses on commercial opportunities and challenges brought about by the …

The Distributed/Centralized BioProduction Approach: Sustainable Biofuels and Bioproducts Are Possible Through the Significant Reduction of Biomass Transportation Costs
March 27, 2012 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Problem Definition:  The production of biofuels in the US is at a substantial roadblock. Due to the high cost of transporting large quantities of low density, low value biomass …

Net Benefits: The Idea of Pulling Carbon Dioxide out of the Atmosphere Is a Beguiling One. Could It Ever Become Real?
March 27, 2012 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(The Economist) …A report published last year by the American Physical Society (APS) put the cost of extracting and storing carbon dioxide using an air-capture system based on known technology at between $600 and $800 …

RFA Anticipates E15 Roll-Out to Begin Soon
March 27, 2012 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Dinneen noted that because ethanol is currently less expensive than gasoline, marketers should be able to offer E15 to consumers for a less expensive price than E10 or any …

Recognizing Rudolf Diesel’s Foresight on National Biodiesel Day
March 27, 2012 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  When Rudolph Diesel developed the first diesel engine it ran on peanut oil. Now, a century later as oil prices continue disrupting our economy, renewable fuel is back. Biodiesel is supporting …

ADM Introduces Sustainable Grower Program for Canadian Canola
March 27, 2012 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele   (Biodiesel Magazine)   Archer Daniels Midland Co. Agri-Industries Lloydminster oilseeds processing facility recently announced the introduction of its Sustainable Grower Program in connection with the sustainability certification it has earned from …

Alternative Fuels for Aviation Overview on Current Initiatives and Identified Research Needs
March 27, 2012 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotriebstoffe)  The report deals with the question “why sustainable alternative fuels are important for aviation, shows technology options, initiatives, links, documents and further research needs. The objective of the meeting between experts of both …

Porter Airlines to Conduct Canada’s First Biofuel-Powered Revenue Flight
March 27, 2012 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(MarketWire)  Flight to be scheduled just before Earth Day with a Bombardier Q400 turboprop – Preparatory test flight successfully flown by Bombardier in February 2012
In mid-April, Porter Airlines plans to use one of its Bombardier …

EU to Recognize Ensus as Biofuel Certification in ‘Matter of Weeks’: Source
March 27, 2012 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  A decision in favor of recognizing Ensus, a UK biofuel sustainability certification scheme, will be taken in “a matter of weeks,” a European Commission source said Monday.
UK bioethanol producer Ensus received the support of …

Senate Opens Fight on Oil Tax Breaks
March 27, 2012 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Ben Geman and Andrew Restuccia (The Hill/E2Wire)  The Senate voted 92-4 Monday to begin an election-year floor debate over Democratic legislation to repeal oil-industry tax breaks, a plan that’s unlikely to ultimately pass but …

AEC Urges Support for Extension of Two Critical Tax Incentives
March 27, 2012 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

In a letter to Senate Finance Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Ranking Member John Cornyn (R-TX), the Advanced Ethanol Council voiced support for extending key cellulosic ethanol tax …

Low Carbon Fuel Standard Could Double Gas Prices
March 27, 2012 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  A new study released today by the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) indicates that a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states could result in doubling gasoline prices and other negative …

E15: The New Ethanol Blend April 5, 2012 Webinar 2:00PM ET
March 27, 2012 – 12:19 pm | No Comment
E15: The New Ethanol Blend   April 5, 2012   Webinar  2:00PM ET

EPA recently announced approval of E15 at the federal level, clearing another hurdle in the path to E15 implementation. E15 has been approved for all flex-fuel vehicles and 2001 and newer light duty cars, trucks …

U.S. Gasoline Rises to Record Premium over Ethanol
March 27, 2012 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  U.S. gasoline futures soared to a record premium over ethanol on Monday as gas prices topped $4 per gallon in some states while stocks of the biofuel were likely to continue swelling, analysts and …

Trieste Conference Considers Algae in Developing Economies
March 27, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Syed Isa (Algae Industry Magazine)    The International Centre for Science and High Technology (ICS-UNIDO) presented an Expert Group Meeting on Emerging Technologies for the Production of Biofuels and Chemicals from Algae, March 19-21, in …

Regional Approach to New, Clean Energy Can Improve Our Economy, Security
March 27, 2012 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by LtGen John G. Castellaw, USMC (Ret.) (25 x ’25)   …In spite of claims to the contrary, increased domestic drilling and building pipelines to carry Canadian crude south will not result in energy independence or low …

Illinois Bill Would Boost Ethanol Producers
March 27, 2012 – 11:46 am | No Comment

(Convenience Store News)  Illinois biofuel companies who have faced a market glut since the end of a federal tax credit led energy companies to rush pre-expiration production may have hope in the form of a newly proposed …

New Synthetic Biology Technique Boosts Microbial Production of Diesel Fuel
March 27, 2012 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Develop Dynamic System for Regulating Metabolic Pathways
Significant boosts in the microbial production of clean, green and renewable biodiesel fuel has been achieved with the …

Shell, BP Score Highest in New Pike Research Assessment of Oil Majors` Commercialization of Biofuels
March 27, 2012 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Reuters/Pike Research) …Contrary to popular perception, the growth of the biofuels industry is not adverse to the interests of Big Oil. In fact, with “easy oil” increasingly difficult to source and with an obvious stake …

J. Craig Venter Describes Biofuels, Vaccines and Foods from Made-to-Order Microbes
March 27, 2012 – 11:33 am | No Comment

(PhysOrg)  Just as aspiring authors often read hundreds of books before starting their own, scientists are using decades of knowledge garnered from sequencing or “reading” the genetic codes of thousands of living things to now …

Airplane Rivals Launch Joint Biofuel Project
March 27, 2012 – 11:26 am | No Comment

(Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative/PhysOrg)  Plane makers and bitter rivals Airbus of Europe, Boeing of the US and Embraer of Brazil announced on Thursday a joint plan to develop affordable biofuels for the airplane industry.
The airplane sector …

Ionic Solvents Make Timber-to-Biofuels More Energy-Efficient
March 27, 2012 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Simon Levey  (Industry Intelligence, Inc.)  Key part of biomass processing could be made 80% more energy-efficient, reducing cost of biofuels by 10%, by treating timber with ionic solvents, find Imperial College London scientists
A little …

Iran Becomes Biofuel Producer
March 27, 2012 – 11:06 am | No Comment

(Trend)  …Iran produced a sample of biofuel six months ago and is preparing to start its production. Located in the Khuzestan Province’s Haft-Tapeh, a new 10,000 liter capacity biofuel facility will begin operating in the …

KiOR on Budget, on Track for Opening First Commercial Biofuels Plant in 2012
March 27, 2012 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …KiOR did not recognize revenue during 2011, as its activities remained focused on construction of its first commercial facility in Columbus, Mississippi, research and development (R&D) designed to improve production …

Gingrich “a Flat Out Liar,” Says National Algae Association, Denying Campaign Contact, Slamming Speaker’s Algae Numbers
March 27, 2012 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Texas, the National Algae Association called on presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich to issue a retraction of statements he made at a campaign speech in Pennsylvania, branding the Speaker’s claim that …